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July 1, 2014
SRU's Payne earns American College Dance Association post

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Ursula Payne, Slippery Rock University professor of dance and department chair, has been elected to the national board of directors of the American College Dance Association. Payne will serve a three-year term

"It is an honor to be elected," Payne said. "It reflects positively on Slippery Rock University's dance program and our faculty."

July 3, 2014
3 SRU athletes earn Capital One Academic All-America honors

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Three members of the Slippery Rock University track and field and cross country teams have been named to Capital One Academic All-America honors by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Kara Styles, a graduate student in the doctor of physical therapy program from Windber, and Julia Cain, an exercise science major from Magnolia, Ohio, represent The Rock's women on the Academic All-America team, while David Reinhardt, an undeclared major from Bradford, represents the men's team.

Styles and Reinhardt received first team honors. Cain was named to the third team. Both Reinhardt and Cain earned the honor for the first time, while Styles is a three-time Academic All-American.

July 8, 2014
SRU hosts Wuhan Sports University delegation visit

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – A five-member delegation from Wuhan Sports University located in Wuhan, China, will visit Slippery Rock University July 10 as part of SRU's ongoing program to expand student and faculty exchanges with universities around the world.

SRU President Cheryl Norton, along with Amir Mohammadi, vice president for finance and administration, and Pam Frigot, director of SRU's Office for Global Engagement, will welcome and host the delegation for their one-day visit.

July 8, 2014
Athletic training majors earn scholarships

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University athletic training majors, showing knowledge and ambition for their field, have been awarded national scholarships and demonstrated an overall 95.65 percent pass rate on the U.S. Board of Certification Examination.

Nicholas Ciccone, Mary Conklin, Cassandra Lipinski and Juliana Smeltz, from Aliquippa, Hersey, Mercer and Dorsife, have received $2,300 National Athletic Trainers' Association Foundation scholarships. To qualify, students must have completed at least 60 credits of coursework and achieve an overall grade-point average of 3.2 or better.

July 10, 2014
178 SRU student-athletes named PSAC Scholar-Athletes

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – A total of 178 Slippery Rock University student-athletes were named Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Scholar-Athletes for maintaining above a 3.25 grade point average during the 2013-14 academic year.

The conference as a whole set a record with 2,537 student-athletes from the 18 member institutions earning the honor, which is 36 percent of all student-athletes in the league. The total topped the previous record of 2,201 set last year and marks the sixth straight year more than 30 percent of the total student-athlete population of the league has earned the honor.

July 15, 2014
SRU names 2014 Hall of Fame inductees

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Five All-America performers and two championship coaches comprise the Slippery Rock University Athletic Hall of Fame's Class of 2014 announced Wednesday by Paul Lueken, SRU athletic director and hall of fame committee chair.

The class includes (with their year of graduation and sport):

  • Matt Kinsinger, 1999, football;
  • Jessica Bungo Livermore, 2004, women's tennis;
  • Lori Robinson Nuzzo, 1997 and 1999, women's basketball and track and field;
  • Pat O'Hare, 1965, men's soccer;
  • Nate Thimons, 2000, baseball;
  • Chuck Tursky, 1980, wrestling; and
  • Tom Wise, 1998, men's track and field.

July 17, 2014
SRU's Tabari Perry signs pro basketball contract in Japan

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Tabari Perry, a Slippery Rock University professional studies major from Cambridge, Md., became the second member of the 2013-14 SRU men's basketball team to sign a professional contract to play overseas next season by signing with the Saitama Broncos of the Basketball Japan League.

Perry joins fellow senior Maurice Lewis-Briggs in signing professional contracts with Lewis-Briggs signing earlier this summer to play in Luxembourg. Perry becomes the 13th Rock men's basketball standout to sign a professional contract since 2009.

