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April 23, 2014
SRU honors two departments for assessment success

Slippery Rock University's communication department and the criminology and criminal justice department took the top awards in this year's Rock Solid Assessment program.

The awards were presented Tuesday in Weisenfluh Dining Hall.

April 22, 2014
EARTH DAY: SRU scores points on environmental responsibility

For the fifth consecutive year, Slippery Rock University has been named one of the 332 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, by The Princeton Review. SRU was selected for its demonstrated commitment to sustainability in its academics, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.

The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its test prep programs and college rankings, ratings and guidebooks. SRU is among the colleges and universities profiled in the fifth annual edition of its free, downloadable book, "The Princeton Review's Guide to 332 Green Colleges."

April 21, 2014
SRU's Kimberly Smith earns Bronze Ironman All World title

Kimberly Smith, Slippery Rock University associate professor of exercise science and adviser to the Triathlon Club at SRU, was recently recognized as a 2013 Bronze Ironman All World Athlete.

Her 2013 Ironman, earned at Louisville, Ky., and her half-Ironman earned at Syracuse, N.Y., races placed her in the top 10 percent in the world for her age group.

April 18, 2014
SRU launches 'Stop It Now!' initiative

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will help launch the two-day Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education "Stop It Now!" training program promoting safer community, awareness and a higher calling of social responsibility in the area of child sexual victimization by offering full-day sessions April 24-25.

The systemwide program, backed by Marie Conley, a member of the PASSHE board of governors who is serving as an intermediary between the national Stop It Now! organization and the system, will be offered in the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center and will include representatives from other regional PASSHE universities.

April 18, 2014
New technology associate provost looks to SRU's future IT needs

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - John Ziegler, Slippery Rock University's new associate provost for information technology, is using his first two weeks on the job to assess the University's current state of technology, determine future needs and examine how better procedures might help improve technology campuswide.

He is also looking to finalize the implementation of a new email system for faculty and staff. An upgrade for students is currently under way.

April 18, 2014
SRU faculty student researchers find no link between self-esteem, good works

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - While many believe having high self-esteem will lead children to do good things, a study by Elizabeth Boerger, Slippery Rock University assistant professor of psychology, and her two student researchers, has found "it ain't necessarily so."

Their project "Does Feeling Good About Yourself Lead to Doing Good?" examined previously gathered and original research data to find that "feeling good about yourself does not predict doing good."

April 18, 2014
SRU names inaugural Norton scholars

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Two Slippery Rock University students, Zoey Prokopiak, a physics major from Grove City, and Melanie Seymour, a psychology and philosophy major from Spring, Texas, have been awarded the initial Norton Undergraduate Research Scholarship created by SRU President Cheryl Norton and her husband, Henry.

The inaugural Norton Scholars will receive $500 each for research project work in their field of study.

April 18, 2014
SRU to dedicate new Veterans' Center

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will open a Student Veterans' Center with a 10:30 a.m., April 24, ceremony providing SRU students who are veterans, veteran-dependents, active duty personnel, reserve and National Guard members, and ROTC cadets a place to gather, share information and relax.

The center is located in 253 Smith Student Center.

April 18, 2014
Alumni Association names 'Young Alumni'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University Alumni Association will present its annual Young Alumni Awards, honor the 2014 Outstanding Senior Man and Outstanding Senior Woman and award nearly $27,000 in scholarships as part of the April 26 SRU Alumni Association Annual Recognition and Awards Banquet.

The 6 p.m. banquet will be in the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center.

April 18, 2014
SRU's Kaleidoscope celebrates communities, connections

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Kaleidoscope Arts Festival is off and running with a trumpet and tuba concert set for tonight, one-minute lectures originally presented by famed orator Frederick Douglass slated for Tuesday and an artist-in-residence program with Roberto Sanchez Pierola planned for next week, all in an effort to celebrate regional communities and connections.

The festival, part of SRU's 125th anniversary, is the premiere arts event in the region. Hosted by SRU, this year's activities run through May 4.

