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SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Learn how to capture your audience or customer's attention by using Microsoft's PowerPoint special effects. The software's latest techniques will be demonstrated during a free� workshop 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday [Jan. 14] at Slippery Rock University's North Hills Center, Route 910 in Wexford.

SRU's National Award-winning ROTC Program to Commission Three Officers

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's national award-winning Army ROTC Program will commission three cadets as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army at ceremonies preceding Saturday's [Dec. 14] winter commencement.

SRU Student from Fredonia Named 'Outstanding Future Professional' by Statewide Group

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Crystal Lynn Drew, a senior health and physical education major at Slippery Rock University from Fredonia, has been named recipient of the Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance "Outstanding Future Professional Award."

SRU Student from Somerset Earns Second Scholarship

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Patrick Polcha, a senior physical education major from Somerset has received his second Violet Baumgardner Scholarship from the Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance in salute of his leadership, campus involvement and strong academic standing.

SRU's $1.500 Boccio Family Scholarship Awarded

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Heather Radcliffe, a senior physical education major from Slippery Rock, has been awarded the $1,500 Boccio Family Scholarship for her performance in the classroom and her involvement in intercollegiate athletics.

$1,000 Scholarship Awarded PE Major

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Tiffiny B. Thompson a senior physical education major from Vienna, Ohio, has been named recipient of Slippery Rock University's $1,000 Colette S. Garrison Scholarship.

27 SRU Students Named to Special Education Honorary

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Twenty-seven Slippery Rock University students have been inducted into Sigma Pi Epsilon Delta, the national special education honorary at recent campus ceremonies. Membership in the service-based fraternity requires the student to have completed nine or more credit hours in special education courses and hold a 3.25 or higher grade-point average.�

'Saturday Showcases' Set for Prospective Students

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - With interest in Slippery Rock University soaring, the Office of Admission has scheduled three "Saturday Showcase" open houses for prospective students and their families. Each showcase begins in the morning and runs through early afternoon, giving high school students a chance to experience campus, meet faculty and plug into Rock athletics and clubs.

4 SRU Students Qualify for National Black Student Leadership Conference

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University helps students build leadership skills through a variety of programs, campus activities and conferences.� Among the university's high achievers are four students chosen to attend a national leadership conference featuring prominent African-American speakers and workshops on "meeting the challenge of leadership in uncertain times."

Rev. M.L. King Day Basketball Tournaments to Support Food Cupboard

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day will be marked at Slippery Rock University with a two-day "Three-on-Three Basketball Tournament" held to support the local Feed My Sheep Food Cupboard and as a way of showing area students that community service can be fun.

'New Terrain' Dance Concert Set Jan. 30-Feb. 1

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Dance Theater will explore "New Terrain" in a three-performance showcase featuring guest artist Bridget Moore along with Nora Ambrosio, a member of the university's dance faculty, and student choreographers and dancers.

Rock Stronghold: New Athletic Training Major Approved

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education board of governors has approved an athletic training major for Slippery Rock University, a move that will enhance the credentials of Rock graduates seeking employment as high school, clinic, college or professional athletic trainers.

New Library Director at SRU Sets Goals

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's new library director, Philip Tramdack, will shepherd a major technology upgrade at Bailey Library, including installation of 30 new computers and 36 laptops.

Study Skills Workshops Planned for High School, SRU Students as Part of Black History Month

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Helping both high school and college students improve their study skills will be part of Black History Month at Slippery Rock University as a series of workshops, along with the chance to talk with a local author and the traditional "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Speech Competition," are planned.


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- An environmental lecture series open to the public will be held at Slippery Rock University to provide tips on recycling, solar energy and other related topics applicable to homeowners and businesses.

SRU Schedules Saturday Dance Classes for Youngsters

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Saturday mornings are meant for children to have fun and to support that idea, area youngsters are invited to participate in Slippery Rock University's "Creative Dance, Tap and Jazz Classes."


�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Kaplan Duo, comprised of Slippery Rock University music Professor Dr. Nanette Kaplan Solomon and her sister Dr. Iris Kaplan will present a free piano duet recital open to the public at 4 p.m. Sunday [Feb. 9] in SRU's Swope Recital Hall.�

SRU's Alumni Association Bookstore To Spotlight Paintings of Two Area High School Art Teachers

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "Space and Light," a landscape painting showcase, will highlight the works of two area high school art teachers at the next Gallery 164 Bookstore exhibition. The bookstore/art gallery is a project of the Slippery Rock University Alumni Association, offered in conjunction with Slippery Rock's downtown redevelopment.

SRU Alumni Association to Spotlight Art Teacher Paintings at Gallery 164 Bookstore

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "Space and Light," a landscape painting showcase, will highlight the works of two area high school art teachers at the next Gallery 164 Bookstore exhibition. The bookstore/art gallery is a project of the Slippery Rock University Alumni Association, offered in conjunction with Slippery Rock's downtown redevelopment.

SRU's 'Take 5' Concert to Feature Faculty, Guest Artists In Presentation Of Classics And Jazz

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The annual "Take 5" concert, featuring both classical and jazz selections, will open this semester's music department concert season with a free performance at 4 p.m. Feb. 2 in Swope Recital Hall.

EDITOR'S ADVISORY: Haircut for Charity

At 7 p.m. tonight [Jan. 27], Adam Ward, a Slippery Rock University junior, will get his first haircut since enrolling at the university more than two years ago. The hair will be donated to Locks of Love, an organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children with medical hair loss.

SRU Student Ends 30-Month Avoidance of Haircuts to Help Children with Hair Loss

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- An off-hand challenge from a friend headed to the Army and facing the dreaded haircut was all Adam Ward, a Slippery Rock University secondary education major, needed to launch a 30-month avoidance of haircuts. The "growing" ended Monday when Ward had his hair cut to benefit children facing medical-related hair loss.

Students from Butler, Lawrence, Mercer, Allegheny Counties to Attend SRU Language Competition

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- More than 1,000 students from 35 regional high schools will converge on Slippery Rock University Feb. 11 for a "World Language Competition," an event that promotes cultural awareness and showcases SRU's strong modern languages department.

Planning Meeting Slated for Slippery Rock Farmer's Market

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The success of last year's Slippery Rock Farmer's Market, organized by Slippery Rock University students, has prompted organizers to again establish the market for the upcoming growing season.

SRU Alumnus, National Fitness Leader Garry W. Benford Donates Scholarship, Weight Center Funds

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - When Garry W. Benford, a nationally respected physical fitness leader, enrolled at Slippery Rock University 30 years ago, he turned part of his attention to barbell lifting - a passion he credits with boosting his academics and self-esteem. His continuing passion is now providing Rock athletics with a weight-training center, and physical education majors with an annual $1,000 academic scholarship.

Wireless Classroom Technology Enhances Learning at SRU: $704,531 in High-tech Equipment

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Major technology equipment purchases at Slippery Rock University will place additional interactive communication systems, hand-held computers, laptops and digital cameras in a number of classrooms, including physics, chemistry, geology, geography and dance.

Award-winning Journalist to Discuss Wrongful Prosecutions at SRU; Public Welcome

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Investigative journalist Bill Moushey, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, will share his insight into wrongful prosecutions when he gives a free speech at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday [Feb. 4] at Slippery Rock University's Spotts World Culture Building. The public is invited.

