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SPOTLIGHT

A daily summary of activities at Slippery Rock University
Friday, Nov. 21

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SRU Crime Information Tip line: 724.738.2SRU (724.738.2778)

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TODAY, SATURDAY and SUNDAY

Nov. 21

8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Commencement ticket distribution. Limit four tickets per graduate. Must show ID. Deadline to pick up tickets is 4 p.m., Nov. 26. 201 Old Main.

Noon to 5 p.m. | Final day. Experiment: An International Exhibition of Fiber Arts exhibit closes. Martha Gault Art Gallery, Maltby Center.

10:30 a.m. | Violence Prevention Program, Part III. Leadership Development Center.

12:10 p.m. Mindfulness Meditation. Each Friday. 225 Patterson.

4 and 8 p.m. | SGA Movie: ``The Giver.'' Free. Smith Student Center Theater.

Nov. 22

6 a.m. | SRU CSIL sponsors charter bus to Washington, D.C., for day of sight-seeing. Tickets $50, due by Nov. 14. Tickets from Smith Student Center Information Desk. Bus returns 1 a.m., Nov. 23. Bus departs from Smith Student Center.

11 a.m. | SRU Cross Country hosts NCAA Atlantic Region Championships. Coopers Lake.

4 p.m. | Chad Williamson Memorial Scholarship Competition. Swope

5:30 p.m. | SRU women's basketball hosts Pitt-Johnstown. Morrow Field House. Live broadcast: www.rockathletics.com/watch .

7:30 p.m.| SRU men's basketball hosts Pitt-Johnstown. Morrow Field House. Live broadcast: www.rockathletics.com/watch .

8 p.m. | SGA Movie: ``The Giver.'' Free. Smith Student Center Theater.

Nov. 23

4 p.m. | SRU Flute Ensemble Concert. Cassandra Eisenreich, SRU music instructor, directs. Swope.

4 and 8 p.m. | SGA Movie: ``The Giver.'' Free. Smith Student Center Theater.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

SRU will observe winter break hours, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a half hour lunch, beginning Dec. 15 and continuing through Jan. 16. (Regular hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with an hour lunch period, return Jan. 19.) Offices currently open over lunch will remain open during this adjusted schedule. During winter hours, business casual dress will be appropriate. Questions: Call the Office of Human Resources, 724.738.2070.

SRU students are asked to submit nominations for the 2015 President's Award for Excellence in Academic Advising, which will be presented at April's Academic Honors Convocation. Nominations are due by Dec. 5. The nomination form is available at:

http://www.sru.edu/president/Pages/President'sInitiatives.aspx .

Due to the Nov. 27 Thanksgiving holiday, Nov. 28 paychecks will be direct deposited Nov. 26. Checks, including student pay checks, will be available from the SRU Payroll Office, 203 Old Main, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Nov. 26, and again the week of Dec. 1.

The SRU energy conservation committee requests students, faculty and staff leaving campus for Thanksgiving remember to conserve energy by turning off and unplugging all unused electronics, including computers, televisions, stereos, radios, clocks, rechargers, etc. The committee also urges turning off lights, turning down thermostats, closing and locking all windows and doors. Draw drapes where possible and check faucets/toilets for drips. Turn off the porch light on the way out the door. The committee reports ``small steps can result in a big payoff.''

The deadline to pick up winter 2014 commencement tickets is 4 p.m., Nov. 26. Tickets may be picked up from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., today through Nov. 26 in 201 Old Main. Each graduate is allowed up to four tickets. Graduates are required to show ID and sign for their tickets.

The Slippery Rock University football team is one of 24 Division II teams competing for a National Championship after being named the No. 5 seed in Super Region One Sunday at the NCAA Selection Show. The NCAA playoff appearance will be the second consecutive and the fifth in program history for The Rock. SRU travels to West Chester Nov. 22, for a first round game, with an expected noon kickoff. The winner will travel to No. 1 Concord Nov. 29. The winner of the Nov. 22 LIU-Post vs. Virginia State game will travel will travel to Bloomsburg for the second round.

SRU's Black History Month Committee is asking those with programs, events, activities and ideas related to the February 2015 theme for Black History Month - ``Looking Back to Move Forward,'' to submit them now for inclusion on the planned Black History Month Calendar. To have an event included, complete the form available at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1oqN8UzmDwh71AC8oP9MH-i7KdGyQhPnameX3FcBGVcw/viewform .

POLICY CHANGE: SRU employees, now including student employees, who want access to their online 2014 W-2 for viewing and printing, can update the ``W-2 Election'' option in their Employee Self-Service account by navigating to the ``Payroll'' tab within the Portal, then electing the online ``W-2 Election'' option.This W-2 electronic enrollment option is open until Dec. 26.SRU has been approved for a pilot program that includes allowing students access to their W-2s online. Questions: 724.738.2069.

