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SRU One of Two Sites in Nation Selected for ACHA Health Center Assessment

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The American College Health Association has awarded Slippery Rock University's McLachlan Student Health Center one of two national needs assessment grants which are being used to conduct a review of the center's operation related to building and strengthening capacity to prevent HIV infection and outline other important health problems among youth.

'Rev. King Day of Service' Set at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will observe the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday Jan. 19 with a day of activities, including a candlelight vigil, service projects and an evening address titled "Shattered Dreams" by Leon Williams, director of intercultural programs at Buena Vista University. The public is invited to the vigil and���� 7 p.m. lecture honoring the slain civil rights leader.

SRU Receives $250,000 Gift to Develop Equestrian Center on Campus

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Philanthropist Mrs. Ethel Carruth of Houston, Texas, has continued her support of Slippery Rock University by giving $250,000 to develop a 20-acre equestrian center on campus, providing a merge point for studies in equine therapy, biology, agriculture, green building design, farming and the environment.

Spanish Tuna Group to Perform Century-Old Music Tradition at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -��A multi-award-winning Tuna musical group from the Law School of one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Spain, the Universidad de Valladolid, will carry on a century-old Spanish tradition when they perform traditional folk music at 4 p.m. Jan. 16 in Slippery Rock University's Carruth Rizza Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

SRU History Professor's New Book Details Integration of Professional Football

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- While most sports fans know the story of Jackie Robinson and the integration of Major League Baseball, few know the sequence of events leading to the integration of professional football. Slippery Rock University history professor Dr. Alan Levy is helping to change that with his latest book "Tackling Jim Crow: Racial Segregation in Professional Football."

SRU Inducts 12 into National Greek Honor Society

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Twelve Slippery Rock University students affiliated with campus social fraternities or sororities have been inducted into Gamma Sigma Alpha, the national Greek honor society, in recognition of their outstanding academic efforts.

Pa. Sen. White's Lecture Canceled

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Due to unforeseen circumstances, SRU's planned address by Pennsylvania State Sen. Mary Jo White, part of the on-going Women in Leadership Series, set for 12:30 p.m. Thursday [Jan. 15], has been canceled.

SRU Inducts 21 Special Education Majors into National Honor Society

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has inducted 21 special education majors and minors into Sigma Pi Epsilon Delta, the national honorary fraternity, in recognition of their academics and coursework in the program. �

SRU Dance Department Plans Saturday Lessons for Children

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The dance department at Slippery Rock University opens an 11-week "Saturday Dance Program for Children" Jan. 31. The program, focused on teaching, exploring and learning, is open to those ages 3 through 12 and will be held in the McKay Education Building Dance Studio.

Master Percussionist to Perform at SRU

��SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Master percussionist Dr. Hafiz Shabazz, a veteran performer and professor of nonwestern music at Dartmouth College, will perform 8 p.m. Feb. 16 in Slippery Rock University's Swope Music Hall. There is no charge, and the public is invited.

Dance Concert 'Visual Proof' Features National Choreographers

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's dance department's annual winter concert titled "Visual Proof" will be staged at 8 p.m. Jan. 28-31 featuring works created by guest artist Helanius Wilkins, faculty and students featuring dance diversity ranging from jazz, tap and modern to contemporary ballet.

EDITOR'S ADVISORY: Rev. King Day of Service at SRU

Slippery Rock University will observe Monday's [Jan. 19] holiday with its first "Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service" program. The daylong program will offer outstanding photo and interview opportunities. (The university is open Monday, but there are no classes.)

SRU Schedules Three 'Saturday Showcase' Events for High School Students

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will host three "Saturday Showcase" open house-style events this semester for prospective students and their families.

'Requiem for Mr. Rogers' World Premiere to Feature SRU Choir, Orchestra

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's orchestra and choir have been given the honor of performing the world premiere of "In Memoriam: A Requiem for Mr. Rogers." Ninety students, along with� former cast members of "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood," will debut the Fred Rogers tribute composition �7 p.m. Feb. 29 at historic St. Justin Church in Mount Washington. The public is invited.

Abstracts for SRU Research, Scholarship Symposium Due Monday

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Abstracts detailing recent scholarly efforts by all Slippery Rock University students, faculty and staff for the March 25-26 SRU Research and Scholarship Symposium are due Monday [Jan. 26].

Rock Athletic Teams Excell in Classroom

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Members of� Slippery Rock University athletic teams personified the scholar-athlete ethic last fall by attaining grade-point averages that compare favorably to the university's student body as a whole.

SRU Students, Faculty, Staff Honored for Dedication to Civil Rights

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Students, faculty and staff were presented Slippery Rock University's first Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Civil Leadership Awards for their demonstrated support of civil rights and their work for social justice as part of the campuswide "Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service" program.

SRU Senior Elected State President of Collegeiate Music Educators Association

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Sarah Lipner, a senior music education major at Slippery Rock University, was elected as the 2003-2004 state president of the Pennsylvania Collegiate Music Educators Association at its convention.�

SRU Cancels Classes as of 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26

All Slippery Rock University on and off-campus classes are cancelled beginning at 5:00 PM, this evening - Monday, January 26. Please note that University offices and other university operations will remain open as scheduled.


All Slippery Rock University on and off-campus classes are cancelled beginning at 5 p.m. this evening -- Tuesday, January 27. Please note that University offices and other university operations will remain open as scheduled.

Debate on Pornography Set for SRU Feb. 4

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Is pornography healthy or is it denigrating to women? The topic will be debated in depth when Ron Jeremy, a nationally recognized pornography star with 1,800 adult films to his credit, and Susan Cole, author playwright and senior entertainment and book editor at NOW Magazine, meet at Slippery Rock University on Feb. 4.

SRU's Bailey Library Series to Detail Integration of National Football League

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "Encounters: Bailey Library's Authors and Artists Series" will present Dr. Alan Levy, SRU history professor and author of "Tackling Jim Crow: Racial Segregation and Professional Football" at a 3 p.m. lecture Feb. 23. The public is invited.

