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October 31, 2014
SRU computer expert urges caution, common sense for cyber safety

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Cyber security, or the lack thereof, is a daily experience for millions, but Steve Larson, Slippery Rock University assistant professor of computer science, says there are a number of steps individuals can take to help avoid financial and personal online data theft.

Larson said many believe "it won't happen to them," but adds "for almost everyone it will someday become an issue. No one is immune, it is only to what degree it will happen."

October 31, 2014
SRU's annual Empty Bowls Tuesday

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimated nearly 870 million people of the 7.1 billion people in the world were suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2010-2012. Slippery Rock University's Center for Student Involvement and Leadership is stepping up in a small way to help alleviate the problem with its annual Empty Bowls fundraiser.

This year's Empty Bowls program runs 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch and 4-6:30 p.m. for dinner, Nov. 4, in the Smith Student Center Ballroom.

October 31, 2014
SRU sports archivists tackle projects

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Many baseball enthusiasts might see it as the equivalent of a throw to first base. For Kylie Twiest, a Slippery Rock University history major from Slippery Rock, creating a new Pennsylvania baseball archive is like hitting a home run in the 9th.

Twiest, a student worker in SRU's Bailey Library archive operations, is processing and organizing reports and 24 oral histories from former baseball players, coaches and sportscasters who were part of Little League to Major League Baseball from the 1930s to 1990s.

October 31, 2014
Native American Day celebrates heritage

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A series of Native American dances, presented by Pittsburgh's Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center, will be part of Slippery Rock University's annual Native American Day Celebration Nov. 6.

The day will run 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the Smith Student Center Ballroom.

October 31, 2014
Ret. Col. Miller speaks at Veterans Day

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Merton Miller, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel and 1979 Slippery Rock University sociology graduate, will deliver the keynote address Nov. 11 when the SRU Alumni Association hosts the institution's annual Veteran's Day Observance. Miller currently serves as associate director of the Federal Investigative Services in the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

The 12:30 p.m. ceremony will be at the Veterans Memorial, just outside the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center.

October 31, 2014
PASSHE sponsors business plan contest, students could win up to $10,000

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Students enrolled at any of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education universities, including Slippery Rock University, who have business plans and ideas worthy of investor support could win up to $10,000 by formalizing and submitting their ideas.

PASSHE is accepting intent to participate entries through Nov. 30 for the 2014-15 Fourth Annual Student Business Plan Competition. Full business plans are due Feb. 12, with winners announced April 21.

October 31, 2014
Art knows no SRU/Poland boundaries

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Fiber art created by Slippery Rock University students and faculty and their counterparts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, in Poland, will be displayed when SRU offers the Nov. 3-21 "Experiment" exhibit in SRU's Martha Gault Art Gallery.

"Experiment" is the culmination of a yearlong collaboration between the two institutions that aims to engage students in intercultural art conversation and learning.

October 31, 2014
SRU student play parodies Peanuts strip

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead," an unauthorized parody of the iconic Peanut's comic strip" will be presented Nov. 6-8 by Slippery Rock University students.

The play depicts characters such as CB, CB's sister and Beethoven in the throes of their rebellious teenage years and contending with drugs and alcohol, mental illness, bullying and sexual identity. Those familiar with the Peanuts characters may recognize the characters in "Dog Sees God."

October 31, 2014
SRU choir sing 'Songs of Americana'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University Concert Choir will sing American classics such as "Oh Shenandoah" and "Wade in the Water" when it presents "Songs of Americana" at 7 p.m., Nov. 9, in SRU's Swope Music Hall.

Stephen Barr, SRU assistant music professor, will direct the 55-member choir as it presents folk songs written by Americans. Students will sing a cappella.

October 31, 2014
SRU's WWI series examines trench warfare, war poetry

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University history department's yearlong History Series on World War I continues Nov. 11 when SRU faculty present "Shell Shock: Trenches and Trench Poets." SRU students will read poems written by traumatized soldiers.

The program, on Armistice Day, which commemorates the end of World War I, is at 5 p.m. in 111 Spotts World Culture Building.

