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 December 2010 Archive 



SRU offers entrepreneurs 3-part Business Planning Workshop

 SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Regional residents looking to start a business should consider joining Slippery Rock University’s three-part “Business Planning Workshop” program designed to help would-be entrepreneurs develop their business plan and ideas.

            The free program, offered by SRU’s Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator, will be offered from 8 a.m. to noon at the University’s Center for Lifelong and Community Learning, 165 Elm St. Sessions are Dec. 4, Feb. 5 and March 19.

SRU education students show math can be family funSLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – While everyone knows two plus two equals four, the problem of getting young children interested in mathematics is much harder. Slippery Rock University students are tackling the issue this month by staging two “Family Math Night” events at regional elementary schools.

The first program was last night at Walnut Ridge Elementary School in the Ellwood City School District. The second is at 6 p.m., Dec. 8, at Moraine Elementary School, part of the Slippery Rock School District.



Three SRU Army ROTC cadets earn second lieutenant bars      


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University’s award-winning Army ROTC program will commission three cadets as second lieutenants at 2 p.m., Dec. 18, in the University’s Advanced Technology and Science Hall. 

Student Health Assessment Project surveys health issues

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Stress about grades…financial worries…trouble sleeping – so much for those carefree college days. To assess the impact of these and other issues, Slippery Rock University has launched a 2010-2011 Student Health Assessment Project to survey more than 1,500 students on a broad range of questions about their physical and emotional health and health-related behavior.


SRU joins ‘World Sustainable Development Teach-In Day’

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University’s AmeriCorps program will host a “World Sustainable Development Teach-In Day: toward local solutions to a global challenge,” as part of a worldwide program, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.

            The program, presented in the University Union, will provide the SRU community the chance to examine key sustainability-related issues.


SRU projects inspire programs aiding veterans, soldiers


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. –Kindergarten through sixth-graders at Sharon City School District’s Case, Musser and West Hill elementary schools now know a lot more about veterans and giving, thanks to two special programs put together by Slippery Rock University faculty and SRU students studying at their schools.



SRU’s Wukich helps dedicate Haiti’s newest water-filter plant 


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Richard Wukich, professor of art at Slippery Rock University, and his daughter, Danika, are in Haiti this week helping dedicate a newly certified water-filter plant in Jacmel. Wukich has a long involvement in making and promoting filters that purify non-potable water.

           As part of their visit, they will also tour the Artibonite Valley, cited as the center of the recent cholera outbreak. There they will meet with local Rotarians to plan another new filter factory to serve the area, Wukich said.


SRU trustees hear update on geology student research

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – A faculty presentation describing extensive research opportunities in geology by Slippery Rock University students was featured at last Friday’s meeting of the University’s Council of Trustees.

            Michael Zieg, associate professor of geography, geology and the environment, who concentrates in teaching geology, presented slides showing the council the geology research work undertaken by his students in Canada. He also detailed his own, award-winning geology work in Antarctica.


SRU faculty incorporate WikiLeaks information into classes     

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The online release of what may eventually amount to 250,000 allegedly newly stolen government documents on the WikiLeaks Web site, including classified embassy cables, has attracted worldwide and local attention. Slippery Rock University faculty are already incorporating the information into their classes to keep students abreast of world developments.


SRU volunteers tackle rebuilding work in New Orleans

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Sixteen Slippery Rock University students are gearing up to spend part of their winter break helping people in New Orleans continue their recovery efforts from 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. The 16, and two advisers, will spend Jan. 1-8 in Louisiana.

            Darlene Purvis, a public relations major from New Castle, was a crew member for a similar trip last year to New Orleans and became one of two student leaders for this year’s work detail.


SRU AmeriCorps students plan M.L. King Jr., Day events

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University AmeriCorps students have initiated three programs in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, including a children’s book drive, free CPR/AED certification programs and a day of service in New Castle.

“Nearly 200 participants have already signed up for the Jan. 17 service day,” said Laurel Dagnon, SRU program director for AmeriCorps. “We hope to have our full compliment of volunteers pre-registered before the Jan. 7 deadline.”

Dec. 18 ceremonies honor SRU graduates

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University will award 426 undergraduate degrees and 81 master’s degrees at its winter commencement ceremony at 11 a.m., Dec. 18, in Morrow Field House.

Robert Smith, SRU president, will offer remarks.


Artscape: departments connect art and science

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – You can find artists who draw inspiration from science. And you can find scientists who paint, but you don’t often see a merger of fine arts and geology like Slippery Rock University’s interdisciplinary research program in the Badlands National Park in South Dakota.


SRU offers pre-schooler’s free movement class

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Anyone with children ages 3-5 is invited to enroll them in Slippery Rock University’s free on-campus movement activities “Moving Concepts,” program, which is part of a physical education course taught by Marybeth Miller, associate professor of physical education.

Classes will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Thursdays in Morrow Field House beginning Feb. 3.