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April 30, 2012
Rock baseball team earns conference tournament berth

The Slippery Rock University baseball team, coached by Jeff Messer, earned its seventh consecutive Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Baseball Championship berth with a 4-0 win Saturday over California University of Pennsylvania at Jack Critchfield Park.

The win came in the second game of a PSAC-Western Division doubleheader and assured The Rock of a fourth-place finish in the division standings.

May 1, 2012

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University trustees today welcomed President-designate Cheryl Norton who will take over the top job June 4 as part of their quarterly meeting. Norton was on campus for informal get-acquainted meetings with trustees, faculty and administrators and attended the council’s session.

April 27, 2012

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - It will be “Opera: Not So Long, BUT JUST AS LOUD!!” when the Slippery Rock University music department presents its annual "Opera Scenes" concert at 4 p.m., April 29, in Swope Music Hall.

The Kaleidoscope Arts Festival production, which offers scenes from various, well-known operas, is directed by Colleen Gray, associate professor of music.

April 27, 2012

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Members of Slippery Rock University's Green and White Society are going all out to honor one of their former members by hosting the "J. Tyler Stufflebeam Pasta Dinner: A BowTY Event" fundraiser from 4-7 p.m., May 2, in the University Union.

Proceeds will benefit a memorial scholarship fund named in Stufflebeam's honor.

April 27, 2012

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Four Slippery Rock University graduates were presented with Slippery Rock University Alumni Association Young Alumni Awards for their outstanding contributions in the workplace and community as part of the recent annual recognition awards banquet hosted by the association. The awards recognize their outstanding contributions in the workplace and community.

Honored as the 2012 Young Alumni Award recipients were:
• Rebecca Conway, a 2002 dance graduate;
• Kirk Sander, a 2003 environmental geoscience graduate;
• Nicole Steele, a 2005 music therapy graduate; and
• Capt. Michelle Maruska, a 2006 health services administration and psychology graduate.

April 27, 2012

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "The Barwell Prophecy," a horror play about a new kind of terror written and directed by David Skeele, Slippery Rock University professor of theatre, will be presented at 7:30 p.m., May 2-4, in SRU’s Sheehy Theatre in Maltby Center.

The Sheehy showing is a warm up for an international presentation. SRU students and Skeele will travel to Scotland to present the play Aug. 4-11 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, one of the largest art festivals in the world.

April 27, 2012

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Danette DiMarco, Slippery Rock University professor of English, has been named the 2011 winner of the Best Article Award by the Margaret Atwood Society.

The decision was announced at the 2012 Modern Language Association meeting. Her article will be included in Volume 5, Number 2, of the journal Margaret Atwood Studies, currently in publication.

April 27, 2012
Talk grows into something edible

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Sometimes talking grows into good ideas. Just ask, John Golden, Slippery Rock University School of Business instructor, and those involved in the Slippery Rock Community Farmers' Market, which is adding seedling sales to this year's market.

"I was just talking with David Culp, chair of the School of Business who is also a farmer of sorts, and he was complaining about the lack of local places to buy fruit, vegetable and flower seedlings for family gardens. We decided there was a need, and we should try to incorporate seedling sales into the Slippery Rock Community Farmers' Market," Golden said.

April 27, 2012
SRU student IDs meet voter law

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's ID Office is leading the way among Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education universities to ensure new SRU students are prepared with proper identification when they go to the election polls next fall.

"We are among the first universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education to add an expiration date to the student photo-ID," said Beverly Lumley, informational technology generalist in charge of SRU's ID Card Office. The addition of an "expiration date" to the cards brings them into compliance with Pennsylvania's new election ID laws.

April 27, 2012
SRU awards Green Grant Funds

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - They say "Seeing is Believing," and those living in Slippery Rock University's residence hall suites will soon be able to see how their choices can have a direct impact on the environment and the University's carbon footprint.

A $20,000 project to install energy monitors and dashboard displays in SRU's A-F residence halls is one of four "Green Fund Grant" proposals approved by Acting President Charles Curry based on recommendations from SRU's Green Fund Advisory Board.

April 27, 2012
Art professor emeritus sculpts legacy

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - It's not that he doesn't like paintings, fiber or ceramics – he does. It's just that James Myford, Slippery Rock University professor emeritus of art, has a different passion – aluminum sculpture. "I just really fell in love with that particular metal," he said.

Myford, who taught at SRU from 1968-1997, is an internationally known sculptor. Sunday his fame will be celebrated closer to home. SRU's Art Sculpture Building will be renamed the James C. Myford Art Sculpture Building in recognition of his contributions as an artist and educator. The festivities will take place during a reception at 2 p.m. at the facility.