October 31, 2014
Bonando assists New Wilmington revitalization

John Bonando, Slippery Rock University executive director of student health and wellness, has been invited to help New Wilmington explore a downtown revitalization like the one he spearheaded in Slippery Rock Borough.

Bonando, a member of the Slippery Rock Economic Development Group will be the guest speaker at the Nov. 6 New Wilmington Economic Development Committee. Bonando will share ideas for a restaurant obtaining a liquor license.

October 30, 2014
SRU graduate among Pittsburgh’s ‘40 Under 40 Award’ winners

Deanna Ferrari Tomaselli, a 2006 Slippery Rock University communication graduate and now a social marketing specialist at rue21, has been honored as a 2014 “40 Under 40 Award” winner by Pittsburgh Magazine and PUMP.

The awards are presented by PNC.

October 29, 2014
Syracuse University displays Hertel painting

Heather Hertel, Slippery Rock University assistant art professor, has one of her paintings displayed in the Syracuse University Painting Alumni Retrospective exhibit running through Jan. 3

The jury-selected work is one Hertel painted as a Syracuse undergraduate. She received her master’s in art from Syracuse.

October 28, 2014
SRU graduate initiates McKeesport public swim program

Residents near the McKeesport Area School District Swimming Pool now have a Monday night open swim thanks to a program initiated by Milan Kiska, a 2013 Slippery Rock University health and physical education graduate who minored in aquatics.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review recently reported how Kiska worked to have the swimming pool open to the public from 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays, the only day the facility is not booked with other aquatic-related activities.

October 27, 2014
SRU head soccer coach Herlihy wins 250th game

Noreen Herlihy, Slippery Rock University head women’s soccer coach, won her 250th game last Saturday when The Rock defeated Mansfield 1-0 in double overtime.

The win came off of Brooke Edwards’ game-winning goal and extended SRU’s women’s soccer team winning streak to three games with the 1-0 double overtime victory at Mansfield University in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference play.

October 24, 2014
SRU Vietnam visit could result in new exchange agreements

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Keith Dils, dean of Slippery Rock University's College of Education, who recently led a group on a friendship building trip to Vietnam, sees unlimited potential for student study exchanges as the demand for higher education expands in the southeastern Asian nation.

Dils, Susan Hannam, dean of SRU's College of Health, Environment and Science, and Genevieve Bordogna, associate director of SRU's Office of Global Engagement, visited Vietnam Sept. 25-Oct. 7, spending time in four cities and visiting with higher education and high school officials in each to gauge the possibility of creating memorandums of understanding allowing future student exchanges.

October 24, 2014
SRU signs up - 87 times

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has begun installing 87 new campus signs, which utilize green-and-white aluminum with reflective graphics, directional arrows, color-coded parking letters and office-identifying bullets. The signs identify buildings, provide directions and feature campus maps that include "You Are Here."

SRU's main-entrance sign adjacent to West Gym will be 12 feet tall and illuminated by lights that power up at dusk like streetlights.

October 24, 2014
SRU cooks up 40th International Dinner

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Internations Club and the Office for Global Engagement at Slippery Rock University have been teaming up for 40 years for the annual International Dinner and this year they are going all out to make the 40th anniversary event extra special.

In addition to the traditional dinner, which will include more than 40 food items from recipes supplied by SRU international students - and their family members - the dinner will honor Eric Wikramanayake, a 1979 and 1981 SRU graduate, as the 2014 Outstanding International Student Alumni Award winner. International student scholarship recipients and donors will also be recognized at the event.

October 24, 2014
UPB brings 'Lone Survivor' to campus

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Author and former U.S. Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell will bring his personal story as the "Lone Survivor" of a secret, 2005 Afghanistan military mission to the Slippery Rock University Student Center at 8 p.m., Nov. 12.

University Program Board, the Student Veterans Association and the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership are sponsoring the lecture. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are available from the center's Information Desk.

October 24, 2014
Student wires 1,500 LEDs for wedding

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - When Andrew Lageman, a Slippery Rock University computer science post-baccalaureate studies major got married last month to Nicole Summaria, like all young men, he wanted the event to be special - and memorable. So he used his knowledge and skills to network 1,500 light emitting diodes to his microcomputer and produced a series of a light shows that played throughout the reception.

