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October 31, 2012
Rock soccer teams open PSAC playoffs Thursday

The Rock women’s and men’s soccer teams both open Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference playoff action Thursday with quarterfinal road games.

The women’s team, led by Noreen Herlihy, 18-year head coach, compiled a 10-5-2 record this fall and is seeded seventh in the eight-team playoff field. The Rock opens the conference playoffs with a 1 p.m. game at second-seeded West Chester (13-3-1).

October 30, 2012
Forbes now SRU’s newest U.S. citizen

Not only is Wayne Forbes an assistant professor of biology at Slippery Rock University, he is also the University’s newest U.S. citizen.

The naturalization ceremony, hosted on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, came just a week before SRU launches its annual Internations Week, celebrating the university’s international diversity.

October 29, 2012
SRU grad teaches unique course

Jason Varnish, a 2003 Slippery Rock University master’s degree sport management graduate and head of the Consol Energy Center’s box office, is sharing his expertise by teaching one of the nation’s only college-level courses on ticketing for entertainment events

Varnish, who was featured in a Venues Today article, teaches his elective course in Point Park University’s Sports, Arts and Entertainment Management Program.

Oct. 26, 2012
Norton moderates campus debate

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - If PBS's Jim Lehrer, CNN's Candy Crowley, ABC's Martha Raddatz and CBS's Bob Schieffer can moderate presidential election debates so can SRU's President Cheryl Norton.

Norton will take on the task when Pi Sigma Alpha, the campus political science honorary, hosts "The Next Great Presidential Debate" at 8 p.m., Oct. 30, in Spotts World Culture Building Auditorium.

Oct. 26, 2012
SRU Internations Week features 'International Dinner,' activities

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University international students will offer the community a trip around the world without leaving Butler County when they host a weeklong Internations Week Nov. 4-10.

The week will highlight sports, fashion, politics, economics and culminate with the 38th annual International Dinner Nov. 10.. The Internations Club and SRU's Office of International Services are sponsoring the week..

Oct. 26, 2012
Old Stone House offers candlelit tours

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's historic Old Stone House will offer visitors the chance to step back in time through a series of candlelit tours Nov. 9, 16 and 30.

The event will help kick off the holiday season while allowing participants to enjoy the charm of an 1822 stagecoach inn illuminated by firelight.

Oct. 26, 2012
LUNAFEST offers women's films

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Nine short, independent films directed by women will be presented as part of Slippery Rock University's annual "LUNAFEST" event Nov. 1

The 7 p.m. showing in the Advanced Technology and Science Hall, will also help support the Breast Cancer Fund.

Oct. 26, 2012
SRU competition features voice students

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Curt Scheib, professor of music and chair of the Division of Visual and Performing Arts at Seton Hill University, has been selected as this year's judge for the Chad Williamson Memorial Scholarship Competition at Slippery Rock University

Scheib will judge 18 SRU voice competitors as they present both a classical and pop song at the 7:30 p.m., Nov. 3, event in Swope Music Hall.

Oct. 26, 2012
Kaplan Duo premiere new Barr work

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Kaplan Duo, comprised of pianists Nanette Kaplan Solomon, Slippery Rock University professor of music, and her sister Iris Kaplan Rosenthal, will premiere new works by Stephen Barr, SRU assistant professor of music, and New Castle composer Judy Bruce at upcoming concerts in Greensburg and Youngstown, Ohio.

Barr's new piece is titled "When men are fairy tales in books written by rabbits," and Bruce's work is titled "Motions."

October 26, 2012
Marcus re-appointment confirmed by Pa. Senate

Robert Marcus, secretary of the Slippery Rock University Council of Trustees and a 1961 SRU health and physical education graduate, has been confirmed for re-appointed to a six-year term on the council following recommendation by Gov. Tom Corbett and confirmation by the Pennsylvania Senate.

His term will run through Oct. 15, 2018, or until a successor is appointed and qualified.

Oct. 25, 2012
SRU criminology major addresses crime watch group

John Barton, a Slippery Rock University a criminology and criminal justice major from Ellwood City, is combining his academic interests with being involved in his community.

Barton, a non-traditional student, recently presented a program defining community policing and it’s principals and describing the benefits and importance of citizen involvement as part of the Ellwood City Crime Watch Organization meeting.

Oct. 24, 2012
SRU Hall of Fame member earns Octorara School District honor

Deborah Feather, a 1984 Slippery Rock University physical education graduate, has been inducted into the Octorara Area School District’s Sports Hall of Fame for her significant contributions to the school’s athletics program.