The deadline for ordering faculty regalia for the Dec. 13 commencement is Dec. 3. Contact the SGA Bookstore: 724.738.2104.

SRU will observe Thanksgiving by closing Nov. 27. (No day or evening classes, Nov. 26, but all offices open.) For employees represented by AFSCME, Nov. 28, is a floating holiday; all other employees must request an annual, personal or leave without pay day from their supervisor. Employees planning to work Nov. 28 must make prior arrangements with their supervisor. For the December holiday break, SRU will be closed Dec. 25-Jan. 1, with three of the non-holiday days covered by previously earned major and minor holidays, however all emloyees will be required to take Dec. 26 as an annual, personal or leave without pay day.

NEXT SEVEN DAYS

Nov. 24

8 a.m. | Registration opens for winter and spring non-degree students.

8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Commencement ticket distribution. Limit four tickets per graduate. Must show ID. Deadline to pick up tickets is 4 p.m., Nov. 26. 201 Old Main.

9 a.m. | Recognizing and Reporting Sexual Misconduct, Clery Crimes and Child Abuse Training. Pre-registration suggested: https://secure.sru.edu/forms/Training/RRSMCCCA/Registration/ .

315 Smith Student Center.

Noon to 5 p.m. | SRU Student Art Sale. Martha Gault Art Gallery, Malty Center.

4:45 p.m. | Faculty/Staff Zumba. Free each Monday. 225 Patterson.

6 p.m. | SRU women's basketball hosts Penn State Allegheny. Morrow Field House. Live broadcast: www.rockathletics.com/watch .

7 p.m. | Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service hosed by Rock Catholic, Campus Crusade for Christ, The Harbor, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and area churches. Rock Catholic Center at Maltby and Normal avenues.

Nov. 25

8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Commencement ticket distribution. Limit four tickets per graduate. Must show ID. Deadline to pick up tickets is 4 p.m., Nov. 26. 201 Old Main.

Noon to 5 p.m. | SRU Student Art Sale. Martha Gault Art Gallery, Malty Center.

4:45 p.m. | Yoga for faculty and staff. 225 Patterson.

6 p.m. | SRU women's basketball hosts Penn State Fayette. Morrow Field House. Live broadcast: www.rockathletics.com/watch .

Nov. 26

All day | Thanksgiving recess. No day or evening classes. University offices open.

8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Last day to pick up commencement tickets. Limit four tickets per graduate. Must show ID. 201 Old Main.

ON THE HORIZON

Nov. 27

All day | Thanksgiving holiday. University closed.

Nov. 28-29

All day | Thanksgiving holiday break. University closed.

Nov. 30

Midnight | Deadline to submit online entry for PASSHE Fourth Annual Business Plan Competition. Top prize, $10,000. Details: John Golden, instructor SRU School of Business, 724.7384352.

Dec. 1

8 a.m. | Thanksgiving break ends. Classes resume.

4:45 p.m. | Faculty/Staff Zumba. 225 Patterson.

7 p.m. | Red Ribbon Monologues hosted by SRU Student Union of Multicultural Affairs and Presidents Commissions on the state of women, race and ethnicity and general identity and sexual orientation in support of World Aids Day. Smith Student Center.

7 p.m. | UPB presents Kid Ink and Kalin and Myles in concert. Tickets on sale: $18 SRU students; $35, general public. All attendees must be age 18 or older; IDs checked at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m. ARC.

8:45 p.m. | SGA Senate Meeting. Smith Student Center.

Dec. 2

4:45 p.m. | Yoga for faculty and staff. 225 Patterson.

Dec. 3

8 a.m. to 8 p.m. | The SGA Bookstore, hosts its annual Holiday Sale offering all SRU merchandise at 20 percent off. Free gift wrapping available. Every $100 sale includes chance to win a prize. Smith Student Center.



8:30 a.m. | Recognizing and Reporting Sexual Misconduct, Clery Crimes and Child Abuse Training. Pre-registration suggested: https://secure.sru.edu/forms/Training/RRSMCCCA/Registration/ . 315 Smith Student Center.

3-5 p.m. | Stress Less. SRU Student Counseling Center hosts event to help relieve stress. Watson Hall Great Room.

5:30 p.m. | Senior Career 411. SRU career team offers seniors crash course on resumes, cover letters, interview and job search. 319 Smith Student Center.

6 p.m. | SRU women's basketball hosts Edinboro. Green Out and Chuck a Duck promotion for prizes. Morrow Field House. Live broadcast: www.rockathletics.com/watch .

