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October 31, 2013
Online Rocket takes CMA/ACP honors

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Online Rocket, an electronic version of Slippery Rock University's weekly student newspaper, The Rocket, won the Best of Show award at the recent College Media Association/Associated College Press convention in New Orleans.

The online version, available at:, was judged the seventh best website in the country for colleges and universities with an enrollment of 2,500-10,000 students.

October 30, 2013
Two SRU music majors earn NATS honors

Two Slippery Rock University music majors, Debrah Evans from Ellwood City, and Allison Carter from Titusville, took honors last weekend at the Tri-State National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition hosted at Glenville State College.

Evans placed second in the College Music Theater Women’s Division with her performance of “Some Things Are Meant to Be,” from “Little Women,” and third place in the Upper College Women’s Classical Division with her rendition of “Quando m'en vo” from “La Bohème.”

October 29, 2013
SRU 'Zumbathon' raises $600 for Breast Cancer Foundation

A Slippery Rock University student-run "Shakin' It For A Cure Zumbathon for Breast Cancer Awareness" event has raised $600 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

More than 100 students, faculty, staff and local residents participated and donated, said Kaila Shumar, a physical and health education major from Brownsville and zumba instructor who led Sunday's program in the ARC.

October 28, 2013
SRU's Smith Student Center wins design honor

A Pittsburgh-Post Gazette story reported, "Jurors praised the 'elegant facades, which were skillfully composed.' The building's exterior 'functions as an invitation to the spaces and activities inside. Interior spaces are flexible and adjust to a variety of uses.'"

The official ribbon-cutting for $39-million Smith Student Center occurred at homecoming 2012, following the building's July opening. Ground was broken for the facility Oct. 1, 2010. SRU students voted online in 2005 and 2008 referendums to build the facility.

October 25, 2013
NSSE shows students rate SRU high

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - First-year and senior-year Slippery Rock University students participating in the bi-annual National Survey of Student Engagement indicated higher levels of engagement than students at other U.S. masters-level institutions in a number of categories according to the survey snapshot released earlier this month.

SRU's 2013 survey was conducted last spring. Approximately 500 fulltime, first-year students, participated in the survey, along with 550 seniors, 90 percent of them fulltime students.

October 25, 2013
SRU researchers investigate prenatal, postnatal drug use

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - When Jennifer Willford, assistant professor of psychology at Slippery Rock University, and her student researchers complete their study of how prenatal drug exposure effects the function of the brain, psychologists and those involved in treating attention and behavior problems in children may have some new information to help them with treatment.

Willford, who joined the SRU faculty in 2012, and her student researchers are working with functional magnetic resonance imaging data to examine brain function related to children's ability to regulate behavior and attention.

October 25, 2013
SRU launches 'Flaunt Your Fleece Fridays'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University Energy Conservation Commission has led the development of another cost and energy-saving program - "Flaunt Your Fleece Fridays."

Beginning Nov.1, thermostats in all University buildings, except the residence halls, will be turned down from 67 to 64 degrees on Fridays to reduce operating costs an estimated $10,000 a year, conserve energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, organizers said.

October 25, 2013
SRU 2014 football team schedules Michigan Stadium game vs Mercyhurst

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The University of Michigan athletic department has announced a partnership with Slippery Rock University that will bring The Rock to Michigan Stadium for a regular-season football game Oct. 18, 2014, during a Michigan football bye week.

SRU will host Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division rival Mercyhurst University. The game will celebrate the 35th anniversary of SRU's first visit to the "Big House," and will be part of SRU's 125th anniversary celebration.

October 25, 2013
SRU inks dental, chiropractic agreements

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University biology majors who want to become dentists or chiropractors have a faster and less expensive option for realizing their dream thanks to SRU's new articulation agreements with partner institutions.

The University has approved a dentistry 4+4 program with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine/Bradenton, Fla., and a chiropractic 3+3 program with Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa.

October 25, 2013
SRU education volunteers help Butler second graders read better

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Give 15 Slippery Rock University freshmen education majors the chance to help second graders with their school work and you get a bundle of hand-on games that are building reading skills for struggling students at Butler's Emily Brittain School.