Feather, a health and physical education teacher in the district, was one of four inducted at recent ceremonies as part of the district’s homecoming celebration, according to a news story on My Octorara News, a partner with Lancaster Online.

Oct. 23, 2012
Cross country runner earns PSAC Champion Scholar Award

Kara Styles, a Slippery Rock University doctor of physical therapy student from Windber, has been named the Champion Scholar of the 2012 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Women's Cross Country Championships for the second time.

The award was presented Saturday at Cooper's Lake Campground. She received the same honor last spring.

October 22, 2012
SRU communication graduates earn press association awards

Three Slippery Rock University communication graduates working at newspapers across the U.S. have won awards from their state press associations. All three were part of The Rocket newspaper staff as students.

Josh Rizzo, a 2010 graduate now with the Kirksville Daily Express, received a first place honor for his story on concussions in the Best Sports Feature Story category from the Missouri Press Association. He also earned second place in the Best Sports Photography category for his “Basketball Pass” photo. He received an Honorable Mention with fellow reporter Bud Schrader in the Best Sports News Story or Package category for their “Vindicated – State Champs” story.

Oct. 19, 2012
Center dedication brings Smith 'home'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Robert M. Smith, president emeritus of Slippery Rock University, will return to campus Saturday to join in ribbon-cutting ceremonies for the $39 million student center named in his honor.

Offices and programs began moving into the 106,869-square-foot, three-story, open-space building in August, but it will be officially dedicated at 11:30 a.m. as part of the University's annual homecoming celebration.

Oct. 19, 2012
Safety management lands Alcoa grant

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A $25,000, grant from the Alcoa Foundation will help make Slippery Rock University's safety management laboratories among the best in the nation according to Joseph Cali, professor and department chair of safety management.

The grant was announced this week.

Oct. 19, 2012
Panel probes candidates' foreign policy

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "The Presidential Election and Foreign Policy Toward the Middle East" will be the topic of an Oct. 26 panel discussion sponsored by Slippery Rock University's Middle East Studies Center, the School of Business and the College of Business, Information and Social Sciences.

The free session is at 6 p.m. in 111 Spotts World Culture Building.

Oct. 19, 2012
Shale panel examines ripple effect

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "Supply Community and the Ripple Effect in the Regional Economy" will be the discussion topic when a three-member panel of experts assembles at Slippery Rock University Nov. 13 as part of the University's School of Business ongoing examination of Marcellus Shale development in the region.

The program has previously examined safety and environmental issues concerning Marcellus Shale well drilling and the potential for job growth, not only those positions directly tied to the drilling, but to jobs in related areas, including well servicing, resultant pipeline construction and operations, as well opportunities in schools, retail and wholesale businesses, and general service industries.

Oct. 19, 2012
Volunteers paint 'Empty Bowl's'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - More than 100 volunteers are expected to lend a hand painting ceramic soup bowls for Slippery Rock University's annual Empty Bowls project, which is designed to increase hunger awareness.

The Empty Bowls event will be Oct. 30 in the Smith Student Center Ballroom.

Oct. 19, 2012
Majors, Minors Fair offers advice, tips

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University students interested in exploring the majors or minors offered at SRU are urged to attend the free Academic Services Major and Minors Fair Oct. 23.

The 12:30-1:30 p.m. fair will be in the Smith Student Center Ballroom.

Oct. 19, 2012
Forbes earns Minority Achiever Award

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Wayne Forbes, assistant professor of biology at Slippery Rock University, will be honored tonight in Pittsburgh as a "Minority Achiever" as part of the Annual Minority Achiever's Awards Program sponsored by Minority Opinion/Talk Magazine.

The magazine sponsors the awards as a way of giving recognition and showing appreciation to minorities who have made outstanding contributions in their professions as well as a way to inspire others to similar accomplishments.

Oct. 19, 2012
SRU's Holmes, Walker earn Men of Excellence Award

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Eric Holmes, a 1993 Slippery Rock University graduate and current chair of the University's Council of Trustees, and Christophas Walker, assistant professor of public health and social work, will receive the New Pittsburgh Courier's "Men of Excellence Award Oct. 25.

The award honors men who exemplify strength by standing firm in the face of adversity, leadership in periods of struggle, compassion in times of peril and integrity in the midst of opposition, said Rod Doss, editor and publisher of the Pittsburgh newspaper. "Through proven success and selfless dedication to the community, these exemplary men are lauded as role models for the next generation of excellence.'

October 19, 2012
SRU biology professor earns Minority Achiever Award

Wayne Forbes, assistant professor of biology at Slippery Rock University, will be honored tonight in Pittsburgh as a “Minority Achiever” as part of the Annual Minority Achiever’s Awards Program sponsored by Minority Opinion/Talk Magazine.