Slippery Rock University Concert Choir To Join Butler Symphony Orchestra For 'All American Concert'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The 58-voice Slippery Rock University Concert Choir will be featured at the Butler County Symphony Orchestra's "All American Concert" set for Feb. 15 at Butler Intermediate High School Auditorium.

New Assistant VP Brings Expertise in Faculty/Managment Recruitment

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Dr. Renay Scales, whose employee and campuswide training programs at Kutztown University won a "best practice" award from the U.S. Office for Civil Rights, has been hired as Slippery Rock University's assistant vice president for human resources and diversity.

EDITOR'S ADVISORY: World Langauge Competition Set for Tuesday

�Just a quick reminder that more than 1,500 students (the number has increased) from some 35 regional high schools will be on the Slippery Rock University campus Tuesday [Feb. 11] showing off their language skills as part of SRU's department of modern languages and cultures "World Language Competition." The event will offer feature photo opportunities - and a chance to spotlight the importance of undertaking a second language in high school.

Class Cancellation Information

The University and its off-campus locations will remain open in all but the most extreme circumstances. If such cancellations occur, information will be posted here, the news media -- radio and television -- will be notified, and a recorded message will be available at the University's main phone number: 724-738-9000.

SRU Coaches will Trade Playbooks for Menus to Support Service-Learning Projects

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Four Slippery Rock University coaches will turn their playbooks in for menus as they become the Wolf Creek School Caf� wait staff Feb. 26 helping raise funds to support "Care Break 2003," a program that will offer community service in five cities across the nation over spring break.

SRU Graduate Crusades for 'New P.E.' -- Teacher Tim McCord Tapped as Expert by National Media

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University graduate Tim McCord, chair of the health and physical education department at Titusville Area School District, has become a nationally recognized supporter and spokesman for a wellness-based curriculum known as "New P.E." McCord has been quoted in Newsweek, Time, U.S. News & World Report, Ladies Home Journal, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The Plain Dealer (Cleveland).

Sophocles' Age-Old Play 'Oedipus Rex' Gets Facelift, Music and Dance at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Written some 500 years B.C., Sophocles' tragic detective story "Oedipus Rex" is getting a facelift in its five-performance Slippery Rock University production which will feature marionette-like characters in full mask and costume along with newly created music and dance. The show opens Wednesday [Feb. 26] in Miller Auditorium.

SRU to Exhibit Weidner Works That Probe Family Dynamics

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The paintings and constructions of Mary Weidner, art professor at Carnegie Mellon University, go on display Wednesday [Feb. 26] in Slippery Rock University's Martha Gault Gallery followed with an artist's reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday [Feb. 27] at the gallery.

Opportunities for Certified Teachers Set for North Hills Center Open House

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A Principalship Certification Program for teachers and several other post-baccalaureate programs will be the focus of an open house for the public from 4 to 6 p.m. March 20 at Slippery Rock University's North Hills Center, Route 910 in Wexford.

Rock Students to Share Geologic Research with Members of U.S. Congress

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Three Slippery Rock University students who researched landscape development in Badlands National Park, S.D., have been invited to present their research to the U.S. Congress via a symposium. Students will summarize their work and attend a reception in the nation's capital April 1.

SRU Gears Up for National Athletic Training Month

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - With 45 students enrolled in The Rock's Athletic Training Program and many graduates finding employment in the field, Slippery Rock University's Bonnie Siple says National Athletic Training Month in March will be cause for much celebration at SRU this year.

SRU Professor Edits New Book Detailing Case Studies in Psychodynamic Music Therapy

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The personal - and moving - stories of 21 children, adolescents and adults from around the world who have undergone psychodynamic music therapy provide the basis of a new book edited by Dr Susan J. Hadley, assistant professor of music at Slippery Rock University.

500 Budding Junior High, High School Scientists to Visit SRU for Competition

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The top junior high and senior high science projects presented by students from throughout western Pennsylvania will be in competition Saturday [March 1] when Slippery Rock University again hosts the Region IX, Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science spring meeting. The top prize is an $8,000 scholarship to SRU.

SRU 'Holocaust Remembrance Program' to Offer Inside Look at Nuremberg Trials

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A look inside the famed Nuremberg Trials presented by a lead prosecutor against one of the most notorious criminals of World War II and a historical review of genocide will be detailed when Slippery Rock University presents a two-part "Holocaust Remembrance Program."

Alcohol-free, Mix-off will Show SRU Students How to Have Fun

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's third annual "All-Campus Alcohol-Free Mix-Off" featuring popular tropical drinks and rock music will be held in the pool area of the Robert N. Aebersold Student Recreation Center from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Monday [March 3] and is expected to draw some 500 students.

SRU's Learning in Retirement to Kickoff Classes at New Facility

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Institute for Learning in Retirement, a program for mature adults interested in continuing their education, opens a fifth term of non-credit classes with a 3 p.m. Kick-Off Party March 14 in its newly renovated Center for Lifelong and Community Learning in downtown Slippery Rock.

Community Garden Plots Available at SRU's Macoskey Center

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Organic gardening plots are available for public and student use at SRU's Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research. Interested person may garden individually or in groups. A donation of $20 to $30 is suggested for community members.

200 SRU Students Spending Spring Break Around the World

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - For nearly 200 Slippery Rock University students spring break means studying - studying in England, Germany, France, Italy, Ireland, Costa Rica or Mexico as participants in a variety of university-sponsored International Initiatives Programs.

65 SRU Students 'Focus On' Community Service Over Spring Break

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Sixty-five Slippery Rock University students will "Focus On" serving others over spring break in programs offered in five cities across America as part of the university's Institute for Community, Service-Learning and Nonprofit Leadership's on-going "Care Break" program.

SRU Receives Federal Support For Regional Learning Alliance Project In Allegheny County

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University received $200,000 in federal support Friday for its Regional Learning Alliance "educational mall" project in Marshall Township, Allegheny County. The shared education/training campus and conference center will become the only one its kind between Erie and Pittsburgh.

Annual 'Prism' Concert to Bring Music Up Close, Personal

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "Music-in-the-Round" will be the theme when the Slippery Rock University music department presents its annual "Prism 2003" concert helping support two department scholarships.

'East Meets West' Concert at SRU to be Fusion of Indian Music, American Jazz

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A public concert fusing Indian classical music, including tabla player Sandip Burman, and American jazz, featuring improvisation, is planned by Slippery Rock University for 8 p.m. March 20.

SRU Student to Become Czech Republic's First Certified Athletic Trainer

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has established itself as a leader in the preparation of athletic trainers and will soon achieve another international milestone. The Rock, which has been training prospective athletic trainers for 30 years, is on the brink of sending into the professional field the Czech Republic's first certified athletic trainer.

Award-winning Pittsburgh Children's Author to Lecture

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Pittsburgh's award-winning children's author Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard, best known for "Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys" and "Aunt Flossie's Hats (And Crab Cakes Later)," will discuss her work with students, faculty and the public as part of an upcoming visit to Slippery Rock University.

Extraordinary Freshman Class Predicted as SRU Trustees Review Enrollment, Diversity, Achievements

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. --- Slippery Rock University trustees heard Interim President Robert Smith predict that this fall's incoming freshman class may prove to be "the most extraordinary in SRU's modern history." Enrollment records at this stage already project a 43 percent increase over last year in the number of students who are in the top 25 percent of their high school class. The average SAT score for those who have paid a deposit to hold a space for enrollment is 1018, up from last year's 977.

