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August 29, 2014
New center 'fires up' safety majors

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - To be an emergency planner, you need the education to know what you're getting into. That's where Slippery Rock University's new Emergency Preparedness and Fire Protection Training Center comes in.

Designed to simulate real-time emergencies, the center enhances SRU's safety management major by giving students hands-on training in fire sprinkler systems, emergency communication and first responder notifications, security breaches, alarms, commercial kitchen fire response and the various agents used to extinguish different types of fires.

August 29, 2014
SRU invests $2.5 million to enhance campus learning environment

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The sounds of bulldozers, cranes, forklifts, cement saws, steam rollers, paving machines and the beep-beep-beep of backing up backhoes has permeated the Slippery Rock University campus since the end of spring semester - all to provide $2.5 million in upgrades, repairs and a more environmental-friendly learning environment.

"We have nearly completed all of the summer projects that help make our campus more inviting to students, faculty and visitors and help keep the campus in good repair. A number of the projects are wrapping up before cold weather sets in, when we will move indoors for additional ongoing maintenance work," said Scott Albert, assistant vice president for facilities and planning.

August 29, 2014
COE experiences expanded interest in special education master's degree

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University expanded its special education master's program at just the right time, says Joseph Merhaut, associate professor of special education and program leader. "The program continues to draw students and is providing them with classroom and background skills they need and can use in their professional development."

The program is continuing to expand, he said, with nearly 250 students signed up this year for online classes. "We are also seeing expanded interested in our undergraduate special education program."

August 29, 2014
ROTC cadets participate in CULP

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Four Slippery Rock University Army ROTC cadets and two from Clarion University participating in SRU's ROTC program, spent part of their summer engaged in the U.S. Army's Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency program that included helping people in foreign countries learn English, while simultaneously learning a foreign language and gaining a better cultural understanding of their hosts.

The CULP program is open to ROTC cadets at a number of U.S. colleges and universities that offer Army Reserve Officer Training program. More than 1,200 cadets participate annually.

August 29, 2014
White Out Night set for Sept. 6

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will host its annual "White Out Night" football event as part of the Sept. 6 home game against Kutztown University at Mihalik-Thompson Stadium.

Souvenir T-shirts, $5, are on sale at the SGA Bookstore in the Smith Student Center. Shirts will also be available throughout the day Sept. 6 at the annual VillageFest event in downtown Slippery Rock.

August 29, 2014
SRU plans three pre-Career Expo events

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Office of Career Education and Development will offer three workshops to help students prepare to make the most of the Sept. 25 Fall Career Expo.

John Rindy, director of the Office of Career Education and Development, said the three pre-sessions will help students prepare a resume to give to potential employers and help students overcome some of the miss-steps often seen during initial contacts for jobs. He said students, even freshmen, should begin planning their career by participating in the workshops and programs offered by his office.

August 29, 2014
SRU student pens Old Stone House play

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - An original play written by Kevin Lukacs, a Slippery Rock University history major from Butler and a docent at the University's Old Stone House, titled "The Stone House: An Original One-Act Play," will be presented at the museum by the Butler Little Theatre.

The Old Stone House, located three miles south of SRU, is one of Butler County's most recognized landmarks. Curtains are at 7 p.m. today through Aug. 31, Sept. 5-7 and Sept. 12-14.

August 29, 2014
SRU panelists to describe 'The Journey'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University students will have the chance to hear how current faculty, alumni and SRU's President Cheryl Norton got to where they are in their careers as part of a panel discussion titled "The Journey" at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 2.

The student-organized event will be in the Smith Student Center Ballroom.

August 29, 2014
SRU's UPB kicks off fall activities

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's University Program Board will bring comedian Jimmy Tatro to campus for a Sept. 18 concert, host a 7 p.m., Sept. 8 Pizza Party in the Smith Student Center, and sponsor a Sept. 12 bus trip to Pirates vs. the Cubs baseball game in Pittsburgh to help kick off fall semester events.

Tickets to the 8 p.m. Tatro concert (doors open at 7 p.m.), are $2 for SRU students, $5 for general public. Tickets to the Pirates trip are $20 for SRU students only. Tickets for both events are on sale now at the Smith Student Center Information Desk.

August 29, 2014
22 SRU athletic training majors pass certification examination

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Twenty-two of 23 Slippery Rock University athletic training majors have passed the latest U.S. Board of Certification Examination during the 2013-2014 reporting period, said Jackie Williams, SRU associate professor of exercise and rehabilitative sciences.

Of these students, 20 students passed the passed the examination on their first attempt. SRU's overall 95 percent pass rate exceeds the national overall pass rate of 86 percent, Williams said. SRU's 90 percent first-time pass results top the 82 percent national average.

August 28, 2014
SRU BFA artist featured at Pittsburgh Biennial exhibit

Eli Blasko, a 2012 Slippery Rock University bachelor of fine arts graduate, is among 42 artists selected for inclusion in the 2014 Pittsburgh Biennial, which continues through Nov. 10.

Originally from Stoneboro, Blasko has also studied intermedia at The Academy of Fine Art & Design in Bratislava, Slovakia, as well as traditional blacksmithing at Touchstone Center for Crafts in Farmington.

August 27, 2014
SRU student playwright pens Old Stone House romantic comedy

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - An original play written by Kevin Lukacs, a Slippery Rock University history major from Butler and a docent at the University's Old Stone House, titled "The Stone House: An Original One-Act Play," will be presented at the museum by the Butler Little Theatre.

The Old Stone House, located three miles south of SRU, is one of Butler County's most recognized landmarks. Curtains are at 7 p.m. Aug. 27-29, Sept. 5-7 and Sept. 12-14.