The magazine sponsors the awards as a way of giving recognition and showing appreciation to minorities who have made outstanding contributions in their professions as well as a way to inspire others to similar accomplishments.

Oct. 18, 2012
SRU graduate receives Boys & Girls Clubs honor

Len Krichko, a 1980 Slippery Rock University recreation graduate, has been named the recipient of the Herman S. Prescott Award from The Professional Association at Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Midwest Leadership Conference in Indianapolis.

The award is dedicated in honor of Prescott, a deeply respected and admired Boys & Girls Clubs professional leader whose dedication toward the principles of diversity, equality, empowerment and inclusion are nationally recognized.

Oct. 16, 2012
Colorado Ice sign former SRU quarterback

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Cody Endres, a 2012 professional studies graduate from Washington, Pa. and the starting quarterback for the SRU football team, has been signed by the Colorado Ice, a member of the Indoor Football League. In his one season at The Rock, Endres started in 11 games, completing 220 of his 374 passes for 2,551 passing yards and 21 passing touchdowns; while also having one rushing touchdown. He was rated as the 50th best quarterback prospect in the 2012 draft class.

“We are excited and happy for Cody and proud of him becoming a professional player,” George Mihali, head football coach, said. “Cody has experience playing on the Division I level and he had a great year with us, so I definitely think he has the talent to play on the pro level.”

Oct. 17, 2012
Senate confirms SGA president’s BOG appointment

HARRISBURG, Pa. – David Wolfe, chief executive officer and president of the Slippery Rock Student Government Association, was confirmed today as a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s board of governors. Gov. Tom Corbett made the nomination.

Wolfe, an SRU sport management and communication major from Oakdale, will serve as one of three student members of the board. The three students were selected from among the system universities’ student government association presidents.

Oct. 15, 2012
SRU’s Rocket earns two Columbia Scholastic Press awards

Two Slippery Rock University’s student newspaper staff have scored two awards in the newspaper category of Columbia Scholastic Press Association 29th Gold Circle Awards Program. The program is administered by the journalism department at Columbia University.

Honored were: Alex Mowrey, a communication major from Pittsburgh, who earned second place in the single feature photography category for his “Finally Famous photo; and Lexi Kovski, a communication major from Slippery Rock, and Mowrey earned a certificate of merit in the two or more pages photo layout category for their “Rock around the World” display.

Oct. 12, 2012
New secretary of health recalls SRU as a 'great place for learning'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Pennsylvania's new acting Secretary of Health Michael Wolf is a 1988 Slippery Rock University political science graduate who credits his time at The Rock with directly helping him achieve his latest career promotion.

"I have nothing but good things to say about my four years at Slippery Rock. As a student, I really enjoyed my time," he said in a telephone interview from his Harrisburg office. "Slippery Rock University is a wonderful institution and a great place for learning."

Oct. 12, 2012
SRU biology professor's research earns $10,000 grant

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Stacy Hrizo, an assistant professor of biology at Slippery Rock University, has turned a family difficulty with dementia into a research project with promising results in slowing, or even halting, a neurodegenerative disease.

Hrizo is working in concert with University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine researchers under a $1.2 million National Institutes of Health grant. She has been awarded $9,718 for the first year of a three-year ($48,406) study.

Oct. 12, 2012
Homecoming preparations under way

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A parade, ribbon-cutting dedication, special dinners, alumni salutes, campus tours, athletic events, live WSRU-FM radio broadcasts by station alumni, a pep rally, bonfire, cheerleaders, bands, dance party, tailgating and fireworks will all be part of Slippery Rock University's homecoming Oct. 19-21.

The annual event is a collaborative effort by SRU's Student Government Association, the Green and White Society, the Office of Alumni Engagement and the SRU Alumni Association.

Oct. 12, 2012
SRU Alumni Association presents Distinguished Alumni Awards

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery University Alumni Association will honor four SRU graduates with regional, national and international accomplishments by presenting them the association's Distinguished Alumni Award for their contributions in their communities and professions at an Oct. 19 dinner ceremony.

The 5 p.m. event, in the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center, is part of SRU's 2012 homecoming weekend celebration.

Oct. 12, 2012
The Women's Center turns 21

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Until this fall, the Women's Center at Slippery Rock University occupied a corner office in the basement of Strain Behavioral Science Building. Now it is in the heart of campus, having relocated to a brightly decorated suite on the second floor of the Robert M. Smith Student Center.

The Women's Center will mark its 21st year with an open house from noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 18. Staff wants to raise awareness of its mission so that more SRU students and community residents utilize the office as a resource for education, quality-of-life and personal empowerment.

