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September 30, 2014
SRU receives $100,492 Brazil Scientific Mobility Grant

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University's Office of Global Initiatives has received a $100,492 grant from the Institute of International Education to sponsor five international students to attend SRU under its Brazil Scientific Mobility Program.

The grant is for the 2014-15 year. The students are already in class.

September 30, 2014
SRU theater graduate works both coasts

Jeff Feola, a 2007 Slippery Rock University theatre graduate from New Castle, is working both ends of the country. In June he was a winning contestant on TV’s “The Price is Right” taped in Los Angeles, and has now landed a position as company manager with The Public Theater in New York City.

His TV show winnings included $1,500 in jewelry and a package that included a jet ski.

September 26, 2014
New SRU education aid helps students build up their PECTs

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - When Slippery Rock University's Dean of the College of Education, Keith Dils, and Matthew Erickson, assistant professor of special education, noticed education majors were spending lots of money on brushing-up their skills in preparation for taking the required Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests they decided a new "app" was necessary.

Dils charged Erickson, a member of the SRU faculty since 2011, with coming up with a plan that would help students be better prepared for the test that determines if an education graduate is qualified to teach in Pennsylvania's school.

September 26, 2014
SRU's BFSA names new leaders, plans

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University Black Faculty and Staff Association has a new name, new executive officers and an increased commitment to mentorship and support for black administrators, faculty, staff and students.

The board met Tuesday to ratify bylaws aligning the association's leadership goals with the diversity elements in "Reaching for 2025 and Beyond," SRU's strategic plan.

September 26, 2014
Eighth annual Sunset Serenade benefits Storm Harbor Equestrian Center

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Storm Harbor Equestrian Center hosts its eighth annual Sunset Serenade at 5:30 p.m., Oct. 11, under the theme "Rockin' Through the Ages" in honor of the University's 125th Anniversary.

The event raises funds to help build the endowment, expand services and provide scholarship assistance to SRU students and riders who use the Storm Harbor Equestrian Center.

September 26, 2014
SRU art faculty to display original works

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Paintings, sculptures, ceramics, jewelry, digital media and other artwork created by Slippery Rock University art faculty will be displayed Sept. 29-Oct.17, during the SRU Art Department Faculty Exhibition in the University's Martha Gault Art Gallery.

The opening reception is at 5 p.m., Sept. 29, in the gallery located in Malty Center.

September 26, 2014
SRU's Rocket captures four CSPA awards

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Rocket, Slippery Rock University's student newspaper, has captured four Gold Circle Awards from the nearly 11,500 college and secondary school newspaper entries in the annual Columbia Scholastic Press Association contest.

The Rocket's awards came in the news and design divisions.

September 26, 2014
SRU hosts Special Olympics Pa., Oct. 5

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - More than 300 Special Olympics Pennsylvania athletes will travel to Slippery Rock University for the daylong Oct. 5 annual Western Fall Sectional.

The athletes will represent 14 western Pennsylvania programs and compete in team and individual events in five sports, including bocce, long-distance walking/running, powerlifting, soccer and volleyball.

September 26, 2014
Gray, Kaplan Solomon to present recital

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Colleen Gray, associate professor of music, and Nanette Kaplan Soloman, professor emerita of music, will present a recital of music composed by the late Lee Hoiby, at 4 p.m., Oct. 5, in Swope Music Hall. There is no charge.

Gray will perform a solo recital with Solomon as collaborative pianist.

September 26, 2014
Livingston Taylor performs two shows

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Livingston Taylor, who has been playing guitar since age 13 and is a professor at Berkley College of Music, will present two performances Oct. 19 as part of the Slippery Rock University Performing Arts Series.

The 3 and 7:30 p.m. concerts are in the University Union.

September 26, 2014
Old Stone House hosts 'Archaeology Day'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Old Stone House will host its first Archaeology Day, Oct. 11, including displays of arrowheads, pottery and glassware found in backyards and attics across the Butler County region.

The free event will run 1-4 p.m.

September 26, 2014
SRU's Active Minds hosts eating disorder survivor

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University student chapter of Active Minds will bring Maggie Bertram, an eating disorder survivor who lives with anxiety and depression, to campus for a free lecture explaining her experiences.

