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 April 2011 Archive 




April 29, 2011
Pam Arnhold receives ‘Friends in Education Award’

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Pam Arnhold, Slippery Rock University assistant professor of physical education, has received the “Friends in Education Award” from the Midwestern Intermediate Unit 4. The award recognizes Arnhold’s leadership in preparing students for careers in adapted physical education and involvement with SRU’s adapted aquatics program.

April 28, 2011
SRU graduate takes reins at Clairton City School District

Wayde Killmeyer, a 1998 Slippery Rock University secondary mathematics/science master’s degree graduate, will become the superintendent of the Clairton City School District effective July 1.

April 27, 2011
SRU Civil War weekend offers historians chance to buff up

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. –Slippery Rock University’s Old Stone House, in conjunction with the 10th PA Reserves “Mercer Rifles” reenactment group, will celebrate the history of the American Civil War May 14-15.

April 27,2011
SRU Army ROTC plans May 7 commissioning

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Seven Slippery Rock University Army ROTC cadets will receive their second lieutenant commissions at a 4 p.m. May 7 ceremony in the Advanced Technology and Science Hall.

April 27, 2011
Married couple marks milestone with May graduation

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Each has juggled work, homework and parenting responsibilities. Each has felt the stress of studying late at night, on weekends and when time allowed. The pressure-cooker balancing act for Bryan Fuhs, Slippery Rock University fiscal assistant for Institutional Research, and his wife, Cathy Fuhs, will lessen significantly May 7.

April 27, 2011
SRU women’s tennis earns NCAA berth; will host regional meet

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Slippery Rock University will host one of the two NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional women’s tennis tournaments May 1-2, the NCAA office announced Tuesday.

April 26, 2011
SRU announces 2011-12 Performing Art Series

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The Flying Karamazov Brothers, Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary fame, the best of holiday Broadway and Tap Kids make up the shows in the 2011-12 Slippery Rock University Performing Arts Series. Season tickets are now on sale.

April 26, 2011
Bordogna tells SRU’s story, lists opportunities down under

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – When Genevieve Bordogna, Slippery Rock University’s international student adviser in the International Services Office, visited Australia to recruit students for SRU the native “slanguage” barbie, crock, boot, jumbuck and bunya nut – didn’t faze her a bit.

April 25, 2011
Elevator Pitch’ paves way for SRU business management major

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Sam Paladin, a Slippery Rock University, a business management major with his own Pittsburgh-based business, has found the road to success may be paved with sealcoating after winning the $1,500 top honor in SRU’s School of Business’ Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator's 2011 "Rock the Boat" Elevator Pitch Competition.

April 25, 2011
Two SRU computer science major earn Hall of Fame honors

Nicholas Kicher, a Slippery Rock University computer science major from Pittsburgh, and Mike Tasota, an SRU computer science and math major from Monroeville, have earned spots in the Hall of Champions with a third place in the two-person division at the IMC Financial Markets 2011 Programming Contest.

April 22, 2011
Rocket takes seven Society for Collegiate Journalist awards

The Rocket, Slippery Rock University’s weekly student newspaper, has taken seven awards in the annual Society for Collegiate Journalists competition, including first place in the IW-4 News Series category and in the editorial cartoons category. The newspaper took second place in the “Overall Excellence – Print” category.

April 21, 2011
Erie Art Museum displays SRU student, faculty works

Art pieces by three Slippery Rock University students and a faculty member are on display at the Erie Art Museum’s 88th Annual Spring Show that continues through June 26. The museum received 593 submissions from 304 artists living within 250 miles of Erie and selected 90 pieces for the exhibit.

April 20, 2011
Professors offer cross-curricular sustainability workshop

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Environmental stewardship, alternative energy and sustainable practice are major themes in Slippery Rock University’s strategic plan “Reaching for 2025 and Beyond.” To assist their colleagues in developing strategies for more fully engaging students in sustainability, Langdon Smith and Julie Snow, professors in the department of geography, geology and the environment, will offer a May 5 “Sustainability Across the Curriculum Teaching Workshop.”

April 20, 2011
Kaleidoscope ’11 offers closing dance concert, lecture

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – “The Final Piece: A Contemporary Dance Concert” featuring eclectically distinctive choreography by 23 Slippery Rock University dance major seniors, will be presented at 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday in Swope Music Hall. The concert will include a collaborative dance with Lindsay Fisher, a New York City choreographer, based on her two-week residency at SRU.