"It was just a great light show," he said.

October 24, 2014
One student remembers one-room schoolhouse

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Students swept the floor, stoked the stove and rang the hand bell. They dipped their fingers (and pigtails) in inkwells and - if they were really bad - carved their names into wooden desks.

One Slippery Rock University graduate who remembers the do's and don'ts of the one-room schoolhouse is 81-year-old Gloria Wilkenson. She attended Hickory Corner, the white, clapboard school now located across from Old Main, for grades 1-8.

October 24, 2014
SRU blends art, music in museum trip

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Those joining Slippery Rock University's Nov. 9 trip to the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, will get a double dose of entertainment as the Slippery Rock University Concert Choir performs "Songs of America."

"We thought that by combining two art forms, music and art, we would create a very enjoyable afternoon and a great way to help Slippery Rock University celebrate its 125th Anniversary," said Deborah Baker, director of special events. The Performing Arts Series and SRU's Office of Alumni Engagement are sponsoring the trip.

October 24, 2014
SRU's AMA hosts Pirate's ad executive

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Kiley Cauvel, director of advertising and creative services for the Pittsburgh Pirates, will discuss her work at 12:30 p.m., Nov. 4, when she visits Slippery Rock University.

The lecture is in 142 Advance Technology and Science Hall.

October 24, 2014
SRU's Wenhao Liu becomes ACSM fellow

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Wenhao Liu, a Slippery Rock University associate professor of physical and health education, has been inducted into as a fellow of American College and Sports Medicine.

ACSM is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. It has more than 50,000 members and certified professionals worldwide. The Indianapolis, Ind.-based organization is advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine.

October 21, 2014
Smith receives Chancellor’s Award from UT Martin

Robert Smith, president emeritus of Slippery Rock University president, will receive the Chancellor’s Award for University Service Oct. 25 from The University of Tennessee at Martin.

Smith, who lives in Tennessee, worked at Tennessee before his time at SRU and will receive the award during the university’s homecoming.

October 20, 2014
SRU student oldest in class; youngest in barbershop group

Charles Davis, a nontraditional Slippery Rock University transfer student majoring in computer science from New Castle, is often the oldest student in his class. But on Tuesday nights, at barbershop quartet rehearsal, he’s the youngest guy in the group.

Davis has recently been in the news as the youngest member of the 50-member Penn-Ohio Singers, Shenango Valley Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Most members of the singing group are in their 60s, 70s and mid-80s. “I feel like an old person in class; and a young person rehearsals,” he said.

October 17, 2014
ROCK warriors ready for Big House Battle

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Green and white face paint; check. Game tickets; check. SRU gear; check. Primed and ready to cruise to Ann Arbor to bruise Mercyhurst; check.

An event 35-years in the making - a return to Michigan Stadium to play in the Big House Battle - officially starts today when the football team buses depart from Mihalik-Thomson Stadium at 10:30 a.m. Fans are encourage to gather at the stadium for the sendoff. The SRU Marching Pride bus, which will depart from the Swope Music Hall Parking Lot, is expected to leave at the same time. Fans may also join in that send off.

October 17, 2014
Everything comes up 'Big' for SRU Marching Pride

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - For members of the Slippery Rock University Marching Pride, the wet, cold and windy days of autumn don't always make for joyous drills on roll stepping and keeping straight lines and good posture while playing their instruments.

A blizzard couldn't keep the Pride off the field this weekend.

October 17, 2014
Pakistani student enjoys SRU experience

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - When Sardar Ahmed Shah enrolled in Lahore University of Management Sciences in Punjab province, Pakistan, he already knew he wanted to spend one semester studying abroad in either Europe or the U.S., and when the chance to study at Slippery Rock University was offered, he jumped at the opportunity.

Shah, a junior at LUMS, is among the first students from Pakistan to study at SRU.

October 17, 2014
SRU's 29th annual Healthfest promotes healthy activities

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Office of Campus Recreation will host its 29th annual Healthfest from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Oct. 21 in the Aebersold Student Recreation Center. The theme for this year's program is "Eat Clean and Stay Lean in 2014."