The lecture is at 8 p.m., Oct. 8, in the Smith Student Center Ballroom., Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

September 26, 2014
Women's Center sets trafficking talk

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - As part of a week-long education and awareness campaign, IZE on Human Trafficking will bring Mary Burke, director of the doctoral program in counseling psychology at Carlow University, to Slippery Rock University for a 7 p.m., Oct. 1, documentary and discussion session.

The free program, titled "In Plain Sight: Human Trafficking in Western Pennsylvania," will be in the Advanced Technology and Science Hall Auditorium.

September 26, 2014
McKeever Center hosts nature art show

SANDY LAKE, Pa. - Nature artists will display and sell their work during the free McKeever Environmental Learning Center's 12th Annual Nature Art Show today through Sept. 28.

Connected by tree-lined, paved pathways, visitors can easily walk from building to building touring each of the artist's galleries.

September 25, 2014
Food Management ranks SRU dining halls ninth among favorites

Slippery Rock University’s Boozel and Weisenfluh dining halls have been named among the nine top favorite sites of Food Management magazine.

Food Management, which covers foodservice operations, events and trends, said the renovated facilities resulted from SRU’s five-year strategic plan to upgrade campus.

September 24, 2014
Food Management ranks SRU dining halls ninth among favorites

The final numbers are in: Slippery Rock University students, faculty and staff donated 189 pints of blood during last week’s Bleed Green and White Blood Drive. The goal had been 100 pints.

More than 320 students, faculty and staff volunteered to donate blood or help with the drive, said Laurel Dagnon, director of SRU’s Center for Student Involvement and Leadership. Dagnon said many freshmen donated.

September 26, 2014
SRU trustees approve new Miller Auditorium renovation plan

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – By unanimous vote, Slippery Rock University trustees today agreed to revise plans to renovate Miller Auditorium and expand the renovations to include both East and West Gym, including a 9,500-square-foot addition for theatre shop space, a dance studio and a new lobby as part of a new Performance and Classroom Laboratory facility.
Total cost of the new plan is set at $22.9 million.

September 26, 2014
SRU cited as College of Distinction

Slippery Rock University has again been included in the Colleges of Distinction report that reviews colleges and university across the nation citing those the report considers "the best places to learn, to grow and to succeed."

The report cites SRU for being shaped by its normal school heritage and reports, "The University is distinguished by its commitment to academic excellence, leadership and citizenship."

September 23, 2014
Alcoa grant funds SRU safety majors’ conference attendance

Slippery Rock University’s safety management program has received $1,000 from the Alcoa Corp. to help cover registration fees and transportation for SRU safety management majors to attend the Western Pennsylvania Joint Professional Development Conference Oct. 16, at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Kevin McKnight, vice president of EHS and sustainability for Alcoa, and Jeffrey Shockey, Alcoa corporate safety director, presented Joseph Cali, professor and chairperson of SRU’s safety management department, with the check.

September 22, 2014
'00 graduate receives Human and Civil Rights Award

Adam Forgie, a 2000 Slippery Rock University secondary education graduate, has received the Human and Civil Rights Awards Educational Leadership Award from the Pennsylvania State Education Association.

Forgie, a Woodland Hills High School social studies teacher, received the award for his accomplishments as a social studies teacher, two-term mayor of Turtle Creek and involvement as vice president of the Pennsylvania State Mayors Association.

September 19, 2014
SRU sets record for new students

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - With 1,586 new freshmen and 599 new transfer students, a total of 2,185, Slippery Rock University has set an entering-student class record as it celebrates its 125th anniversary year. Both undergraduate and graduate student enrollments are up compared to the previous year. Overall enrollment at 8,495 is up 1.77 percent compared to last year.

Graduate student enrollment in SRU's master's degree programs is up nearly 20.74 percent compared to last year.

September 19, 2014
White House invites Arnhold to summit

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Robert Arnhold, Slippery Rock University professor of physical and health education, has been invited to participate in a White House Summit and Research Forum on Improved Health and Fitness for Americans with Disabilities. Arnold will share how the national "I Can Do It, You Can Do It" mentoring program can be further expanded and potentially linked to first lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" initiative.

