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April 30, 2013
SRU’s Golden completes Incubator Management Certificate

John Golden, instructor in Slippery Rock University’s School of Business and managing director of the Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator, has completed the National Business Incubation Association’s Incubator Management Certificate Program.

The educational program provides a comprehensive and practical overview of the tasks and responsibilities of managing business incubators, which are programs that accelerate the successful development of start-up and emerging companies by providing entrepreneurs with resources and services. Launched in 2007, the certificate program is designed to enhance managers’ skills and to provide them with opportunities to gain ideas for building stronger relationships with key constituents, providing effective client services, ensuring incubator sustainability and more.

April 29, 2013
SRU sport management volunteers beautify downtown Butler

More than 100 Slippery Rock University student volunteers from the sport management department partnered with Butler Downtown and the Shade Tree Commission last Saturday for the city’s annual Spring Planting Project.

This is the second year SRU has been involved in the beautification project. Students covered Main Street and the Wayne Street Bridge to remove weeds, haul mulch and plant trees.

April, 26 2013
State of the University: President reports SRU seeks excellence

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Cheryl Norton, Slippery Rock University's president, delivered her first State of the University address to faculty Tuesday highlighting the University's long list of accomplishments and calling on everyone involved to "market, market, market - for we have much to say about our excellent academic programs."

In her 40-minute address, "State of the University: Looking Forward," Norton called on faculty members to continue to promote the quality of the SRU campus experience, the work of fellow outstanding faculty and the overall value of a rock-solid education offered by SRU.

April, 26 2013
SRU earns 'Healthiest Employer' honor

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has been named one of the Healthiest Employers in Western Pennsylvania by the Pittsburgh Business Times. The designation illustrates the University's fitness and wellness gains spearheaded by professors, student groups and Cheryl Norton, SRU president.

Employers were selected based on the results of a Business Times 75-question survey.

April 26, 2013
Holocaust Remembrance features survivor's story

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Robert Melson, will deliver his first-hand account of living through the Holocaust in a lecture titled "Hiding in Plain Sight: A Jewish Family Survives the Holocaust" when he headlines Slippery Rock University's annual Holocaust Remembrance Program May 2.

The free, 4 p.m. lecture will be in the Smith Student Center. Melson lectured at SRU's 2001 program.

April 26, 2013
SRU College of Education creates 'Professor Protégé Program'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Nearly two dozen incoming Slippery Rock University education majors next fall will be part of the College of Education's new Professor Protégé Program designed to enhance their professional development opportunities as they begin their college careers.

"We see this new program as providing additional benefits to our teacher education students by providing additional mentoring and the chance to work on research projects," said Randall Nichols, associate professor in physical and health education and protégé program organizer.

April 26, 2013
SRU presents faculty service awards

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University honored 52 faculty members Tuesday for their service and dedication, including William J. Cavill, the longest serving member at SRU and in the entire Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

Cavill, who joined the faculty in 1958, is an assistant professor of safety management. The University presented her with a green metal park bench that includes a plaque marking her years of service. When she reached the 50-year milestone, she was presented a permanent parking space on campus. The new bench is to be installed nearby.

April 26, 2013
Runners go bare because they care

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to give those in need the clothes off their backs during a "Nearly Naked Mile" clothes drive run Saturday. The run is an "Earth Days 2013" event.

Participants must wear at least one layer of clothing, such as shorts and a T-shirt, but will be encouraged to wear multiple layers that they can "shed" while running and then donate them to those in need through Goodwill. Canned food may also be donated for distribution to local food banks and shelters.

April 26, 2013
SRU student newspaper earns 18 SCJ awards; 1 ASPA honor

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Society for Collegiate Journalists has presented The Rocket, Slippery Rock University's weekly student newspaper, 18 awards, and the American Scholastic Press Association has presented the newspaper a First Place with Special Merit Award and named it as one of the three Most Outstanding University Newspapers in the nation for 2012-13.

The ASPA is based at College Point, N.Y.

April 26, 2013
Kaleidoscope Art Festival winds down

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Kaleidoscope Arts Festival concludes with students presenting "Opera Scenes," a performance by The Hunts, a step-dancing workshop and an appearance by a local artist who created the festival's "Artifacts" exhibit.

"The final events are a great way to end Kaleidoscope, which has offered more than 20 programs for audiences of all ages," said Colleen Reilly, assistant professor of theatre and festival director. "Kaleidoscope, now in its 12th year, will be a spring staple at SRU for years to come."