April 20, 2011
SRU, USTA team for trend-setting tennis program

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University officials announced Wednesday the University will be one of the first colleges or universities in the nation to implement the United States Tennis Association 10 and Under QuickStart Tennis play format into its physical education curriculum.

April 20, 2011
Valentine receives $1,500 Intel micro-grant

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – David Valentine, interim dean of the College of Business, Information and Social Science and a professor of computer science, has received a $1,500 micro-grant from the Intel Academic Community.

April 20, 2011
SRU students ‘Ecosystem’ students get hands-on learning

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Students in Paulette Viola’s “Natural History of the Ecosystems” graduate and undergraduate classes at Slippery Rock University have been up to their hips in swamps, creeks, open fields, and snow, as well as up the proverbial tree as part of their out-of-classroom learning experiences this semester.

April 20, 2011
SRU communication department presents first ‘Friend’ award

Mary Beth Ford, a 1986 Slippery Rock University communication graduate, now director of corporate relations for Duquesne University, has been presented the University communication department’s first Friend of Communication award.

April 20, 2011

SRU communication department presents first ‘Friend’ award 

Mary Beth Ford, a 1986 Slippery Rock University communication graduate, now director of corporate relations for Duquesne University, has been presented the University communication department’s first Friend of Communication award.

April 19, 2011
‘Exercise is Medicine’ kicks off campus awareness campaign

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Instead of sitting and reading this, you should be moving – was the primary message Tuesday when a host of experts helped Slippery Rock University’s exercise and rehabilitative sciences department kick off the second phase of its “Exercise is Medicine” awareness campaign.

April 19, 2011
Student training exercise involves LifeFlight helicopter

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – A LifeFlight helicopter from Pittsburgh’s Allegheny General Hospital will fly into Slippery Rock University air space and land on campus Monday, but there is no need for alarm. A medical pilot, paramedic and two flight nurses are coming to give 50 SRU safety management majors emergency-response training.

April 19, 2011
SRU’s Curry lands ‘Top 40’ spot

Charles Curry, Slippery Rock University vice president for finance and administration, was named as one of 2010’s “Top 40 Inspirers” by InSpire Magazine.

April 18, 2011
SRU graduate takes reins of Major League Soccer

Jon Radke, a 2002 Slippery Rock University sport management graduate, has been named director of operations for Major League Soccer and will now be based in New York City.

April 15, 2011
PASSHE governor extend chancellor’s, president’s contracts

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The board of governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education voted unanimously April 7 to extend the contract of Chancellor John Cavanaugh and 11 PASSHE university presidents, including Slippery Rock University’s Robert Smith, through June 30, 2014.

The action came before Smith announced Tuesday he would be stepping down in January.

April 15, 2011
SRU’s Chris Warning earns PSAC Top 10 honor

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – Chris Warning, a Slippery Rock University men’s track and field standout from Monroeville, was named to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Winter Top 10 in a Wednesday release from the league office.

April 14, 2011
President prepares for retirement; praises SRU programs

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – By this time next year, Robert Smith, Slippery Rock University president, and his wife, Ramona, expect to be settling into a new home in Franklin, Tenn. Smith announced his intent to retire in January at Tuesday’s Academic Assembly.

April 14, 2011
SRU philosophy students take honors at PASSHE conference

R. Maxwell Spears, a Slippery Rock University philosophy major from Butler, and Megan Kuhr, an SRU philosophy major from Brooklyn, Ohio, garnered prizes for papers they presented at the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Interdisciplinary Association for Philosophy and Religious Studies Annual Conference.

April 13, 2011
Movie, concerts, Children’s Day keep Kaleidoscope rolling

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. –“Roll the Dice,” an award-winning comedy movie written and directed by Pittsburghers, will be shown at 7 p.m. Monday in Slippery Rock University’s Advanced Technology and Science Hall. The free movie is part of SRU’s 30-event Kaleidoscope Arts Festival that began Wednesday and continues through April 23.

April 13, 2011
SRU president announces four appointments

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Robert Smith, Slippery Rock University president, Tuesday announced four new appointments, including two deans, a new director of Career Services and a new director of SRU’s Honors Program.

April 13, 2011
SRU’s Wajda garners ACBSP teaching excellence award

Theresa Wajda, associate professor in Slippery Rock University’s School of Business, has been named a Region 2 Teaching Excellence Award recipient by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.

April 12, 2011
President Smith announces retirement

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University President Robert Smith announced Tuesday his intent to retire from his position effective January 2012.