SRU Student Receives National Honor for Work with People with Disabilities

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The quality of Slippery Rock University's adapted physical activity minor has been recognized once again: Senior Kelly Dreibelbis has been named the nation's outstanding undergraduate in the field by the Adapted Physical Activity Council.

EDITOR'S ADVISORY: Iraq Expert Available

Reporters who need an expert source on the conflict with Iraq may contact Dr. Daniel McIntosh, government and public affairs faculty at Slippery Rock University. He can provide an assessment of the potential for terrorism in the U.S. if America invades Iraq.� He can also comment on the war itself and the legal maneuvering in and around the United Nations. Dr. McIntosh has studied and written papers on Al-Qaeda.His areas of specialty include international security and political economy.

SRU To Offer Four Appalachian Folk Tales In First-Ever Children'S Theater Show

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University theater department's first-ever children's theater production will be "Mountain Myths," a collection of four, Appalachian folk tales retold in drama.

Diversity of Hispanic Cultures to Be Marked in Weeklong Celebration

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The diversity of Hispanic cultures, including music, customs, food, dance and literature, will be celebrated at Slippery Rock University when its modern languages and cultures department hosts "Hispanics Cultures Week" March 31-April 4.

Former U.S. Ambassador to UN Alan Keyes to Lead Keynote Workshop During 'Unity Week'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Ambassador Alan Keyes, the conservative author, fiery public speaker and two-time Republican presidential hopeful, will headline Slippery Rock University's first "Unity Week" opening Saturday [March 22].

Faculty-Student Research in Spotlight at SRU's 'Symposium for Research, Scholarship'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The academic research work of more than 40 Slippery Rock University students and faculty ranging from cell structure to dealing with school bullies will be spotlighted when the university opens its third-annual, two-day "Symposium for Research and Scholarship."

Area School Jazz Bands, Grammy Winner Randy Brecker in 'Jazz Day at the Rock'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "A Day of Jazz at The Rock," Slippery Rock University's second annual jazz festival, will feature 250 jazz musicians from 13 western Pennsylvania high schools and middle schools and offer a master jazz class and public concert by Grammy Award-winner Randy Brecker.

SRU Selects AVI Foodsystems, Inc., as Campus Food Provider

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The nation's largest independent, family-owned food service company AVI Foodsystems, Inc., has been selected as Slippery Rock University's dining services vendor and will take over all campus food service operations June 1.

Newspaper, Public Relations and Radio Professionals to Highlight 'Communication Week'

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Those interested in careers in journalism, public relations or emerging technology are invited to join in Slippery Rock University's "Communication Week" opening Monday [March 24].

SRU Honors Managers for Years of Dedicated Service

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Interim President Robert Smith congratulated university managers recently for their dedicated and continued service to the university and its students at the annual "Managers Breakfast" held in the University Club of North Hall.

SRU's Dr. Nanette Kaplan Solomon Plans Birthday Tribute to Two Composers April 13

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Dr. Nanette Kaplan Solomon, professor of music at Slippery Rock University, will salute the 100th birthday of composer Nikolai Lopatnikoff's and the 75h birthday of of Emma Lou Diemer, which she presents a free, public piano recital at 4 p.m. April 13 in Swope Music Hall.

Nationally Known Native-American Speaker Coming to SRU April 22

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Native-American author and speaker Sherman Alexie, heralded by The New Yorker as one of the "top 20 writers for the 21st century," comes to Slippery Rock University April 22 for a public discussion of his work and life on and off the reservation. �

SRU Philosophy Department Assumes Leadership Role as University Prepares to Host Conference

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will host a statewide philosophy conference Friday and Saturday, giving 10 Rock students, as well as students from the 13 other state-owned universities, an opportunity to present papers.

Kite-filled Sky to Open SRU 'Kaliedoscope' Arts Festival

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "Kaleidoscope," Slippery Rock University's annual celebration of outstanding arts, along with fabulous entertainment, children's activities, organic food and fun for the entire family, will be held April 22 to May 3. �

First Shovels to Turn at Noon Wednesday Marking Beginning of 'Village at Slippery Rock'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Shortly after noon Wednesday [April 9], local officials will break ground officially marking the beginning of turning Slippery Rock Borough into "The Village at Slippery Rock." The $4.8 million project is designed to transform the downtown in to a business magnet, revitalize community spirit and expand entrepreneurship.

Struggle for Peace and Justice in Latin America, Iraq Subject of Rev. Roy Bourgeois Lecture

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Rev. Roy Bourgeois, founder of the School of the Americas Watch, a watchdog group opposing U.S. government actions related to Latin America, will lecture on "The Struggle for Peace and Justice from Latin America to Iraq" when he visits Slippery Rock University April 9 as part of his western Pennsylvania lecture tour.

Jazz and Sax to Highlight Two Upcoming Concerts at The Rock

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Chamber music concerts are on tap for 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday [April 8-9] as Slippery Rock University jazz and saxophone students show off their talents.

EDITOR'S ADVISORY: Downtown Revitalization Project Begins Wednesday

A quick reminder: Local officials will break ground at noon Wednesday [April 9] officially marking the beginning of turning Slippery Rock Borough into "The Village at Slippery Rock." The ceremony will be held at Memorial Park (across from Sheetz).

EDITOR'S ADVISORY: Interim President Smith Plans 'State of University' Address

Just to let you know, Interim President Robert Smith will deliver his "State of the University" address to the campus at Academic Assembly set for 11:30 a.m. Tuesday [April 15] in Swope Music Hall.

'Kaliedoscope' to Include Huge Quilting Showcase April 26

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A quilting showcase, with 60 quilts on display and activities for children, is one of the special events of "Kaleidoscope," SRU's arts festival scheduled for April 22 to May 3.

SRU Earth Fest Offers Something for Everyone, with Ecological Focus, April 26

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Free kites for children, activities with turtles, seed planting and clean water workshops are just some of the fun planned for Earth Fest on April 26 at Slippery Rock University's Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Research and Education. �

SRU Students Sweep State Philosophy Conference

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - As he prepared to announce the three winners of a philosophy conference involving 75 students from many of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education universities, SRU philosophy faculty Dr. Bradley Wilson offered a light-hearted disclaimer.

SRU's Old Stone House to Open Season with Two-Day 'Civil War Living History'

���������� SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's the Old Stone House will open its summer season with a two-day "Civil War Living History" encampment April 26-27 giving visitors the chance to see life in the Civil War era and the opportunity to talk with re-enactors who have studied the period.

SRU Theater Students to Try Hand at Improvisation with 'Comedy Tonight'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "Comedy Tonight," Slippery Rock University's first venture into improvisation and including audience participation, will be presented in four, cabaret-like performances beginning April 23 and give eight students the chance to sharpen their comedy talents as part of the university's 12-day Kaleidoscope arts festival.

Cancer Survivor Emelie McFarland Organizing 'Relay for Life' at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Three-time cancer survivor Emelie McFarland, a Slippery Rock University central receiving employee from New Castle, will serve as master of ceremonies for the April 25 opening ceremony kicking off this year's, 24-hour American Cancer Society "Relay for Life" fund drive being held at the university.

Student Scholars, Faculty Excellence, Alumni in Business, Service to SRU Celebrated at Convocation

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- An intellectual arsenal of 1,600 demonstrating excellence from the dance stage to the business world and from the classroom to the community will gather in celebration at Slippery Rock University's April 27 Academic Honors Convocation.

