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May 29, 2014
SRU graduate earns Ashe Leadership, Sportsmanship Award

SKILLMAN, N.J. - Lauren Coggins, a May Slippery Rock University therapeutic recreation graduate from Canton, Ohio, and captain of the women's tennis team, has been honored with the Arthur Ashe Jr. National Leadership and Sportsmanship Award presented by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

Coggins became the third SRU women's tennis player to earn the award at the Atlantic Region level and is the first Rock student-athlete to earn the Division II national award.

May 28, 2014
Recent PASSHE graduates get job search help

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - More than 17,000 recent graduates of the 14 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education universities, including Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, will be getting a message from their institution's president over the next few days. Just a helpful hint, if you will, for those still looking for their first job out there in the "real world."

The message is intended to let them know about JobGateway, a free, web-based application that matches employers' needs with the skills job seekers possess. It is offered by the state Department of Labor and Industry, and even gives those who use it the opportunity to practice their interview skills online and share their recorded sessions with others to receive immediate feedback.

May 27, 2014
SRU thrower wins NCAA Division II National Championship

ALLENDALE, Mich. - David Reinhardt, a Slippery Rock University exercise science major from Bradford, won the NCAA Division II National Championship in the men's javelin Saturday at the Outdoor Track and Field National Championships at Grand Valley State University. The win also earned him his first career All-America honor.

Reinhardt uncorked a huge personal best on his third and final throw of the preliminary round of 68.83 meters (225' 10") that not only put him in the finals, but stood up through the final round as the best mark on the day.

May 22, 2014
SRU places nine women, seven men, on All-Regional team

NEW ORLEANS - The Slippery Rock University women's track and field team placed nine athletes on the All-Region team in the Atlantic Region, and the men's team placed seven, according to the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

In order to earn All-Region recognition, an athlete must own one of the top-five performances in his or her individual event among all athletes in the region or be a member of a top-three relay in the region. The Atlantic Region includes all schools in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, the Mountain East Conference and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

May 20, 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.

May 15,2014
SRU graduate now heads Slippery Rock School District

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Alfonso "Butch" Angelucci, a 1992 Slippery Rock University elementary education graduate, has been named superintendent of the Slippery Rock School District. He will start July 1.

Angelucci had formerly served as superintendent of the Union School District, which serves some 800 students. The Slippery Rock district serves 2,100 students, according to a New Castle News story. He had also served as principal, then assistant superintendent in the Ellwood City School District.

May 13, 2014
Eastern Michigan picks SRU graduate as new associate VP

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Calvin Phillips, a 1991 Slippery Rock University masters of arts in student personnel graduate, has been named associate vice president for student affairs at Eastern Michigan University.

He will assume the post June 16, following final approval by the university's board of regents.

May 9, 2014
SRU’s alumni numbers approach 70,000 mark

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Today’s “Good News” is that Slippery Rock University will send some 1,635 new graduates into the world tomorrow prepared to tackle – and solve – its future problems.

The new graduates, part of SRU’s 125th Anniversary celebration class, bring SRU’s graduate count since its 1889 founding to near the 70,000 mark.

May 8, 2014
SRU scores three for All-PSAC West Softball honors

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. -Ashley Samlu, a Slippery Rock University secondary education major from Erie, Emily Lobdell, an early childhood education major from Warren, and Eliza Sykes, a sport management major from Easton, all standouts on the SRU softball team, have been awarded Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference All-PSAC Western Division honors.

Samluk was selected as the top third baseman in the PSAC-West by the league's coaches, earning first-team honors, while pitcher Lobdell and centerfielder Sykes were selected for second-team honors.

May 7, 2014
SRU parks and resource graduate earns Office of Year honor

Darin Dick, 2008 Slippery Rock University parks and resource management graduate, has been named the Northeast Region Refuge Office of Year at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia.

Considered one of the busiest refuges in the Northeast, Dick, who joined the refuge seven years ago, works to ensure that the 1.5 million people who visit the refuge annually have a safe and enjoyable time.

