SRU ASSP Student Section Selected as ASSP Outstanding Student Section of the Year for 2020-2021

The Slippery Rock University ASSP Student Section was selected as 2020 –2021 Outstanding Student Section of the Year Award. The 2021 OSSA Evaluation Committee was extremely impressed with the Sections strength in in all three critical areas – Professional Development, Research, and Campus and Community Involvement. The Evaluation Committee went on to commend the Section on the quality and quantity of research sponsored by and conducted by the Student Section members.

A delegation from the Student Section along with the Faculty Advisor, Cindy Medford CSP represented the Student Section at Safety 2021 in Austin TX.

The Western PA Chapter was happy to take the delegation to dinner at Safety 2021.

Nomination and Elections Committee Members Needed

The Chapter needs volunteers for the 2021 Nominations and Election Committee to oversee the 2022 Election of Officers for the 2022-2023 Chapter year. Duties include reviewing nominations for Chapter Officers ensuring the candidates meet the requirements for holding office, if so elected. The committee will be functioning from December 2021 through March 2022. More definitive information can be found in the Chapter By-laws in Article VI – Nomination and Election of Officers. The By-laws are located on the ASSP WPA website under the “About” tab, then “Chapter Documents”. The link to the page is here. If you are interested in volunteering for the Nominations & Elections Committee, email Chapter President Fran Sehn at  .

Please let Fran Sehn know of your interest via email no later than November 19, 2021.

Planning Committee Members for the 2022 Western PA ASSP PDC

The 2022 Western PA PDC Planning Committee will be Kelley Albamonti, Jackie Barkus, Jillian Tilko, Wanda Minnick, Joe Kopko, Kelley Edmier, Tracey Cekada, Audrey Alcorn and Wayne Vanderhoof.

These are the members of the Chapter that will organizing the event, vetting Speakers, arranging for catering, acquiring vendors and sponsors, managing the CEU process, tracking registration, day of event activities, and other tasks as needed to conduct a successful PDC.

If you have any ideas for speakers, topics, location, or a suggestion for this Planning Committee contact any of them individually or contact Wayne Vanderhoof at

Student Section Affairs Chairs

The Executive Committee of Western PA Chapter of ASSP is working to grow the Chapter’s involvement and inclusion of the Student Chapters at Indiana University of PA (IUP) and Slippery Rock University (SRU). One of the ways we are doing this is to specifically designate a person as the Student Section Affairs Chair for each Student Chapter. These Chairs will ensure that members of the Student Sections are informed of Chapter business and that their needs and interests are represented within the chapter Executive Committee.

The Chair for IUP is Chris Sarracino and for SRU is Jackie Barkus.

ASSP Considering a Governance Model Change

The ASSP is considering a change in the current governance model by transitioning from a House of Delegates to an at-large advisory group, empowering the Board of Directors to fully govern the Society. This change will be voted upon at the September 28. 2021 House of Delegates virtual meeting. More information is available on the ASSP Governance webpage ( A one-page summary is available on the same webpage titled “Repositioning ASSP Factsheet” and can also be accessed here. The ASSP Governance webpage has all of the information made available to members including a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section. Questions can be directed to the Delegates of this Chapter or to ASSP at the ASSP Governance webpage.

Voting on this Governance Change has been re-scheduled for January 2022.