Actress to Impersonate Cabaret Singer Edith Piaf April 30

��SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Elizabeth Hodes will impersonate the legendary French cabaret singer Edith Piaf when she performs "La Vie en Rose" at 8 p.m. Wednesday [April 30] in Slippery Rock University's Swope Recital Hall. Tickets, available at the door, are $5 for general admission; $3 for students.

SRU Jazz Ensemble Picked to Play at Pittsburgh's Foster's; Campus Concert Set

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The 18-member "Big Band" sound of Slippery Rock University's Jazz Ensemble has been added to the Pittsburgh Jazz Society's "Sunday Night Party at Fosters" rotation and has been selected to back up lead alto saxophonist Karolina Strassmeyer of the all-female band "Diva" at the upcoming Beaver County Jazz Association's spring concert in New Brighton. �

EDITOR'S ADVISORY: Panel Discussion Planned on Art and Censorship

Those following the recent discussion and continuing news coverage of the appropriateness of the sculpture on display at Slippery Rock University as part of its Kaleidoscope, a regional arts festival, are advised that the College of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts will host an open forum on art and censorship at 4 p.m. Monday [April 28] under the title "Id Has T'Ego?"

900 to Graduate at SRU's 114th Commencement May 10

� SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Dr. Clarie Settlemire, Slippery Rock University professor emerita of history and respected expert on Egyptian history, will address more than 900 graduates, including 30 doctor of physical therapy degree recipients, when the university celebrates its 1the universitycelebrates its 114-th commencement at 11 a.m. May 10.

Koresh Dance Company to Perform Saturday at SRU's Miller Auditorium

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Renowned for its powerful stage presence and high energy, Philadelphia's Koresh Dance Company will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday [May 3] in Slippery Rock University's Miller Auditorium. Tickets are available at the door for $5; $3 for students.

SRU Salutes 60 Presidential Scholars for Academic Achievement

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Slippery Rock University honored its top 20 sophomores, juniors and seniors as Presidential Scholar at Sunday's [April 27] Academic Honors Convocation celebrating academic achievement, including _____� students from the local area.

SRU Doctor of Physical Therapy Student Receives National Scholarship

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Abigail Ellsworth, a doctor of physical therapy student at Slippery Rock University, has been selected to receive the national Gary L. Soderberg Doctor of Physical Therapy Scholarship. The Soderberg Scholarship recognizes a student who shows leadership on campus.

SRU's North Hills Center to Host Open House on Social Work Program

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's North Hills Center on Route 910 in Wexford will hold its last open house of the academic year from 4 to 6 p.m. May 13. Faculty will be on hand to discuss educational programs, including a new offering in social work. �

SRU Honors 41 Faculty for Service, Dedication to Higher Education

SLIPPERY ROCK. - Slippery Rock University Interim President Robert Smith paid honor to more than 40 university faculty recently citing them for their untiring efforts on behalf of students and their dedication to higher education.

Local Slippery Rock University Student Inducted into Special Education Honorary

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - _________________of ____________, a special education major at Slippery Rock University, has been inducted into the national special education honorary Sigma Pi Epsilon Delta.

SRU Philosophy Chair Wins 'Zuzak Award' for Excellence

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University philosophy department Chair Dr. Richard Findler, whose scholarship attracted the attention of Harvard University, has received SRU's Charles A. Zuzak Award for 2003. The award honors the top professor in the College of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts.

American College of Sports Medicine Endorses SRU's Exercise Science Program

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - After a "careful and critical review" of the Exercise Science Program at Slippery Rock University, the American College of Sports Medicine has endorsed the program as part of its University Connection Endorsement Program. In a May 5 letter sent to SRU the ACSM stated that� "This curriculum covers the knowledge, skills, and abilities expected of an ACSM health/fitness instructor."���

COMMENCEMENT MOVED INDOORS: Click here for details

Due to weather conditions, Slippery Rock University's scheduled 11 a.m. Saturday commencement ceremonies have been moved indoors to Morrow Field House. Ticketholders will be admitted to the field house. Other guests are invited to report to the Robert N. Aebersold Student Recreation Center where a closed-circuit television feed will broadcast live ceremony coverage �

Winner of SRU 'Chem Games' Competition Named

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Roberta DiLeo, a senior at Mohawk High School, New Castle, has been named the winner of Slippery Rock University's "Chem Games" competition, including a $2,000 scholarship to SRU. �

SRU Student Newspaper Takes 30 National Awards

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's weekly student newspaper The Rocket has captured more than 30 national competition journalism awards, including first-place honors from the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Scholastic Press Association. The Rocket was the only student newspaper in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education recognized by the Pennsylvania News Press Association.

'Lights, Camera, Action' is Theme for Weeklong SRU Theater Camp

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Budding actors, directors, playwrights and designers will have the chance to hone their talents when Slippery Rock University offers "Lights, Camera, Action!" a weeklong summer camp for children ages 7 to 14 this summer.

SRU Readies Exchange Agreement with University in India -- To Expand Student Opportunities

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- The signing of a new faculty/student exchange agreement between Slippery Rock University and Rajasthan Vidyapeeth University in Udaipur, India, will provide new and additional study abroad opportunities.

Japanese, Sign Language, Stained Glass Making Part of Summer Camp for Children

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Learning Japanese, leadership skills, sign language, making stained glass windows and tin punching are among the 18 mini-courses being offered at Slippery Rock University's annual "Enrichment Day Camp" for children this summer.

EDITORY'S ADVISORY: Summer Camp Program List

A quick note to let you know that Slippery Rock University makes use of its on-campus residence halls over summer for summer camp programs ranging from sports camps (football, basketball, soccer, track, baseball, etc.) to special programs for volunteer firefighters, junior high and high school environmental teachers and a host of high school football and band camps. (A number of "New" programs are noted in the entries.)


A quick note to let you know that Slippery Rock University makes use of its on-campus residence halls over summer for summer camp programs ranging from sports camps (football, basketball, soccer, track, baseball, etc.) to special programs for volunteer firefighters, junior high and high school environmental teachers and a host of high school football and band camps. (A number of "New" programs are noted in the entries.)

EDITOR'S ADVISORY: Upcoming Exchange Agreement with University in India

A quick reminder that Rajasthan Vidyapeeth University Chancellor Bhawani Shanker Garg and Slippery Rock University Interim President Robert Smith will sign a new faculty/student exchange agreement at 5 p.m. Friday [May 23] providing an opportunity for photos/videotape. Both administrators will offer comments on the expanded opportunities that will be offered students and faculty at both universities as part of the agreement.

Public Invited to Nature Show at McKeever Center

SANDY LAKE, Pa. - Three artists will display and sell their paintings, photography and pottery during the first "Nature Art Show" May 30-June 1 at McKeever Environmental Learning Center. A classical guitarist, Julie Harris, will perform May 30. Visitors may walk the wooded grounds, and refreshments will be available at the espresso bar. �SANDY LAKE, Pa. - Three artists will display and sell their paintings, photography and pottery during the first "Nature Art Show" May 30-June 1 at McKeever Environmental Learning Center. A classical guitarist, Julie Harris, will perform May 30. Visitors may walk the wooded grounds, and refreshments will be available at the espresso bar.

