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November 26, 2013
Rock lands five on Daktronics All-Regional squads

Three members of the Slippery Rock University men's soccer team, and two members of the SRU women's soccer team have been named to the Daktronics All-Region, Atlantic Region, first teams and one woman was named to the second team.

Voting results were announced Monday.

November 25, 2013
Successful SRU women’s soccer, football end postseason play

The 12th-ranked Slippery Rock University women's soccer team saw its historic playoff run come to an end Sunday with a 1-0 loss to No. 13 American International College in the NCAA Division II Tournament quarterfinals at the Plumeri Sports Complex in Albany, N.Y., but not before making its way to the quarterfinals for the first time in program history.

The team finished its 2013 season with an overall record of 15-4-2. American International now advances to the NCAA Final Four with an overall record of 18-2-2.

November 22, 2013
SRU remembers day America changed

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Between noon and 2 p.m. today millions of Americans will pause to remember just what they were doing at that time 50 years ago when news flashes and bulletins hit radio and television stations across the country announcing President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated while riding in an open motorcade through the downtown streets of Dallas, Texas.

For hundreds of Slippery Rock University faculty and staff now near age 60, those hours, and the following days, are solidly etched in their memory. For most, the details are vivid, precise and on instant recall in their memory bank. The enormity of the day's events will remain long after most other occurrences of their lives fade.

November 22, 2013
Researchers examine cell regeneration

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Who would have thought that a small worm, less than an inch in length found in streams on the Slippery Rock University campus and around the world, might someday provide answers to re-generation of human body parts?

Simon Beeching, SRU professor and a number of undergraduate students did and they are now searching for the answers using brown planaria, a simple flatworm organism.

November 22, 2013
Gabonese needs draw students' interests

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - First came yellow fever inoculations and warnings about eccentric cuisine, including porcupine. They were told they can expect tropical heat, mosquitoes and possible exposure to malaria.

Despite these "inconveniences," nine Slippery Rock University students answered the call to participate in a 10-day service trip to Gabon, Africa, during winter break.

November 22, 2013
SRU opens Vietnam universities talks

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The wheels are in motion, and within 18 months, Slippery Rock University could have formal faculty and student exchanges with a number of universities in Vietnam.

Philip Way, SRU provost and vice president for academic affairs, met recently with a number of Vietnamese university and government officials to begin formalizing plans for such exchanges and other related programs.

November 22, 2013
SRU field students create STEAM projects

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University teacher education majors undertaking their field experience work at Wexford Elementary School are building a full head of steam as they head into STEAM Week Dec. 2-6.

The SRU students, supervised by Geraldine Jenny, assistant professor of elementary education and early childhood, will use the week to engage the elementary school students in hands-on activities focused on engineering and engineering design.

November 22, 2013
'World Literature' course earns Quality Matters Certification

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's online "World Literature" English course has received the University's first Quality Matters Certification from Quality Matters, an international organization that works to improve and certify online courses.

The designation, awarded following an external peer-review by three professors across the U.S., certifies that a course meets Quality Matters' standards for excellence in online course deign and delivery.

November 22, 2013
Original works highlight flute concert

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Character pieces through jazz improvisation will be presented when Slippery Rock University's Flute Choir, Chamber Flutes and Flute Quartet ensembles present original works by a member of the SRU faculty and a student composer as part of their 4 p.m., Nov. 24, concert in Swope Music Hall.

Stacey Steele, assistant professor of music, will direct.

November 22, 2013
Duquesne honors SRU's Birckbichler

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Paul Birckbichler, associate professor of chemistry, has been named a recipient of the Regional Undergraduate Leadership Award from Duquesne University for his work with undergraduate researchers.

The award will be presented at 5 p.m., Dec. 3, at the 2013 Pittsburgh Regional Undergraduate Leadership Award Dinner hosted by Duquesne in the African Ballroom of its Student Union.

November 22, 2013
SRU researchers capture PASSHE awards

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University students Megan Graubard and Caleb Sykora-Bodie, geology majors from Mechanicsburg and Harrisville, won first place awards in the papers category at the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Undergraduate Research Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

SRU hosted the inaugural conference last weekend with more than 80 undergraduates statewide presenting.

