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June 28, 2012
SRU’s Christine Walsh receives United Way ‘Red Apple’

Christine Walsh, Slippery Rock University assistant professor of elementary education and early childhood, is among Butler County educators receiving the 2012 Red Apple Awards from the United Way of Butler County – and SRU is $500 richer for it.

The cash award, which is presented to the winner’s school, is given annually to a variety of school and college educators.

June 27, 2012
Slippery Rock University Graduate List

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. _____ area students were among those graduating from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania at the end of spring semester classes (May. 12, 2012).

Those with local affiliations receiving degrees were...

June 26, 2012
SRU ‘LEEDS’ way in green construction

Slippery Rock University has demonstrated commitment to green building design in both new construction and renovation of older buildings. The Pittsburgh Business Times has recognized the University’s accomplishments by citing SRU’s student housing buildings A-F as the fifth largest LEED-certified project in the Pittsburgh area.

“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.

June 25, 2012
Boo! SRU makes SyFy’s ‘School Spirits’ ghost series

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University is haunted. The culprit is the spirit of a man hanged near the former Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity house on Kiester Road more than 100 years ago. The phantom has caused “several violent things inside the fraternity.”

That is, if you believe in ghost stories.

June 21, 2012
SRU trustees elect Eric Holmes chair

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Eric Holmes, a member of the Slippery Rock University Council of Trustees since 2009, has been elected chair of the council. He is the first African-American on the council to be named to the post.

The action came at the council’s June 15 meeting.

June 21, 2012
SRU DEAN'S LIST SPRING 2012

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University students from across Pennsylvania and the nation earned dean's list honors during spring semester 2012 (ending May 12).

To qualify for the SRU dean's list, a student must earn a 3.5 grade-point average or higher on a 4-point scale while taking 12 or more graded hours of course credit.

June 21, 2012
SRU Athletic Hall of Fame recipient adds new trophy

Thomas “Tom” Dolde, a 1960 Slippery Rock University physical education graduate and member of the SRU Athletic Hall of Fame, has been elected to the Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame for his work as coach of the Connellsville School District wresting team.

He will be inducted June 23 at Penn State Fayette. He is already a member of six other halls of fame, according to a Trib Total Media’s online service story.

June 19, 2012
SRU graduate captures Distinguished Alumni Award

Mary Beth Bedeck Jenkins, a 1993 Slippery Rock University communication graduate and a 1989 graduate of North Hills Senior High School, is among those named to receive Pittsburgh’s North Hills School District Distinguished Alumni Award.

The honor was presented earlier this month as part of the high school’s awards ceremony.

June 15, 2012
SRU trustees welcome new president

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. Slippery Rock University trustees welcomed Cheryl Norton as the 16th president of the University and the first woman to lead the higher education institution at today’s quarterly meeting. Norton assumed the post June. 4.

“It is certainly a pleasure to welcome you to campus. I know you will work to continue to build our excellence, and I look forward to working with you,” said Joshua Young, outgoing council chair.

June 14, 2012
Daugherty named PSAC Field Athlete of the Year

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – Cameron Daugherty, a Slippery Rock University graduate student from Jacksonville, N.C., and pole vault standout, was named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Male Field Athlete of the Year today.

Daugherty, who received his SRU undergraduate degree in May, has one year of eligibility remaining. He earned the conference's top field athlete honor after his stellar performances closing out the 2012 season.

June 12, 2012
SRU’s testing center meets student needs

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. Slippery Rock University has opened one of the first testing centers in western Pennsylvania offering education majors an approved site for taking the new Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests.

To become a certified teacher, all education majors at the bachelor’s degree level must take and meet Pre-Service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) qualifying scores in reading, mathematics and writing. The PAPA exams are part of PECT. Early childhood and special education majors also take content area PECT tests.

June 12, 2012
Two Rock players make Lacrosse Senior All-Star game

Amy Halls, a Slippery Rock University lacrosse standout from Westerville, Ohio, and Casey Quinn, a team standout from Vernon, N.J., have been selected to play in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association's Division II North/South Senior All-Star game at 1 p.m., Saturday, as members of the South team.

The game is part of the annual All-Star weekend in Downingtown.

June 11, 2012
SRU School of Business earns ACBSP accreditation

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. Slippery Rock University’s School of Business has met all of the standards required to receive its initial 10-year accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.

The ACBSP board of commissioners for the baccalaureate degree commission has given its stamp of approval to SRU’s School of Business programs in accounting, economics, finance, management and marketing. The school was cited for its strong faculty member support system and its student-learning outcomes and effective system for listening to its key stakeholders.

June 7, 2012
SRU blood drives score American Red Cross points

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. Slippery Rock University has been named the “University of the Year” in the Greater Alleghenies Region by the American Red Cross.