April 18, 2014
SRU plans Patterson Hall ribbon cutting

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A ribbon-cutting ceremony and the opening of a time capsule sealed in 1958 will highlight the re-dedication of Slippery Rock University's Patterson Hall at 3 p.m., April 25, in the building's lobby.

The new academic building was remodeled from a former campus residence hall. It is now the home of the exercise and rehabilitative sciences, parks and recreation and criminology and criminal justice departments, SRU's Honors Program and the Office of Grants and Sponsored Research Office. A few art classes are also offered in the building.

April 18, 2014
Steele to conduct last flute concert

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Stacey Steele, 26-year assistant professor of music at Slippery Rock University, will conduct one last flute concert before hanging up her baton in retirement when the SRU Flute Choir performs at 7:30 p.m., April 22.

The concert is in Swope Music Hall.

April 18, 2014
SRU presents 'Too Many Sopranos'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's music department will present "Too Many Sopranos," a comic opera in two acts, at 7:30 p.m., April 30, in Swope Music Hall. Contestants from this year's Mr. and Ms. SRU bodybuilding contest will appear as special guests.

The opera, with libretto by Miki Lynn and music by Edwin Penhorwood, is under the direction of Christopher Scott, assistant professor of music at SRU.

April 18, 2014
Dancers plan 'Last Fifteen Minutes' show

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University dance department will present a variety of choreography created by senior dance majors at its "Our Last Fifteen Minutes" concert at 2 and 5 p.m., May 3. The concert is in Swope Music Hall.

The choreography of Nora Ambrosio, SRU professor of dance, will be presented. Titled, "With You," the dance was created for the senior students.

April 16, 2014
SRU husband and wife alumni vie for Teacher of the Year Award

Just about every married couple has played games: Monopoly; Parcheesi, Yahtzee, Gin Rummy ¬ - and the competition can get fierce. But for Emily and Brian Quigley, married Slippery Rock University alumni, and both school teachers it is another story.

Both are competing for the Wake County [N.C.] Public School System's Teacher of the Year Award.

April 15, 2014
SRU exercise science majors join YMCA ‘Healthy Kids Day’

Seventeen Slippery Rock University exercise science majors volunteered at the Grove City YMCA as part of “Healthy Kids Day,” a national initiative to encourage healthy lifestyles, wellness and fight against childhood obesity.

The students provided activities for youth ages 3-12, including jump rope, stability balls, gliding discs, Bosu and rebounders.

April 14, 2014
U.S. Air Force promotes SRU graduate to brigadier general

QUANTICO, Va. – Col. Keith Givens, U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations commander and a 1986 Slippery Rock University political science graduate, will be sworn in as a brigadier general in the Air Force at ceremonies planned for May 7.

President Barack Obama nominated Givens for the post.

April 11, 2014
SRU shortstop earns National Player of the Week status

GOLDEN, Colo. - Will Kengor, a Slippery Rock University undeclared major from Pittsburgh and All-America shortstop for the SRU baseball team, was named Wednesday as the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association's Division II National Player of the Week.

Kengor earned the national honor in the wake of previously being selected as both the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division and NCBWA Atlantic Region Player of the Week.

April 11, 2014
PASSHE chancellor outlines vision

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education remains committed to its mission of providing high-quality, affordable education and will be guided by its new strategic plan, "2020--Rising to the Challenge" in fulfilling that mission, Chancellor Frank Brogan said this week in his first State of the System address.

Brogan further said his goal is for PASSHE to be recognized as the "most flexible, most collaborative and most student-focused" university system in America.

April 11, 2014
BOG approves new degrees

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The board of governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Thursday approved new graduate degree programs in health science and special education to be offered separately by Lock Haven and Slippery Rock universities and new flexible pricing plans at Clarion and Millersville universities.

Lock Haven University will offer a master of science in health science degree that will include concentrations in health promotion/education and healthcare management. It will prepare graduates for leadership and management positions in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, community health centers and nonprofit health and human services settings. The program will be delivered online and via interactive videoconferencing.

April 11, 2014
Study finds more PE leads to more PA

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - For Ethan Hull, assistant professor of physical and health education at Slippery Rock University, and his undergraduate student researchers, the conclusion is as clear as a push-up: Taking physical education in school appears to lead to increased physical activity outside of school.