SRU Emphasizes 'Black History Month' with Lectures, Displays, Performances

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will host nearly two dozen special events as part of its monthlong "Black History Celebration," including a high school jazz festival, performances and lectures by an African Griot, a master enthnomusicologist in percussion and a performance on the history of black women. In addition on-going displays noting black achievements will be offered.

SRU Plans 'Center for Disability and Health' Funded by $161,000 Federal Grant

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Building on its national reputation for adapted physical activity, Slippery Rock University will use a $161,000 federal grant to open the "Center on Disability and Health." The resource center will help people with disabilities develop healthy lifestyles through education and daily workouts.

Sustainable Systems Seminar Series Offers Enivronmental Updates

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Understanding and minimizing society's impact on the environment,�global warming policy and�� the new global economy are some of the topics for exploration during Slippery Rock University's on-going "Sustainable Systems Seminar Series" which runs Feb. 4 through April 28. The lectures are free and open to the public.

1,000 High School Students Vie for Language Awards at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - More than 1,000 high school world language students from approximately 25 area high schools will be on the Slippery Rock University campus beginning at 8 a.m. Feb. 17 for the university's annual department of modern languages and cultures department "World Language Competition."

40 High School Jazz Musicians to Present 'Jazz Festival '04'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Forty high school jazz musicians from schools throughout western Pennsylvania will be on the Slippery Rock University campus this weekend to participate in the Pennsylvania Music Education Association's District 5 Jazz Festival Ensemble program.

EDITOR'S ADVISORY: Wednesday Pornography Debate

With the current national media attention on Sunday's Super Bowl's halftime show, regional media may be interested in Wednesday's [Feb. 4] planned debate on pornography scheduled at Slippery Rock University.

Yearend Report: SRU Saw Achievements in Enrollment, Retention, National Programs

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Slippery Rock University was rated as one of the 98 "Best Mid-Atlantic Colleges" by the prestigious Princeton Review in 2003. The year also brought "Best in the Nation Status" for the university's Therapeutic Recreation Program from the American Therapeutic Recreation Association. And, Outside magazine cited SRU's Park Ranger Program among the best in the country. Those and other accomplishments made for a year of significant achievements at the nearby state-owned university.

$1,000 Schoalrships Offered Those Joining Stop-Smoking Campaign

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Scholarships of $1,000 and a $300 award await the Slippery Rock University students who do the most to help other students "kick butt."

Holy Cow: SRU Art Students Selected to Decorate Bovine for 'Harrisburg Cow Parade'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Most art students start with a blank canvas, but two SRU art majors - Jennifer Clugsten of North Huntingdon and Nicole Fiedler of Allison Park --� are starting their latest project with a life-size blank cow as part of the world-recognized "Cow Parade" project

SRU Adds Automated Calling Center to Boost Donations

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University is further expanding its use of technology by implementing an "Automated Calling Center" that increases efficiency in contacting alumni and friends and provides opportunities for increasing awareness of on-campus programs and projects.

SRU Theater Professor Writes Psychological Thriller; Set for Miller Feb. 22-29

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa.� Dr. David Skeele joined the Slippery Rock University theater faculty to teach theater courses and direct plays. This month, he's added the responsibility of writing a black comic, contemporary psychological thriller students will present in five Miller Auditorium performances.

High School Computer Programming Students to Compete at SRU

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - High school students studying computer programming from nearly 25 regional high schools will compete Tuesday [Feb. 17] at Slippery Rock University for honors when the university's computer science department hosts its fourth annual "High School Computer Programming Competition."

Volunteers Sought for 3-Day Women's National Wheelchair Basketball Tourney

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa.� The Women's National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament will be played at the Slippery Rock University Robert N. Aebersold Student Recreation Center March 4-6. Volunteers are needed to help stage the event.

SRU Communication Students Take Top Keystone Press Awards

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Two Slippery Rock University communication students have taken first-place honors in the celebrated Pennsylvania Newspaper Press Association's 10th Annual Scholastic and Collegiate Keystone Press awards for their work on The Rocket, the weekly student newspaper which also captured top honors for its on-line edition.

SRU to Host National Women's Wheelchair Basketball Tournament: Paralympic Try Outs

��SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The best women wheelchair basketball players in the United States come to Slippery Rock University March 4-6 to compete in a national tournament and try out for the Athens 2004 Paralympics. Pittsburgh's Steel City Starz will participate.

Kaleidoscope Arts Festival: Quilts Sought for April 24 Show

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Organizers of a quilting show at Slippery Rock University are seeking quilts from area residents to display 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 24 at Russell Wright Alumni House. The show is part of Kaleidoscope, the university's 10-day arts festival featuring events for adults and children.

Gallery 164 Bookstore to Display Los Angeles Printmakers Works

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Gallery 164 Bookstore in downtown Slippery Rock will offer "Emerging Los Angeles Printmakers" as its March 1-26 exhibition offering the works of young artist-printmakers attending various universities and art schools in the Los Angeles area.

SRU's Institute for Learning in Retirement Expands Courses to Cranberry

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Institute for Learning in Retirement opens its seventh term with a major expansion into south Butler County offering classes ranging from beginning bridge to computer basics and writing courses for mature adults in the region.

86 SRU Students, Staff to Spend Spring Break Offering Community Service

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Eight-six Slippery Rock University students and staff are gearing up to spend spring break (March 5-12) providing community service ranging from after-school tutoring to environmental projects for residents and organizations in seven cities across the United States as their way of putting service-learning education into action.

500 High School Scientists/Researchers to Visit SRU Saturday

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Some 500 scientist hopefuls will bring their experiments to Slippery Rock University on Saturday [Feb. 28] as part of the Region IX, Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science competition. The two top winners of the competition receive $12,000 scholarships to SRU and other awards.

