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November 3, 2014
SRU art graduate finds ‘Bliss’ at Defiance College

Trevor King, a 2011 Slippery Rock University art graduate, now has his art work on display at the Defiance College’s Women’s Commission Art Gallery.

The exhibit “Bliss” opened recently with King giving a presentation about his work. The display continues through Dec. 5.

November 4, 2014
Affordable Colleges Online ranks SRU among ‘cheapest online’

Slippery Rock University has been named one of the nation’s “46 cheapest online colleges” by Affordable Colleges Online.

The not-for-profit colleges and universities named to the list offer low tuition, full collections of online programs at multiple levels and years of demonstrated academic excellence and financial support. These cheap online colleges put quality education and student success first, accord to ACO.

November 7, 2014
SRU's CSIL hosts Veterans Day Breakfast

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Lt. Col. John Donlin, Slippery Rock University professor of military science and head of the University's Army ROTC program, will be the speaker when the SRU Center for Student Involvement and Leadership hosts it annual Veterans Day Breakfast Nov. 11.

The 8 a.m. event in the Smith Student Center will also include remarks from SRU President Cheryl Norton and John Beckage, president of the SRU Student Veterans Club.

November 7, 2014
Winter Graduation Celebration Nov. 17

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Those graduating at Slippery Rock University's Dec. 13 commencement will have the opportunity to pick up guest admission tickets, academic regalia and other items Nov. 17 at the annual Graduation Celebration hosted in the Smith Student Center.

The celebration will run 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

November 7, 2014
Chicago violinist to perform, teach class

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Violinist Pasquale Laurino, associate conductor of the Milwaukee Ballet whose experience includes conducting productions of "Peter Pan" and "The Nutcracker," will visit Slippery Rock University Nov. 14 to perform and teach a master class for stringed instrument students.

Laurino and Warren Davidson, SRU assistant music professor, will perform a public concert on violin together at 1 p.m., in Swope Music Hall.

November 7, 2014
Pittsburgh Talk magazine honors SRU's Christine Pease-Hernandez

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Christine Pease-Hernandez, assistant professor of communication, was among those honored recently as a Minority Achiever for 2014 by Pittsburgh's Talk/Minority Opinion magazine. The annual awards event was at the Hilton Garden Inn in Pittsburgh.

Minority Achievement Awards are given "in public recognition and appreciation to minorities who have made outstanding contributions in their professions. In addition, this event displays the positive effects of diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunities provided by the employers of those selected as dynamic achievers," said Luther Sowell, the magazine's publisher

November 7, 2014
SRU's Dean Dils receives PAC-TE award

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Keith Dils, dean of Slippery Rock University's College of Education, has received the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators' Service Award. Dils donated the monetary portion of the service award to SRU's Storm Harbor Equestrian Center.

PAC-TE is a nonprofit professional association for Pennsylvanians engaged in the preparation and development of professional educators.

November 7, 2014
Affordable Colleges Online ranks SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has been named one of the nation's "46 cheapest online colleges" by Affordable Colleges Online.

The not-for-profit colleges and universities named to the list offer low tuition, full collections of online programs at multiple levels and years of demonstrated academic excellence and financial support. These cheap online colleges put quality education and student success first, accord to ACO.

November 7, 2014
The Rocket ranks among nation's top 10

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Rocket, Slippery Rock University's weekly student newspaper, has received a "Best of Show" award at the College Media Association/Associated College Press Convention hosted in Philadelphia.

The award recognizes the campus newspaper as one of the top 10 weekly broadsheet college newspapers in the nation.

November 7, 2014
Cleveland dancers wheel out adapted moves at SRU Nov. 13

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Students in Slippery Rock University's adapted physical activity, education and dance programs will learn more about dance education and performance for people with disabilities when the Dancing Wheels Company & School offers a Nov. 13 workshop and performance in West Gym.

Dancers with the Cleveland-based company will present an open lecture performance demonstrating adapted dance at 12:30 p.m.

November 7, 2014
World Languages Competition returns

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University is re-launching its World Languages Competition for regional high school students Jan. 16 and will offer teacher-education workshops for teachers who bring students to the program.

Deb Cohen, SRU modern languages professor, said letters have been sent to regional schools inviting students. Registrations will be accepted until Dec. 1.

November 7, 2014
'A Christmas Carol' kicks off SRU holiday

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Crusty Ebenezer Scrooge, kindly Bob Cratchet and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet to come will take center stage when Slippery Rock University recreates the Victorian world of snowy rooftops and garland-draped streets during seven presentations of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" Nov. 14-20.

All productions are in SRU's University Union.

November 7, 2014
SRU Army ROTC sponsors 'Toys for Tots'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Army ROTC battalion is joining with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve's "Toys for Tots" program to help provide Christmas toys for needy children.