April 26, 2013
SRU's UPB plans 'Summer Kick Off'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The University Program Board at Slippery Rock University will host a "Kick-Off to Summer Event" from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 9, including a "sandtini" sand art display and a "bead-it" jewelry making session.

The free events will be on the Quad.

April 26, 2013
SRU student plans 'Fifty Shades' review

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Few could argue that the pages of British author E.L. James' "Fifty Shades of Grey" don't sizzle and titillate, but Jamie Brant, a Slippery Rock University counseling and development graduate student from Grove City, thinks there is more on the page than meets the eye.

Brant, a second-year graduate student, has organized a "Breakdown of the Literary Sensations of Fifty Shades of Grey" panel discussion for 12:30 p.m., May 2, in the Smith Student Center Theater to bring her views to light while simultaneously urging student to engage in critical thinking.

April 26, 2013
SRU baseball honors veterans

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Past and present military veterans will be honored guests May 4 when the Slippery Rock University baseball team hosts "Military Appreciation Day" at Jack Critchfield Park and salutes Marine Corps Cpl. Albert Gettings, an SRU student killed in action in Iraq.

The Rock baseball team will wear specially designed camouflage jerseys, to honor Gettings, who died Jan. 5, 2006, while fighting in Fallujah. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star with a Combat V for his heroic actions.

April 26, 2013
SRU hosts Congressional Art Competition

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University plays host Saturday to the 3rd Congressional District component of the national 2013 Congressional Art Competition - Artistic Discovery. The competition is for high school students, with the winning student receiving the opportunity to display his or her artwork in the U.S. Capitol.

SRU art professors will judge students' art and pick first-, second- and third-place winners. Second and third place finishers will have their art displayed in the Washington, D.C., Office of U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-3rd District.

April 26, 2013
Active Minds sponsors lecture

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - David Romano, who grew up as the youngest of five children in a small northern Minnesota town and was diagnosed with depression while in high school, but later embraced his mental health disorder and now works to help others, will be the speaker May 1 when the Active Minds chapter at Slippery Rock University hosts "Changing the Conversation about Mental Health."

Romano's lecture, which will cover such topics as suicide, depression and reducing stigma, is at 7:30 p.m. in the Smith Student Center.

April 26, 2013
SRU's CSIL presents Rising Star Awards

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Center for Student Involvement and Leadership at Slippery Rock University will host the seventh annual Rising Star Celebration May 6 honoring students, faculty, staff and organizations for their leadership during the academic year.

The 4 p.m. event, co-sponsored by SRU Dining Services, will be in the Smith Student Center.

April 26, 2013
PACT re-elects Hicks president

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

Hicks, who was named an SRU trustee in 2007, has been active in PACT since his appointment. Pact is an organization composed of members of the councils of trustees from each of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education's 14 member universities. Trustees are nominated and appointed by the governor of Pennsylvania with the advice and consent of the Pennsylvania Senate.

April 26, 2013
SRU football plays spring game today

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The annual Slippery Rock University spring football game will be played at 7 p.m., today, at Mihalik-Thompson Stadium.

The event marks the conclusion of The Rock's spring workouts. Admission is free.

April 26, 2013
SRU faculty recommend: A Good Read...

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - College is a great time for reading. rockpride online asked Slippery Rock University English faculty both what they were currently reading and what books they would recommend.

Each week rockpride online will share their suggestions.

April 26, 2013
1982 graduate earns Athletic Trainer of the Year honor

Robert Blanc, a 1982 Slippery Rock University allied health graduate, has been named the NCAA Division I Head Athletic Trainer of the Year by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.

Blanc has been the head athletic trainer for the University of Pittsburgh football team for 26 years.

April, 25 2013
SRU women’s tennis earns 7th NCAA Atlantic Regionals bid

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Slippery Rock University women's tennis team has received its seventh consecutive NCAA Atlantic Regional tournament bid.

The Rock netters (12-8) received the No. 6 seed in the tournament and meet third-seeded and No. 47-ranked West Virginia State University (17-8) in a first-round match 3:30 p.m., Saturday, at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

April 24, 2013
SRU graduate takes leadership at Creative Learning Christian

Jillian Morgan, a 2003 Slippery Rock University master’s graduate, has taken over the leadership at the Creative Learning Christian School in Mercer.

Morgan, originally from Greenville, has previously taught in Germany, Ohio, Kentucky and North Carolina.

April 23, 2013
SRU graduate head’s SUNY Canton women’s soccer team

Sarah Arsenault, a 2006 Slippery Rock University sport management graduate, has been named SUNY Canton’s women’s soccer coach.