April 27, 2012
TIME magazine recognizes SRU’s performance funding success

TIME magazine recognized Slippery Rock University’s performance funding success in this week’s issue citing the University for meeting a number of Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education initiatives that helped increase student success and the University’s graduation rate, as part of a national trend.

In a story headlined “Will New Funding Rules Improve Dismal University Graduation Rates?,” SRU’s success in improving graduation rates and retention are featured.

April 26, 2012
SRU earns 3 Higher Education Marketing Awards

Aaron Moore, graphic designer in Slippery Rock University’s Office of University of Public Relations, has earned two silver and a merit award from the Higher Education Marketing Report as part of its 27th annual Educational Advertising Awards.

Moore won silver medals for his work in designing a logo for the University’s orientation program, “Navigate Your Future” and a poster for the “Jazz Generations” concerts. The Merit Award was for his work in designing a direct mail brochure for the Kaleidoscope Arts Festival.

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A Slippery Rock University School of Business team, comprised of finance majors Nicole Balcer from South Park, Chelsea Czolba from Pittsburgh, and Tara Tracy from Jefferson Hills, has won the Woodmen Financial Planning Competition.

The winning team received $1,000. Woodmen Financial Resources, a financial planning firm based in Green Bay, Wisc., sponsored the event. The competition was hosted at SRU in conjunction with the School of Business and its Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator project.

April 25, 2012
SRU women’s tennis makes NCAA championships

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Slippery Rock University’s tennis team will compete in the NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Championship for the sixth consecutive season and 11th time in school history.

The Rock is the No. 3 seed in the Atlantic Regional and will play in the four-team competition hosted by second-seeded Indiana University of Pennsylvania. California University of Pennsylvania, top seed in the Atlantic Region, will host a separate four-team competition.

April 24, 2012
SRU philosophy majors win honors

Adam Benninger a Slippery Rock University philosophy major from Valencia, and Ellis Neilly, a philosophy major from Murrysville, shared honors for their research papers at the 25th Annual Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Interdisciplinary Association for Philosophy and Religious Studies Conference.

The conference, which brings together students and faculty from across the state system, was hosted by Kutztown University.

April 23, 2012
SRU graduate helps design baseball history museum

READING, Pa. – Matthew Jackson, a 2001 Slippery Rock University sports management graduate, is finding out his SRU history classes may have been just as important as his sport management classes.

Jackson, now with the Reading Phillies, Reading’s minor league baseball team, is part of the crew working on the Baseballtown Living History Museum in Reading’s First Energy Stadium.

April 20, 2012
Former SRU golfer, now pro, tells of clubless hole in one

Slippery Rock University graduates can turn up anywhere and with some interesting stories.

In a recent Pittsburgh Post-Gazette feature about golf hole-in-one stories, there was a notation that Gordon Vietmeier, a 1989 Slippery Rock University English graduate who is now a golf professional in the PGA, has scored seven one-stroke holes in his career – and a throw in.

April 19, 2012

Piano Extravaganza’ on tap                      


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University piano students who study under Nanette Kaplan Solomon, professor of music, will combine their talents for the ninth annual Piano Extravaganza, an evening of music for four hand piano, at 7:30 p.m., April 29.

April 19, 2012
SRU music student to sing with Greenville Symphony

GREENVILLE, Pa. ­– Cara Udy, a senior in music education at Slippery Rock University, has won the senior division of the “Rising Star Vocal Competition” sponsored by the Greenville [Pa.] Symphony Orchestra and will perform with the symphony next season.

There were more than 60 competitors in her category.

April 19, 2012
SRU coach leads CONCACAF referees’ fitness program

NEW YORK, N.Y. – William “Bill” Jordan, a 2010 Slippery Rock University master’s degree health and physical education recipient and now an SRU assistant track and field coach, has been selected as the fitness director for referees in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football Olympic men's soccer qualifying tournament scheduled for March 22 – April 2.

Jordan, who has been working with U.S. Soccer for the last two years assisting with the fitness program for referees, will travel to Los Angeles for the final round of the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament before heading to Kansas City for the semifinals and finals.

April 18, 2012
Curry says SRU ‘in very, very good’ shape 

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Charles Curry, acting president of Slippery Rock University, delivered his first “State of the University” address Tuesday before a full auditorium of faculty and staff saying, “I am able to report to you today that the state of the University is very, very good thanks to the people in this room and across campus, who everyday do all they can to make Slippery Rock University an exceptional living and learning environment.”

April 18, 2012
Outdoor sculptures enrich campus

. – The outdoor sculptures of steel, limestone and aluminum that recently popped up across Slippery Rock University’s campus beckon the viewer to contemplate prairie winds, fishing and the Aegean Sea.

