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December 13, 2013
Rock’s Mihalik earns third regional ‘Coach of the Year’ title

WACO, Texas – George Mihalik, Slippery Rock University head football coach, has been named the American Football Coaches Association's Division II Region 1 Coach of the Year.

Mihalik received the honor in voting by head and assistant coaching peers in the region, which includes 30 teams from the Pennsylvania State Athletic, Mountain East and Northeast-10 conferences.

December 13, 2013
SRU Council of Trustees learns about adapted program

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The Slippery Rock University Council of Trustees today learned more about the work professors and students are doing to improve the quality of life for hundreds of Pennsylvania adults and adolescents with disabilities.

Robert Arnhold, SRU professor of physical and health education, presented a report to the trustees on SRU’s nationally recognized Adapted Physical Activity Program, which includes undergraduate and graduate programs.

December 12, 2013
Rock volleyball raises $3,146 for PA Breast Cancer Coalition

The eighth annual "Dig for the Cure" event sponsored by the Slippery Rock University women's volleyball team raised $3,146 for the PA Breast Cancer Coalition, according to Erin Street, assistant coach and event coordinator.

SRU-based Dig for the Cure events have generated a total of $24,074 in the last eight years.

December 10, 2013
SRU fishermen land invitation to nationals

Slippery Rock University’s best known fishermen, Tyler Branca, a geology, geography and environmental studies major from Hermitage, and Benjamin Tawney, a graduating senior management major from of Stoystown, finished ninth in the recent college tour's Northern Conference Invitational on Chesapeake Bay and will represent SRU at the nationals in March.

The top-10 teams qualified for the national event set for early next year where the winning team will land $30,000 and a bass boat for their school fishing club. The winners also get to compete in the Forest Wood Cup, according to

December 9, 2013
SRU graduate heads North Dakota hunter education

John Mazur, a 2004 Slippery Rock University parks and recreation management graduate, has been named the hunter education coordinator for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.

Prior to joining the department, Mazur had worked as a private land biologist at the Chase Lake Wetland Management District with Ducks Unlimited. He earned his master’s in business administration from the University of Mary, according to the Bismarck Tribune.

December 6, 2013
SRU plans Dec. 14 commencement

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - By mid-afternoon Dec. 14, following the University's annual fall semester commencement ceremony, there will be 480 new Slippery Rock University alumni.

The ceremony opens at 11 a.m. in Morrow Field House. Tickets are required and have been distributed to all graduate candidates.

December 6, 2013
SRU trustees expand meeting access

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University Council of Trustees is taking a new direction with plans to further expand public access to its meetings and deliberations.

"While the council and committee meetings have long been open to the public, including faculty, staff and students, we believe that in making the agendas available prior to the meetings, publicizing the time and location of the various meetings and encouraging public input, we will strengthen the overall governance of the University," said Robert Taylor, council chair.

December 6, 2013
Researchers spread inclusion globally

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Jodi Katsafanas, Slippery Rock University assistant professor of special education, is working to gather the expertise of special education teachers in many countries, and then help disseminate that information globally.

Katsafanas and her student researchers are researching "The Face of Inclusion Abroad: Philosophy, Policy and Practice." Katsafanas has been investigating international special education since joining the SRU faculty in 2007.

December 6, 2013
SRU new MBA program launches Dec. 18

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Build a rock-solid academic program based on market and workforce needs and students will be attracted. That's the basis for the success behind the Slippery Rock University School of Business's new master's of business administration graduate program. Nearly two-dozen students are already enrolled in the inaugural program that launches Dec. 18.

"These students are starting a program that can lead to their MBA by next December," said Larry McCarthy, assistant professor of professional studies and interdisciplinary programs, and coordinator of the MBA program.

December 6, 2013
Comet ISON fizzles out

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Like Icarus of Greek mythology, Comet ISON, the latest deep space comet traveling in earth's solar system, has discovered flying too near the sun can be extremely hazardous.

"It was a bust," said Krishna Mukherjee, Slippery Rock University assistant professor of physics and pre-engineering, said, after tracking the once-in-a-lifetime comet as it streaked toward deep outer space - passed near the sun on its billions-of-years-old path.