7 p.m. | The Walk of Shame: The Truth About College Hookups. Panel discussion. Smith Student Center.

8 p.m. | SRU men's basketball hosts Edinboro. Green Out and Chuck a Duck promotion for prizes. Morrow Field House. Live broadcast: www.rockathletics.com/watch .

8 p.m. | Planetarium Show. Vincent Science Center.

Dec. 4

8:30-10:30 a.m. | Commuter Breakfast. Free for students who commute from their permanent home address. Smith Student Center, Quaker Steak & Lube.

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Season of Giving. Project Christmas Elf donation collection. Smith Student Center Ballroom.

12:30 p.m. | Students, faculty, staff and community members will place appropriate items in the SRU 125th Anniversary time capsule. The capsule, which will later be placed on permanent display in the Smith Student Center, is to be opened in 25 years, 2039, when SRU celebrates its 150th anniversary. Smith Student Center Lobby.

Noon to 2 p.m. | Holiday Around the World offered by the Office of Multicultural Development. Smith Student Center.

4:45 p.m. | Tai chi. 225 Patterson.

6:30 p.m. | Pre-Kwanzaa hosted by the Black Action Society. The seven principles of Kwanzaa will be explained. Smith Student Center.

7 p.m. | SRU Potters Guild hosts free open studio each Thursday for all to learn use of potter's wheel and clay sculpting. Materials and tools provided. Ceramics Studio.

Dec. 5

7 p.m. | Jumpstart Winter Ball hosted by Office of Multicultural Development. RSVP 724.7382700. Smith Student Center.

Dec. 6

2 and 5 p.m. | SRU Dance Department Fall Concert. Tickets from the Smith Student Center Information Desk. Swope.

Dec. 7

2 and 5 p.m. | SRU Dance Department Fall Concert. Tickets from the Smith Student Center Information Desk. Swope.

Dec. 8

All day | Last day of fall semester classes.

7 p.m. | SRU men's basketball hosts Ohio University. Morrow Field House.

Dec. 9

8 a.m. | Finals week.

Dec. 10

All day | Senior citizens can register for winter classes. Online.

All day | Final exam week.

5 p.m. | Toys for Tots collected from on-campus boxes.

Dec. 11

All day | Final exam week.

8:30 a.m. | Recognizing and Reporting Sexual Misconduct, Clery Crimes and Child Abuse Training. Pre-registration suggested: https://secure.sru.edu/forms/Training/RRSMCCCA/Registration/ . 315 Smith Student Center.

Dec. 12:

All day | Final exam week.

1:30 p.m. | Commencement rehearsal. All graduates required to attend. Morrow Field House.

Dec. 13

All day | Final day for final exams.

11 a.m. | Commencement. Tickets required for admission. Morrow Field House.

Dec. 14

No events scheduled.

Dec. 15

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Winter office hours.

8:30 a.m. | Recognizing and Reporting Sexual Misconduct, Clery Crimes and Child Abuse Training. Pre-registration suggested: https://secure.sru.edu/forms/Training/RRSMCCCA/Registration/ . 315 Smith Student Center.

Dec. 16

3 p.m. | Final grades due online.

5:30 p.m. | SRU women's basketball hosts Millersville. Morrow Field House.

7:30 p.m. | SRU men's basketball hosts Millersville. Morrow Field House.

ONGOING:

As part of the State System of Higher Education's response to a recent phishing attack, a decision to exercise an overabundance of caution has been made, including the ability to change direct deposit information in ESS.Additionally, all data available through ESS was reviewed in an attempt to determine how to make the system more secure. Following the review, the functionality to change direct deposit will be made available again and additional security capabilities will be rolled out, including allowing employees the option of receiving notifications to their mobile device. All employees will now see the date and time of their last ESS logon in the upper left side of the ESS screen. This can be useful to ensure that no off-hours logons have occurred. In the most recent phishing attack, all of the account numbers were changed when employees would likely not have been at work, e.g.,between midnight and 3 a.m.There is no opt-in required for this update/change. Over the next several weeks, employees can opt-in for any or all of the new alerts, and be notified by text message when critical information has been viewed or changed.The schedule is: (1) User time and long in; now effective. (2) Direct deposit updates by Nov. 30; (3) Viewing W-2 forms, Dec. 15; and (4) All updates, including email updates, Dec. 31. Overall, no security measures can take the place of common sense and good personal security practices.It is crucial that employees never release their personal information, including username and password, without first verifying the validity of the request. Questions: SRU Payroll Office, 724.738.2069.