April 18, 2012

SRU students elect new SGA officers     


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – David Wolfe, a Slippery Rock University sport management and communication major from Pittsburgh, has been named president of the Student Government Association following a student election that dew 1,240 voters.

April 18, 2012
SRU math major adds another degree

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – When Rex Edmonds, a Slippery Rock University mathematics major, marches across the stage at the May 12 commencement ceremonies, it will mark a milestone in his education road.

April 18, 2012
Outdoor sculptures enrich campus

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The outdoor sculptures of steel, limestone and aluminum that recently popped up across Slippery Rock University’s campus beckon the viewer to contemplate prairie winds, fishing and the Aegean Sea.

April 18, 2012
Swim Club makes debut appearance

The Swim Club at Slippery Rock University made its debut appearance at the East Coast Collegiate Swim Club National Championships hosted at Georgia Tech University. Kaila Kramer, a mathematics and Spanish major from Murrysville, took honors in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle categories, and Jennifer Sabo, an elementary education and special education major from Canonsburg, took honors in the 500 freestyle finals.

Kramer took 12th place in the 50 freestyle, 13th in the 100 and 19th in the 200. Sabol placed 17th in the 500 freestyle.

April 17, 2012
Galbraith earns ACBSP 2012 Teaching Excellence Award

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Diane Galbraith, assistant professor in Slippery Rock University’s School of Business, has been named the recipient of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs 2012 Teaching Excellence Award for the Eastern Council of Business Schools and Programs in Region 2

April 17, 2012

SRU honors faculty’s dedicated service

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Acting Slippery Rock University President Charles Curry honored 50 members of the University faculty for their years of service at Tuesday’s Academic Assembly, including Michael Matambanadzo, assistant professor of history, for his 40 years of service to students.

April 17, 2012
SRU, Butler YMCA sponsor ‘Camp ROCK’         


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Fifteen youth, ages 14 to 21 from regional school districts who are part of the autism spectrum will spend June 18-29 participating in Camp ROCK, a program designed by Elizabeth Kemeny, an instructor in Slippery Rock University’s physical education department, in collaboration with the Butler County Family YMCA.

April 17, 2012
Sport management graduate handles sales at Phoenix raceway

PHOENIX, Ariz. — William “Chris” Reaves, a 2008 Slippery Rock University sport management graduate, has been named corporate sales manager at Phoenix International Raceway.

In his new post, he will focus on a variety of business development initiatives, including sponsorship sales, ticketing, suites and related hospitality areas.

April 16, 2012
SRU education graduate earns ‘Teacher of the Year’ honor

WARREN, Mich. – Carey Mason, a 1993 Slippery Rock University double major in elementary education and special education, has been named the Middle School Teacher of the Year at Warren [Mich.] Consolidated Schools.

She will be one of three of the district’s teachers honored by the board of education in May. More than 100 teachers were nominated for the awards by parents, students, teachers, administrators and support staff according to a news story in on, the online news service of C&G Newspapers.

April 13, 2012
SRU students earn Mathematical Contest in Modeling awards

Slippery Rock University students working in teams of three have captured meritorious, successful participant and honorable mention awards in the 2012 Mathematical Contest in Modeling.

All three teams worked on Problem B, which required teams to analyze boat and camping trips down a hypothetical “Big Long River.”

April 12, 2012
Workshop explains Marcellus leases

A workshop offering information concerning Marcellus shale gas leases and the rights of landowners will be presented at 6:30 p.m., April 18, in Eisenberg Classroom Building Auditorium.

April 12, 2012
Penn Hills Hall of Fame votes in SRU PE graduate

Barbara Weisser, a 1971 Slippery Rock University physical education graduate, will be among 10 new members inducted into the Penn Hills Sports Hall of Fame when it hosts its 2012 induction dinner and ceremony April 27 at the Churchill Valley Country Club in Pittsburgh.

The Penn Hills Progress reports Weisser's ties to the Penn Hills community began at age 5 when her family moved there from Point Breeze. She graduated from Divine Providence Academy in 1967 having played basketball all four years. Although she did not attend school at Penn Hills, the district played a significant role in her life.

April 11, 2012
Kaleidoscope Arts Festival kicks off

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University’s 14-day Kaleidoscope Arts Festival begins April 15 with the SRU Senior Synthesis Dance Concert, followed by an April 17 hip-hop concert and an April 19 opening celebration on the Quad.

April 11, 2012
Children’s Day offers more than meets the ear

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The sound of harmonicas, children’s entertainer Hal Walker and other fun activities will fill the air during Slippery Rock University’s April 21 Children’s Day, which is the premier family event of SRU’s April 15-29 Kaleidoscope Arts Festival.