Hull and his student research assistants, Elizabeth Kolodziejczak from Hammondsport, N.Y., and Yevonne Carlson, from Smethport, both SRU physical and health education majors, are exploring the question: "Physical Education and Physical Activity: Is There A Link?"

April 11, 2014
SRU hosts NSTS conference

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's College of Education will host a National Student Teaching and Supervision Conference April 14-15 in the Smith Student Center. Herbert Hunt, a retired SRU assistant professor of elementary education and early childhood development, will be the keynote speaker. This is the eighth time SRU has hosted the event.

Registration opens at 8 a.m., April 14, and 8:30 a.m., April 15.

April 11, 2014
The Rocket wins eight SPJ awards

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Society of Professional Journalists has awarded eight 2013 Mark of Excellence Awards in Region 4, to The Rocket, Slippery Rock University's weekly student newspaper. Five of the awards went to Alex Mowrey, the newspaper's photo editor.

Mowrey, a communication major from San Diego, Calif., earned five awards, among them the top spot in three categories. He earned first place in the Sports Photography Category for his coverage of an SRU vs. Millersville men's soccer game; in the General News Photography Category for his coverage of a pep rally; and in the Feature Photography Category for his "Rockin' Bodies" coverage of the Mr./Ms. SRU Body Building Competition.

April 11, 2014
SRU's student newspaper earns 27 Society for Collegiate Journalism awards

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Rocket, Slippery Rock University's weekly student newspaper, has scored 27 honors from the Society for Collegiate Journalists as part of the society's annual contest recognizing excellence in collegiate journalism for 2014.

The newspaper, operated as a student organization on campus, captured eight first-place awards overall. The paper earned honorable mention in the Newspaper Overall Excellence Category and in the Companion Newspaper Website Overall Excellence Category for its entry.

April 11, 2014
Bailey Library offers week of contests

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Bailey Library will mark National Library Week, April 13-19, with a series of contests as part of the campaign's "Lives change @ your library" initiative.

The activities are open to faculty, staff, students and community members.

April 11, 2014
SRU theater students prepare two, one-act James McCure comedies

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's theatre department will offer two comic masterpieces by James McClure "Laundry and Bourbon" and "Lonestar" at 7:30 p.m., April 15, and April 27-May 1, with a 2 p.m. matinee April 25.

The shows will be presented in the Multi-Purpose Room of the University Union.

April 11, 2014
Jammin' Divas perform May 4

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Jammin' Divas, a talented singing group with vastly different cultural backgrounds, will present the final performance in the 2013-14 Slippery Rock University Performing Arts Series May 4. The cafe-style show, part of SRU's annual Kaleidoscope Arts Festival, is at 4 p.m., in the University Union's Multi-Purpose Room.

A special 2 p.m. children's participation workshop, with the Jammin' Divas leading hand-clapping jazz and folk songs, is planned for those ages 7 to 11. A discounted price of $10 is available to children and parents attending the workshop and includes admission to the 4 p.m. concert. A parent supervisor is required with each group of children. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.

April 10, 2014
McIntire earns SRU 2014 Outstanding Service Award

Nicholas McIntire, constituent services and database assurance manager in Slippery Rock University's Advancement Services, was presented the 2014 SRU President's Award for Outstanding Service last Saturday at the annual Academic Honors Convocation.

Cheryl Norton, SRU president, presented the award to McIntire and said he was "consistently a top-performer in the University Advancement Division." McIntire was also cited for helping bridge the gap left in Annual Giving and SRU's Phonathon program.

April 9, 2014
Stuhldreher receives SRU's first academic advising award

Wendy Stuhldreher, Slippery Rock University professor of public health and social work, was honored at Saturday's Academic Honors Convocation as the first recipient of the University's newly created President's Award for Outstanding Academic Advising.

SRU President Cheryl Norton presented the award, saying, "We were delighted to have more than 75 students take the time to write on behalf of the advisement offered by our faculty. Dr. Stuhldreher name stood out both in the number of students who offered nominations and the passion of their writing. She is clearly an advocate for students and helps them make appropriate course - and career - selections. She is certainly deserving of our inaugural award and has clearly set a high standard for others to follow.