Arsenault has been an assistant the last three years for the men’s and women’s teams at Waynesburg University. She also spent three years as an assistant coach at Hamilton College and also has been an assistant at Washington and Jefferson and SRU.

April 22, 2013
PACT re-elects Hicks as president

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

Hicks, who was named an SRU trustee in 2007, has been active in PACT since his appointment. Pact is an organization composed of members of the councils of trustees from each of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s 14 member universities. Trustees are nominated and appointed by the governor of Pennsylvania with the advice and consent of the Pennsylvania Senate.

April 19, 2013

Colleen Gray, Slippery Rock University associate professor of music, test drives the bells and whistles on the music department's new, $36,000, baby-grand Yamaha piano recently delivered to her studio. The high-tech piano allows the pianist to record the selection for playback at varying tempos, in various keys and with added instruments.

The piano can also be played remotely. To see a video of a piece played and recorded by music department accompanist Beverly Antis that allowed Gray to work closely with SRU voice major Hailey Mundis from Huntingdon. Click Here

April 19, 2013
SRU greening leader comes home

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Robert Kobet, a 1993 Slippery Rock University graduate and award-winning green architect, is coming home for the University's "Earth Days 2013" program.

Kobet will present a keynote lecture "Changing Cultures and Communities Through Integrated Sustainability Education" at 12:30 p.m., April 25, in 311 Smith Student Center.

April 19, 2013
SRU hosts student teaching conference

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - C. P. Gause, associate professor in the department of teacher education and higher education at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, will be the keynote speaker when Slippery Rock University hosts its seventh annual National Student Teaching and Supervision Conference April 29-30.

The event, which will draw some 150 educators from across the nation, will be in the Smith Student Center.

April 19, 2013
Children's Day offers family fun

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Kaleidoscope Arts Festival offers Children Day's April 20, giving children a chance to meet "Blackbeard the Pirate" characters such as "Melodious Mermaids," "Scary Seaweed Creatures" and "Blackbeard the Pirate."

Children's Day, a signature event of SRU's Kaleidoscope, will include a Missoula Children's Theatre production of "Blackbeard the Pirate" staring local children, arts and crafts, music and live performance.

April 19, 2013
SRU earns 2013 Green Guide listing

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has been named one of 322 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada by The Princeton Review for the fourth consecutive year.

The education services company, known for its test prep programs and college rankings, ratings and guidebooks, announced its selections April 16, in celebration of the upcoming April 22 Earth Day. The fourth annual edition of its free downloadable book, "The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges," is available

April 19, 2013
SRU president moderates debate

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Pro-Life organization at Slippery Rock University, will host a "Murder by Law? Pro-Life vs. Pro Choice Debate" at 7:30 p.m., April 22, in Spotts World Cultures Building Auditorium. Cheryl Norton, SRU president, will moderate the debate.

"We were talking in one of our meetings about how we could educate the campus more about what we believe and why we believe it and the idea of a debate came up," said Karissa Caylor, a communication major from Harrisburg and program organizer. "The overall goal of the event is to educate and to help students make an educated decision about where they stand on the issue."

April 19, 2013
SRU education majors plan 'Puff-Mobile' engineering event

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Nineteen Slippery Rock University education majors will teach Sharon School District elementary students and their parents and other family members, the importance of using problem-solving skills, including how such skills are used in engineering professions, during a two-day event at the schools April 25-26.

Carmine DeCarlo, SRU professor of elementary education and early childhood development, is overseeing the project.

April 19, 2013
SRU Saxophone Quartets perform

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University Saxophone Quartets will perform tango, jazz and French classical pieces when the group presents at a concert at 7:30 p.m., April 23, in SRU's Swope Music Hall.

Jason Kush, SRU instructor of music, will direct the group.

April 19, 2013
SRU combos play standards, fusion, funk

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University Jazz Combos will present a concert of 1970s music at 7:30 p.m., April 25, in SRU's Sheehy Theater in Maltby Center. The combos are comprised of two groups of student jazz musicians.

One group will perform jazz standards and classics. The second group will perform rock-influenced jazz-fusion and funk, said Jason Kush, SRU instructor of music and concert director.

April 19, 2013
SRU vocalists present 'Opera Scenes'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University music majors with a focus in vocal performance will present "Opera Scenes" at 7:30 p.m., April 27, in Swope Music Hall.