April 11, 2012
Earth Day includes health issues

Slippery Rock University Earth Day activities will include information about environmental health issues. Fifty-four students in Marcy Leeds upper-level “Environmental Health” course will staff the SGA Pavilion on the Quad April 19 to explain a host of environmental health topics and offer healthy food ideas.


April 11, 2012
Cold idea wins SRU competition

 SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Andrew Frank, a Slippery Rock University marketing major from Severna Park, Md. is Keepin Cold with a cool $1,000 as winner of SRU’s Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator “Rock the Boat Business Pitch Competition.”

April 11, 2012

SRU Healthy U deadline looms

Slippery Rock University’s participation in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education health insurance program known as “Healthy U” is down substantially and that could end up costing University employees covered by the plan higher premiums. The good news is that there is still time to sign up.

April 11, 2012
SRU trombone graduate spends summer ‘barging’

Ethan Willis, a 2011 Slippery Rock University music education graduate from Pittsburgh, but now living in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area of Texas, is taking his trombone-playing skills on the river.

Wills is one of five trombonists selected to play with the American Wind Symphony, which is best known for its summer performances on a barge that tours the Mississippi River and its tributaries.

April 10, 2012

SRU students earn awards  

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Seven Slippery Rock University students will have stars named in their honor as part of the Rising Star Celebration hosted Thursday in the University Union.


April 10, 2012
SRU graduate heads Providence College women’s basketball

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Susan Robinson Fruchtl, a 1999 Slippery Rock University master of education in secondary guidance and counseling graduate, has been named head women's basketball coach at Providence College. She becomes the ninth head coach in the program's 38-year history, and replaces Phil Seymore, who resigned in March.

"We are thrilled to introduce Susan as the ninth women's basketball coach at Providence College," Bob Driscoll, Providence athletics director, said. "She has demonstrated a high level of success as a coach, a player and in the classroom at a variety of levels. Susan is a winner. Her commitment to academics and passion for coaching the game of basketball makes her a great fit to lead our student-athletes and our women's basketball program to the next level."

April 9, 2012

SRU students offer literacy event

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Sharon City School children struggling with reading issues are finding help through a partnership with Slippery Rock University that focuses on getting parents involved in improving their children’s reading proficiency and comprehension skills.

April 9, 2012

SRU’s student newspaper earns 17 journalism awards

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The Rocket, Slippery Rock University’s weekly student newspaper, won 12 Society of Collegiate Journalists awards, three Keystone awards for outstanding journalism from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association and two top awards from the American Scholastic Press Association.

April 6, 2012
SRU graduate earns Plum Sports Hall of Fame honor

ATLANTA - Cara Yannotti-Clayton, a 2004 Slippery Rock University elementary education graduate and a member of the Plum High School class of 2000, is among the eight members named to the Plum Sports Hall of Fame.

Yannotti-Clayton finished her varsity high school girls soccer career at Plum as the program’s all-time leading scorer with 117 goals. She also holds the single-season record for goals with 43 and the girls long-jump record in track and field.

April 5, 2012
Dr. Cheryl Joy Norton named next president of Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, PA. - Dr. Cheryl Joy Norton, a senior fellow with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities in Washington, D.C., and former president of Southern Connecticut State University, was selected today by the board of governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education to serve as the next president of Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania.

April 5, 2012
SRU graduate handles Social Security law in North Carolina

Jamie Johnson, a 2003 Slippery Rock University political science graduate, has been named a Social Security attorney, at Crumley Roberts law firm in Charlotte, N.C.

She formerly worked for The Advocate Group.

April 4, 2012
Former SRU dean earns Valdosta State presidency

ATLANTA - William McKinney, former dean of the Slippery Rock University College of Humanities, Fine and Performing Art, has been named the finalist for the next president of Valdosta State University.

McKinney is currently vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, a position he has served in since leaving SRU in 2008. He had joined the SRU administration in 2001.

April 03, 2012
SRU’s Doug Zimmerman earns Erie hall of fame honor

ERIE, Pa. – Doug Zimmerman, a 1972 Slippery Rock University bachelor of science physical education graduate and a 1973 physical education master’s degree graduate, will be among 11 new members of the Metropolitan Erie Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

Currently director of student living at Gannon University, Zimmerman previously served as an assistant athletic director at the school.

April 02, 2012
Wall of Fame induction honors SRU’s Leight

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa - Joanne Leight, a 1987 and 1990 Slippery Rock University graduate and now an associate professor of physical education, has been inducted into the Pennridge High School Wall of Fame.

Leight, who joined the SRU faculty in 1996, is a 1983 Pennridge High School (Perkasie, Pa.) graduate. In addition to her physical education activities at SRU, she is an instructional technology author and speaker.

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