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May 31, 2012
NEWS ADVISORY: First SRU woman president arrives Monday

Cheryl Norton becomes the 16th president of Slippery Rock University and the first woman to serve in that position Monday.

She will be available for “first-day-on-the-job” photos and brief interviews at 8:30 a.m.

May 31, 2012
AVCA honors SRU Sports Information Office

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Slippery Rock University Sports Information Office and Bob McComas, director, have been presented the American Volleyball Coaches Association Atlantic Region Grant Burger Media Award.

The award is an honor intended to recognize members of the media who have been involved in the advancement of the sport of volleyball.

May 29, 2012
SRU pole-vaulter Daugherty claims NCAA national title

PUEBLO, Colo. – Cameron Daugherty, a May Slippery Rock University exercise science graduate from Washington, D.C., captured the NCAA Division II National Championship in pole vaulting with a clearance of 5.15 meters (16'10.75") at Saturday’s 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships at Colorado State University Pueblo.

Daugherty, who earned his third career All-America honor, improved on his season and career outdoor best of 5.05 meters. He was the lone athlete to clear 5.15m, claiming the outright national title.

May 24, 2012
SRU honors 45 staff for dedicated service

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. Acting Slippery Rock University President Charles Curry has honored 45 University employees for their years of dedicated service.

“Slippery Rock University would not be Slippery Rock University without you,” Curry said. “I applaud and thank you for your commitment and dedication.”

May 24, 2012
12 SRU track/field athletes earn All Region honors

NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Slippery Rock University outdoor track and field teams had a total of 12 students earn U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Region honors for their performances this spring.

To earn All-Region honors, an athlete must post one of the top-five performances in their respective events among all competitors in the region.

May 22, 2012
SRU graduate lands Bottlebrush exhibit

Trevor King, a May Slippery Rock University art graduate from Slippery Rock and now enrolled in the master’s program in art at the University of Michigan, has his work on display at the Bottlebrush Gallery in Harmony.

“The artworks selected for this exhibit are ruminations on the past, present and future. I have been inspired by drawing connections between my own experiences and the lives of my father and grandfather, both individuals whose trade led to a certain career. I hope to create a dialogue between labor and artistry,” King said.

May 17, 2012
Campus Recreation presents McFarland Award

Derek Crane Huston, a public health major from Albion, has been presented the 2011-2012 Dr. James “Gym” McFarland Award as part of the recent campus Recreation’s Spring Semester Senior Send Off Celebration in the Robert N. Aebersold Student Recreation Center.

Crane Huston, who has worked as an intramural sports supervisor and official with Campus Recreation since the fall of 2009, was recognized three times as a Campus Recreation monthly All Star in March 2009, November 2010 and Holiday Season 2011/2012.

May 16, 2012
SRU biology major receives Puntureri Memorial Scholarship

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa - Samuel Lotz, a Slippery Rock University biology major from Prospect, has been named the recipient of the $1,000 Joseph S. and Eva Puntureri Memorial Science Scholarship.

The Interstate Chemical Co., Inc., located in West Middlesex, established the scholarship at SRU.

May 15, 2012
‘Pioneer Day Celebration’ set at Old Stone House

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa - A “Pioneer Day Celebration” showing what it may have been like to be a settler in western Pennsylvania will be offered from noon to 5 p.m., June 16, at Slippery Rock University’s Old Stone House.

Butter churning, candlemaking, sauerkraut cooking and discussions of pioneer dietary habits will be offered throughout the afternoon at the most recognized landmark in Butler County.

May 15, 2012
Old Stone House hosts ‘Taste of History’

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa - Ever wonder what your great-great-great-grandparents had for dinner? Those joining Slippery Rock University’s Old Stone House “Taste of History” program will find out. The program offers cooking classes from the days of explorers Lewis and Clark to the Civil War to items served at the Butler County landmark stagecoach stop.

The Taste of History Program will connect visitors to the foods and folkways of western Pennsylvania’s past.

May 15, 2012
SRU action research team examines equity gap

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa - The Slippery Rock University Alumni Association has awarded $18,200 in scholarship aid to 21 SRU students.

Recipients of the various scholarships were:

May 15, 2012
SRU action research team examines equity gap

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa - Slippery Rock University has named an 11-member equity action research team as part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s joint program with the Center for Urban Education working toward decreasing the equity gap.

