Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Slippery Rock U. Celebrates 125 Years

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Slippery Rock U. Celebrates 125 Years

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At 11:30 this morning, Slippery Rock University and area churches will ring their bells to launch the university's "125 Kick Off Celebration," an official beginning of a yearlong celebration of the school's 125th anniversary.

The university was founded in 1889 as Slippery Rock State Normal School. It was created through the efforts of community residents who wanted to bring higher education through an institution to train men and women to be teachers. The school opened March 26, 1889.

The bell ringing is to be followed with a "Grand March" of students, faculty and staff that starts at Old Main, the oldest building on campus, and ends at the Smith Student Center, the newest building on campus.

Cheryl Norton, Slippery Rock's 16th president, is to lead the march and afterward will help launch the Green and White Society's yearlong "We Are The Rock" names project. Throughout the year, volunteers will read the names of approximately 80,000 students who have attended the university since its beginning. …

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