Jeremy Lynch, SRU assistant professor of special education, came up with the idea and asked for volunteers. "The students jumped at the opportunity," he said. They now spent 45 minutes each Tuesday at the school organizing and running an after-school reading skills development program.

October 25, 2013
SRU marks Internations Week Nov. 3-9

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's international students are combining their talents to again present Internations Week Nov. 3-9, culminating with the always sell-out International Dinner.

The week's main event, the International Dinner, will again offer food items from around the world. This year's menu includes such items as fritaja, a Croatian casserole; poutine, a Canadian potato dish, and Irish beef stew.

October 25, 2013
Music therapy benefit concert supports students, awareness, scholarship

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University students will present guitar, singing, tap-dancing and other musical performances when the Music Therapy Club offers a benefit concert at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 27, in Swope Recital Hall

More than 25 students will demonstrate instruments and explain music therapy as a profession that helps people improve their cognitive and motor skills in clinical settings.

October 25, 2013
SRU dancers offer 'Dance in India' demo

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Two Slippery Rock University dancers will explain and demonstrate classical Indian dance during their Dance in India presentation at 7 p.m., Oct. 30, in SRU's West Gym Dance Studio.

Caitlin Brosnahan, a dance major from Gahanna, Ohio, and Chalice Streitman, an exercise science major from Butler, will talk about their summer study program in India, which is offered by SRU through the dance department.

October 25, 2013
SRU UPB offers Halloween event

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The events committee of the University Program Board at Slippery Rock University, in collaboration with the Association of Residence Hall Students, will host a free Haunted House for SRU students from 6-9 p.m., Oct. 28, outside Watson Hall.

The event will offer refreshments, a DJ, a walk through a Haunted House and scary creatures roaming the street.

October 25, 2013
SRU's CSIL, Smith Center sponsor blood drive, 'Rocky Horror' fun

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Center for Student Involvement and Leadership and the Smith Student Center at Slippery Rock University are partnering to offer an expanded version of annual "Rocky Horror" activities, including an American Red Cross Blood Drive and the showing of the cult film. "Rocky Horror Picture Show."

The CSIL, in conjunction with the Grove, AVI, PepsiCo and the American Red Cross, will sponsor the "Rocky Horror I Bleed Green and White Blood Bash" Oct. 31. The blood collection "Bash" will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Smith Student Center Ballroom.

October 25, 2013
SRU men’s, women’s soccer teams score NSCAARTV slots

The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Slippery Rock University men's and women's soccer games against Millersville University at Mihalik-Thompson Stadium Oct. 30 have been selected as Tourbeau's National Games of the Week to air on

The Tourbeau Sports production crew will stream both games live to a national audience in high definition through the National Soccer Coaches Association of America website.

October 24, 2013
SRU graduate earns Pittsburgh Magazine ’40 Under 40’ honor

Vanessa Veltre, a 2004 Slippery Rock University music therapy graduate, has been selected to receive one of Pittsburgh’s 2013 “40 Under 40” awards presented by Pittsburgh Magazine.

The award ceremony is Oct. 25 at the Wyndham Grand Hotel.

October 22, 2013
SRU graduate writes Guyasuta biography

Brady Crytzer, a 2008 Slippery Rock University secondary education undergraduate graduate and a 2010 master’s degree in history graduate, has published a book titled "Guyasuta and the Fall of Indian America."

The book covers the history of Guyasuta, an influential Seneca leader who fought to maintain Indian sovereignty during the bitter wars for North America. His book traces the times of the 1790s when Gen. Anthony Wayne led the first American army — the Legion of the United States — against a unified Indian force in the Ohio country. The Indians were routed and forced to vacate their lands.

October 18, 2013
SRU's Jackson named Minority Achiever

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Dallas Jackson, assistant professor of physical and health education at Slippery Rock University, will be recognized with a Minority Achiever Award at the 39th Annual Salute to Minority Achievers Reception sponsored by Minority Opinion/Talk Magazine.

