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Sept. 28, 2012
SRU trustees join 'Team Norton'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A retired veteran Slippery Rock University administrator and a retired veteran faculty member were honored with resolutions Thursday by the University's Council of Trustees who donned bright pink T-shirts in support of President Cheryl Norton who will be formally inaugurated Friday.

The trustees all became members of "Team Norton" by wearing the No. 16 and the name "Norton" on the back of their shirts. The number 16 relates to Norton being named SRU's 16th president.

Sept. 28, 2012
Burkhart talk stimulates 'green' ideas

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - In an address that literally covered the world, Patrick Burkhart, Slippery Rock University professor of geography, geology and the environment, presented "Protecting the World's Resources: A Common Responsibility" Tuesday as part of the University's weeklong celebration of the inauguration of Cheryl Norton as president.

Norton's formal installation as president is at 10:30 a.m., Sept. 28, in an outdoor ceremony on the Quad. As part of the week's activities three symposia were presented addressing the theme "Embracing the Challenge: Excellence, innovation and responsible citizenship."

Sept. 28, 2012
SRU graduate touts Title IX impact

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - When is comes to equality of opportunity, "37 words changed the world for the better," according to Roberta Page.

Page, director of championships with the NCAA and a 1988 Slippery Rock University graduate, returned to campus Tuesday to offer a symposium about the federal law commonly known as "Title IX.

Sept. 28, 2012
Patterson Hall nears completion

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A $2.6 million addition to Patterson Hall that will provide new classrooms, exercise laboratories and student-faculty research space for the department of exercise and rehabilitative sciences is nearly complete.

The two-story, 8,100-square-feet addition added a new building front, a resistance-training laboratory and new classrooms on the first floor and a Multipurpose Exercise Room on the second floor. The contractor is doing additional work and some finishing touches, while the University waits for delivery and installation of exercise equipment.

Sept. 28, 2012
Norton offers leadership suggestions

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - On the eve of her inauguration as the 16th president of Slippery Rock University, Cheryl Norton took time to talk with students about what creates a quality leader and offered tips and suggestions to help them meet expectations.

Norton addressed students in the Smith Student Center as part of the Inauguration Week celebration that included three symposia under the theme "Embracing the Challenge: Excellence, innovation and responsible citizenship." Her address was titled "Everything I Learned About Leadership I Learned by Sweating."

Sept. 28, 2012
Norton inauguration hits ground running

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Not only did the "ROCK Pride Inauguration Fun Run/Walk" last Saturday kick off inauguration week activities in healthy style, the event raised more than $4,000 for the newly created Norton Undergraduate Research Scholarship.

"We saw faculty, staff, local residents and a lot of students showing high-energy enthusiasm and support, making a statement that this campus stands behind the vision of our new president," said Jeff Lynn, associate professor of exercise and rehabilitative sciences.

Sept. 28, 2012
SRU SECA drive continues

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock Universities participation in the annual State Employee Combined Appeal is off to a good start, said Pam Miller, drive chair for SRU and management technician in SRU's Office of Human Resources, who said $3,539 had been raised by mid-week toward the University's overall $14,100 goal.

"We were very pleased by the enthusiasm shown in the opening weeks by faculty and staff in joining the drive," Miller said. The drive runs through Nov. 2.

Sept. 28, 2012
SRU Asia Reading Club keeps current

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Anyone looking to expand their understanding of the Far East, its rich culture, history, literature or even daily life, in both fiction and non-fiction form is welcome to join Slippery Rock University's Asian Reading Club.

The faculty-formed club meets the first Thursday of the month in the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center. The club's next meeting is at 4:30 p.m., Oct. 4.

September 28. 2012
SRU inaugurates 16th president

In ceremonies staged on the academic quad, Slippery Rock University today installed Cheryl Norton as its 16th president.

The formal ceremony saw Norton invested by Guido Pichini, chair of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education board of governors, and Peter Garland, executive vice chancellor for the state system. Also participating in the ceremony was Eric Holmes, chair of the SRU Council of Trustees, David Wolfe, president of the SRU Student Government Association and representatives of faculty and staff unions, the SRU Foundation Inc., and the SRU Alumni Association, among others. Wilma Cavill, SRU’s longest serving faculty member, served as grand marshal, opening and closing the ceremony.

September 27. 2012
Biology major qualifies for Army veterinary program

Nathaniel Kapaldo, a Slippery Rock University biology major from Fairfax, Va., was one of two Army ROTC cadets in the country who participated in the Army Veterinarian Externship Program at the Lt. Col. Holland Military Working Dog Hospital.