Shane Curran, a business management major from Ellwood City and cadet battalion commander, is heading SRU's campuswide program.

November 5, 2014
’04 graduate receives 40 Under 40 Award

Jennifer Lastik, a 2004 Slippery Rock University sport management graduate, has received a 40 Under 40 Award from the Orlando Business Journal. Lastik is vice president of events for the Central Florida Sports Commission.

Lastik will be recognized at the newspaper’s Nov. 6 event.

November 6, 2014
Nearly 550 at SRU pursue right ‘match’

Five-hundred and forty-one Slippery Rock University students, faculty and staff donated DNA for the Oct. 28 Be the Match program. Their DNA will be tested for compatibility for bone marrow matches to help blood cancer patients.

More than 100 athletic training majors served as event volunteers, said Bonnie Siple, SRU professor of exercise and rehabilitative sciences.

November 7, 2014
Pittsburgh Talk magazine honors SRU's Pease-Hernandez

Christine Pease-Hernandez, assistant professor of communication, was among those honored recently as a Minority Achiever for 2014 by Pittsburgh's Talk/Minority Opinion magazine. The annual awards event was at the Hilton Garden Inn in Pittsburgh.

Minority Achievement Awards are given "in public recognition and appreciation to minorities who have made outstanding contributions in their professions. In addition, this event displays the positive effects of diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunities provided by the employers of those selected as dynamic achievers," said Luther Sowell, the magazine's publisher

November 10, 2014
U.S. Steel Corp. elects SRU graduate Robert Stevens director

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Robert Stevens, a 1976 Slippery Rock University graduate and recently retired executive chairman of Lockheed Martin Corp., the world's largest defense contractor, has been elected to the board of directors of U.S. Steel Corp., effective Jan. 1.

U.S. Steel Corp., headquartered in Pittsburgh, is a leading integrated steel producer and Fortune 200 company with major production operations in the United States and Central Europe and an annual raw steelmaking capability of 24.4 million net tons.

November 11, 2014
Three SRU education majors win NCHC honors

Slippery Rock University education majors Lindsay Gahr from DuBois; Katelyn Hill from Stow, Ohio; and Sara Werwie from Clarks Mills, have won the student poster competition at the National Collegiate Honors Council convention.

The three took top honors in the education and pedagogy category for their research study “Student Teachers’ Selection of Read Alouds in Early Childhood and Special Education Classrooms.”

November 14, 2014
SRU hosts first PSAC Championship

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - For the first time ever, the Slippery Rock University football team will host Bloomsburg University in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championship game at 12:30 p.m., Nov. 15, in Mihalik-Thompson Stadium.

As an incentive to boost kick-off attendance, head coach George Mihalik is offering a free hotdog and cup of hot chocolate to every SRU (ID required) student in the stadium by 12:15 p.m.

November 14, 2014
SRU pays homage to veterans

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The swearing in of 11 new Army ROTC cadets as members of the U.S. Army, and addresses by Lt. Col. John Donlin, Slippery Rock University professor of military science, retired U.S. Air Force Col. Merton Miller, and Kimberly Saunders, a former U.S. Army captain now clerk typist in SRU's Perkins/NDSL Loans Office, highlighted the University's annual Veterans Day events.

SRU President Cheryl Norton spoke at the both the morning Veterans Appreciation Breakfast and the outdoor Veterans Day Ceremony hosted by the SRU Alumni Association and Office of Alumni Engagement.

November 14, 2014
SRU clinical education boosts 'TR' jobs

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Expanding clinical education such as working with adults with acquired brain injuries is helping Slippery Rock University therapeutic recreation graduates find employment in world-class settings such as the Cleveland Clinic, Special Kids Inc. pediatric therapy center in Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Osceola Regional Medical Center in Kissimmee, Fla.

Paving the way is a professor-supervised program partnering undergraduates with clients at Pittsburgh's ReMed brain-injury rehabilitation center. Other students work with adolescents at The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh while others help to lead animal-assisted therapy or implement programs at the SRU Senior Center.

November 14, 2014
SRU's education honorary hosts 'Reading Across the World'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Some 45 members of Slippery Rock University's chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, an international education majors honor society, promoted world culture awareness and reading last Friday at Slippery Rock Elementary School by reading books from different countries as part of the "Reading Across the World" program.

Following the reading session, which involved books from selected countries, the SRU students led the elementary school pupils in a number of hands-on activities that included ways to help determine what the children retained from the readings.

November 14, 2014
Civil War Christmas celebration Dec. 6

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Old Stone House will partner with the 10th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Corps to celebrate the upcoming holidays offering a Civil War Christmas from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dec. 6.

Members of the 10th PA will be dressed in period costume, showing guests how Christmas was celebrated in the Civil War era.