Colleen Gray, SRU associate professor of music, and Daniel Stait, an SRU music major from State College, will direct the Kaleidoscope Arts Festival event.

April 19, 2013
SRU plans volunteer fair linking students, non-profits

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - For those with spare time on their hands and a desire to help others this summer, the Black Action Society at Slippery Rock University will host a "The Glory of Giving Back Volunteer Fair," from noon to 2 p.m., April 23, designed to link volunteers with regional non-profit organizations needing help.

"This is the second year we have hosted the event, and its size has doubled," said Laura Carroll, assistant director in SRU's Office of Multicultural Development.

April 19, 2013
SRU students 'pitch' business ideas

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Three Slippery Rock University students will battle for a portion of $1,000 in prize money at 6:30 p.m., April 24, in the Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator's third annual Rock the Boat Business Pitch competition.

The competition, organized by Richard Grimm, associate professor in SRU's School of Business, will be in the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center.

April 19, 2013
Technology Learning Center expands

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University students interested in connecting their iPhone5 to Rockmail, needing assistance with video clips for class projects or adding a gradient background to essays and papers can get assistance at the University's Technology Learning Center in Bailey Library.

The center hosted a ribbon-cutting Thursday to mark its expansion, including new equipment and conference tables.

April 19, 2013
SRU awards Meiping Cheng scholarships

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Nine Slippery Rock University students have been selected as recipients of the Meiping Cheng Memorial Scholarship and will receive between $1,500 and $3,000 for the 2013-14 academic year.

Scholarship recipients, their major and hometown, and their scholarship amount are listed in the expanded view of this article.

April 19, 2013
SRU chemistry major wins Puntureri Memorial Scholarship

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Stephanie Kish, a Slippery Rock University chemistry major from Volant, has been named the 2013-14 recipient of the $1,000 Joseph S. and Eva Puntureri Memorial Scholarship.

The scholarship, open to SRU students majoring in natural sciences, mathematics, computer science or environmental health and science, was established by Interstate Chemical Co. of West Middlesex to honor then-President Albert Puntureri.

April 19, 2013
SRU's UPB books Justin Moore, Thompson Square concert

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - American country singer Justin Moore and the award-winning country music husband and wife duo, Thompson Square, will perform at 7 p.m., May 5, at Slippery Rock University in a University Program Board-sponsored concert.

Doors at the Aebersold Student Recreation Center open at 6 p.m.

April 19, 2013
RecyleMania sweeps campus April 21-26

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's version of RecyleMania will take place April 21-26.

The program, part of SRU's "Earth Days 2013," is a friendly competition between residence halls to motivate students to increase recycling and reduce waste. The residence hall that contributes the most recycling as measured by weight will receive a pizza party funded by the Office of Residence Life.

April 19, 2013
SRU hosts GACtv farmer Joe King

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Joe King, the oldest child and patriarch of the King Family who runs Freedom Farms, will be the speaker when Slippery Rock University's Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator hosts "Farm Kings" at 7 p.m., April 29.

The lecture will be in the Eisenberg Classroom Building Auditorium.

April 19, 2013
SRU faculty recommend: A Good Read....

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - College is a great time for reading. rockpride online asked Slippery Rock University English faculty both what they were currently reading and what books they would recommend.

Each week rockpride online will share their suggestions.

April 19, 2013
SRU graduate earns New Teacher Award

Troy Morris, a 2007 and 2009 Slippery Rock University mathematics graduate, has received the New Teacher Award from the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers in Mathematics. Morris teaches math at Mercer Middle/High School.

The award recognizes his enthusiasm for this students’ learning and for introducing initiatives to develop innovative strategies in teaching.

April 18, 2013
SRU dance students earn scholarships to Hawaii festival

Michelle Russ, a Slippery Rock University dance major from Frostburg, Md., and Erica Burke, a secondary education major from Wellsboro, have been awarded the only two out-of-state scholarships from the Asia Pacific Dance Festival to attend its three-week festival in Honolulu in July.

The $2,500 scholarships will cover full tuition equivalent to seven credits transferable to SRU, said Melissa Teodoro, SRU assistant professor of dance. She will attend the conference with the students.

April 17, 2013
SRU students earn scholarships named for alumnus

Five Slippery Rock University undergraduates recently received the John Hamed Student Scholarship Award, which included $750 to attend the National Drowning Symposium in Florida. The award is named for John Hamed, a 2010 SRU physical education graduate.

