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 2011 Comprehensive Index 




January 7, 2011
SRU fitness center offers tips, programs

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – It is 21 days into your “Lose Weight/Get Fit Resolution for 2011” and you will may be waning. If so, Brain Mortimer, coordinator of wellness at the Russell Wright Fitness Center in Slippery Rock University’s Aebersold Student Recreation Center, has some useful tips and a host of programs to help you stay on the right track.

January 15, 2011
SRU’s Josh Young earns Rising Star political honors

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Josh Young, a 2004 Slippery Rock University graduate and the University’s youngest Council of Trustees chair in history, has been named one of 30 Pennsylvania Rising Stars under the age of 30 by Politics Pa. The online resource for Pennsylvania politics received 300 nominations.
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Christopher Kreiser, assistant professor of English at Slippery Rock University, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and offer consultation at the Universidad de Cartagena in Cartagena, Colombia, during spring semester.
January 18, 2011
Third-world visit provides life-altering education

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – For Slippery Rock University’s Geraldine Jenny, assistant professor of elementary education and early childhood, winter break provided a “life-altering, deeply affecting, unforgettable experience.”
January 18, 2011
SRU approves physics/engineering agreement with WVU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University students majoring in physics will be able to transfer to West Virginia University to pursue a degree in engineering following a 3 plus 2   articulation agreement approved by the universities today.

January 19, 2011
‘Shifting Ground’ spotlights student choreography

. – Visually rich choreography by eight Slippery Rock University dancers and a dance faculty member will be presented when SRU Dance Theatre offers its annual winter concert “Shifting Ground” at 8 p.m. Feb. 3-5 in Miller Auditorium. Students will also perform “Of the Earth Far Below,” a work by New York City choreographer Doug Varone.

January 19, 2011
Students laud renovated Vincent Science Center

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University’s Vincent Science Center reopened Tuesday following a three-year renovation, transforming the delivery of health and science education.  Students described the learning center as the best-looking building on campus and said the work shows the University’s commitment to academic quality.

January 20, 2011
Faculty finds rewriting classics troubling

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a darn,” is not the way Slippery Rock University librarians, faculty and staff want to see literature’s future.

January 20, 2011
SRU names Simmons new police chief

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Michael Simmons, the director of safety and security at the Community College of Allegheny County, has been named director and chief of University Police at Slippery Rock University.

January 24, 2011
Grant supports SRU’s ‘Exercise is Medicine’ initiative

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University has received a $13,200 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education grant to launch its version of “Exercise is Medicine,” a health initiative that embraces physical activity as an essential part of human wellness. SRU will implement a walking program for students, faculty and staff and a health care referral system for free personal training provided by trained students Feb. 8.

January 24, 2011
SRU offers Marcellus Shale Basic Well Controls programs

Slippery Rock University’s Division of Lifelong Learning is partnering with the Petroleum College International, a division of the University of Houston, in Victoria, Texas, to bring a Marcellus Shale Basic Well Control program to western Pennsylvania beginning April 12.

January 25, 2011
SRU Alumni Association awards $12,000 in scholarships

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The Slippery Rock University Alumni Association will award more than $12,000 in scholarship aid to 13 SRU students at its annual spring semester scholarship and awards dinner.

January 25, 2011
Chinese scholar shares work with SRU computer science faculty

Yan Li, a faculty member and associate dean at China’s South China Normal University, is visiting Slippery Rock University as a research scholar

January 25, 2011
Dance major finds passion, earns prestigious conference invite

. – Alicia Garrity said she enrolled at Slippery Rock University intending to become a physical therapist, but found her passion in dance. Garrity’s progress and research on dance styles recently earned her an invitation to present and perform at the March 31-April 2 National Conference on Undergraduate Research at Ithaca College.

January 26, 2011
SRU invites girls 5-12 to National Girls, Women in Sports Day

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Girl’s ages 5-12 are invited to learn about women’s sports, including field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, basketball, volleyball, track and field, softball and tennis as part of Slippery Rock University’s National Girls and Women in Sports Day.

