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Feb. 28, 2013
SRU University PR wins two CUPRAP Cuppies

CUPRAP, the association of communicators in education, has selected two posters generated by the Slippery Rock University University Public Relations Office to receive its CUPPIE Awards.

Aaron Moore, graphic designer, designed both winning posters.

Feb. 27, 2013
SRU student skates toward dream

Stephanie Clark, a Slippery Rock communication/journalism major from McDonald, will display her 17 years of figure skating excellence Thursday when she auditions for her dream job ¬– “Disney On Ice.”

Clark, who has won 81 medals and ribbons since she was 5, will try out with three other Pittsburgh skaters at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh. Clark said she would demonstrate footwork, choreography, jumps, spins and theatrical elements.

Feb. 26, 2013
Dancers earn ACDFA Gala slots

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Solo choreography by Mary Regney, a Slippery Rock University dance major from Beaver, and a dance by Tara Madsen, an SRU 2004 dance graduate, were selected for The American College Dance Festival Association East Central Conference 2013 Gala last week at Oakland University.

The Gala concert features the top adjudicated dances at the festival, said Ursula Payne, SRU professor of dance and department chair. Eleven of 45 dances were selected for presentation at the Gala, based on artistry, performance and choreography, she said.

Feb. 25, 2013
Five SRU men, women take PSAC indoor track honors

Five members of the Slippery Rock University men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams earned first-place awards at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championships.

SRU’s Cameron Daugherty, a criminal justice major from Jacksonville, N.C., and Julia Cain, an exercise science major from Magnolia, Ohio, each captured first place in the pole vault at the championship hosted by Edinboro University. Dan Hedglin, a health and physical education major from Pittsburgh, repeated his first place title in the 60-meter hurdles; D. J. Chisom, an elementary education/special education major from Midland, took first in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.91 seconds; and Derick Fiedler, an undecided major from Erie, took first in the heptathlon.

Feb. 22, 201
SRU nursing student wins national Inspired Comfort Award

Barbianne Davis, a registered nurse to bachelor of science in nursing student from Ambridge who clearly went beyond the call of duty as a registered nurse, has been presented the national Inspired Comfort Award from Cherokee Uniforms, a leading provider of medical apparel and footwear.

Davis who works as an RN at Heritage Valley Health System, is among five healthcare professionals across the country named to the award. The five were selected for their impact on the lives of others through extraordinary patient care, sacrifice and innovation while serving as an inspiration to others.

Feb. 21, 2013
’64 graduate writes wrestling book

Ed Onorato, a 1964 Slippery Rock University graduate, retired wrestling coach and member of the Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame, has written “A Humanistic Approach to Coaching Wrestling.”

The 67-page book, published by Strategic Book Group, explains his big-picture philosophy of coaching in terms that will benefit those who coach other sports.

Feb. 21, 2013
SRU stages 'Dress for Success'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will host its third annual "Dress for Success Fashion Show" at 7 p.m., Feb. 27, showing students the appropriate attire for the business world.

The free event will be in the Smith Student Center Ballroom.

Feb. 21, 2013
'Romancing the Tone' opens March 4

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Words are symbols of language, but they can also double as art. Slippery Rock University's Martha Gault Art Gallery in Maltby Center will display examples of such art when it offers the language-based "Romancing the Tone" exhibit March 4-15.

An opening reception will be offered from 5-7 p.m. March 11.

Feb. 21, 2013
SRU nursing student wins national Inspired Comfort Award

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Barbianne Davis, a registered nurse to bachelor of science in nursing student from Ambridge who clearly went beyond the call of duty as a registered nurse, has been presented the national Inspired Comfort Award from Cherokee Uniforms, a leading provider of medical apparel and footwear.

Davis who works as an RN at Heritage Valley Health System, is among five healthcare professionals across the country named to the award. The five were selected for their impact on the lives of others through extraordinary patient care, sacrifice and innovation while serving as an inspiration to others.

Feb. 21, 2013
Slippery Rock University theatre offers 'Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University theatre will present eight performances of the comedic rock musical "Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson" from March 1-7, in the University Union. The show redefines America's seventh president, nicknamed "Old Hickory," as an "Emo" rock star in black jeans, boots and white Henley shirt.

The zesty mash up juxtaposes 19th century American history with contemporary culture for a satiric history lesson.

Feb. 21, 2013
Dance majors enter spotlight

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University dance majors are hitting the road to participate in two dance festivals.