April 8, 2014
Orvis receives President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

Bruce Orvis, associate professor in Slippery Rock University’s School of Business, was honored Saturday as the 2013-14 recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching as part of the University’s annual Academic Honors Convocation.

Orvis was cited for his commitment to teaching, his engaging class style and for developing innovative classroom practices.

April 7, 2014
Sparrow receives President's Award for scholarly work

Tom Sparrow, an instructor in Slippery Rock University's philosophy department, was presented the 2013-14 President's Award for Scholarly and Creative Achievement Saturday as part of the University's Academic Honors Convocation.

"The nomination letters for all of the candidates were superb. Determining the winner was difficult. Dr. Sparrow's colleagues and outside nominations cited his outstanding scholarly work with such praise, he rose to the top and I believe he is truly deserving of this year's honor," said SRU President Cheryl Norton said.

April 4, 2014
SRU marks 125th Anniversary with day of scholarly research presentations

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University, celebrating its 125th anniversary, will offer a full day of academic presentations April 10 when it presents the annual Slippery Rock University Symposium for Student Research, Scholarship and Creative Achievement in the Smith Student Center.

More than 200 students and faculty will be involved in the presentations.

April 4, 2014
Senior captures PASSHE Ali-Zaidi award

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Rebecca Burcher, a graduating senior at Slippery Rock University from Walnut Creek, Calif., is this year's winner of the Syed Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence presented by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

Burcher, nominated by SRU, is the first SRU student to win the honor, which includes a medallion and $1,000. The formal presentation ceremony will be part of a PASSHE board of governor's meeting in Harrisburg.

April 4, 2014
SRU readies Kaleidoscope Arts Festival

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's annual four-week "Kaleidoscope Arts Festival" will help celebrate the University's 125th anniversary through concerts, plays, art, lectures, films and dance. The festival runs April 15-May 4.

A number of events are free, or low cost.

April 4, 2014
SRU names convocation speaker

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Taylor Shenberger, a Slippery Rock University senior accounting major, has been selected to deliver the address at SRU's April 5 Academic Honors Convocation. Her topic will be "Opportunities Abound."

The 1:30 p.m. event in Morrow Field House is expected to draw nearly 3,000 students, parents and family members. The convocation honors academic achievement, including those earning presidential scholarships, dean's list honors, academic honorary societies, scholar athletes, service learning scholars and scholarship recipients.

April 4, 2014
SRU Earth Day celebration offers films, carnival, E-waste collection

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Earth Days 2014 at Slippery University will focus on a myriad of activities, including the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership "Global Wealth Film Festival" offering nine films related to global sustainability and the need to preserve our environment for future generations.

SRU's Earth Days 2014 will run from April 14-26 and will include, in addition to the film festival, an Earth Day Carnival on the Quad, a free Community E-waste Collection program and an Earth Day Celebration at the Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Research and Education.

April 4, 2014
SRU honors SID with 'Bobby Mac Day'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Longtime Slippery Rock University Sports Information Director Bob McComas will be honored in a pregame ceremony before The Rock takes on Seton Hill in baseball action April 12 at Jack Critchfield Park. First pitch is set for 1 p.m., with a brief ceremony honoring McComas scheduled for 12:45 p.m.

McComas, affectionately known by friends as "Bobby Mac," announced last month he would be leaving his SRU position May 30 to continue his passionate as a member of the Lions Club in a more significant role. A four-year cabinet member and three-year president of the Slippery Rock Lions Club, McComas will be relocating to Harrisburg in June to take over as state administrator for Lions of Pennsylvania.

April 4, 2014
SRU professor likes blood feuds; updates Sophocles' 'Electra'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - An updated version of Sophocles' well-known, revenge-filled Greek tragedy "Electra" will be presented as "Electra: An American Gothic," written by David Skeele, Slippery Rock University theatre professor, in three performances in SRU's University Union.

The campus performances are previews before the work is presented later this summer as part of the famed Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.