November 22, 2013
SRU's CSIL announces CareBreak sites

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University students interested in participating in this year's Center for Student Involvement and Leadership spring CareBreaks have eight locations across the U.S. from which to pick.

The locations were announced this week.

November 22, 2013
CSIL sponsors emergency blood drive

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Center for Student Involvement and Leadership is again responding to an American Red Cross request to coordinate an emergency blood drive to meet increased demand due to natural disasters across the country.

The blood drive will run 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 25, in the Smith Student Center Ballroom.

November 22, 2013
SRU's CSIL plans 'Season of Giving'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University Center for Student Involvement and Leadership and the University Program Board will kick-off the winter holidays with the annual "Season of Giving" celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dec. 3.

The event will be in the Smith Student Center Ballroom.

November 22, 2013
Flag football team captures third at championships

The intramural sports championship flag football team at Slippery Rock University, No Speed Limit, added to its fall semester success by finishing third out of 80 intramural sports flag football teams entered in the NIRSA Region 1 Flag Football Championship.

The tournament was conducted earlier this month at the University of Maryland.

November 21, 2013
Former SRU trustee wins Caln Township commissioner seat

Joshua Young, a 2004 Slippery Rock University political science graduate and former member of the University's Council of Trustees, has won re-election as a Caln Township commissioner.

Caln Township is in Chester County, Pa.

November 20, 2013
Mihalik earns PSAC-West Coach of the Year honor

George Mihalik, Slippery Rock University’s head football coach, has been the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division "Coach of the Year" in voting by his peers.

The honor, announced Tuesday, was the fifth earned by Mihalik in 26 seasons as SRU’s head coach. Mihalik previously won the award in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2011.

November 19, 2013
Rock quarterback earns NCAA Harlon Hill Trophy nomination

FLORENCE, Ala. – Nigel Barksdale, a Slippery Rock University pre-physical therapy major from San Jacinto, Calif., and a Rock-solid starting quarterback for the football team, has earned a spot among this fall’s elite members of the NCAA Division II football fraternity by being named a Super Region 1 finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy.

The award is presented annually to the NCAA Division II College Football Player of the Year.

November 18, 2013
Rock football, soccer teams advance in NCAA competition

Two Rock fall sports teams earned the right to advance in National Collegiate Athletic Association Conference postseason competition last weekend.

SRU's women's' soccer team, coached by Noreen Herlihy, won a 2-1, overtime decision over Shippensburg University Sunday at Mihalik-Thompson Stadium earning a "Sweet 16" berth for the third consecutive season.

November 15, 2013
SRU Choir performs with Erie Chamber

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Tonight's the night: The Slippery Rock University Choir is collaborating with the Erie Chamber Orchestra to present Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass in concert at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of the Covenant. The choir, directed by Stephen Barr, SRU associate professor of music, will showcase the vocal talent of 71 students. Matthew Kraemer, orchestra conductor, will conduct.

Steve Weiser, executive director of the orchestra, said the orchestra reached out to Barr because Kraemer is familiar with Barr's work with SRU students, thinks highly of the singers, and wanted to organize a collaborative concert.

November 15, 2013
SRU students display, sell art works

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A mosaic of Slippery Rock University student paintings, drawings, ceramics and multimedia art will be displayed and offered for sale during the Nov. 18-22 Student Art Sale in SRU's Martha Gault Gallery in Maltby Center. Artworks are being collected through today and will be set up this weekend.

"Art students submit all kinds of art, including two-dimensional and three-dimensional," said Barbara Westman, associate professor of art. "Over the past years students sold many of their artworks to people in the SRU community, students, faculty and staff. It is a great opportunity for our students to make some money selling their art."

November 15, 2013
SRU voice major Jennifer Nyce wins Williamson Memorial Scholarship

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Jennifer Nyce, a vocal performance major from Schwenksville, took first-place honors in the 2013 Chad Williamson Memorial Scholarship Competition last Sunday in Swope Music Hall.

Nyce bested 22 competitors in the annual event. She presented "Una voce poco fa" from "II Barbiere di Siviglia," by Rossini, and "Heart, we will forget him," by Aaron Copland.

