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August 30, 2013
President forms Wellness Commission

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Cheryl Norton, Slippery Rock University president, has established a President's Commission on Wellness to further promote a campus culture that embraces wellness as an essential fact of life for all people. Wellness is the sixth president's commission, joining sustainability, race and ethnic diversity, gender identity and sexual orientation, disability and status of women.

"The President's Commission on Wellness is the most recent addition to our team," Norton, said. "We want to empower individuals to make smarter choices that influence their wellness. All six President's Commissions work together to promote diversity and inclusion, identifying and developing the character traits and values that distinctly mark us as an institution of inclusive excellence"

August 30, 2013
SRU Career Education Office launches student, alumni online jobs system

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University students looking for on-campus jobs, internships or full-time employment after graduation as well as alumni seeking new job opportunities have a new high-tech tool available through the University's Office of Career Education and Development.

"This is a new job search system being used by all 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education," said Renee Coyne, assistant director of SRU's Office of Career Education and Development in Bailey Library.

August 30, 2013
Police chief urges 'situational awareness'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "The Slippery Rock University campus and community are safe, but that doesn't mean you should let down your guard. In today's world, everyone has to be aware of their surroundings and on the look out for problems," SRU Police Chief Michael Simmons said.

"We have a 24/365 police presence on campus, and we work hard to ensure the campus is safe. Still, faculty, staff, students and visitors have to remain vigilant to their surroundings. Crime can happen anywhere, and everyone is more vulnerable if they aren't paying attention," he said.

August 30, 2013
Biology professors pen lab textbook

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - With "slime molds," "lichens" and "dinoflagellates" among the topics and abundant microscope work required, no wonder some Slippery Rock University students approach SRU's "General Botany" lab with both excitement and some apprehension.

A newly published botany lab manual is giving students helpful clarification on these and other topics that will enhance their learning.

August 30, 2013
National Flute Association toots SRU music professor's book

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - -Kathleen Melago, Slippery Rock University assistant professor of music, has written an exercise book of etudes for flute with what she calls "a bit of a twist." The book has received national exposure.

"Modal Exercises for Double- and Triple-Tonguing Mastery," researched at SRU and targeting advanced flutists, recently received distinction as a finalist in the National Flute Association Newly Published Music Competition.

August 30, 2013
SRU's UPB books comedian Erik Griffin

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The University Program Board at Slippery Rock University will host stand-up comedian Erik Griffin, best known for his Montez Walker role on Comedy Central's "Workaholics," at 7 p.m., Sept. 6.

The show is in the Smith Student Center Ballroom.

August 30, 2013
SRU Clay Target Club PULLs in $10,000

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - When a certain group of Slippery Rock University students yell "Pull!" they are not involved in a tug-of-war - they're aiming at clay pigeons as part of the Clay Target Club, which has just scored a $10,000 grant.

The club, working with target-shooting hobbyist and club adviser John Buttermore, assistant professor in SRU's School of Business, applied for and received a grant from the National Shooting Sports foundation as part of its Scholastics Sports foundation based in Newtown, Conn. The money will be used for equipment, supplies and travel.

August 30, 2013
Best Online Colleges cites SRU special education program

NEW YORK, N.Y. - BestOnlineColleges.org, a leading resource for online education, has released its 2013-14 national lists recognizing the best online programs and has named Slippery Rock University's special education programs as one of the best in the nation.

The lists are created to help parents and students make better decisions when choosing institutions of higher learning.

August 30, 2013
CSIL plans Clubs and Organizations Fair

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Center for Student Involvement and Leadership will host a Clubs and Organizations Fair from 12:30-2 p.m., Sept. 5, to encourage students to get involved in campus life.

The fair will be on the Quad. (Rain: Smith Student Center Ballroom.)

August 30, 2013
SRU faculty recommend: A Good Read....

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

Each week rockpride online will share their suggestions.

August 30, 2013
SRU art professor emeritus earns PCA ‘Artist of the Year’ honor

Akiko Kotani, Slippery Rock University professor of art emeritus, has been named “Artist of the Year” by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.

She will be honored at a 5:30 p.m., Sept. 7, reception. A display of her art will continue through Nov. 3.

August 28, 2013
SRU-linked couple share community musical stage

It’s not quite Broadway, but two former Slippery Rock University Marching Band members, R. Courtney Riffer and his wife, Sharon, along with their elementary-age son, are using their talents in a small-town community theater group’s musical.

The pair – he graduated as a social work major in 2000, she followed in the same major in 2001 –have lead roles, as “Josh Claypool” and “Mary Mantini” in the hometown-written work “Rivertown Firemen’s Jubilee.” Their son, Jacob, a student at Kiski Area School District’s elementary school, plays “Bobby Barnett.” The family lives in East Vandergrift.

