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May 30, 2013
Four SRU athletes earn All-America track and field honors

PUEBLO, Colo. – The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association has named four Slippery Rock University athletes All-America following their performances at the NCAA Division II Track and Field National Championships. The championships were May 23-25 at the Neta and Eddie DeRose Thunderbowl at Colorado State University-Pueblo.

The top eight finishers in all events at the national meet are awarded All-America honors by the association.

May 23, 2013
20 Rock track and field athletes earn All-Region rank

NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Slippery Rock University women's outdoor track and field team has landed eight members, and the SRU men’s outdoor track and field team has landed 12 members on the All-Region Atlantic Region team announced by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

In order to be named to the All-Region team, a student-athlete must have had one of the top-five performances of the season in their respective event among all athletes in the region. The Atlantic Region includes all schools in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

May 17, 2013
SRU Multicultural Development Offices awards graduates

Slippery Rock University’s Office of Multicultural Development honored seven students and one faculty member as part of graduation week activities.

Graduating seniors honored as part of Thursday’s reception were: Nicole Payne, a criminology and criminal justice major from New Castle, and Nayan Joyappa, an accounting and finance major from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, received the Academic Award for having the highest grade point average for students participating in the Office of Multicultural Development Graduation Celebration.

May 16, 2013
Rock sends nine to National Championships

The Slippery Rock University track and field teams will send nine athletes, three men and six women, to compete in the NCAA Division II National Championships May 23-25.

The event is being hosted by Colorado State University, Pueblo, at the Neta and Eddie DeRose Thunderbowl.

May 15, 2013
Rock track and field team wins nine PSAC individual titles

The Slippery Rock University men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams combined to win nine Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference individual titles during last weekend’s conference championship competition hosted by Millersville University.

The Rock men won six individual championships, while The Rock women claimed three gold medals.

May 14, 2013
Student’s ‘Grant Writing’ course benefits Head Start children

Ashley Singiser, a Slippery Rock University adapted physical activity graduate student from Oakdale, was required to apply for a grant as part of her “Grant Writing” course and children in Grove City have reaped the benefits.

Singiser’s application received $1,000 in funding from SRU’s Adapted Physical Activity Program, with the money used to purchase developmentally appropriate physical education equipment for the Mercer County Head Start hosted at the Grove City Highland Primary Center.

May 13, 2013
Two SRU softball players earn All-PSAC West honors

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – Katie Saluga, a Slippery Rock University sport management major from Warren, Ohio, and a softball team catcher, and Jenna Geibel, an SRU athletic training major from Butler and third baseman, have been named to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference All-PSAC Western Division squad.

Saluga earned top honor as the PSAC West Player of the Year. Geibel earned her fourth consecutive All-PSAC selection.

May 10, 2013
Four SRU inline hockey players honored

Four members of the inline hockey players’ club at Slippery Rock University earned honorable mentions for Division II and Division B All-Tournament play at the recent National Collegiate Roller Hockey Tournament in Ft. Myers, Fla.

Christian Scott, a sport management major from Pittsburgh, and Ryan McGeehan, a criminology major from Grove City, were honored in Division II. Chris Beltz, an accounting major from Wexford, and Austin Naylor, an exploratory major from McKees Rock, were honored in Division B.

May 10, 2013
Exercise science majors demonstrate new fitness laboratory equipment

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A group of Slippery Rock University exercise science majors Monday showed their capability in cardiovascular training, strength conditioning and wellness programming without stepping foot outside the new laboratory in Patterson Hall.

Students demonstrated the 30 new exercise, strength and fitness equipment machines in SRU's Exercise Technology Laboratory for an Office of Admissions video. The video will be posted on SRU's website this summer.

May 10, 2013
SRU students pursue studies abroad

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Eleven Slippery Rock University students will be spending their summer pre-session at the abbey at Wroxton College in England. The study-abroad opportunity is part of a "Power and Authority" summer school course taught by Lia Paradis, associate professor of history.

The course traces British power from the monarchs (1700s) through World War II, including the change to aristocratic rule and the current rule of the people.

May 10, 2013
SRU Summer School offers 200+ courses

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Summer School will offer more than 200 courses, including international study opportunities, liberal studies and a host of online courses.

"We have found that students enjoy summer courses, which are often smaller and more relaxed," said Eliott Baker, executive director of academic records and summer school.

May 10, 2013
SRU awards first Stufflebeam scholars

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Tresa Maria Gnalian, a Slippery Rock University early childhood education major from Sewickley, and Katelyn Hill, an SRU early childhood education major from Stow, Ohio, have been named recipients of the first J. Tyler Stufflebeam Memorial Scholarship. Each will receive $600.

The scholarship, administered by the Slippery Rock University Foundation Inc., was created by SRU's Green and White Society and the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership, to honor Stufflebeam, 21, an SRU education major from Warren, Pa., who had been active in both organizations before being killed in a September 2011 traffic accident.

