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September 30, 2013
Off-Broadway’s ‘Press Play’ casts SRU dance graduate

Brennen Cooper, a 2012 Slippery Rock University dance and theatre graduate, will make his off-Broadway debut Oct. 24.

Cooper has been selected as cast member of “Press Play,” a new, avant-garde theatrical dance show. He will perform as a member of the ensemble and will understudy the leading male role.

September 27, 2013
Post-Gazette names SRU 'Top Workplace'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has named Slippery Rock University a 2013 Top Workplace.

The Top Workplaces are determined based solely on employee feedback.

September 27, 2013
Norton presents conference keynote

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Cheryl Norton, Slippery Rock University president, has been invited to give the keynote address Tuesday at the national American Therapeutic Recreation Association conference in Pittsburgh.

Norton will present "Accreditation, Certification and Licensure: A President's Perspective." She will describe the importance of accreditation of academic programs and certification and licensure of recreation therapy professionals in terms of their value to students and the people those students will eventually serve. Norton will also discuss the importance of accreditation to SRU.

September 27, 2013
SRU psychology faculty, students research diet, body image

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Three Slippery Rock University psychology professors have teamed with 10 SRU students on a research project that could ultimately pay dividends for those in the lesbian, gay and bisexual communities.

The yearlong project is being led by Catherine Massey, associate professor of psychology, along with Emily Keener, assistant professor of psychology, and Jennifer Sanftner, professor of psychology.

September 27, 2013
Julie Snow frames sustainability chapter

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Julie Snow, Slippery Rock University professor of geography, geology and the environment, has been selected to tell the story of campus sustainability by writing a chapter in "Sustainability in Higher Education, Stories and Strategies for Transformation."

Snow penned chapter four of the 2013 release, "Bowling Gutter Balls: My First Year as the Energy Conservation Committee Chair."

September 27, 2013
SRU scores grants worth $891,699

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University faculty, staff and students brought in $891,699 in external grant funding during fiscal year 2013, $279,101 of which was secured from Jan. 1 through June 30, 2013, according to a Grant Forum report published by the University's Office of Grants and Sponsored Research.

Leading the grant recipients for the Jan. 1 through June 30, 2013 reporting period was Robert Arnhold, professor of physical and heath education, who received more than $135,000 in three approved grants.

September 27, 2013
SRU hosts Aliquippa District students

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's College of Education will host 38, sixth graders from the Aliquippa School District Oct. 11 as a way of showing them what SRU has to offer while also encouraging them to begin considering a college education.

A second visit by 38 sophomores and juniors from the district is planned for March 28.

September 27, 2013
SRU's student newspaper earns five CSPA Gold Circle Awards

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Rocket, Slippery Rock University's weekly student newspaper, has won five top awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association as part of its 30th Gold Circle Awards program for outstanding collegiate journalism.

This year's contest attracted 12,847 entries produced by students at colleges, universities and secondary schools throughout the U.S.

September 27, 2013
SECA campaign adds new sign-up option

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - This year's State Employee Combined Appeal, best known as "SECA," has a new wrinkle. Participants in the statewide drive can use their online Employee Self-Service account to make their contribution.

"Employees certainly can continue to use the regular payroll deduction pledge card or a direct tax-deductible gift by check or money order, but by adding the EES system, which is available through the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education online portal, they can also make their pledge quickly and easily," said Pam Miller, management technician in SRU's Office of Human Resources and this year's SECA campaign coordinator on campus.

September 27, 2013
SGA Child Care Center receives $57,132

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Student Government Association Child Care Center at Slippery Rock University has been awarded a four-year grant totaling $57,132 from the U.S. Department of Education in support of its on-going, child care-services for low-income students. SRU is one of only three sites in Pennsylvania to make a successful bid for funding.

This competitive grant makes it possible for low-income parents to be involved in higher education by providing child-care support while they attend college classes.

September 27, 2013
SRU music faculty offer Oct. 3 recital

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University faculty have been collaborating during rehearsals and will present a free recital of classical and modern works open to the entire University community at 12:30 p.m., Oct. 3, in Swope Music Hall.