November 15, 2013
#instaSRU contest nets winners prizes

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Four Slippery Rock University students have had their Instagram photos chosen as the winners in the October Instagram Contest hosted by SRU's Enrollment Services.

The four students received $25 SGA Bookstore gift cards.

November 15, 2013
'Broadway Boys Holiday Show' visits SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Broadway Boys are coming to Slippery Rock University and they are bringing their "Holiday Show" with them.

The 4 p.m., Dec. 8, performance in the University Union is part of the SRU Performing Arts Series.

November 15, 2013
SRU's political science promotes alumni

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's political science department is calling on its alumni to offer current and potential students the inside story about what to expect after graduation, prospects for the job market and how they turned their degree into a successful career as part of a Political Science Alumni Series.

The program opened Thursday and will continue at 6 p.m., Nov. 21, in Spotts Auditorium.

November 15, 2013
SRU's 'Up 'til Dawn' raises $26,035

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's efforts on behalf of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis has raised more than $26,035 through the "Up 'til Dawn" program. It's a project Faelyn Casey, an exercise science major from Annapolis, Md., will long remember.

Casey was one of four SRU students to enter the event's Head Shaving Contest - and won by a hair. Those participating in the Up 'til Dawn program donated their spare change to collection buckets for each of the four contestants with Casey receiving the highest donation total, earning her the "honor" of having her head shaved.

November 15, 2013
SRU's Thom Cobb leads NDEO

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Thom Cobb, Slippery Rock University associate professor of dance, plans to retire in July after 36 yeas at SRU, but he will continue to further the cause of dance education by serving as president of the National Dance Education Organization.

Cobb has been elected president of the association for 2013-2015. He will provide leadership for the 2,600-member non-profit organization as it works to advance and promote high-quality dance education.

November 15, 2013
SRU's College of Education going 'green'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Students in Slippery Rock University's elementary education and early childhood program are going "green" through a newly adopted sustainability initiative.

"It's a program that is returning to its roots," said Robert Snyder, associate professor in the department and a leader in bringing sustainability practices back into teacher education. The goal is get graduates to take "green" learning and teaching skills into their classrooms when they begin their teaching careers.

November 15, 2013
Food drives help local pantries meet need

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Regional residents receiving food stamps had their benefits cut Nov. 1 and local food banks, which receive thousands of pounds of donated food from Slippery Rock University faculty, staff and students food drives, are already experiencing additional demand.

"It seems there is always a food drive going on at the University," said Laurel Dagnon, director of programming for SRU's Center for Student Involvement and Leadership. "CSIL is really only in charge of a few of them, but the University Program Board, certain campus fraternities and other classes and organizations also conduct food drives to benefit local banks throughout the year."

November 15, 2013
Researchers monitor stream algae news

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Algae, those single or multi-cellular photosynthetic organisms frequently seen attached to aquarium walls, are talking to Slippery Rock University researchers, and the green organisms are telling them about the state of recovery in parts of Slippery Rock Creek.

Dean DeNicola, an SRU biology professor and his student researchers, are primarily examining benthic algae, the kind that grows on rocks on the bottom of streams. The streams in their research are in the headwaters of nearby Slippery Rock Creek, and they are contaminated by water coming out of abandoned mines frequently called "acid mine drainage or AMD."

November 15, 2013
SRU winter session enrollment grows

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University students clearly know a good thing when they see it - and right now they are seeing SRU's winter session as a great deal.

"We have seen enrollment skyrocket in the three years we have offered the winter session program. This year, we are offering more than 100 online courses and internships in a variety of disciplines," said Eliott Baker, executive director of academic records and summer school. His office handles winter session planning and registration.

November 13, 2013
SRU graduate leads Canfield Community Concert Band

Eric Bable, a 2010 Slippery Rock University music education graduate, has been named conductor of the Canfield [Ohio] Community Concert Band.

The band is an all-age, volunteer group of musicians who share their musical talent with the Youngstown/Mahoning Valley community. The group performs throughout the year, including holiday concerts, community events and the Canfield Music in the Park Program.

November 12, 2013
Rock teams chase championships

The Rock men's and women's soccer teams and the SRU football team have earned the right to play in championship competitions this weekend.

