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July 31, 2012
USTFCCCA honors 14 SRU student athletes; women’s team

NEW ORLEANS – Eight members of the Slippery Rock University women’s track and field team and five members of the men’s team have been named to All-Academic honors by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for their performance in the classroom and on the field. The women’s team also earned All-Academic team honors.

The team honor is given teams in which the collective roster compiles a cumulative grade point average at or above the 3.0 mark. The SRU women’s team boasts a roster of more than 100 athletes and posted a team GPA of 3.346 for the year.

July 15, 2012
College Board taps SRU history professors for AP review

When the College Board’s Advanced Placement Reading Program needed educators to evaluate and score high school AP exams in history, it turned to three members of the Slippery Rock University history department.

Carlis White and Eric Tuton, assistant professors of history, were part of a larger group of educators from around the world who were hired to read and score the AP test in world history. Aaron Cowan, assistant professor of history, reviewed the U.S. history test.

July 19, 2012
Rock sets school record for PSAC Scholar-Athletes

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – Setting a school-record, 48 percent of Slippery Rock University student-athletes earned Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete status during the 2011-12 academic year, according to numbers released last week by the conference office.

A total of 206 Rock student-athletes finished the academic year with a grade point average of 3.25 or higher.

July 18, 2012
Famed DUKES of Dixieland open 2012-13 SRU Performing Arts Series

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The New Orleans-based DUKES of Dixieland will bring their pop, gospel and country sound to Slippery Rock University Sept. 7 to open the 2012-13 SRU Performing Art Series.

Individual and season tickets are now on sale. Since Miller Auditorium is closed for renovation, this season's performances will be presented in the University Union.

July 17, 2012
Rock sets school record for PSAC Scholar-Athletes

LOCK HAVEN, Pa.– Setting a school-record, 48 percent of Slippery Rock University student-athletes earned Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete status during the 2011-12 academic year, according to numbers released last week by the conference office.

A total of 206 Rock student-athletes finished the academic year with a grade point average of 3.25 or higher.

July 17, 2012
French and Indian War re-enactment recalls Old Stone House's connection

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The annual re-enactment of the French and Indian War, "Conflict on the Venango Path," will be presented Aug. 11-12 at Slippery Rock University's Old Stone House.

The program opens at 10 a.m. both days, concluding at 5 p.m., Aug. 11, and 4 p.m., Aug. 12. The public event includes a suggested donation of $3 per person or $5 per family.

July 16, 2012
New SRU COE dean finds desktop full

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Keith Dils, Slippery Rock University's new College of Education dean, has found his desktop full - and he's only been on the job three weeks.

Dils, who comes to SRU following a nationwide search, most recently served a year as interim dean of the College of Education and Educational Technology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a program that included 1,400 undergraduate students and 850 graduate students.

July 12, 2012
Angling nets SRU Bass Fishing Club $1,000

Benjamin Tawney, a Slippery Rock University management major from Stoystown, and Corey Randour, an SRU exercise science major from Washington like to fish – and are good at it. Their pastime has earned the Bass Fishing Club at SRU $1,000 as part of the National Guard FLW College Fishing Bass Tournament.

The pair of SRU anglers took third-place in the June tournament hosted at Kerr Lake in Henderson, N.C. The event was hosted by the Vance County Tourism Department in N.C.

July 12, 2012
SRU adds Edinburgh Festival Fringe play

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The Slippery Rock University theatre presence will be twice as large this year when 15 students fly to Scotland to present two plays Aug. 4-11 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. While SRU has participated in the festival since 2006, the University has never been invited to perform two plays.

"They really like us and feel that we produce really good work each time," said David Skeele, SRU professor of theatre, who is traveling with students to Scotland. He said participation offers a once-in-a lifetime educational opportunity.

July 10, 2012
Geologic Society of America names SRU’s Burkhart a fellow

Patrick Burkhart, Slippery Rock University professor of geography, geology and the environment, has been elected a fellow of the Geological Society of America.

The society bestows fellowship on earth scientists in recognition of their contributions to the geosciences through applied research, teaching, publications and contributing to public awareness of geology. A society member nominated Burkhart.

July 5, 2012
Seneca Valley names SRU alumnus assistant superintendent

Sean McCarty, a 1995 Slippery Rock University special education, elementary education/early childhood development graduate, has been named assistant superintendent for elementary education K-6 at the Seneca Valley School District in nearby Harmony.

McCarty, who had worked in the district’s Adams school, joined the district 16 years ago as a special education teacher. He was later promoted to assistant principal and in 2007 was named principal at the district’s Middle School.

July 5, 2012
University Police officers undergo advance emergency training

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – With guns drawn, Slippery Rock University Police officers burst through the hallways of the former Stanley B. Kraus Hall looking for "bad guys." They enter the bedrooms in pairs, using a tactical maneuver as if they expect to encounter a shooter.

Although moving in real time, it's not an actual emergency but an advanced training exercise to improve readiness, officer safety and lessen the potential for loss of life during a real crisis. Police officers recently participated in the active-shooter and building-search training in case an incident such as the 2007 Virginia Tech rampage were to unfold locally.

July 3, 2012
Graduate’s research makes Science magazine

Andrew Ryan, a 2011 Slippery Rock University geography, geology and the environment graduate, has co-authored an article published by Science. The article looks at evidence for past volcanic processes on Mars.

“Coils and Polygonal Crust in the Athabasca Valles Region, Mars, as Evidence for a Volcanic History” examines spiral patterns on Mars. The article was published in the April 27 Science, co-authored by Philip Christensen, a professor and Ryan’s adviser at Arizona State University.