The Army uses the hospital at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, to train dogs prior to use by the military and check animals before they are adopted following their service.

September 26. 2012
SRU principal certificate leads Johnson to athletic director post

Bruce Johnson, who earned his principal certificate at Slippery Rock University, is the new athletic director at Green Local Schools near Akron, Ohio.

Johnson had previously served as assistant athletic director at High Point Christian Academy in North Carolina where he also taught social studies courses.

September 25. 2012
SRU graduate pitches hotdogs and art

If you attended a Reading Phillies home game and bought a hot dog, it may have been pitched by Matt Jackson, a 2001 Slippery Rock University sport management graduate. If you admired the stadium’s new artwork it too may have been done by Jackson.

The SRU graduate, who played baseball in high school, is not only known for hot dog pitching while riding an ostrich, but also for serving as the Reading Phillies' graphic arts director. He joined the franchise in 1998, according to a recent story in the Reading Eagle.

Sept. 24, 2012
Ohio education group honors SRU graduate

Robyn Fette, a 2000 Slippery Rock University elementary education graduate and now an assistant principal at Hubbard [Ohio] Elementary School, has been named the first recipient of a new section award presented by the Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators.

“Robyn exemplifies the best in school leadership,” the OAESA said in making the award announcement. Fette has been assistant principal at the school since 2006.

Sept. 21, 2012
Inaugural activities kick-off tomorrow

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The invitations have been sent, the chairs ordered, the podium polished and the picnic planned, all that awaits is good weather on Sept. 28 when Slippery Rock University formally installs Cheryl Norton as its 16th president.

Guido Pichini, chair of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education board of governors, and Peter Garland, PASSHE executive vice chancellor, will formally invest Norton.

Sept. 21, 2012
SRU plans Marcellus Shale lectures

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's School of Business continues its series examining Marcellus Shale job opportunities in the western Pennsylvania region with two upcoming programs.

The free, 12:30 p.m. sessions will be in the Advanced Technology and Science Hall and are co-sponsored by SRU's College of Business, Information and Social Sciences and the SRU Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator.

Sept. 21, 2012
Carson's classic 'Silent Spring' turns 50

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "But man is part of nature, and his war against nature is inevitably a war against himself," said Rachel Carson, a western Pennsylvania biologist and writer who penned one of the seminal environmental books in history, "Silent Spring." Her book turns 50 Sept. 27 and continues to inspire both academics and laypersons.

"When I teach an environmental education course, I point to 'Silent Spring' as one of those elements that really did start the modern environmental movement," said Daniel Dziubek, Slippery Rock University professor of parks and recreation.

Sept. 21, 2012
SRU students increase class load

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University students slightly increased their credit-hour course loads for fall semester 2012 compared to those of a year ago, according to numbers released Tuesday following the 15th day of classes.

"The state system has traditionally set the 15th day as the official benchmark used to determine funding levels for each of the 14 system universities," said Amanda Yale, associate provost for enrollment services. The state system will release official numbers for all state system universities at its next board of governors meeting.

Sept. 21, 2012
UPMC executive urges 'safety first'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Tami Minnier, chief quality officer for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, told students to "speak up" when they know something is affecting the quality of the company they work.

Minnier, who also heads UPMC's Center for Quality Improvement and Innovation, spoke to a standing room only crowd. She was invited to lecture by Kurt Schimmel, dean of SRU's College of Business, Information and Social Sciences.

Sept. 21, 2012
SRU Jazz Sextet releases CD

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University Jazz Sextet will present a CD Release Concert at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22 in the Smith Student Center Theater. It is the first music concert in the newly opened theater.

Three SRU graduates and three current students who comprise the group will perform all of the selections on "Jump Start," a CD of modern jazz songs they wrote and recorded.

Sept. 21, 2012
Pittsburgh's Negri debuts café-style show

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Jazz guitarist Joe Negri, best known on college campuses as "Handyman Negri," from the popular children's television show "Mr. Rogers Neighborhood," will initiate Slippery Rock University's café-style performance series at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 12.

The "Joe Negri and Friends in Concert" program, part of SRU's Performing Arts Series, will be in the University Union Multi-Purpose Room.

Sept. 21, 2012
SRU hosts Manhattan Short Film Festival

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has been selected as a host site for the 2012 Manhattan Short Film Festival and will screen selected films Oct. 1-3 in the Smith Student Center Theater.