November 14, 2014
Williamson Competition draws 16 singers

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - William Koehler, who teaches voice and diction for singers at West Virginia University's School of Music, will be the judge for the 16 singers who will compete at the annual Chad Williamson Memorial Scholarship Competition at 4 p.m., Nov. 22, in Swope Music Hall.

Colleen Gray, SRU associate professor of music, is organizing the competition.

November 14, 2014
SRU offers 'Beauty and the Beast' trip

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Office of Special Events and the Office of Alumni Engagement are offering tickets and transportation to the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's Feb. 15 production of "Beauty and the Beast."

"We know the event is still a few weeks away, but thought many in the University community might want to consider holiday or Valentine's Day gift tickets to the event," said Deborah Baker, SRU special events director.

November 14, 2014
UPB bringing Kid Ink concert to campus

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The University Program Board at Slippery Rock University will present Kid Ink, award-winning Los Angeles rap artist, with hip-hop artists Kalin and Myles in concert at the Aebersold Recreation Center Dec. 1.

In addition to his work as a rapper, Kid Ink is a producer and is known for his head to toe tattoos. His debut CD was titled "My Own Lane," produced by Tha Alumni Music Group/88 Classic/RCA Records.

November 14, 2014
SRU 'Up 'til Dawn' starts today

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - From midnight until 6 a.m., today thorough Saturday, a contingent of Slippery Rock University students will be working to help raise funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis as part of the annual "Up 'til Dawn" event.

The all-night program will be in the Aebersold Student Recreation Center. Doors open at 11:30 p.m., today. The program has already raised $12,495 this year toward its $40,000 goal. The project will continue through March.

November 14, 2014
Women's basketball offers youth clinic

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University women's basketball team will host a youth clinic for boys and girls in kindergarten through eighth grade Nov. 30.

The 1-4 p.m. clinic in Morrow Field House will be led by head coach Bobby McGraw. The session will cover fundamental drills and skill work.

November 12, 2014
SRU international student’s video is competition finalist

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Florence van Overeem, an international student from Belgium studying at Slippery Rock University, has had her five-minute video “From Darkness to Creation” selected as one of 15 finalists in the 2014 Travel Video Contest sponsored by International Student.com.

As part of the contest, viewers are invited to vote for their favorite.

November 13, 2014
Our Lady of the Lake University names SRU graduate president

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Diane Melby, a 1979 Slippery Rock University recreation graduate, has been named president of Our Lady of the Lake University.

She will assume the top post in July.

November 21, 2014
SRU winds down 125th celebration

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's yearlong celebration marking its 125th anniversary draws to a close in December with a ceremony placing important memorabilia in a Plexiglas time capsule and the reading of the names of the fall semester graduation class.

Among the last events of the yearlong celebration will be a 12:30 p.m., Dec. 4., placing of appropriate remembrance items in a time capsule, that when sealed, will be placed on permanent display in the Smith Student Center. Memorabilia collected throughout the year will be placed in the capsule. Members of the SRU Council of Trustees are expected to participate along with students, faculty, staff and members of the local community who joined in the celebration.

November 21, 2014
SRU joins AASCU's economic initiative

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Slippery Rock University has joined in the American Association of State Colleges and Universities national effort to engage students in the topic of economic inequality and its impact on democracy through a three-year initiative.

David Kershaw, SRU assistant professor of political science, will lead the University's efforts.

November 21, 2014
SRU students view historic comet landing

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Most students in Krishna Mukherjee's "Space Science" class at Slippery Rock University were in elementary school when the Rosetta spacecraft started its 4 billion mile journey from earth headed to Comet 67P.

"Last week, it just so happened that my class was meeting at the very time [Nov. 12] the Philae lander was about to land on the comet," Mukherjee, an assistant professor of physics and pre-engineering, said. "So we tuned in and the entire class watched the live feed as scientists in Mission Control of the European Space Agency headquarters peered anxiously at their screen for a signal from the landing craft Philae."

November 21, 2014
Don't get dragged down by deer hunting

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - As deer season gets under way, three Slippery Rock University exercise and rehabilitative science professors have a research-backed message for hunters and their families - it's not the cold or miles of walking that pose the greatest cardiac risk, it's dragging the deer out of the woods.

Steve Verba and Brock Jensen, assistant professors, and Jeff Lynn, associate professor, have published "Dynamic heart rate response to deer hunting in men and women."

November 21, 2014
SRU students' unsolved-murder research wins Pa. Historical Association award

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Two Slippery Rock University history majors examined the death of Ronald Mitchell and learned a lot about his life: He was a wounded man, a 21-year-old Purple Heart recipient, husband and father who survived combat in Vietnam only to get shot to death during a drive-by shooting in New Castle.