August 27, 2013
SRU graduate earns NSTA, Wake County schools fellowships

Erin Lawrence, a 2009 Slippery Rock University biology graduate and a 2010 master of secondary education graduate, now teaching sixth-grade science at Wake Forest–Rolesville Middle School, has been named a National Science Teacher Association new teacher fellow and a Wake County Public School System Kenan Fellow for 2013-14.

In the Wake County program, she and 10 other teachers in the district, will work with mentors in industry or higher education researching development of innovative classroom resources and lessons to engage students and help invigorate science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.

August 26, 2013
Women’s tennis trio earns ITA Scholar Athlete honor

SKILLMAN, N.J. – Three members of the 2012-13 Slippery Rock University women’s tennis team have been named recipients of Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar-Athlete honors.

The Rock’s ITA Scholar-Athlete honorees are: Janelle Krantz, a therapeutic recreation major from Quarryville; Samantha Bruggeman, an exercise science major from Bethel Park; and Lauren Coggins, a therapeutic recreation major from Canton, Ohio.

August 23, 2013
600+ volunteers welcome 1,500 new students - WOW

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's 1,500 new students moving into campus residence halls for fall semester will find new twists in "Weekend of Welcome" activities this year, including a number of interactive "What Would You Do?" discussion workshops.

"We are excited about this year's WOW programming," said Paula Olivero, assistant vice president for student development and head of WOW planning. "We have responded to student feedback via surveys and other means to restructure the educational activities workshops that we offer during WOW and this year the emphasis is on making them more interactive."

August 23, 2013
Chronicle of Higher Education names SRU a 2013 'Great Place to Work'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Chronicle of Higher Education, a weekly national news and job-information publication for college and university faculty members, administrators and students, has again named Slippery Rock University a "Great College to Work For."

SRU was the only Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education University to earn the honor.

August 23, 2013
New SRU faculty bring experience

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - When Slippery Rock University begins classes Aug. 26 there will be 28 new faculty in the classrooms bringing their expertise in everything from criminology and criminal justice to business.

"Our faculty hiring committees and Office of Human Resources have worked overtime to find high-quality, dedicated individuals to complement our faculty for the start of fall semester," said Philip Way, provost and vice president for academic affairs. "I want to thank them for their efforts in continuing to build a strong and robust faculty."

August 23, 2013
Sierra magazine ranks SRU 'Top 100' green university

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Sierra magazine's seventh annual rankings of the nation's greenest universities includes Slippery Rock University in its top 100 list.

The report, released in the September/October issue, gave SRU kudos in planning and waste elimination.

August 23, 2013
SRU graduates receive rock solid return

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. AffordableCollegesOnline.org, an online information service, has included Slippery Rock University in its list of 81 Pennsylvania colleges and universities with the greatest lifetime return on investment.

AffordableCollegesOnline, describes itself as the "No. 1 resource for college affordability and financial aid information."

August 23, 2013
Brogan becomes new PASSHE chancellor

HARRISBURG - The board of governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education has selected Frank Brogan, chancellor of the State University System of Florida, to serve as PASSHE's next chancellor. He will assume the position on Oct. 1.

The selection of Brogan to serve as the fourth chancellor in PASSHE's nearly 31-year history comes at the conclusion of a six-month-long search that attracted interest from several hundred potential candidates.

August 23, 2013
Governor appoints SRU student trustee

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Laura Ordaz, a Slippery Rock University physics/pre-engineering major from Cooperstown, has been appointed to a seat on the SRU Council of Trustees by Gov. Tom Corbett.

Corbett's selection was based on the recommendation of the chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and SRU President Cheryl Norton following a campuswide application period.

August 23, 2013
SRU pursues Vietnam partnership

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Institute of International Education has selected Slippery Rock University as one of five higher education institutions in the U.S. to participate in the 2013-2014 International Academic Partnership Program focusing on Vietnam.

Over the next year, international education professionals at each of these institutions will participate in a series of training activities arranged by IIE to help them develop their strategy and implement and sustain partnerships with counterparts in Vietnam.

August 23, 2013
SRU clubs, organizations host two 'Weeks of Welcome'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Center for Student Involvement and Leadership will welcome both new and returning students with two weeks of "WOW" activities starting with the beginning of fall semester classes Aug. 26.

"These campuswide events are designed for SRU students to experience the campus community and its opportunities in a new and fun way," said Brad Kovaleski, CSIL director.

August 23, 2013
WOW includes community service

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Center for Student Involvement and Leadership and student leaders from more than 65 campus organizations are joining forces to welcome freshmen to campus during the annual Weekend of Welcome Aug. 22-25.

The program is designed to emphasize both mentoring and service to the community.

August 23, 2013
SRU's IATS upgrades systems

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Various departments within Slippery Rock University's Information and Administrative Technology Services Office have implemented a number of changes, new programs and upgrades over summer.

They include: A new Classroom Support Hotline - Ext. 4616, is a new, dedicated number for use when computer equipment is not functioning during a class.