The SRU undergraduates are Ashley David, a physical activity major from Hermitage; Lydia Farabaugh, a health and physical education major from Ebensburg; Kory Klinger, a health and physical education major from Pittsburgh; Vincent Riddle, a health and physical education major from Lower Burrell; and Samuel Swanseger, a sport management major from Erie.

April 16, 2013
SRU earns fourth Princeton Review’s 2013 Green Guide listing

Slippery Rock University has been named one of 322 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada by The Princeton Review for the fourth consecutive year.

The education services company, known for its test prep programs and college rankings, ratings and guidebooks, announced its selections today, in celebration of the upcoming April 22 Earth Day. The fourth annual edition of its free downloadable book, “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges" is available at: .

April 15, 2013
SRU graduate receives University of Alabama honor

Sarah Patterson, a 1978 Slippery Rock University physical education graduate and celebrated 35-year head women’s gymnastic coach at the University of Alabama, has received the Amanda Grace Taylor Watson Distinctive Image Award from the Capstone Men and Women organization at the University of Alabama's Honors Day.

The award is presented annually by the UA Capstone Men and Women organization. The award, named in memory of former Capstone Woman Amanda Grace Taylor Watson, is given to persons who exemplify the essence of the university in all aspects of life.

April 15, 2013
SRU vice president for finance and administration announces resignation

Charles Curry, Slippery Rock University vice president for finance and administration, announced today that he is resigning his position effective May 3.

Curry, who joined the University in 1986 as the assistant vice president for finance, was promoted to his current position in 1988.

April 12, 2013
SRU Research Symposium draws 100s

HARRISBURG, Pa. - There was an explosion of academics on campus Tuesday when more than 100 students joined faculty and staff to present 72 projects at the 2013 Symposium for Student Research, Scholarship and Creative Achievement.

Philip Tramdack, director of Bailey Library, organized the annual event, which is the highpoint of academic presentations at the University. "We had wonderful participation this year. The event again allowed us to showcase the large number and the high caliber of faculty/staff and student research projects under way on campus."

April 12, 2013
'Earth Days 2013' programming stresses personal responsibility

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's "Earth Days 2013" program includes sustainability-focused activities to further educate the next generation of environmental leaders - students - about resource conservation, green energy and climate change.

Events include lectures, sustainability presentations, films, nature hikes, Recyclemania competition and an Earth Day Festival and Carnival. "Earth Days 2013" began April 6 and continues through April 27.

April 12, 2013
Kaleidoscope showcases student art

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Up to 40 pieces of art by Slippery Rock University students, including paintings, drawings, fibers, printmaking, photography and ceramics, will be displayed April 16-22 during SRU's Kaleidoscope Arts Festival. The 12th annual festival begins April 16 and runs through April 28 with more than 20 events, many of them free.

The student exhibit opens at 5 p.m., April 16, in the University Union Multi-Purpose Room. Many of the pieces will be for sale, with prices displayed.

April 12, 2013
SRU hosts Islamic Research Symposium

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Sami Hermez, who received his doctorate in anthropology from Princeton University, held a post-doctoral fellowship at St. Antony's College, University of Oxford and currently serves as a professor of ccontemporary and international issues at the University of Pittsburgh, will deliver the keynote address when Slippery Rock University hosts the 2013 annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on Islamic Studies April 13.

The 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. event will be in the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center. Hermez will deliver the luncheon address.

April 12, 2013
Rocket earns Mark of Excellence awards

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Rocket, Slippery Rock University's weekly student newspaper, has earned four, first place Region 4 Mark of Excellence Awards, including Best All-Around Non-Dailey Student Newspaper. Alex Mowrey, a communication major from Pittsburgh, earned three first-place awards for his photography. The MOE awards, presented by the Society of Professional Journalists, honors the best of collegiate journalism

The Rocket competed in the "medium-size" category in the regional honors.

April 12, 2013
Bookstore hosts 'Graduation Celebration'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Nearly 1,400 students planning to participate in Slippery Rock University's spring commencement ceremonies are invited to join in a "Graduation Celebration" sponsored by the SGA Bookstore April 17.

The event will run 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Smith Student Center Ballroom.

April 12, 2013
Alumni association honors young alumni

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University Alumni Association will honor four SRU graduates with its Young Alumni Award at the association's Annual Recognition Awards Banquet April 20 in the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center

"This annual event allows the association the chance to recognize just a few of Slippery Rock University's outstanding graduates. Recipients of these awards must be an SRU graduate who has received a degree in the last 10 years. Nominees must demonstrate a commitment to success in his/her professional and/or personal life since graduation," said Tracy Allison, assistant director for alumni engagement.