The campus project is sponsored in conjunction with the SRU Film Society, Center for Student Involvement and Leadership, the Kaleidoscope Art Festival and the Pennsylvania Film Institute.

Sept. 21, 2012
60X60 concert combines dance, art

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Talk about high energy and excitement. Slippery Rock University dance and art students and faculty are combining their skills to present a 60X60 Experimental Music and Dance Concert Sept. 27 in SRU's Stoner Instructional Complex, West Gym.

The one-hour performance will feature 60 dance works, each 60-seconds long with some choreography accompanied by animation and video created by SRU art students.

Sept. 21, 2012
SRU Brass Ensemble earns PMEA invite

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Only one brass ensemble in the state - Slippery Rock University's - has been invited to perform at the Pennsylvania Music Education Association's 2013 conference April 18-20 in Erie. The 45-student band was also asked to perform at the opening ceremony.

"There were 100 groups in the state that sent in recordings. This was quite an accomplishment to be selected," said Stephen Hawk, SRU professor of music and ensemble director. "It's a big performance and opportunity for these students and the music department."

Sept. 21, 2012
SRU theatre presents 'View of the Dome'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University theatre begins the 2012-2013 season with seven performances of "View of the Dome," a satire of sex, politics and power. The play opens at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 in SRU's University's Union, directed by Laura Smiley, associate professor of theatre.

Theresa Rebeck, creator of the television show "Smash," wrote the political comedy that dresses down American campaign politics and disrobes the messy state of current affairs, Smiley said.

Sept. 21, 2012
Sunset Serenade Celebration set

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Sunset Serenade Celebration "Renaissance" will be offered Oct. 6 at SRU's Storm Harbor Equestrian Center. Proceeds will help build an endowment, expand services and provide scholarship assistance to SRU students and riders who use the center. More than 250 people are expected.

The doors open at 5:30 p.m. with refreshments and bluegrass music by Well Strung. The four culinary stations, "Peasants and Serfs," "Lords and Knights," "Kings and Queens" and "Jester's Court" - open at 6:30 p.m. The menu includes grilled lamb kebabs, braised pork, baked scallops and a host of desserts, including peach cobbler and brandied plums.

Sept. 21, 2012
SRU earns 'Military Friendly' designation

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has again been named a Military Friendly School by Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life and publisher of GI Jobs Magazine.

The 2013 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. The list was released Sept. 17.

Sept. 21, 2012
SRU graduate wins Theatre Library Association scholarship

Emily “Lisbeth” Wells Pratt, a 2011 Slippery Rock University theatre and English graduate, has been awarded the Brooks McNamara Performing Arts Librarian Scholarship by the Theatre Library Association.

She will be recognized Oct. 12 at the 75th Anniversary Awards Ceremony and Gala at the Bruno Walter Auditorium in the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

Sept. 20, 2012
NextGen Scholarship winners present projects

Four Slippery Rock University graduates and a current student who minored in nonprofit leadership offered through the University’s department of professional studies recently presented their projects on campus as NextGen Scholarship winners.

The are: Anita Williams, a professional studies major from Beaver who graduated in 2012; Akaisha Yancy, 2012 social work graduate from Pittsburgh; Tashana Pulliam, 2012 social work and criminology graduate from Erie; Kevin McNair, 2012 marketing graduate from Pittsburgh; and Cherie Olivis, a current health services administration major from Pittsburgh.

Sept. 19, 2012
Storm Harbor receives $1,000 grant

Slippery Rock University’s Storm Harbor Equestrian Center has received a $1,000 grant from the Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation to support its services.

“The money we received will help with scholarships to ensure that riders with disabilities who have financial hardships will be able to continue riding,” said Courtney Gramlich, Storm Harbor director, who applied for the grant.

Sept. 17, 2012
SRU again earns ‘Military Friendly’ designation

Slippery Rock University has again been named a Military Friendly School by Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life and publisher of GI Jobs Magazine.

The 2013 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

Sept. 14, 2012
SRU concert benefits Baker Scholarship

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The musical topic will be "Haydn to Higdon" when Slippery Rock University's music department stages its annual concert to benefit the Dwight and Jeane Baker Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The 4 p.m., Sept. 30, concert at Swope Music Hall will feature the Slippery Rock Piano Trio, comprised of Warren Davidson, assistant professor of music on violin, Paige Riggs, instructor on cello, and Nanette Kaplan Solomon, professor, on piano.

Sept. 14, 2012
Utsch premieres composers' lost music

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The fall semester is a time of firsts. Glenn Utsch, Slippery Rock University professor of music, will present a musical first on Sept. 27 when he performs the premieres of piano music written by the late American and British composers Arthur Farwell and York Bowen.

