SRU welcomes full slate of summer camps and conferences


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Slippery Rock University will host 30 camps and conferences this summer from outside organizations as well as 14 SRU-sponsored camps, including the new Transition Achievement Program Summer Academy that offers life-skills training to high school students with intellectual disabilities.

May 14, 2018

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University is gearing up to host 47 camps and conferences from May through August. Thousands of attendees will visit campus for programs ranging from sports and the performing arts to academic and company training sessions.

The SRU Office of Conference Services will host more than 3,500 overnight campers from 14 SRU-sponsored camps and more than 30 camps and conferences offered by external organizations. SRU's 660-acre campus, which includes several athletic fields, make it an ideal place for high school football teams and marching bands from the region to prepare for their upcoming seasons.

"Our conference services staff is dedicated to ensuring that our summer camp attendees experience the difference that SRU has to offer," said Marie Voitus, SRU director of camps. "Convenience and quality go hand-in-hand when planning summer programs, and we allow our guests to have fun while we plan the details."

Voitus, hired in January and with a background in athletics, previously worked for venues and event-planning organizations in Pittsburgh and Nashville as both a sales and marketing manager and an operations manager.

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"With her passion for sports combined with her experience in both sales and operations, Marie strives to cultivate new and innovative ways to make SRU a destination camp location throughout northwestern Pennsylvania," said Chris Cole, director of the Smith Student Center and Conference Services. "We're also welcoming a handful of new organizations to our camps and conferences roster. We offer a vast array of possibilities for incoming groups."

Included in the 14 camps that SRU sponsors is a new offering for 2018: the Transition Achievement Program Summer Academy, June 18-30, which is an extension of the University's transition services that provide job, educational, health and life-skills training to high school students with intellectual disabilities. The TAP Summer Academy will feature a variety of guest speakers, classroom-style lectures, on-campus housing tasks and a day learning the various transportation methods in downtown Pittsburgh.

The most popular SRU-sponsored camps are the Girls Individual Volleyball Camp, July 8-11, and the Girls Team Volleyball Camp, July 11-13, which are already sold out for 2018. Led by SRU head women's volleyball coach Laurie Lokash, the camps offer specialized instructions and training for girls' volleyball players in grades 6-12.

To view a listing and descriptions of all SRU-sponsored camps and conferences, including information on how to register, click here.

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