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Aug. 31, 2012
Climate Action Plan promotes campuswide carbon neutrality

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. Slippery Rock University has created a Climate Action Plan that includes a number of actions to reduce environmental impact and encourage green-minded lifestyles. SRU's blueprint for reducing greenhouse gases provides a master plan for achieving climate neutrality in 25 years or less.

Climate neutrality means emitting no harmful greenhouse gases

Aug. 31, 2012
SRU inaugural celebration includes fun race/walk

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. The entire regional community will have the chance to welcome Cheryl Norton as Slippery Rock University's 16th president while simultaneously sharing her interest in physical fitness by participating in the "ROCK Pride Inauguration Fun Run/Walk" Sept. 22

The event kicks off the University's weeklong program preceding Norton's Sept. 28 installation as SRU's 16th president - and the first woman to hold the post. She assumed her duties June 4 following selection by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education board of governors.

Aug. 31, 2012
SRU's Dailey pens technology book

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's David Dailey, a professor of computer science, clearly has expertise enough to cause other experts to come calling. Those calls have resulted in his latest book "Building Web Applications with SVG: Add Interactivity and Motion to Your Web Applications."

The work, published last month by Microsoft Press, is co-authored by Jon Frost, a senior .NET developer who has worked with SVG for more than a decade and who initiated the book "Learn SVG: The Web Graphics Standard," and Domenico Strazzullo, author of Pergola, a JavaScript library for SVG and the open-source project GEMi, a Web operating system, and founder and editor-in-chief of SVG magazine.

Aug. 31, 2012
The Princeton Review names SRU 'Best in the Northeast'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - For the fifth year in a row, Slippery Rock University has again been named one of 222 colleges chosen by The Princeton Review, a nationally known education services company, as a "Best in the Northeast" university.

SRU is among those listed on the review's "2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region" website posted at: http://www.princetonreview.com/best-regional-colleges.aspx.

Aug. 31, 2012
Smith Student Center wows users

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - 10 Reasons to love the new Robert M. Smith Student Center

  • Movie theatre with surround sound
  • Hugh ballroom for activities
  • Expanded Bookstore
  • Open design, green roof
  • Quaker Steak & Lube, Starbucks
  • Fireplace lounge
  • Student meeting rooms
  • Commuter pantry with lockers
  • Electronic technology center
  • Cool waterfall fountain


Students and staff say Slippery Rock University's new Robert M. Smith Student Center is an "eye-grabber" with lots of "firsts." Its presence ads a punctuation mark to the campus renaissance and gives students a convenient hub for socializing, studying, eating, banking, taking in a movie and buying textbook

Aug. 31, 2012
Student Health Services offers top care

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Good health care is a vital part of the college experience, and few institutions can match the experience and preparedness of Slippery Rock University's Student Health Services, said Kristina Chiprean, director. The 22 health care providers and support staff who provide care 24-7 offer a collective 533 years of health care experience.

"When you look at the years of experience - 533 years, or five centuries of collective knowledge - what it means is that our staff are very skilled at making good health care judgments and coordinating resources to care for students," Chiprean said.

Aug. 31, 2012
Summer projects keep SRU busy

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's facilities and planning department spent the summer painting, papering, replacing ceiling tiles, mowing, trimming and generally beautifying the campus. The staff also spent time upgrading steam lines, paving parking lots and roadways, insulating attics to save energy costs and other major, behind-the-scenes work to keep the campus operational.

"Summer is the time we use to do a number of general maintenance projects that if undertaken during other parts of the year would result in major campus disruptions," said Herb Carlson, assistant vice president for construction design and management.

Aug. 31, 2012
SRU launches Community Service Corp.

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Center for Student Involvement and Leadership is maximizing opportunities for SRU students to engage in community service through creation of the Community Service Corps and offering $1,250 scholarships in the process.

"The new program offers students the opportunity to participate in on-going community service programming that addresses critical needs in our local communities. In the process, the program will enhance the student's leadership skills," said Laurel Dagnon, CSIL program director.