May 6, 2014
SRU lands two on PAAC All-Conference lacrosse team

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - Morgan Pettit, a Slippery Rock University public health major from Chesterfield, N.J., and Kaitlyn Hafdell, a public health major from El Segundo, Calif., both members of the SRU lacrosse team, have named to third team All-Conference honors by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.

The All-PSAC recognition is the first in the careers of both seniors and marks the first time since 2012 that SRU has landed two players on the All-Conference squad.

May 2, 2014
SRU ready for May 10 commencements

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - More than 6,000 family members and guests are expected to attend Slippery Rock University's two May 10 commencement ceremonies in Morrow Field House when nearly 1,625 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral diplomas will be awarded.

Tickets, which have been distributed to all graduating seniors, are required for admission to either ceremony. The events will be live-streamed from Overflow seating with large-screen viewing will be available in the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center and the Advanced Technology and Science Hall with no tickets required.

May 2, 2014
SRU researchers find involvement key to early reading success

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Teachers who want their students to do well, need only find a way that makes them feel part of the learning, is the conclusion Jenna DePizzo, a Slippery Rock University elementary education and special education major from Cortland, Ohio, reached after conducting a seven-week research project.

DePizzo, working with Sherry Dupont, SRU associate professor of elementary education and early childhood development as her faculty adviser, devised an "action research" study as part of her required student-teaching assignment, to link music with literary skills.

May 2, 2014
SRU Alumni Association, SGA announce Michigan 'Big House' excursion plans

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University Alumni Association is organizing a series of travel packages for SRU alumni and friends and the SRU Student Government Association is organizing a daytrip for SRU students to The Big House - the University of Michigan's football stadium - for the Oct. 18 SRU vs. Mercyhurst football game.

The event helps mark SRU's yearlong 125th Anniversary celebration and the 35th anniversary of SRU's first visit to the iconic stadium when they took on Shippensburg. That game set the Division II attendance record of 61,143 fans, which still holds. Organizers of the upcoming game hope to break that record.

May 2, 2014
SRU welcomes Asian delegations

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Delegations from two Asian universities will be on the Slippery Rock University campus this month for talks related to faculty, student and cultural exchange agreements that will benefit university academic programs.

The first delegation, from China's Xi'an Fanyi University, which is rated among China's top private universities, arrives May 11 and will be on campus through May 15. In addition to negotiations related to the exchanges the visitors will meet with SRU officials and have dinner with SRU President Cheryl Norton at the President's Residence.

May 2, 2014
SRU Army ROTC commissions five cadets

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Army Reserve Officer Training Corps program will commission four SRU students and one student from Clarion University as second lieutenants when it hosts is commissioning ceremony at 5 p.m., May 9, in the Smith Student Center.

Lt. Col. Joseph Alessi, chair of SRU's ROTC program, will direct the ceremony.

May 2, 2014
SRU Army ROTC program honors 14

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Army ROTC program honored 14 cadets Thursday as part of its annual Department of Military Science and ROTC Frontier Battalion Awards and Contracting Ceremony at the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center.

Lt. Col. Joseph Alessi, professor of military science and director of the SRU ROTC program, conducted the ceremony.

May 2, 2014
SRU finance majors win Woodmen award

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Two Slippery Rock University's finance majors, Darrin Hyde from Springboro and Devin Sauers from Conway, have won the $1,000 prize in the annual Woodmen of the World Financial Planning Competition at SRU.

This year's competition included working from a financial planning case based around a couple in their 50s planning for retirement, but with three children planning to attend college. The overall objective of the competition was to build a financial plan/portfolio that would allow the fictional couple to be able to achieve their objectives and retire successfully. The plan could include: life insurance, budgeting/savings, putting three children through school, retirement and other factors.

May 2, 2014
SRU's GCAC hosts federal bid workshop

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Government Contracting Assistance Center will host a free "Responding to a Federal Government Solicitation" seminar from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., May 15, at the Regional Learning Alliance in Cranberry Township.

Barbara Weaver, a Small Business Administration Procurement Center representative and commercial market representative, and Sherrie Plonski, deputy for small business with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District will review a solicitation that follows FAR Part 15 Uniform Contract Format.