EDITOR'S ADVISORY: SRU, YSU to Sign Engineering Articulation Monday

Officials from Youngstown State University, including President David C. Sweet, will visit Slippery Rock University Monday [March 1] to sign an education articulation agreement that will open opportunities to SRU students to study all phases of engineering at YSU

'Neighbor Aber' to Join SRU Faculty for March 28 Concert

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University graduate Chuck Aber -- "Neighbor Aber" on "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood"-- will join three SRU faculty for a benefit concert of chamber music 4 p.m. Sunday [March 28] in Swope Music Hall. Proceeds will fund musical scholarships at SRU.

New SRU, YSU Agreement Opens Engineering Degree Opportunities

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Current and potential Slippery Rock University students interested in studying engineering now have additional choices following Monday's signing of an articulation agreement with Youngstown State University's Rayen College School of Engineering and Technology.

National Public Radio Features SRU Performance of 'Requiem for Fred Rogers'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� More than 1,000 area residents turned out for two performances of "In Memoriam: A Requiem for Fred Rogers," written by Pittsburgher Luke Mayernick in honor of the famed children's television personality and performed by Slippery Rock University's Orchestra and Choir.

SRU to Host 500 Dancers at American College Dance Festival

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's dance department will bring more than 500 dancers from 25 regional colleges and universities to campus when it hosts the American College Dance Festival for the Northeast March 10-14. Some of the dancers will go on to perform at Washington, D.C.'s, Kennedy Center.

SRU Students Prepare for International Study Over Spring Break

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Is there any place better to oceanography than the Bahamas? Modern art, in Paris? Spanish civilization in Spain? Students at Slippery Rock University don't think so and some 150 undergraduates will spend spring break studying in London, Paris, Dublin, Costa Rica, the Bahamas and Alcala, Spain.

Rock Group Further Down to Hold Benefit Concert at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Pittsburgh rock group Further Down will perform a concert March 31 at Slippery Rock University with proceeds benefiting� Kaleidoscope, the university's arts festival April 19-28. The group does covers by Bon Jovi, Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots and other groups.

Duquesne Law Professor to Lecture on Money, Morality and The Law

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - As a lawyer, Abraham Lincoln often used humor to make a point, even poking fun at himself.� Duquesne School of Law Professor Mark Yochum comes to Slippery Rock University March 25 to give a public lecture "The Bonehead Play" that promises to be as entertaining as informative.

Free Seminars for Business Owners Part of SRU School of Business Week

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's annual "School of Business Week," designed to showcase the� university's business programs, has been expanded to offer a series of free seminars open to regional business owners and entrepreneurs. The sessions will offer tips on fraud protection, using e-commerce, writing business plans and provide ideas for financing small business operations.

SRU Track Runner Slated for Friday's 'Price is Right'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Kim Smith, a freshman sprinter on the Slippery Rock University women's track and field team, is scheduled to be one of the contestants on "The Price Is Right" television game show airing Friday, March 12 on CBS-TV.

SRU to Mark 'Faces of Hispanic World' March 19-26

��SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will offer a week-long exhibition of portrait photography under the theme "Faces of the Hispanic World" March 19-26 as part of its second annual Hispanic Cultures Week. The photos illustrate the diversity of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world through music, literature, cinema, art, dance and food while highlighting activities that showcase the Hispanic culture.

SRU Students to Use Grant to Evaluate Cafeteria Waste for Recycling Project

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Graduate environmental science students at Slippery Rock University will dig through waste generated at an on-campus food court to determine if trash generated there can be turned into usable compost as part of a newly approved $36,623 grant from Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection's Recycling Grant Program.

SRU Student Receives National Order of Omega Scholarship

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The national Order of Omega, based in Arlington, Texas, has presented Slippery Rock University resort-tourism management major Joseph Hall of Williamsport its $500 National Order of Omega Scholarship in recognition of his outstanding leadership.

SRU to Observe 'Women's History Month' with Vignettes of Past Leaders

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Those interested in unionization, civil rights, social justice, rhetoric, politics, history, community activism and women's studies are invited to the "Women in History: Living Vignettes of Women from the Past" presented by Slippery Rock University's Women's Studies Program.

EDITOR'S ADVISORY: SRU has Expert on Spain Available for Comment

In connection with today's rush-hour, train and station bombings in Madrid, Spain, that killed and injured hundreds, we wanted you to know that Jose Augustin Martinez-Samos, an assistant professor of modern languages and cultures at Slippery Rock University and a native of Spain, is available for comment and expert opinion.

SRU Interim President Smith Receives National Award for Student Retention Work

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - For his commitment to the success of first-year students, Slippery Rock University Interim President Dr. Robert M. Smith has been named one of 10 Outstanding First-Year Student Advocates in the nation by the University of South Carolina's National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition and Houghton Mifflin Publishing Co.

SRU School of Business Students Qualify for American Express National Finals

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The three-member Slippery Rock University School of Business American Express Planning Invitational team has qualified for the national finals to be held at the company's Minneapolis headquarters April 21-24.

SRU's Second 'Unity Week' Spotlights Diversity, Unity

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's� Student Union for Minority Affairs organization will host its second annual Unity Week opening Saturday [March 20] as a program designed to promote campus diversity and unity among students, faculty staff and the community.

SRU School of Business Week, Communication Week to Open Access to Experts

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� S enior Vice President and Director of Research for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Dr. Mark Sniderman will be the keynote speaker when Slippery Rock University's College of Business, Information and Social Sciences hosts its annual "School of Business Week" and "Communication Week" programs open to the campus and community beginning Monday [March 22].

Annual 'Prism' Concert Set for Sunday

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's annual Prism concert, presented by the music department, will again spotlight an array of musical styles, including jazz, percussion, flutes, brass and vocal groups, including a barbershop quartet.

'Good Food Lunch' to Support Local, Sustainable Organic Agriculture

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa -- Local agriculture, organic cuisine and sustainable food production will be the focus of the Good Food Lunch at Slippery Rock University on Thursday, March 25.�� The third annual lunch will take place 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Boozel Dining Hall.� All university affiliates, students and community residents are invited.