SRU to Host Daylong Workshop on Hazing in Athletics June 20

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "Hazing in Athletics: Legal Implications for Coaches and Administrators" is the title of a one-day workshop June 20 at Slippery Rock University's North Hills Center, an off-campus classroom facility on Route 910 in Wexford, Allegheny County.

Musicians' Concert Band Plans Four Summer Programs

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Patriotic marches and Dixieland selections under the theme "All the World's a Stage" will open the summer's four-performance Musicians' Concert Band schedule at Butler Intermediate School.

RN-MSN Program Launched by Clarion, Edinboro and SRU Consortium

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Registered nurses with either diploma or associate degree educations can now pursue a master's degree in nursing through the RN-MSN curriculum offered by Clarion, Edinboro and Slippery Rock universities master of science in nursing.

Exiled Tibetan Monk to Offer Public Lectures at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - An exiled Tibetan monk will summarize Tibetan Buddhist thought and introduce concepts of meditation to the public when he comes to Slippery Rock University for a two-day lecture series June 28-29. The lectures are free an open to the public, students or community groups.

SRU to Host Summer Visual Arts Academy for High School Students

���SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Now in its 14th year, the Summer Visual Arts Academy at Slippery Rock University gives high school students interested in visual arts, jazz, dance, theater and creative writing the opportunity to spend 12 days on campus. They also will receive two college credits, transferable to the university of their choice.


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Student Retention Highlighted by SRU Trustees

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. --� National awards presented for student retention and facilities innovations were highlighted in today's regular quarterly meeting of Slippery Rock University's Council of Trustees.�

Location Changed for Musicians' Concert Band Series

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The four-part, summer Musicians' Concert Band series originally planned for the Slippery Rock University campus has been relocated to Butler Intermediate School. �

9 SRU Faculty Presented Travel Grants for Research

���SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Nine Slippery Rock University faculty have been awarded $1,000 each as part of the President's International Professional Development Grant Program and will use the funding to support their international travel related to the presentation of lectures and expand university-related research.

SRU-Clarion-Edinboro Nurse Practitioner Program Selected by Nationwide Program

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Students in the Nurse Practitioner Program at Slippery Rock, Clarion and Edinboro universities, as well as nursing students at several other State System of Higher Education universities, will better understand human genetics and the relationship to health following the program's inclusion in a nationwide genetics training seminar.

SRU Schedules Four 'Summer Showcase' Visitations for High School Students

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will host four "Summer Showcase" campus visits in July, giving high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to explore SRU. Prospective students will hear a panel discussion to learn about academic programs, residence life, financial assistance and Slippery Rock's array of award winning, first-year support services, encompassed within the FYRST (first-year studies) program.

EDITOR'S ADVISORY: Pole Vaulting Camp Under Way

Campers are literally flying through the air at Slippery Rock University this week (and next) as part of pole vaulting camp. The special program draws high school students from across the country - in total more than 400 will attend the four, week-long camps.

Dr. David Culp Named Chair of Slippery Rock University School of Business

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- The new chair and assistant chair of Slippery Rock University's School of Business have their agenda in place: Making their school the best undergraduate business program in western Pennsylvania.

SRU Graduate Student Investigates Possibility of Windmill Power for Campus

�� SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -Since Pennsylvania deregulated its electricity market, several wind farms have been built around the state, like the windmills in Somerset County. A Slippery Rock University graduate student is taking the green power movement one step further by investigating whether conditions are right to install wind turbines on the SRU campus.

EDITOR'S ADVISORY: Theater Camp Feature

Curtain up! light the lights! -- You got nothing to hit but the heights! - and all with great feature photo possibilities. SRU's Summer Theater Camp for Children "The Play's The Thing: An Introduction to the Magic of the Theater!" is under way on campus under the "Lights, Camera Action!" theme.

EDITOR'S ADVISORY: Summer Camp for Kids Under Way

Kids and summer camp go together as easily as sun and fun - and Slippery Rock University's "Enrichment Day Camp" for children in third through fifth grades under way all this week (today through July 18) is no exception.

SRU Parks-Rec Professor Gets $205,000 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Contract

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Parks and recreation/environmental education majors at Slippery Rock University are reaping the rewards of a $205,000 contract from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers given Dr. John F. Lisco, assistant professor, as they deliver lectures, operate tours and provide related historical information at the Bulltown Visitor Center and Bulltown Historical Area at Burnsville Lake, W. Va.

EDITOR'S ADVISORY: SRU Summer Visual Arts Feature Photo Opportunity

The 12-day Summer Visual Arts Academy, hosted by Slippery Rock University, draws to a close on Friday [July 18] with a 3 p.m. public performance in Swope Music Hall showing off the skills and talents learned during the academy in jazz, theater, dance and writing - both poetry and prose. The program is designed to help students learn to integrate their visual and performing art skills with today's state-of-the-art technology.

SRU Computer Science Honorary Inducts 17 New Members

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Seventeen Slippery Rock University students have been inducted into Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the national computer science honorary society. The honor society salutes both student leadership and scholarship.

SRU Honors Students for Outstanding Scholarship, Leadership

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's College of Business, Information Systems and Communication recently honored seven students for their scholarship and leadership as majors in government and public affairs, and sociology, anthropology and social work

SRU Library Opens Collection to 16057 Residents

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Bailey Library has opened its half-million volume collection to all residents of Slippery Rock Borough and Slippery Rock Township - those living in the 16057 ZIP code.

SRU Receives Second $20,000 Grant from Christopher Reeve Foundation

���SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - For the second consecutive year, the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation has awarded a grant to Slippery Rock University to fund scholarships for five students with spinal cord injury. The students are in SRU's adapted physical activity minor, a program that prepares graduates for work with children and adults with mental and physical disabilities.

SRU to Dedicate Restored Paul and Carolyn Carruth Rizza Hall Aug. 22

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Originally built in 1900 as a state-of-the-art Model School, Slippery Rock University has restored and modernized the campus landmark it will dedicate as Paul and Carolyn Carruth Rizza Hall in ceremonies Aug. 22. The event will include remarks from the building's namesakes, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Chancellor Judy Hample and SRU's Interim President Dr. Robert Smith.

SRU Plans 'Week of Welcome' for Largest Freshman Class in 15 Years

���������� SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - What is expected to be the largest freshman class in 15 years will begin arriving on the Slippery Rock University campus Aug. 22 and a contingent of more than 650 volunteers will be on hand to welcome them with activities and programs through Labor Day weekend, including special receptions, feature films, social activities and fireworks.

Slippery Rock University Named One of 98 Great Schools to Consider

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The nationally respected Princeton Review has named Slippery Rock University one of the 98 best universities in the nation's six-state, mid-Atlantic region. �

EDITOR'S ADVISORY: Pa. Secretary of Education to Visit Sept. 9

Pennsylvania's new Secretary of Education Dr. Vicki L. Phillips will deliver the keynote address at the Slippery Rock University College of Education Fall School Administrator's Breakfast Seminar set for Sept. 9. The event, open to the press and invited school superintendents from western Pennsylvania, will run 8 to 10:30 a.m. in Boozel Dining Hall on the SRU campus.

Longtime SRU Benefactor, Honorary Degree Recipient Stanley Kraus Dies

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - T he man for whom Slippery Rock University's Kraus Hall is named, a recipient of an honorary doctor of laws degree from the university and a generous donor to The Rock, Stanley Kraus died Aug. 27 in a Boca Raton, Fla., hospital. Originally from New Castle, he had most recently made his home in Florida. He was 81.

