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December 9, 2014
SRU's Cooke receives ATRA task force chairmanship

Colleen Cooke, a Slippery Rock University assistant professor of parks and recreation and 1984 SRU parks and recreation graduate, has been appointed chairperson of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association's Election Task Force.

She will lead the task force's examination of bylaws and policies that relate to nominations and elections, and make recommendations to the association board of directors by March 7.

December 8, 2014
Rock places five on Daktronics All Region team

WEST CHESTER, Pa. - The Daktronics All-Region team is nominated for and voted on by sports information directors from each school in the region. Super Region One consists of all schools in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, the Mountain East Conference, the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association and the Northeast 10 Conference.

SRU players named to the first team were: Marcus Martin, a safety management major from West Mifflin, Admire Carter, a criminal justice major from Beaver Falls, who represent the defense; and Shamar Greene, a safety management major from Duquesne, representing the offense.

December 5, 2014
SRU criminology graduate sworn in as police officer

Kyle Walkins, a 2013 Slippery Rock University criminology and criminal justice major and a current master's degree student in the same field, has been sworn in as a police officer with the Northern Regional Police Department serving areas just north of Pittsburgh.

Walkins formerly served as a part-time officer with the Franklin Park Police Department.

December 5, 2014
SRU trustees authorize new physician assistant degree request

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University’s Council of Trustees took two major steps today toward bringing a new master of science in physician assistant studies degree to the University by unanimously agreeing to forward the program plan to Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education’s board of governors and begin steps to possibly purchase a nearby facility to headquarter the program.

The purchase involves opening negotiations to purchase the now-closed Har Mer Elementary School, at 230 W. Prairie St., Harrisville, part of the Slippery Rock Area School District, for use as the physician assistant training facility.

December 5, 2014
SRU commencement marks 125 years

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - When 511 Slippery Rock University graduating seniors cross the commencement stage Dec. 13 it will be an extra special event. The graduates are part of the University's 125th Anniversary celebration year.

The 11 a.m. culminating ceremony in Morrow Field House will include placing the day's printed commencement program in the University's 125-celebration time capsule and a reflection on the University history. The capsule will be placed on permanent display in the Smith Student Center at year's end.

December 5, 2014
SRU's Interim Dean Valentine trades Hawaiian shirts for suit and tie - again

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University Professor David Valentine packed his dress shirts and ties in favor of his trademark Hawaiian shirts when as he stepped down as interim dean of the College of Business, Information and Social Science in 2011, but he's pulling them out to become interim dean of the newly named College of Business as SRU searches for Dean Kurt Schimmel's replacement.

Schimmel, who has served of as dean of the college since July 2011, will join the SRU faculty Jan. 10 as a professor in the newly named College of Business.

December 5, 2014
Former Rock baseball player earned pinstripes with 1915-27 N.Y. Yankees

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University archives served up the materials needed to help baseball writer Steve Rice hit a home run with his online biography of New York Yankees pitcher James Robert "Bob" Shawkey. The right-hander, who played for the Yankees from 1915-1927, pitched for the Slippery Rock State Normal School baseball team in 1910.

Rice, a baseball historian, wrote his biopic for the Society for American Baseball Research Biography Project, which profiles major league players. The biography notes Shawkey played with Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and other "Murderers' Row" players on the 1927 Yankees team, considered by some baseball historians as the best in history.

December 5, 2014
SRU unveils, places time capsule as 125th Anniversary nears end

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University started the countdown to ending its yearlong 125th Anniversary Thursday by unveiling and placing memorabilia from the celebration year in a time capsule that will soon go on permanent display in the Smith Student Center.

Students, faculty, staff, alumni, community members and Council of Trustees representatives gathered in the center's third-floor lobby to place items in the capsule, which will be sealed and placed on display at the end of the year.

December 5, 2014
SRU realigns STEM-H majors

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University is aligning all of its STEM-H - science, technology, engineering, mathematics and health professions - programs in one college as a means of providing better continuity and improved course and major linkage.

The realignment includes moving two of the University's three computing areas from the College of Business, Information and Social Sciences to the College of Health, Environment and Science.

December 5, 2014
Mowing grass grows greener at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Grass mowing at Slippery Rock University is growing greener.

The University's Green Fund Advisory Committee has approved a $10,880 request from Dallas Cott, assistant director of campus services, for purchase of the University's first propane-powered, zero-turn, lawn tractor.

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