"We have been presenting this event each fall semester as a way of helping keep the campus and community healthy by providing information, advice and health screenings," said Brian Mortimer, coordinator of wellness and the Russell Wright Fitness Center in the ARC. "It is information you can use."

October 17, 2014
SRU music professor solos with Pittsburgh Symphony

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University music instructor Chad Winkler has the trumpet solo when the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra gets the Halloween spirit in a "Halloween Pops: Memorable Music from Stage and Screen" concert Oct. 21 at the Scottish Right Cathedral in New Castle.

The concert is at 8 p.m.

October 17, 2014
Transition program trains students with disabilities

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has received nearly $500,000 in grants to launch the SRU Transition Program, a new project that adds physical activity and nutrition as components to the job training services SRU students currently provide to those with disabilities.

SRU undergraduates serve as mentors to young adults with disabilities ages 15-25. SRU graduate students in the Adapted Physical Activity Program serve as program coordinators.

October 17, 2014
Colombia TV anchor to discuss cultures

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Manuel Teodoro, award-winning journalist and prominent figure in Colombia's journalism trade, will visit Slippery Rock University Oct. 23 to present an address titled "Differences in Global Communication: Breaking Down Cultural Barriers from the Perspective of a Well-Traveled Journalist."

The 12:30 p.m. lecture will be presented in 111 Eisenberg Classroom Building.

October 17, 2014
Students create 'Macoskey' documentary

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A new documentary, "Macoskey's ALTER: Missionaries of Sustainability," outlining the late Slippery Rock University Professor Robert Macoskey's vision of increased sustainability, premieres at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 23, in the Robert Smith Student Center. A panel discussion will follow.

The panel will include Macoskey's wife, Vivas Macoskey, and others involved in the original Alter Project - Alternative Living Technology and Energy Resource - that gave rise to SRU's Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research.

October 17, 2014
Cuban filmmaker screens works at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Gloria Rolando, an award-winning Cuban documentary filmmaker, will visit Slippery Rock University Oct. 30-31, to offer three free presentations and screen two of her films.

Rolando's opening lecture will include an introduction and overview of her work at 12:30 p.m., Oct. 30, in the Advanced Technology and Science Hall. She will screen and discuss her film "Raices de Mi Corazon/Roots of My Heart," at 7 p.m., Oct. 30 in the Smith Student Center Theater. The third presentation at 3 p.m., Oct. 31, in 111 Spotts World Culture Building, will be a screening and discussion of her 2014 film "Reembarque / Re-embark."

October 17, 2014
SRU continues 'Flaunt Your Fleece'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University Energy Conservation Committee will continue the "Flaunt Your Fleece" campaign it initiated last year. The 2014 campaign will kickoff Oct. 31, which coincides with when the heat will be turned down on Thursday evenings to 64F to conserve energy. The move is expected to save an estimated $10,000 through winter.

Flaunt Your Fleece encourages employees to wear fleece on Fridays to increase energy awareness and promote sustainability.

October 17, 2014
Race, gender, language in hip hop discussion topics for Jasiri X talk

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - " Race, Gender and the Power of Language in Hip-Hop" will be the discussion topics when Jasiri X, emcee and community activist, lectures at 2:30 p.m., Oct. 29, at Slippery Rock University.

The free program will be in the Smith Student Center Ballroom.

October 17, 2014
SRU volunteers plan 12 Care Breaks

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - More than 120 Slippery Rock University students will volunteer their time during spring break to bring community service projects and volunteerism to community groups in nine cities across the U.S.

SRU's Care Break program has been operating since 1994, with more than 1,200 students investing more than 200,000 hours of volunteer time.

October 17, 2014
SRU explores 'The Big 4-0' and jazz

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will offer two concerts next week - an Oct. 21 flute and percussion performance by SRU music professors and alumni titled "The Big 4-0" and an Oct. 23 concert by the SRU Jazz Ensemble.

"The Big 4-0," about turning 40, is set for at 7:30 p.m. in Swope Recital Hall.

October 16, 2014
SRU student earns Swan Award

Dorothy Stromdahl, a Slippery Rock University resort, recreation and hospitality management major from Titusville, has received the Bill Swan Memorial Award from the Pennsylvania Intramural Recreational Sports Association.

