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January 31, 2014
SRU opens 125th Anniversary celebration

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - With the Slippery Rock University Mace firmly in hand, Wilma Cavill, the longest serving faculty member at the University and in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, Thursday stood outside Old Main, the oldest building on campus, to declare "The yearlong cerebration of Slippery Rock University's 125th anniversary open."

SRU will use the entire year to mark its founding, which was made possible by the residents of what was then Centerville who wanted to establish a State Normal School in their community in the late 1880s. In less than two years, they brought the idea of creating the school that would equip young men and women to be schoolteachers within the commonwealth to approval by the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The first class of students began their studies at the Slippery Rock State Normal School March 26, 1889.

January 31, 2014
SRU student affairs reorganizes

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - While a "perfect storm" - declining state support, modest tuition increases and declining enrollment - came together to create a difficult economic challenge for Slippery Rock University, those same conditions are providing the opportunity for the University's Student Affairs Division to reorganize and reaffirm its mission while cutting costs.

Robert Watson, interim vice president for student affairs, said, "The financial challenges faced by the institution are allowing us to shift gears, refocus our efforts, realign our programs to become more collaborative while providing services needed by our students."

January 31, 2014
SRU earns world sustainability rank

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has been ranked 43rd of 301 universities worldwide in the University of Indonesia's 2013 Green Metric University Sustainability Ranking. The survey assessed and compared higher education sustainability practices, with more emphasis on preservation of the campus environment than other green surveys.

"While it's great to be recognized for our sustainability efforts, it's more important to keep up our momentum and continue our efforts in preparing our students to get jobs in the new green economy - and to be at the forefront of thinkers, innovators and entrepreneurs able to help the world meet its profound environmental challenges," said Paul Scanlon, special assistant to the president.

January 31, 2014
SRU funds $48,138 in research grants

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Philip Way, Slippery Rock University provost and vice president for academic affairs, has announced 11 Faculty/Student Research Grants at a cost of $48,138 will be funded for 2014..

The purpose of the initiative, which offers up to $5,000 for individual research projects, is to provide support for faculty research proposals that directly involve undergraduate or graduate students in scholarly research, or creative activity directed toward a joint presentation, publication, demonstration and/or performance.

January 31, 2014
SRU explores self-portrait art

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Self-portrait art will be displayed and discussed as a cultural force when Slippery Rock University offers the multi-event "International Juried Exhibit of Women's Self Portraiture" Feb. 17-March 14.

The program focuses on self-portrait art by women but will include a tandem display of SRU student self-portraits from Feb. 17-28.

January 31, 2014
Therapeutic recreation majors aid seniors

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University therapeutic recreation students are applying what they learn in the classroom and helping local senior citizens in the process through an SRU partnership with the Slippery Rock Senior Center.

Students meet with client's ages 60 and older weekly to help them restore and improve motor, sensory, social and cognitive functioning. Interventions include movement exercises, creative arts, leisure education and computer work.

January 31, 2014
SRU's CSIL organizes 'We Challenge U'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University Center for Student Involvement and Leadership has again been asked by the American Red Cross to coordinate a blood drive and has put together a "We Challenge U" drive for Feb 10. The goal is to collect 100 units.

The drive is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Smith Student Center Ballroom.

January 31, 2014
Music, speeches, mime open SRU's Black History Month

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Multiple student organizations at Slippery Rock University will come together Feb. 4 for a 12:30 p.m. Black History Month Kick Off.

The Smith Student Center Ballroom opening ceremony will include speakers and a performance by the SRU Chosen Generation Gospel Choir, directed by Jacqueline Garland, an English major from White Oak.

January 31, 2014
SRU Green Fund approves two campus bike projects

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Green Fund Advisory Committee at Slippery Rock University has approved two grants for "Green Bike" programs totaling $2,100 for 2014.

The Green Fund approved $1,200 for installation of a Dero Fixit Bike Station requested by Paul Scanlon, special assistant to the president for sustainability planning and operations, and Bryanna Fencil, doctor of physical therapy student from Prospect. The fixit station will be installed spring semester outside Bailey Library.