April 12, 2013
SRU hosts VIP Sports Clinic

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Twenty-five blind and visually impaired children, ages 4 to 18, will visit the Slippery Rock University campus Saturday to participate in an Adapted Physical Activity Sports Clinic.

The 10:30 a.m. clinic, sponsored by SRU's department of physical education department's adapted physical activity program, is open to those with sight problems and will offer dance, beep baseball, track and field, judo, goalball and horseback riding.

April 12, 2013
SRU theatre presents 'Goodnight Desdemona'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University theatre is breathing new life into Shakespeare classics "Romeo and Juliet" and "Othello" by presenting seven performances of "Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)." The play infuses comedy into scenes and characters developed by The Bard.

Directed by Laura Smiley, SRU associate professor of theatre, the play is about romance, self-discovery and the nature of tragedy. The April 19 opening performance will be presented in SRU's University Union as part of SRU's April 16-28 Kaleidoscope Arts Festival.

April 12, 2013
Count Basie drummer plans SRU visit

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Dennis Mackrel, legendary drummer, composer and musical director of the Count Basie Orchestra, will headline Slippery Rock University's 12th annual Jazz Festival April 13. He will offer a master class and perform with the SRU Jazz Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. in Swope Music Hall.

"He is a significant figure because he has played with and recorded with nearly all of the significant big bands over the last 30 years," said Jason Kush, SRU instructor of music.

April 12, 2013
SRU hosts indie-folk band The Hunts

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Hunts, an indie-folk band from the southlands of Chesapeake, Va., will travel to Slippery Rock University for a 4 p.m., April 28, performance that concludes the 2012-13 SRU Performing Arts Series.

The performance, set in a café-style seating plan, will be in the University Union Multi-Purpose Room.

April 12, 2013
Bailey Library offers students 'Blind Date' - with a book

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Bailey Library will launch a oneday "Blind Date with a Book" project for April 15 as part of National Library Week.

The program will run 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

April 12, 2013
Slippery Rock increases parking fines

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University faculty, staff and students are advised to "Read the Signs," especially when parking in Slippery Rock Borough.

The price of parking tickets is increasing in early June.

April 12, 2013
SRU Greek Week raises awareness

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Fraternities and sororities at Slippery Rock University will use the week of April 21-26 to both raise awareness of Greeks on campus and raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

A series of competitions during the week will decide the winner of the 2013 Greek Week Champions.

April 12, 2013
SRU students step up for 'Hike for Hope'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "Hup, two, three four" will be the chant when Slippery Rock University students join the sixth annual "Hike for Hope" project in conjunction with the University's Center for Student Involvement and Leadership and Community Service Corp. The hike from SRU to Point Park in Pittsburgh is April 19-21.

"So far, about 60 students have expressed an interest in participating," said Corey Gens, a geography major from Ashville, Ky., and Hike for Hope leader with the service corps.

April 12, 2013
SRU plans financial aid help sessions

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Financial aid, including scholarship and loans, has been in the news in recent months. In response, Slippery Rock University's Office of Financial Aid will sponsor two workshops to provide students and their families with up-to-date information.

The first session, from noon to 6 p.m., April 16, in 213 Bailey Library, is designed to offer help in preparing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, best known as "FAFSA."

April 12, 2013
Students join National Day of Silence

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University students will join the April 19 National Day of Silence, a day during which students vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of the anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools.

The SRU President's Commission on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation is organizing the campus event.

April 11, 2013
SRU’s Jensen earns faculty mentoring award

Jacqueline Jensen, Slippery Rock University instructor of mathematics, earned the Distinguished Faculty Mentor of Undergraduate Mathematics Students Award from the Allegheny Mountain Section of the Mathematical Association of America.

The award honors mathematicians who make a significant contribution to the development of mathematics majors as scholars.

April 10, 2013
SRU sport management graduate heads Greenbrier Classic

Monte Ortel, a 2004 Slippery Rock University sport management master’s degree graduate, has been named director of The Greenbrier Classic, a PGA TOUR FedExCup event.

Ortel had previously served as assistant director of the classic since its 2010 inception in West Virginia.

April 9, 2013
SRU competes in world drumming championships

Patrick Kennedy, a 2004 Slippery Rock University music education graduate, is in Germany this week competing in the Roland V-Drums World Championship.