Sixteen students left Slippery Rock Wednesday to make the 289-mile trip to Rochester, Mich., to participate in The American College Dance Festival Association where they were scheduled to dance Thursday. Six students will leave next week to travel 370 miles to Brooklyn, N.Y. to participate in the Kids Café Festival Goes to College competition. Ursula Payne, SRU professor of dance and department chair, chose the participants and is travelling with them.

Feb. 21, 2013
SRU faculty write co-teaching book

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Rapid changes in U.S. public education, including the federal No Child Left Behind legislation, have left many educators struggling to meet classroom demands. Three Slippery Rock University special education faculty have stepped up with one approach, the concept of co-teaching in the classroom, which is gaining popularity across the nation,

The three, Richael Barger-Anderson, an associate professor of special education, and Robert Isherwood and Joseph Merhaut, both associate professors of special education, have released "Strategic Co-Teaching in Your School: Using the Co-Design Model."

Feb. 21, 2013
National magazine spotlights Patterson

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's $2.5-million addition to Patterson Hall will be featured in an upcoming Architecture Leaders Today magazine, illustrating SRU's sustainability success in repurposing and remodeling old buildings.

The article will be headlined "Additions and Renovations to the Wellness Center at Patterson Hall." The magazine covers innovative projects that are a part of today's international architecture dialogue.

Feb. 21, 2013
SRU graduate becomes Pittsburgh’s acting police chief

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Regina McDonald, a 1973 Slippery Rock University education graduate, has been named acting chief of police for the city of Pittsburgh by Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.

cDonald is a 35-year veteran of the department.

Feb. 21, 2013
SRU President’s Commission hosts Bone Marrow Drive

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The President’s Commission on Race and Ethnic Diversity at Slippery Rock University will host a “Be The Match Bone Marrow Drive” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Feb. 26, to register individuals willing to donate their bone marrow to help others.

“The commission is hosting the free drive in the Smith Student Center Ballroom to specifically draw students that have a diverse ethnic background, because bi-racial and multi-racial individuals only make up a very small percentage of those on the registry, making it very difficult to find a match when needed,” said Lorraine Stubbs, an instructor in SRU’s academic services and commission member.

Feb. 21, 2013
SRU hosts fourth annual ‘Diversity, Inclusion Series’

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Ann Cody, director of policy and global outreach for BlazeSports America and 40-for-40 Title IX Award Recipient with the Women’s Sports Foundation, will be the keynote speaker when Slippery Rock University launches its three-day Diversity and Inclusion Series for 2013.

The free March 4-6 program in the Smith Student Center focuses on Title IX and will include presentation of the University’s inaugural Title IX Champion Award.

Feb. 20, 2013
Architectural magazine features Patterson Hall addition

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University’s $2.5-million addition to Patterson Hall will be featured in “Architecture Leaders Today” magazine. The article will be headlined “Additions and Renovations to the Wellness Center at Patterson Hall.”

The magazine, which features innovative projects that are a part of today’s international architecture dialogue, is focusing on the addition to Patterson that was completed earlier this year.

Feb. 19, 2013
SRU volleyball’s ‘Dig for the Cure’ raises $900

The Slippery Rock University’s volleyball team seventh annual "Dig for the Cure" garnered $900 for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation in its Oct. 16 match against Emory University.

The game was hosted at SRU during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Figures were released this week.

Feb. 18, 2013
SRU graduate earns BC3 alumni honors

Candace Hartley, a 1986 Slippery Rock University business management graduate, has been honored by the Butler County Community College Alumni Association as a 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient.

As a non-traditional student, she graduated from BC3 in 1984 with an associate degree in business management and then continued her education at SRU.

Feb. 15, 2013
Atlanta Falcons hire SRU graduate Eric Avila

Eric Avila, a 2010 Slippery Rock University athletic training graduate, has been hired as an assistant athletic trainer by the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League. Avila, who received his master’s degree in adapted physical activity from SRU in December, had been an intern with the Falcons.

A New York City native, Avila was the first person in his immediate family to earn a college degree.

Feb. 15, 2013
SRU's new provost leads the way

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Candace Hartley, a 1986 Slippery Rock University business management graduate, has been honored by the Butler County Community College Alumni Association as a 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient.

As a non-traditional student, she graduated from BC3 in 1984 with an associate degree in business management and then continued her education at SRU.

Feb. 15, 2013
SRU students track asteroids, including 2012 DA 14 due today

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - If you are reading this, the asteroid, billed as half the size of a football field or as big at the White House, predicted to pass near Earth today did just that and there is no problem.