"Our goal in sponsoring these awards is to give recognition and show appreciation to minorities who have made outstanding contributions in their professions. By saluting these people, it is our hope that their accomplishments may serve to inspire others. We also use this opportunity to commend their employers for their commitment to diversity, inclusion and the upward mobility of minority employees," said Luther Sowell Jr., publisher of the magazine.

October 21, 2013
Chapman, Montero crowned 2013 homecoming king, queen

Monte Chapman, a physics major from Turtle Creek, and Maria Montero, a social work major from Dunmore, were crowned Slippery Rock University’s 2013 homecoming king and queen at halftime during Saturday’s football game.

SRU defeated Clarion 34-13.

October 18, 2013
Dance program earns national ranking

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - 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."

Author Elaina Loveland reviewed hundreds of programs before selecting 250 art, theatre, dance, music and creative writing programs in arts conservatories and liberal arts colleges and universities to recommend to potential students. The book gives college-bound students information to pick the right school.

October 18, 2013
University names Distinguished Alumni

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University graduates Donna Couillard-Getreuer, '74; Wayne Miller, '71; Dennis Murray, '63; and Chuck Sanders, '86; have been named 2013 Distinguished Alumni by the SRU Alumni Association.

The four will be honored today in the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center past of SRU's homecoming events.

October 18, 2013
SRU crowns homecoming king, queen

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The voting ends today at 4 p.m. and then all that will be left to announce is who will become the 2013 Slippery Rock University homecoming king and queen. that announcement will be made during halftime of Saturday's home football game against Clarion.

The "road to the crown" began when SRU students voted for court candidates from among a pool of 12 men and 13 women. The top five vote getters among the women and men each secured a spot on the court. Students then voted for king and queen from among those on the court.

October 18, 2013
SRU opens 'About Thusness' photo show

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "About Thusness," a photography exhibit displaying the American cultural landscapes of Shree Joglekar, assistant professor of photography at Kansas State University, opens Oct. 21 at Slippery Rock University.

Joglekar, an award-winning photographer originally from India, is scheduled to be on campus for the 5-7 p.m. opening in SRU's Martha Gault Art Gallery in Maltby Center.

October 18, 2013
SRU dance faculty, students show moves

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University dance faculty, students and guest artists will present modern dance, hula, and Brazilian-influenced and classical Indian choreography during the Oct. 20 "SRU Department of Dance and Guest Artist Concert."

The concert will be offered at 2 and 7:30 p.m., in Butler County Community College's Succop Theater. Tickets are available at the door.

October 18, 2013
SRU CareBreak students volunteer

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University students received an up close and personal view of poverty, homelessness and hunger issues during two recent CareBreak programs that took them to Washington, D.C., and Chicago.

The two CareBreak programs were sponsored by SRU's Center for Student Involvement and Leadership.

October 18, 2013
UPB presents All Time Low concert

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - All Time Low, an American pop punk rock group from Towson, Md., and known for its hit "Dear Maria, Count Me In," will perform at Slippery Rock University at 7 p.m., Oct 26. The University Program Board is sponsoring the concert at the Aebersold Student Recreation Center.

Tickets, $15 for SRU students, $25 for the general public are available from the Smith Student Center Information Desk.

October 18, 2013
SRU expects extra safety Oct. 23

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - There's little doubt, the Slippery Rock University campus will be extra safe Oct. 23. That's because the American Society of Safety Engineers will be hosting its Western Pennsylvania Professional Development Day, bringing some 200 safety professionals and safety majors to campus.

The conference, hosted in the Smith Student Center, opens at 8 a.m. for registration.

October 18, 2013
Grant helps combat underage drinking

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A $40,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board will help Slippery Rock University 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.

October 18, 2013
Old Stone House offers 'ghost' stories

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's historic Old Stone House will again host "Spooky Stories" offering Halloween festivities Oct. 24-25 with thrills and chills for visitors of all ages.

