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Nov. 30, 2012
Student teacher supervisors use iPad app

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The mounds of paper and related handwritten carbonless forms once used in the evaluation of Slippery Rock University student teachers are being replaced by a simple iPad "app," according to Jim Preston, assistant professor of elementary education and early childhood.

"We are trying to streamline and improve the process of getting evaluations to our student teachers," he said. "Using this simple iPad application, we are going nearly paperless and simultaneously speeding up the process."

Nov. 30, 2012
SRU may host Saga University students

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - If all goes according to plan, 10 Saga University students interested in immersing themselves in learning English as a second language will be on the Slippery Rock University campus next fall.

"We hope to have the students on campus for a week sometime in September," said Yakako Ishimaru, an instructor in SRU's modern languages and cultures department who is organizing the visit.

Nov. 30, 2012
SRU addresses bullying issues

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Many believe that bullying ends with high school, but according to Leigh Ann Datt, director of Slippery Rock University's Office of Student Conduct, "that is just not the case. It may take different forms in college, but it still goes on - and is being seen most apparently in cyber-bullying."

"It also goes from being what is usually regarded as a juvenile offense to what can be a major, adult crime, including fines and possible jail time for harassment and stalking," she said.

Nov. 30, 2012
SGA proclaims 'Bully Awareness Day'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Today is "Slippery Rock Student Government Association Bullying Awareness Day." David Wolfe, SGA president, made the proclamation.

Wolfe, a sport management and communication from Pittsburgh, said that as part of the daylong observance, the feature film "Bully" would be shown at 4 p.m. in the Smith Student Center and again at 9:30 p.m., in the Aebersold Student Recreation Center.

Nov. 30, 2012
Faculty, students face exam stress

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "Final exams are an electrifying time of year," said Patrick Burkhart, Slippery Rock University professor of geography, geology and the environment. They are also seen and remembered by many as a time of great anxiety and stress.

While students may see one form of anxiety as they prepare for finals, faculty too face stress as they prepare final exams and face the end of the semester. "They typically are very busy with grading, so we burn the midnight oil to prepare for the surge. In some classes, such as my courses in water science, I reuse extensive material from year to year. Such a plan requires that the course is delivered consistently, exam questions are reviewed for relevance and previous exams are sequestered to prohibit their circulation," Burkhart said.

Nov. 30, 2012
Old Stone House marks Christmas

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Old Stone House will host a Christmas Open House from 5 to 8 p.m., Dec. 15, giving visitors the chance to see how the holiday was celebrated in bygone times.

"This is a chance to enjoy a festive Christmas atmosphere with holiday decorations and delectable goodies," said Aaron Cowan, SRU assistant professor of history and curator of the museum. "This event allows visitors to experience the coziness of the Old Stone House and learn about how early Americans celebrated Christmas."

Nov. 30, 2012
'Up 'til 2' targets 2011 fundraising total

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Last year's "Up 'til 2" program at Slippery Rock University raised more than $73,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., and won the hospital's Program of the Year award. This year's event, which opens at 8 tonight, hopes to do even better, according to Selby Majewski, Center for Student Leadership and Involvement graduate assistant and adviser to the program planners.

The event's executive board has set a $75,000 goal.

Nov. 30, 2012
Evive Station offers free bottles

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University students, faculty and staff will have the chance to obtain a free Evive Bottle, a refillable water bottle, as part of an Evive Station pilot program in sustainability being launched on campus both online and through a company representative campus visit Dec. 4.

Two Evive Stations, which clean the bottle with high pressure and sanitizers before refilling it with chilled, filtered water, will become operational at SRU with the start of spring classes. Water refills are free for those using the Evive Bottle, which regularly sells for $20. The kiosks will be installed during winter break and will be located near the SGA offices in the Smith Student Center and in the Aebersold Student Recreation Center.

Nov. 30, 2012
Student-faculty research spawns concert

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Jennifer Keller, Slippery Rock University professor of dance, is directing a faculty-student research grant project titled "Investigating Creative Uses of Technology Through Choreography" and will use the project as the basis for a four-performance dance concert series Dec. 1-2.

The concerts will be offered at 7 and 9 p.m., Dec. 1, and at 2 and 4 p.m., Dec. 2, in the Morrow Field House Dance Studio. The suggested donation is $2.