May 2, 2014
SRU students earn math modeling rank

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Five teams of Slippery Rock University students have calculated a winning formula, earning two meritorious, one honorable mention and two successful participant rankings in the 2014 Mathematical Contest in Modeling.

Only 9 percent of the 6,755 international teams that competed were judged smeritorious.

May 2, 2014
Math Club creates 125th event T-shirt

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - You can count Slippery Rock University Math Club members among the biggest supporters of the University's yearlong celebration of its 125th anniversary.

Students designed a Math Club 125th anniversary T-shirt that displays a complicated expression that simplifies to 125. Students said the green shirt with yellow lettering is expected to arrive in May.

May 2, 2014
Healthy U participation deadline May 31

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Tick-tock...time is running out for Slippery Rock University employees to save money by participating in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education's "Healthy U" program operated in conjunction with Highmark Blue Shield. The deadline for completing the online registration and program is May 31.

The Healthy U program is available to all employees covered under the PASSHE Group Health Plan, covering faculty, coaches, managers, police and nurses, who elect coverage through the Highmark PPO Blue plan.

May 2, 2014
The Rocket earns top ASPA awards

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Rocket, Slippery Rock University's weekly student newspaper, has taken the First Place with Special Merit Award and was one of two student newspapers nationally to receive the Most Outstanding University Newspaper for 2013-14 presented by the American Scholastic Press Association.

Alex Mowrey, a communication major from San Diego, Calif., was awarded one of three ASPA Outstanding News Photography honors. Mowrey is this year's photo editor at The Rocket.

May 2, 2014
SRU Kaleidoscope enters final three days

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - There are three days left in Slippery Rock University's 2014 Kaleidoscope Arts Festival and three remaining music and dance performances.

The three-week festival opened April 15 offering a series of lectures, art exhibits, dance and music programs designed to bring the performing arts to the entire western Pennsylvania region.

May 2, 2014
Gala goes 'Through the Looking Glass'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University continues its 125th anniversary with a scholarship gala inviting guests to step "Through the Looking Glass" May 31 in the Smith Student Center.

Sponsored by the Slippery Rock University Foundation Inc., the bi-annual event is expected to generate a minimum of $125,000 in scholarship aid for SRU students as part of the 125th Annivesary-year celebration.

May 2, 2014
SRU biology students earn scholarships

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University biology majors were awarded more than $18,000 in scholarships for the coming year at the recent annual awards banquet in the Smith Student Center.

Phillip Way, SRU provost and vice president for academic affairs, provided the welcome.

May 2, 2014
AVI Fresh salutes SRU's 'Rising Stars'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - More than 15 Slippery Rock University student leaders, employees and campus organizations were recognized for exemplifying leadership at the AVI Fresh Rising Star Awards Ceremony Tuesday in the Smith Student Center.

AVI Fresh, the campus contract food vendor, sponsored the program that included presentation of 10 Rising Star Awards. The honor includes having a star named for the recipient in the International Star Registry.

May 2, 2014
College ranking site cites SRU in top 50

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Educate To Career Inc., a California-based nonprofit, has included Slippery Rock University in its top 50 school as part of the 2014 ETC College Rankings Index, an outcome-based rankings index for the real world.

SRU was chosen from 1,222 schools included in this year's report.

May 2, 2014
Rock women's tennis team earns eighth ticket to NCAA

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The NCAA has announced that Slippery Rock University has received the No. 6 seed in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional women's tennis tournament.

The Rock, owners of a 13-12 overall win-loss record and an 11-9 mark against Division II opponents, meet third-seeded West Virginia State University (13-2 D-II, 13-5 overall) in an opening-round match tomorrow at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

May 1, 2014
SRU PE graduate uses CPR to save fellow teacher

Beth Shay, a 1990 Slippery Rock University physical education graduate and now a Hershey [Pa.] Middle School teacher, is in the news for helping save the life of another elementary school teacher and former SRU student.

The two reunited recently for lunch, providing Kathy Hutchinson, formerly from Grove City, the chance to say "thank you." "I'm just thankful she was there and she was knowledgeable," Hutchinson said. "It could have been so much worse."