The PASSHE Faculty Professional Development Councilis accepting proposals involvinga program to provide funding to faculty members for professional growth, which focus on the scholarship of pedagogy.The funds will provide professional development required to gain expertise in - to learn - innovative methods of teaching that improves student- learning outcomes.Funds will also promote and support opportunities for faculty to develop their skills in evidenced-based, highly effective methods of teaching and learning and employing instructional materials and methods that have a convincing evidentiary basis of effectiveness, including, but not limited to, more extensive use of modern laboratory methods, proven distance-learning education methods (or hybrids) designs and improved approaches to motivating student interest and supporting students' efforts to succeed and develop assessment strategies intended to strengthen teaching and learning.A total of $75,000 is available: maximum awards of up to $10,000 for each proposal will be considered.Each PASSHE university may submit up to two proposals as the lead applicant for consideration. The submission deadline is 4 p.m., Feb. 16. The full RFP may be obtained at: http://www.sru.edu/academics/grants/Pages/InternalFundingOpportunities(RFPs).aspx .Details: Nancy Cruikshank, SRU director of grants, research and sponsored programs, 724.738.4831.

The University's Inclement Weather Policy, including the Compressed Class Schedule, in the event of winter weather or other emergencies, is available at: http://www.sru.edu/PublicRelations/Pages/SRUAlerts.aspx . Regional radio and television stations will also be advised.

University Parking Regulations prohibit commuter overnight parking, from 2-5:30 a.m., now through April 1, regardless of snow. Lots affected include: Alumni Commuter Lot, McKay Commuter Lot, Union Commuter Lot, Founders Lower Commuter Lot, PT Staff/Commuter Lot and Swope Commuter Lot

Toys for Tots collection under way. Collection boxes in Old Main, North Hall, Smith Student Center and the Lowry Center. Collection closes Dec. 10. Sponsored by SRU Army ROTC cadets.

The Faculty Professional Development Council of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education has released a Request for Proposals to provide funding to faculty members for professional growth. Proposals are sought in the following categories: Joint Faculty-Student Basic or Applied Research; Scholarly Research: Basic or Applied; Joint Faculty-Student Public Service; Creative and Performing Arts; and, Individual Career Enhancement in Off-Site Settings.The maximum request amount is $10,000. Deadline: 4 p.m., Jan. 26.Proposal preparation and submission instructions can be obtained at: http://www.sru.edu/academics/grants/Pages/InternalFundingOpportunities(RFPs).aspx . Contact: Nancy Cruikshank, director of grants and sponsored research, at 724.738.4831

SRU's information and administrative technology services department will be migrating all staff/faculty mailboxes to the new email system over the next few weeks. Click here for details: http://www.sru.edu/academics/iats/Pages/EmailMigration.aspx .

Top of The Rock is emailed each weekday morning to the entire Slippery Rock University community. It contains the day's and upcoming week's activities as well as important announcements concerning campus. Items included are taken from the university master calendar available at: http://calendar.sru.edu/webevent/scripts/webevent.plx . The red checkmark indicates the item is a new or updated listing. All members of the University community may post campus and campus-related events on the University Master Calendar by using the ``Submit Item'' box. See additional information below under Instructions/Information.''

Blue Light Safety Stations are located throughout campus?and provide immediate access to University Police.?Safety call boxes are located throughout all academic buildings?and also provide immediate direct access to University Police.

INSTRUCTION/INFORMATION

Faculty, staff and students are urged to sign up for emergency alerts related to SRU. Those not registered, or needing to update information on e2Campus may do so by clicking the emergency alert icon found at:

http://www.sru.edu/PublicRelations/Pages/SRUAlerts.aspx and following the simple instructions. Emergency information is also posted on the SRU homepage, sent via campus email and shared with the regional news media.

For details regarding requests for mass emails, including campus surveys, on campus, click: http://www.sru.edu/PublicRelations/newsInfo/Pages/RequestMassE-Mail.aspx .

http://www.sru.edu/PublicRelations/newsInfo/Pages/FraudulentE-Mail.aspx .

Items appearing in top of the rock are taken from the SRU Master Activity Calendar. The calendar is also used for submission of items to the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Chancellor's Office and regional newspapers. Items should be posted as

soon as the basic information is assembled. For details about posting items on the hotmaicalendar (or making changes), click here: http://www.sru.edu/PublicRelations/newsInfo/Pages/PostSRUMasterActivityCalendar.aspx .

University Newsroom: http://www.sru.edu/PublicRelations/Pages/UniversityPublicRelations.aspx

rockpride online: http://rockpride.sru.edu

SRU Crime Information Tip line: 724.738.2SRU (724.738.2778)