The National Institute of Health and the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition are sponsoring the program.

September 19, 2014
SRU homecoming spotlights 125th

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's annual homecoming, set for Sept. 27, will help celebrate the University's 125th anniversary with the theme "SRU 125th Anniversary: Past Present and Future." A week of activities, beginning Sept. 21, is planned to build spirit for the event.

"This year, we are working to see that the entire University is represented and participating. You only celebrate your 125th anniversary once, so this is an opportunity for the entire University community to truly join in a very memorable event," said Brad Kovaleski, director of SRU's Center for Student Involvement and Leadership.

September 19, 2014
SRU counseling students expand skills

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - When Slippery Rock University school counseling master's degree students said they needed hands-on time with students, Jane Hale, assistant professor of counseling and development, linked with Beaver County's public special needs school, New Horizon School, and the match was perfect.

"It truly was a perfect match," Hale said, "The students at New Horizon are giving my students the opportunity to test their teaching and counseling skills while simultaneously learning how to work with special needs students. The response from the students and staff was overwhelmingly positive, and we are planning on returning this fall as well. The young students seemed to really benefit from the specialized attention geared specifically to their needs."

September 19, 2014
'Exceptional' autumn takes root

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - As days shorten and become crisp on the Slippery Rock University campus, the green palette of summer is transforming into autumn's annual display of beauty. Dave Krayesky, biology assistant professor, said it should be an exceptionally colorful season and has even predicted a peak week.

"If we have cool, fall nights and clear, sunny days we tend to get the more brilliant foliage where we see more of the orange hues, crimsons and purples," he said. "It is looking like we may have a fall like that this year."

September 19, 2014
SRU History Series explores WWI

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The history department at Slippery Rock University continues its yearlong History Series on World War I with a Sept. 25 lecture by Kent Schull on the impact the war had on bringing an end to the Ottoman Empire and the creation of the modern Middle East.

Schull, associate professor of Ottoman and Middle East history at SUNY-Binghamton and a former Fulbright Scholar to Turkey, will lecture at 12:30 p.m. in 105 Vincent Science Center.

September 19, 2014
SRU honors President's Title IX Champion, distinguished alumni

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - U.S. Navy Capt. Kathlene Contres, a 1977 Slippery Rock University graduate, formerly the Navy's highest ranking female Hispanic officer on active duty until her 2010 retirement, will receive the President's Title IX Champion Award at the SRU Alumni Association's annual Distinguished Alumni Dinner, which also honors four distinguished alumni.

The 6 p.m., Sept 27, event is in the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center. The campus is invited to attend; tickets are $30, and may be reserved by calling 724.738.2018.

September 19, 2014
Magazine names SRU dining halls ninth among its favorites

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Boozel and Weisenfluh dining halls have been named among the nine top favorite sites of Food Management magazine.

Food Management, which covers foodservice operations, events and trends, said the renovated facilities resulted from SRU's five-year strategic plan to upgrade campus.

September 19, 2014
Junior ROTC students 'invade' SRU tower

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Ninety Butler High School Junior ROTC cadets will "invade" Slippery Rock University's outdoor climbing and rappelling tower Saturday as part of the University's Army ROTC leadership development program.

"This training is something we have been doing for about 20 years," said Capt. Scott Woida, an SRU assistant professor of military science. "It is a chance for high school students to build on their leadership capabilities and be engaged in some physical activities as well."

September 19, 2014
SGA fills first two Big House Battle buses

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The first two buses headed to the Oct. 18 Big House Battle, pitting Slippery Rock University against Mercyhurst in the University of Michigan football stadium are full and names for possible additional buses are being taken in the hopes funding can be found.

"I was pleasantly surprised to see a line out the door here at the SGA Bookstore of students waiting to pay their $5 deposit for a seat on the two game buses funded by Student Government Association," said Joe Flynn, bookstore manager.

September 19, 2014
SRU announces Oct. 5 dance concert

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Hip-hop, contemporary and Afro-Colombian dance will be on display when Slippery Rock University presents the Faculty and Guest Artist Dance Concert at 2 and 6:30 p.m., Oct. 5, in Butler County Community College's Succup Theater.