Kennedy, now head band director at Fulmore Middle School in Austin, Texas, will also be demonstrating V-Drums which allow a drummer to synthesize new sounds and rhythms during a live performance and then layer them as part of the Frankfurt event. The 10-day festival draws nearly 250,000 people with original music and independent films.

April 8, 2013
SRU tennis coach scores 250th career win

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Matt Meredith, Slippery Rock University women's tennis coach and a 1992 secondary education graduate, recorded his 250th career victory Sunday when his squad beat hosting NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional rival University of Charleston, 6-3.

The win improved Meredith's 15-season career record to 250-97 and gave this year's Rock squad a 9-6 record. While at SRU, Meredith was an outstanding player on the tennis team.

April 05, 2013
Film director schedules SRU visit

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Academy and Emmy award-nominated director Kirby Dick will visit the Slippery Rock University campus April 8 to screen, then discuss, his film "The Invisible War," a documentary detailing the epidemic of rape in the U.S. military.

The film was nominated for a 2012 Academy Award and won the Audience Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

April 05, 2013
Author presents mental illness program

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Mark Brazaitis, an award-winner author and professor of English at West Virginia University, will present "The Incurable: Living with Mental Illness and Transforming it into Art" at 7 p.m., April 10, in Slippery Rock University's Advanced Technology and Science Hall Auditorium.

Brazaitis's presentation springboards from his latest book "The Incurables," which addresses the issue of overcoming depression through art. It won the 2012 Richard Sullivan Prize from the University of Notre Dame Press.

April 05, 2013
'Wellness Expo' offers 40 displays

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University offers a "Wellness Expo" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today in the Robert N. Aebersold Student Recreation Center.

The program has been expanded from previous years to incorporate multiple aspects of wellness and will include 40 display tables.

April 05, 2013
University's Old Stone House re-enacts Civil War-era life

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Old Stone House offers visitors the opportunity to travel 150 years back in time to experience life as a civilian during the Civil War at a free program April 13.

The 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. historical program will give visitors a chance to see a number of unique exhibits and presentations related to the 1860s.

April 05, 2013
Hadley book explores racial identity

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Susan Hadley, Slippery Rock University professor of music therapy, has written "Experiencing Race as a Music Therapist: Personal Narratives." The newly published, 220-page book explores the role of racial identity in the therapy setting.

Hadley said the narrative grew out of conversations with 17 music therapists living in different parts of the world, including the U.S., Canada, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, Puerto Rico and England. She conducted research for three years.

April 05, 2013
Education students join Taskstream

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Forget those overstuffed three-ring binders, mangled posters and charts, and those packed portfolio carriers, Slippery Rock University education students are going high-tech.

"We are phasing in Taskstream," said Joanne Leight, associate professor of physical education and project organizer. "Students in some classes are already using the online system as a pilot test, but beginning next fall, it will be part of the curriculum for all incoming education majors."

April 05, 2013
Feds restore military tuition assistance

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University students serving in the National Guard are breathing easier now that their federal tuition assistance has been restored.

Students at SRU and across the nation were notified last month their funding would end as a result of the sequester.

April 05, 2013
SRU lends expertise to energy software

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University residence hall students will soon be asked for feedback concerning new software being incorporated into energy dashboards displayed in the residence halls.

AMR Systems is developing the software and a prototype display, which is expected to be operational this spring. The company specializes in a range of hardware and software solutions to collect, analyze and display data from electric, water and gas energy meters.

April 5, 2013
EarthSRU 'Earth Days 2013' features 'Global Wealth Film Festival'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Center for Student Involvement and Leadership, in conjunction with a number of campus and off-campus organizations is again hosting the "Global Wealth Film Festival" as part of the SRU's Earth Days 2013 programming. Cody Lundin, best known for his role on TV's "Dual Survival," will join the activities.

"This year's films will expose audiences to a number of environmental issues and challenges through the seven days," said Shannon Wright, an environmental studies major from Cannonsburg and festival organizer. "The seven films selected, run the gamut of environmental and sustainability concerns and have been chosen to reflect the interest of our students."

April 5, 2013
Health Center earns AAAHC accreditation

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's McLachlan Student Health Center has earned three-year accreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.

Accreditation distinguishes the University's health care organization from many other outpatient facilities by providing the highest quality of care to its patients as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation.

April 5, 2013
SRU Alumni Association awards scholars

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University Alumni Association will present $21,525 in scholarship support to 20 SRU students at its Annual Recognition Awards Banquet April 20 in the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center.