January 31, 2014
SRU graduate leaves football, expands acting career

Devin Goda, a 2012 Slippery Rock University safety management graduate and onetime wide receiver for The Rock football team, once dreamed of playing for the NFL and almost made it.

He is now featured in commercials and print ads as well as television acting roles.

January 30, 2014
Alcoa provides SRU safety majors $5,000 scholarship support

Jeffrey Shockey, director of corporate safety for Alcoa, has presented Joseph Cali, professor and chairperson of Slippery Rock University’s department of safety management, $5,000 to be used for scholarships and support for safety management majors at SRU.

Shockey and Alcoa have had a relationship with Cali and SRU since the early 1990s.

January 29, 2014
Two SRU athletes named NSCAA’s All-America

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Lauren Impey a December adapted physical activity graduate from Northampton, England, and Allison Harbart, a secondary education major from North Royalton, Ohio, both members of the Slippery Rock University women’s soccer team, have been awarded All-America honors by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Impey was named to first team All-America honors on defense, becoming one of only four defenders in the nation to earn the honor. Harbart was named to second team All-America honors at midfield, one of only seven midfielders in the nation to be named to first or second team honors.

January 28, 2014
SRU graduate heads Beloit Snappers media relations

Robert “Bobby” Coon, a 2012 Slippery Rock University communication graduate, has been appointed director of media relations for the Beloit [Wisc.] Snappers, a Class A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics.

A native of Williamsport, Coon interned with ESPN’s Sport Science and the Williamsport Crosscutters, a single A short-season affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. He has also worked for Backyard Broadcasting and ESPN Radio Williamsport.

January 27, 2014
Former Rocket editor joins Butler Eagle staff

Josh Rizzo, a 2010 Slippery Rock University communication graduate and former editor-in-chief of The Rocket, SRU’s weekly student newspaper, has been named a sports writer for the Butler Eagle.

Rizzo, an award-winning writer for The Rocket, interned at the local newspaper while a student.

January 24, 2014
SRU events celebrate 125 years

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will celebrate its 125th anniversary of providing quality education in a yearlong celebration planned for 2014.

The University, founded in 1889 as Slippery Rock State Normal School, was created through the efforts of the community residents who sought to bring higher education through an institution to train men and women to be teachers. The theme of the yearlong celebration is: "Celebrating Our Honored Traditions. Embracing Our Unlimited Potential."

January 24, 2014
Bells, Grand March kick off SRU's 125th

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Bells will be ringing in your ears at 11:30 a.m., Jan. 30, when area churches and the University ring their bells to officially launch a yearlong celebration of Slippery Rock University's 125th anniversary. The bell ringing symbolizes the community's involvement in establishing the University in 1889 and calls the local and University community to join together in the celebration.

The year's activities will begin with the bell ringing and a "Grand March" that will weave across campus from it starting point outside Old Main, the oldest building on campus, to the Smith Student Center, the newest building on campus. Students, faculty and staff are welcome to join the march either at Old Main or as it nears their building in route to the opening ceremonies on the first-floor of the Student Center.

January 24, 2014
Project honors 80,000 former students

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - As part of the University's 125th anniversary celebration, volunteers will read the names of nearly 80,000 former students who helped make Slippery Rock University what it is today. "They Are The Rock," will run throughout 2014 with names being read weekdays at various locations across campus.

Approximately 450 names will be read each weekday beginning Jan. 30 when President Cheryl Norton launches the project as part of the celebration's kick off in the Smith Student Center. Norton will start the project by reading the names of the 11 members of the class of 1890.

January 24, 2014
SRU among 100 healthiest workplaces

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has been named one of the 2014 Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America as ranked by Healthiest Employers Inc., a data research company that focuses on corporate wellness.

"This recognition is exciting and encouraging for all of us who are contributing to the wellness of our SRU family," said Jeff Lynn, SRU professor of exercise and rehabilitative sciences. "To be recognized as one of the top 100 healthiest employers in the U.S. is a confirmation that an important piece of our University's vision is being realized."