Aug. 31, 2012
SRU offers children's movement class

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Shelly Klinek, assistant professor physical education at Slippery Rock University, sees her newly revised children's movement class as a "Win-Win" for everyone involved.

"It's a 'Win' for the young children involved as they learn movement and motor skill development and enhance their cognitive skills, and it's a 'Win' for the SRU students enrolled in my "Movement Education" course as they gain hands-on experience they will need as future teachers to help youngsters develop," she said.

Aug. 31, 2012
PLCB awards SRU $17,500 grant

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Student Health Services program has received a maximum $17,500 grant from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to aid in funding programs designed to help reduce underage and dangerous drinking.

Slippery Rock Borough received an addition $14,000 for similar programming.

Aug. 31, 2012
SRU women relate success stories

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Harbor, a Slippery Rock University student organization created to discuss issues of faith and study the Bible, will host "A Night of Storytelling: Tales of College Women and the Quest for Confidence," featuring Cheryl Norton, SRU president, at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 4.

The event is in the Robert M. Smith Student Center Ballroom.

Aug. 31, 2012
SRU prepares for NLNAC review

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's nursing department is preparing for its continuing accreditation review by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission and is preparing its self-study.

In addition to hosting a site review of its baccalaureate nursing program, it is inviting public comment on its program. The public, including those on campus, are invited to meet the visit team in person at 1 p.m., Oct. 3, in 106 Vincent Science Center. Those planning to attend should contact Deborah Kosciuszko at 724.738.2368 for information about obtaining a parking pass.

Aug. 31, 2012
SRU graduate plays ‘Dark Knight Rises’ police officer

If you have a sharp eye when watching “The Dark Knight Rises,” the latest Batman Hollywood blockbuster, you might catch a glimpse of Joe Fishel, a 1997 Slippery Rock University master of education and 2008 master of history graduate, in the role of a police officer.

Fishel’s “big scene” comes at about the 90-minute mark. The SRU graduate who enjoys joining movies and commercials filmed in the Pittsburgh region, was recently featured in the Focus Section of the Butler Eagle.

Aug. 30, 2012
SRU management major earns academy fellow status

Kimberly Arntz, a Slippery Rock University management major from Elizabethtown, was among those named an academy fellow and invited to attend the recent Alpha Kappa Psi Foundation leadership retreat in Morgantown, Ind.

Arntz joined 17 other academy fellows at the intensive leadership retreat, which drew students from such institutions as Stanford, Wake Forest, Alabama and Virginia Tech in attendance.

Aug. 29, 2012
‘Today’ show taps Robert Ogoreuc’s water safety expertise

Robert Ogoreuc, assistant professor of physical education and president of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance, appeared on NBC’s “Today” Aug. 28 offering expert advice on preventing drowning. Ogoreuc was interviewed as part of a news story on a Canadian bride who drowned in a river while wearing her wedding dress.

Ogoreuc said the National Drowning Prevention Alliance called him Monday saying the “Today” needed an expert source.

Aug. 28, 2012
Rock lands four on IWLCA Academic Honor Roll

GRAND LAKE, Colo. – Four members of the Slippery Rock University women's lacrosse team have been named to the 2012 Academic Honor Roll by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association. To be eligible for the Academic Honor Roll, a student-athlete must be at least a junior academically and have an outstanding academic record.

Representing the Rock were May graduates Amy Halls, a business degree recipient from Westerville, Ohio, and Emma VanDenburg, a health and physical education degree recipient from Brockport, N.Y., along with current seniors Ariel Gilbert, a health and physical education major from Flemington, N.J., and Jami Meirick, a management and finance major from Pasadena, Md. Halls and VanDenburg are repeat selections. Gilbert and Meirick each earned their first honor.

Aug. 27, 2012
The Princeton Review names SRU ‘Best in the Northeast’

For the fifth year in a row, Slippery Rock University has again been named one of 222 colleges chosen by The Princeton Review, a nationally known education services company, as a “Best in the Northeast” university.