The men's soccer team earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Tournament and will host fourth-seeded Millersville University at 1 p.m., Nov. 16 at Mihalik-Thompson Stadium.

Nov. 11, 2013
SRU football captures PSAC-West title

Slippery Rock University’s football team captured the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division football championship last Saturday with a 55-21 win over Seton Hill University at Offutt Field.

The Rock will travel to Bloomsburg for the title game after the Huskies knocked off previously-unbeaten West Chester, 31-28, last Saturday to win a share of the PSAC-Eastern Division title.

November 8, 2013
New PASSHE chancellor visits SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Long before Frank Brogan was named the new chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education that includes Slippery Rock University, he knew about The Rock.

Brogan, who took over as chancellor Oct. 1, visited SRU Wednesday to introduce himself to faculty, staff and students as part of his 14-PASSHE-university tour.

November 8, 2013
Research examines fruit fly infection

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - If you want to study neurodegenerative issues, you have to think small, which is just what Stacy Hrizo, Slippery Rock University assistant professor of biology and her student researchers are doing. Their research concentrates on fruit flies.

In a way, it's a big move up. Hrizo previously studied yeast - the one-celled fungi best known for making bread rise, and beer and wine ferment.

November 8, 2013
'Early Alert' helps students focus

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University faculty have a new tool in their teaching toolbox designed to provide early warnings about a student who may be having academic or related-issue difficulties - and early indications are it is already paying rewards.

"This is a program endorsed by Provost [Philip] Way," said George McDowell, recruitment and retention strategist and veterans services coordinator in the Office of Enrollment Services. "The online system makes use of our Banner Student Information system by offering software that allows faculty seeing a potential problem with a student to report it to our office so some early interventions can be implemented that will help get the student back on track."

November 8, 2013
SRU marks Native American Day Nov. 19

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has again joined with the Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center, based in Pittsburgh, to present Native American Celebration Day at SRU. The event will include storytelling, traditions, customs, dance, culture and a discussion of the impact of using Native American words as sports team names and mascots.

The daylong celebration runs 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Nov. 19, in the Smith Student Center Ballroom. Those attending will see regalia created by members of the Three Rivers Council and frequently worn at pow-wows and have opportunities to talk with those associated with regional nations.

November 8, 2013
History series explores apartheid rule

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Racial injustice during South African apartheid and the black empowerment movement in South Africa and in the U.S. will be explored through film and discussion during Slippery Rock University's "History Series on... Racial Justice."

"What we're trying to do in the history department is to argue that if you don't know your history, you're like someone walking through the world with amnesia," said Lia Paradis, associate professor of history and department chair. "By studying something like apartheid, we can see ways that situations elsewhere in the world have similar ingredients. We want students to understand what comes out of certain historical choices and, we hope, instill a spirit of activism."

November 8, 2013
SRU hosts Veterans' Breakfast Nov. 11

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Center for Student Involvement and Leadership and the University's Office of Enrollment Services are partnering to host a Veteran's Appreciation Breakfast at 8 a.m., Nov. 11, in the Smith Student Center Ballroom.

Reservations are required and may be made by calling 724.738.2030.

November 8, 2013
Jazz combos perform concert Nov. 12

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Trumpeter Andrew Loose, a Slippery Rock University music education major from Mechanicsburg, likes to talk about the myriad styles jazz listeners will hear when he and other musicians present a campus concert Nov. 12.

"You might hear a really fast, upbeat tune one minute and then listen to a hip funk feel the next," he said. "A lot of people think of jazz as just one style, but in reality, it is very diverse."

November 8, 2013
SRU dancers face adjudication concerts

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University dance students have been conceptualizing and rehearsing for months, spurred by the opportunity to showcase their best moves and choreography before an audience that matters - dance faculty.

SRU dance adjudication concerts get under way Nov. 14-15. More than 100 dance students will present pieces in the West Gym Dance Studio that utilize techniques they have worked on at SRU. Based on performances at the adjudication concerts, dance faculty will choose which pieces will be performed in December and early 2014.

November 8, 2013
SRU examines Mid-East promises, perils

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Marwa Maziad, a doctoral candidate in the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington and a specialist in Middle East media and politics, will be among the panelists when Slippery Rock University's Center for Middle East Studies presents "Promises and Perils: Perspectives on Social Chance in the Middle East" Nov. 11.