The performers will include: Nanette Kaplan Solomon, professor of music on piano; Colleen Gray, associate professor of music, voice; and assistant professors Warren Davidson, violin and viola; Katheen Melago and Stacey Steele, flute; Christopher Scott, voice, and Glenn Utsch, piano.

September 27, 2013
Marine Consortium changes name

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. - The Marine Science Consortium, a non-profit environmental learning center and field station located on the eastern shore of Virginia of which Slippery Rock University is a supporting partner, is changing its name. As of, Oct. 1, the facility will be known as the "Chincoteague Bay Field Station."

"It's a big deal for any organization to go through a name change," said Amber Parker, executive director, "and even more so for an organization with 45 years of history. We wouldn't undertake such a radical change without really good reason."

September 27, 2013
Women's Studies hosts Sabrina Saunders

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Sabrina Saunders, director of education and youth development for the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, will be the speaker for Slippery Rock University's 26th annual Women's Studies Mentoring Dinner Oct. 8.

The 5 p.m. event, which recognizes and honors mentoring relations and the ways in which such relationships can help women and others, will be in the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center. The President's Commission on the Status of Women will present its Women of Distinction Awards, which recognize the "significant contribution to campus efforts to be more inclusive and respectful of women on campus." Awards will be presented in faculty, staff and student categories.

September 27, 2013
UPB conjures up ghost hunter Warren

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Just in time for Halloween, the University Program Board at Slippery Rock University will present "The Conjuring on Campus with Lorraine Warren" at 7 p.m., Oct. 21.

The lecture, hosted by UPB's speakers committee, will be in the Smith Student Center Ballroom. Doors open at 6 p.m.

September 27, 2013
SRU program seeks 'all night bowlers'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Center for Student Involvement and Leadership at Slippery Rock University and the University's art department are hosting an "All Night Bowling" program where volunteers paint ceramic soup bowls for the upcoming Empty Bowls fundraiser.

The bowl painting will take place from 7-10 p.m., Oct. 1, in the Art Ceramics Building.

September 27, 2013
SRU’s performance boosts PASSHE funding

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The Slippery Rock University’s Council of Trustees were told today that SRU would will receive $3.8 million in performance funding from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, an increase of $500,000 compared to budget. The added funding will be used to help offset a portion of the University’s anticipated $5.2 million-budget deficit.

Robert Taylor, newly elected chair of the council and a member of the PASSHE board of governor’s that awards the performance fund, said, “This is quite an accomplishment, and each of you should be proud of this tremendous accomplishment.”

September 24, 2013
PAESSP honors SRU graduate

Gregory Taranto, a 1995 Slippery Rock University exercise science graduate and principal at Canonsburg [Pa.] Middle School, will be presented the 2013 Frank S. Manchester Excellence in Journalism Award from the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals at the PAESSP conference.

The conference is in October at the Penn State Conference Center Hotel in State College.

September 25, 2013
SRU graduate, former faculty member heads Lark Enterprises

Susan Lautenbacher, a 2000 political science graduate, a 2001 special education master’s graduate and a former assistant professor of special education at Slippery Rock University, has been named chief executive officer of Lark Enterprises Inc. in New Castle.

Lark Enterprises is a multi-faceted organization providing vocational evaluations, training and employment services to persons with disabilities or individuals experiencing other barriers to employment.

September 23, 2013
SRU computer science major scores $1,000 scholarship

Daniel Miller, a Slippery Rock University computer science major from Oil City, has been named the recipient of the $1,000 Upsilon Pi Epsilon, honor society for computer and information, scholarship.

The honorary was founded in 1967 at Texas A&M and has chapters at more than 250 colleges and universities around the world.

September 20, 2013
National diversity, leadership group honors Jessamine Montero-Michaels

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Jessamine Montero-Michaels, senior officer for diversity and inclusion and special assistant to the president at Slippery Rock University, is among those who recently received the Multicultural Leadership Award at the National Diversity and Leadership Conference at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Ret. Gen. Colin Powell, former U.S. secretary of state, was the event's keynote speaker.

September 20, 2013
SRU maintains academic quality

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Despite declining numbers of college-ready high school graduates in the region, Slippery Rock University was again able to maintain the academic quality of its incoming students for the start of the 2013-14 academic year.