Nov. 30, 2012
Sax Ensemble kicks off 'concert' week

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Dec. 2 premiere concert of the newly formed Slippery Rock University Saxophone Ensemble, directed by Jason Kush, SRU music instructor, kicks off a week of musical entertainment on campus Dec. 2 -6.

All concerts are at 7:30 p.m.

November 30, 2012
Women’s soccer player earns All-America Honorable Mention

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Lucy Hannon, a Slippery Rock University physical education major from Galway, Ireland, and a standout on the women's soccer team was named to Honorable Mention All-America honors Thursday when the Daktronics Division II All-America team was announced.

The honor adds to a growing list of postseason accolades for the sophomore forward, who was also named to first team All-Conference and first team Daktronics All-Region honors, as well as being named the Most Valuable Player in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference playoffs.

November 29, 2012
SRU women’s soccer places 4 on Daktronics All-Region team

Slippery Rock University led all institutions in the Atlantic Region with four selections to the Daktronics women's soccer All-Region team. All four Rock players were named to the first team.

SRU was the only school in the region with four selections and the only school to land more than one player on the first team. All four advance to the All-America ballot.

November 28, 2012
Rock lands 4 on Daktronics All-Region team

EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. – Slippery Rock University led all schools in the Atlantic Region with four selections to the Daktronics men's soccer All-Region team.

The Rock is represented on the first team by defender Joshua Gray, a physical education major from Norwich, England, and on the second team by goalkeeper Clayton Master, a resort management and tourism major from Harrisburg, forward Chris Davis, an undeclared major from Blacklick, Ohio, and defender Drew Donoghue, a political science major from of Butler.

November 27, 2012
SRU field hockey produces 3 All-America selections; Childress named national Rookie of the Year

CHANDLER, Ariz. – Gabrielle Malishchak, a Slippery Rock University field hockey standout from Wanamie, has been named to both Division II All-America teams, earning first-team honors from Synapse Sports and second-team honors from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.

Baylee Childress of Boyertown was named national Rookie of the Year from Synapse Sports, and Kelsey Gustafson from Endwell, N.Y., joined the pair on the Synapse Sports All-America team.

November 26, 2012
Nurse practitioners coalition honors SRU graduate

Sheila Gealey, a 1987 Slippery Rock University nursing graduate, has been presented the inaugural Gealey Nurse Practitioner Award created by the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and named in her honor.

In the future, the annual award will go to a nurse practitioner who works to advance the nurse practitioner profession.

November 21, 2012
SRU football earns seven All-PSAC-West second-team slots

Seven members of the 2012 Slippery Rock University football team have earned second-team honors as All-PSAC-Western Division players by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.

Satterfield and Thompson each received second-team all-conference honors for the second time in their four-year collegiate career, while the other five Rock student-athletes each received All-PSAC-West honors for the first time

November 20, 2012
Swiney, Childress, five players earn PSAC field hockey honors

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University field hockey team landed a school record five players on the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference All-Conference team. Head coach Julie Swiney was named PSAC-West Coach of the Year and Baylee Childress, a midfielder from Boyertown, earned Freshman of the Year honors.

SRU’s five selections to the All-PSAC West squad include first team selections Gabrielle Malishchak, a midfielder from Wanamie, and Kelsey Gustafson, a sophomore midfielder from Endwell, N.Y. Second team selections included Childress, Ally Banks, a midfielder from Wilkes-Barre, and Courtney Lee, a goalie from Mountain Top.

November 19, 2012
SRU sport management team scores first place

A four-member Slippery Rock University sport management team has taken first place in the inaugural Sports Entertainment and Venues Tomorrow Conference Case Study Competition hosted by the University of South Carolina sport and entertainment management department.

The SRU team included Kristopher Nolt of Stevens, Kyle Heiden of Reading, Michael Perhosky of Scott Township and David Riederer of Cranberry Township.

Nov. 16, 2012
Native American storyteller recalls "Raccoon's Last Race"

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Joseph Bruchac, a member of the Abenacki Native American tribe and prolific author, entered Slippery Rock University's Smith Student Center theater-in-the-round Monday playing a pekowogan, a Native American flute, and immediately silenced the audience - little children and adults alike.

