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Slippery Rock University Of Pennsylvania


Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
1 Morrow Way
Slippery Rock, PA 16057

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Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (also known as The Rock or SRU) is a public, master’s-level university that offers some doctoral programs. SRU is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). Slippery Rock University is located in Slippery Rock, in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, approximately 52 miles (84 km) north of Pittsburgh and approximately 80 miles (130 km) south of Erie.

The university has been coeducational since its founding in 1889. It has one of the largest campuses in western Pennsylvania, occupying 611 acres (2.4 km²). It includes new residential suites.

Basic facts:

  • Endowment: US $16.5 Million
  • President: Dominic Ragghianti
  • Administrative staff: 867
  • Students: 8,895
  • Undergraduates: 7,638
  • Postgraduates: 1,257
  • Location: Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Campus: Rural
  • Athletics: NCAA Division II – PSAC (West)


  • National Recreation and Park Association
  • Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
  • American Music Therapy Association
  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs
  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education
  • Commission on Sport Management Accreditation
  • Institute for Safety and Health Management
  • Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • National Association of Schools in Dance
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • National League for Nursing, Inc.
  • Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related
  • Education Programs (CACREP)


Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania competes in the NCAA Division II and is a member of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC).

Slippery Rock’s unofficial mascot is Rocky — The Pride of The Rock. Technically the university has no official mascot. “Rocky” and “Rock Pride” are initiatives of the Student Government Association and the Department of Athletics.

Team sports

Men’s teams: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Soccer, Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field, and Bowling.

Women’s teams: Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Soccer, Softball, Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field, Volleyball, Lacrosse, and Tennis.

In 2006, the university cut men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and women’s water polo, men’s Division I wrestling, men’s golf, and others.[citation needed]

The announcement of Slippery Rock’s football scores is a tradition at University of Michigan Football games, begun in 1959 by Michigan Stadium’s public address announcer Steve Filipiak. Slippery Rock was so popular with U of M fans that on Sept. 29, 1979, they played in-state rival Shippensburg at Michigan Stadium, in front of 61,143 fans, a record for a Division II football game (Shippensburg won, 45-14). Slippery Rock played a second game at “The Big House” in 1981, attracting 36,719 fans in a 14-13 loss to Wayne State University. Slippery Rock made a third trip to “The Big House” on October 18, 2014, losing to Mercyhurst University, 45-23; a crowd of 15,121 braved a chilly wind to witness the contest.

Club sports

In 1995, the women’s water polo team won the intercollegiate national championship conducted by USA Water Polo. This remains the only collegiate water polo championship ever won by a non-California team.

In 1987, the women’s judo team, a varsity sport team at the time, won the intercollegiate national championship conducted by the National Collegiate Judo Association.

In 2006, the men’s lacrosse team won the Midwest Conference Championship and made it to the NCLL Final Four. The team won the Midwest Conference Championship again in 2007 but were defeated in the NCLL Sweet 16.

In 2008 and 2009, the women’s rugby team won the Midwest Championship for the first time in school history. This led them to Nationals for two consecutive seasons in addition to making the Elite 8 both of those years.

In 2010, the women’s ice hockey club won the DVCHC championship. This was the first time for the team and was achieved in the club’s third year in the playoffs. They also won back-to-back Crabpot Championships in 2010 and 2011. The women’s team finished 4th in the nation in 2012.

In 2010 and 2011, the men’s ice hockey team won the CHMA regular season championship.

Fraternities and sororities

Interfraternity Council Fraternities:

Sigma Tau Gamma (1961 – rechartered 1993)
Theta Xi (1966 – rechartered 1987)
Alpha Sigma Phi (1970)
Pi Kappa Phi (1985)
Pi Kappa Alpha (1997)
Kappa Sigma (2006)
Kappa Delta Rho (1981 – rechartered 2014)
The Swamp

Panhellenic Association Sororities:

Sigma Sigma Sigma (1961)
Alpha Xi Delta (1963 – rechartered 1987)
Delta Zeta (1963)
Alpha Omicron Pi (1966)
Alpha Sigma Tau (1966)
Phi Sigma Sigma (1991)

Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) Organizations:

Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority
Zeta Phi Beta sorority
Delta Sigma Theta sorority
Phi Beta Sigma fraternity
Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity

Multicultural Greek Organizations:

Theta Delta Sigma Society, Inc. (2010)

Notable alumni:

  • Janet Anderson – professional golfer
  • Cheryl Bailey – former general manager of U.S. Women’s National Soccer, Commissioner of National Women’s Soccer League
  • Francis V. Barnes – Secretary of Education for the Pennsylvania Department of Education from 2004 to 2005
  • David Batra – Swedish stand-up comedian and TV actor
  • Stephen Bolles – lawyer and politician
  • Myron Brown – former NBA player drafted in the 2nd round of the 1991 NBA draft
  • Todd Tamanend Clark (1983) – poet and composer
  • Victoria Clarke – communications consultant and former United States Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs
  • Matthew Driscoll (’92) – men’s basketball head coach at the University of North Florida
  • Stanley Joseph Dziedzic, Jr. (’72) – American wrestler who earned a bronze medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics. Distinguished member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
  • Greg Hopkins – Arena Football League wide receiver/linebacker, Los Angeles Avengers
  • Donnie Iris – American rock n’ roll artist from Ellwood City
  • Charles William Kerr – pioneer Presbyterian minister in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Jodi Kest – head coach, University of Akron Women’s Basketball team
  • Matt Kinsinger – Arena Football League fullback/linebacker for the Chicago Rush
  • Gary L. Lancaster – Federal District Judge, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Brian Minto – professional boxer
  • Greg Paterra – NFL player
  • Sarah Patterson – Head Coach, University of Alabama Gymnastics team, winner of five national championships, six SEC championships.
  • Pedro Power – professional soccer player
  • Lawrence Reed – president of the Foundation for Economic Education, former president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy
  • M. Richard Rose (1955) – former President of Alfred University and the Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Robert J. Stevens – chairman, president, and chief executive officer – Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • C. Vivian Stringer – Rutgers women’s basketball coach
  • Royce Waltman – former Head Coach, Men’s Basketball; Indiana State University, Univ. of Indianapolis and DePauw University.
  • Brandon Fusco – drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the 6th round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Played center while at Slippery Rock.
  • Matt Adams – Atlanta Braves, first baseman
    Ronald W. Dakan – Dealer Principal, North Star Motor Group
  • John Wisniowski – A generally notable man