Oct. 12, 2012
SRU's Old Stone House offers 'spooktacular' Halloween program

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's historic Old Stone House, one of Butler County's most recognized landmarks, will once again host an array of spooky stories and Halloween festivities from 6-9 p.m., Oct. 25-26.

The fun, family-focused tour of the restored 1822 inn complete with ghost stories is free and open to all ages. A donation of $3 per person, or $5 per family, is suggested.

Oct. 12, 2012
Horse sculpture storms equestrian center

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Storm Harbor Equestrian Center has a new "horse and rider" on site - "Iron Horseman." Pittsburgh artist Tim Kaulen donated the steel sculpture to the center for a permanent display.

Kaulen, named Pittsburgh Artist of the Year in 2009 by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, said the equestrian center expressed an interest in "Iron Horseman," and he gifted it because he likes the center's educational focus. Storm Harbor teaches SRU students to lead riding activities for community clients with disabilities.

Oct. 12, 2012
SRU's UPB plans 'The Great Debate'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - In an effort to build awareness and inform the Slippery Rock University community about the upcoming presidential election, the University Program Board will sponsor "The Great Election Debate" at 7 p.m., Oct. 22.

The free discussion session in the Smith Student Center will feature media critics Steve Rendall, senior analyst with Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, and Cliff Kincaid, director of the Accuracy in Media Center for Investigative Journalism and former CNN "Crossfire" guest co-host.

Oct. 12, 2012
SRU soccer Ring of Honor inducts seven

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The second group of inductees will be added to the Slippery Rock University soccer “Ring of Honor” during weekend festivities on campus.

The class of 2012 includes SRU alumni: Ray Bitar, 1963; Thomas “Tucker” Campion, 1979; Ryan Gillespie, 1995; Gerald Hendershot, 1981; James Herlinger, 1974; Patrick O'Hare, 1965; and Donald Shea, 1974.

Oct. 11, 2012
SRU ranks 79th in NCSA Collegiate Power Rankings

CHICAGO, Ill. – Slippery Rock University was ranked 79th among NCAA Division II universities in the 10th Annual NCSA Collegiate Power Rankings released Monday.

The Collegiate Power Rankings compiled by NCSA Athletic Recruiting were calculated for each college/university at the NCAA Division I, II and III levels by averaging the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup ranking, the NCAA student-athlete graduation rate of each college/university and the U.S. News & World Report ranking.

Oct. 10, 2012
Pa. Boat/Fish Commission honors SRU graduate

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Dan Bickel, a 1995 Slippery Rock University environmental education graduate and now park manager at Moraine State Park, was among those honored earlier this week with the Lifesaving Award presented by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

Bickel and Rick Elia, a park employee, received the award for their work in aiding a father and son last July when the pair’s canoe capsized about a mile from Lake Arthur’s north shore, near Barber’s Point.

Oct. 05, 2012
SRU class plans Rocktober Open

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's "Facilities and Event Management" course, taught by Brian Crow, professor of sport management, will host the annual Rocktober Open Oct. 13 at Tam O'Shanter Golf Course in Hermitage. The Pittsburgh marathon is sponsoring the event.

This year's event benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Sport Management Scholarship Fund at SRU.

Oct. 05, 2012
SRU's annual Healthfest offers screenings, information

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University students in health and health-related fields will have the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge along side professionals in a variety of health areas when the University's annual daylong Healthfest opens Oct. 16.

SRU's Aebersold Student Recreation Center will host the free event from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., offering a number of health screenings along with information on a number of health issues.

Oct. 05, 2012
SRU honors four 'Women of Distinction'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Four Slippery Rock University women will be recognized as "Women of Distinction" at the annual Women's Studies Leadership/Mentoring Dinner Oct. 9.

The 5 p.m. event, organized by Cindy LaCom, professor of English and director of the SRU Women's Studies Program, will be in the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center.

Oct. 05, 2012
Preschoolers explore conservation ideas

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - It's been said children will inherit the Earth. Slippery Rock University and its Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research believe it's never too early to begin teaching healthy-planet lifestyles so they have an earth to inherit.

More than 40 preschoolers from the SRU/SGA Child Care Center are participating today in an "Exploring Energy" program at the Macoskey Center. The program combines fun activities such as flying kites and cooking s'mores in a solar oven with lessons about nonrenewable and renewable resources.

Oct. 05, 2012
PASSHE plans new entrepreneurial opportunities workshop webcast

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Office of the Chancellor and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education universities are hosting a series of campus-based workshops to focus on the expanded role the state system universities could play as economic drivers in their host communities and surrounding regions as the result of recent changes in state law.