The 15th day report, the official benchmark of enrollment in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, finds the average SAT score of incoming freshmen at 1006, down only 4 points from the previous year.

September 20, 2013
SRU hosts Ohio Prophetic Voices lecturer

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Troy Jackson, a historian and co-founder and director of Ohio Prophetic Voices, a movement of faith leaders and clergy engaged in the struggle for economic and racial justice, will present two lectures detailing events surrounding the U.S. Civil Rights marches when he visits Slippery Rock University Sept. 25-26.

The lectures, part of an ongoing SRU history department project, are titled "The Long Road to the March on Washington," which will be presented at 7 p.m., Sept. 25, in the Smith Student Center Theater, and "The March Continues: Racial Justice in the 21st-Century," presented at 12:30 p.m., Sept. 26, in 105 Vincent Science Center.

September 20, 2013
SRU saxophonists captivate Europe

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Jason Kush is best known for directing the Slippery Rock University Jazz Ensemble, but don't pigeonhole him as just an academic type.

Kush's prowess as a saxophone performer propelled him to the international stage recently. Kush, an assistant professor of music, and fellow saxophonist Terry Steele, SRU professor emeritus of music and Kush's mentor, toured Europe as members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, performing solos that earned applause from audiences and recognition from Maestro Manfred Honeck.

September 20, 2013
Patricia DeMarco discusses 'Pathway to Our Sustainable Future'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Patricia DeMarco, an adjunct faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh and former director of the Rachel Carson Institute at Chatham University, will deliver a lecture titled "Pathway to Our Sustainable Future" whens she visits Slippery Rock University Sept. 23.

The free 7 p.m. lecture is in the Spotts Auditorium.

September 20, 2013
SRU computer science team joins INFORMS International Conference

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Sam Thangiah, Slippery Rock University professor of computer science, will chair a session, and James Mullen, a May SRU computer science graduate, and Daniel Arnett, an SRU computer science major, will present their research when the five-day INFORMS International Conference on Operations Research gets under way in Minneapolis.

"It is a great opportunity for our students to be able to present their research and mix with others, many from doctorate programs, as part of the conference," Thangiah said.

September 20, 2013
'60X60' concert launches dance season

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Let there be dance. Slippery Rock University dance students and faculty will begin the performance season with their version of the "60X60" concert at 7 and 9 p.m., Sept. 26, in the West Gym Dance Studio.

Dancers will present 60 dances or videos, each lasting 60 seconds, accompanied by a soundtrack. Some of the one-minute pieces will be accompanied by films developed by art students with Jon Shumway, SRU associate professor of art. The concert will last one hour with music, video and dance running non-stop.

September 20, 2013
SRU's water bottle program passes quarter-million savings mark

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The reusable water bottle filling stations that started sprouting up around the Slippery Rock University campus in 2011 have already succeeded in avoiding the use of more than an estimated 250,000 disposable water bottles. The initiative reduces expenses and is another example of SRU's sustainability leadership.

"We now have more than 20 filling stations on campus that not only help reduce the waste from single-use disposable plastic water bottles, but they filter the water to make it taste better," said Scott Albert, SRU director of facilities and planning.

September 20, 2013
SRU's new adapted program boosts education, job training opportunities

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University is launching a "Comprehensive Transition Program" to give students in the adapted physical activity program more experience working with young people with intellectual disabilities.

The program will provide job and life-skills training to help clients ages 16-25 with intellectual disabilities make the school-to-work transition.

September 20, 2013
SRU's UPB seeks 'Great Race' volunteers

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The University Program Board at Slippery Rock University will shuttle 48 student volunteers to the City of Pittsburgh's Great Race Sept. 29 as part of its new service committee's first project.

The 5k and 10k races will benefits amyloidosis disease, a rare protein disorder.

September 20, 2013
Magazine cites SRU's green efforts

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University's recent selection to the 2013 Green Rating Honor Roll issued by The Princeton Review got the University included in an extensive "Thinking Green" report in Pittsburgh Magazine's September issue.