PIRSA annually presents the award to an undergraduate student working in the recreation field who has displayed outstanding leadership at their institution, is of fine moral character, exemplifies strong standards and ethical behavior and has been involved in institution or community activities as a volunteer.

October 17, 2014
SRU theatre graduate lights up Erie Playhouse

Christine Carmichael, a 2010 Slippery Rock theatre graduate, has been named scenic and lighting designer for the Erie Playhouse in Erie.

Prior to taking the position Carmichael, an Erie native, spent time in New York City.

October 15, 2014
SRU student receives $500 scholarship

Alexandria Nieri, a Slippery Rock University health and physical education major from Northport, N.Y., has received a $500 Dr. Martin Hedstrom Memorial Scholarship from the Martin Hendrom Scholarship Committee.

The scholarship goes to an undergraduate working in field that is likely to reduce the risk of drowning. Nieri minors in aquatics at SRU.

October 10, 2014
SRU ready for Michigan R-O-A-D-T-R-I-P

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The key word at Slippery Rock University for the Oct 18 weekend is "R-O-A-D-T-R-I-P."

SRU students, faculty, staff, alumni and all Rock football fans are making plans to visit Ann Arbor, Michigan, home of the University of Michigan and Michigan Stadium, the largest stadium in the U.S., and third largest in the world for the weekend of Oct 17-19.

October 10, 2014
SRU's new Math Emporium calculates learning advantages; adds tutoring

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - In Slippery Rock University's new Math Emporium in Bailey Library, the computer is king.

Students use computers to work on homework or take tests at their own pace during class. Professors and 20 paid student tutors serve as roving guides, delivering on-demand help for a more individualized learning approach.

October 10, 2014
Every WWI poster tells a story

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's yearlong history series marking the 100th anniversary of World War I has a new entry - 24 patriotic posters produced during the Great War. University archives is offering the display on the third floor of Bailey Library to commemorate the centennial and provide research opportunities.

The posters, on loan from the SRU art department, are being displayed all semester.

October 10, 2014
SRU IT offers scam avoidance tactics

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - If someone put a gun in your back, give up your cash; but if someone sends you an email seeking your username and password, just hit the "Delete" key and move on.

Scams, in one form or another, are now being perpetrated in the millions. They are everywhere and constant on desktop computers, smartphones, electronic tablets and cellphones and even old-fashioned, landline telephones with users required to be constantly vigilant.

October 10, 2014
SRU's SLAB hosts Curry Poetry Contest

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - SLAB, Slippery Rock University's literary magazine, is seeking entries for the 2014 Elizabeth R. Curry Poetry Contest, which includes $1,000 in prize money. Entries are due Dec.1.

The contest is open to all writes, including experienced writers, said Mark O'Connor, associate professor of English and SLAB adviser.

October 10, 2014
Highmark-UPMC coverage update set

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education employees at Slippery Rock University covered by Highmark Blue Shield or UMPC have indirectly become involved in a contractual dispute between the two healthcare providers.

An update on the situation and information to help select the best plan moving forward for faculty members, managers, coaches, nurses, police, and their families covered by the various plans will be offered at 2 and 3:30 p.m., Oct. 14, in the Smith Student Center theater. Plan officials from the two companies will attend the sessions.

October 10, 2014
McKeever Center hosts 5K-trail race/hike

SANDY LAKE, Pa. - The McKeever Environmental Learning Center will host a "Miles for McKeever," 5K-trail race and hike Oct. 19 - providing an excellence opportunity to see the fall foliage.

The trail meanders through the scenic woodlands of the center. Activities begin at 10 a.m.

October 10, 2014
'Fall Broadway Cabaret' covers musicals

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Songs from the Broadway musicals "The Phantom of the Opera," "Beauty and the Beast," "Shrek The Musical" and others will be performed live by Slippery Rock University students when SRU Musical Theatre Society presents the "2014 Fall Broadway Cabaret" Oct. 15-16 in Swope Music Hall.

Students will perform 14 show tunes, with costume changes, live music, choreography and dramatics. Student orchestra musicians will play for the opening and closing numbers, with limited pit music during the remainder of the show.