Utsch said he rediscovered the music during a sabbatical last year and will present their lost compositions and other American pieces during his free "Remembering Two Forgotten Composers: An Evening of the Music of Arthur Farwell and York Bowen" at 7:30 p.m. in SRU's Swope Music Hall. The performance is part of the weeklong series of events celebrating the inauguration of Cheryl Norton as the 16th president of the University.

Sept. 14, 2012
UPMC's chief quality officer plans lecture

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Tami Minnier, chief quality officer for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, a Pittsburgh-based integrated health care delivery system with more than $8 billion in annual revenues, will discuss health care careers and opportunities with Slippery Rock University students in a 12:30 p.m., Sept. 18, address.

The lecture, sponsored by SRU's College of Business, Information and Social Sciences, will be in 111 Eisenberg Classroom Building.

Sept. 14, 2012
Norton launches SRU's SECA campaign

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has launched its annual State Employee Combined Appeal with a letter of support from University President Cheryl Norton.

SECA, the only charitable campaign allowed by the commonwealth of Pennsylvania in its state offices, runs through Nov. 2. SRU's goal is $14,100.

Sept. 14, 2012
5K race/2K walk opens inaugural events

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Sept 22 ROCK Pride Inauguration 5K Run/2K Walk will kick off a week of events celebrating the inauguration of Cheryl Norton as the University's 16th president.

Race proceeds will support the newly created Norton Undergraduate Research Scholarship.

Sept. 14, 2012
SRU's Smith receives $49,658 NSF Grant

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Timothy Smith, Slippery Rock University professor of physical therapy, has been awarded $49,658 by the National Science Foundation to continue his research on "Collaborative Research: A Histological and CT Study of Midfacial Growth Trajectories in Subadult Primates."

His award runs through July 31, 2016.

Sept. 14, 2012
SRU earns U.S. News regional honor

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has been named a Top 100 Regional University - North in the U.S. News & World Report's 2013 edition of Best Colleges released wednesday.

"It is always an honor to be recognized for the outstanding education SRU delivers. This report is a good tool for prospective students and their parents to use when evaluating where to go to college. The report gives an extensive statistical profile of each university included, and I think many will find our profile very informative," said Cheryl Norton, SRU president.

Sept. 14, 2012
SRU plans Inauguration Week symposia

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will celebrate the inauguration of its 16th president, Cheryl Norton, with a series of symposia that expand upon the inaugural theme of "Embracing the Challenge: Excellence, innovation and responsible citizenship."

The free symposia, scheduled for the Smith Student Center Theater, are:

  • 12:30 p.m., Sept. 25: "Title IX: Understanding and providing democratic principles of justice and equality," presented by Roberta Page, a 1988 Slippery Rock University physical education graduate and now director of championships with the National Collegiate Athletic Association;
  • 7 p.m., Sept. 26: "Protecting the world's resources: A common responsibility," presented by Patrick Burkhart, SRU professor of geography, geology and the environment; and
  • Noon, Sept. 27: "Everything I Learned About Leadership I Learned by Sweating," presented by President Norton. The SRU Student Government Association is sponsoring the symposium, which is open to students only. The Sept 25 and Sept. 26 symposia are free and open to the campus and local community.

Sept. 14, 2012
SRU offers 'Rising China' conference

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Some of the nation's foremost experts on China will be at Slippery Rock University Oct. 4-6 to participate in a faculty development conference on the emergence of China as a superpower. The conference will include workshops, presentations, discussions and the screening of contemporary Chinese films.

"Rising China: Economic, Geopolitical, Environmental and Cultural Dimensions of China's Emergence as a Global Superpower" is open to SRU students, faculty and staff and professors from across the northeast. It will be offered in SRU's Robert M. Smith Student Center.

Sept. 14, 2012
New SRU president sets vision

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - In an address both strong on praise and filled with optimism about Slippery Rock University's future, Cheryl Norton, the University's new president, presided over her first Academic Assembly since taking the post June 4.

Norton spoke for 30 minutes Thursday before an assembly of faculty and staff in Swope Music Hall as part of the traditional program that launches fall semester.

Sept. 14, 2012
SRU graduate earns ‘Principal of Year’ title; joins national list

Gregory Taranto, a 1995 Slippery Rock University exercise science graduate, has been named 2012 Pennsylvania Middle Level Principal of the Year by the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary Principals. Taranto serves as principal of the Canonsburg [Pa.] Middle School.

