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December 5, 2014
SRU commencement marks 125 years

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - When 511 Slippery Rock University graduating seniors cross the commencement stage Dec. 13 it will be an extra special event. The graduates are part of the University's 125th Anniversary celebration year.

The 11 a.m. culminating ceremony in Morrow Field House will include placing the day's printed commencement program in the University's 125-celebration time capsule and a reflection on the University history. The capsule will be placed on permanent display in the Smith Student Center at year's end.

December 5, 2014
SRU's Interim Dean Valentine trades Hawaiian shirts for suit and tie - again

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University Professor David Valentine packed his dress shirts and ties in favor of his trademark Hawaiian shirts when as he stepped down as interim dean of the College of Business, Information and Social Science in 2011, but he's pulling them out to become interim dean of the newly named College of Business as SRU searches for Dean Kurt Schimmel's replacement.

Schimmel, who has served of as dean of the college since July 2011, will join the SRU faculty Jan. 10 as a professor in the newly named College of Business.

December 5, 2014
Former Rock baseball player earned pinstripes with 1915-27 N.Y. Yankees

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University archives served up the materials needed to help baseball writer Steve Rice hit a home run with his online biography of New York Yankees pitcher James Robert "Bob" Shawkey. The right-hander, who played for the Yankees from 1915-1927, pitched for the Slippery Rock State Normal School baseball team in 1910.

Rice, a baseball historian, wrote his biopic for the Society for American Baseball Research Biography Project, which profiles major league players. The biography notes Shawkey played with Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and other "Murderers' Row" players on the 1927 Yankees team, considered by some baseball historians as the best in history.

December 5, 2014
SRU unveils, places time capsule as 125th Anniversary nears end

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University started the countdown to ending its yearlong 125th Anniversary Thursday by unveiling and placing memorabilia from the celebration year in a time capsule that will soon go on permanent display in the Smith Student Center.

Students, faculty, staff, alumni, community members and Council of Trustees representatives gathered in the center's third-floor lobby to place items in the capsule, which will be sealed and placed on display at the end of the year.

December 5, 2014
SRU realigns STEM-H majors

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University is aligning all of its STEM-H - science, technology, engineering, mathematics and health professions - programs in one college as a means of providing better continuity and improved course and major linkage.

The realignment includes moving two of the University's three computing areas from the College of Business, Information and Social Sciences to the College of Health, Environment and Science.

December 5, 2014
Mowing grass grows greener at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Grass mowing at Slippery Rock University is growing greener.

The University's Green Fund Advisory Committee has approved a $10,880 request from Dallas Cott, assistant director of campus services, for purchase of the University's first propane-powered, zero-turn, lawn tractor.

December 5, 2014
Flu, not Ebola, larger health threat

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - For those traveling on crowed public transportation, planning to head to the shopping malls or breaking bread with family and friends for the upcoming holidays, Kris Benkeser, director of Slippery Rock University's Student Health Services, has a few words of caution, "It's important to know about Ebola, but the greater health threat to our community is the flu."

"We've been inundated the past several months with news reports about Ebola that have caused some panic. People need to remember that Ebola is a rare disease, particularly in the United States. On the other hand, flu is very common," she said.

December 5, 2014
SRU muralists harmonize art project

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Using tree twigs dipped in ink for a folksy vibe, Slippery Rock University art students have created a German holiday-themed mural that will be exhibited at The Bottlebrush: A Gallery for the Arts in Harmony in January as part of an informal collaboration.

Students came up with a design and chose a relief printmaking technique for the mural after M.J. Isles McCurdy, gallery owner and 1991 SRU English graduate, visited SRU to talk to students about creating a mural with German heritage elements. Germans fleeing religious persecution established Harmony in 1804.

December 5, 2014
Masters of medium: SRU art students display work

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Behind the glass doors of Slippery Rock University's Martha Gault Art Gallery, computer-generated art glows and pulsates. Posters defy convention with skateboards fastened to them, and a tree trunk covered in nails occupies center stage.

The scene is SRU's Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Exhibition. The shows are giving seven senior art majors the opportunity to display their artwork through Dec. 12.

December 5, 2014
Students present dance/music concert

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University dance students are collaborating with music students at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Cincinnati to present a free Intercollegiate Choreographer/Composer Collaborations concert at 7 p.m., Dec. 9, in SRU's West Gym Dance Studio.

SRU students will perform 14 original dances each three-to-five minutes long, accompanied by music written by music composition students at the other institutions.

December 5, 2014
CSIL, AVI partner for Macy's 'Believe'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University students, faculty and staff are invited to join with the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership and AVI, the campus contract food vendor, to "write letters to Santa" to benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation. For each letter received, Macy's will make a $1 donation to the foundation.

During the next week, "Dear Santa" postcards will be distributed throughout campus to generate as many donations as possible. Each on-campus food service center - Boozel, Weisenfluh, Rocky's and Starbucks - will have "mailboxes" that postcards may be placed in for delivery to the North Pole.