May 10, 2013
AVI salutes SRU's 'Rising Stars'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - More than a dozen Slippery Rock University student leaders and organizations were recognized for their hard work and planning at the AVI Rising Star Awards ceremony Monday in the Smith Student Center.

Cheryl Norton, SRU president, thanked the students for their leadership efforts on behalf of the University. "The work you do is what makes SRU great. Thank you for your time, your efforts, you love of campus. Your hard work is truly appreciated."

May 10, 2013
SRU ROTC, basketball team seeks golfers

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Calling all golfers! Slippery Rock University' Army ROTC program and the SRU basketball squad will host separate golf scrambles this spring and are looking for anyone who enjoys the game.

The ROTC scramble opens at noon today at Oakview Golf Club in Slippery Rock.

May 10, 2013
SRU history majors 'pin' photos to Web

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - If it's true that a picture is worth 1,000 words, Slippery Rock University history majors have silently provided 100,000 words of historical value.

Twenty SRU history majors are finishing up a photo archive project for the Lawrence County Historical Society in New Castle. Students selected and researched historical information for 100 of the society's digital photographs and published them with 200-word captions on

May 10, 2013
SRU students present 'Carmina Burana'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University choirs and Wind Ensemble, showcasing more than 120 students, will perform songs of fortune, luck and love when they present "Carmina Burana" at 7:30 p.m., May 12. The performance is at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Butler.

"This performance is going to easily be one of the coolest things we've done in the seven years I've been here, maybe the greatest thing we've done," said Stephen Barr, SRU assistant professor of music and performance director.

May 9, 2013
SRU lacrosse team’s Laubach makes PSAC All-Conference team

Lauren Laubach, a Slippery Rock University exercise science major from New Park and a standout lacrosse player, has been named to the All-Conference team by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.

Laubach, a midfielder, earned her first career postseason honor as a member of the All-PSAC third team.

May 8, 2013
Rock baseball players earn All-PASC-West honors

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – Six members of the Slippery Rock University baseball team earned All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division honors this spring

Named to the first team were: Will Kengor, an undeclared major from Pittsburgh and shortstop, and John Shaffer, a criminal justice major from Tyrone, who plays first base.

May 7, 2013
SRU graduate earns doctorate

Seth Jenny, a 2002 Slippery Rock University health and physical education graduate, has earned his doctorate in physical education, sport and exercise science at the University of New Mexico and has accepted an assistant professor of physical education teacher education position at Winthrop University.

His dissertation was titled “A case study of the coaching philosophy of a men’s NCAA distance running coach: To what extent is it humanistic?” At SRU he was a member of the track and cross country teams.

May 7, 2013
President announces student affairs transition plan; Watson, interim VP

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Cheryl Norton, Slippery Rock University president, Tuesday announced Robert Watson, vice president emeritus at SRU, would serve as the interim vice president for student affairs following the retirement of Constance Foley. Watson is a 1970 SRU education graduate with long family ties to the University.

Watson retired in 2006 after 34 years of service to the University, the last five as vice president for student life.

May 6, 2013
SRU baseball team earns PSAC tournament berth

The Slippery Rock University baseball team, under the direction of Jeff Messer, 28-year head coach, earned a conference-best eighth consecutive trip to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championships last weekend by finishing in a tie for fourth place in the PSAC-Western Division final standings.

The team is in the conference tournament for the 20th time in the last 24 seasons and the 23rd time under Messer's leadership.

May 3, 2013
SRU stages commencement May 18

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will graduate nearly 1,600 students when it hosts spring commencement ceremonies at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., May 18 in Morrow Field House.

Tickets, required for admission, have been distributed to graduating students for re-distribution to their family and friends. For those without tickets, remote site seating will be available in the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center and the Advanced Technology and Science Hall. The ceremony also will be streamed live via the Internet. To connect to the broadcast, visit the SRU homepage,, and then click the "Commencement" link.

May 3, 2013
Veterans undertake healing exercises

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - They are wounded warriors, American veterans who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and other recent wars only to return home suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or addiction.

Eight veterans from the Butler Veteran's Administration Hospital took the high bar to healing Monday when they visited Slippery Rock University for a special training exercise. The vets, and a select group of SRU students, participated in high ropes, climbing and balance activities at SRU's Leadership Training Center as part of a pilot program called "TRAIL (Therapeutic Recreation and Independent Leisure) to Wellness."

May 3, 2013
'Healthy U' deadline looms

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Everyone knows that "time is money," and if you don't spend the "time," it is going to cost "money" for failing to reach the required 70-point minimum in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education's employee "Healthy U" wellness program. The deadline is May 31.

Covered employees with PASSHE Group Health Plan through Highmark have until the end of the month to complete the program that will result in reduced premium costs for the coming year.