The 12-page article examines the work at a number of colleges and universities in the region that employ green technologies on their campuses.

September 20, 2013
Printmaking exhibit honors Brunken

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – A tribute to the late Glen Brunken, Slippery Rock University professor emeritus of art, will unfold when SRU displays two of his original prints during the juried printmaking exhibition "Black."

The display will be offered from Sept. 23-Oct. 11 in SRU's Martha Gault Art Gallery, Maltby Center.

September 20, 2013
SRU graduate leads General Society of Mayflower Descendants

Walter Powell, a 1973 Slippery Rock University history graduate, is putting his studies to work. He’s been named executive director of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants headquartered in Plymouth, Mass.

The GSMD manages the Mayflower Society Museum House in Plymouth, the GSMD library, the “Corn Hill” site on Cape Cod, a website at and a publishing arm that produces the Mayflower Quarterly and the Silver Book collection, a series of books containing genealogy of Pilgrim ancestors.

September 19, 2013
SRU graduate gets ’40 Under 40’ Mass Transit Magazine honor

Tim Geibel, a 2000 Slippery Rock University health services administration graduate, is among the “40 Under 40” list produced by Mass Transit Magazine. In 2003, he was hired as a transportation planner by the Centre Regional Planning Agency in State College, Pa., where his primary role was to provide planning support to the Centre Area Transportation Authority, which serves the public transportation needs of Penn State and the surrounding communities. He began his transportation career with the Butler [Pa.] Transit Authority, where he served as the public outreach/public relations director.

Geibel was then named executive director of Crawford Area Transportation Authority in Meadville, Pa., where he has served seven years and led a large expansion in service and facilities. Under his leadership, CATA maintains the lowest expense per passenger of any rural fixed-route provider in the state of Pennsylvania.

September 18, 2013
‘Kids Camp Wild’ fulfills SRU student’s dream

Jenna DePizzo, a Slippery Rock University early childhood education major from Cortland, Ohio, spent part of her summer making a dream come true when she directed a four-day “Kids Camp Wild” at the Trumbull County Agriculture and Family Education Center in her hometown.

DePizzo is certified by both the Ohio and Pennsylvania Division of Wildlife’s Growing Up! Wild and Project Wild programs.

September 17, 2013
Bass club anglers earn national tournament invite

Slippery Rock University fishing buddies Tyler Branca, a geology, geography and environmental studies major from Hermitage, and Benjamin Tawney, a management major from Stoystown, will represent SRU at the FLW College Fishing National Championship next spring.

The two, both members of the Bass Fishing Club at SRU, earned entrance to the national event by scoring ninth with seven pounds, two ounces, of bass at last Sunday’s FLW College Fishing Northern Conference in Chesapeake Bay, Md. The national event will include the top 10 finishers from each regional competition.

September 16, 2013
SRU graduate heads Midwestern Intermediate Unit 4

Wayde Killmeyer, a 1998 Slippery Rock University secondary education graduate, has been named executive director of the Midwestern Intermediate Unit 4.

Killmeyer was the superintendent for the Clairton City and Avella school districts and brings more than 15 years of educational experience to the post.

September 13, 2013
SRU president outlines fiscal challenges; predicts long-term institutional success

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Cheryl Norton, president of Slippery Rock University, is looking for anyone with a spare $5.2 million; ideas how the University can generate such funds; or suggestions about how SRU can save that amount so she can balance the 2013-14 budget.

Norton delivered a slide-filled "State of the University Address" Thursday in the Smith Student Center Ballroom to faculty, staff and students that methodically laid out the financial challenges the University faces.

September 13, 2013
Solomon presents 'All Mana of Music'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Nanette Kaplan Solomon, Slippery Rock University professor of music, will interpret the "passion, lyricism and humor" of the late composer Mana-Zucca when she presents "All Mana of Music" Sept. 26 in Swope Recital Hall. Solomon's free concert will be at 7:30 p.m. She will repeat the performance at 2 p.m. Oct. 6 at St. Patrick Church in Youngstown, Ohio.

Solomon said she admires Mana-Zucca's unapologetic individuality, spirit and status as a woman pioneer on piano. Solomon researched the composer's life and music during her sabbatical and will present the concerts as a culmination of her research.

