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March 30, 2012
Robert Ogoreuc receives Community Lifesaver Award

Robert Ogoreuc, Slippery Rock University assistant professor of physical education, has received a Community Lifesaver Award from the National Drowning Prevention Community Alliance.

Ogoreuc was honored for helping to develop the New Jersey State Police Water Rescue for First Responder Program, which provides beach rescue training. The Community Lifesaver Award honors exceptional work in the field of drowning prevention.

March 29, 2012
‘Crazy idea’ guru visits SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Got an idea for a new product, service or business venture? Robert Fishbone, author of “Selling the Scream” and best known for turning crazy ideas into profitable business ventures, has some advice for you. He will lecture at Slippery Rock University April 5.

March 29, 2012
SRU sponsors ‘Sexual Assault Awareness Month’

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University will mark April as “Sexual Assault Awareness Month” with eight separate programs under a “It’s time…to talk about it! – Connect. Respect. Prevent Sexual Violence” theme.

March 29, 2012
Fulbeck questions ‘What are You?

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Kip Fulbeck, artist, spoken word performer, filmmaker and professor of art at the University of California, will offer a 6 p.m., April 4 lecture in the University Union.

March 29, 2012
SRU graduate earns Pittsburgh Police’s Medal of Valor

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Mark Kneebone, a 1997 Slippery Rock University communication graduate, is one of 10 Pittsburgh police officers honored earlier this year with the department’s Medal of Valor for his efforts on behalf of those stranded in an August flash flood along Washington Boulevard.

The award, the department’s top honor, is given to officers who perform with exceptional courage and disregard for their own safety.

March 28, 2012
‘Trayless Tuesdays’ conserve energy, reduce waste

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The Moody Blues scored a hit with “Tuesday Afternoon.” Author Mitch album turned “Tuesdays with Morrie” into a bestseller, and Slippery Rock University is reducing waste and saving money in energy costs through “Trayless Tuesdays.”

March 28, 2012
University joins carpooling program

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Just about everyone has made important connections online. Slippery Rock University students, faculty and staff will soon have a way to find carpoolers online to coordinate ridesharing to and from campus.

March 28, 2012
SRU student entrepreneurs may soon seek investors

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Those who want to get in on the ground floor of the next Google, Apple, Starbucks or IBM may want to consider joining forces with Slippery Rock University students pitching ideas for new products and services as part of the Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator “Rock the Boat Business Pitch Competition.”

March 28, 2012
Black Violin’s ‘signature sound’ visits

SRU SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University’s University Program Board will bring the musical talents of Black Violin to campus for a 7 p.m., April 2, concert in the University Union.

March 28, 2012
Old Stone House rides again

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa ­– Slippery Rock University’s Old Stone House, a restored stagecoach inn and tavern, is featured in a documentary on YouTube and the Old Stone House and Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau websites.

Brett McGinnis, a former SRU student, directed and videotaped “The Old Stone House, Butler County, Pennsylvania.” McGinnis said he grew up near the 19th century inn and has always been intrigued with its history and lore.

March 27, 2012
SRU names Dils College of Education dean

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – A. Keith Dils, interim dean for the College of Education and Educational Technology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, has been named the new dean of the College of Education at Slippery Rock University.

March 27, 2012
Convocation honors SRU’s Ali-Zaidi Award nominee

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Kaitlyn Deutsch, an athletic training major from State College, Pa., is Slippery Rock University’s nominee for the Syed Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence presented by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and will be among those honored April 1 at the University’s annual Academic Honors Convocation.

March 27, 2012
National Dance Festival selects SRU dancer

Kaitlyn Dye, a Slippery Rock University dance major from Frostburg, Md., has been chosen to present solo choreography during the American College Dance Festival Association’s 15th Annual National College Dance Festival. Three pieces from the northeast region were invited to present May 24-27 in The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Dye will perform “Fists Alone Are Only Hands.”

March 26,2012
SRU Concert Choir presents Mozart’s ‘Requiem’

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The Slippery Rock University Concert Choir, directed by Stephen Barr, assistant professor of music, joins Pittsburgh’s St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Chancel Choir and Benedum Orchestra players in a performance of Mozart’s “Requiem” at 7 p.m., March 31, in the church.

March 26, 2012
Rindy video helps explain Linkedin

John Rindy, director of Slippery Rock University’s Office of Career Services, is featured in a new YouTube video “How to Use Linkedin.” In the video, Rindy offers useful advice about using Linkedin to create a professional social networking profile.