July 18, 2014
VP shows off energy savings plan

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Amir Mohammadi, Slippery Rock University vice president for finance and administration, is off this weekend to the National Association of College and University Business Officers conference as a member of its sustainability advisory panel and says he hopes to bring back additional ideas for conserving energy and saving money on campus.

"I was appointed a member of the advisory panel by the NACUBO president before joining the Slippery Rock University team," Mohammadi said.

July 18, 2014
SRU gets final approval; launches special education doctorate

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Middle States Commission on Higher Education has approved a "substantive change" in Slippery Rock University's College of Education accreditation program as the final step in the college's plan to begin offering a new doctorate in special education.

"We now have all of the T's crossed, the I's dotted and have begun accepting applications for the spring semester 2015 cohort," said Keith Dils, dean of the college.

July 18, 2014
SRU professor spends semester at sea

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Abbas Noorbakhsh, Slippery Rock University School of Business professor, has found the perfect sabbatical: He'll use his time teaching three, semester-long business courses to some 75 engaged, challenging students - aboard the seven-deck, 25,000-ton, nine-classroom cruise ship MV Explorer as it sails the Atlantic Ocean.

The classes are part of the Semester at Sea floating college program operated by the University of Virginia.

July 18, 2014
New book dubs Slippery Rock 'center of the universe'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Many people with connections to the Slippery Rock University region would agree with the viewpoint of Tim Croll, a 1991 SRU geography graduate who works as a laborer for SRU's facilities and planning.

Croll has written and self-published a natural history book, "Slippery Rock: The Philosophical Center of the University."

July 18, 2014
SRU Summer School sees enrollment hike

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Summer School enrollment at Slippery Rock University is up both in course hours taken and actual headcount enrollment compared to the prior year.

Figures recently released by SRU's Office of Academic Records and Summer School, show 735 graduate students signed up for summer classes, compared to 607 for the summer of 2013; and increase of 19 percent. The 2014 graduate students generated 5,677 credit hours compared to 4,772 the previous year.

July 18, 2014
SEA hosts 'Fossil-Free Energy Fair'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator at Slippery Rock University has teamed with Marcellus Outreach Butler to present the second annual Fossil-Free Energy Fair from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., July 26. The event, "Energizing for a Sustainable Future" includes a video address by environmental activist and 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben.

The free SRU exhibition, dedicated to educating the public about the economic and climate benefits of alternate forms of energy, will be staged in SRU's Advanced Technology and Science Hall. The Fossil-free Energy Fair is the premier western Pennsylvania event focused on combating climate change by changing how power is generated for homes and industry.

July 18, 2014
Old Stone House restages French and Indian War

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Those who enjoy re-living history, or learning about it for the first time, are invited to return to the 18th century Aug. 9-10 to participate in the annual "Conflict on the Venango French and Indian War Encampment" at Slippery Rock University's Old Stone House.

The program will run10 a.m. to 5 p.m. opening day, and 10 a.m., to 4 p.m., Aug. 10.

July 18, 2014
SRU's Macoskey Center hosts permaculture design workshop

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research will host a three-hour "Introduction to Permaculture Design" workshop beginning at 9 a.m., Aug. 23, at the center.

The Macoskey Center, begun in 1987, will serve as a model for the program.

July 18, 2014
SRU seeks local host families for 10 Saga University students

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Ten visiting students from Saga University will visit Slippery Rock University Sept. 11-22 to work on developing their English speaking and writing skills.

Yakako Ishimaru, an instructor in SRU's modern languages and cultures department who teaches Japanese, is again organizing the program.

July 18, 2014
Athletic training majors earn scholarships, certification

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University athletic training majors, showing knowledge and ambition for their field, have been awarded national scholarships and demonstrated an overall 95.65 percent pass rate on the U.S. Board of Certification Examination.

Nicholas Ciccone, Mary Conklin, Cassandra Lipinski and Juliana Smeltz, from Aliquippa, Hersey, Mercer and Dorsife, have received $2,300 National Athletic Trainers' Association Foundation scholarships. To qualify, students must have completed at least 60 credits of coursework and achieve an overall grade-point average of 3.2 or better.