If you can't read this, because the asteroid hit...the experts were wrong.

Feb. 15, 2013
SRU initiative collects 10,000 books

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The "We Can Read" book collection project organized at by the Student Nonprofit Alliance at Slippery Rock University in memory of those killed Dec. 14 in Newtown, Conn., has resulted in nearly 10,000 books being collected, including 2,000 books delivered Thursday to the Butler County Children's Center.

"By our best count, 44 organizations and individuals, locally and across the country, have reported responding to the project," said Alice Del Vecchio, assistant professor of professional studies and interdisciplinary programs, and adviser to the Student Nonprofit Alliance at SRU.

Feb. 15, 2013
Winging it: Macoskey offers bluebird workshop

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research will offer a free, expert-taught bluebird workshop from 10 a.m. to noon, March 2, at the center. Participants will learn about bluebird habitats, gain knowledge of strategies for attracting the songbird to their background and build a nest box for use at home.

Harry Schmeider, president of the Bluebird Society of Pennsylvania and Butler County coordinator, will present "The Fledging Experience" all about bluebirds.

Feb. 15, 2013
SRU hosts Pa. Junior Academy of Science

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Hundreds of junior high and high school students with an interest in science will visit Slippery Rock University Feb. 23 for the 56th Regional IX Meeting of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science. The students will compete for more than $12,000 in scholarships and prizes.

SRU has hosted the event for the past 16 years.

Feb. 15, 2013
Facilities wheels out electric vehicles

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's facilities and planning department has added three Club Car electric utility vehicles to its fleet of maintenance vehicles. The three new vehicles provide a quiet, smooth ride. They emit no pollution and will help the department deploy a more sustainable maintenance operation.

The small-wheel, zero-emission vehicles, which use a 48-volt motor, are 9 1/2 feet long and include two seats, a heater, horn, fan and turn signals.

Feb. 15, 2013
SRU PT student studies in Spain

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Erin Boyle, a second-year Slippery Rock University doctor of physical therapy student from Pittsburgh, needs no further proof that being in the right place at the right time can change a life.

One of Boyle's physical therapy instructors, Nancy Shipe, an assistant professor in SRU's School of Physical Therapy, took a group of 17 SRU students to Spain last March as part of an international spring break study abroad program to learn about Spanish physiotherapy education, practice and healthcare delivery. The collaboration with faculty and students at Escola De la Salut I l'Esport Griona led to an agreement between the EUSES and SRU for future students to one day intern as part of the city's School of Health and Sport.

Feb. 15, 2013
SRU students help Jamaican community

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Not to make you jealous, but just think for a moment about temperatures in the mid 80s, stunning coastlines and a clear blue ocean. Wish you were there? Forty Slippery Rock University students experienced those pleasantries when they visited Jamaica over winter break, but the weather was not the purpose of their visit. This was a community-service sojourn.

Students lived and worked in Petersfield and Galloway, two rural communities in the Parish of Westmoreland. They tutored children at Coke's View Primary School, Petersfield Primary School and the Early Childhood Center, painted the schools and cleaned up a park.

Feb. 15, 2013
Filmmaker Schulman spotlights social media 'cat-fish' issue

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - In the world of social media a "cat-fish" is a person who pretends to be someone they're not and uses social media to create a false identity, particularly to pursue deceitful online romances. Filmmaker Nev Schulman will explain the massively-popular phenomena while discussing his documentary and MTV "Catfish" show when he visits Slippery Rock University Feb. 18.

Schulman's University Program Board-sponsored lecture is at 7 p.m. in the Smith Student Center Ballroom. Doors will open at 6 p.m. The lecture is free for SRU students; $5 for the general public.

Feb. 15, 2013
UPB presents SNL comic Jay Pharoah

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Jay Pharoah, the popular comedian from NBC's "Saturday Night Live," will visit Slippery Rock University at 7 p.m., Feb. 24 as part of a University Program Board program.

Pharoah's show is in the Smith Student Center Ballroom.

Feb. 14, 2013
SRU graduate earns PASCEB post

Kate Hepner, a 2011 Slippery Rock University education major from Bellevue and now a second-grade teacher with the Northgate School District, has been named to the Pennsylvania Association of Student Council Executive Board.

The PASC’s mission is to offer year-round opportunities for middle level and high school students and their advisers to develop and apply leadership and life skills in order to improve themselves, their school and communities.

Feb. 13, 2013
SRU’s Hawk earns Grammy nomination

Stephen Hawk, Slippery Rock University professor of music, was nominated for a Grammy for the fifth time in his career.