The 1970 incident, which sparked riots and remains unsolved, captivated students Alex Tabor and Shelby Heisler, from Penn and Moon. The pair's research on the case, presented within the broader context of the civil rights movement, earned them a first prize in the Pennsylvania Historical Association's undergraduate poster research competition.

November 21, 2014
SRU dance department presents concert

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Modern, tap, video and classical Indian dance will be performed by more than 70 Slippery Rock University dance students during SRU's Dance Fall Concert at 2 and 5 p.m., Dec. 6-7, in SRU's Swope Recital Hall.

Twenty students developed choreography for the concert.

November 21, 2014
SRU flautists to perform 'The Nutcracker'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University Flute Ensemble will present a dynamic experience for the ears with works from Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker," beat boxing sounds and music with narration during its Fall Concert at 4 p.m., Nov. 23, in Swope Music Hall.

Twelve students will perform. Cassandra Eisenreich, music instructor, will direct.

November 21, 2014
SUMA offers 'Red Ribbon Monologues'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Student Union for Multicultural Affairs at Slippery Rock University will host the fifth annual "Red Ribbon Monologues" event promoting HIV/AIDS awareness in recognition of World AIDS Day at 7 p.m., Dec. 1.

The free interactive program, which presents real-life monologues, will be presented in the Smith Student Center Ballroom.

November 21, 2014
SRU marks 'Holidays Around the World'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Office of Multicultural Development will host its fifth annual "Holidays Around the World" event at 12:30 p.m., Dec. 4, in the Smith Student Center Commuter Lounge, offering the campus the chance to see how other cultures celebrate winter holidays.

This year, 10 student groups are participating. They include: the Black Action Society, Student Union for Multicultural Affairs, Student Organization of Latinos, Study Abroad Club, American Sign Language Club, Green & White Society, India Club, All Saint's Lutheran Student Center, Internation's Club and the SRU chapter of the NAACP.

November 21, 2014
SRU's '411' program helps career search

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - One thing college students know a lot about is cramming, so John Rindy, Slippery Rock University's Office of Career Education and Development director, used that approach to "cram" a lot of information into a two-hour "Senior Career 411" program to ensure winter graduates are prepared for their upcoming job searches.

The "411" session is at 5:30 p.m., Dec. 3, in 319 Smith Student Center.

November 21, 2014
SRU invites pre-schoolers to 'move it'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Local parents with children ages 3-5 are being offered a free movement activities program titled "Moving Concepts" as part of Slippery Rock University's "Movement Education" course taught by Marybeth Miller, associate professor of physical and health education.

The sessions will be offered in SRU's Morrow Field House from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., each Thursday beginning Feb. 5.

November 21, 2014
SRU event examines 'college hookups'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "The Walk of Shame: The Truth about College Hookups," a program designed to educate students on different views of college hookups, will be presented at Slippery Rock University at 12:30 p.m., Dec. 3.

SRU's Office of Multicultural Development is hosting the event, which will take place in the Smith Student Center Ballroom.

November 14, 2014
SRU hosts football championship Nov. 15

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University’s football team has earned the right, for the first time ever, to host a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championship and will taken on Bloomsburg University at 12:30 p.m., Nov. 15 in Mihalik-Thompson Stadium.

In an effort to have SRU student fans in their seats at kickoff, SRU head coach George Mihalik is offering a free hotdog and free cup of hot chocolate to any SRU student (with ID) who is inside the stadium by 12:15 p.m.

November 17, 2014
SRU graduate to lead Butler County’s Human Services Office

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Joyce Ainsworth, a 1977 Slippery Rock University secondary education graduate, has been appointed the new Butler County human services director.

She had formerly served as deputy director of human services and director of Children and Youth Services for the county.

November 18, 2014
SRU graduate named S&T Bank vice president

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Ronald Hunt, a 1973 Slippery Rock University physical education graduate and a 1976 physical education master’s degree recipient, has been named senior vice president, commercial banker, at S&T Bank headquartered in Indiana, Pa.

In his new post, he will be will be responsible for business development and commercial loan portfolio management working from S&T Bank's Wexford office.

November 19, 2014
SRU graduate earns national Busting Boundaries Award

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Kristopher Hupp, a 1999 Slippery Rock University secondary education graduate, has received one of 17 national Busting Boundaries Awards that celebrate teachers, administrators and educational technology organizations that make exemplary use of technology to support learning.

Hupp teaches social studies at Cornell High School outside Pittsburgh and is his school’s 21st- century teacher and learning coach, according to a recent Pittsburgh Post-Gazette news story. He joined the district in 2000.

November 20, 2014
SRU’s Marcus Martin takes PSAC Freshman of the Year honor

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – Marcus Martin, a Slippery Rock University a safety management major from West Mifflin and a defensive lineman on the football squad, has been named Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Western Division Freshman of the Year.

Martin was also selected to the first team defense.