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 September 2011 Archive 




September 28, 2011
SRU professor’s Route 66 hobby inspires ‘Annie Mouse’ trip

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Children’s story character Annie Mouse has an alter ego – her creator and author Anne Maro Slanina, Slippery Rock University associate professor of elementary education and early childhood. Slanina’s passion is the famed U.S. Route 66. So, Annie’s latest adventure takes her across the America on the nostalgic roadway.

September 27, 2011
SRU’s College of Education retains ‘help every child’ goal

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Pennsylvania and other states are toying with applying for proposed federal waivers related to the U.S. Department of Education’s “No Child Left Behind” mandate, but Lee Williams, Slippery Rock University professor of elementary education and early childhood development, says those actions will make little difference in SRU’s teacher education program.

September 27, 2011
SRU students plan ‘Rocky Horror’ themed week

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – A “Week of ‘Rocky Horror’” fun, highlighted by an American Red Cross blood drive and a showing of the cult film “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” is planned for Oct. 25-27 at Slippery Rock University.

September 26, 2011
Students advocate for minority health care jobs

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. ­– As soon as they heard about the conference focus – racial disparities in health care employment – the Slippery Rock University “seven” knew they had to attend. The students, seven minority health service administration majors who plan to work in the field, knew that arming themselves with information to confront the minority employment gap was critical, so they took it upon themselves to find a way to participate in the Las Vegas gathering.

September 23, 2011
SRU business professor predicts China may step into European crisis

Abbas Noorbakhsh, professor in Slippery Rock University’s School of Business is betting on China to bail out financially failing European governments of Italy and Spain in the near future.

September 23, 2011
SRU homecoming includes Sean Kingston concert

Slippery Rock University will celebrate its annual homecoming Oct. 11-15 with a variety of traditional activities and some new twists, including a “Wings Competition” and a Sean Kingston concert.
September 23, 2011
Legendary folk singer Peter Yarrow brings music, philosophy to SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Peter Yarrow, a name many know from the days of the Peter, Paul and Mary folk-song singing trio, will offer a review of his life in music and philosophy when he presents “Peter Yarrow in Concert” as part of Slippery Rock University’s Performing Arts Series.
September 22, 2011
Academic quality defines SRU freshman class

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University continued its quest to improve academic quality within its student body and maintained its academic standards in the face of a shrinking pool of college-bound students across the region.
September 21, 2011
Practice (still) makes perfect

. ­­­– Those of us who grew up in the 1960s and 1970s and played a musical instrument remember teachers harping on the importance of practice. We played until our lips numbed or our fingers got lost trying to remember scales.
September 21, 2011
SRU Alumni Association honors five as ‘Distinguished Alumni’

– Five Slippery Rock University graduates will be honored as “Distinguished Alumni” when the SRU Alumni Association hosts its annual awards dinner Oct. 14.

September 20, 2011
SRU uses ‘Job Search 101’ links employers, students

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Nearly 50 employers and recruiters, including some nationally known heavy-hitters, looking to hire employees and interns in December or next May will participate in Slippery Rock University Career Services Sept. 29 “Job Search 101.”

September 20, 2011
Pittsburgh Magazine lauds SRU’s health services administration major

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa.­– Slippery Rock University’s health services administration major has been named one of the 12 smartest educational choices in the region for finding a job. Pittsburgh Magazine, which profiled the hottest majors, said SRU’s program gives graduates a competitive advantage, especially for those planning to pursue a master of business administration degree.

September 16, 2011
SRU earns U.S. News,’ G.I. Jobs magazine honors

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University has again been named one of the top 100 Regional Universities in the North – and in the top 30 public universities in the region – by U.S. News & World Report and has again been named a “Military Friendly” university by G.I. Jobs magazine.

September 15, 2011
Spanish author offers tips on autobiographical writing

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Silvia Nanclares, a young Spanish writer with a strong suit for autobiography, will discuss her life in post-Franco Spain Sept. 26-27 at Slippery Rock University. She will deliver a lecture and lead a workshop with creative writing students.

September 14, 2011
SRU earns U.S. News’ ‘America’s Best Colleges’ top 100 slot

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University has again been named one of the top 100 Regional Universities in the North – and in the top 30 public universities in the region – by U.S. News & World Report as part of its 2012 edition of “America’s Best Colleges.”

September 14, 2011
SRU education graduates find jobs in North Carolina district

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – When Mary-Lynn Hadley, now Mary-Lynn Kebker, enrolled in Slippery Rock University’s College of Education in 2007 she had a rock-solid plan. Her then boyfriend, now husband, came along for the ride, and now the two are part of a group of six summer SRU graduates starting their teaching careers in North Carolina schools.

September14, 2011
60x60 Dance’ concert offers rapid-fire excitement

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Exciting, fast-paced and packed with meaning like a haiku poem describes the “60x60 Dance” concert to be presented Sept. 29 at Slippery Rock University. Dance majors and dance faculty members will present 60 dances lasting 60 seconds each, with video and musical accompaniment.

September 13, 2011
SRU president says University has a strong foundation

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Robert Smith, Slippery Rock University president, said the University is on a “strong foundation that will serve us well as we address the challenges ahead” in his final Faculty Assembly Tuesday. He will retire in January.

September 9, 2011
Zone maintenance program improves efficiency

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. ­­– Slippery Rock University facilities and planning is demonstrating that it is up to the ever-increasing challenge of being cost effective while retaining its efficiency and reliability.

September 9, 2011
SRU spends summer managing $80 million in construction jobs

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Renovation projects totaling nearly $80 million and using concrete, asphalt, glass, steel, some paper and just about every other conceivable construction material kept Slippery Rock University facilities and maintenance personnel hopping this summer.

September 9, 2011
Clemente book inspires novel teaching approach

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Those a bit older may remember when comic books were regarded as “Satan’s work,” but for John Hicks, Slippery Rock University assistant professor of secondary education and foundations of education and longtime comic book fan, their latest incarnation, the graphic novel, is worthy of a semester-long course.

September 9, 2011
9/11 anniversary prompts personal reflections

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – For those who watched events unfold a decade ago, Sept. 11, 2011, the day America was attacked by terrorists, thoughts of what they were doing, where they were, what the saw and what they were thinking are forever etched in their memories. We asked several Slippery Rock University faculty and staff to share their reflections.

September 6, 2011
SRU AmeriCorps joins Flight 93 National Memorial Dedication

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – In honor of the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, Slippery Rock University’s Keystone SMILES AmeriCorps members will join with the National Park Service to assist in the Sept. 10 Dedication of the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville. Pa.

Septmeber 6, 2011
McMurray district names SRU graduate assistant superintendent

Patricia Kardambikis, a 1990 Slippery Rock University secondary guidance and counseling masters degree graduate, has been selected as the new assistant to the superintendent for curriculum, instruction and assessment of the Peters Township School District in McMurray.

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