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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.

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