September 13, 2013
SRU Jazz Ensemble joins Lippia's 'Simply Sinatra' concert

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Steve Lippia, best known for interpreting songs made famous by legendary singer Frank Sinatra, will be backed by the Slippery Rock University Jazz Ensemble when he performs for the SRU Performing Arts Series Oct. 11.

The show will include many of Sinatra's standards and traditional pop songs that Lippia offers in Las Vegas and Atlantic City casinos and in concerts with symphonies around the country.

September 13, 2013
Theatre presents 'Dead Man's Cell Phone'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock theatre department launches the 2013-14 season with "Dead Man's Cell Phone," a comedy thriller that explores the paradox of technology's ability to unite and isolate people.

The play opens Sept. 27 and will be presented six times Sept. 29-Oct. 3. All performances are in SRU's University Union. Laura Smiley, SRU associate professor of theatre, is the director.

September 13, 2013
University installs third 'green roof'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University is taking the going green movement to a higher level, literally. An 8,500-square-foot green roof is being installed on the Jack C. Dinger Building adjacent to Morrow Field House. Portions of the Smith Student Center and a bus stop across from Strain Behavioral Science have green roofs.

At Dinger, workers planted trays of sedum, an ornamental plant with small, star-shaped yellow, pink or white flowers. Herb Carlson, assistant vice president for construction design and management, brought the green roof idea into play at Dinger.

September 13, 2013
SRU Printing Service raising the banner

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - This is a banner story - literally.

Slippery Rock University's Printing Services operation has installed a 54-inch, full color, ink-jet, large format printer capable of churning out banners, posters and yard signs.

September 13, 2013
SRU's CSIL hosts emergency blood drive

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Center for Student Involvement and Leadership at Slippery Rock University is joining with the American Red Cross's West Central Pennsylvania chapter to coordinate an emergency blood drive as part of the University's National Day of Service and Remembrance.

The drive, which has dedicated the collection in honor of the victims of the Oklahoma tornado, will run 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 17, in the Smith Student Center Ballroom. The drive is open to both campus and community members.

September 13, 2013
SGA hires new business manager

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Wendy Leitera has been hired as the business manager for the Student Government Association at Slippery Rock University.

"She brings a wealth of experience in advanced finance, accounting and management skills, and we certainly welcome her," said Rogers Clements, SGA president. "We in SGA and students across campus look forward to working with her in the coming year."

September 13, 2013
SRU CSIL hosts leadership summits

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Center for Student Involvement and Leadership at Slippery Rock University will host a series of three Compass Leadership Program Summits beginning Sept. 25.

All sessions begin at 5 p.m. in 319 Smith Student Center. Participating students are required to attend all three sessions.

September 13, 2013
SRU faculty recommend: A Good Read....

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - College is a great time for reading. rockpride online asked Slippery Rock University history faculty both what they were currently reading and what books they would recommend.

Each week rockpride online will share their suggestions.

September 13, 2013
SRU hosts Saga University exchange

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Ten students from Japan's Saga University are joining Slippery Rock University academic classes, spending time with local host families, seeing the sights of western Pennsylvania - and are taking a crash course in English.

The eight-day program, which started last Sunday and continues through Sept. 15, gives each participant the chance to better understand American culture and possibly consider enrolling in SRU or some other American university in the near future.

September 13, 2013
SRU graduate leads Pocono Mountain School baseball team

Steve Olizarowicz, a 1996 Slippery Rock University physical education graduate and former SRU baseball shortstop, has been named head baseball coach for the Pocono Mountain School District.

Olizarowicz has been a physical education teacher, including working last year as a physical education teacher at the Pocono Mountain West Junior High School, for 16 years. He will continue as boys soccer coach.

September 12, 2013
SRU student receives Audubon ecology scholarship

Caleb Sykora-Bodie, a Slippery Rock University geography, geology and environmental studies major from Harrisville, has won the Mike Alan Starker Ecology Scholarship in Environmental Studies.

