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June 27, 2013
Capital One Academic All-America honors SRU trio

The Slippery Rock University track and field and cross country teams landed three student-athletes on the Capital One Academic All-America team announced Wednesday by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Kevin Jewel, a physical education major from North Versailles, was named to the men's first team, while Kara Styles, an SRU graduate student from Windber, and Stephanie Case, a May graduate from Columbiana, Ohio, were named to the women's second team.

June 25, 2013
Kevin Jewell wins PSAC Athlete of Year honors

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – Kevin Jewel, a Slippery Rock University physical education major and track and field standout from North Versailles, has been named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Male Track Athlete of the Year in voting by the league's coaches. Earlier Jewel had been named to the PSAC Spring Top 10.

In order to be eligible for the PSAC Top 10, a student-athlete must maintain a cumulative grade point average above 3.50, while also contributing athletically.

June 20, 2013
Ghana trip inspires SRU graduate’s Peace Corps commitment

Rachel Popik, a 2012 Slippery Rock University special education graduate from Newtown, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for The Gambia June 24 to begin training as an education volunteer.

“I went to Ghana through the Women's Studies program for an internship with Dr. Cindy LaCom and fell in love. It was then that I decided that I wanted to join the Peace Corps,” Popik said. During her undergraduate career at SRU, Popik spent three weeks in Ghana in an internship, collaborating on a research study with Case Western University’s medical program on the effects of domestic violence on access to reproductive healthcare.

June 18, 2013
Second SRU basketball player signs Luxembourg contract

Darious Clark, a Slippery Rock University undeclared major from Clinton, Md., and senior shooting guard on the SRU basketball team, has signed a deal to play in the Luxembourg second league with BBC Gréngewald Hueschtert.

Earlier this summer, Devin Taylor, a member of the SRU team from New Castle, signed to play in Luxembourg's top league, the Total League, with the Etzella Ettelbruck club. The Total League is the league that former SRU star Denell Stephens, who recently signed on to play for a fifth year, is playing in.

June 14, 2013
SRU planning committee marks 201 days 'til 125th anniversary

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University is planning a celebration that has been years in the making - 125 years to be exact, as the University marks the 125th anniversary of its 1889 founding. A campuswide committee of volunteers, with 201 days to plan the yearlong 2014 event for the campus and community, has been assembled.

The steering committee met June 6 to set the direction of the yearlong event that will launch in January and conclude in December 2014. Paper party hats, horns and "Happy Birthday" beads were distributed to set the celebratory mood.

June 14, 2013
Robots thrill, instill children

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The robots scurried across the floor. They moved their limbs. They displayed "intelligence." When activated by Slippery Rock University computer science professors and students, they clearly delighted and educated the young people participating.

SRU recently offered its first, free "Robots at The Rock" workshop for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders. Ten Slippery Area Middle School students occupied the University's Artificial Intelligence/Robotics Laboratory to work on Lego Mindstorms robots. The small, programmable robots combine Lego building with sensors and motors to provide an educational experience, like earlier generations working with motorized Erector Sets.

June 14, 2013
SRU Macoskey Center offers 'help your garden grow' plots

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Anastasia Surrena, a resident from nearby Harrisville, knows a good deal when she hears one, especially if it involves help growing vegetables and herbs at Slippery Rock University's Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research.

Surrena, who had been pestering her husband to build her some raised-bed garden plots at their home, jumped at the chance to rent a garden plot at the center after her friend Carmen Tedeschi of Rock Falls told her of the opportunity.

June 14, 2013
Gov. Corbett nominates SRU trustees

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Gov. Tom Corbett has submitted a list of trustee nominees for a variety of Pennsylvania State System Higher Education universities,

including six who would serve at Slippery Rock University.

June 14, 2013
Graduate survives Boston Marathon

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Just a few short weeks ago - yet what seems like a lifetime ago - Slippery Rock University graduate Ed Geary was running in the April 15 Boston Marathon when the community was rocked by mayhem, and Geary was forced to begin a journey back to normalcy.

Geary and his wife, Tammy Stockdill, both 1982 graduates, were on the race route when two bombs exploded, killing three people and injuring more than 250.

June 14, 2013
SRU urges tornado preparation

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - In the wake of the devastating spring tornadoes that have repeatedly hit Oklahoma, Slippery Rock University's Office of Environmental Health and Safety is reminding the campus community to "be prepared."

"Severe weather can produce thunderstorms, ground-to-air lightning and damaging winds. With this severe weather comes the possibility of tornadoes developing. Although tornado 'season' is generally considered to be March through July; peak times for local tornado activity has been documented during the months of May and June. Tornadoes can occur anytime and can do so very quickly with little or no warning," said Paul Novak, SRU environmental health and safety director.

