Meet the Pride Guides

The Pride Guides are an important asset to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Pride Guides assist with office tasks and help with admission events throughout the year. They share their SRU experiences and love for SRU on their campus tours.

DANIKA BEERS

Hometown: New Ringgold, PA 
Major: Psychology (Neuroscience) 4+2 Pre PA 
Campus Involvement: Pre-PA Club, NeuroRocks, and NU Rho Sci Honor Society
Why I chose SRU: "I chose SRU because it felt like home to me. Coming from a small town I knew I didn’t want to be at a huge school, but I didn’t want anything too small either; SRU gave me the perfect middle. I knew that I would be spending the next four years at Slippery Rock since the first time I toured here!"

LILY BURTCH

Hometown: Grove City, PA
Major: Public Health - Pre-OT
Minor: Psychology
Campus Involvement: Pre-OT Club, Public Health Club
Why I chose SRU: "I chose SRU because it always felt like it was destiny for me to come here. My grandpa was a professor, both of my parents are alumni, and my sister had just recently graduated from SRU. The campus feels comfortable and everyone has been so wonderful. I am so happy about ending up here and I cannot wait to finish out my schooling."

LINDSEY DUGAN

Hometown: York, PA
Major: Early Childhood and Special Education
Campus Involvement: SGA, Early Childhood Club, the Honors College
Why I chose SRU: "I chose SRU because the culture and staff were very welcoming. The campus felt like home! I was looking for a school away from a city, but not too far from it! When I was given a tour, I immediately became attached after hearing about all of the events and activities held at the university! I could not have been any happier with my choice"

MIA GRAZIANI

Hometown: Canonsburg, PA
Major: Healthcare Administration and Management
Minor: Psychology
Campus Involvement: Student Government Association, Psychology Club, and the Honors College
Why I chose SRU: "I chose SRU because it was the perfect size for me! I felt like Slippery Rock was big enough to meet new people and get involved but small enough where I wouldn't feel like a number. I loved the atmosphere the minute I stepped on campus!"

PAIGE HARTLE

Hometown: Wexford, PA
Major: Health and Physical Education
Campus Involvement: Secretary for SWEC, intramural basketball
Why I chose SRU: "I chose Slippery Rock because my mom went here and she loved it, so I wanted to follow in her footsteps. I also like how it is the perfect distance from home."

MAIREAD HILL

Hometown: Oakmont, PA
Major: Hospitality and Tourism Management
Minor: Communications
Campus Involvement: University Program Board and Hospitality and Tourism Student Society
Why I chose SRU: "I chose SRU because coming from a small town I wanted a place that wouldn't make me feel like a number and that was a close knit community like where I grew up. I knew that I was going to attend SRU after my first tour of the campus. I immediately felt like it would be my home away from home."

NIKOLE HUSNICK

Hometown: Brookfield, OH
Major: Secondary Education and School Wellness Education
Campus Involvement: SGA, the Honors College, and Fitness & Wellness Club
Why I chose SRU: "I chose Slippery Rock because of how campus felt like home to me. You get the feel of a big school while still being part of a close-knit community. It is also the perfect distance from home. Slippery Rock also had all the majors I was interested in which made it the perfect option for an Exploratory student, which is the major I started with."

BRANDI MARLIN

Hometown: Hatfield, PA
Major: Exercise Science 3+3 Pre-Occupational Therapy
Minor: Psychology
Campus Involvement: JumpStart Mentor, Pre-Occupational Therapy Association, the Honors College, Phi Sigma Pi, American Sign Language Club 
Why I Chose SRU: "I chose SRU because of the welcoming feel on campus. Coming from so far away, I knew I wanted a place that was friendly and kind to everyone. SRU made me feel like this was my home away from home from day one. SRU also had the ideal major I was looking for which made this the perfect place for me!"

ALEXIS MOSS

Hometown: Canonsburg, PA
Major: Political Science
Campus Involvement: Delight Ministries, Law Society, and Debate Society
Why I chose SRU: "I chose SRU because I already felt so welcomed on my college tour and knew it would be even better as a student. I did not want to go to a large city and Slippery Rock felt like it could be my home away from home with the small and beautiful town!" 