The scholarship honors the late Mike Alan Starker, a 1982 SRU graduate and surveyor supervisor for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. He was also a founder of the Bartramian Audubon Society, a local chapter of the National Audubon Society, which annually provides the $1,000 scholarship in his memory.

September 11, 2013
SRU receives 2014 Military Friendly Schools designation

Slippery Rock University is again among the colleges, universities and trade schools designated to receive the 2014 “Military Friendly Schools” designation.

The list is compiled by Victory Media, a media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life.

September 10, 2013
SRU again earns Top 100 U.S. News and World Report honor

Slippery Rock University has again been named a Top 100 Regional University - North in the annual U.S. News & World Report's 2014 edition of Best Colleges released today. SRU was one of the top three of five PASSHE schools recognized in the “top 100” group.

“Slippery Rock University is always proud to be recognized for the quality of education it provides. This accolade from U.S. News and World Report is another honor we will share with prospective students and their parents as testimony to the rock solid education we provide,” said Cheryl Norton, SRU President. “We know prospective students and their guidance counselors, friends and mentors use such reports when recommending where a student should apply. This honor is among the top in higher education. The report always provides a extensive statistical profile of each university included, and I think many will find our profile very informative and impressive.”

September 9, 2013
SRU student earns ‘MWA H&W Lifesaver Award’

Christopher Lefever, a Slippery Rock University exercise science major from Reading who is starting his doctor of physical therapy studies this fall at SRU, has been honored as a MWA Monthly Coaches Recognition Award winner for his outstanding internship work at Verizon Wireless Corporate Wellness.

The “MWA H&W Lifesaver Award,” includes a certificate and a travelling trophy. It is the first time in three years the award was presented to an internship student.

September 6, 2013
SRU unveils 125 celebration logo

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will celebrate its 125th anniversary with a year-long schedule of activities beginning January 2014. In preparation for the event, a special 125 Anniversary logo has been designed, approved and is available for projects and programs taking place after Jan. 1.

"It was an extensive and involved process that included creation of three separate looks, then putting them on display for review over the summer," said Aaron Moore, graphic designer in SRU's University Public Relations Office. "We took input from faculty, staff and students."

September 6, 2013
Student-faculty team maps campus

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A new slogan has emerged on campus: There's a map for that.

A Slippery Rock University student-faculty team used geographic information system software to create a new suite of digital maps that display sustainable campus features among other information rich topics

September 6, 2013
President's Scholarship Run/Walk now accepting online registrations

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Potential runners have three weeks to get in condition for Slippery Rock University's second annual President's Scholarship Fun 5k Run/2k Walk.

The event will kick off at 9 a.m., Sept. 28 from the Aebersold Student Recreation Center.

September 6, 2013
SRU hosts 'Crisis in Syria' roundtable

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - With the U.S. Congress embroiled in a debate about America's response to issues in war-torn Syria, Slippery Rock University will host a "Crisis in Syria: Chemical Weapons and International Response" faculty-led roundtable at 6:30 p.m., Sept. 11.

The session will be in 111 Strain Behavioral Science Building.

September 6, 2013
University remodels Yartz Lounge

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The more than 2,000 families that visit Slippery Rock University annually will soon be welcomed in a space that is sure to leave a lasting impression.

The Lillian Yartz Fireplace Lounge in North Hall, often called the "Fireplace Lounge," is being remodeled to provide a showpiece greeting space for the Office of Admissions. Studies indicate a positive first impression is critical element in a student's decision as to whether or not to enroll at a University.

September 6, 2013
Dancers present Asia Pacific moves

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University students will tell the story of distant cultures with their hands, hips and feet when they present the free "Asia Pacific Dance at SRU" concert at 6 p.m., Sept. 19, in the West Gym Dance Studio.

Dancers will demonstrate hula and other genres and what they learned about the cultures of Hawaii, New Zealand, Taiwan and Korea when they participated in a three-week Asia Pacific Dance Festival in Hawaii this summer.

September 6, 2013
Students share Wroxton experiences

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Ask some of the Slippery Rock University students who spent part of their summer involved in an international trip to Wroxton College in England about their experience, then stand back as the learning, highlights and details cascade from their memories.