October 10, 2014
SRU hosts 'Allies for Inclusion' exhibit

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Allies for Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit, a traveling exhibit designed to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities through respect for others, comfort during interactions and awareness of disability issues, will be on the Slippery Rock University campus Oct. 16-17.

The display, set up in the Smith Student Center, will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. opening day and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 17.

October 10, 2014
Croatian pianist to perform, teach at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Ivan Pernicki, a Croatian pianist, will present a recital of Croatian piano music with a short talk about the music at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 20, in Slippery Rock University's Swope Music Hall.

Pernicki will teach a master class Oct. 21. Colleen Gray, SRU associate music professor, organized his visit.

October 10, 2014
Thought-provoking comedian to visit

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Comedian Sam Killerman, a dedicated ally and advocate for social justice and author of "The Social Justice Advocat's Handbook: A Guide to Gender," brings his one-man "It's Pronounced Metrosexual" comedy show to Slippery Rock University Oct. 21 as part of the University's Pride Week.

The free 7 p.m. performance is in the Smith Student Center Ballroom.

October 10, 2014
SRU Planetarium shows display cosmos

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Stargazers need only visit Slippery Rock University's Planetarium for a light-filled virtual tour the cosmos, courtesy of two SRU students who put together a show they are offering Wednesdays for the remainder of the school year.

Noah Shinn, a computer science major from West Grove, and Adam Riddle, a computer, history and philosophy major from Slippery Rock, said their interstellar overdrive consists of light shows, music videos, informational sessions about the stars and planets and random, funny clips they found on the Internet.

October 10, 2014
Graduate leads Washington & Jefferson Greek life

Ashley Ganoe Broskey, a 2005 Slippery Rock University communication and 2009 masters in affairs in higher education graduate, has been promoted to director of fraternity and sorority life at Washington & Jefferson College.

Broskey designs, implements and evaluates programs that enhance the social and academic effectiveness of the Greek community. She leads leadership trainings for chapter presidents and Greek facilities coordinators.

October 9, 2014
Computer science major receives $1,000 scholarship

Nicholas Botzer, a Slippery Rock University computer science major from Bethel Park, has received a $1,000 scholarship from Upsilon Pi Epsilon, an international computer and information honorary.

Botzer serves as president of UPI at SRU and the SRU Computer Club. He recently presented a paper at The Graphic Web conference, which focused on website technology. SRU will host the conference in 2015.

October 8, 2014
SRU’s Matt Adams hits Cardinals into championship series

Social media at Slippery Rock University and western Pennsylvania lit up last night when Matt Adams, a former SRU baseball standout, now with the St. Louis Cardinals, hit a seventh-inning home run to drive in three runs for a 3-2 win against the LA Dodgers in game four of the National League Divisional Series.

Adams’ bat advanced the Cardinals to the National League Championship series for the fourth consecutive time. When Adams came to the plate, the Dodgers were leading 2-0.

October 7, 2014
SRU’s Mihalik is ‘Michigan Football Coach’s Show’ guest

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – George Mihalik, Slippery Rock University head football coach and safety management professor, has been invited to appear on “Inside Michigan Football Coach's Show with Brady Hoke” airing live at 7 p.m., Oct. 8.

The weekly Michigan radio show, originating in Ann Arbor, features University of Michigan head coach Brady Hoke and is hosted by Jim Brandstatter each Wednesday.

October 6, 2014
Rock football moves up to 19 in AFCA national poll

WACO, Texas - The Slippery Rock University football team moved up in the national rankings for the fourth week in a row, this time climbing one spot to No. 19 in the latest Division II national poll released today by the American Football Coaches Association.

The Rock's move up the rankings comes after their toughest victory of the season, a 31-28 win over previously unbeaten Gannon last Saturday. It was the first time all season The Rock was outgained in total offense, but SRU benefited from a special teams touchdown and two defensive takeaways in the second half to earn a comeback win and remain unbeaten at 5-0 overall and 4-0 in conference play.

October 3, 2014
Physics majors pilot drone research

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Three Slippery Rock University physics majors are researching the possible use of drones in emergency response, such as directing the unmanned aerial device into a tunnel or sending one to deliver medicine to a marooned victim.