William Williams, provost and vice president for academic affairs, named the team.

May 15, 2012
SRU action research team examines equity gap

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University has named an 11-member equity action research team as part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s joint program with the Center for Urban Education working toward decreasing the equity gap.

William Williams, provost and vice president for academic affairs, named the team.

May 15, 2012
SRU blood drives score American Red Cross points

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

The University will be honored at the region’s annual meeting June 5 at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

May 14, 2012
$15,000 grant helps funds energy dashboards

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa - When Slippery Rock University students return to residence halls A-F in August, it will be easier for them to learn about energy conservation. The University has received a $15,000 grant from the West Penn Power Sustainability Fund to purchase six energy dashboard touch screens that track energy consumption and provide energy conservation education.

The 32-inch touch screens will be installed over summer in the main lobbies of the buildings, said Scott Albert, SRU director of facilities and planning.

May 14, 2012
SRU announces 2012-13 series schedule

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa - The theatre is closed, but the shows will go on. Slippery Rock University’s Performing Arts Series is moving from Miller Auditorium to the University Union for the 2012-13 season while the building under goes major renovations.

“We’ve selected shows that are especially well-suited to the Multi-Purpose Room while Miller undergoes renovations that will give us an even greater venue in the future,” said Deborah Baker, director of special events. “We think our audience will again be pleased by this year’s series that will offer season subscribers three shows and the opportunity to select one of our special ‘café-style’ seating shows. We have also arranged to offer specially priced tickets to the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s production of “Cinderella” and the Heinz History Center for a special ticket-and-transportation excursion.”

May 11, 2012
SRU’s Old Stone Hours offers boo-tiful summer program

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa - Those who enjoy an “eerie” feeling may want to join one of the Center for Paranormal Study and Investigation’s reviews of Slippery Rock University’s Old Stone House planned this spring and summer.

The ghost hunting sessions are at 8:30 p.m. at the museum, one of Butler County’s most recognized landmarks. Sessions are April 13, May 19, June 22, July 21, Aug 17, Sept. 29 and Oct 19.

May 11, 2012
SRU’s SLAB literary magazine wins AWWP prize

SLAB, (Sound and Literary Art Book), Slippery Rock University’s student-produced literary magazine, has been awarded the National Program Directors’ Prize for Undergraduate Literary Magazines in the “content” category by the Association of Writers and Writing Programs.

The award includes a $500 honorarium.

May 10, 2012
SRU awards $12,000 in Meiping Cheng Memorial Scholarships

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa - Slippery Rock University has awarded $12,000 to six students as part of the annual Meiping Cheng Memorial Scholarship presentation.

The endowed scholarship was created by the late Madame Nien Cheng in honor of her daughter Meiping Cheng who was killed at age 24 by Maoist revolutionaries for refusing to testify against her during Chairman Mao’s rule of China. Meiping Cheng, the daughter of Kang-chi and Nien Cheng, was a promising actress.

May 10, 2012
SRU LGBTI commission presents five awards

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa - Kelly Werner, a Slippery Rock University art major from Butler, has won the local round of an “Alcohol Awareness” video and poster contest sponsored by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Statewide Coalition for the Prevention and Reduction of Underage Binge Drinking. Her work is now entered in the systemwide contest.

Werner is a graphic artist student worker in SRU’s University Public Relations Office graphics department.

May 9, 2012
Rock graduate enters Academic All-America Hall of Fame

Todd Olsen, a 1985 Slippery Rock University health and physical education graduate and former men's soccer student-athlete, has been named a member of the Capital One Academic All-America Hall of Fame's silver-anniversary class of 2012.

Olsen will be the first Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference student-athlete inducted into the hall. He is the sixth student-athlete from a Pennsylvania college or university and the third non-Division I Pennsylvania student-athlete honored.

May 8, 2012
SRU PE instructor qualifies for 2013 Senior Olympic Games

Shelly Klinek, an instructor in Slippery Rock University’s physical education department, has qualified to compete in the 2013 Senior Olympic Games in Cleveland, Ohio. She will compete in basketball.