Hawk played lead trumpet on Bob Mintzer’s Big Band “For the Moment” CD, which had been nominated for Best Large Jazz Ensemble CD of the Year.

Feb. 12, 2013
Pa. Green Party chair visits SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Carl Romanelli, chair of the Pennsylvania chapter of the Green Party, will lecture on “Why Pennsylvania Needs a Green Party” when he visits Slippery Rock University at 7 p.m. Feb. 14. The lecture is in Spotts World Culture Building Auditorium.

The Green Party’s name refers to its original and ongoing concern for a sustainable environment in all of its facets. Romanelli said, “Sustainability is the idea that policy and economy be designed to last and to be in areas of economy that we really need. For example, we believe that single-payer health coverage is sustainable and allows the economy to produce jobs where they are needed, in health care rather than insurance.”

Feb. 12, 2013
SRU’s Ogoreuc earns PSAHPERD ‘Teacher of the Year’ honor

Robert Ogoreuc, Slippery Rock University assistant professor of physical education, has been named Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Ogoreuc was recognized for his contribution to physical education knowledge and teaching and his leadership in aquatics education and water safety training. He was nominated by a PSAHPERD member and chosen by the awards committee.

Feb. 11, 2013
SRU’s Mark Bogush lands THIS internship

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Mark Bogush, a Slippery Rock University political science major from Duncannon, is working for the Joint State Government Commission in the capital city as part of the 15-week The Harrisburg Internship Program sponsored by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

Bogush is one of 14 PASSHE students participating in the THIS program, which provides students the opportunity to work in all areas of state government while earning a full semester’s worth of credits.

Feb 08, 2013
Alcoa donates $2,500 to SRU scholarships, travel fund

Alcoa, the world's leading producer of primary and fabricated aluminum, as well as the world's largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina with offices in Pittsburgh, has presented Slippery Rock University’s safety management department $2,500 to be used for scholarship and student travel.

Joseph Cali, SRU professor and chair of safety management, accepted the check from Jeffrey Shockey, director of corporate safety at ALCOA, on behalf of the department.

Feb. 08, 2013
Helium shortage impacts SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Helium, that colorless, odorless, tasteless, inert, non-toxic gas, most often employed to inflate party balloons - and for then creating squeaky voices - is becoming extinct worldwide. The price is on an upward spiral, which means Slippery Rock University chemistry students are quickly learning the economic laws of supply and demand.

On campus, the chemical element, with the atomic number 2 on the Periodic Table of Elements, is used in cryogenics, particularly for cooling the University's superconducting magnets, said Donald Zapien, SRU professor of chemistry.

Feb. 08, 2013
SRU PT volunteers visit St. Lucia; Find trip eye-opening, rewarding

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - For Barbara Billek-Sawhney, an associate professor of physical therapy in Slippery Rock University's School of Physical Therapy, and three of her doctor of physical therapy students, a 13-day winter-break trip to the Caribbean island of St. Lucia was both "eye-opening to the way people live and very educational."

The SRU contingent visited the island in early-January with multiple objectives, including volunteering as physical therapists, teaching the island's limited physiotherapists the latest procedures and protocols, and soaking up the island culture.

Feb. 08, 2013
SRU hosts Pa. Intercollegiate Festival

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Some 70 vocal students from 10 colleges and universities across Pennsylvania will join 22 Slippery Rock University vocal students for the three-day Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Choir Festival being hosted at SRU Feb. 14-16.

Patrick Dupré Quigley, director of the Grammy-nominated Seraphic Fire, a newly formed Miami-based chamber choral group, is the guest conductor.

Feb. 08, 2013
SRU hosts doo-wop singers 'The Marvelous Wonderettes'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "The tight harmony of 'girl-group doo-wop' popular in the 1950s and '60s is perfectly captured in "The Marvelous Wonderettes,' a pop tunes musical, that comes to Slippery Rock University March 9 as part of the University's 2012-13 Performing Arts Series.

The 7:30 p.m. show, which will be presented in the University Union, opened off-Broadway at the Westside Theatre and is now part of a national tour.

Feb. 08, 2013
SRU schedules research symposium

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "The new Smith Student Center will provide a great venue for our annual Symposium for Student Research, Scholarship and Creative Achievement," said Philip Tramdack, director of Bailey Library and chair of the symposium. "I expect we will again have in the neighborhood of 70 presentations and performances."

The annual event, previously hosted in the University Union and other campus locations, is an opportunity for students and their faculty sponsors to showcase their joint research through oral presentations, performances and poster sessions. The symposium is April 9.