EDITOR'S ADVISORY: Faculty Assembly Address Planned

Slippery Rock University Interim President Robert Smith will formally open the university's academic year and update the campus on future plans and programs at 12:30 p.m. Thursday [Sept. 4] as part of the traditional Faculty Assembly.

SRU Park Ranger Program Named Best in Nation by Outside Magazine

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The September issue of Outside magazine names Slippery Rock University's Park Ranger Program the best in the country, calling it one of 10 "fast tracks to adventure" in academia.

Famed New Jersey Principal Joe Clark to Lecture at SRU Sept. 17

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Joe Clark, the former New Jersey high school principal who has made a difference in the lives of countless students and administrators across the nation, been the subject of a feature film, and was spotlighted in both Time magazine and on CBS' "60 Minutes" will be the featured speaker at Slippery Rock University Sept. 17.

SRU to Share Expertise on Environment in Fall Lecture Series

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The mission of sustainability is supporting projects that are ecologically sound, economically viable and socially just - concepts Slippery Rock University excels at and will share with the public during a fall lecture series.

Georgetown Scholar to Lecture on Environmental Ethics

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Exploding populations. Diminishing water supply. Global epidemics. An overriding challenge in the 21st century: Does everyone have the moral obligation to care for the environment? Does science provide compelling reasons to do so? Do ethics or religion?�����������

SRU Trustees Hear Report on 'Developing an Engaged Intellectual Community'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- As Slippery Rock University begins its 115th academic year, Interim President Robert Smith suggested to the university's council of trustees that "we are at a special moment in the history of this institution."

SRU Student Named One of Top Therapeutic Recreation Majors in Nation

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The American Therapeutic Recreation Association has named Slippery Rock University senior Amanda Breindel one of eight top therapeutic recreation students in the nation.

Open House Planned for SRU's North Hills Center

WEXFORD, Pa. - An Elementary Education Certification Program for community college transfers and second-career students and courses for a master's in professional writing will be the focus of a 4 to 6:30 p.m. open house Oct. 16 at Slippery Rock University's North Hills Center, Route 910 in Wexford.

SRU Upgrades its Planetarium

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - With Mars at its closest point to earth in thousands of years and more people taking up astronomy as a hobby, Slippery Rock University is completing a major upgrade to its planetarium to provide enhanced earth/space science education and better seating for students and the public. �


University officials are monitoring the progress of Hurricane Isabel. As of 5 p.m. Thursday NO CHANGES in regular class schedules were anticipated for Friday. � However, should conditions require action, any changes will be posted at this site. Please check here, or listen to your radio or television, for any official announcements regarding schedule changes affecting the University.

SRU Plans Three 'Saturday Showcase' Events for High School Juniors, Seniors

�����SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - After welcoming the largest and most academically accomplished freshman class in years, Slippery Rock University will host three "Saturday Showcase" open-house style events this fall to give high school juniors and seniors the chance to learn about opportunities at SRU.

SRU Drummer Grows as Musician During Job at Disneyland

A new twist on the tale played itself out this summer when Slippery Rock University senior Patrick Kennedy, of Butler, qualified to became the drummer for Disneyland's 2003 All-American College Band. Only 20 college students in the nation passed Disney's audition to join the elite band for 11 weeks.

SRU Building Bat House on Campus

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University is constructing a bat house on campus for ecological study, environmental stewardship and as an alternative to chemical pest management.

SRU Recreation Center Offers Adult, Youth Swim Lessong, Lifeguard, First Aid Training

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Robert N. Aebersold Student Recreation Center is offering� its members a series of three youth and adult swim lesson program and the general community a series of first aid and lifeguard certifications as part of its fall programs.

'Computer Basics' for Seniors Planned at SRU's Wexford Center

WEXFORD, Pa. - Seniors and retired adults interested in family histories or letters, searching the Internet for information or just wanting to send e-mail, including photographs, to family and friends are being urged to consider a special "Computer Basics" class offered by Slippery Rock University's Institute for Learning in Retirement.

SRU to Stage 8 Performances of 'Tales of the Last Formicans'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Constance Congdon's two-act play " Tales of the Lost Formicans" is a travel guide of middle America as interpreted by aliens who are studying 20th-century American customs by immersing themselves in its social culture which will be presented in eight performances by Slippery Rock University students.

SRU Enrollment at 13-Year High; New Freshmen Number 1,487

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - For the fourth straight year enrollment at Slippery Rock University has increased to now stand at 7,789, the highest figure since 1991.

Eight SRU Army ROTC Cadets Complete National Leadership Camp

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Eight Slippery Rock University students have graduated from the recent Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps National Advanced Leadership Camp held at Ft. Lewis, Wash., after taking part in what is often considered the single, most important training event in preparation for future commissioning as an Army officer.

Automatic Heart Defibrillators Distributed Across SRU Campus

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- In an effort to help save lives following onset of a sudden heart attack, Slippery Rock University has made available 14 automatic external defibrillators, known as "AEDs," at high traffic locations throughout campus. The units have also become standard equipment for campus police cruisers.

Jared Box Service Campagn Part of National Honors Convention at SRU

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Student leaders from 35 colleges and universities will gather Friday [Oct. 3] at Slippery Rock University to assemble "Jared Boxes" for sick children as part of the three-day Lambda Sigma Society's annual national convention, hosted by the university.

SRU's Successful 'Empty Bowls' Program Expands to Include Lunch

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Increased attendance and repeated requests to expand the university community's chance to participate have led organizers of the annual Slippery Rock University "Empty Bowls" project to add a noontime lunch to this year's fund and awareness raising project.

SRU Professor's Play Translation Details Street Life

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University students will presented a dramatic reading of Dr. D eb Cohen's recently translated play "Chapulines and Other Critters" at 8 p.m. Thursday through Oct 10 and at 2 and 8 p.m. Oct. 12 in Sheehy Theater of Maltby Center. Cohen is a professor of modern languages and cultures.

How Plants Use 'Survival of Fittest' Concept to Keep Growing

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The latest, cutting-edge research on how some substances released by plant roots may inhibit or retard the growth of other plants as part of a "survival of the fittest" tactic will be the topic when Slippery Rock University's Bailey Library hosts environmental experts Dr. Bruno Borsari, Dr. Valentine I. Kefeli and Dr. Maria V. Kalevich in a review of their new book detailing their latest findings.

Expert Organic Farmer to Lecture at SRU Oct. 25

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Passionate gardeners and organic growers have heard a lot about Eliot Coleman -- the Maine-based organic farmer who was on national television as recently as Oct. 1.

SRU Professor Named Outstanding Professional by American Therapeutic Recreation Association

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - For her leadership and outstanding work in clinical education competency, Slippery Rock University's Dr. Deborah Hutchins has received the 2003 Outstanding Professional Award from the American Therapeutic Recreation Association.������������

Art of Flamenco Coming to SRU Oct. 15

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Flamenco, generally considered the national art form of Spain, will be presented by Flamencos en el Aire, a Washington, D.C., dance artist group, when it visits Slippery Rock University for an�� 8 p.m. Oct. 15 public performance in Swope Music Hall as part of National Arts and Humanities Month.

EDITOR'S ADVISORY: Iraq-born SRU Professor Available for Interviews

Iraq-born Dr. Abbass F. Alkhafaji, a professor in Slippery Rock University's School of Business, has returned to campus after a two-year visiting professor and research sabbatical at the University of Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates. He is available for interviews related to issues, particularly business issues, concerning the Middle East.