Klinek, who joined the SRU faculty last August, is a member of the early childhood committee and fitness committee for the Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. She is health division chair for the Ohio Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

May 1, 2012
SRU LGBTI commission presents five awards

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa - Karen Whitney, Clarion University president, was among five individuals or organizations honored by the Slippery Rock University President’s Commission on LGBTI Issues during its third annual “A Night OUT” celebrating the group’s activities and accomplishments.

Whitney, who also served at the evening’s keynote speaker, is the first known “out” president within the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. She was presented a “Breaking the Silence Award” for her leadership and courage as an out university president and higher education administrator.

May 1, 2012
SRU graduates largest class ever

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa - Nearly 1,600 Slippery Rock University seniors, graduate students and doctoral candidates will line up May 12 in two ceremonies to form the University largest graduation class ever.

The spring semester graduation ceremonies will be in Morrow Field House. Seating is limited and tickets have been distributed to graduating seniors. Overflow seating, with a live Web feed of the ceremonies, will be available in the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center.

May 3, 2012
Corban University names Rock graduate business dean

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – P. Griffith Lindell, a 1966 Slippery Rock University education graduate, has been named dean of the School of Business at Corban University.

Lindell, who also works as a motivation speaker, has senior-level education and business experience and has published several books. His latest is “Struggling with Your Business? 10 Questions to Consider Before Investing (A)nother Dime.”

May 3, 2012
Summer session offers interesting options

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Some students enrolling for Slippery Rock University’s summer session have picked the near-perfect way to spend time in class: They have enrolled in Simon Beeching’s biology class, which is being taught at the marine station at Wallops Island near the Chesapeake Bay.

“This is one of the most popular summer classes and always fills quickly,” said Eliott Baker, executive director of SRU’s Office of Academic Records and Summer School. He says the subject matter and the draw of spending time near the water appeal to students.

May 3, 2012
SRU student serves on Best Buddies International Council

Ryan Wirth, a community programs for Americans with disabilities major from Gibsonia, has been selected as one of 20 students around the world to serve a two-year term on the Best Buddies International Young Leaders Council.

The council engages young adults with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities around the world to represent school friendship programs and serve as a liaison between Best Buddies International and their community.

May 2, 2012
SRU earns ‘Green College’ designation

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University has been included in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges” for the third consecutive year. The guidebook, published in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, said SRU demonstrates sustainability leadership in academics, infrastructure, activities and career preparation.

“Your commitment to sustainability and to preparing tomorrow’s green leaders is highly commended and a wonderful achievement,” said Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher of The Princeton Review.

May 2, 2012
Old Stone House offers ‘Colonial Day’

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Those looking to return to a quieter time are invited to travel back to the 18th-century during Slippery Rock University’s Old Stone House “Colonial Day” noon to 5 p.m., May 12.

Period craftsman and demonstrators will engage visitors in a living history event of colonial lifestyle by offering cooking and butter churning opportunities as well as weapon- making, spinning and weaving demonstrations

May 2, 2012
SRU physical therapy students raise funds in marathon

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – A team comprised of students, faculty and friends of Tom Widenhofer, a former Slippery Rock University student, will put on their running shoes for Saturday’s 2012 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon to raise money for St. Jude’s Research Hospital in support of the care it has provided the young man.

Widenhofer, 19, was forced to withdraw from SRU just three weeks into fall semester after his glioblastoma brain tumor returned following a five-year remission. He was first diagnosed at age 14.

May 1, 2012
Burkhart takes APSCUF leadership reins

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Patrick Burkhart, Slippery Rock University professor of geography, geology and the environment, is the new president of the SRU chapter of the Association of Pennsylvania State, College and University Faculty, the union that represents some 460 faculty and athletic coaches at SRU. He took over Tuesday and has his agenda set: negotiate a new contract.

Burkhart, who joined the faculty in 1998, takes over from Jace Condravy, professor of English and APSCUF president for the past nine years.

May 1, 2012
SRU honors graduate students

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University honored sixteen graduate students for their leadership and dedication to learning at the annual Graduate Student Honors Reception.

Master’s degree candidates honored were:

May 1, 2012
Rock lacrosse team sets single season win record

The Slippery Rock University lacrosse team established a new single season win record Saturday when they beat Seaton Hill 14-13. The team ended the year with a 12-5 record.

During the Senior Day game, The Rock tied the game with 23 seconds left and scored the game-winner with six seconds on the clock.