Maxx Swoger of Erie, Brittany Drew of Cranberry and Kevin Weigle of East Palestine, Ohio, who are studying to become engineers, obtained a $500 research grant from SRU to test the aerodynamic capabilities of drones. The physics department contributed money to purchase equipment.

October 3, 2014
SRU adds Big House Battle buses

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Deadlines are fast approaching for those planning to join in the Oct 18 Big House Battle at which Slippery Rock University football will take on Mercyhurst at the University of Michigan's football stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The Oct. 17-18 overnight trip for alumni and fans, sponsored by the SRU Alumni Association and the Office of Alumni Engagement, is sold out. However, those providing their own transportation may join the game-day tailgate at the University of Michigan Golf Course Clubhouse by making reservations by Oct. 16.

October 3, 2014
SRU students rank University high

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - An outside survey firm has found Slippery Rock University students rate their SRU experience higher than their peers at other four-year public universities.

"We are very pleased to see we are meeting, and exceeding, the expectations of our students," said Carrie Birckbichler, associate provost for academic planning, resource management and assessment. "We know we have quality programs, and we know our faculty are engaged in providing a rock-solid education. It is gratifying to see that students recognize these efforts."

October 3, 2014
SRU workshops key on learning spaces

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Malcolm Brown, director of the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative since 2009, will be the keynote speaker when Slippery Rock University hosts is annual Professional Development Day Oct. 14.

The daylong session, with registration beginning at 7:45 a.m., will be in the Smith Student Center.

October 3, 2014
VA funds SRU program for Vets

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Elizabeth Kemeny, assistant professor of parks and recreation, has received a $54,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to use in recreational therapy programs for local veterans.

"This grant will be used to provide recreational therapy to veterans of all ages through the equine-assisted program at the Storm Harbor Equestrian Center," Kemeny said.

October 3, 2014
Music faculty toot their horn, sax, piano

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University music faculty will perform on piano, brass, strings and woodwinds when they present the fourth annual "Music Department Faculty Collaborative Recital" at 12:30 p.m., Oct. 9, in Swope Music Hall.

Performers will present music in the classical, but many are modern compositions.

October 3, 2014
Graduate student goes 'batty'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - While many people regard bats as gross-looking disease vectors, Slippery Rock University graduate student researcher Lauren Brink thinks they're interesting animals that are important to the ecosystem and human agriculture and believes more effort should be taken to conserve them.

Brink, a graduate parks and resource management major from Glenshaw, is experimenting with recycled materials to construct bat boxes. Paulette Viola, SRU parks and recreation professor, is her research adviser.

October 3, 2014
SRU honors four 'Women of Distinction'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Julie Marx, executive director of Pennsylvania Women Work, will be the speaker at Slippery Rock University's annual Mentoring Dinner Oct. 14. Four Women of Distinction Awards will be presented as part of the evening's activities.

The 5 p.m. event, which acknowledges mentoring relationships between faculty, staff and students, is in the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center.

October 3, 2014
SLAB sets 125th Anniversary reading

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Editors and writers of Slippery Rock University's student-produced SLAB (Sound and Literary Art Book) magazine will offer a reading at 5:30 p.m., Oct. 8, in the alumni house in honor of SRU's 125th Anniversary.

Students will read works by writers and present their own poetry.

October 2, 2014
’12 graduate receives $2,000 swimming fellowship award

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Adam Katchmarchi, a 2012 Slippery Rock University health and physical education graduate, has received the $2,000 National Swimming Pool Foundation Fellowship Award from the National Swimming Pool Foundation Fellowship.

The fellowship goes to an individual seeking an advanced degree with a research focus related to safety around the water. The fellowship carries recognition and official announcement at the World Aquatic Health Conference in Portland, Ore., later this month.

October 1, 2014
SRU music therapy major on Pa. Music Therapy Task Force

Heather DiCicco, a Slippery Rock University music therapy major from Wilmington, Del., has been named a student representative to the Pennsylvania Music Therapy Task Force on Occupational Regulation.

DiCicco applied for one of the two student positions to the task force and was appointed by the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy Association. She joins Nicole Hahna, SRU assistant professor of music and co-chair of the committee.