April 12, 2011
Slippery Rock University launches ‘Exercise is Medicine’ program

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Two nationally recognized health experts will help Slippery Rock University officially launch its version of the global health initiative “Exercise is Medicine” Tuesday. The University is calling for a seismic shift in the campus and community culture to embrace physical activity as an essential part of human wellness and disease prevention.

April 12, 2011
SRU Financial Aid Office garners DOE praise

Slippery Rock University’s financial aid officers have received praise from the U.S. Education Department for the relative ease with which they handled what could have been a disruptive switch last year in how federal student loan funds are disbursed.

April 11, 2011
SRU safety management majors lead nation in scholarships

Seven Slippery Rock University safety management majors have received $15,600 in scholarship aid from the American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation, making SRU the top university in the nation both in number of students honored and total dollars awarded.

            The foundation awarded a total of more than $125,000 to students in safety programs across the U.S.

April 8, 2011
SRU graduate student earns national AAHPERD scholarship

Deana Waintraub, a Slippery Rock University women’s soccer team graduate student from Richmond Hill, Ontario, has been presented one of two Abernathy Presidential Scholarships from the National American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

April 7, 2011
ROCK Nation seeks advocates for SRU, higher education

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. –“ROCK Nation,” a network for Slippery Rock University supporters to unite and communicate their support for the University and higher education is up and running – and attracting fellow enthusiasts.

April 7, 2011
SRU receives $500 grant for adapted physical activity

Slippery Rock University has received a $500 Tommy Wilson Grant from the American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation. The grant – only three were awarded nationally – will be used to purchase adapted equipment supporting SRU’s “Kids in Action” and “Teen Rec” adapted physical activity programs for children with autism.

April 6, 2011
Banner day: SRU launches new course registration process

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. –It has been nearly two years in the making, but Slippery Rock University’s new, state-of-the-art online course registration system is ready to debut Monday when current students log on and begin scheduling classes for fall semester.

April 6, 2011
Kaleidoscope kicks off with outdoor celebration, art dedication

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University’s April 13-23 Kaleidoscope Arts Festival kicks off Wednesday with live music, activities, food and the unveiling of art originals created by SRU students for the lobby fountain in Carruth Rizza Hall. Eight objects representing the foreign languages taught at SRU will be dedicated.

April 6, 2011
Student researches financial implications of autism

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – While the cause of autism remains the subject of heated debate, Slippery Rock University student Justina Cerra recently completed a research project that focuses on another aspect of the disorder the cost of treatment.

April 6, 2011
Florida Today spotlights alumna for job-finding success

Marjorie Bartok, a 1968 Slippery Rock University graduate, was profiled recently in Florida Today, a Melbourne, Fla.-based newspaper, for helping 20,000 Floridians find jobs. Bartok owns Melbourne Spherion Staffing Services, which specializes in space industry, administrative, clerical, customer service and light industrial employment.

April 5, 2011
SRU Green Fund OKs nine environmentally friendly projects

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University’s Green Fund Advisory Board has recommended and President Robert Smith has approved $34,622 to fund nine Green Fund Projects.

April 5, 2011
SRU graduate earns associate dean’s post at Shippensburg

Nellie [Orr] Cyr, a 1987 Slippery Rock University master’s of exercise science graduate and former director of SRU’s Russell Wright Fitness Center and Employee Wellness Program, has been appointed associate dean of the College of Education and Human Services at Shippensburg University.

Cyr directed the SRU fitness center and wellness program from 1987-98 when it was housed in the East Gym portion of the Pearl K. Stoner Instructional Complex.

April 04, 2011
SRU fishing team end day one ounce shy of full boat

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - If you think fishing is simply baiting a hook, throwing a line into the water, then sitting back to crack a cold soda, you’d be wrong. For two Slippery Rock University students, it’s psychology, environmentalism, nutrition, meteorology and determinism all rolled into one.

April 1, 2011
‘Banjo Pickin’ Girl’ concert brings lost art to Old Stone House

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – An afternoon of folk music will be offered April 30 when Slippery Rock University’s Old Stone House presents “A Banjo Pickin’ Girl,” featuring folk artist Judy Marti.

April 1, 2011
Convocation features non-traditional student speaker

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Jeffrey Pilarski, a Slippery Rock University history major from Slippery Rock carrying a 4.0 grade-point average, will be the student speaker at SRU’s annual Academic Honors Convocation at 2 p.m. Sunday. His topic is “Better than Yourself.”

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