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‘And the winners are...’ Slippery Rock University’s Office of University Communication and Public Affairs will need to invest in a new departmental trophy case if this kind of thing keeps happening. CPA staff and student designers were the recipients of 41 awards for a variety of in-house produced communication projects, including posters, magazine ads and videos promoting a myriad of campus events. The accolades began with nine CUPPIE awards, presented by CUPRAP, the creative excellence in marketing and communications organization, as part of its annual awards competition; and were followed by 10 Collegiate Advertising Awards; 18 Educational Advertising Awards – including four Gold Awards – before bringing home three national Educational Digital Marketing Awards. The EDMAs recognize the best educational websites, digital content, electronic communications, mobile media and social media.

Harry Norton, ’85 Bachelor of Science, Recreation

“It’s an incredible honor to be recognized with so many regional and national awards through these distinguished competitions,” said Rita Abent, executive director for communication and public affairs. “Our staff is phenomenal and it’s great to see them recognized for the work they are doing.”


Lancaster, Pennsylvania


Certified parks & recreation professional for Manheim Township.


Fishing, pickleball and reading.


Being a father to my two sons, Evan and Andrew. One graduated from college and the other from high school in May; celebrating 25 years of wedded bliss to my beautiful wife, Nancy, with a celebratory trip to Punta Cana; and a successful 30-year career in my field of study at Slippery Rock State College/ University (I was there during the big transition.)


I have been blessed and am fortunate to be able to pass on the blessing. As a board member on the Landon Family Foundation – whose motto is “Givin’ while you’re livin’, so you’re knowin’ where it’s goin’” – we are able to allocate monies to educational, humanitarian and medical efforts. SRU provided me with a sound education and lifelong friends through my involvement with the men’s soccer team and dorm life, so I am glad to be able to invest in a student and assist them in achieving their goals through my scholarship.



SRU art major ‘exhibits’ art across London Zachary Rutter, a Slippery Rock University junior fine arts major from West Mifflin, decided the time was right for an “intercontinental exhibition” when, as part of an SRU study abroad excursion to London, England, the aspiring artist from Pittsburgh “dropped” 35 original works of art throughout the city. Rutter received 20 “exuberant” text responses from Londoners that came across his works in addition to various Instagram and Twitter posts expressing gratitude for his works. One of Rutter’s recipients included a guard of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom. Rutter placed his paintings at renowned tourist attractions including Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and Abbey Road.

Rock Magazine Summer 2017  
Rock Magazine Summer 2017