January 24, 2014
SRU Black History Month celebration includes lectures, poetry, theatre

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Poetry, documentaries, speakers, videos, theatre and a host of other projects will focus Slippery Rock University's attention on the contributions made by African Americans as part of its month-long Black History Month celebration beginning Feb. 4.

COLE The celebration is using the theme "Remembering Our History...Building Our Future" and is part of the University's 125th anniversary celebration.

January 24, 2014
SRU's 'Dead Man's Cell Phone' wows Kennedy Center's Theatre Festival

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University theatre department's production of "Dead Man's Cell Phone," by Sarah Ruhl, was among eight invited productions in the 46th annual Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region Two event hosted by West Chester University and came away with honors and praise.

Two SRU students received awards for their work in the production. Samatha Kuchta, a communication major from Lower Burrell, won the Region 2 Award for Excellence in Scenic Design, and Meg Rodgers, an SRU psychology major from Bruin, competing against more than 200 nominees for the Irene Ryan Competitive Acting Scholarship, was selected as one of the 32 semi-finalists.

January 24, 2014
SRU celebrates 'Year of the Horse' Feb. 1

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Chinese cuisine, games, entertainment and door prizes will be included when Slippery Rock University celebrates the 2014 Chinese New Year from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Feb. 1, at the Slippery Rock Township Building.

SRU students, faculty, staff and local residents organized the free "Year of the Horse" program.

January 24, 2014
New Mexico embraces SRU's Melago

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Kathleen Melago, Slippery Rock University assistant professor of music, earned positive feedback at Eastern New Mexico University when she premiered six musical works for woodwinds she co-commissioned.

The concert showcased compositions written for the concert by Stephen Barr, assistant professor of music, and Sean Hamilton, a May SRU music education graduate.

January 24, 2014
Dancers interpret California's 'The Rock'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University dancers have found artistic inspiration in Alcatraz, the former federal penitentiary in California known as "The Rock," and several of its most famous prisoners, including Al Capone and George "Machine Gun Kelly" Barnes.

"Escape Proof," choreographed by Shelley Collock, an SRU dance major from East Haddam, Conn., is one of 12 original dance works being premiered during SRU's Feb. 8 "Making Our Move" winter concert at Butler County Community College's Succop Theater. SRU dance theatre, sponsored by the department of dance, is presenting the concert.

January 24, 2014
SRU's Old Stone House offers Early American Hearth Cooking

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Old Stone House is offering the opportunity to have a first-hand encounter with the history of American food and culture as part of its six-session "Early American Hearth Cooking" beginning Feb. 8.

The sessions will allow participants to prepare and eat savory and sweet dishes of the past under the guidance of experienced open-hearth cooks, according to Aaron Cowan, assistant professor of history at SRU and curator for the University-owned facility.

January 24, 2014
Forgotten Angels won't forget Kenya trip

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "It has been a fantastic experience for all of us involved, and we will be forever connected to our Hekima friends," wrote Noreen Herlihy, SRU's head women's soccer coach and organization adviser, on behalf of the members of the Slippery Rock University Athletes for Forgotten Angels. The service organization spent 10 days visiting the African city of Kiserian in Kenya teaching sports clinics and handling service projects.

The SRU group headquartered at Hekima Place, an orphanage for African girls.

January 24, 2014
SRU Care Break volunteers visit Jamaica, Bolivia, Georgia

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Thirty-two Slippery Rock University students spent part of their winter break volunteering time to community service in two international countries and Atlanta, Ga., as part of the University's Care Break Program.

Care Break trips are planned and financed by the students and are part of SRU's Center for Student Involvement and Leadership. Since their inception, the service projects have provided more than 200,000 hours of volunteer service, which is valued at $4,250,000.

January 24, 2014
SRU wellness programs promote fitness

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University is launching three wellness programs to help you meet your New Year's wellness resolution - a 10,000 Step Challenge, Zumba classes and a Mindfulness Mediation class.