He used the "hollow branch you blow through" - pekowogan - to set the mood for his informative and detailed storytelling. The instrument, played like a clarinet, provides the sound so often heard in movies to establish a quiet, yet distantly haunting, background sound.

Nov. 16, 2012
Shale speakers explain job opportunities

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Speakers for three companies directly or indirectly involved in the Marcellus Shale boom being seen across Pennsylvania told their Slippery Rock University audience they see the industry's growth as economically beneficial to commonwealth residents.

The three presented "Supply Community and the Ripple Effect in the Regional Economy" as part of the University's School of Business ongoing examination of Marcellus Shale exploration in the state and region. The Tuesday lecture in the Advanced Technology and Science Hall also explored the growing focus on job opportunities directly related to the Marcellus exploration.

Nov. 16, 2012
CIA historian visits SRU Dec. 4

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Nicholas Dujmovic, a member of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s history staff since 2005, visits Slippery Rock University Dec. 4.

Dujmovic’ lecture is at 12:30 p.m. in 111 Spotts World Culture Building. The visit is sponsored by SRU’s history and political science departments and was organized by Thomas Pearcy, SRU history professor and former Dujmovic colleague.

Nov. 16, 2012
Special CareBreak attracts SRU students

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Nine Slippery Rock University students will be spending their Nov. 30-Dec. 2 weekend in Erie as part of a special CareBreak service-learning project helping with community building.

Led by Nicole Little, an exercise science major from Erie, the group will spend time volunteering at the Erie Food Bank and helping out at the Weis Library United Methodist Church, including setting up for the church's annual Christmas Tea. The group will bunk at the church.

Nov. 16, 2012
SRU Flute Choir offers fall concert

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University Flute Choir and the Chamber Flutes will present their fall concert at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 19, in Swope Music Hall.

The concert, directed by Stacey Steele, assistant professor of music, will include an arrangement of the "Overture" from the Giussepe Verdi's opera "Nabucco."

Nov. 16, 2012
SRU panel examines presidential election

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will host a "Rundown on the 2012 Election" at 4 p.m., Nov. 19, in 104 Spotts World Culture Building.

"This post-election roundtable discussion on the recent presidential election is intended to foster a deeper understanding of whether or not this election was really all that different from elections in the past," said Sharon Sykora, associate professor of political science and program organizer.

Nov. 16, 2012
SRU's Old Stone House hosts 'A Civil War Christmas' celebration

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Old Stone House will offer the chance to get into the holiday spirit early this year with "A Civil War Christmas" designed to show what it was like to celebrate the holiday nearly 150 years ago.

The two-day program will run 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dec. 1, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dec. 2, at the Butler County landmark.

November 16, 2012
Seven SRU women’s soccer players earn All-Conference spots

Slippery Rock University placed a school record seven women soccer players on the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference All-Conference team announced earlier this week.

The team played earlier today in the NCAA Tournament Round of 16, but lost 1-0 to West Chester, ending its 2012 season. Today’s game was The Rock’s eighth appearance in NCAA Tournament play, its third consecutive appearance and its second straight trip to the Sweet 16.

November 15, 2012
Four SRU players earn PSAC All-Conference spots

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – The Slippery Rock University men's soccer team landed four players on the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference All-Conference squad announced this week.

Named to the first team were: Chris Davis, a forward from Blacklick, Ohio; Drew Donoghue, a defender from Butler; and Joshua Gray, a defender from Norwich, England. Clayton Master, a goalkeeper from Harrisburg, earned second-team honors.

November 13, 2012
Rock’s Herlihy earns Coach of Year

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – Noreen Herlihy, head women's soccer coach at Slippery Rock University, has been named Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.

Herlihy, now in her 18th season at the helm of the program, earned her third PSAC Coach of the Year honor and her first since 2003. She has guided the program to 17 consecutive winning seasons with 10 or more wins, which is the eighth-best streak in Division II history.

November 13, 2012
Governor names Baker-Schroat student trustee

Courtney Baker-Schroat, a Slippery Rock University accounting, finance and health services administration major from Pittsburgh, has been named a member of the SRU Council of Trustees by Gov. Tom Corbett.

In his letter to Baker-Schroat informing her of the appointment, he said. “Please accept my best wishes for success in your new responsibilities and appreciation for your dedicated service to the commonwealth.”