December 5, 2014
SRU now STEM Jobs Approved College

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has been designated a 2015 STEM Jobs Approved College as part of the inaugural list created by Victory Media.

Victor Media is a leader in connecting individuals in transition with education and career opportunities and creator of STEM Jobs media, education and career resources for students interested in science, technology, engineering and math.

December 5, 2014
Provost Way seeks Ali-Zaidi nominations

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Philip Way, Slippery Rock University provost and vice president for academic and student affairs, is urging faculty to nominate graduating seniors for the 2015 Syed Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence. The award is presented by Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education

The systemwide award, which was won last year by SRU's Rebecca Burcher of Walnut Creek, Calif., a May graduate who maintained a 4.0 grade-point average while earning dual degrees in dance and community programs for Americans with disabilities, includes $1,000 along with a commemorative medallion and recognition of the student's achievement at a PASSHE board of governor's meeting in Harrisburg. The two top finalists receive $500.

December 5, 2014
Old Stone House offers six-course class

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - In response to strong demand for its historic cooking programs, Slippery Rock University's Old Stone House has expanded its program to offer a six-course series of cooking classes beginning Jan. 10.

The classes will begin with a basic foundation of how to light a fire using steel and flint, advancing through soup, breads and then move to full entrees and desserts.

December 1, 2014
SRU’s Cory Tucker 2014 Upshaw award finalist

MANHEIM, Pa. – Cory Tucker, a Slippery Rock University sport management major from South Park and an offensive lineman on the football team, is one of eight national finalists for the 2014 Gene Upshaw Division II Lineman of the Year award, as announced last week by the Manheim Touchdown Club, which presents the award.

Tucker, a redshirt junior right tackle, is one of the two national finalists to come out of Super Region One, joining defensive lineman Julian Howsare of Clarion University. Each of the four Division II Super Region's are represented by two finalists that make up the eight-member national ballot. On the 2014 ballot, five players are defensive linemen, with Tucker one of three offensive linemen.

December 2, 2014
SRU added to 2015 STEM Jobs Approved Colleges List

Slippery Rock University has been designated a 2015 STEM Jobs Approved College as part of the inaugural list created by Victory Media.

Victor Media is a leader in connecting individuals in transition with education and career opportunities and creator of STEM Jobs media, education and career resources for students interested in science, technology, engineering and math.

December 3, 2014
Rock places three on NSCAA All-Atlantic Team

KANSAS CITY , Mo. – Three members of the Slippery Rock University women’s soccer team were named today to the 2014 National Soccer Coaches Association of America / Continental Tire All-Atlantic Region Team for their stellar play this season.

Caitlin Binder, a physical and health education major from New Castle and a midfielder on the team; Ali Brosky, an exercise science major from Emmaus also a midfielder; and Andrea Felix, an exercise science major from Cincinnati, Ohio, a forward, received third team all-region recognition.

December 4, 2014
Rocket’s assistant photo editor wins honorable mention

Rebecca Dietrich, a Slippery Rock University communication major from Pittsburgh and assistant photo editor at The Rocket, the weekly student newspaper at SRU, has earned an honorable mention in the Philly Shoot-Out.

The Shoot-Out, a photography contest, was part of the College Media Association/-Associated College Press Convention in Philadelphia.

December 5, 2014
SRU trustees authorize new physician assistant degree request

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University’s Council of Trustees took two major steps today toward bringing a new master of science in physician assistant studies degree to the University by unanimously agreeing to forward the program plan to Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education’s board of governors and begin steps to possibly purchase a nearby facility to headquarter the program.

The purchase involves opening negotiations to purchase the now-closed Har Mer Elementary School, at 230 W. Prairie St., Harrisville, part of the Slippery Rock Area School District, for use as the physician assistant training facility.

December 5, 2014
SRU criminology graduate sworn in as police officer

Kyle Walkins, a 2013 Slippery Rock University criminology and criminal justice major and a current master's degree student in the same field, has been sworn in as a police officer with the Northern Regional Police Department serving areas just north of Pittsburgh.

Walkins formerly served as a part-time officer with the Franklin Park Police Department.

December 8, 2014
Rock places five on Daktronics All Region team

WEST CHESTER, Pa. - The Daktronics All-Region team is nominated for and voted on by sports information directors from each school in the region. Super Region One consists of all schools in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, the Mountain East Conference, the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association and the Northeast 10 Conference.

SRU players named to the first team were: Marcus Martin, a safety management major from West Mifflin, Admire Carter, a criminal justice major from Beaver Falls, who represent the defense; and Shamar Greene, a safety management major from Duquesne, representing the offense.

December 9, 2014
SRU's Cooke receives ATRA task force chairmanship

Colleen Cooke, a Slippery Rock University assistant professor of parks and recreation and 1984 SRU parks and recreation graduate, has been appointed chairperson of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association's Election Task Force.

She will lead the task force's examination of bylaws and policies that relate to nominations and elections, and make recommendations to the association board of directors by March 7.