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January 31,2012
Modern languages, cultures scholarship honors Jack Hill Jr.

 SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Faculty and students in Slippery Rock University’s department of modern languages and cultures have voted to rename the Modern Languages and Cultures Scholarship the Jack Hill Jr. Memorial Scholarship honoring the SRU student from Roselle, N.J., who died during a basketball conditioning session Sept. 10.

January 31, 2012
National Collegiate Baseball Writers honor SRU 5 players

Ryan Oglseby, an undeclared major from Wexford and pitcher for Slippery Rock University’s baseball team, headlined a list of five SRU players named today to National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Division II Preseason All-Atlantic Region and All-America honors.

January 30, 2012
Smith retirement gala raises $200,000

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University’s “Farewell Gala Honoring the Presidency and Leadership of Robert and Ramona Smith” as they enter retirement, raised more than $200,000 in need-based scholarship support.

January 30, 2012
SRU graduate becomes first female Greenwich, Conn., police captain 

GREENWICH, Conn. – Pamela Gustovich, a 1985 Slippery Rock University physical education graduate, has been promoted from lieutenant to captain in the Greenwich, Conn., Police Department, becoming the department’s first female captain.

January 27, 2012
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Joshua Young, chair of the
Slippery Rock University Council of Trustees, today announced that “After consultation with Guido Pichini, chairman of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education board of governors, and with the pending departure of President Robert Smith, the University will activate its succession plan whereby Charles Curry, vice president for administration and finance, will serve as acting president.”  Smith retires Feb. 10 after 12 years at SRU.

January 27, 2012

SRU trustees establish Smith Community Leadership Award;Name retiring President Robert Smith as first recipient 

The Slippery Rock University Council of Trustees today created the Robert M. Smith Community Leadership Award to honor those whose leadership has made a significant impact in the community, then named Robert Smith, SRU’s retiring president and award namesake, as its first recipient.

January 27, 2012

SRU trustees honor art professor, retiring trustee 

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The Slippery Rock University Council of Trustees today named the Art Sculpture Building in honor of James Myford, professor emeritus of art who served the University 29 years before retiring in 1997, and honored John Thornburgh, retiring 10-year trustee who has served with distinction.

January 26, 2012
SRU graduate heads Duquesne City School District changes

Francis Barnes, a Slippery Rock University physical education graduate and former Pennsylvania secretary of education, has been appointed chairman of the state board of control overseeing changes to the Duquesne City School District in Duquesne.

January 27, 2012
Weisenfluh Hall reopening draws interest, praise

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Walk into the renovated Weisenfluh Hall and you immediately sense a restaurant atmosphere. Neon signs trumpet a Mediterranean menu that includes flatbread sandwiches, gyro lamb, roasted red pepper cream soup, apricot rice salad, spinach artichoke dip, tasting plates of hummus and zucchini pancakes. Move to your left and you see rows of desserts such as baklava, blueberry loaf and Lebanese namoura cakes.

January 27, 2012
SRU offers 4-week oil and gas well tender certification program

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University’s Leadership Development Center is offering a four-week Certified Oil and Gas Technician training course beginning Feb. 1 that will give graduates credentials as a certified gas well tender.

January 27, 2012
SRU launches mobile web

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Connecting to Slippery Rock University just got a little easier. Today the University is launching a mobile website that provides users a wealth of information about campus and campus programs through their smart phone or other electronic device.

January 27, 2012
SRU marks ‘Year of the Dragon’             


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University and the local community will celebrate the “Year of the Dragon” at 10:30 a.m., Feb. 11, in the Slippery Rock Township Community Center, 155 Branchton Road. The celebration includes a luncheon of Chinese food.

January 27, 2012
SRU offers music majors career opportunity ideas

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University music majors thinking about careers as school music teachers will get the chance to see what other opportunities exist when the University’s music department and the Office of Career Services combine to present “Thinking Outside the K-12 Box: Unique Career Opportunities in Music Education” Feb. 7.

January 27, 2012
SRU political science major interns through THIS program

HARRISBURG - Jacob Ohl, a Slippery Rock University political science major from Transfer, is working for state Rep. Peter Daley, D-California, as part of a 15-week internship sponsored by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

January 27, 2012
SRU Honors Program continues proposal success

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University Honors Program students again post a near-90 percent proposal acceptance rate for the fall semester National Collegiate Honors Council Annual Conference in Phoenix, Ariz.

January 27, 2012
‘Movement Speaks’ dance concert ‘Gets There’

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Ten Slippery Rock University dance majors are the only college dancers in the country selected to present “Getting There,” an original choreography by Billy Siegenfeld, founding director of the Jump Rhythm Project in Chicago. Students will present the dance during the University’s “Movement Speaks” winter dance concert Feb. 9-11 in Miller Auditorium.

January 24, 2012
Rock graduate sets WPIAL wrestling win record

LEECHBURG, Pa. – Charles “Chuck” Tursky, a 1980 Slippery Rock University graduate and longtime Kiski Area High School head wrestling coach, became the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League's all-time leader in career wins earlier this month when his team beat Burrell High School, 60-14.

January 27, 2012
Top 10 skills employers expect in workers, interns 


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Every job seeker wants to know what potential employers are actually looking for in a candidate. The same skill set applies to those seeking internships, said John Rindy, director of Slippery Rock University’s Office of Career Services, and he has the answer.

January 27, 2012
SRU panel offers money saving energy tips

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – There are ways to save money and energy in winter and a four-member panel of experts will offer some of those suggestions when Slippery Rock University presents “Saving Energy” at 6 p.m., Feb. 2.

January 23, 2012
Rock cheerleading squad earns national runner-up honors

Slippery Rock University's All Girl cheerleading squad claimed a runner-up finish in the 2012 Universal Cheerleaders Association and Universal Dance Association College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship competition earlier this month at Walt Disney World Resort.

January 27, 2012
Kayaking, rock climbing launch 2012 SRU Outdoor Adventures

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The Slippery Rock University Outdoor Adventures program will host two indoor events for children in first through 12th grade. Jan. 28 the program will offer basic training in rock climbing. Feb. 4 includes skill development in kayaking.

January 17, 2012
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Nanette Kaplan Solomon, professor of music at Slippery Rock University, will perform a piano recital of 19th-, 20th- and 21st-century music, including works by a number of respected women composers.
January 05, 2012
PASSHE board of governors name Williams interim president

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – William Williams, Slippery Rock University’s provost and vice president of academic affairs since 2003, will become interim president of the University Feb. 11 following the retirement of President Robert Smith. The promotion was made public today as part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education board of governors meeting in Harrisburg.

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