SRU Trustees Review Projections for Continued Enrollment Improvement: New Look for Campus

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa.--- Slippery Rock University's Council of Trustees reviewed projections for continued enrollment growth in both quantity and quality of its student body at today's quarterly meeting. In his report to the council, Interim President Robert Smith also told the council that several projects to be completed in the summer will give the campus a "fresh and exciting look."

SRU to Host Sports Clinic for Visually Impaired March 27

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University and the university's Adapted Physical Activity Council on March 27 will host a one-day sports clinic for the visually impaired. Participants ages 8 to 18 will learn the fundamentals of taekwondo, gymnastics, weight lifting, aerobics, dance and goalball, played like soccer with a ball with a bell inside.

SRU Symposium for Research and Scholarship Opens Thursday

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Forty-four students from diverse academic fields are presenting at SRU's Symposium for Research and Scholarship, a hallmark event that highlights the outstanding academic accomplishments of undergraduate and graduate students. The symposium is Thursday and Friday [March 25-26.]

Washington, D.C.-based, All-Male Dance Troupe Coming to SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University and its Fredrick Douglas Institute will present the Washington, D.C.-based,� Edgeworks Dance Theater's performance of "Fearless Measures" at 6 p.m. Saturday [March 27] in Miller Auditorium.

EDITOR'S ADVISORY: Senior VP at Federal Reserve to Talk at SRU School of Business Week

A quick reminder that S enior Vice President and Director of Research for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Dr. Mark Sniderman will be the keynote speaker at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday [March 24] as Slippery Rock University's College of Business, Information and Social Sciences hosts its annual "School of Business Week."

SRU to Salute Scholars, Faculty at Academic Honors Convocation: Seeds of Peace Leader to Speak

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Timothy P. Wilson, a Slippery Rock University graduate now vice president and camp director for the nationally recognized Seeds of Peace organization working works to bring peace in the Middle East will speak when the university salutes more than 1,800 students for their outstanding academic efforts at the annual Academic Honors Convocation.

SRU Academic Honors Convocation to Salute Excellence

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's annual Academic Honors Convocation, set for 2 p.m. April 4 in Morrow Field House, will salute the outstanding academic work of more than 1,800 students and include the annual presentation of the President's Awards for Excellence.

SRU Dancer to Perform at Washington, D.C.'s, Kennedy Center

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Francie Lloyd, a senior dance major at Slippery Rock University, was recently selected to perform her solo choreography for the American College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., June 1-3.

SRU's Bridge Project Group to Observe Sexual Assault Awareness Month

� SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - April is being observed nationally as Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the Bridge Project at SRU has organized a series of events to help the campus community Speak Out Against Sexual Violence. The group's goal is to encourage the entire university community to learn about sexual violence, how to help prevent it and how to help survivors heal.

SRU Honors 11 for Service

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University Interim President Robert Smith saluted 11 management employees for various years of service to the University, including 40 years of service by Francis Hensler, software support specialist in administrative information systems and technologies, at a recent breakfast meeting.

Hip-Hop in Spotlight at SRU April 17-26

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The popular hip-hop band Ludacris, and a special guest, will highlight "Hip-Hop Week" at Slippery Rock University as student organizations examine how the current fad is affecting poetry, music and today's campus culture April 17-26.

Weekend Concerts at SRU Feature Voice, Violin, Wind Ensemble

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Voice majors at Slippery Rock University and guest pianists Jennifer Plumley and Kelly Hiser will perform "Opera Scenes and Arias" at 8 p.m. Saturday [April 3] followed by graduating senior Sarah J. Lipner's "My Final Hoorah: A Senior Violin Recital" at 4 p.m. Sunday and an 8 p.m. Sunday performance by the SRU Wind Ensemble.

EDITOR'S ADVISORY: Seeds of Peace Camp Director Available for Interviews

A quick reminder that with the unending search for Middle East peace dominating the news, your readers/listeners/viewers may be interested in hearing from Timothy P. Wilson, a 1962 Slippery Rock University graduate and now camp director for the nationally spotlighted Seeds of Peace program. Mr. Wilson will be on the SRU campus Friday [April 3] in preparation for his 2 p.m. Sunday address at the university's annual Academic Honors Convocation set for in Morrow Field House.

SRU Administrators, Faculty Brief Area Legislators on Changes in Teacher Education

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Administrators and faculty in Slippery Rock University's College of Education briefed area state legislators today on changes in higher education programs and teacher preparation that will be felt in elementary and secondary schools across the state -- and elsewhere - in the near future.

Family Entertainment Offered at SRU's Kaleidoscope Arts Festival April 18-28

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Live music, balloon sculpturing, face painting, crafts, pottery demonstrations and a Shakespeare for Kids production headline the children's activities at Kaleidoscope, Slippery Rock University's arts festival April 18-28.

Flamenco Del Pilar to Return to SRU April 19

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Flamenco del Pilar, a talented group of flamenco artists from the Pittsburgh area, will return to Slippery Rock University for an 8 p.m. performance April 19 in Swope Music Hall as part of the university's second annual Kaleidoscope Arts Festival and the International Arts and Cultures Series.

Hungarian Jews Experiences to be Topic of SRU Holocaust Remembrance

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Noted historian and award-winning lecturer Stephen Berk of Union College will detail "The Experience of the Hungarian Jews in the Holocaust" when Slippery Rock University's department of government and public affairs presents its 10th Annual Holocaust Remembrance Program at 3 p.m. April 14.

Prominent Chinese Opera Singer to Perform at SRU April 20

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Dr. Mei Zhong, a prominent opera singer and concert soloist who has performed extensively in China and the United States, will sing April 20 at Slippery Rock University, accompanied by pianist Dr. James Helton, assistant professor of music at Ball State University. The public is invited.

SRU's 'Earth Day Festival' Offers Events for Children Adults

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Kite making and flying, art projects, food and a host of hands-on educational activities for children in grades 4 through 6 headline the April 24 Earth Day Festival at Slippery Rock University's Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Education and Research. This year's theme is "It's a Kids' Earth."