More than 45 student dancers, six dance faculty and three guest artists will present original choreography.

September 18, 2014
Physics major joins Team USA for triathlon

Timothy Samec, a Slippery Rock University physics major from Drums, has been selected to Team USA to compete in the 2015 International Triathlon Union Age Group World Championships.

The 2015 ITU World Championships will feature the top age group athletes in the world from countries including Canada, Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, France, Germany and many others.

September 17, 2014
SRU graduates hold top two posts in Slippery Rock Schools

Patricia Kardambikis, a 1990 Slippery Rock University secondary guidance and counseling master’s degree graduate, has been named assistant superintendent at the Slippery Rock School District joining Superintendent Alfonso “Butch” Angelucci, a 1992 SRU elementary education graduate.

Kardambikis begins her duties Oct. 1., Angelucci joined the district in July.

September 16, 2014
'83 grad receives appointment to NJ ethics commission

Dennis Roberts, a 1983 Slippery Rock University graduate, has been appointed to a second term on the New Jersey Department of Education School Ethics Commission. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie selected him

The nine-member commission receives complaints, conducts investigations, holds hearings and works to ensure conduct standards in classrooms.

September 15, 2014
SRU dance program ranks second in Pennsylvania; 15 in U.S., an online ranking for students considering majoring in dance in college, has issued its 2014 national and state dance schools rankings report naming Slippery Rock University's program second best in Pennsylvania and among the top 25 nationally.

Of the seven colleges and universities in the commonwealth offering dance programs, 16 with bachelor degrees, SRU scored 4.5 stars in the online site's five-star rating system.

September 12, 2014
SRU president outlines successes in State of University Address

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University President Cheryl Norton used the University's 125th anniversary celebration as a foundation to show the progress, growth, expansion and successes the institution has undergone as part of her annual State of the Union Address.

The presentation to faculty, staff and students in the Smith Student Center included a long list of recent accomplishments and accolades including:

September 12, 2014
SRU to host global Web conference

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - What do Paris, France, Winchester, England, Zurich, Switzerland, Toyko, Japan, San Francisco, Calif., and Slippery Rock University have in common? By the end of 2015, all will have served as hosts for the internationally acclaimed, high-tech Graphical Web Conference.

The Graphical Web is an annual, global conference showcasing the many new open source technologies that have become available for presenting visual information on the Web.

September 12, 2014
SRU MBA students examine Alibaba

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Everyone know the high-tech company names IBM, Microsoft, Apple, Lennox, Intel, Samsung, Toshiba, Amazon and a host of others, but the newest, fastest growing, and possibly most inclusive high-tech company, is Alibaba, and Slippery Rock University School of Business Professor David Culp says that name is quickly moving to the top of the high-tech list.

Culp teaches a master's degree-level course titled "Global Dynamics" as part of SRU's master in business administration program offered as a blended program with both online and in-class sessions at the Regional Learning Alliance in Cranberry Township.

September 12, 2014
SRU earns U.S. News top 100 ranking

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has again been included in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News Best Colleges with a "Best Regional University - North" ranking.

The U.S. News and World Report rankings went live Sept. 9 at: The "Best Colleges 2015."

September 12, 2014
9/11 ceremony honors fallen heroes

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - For Heather Robertson, a Slippery Rock University special education major from Levittown, N.Y., Thursday's "Remembering 9/11" ceremony at SRU carried special significance. Her father was among the New York City emergency responders arriving at the World Trade Center just minutes before the first tower fell in the Al Qaeda attacks on that fateful day in 2001.

"It was a very moving ceremony," Robertson said, adding she thought of her father, Bruce Butt, her family and the families who lost loved ones during the attacks while she participated in the 15-minute observance in SRU's Smith Student Center Lobby.

September 12, 2014
Slanina gets kicks at 'Route 66 Festival'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - When Anne Slanina, Slippery Rock University associate professor of elementary education and early childhood development, wrote her newly released "Annie Mouse's Route 66 a Family Vacation," a follow-up to the 2010 "Annie Mouse's Route 66 Adventure: A Photo Journal," children's book, she had no idea it would one day carry her to Kingman, Ariz., as a featured participant in the annual Route 66 International Festival.

