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June 26, 2014
SRU students earns Katherine Moore Awards

Nicholas Jones, a Slippery Rock University public health major from Baltimore, and Carrie Langguth, an exercise science and dance major from Mentor-on-the- Lake, Ohio, have received the Katherine H. Moore Health Education Award from SRU’s McLachlan Student Health Center.

The award, named for the late Moore, the former SRU health education coordinator, honors students who contribute to campus health and wellness. Students received $250.

June 24, 2014
’07 SRU graduate appears on ‘Price is Right’

Jeffrey Feola, a 2007 Slippery Rock University theatre graduate, learned first hand that when “The Price is Right” announcer asks you to “come on down,” you really do have a chance of winning prizes.

Feola competed on the episode of the TV game show that aired June 12, winning $1,500 in jewelry and a package that included a jet ski.

June 20, 2014
SRU graduate receives $50,000 teacher award

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Matthew Cunningham, a 2004 Slippery Rock University elementary and special education graduate, has received a $50,000 cash prize as the recipient of The Chicago Teacher Award 2013-2014 from GEMS Education.

Cunningham, a 7th- and 8th-grade special education teacher at Chicago Public School’s Frederic Chopin School in Ukrainian Village, received the award June 20.

June 19, 2014
SRU’s Reinhardt named to PSAC Spring Top 10

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – David Reinhardt, a Slippery Rock University exercise science major from Bradford and a track and field standout, was awarded Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Spring Top 10 honors for his outstanding efforts in athletic competition and academics.

The Top 10 award is presented by the league office in each of the three seasons (fall, winter, spring) and is awarded to a total of five men and five women from the 18 PSAC schools that have excelled in athletics and academics. In order to be eligible, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50 and have significant athletic credentials. The Top 10 award is nominated for and voted on by the sports information directors at the 18 PSAC institutions.

June 17, 2014
Pittsburgh Magazine features SRU geography faculty

Stentor Danielson, a Slippery Rock University assistant professor of geography, geology and the environment, has been featured in Pittsburgh Magazine for his paper cutout maps and maps depicting cities in a fantasy style.

Danielson told the magazine in a question-and-answer that he creates the cutout maps using a computer to layout the map, then prints it on cardstock and cuts it out by hand.

June 13, 2014
Documentary features former SRU runner

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The story of a Slippery Rock University four-time All America runner who grew up in poverty in a family of six children without a mother, has been turned into an "inspirational documentary" by fellow SRU alumnus. The film is scheduled to be shown June 21 as part of the Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival.

The festival, which runs June 20-22, is at the Father Ryan Event Center, 420 Chartiers Ave., McKees Rocks.

June 13, 2014
SRU, MU meet in 'Big House Battle'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University, in conjunction with Mercyhurst University and the University of Michigan, unveiled today the official branding and logo for the Oct. 18, 2014, Division II football game at Michigan Stadium between SRU and Mercyhurst.

The game, which celebrates the 35th anniversary of SRU's first trip to The Big House and the 125th anniversary of SRU's founding, has been branded the "Big House Battle." The official logo will be available on various merchandise and promotional items leading up to and at the game.

June 13, 2014
Medal of Honor Room salutes veterans

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's new Medal of Honor Room in the North Hall Welcome Center pays tribute to those with SRU connections who made the ultimate sacrifice as members of the armed forces, and all SRU veterans.

The display includes the Congressional Medal of Honor, Purple Heart and Vietnam Service Medal awarded to 1954 SRU graduate and U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Michael Estocin. The fighter pilot died when his jet was shot down over Vietnam in 1967. Alumni from his class, family and friends donated the memorabilia, which were formerly displayed the University Union.

June 13, 2014
Rock dancers display French connection

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Two Slippery Rock University dance majors will perform June 20 at the 16th Annual CORPS de Ballet International Conference at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. The presentation builds on a French connection that has enabled SRU students to travel to Paris and most recently dance with the well-known French choreographer Alexandre Munz.

Rachel Turner and Ryan McMullen, dance majors from Upper Marlboro, Md., and Philadelphia, will present "Symmetrical Vesper," a work choreographed by Munz, at the conference.

June 13, 2014
SRU alumni art exhibit celebrates 125th

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's upcoming 125th Anniversary Alumni Art Exhibition will provide a platform for alumni to display their paintings, ceramics, drawings, fibers, metals, sculpture and computer-generated art.

Organizers said current students will learn more about graduates' creative achievements and success. Alumni will gain more awareness of the art department's progress.

June 13, 2014
Biology majors score top Major Field Test ranking

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University biology majors have ranked in the 92nd percentile on the Major Field Test for Biology - the highest ranking in University history. Thirty-three seniors took the test in March and were scheduled to graduate in May or December.

Students ranked in the 99th percentile for the diversity of organisms category, one of several subsections assessing knowledge.