May 3, 2013
SRU announces Performing Arts Series

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Five musical events comprise the 2013-14 Slippery Rock University Performing Arts Series.

Season tickets, including three main stage shows and choice of one of two café-style seating performances, are now on sale. Individual performance tickets may be ordered, but will not be distributed until after season ticket sales have been completed.

May 3, 2013
SRU ROTC commissions nine cadets

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Brig Gen. Todd McCaffrey, director of training in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, will be the speaker when Slippery Rock University's Army Reserve Officer Training Corp commissions nine, second lieutenants into the U.S. Army at 4 p.m., May 17 ceremonies in the Smith Student Center Ballroom.

Lt. Col. Joseph Alessi, professor of military science and director of SRU's ROTC program, will administer the oath. The SRU cadets will receive their diplomas at SRU's spring commencement ceremonies May 18 in Morrow Field House.

May 3, 2013
SRU marketing major wins award

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - For the second year in a row, Andrew Frank, a senior marketing major from Stewartstown, has taken first place and the $700 top prize in the Slippery Rock University Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator "Rock the Boat Business Pitch Competition."

Frank's winning business idea and "business pitch" was for his creation and sale of a suit bag retrofitted with a small steaming device and absorbent material to capture excess condensation. The device produces steam that eliminates clothing wrinkles.

May 3, 2013
Competition produces record recyclables

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - RecyleMania, a friendly competition between Slippery Rock University housing students to promote waste reduction, helped wrap-up "Earth Days 2013."

The program, which came to an end last week, challenged each housing unit to see which one could recycle the most plastics, glass bottles, paper products and cans, said Paul Scanlon, special assistant to the president for sustainability.

May 3, 2013
SRU's Golden completes IMC

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - 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.

May 3, 2013
Rocket's Mowrey wins national honors

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Alex Mowrey, a Slippery Rock University communication major from Pittsburgh and a regional award-winning photographer for The Rocket,!-- Inline image no caption --> the campus newspaper, has now earned three national 2012 Mark of Excellence Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists.<

First-place national winners will be acknowledged at the Excellence in Journalism 2013 conference Aug. 24-26 in Anaheim, Calif.

May 3, 2013
SRU's Old Stone House goes 'Colonial'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Old Stone House will celebrate Colonial America, May 11, including demonstrations of routine activities practiced in the day.

The noon to 5 p.m. living history program will include re-enactors, demonstrators and history enthusiasts.

May 3, 2013
Students stage autism 'run in the mud'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Autism Speaks U SRU, the campus support organization for those with autism, hopes 100 people turn out to "run in the mud" at 6 p.m., May 11.

The fundraising event will be at the Slippery Rock Dunes, 144 Barron Road.

May 3, 2013
SRU biology students take honors

Kortnee Koziara, a Slippery Rock University biology major from Strattanville, and Amber Lellock, an SRU biology major from Rosssiter, received first place awards at the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologist Meeting at Clarion, and 13 other SRU biology majors earned honors or participated.

Koziarg’s award was for her platform presentation on her research examining fermentation in yeast. Lellock’s award in the poster division was for her work on cell growth rates in yeast with a mutation that affects sugar metabolism.

May 2, 2013
SRU philosophy students take honors

Two Slippery Rock University philosophy majors were awarded honors for their research papers at the 26th Annual Conference of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Interdisciplinary Association for Philosophy and Religious Studies.

Jared Figel, a senior history and philosophy major from Mars, received first place and $175 for his paper, “A Critical Response to Richard Swinburne,” and Benjamin Zeiger, a junior psychology and philosophy major from New Castle, received a third-place honor and $75 for his paper “God and Forgiveness: A Critique.”

May 1, 2013
Men’s Lacrosse Club aids one of its own

The Men’s Lacrosse Club at Slippery Rock University supports its members, including those forced to step down because of health issues.

The SRU club teamed with squads from Thiel College and California University of Pennsylvania last Sunday at Wally Rose Field for a three-team tournament that raised more than $1,500 to help Nolan Himes, a former SRU exploratory student from Lititz and club member, with medical costs.

May 1, 2013
SRU vice president for student affairs announces retirement

Constance Foley, vice president for student affairs at Slippery Rock University, officially announced today that she is retiring from the University effective May 13.

“I’ve spent seven years as vice president for student affairs at SRU and more than 38 years in higher education in Florida, Michigan, California and Arizona. During that time, the profession has undergone some remarkable changes. In the time I’ve been here, we’ve adopted a number of those new initiatives to better serve our students,” Foley said. “I’m especially proud of the development of our Behavioral Intervention Team, which identifies students of concern and develops strategies to help them succeed, and the growth of our Living/Learning Communities in the residence halls. The LLCs allow students to live near others that share a particular interest in academics, social and cultural issues, and activities. Nearly 30 percent of the students in our residence halls are a part of an LLC.”