The program, which offers stories told in various rooms of the former inn-turned museum, are 6 to 9 p.m. both nights. The opening night program will include the annual costume contest. Children age 10 and under can register at the front porch prior to the 7 p.m. judging. Prizes will be awarded for first- and second-place costumes.

October 17, 2013
SRU graduate earns Penn State Shenango teaching award

Diane Kuharsky, a 1991 Slippery Rock University biology graduate, now an instructor in the biology department at Penn State Shenango, has been named recipient of the 2013 Leonard R. Riforgiato Memorial Teaching Award.

The campus award is given to a full-time faculty member who has been chosen through a series of steps that include nominations and recommendation from students and the nominee’s peers.

October 15, 2013
SRU graduate joins PVCC

James Ross, a 1976 Slippery Rock University bachelor of arts graduate and a 1978 SRU master’s degree recipient, has joined Piedmont Virginia Community College as vice president for institutional advancement and development.

He has 20 years experience in community college and nonprofit advancement and development leadership roles. As a fundraiser, he has planned and led three successful capital campaigns.

October 14, 2013
SRU graduate heads Pymatuning State Park

JAMESTOWN, Pa. - Dan Bickel, 1995 Slippery Rock University environmental education graduate, has been named park operations manager at Pymatuning State Park. He joined state park system 17 years ago, immediately following his SRU graduation.

“This was my first full-time job,” Bickel said. “I was the environmental education specialist for the park, so I did a lot of school group programs.”

October 11, 2013
SRU homecoming highlights 'Legends of The Rock'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Alumni, friends and the Slippery Rock University campus community will celebrate Homecoming Week Oct. 13-20. Activities include painting the town, electing a homecoming court and king and queen, a parade down Main Street and a host of athletic competitions.

The campus is encouraged to wear green and white all weeklong.

October 11, 2013
Researchers examine alligator embryos

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - For Slippery Rock University biology Professor Susan Rehorek the work is done on a tiny scale, but could have very large rewards.

Rehorek, who joined the SRU faculty in 2000, is slicing and dicing alligator embryos on the cellular level as part of her studies on the evolution of the face. The overall concept is to help determine whether or not humans follow the same pattern of development as other animals.

October 11, 2013
SRU's women's soccer marks 20 years

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University women's soccer team will use the University's homecoming to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its program by welcoming back players from former teams, along with fans, families and alumni for a weekend of special events.

The weekend's capstone is a 20th Anniversary Celebration planned for 6 p.m., Oct. 19, in the Smith Student Center Ballroom. Tickets may purchased online at:

October 11, 2013
Students learn through role-playing

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Students in Slippery Rock University's "Pennsylvania History" class are characters, and that's a good thing.

SRU has introduced a learning program in which students participate in elaborate role-playing games set in the past to engage with historical texts and the history of ideas. Students role-play as Native Americans, Pennsylvania colonists and treaty interpreters to gain a better understanding of the French and Indian War.

October 11, 2013
SRU College of Education launches Professor Protégé Program

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Twenty Slippery Rock University freshmen selected for the College of Education's inaugural Professor Protégé's Program received iPads Thursday to help them link their scholarship and service projects with faculty mentors.

The students were selected through a competitive application process open to all incoming fall semester freshmen, said Keith Dils, dean of SRU's College of Education.

October 11, 2013
SRU 'HealthFest' offers free screenings

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Free health screenings and a wealth of health information will be available to participants of Slippery Rock University's annual Healthfest Oct. 15 in the Robert Aebersold Student Recreation Center.

The event runs 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

October 11, 2013
SRU scores 'zeros' in crime report - and that's really good news

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University scored a lot of "zeros" on its annual report compiled in accordance with the provision of the Jeanne Clery Disclosures Act of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act - and that is good.

"We are required by law to make the numbers public, and for 2012 we are very proud of how safe the campus was maintained," said Michael Simmons, chief of University Police. "The numbers show crime at SRU dropped 20 percent last year - and that too is good."

October 11, 2013
Fiber artist Akiko Kotani returns

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Akiko Kotani, Slippery Rock University art professor emeritus recently named the 2013 Pittsburgh Artist of the Year, will return to campus for a 12:30 p.m., Oct. 15, lecture about her work.