“Today I have just one question for you? Are you linked in?” Rindy asks. Linkedin gives students and graduates the opportunity to increase their networking arm span and boost the number of professionals who know about their accomplishments, he said.

March 23, 2012
Rock establishes Dave Labor Invitational

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The Slippery Rock University track and field teams will honor the memory of former assistant coach Dave Labor with the inaugural Dave Labor Invitational and the launch of the Dave Labor Memorial Fund.

March 23, 2012
PACT elects SRU Trustee John Hicks president

John Hicks, a member of the Slippery Rock University Council of Trustees and professor emeritus of elementary education, has been elected president of the Pennsylvania Association of Council of Trustees.

Hicks was named an SRU trustee in 2007 and shortly thereafter became active in PACT, an organization composed of members of the councils of trustees from each of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s 14 member universities.

March 22, 2012
SRU graduate earns PreK-12 Educator Award

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Nick Trombetta, a 1976 Slippery Rock University secondary education, sociology/anthropology graduate, will be honored Friday for his achievement in the field of education by the University of Pittsburgh School of Education.

Trombetta is founder and chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School and a former superintendent of the Midland Borough School District.

March 21, 2012
SRU schedules School of Business Week

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The Slippery Rock University School of Business Advisory Council has joined forces with the School’s Student Roundtable, comprised of student leaders representing all five disciplines, to coordinate a “School of Business Week.” The event, which runs March 29 to April 6, will offer business majors the chance to learn about resume writing, job interview techniques and even how to turn their business ideas into profitable companies.

March 21, 2012
'Graduation Celebration’ includes ticket distribution

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The Student Government Association Bookstore at Slippery Rock University will host a “Graduation Celebration” March 29 offering opportunities to purchase commencement regalia, order announcements and pick up commencement tickets.

March 21, 2012
Cardboard village magnifies homeless issues

Consider them forts for the forgotten. More than 125 Slippery Rock University students will construct and spend the night in cardboard “houses” March 29-30, hunkering down in the Quad to raise awareness of hunger and homeless issues.

March 21, 2012
Gold medal pianist Sekino visits SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Yukiko Sekino, the 2006 International Russian Music Piano Competition Gold Medalist, will offer a piano recital at 7:30 p.m., March 30 in Swope Music Hall.

March 21, 2012
Marcellus shale opportunities ‘generational’

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University students attending this week’s “Success Starts Here” lecture were told by John Applegath, vice president of the southern Marcellus Shale division of Range Resources, that they, their children and their grand-children could have job opportunities related to Marcellus shale.

March 21, 2012
SRU student earns congressional internship

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Bethany Ratkovich, a Slippery Rock University political science major from Beaver, will spend the summer interning in the office of U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle (Pittsburgh-14th).

Ratkovich, a 4.0-student, qualified for the internship by receiving the James G. Fulton and J. Steele Gow Fellowships from The Pittsburgh Foundation.

March 20, 2012
Kaleidoscope Arts Festival brings the fun

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The vitality of the arts will be on display to see and experience when Slippery Rock University offers the 11th Annual Kaleidoscope Arts Festival. The festival runs April 15-29 and includes intelligent and hip programming for all audiences, including a Children’s Day event with many free activities.

March 20, 2012
SRU Wellness Expo offers healthy tips

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Nearly 100 Slippery Rock University exercise and rehabilitative sciences students will put their classroom learning and independent research into hands-on practice March 23 when they present a Wellness Expo.

March 20, 2012
SRU joins ‘Light It Up Blue’ autism awareness project

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. –New York City’s Empire State Building, Stock Exchange and Rockefeller Center, the Sydney, Australia, Opera House, Canada’s CN Tower and Niagara Falls, the Canton Tower in Guangzhou, China, the Cairo Tower in Egypt, the Kingdom Tower in Riyadh, Saudia Arabia and pine trees in Slippery Rock’s Veteran’s Park all have something in common: All will turn blue at dusk April 2 in observance of Light It Up Blue, part of World Autism Awareness Month.

March 20, 2012
SRU graduate heads West Virginia Land Trust

ROANOKE, Va. ­– David Perry, a 2006 Slippery Rock University master of science in park resource management graduate, has been named executive director of the Western Virginia Land Trust.

The Western Virginia Land Trust is a nationally accredited, 501(c)(3) non-profit based in Roanoke. Its mission is “promoting the conservation of western Virginia’s natural resources — farms, forests, waterways and rural landscapes.” Since its founding in 1996, the land trust has helped conserve more than 86,000 acres of land in the Roanoke region.

