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July 22, 2014
Four SRU students receive PASSHE Foundation scholarships

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Foundation has named four Slippery Rock University students as scholarship recipients for the coming year, awarding a total of $7,000

Awardees are: Kaisha Jantsch, an English major from Cranberry Township; Nana Konadu Owusu, a criminology and criminal justice major from Reston, Va.; Justin D'Antonio, a political science major from Butler; and Terrance Kible, a political science major from Slippery Rock.

July 18, 2014
VP shows off energy savings plan

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Amir Mohammadi, Slippery Rock University vice president for finance and administration, is off this weekend to the National Association of College and University Business Officers conference as a member of its sustainability advisory panel and says he hopes to bring back additional ideas for conserving energy and saving money on campus.

"I was appointed a member of the advisory panel by the NACUBO president before joining the Slippery Rock University team," Mohammadi said.

July 18, 2014
SRU gets final approval; launches special education doctorate

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Middle States Commission on Higher Education has approved a "substantive change" in Slippery Rock University's College of Education accreditation program as the final step in the college's plan to begin offering a new doctorate in special education.

"We now have all of the T's crossed, the I's dotted and have begun accepting applications for the spring semester 2015 cohort," said Keith Dils, dean of the college.

July 18, 2014
SRU professor spends semester at sea

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Abbas Noorbakhsh, Slippery Rock University School of Business professor, has found the perfect sabbatical: He'll use his time teaching three, semester-long business courses to some 75 engaged, challenging students - aboard the seven-deck, 25,000-ton, nine-classroom cruise ship MV Explorer as it sails the Atlantic Ocean.

The classes are part of the Semester at Sea floating college program operated by the University of Virginia.

July 18, 2014
New book dubs Slippery Rock 'center of the universe'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Many people with connections to the Slippery Rock University region would agree with the viewpoint of Tim Croll, a 1991 SRU geography graduate who works as a laborer for SRU's facilities and planning.

Croll has written and self-published a natural history book, "Slippery Rock: The Philosophical Center of the University."

July 18, 2014
SRU Summer School sees enrollment hike

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Summer School enrollment at Slippery Rock University is up both in course hours taken and actual headcount enrollment compared to the prior year.

Figures recently released by SRU's Office of Academic Records and Summer School, show 735 graduate students signed up for summer classes, compared to 607 for the summer of 2013; and increase of 19 percent. The 2014 graduate students generated 5,677 credit hours compared to 4,772 the previous year.

July 18, 2014
SEA hosts 'Fossil-Free Energy Fair'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator at Slippery Rock University has teamed with Marcellus Outreach Butler to present the second annual Fossil-Free Energy Fair from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., July 26. The event, "Energizing for a Sustainable Future" includes a video address by environmental activist and co-founder Bill McKibben.

The free SRU exhibition, dedicated to educating the public about the economic and climate benefits of alternate forms of energy, will be staged in SRU's Advanced Technology and Science Hall. The Fossil-free Energy Fair is the premier western Pennsylvania event focused on combating climate change by changing how power is generated for homes and industry.

July 18, 2014
Old Stone House restages French and Indian War

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Those who enjoy re-living history, or learning about it for the first time, are invited to return to the 18th century Aug. 9-10 to participate in the annual "Conflict on the Venango French and Indian War Encampment" at Slippery Rock University's Old Stone House.

The program will run10 a.m. to 5 p.m. opening day, and 10 a.m., to 4 p.m., Aug. 10.

July 18, 2014
SRU's Macoskey Center hosts permaculture design workshop

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research will host a three-hour "Introduction to Permaculture Design" workshop beginning at 9 a.m., Aug. 23, at the center.

The Macoskey Center, begun in 1987, will serve as a model for the program.

July 18, 2014
SRU seeks local host families for 10 Saga University students

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Ten visiting students from Saga University will visit Slippery Rock University Sept. 11-22 to work on developing their English speaking and writing skills.

Yakako Ishimaru, an instructor in SRU's modern languages and cultures department who teaches Japanese, is again organizing the program.

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