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SRU Good News for Sept 9, 2010


Retired SRU professors teach in China

John Nichols, retired Slippery Rock University professor emeritus of history, and Alison McNeal, who retired from the English department in June, didn’t stay retired for long. The husband-and-wife team accepted a call to teach this year at Nanjing University in China, an SRU partner institution.
            Both teach English-speaking graduate students. Nichols teaches history of western civilization and thesis writing. McNeal teaches American literature.
            The New Castle News profiled the duo Sept. 6, noting that Nanjing is a city of 6 million people.
           “Just like American universities, the start of each semester finds hundreds of students and their parents flocking to campus to prepare for the new school year,” Nichols told the newspaper. “We came here a bit early because we were told that sometimes it takes longer to do things to settle in, as well as get Internet access to e-mail.”
             Nichols, who retired in 2006, taught at SRU for 40 years. McNeal taught for 31 years.

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