Invited guests include local business leaders, who could be key partners with the universities in these efforts.

Oct. 05, 2012
SRU dance faculty stage BC3 concert

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Office of the Chancellor and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education universities are hosting a series of campus-based workshops to focus on the expanded role the state system universities could play as economic drivers in their host communities and surrounding regions as the result of recent changes in state law.

The student Rock Dance Co. will also perform, giving attendees an opportunity to experience the student dance company's dynamic repertoire.

Oct. 05, 2012
SRU starts instructional coach program

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Pennsylvania Department of Education has approved the Slippery Rock University College of Education's plan to provide an instructional coach endorsement.

The 12-credit program includes course work in such elementary education and early childhood classes as "Foundations of Instructional Coaching," "Teacher Leadership and School Change for Instructional Coaches," "Literacy Assessment Analysis and Instructional Decision Making" and "Advanced Literacy Coaching Practicum."

Oct. 05, 2012
Experts agree, safety saves money

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Failing to comply with safety and environmental issues when drilling for oil and gas in the Marcellus Shale region costs money and time and can be avoided, according to three safety and environmental issues experts who addressed a Slippery Rock University assembly Tuesday as part of the University's ongoing Marcellus Shale Development Lecture Series.

SRU's School of Business and its advisory council co-sponsor the series.

Oct. 05, 2012
Arnhold receives $1.25 million DOE grant

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Robert Arnhold, Slipepry Rock University professor of physical education, has received a five-year, $1.25 million renewable grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support certified physical education teachers expanding their skills in teaching children with disabilities.

The grant, which will be paid in $250,000 increments over the five years, will provide scholarship support for nine students annually enrolling fulltime in SRU's adapted physical activity graduate program.

Oct. 05, 2012
New president sees 'unlimited potential'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Cheryl Norton is fond of saying, "The sun always shines in Slippery Rock," and that was the certainly case for her inauguration as Slippery Rock University's 16th president, last Friday on the Quad under beautiful, often sunny, skies.

The SRU faculty, students and invited guests, including former SRU Presidents Robert Aebersold and G. Warren Smith, marched from the upper portion of campus to the quad led by an Army-ROTC color guard and a samba percussion line directed by David Glover, associate professor of music. Wilma Cavill, assistant professor of safety management, served as grand marshal, and William Williams, provost and vice president for academic affairs, served as presiding officer for the 90-minute ceremony.

Oct. 5, 2012
Gov. Corbett names SRU graduate acting secretary of health

Michael Wolf, a 1988 Slippery Rock University political science graduate and former member of the SRU Council of Trustees, has been named acting secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The appointment was made Thursday by Gov. Tom Corbett.

As secretary, Wolf is the commonwealth’s top health regulator and is responsible for carrying out the health department's mission to promote healthy lifestyles, prevent injury and disease and to assure the safe delivery of quality health care for all Pennsylvania citizens. The cabinet-level post reports directly to the governor.

October 04. 2012
PA School Librarians Association honors SRU graduate

Marjorie Foster, a 1969 Slippery Rock University elementary education graduate and a 1976 master’s of special education graduate, has been honored as the 2012 Pennsylvania Outstanding Contributor to School Libraries Award recipient.

The Pennsylvania School Librarians Association presented the award.

October 03. 2012
Curry earns Pitt African-American Alumni Council Award

Charles Curry, Slippery Rock University vice president for finance and administration, has been selected to receive a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the African American Alumni Council of the University of Pittsburgh.

Curry, who served as the University’s acting president from February 2012 through May 2012, will be recognized at the organization’s Distinguished Alumni Awards Banquet, Oct. 13.

Oct. 02, 2012
Rock graduate earns Fulbright

Kimberly Kline, a 1989 Slippery Rock University graduate and associate professor of higher education administration at Buffalo State University, recently was named a Fulbright Scholar and will serve in Kyiv, Ukraine.

The Fulbright Scholar Program provides merit-based grants for international exchange for students, scholars, teachers, scientists and artists. U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas founded it in the U.S. in 1946.

Oct. 01, 2012
Students dominate ROCK Pride Inauguration Race

Slippery Rock University’s “ROCK Pride Inauguration Fun Run/Walk” proved SRU students are fast. They took the top six spots for overall men and women runners.

The Sept. 22 race, co-sponsored by BHS FastERcare and the SRU Wellness Committee, raised more than $4,500 for the newly created Norton Undergraduate Research Scholarship at SRU. The event kicked off a weeklong celebration of Cheryl Norton’s inauguration as SRU’s 16th president.