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SPOTLIGHT

A daily summary of activities at Slippery Rock University
Friday, Nov. 28

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TODAY

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

The Swope Commuter Parking Lot will close the night of Nov. 30 and remain closed all day Dec. 1 in preparation for the 7 p.m., Dec. 1 Kid Ink concert in the ARC.

Top of The Rock will publish through Nov. 26, then resume Dec. 1. Items in the report come from the SRU Master Activity Calendar.

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.

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. 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.

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.

ON THE HORIZON

Dec. 1

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

Noon to 5 p.m. | The Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Exhibition, featuring Constance Briggs of Grove City, Chelsea Burton of Harborcreek, Sean McDonald of Butler and Daniel Senneway of Pittsburgh, continues noon to 5 p.m., weekdays through Dec. 5. Opening reception 5-7 p.m., today. Martha Gault Art Gallery, Maltby Center.

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.

7 p.m. | Paul Scanlon, special assistant to the president, will lecture on SRU's progress on meeting the President's Climate Commitment, federal grant opportunities for SRU and local organizations, and navigating SRU's sustainability website. He will also discuss classes offered at SRU related to Sustainability. 111 Spotts.

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

Dec. 2

Noon to 5 p.m. | The Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Exhibition, featuring Constance Briggs of Grove City, Chelsea Burton of Harborcreek, Sean McDonald of Butler and Daniel Senneway of Pittsburgh, continues noon to 5 p.m., weekdays through Dec. 5. Martha Gault Art Gallery, Maltby Center.

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.

Noon to 5 p.m. | The Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Exhibition, featuring Constance Briggs of Grove City, Chelsea Burton of Harborcreek, Sean McDonald of Butler and Daniel Senneway of Pittsburgh, continues noon to 5 p.m., weekdays through Dec. 5. Martha Gault Art Gallery, Maltby Center.

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

4 p.m | Deadline for ordering faculty regalia for the Dec. 13 commencement. Contact the SGA Bookstore: 724.738.2104.

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. SRU Green and White Society urges fans to wear green. All SRU students wearing green will have a chance to win a $50 SGA Bookstore Gift Card. SRU's Army ROTC cadets will accept Toys for Tots donations and free admission is offered for anyone donating a toy. 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.

7:30 p.m. | SRU Wind Ensemble, Stephen Barr, assistant professor of music, directs. Suggested donation: $5, general public; $3 SRU students. Swope.

8 p.m. | SRU men's basketball hosts Edinboro. Green Out and Chuck a Duck promotion for prizes. SRU Green and White Society urges fans to wear green. All SRU students wearing green will have a chance to win a $50 SGA Bookstore Gift Card. SRU's Army ROTC cadets will accept Toys for Tots donations and free admission is offered for anyone donating a toy. 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.

Noon to 5 p.m. | The Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Exhibition, featuring Constance Briggs of Grove City, Chelsea Burton of Harborcreek, Sean McDonald of Butler and Daniel Senneway of Pittsburgh, continues noon to 5 p.m., weekdays through Dec. 5. Martha Gault Art Gallery, Maltby Center.

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.

12:30 p.m. | University Forum. Weisenfluh

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

1 p.m. | SRU Council of Trustees Academic and Student Affairs Committee. Open to the public. 320 Smith Student Center.

2 p.m. | SRU Council of Trustees Finance and Administrative Affairs Committee. Open to the public. 320 Smith Student Center.

3:30 p.m.| SRU Council of Trustees Governance Committee. Open to the public. 320 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.

7:30 p.m. | SRU Jazz Ensemble and SRU Jazz Lab Band, directed by Jason Kush, assistant professor of music and associate professor of music, direct. Suggested donation: $5, general public; $3, SRU students. Swope.

Dec. 5

10:45 p.m. | Council of Trustees Advancement Committee. Open to the public. 320 Smith Student Center.

Noon to 5 p.m. | The Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Exhibition, featuring Constance Briggs of Grove City, Chelsea Burton of Harborcreek, Sean McDonald of Butler and Daniel Senneway of Pittsburgh, concludes today. Martha Gault Art Gallery, Maltby Center.

1:30 p.m. | Council of Trustees quarterly meeting. Open to the public. Anyone wishing to address the trustees during the public comments section must sign up prior to the meeting. Sign-up sheets are available on site. 321 Smith Student Center.

4 p.m. | Deadline for submission of nominations for the President's Award for Excellence in Academic Advising. Nomination forms at: http://www.sru.edu/president/Pages/President'sInitiatives.aspx .

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.

Noon to 5 p.m. | The Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Exhibition, featuring Aleah Saganis of New Kensington and Mauricia Torres of New Castle, continues noon to 5 p.m., weekdays through Dec. 11. Opening reception 5-7 p.m., today. Martha Gault Art Gallery, Maltby Center.

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

Dec. 9

8 a.m. | Finals week.

Noon to 5 p.m. | The Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Exhibition, featuring Aleah Saganis of New Kensington and Mauricia Torres of New Castle, continues noon to 5 p.m., weekdays through Dec. 11. Martha Gault Art Gallery, Maltby Center.

Dec. 10

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

All day | Final exam week.

Noon to 5 p.m. | The Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Exhibition, featuring Aleah Saganis of New Kensington and Mauricia Torres of New Castle, continues noon to 5 p.m., weekdays through Dec. 11. Martha Gault Art Gallery, Maltby Center.

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.

Noon to 5 p.m. | The Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Exhibition, featuring Aleah Saganis of New Kensington and Mauricia Torres of New Castle, continues noon to 5 p.m., weekdays through Dec. 11. Martha Gault Art Gallery, Maltby Center.

Dec. 12:

All day | Final exam week.

Noon to 5 p.m. | The Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Exhibition, featuring Aleah Saganis of New Kensington and Mauricia Torres of New Castle, concludes today. Martha Gault Art Gallery, Maltby Center.

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.

Dec. 17

8 a.m. | Winter session classes begin.

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

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

Dec. 18

All day online: Drop/add deadline for winter session.

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.

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 Council is accepting proposals involving a 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/administration/directory/emergency/Pages/InclementWeather.aspx All schedule changes will be sent as quickly as possible via mass emails to all University email accounts. SRU also offers e2Campus alerts. To sign up for e2Campus, visit: 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 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."

SRU's University Police offer an "SRU Tip Line" to report crimes, suspicious activity or for providing general information from witnesses or details shared by others. The SRU Tip Line can be reached at: 724.738.2778. The tip line is designed to keep the caller anonymous if he or she so chooses. The tip line only accepts incoming messages and is checked daily. The line should not be used to report crimes in progress, suspicious activity, or situations needing immediate attention. Call University Police at 724.738.3333 (or Ext 3333 on campus) to report any crime in progress, suspicious activity, or a situation needing immediate attention. The SRU University Police Department is staffed 24/7/365. The Tip Line number appears daily near the bottom of the Top of The Rock report. 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)