SRU to Present Six Research Projects at Academic Alliance Symposium

� SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Research work of 15 Slippery Rock University faculty, students and graduates will be spotlighted Saturday [April 17] at the Academic Alliance Symposium being hosted by Youngstown State University in its McKay Auditorium.

SRU I Care House in New Castle Ready for April 17-24 Dedication

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Seven years in the making, the I Care House on New Castle's east side, is a Slippery Rock University Institute for Community, Service-Learning and Nonprofit Leadership and community project now serving residents with adult and children's programming that is making a difference in the life of the neighborhood.

SRU Search for New President: On Campus Interviews Scheduled

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The presidential search committee at Slippery Rock University has scheduled 11 days of on-campus interviews beginning April 20 for six candidates for the university's presidency.

New 'Rock Plaza' to be Dedicated April 21

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University, known around the world as "The Rock," will dedicate its new 15-ton "Rock Plaza" on the main quadrangle outside Bailey Library at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday [April 21].

Panel to Dicuss Effects of Hip Hop on Society

� SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A panel, including Rochester, N.Y., Councilman Adam McFadden, will discuss "Hip Hop and Its Effects on Culture" in a 7 p.m. Tuesday [April 20] program that is part of Slippery Rock University's "Hip-Hop Week" events.

'Careers in Sustainability' to Highlight Professional Contribusions of SRU Alumni

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Students and community members interested in learning more about careers in sustainability and the environment are encouraged to attend "Careers in Sustainability" from 2 to 5 p.m. April 23 at the Ski Lodge on the campus of Slippery Rock University.

Movie Producer to Launch Harry M. Warner Film Institute at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Noted Hollywood movie producer Stephen Simon will be on campus next week for several events coinciding with the formation of the Harry M. Warner Film Institute at Slippery Rock University, an organization dedicated to the examination and promotion of the impact of films on culture throughout the world.

Kerry Leads Bush in SRU Straw Poll

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Students at Slippery Rock University favor Democratic presidential contender Sen. John Kerry by more than 12 points over incumbent President George Bush according to results from a three-day campuswide presidential straw poll conducted.

SRU Campus Saddened to Learn of Death of Philanthropist Mrs. Ethel Carruth

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� "The entire Slippery Rock University community is deeply saddened to learn of the death of its longtime friend, benefactor and moving force on campus, Mrs. Ethel Carruth. We will all miss her leadership, dedication and enthusiasm for Slippery Rock University," said Interim President Robert Smith on learning of Mrs. Carruth's death Saturday [April 17].

SRU Spring Flute Concert to Feature 20-Member Flute Choir

LIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� Slippery Rock University's annual spring flute choir concert will feature a 20-member flute choir performing both traditional and contemporary compositions.

SRU to Premiere Three Rivers Jazz Orchestra Sunday

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The premiere performance of The Three Rivers Jazz Orchestra, a hand-selected group of jazz musicians, will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday [April 25] in the Multi-Purpose Room of the University Union as part of the university's 11-day Kaleidoscope Arts Festival.

SRU Accepted into Prestigious Academic Honorary, Phi Kappa Phi

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society, recently extended an invitation of membership to Slippery Rock University following a yearlong evaluation. SRU accepted and will initiate a chapter in the fall.

Interim President Robert Smith to Deliver 'State of University'

LIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� Interim President Robert Smith will deliver the annual "State of the University" address at 12:30 p.m. Thursday [April 22] in Swope Recital Hall. The address will update faculty and staff on programs and plans for the campus, including building renovations and other new academic initiatives.

Grammy-winning Jazz Great Bob Mintzer to Perform with SRU Jazz Ensemble May 1

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Grammy-winning jazz great Bob Mintzer, recognized worldwide for his tenor and soprano saxophone talent as well as his musical abilities as composer, arranger and educator, will highlight Slippery Rock University's May 1 "Jazz Festival," including a public performance with the SRU Jazz Ensemble 1. The festival will welcome more than 200 high school musicians from across Pennsylvania for a day of clinics and workshops.

EDITOR'S ADVISORY: Relay for Life: I Care Dedication


SRU Philosophy Professsor Receives Zuzak Award for Excellence

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Philosophy has always been about the pursuit of wisdom, says Dr. Bernard Freydberg, professor of philosophy at Slippery Rock University. Holding to that fundamental premise has helped the department achieve acclaim, on and off campus.

Student Conductors to Direct SRU Concert Band Thursday

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University music education majors Stacy Schermann of Pittsburgh and Courtney Geary of Bellefonte will conduct the SRU Concert Band during the annual Student Conductor's Concert set for 8 p.m. Thursday [April 29] in Miller Auditorium.

Gov. Rendell to Address SRU's May 8 Commencement: 840 to Graduate

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell will be the speaker when Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania holds its 115th spring commencement, presenting diplomas to 30 doctor of physical therapy graduates, 112 master's degree recipients and more than 700 undergraduates at 11 a.m. May 8 ceremonies.

Honors Students from Across Pennsylvania to Gather at SRU for Costa Rica Conference

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Talented and ambitious honors students from each of the 14 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education universities meet May 16 at Slippery Rock University to study Costa Rica in preparation for an 11-day trip there with the state system's 2004 Summer Honors Program.

SRU Bestows 10 'Rising Star Awards' for Leadership

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has presented 10 Rising Star Awards to students, student groups and faculty for exemplifying leadership development in 2003-2004.

SRU Student Government to Dedicate Rock Waterfall Thursday

���� SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Slippery Rock University will formally dedicate its new rock waterfall beside Bailey Library with an 11:30 a.m. Thursday [May 6] public ceremony at the site.

SRU Honors 83 Faculty for Dedicated Service

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University and Interim President Robert Smith recently honored 83 faculty for their years of service, including Wilma Cavill, assistant professor of allied health, who has taught at the university for 45 years.

EDITOR'S ADVISORY: Gov. Rendell to Speak at Commencement

A quick reminder that Gov. Edward Rendell will be the 11 a.m. Saturday [May8] commencement speaker at Slippery Rock University. The ceremony will be held in N. Kerr Thompson Stadium. (Morrow Field House in the event of inclement weather.)