June 13, 2014
Old Stone House program examines 'The U.S. Solider through the Ages'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Old Stone House, in collaboration with the 63rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, will present "The U.S. Soldier Through the Ages," a June 14-15 weekend event showcasing the evolution of the United States military uniform and equipment throughout history.

Activities at the Butler County landmark will include living history encampments, military demonstrations and question-and-answer sessions.

June 13, 2014
SRU announces Performing Arts Series

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Subscription and individual tickets for Slippery Rock University's 2014-15 Performing Arts Series, which will offer New York City's Gilbert & Sullivan Players, two performances by musician Livingston Taylor, the Celtic music of Cherish the Ladies and a salute to onetime teen-idle Frankie Valli, with two optional performing arts bus excursions, are now available.

The series opens at 7:30 p.m., Sept 5 and runs through May 1. All on-campus performances will be in SRU's University Union.

June 13, 2014
SRU commencement speakers offer advice, personal experience

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Two ceremonies, featuring two commencement addresses and distribution of more than 1,625 diplomas before packed Morrow Field House audiences, marked Slippery Rock University's spring 2014 graduation. The speakers offered both advice and a glimpse of their personal experiences.

This year's commencement speakers had earlier received President's Awards from SRU President Cheryl Norton as part of SRU's annual spring Academic Honors Convocation. Tom Sparrow, an SRU philosophy instructor, received his award for scholarly and creative achievement, and Bruce Orvis, associate professor in SRU's School of Business received his for excellence in teaching.

June 13, 2014
Magazine features SRU facilities program

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Football has zones, so does basketball. And, at Slippery Rock University, so does the planning and facilities operation. Its zoned maintenance program was featured in the May issue of College Planning and Management magazine.

The three-page story includes comments and evaluations by SRU's Scott Albert, assistant vice president for facilities and planning. The story offers tips and opinions to help those in the profession who manage, monitor, clean and maintain campus physical plants and grounds.

June 13, 2014
Crash victim's friend creates scholarship

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A $1,000 memorial scholarship honoring Susan L. Thomas, a 1997 Slippery Rock University nursing graduate from Sewickley, has been established at the University. Thomas worked as a certified school nurse at the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children before being killed in a 2013 traffic accident on I-79.

Jerry Ketchel, longtime friend, created the Susan L. Thomas '97 Memorial Scholarship.

June 12, 2014
SRU graduate helps dad win GMA 'Big Daddy of All Surprises'

The show's segment, which aired Monday, featured the Mack family, including Candice, her brother and several hundred family members, friends and New York City firefighters, as a way of thanking Lt. Larry Mack for his dedication to his own family and the children of his longtime friend and fellow firefighter Vinny Halleran who was killed in the 9-11 terrorist attack.

Mack and Halleran, friends throughout high school who shared family holidays and events, joined the New York City Fire Department together. Following Halleran's death, Mack stepped up to provide a father figure to the five Halleran boys, and a then-unborn daughter. The youngster's and Halleran's wife, Marie, cited him during the GMA tribute for taking them on camping trips and to sporting events and for his dedication.

June 10, 2014
SRU’s Will Kengor drafted by Detroit Tigers

Will Kengor, a Slippery Rock University an undecided major from Pittsburgh and a senior shortstop on the SRU baseball team, became the 20th player in SRU program history to be drafted in the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft when he was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 28th round Saturday.

Kengor was selected with the 850th overall pick by the Tigers and becomes the second shortstop in SRU history to be drafted, joining Craig White, who was selected by the Dodgers in the 1989 draft.

June 6, 2014
SRU trustees seek master’s degree in online teaching approval

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University Council of Trustees voted today to seek permission to begin offering a new master of education in instructional technology and online education to provide educators with the enhanced skills needed for teaching online.

The requestwill now go to the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education board of governors for approval. If granted the go-ahead, SRU would become the first state system University to offer such a program. Classes, which would be entirely online, would begin fall semester 2015.

June 6, 2014
SRU honors community with anniversary celebration picnic

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University, celebrating the 125th anniversary of its 1889 founding by the townsfolk of Centerville, now Slippery Rock, will host a Community Picnic at 11 a.m., June 21.

The event, planned for outside the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center (inside in the event of rain), will include three local bands and the chance for those with longstanding community or University connections to video record their university-related memories. The videos will be stored in the SRU archives at Bailey Library.

June 5, 2014
SRU graduate takes LA summer artist-in-residence post

Kevin Pontuti, a 1990 Slippery Rock University art graduate, program director of the University of Wisconsin - Stout's bachelor of fine arts in entertainment design program and independent filmmaker, will return to Los Angeles as artist-in-residence for the summer with The Lapis Press.

The program will allow him to complete post-production and printing of his latest series of photographs, as well as studies researching and planning a new body of work. Pontuti will collaborate with other Los Angeles artists to expand Lapis' 30-year history in the Los Angeles arts community.