The festival is hosted in a different town along the famed Route 66 each year.

September 12, 2014
Rock researchers study nanotechnology

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Timothy Samec, a Slippery Rock University physics major from Drums, can relate to Nobel Prize winning physicist Richard Feynman's famous declaration that "there is plenty of room at the bottom."

"Today is a big day for the Athletic Communication Office at Slippery Rock University and a big day for our fans," said Jon Holtz , director of athletic communication.

September 12, 2014
SRU launches yearlong WWI series

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - One hundred years later, World War I shells continue to explode on the world's political landscape, said Lia Paradis, Slippery Rock University history professor and speaker for SRU's yearlong history series on the 100th anniversary of The Great War.

Paradis and George Brown, SRU political science professor, will launch the series when they discuss theories about the war's cause at 12:30 p.m., Sept. 18, in 105 Vincent Science Center.

September 12, 2014
Dancers to offer something every minute

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A lot can happen in one minute, including Slippery Rock University dance students' Sept. 25 presentation of SRU's version of the national 60X60 Dance Concert.

Students will offer 60 choreographies each lasting one-minute, with video and musical accompaniment, for an art hodgepodge.

September 12, 2014
Sport management class plans outing

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University students enrolled in Brian Crow's "Sport Facilities and Event Management" course get first-hand experience not only in terms of promoting and running sports venues in the future, but also in planning events, including the upcoming "Rocktober Open" golf outing.

"This is a chance for students to be involved at the ground level in learning to plan and run a sporting event, as well as how to help benefit an important charity," Crow, a professor of sport management, said.

September 12, 2014
SRU promotes 11; three new professors

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has granted promotions to 12 faculty members effective with the start of fall semester classes.

Moving from associate professor to professor are:

September 12, 2014
SRU tenures 17 faculty members

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Eleven Slippery Rock University assistant professors and six associate professors have been granted tenure effective with the start of fall semester.

Assistant professors receiving tenure are:

September 12, 2014
SGA opens sign up for 'Big House Battle"

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Student Government Association at Slippery Rock University has agreed to fund at least one student fan bus to the Oct. 18 "Big House Battle" football game between SRU and Mercyhurst University. Students can begin signing-up Sept. 18 in the SGA Bookstore in the Smith Student Center.

SGA has appointed a committee, chaired by Emily Murasso, a psychology major from Hazlet, N.J., to plan the trip to the University of Michigan which will include a series of activities and giveaways leading up to game day. Interested students can attend the committee planning meting at 7 p.m., Sept. 15, in the CSIL Suite in the Smith Student Center.

September 11, 2014
SRU is “Cool School’ on Sierra Club magazine list

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has been named a Top 100 “Cool School” and one of 2014’s greenest universities by the Sierra Club.

SRU was listed in the 89th spot and was the only Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education university to make the Sierra Club 100-list. The list is included in the club’s magazine.

September 10, 2014
Music professor receives statewide appointment

Slippery Rock University has again been included in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News Best Colleges with a "Best Regional University - North" ranking.

The U.S. News and World Report rankings went live today at: The "Best Colleges 2015."

September 9, 2014
SRU cited as a Best Regional University by U.S. News

Slippery Rock University has again been included in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News Best Colleges with a "Best Regional University - North" ranking.

The U.S. News and World Report rankings went live today at: The "Best Colleges 2015."

September 5, 2014
SRU plans 9/11 memorial event

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will host a 9/11 memorial service at 8:30 a.m., Sept. 11, at the University's 9/11 Memorial located just east of the University Union.

All members of the local community are invited to attend.

September 5, 2014
SRU, Polish student artists 'Experiment'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University students exchange a lot - cell phone numbers, emails and Facebook connections for starters. Student fibers artists and their counterparts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk are also sharing their artistic talent through an "Experiment" program.

"Experiment," a yearlong collaboration between SRU and the academy, culminates with a Sept. 22-Oct. 10 fibers exhibition in SRU's Martha Gault Art Gallery.

September 5, 2014
SRU scores points with Sierra Club, College Factual, Educate To Career

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University had added a number of new accolades to its repertoire in recent weeks, including a Top 100 ranking as a "Cool School" and one of 2014's greenest universities awarded by the Sierra Club. The University also garnered citations from College Factual and Educate To Career.

