|Endowment||US $16.5 million|
|President||William J. Behre|
|Athletics||NCAA Division II – PSAC|
|Mascot||Rocky – The Pride of the Rock|
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (The Rock or SRU) is a public university in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania. SRU is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). The university has been coeducational since its founding in 1889. Its campus occupies 611 acres (2.4 km²).
Slippery Rock University was founded in 1889 under the name Slippery Rock State Normal School as a teacher training school. James E. Morrow was the first president. The school was purchased by the Commonwealth in 1926 and became a four-year college.
Slippery Rock State College was established in 1960 and issued undergraduate and graduate degrees within the liberal arts and other professions. As of September 2020[update], Slippery Rock University has 8,876 enrolled students as well as 160 majors, almost 40 minors and over 30 graduate programs.
In July of 2020, a study was announced that would possibly merge Slippery Rock University with Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in order to cut expenditures to the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
In 2012, Cheryl Joy Norton was appointed as the university's first female president. Norton announced she would retire effective June 30, 2017. William J. Behre became the university's president in 2018.
Slippery Rock University's official mascot is Rocky the lion, The Pride of The Rock.
Men's teams: Baseball, bowling, basketball, cross country, football, soccer, indoor track & field, and outdoor track & field.
Women's teams: Basketball, cross country, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, indoor track & field, outdoor track & field, and Volleyball.
The announcement of Slippery Rock's football scores is a tradition at University of Michigan Football games, started in 1959 by Michigan Stadium's public address announcer Steve Filipiak. Slippery Rock was so popular with U of M fans that on September 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.
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.
Slippery Rock ice hockey joined other colleges and universities in the region to form the College Hockey Mid-America (CHMA) in 2006. In 2020, the university suspended the hockey program for four years.
Aebersold Student Recreation Center
The Aebersold Student Recreation Center is an 82,000 square-foot on-campus student recreation center.
Fraternities and sororities
Interfraternity Council Fraternities:
- Sigma Tau Gamma (1961 – rechartered 1993, as of 2019 currently suspended for 5 years)
- Theta Xi (1966 – rechartered 1987)
- Alpha Sigma Phi (1970)
- Pi Kappa Phi (1985)
- Pi Kappa Alpha (1997, as of 2019 currently suspended for 3 years)
- Kappa Sigma (2006)
- Kappa Delta Rho (1981 – rechartered 2014)
- Theta Chi (2018)
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:
SRU has a student newspaper, Local Access TV Station, a PR Club, radio station, and a student-run literary publication.
- The Rocket, a weekly newspaper with a circulation of 3,000
- 88.1 WSRU-FM, a 100-watt alternative rock station
- SLAB, an annual student-run literary magazine publication.
- Wes Hills – Detroit Lions, Running Back, Scored 2 Touchdowns in his first NFL Game against Tampa Bay Buccaneers on 12/15/2019
- Marcus Martin – NFL Free Agent, Defensive End, NCAA all-time career leader in sacks
- Matt Adams – New York Mets, first baseman, World Series Champion (2019)
- 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.
- Brandon Fusco – drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the 6th round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Played center while at Slippery Rock.
- 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.
- Lawrence Reed – president of the Foundation for Economic Education, former president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy
- M. Richard Rose (1955-2021) – 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 – Head Coach, Rutgers University Women's Basketball program
- Lou Trivino – Oakland Athletics Pitcher
- Royce Waltman – former Head Coach, Men's Basketball; Indiana State University, Univ. of Indianapolis and DePauw University.
- Richard Schweiker – former United States Senator from Pennsylvania (1969–1981) and former United States Secretary of Health and Human Services (1981–1983)
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