Feb. 08, 2013
SRU offers 'Black Revolutionaries' panel

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Six men will offer their views of life, self-preservation and African-American history when the Black Action Society at Slippery Rock University hosts "Memories of Black Revolutionaries" at 6 p.m. Feb. 18, as part of SRU's Black History Month observance.

The panel discussion will be in the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center.

Feb. 08, 2013
Old Stone House offers 'Cherry Pie Hike'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Old Stone House celebrates the birthday of the nation's first president with its annual "Cherry Pie Hike" Feb. 23, including remarks by Brady Crytzer, local historian, author and SRU graduate.

The free public program combines history, a winter hike on the North Country Trail and cherry pie.

Feb. 08, 2013
SRU's Mark Bogush lands THIS internship

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Mark Bogush, a Slippery Rock University political science major from Duncannon, is working for the Joint State Government Commission in the capital city as part of the 15-week The Harrisburg Internship Program sponsored by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

Bogush is one of 14 PASSHE students participating in the THIS program, which provides students the opportunity to work in all areas of state government while earning a full semester's worth of credits.

Feb. 08, 2013
SRU's Boliver receives RCRA award

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Bruce Boliver, Slippery Rock University assistant professor of parks and recreation, has received the 2012 Resort and Commercial Recreation Association Fellowship Award. Boliver is only the sixth person and the first since 2008 to receive the award in the 32 years it has been in existence.

The award, the highest given by the association, recognizes an individual who is one of the top professionals in the field and who has contributed to the success of the association. Boliver served as past association president and has been a member since 1984.

Feb. 08, 2013
'Biggest Loser' shares lifestyle tips

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The first thing "Biggest Loser" television participant Tara Costa and Slippery Rock University exercise science professors want people to know is her success is not just about weight loss. It's about making healthy lifestyle changes.

Costa, a "Biggest Loser" Season 7 finalist who lost 155 pounds in 18 months, will share her story of ultimate success when she speaks at SRU at 5 and 8 p.m. Feb. 13 in the Smith Student Center Ballroom. The lectures are free.

Feb. 07, 2013
IUP honors SRU graduate with DeCoster Award

Justin Brown, a 2011 Slippery Rock University communication major from Coatsville and now a graduate student in the department of student affairs in higher education and graduate residence director for the Office of Housing, Residential Living and Dining at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, has received the David A. DeCoster Excellence in Assessment Award.

The award recognizes an outstanding assessment project completed by a member of the Student Affairs Division. DeCoster served as vice president for student affairs and as a faculty member in the department of student affairs in higher education during his tenure at IUP.

Feb. 06, 2013
Nolen-Holland elected CORPS de Ballet International president

Nola Nolen Holland, Slippery Rock University assistant professor of dance, has been elected president of CORPS de Ballet International. The professional organization advocates for ballet in higher education worldwide.

Nolen Holland, who joined the organization in 2002, has served as treasurer.

Feb. 05, 2013
Athletic training major earns $2,500 scholarship

Mackenzie McLaughlin, a Slippery Rock University athletic training major from Slippery Rock, has received the $2,500 Joseph Abraham District II Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association Scholarship. District II includes Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware.

McLaughlin applied for the scholarship and was selected by an Athletic Trainers’ Association Scholarship committee.

Feb. 01, 2013
Mercer County Hall of Fame inducts former SRU baseball player

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Blasé Iorio, a 1972 Slippery Rock University physical education graduate and baseball team standout, is among a dozen athletes recently inducted to the Mercer County Hall of Fame.

The event was Jan. 19 in West Middlesex as part of the hall’s 66th anniversary banquet.

Feb. 01, 2013
SRU graduate lands Rose-Hulman fundraising position

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Alan Morrison, a Slippery Rock University 2000 sport management graduate, has been named special projects gift officer in the Office of Institutional Advancement at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

“Alan will help us implement new initiatives and sustain past department strategies to identify donor prospects and assist current donors,” said Rickey McCurry, Rose-Hulman’s vice president for institutional advancement. “We welcome his energy and enthusiasm to our institutional advancement team.”

Feb. 01, 2013
SRU prepares cyber-school teachers

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's College of Education has long prided itself on preparing the best teachers to meet and exceed the demands of today's modern classroom. To keep pace with the changing world, SRU has extended its teacher training program to include cyber charter schools.

Part of that expansion includes allowing students to complete their mandatory field experience coursework at cyber schools.