January 26, 2011
Middle States Self-Study in the mail; Slippery Rock University awaits visit

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University’s “Middle States Commission on Higher Education Self-Study Report” is in the mail and the nearly 75-member committee that prepared the 100-page document is keeping its fingers crossed that their efforts will result in full approval.

January 27, 2011
State of the Union address – SRU political science professor offers play-by-play comments

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – For at least one Slippery Rock University assistant professor of political science, Tuesday’s State of the Union address by President Barack Obama was “The Super Bowl,” complete with pre-game, offense and defense, highlight reel – and overtime.

February 1, 2011
PASSHE Summer Honors Program selects two SRU students

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. ­– Grace Evans, a mathematics major at Slippery Rock University, and Kelly Smith, a computer science major, will spend part of their summer studying archeology and history in Bermuda. The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education selected them to represent SRU in its Summer Honors Program.

February 2, 2011
SRU AmeriCorps project seeks Valentine wishes for veterans

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University’s AmeriCorps, in conjunction with State Sen. Jane Clare Orie (R-40), is seeking signatures and Valentine wishes for patients at local veteran’s hospitals.

February 2, 2011
SRU expands workshops for EMTs, firefighters, first responders

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – “When you are successful, keep doing it,” is the philosophy James Brockman, director of workforce and professional development at Slippery Rock University’s Center for Lifelong and Community Learning, is following by expanding programs for emergency first responders.

February 2, 2011
Steeler Nation ‘is everywhere on campus’

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – It would be hard to find a more loyal Pittsburgh Steelers fan than Vince Bianco. The Slippery Rock University communication and emerging technology major from South Park has attended every home game at Heinz Field. He wears team apparel on campus, has covered his Building E residence hall room with posters and admits he sometimes gets teased for the devotion – especially this week as black-and-gold fever has taken over campus in anticipation of Sunday’s Super Bowl matchup against the Green Bay Packers.

February 2, 2011
Packers backers buck sea of black and gold

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa, whose song “Black and Yellow,” has become an anthem for Pittsburgh sports, got it all wrong. The Super Bowl is all about the green and yellow, as in the Green Bay Packers, according to Slippery Rock University students who are brave enough to confess to an out-of-state football allegiance.

February 2, 2011
Slippery Rock University presents ‘From Galway to Broadway’ concert

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Dublin-born tenor Ciarán Sheehan, star of Broadway’s “Les Miserables” and “The Phantom of the Opera,” and Gay Willis, star of Broadway’s “Showboat,” will perform timeless classics from the Emerald Isle, show stoppers from the Broadway stage and inspirational favorites when they bring “From Galway to Broadway” to Slippery Rock University March 18.

February 2, 2011
Egypt crisis provides ‘teachable moments’

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University students enrolled in international political science and Middle East history classes are getting a front row seat to what their professors are calling “a monumental event in world politics.”

February 2, 2011
SRU Alumni Association plans ‘Disney in Concert’ excursion

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The Slippery Rock University Alumni Association is organizing an April 15 trip to hear the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra PNC Pops perform music made popular in Walt Disney films. The 8 p.m. concert is at Heinz Hall.

February 2, 2011
Year of the Rabbit marks Chinese celebration Saturday

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The “Year of the Rabbit,” marked as Chinese New Year for 2011 on the Chinese calendar, will be celebrated by Slippery Rock University’s Chinese Culture Association, the Modern China Center, the Asian Studies Program and the College of Health, Environment and Science at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, at the Slippery Rock Township Community Center.

February 4, 2011
National AAHPERD honors 3 SRU students

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Two Slippery Rock University physical education graduate students, Deana Waintraub from Slippery Rock and Andrea Vasil of Erie, and one undergraduate physical education major, Natalee Bufalini from Aliquippa, will be honored at the National American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Convention in San Diego, California.

February 8, 2011
SRU stages ‘Vagina Monologues’

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University continues its tradition of presenting Eve Ensler's Obie Award-winning play "The Vagina Monologues."

February 9, 2011
SRU English honorary launches ‘First Thursday’ series

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University’s Sigma Tau Delta, the English honorary, has launched a “First Thursday Author” series bringing contemporary authors to campus for conversations with the campus community.