LAUREN NAYLOR

Hometown: Canonsburg, PA
Major: Physical Therapy Graduate Student (Undergrad: Exercise Scicene 3+3 Pre-PT)
Campus Involvement: Exercise Science GA, Women's Track and Field Team, the Honors College, Exercise Science Student Research Assistant and Intern, Resistance Training Lab Assistant, Emerging Leadership Experience Peer Mentor and Specialist, FYRST Seminar Peer Leader
Why I chose SRU: "I chose SRU because it felt like home the moment I stepped on campus for a tour. Throughout the course of my college search, the beautiful campus and facilities, endless opportunities to get involved, amazing athletic program stood out. Also, the Exercise Science program reputation set SRU a part. SRU had everything that I was looking for and allowed so much room for growth. Everyone made me feel welcome and the professors in the Exercise Science program were passionate and reassuring that they were here to help me succeed and find my path."

SAMANTHA OLIVER

Hometown: Annapolis, MD
Major: BFA Dance Major double concentration in Performance and Choreography and Dance Business Administration
Minor: Philosophy
Campus Involvement: Delight Ministries, National Honor Society for Dance ASrts, the Honors College, Dance Express, House Council, Slippery Rock Dance Theatre 
Why I Chose SRU: “I chose SRU because it felt like my home away from home and the amazing Dance program! When I toured for the first time, I loved the atmosphere and the friendly people on campus. I fell in love with Dance program and the talented faculty members when I came to campus.”

SARAH PERSUN

Hometown: South Williamsport, PA
Major: Physical Therapy Graduate Student (Undergrad: Exercise Science 3+3 Pre-PT)
Campus Involvement: the Honors College, Exercise Science Society, Pre-Physical Therapy Club, Applied Anatomy Laboratory Assistant
Why I chose SRU: "I chose SRU because of the accelerated option offered through the Exercise Science program. This major provides meaningful hands-on learning experiences that aid in the preparation for graduate-level coursework. I also chose SRU because it is the perfect size for me and there are many opportunities to easily get involved on campus."

DELANEY PURCELL

Hometown: Brick, NJ
Major: Exercise Science - Pre-PT
Campus Involvement: Exercise Science Society, Pre-Physical Therapy Club
Why I chose SRU: "I chose SRU because it felt like my second home. Being so far from home, I needed a welcoming place where I felt like I fit best. The community is so welcoming and the Exercise Science program is amazing. Slippery Rock is everything and more for me!"

AMANDA REILLY

Hometown: Washington, PA
Major: Public Relations
Minor: Theatre
Campus Involvement: SRSGA, Rock PRSSA, Cru, Internal Affairs Committee, Campus Outreach Committee, Musical Theatre Society (MTS), and the Honors College
Why I Chose SRU: "I chose SRU because it's an inviting campus with very friendly students. It was the perfect distance from home and just the right size for me being from a small town. It offered me an amazing opportunity and when I came to visit it felt like home."

MADISON RODRIGUEZ

Hometown: Beaver Falls, PA
Major: Psychology
Campus Involvement: Psychology Club, Criminiology Club, Jumpstart Program, All-Girl Cheerleader
Why I Chose SRU: "I chose SRU because it reminded me of home. Everyone was very welcoming and kind. The size of the school is perfect, not too big not too small, so I felt that it was easy to get involved and meet new people. From the very first day I toured here, I knew this was where I wanted to be. I’m so happy to call Slippery Rock my second home!”

MEGAN WALSH

Hometown: Saegertown, PA
Major: Health and Physical Education
Minor: Adapted Physical Activity
Campus Involvement: Adapted Physical Activity Club, Intramurals, School Wellness Ed. Council
Why I chose SRU: "I chose SRU because it felt like home away from home! I am from a small town and Slippery Rock's campus community has the same close-knit feeling to it. The campus itself is beautiful and everyone is welcoming!"

ALYSSA WATTS

Hometown: Downingtown, PA
Major: Physical Therapy Graduate Student (Undergrad: Exercise Science 3+3 Pre-PT)
Campus Involvement: Undergraduate Admissions GA, the Honors College, Exercise Science Student Research Assistant, FYRST Seminar Peer Leader, Pre-PT Club
Why I chose SRU: "I chose SRU because of the Exercise Science program and its amazing reputation. I knew I wouldn't be just a number here and the professors really are devoted to the success of the students. SRU is truly my home away from home and the opportunities are endless. I am excited for another three years in graduate school!"