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April 4, 2014
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU marks 125th Anniversary with day of scholarly research presentations

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University, celebrating its 125th anniversary, will offer a full day of academic presentations April 10 when it presents the annual Slippery Rock University Symposium for Student Research, Scholarship and Creative Achievement in the Smith Student Center.

More than 200 students and faculty will be involved in the presentations.

"We do this program annually to give our students a forum where student achievement in all disciplines is shared and celebrated," said Philip Tramdack, director of Bailey Library and director of the symposium.

"The event includes a journal offering abstracts for every symposium presentation and showcases significant examples of student-faculty collaboration, emblematic of the innovative teaching and learning taking place at SRU," he said.

"By participating in the symposium, students learn about research methods in their disciplines, the scholarly process of information dissemination and the creative achievement of exhibiting and performing original work," he said.

"We welcome students, faculty and staff to stop by any of the various presentations as their schedules permit," he said.

The complete program is available at:

The symposium, launched 14 years ago, has provided student scholars, artists and writers a chance to present their work in a conference setting in front of a critical audience of peers. The symposium has helped spark enthusiasm for original work in all disciplines, Tramdack said.

The annual event supports the mission of the SRU Center for Student Research created in 2008.

The center works to provide any interested SRU student the opportunity to work closely with a faculty member in a research, scholarly or creative experience.

The symposium will offer poster presentations as well as oral presentations, performances and exhibits in nearly every academic discipline offered at SRU.

The online version of the symposium's journal is available at:

SRU was founded in 1889 as Slippery Rock State Normal School and has grown to become a four-year comprehensive university as part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The school opened March 26, 1889, with 168 students. Today more than 8,300 are enrolled in nationally accredited academic programs.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.