February 9, 2011
SRU opens ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Can you spell mnemonic? Are you looking for a chance to try your spelling skills, or do you just enjoy a good laugh? If you answered “yes,” Slippery Rock University’s production of the musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is for you. The play opens 8 p.m. Feb. 24 at SRU’s Miller Auditorium.

February 9, 2011
SRU adds Mihalik’s name to football stadium

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – George Mihalik has been part of the Slippery Rock University football program for 39 of the last 40 years and he will soon become a permanent part of Rock Football history.

February 9, 2011
SRU Police Department launches ‘Stop, Walk and Talk’ initiative

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The Slippery Rock University Police Department will begin a “Stop, Walk and Talk” initiative Monday to foster more interaction between patrol officers and SRU students, faculty and local residents.

February 9, 2011
Hannam helps businesses understand ‘millennials’

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. ­– Every generation has a nickname such as “the greatest generation” or “baby boomers.” Susan Hannam, Slippery Rock University College of Health, Environment and Science dean, has become a national advocate for “millennials,” Americans who were born between 1981-1990, including the majority of college undergraduates.

February 10, 2011
SRU’s Government Contracting Assistance Center hosts seminar

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The Slippery Rock University's Government Contracting Assistance Center and California University of Pennsylvania's Government Agency Coordination Office will host a free “Construction Contracting” seminar at 9 a.m., Feb. 18, at the Regional Learning Alliance in Cranberry Township.

February 10, 2011
SRU Campus Recreation forms men’s slow pitch softball league

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University’s Office of Campus Recreation is forming a new men’s competitive slow-pitch softball league for summer play at the University’s new McFarland Recreational Sports Complex.

February 10, 2011
SRU’s new safety director brings expertise, experience

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Paul Novak, Slippery Rock University’s new director of environmental health and safety, is wasting little time in taking the reins, including stops across campus to examine fire extinguishers, automatic defibrillators and potential safety hazards as he learns the campus layout.

February 10, 2011
The Daily Beast names SRU one of nation’s 50 safest campuses

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University is again in an elite group of U.S. universities. The Daily Beast cited SRU as one of the 50 safest campuses in the nation for the second consecutive year.

February 11, 2011
Jodi Solito serves as national women’s advocacy panelist

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. ­– Jodi Solito, director of the Slippery Rock University Women’s Center, recently served as a panelist for a national audio conference on preventing violence against women. The Advocacy Learning Center, a front-line program working to strengthen advocacy, invited Solito to participate in the 90-minute conference.

February 14, 2011
SRU’s SEA offers ‘Elevator Pitch’ participants cash prizes

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Got an idea for a new board game, electronic gizmo, labor-saving device, or way to make better use of what some call “junk”? Put your idea on paper in the form of a three-minute “elevator speech” and it could pay off handsomely in Slippery Rock University’s Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator contest.

February 15, 2011
SRU Counseling Center earns IACS accreditation

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The Slippery Rock University Student Counseling Center has been accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services Inc., an Alexandria, Va.-based accrediting organization.

February 16, 2011
Danny’s story
University helps business major rebound from accident

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – A split second or an inch or two in another direction and the spinal cord injury wouldn’t have happened. Danny Christiana, a Slippery Rock University business major, was paralyzed by a dirt bike accident in his backyard March 21, 2009, while showing his parents his latest moves.

February 18, 2011
Spring break study abroad trips attract 265 SRU students

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – “Classroom learning is excellent, but nothing beats actually being there,” said Pam Frigot, director of Slippery Rock University’s International Services Office, which is helping 265 SRU students spend their spring breaks studying in such places as Italy, France, England, Ireland, Spain, Costa Rica and San Salvador.

February 18, 2011
Student scientists invade SRU; compete for regional honors

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Junior high and high school students in the region will present their science projects when Slippery Rock University hosts the 54th annual Region IX meeting of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Feb. 26.

February 18, 2011
PASSHE administrators visit SRU next week

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Three officials from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education – John Cavanaugh, chancellor, Karen Ball and Arthur Stevens, both vice chancellors – will be at Slippery Rock University next week.

