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‘Hey, Jude,’ SRU was up ’til 2 A contingent of Slippery Rock University students stayed “Up 'til 2” at the ARC to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The event, which celebrated its 11th year, surpassed its goal of raising more than $18,000 for Memphis, Tennessee-based St. Jude, which annually treats more than 7,500 children suffering from childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The 5 1/2-hour program - which included games, prizes, food and music - featured participating students raising $100 or more to compete in hourly activities and challenges in support of St. Jude patients. More than 75 percent of St. Jude’s funding comes from public contributions. Families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food.

‘Paws’ and Relax

Michael Bachuchin, ’76 Bachelor of Science, Physical Education and Maria Bachuchin, ’76 Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education HOME:

Chesterton, Indiana


Maria and Mike Bachuchin recently retired after 40 year careers – Maria as a kindergarten teacher and grade level coordinator; Mike as a YMCA director, high school special educator and algebra teacher. The Bachuchins coached the Chesterton (Indiana) High School girls’ gymnastics team for 25 years and owned Lakeshore Gymnastics and Dance.


The Bachuchins are still active in teaching and gymnastics, as tutors and officials. They love travel, music, visiting SRU, rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Penguins, Pirates and of course, Rock football.

Sponsored by Slippery Rock University’s President’s Commission for Wellness, therapy dogs, Bella and Sookie, visited students in Patterson Hall. The duo, owned by Deborah Hutchins, assistant professor of recreational therapy, is registered with Therapy Dogs International, a volunteer organization “dedicated to regulating, testing and registration of therapy dogs and their volunteer handlers for the purpose of visiting nursing homes, hospitals, other institutions and wherever else therapy dogs are needed.” Studies have shown that animal-assisted therapy can promote human improvements in physical, social, emotional and/or cognitive function.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Maria Bachuchin has been responsible for initiating more than 1,500 kindergarten students’ educational experiences. Mike Bachuchin loved seeing his struggling math students succeed on the Indiana State Algebra Assessment. As coaches, the Bachuchins were four-time Indiana Coach of the Year award recipients and received a nomination for National Coach of the Year (2000). WHY WE GIVE: 

“Our professional and personal lives would not have been possible without the great education, extra-curricular activities and resources available to us at The Rock. We give so that young adults can begin their own successful journeys – as students, as athletes and as career professionals.”

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