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 February 2011 Archive 




Feb. 28, 2011
Bruder leads Rock women to second-place PSAC finish

EDINBORO, Pa. – Kelly Bruder, a senior from Pittsburgh, finished first in the pentathlon competition Saturday to lead The Rock women’s team to its second consecutive runner-up finish at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships. Bruder also finished seventh in the high-jump competition.

Slippery Rock completed the two-day competition Sunday with a total 100.5 points.

Feb. 25, 2011
SRU graduate takes reins as Flagler College disabilities director

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Eva Lynn Francisco, a 1986 special education and 1999 special education master’s degree graduate of Slippery Rock University, has been named director of disability services at Flagler College.

Francisco was the director of special education and coordinator of special services for the Slippery Rock School District from 1997-2010.

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:

February 24, 2011
SRU ‘Vagina Monologues’ raises $3,700 for charity

Slippery Rock University’s recent production of Eve Ensler’s award-winning play “The Vagina Monologues” earned more than $3,700 to benefit women and girls in Haiti and two local social service agencies – the Butler VOICe and the Lawrence County Crisis Shelter.

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.

February 23, 2011
SRU field hockey team leads nation in GPA

CHANDLER, Ariz. - The Slippery Rock University field hockey team led the nation with a collective grade point average of 3.55 for fall semester, earning the 2010 Gladiator by SGI/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division II National Academic Team Award.

February 22, 2011
Rock men beat Mercyhurst; clinch invite to PSAC Tournament

ERIE, Pa. - Jabril Bailey, senior guard from New Castle on Slippery Rock University’s basketball team, scored a team-high 21 points Saturday to lead The Rock’s men’s team to an 81-70 win over 17th-ranked Mercyhurst College and an invitation to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Tournament for the second time in the last three seasons.

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 21, 2011
Rock’s Women’s XC earns All-Academic honor

NEW ORLEANS - The Slippery Rock University women’s cross country team posted a collective grade-point average of 3.56 after the fall semester to earn All-Academic team honors from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

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 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 18, 2011
SRU lands 3 on All-Academic men’s team; squad takes honors

NEW ORLEANS - Three members of the Slippery Rock University men’s cross country team placed on the 2010 U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic team and the team has earned All-Academic team honors.

February 17, 2011
Rock women lead nation with 7 All-Academic selections

NEW ORLEANS - The Slippery Rock University women’s cross country team led the nation with seven selections to the 2010 U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic team.

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 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 15, 2011
SRU graduate becomes assistant principal at Riverside High

BEAVERFALLS, Pa. -Brian Churovia, a Slippery Rock University bachelors and master’s degree graduate, has been named Riverside High School assistant principal by the district’s board of education in Beaver Falls.

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 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 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 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 09, 2011
SRU honors two former basketball stars Saturday

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -The Slippery Rock University men's basketball program will honor record-setting point guard Kyle Camper as part of its 3 p.m., Saturday, home game, and the women’s basketball program will honor basketball standout Beth Danburger Snyder during their 1 p.m. game.

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 08, 2011
SRU graduate gets credit for building high school team

JOHNSTOWN Pa. - David Rugh, a 1966 Slippery Rock University physical education graduate, was in the news recently for his work in literally building the Holy Name football program, which in December captured its first district title and won the opening game in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Class A play offs.

February 07, 2011
Music education major wins Young Artist Competition

Tom Mahovsky, a Slippery Rock University music education major from Conneaut Lake, has won the 32nd Young Artist Competition sponsored by the Butler County Symphony Association.

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 04, 2011
SRU graduate heads West Jefferson Hills School District

Timothy McNamee, a 1971 Slippery Rock University elementary education graduate now acting superintendent at the West Jefferson Hills School District outside Pittsburgh, said in a recent Pittsburgh Post-Gazette news spotlight that he plans to provide the "leadership, stability and trust" to move the district forward in pursuit of his decades-long objective of helping children succeed.

February 03, 2011
SRU basketball star signs with Dallas Impact

Erroll Robinson, a 2009 Slippery Rock University professional studies graduate and shooting guard who helped lead SRU to the PSAC playoffs as part of his college basketball career, has joined the playoff-bound Dallas Impact American Basketball Association team.

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 02, 2011
Two SRU women earn honors at Miss Meadville Pageant

Lacey Weaver, a Slippery Rock University therapeutic recreation major from Conneautville, has been crowned Miss Meadville Area 2011, and Amanda Pope, an SRU senior elementary education major from McKeesport, was named first runner up in the joint Meadville Area and Great Lakes pageants.

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 01, 2011
SRU graduate uses music therapy as part of high school work

Courtney Jones, a 2010 Slippery Rock University music education and music therapy graduate, is in the February issue of The Herald’s “Views and Voices” magazine with a feature about her work in music therapy.

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