February 20, 2011
Zone maintenance program improves efficiency

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University facilities and planning will implement a zone maintenance program Tuesday. Zone maintenance, whereby a team of maintenance staff will be assigned to one of three maintenance zones rather than working all over campus, is a more efficient strategy for keeping up with the ever-changing campus environment, officials said.

February 21, 2011
SRU offers ‘Evening of Chamber Music for Flute and Friends’

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Stacey Steele, assistant professor of music at Slippery Rock University, and a host of SRU music faculty will present "From Kuhlau to Crumb: An Evening of Chamber Music for Flute and Friends" at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 27, in Swope Recital Hall.

February 23, 2011
SRU hosts leadership program for Pittsburgh students

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Between 40 and 50 Pittsburgh high school students who have completed their sophomore year will spend two weeks this summer improving their academic, leadership and communication skills at Slippery Rock University as part of the R. Benjamin Wiley Partnership Program.

Feb. 24, 2011
PASSHE official outlines upcoming ‘Advocacy Days’ project

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – A contingent of Slippery Rock University students, faculty, staff and members of the Council of Trustees will join the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s “Advocacy Days” in Harrisburg April 4-5 as a means of helping legislators better understand the benefits the system brings to the commonwealth.

“We need to make the case to legislators that our system deserves their support. We need to focus on issues that distinguish us from others groups,” said Karen Ball, PASSHE vice chancellor for external relations, speaking Tuesday to nearly 150 SRU students, faculty and staff in the Multi-Purpose Room of the University Union.

Feb. 24, 2011
SRU gets KINBER upgrade from core node to service node

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University’s participation in the $130,000+ Pennsylvania Research and Education Network, which will bring more than 4,000 miles of fiber optic networks statewide, has been upgraded.

The University will now serve as a service node rather than a core note, according to Simeon Ananou, SRU associate provost for information and administrative technology services. As a service node on the system, SRU will be charged with greater operational requirements and staffing.

February 24, 2011
SRU Dean's List Fall 2010

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University students from across Pennsylvania and the nation earned dean's list honors during fall semester 2010 (ending Dec. 18). To qualify for the SRU dean's list, a student must earn a 3.5 grade-point average or higher on a 4-point scale while taking 12 or more graded hours of course credit. Students from the local area named to the list were:

March 1, 2011
NASA and SRU’s Patrick Burkhart set sights on Mars

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – In June, Patrick Burkhart, Slippery Rock University professor of geography, geology and the environment, will land on “Mars.” Burkhart will step onto a plain of red dust, sand and rock beneath a black and starry sky and conduct research.

March 2, 2011
QR Code provides fast break to Web sites, sports stats

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – You may have noticed squares with seemingly random black-and-white patterns recently on your bills, magazine advertisements and even Slippery Rock University enrollment and sports publications and wondered about them. Were they some sort of government tracking device or ink smudges? No. The bar codes are a technology many organizations, including SRU, are using to connect people with each other and to multimedia digital content.

March 3, 2011
SRU’s Banner project ‘progressing as planned’

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University’s $4.6 million upgrade to a new student information system is progressing near schedule. The admissions and enrollment management student communication module that allows prospective students to apply online is up and running and the fall class registration system is expected to be online before month’s end.

March 3, 2011
SRU displays rare collection of Japanese prints for first time

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. –Slippery Rock University will display an historic collection of Japanese woodblock prints for the first time March 14-18, including rare originals by the granddaddies of 19th century printmaking – Utagawe Hiroshige and Katsushika Hokusai.

March 3 2011
SRU faculty contingent helps school understand inclusion

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – A contingent of four Slippery Rock University education faculty spent five days in St. Thomas and St. Croix, Virgin Islands, helping school administrators there better understand the necessity and dynamics of incorporating special needs students into the regular classroom.

March 3 2011
SRU Police Chief Simmons urges safety during spring break

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Before Slippery Rock University’s students head off for spring break, Police Chief Michael Simmons hopes they will take few minutes to protect their belonging while they are gone.