SRU is among those listed on the review’s “2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region” website posted at: http://www.princetonreview.com/best-regional-colleges.aspx.

August 23. 2012
2005 graduate receives arts fellowship honor

Marcy Yonkey-Clayton, a 2005 Slippery Rock University graduate, has received the Individual Arts Fellowship in Dance Choreography Award from the South Carolina Arts Commission. Yonkey-Clayton was one of the three artists honored by the state with this prestigious award for her work at Columbia College, where she is an assistant professor in the dance program. This award is only given once every four years and selected by a panel of out-of-state judges in their respected fields.

Yonkey-Clayton directs CCdanceLAB Improvisers and Friends at Columbia and performs with the Power Company Dance Collective. She has choreographed and performed at numerous venues, including the Columbia Museum of Art.

August 23. 2012
2005 graduate receives arts fellowship honor

Marcy Yonkey-Clayton, a 2005 Slippery Rock University graduate, has received the Individual Arts Fellowship in Dance Choreography Award from the South Carolina Arts Commission. Yonkey-Clayton was one of the three artists honored by the state with this prestigious award for her work at Columbia College, where she is an assistant professor in the dance program. This award is only given once every four years and selected by a panel of out-of-state judges in their respected fields.

Yonkey-Clayton directs CCdanceLAB Improvisers and Friends at Columbia and performs with the Power Company Dance Collective. She has choreographed and performed at numerous venues, including the Columbia Museum of Art.

August 21. 2012
SRU graduate, trustee chair earns police promotion

PITTSBURGH – Eric Holmes, a sergeant in the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and chair of the Slippery Rock University Council of Trustees, will be promoted to commander at noon Aug. 22. He is a 1993 SRU communication graduate.

Holmes’ promotion was announced Monday along with three others by Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, Michael Huss, Pittsburgh public safety director, and Nathan Harper, chief of police.

August 16. 2012
SRU graduate earns ‘Professional of the Month’ honor

Alexandria Heller, a 2011 Slippery Rock University exercise science graduate, has been named Professional of the Month by Plus One Health Management for her support of the ideals of the Plus One mission statement, values, core operating strategies and qualities of a professional outlined in the company’s PRIDE program.

Heller serves as an exercise specialist/group fitness coordinator for Plus One at the Westinghouse Corporate Center at Cranberry Woods.

Aug. 15, 2012
SRU commissions two ROTC cadets

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University’s Army Reserve Officer Training Program will commission two cadets as second lieutenants as part of 3 p.m., Aug. 20 ceremonies in the Advanced Technology and Science Hall.

Capt. Brian Morgan from SRU’s ROTC program will lead the ceremonies.

Aug. 15, 2012
SRU launches ‘Polish the Rock’ mentoring program

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University’s Center for Student Involvement and Leadership and leaders from more than 30 campus organizations will join forces to welcome new freshman in a program emphasizing both mentoring and service to the community.

The 10 a.m. to noon, Aug. 26 “Polish the Rock” program will include a campus and community clean-up.

Aug. 15, 2012
SRU Counseling Center meets IACS standards

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The International Association of Counseling Services has informed Slippery Rock University’s Student Counseling Center that it has again met its standards of counseling practice

In a letter to SRU, the Alexandria, Va.,-based organization said SRU’s center “offers competent and reliable professional services to its clientele.”

Aug. 15, 2012
SRU opens first university-based Quaker Steak & Lube

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The first Quaker Steak & Lube restaurant on a university campus opened in Slippery Rock University’s new Robert M. Smith Student Center earlier this week.

The new facility, which features award-winning casual dining in the 105,000-square-foot center’s food court commons area, offers the restaurant’s Best Wings USA and more than 20 sauce varieties along with its traditional menu of burgers and fries. There are 10 other QS&L franchise operations in Pennsylvania.

Aug. 15, 2012
Volunteers WOW newly arriving SRU students

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – More than 600 volunteers are lending a hand to WOW new students as they move in on campus for fall semester.

This year’s incoming 1,500 new students will arrive Aug. 23-24 followed by upper class students later in that weekend.