The 7 p.m. panel in the Advanced Technology and Science Hall also includes: Eric Tuten, SRU assistant professor of history; Abbas Noorbakhsh, a professor in SRU's School of Business; and Daniel McIntosh, SRU assistant professor of political science.

November 8, 2013
SRU's Old Stone House offers 'Early American Holiday Desserts' class

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - In response to strong demand for its historic cooking programs, Slippery Rock University's Old Stone House has added an "Early American Holiday Desserts" class to its Taste of History series.

The course, featuring early American recipes for pies, cookies, puddings and more, all made on the Stone House hearth, will run 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nov. 30.

November 8, 2013
SRU, Butler Salvation Army sponsor annual holiday 'Project Christmas Elf'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Center for Student Involvement and Leadership has again teamed with the Butler Salvation Army to provide Christmas to 75 local children whose families are experiencing difficult economic times.

The center is asking departments, offices, clubs, organizations, faculty, staff, students, individuals, groups and community members to sponsor a child for the holidays through the Project Christmas Elf.

November 8, 2013
SRU screens 'Gasland II' film

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will offer a free screening of "Gasland Part II," an HBO documentary film about the anti-fracking movement in the U.S., at 2 p.m., Nov. 9, in the Smith Student Center Theater.

Josh Fox, a filmmaker who directed the documentary, will be in attendance.

November 8, 2013
SRU student veterans’ programs earn U.S. Senate praise

Slippery Rock University has been awarded a Certificate of Special Recognition from the U.S. Senate for its efforts in “honoring and educating student veterans throughout the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”

The award is the result of two programming endeavors by SRU’s Center for Student Involvement and Leadership. Pa. Sen. Pat Toomey (R) sponsored the certificate.

November 7, 2013
Grant helps combat underage drinking

Slippery Rock University has received a $40,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to become even more proactive in reducing underage and dangerous drinking.

The University was awarded $20,000 for 2013-14 and $20,000 for 2014-15 to initiate new educational programs, said Renee Bateman, SRU health promotion coordinator for at the McLachlan Student Health Center.

November 6, 2013
Schmieler Institute selects six staff participants

Six Slippery Rock University staff members have been selected to take part in this year’s Claire R. Schmieler Leadership Institute for Professional Women.

They are: Susan Elwell, clerk typist in physical therapy; Nichole Fest, assistant to the director of residence life; Kathleen Frampton, systems supervisor at Bailey Library; Ginny Kopko, associate director of financial aid; Lisa Patricelli, clerk typist in residence life; and Karen Perry, assistant director of campus recreation.

November 5, 2013
SRU’s Impey earns Capital One Academic All-District honor

Lauren Impey, a Slippery Rock University adaptive physical activity major from Northampton, England, and a member of the women's soccer team, has been named to the first team Capital One Academic All-District by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

In order to be eligible for the honor, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore, carry a 3.0 or higher grade point average and have significant athletic credentials. The team is nominated for and voted on by the sports information directors in each district. All first team selections in the district advance to the Capital One Academic All-America ballot, which will be announced Nov. 25.

November 4, 2013
SRU hosts PSAC soccer playoffs Tuesday

The Rock men's and women's soccer teams will both host quarterfinal games of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championships at Mihalik-Thompson Stadium Tuesday afternoon.

The men's team hosts Shippensburg at 3 p.m. The women’s team hosts Gannon at 5:30 p.m.

November 1, 2013
SRU's Levy writes Abzug's biography

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - When he discovered there was no biography of Bella Abzug, one of the most compelling and well-known American political figures of the 1970s and 1980s, Alan Levy, Slippery Rock University history professor, set out to correct that omission.

Rowman and Littlefield Publishers' Lexington Books has now published, the American history professor's latest book "The Political Life of Bella Abzug, 1920-1976: Political Passions, Women's Rights and Congressional Battles," the first of a two-volume compendium of her tumultuous life.

November 1, 2013
SRU launches local StoryCorps version

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Serving in an Iraq or Afghanistan military war zone changes lives. To document those changes, Slippery Rock University researchers have launched the "Soldiers and Families Oral History Project."