The programs build on the University's success in promoting healthy lifestyles, most recently illustrated by a top 100 healthy workplaces in the country ranking.

January 24, 2014
UPB hosts 'Girl Code,' 'Guy Code' stars

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University University Program Board will present comedians Carly Aquilino and Chris Distefano from MTV2s new reality series "Girl Code" and "Guy Code" at 8 p.m., Feb. 4 in the Smith Student Center Ballroom.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Seating is limited to 800.

January 24, 2014
Two from SRU football squad make USA Football Bowl team

Anyone from Slippery Rock University turning in last Monday’s USA Football Bowl All-Star Game may have seen some familiar faces as former SRU football standouts Quindell Dean, a criminal justice graduate from Uniontown, and Tony Papley, a parks and recreation graduate from Slippery Rock, were in on the action.

The two were included as players for the winning Admirals squad announced by the USA Football Network and the Metropolitan New York Football Writers Association. The Admirals defeated the Generals 37-13 in the game played at Metropolitan Stadium in Hoover, Ala. Dean was credited with two solo tackles and two assists, while Papley pulled off a fourth-quarter quarterback sack for a one-yard loss.

January 23, 2014
SRU graduate’s act of kindness merits worldwide attention

Eric Kunkel, a 1996 Slippery Rock University information systems graduate, recently discovered that you never know how closely you may be being watched – or by who and what may appear in a blog.

According to the Cape May [N.J.] Gazette, Kunkel was involved in an ordinary flight from Orlando to Philadelphia when he befriended his seatmate, three-year-old autistic girl, Kate Mouland.

January 22, 2014
Nine SRU athletes receive Hansen All-Super Region One honors

BROOKFIELD, Ill. — Nine members of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference runner-up Slippery Rock University football team have been named members of the Don Hansen Football Gazette All-Region Committee’s 2013 NCAA Division II All-Super Region One squad.

The Rock had the second-highest number of first-team selections and tied for the second-highest total number of student-athletes honored among the 49 Super Region 1 teams on the 2013 squad.

January 21, 2014
SRU marks 125th anniversary

Today’s “Good News” is the fact you are part of Slippery Rock University as it begins a yearlong celebration marking it founding 125 years ago by the townspeople of what was then known as “Centerville, Pa.”

Their foresight, dedication and personal investment of time and money – which some now see as the ultimate community-service project – resulted in the creation of the Slippery Rock State Normal School. The school’s intended mission was to educate young people to serve as teachers in western Pennsylvania’s one-room schools. For years it met, and exceeded, its mission in teacher education. Few people who attended a western Pennsylvania school in recent years have not benefited from a teacher educated at Slippery Rock.

Jan. 14, 2014
SRU’s Old Stone House offers Early American Hearth Cooking

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University’s Old Stone House is offering the opportunity to have a first-hand encounter with the history of American food and culture as part of its six-session “Early American Hearth Cooking” beginning Feb. 8.

The sessions will allow participants to prepare and eat savory and sweet dishes of the past under the guidance of experienced open-hearth cooks, according to Aaron Cowan, assistant professor of history at SRU and curator for the University-owned facility.

Jan. 13, 2014
SRU Care Break volunteers visit Jamaica, Bolivia, Georgia

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Thirty-two Slippery Rock University students are spending part of their winter break volunteering time to community service in two international countries and Atlanta, Ga., as part of the University’s Care Break Program.

Care Break trips are planned and financed by the students and are part of SRU’s Center for Student Involvement and Leadership. Since their inception, the service projects have provided more than 200,000 hours of volunteer service, which is valued at $4,250,000.

January 8, 2014
SRU music professor co-commissions compositions

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Instead of reaching for coffee first thing in the morning, Kathleen Melago, Slippery Rock University assistant professor of music, hums new flute and clarinet melodies ¬– with good reason.

Melago co-commissioned six compositions for those instruments that will be premiered Jan. 15 at Eastern New Mexico University as part of a concert.