Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (also known as The Rock or SRU)
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania is a public, master’s-level university that offers some doctoral programs in cooperation with Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Both institutions are members of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. 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, the cornerstone being Watson Hall.
In 2012, Cheryl Joy Norton was appointed as the university’s first female president.
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.
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, where they were upset by Mercyhurst University by a score of 45-23.