Feb. 01, 2013
SRU therapeutic recreation earns elite accreditation

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's therapeutic recreation program has joined an elite group of only three other institutions in the United States to earn accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

The accolade was granted on the recommendation of the Committee on the Accreditation of Recreational Therapy Education.

Feb. 01, 2013
SRU readies for National Survey of Student Engagement

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Two years ago, Slippery Rock University first-year students and seniors gave high marks to their experiences at the University in the National Survey of Student Engagement. Students will again have the opportunity to voice their opinions when the survey launches Feb. 12

A final reminder will be emailed March 11.

Feb. 01, 2013
SRU's Black History Month goes 'Before and Beyond the Dream'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will celebrate Black History Month with a series of lectures, performances, community outreach programs and field trips that explore "Before and Beyond the Dream." Marsha Ellis Jones, senior vice president and chief diversity officer for the PNC Financial Services Group Inc., is the event's featured speaker.

The events kick off with an 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Feb. 1, celebration in the Smith Student Center Ballroom, featuring skits that explore the African-American historical timeline in the U.S. and drum and dance performances and workshops presented by the Pittsburgh-based Sankofa Village for the Arts.

Feb. 01, 2013
Taxpayers find friend in SRU program

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Tax time, especially for lower- and middle-income families, can be stressful and expensive. Slippery Rock University's College of Business, Information and Social Science is once again stepping up to offer free tax assistance to qualified taxpayers by hosting a site for the Internal Revenue Service's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program.

The VITA Program is offered in conjunction with the IRS and managed by the Center for Community Resources in Butter. The CCR manages VITA offices in Butler, Slippery Rock and new offices in Cranberry and Kittanning.

Feb. 01, 2013
SRU's winter session doubles enrollment

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Learning is up at Slippery Rock University as students saw the opportunity to take online courses during the traditional winter break.

Eliott Baker, executive director of SRU's academic records and summer school, said SRU's second winter session, offered Dec. 19-Jan. 17, saw enrollment more than double that of the inaugural year - 2011. Nearly 55 courses were offered during the session.

Feb. 01, 2013
SRU hosts federal contracting seminar

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University Government Contracting Assistance Center will host a free "Basics of Federal Government Contracting Seminar" from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Feb. 13, at the Regional Learning Alliance in Cranberry Township.

"The federal government is the world's largest purchaser of goods and services and government agencies are ready to do business on a competitive basis with qualified companies," said Renee Decker, government contract specialist at SRU.

Feb. 01, 2013
UPB, Smith Center plan Valentine's day

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The University Program Board and the Robert M. Smith Student Center at Slippery Rock University are jointly sponsoring a free Valentine's Day celebration for the campus from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Feb. 14.

The event will be in the student center and will offer "big chair" photos, caricatures and sweet treats. Students will have the option to pay $5 to "Stuff-a-Plush" and take home a stuffed animal.

Feb. 01, 2013
SRU presents 'Forward Momentum'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University Dance Theatre's "Forward Momentum" concert will include original choreography in a variety of genres and styles by dance majors and an alumna guest artist. The concert is described as "narration in human form, a center stage display of dancers' individuality, diversity and artistic excellence."

The concert will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at The Succup Theater at Butler County Community College. Nine SRU dance majors were chosen for choreography, while 40 students will present the concert.

Feb. 01, 2013
Lisco obtains statewide training grant

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Jack Lisco, Slippery Rock University associate professor of parks and recreation, has received a $39,711 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to lead a statewide training program.

Lisco will provide 20 law enforcement managers from the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry and Bureau of State Parks with 120 hours of park law enforcement training. The three-week training program, which begins Feb. 4, will be offered at the Preston Environmental Center.

Feb. 01, 2013
New land use process protects resources

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has implemented a Land Use Project Request approval process to promote sustainable development, preserve green space and maximize conservation of natural and educationally relevant resources.

University President Cheryl Norton, who has a keen interest in protecting SRU's natural resources, requested that a Land Use Project Request Form be created to oversee land use proposals from students, faculty, staff and outside groups.

Feb. 01, 2013
SRU graduate lands Rose-Hulman fundraising position

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Alan Morrison, a Slippery Rock University 2000 sport management graduate, has been named special projects gift officer in the Office of Institutional Advancement at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

“Alan will help us implement new initiatives and sustain past department strategies to identify donor prospects and assist current donors,” said Rickey McCurry, Rose-Hulman’s vice president for institutional advancement. “We welcome his energy and enthusiasm to our institutional advancement team.”