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Dec. 17, 2012
SRU group’s ‘We Can Read’ project honors Sandy Hook

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Members of the Slippery Rock University community are being asked to contribute books for sharing with regional children in honor of those killed last week in the Newtown, Conn., Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.

The book project “We Can Read” is being organized by the Student Nonprofit Alliance at SRU.

Dec. 14, 2012
Slippery Rock University names Philip Way provost

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Philip Way, who has been associate provost for undergraduate programs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, today was named provost and vice president for academic affairs at Slippery Rock University.

Dec. 10, 2012
American Association of Petroleum Geologists honor Burkhart

Patrick Burkhart, Slippery Rock University professor of geography, geology and the environment, has been named the 2013 recipient of the Division of Environmental Geosciences Public Outreach Award by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

Founded in 1917, the AAPG is the world's largest professional geological society.

Dec. 7, 2012
SRU trustees honor retiring Provost William Williams

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University’s Council of Trustees today, as part of their quarterly meeting, honored William Williams, retiring provost and vice president for academic affairs, for his 31 years of service and leadership to the University.

A resolution recognizing Williams noted, “He has served as a valuable member of Slippery Rock University throughout his 31 years of outstanding service, providing expert leadership, advice and counsel to the university community.”

Dec. 7, 2012
SRU reduces carbon footprint

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has signed a plan that guarantees 25 percent of the electricity used on campus this year is generated by wind power.

"This year, we invested in a Renewable Energy Certificate that is linked to wind energy," said Paul Scanlon, special assistant to the president for sustainability planning and operations. "The REC cost us a premium of less than a tenth of a penny per Kwh or 1.7 percent of our normal cost, due to the surge in wind energy installations in the past few years and the relatively low demand for electricity in a slow economy," he said.

Dec. 7, 2012
Computer science team takes honors

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A five-member team of Slippery Rock University computer science majors was awarded the "Best Interview" title at the recent Supercomputing Conference hosted in Salt Lake City.

The team, which spent two-and-a-half months preparing for the conference's cluster competition, included: Carter Danko of Canfield, Ohio; Robert Lindenberg from Delmont; Kyle Messner from New Bloomfield, James Mullen from Franklin; and Michael Tasota from Monroeville. David Valentine, SRU professor of computer science, accompanied the team.

Dec. 7, 2012
Norton marks first commencement

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - More than 560 Slippery Rock University students will become graduates Dec. 15 when Cheryl Norton conducts here first commencement ceremony as president.

The 11 a.m. ceremony is in Morrow Field House. Tickets have been distributed to all graduating seniors and will be required for admission.

Dec. 7, 2012
SRU makes Colleges of Distinction list

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University is again among the colleges and universities designated a College of Distinction and will be featured on, a website dedicated to honoring schools nationwide for excellence in student-focused higher education.

"Schools designated as 'Colleges of Distinction' create well-rounded graduates and are among the very best in the country," said Tyson Schritter, executive editor of Colleges of Distinction.

Dec. 7, 2012
CIA historian offers insider's view

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "History generally is important to understand so that we can know how we got here - how we got to this situation - that we find ourselves in today. It is at best an imperfect guide or roadmap to the future but it is all we have," said Nicholas Dujmovic, a member of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency's history staff since 2005, who lectured to a packed Spotts World Culture Building Auditorium audience Tuesday.

"Perhaps the most important lesson we can learn from history is that despite all of our plans, all of our calculations, things turn out differently that we expect, or want. Which is not necessarily bad, it is simply realistic. History teaches us that we should expect very often to be surprised," he said.

Dec. 7, 2012
SRU students present community project

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Nearly 50 Slippery Rock University students in Alice Del Vecchio's "Community Development" classes have spent the past semester developing a detailed and extensive report for the Butler County Collaborative for Families that had its initial presentation Thursday.

The first of two presentations was offered in Eisenberg by five of the student teams that tackled assigned segments of the county for review. The second presentation will be offered at 5 p.m., Dec. 12, in Eisenberg.