SRU was listed in the 89th spot and was the only Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education university to make the Sierra Club 100-list.

September 5, 2014
SRU expands services to veterans

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University continues to gear up its services for U.S. military veterans, including expanded services available from its Student Veterans Resource Center and the Telehealth Services system along with formation of a new statewide student veterans association.

"We have nearly 300 veterans enrolled as students at SRU. Many of them are non-traditional, over the age 25, and working fulltime, often with families. So meeting their needs requires special attention," said Laurel Dagnon, director of programming for the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership.

September 5, 2014
SRU dancers catch camera's eye

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University dancers will star in a film to be taped on campus next week by dance director Marta Renzi, an experimental filmmaker with international credits, who specializes in dance on camera movies.

Renzi will offer a Sept. 5-14 guest artist residency at SRU in order to record her next dance. The filming will take place outside, possible on the Quad or at SRU's Storm Harbor Equestrian Center. Renzi has directed more than 75 short films and will collaborate with Jennifer Keller, SRU professor of dance, on her next feature.

September 5, 2014
'Scab' explores pain, healing, forgiveness

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Often in life the scab from a wound takes longer to stop hurting than the original wound. Themes of pain, healing and self-discovery are explored in the plot of Slippery Rock University's Oct. 3-9 presentation of "Scab."

The play, written by Sheila Callaghan, will be presented seven times, all performances in the University Union Multi-Purpose Room.

September 5, 2014
COE to host CAEP visitors

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's College of Education will host an accreditation visit March 29-31 by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

Interested parties are asked to submit third-party comments to the visiting team. Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered and should specify the party's relationship to the EPP, including graduate, present or former faculty member, or employer of graduates.

September 5, 2014
SRU encourages community to 'step up'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "Step, two, three four; Step, two, three, four... Step, two, three, 10,000" is the mantra for this year's semester-long "Walk The Rock," a walking exercise program at Slippery Rock University.

Kimberly Smith, associate professor of exercise and rehabilitative sciences, is organizing the program with a goal of 500 participants willing to "step up" - or start - their exercise program.

September 5, 2014
SRU has 'in' at Big House Battle

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University definitely has an "in" when it comes to the upcoming Oct. 18 SRU football vs. Mercyhurst "Big House Battle" slated at the University of Michigan.

Kelly Bailey, director of SRU's Office of Alumni Engagement, traveled to Ann Arbor, Mich., over the Labor Day holiday and by chance ran into Jim Filipiak, a member of the University of Michigan Golf Course Clubhouse staff.

September 5, 2014
SRU'S 'TRAILS' program receives $5,000

Slippery Rock University's Therapeutic Recreation: Accessing Independent Leisure and Social Skills program has received $5,000 from the Autism Opportunities Network, Inc. Roger Dunlap, a 1994 SRU public administration graduate, started the charity organization.

Dunlap heard about SRU's program from an SRU therapeutic recreation major.

September 4, 2014
SRU communication graduate, Rocket editor lands sports post

Madeline “Maddie” Williams, a 2013 Slippery Rock University communication major and former Rocket sports editor, has been named a sports department information assistant at Presbyterian College.

She will serve the school’s 15-team athletic program, including seven men’s and eight women’s sports involving more than 300 student-athletes, with specific work covering the women and men’s soccer and tennis teams and the women’s lacrosse team.

September 3, 2014
Two SRU fishermen pull in $500 catch

Tyler Sheppard, a Slippery Rock University exercise science major from Hermitage, and Tyler Branca, an SRU geography, geology and environmental science major from Hermitage, have added $500 to the SRU Bass Fishing Club's treasury by taking fourth place in the recent FLW College Fishing Bass Tournament at Chautauqua.

The money can be used at the club's discretion.

September 2, 2014
SRU graduate heads Westminster College Alumni Office

Kara Petro Montgomery, a 2006 Slippery Rock University secondary education graduate, has been named director of alumni relations at Westminster College.

Originally from New Castle, but now a resident of Hermitage, Montgomery has worked as director of student and young alumni programs for the University of Pittsburgh Alumni Association.