March 3, 2011
Annual SRU Baker Scholarship Concert premieres Barr work

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The Slippery Rock University music department’s eighth annual Dwight and Jeane Baker Memorial Scholarship Concert will include the premiere of a work by Stephen Barr, SRU assistant professor of music.

March 3 2011
SRU singers join ‘Marvin does Marvin’ PSO-Pops concert

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Five Slippery Rock University students will be part of the annual All-Star College Chorus when “Marvin does Marvin” is presented by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Pops March 10-13 in Pittsburgh.

March 3 2011
SRU hosts March 17 marijuana legalization debate

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The University Program Board at Slippery Rock University will bring the debate as to whether or not to legalize marijuana to campus March 17 when it sponsors the “Great Debate,” pitting Steve Hager, longtime editor of High Times Magazine, against Robert Stutman, a Federal Drug Enforcement Administration veteran, in a frank discussion of the issues.

March 8, 2011
SRU Graduate List Fall 2010

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. –area students were among those graduating (undergraduates and graduates) from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania at winter commencement ceremonies.

March 8, 2011
Budding scientists take honors, scholarship at PJAS event

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Marc Williams, a senior at Quigley Catholic High School in Seven Fields, and Jacob Smith, a junior at Venango Catholic High School in Clarion, took top honors, including four-year scholarships to Slippery Rock University, in the 54th Annual Region IX meeting of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science, hosted at SRU.

March 14, 2011
Japan Earthquake shakes SRU faculty with family in homeland

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – While the 8.9 Richter Scale earthquake was in northeast Japan, half a world away from Slippery Rock University, its repercussions are being felt on campus where at least two faculty members have found their families are safe, but shaken.

March 15, 2011
SRU president outlines potential state budget cut impact

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Promising Slippery Rock University would not panic in the face of a $22.1 million potential budget shortfall, President Robert Smith called on faculty, staff and students to be informed participants in the budget planning process, and to advocate for higher education during the state budget process.

March 16, 2011
Music faculty perform Miles Davis’ “Birth of the Cool”

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. –Six Slippery Rock University music faculty will perform songs from “Birth of the Cool,” a classic Miles Davis recording, when they present a “Faculty Jazz Concert” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in SRU’s Swope Music Hall. The group will play nine of the album’s 12 songs, including its most enduring number “Boplicity.”

March 16, 2011
SRU earns College of Distinction honor

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University has been selected as a College of Distinction for its exemplary commitment to supporting engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.

March 16, 2011
SRU PR Office scores CUPRAP honors ‘hat trick’

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University’s University Public Relations Office scored a ‘hat trick,’ nabbing three awards in annual competition sponsored by CUPPAP- The Association of Communicators in Education. SRU won a Gold CUPPIE Award and a Bronze CUPPIE in the print publications/ posters category, and a Silver CUPPIE in the print publications/direct mail category.

March 17, 2011
SRU Communication Week offers student-made videos

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University’s communication department will celebrate “Communication Week” March 28-April 1 with the showing of student-created videos, fun and a gala with SRU alumni.

March 17, 2011
SRU begins $7 million baghouse construction

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. –Slippery Rock University launched a long-awaited $7 million construction project this week designed to help retain the University’s standing as an environmentally friendly campus while simultaneously providing economical heat and hot water to the 660-acre campus.

March 17, 2011
SRU annual Holocaust remembrance focuses on Nazi photos

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. –Joseph White, research assistant at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and expert in European history, will present “Not ‘Just Nazis at Play.’ Contextualizing the Hocker Album,” when Slippery Rock University observes it annual Holocaust Remembrance Program at 4 p.m. March 29.

March 17, 2011
SRU ‘Diversity and Democracy’ series begins Monday

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. –Joseph White, research assistant at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and expert in European history, will present “Not ‘Just Nazis at Play.’ Contextualizing the Hocker Album,” when Slippery Rock University observes it annual Holocaust Remembrance Program at 4 p.m. March 29.

March 18, 2011
Trustees re-name football stadium to honor coach Mihalik

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University’s Council of Trustees paid homage to George Mihalik, longtime SRU head football coach, by re-naming the campus football stadium the Mihalik-Thompson Stadium in his honor.