July 18, 2014
APSCUF, Alumni Engagement team for 'Big House Battle' football game

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University chapter of the Association of Pennsylvania State, College and University Faculty is partnering with SRU's Office of Alumni Engagement to provide game-day transportation for faculty and friends to the Oct. 18 "Big House Battle" between SRU and Mercyhurst University.

In an electronic letter to all APSCUF members, organizers called on faculty and their friends to "see the Big House for yourself" at the University of Michigan by joining a one-day trip to the game as part of SRU's 125th anniversary.

July 18, 2014
Program gives students a 'Jump Start'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Clothes, bedding, hangers, laundry tote and study aids. These are a few of the checklist items incoming first-year Slippery Rock University students know they'll need to begin their college careers in August.

While all SRU freshmen participate in orientation to receive grounding on the ins and outs of transitioning to college, about 100 first-year students will gain broader pre-college preparation by taking part in SRU's Aug. 18-22 Jump Start Program.

July 18, 2014
SRU professor emeritus displays fiber art

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Akiko Kotani, Slippery Rock University professor emeritus of art, is displaying her "Soft Walls" fabric art at the Women and Their Work Gallery in Austin, Texas through Aug. 29.

Photos and video of the process can be seen at the gallery's Facebook page "Women and their Work Gallery."

July 22, 2014
Four SRU students receive PASSHE Foundation scholarships

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Foundation has named four Slippery Rock University students as scholarship recipients for the coming year, awarding a total of $7,000

Awardees are: Kaisha Jantsch, an English major from Cranberry Township; Nana Konadu Owusu, a criminology and criminal justice major from Reston, Va.; Justin D'Antonio, a political science major from Butler; and Terrance Kible, a political science major from Slippery Rock.

July 24, 2014
SRU track and field teams, 8 members earn academic honors

NEW ORLEANS, La. - The Slippery Rock University men's and women's track and field teams were named Wednesday to All-Academic Team honors and a total of eight Rock track and field student-athletes earned individual All-Academic honors from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

In order for teams to be eligible for the All-Academic honor, the collective cumulative grade-point average for all members on the roster must be above 3.0. A total of 50 men's programs in Division II earned the honor, while a total of 105 Division II women's programs were named.

July 29, 2014
SRU student receives 'sweet' scholarship

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Mariah Ricci, a Slippery Rock University communication major, is among Lebanon [Pa.] County residents awarded scholarships through the Hershey Company Scholars Program. She received $2,500.

Scholarship recipients are children of Hershey employees and are selected on the basis of academic record, potential to succeed, leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience and educational and career goals.

July 24, 2014
SRU Performing Arts Series offers Gilbert & Sullivan Players

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The upcoming New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players production of "I've Got a Little Twist," which opens the 2014-15 Slippery Rock University Performing Arts Series, shows where "The Mikado" meets "The Music Man " and where the "HMS Pinafore" sets sail for "Brigadoon."

The cabaret-style show will be presented at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 5, in the University Union Multi-Purpose Room on the SRU campus.

July 29, 2014
SRU's GCAC hosts veteran-owned business seminar

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The upcoming New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players production of "I've Got a Little Twist," which opens the 2014-15 Slippery Rock University Performing Arts Series, shows where "The Mikado" meets "The Music Man " and where the "HMS Pinafore" sets sail for "Brigadoon."
The cabaret-style show will be presented at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 5, in the University Union Multi-Purpose Room on the SRU campus.

July 31, 2014
SRU music graduate scores $25,000 opera scholarship

Kevin Adamik, a 2013 Slippery Rock University music graduate, has received a $25,000 scholarship to attend Cleveland Institute for Opera Performance this fall.

As a student, Adamik performed with the SRU Concert Choir, the SRU Chamber Singers and the SRU Men's Choir, including performances at two commencements.