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April 5, 2013
NFL players help 'Tackle Homophobia'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "Tackling Homophobia: NFL Voices Inspiring Change" will be the discussion topic when former NFL player Esera Tuaolo, and Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, lecture at Slippery Rock University April 15.

The 7:30 p.m. program is in the Smith Student Center Ballroom. Tickets, available from the SSC Help Desk, are free for SRU students and $5 for the general public.

April 5, 2013
Three keynote speakers highlight SRU's 'Earth Days 2013' program

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Three nationally known environmental speakers will provide renewed vigor for living in balance with the natural world when they lecture April 22-26 during Slippery Rock University's monthlong "Earth Days 2013" program.

The speakers will provide perspective on Marcellus shale drilling, green energy, clean water and sustainability education.

April 5, 2013
SRU math and computer science major earns convocation speaker slot

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Michael Tasota, a Slippery Rock University computer science and mathematics major from Pittsburgh, is both the speaker for the University's annual Academic Honors Convocation and SRU's nominee for the Syed R. Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence presented by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

He will deliver his "The Brief But Magnificent Opportunity" address as part of the convocation at 2 p.m., April 7, in Morrow Field House. PASSHE will announce the Ali-Zaidi award recipients later this month.

April 5, 2013
Professor recalls Afghanistan mission

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Gary Clark, Slippery Rock University assistant professor of physical education, returned to campus this semester after military leave for Army service in Afghanistan where he served a year as a combat engineer doing what many consider the most dangerous mission - clearing improvised explosive devices, commonly called "IEDs."

His return to teaching culminates a nearly three-year odyssey covering a number of locations in the U.S. as well as stops in numerous countries. Clark spent time at military bases in California, Texas, Wisconsin, Georgia, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina and Pennsylvania; while overseas, he saw time in Canada, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Romania, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait and Afghanistan.

April 5, 2013
SRU's Kaleidoscope combines art, archeology, sustainability

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's April 16-28 Kaleidoscope Art Festival will mine the intersection of art and sustainability by offering an archaeological excavation of artifacts in front of SRU's University Union and The Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research.

"The artifacts will provide a springboard for discussing how cultures leave behind tangible evidence of their communities," said Colleen Reilly, SRU assistant professor of theatre and the arts festival director. "The excavation will include dozens of artifacts, or objects that symbolize what cultures leave behind, to prompt observers to ponder the ecology of art."

April 5, 2013
Governor nominates SRU graduate as health secretary

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Michael Wolf, a 1988 Slippery Rock University political science graduate and former SRU trustee, has been nominated to lead the 1,700-employee Pennsylvania Health Department.

Wolf, who was an SRU trustee from 1995-2001, has served as acting health secretary since October.

April 04, 2013
Four SRU safety majors earn scholarships worth $5,900

Four Slippery Rock University safety management majors have been named recipients of ASSE Foundation Scholarships, earning $5,900 in the competition.

The recipients are: Sarah Rothrock from Charleroi who received the $2,200 CNA Foundation Scholarship; Samantha Turner from Warwick, R.I., who received the $1,500 Gulf Coast Past President’s award; Morgan Valvano from Portersville who received the $1,200 PDC Scholarship $1,200; and Rebecca Milne from Christiana who received the $1,000 ASSE Diversity Committee Scholarship.

April 03, 2013
SRU DPT graduate enters Jonah Edward Kelley Society

Shannon Vissman, a 1998 Slippery Rock University doctor of physical therapy graduate who now serves as the chief executive officer of Vissman Enterprises, will be among those inducted to the Jonah Edward Kelley Society as part of the Keyser [W. Va.] High School Legion of Honor.

Vissman is a 1987 Keyser High graduate.

April 02, 2013
SRU Piano Trio earns PMEA invitation

The Slippery Rock University Piano Trio, comprised of SRU faculty members violinist Warren Davidson, cellist Paige Riggs, and pianist Nanette Kaplan Solomon along with clarinetist Candice Kiser, an instructor in the music department, have been invited to perform at the annual Pennsylvania Music Educators Association State In-Service Conference.

The SRU Brass Ensemble, under the direction of Stephen Hawk, professor of music, will open the two-day conference April 18 with a mini-concert.

April 01, 2013
SRU senior enters doctoral program

Jake Weidman, a Slippery Rock University information technology major from Wexford, has been accepted into the doctoral program in information sciences and technology at Pennsylvania State University.

Weidman, who will graduate from SRU in May, said his student-faculty research with Deborah Whitfield and David Dailey, SRU professors of computer science, contributed to his success. “I learned a great deal from both of them,” he said.