November 12, 2012
Women’s soccer makes Sweet 16

CALIFORNIA, Pa. – The Slippery Rock University women's soccer team continued its run through the postseason with a 1-0 victory at No. 16 California University of Pennsylvania in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Sunday and now heads to the Round of 16 for the second consecutive year.

In NCAA platy, SRU will meet West Chester University Friday at West Chester.

Nov. 09, 2012
SRU hosts PASSHE Summit

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will host more than 250 faculty, staff and students from sister Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Universities for a two-day "Inclusive Excellence and International Education: Charting the Future Together" PASSHE summit.

The sixth annual summit, which will include more than 100 speakers and panelists, will run Nov. 15-16 in the Smith Student Center.

Nov. 09, 2012
SRU's improved black student graduation rate eighth among public institutions

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - By posting an 18.4 percent improvement in black student graduation rates between 2004-10, Slippery Rock University is ranked eighth in the nation among public institutions showing substantial gains, according to The Education Trust.

The Education Trust has a mission of promoting high academic achievement for all students at all levels -- pre-kindergarten through college. "Its goal is to close the gaps in opportunity and achievement that consign far too many young people -- especially those from low-income families or who are black, Latino, or American Indian -- to lives on the margins of the American mainstream."

Nov. 09, 2012
SRU expands co-teaching instruction

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - New Slippery Rock University students studying to be elementary school teachers will find an updated curriculum designed to immerse them in the elementary classroom.

Compared to traditional models, the new curriculum will enable teacher candidates to be out in the schools earlier, receive more University supervisor coaching and feedback, and participate in co-teaching practices intended to provide maximum success for their students, said Keith Dils, dean of SRU's College of Education.

Nov. 09, 2012
SRU employees offer election overview

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The next Presidential Election is just four years away, and the pundits and political planners for both parties might do well to consult with Slippery Rock University faculty and staff for ideas how to win.

In interviews across campus conducted Wednesday, after Tuesday's vote results had been solidified, SRU faculty and staff offered explanations for the outcome and ideas for reaching political interplay accord.

Nov. 09, 2012
SRU UPB sponsors ESPN speakers

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - ESPN sports commentators will visit Slippery Rock University Nov. 13 to provide a behind-the-scenes and career development discussion.

The University Program Board-sponsored event beings at 7 p.m. in the Smith Student Center Ballroom.

Nov. 09, 2012
SRU hosts Syrian National Council member

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Afra Jalabi, a member of the Syrian National Council and the executive committee of the Day After Project and a former member of the Damascus Declaration, will offer a presentation about the ongoing military and political conflict in Syria when she visits Slippery Rock University Nov. 15.

The 6:30 p.m. lecture, followed by a question-and-answer period, will be in Spotts World Culture Building Auditorium.

Nov. 09, 2012
SRU plans Veterans Day Ceremony today

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Office of Alumni Engagement and the SRU Alumni Association will pay homage to veterans with an 11 a.m. ceremony today at the Veterans' Memorial outside the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center.

Mike Crum, a 2011 SRU social work graduate and veteran, will provide the welcome. The SRU Army ROTC Color Guard will raise the flags.

Nov. 09, 2012
SECA deadline today; still short of goal

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "The presidential election, Hurricane Sandy and this week's East Coast winter storm have all taken our attention away from local issues, but the deadline for the annual SECA drive is today, and we are still short," said Lynne Motyl, assistant vice president for human resources.

"I understand how with these distractions, combined with all of the duties of work and classes, the annual State Employee Combined Appeal may have slipped to the back burner, but this drive is really important to some 1,400 human services and community organizations across the commonwealth that depend on the appeal's funding to keep their organizations operating. Some even help out during such disasters as hurricanes," she said.

November 9, 2012
2004 SRU graduate earns Plum Hall of Fame honor

Cara Yannotti-Clayton, a 2004 Slippery Rock University elementary education graduate and Rock women’s soccer standout, was one of eight individuals recently inducted to the Plum High School Sports Hall of Fame.

Yannotti-Clayton is Plum’s all-time leading scorer with 117 goals and also holds the school record for goals scored in one season – 43. She has the Plum record for the long jump in track and field competition.

November 8, 2012
SRU field hockey coach earns Coach of Year title

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – Julie Swiney, head coach of the Slippery Rock University field hockey team, has been named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-West Coach of the Year.