August 23, 2013
Annual Beloit Report: Arriving freshmen are well connected

Each August since 1998, Beloit College has released the Beloit College Mindset List, providing a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college this fall.

Prepared by Beloit's former Public Affairs Director Ron Nief and Keefer Professor of Humanities Tom McBride, the list was originally created as a reminder to faculty to be aware of dated references.

August 23, 2013
Language Center offers global portal

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has launched its first Language Center to help students improve their foreign language skills and promote globalization.

Seungku "Steve" Park, a South Korean native with two doctorates, is the director. He started this semester.

August 23, 2013
Bailey remodeling promotes learning

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Students, faculty and staff, take note: There will soon be an even more learning-conducive and group-friendly research and study space on campus - the "Library Research Services Room" in Slippery Rock University's Bailey Library.

The remodeling is reconfiguring the former "Reference Room" on the northeast side of the main floor into a contemporary research and study space, with new seating arrangements, research rooms, furniture, technology, carpet, environmental lighting and new paint, said Philip Tramdack, library director.

August 23, 2013
SRU Performing Arts Series brings New Christy Minstrels to campus

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The sounds of the legendary New Christy Minstrels will fill Slippery Rock University's University Union when SRU's Performing Arts Series kicks off the 2013-14 season Sept. 6.

The renowned American folk group's on-campus concert is at 7:30 p.m.

August 23, 2013
SRU invites sustainability proposals

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator is accepting project proposals from SRU students for five, $1,000 North Country Brewing Co. fellowships.

Proposals must be received by Sept. 30.

August 23, 2013
Edwards explores region's industrial past

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - June Edwards, Slippery Rock University associate professor of art, explores abandoned industrial architecture in her mixed media painting exhibit, "Furnace Works," which will be presented Sept. 3-20 in SRU's Martha Gault Art Gallery.

The exhibit includes 16 pieces that Edwards created over the past year.

August 23, 2013
SRU faculty recommend: A Good Read....

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

Each week rockpride online will share their suggestions.

August 22, 2013
SRU women’s basketball coach earns hall of fame induction

EAU CLAIRE, Wisc. – Tayna Longo, Slippery Rock University head women’s basketball coach, has been selected as an inductee into the UW-Eau Claire Blugold Hall of Fame, according to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire athletic department.

Longo, The Rock’s head coach since 2010, will be honored Sept. 28 as part of the hall’s seven-member class of 2013.

August 20. 2013
Sierra magazine ranks SRU a ‘Top 100’ green university

Sierra magazine’s seventh annual rankings of the nation’s greenest universities includes Slippery Rock University in its top 100 list.

The report, released in the September/October issue, gave SRU kudos in planning and waste elimination.

Aug. 15, 2013
Kovacs wins 2012-13 McFarland Award

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Sara Kovacs, a May Slippery Rock University exercise science graduate from Bethlehem, Pa., has received the 2012-2013 McFarland Award presented by SRU’s Office of Campus Recreation.

Kovacs had been a student worker exercise specialist in the Aebersold Student Recreation Center’s Russell Wright Fitness Center and a group exercise instructor at the center. She was cited for demonstrating teamwork, leadership, participation and enthusiasm characteristics. She served as a student representative for the presidential inauguration of Cheryl Norton and as a representative at SRU’s Saturday Showcase program.

August 13, 2013
SRU graduate signs Brazilian basketball contract

Luiz Santos, an August Slippery Rock University professional studies graduate and a men's basketball standout, has signed a contract to play professionally in his home country of Brazil, Kevin Reynolds, Rock head basketball coach announced this week.

Santos, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division "Defensive Player of the Year" last winter, was scheduled to report early this week to begin a career with Liga Sorocaba in the Brazilian Professional League, Reynolds said.

August 8, 2013
Chronicle of Higher Ed names SRU ‘Great Place to Work’

The Chronicle of Higher Education, a weekly national news and job-information publication for college and university faculty members, administrators and students, has again named Slippery Rock University a “Great College to Work For.”

SRU was the only Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education university to earn the honor.

August 7, 2013
SRU hosts Contact Assistance Seminar

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University’s Government Contracting Assistance Center will host a Veteran-owned Business Seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Aug. 15, at the Veterans Administration Butler Healthcare facility in Butler.

The free seminar will provide contracting information and networking opportunities to veteran-owned businesses. The primary focus will be on doing business with government agencies and prime contractors.

August 6, 2013
SRU earns ‘Best in the Northeast’ designation

Slippery Rock University has again been named one of the “Best in the Northeast” universities by The Princeton Review.

Today’s announcement cites 226 colleges and universities and marks the sixth consecutive year SRU has been included on the list.

August 01, 2013
SRU graduate competes in World Dwarf Games

Blaze Foster, a May Slippery Rock University sport management graduate from Monroeville, will be among some 400 athletes competing in the 2013 World Dwarf Games at Michigan State University.

The games, which draw athletes from 20 countries, including 209 from the U.S., are set for Aug. 3-10.