March 19, 2012
PACT elects SRU Trustee John Hicks president

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – John Hicks, a member of the Slippery Rock University Council of Trustees and professor emeritus of elementary education, has been elected president of the Pennsylvania Association of Council of Trustees.

March 14, 2012
PA 10th Mercer Rifles join Old Stone House Civil War weekend

SLIPPERY ROCK PA. - Slippery Rock University’s Old Stone House will open its grounds March 31 and April 1 to celebrate the history of the U.S. Civil War, including the 10th Pennsylvania Reserves Mercer Rifles reenactors.

March 14, 2012
Lecturer discusses Mayan prophecies

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Vikki Hanchin, a licensed clinical social worker in private practice for more than 25 years, will present “Pittsburgh’s Role in the Mayan Calendar’s 2012 “transformation” at Slippery Rock University April 12.

March 14, 2012
Ghosts may visit SRU’s Baker Memorial Scholarship Concert

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – “Eine Kleine Geistmusik,” meaning “a little ghost music,” is the theme for the April 1 Slippery Rock Piano Trio’s Dwight and Jeane Baker Memorial Scholarship Fund Concert at Slippery Rock University with clarinetist Candice Kiser as special guest.

March 8, 2012
SRU English graduate joins McDonald’s PR roundtable

Nicole "Niki” Campbell, a 1996 Slippery Rock University English graduate, has been selected as a member of the McDonald’s National PR Agency Roundtable.

March 7, 2012
Success series continues Marcellus Shale focus

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – John Applegath, senior vice president of the southern Marcellus Shale division of Range Resources, will be Slippery Rock University School of Business’ next “Success Starts Here” speaker when he visits campus at 12:30 p.m., March 17, to continue the series focus on Marcellus Shale expansion.

March 7, 2012
Diverse dance troupe visits SRU               


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The Dancing Wheels Co. and School, which reaches out to communities through educational programs and performances by dancers representing diversity of age, ethnicity, gender and physical ability, will present a workshop and a performance at Slippery Rock University March 20.

March 6, 2012
Field hockey team earns national academic honor

CHANDLER, Ariz. The Slippery Rock University field hockey team led the nation with a collective grade point average of 3.51 following the fall semester, earning Gladiator by SGI/National Field Hockey Coaches Association National Academic Team honors in a release from the NFHCA Monday.

March 6, 2012
Madden lands student speaker spot

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Jessica Madden, a Slippery Rock University elementary education and dance major from Frederick, Md., with a 4.0 grade point average, has been selected as the student speaker for the University’s April 1 Academic Honors Convocation. The event recognizes more than 3,000 students for their academic achievements.

March 6, 2012
Slam poet Anis Moghani performs March 26

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Anis Mojgani, a two-time National Poetry Slam Champion and winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam, will present his spoken work poetry at 7 p.m., March 26 at Slippery Rock University.

March 5, 2012
A New York City playhouse stages graduate’s script

Don Orwald, a 1966 Slippery Rock University education graduate and playwright, has had one of his scripts “The Dying of the Light” staged in New York City.

March 5, 2012
SRU holocaust program features survivor

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Fay Malkin, a Polish survivor of the Holocaust, will deliver a lecture titled “She Should Have Died that Night” when she offers her deeply personal story of survival as part of Slippery Rock University’s two-day Holocaust Remembrance Program.

March 5, 2012
SRU students embrace spring break service 

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – More than 80 Slippery Rock University students, accompanied by faculty or staff advisers, will spend their spring break involved in “Carebreaks” that will take them to Missouri, Illinois, Utah, Mississippi, Arkansas, Florida, Virginia and Georgia to lend a hand through community service.

March 5, 2012
SRU students embrace spring break service 

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – More than 80 Slippery Rock University students, accompanied by faculty or staff advisers, will spend their spring break involved in “Carebreaks” that will take them to Missouri, Illinois, Utah, Mississippi, Arkansas, Florida, Virginia and Georgia to lend a hand through community service.

March 3, 2012
SRU graduate earns DEP Citizens’ Advisory Council post

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Marjorie Hughes, a 1974 Slippery Rock University geography graduate, has been appointed executive director of the Citizens' Advisory Council to the Department of Environmental Protection.

March 2, 2012
SRU athletic training graduate earns commendation

Tim Donovan, a 2009 Slippery Rock University athletic training graduate, now practicing as an athletic trainer at North Carolina Wesleyan College, has been credited with helping minimize injuries a police officer received following a high-speed, car-motorcycle accident in Rocky Mount, N.C. Donovan was among those publically commended during the college’s Founders’ Day ceremonies for his actions.

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