Swiney was recognized by her coaching peers after turning the SRU program around over the last three seasons and this fall leading the team to its best year in more than a decade.

November 7, 2012
ACCA honors SRU faculty member

Melissa Nard, assistant professor in the Student Counseling Center at Slippery Rock University, has been presented the Meritorious Service Award by the American College Counseling Association for "outstanding service to the ACCA."

Nard joined the SRU faculty and the association in 2009, accepting the title of membership chair a few months later.

November 6, 2012
Rock women earn No. 5 seed in soccer

The Slippery Rock University women's soccer team earned the No. 5 seed in the Atlantic Region and will open the NCAA Division II tournament with a game against No. 4 seed Edinboro Friday at California University of Pennsylvania.

California and West Chester earned the top two seeds in the region, despite falling at home in the PSAC playoffs to champion Slippery Rock. Gannon earned the No. 3 seed and will play No. 6 seed West Virginia Wesleyan Friday at West Chester.

November 5, 2012
Runner earns trip to National Championships

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – Stephanie Case, a biology major from Columbiana, Ohio, finished fourth overall at the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional Championships Saturday at Lock Haven to earn an individual berth in the National Championships in Joplin, Mo.

The Rock finished seventh in the team standings at the regional meet.

Nov. 02, 2012
Alcoa funds SRU 'Sensory Trail'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Storm Harbor Equestrian Center, Slippery Rock University's facility providing multidisciplinary professional preparation and research through equine assisted activities for individuals with disabilities, has received a $20,000 Alcoa Foundation Grant to construct a "Sensory Trail" at the campus facility.

Once completed, the new facility will be called the "Alcoa Foundation Transition Trail" and used for horseback riding, walking and biking, principally by people with disabilities.

Nov. 02, 2012
SRU faculty say 'Robo calls' ineffective

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Nearly everyone has received political robo calls from Jim, Mary, Stephanie, Tom, Bob, the governor, senators, representatives and even the "Hello my friend, this is Pat Boone, yes, 'Love Letters in the Sand,' Pat Boone.'" But do Slippery Rock University political science faculty think such calls have any effect on election outcomes?

Sharon Sykora, SRU associate professor of political science, said she dislikes the calls, "but I have to listen to them because of my job. I have to know what is going on in such calls; what the callers are saying - so I can discuss the issues with my students."

Nov. 02, 2012
SRU celebrates Native American diversity

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Abenacki Native American tribe author Joseph Bruchac, who has written more than 60 books about the indigenous American culture, including "Code Talker," will be among those participating in Slippery Rock University's "Native American Celebration Day" Nov. 12.

Events will be staged in the Smith Student Center Ballroom in conjunction with the Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center based near Pittsburgh.

Nov. 02, 2012
PASSHE offers employee-training

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education is again promoting its ongoing PASSHE Academy Training Programs for faculty and staff. The Academy offers programs ranging from "Arthritis Management and Prevention" to "How to Become a Whole Brain Thinker."

The pre-recorded training programs, available online, are scheduled through spring semester. Most originate fromWest Chester University.

Nov. 02, 2012
SRU revives 'Importance of Being Earnest'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa - Oscar Wilde's comedy "The Importance of Being Earnest," a sophisticated yet light-hearted classic, will be presented by Slippery Rock University's theatre department in seven performances beginning Nov. 9

The farcical comedy of manners is directed by David Skeele, SRU professor of theater, and romps through the far-flung foppishness and romantic restraint of a not so by-gone era.

November 2, 2012
Rock soccer teams earn PSAC semifinal berths

The Rock women’s and men’s soccer teams both recorded 2-1 upset wins over the region’s top-ranked teams yesterday to earn berths in Saturday’s semifinal games of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference playoffs.

The Rock women eliminated second-seeded West Chester and will meet sixth-seeded East Stroudsburg in a 1:30 p.m. match Saturday in California, Pa.

November 1, 2012
ABCA elects SRU coach vice president

Jeff Messer, Slippery Rock University head baseball coach, has been elected as the fourth vice president of the American Baseball Coaches Association.

Messer, who will begin his 28th season as The Rock's head coach next spring, assumes his new role in early January at the conclusion of the ABCA's national convention in Chicago.