Nate Shaffer, a history major from Lancaster, Brenda Butterbaugh, a history major from New Brighton, and Andrew Thompson, a secondary education social studies major from Ford City, gathered this week in Spotts World Culture Building to share highlights of their summer international study trip.

September 6, 2013
SRU's Campus Family Campaign begins

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's sixth annual Campus Family Campaign kicks off Sept. 12. The campaign is the University's primary fundraising program focusing on faculty and staff giving.

"This campaign was established in 2008 as a way for faculty and staff to show commitment and loyalty to SRU by giving back," said Meagan Reed, director of annual giving for the SRU Foundation Inc. "They can support any cause on campus - from their department fund to a specific scholarship to their favorite athletic team - the important thing is that employees participate."

September 6, 2013
SRU's Old Stone House hosts storyteller

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Actor and storyteller Steve Anderson will present "Homegrown Heroes: Pennsylvania Communities in the Civil War" at Slippery Rock University's Old Stone House, Sept. 21.

The presentation is at 11 a.m.

September 6, 2013
SRU geology major lands EPA internship

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Caleb Sykora-Bodie, a Slippery Rock University geology and environmental studies major from Harrisville, is spending fall semester interning with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection as part of a 15-week program sponsored by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

Sykora-Bodie is one of 14 students participating in The Harrisburg Internship Semester program, which provides students the opportunity to work in all areas of state government while earning a full semester's worth of credits.

September 6, 2013
SRU hosts Family and Friends Weekend

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Students who are missing their family and friends back home after three weeks of classes and residence hall living will have an opportunity to reconnect and show off their new digs during Slippery Rock University's annual "Family and Friends Weekend" Sept. 13-15.

"'Family and Friends Weekend' is our annual event designed to showcase the University and community," said Julie Varnish, assistant director of SRU's Center for Student Involvement and Leadership and event chairperson. "We have again scheduled it in conjunction with Slippery Rock's "VillageFest," the community celebration that also gives campus visitors the chance to meet people in our community and see close up what the downtown has to offer."

September 6, 2013
Decker earns VA certified status

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Renee Decker, government contracting specialist at Slippery Rock University's Government Contracting Assistance Office, has earned U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs certified verification counselor status.

The GCAC is a Procurement Technical Assistance Center providing federal, state and local government contracting assistance to area businesses.

September 6, 2013
SRU faculty recommend: A Good Read....

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - College is a great time for reading. rockpride online asked Slippery Rock University history faculty both what they were currently reading and what books they would recommend.

Each week rockpride online will share their suggestions.

September 6, 2013
Rock graduate signs Argentina basketball contract

Gerald Brooks, an August Slippery Rock University professional studies graduate and men’s basketball standout from Pittsburgh, has signed a professional contract to play for Club Atlético Barrio Parque in the Argentinian Professional League, Rock head coach Kevin Reynolds announced this week.

Brooks will report to the club’s home facility in Cordoba, Argentina, Monday to prepare for the upcoming season.

September 6, 2013
SRU communication intern earns Mon Valley Chamber praise

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Corey Greenwood, a Slippery Rock University communication major from Belle Vernon, has earned accolades from the Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce office for helping plan events that are increasing the organization’s social media efforts.

Greenwood, who is serving as a summer intern with the chamber and will graduate this month from SRU, was the subject of a recent Pittsburgh Tribune-Review story

September 4, 2013
Local Audubon Society honors SRU’s conservation efforts

The Bartramian Audubon Society, the local chapter of the National Audubon Society, has presented its 2013 Award for Sustainable Conservation by an Institution to Slippery Rock University.

Cheryl Norton, SRU president, accepted the award on the University’s behalf from Gene Wilhelm, the chapter’s sanctuary chair.

September 3, 2013
Alpha Kappa Psi chapter wins three national awards

NEW ORLEANS, La. – Alpha Kappa Psi, professional business fraternity at Slippery Rock University, received three top awards at the organization’s national convention in New Orleans earlier this month.

The local chapter received the Outstanding Alumni Outreach Programming award for its “Brothers Calling Brothers” fundraising program; the Chapter Performance Award for its chapter activities; and the Membership Performance award for its membership growth.