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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.

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 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 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 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 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 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.