April 4, 2014
SRU names Cheng memorial scholars

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has awarded $20,000 to 10 students as part of the annual Meiping Cheng Memorial Scholarship presentation.

The endowed scholarship was created by the late Madame Nien Cheng in honor of her daughter Meiping Cheng who was killed at age 24 by Maoist revolutionaries for refusing to testify against her during Chairman Mao's rule of China. Meiping Cheng, the daughter of Kang-chi and Nien Cheng, was a promising actress.

April 4, 2014
SRU dancers will join nationwide National Water Dance Project

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Rock Falls Park, just south of Slippery Rock University, will be the local site for the National Water Dance Project, a nationwide, site-specific performance involving more than 80 organizations performing across the U.S., at 4 p.m., April 12.

SRU dance students are joining the simultaneously presented event, which will be live-streamed on the Internet.

April 4, 2014
'Girls Rock @ BISS' offers career advice

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The President's Commission on the Status of Women at Slippery Rock University will host "Girls Rock @ BISS" from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 7, offering high school girls interested in a career in the fields of business, communication, computer science, criminology, safety management or sport management the chance to talk with academic leaders in the fields.

Nearly 30 girls and their parents have registered up for the program.

April 4, 2014
SRU Cyber Security Fair addresses 'Smart Phones, Stupid People'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University students enrolled in the "Computer Science 301 Practical Computer Security" course taught by Stephen Larson, assistant professor of computer science, will present a Cyber Security Fair at 12:30 p.m., April 15, in the Smith Student Center.

A pre-public session for invited high school students will run 9 a.m. to noon.

April 4, 2014
SRU's TRAILS program plans 5K run

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University therapeutic recreation department's Therapeutic Recreation: Accessing Independent Leisure and Social Skills program will host a volunteer service-learning "Trails for TRAILS 5K" fundraiser April 12.

The event will be hosted at SRU's Storm Harbor Equestrian Center with participants running on the wooded trails of the facility.

April 4, 2014
SRU names Albert to oversee F & P

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Scott Albert, Slippery Rock University director of facilities and planning since 2007, will become assistant vice president for facilities and planning April 5 following the retirement of Herb Carlson, assistant vice president of construction and design.

Carlson served SRU for 25 years in a variety of positions within the department.

April 4, 2014
Slots open for SRU football golf outing

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Spaces are filling up for the second annual Slippery Rock University Football Alumni and Friends Golf Outing being planned for April 26 at Oakview Golf Club.

The event is set for 11 a.m. and will conclude with a dinner and awards presentation at approximately 5 p.m.

April 4, 2014
SRU senior captures PASSHE Ali-Zaidi academic award

Rebecca Burcher, a graduating senior at Slippery Rock University from Walnut Creek, Calif., is this year's winner of the Syed Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence presented by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

Burcher, nominated by SRU, is the first SRU student to win the honor, which includes a medallion and $1,000. The formal presentation ceremony will be part of a PASSHE board of governor's meeting in Harrisburg.

April 3, 2014
SRU names Shenberger convocation speaker

Taylor Shenberger, a Slippery Rock University senior accounting major, has been selected to deliver the address at SRU's April 5 Academic Honors Convocation. Her topic will be "Opportunities Abound."

Shenberger was selected, in part, because of her demonstrated motivation in obtaining 10 scholarships to help finance her education and the fact she will graduate a year early.

April 2, 2014
SRU graduate named Fragasso executive vice president

Melissa Richey, a 1997 Slippery Rock business administration graduate and a 2001 SRU special education master's degree graduate, has been promoted to executive vice president for sales and marketing at Fragasso Financial Advisors in Pittsburgh.

In her new role, she will be is responsible for financial adviser development, advertising, public relations and firm-wide implementation of Fragasso's hallmark "Client Experience."

April 1, 2014
1993 SRU graduate earns Woman of the Year Award

Nicole Henry-Taylor, a 1993 Slippery Rock University history graduate, has received the Woman of the Year Award from the Duquesne University School of Law Women's Law Association.

The Women's Law Association, a student-run organization, launched and sponsors the award. Henry- Taylor is the 22nd recipient.