The award put him in the running for the MetLife/National Association of Secondary School Principals Principal of the Year Program. Last year, Taranto’s school was named a Pennsylvania Don Eichhorn: School to Watch for its success in achieving academic excellence, based on the 37 criteria established by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. In 2011, he was a finalist for the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Outstanding Young Educator Award.

September 13. 2012
Winthrop University names SRU graduate basketball director

Steven Struble, a 2006 Slippery Rock University health and physical education graduate, has been named director of men’s basketball operations at Winthrop University.

Pat Kelsey, newly named head coach at the South Carolina university made the appointment.

September 12. 2012
SRU earns Top 100 U.S. News and World Report regional honor

Slippery Rock University has been named a Top 100 Regional University - North in the U.S. News & World Report's 2013 edition of Best Colleges released today.

“It is always an honor to be recognized for the outstanding education SRU delivers. This report is a good tool for prospective students and their parents to use when evaluating where to go to college. The report gives an extensive statistical profile of each university included, and I think many will find our profile very informative,” said Cheryl Norton, SRU president.

September 11. 2012
SRU sport management gr SRU graduate heads Titusville hospital’s rehabilitation servicesaduate earns BGSU promotion

Andrea Kessler, a 2005 Slippery Rock University doctor of physical therapy graduate, has been named director of rehabilitation services at Titusville Area Hospital.

She will oversee all inpatient and outpatient physical therapy and occupational therapy services as well as cardiac rehabilitation, according to GoErie.com.

September 10. 2012
SRU sport management graduate earns BGSU promotion

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – Jermaine Truax, a 2008 Slippery Rock University sport management master’s degree graduate, has been promoted to assistant athletics director for compliance at Bowling Green State University.

He had served as director of compliance and certification since arriving at BGSU in 2010. He recently received the Rising Star Award from the National Association For Athletics Compliance. The award was designed to recognize young compliance professionals considered to be emerging leaders within the compliance profession.

Sept. 07, 2012
SRU contingent heads to SVG Open

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - When The Graphical Web & SVG Open 2012 conference opens Sept. 11 in Zurich, Switzerland, Slippery Rock University's computer science department will be represented by a contingent of faculty and undergraduate students presenting their research and one delivering a keynote addresses.

Attending the Sept. 11-14 event hosted by the Institute of Cartography and Geoinformation on its Honggerberg campus, will be:

Sept. 07, 2012
SRU student earns PASSHE internship

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Tierney Smithson, a Slippery Rock University political science and philosophy major from Verona, is spending this semester working for the Pennsylvania Joint State Government Commission as part of a 15-week internship sponsored by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

Smithson is one of 15 students systemwide participating in The Harrisburg Internship Semester program, which provides students the opportunity to work in all areas of state government while earning a full semester's worth of credits. THIS invites students from each of the 14 PASSHE universities to participate.

Sept. 07, 2012
Inaugural dinner supports scholarships

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Future students pursuing research projects as part of their undergraduate studies at Slippery Rock University will now have dedicated scholarship funds available to them, thanks to Cheryl Norton, SRU president.

Norton, who will be inaugurated as the University's 16th president Sept. 28, has created the Norton Undergraduate Research Scholarship and designated that proceeds from her Inaugural dinner and other activities go to the scholarship fund.

Sept. 07, 2012
Green efforts earn SRU Silver STARS

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has made the green honor roll, moving up from a Bronze to Silver ranking in the new Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System.

STARS, developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, is a self-reporting framework that enables institutions to measure their sustainability performance. SRU's overall ranking increased from 44.33 to 49.81.

Sept. 07, 2012
SRU offices aid in job search

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Faculty in Slippery Rock University's School of Business and staff in the University's Office of Career Education and Development know the well-prepared candidate gets the job. The two offices have combined forces to offer a three-month series of career education programs designed to help students better prepare for the tough job market ahead.

"We know that students need to begin planning earlier than ever to land a good job in these tough economic times," said John Buttermore, assistant professor in SRU's School of Business.

Sept. 07, 2012
SRU's CSIL plans 9/11 activities

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Center for Student Involvement and Leadership will sponsor a 9/11 remembrance ceremony and a campus/community blood drive Sept. 11. The American Red Cross asked the CSIL to coordinate the blood drive as part of its 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance

"The CSIL will look to both community and members of the campus family to meet our goal of 100 donors," said Laurel Dagnon, CSIL program director. The drive will run 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sept. 11 in the Smith Student Center.