SRU Plans Anti-Hazing Workshop for Area Coaches

WEXFORD, Pa. - As the problem of hazing in athletics continues to make news, Slippery Rock University is assembling a group of coaches, teachers and administrators to do something about it. The group meets Oct. 23 to develop an anti-hazing policy for their respective teams.

'Stockless Custodial Supply Chain' Plan Wins SRU Honors

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Thinking outside the box to save money and labor has earned Slippery Rock University's facilities and planning operation an "Effective and Innovative Practices Award" from the Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers and coverage in the organization's September/October "Facilities Manager" magazine.

SRU Nursing Professor Visits Poverty-Stricken Haiti

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Dr. Joyce Penrose's summer was both overwhelmingly educational and at the same time depressingly reflective as she used her nursing skills and a Slippery Rock University Professional Development Grant to lend a hand to the Pittsburgh-based Partners in Hope in delivering healthcare to residents of poverty-stricken Haiti.

SRU Jazz Combo to Recreate John Coltrane's 'Blue Train'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Student musicians in one of Slippery Rock University's jazz combos will recreate famed jazz artist John Coltrane's "Blue Train" album when they perform at 8 p.m. Oct. 20 in Swope Music Hall.

SRU Jazz Ensemble to Open Fall Concert Schedule

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The award-winning Slippery Rock University Jazz Ensemble will kick off the university music department's fall concert season featuring works from such jazz legends as Thad Jones, County Basie, Bob Mintzer and Pat Metheny with an 8 p.m. concert Thursday [Oct. 16] in Swope Music Hall.

SRU to Host 'Healthfest '03' on Oct. 14, Free Screenings

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Personal health for all age groups - students and adults - is the focus of this year' "Healthfest 2003" offered by Slippery Rock University as a community outreach program. The daylong event will offer a series of free or low-cost health screenings designed to help community residents keep on top of their health indicators.

Classical Music of India Set for Oct. 22

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will join with national sponsors, including the Center for the Performing Arts of India and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations to present a free "Concert of Indian Classical Music" at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22.

Ghost Stories Planned at Old Stone House

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The ghosts of Halloween past, present and future will assemble at Slippery Rock University's Old Stone House from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 23-24 as part of the facility's traditional "Halloween at the Old Stone House" program offering storytelling and tours.

'New Works in a New Space' Theme for SRU Dance Concert

� SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� "New Works in a New Space" is the theme for this year's "Faculty and Guest Artist's Dance Concert" presented by Slippery Rock University's dance department.

SRU to Host Planetarium Open House Oct. 23

�� SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's department of chemistry and physics will host an open house from 2 to 3 p.m. Oct. 23 for the recently renovated Vincent Science Hall Planetarium. The public is welcome.

Daylong 'Procurement Opportunities Fair' Set for Business

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A "Procurement Opportunities Fair 2003," offering marketing opportunities for regional companies interested in pursuing government and corporate contracts, is being organized by Slippery Rock University's Government Contracting Assistance Center, in conjunction with the California University of Pennsylvania's Government Agency Coordination Office. The 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. fair will be held Oct. 22 at the Holiday Inn Meadowlands, Washington, Pa.

War Correspondent, Post-Soviet Expert and Master Gilder to Visit SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A Chechnya War correspondent, international journalist, videographer and author specializing in former Soviet Union countries along with a master gilder whose work in gold and gold leaf can be seen from Paris to Pittsburgh will bring their stories to the Slippery Rock University community in a two-day "International Forum."

Chinese, Korean Courses Offered to Public by SRU

��SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Exchange agreements between Slippery Rock University and Nanjing University in China and Kangweon University in Korea provide exciting learning opportunities for students. Beginning this spring, qualified high school students and community residents will benefit as well.

Saturday's 'Make A Difference Day' to Change 'I CARE House' in New Castle

�NEW CASTLE, Pa. - Make A Difference Day - the nation's largest day of service - will be marked Saturday [Oct. 25] in New Castle with a major project benefiting underprivileged youth and their families. Volunteers will refurbish the second floor of Slippery Rock University's I CARE House, which provides tutoring to low-income children, lunches for senior citizens and dozens of other community revitalization programs.

Recycling Efforts Up 10% at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Faculty, staff and students at Slippery Rock University are recycling - and in a big, big way. Last year, the university recycled 477,257 pounds of material - up 10 percent from the previous year.

SRU ' Focus on French' to Include Gilding Demonstration

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's modern languages and cultures department will hold its annual "Focus on French Week" Tuesday through Thursday [Oct. 28-30] as a way of highlighting the wealth of diversity of the cultures of the French-speaking world, including a gilding demonstration and the sound of drums from French-speaking African nations.

Former WWF Wrestler Mick Foley to Lecture at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Mick Foley, best known to wrestling fans as "Cactus Jack," "Mankind" or "Dude Love"� and to avid readers for his New York Times Bestseller "Have a Nice Day," will present a lecture detailing his life and his love of wrestling at Slippery Rock University on Nov. 5.

Guerrilla Girls to Bring Feminist Issues to Forefront

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Guerrilla Girls, who have been reinventing feminism since 1985,� will bring their thought-provoking presentation to Slippery Rock University at 3:30 p.m., Nov. 4 as way of fighting discrimination with facts, humor -- and fake fur.

SRU Physical Education Professor Named to Statewide Teacher of Year Honor

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University recognized her outstanding teaching abilities in 2000 and now the Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance has reached the same conclusion, naming SRU's Dr. Betsy A. McKinley, "University Teacher of the Year."

Women in Leadership Speaker Series Begun at SRU

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- A new Women In Leadership Speaker Series, sponsored by Slippery Rock University's Women's Leadership Initiative and SPRINT, will bring women business leaders to campus to share professional development advice with university students and the general public.

SRU Faculty Percussionist and Wife to Headline Nov. 1 Benefit Concert

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - To raise money for student instruments and scholarships, Slippery Rock University's percussion department will host a benefit classical and jazz recital 8 p.m. Nov. 1 at Swope� Music Hall. Musicians will perform Latin, jazz and ragtime. The suggested donation is $10.

Maplewood High Student Wins SRU 'Chem Games' -- and Scholarship

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Nearly 100 high school chemistry students from the western Pennsylvania region visited the Slippery Rock University campus recently to participate in the annual "Chem Games," with Josh Geiger of Maplewood High School presented the top honor -- a $2,000 chemistry scholarship at SRU.

Great Week for Sax Lovers Opens Tuesday

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Students studying the saxophone take center stage at Slippery Rock University next week with four days of concerts featuring the instrument planned for Swope Music Hall.

Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night' Coming to SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's production of Shakespeare's comic masterwork "Twelfth Night" will transport the audience to the winter-wonderland of Illyria on the twelfth night of Christmas when it stages nine performances in a heated tent outside Miller Auditorium.

Retired SRU Professor to Detail Life of Martin Luther and His Wife

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Details of the lives of Martin Luther, whose scholarly writings led to the formation of the Lutheran Church, and the influence his wife, Katherine von Bora, once a Catholic nun, had on him and the Protestant Reformation, will be presented by retired Slippery Rock University Professor Dr. Stephen Glinsky, Jr., as part of Bailey Library's continuing "Outreach" program.