SRU Student from Meadville Accepted into Prestigious Public Health Graduate Program

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Only one other civilian in the country holds up to the graduate school plans of Slippery Rock University senior Bethany Hemlock, of Meadville. She is one of two civilians accepted into the Master of Public Health Program at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, a prestigious program usually reserved for military personnel.

SRU's Dr. David Dixon to Lecture on French and Indian War

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University history Professor Dr. David Dixon will describe the local roots of the French and Indian War during a free program 7:30 p.m. Tuesday [May 11] at the Harmony Museum. The public is invited to help mark the 250th anniversary of the war.

SRU Trustees Recommend Three Presidential Candidates for Chancellor's Consideration

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. --- Slippery Rock University's Council of Trustees voted today to recommend three candidates for consideration by Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Chancellor Dr. Judy G. Hample and the system's Board of Governors in the search for a new SRU president.

15th Annual Summer Creative, Performing Arts Academy Set at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A new study block in flute and a theme of identity and self-discovery through the arts mark the 15th Summer Creative and Performing Arts Academy July 12-23 at Slippery Rock University. High school students may commute or live on campus for two weeks of work in visual arts, jazz, dance, theater or creative writing.� Applications for the all-day programs will be accepted through June 30.

SRU to Again Offer Summer Camps for Children: Classes in Theater, Academic Areas

� SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Aspiring actors, directors, playwrights and youngsters looking for a great summer experience involving the theater, and those looking for challenging academic fun are urged to consider two, weeklong summer camp programs planned for those in grades three through seven at by Slippery Rock University.

SRU Student Health Center Reaccredited by National Organization

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� "As more and more students and their parents come to depend on the quality of campus health services, we are very proud the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc., has reaccredited Slippery Rock University's McLachlan Student Health Center," says Linda Beatty, center director.

Musicians' Concert Band Schedules Four Summer Concerts at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Musicians' Concert Band, the 100-member community band directed by Blas� Scarnati, returns to Slippery Rock University's Miller Auditorium for four summer concerts beginning June 18.

McKeever Environmental Learning Center to Mark 30th Anniversary

SANDY LAKE, Pa. -- With a new retreat center for adults completed and more children attending earth-centered programs, McKeever Environmental Learning Center celebrates its 30th anniversary June 18-19 with a series of wildlife programs, concerts and an evening campfire. All activities, including a folk concert, are free.

Worldwide Mathematical Community to Gather at SRU June 9-12

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Some of the best mathematicians in the world meet June 9-12 at Slippery Rock University for an international symposium on real analysis, a branch of calculus with applications to science, engineering, economics, even entertainment and the stock market.

SRU's Growing Honors Program Gets New Director

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Honors Program has grown seven-fold. It now offers optional honors housing, 30 scholarships a year, independent study options that one student used to write a children's book, job networking, as well as travel opportunities to Italy, England, Costa Rica and Ireland.

Allied Health Professor Named to Head SRU Gerontology Program

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Pittsburgh resident Dr. Adelle Williams, a tireless advocate for older adults who has worked in private practice and academia for more than 20 years, has been named coordinator of the Gerontology Program at Slippery Rock University.

EDITOR'S ADVISORY: SRU Council of Trustees to Meet

A quick reminder: The Slippery Rock University Council of Trustees will hold its regular quarterly meeting at 1:30 p.m. Friday [June 11] in the third-floor Conference Room of Old Main. The session will include President Robert Smith's first report to council as president.

SRU to Host Camp for Children with Visual Impairments

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Children with visual impairments or blindness from across the region come to Slippery Rock University June 16-19 for Camp SportsVision, an event that increases their comfort level in competing in sports and expands their awareness of regional recreational opportunities.

Slippery Rock Farmers Market Sells Locally Grown Produce on Saturdays

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -The Slippery Rock Farmers Market, organized by SRU graduate students, is open for the 2004 season. Locally produced vegetables, eggs, meat, herbs, breads and honey will be sold 9 a.m. to noon each Saturday in the Java Rock Caf� parking lot on Franklin Street.

SRU Trustees Review New President's Goals as Dr. Robert Smith Takes Helm

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's council of trustees today welcomed Dr. Robert M. Smith as the university's 15th president at their regular quarterly meeting, with council chair Dr. Robert Marcus saying, "We have enjoyed a productive 17 months during your leadership as interim president, and we certainly look forward to working together with you on future projects at The Rock."

SRU Alumni Association to See 130 Alumni on Campus for Weekend Events

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - More than 130 Slippery Rock University graduates begin arriving on campus Friday [June 18] to participate in the annual Alumni Weekend sponsored by the SRU Alumni Association which year is spotlighting the reunion classes of 1954, celebrating its 50th anniversary, and 1979, marking its 25th year.

New Web Site to Help Nursing Students Improve Writing Skills

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A new Web site that provides access to a chatroom, reference l ibrary and tutors at a writing center is the latest tech-savvy tool for students in the collaborative Clarion/Edinboro/Slippery Rock Universities Master of Science in Nursing Program. The resources of this innovative program are also available to students enrolled in Slippery Rock University's Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program.

President Smith Honors 29 for Dedicated Service

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Twenty-nine members of the Slippery Rock University staff were honored recently for their outstanding service and dedication to the university by newly named President Robert Smith.

Grove City County Market Owners Endow Scholarship at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Dave and Vicki Knopp, owners of the Grove City County Market, a community-oriented grocery, have endowed the Grove City County Market Scholarship with a gift of $25,000 as part of The Campaign for Slippery Rock University. It is the second scholarship established by the couple to help area students attend SRU.

EDITOR'S ADVISORY: SRU to Host Camp SportsVision for Visually Impaired

Slippery Rock University's status as a national hub for helping people with disabilities enters the spotlight Thursday and Friday [June 17-18] when 34 children with visual impairments or blindness -- from Pittsburgh, Erie, West Virginia, Toledo, Ohio and Philadelphia - participate in Camp SportsVision. Children ages 8 to 18 will try their hand at taekwondo, dancing, rock climbing and a special sport called goalball, which uses a ball with a bell.