Kotani, best known for her work with fiber and paper, including a major 1984 piece measuring 41-feet commissioned for the Pittsburgh International Airport, will offer her talk in 107 Art Building.

October 11, 2013
SRU co-hosts annual Procurement Fair

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Government Contracting Assistance Center and California University of Pennsylvania's Government Agency Coordination Office will jointly sponsor the 26th Annual Procurement Opportunities Fair Oct. 23.

The 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. event will be at the Four Points by Sheraton Pittsburgh North, Mars.

October 11, 2013
Macoskey Center hosts Harvest Fest

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research will host a Harvest Fest from 1 to 5 p.m., Oct. 26. The event will be followed by a series of Halloween Hikes beginning at 7 p.m.

The free, family-friendly event at the center located on Harmony, across from Mihalik-Thompson Stadium, will include an array of local sustainable merchants and vendors offering food, apple cider and apple butter demonstrations.

October 11, 2013
'Chicken Soup for the Soul' publishes alumna’s essay

Valerie Hoffman Benko, a 2002 Slippery Rock University communication graduate, has had an essay published in “Readers Choice, The Chicken Soup for the Soul Stories that Changed Your Lives.”

Her “Good Enough to Eat” appears on page 228 of the 2013 book. The essay is her reminiscence on how the original “Chicken Soup for the Soul,” published 20 years ago, affected her.

October 10, 2013
’04 SRU graduate receives United Way Red Apple Award

Jennifer Kennedy, a 2004 Slippery Rock University music education graduate and sixth-grade teacher at Mars Centennial School, was recently awarded a Red Apple Award from the United Way of Butler County. The award recognizes outstanding teachers who teach in Butler County.

Kennedy sponsors the school’s Instrumental, Running and Spanish clubs, and provides students the opportunity to join the sixth-grade jazz band. She heads the Academic Support Program, which offers tutoring by teachers who stay after school.

October 9, 2013
SRU graduate, now school principal, earns award

Skyles Calhoun, a 1979 Slippery Rock University elementary education and secondary education graduate and now principal of Woodbridge Middle School in Prince William County, Va., has been credited with leading his school to its designation as a “School to Watch” by the Association of Middle Level Educators.

The award was presented at the annual Schools to Watch Conference, and then later celebrated during a daylong program at the school.

October 4, 2013
SRU's Dailey, students present paper

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – A Slippery Rock University professor and two students will be rubbing elbows in San Francisco with some pretty heavy hitters Oct. 21-23 - think Adobe, Google, IBM and NVidia for starters.

David Dailey, SRU professor of computer science, will lead a campus contingent to The Graphical Web being hosted at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

October 4, 2013
Research views childrens' moral compass

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Elizabeth Boerger, Slippery Rock University assistant professor of psychology, and seven of her students are researching how young children develop their moral foundation.

In a project initiated in 2011 while she was in Mississippi, Boerger is studying how children's knowledge about themselves, as well as their understanding of other people, affects their behavior toward other children.

October 4, 2013
SRU plans Professional Development Day

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Jillian Kinzie, associate director for the Center for Postsecondary Research and the National Survey of Student Engagement Institute at Indiana University Bloomington, will be the keynote speaker when Slippery Rock University hosts its annual Professional Development Day Oct 8.

The day's events will be in the Smith Student Center.

October 4, 2013
Bookstore coupons promote greening

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Organizers hope another incentive - $175 in bookstore coupons - will encourage Slippery Rock University students to sign or re-sign the "Energy Pledge" this semester.

Three students who take the pledge promising to take at least three simple steps to reduce their energy consumption will be randomly chosen Nov. 9 for SGA Bookstore coupons.

October 4, 2013
Pittsburgh Opera selects SRU vocalists

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Four Slippery Rock University vocalists have sung their way to the professional stage and will perform as part of the Pittsburgh Opera - and with Pittsburgh Steelers' legend Franco Harris.