The University was honored at the region’s annual “Celebrating Champions” meeting June 5 at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh. The GAR presented 49 awards.

June 7, 2012
Graduate leads Pittsburgh Diocese education/evangelization

Robert Paserba, a 1964 Slippery Rock University elementary education graduate, has been named secretary for Catholic education and evangelization in the Pittsburgh Diocese by Bishop David Zubik.

“For the last 18 years Dr. Paserba has aptly brought his many skills to play in his role as superintendent of Catholic schools...Dr. Paserba’s long love for the church, coupled with his exceptional gifts and talents, provide for a very smooth transition in the diocesan Secretariat for Catholic Education and Evangelization,” Zubik wrote.

June 7, 2012
SRU’s McCollin ‘pays it forward’

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. Special education professor Michelle McCollin has been on a journey of self-discovery. Her voyage includes world travel, most recently to Nigeria, where she “paid it forward” by delivering 100 prescription eyeglasses and 40 pair of shoes to villagers. She lived in the Nigerian village for three weeks.

“There are no words in my cache that are inclusive, sufficient and comprehensive enough to define or explain the impact of this mission trip on my life,” she said.

June 7, 2012
SRU’s China contingent expands exchange talks

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. A contingent of Slippery Rock University faculty and administrators recently spent 10 days in China bringing home frameworks to develop and expand faculty and student exchanges and provide additional opportunities for SRU business students to study issues in the world’s second largest economy.

“This year we focused on developing programs for business students and Kurt Schimmel, dean of our College of Business, Information and Social Sciences, had the opportunity to talk with officials at two Chinese universities about expanding opportunities for SRU business and other majors,” said Pamela Frigot, director of SRU’s International Service Office.

June 7, 2012
SRU experiences summer international study growth

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. More than 120 Slippery Rock University students are using their summer for international study that will take them to such places as Costa Rica, France, Spain, England, Italy, Peru, Scotland, Mexico, Canada and China.

“We haven’t been able to put our finger on exactly why, but our students have dramatically increased their summer study aboard participation,” said Pamela Frigot, director of SRU’s international services office.

June 7, 2012
Graduate leads Pittsburgh Diocese education/evangelization

Robert Paserba, a 1964 Slippery Rock University elementary education graduate, has been named secretary for Catholic education and evangelization in the Pittsburgh Diocese by Bishop David Zubik.

“For the last 18 years Dr. Paserba has aptly brought his many skills to play in his role as superintendent of Catholic schools...Dr. Paserba’s long love for the church, coupled with his exceptional gifts and talents, provide for a very smooth transition in the diocesan Secretariat for Catholic Education and Evangelization,” Zubik wrote.

June 6, 2012
SRU students bowl over competition, win national title

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – A team of Slippery Rock University exercise science majors has won the national American College of Sports Medicine Exercise Science Student “College Bowl,” bowling over nine other teams to bring home the gold.

The College Bowl is a “Jeopardy”-style competition that tests students’ knowledge in exercise physiology, anatomy, biomechanics and clinical exercise physiology.

June 5, 2012
Graduate enters Berks County Football Coaches Hall of Fame

Jeff Lang, a 1991 Slippery Rock University secondary education graduate and a 20-year assistant football coach in the Gov. Mifflin School District, was among those inducted into the 10th class of the Berks County [Pa.] Football Coaches Hall of Fame.

The hall, inaugurated in 2003, has 58 members. BCFCA members select new members.

June 5, 2012
Old Stone House re-creates 19th-century life

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. Those living in the 21st-century will have the opportunity to step back in time to see what life was like in the late-18th and early-19th-centuries when they visit Slippery Rock University’s Old Stone House July 14-15.

The 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mountain Men program will offer re-enactors of American history presenting information and demonstrations on animal trapping and trading, tomahawk and knife throwing, blacksmithing and general survival skills from the frontier days in western Pennsylvania.

June 5, 2012
Dailey’s China tour instills new perspective on China

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. David Dailey, Slippery Rock University computer science and world-recognized expert on scalable vector graphics, returned to campus from a week’s lecture tour to China bringing with him a new perspective on community planning and technology growth.

The SRU professor addressed faculty and students at South China Normal University in Guangzhou and graduate students and employees at the Remote Sensing Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Dongguan as part of his visit.

June 5, 2012
Graduate enters Berks County Football Coaches Hall of Fame

Jeff Lang, a 1991 Slippery Rock University secondary education graduate and a 20-year assistant football coach in the Gov. Mifflin School District, was among those inducted into the 10th class of the Berks County [Pa.] Football Coaches Hall of Fame.

The hall, inaugurated in 2003, has 58 members. BCFCA members select new members.