10 Faculty Receive Travel Grants to Present Research Around the World

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Ten Slippery Rock University faculty have been awarded Presidential International Professional Development Grants by SRU President Robert Smith to use in presenting academic papers and reports in their areas of expertise at educational conferences around the world.

SRU Student Newspaper Names Editorial Board

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Rocket, the multi-award-winning weekly student newspaper at Slippery Rock University, has selected Kim Dishler, a communication major from Rochester as editor-in-chief for the coming academic year.

30 Doctor of PT Students to Present Research Tuesday

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Fitness for children with cerebral palsy, injury prevention and the effects of exercise on college athletes are just some of the research topics at Slippery Rock University's Ninth Annual Graduate School of Physical Therapy Research Conference July 6.

EDITOR'S ADVISORY: Creative and Performing Arts Academy Opens Monday

A quick reminder that Slippery Rock University will open its 1 5th Summer Creative and Performing Arts Academy for high school students on Monday [July 12].

32-Foot Tower Added to SRU Leadership Course

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Executive Leadership Course at Slippery Rock University includes a new component - a 32-foot tower for climbing, rappelling and rope bridge exercises. Students, community groups, teachers and business professionals use it for leadership training, team building and problem solving.

Democrats to Rally at SRU for Voter Meeting Aug. 26

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The newly-formed Butler Area Democrats, the Kerry2004 Meetup and the Young Democrats organizations will hold a "Joint Democratic Voters Meeting" at 7 p.m. Aug. 26 in McKay Education Building on the Slippery Rock University campus.

SRU Dance Department Plans Saturday Classes for Children

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The dance department at Slippery Rock University will offer an 11-week series of Saturday dance classes focused on teaching, exploring and learning for children ages 3 to 12 beginning Sept. 11.



WOW WEEK OPENS FRIDAY: New Students Welcomed to SRU

More than 500 Slippery Rock University faculty, staff and student volunteers, including President Robert Smith, will be out and about on campus this weekend (Aug. 27-29) to welcome more than 1,600 new students to campus.

SRU Students Plan Voter Registration Rally for Thursday

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A "Student Voter Registration Drive Kick-Off Rally" will be held at Slippery Rock University from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday [Sept. 2] in an effort to promote the national "Your Vote, Your Voice" campaign from the National Campus Voter Registration Project.

SRU Faculty Panel to Offer Analysis of 9-11 Ramifications

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -As a way of keeping Slippery Rock University students abreast of current events and as a way of providing in-depth analysis and provoking critical thinking, its College of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts will sponsor a 3:30 p.m. Sept. 9 panel discussion examining the impact of the 9-11 attacks on contemporary American politics, foreign policy and domestic policy. �

EDITOR'S ADVISORY: Presidential Address; Trustee Meeting Set

Two upcoming events of interest on the Slippery Rock University campus:

McLachlan Student Health Center Names New Medical Director

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Dr. Daniel Ferguson, a Slippery Rock physician, is the new medical director of McLachlan Student Health Center at Slippery Rock University.�

SRU Opens Center on Disability and Health-Promotes Health Lifestyle for People with Disabilities

EDITOR'S ADVISORY: I Care House Plans Care Package Event

Volunteers and participating children at Slippery Rock University's I CARE House will assemble care packages 3:30 p.m. Sept. 8 for members of the 23rd construction battalion of the Navy Reserves. The battalion was recently activated and expects to leave this month for Iraq.

SRU Trustees Tally a Near-record Student Enrollment

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Slippery Rock University's Council of Trustees gathered for its regular quarterly meeting today and reviewed enrollment statistics showing a near record number of students. While the official enrollment number is not tallied until the 15th day of classes (Sept. 21), today's count showed 7,923, just two shy of the 7,925 headcount in fall 1991, the highest in the history of the university.

SRU Plans 'Good Food Lunch' Featuring Organically Grown Ingredients

� SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Local agriculture, organically grown ingredients and sustainable food production will be the focus of the Good Food Lunch at Slippery Rock University on Sept 23.�

SRU to Open Brown V. Board of Education with Keynote from Journalist Juan Williams

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Juan Williams, author of the non-fiction bestseller "Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965" and Fox News Channel� and National Public Radio political commentator, opens Slippery Rock University's multi-part lecture and discussion series focused on reflections on the 50th anniversary of "Brown v. Board of Education: 50 Years of Progress and Struggle." The semester-long series opens Sept. 21.

SRU Professor Receives National Honor for Work in Nursing Technology

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- For her pioneering work in promoting the use of computers in nursing education and health care, Slippery Rock University nursing Professor Ramona Nelson has been named a 2004 fellow by the American Academy of Nursing.

SRU Tops in Mid-Atlantic Region, Tops in Nation in Princeton Review, CosmoGirl! Reports

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - SRU's strengths, including academics and friendly campus atmosphere, earned it top ratings in national publications this week as The Princeton Review's issued its list of 115 top Mid-Atlantic Colleges and CosmoGIRL! magazine's special, 12-page insert detailing "The Best Colleges for CosmoGIRLs" included the University in its first-ever report on the top 50 female-friendly campuses in the nation.

EDITOR'S ADVISORY: Juan Williams to Lecture Tuesday

Thought you might want to hear National Public Radio's and Fox News Channel's commentator/journalist Juan Williams as part of his Tuesday [Sept. 21] visit to Slippery Rock University - or grab a quick interview before his 6 p.m. lecture.

Volunteer Flood Relief Being Coordinated by SRU's Community Service Institute

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Institute for Community, Service Learning and Nonprofit Leadership has been recruited by the Butler County United Way to coordinate volunteer efforts across the county following the weekend's massive floods that destroyed more than 500 homes.

Timeless 'Man of La Mancha' Headed to SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The five-time Tony winning musical masterpiece "Man of La Mancha" will open the Slippery Rock University fall theater season with eight performance, including two Sunday matinees, under the direction of Dr. David Skeele, professor if theater.