June 14, 2013
Courtyard flower project blooms

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Every time Sunshine Mushrush, a Slippery Rock University clerk typist II in the Office of Admissions, walks by the Welcome Center in North Hall and glances through the bay windows into the North Hall courtyard, she beams.

She and six other University employees helped the courtyard bloom by planting petunias, impatiens, posies and dahlias, as well as whirligigs, in six empty pots. The green thumbs bought packs of flowers and planted them early one morning.

June 14, 2013
SRU seeks hosts for Japanese students

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Cultural Immersion Program with Saga University in Japan is seeking local host families to provide a week's lodging for 10 visiting Japanese students Sept. 8-15.

The program, organized by Yukako Ishimaru, SRU instructor of modern languages and cultures, gives the visiting students first-hand experience of American Culture, including American academic life.

June 14, 2013
Grant funds Storm Harbor greenhouse

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Storm Harbor Equestrian Center will use a $10,723 grant from the Snee-Reinhardt Charitable Trust to build a greenhouse along the center's "sensory trail." The sensory trail provides special-needs riders ages 14-21 with educational and life-skills training.

The "accessible greenhouse" will enable participants to grow and take care of plants, said Courtney Gramlich, Storm Harbor director, who obtained the grant.

June 14, 2013
Federal grant supports tennis education

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has received a $4,000 grant from the U.S. Tennis Association to purchase rackets and balls in order to add tennis to the June 17-28 Camp ROCK program and provide hands-on learning opportunities for SRU students.

Betsy Kemeny and Wendy Fagan, SRU instructors of physical education, obtained the grant.

June 14, 2013
SRU Old Stone House hosts 'Tavern Day'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will offer the chance to step back into the days of yesteryear, including a visit to a stagecoach way station, when it hosts Tavern Day from noon to 5 p.m., June 15, at the Old Stone House.

This event is free, but with a suggested donation of $3 per person or $5 per family.

June 14, 2013
SRU presents 56 staff service awards

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University honored 56 staff employees recently for their years of dedicated service. "We thank you for your hard work, your dedication and your service," said SRU President Cheryl Norton.

She also recognized those who worked on May's dual commencement ceremonies for their outstanding efforts.

June 13, 2013
Oakland Athletics draft SRU pitcher in 11th round

Lou Trivino, a Slippery Rock University business manager from Green Lane and a pitcher on the SRU baseball team, was picked in the 11th round by the Oakland Athletics as part of the 2013 amateur baseball draft.

Trivino was selected Saturday as the 341st player chosen in this year’s draft. He is the first Rock baseball player drafted since catcher-first baseman Matt Adams was selected in the 23rd round (699th overall) by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2009 draft. Adams is now a member of the Cardinals’ Major League Baseball team.

June 11, 2013
SRU tennis player earns Capital One Academic honor

Janelle Krantz, a Slippery Rock University therapeutic recreation major from Quarryville and member of the tennis team, has been awarded Capital One Academic All-District honors by the College Sports Information Director's of America.

By way of earning the honor, Krantz will advance to the ballot for Capital One Academic All-America honors, where she is looking to earn her second award in the last two years. Winners will be announced July 5.

June 07, 2013
Mihalik earns ECFOA sportsmanship award

PIPERSVILLE, Pa. – George Mihalik, Slippery Rock University head football coach, has been named the 2012 recipient of the Eastern Collegiate Football Officials Association's sportsmanship award.

Mihalik will receive his award during the ECFOA's annual clinic Aug. 3-4 at West Chester University.

June 7, 2013
SRU trustees seek PASSHE academic program approvals

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Graduate students at Slippery Rock University could soon have two additional academic programs to choose from, including a master of science in nursing and a master of business administration, following unanimous action today by the University’s Council of Trustees.

Trustees agreed to ask the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education board of governors for permission to begin offering the programs. The programs, if fast-tracked at PASSHE, could begin by fall semester.

June 04, 2013
SRU softball player earns Honorable Mention All-American

Katie Saluga, a Slippery Rock University sport management major from Warren, Ohio, and catcher on the SRU softball team, has been named to Honorable Mention All-America Honors on the Daktronics Softball All-America team for Division II.

The Daktronics All-America team is nominated for and voted on by Division II sports information directors. In order to be eligible, a player must earn first team All-Region honors. Saluga was named the top catcher in the Atlantic Region two weeks ago in voting by the region's sports information directors, earning her a spot on the national ballot.