Three current SRU voice students and one SRU voice alumnus will join the chorus for the opera company's upcoming presentations of Verdi's "Aida," Oct. 12, 15, 18 and 20 at Pittsburgh's Benedum Center.

October 4, 2013
SRU hosts two-day Tibetan monks visit

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Tibetan monks from the Gaden Shartse Monastery in India will return to Slippery Rock University Oct. 10-11 to share their culture and philosophy.

The monks last visited campus in 2010.

October 4, 2013
Scholarship race raises $4,500

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Nearly 300 racers - and walkers - took to the streets last Saturday when Slippery Rock University hosted the second annual President's Scholarship Fun 5k Run/2k Walk. The event raised nearly $4,500 for undergraduate scholarships.

Travis Arrigoni, an SRU psychology major from Cannonsburg, was the first male to cross the finish line at 16:26.5, and Christine Potsubay, an SRU therapeutic recreation major from Volant, was first on the female side with a time of 21:21.0.

October 4, 2013
SRU offers high school Writer's Workshop

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – More than 70 high school junior and senior budding writers, possibly the next J. K. Rowling, Michael Crichton or Stephen King, will visit Slippery Rock University Oct. 11 for a "Writer's Workshop."

The SRU English department and the Office of Admissions are sponsoring the program that opens at 8:30 a.m. in the Smith Student Center.

October 4, 2013
SRU fights hunger through 'Empty Bowls'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The Center for Student Involvement and Leadership at Slippery Rock University has teamed with the SRU art department to sponsor the University's annual Empty Bowls Project from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 4-6 p.m., Oct. 15, in the Smith Student Center Ballroom.

"Empty Bowls" is an international project to fight hunger on a community level initiated in the early 19002 by Michigan high school art teacher John Hartom when he joined a drive to raise charitable funds in his community.

October 4, 2013
Sunset Serenade benefits Storm Harbor

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University will celebrate the success of its award-winning Storm Harbor Equestrian Center and welcome more than 300 supporters during the Seventh Annual Sunset Serenade Celebration Oct. 12.

Proceeds from the celebration help build an endowment, expand services and provide scholarship assistance for students and riders.

October 4, 2013
SRU grants 12 faculty members tenure

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – A dozen Slippery Rock University faculty members were granted tenure with the start of fall semester.

In order to be considered for tenure, a faculty member must be at the rank of assistant professor or above and have earned a master's degree plus 10 hours of graduate credits in their field and have at least four years teaching experience.

October 4, 2013
SRU promotes 16 faculty

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Sixteen Slippery Rock University faculty members have received promotions.

The promotions were effective with the start of fall semester.

October 4, 2013
SRU tees up Rocktober Open

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University students in Brian Crow's "Sport Management Facilities and Event Management" class learn by doing, and this semester they are organizing the fourth annual Rocktober Open at Tam O'Shanter Golf Course in Hermitage.

Proceeds from the 10 a.m., Oct. 12, shotgun-start event are earmarked to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia and the SRU Sport Management Scholarship Fund.

October 3, 2013
SRU soccer teams earn national ranking

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Both the women's and men's soccer teams at Slippery Rock University are included in the NCAA Division II national rankings released this week by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and Continental Tire.

The Rock women’s team, which has been ranked in four of the five weekly polls so far this year, moved up 13 spots to No. 11 in the rankings.

October 2, 2013
SRU marketing graduate’s skills help Children’s Hospital

Nicole McAfoose, a 2006 Slippery Rock University marketing graduate and a technical sergeant in the U.S. Army, has put her classroom learning to good use in organizing board game and cash donations to Children’s Hospital.

McAfoose, a full-time command post controller for the 171st Air Refueling Wing in Findlay, organized the event by involving members of the National Guard as participants, according to a recent story carried on

October 1, 2013
SRU undergraduate history paper praised, published

Anthony Scibilia, a spring Slippery Rock University history graduate whose grandfather was instrumental in bringing penicillin to the masses, has had his undergraduate paper published in the journal “Pennsylvania History,” the first such undergraduate paper in the past 15 years.

The work also brought praise to the University’s history department for encouraging student research and presentations at conferences.