SRU trustees recognize Brooklyn Graham at quarterly business meeting, March 24


Brooklyn receives her commendation

From left, Slippery Rock University president William Behre, with Brooklyn Graham, an SRU senior political science major, and Domenic Ionta, SRU council of trustees chairperson, as Ionta presented a commendation from the council to Graham for her service as a student trustee.

March 24, 2023

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa.— Slippery Rock University's council of trustees recognized Brooklyn Graham, an SRU senior political science major from Ford City, at its quarterly business meeting, March 24, in the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center. Graham, who has served as a student trustee on the council since April 2022 and as secretary since June, received a commendation for her service. Graham will be graduating in May, upon which her term will expire.

"Brooklyn has done an outstanding job as a student trustee and we've been very impressed by her," said Domenic Ionta, chair of the trustees. "She's helped bring aspects of the student culture to the council of trustees, which is very important. We thank her for her service and wish her well in the future."

After graduating in May, Graham plans to attend graduate school at Penn State University, where she received a full scholarship to pursue a master's degree in public policy and a certificate in management consulting.

"By serving as a student trustee, I've become more comfortable working with governing boards and understanding the work that goes on behind the scenes," Graham said. "I'm more confident working with people from diverse backgrounds with diverse opinions."

One seat on the 12-member COT is designated for a full-time SRU undergraduate student. The student trustee has the same voting privileges as other trustees. Graham's replacement will be appointed before the next trustees meeting in June, after the campuswide application and interview process is completed and the next trustee is approved by the Office of the Chancellor of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education and the state's board of governors.

Other actions taken by the council included the approval of the University's capital budget submission for the fiscal year 2023-24. This action is in accordance with board of governors' policy to submit capital facilities planning, programming and funding to the State System by May 1 for consideration at the BOG's July meeting. Projects submitted for approval include renovations to Morrow Field House ($45.1 million estimated cost for fiscal year 2025-26), the McKay Education Building ($24.5 million for 2028-29), and the Eisenberg Classroom Building ($21.8 million for 2029-30).

The council also received the President's Report, reports from its standing committees, finance and divisional reports, and a presentation about student involvement from Lauren Moran, director of student engagement and leadership.

The next council meetings are June 8-9.

More information, including a link to meeting materials, is available on the council of trustees webpage.

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