March 21, 2011
SRU Child Care Center plans ‘Camp Rock’ summer program

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The Slippery Rock University Student Government Association Child Care Center will host an open house from 5-6:30 p.m., March 29, to share plans

March 22, 2011
Math/dance major earns PASSHE Ali-Zaidi award nomination

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Samantha Corvino, a senior mathematics and dance major from East Greenbush, N.Y., is Slippery Rock University’s nominee for the Syed Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence, which will be awarded by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

March 22, 2011
SRU senior earns prestigious Oxford doctoral program slot

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Christine Lundblad, a Slippery Rock University chemistry major from Pittsburgh, will cross the pond to the island of Stonehenge, Harry Potter and The Beatles, but not just to see the sights. Lundblad has been accepted into the doctor of philosophy program in inorganic chemistry at the University of Oxford.

March 22, 2011
‘RecycleMania’ sweeps campus April 4-8

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. –­ Slippery Rock University will once again participate in the national “RecycleMania” program April 4-8, with a new element. To raise awareness of the program, a recycling pile showing the University’s tonnage collected during the week will be on display in the Physical Therapy Building parking lot.

March 23, 2011
SRU says ‘Oui’ to French Film Festival

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Students and local residents attending Slippery Rock University’s first French Film Festival are sure to say c’est bon (that’s good). The free festival, which begins tonight, includes five films and provides insight into different aspects of French culture, including the Paris ballet, financial conflict in French-speaking Mali and the life of designer Coco Chanel.

March 24, 2011
SRU Alumni Association names 2011 Outstanding Man, Woman

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The Slippery Rock University Alumni Association has named Christine Lundblad, a senior chemistry and dance major, the 2011 Outstanding Senior Woman of the Year, and Andrew Ryan, a senior environmental geoscience/environmental science major, the 2011 Outstanding Senior Man.

March 24, 2011
SRU symposium features student research, creative activity

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Research papers and posters from across the Slippery Rock University academic spectrum will be showcased March 31 when the University hosts its 11th Annual Symposium for Student Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity.

March 29, 2011
April 16 Children’s Day offers colorful array of fun
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. –  Stirred imaginations and smiles will be as plentiful as spring flowers when Slippery Rock University offers an “Alice in Wonderland”-themed Children’s Day program April 16. The family-oriented program, part of the University’s April 13-23 Kaleidoscope Arts Festival, will include music, dance, theatre, arts and crafts, balloon sculptures and food. Parking is free.

March 30, 2011
FBI special agent offers employment insight 
 Anyone interested in becoming an FBI agent and looking for the inside details is invited to an April 14 presentation by James Kelvington, a special agent with the FBI’s Pittsburgh Office and a certified public account.

March 30, 2011
‘Green Bag Lunch and Learn’ promotes business sustainability
 Slippery Rock University Students for Sustainability will offer a “Green Bag Lunch and Learn” program 12:30 p.m., April 19, to promote the importance of sustainability in business. Sustainability leaders from regional businesses and the University will participate in a panel discussion in SRU’s Advanced Technology and Science Hall Auditorium. The public is invited.
March 30, 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.”

March 30, 2011
SRU theatre opens Vietnam War play ‘Streamers’
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. –  Slippery Rock University students will present “Streamers,” a play depicting fear, uncertainty and racial conflict among jittery Vietnam-era American soldiers as part of the University’s April 13-23 Kaleidoscope Arts Festival.

March 30, 2011
SRU Autism Awareness Conference draws record crowd

Slippery Rock University’s College of Education Second Annual Autism Awareness Conference April 6 is a sellout. A weeklong series of events, to increase awareness and understanding of autism, surrounds the conference.

March 31, 2011
Kaplan Duo, sister act, performs at SRU’s Kaleidoscope
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. –  The Kaplan Duo, comprised of pianists Nanette Kaplan Solomon, professor of music at Slippery Rock University, and her sister, Iris Kaplan Rosenthal, a free-lance musician and accompanist, will present a program four-hands piano works at 8 p.m., April 17 as part of the University’s annual Kaleidoscope arts festival.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.”

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