14 SRU Voice Students to Compete for Williamson Memorial Scholarship

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Fourteen Slippery Rock University music majors, among the largest contingents ever, will compete Sunday in the annual Chad Williams Memorial Scholarship Competition when they show off their singing talent in both classical and popular music.

EDITOR'S ADVISORY: WWF Wrestler Mick Foley Sets Media Conference at SRU

� Just a quick reminder that Mick Foley , best known to wrestling fans as "Cactus Jack," "Mankind" or "Dude Love"� and to avid readers for his New York Times Bestseller "Have a Nice Day," will lecture at 8 p.m. Wednesday [Nov. 5] in Slippery Rock University's University Union.

SRU Accounting Team Places in Statewide Business Challenge

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- A Slippery Rock University accounting team, including four accounting students, has been named one of five state finalists in the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants Business Plan Challenge and will next compete in Phase II set for Nov. 15 in Philadelphia.

SRU Wind Ensemble, Jazz Combos Concert Set

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- The Slippery Rock University Symphonic Wind Ensemble will present its "Fall Concert" Wednesday [Nov. 12] in preparation for the December recording of its first CD, and the SRU Jazz Combos will follow up on Thursday with a concert featuring their own jazz arrangements.

Annual Internations Week Opens Sunday

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's annual Internations Week kicks off Sunday [Nov. 9]with "International Sports Night" and ends Nov. 15 with the traditional "International Dinner" featuring more than 50 food items from around the world as a way of focusing campus and community attention on the university's international student program.

SRU Marching Pride Sets Annual 'Stadium Echoes' Concert

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Marching Pride will present its traditional "Stadium Echoes Concert" featuring music presented at halftime football game shows this season at 4 p.m. Sunday [Nov. 16] in Morrow Field House.

Two Winners Named in Chad Williamson Memorial Scholarship Competition

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Ashley Robin Moore, a mezzo-soprano senior majoring in voice from Bethel Park, and Jade Kondrasuk, a soprano senior majoring in music therapy from Ellwood City, who wrote and performed her own song, have been named co-recipients of Slippery Rock University's Chad Williamson Memorial Scholarship Competition for 2003.

12th-Ranked Rock Receives Regional Tournament Berth

Slippery Rock, PA--The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference champion Rock women's soccer team will meet conference rival West Chester in a semifinal game at 1:30 p.m. on Friday at Adelphi University in New York.

Rare Fossils Bequeathed to SRU by Graduate

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A Slippery Rock University graduate bequeathed a "rare and unique" collection of fossils to the university, providing outstanding opportunities for students to examine the plant life and geology of western Pennsylvania as it existed 320 million years ago.

SRU Launches Stop-Smoking Campaign

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - As the nation gears up for the Great American Smokeout on Thursday [Nov. 20], Slippery Rock University has launched a major smoking cessation campaign that will continue for seven months. Components include stop-smoking kits, awareness events and an education shelter.

Musicians' Concert Band, Holiday Chorus Plan Season Opener

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Musicians' Concert Band and Holiday Chorus will bring "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" to Slippery Rock University with a 4 p.m. concert Dec. 7 in Miller Auditorium, featuring music of the season.

SRU Organization Expands 'Project Christmas Elf' Program

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The success of the Slippery Rock University Institute for Community, Service-Learning and Nonprofit Leadership "Project Christmas Elf" In Butler County is allowing it to expand this year to Lawrence County so addition needy children can have their holiday wishes fulfilled.

New Schmieler Leadership Institute Sets First Formal Program

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Dr. Carol Matteson, president of Mount Ida College and a former assistant to the president at Slippery Rock University, will lecture on "The Many Faces of Leadership" when the newly formed Claire R. Schmieler leadership Institute for Professional Women holds its inaugural program Nov. 21.

SRU Dance Concert to Showcase Works by Guest Artist, Faculty, Students

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Works by guest artist Helanius J. Wilkins, department faculty and students will highlight the Slippery Rock University dance department's fall semester concert set for 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday [Dec. 6] in Swope Recital Hall.

Award-winning Post-Gazette Columnist to Speak at SRU Commencement Dec. 13

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Tony Norman, award-winning, general interest columnist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette will deliver Slippery Rock University's winter commencement address as the university bestows graduate hoods to 71 master's degree candidates and awards diplomas to more than 420 undergraduates in 1:30 p.m. Dec. 13 ceremonies.

SRU Concert Choir, Chamber Singers to Perform Sunday

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will present works by Mendelssohn, Mozart, Bach, Vivaldi and others in a holiday concert featuring members of the university's brass, percussion, string and woodwinds studios at 8 p.m. Sunday [Dec. 7] in Swope Recital Hall.

EDITOR'S ADVISORY: Project Christmas Elf

The Slippery Rock University Institute for Community, Service-Learning and Nonprofit Leadership's expansion of its "Project Christmas Elf" into Lawrence County will provide hundreds of Lawrence and Butler county children with a memorable Christmas. A "Gather the Gifts" reception will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday in SRU's Russell Wright Alumni House offering opportunities for feature photos - including a number of bicycles that will be distributed to youngsters from the two counties.

Workshop to Detail Board of Director Responsibilities

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The rules are changing for those serving on corporate and non-profit boards of directors and to address those changes Slippery Rock University's Office of Continuing Education has developed two, daylong workshops designed to provide the critical skills necessary for board members, chief executive officers and chief financial offices to better understand their responsibilities and liabilities.

Student, Faculty Honors Highlight Report to SRU Trustees; Dr. Dennis Murray Elected Vice Chair

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- �Slippery Rock University's Council of Trustees reviewed reports on student and faculty honors, community service, and the university's financial audit as part of their regular quarterly meeting today.

SRU to offer Four-Week Certificate in Professional Floral Design

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Those with a flare for color, who enjoy working with flowers and plants and are considering careers in floral design work should be interested in Slippery Rock University's Office of Continuing Education four-week "Professional Floral Design"� certificate program opening Jan. 5.

Editor's Advisory 12-15-03: Slippery Rock University and Local Community Colleges To Sign Agreement

Slippery Rock, PA: A 2 p.m. Dec. 15 agreement signing at SRU's North Hills Center, Route 910 in Wexford, will bring together the presidents of Slippery Rock University, the Community College of Allegheny County, the Community College of Beaver County and Butler County Community College.

Community College Presidents Sign Articulation Agreements with SRU

�WEXFORD, Pa. - Students from western Pennsylvania who want to become teachers have more options following today's signing of education agreements between Slippery Rock University and the Community College of Allegheny County, the Community College of Beaver County and Butler County Community College.

SRU's Ron Gargasz, Carter Administration Official, Presented Environmental Award

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Ron Gargasz, director of conservation for the Jimmy Carter administration and a founder of the sustainable environmental movement at Slippery Rock University, has received the 2003 Western Pennsylvania Environmental Award for his life's work of promoting organic farming. Gargasz received the award� from Dominion and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council.


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Indoor swimming, basketball, volleyball, badminton, ping-pong, door prizes, contests and music will be part of the fun when Slippery Rock University's Robert N. Aebersold Student Recreation Center hosts its annual New Year's Eve party 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. The public is invited.

December Graduate One Of Two In Nation Selected For Disney Internship

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Disney's Wide World of Sports selected Slippery Rock University athletic training graduate Shannon Munday of Rew for one of its two spring internships in Orlando, Fla. �Munday, who graduated Dec. 13, will assess injuries to baseball, softball and lacrosse players.

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