Aug. 15, 2012
SRU offers new autism education certificate

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University graduate education majors, and those already working in education, can now expand their skills in working with those on the autism spectrum thorough a newly approved special endorsement certification program.

“We saw a huge need to educate teacher educators in the area of autism, and we saw the number of children being diagnosed with various forms of autism is increasing daily so we applied to the Pennsylvania Department of Education to begin offering an autism endorsement as part of the options for those master’s degree students majoring in education at SRU,” said Joseph Merhaut, associate professor of special education at SRU and department chair.

Aug. 15, 2012
SRU plans weeklong inaugural program

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – A week’s worth of interactive events beginning Sept. 22 will be part of Slippery Rock University’s inauguration of Cheryl Norton as the University’s 16th president.

The formal inauguration and investiture ceremony will be at 10:30 a.m., Sept. 28, on the campus Quad.

Aug. 14, 2012
SRU graduate receives Pennsylvania library honor

Marjorie Foster, a 1969 and 1976 Slippery Rock University bachelor’s and master’s degree in special education graduate, has received the Pennsylvania Outstanding Contributor to School Libraries Award.

Foster, was honored recently as a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review “Newsmaker.”

August 8, 2012
Veteran-owned businesses get federal government contract help

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University’s Government Contracting Assistance Center will host a Federal Government Contracting Seminar for Veteran-Owned Businesses from 9 a.m. to noon, Aug. 17, at the Regional Learning Alliance, Cranberry Township

The federal government has a 3 percent goal for awarding contracts and subcontracts to service-disabled veteran-owned businesses and is operating under a best-faith effort for doing business with VOBs.

August 7, 2012
ADVISORY: SRU hosting police incident command training

Slippery Rock University University Police are hosting a multi-day “Police and Public Safety Seminar Incident Command” training session, including model city table-top exercises and active shooter, force-on-force tactical entry hands on field exercises.

News reporters/photographers are invited to follow portions of the sessions. The best action is expected between 1:30 and 3 p.m., today, Thursday and Friday.

August 7, 2012
Michael Robb, ’97, earns Entrepreneur of Year Award

Michael Robb, a 1997 Slippery Rock University master’s degree in counseling graduate, has received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 Award in the nonprofit category for western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Robb is executive director of the Center for Community Resources, the Alliance for Nonprofit Resources and the Nonprofit Development Corp. All three are in Butler.

The award recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and success in innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their community. An independent panel of judges selected Robb.

August 2, 2012
Nicole Bezila becomes director of pupil services

Nicole Bezila, a 2003 and 2007 Slippery Rock University graduate, has been named director of pupil services for the North Hills School District.

Bezila will supervise the special education program, guidance department, nursing staff, gifted education, English as a second language and school safety initiatives.

Aug. 1, 2012
SRU students volunteer at Orlando’s Give Kids the World Village

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Ten Slippery Rock University students and an adviser are spending part of their summer helping youngsters enjoy their visit to Give Kids the World Village in Orlando, Fla., and finding the volunteer work is simultaneously changing their lives.

“The nine SRU undergraduates and a graduate student spent three days at the village, a non-profit organization that works to fulfill wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses and their families, as part of our Carebreak program,” said Brad Kovaleski, director of SRU’s Center for Student Involvement and Leadership. The CSLI sponsors a series of Carebreak programs involving service learning trips to various U.S. cities throughout the year.

Aug. 1, 2012
SRU students embrace Carebreak experience

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Ten Slippery Rock University students and an adviser spent part of their summer helping youngsters enjoy their visit to Give Kids the World Village in Orlando, Fla., and found the volunteer work simultaneously changed their lives.

“The nine SRU undergraduates and a graduate student spent three days at the village, a non-profit organization that works to fulfill wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses and their families, as part of our Carebreak program,” said Brad Kovaleski, director of SRU’s Center for Student Involvement and Leadership. The CSLI sponsors a series of Carebreak programs involving service-learning trips to various U.S. cities throughout the year.