Mark O'Connor, SRU associate professor of English, heads the University project that has taken its lead from the national StoryCorps project, one of the largest oral history projects of its kind. StoryCorps' "mission [is] to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of our lives." StoryCorps, with its archive housed at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, records interviews between friends or family, in which one person interviews the other.

November 1, 2013
SRU plans Graduation Celebration; ticket distribution Tuesday

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - December Slippery Rock University baccalaureate and master's degree candidates are invited to a 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Graduation Celebration Nov. 5 that will include distribution of commencement tickets.

The annual event, hosted in the Smith Student Center Ballroom, will also give those planning to attend the Dec. 14 graduation ceremony an opportunity to purchase their commencement regalia.

November 1, 2013
SRU hosts state system STEM conference

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - More than 120 students from across the state will present research Nov. 15-16 when Slippery Rock University hosts the inaugural Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Conference for Undergraduate Research in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Student researchers, including 47 from SRU, will present 80 posters and 10 papers, said Deborah Whitfield, SRU professor of computer science and STEM undergraduate research coordinator.

November 1, 2013
SRU students contemporize Shakespeare's 'Richard III'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Shakespeare's "Richard III" may be more than 500 years old, but Slippery Rock University's Nov. 15-21 adaption provides a modern twist at a time when the historical monarch continues to make news.

"Richard III," directed by David Skeele, SRU professor of theatre, provides a 90-minute adaptation that accelerates through a montage of murder and materialism. The play opens Nov. 15 and will be presented seven additional times in SRU's University Union.

November 1, 2013
Alumni plan Veterans Day service

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Brig. Gen. Kevin Jacobsen, a 1980 Slippery Rock University political science graduate, now commander of the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations headquartered in Quantico, Va., will be the speaker when the SRU Alumni Association presents its annual Veterans Day Observance at 11 a.m., Nov. 11.

The event will be on the lawn in front of the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center.

November 1, 2013
SRU Criminology Club hosts HSI agents

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - David Abbate, assistant special agent with the Pittsburgh Office of Homeland Security Investigation, and Tim Taucher, supervisory special agent with HIS, will present a session on careers with the HIS at Slippery Rock University Nov. 7.

The 12:30 p.m. lecture, hosted by the Criminology Club at SRU, will be in 111 Spotts World Culture Building. A question-and-answer session will follow their remarks.

November 1, 2013
SRU updates 'Up 'til Dawn' fundraiser

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - There will be "dancin' in the gyms" and a lot of electronic messaging going on Nov 8-9 when Slippery Rock University students join the annual Up 'til Dawn for St. Jude Children's Hospital fundraising project.

The program begins at midnight, Nov. 8 and concludes at 6 a.m., Nov. 9.

November 1, 2013
Williamson competition draws 24

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The 2013 Chad Williamson Memorial Scholarship Competition will be the largest ever with 24 vocalists entered.

The free competition is at 2 p.m. Nov. 10, in Swope Music Hall.

November 1, 2013
SRU hosts 'LUNAFEST' film festival

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Women's Studies Program and the Women's Center at Slippery Rock University will jointly sponsor this year's "LUNAFEST," a selection of nine short films by, for and about women Nov. 5-6.

The showings are at 6 p.m. both evenings in the Smith Student Center Theater.

November 1, 2013
SRU students share 'heart and soul'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University season of senior student recitals and art exhibits begins today with a musical performance on trumpet and horn. More than 20 music, art and theatre recitals and exhibits will be presented through December, giving students opportunity to share their talent and, as one said, pour out their heart and soul.

William Redd and Natalie DelVecchio, music majors from Marianna and Oakmont, are the first presenters. The brass musicians will perform romantic, classical, 20th Century and modern music at 7:30 p.m., today, in Swope Music Hall.

November 1, 2013
Dance program earns national ranking

Slippery Rock University's dance program has been ranked in the top 45 dance programs in the country and among the top 250 college programs in the U.S. for creative students by "Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers."

"It is a great honor for Slippery Rock University and the department of dance," said Ursula Payne, professor of dance and department chair. "It is a testament to how well we continue to fulfill the mission of our program.”