August 27, 2014
Robert Stevens, SRU graduate, earns Navy's Lone Sailor Award

Robert Stevens, Marine Corps veteran, former chairman, president and chief executive officer of Lockheed Martin and 1976 Slippery Rock University graduate, will be honored at the United States Navy Memorial's 2014 Lone Sailor Awards Dinner Sept. 17.

The black-tie gala will be at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., and will see the Lone Sailor Award given to Sea Service veterans who have excelled with distinction in their respective civilian careers while exemplifying the Navy core values of "Honor, Courage and Commitment."

August 26, 2014
SRU music education graduate earns 'Teacher of the Year' award

Jordan Stehle, a 2013 Slippery Rock University bachelor of music, music education graduate, has been named Teacher of the Year for his first-year teacher work at Jouett Elementary School, part of the Louisa County Public Schools located in Mineral, Va.

The school has an enrollment of nearly 625 elementary students, with Stehle handling the music education for all.

August 25, 2014
SRU chosen to host 2015 US Youth Soccer Region I tourney

US Youth Soccer has announced Slippery Rock University and the Pennsylvania West State Soccer Association will host the 2015 US Youth Soccer Region I (East) Presidents Cup, May 23-25.

Also hosting some of the action will be Dicks Sportsplex and North Boundary Park.

August 22, 2014
SRU introduces 'SCALE-UP' classroom

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - In the traditional college classroom, the professor lectures from the front of the room, with rows of students taking notes.

A new two-way approach is unfolding in Slippery Rock University's first "SCALE-UP" collaborative learning classroom in North Hall, where everything from seating assignments to interaction between students and professors is part of the technology of the room.

August 22, 2014
SRU academic, student affairs merge

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Philip Way, Slippery Rock University's provost and vice president for academic and student affairs, has spent his summer engaged in integrating and realigning programs and services as part of the University's overall merger of two divisions - academic affairs and student affairs.

Following the retirement of Robert Watson, interim vice president for student affairs, SRU President Cheryl Norton embarked on a plan to merge previous responsibilities handled by two vice presidents under Way as a means of better serving students.

August 22, 2014
SRU adds 21 new faculty for fall semester

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - As Slippery Rock University begins its 2014 fall semester as part of its yearlong 125 anniversary celebration, 21 new faculty will be among those welcoming some 1,500 new students to campus classrooms.

"We are always on the search for new, innovative and quality faculty for our classrooms, and this year is no exception," said Philip Way, SRU provost and vice president for academic and student affairs.

August 22, 2014
Theatre students electrify Scotland

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - It's a scene that plays out before every Slippery Rock University theatre performance. Waiting in the green room, students check their makeup, button their costumes and warm up their vocal chords.

A similar scene unfolded recently for 15 students - 4,000 miles away in Scotland.

August 22, 2014
SRU invites 'Family and Friends' to Sept. 5-6 weekend activities

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Parents and friends of Slippery Rock University students will get the chance to see what their child is experiencing as an SRU student when the University hosts Family and Friends Weekend Sept. 5-6.

The two-day event is designed to allow students to show their family and friends what college life is like, including the "entertainment factor."

August 22, 2014
SRU hosts 'Global Images of U.S. Women'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Global Images of U.S. Women, a two-component international exhibition of postcard art and a panel discussion, will come to the Slippery Rock University campus Sept. 15-18.

"Our goal is to foster dialogue about how art, politics and culture intersect transnationally, particularly in gender terms," said Barbara Westman, assistant professor of art and program organizer. "Artworks presented in the exhibition will show the international women artists' interpretations of an American women portrait."

August 21, 2014
Rock lacrosse team, two players earns IWLCA academic honors

GRAND LAKE, Colo. - The Slippery Rock University women's lacrosse team was named as one of 45 Division II programs to earn the Academic Honor Squad title from the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association. In addition, two members of The Rock team were named to the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll.

Slippery Rock earned the team award for maintaining a collective grade point average of above 3.0 following the 2013-14 academic year.

August 19, 2014
SRU'S Jackson receives SHAPE America appointment

Dallas Jackson, Slippery Rock University assistant professor of physical and health education, has been appointed to the physical activity council of the Society of Health and Physical Educators America organization.

Jackson is the adapted physical activity representative for the organization, commonly known as SHAPE America. Dolly Lambdin, organization president, appointed Jackson.

August 14, 2014
SRU's Kemeny receives national board position

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Betsy Kemeny, Slippery Rock University assistant professor of parks and recreations, has been elected to the national board of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association.

The association is a membership organization advocating for certified therapeutic recreation specialists. Kemeny teaches therapeutic recreation at SRU.

August 12, 2014
SRU graduate heads Westminster College Alumni Relations

Kara Petro, a 2006 Slippery Rock University secondary education graduate, has been named director of alumni relations at Westminster College.

"We are delighted to have Kara join Westminster's advancement division," said Grady Jones, vice president for institutional advancement. "Her experience in higher education makes her a great fit in this position."

August 7, 2014
SRU's Ambrosio fills two national dance positions

Nora Ambrosio, Slippery Rock University professor of dance, has been appointed to positions with the National Dance Education Organization and the National Association of Schools of Dance.

The National Dance Education Organization asked Ambrosio to serve as an editorial board member. She will write articles, review and edit submissions for the organization's Dance Education in Practice Journal.

August 5, 2014
SRU professor's play receives four-star review in Scotland

"Electra: An American Gothic," written by David Skeele, Slippery Rock University professor of theatre and being presented four times in Scotland by 15 SRU students, has received a four-star review.

SRU students are presenting the play four times during the Aug 1-25 Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland. Gordon Phetteplace, associate professor of theatre, is director. The play was also produced on campus.