Sept. 07, 2012
Dagnon enjoys Democratic delegate role

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - As the Democratic National Convention Committee meets this week re-nominating Barack Obama for a second term as president, Laurel Dagnon, director of programming in Slippery Rock University's Center for Student Involvement and Leadership, has casting her vote in the affirmative.

Dagnon is one of the party supporters chosen by the White House to serve as a delegate representing Pennsylvania.

Sept. 07, 2012
SRU hosts PASSHE summit

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has been selected to host the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education 2012 Diversity Summit "Inclusive Excellence and International Education: Charting the Future Together."

The event, planned by members of the Council on Social Equity, Campus Climate and Inclusion and the PASSHE International Education Consortium will be Nov. 15-16.

Sept. 07, 2012
SRU music therapy program adds clinic

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's music department will celebrate the 35th anniversary of its music therapy program by opening a newly created music therapy clinic.

"We are excited to celebrate the 35th anniversary of our program and to have this newly renovated facility to provide music therapy services to clients with diverse needs in the Slippery Rock Area," said Nicole Hahna, SRU music instructor and coordinator of clinical integration in the music therapy program

Sept. 07, 2012
Apartment fire displaces three students

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A middle-of-the night rescue helped bring Slippery Rock University student Dilshani Madawala to safety Wednesday after fire broke out at the off-campus Cooper Street Apartments.

Madawala, a health and physical education major originally from Sri Lanka, was helped out of a second-story window by a non-student neighbor, said James Peters, a captain with the Slippery Rock Volunteer Fire Company and Rescue Team.

Sept. 07, 2012
SRU hosts 'Family and Friends Weekend'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Family and friends of Slippery Rock University are being invited to campus for the annual "Family and Friends Weekend" Sept. 14-16 and to join in events ranging from mini-golf, movies, athletic events to Slippery Rock's annual community Village Fest.

"We have tried to keep the entire family in mind in planning the weekend," said Julie Varnish, assistant director in SRU's Center for Student Involvement. "As part of the weekend, we have asked all participants to bring a canned food item or a cash contribution to donate to the local food bank. Those who do so will receive a gift for participating."

Sept. 07, 2012
McKeever Center hosts Nature Art Show

SANDY LAKE, Pa. - The 10th annual Nature Art Show sponsored by the McKeever Environmental Learning Center will again offer regional nature artists the chance to display and sell their works Sept. 28-30.

The free show, offered in the center's various buildings, is easily walkable.

Sept. 07, 2012
SRU books Navy, Michigan exhibitions

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will unofficially open its 2012-13 men's basketball season with two exhibition games against NCAA Division I opponents, Kevin Reynolds, SRU basketball head coach, said Wednesday.

The Rock makes its first appearance Nov. 4 with a noon tipoff in Alumni Hall at the U.S. Naval Academy.

September 07. 2012
SRU graduate heads Florida middle school

Greg Bergamasco, a 1995 Slippery Rock University special education graduate, has been named principal of Gamble Rogers Middle School, part of the St. Johns County [Fla.] School District.

Bergamasco had served as assistant principal at Ponte Vedra [Fla.] High School since 2009. He was responsible for training and integrating SnapShot, a student performance data analysis program that extracts, manages and organizes student performance data, throughout the district, according to a story in the St. Augustine [Fla.] Record.

September 06. 2012
SRU’s ‘Up ‘til 2 for St. Jude’ wins Program of Year honors

Slippery Rock University’s “Up ‘til 2 for St. Jude” fundraising program for sick children has won the Program of the Year Award from ALSCAC/St. Jude, the fundraising organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“Up ’til 2” is SRU’s version of the national “Up ’til Dawn” program, a nationwide, student-led program in which college students raise funds benefiting patients of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.

September 05. 2012
SRU’s Susan Herman earns YMCA Volunteer of the Year honor

Susan Herman, Slippery Rock University assistant professor of exercise science, has been named Volunteer of the Year for Healthy Living by the Grove City YMCA.

The honor is awarded to a community member who exemplifies healthy living, advocates for exercise and is actively engaged in the community.

September 04. 2012
SRU graduate joins Pittsburgh legal firm

PITTSBURGH – Jeffrey Bailey, a 1998 Slippery Rock University information systems graduate, has been named a health care associate at Burns White LLC.

Bailey a health care defense litigator, concentrates in medical malpractice, healthcare and general liability litigation. Prior to joining the firm, he served as an associate attorney at Thomson, Rhodes & Cowie, P.C.