SRU Enrollment Hits All-time High; 7,928 Taking Classes

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� With 7,928 students attending fall classes for the 2004-05 academic year, Slippery Rock University has set an all-time student enrollment record and continues its enrollment growth trend for the fifth consecutive year.

Traditional Chinese Folk Music Scheduled for Oct. 14

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will host an evening of traditional Chinese folk music performed by visiting musicians from Nanjing Arts Institute in China at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 in Swope Music Hall. Admission is free.

MS Society Names SRU's Susan Kushner 'Volunteer of Year'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Susan Kushner, associate professor of physical therapy at Slippery Rock University, has been named Volunteer of the Year by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for her 16 years of service to the organization.

Red Cross Turns to SRU Expert for Help on Swimming Manual

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - When the American Red Cross revised its Swimming and Water Safety handbook for the first time in 10 years, the organization turned to Slippery Rock University physical education Professor Robert Ogoreuc for editorial leadership.

SRU Dean to Headline 'Making Trax' Fund-raiser Oct. 16

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- It's not something you see often: A college dean banging the drums for a good cause - with band mates he met in college 25 years ago.

'Images of Light' Project Raising Funds for Michael J. Changnon Art Scholarship

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The family of the late Michael J. Changnon, professor of art, and the Slippery Rock University art department and the Slippery Rock University Foundation, Inc., have teamed to offer an eight-print series of black-and-white photographs to expand the Michael J. Changnon Memorial Art Scholarship as part of a special "Images of Light" project.

SRU Strings Instructor Plans Violin/Viola Recital

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Warren Davidson, instructor of music at Slippery Rock University, will offer a violin and viola concert at 8 p.m. Oct. 5 in the university's Swope Recital Hall, including works by Geminiani, Kabalevsky, Schubert, Martucci, Schumann and others.

SRU 'HealthFest 2004' Again Offers Free Screenings

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's annual "Healthfest 2004" will again offer an intergenerational opportunity to bring faculty, students, staff and community members together to improve overall health during the 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. event on Oct. 12.

SRU Plans 'Keys to Success Week' on Networking, Mentoring, Community Service

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� "Keys to Success Week," a weeklong program dealing with getting a job, handling controversial issues, women's networking, mentoring, professional dress, etiquette and civic engagement will be held Oct. 11-14 at Slippery Rock University.

Native American Experiences with Brown V. Board of Education Topic at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Dr. Frederick White, assistant professor of English, and Dr. Rachela Permenter, professor of English, will present "Separate: Unequal: Unwanted: A discussion of how Native American experiences relate to Brown v. Board of Education" as part of Slippery Rock University's semester-long examination of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling outlawing separate but equal schools.

Former NFL Player to Speak to SRU Men

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Don McPherson, former National Football League quarterback and current executive director of the Sports Leadership Institute at Adelphi University, visits Slippery Rock University Oct. 11 to help launch a campuswide initiative titled "Man2Man" that encourages men to be proactive in preventing violence against women.

'Requiem for Mister Rogers' CDs Now Available

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "In Memoriam: A Requiem for Mister Rogers" CD's are now available for purchase in Swope Music Hall at Slippery Rock University.� Cost is $10 per two-CD set. Call 724-738-2063.

Medical Supplies Sought for Nursing Faculty, Student Visit to Dominican Republic

LIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University nursing faculty Gretchen Schumacher and Kerry Risco and undergraduate and graduate nursing students have launched a collection drive for their second visit to the Dominican Republic, where they will deliver medicine and provide health care to rural villagers.

SRU Army ROTC Program Recognized with Mission Success Award

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - S lippery Rock University's award-winning Army Reserve Officer Training Corps Program has been recognized again for successfully achieving its academic year mission in 2003-04 in commissioning second lieutenants for the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserves and the Army National Guard. The just completed academic year saw 12 cadets receive commissions.

'LUNAFEST' Women's Film Series Coming to SRU Oct. 20

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- LUNAFEST, a film series by, for and about women, will come to the Slippery Rock University campus at 7 p.m. Oct. 20, as a way of providing exposure for emerging women filmmakes and a way of raising funds for The Breast Cancer Fund.

Purple Heart Recipient Remains True to SRU While Serving in Iraq

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Army National Guardsman Larry D. Vogel, of Slippery Rock, is a Purple Heart recipient who loves his family, country and Slippery Rock University. When the former SRU student left Sunday for a second tour of duty in Iraq, he traveled with a sign of affection for the university - videotapes of the team's football games.

Panel Discussions on Presidential Election Set at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will host two panel discussions on the upcoming presidential election, moderated by professors of political science. Both sessions, open to the public, will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room of the University Union.

SRU 'Focus on Asia' Programs to Showcase Diversity

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The diversity of Asia ranging from food to politics will be spotlighted at Slippery Rock University throughout October and November with a series of free lectures, demonstration and presentations by University faculty and students.

Dr. Amanda Yale Named New Associate Provost at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Dr. Amanda Yale's team leadership, which included attention to increasing enrollment, retention and service to students, has resulted in her being named associate provost for enrollment services and retention at Slippery Rock University. The promotion followed a national search to fill the post.

SRU Jazz Ensemble to Release Third CD at Oct. 20 Concert

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The dedication of graduated seniors and the enthusiasm of incoming freshman are being saluted in the Slippery Rock University Jazz Ensemble's latest CD "Arrivals & Departures," set for release at the ensemble's 8 p.m. Oct. 20 concert in Swope Recital Hall.

Butler Junior High Students to Hone Leadership Skills at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - When a group of Butler County professionals experienced Slippery Rock University's Leadership Reaction Course, they in turn contributed $1,500 so Butler Junior High School students could benefit.

SRU's 'Bridge Project' Fighting Violence Against Women Receoves $266,634 Grant

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa.�� The ongoing success of Slippery Rock University's "Bridge Project," designed to bridge the gap between cultural norms and the prevalence of violence against women, has received $266,634 in continuing funding from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Actress, Playwright Karen Eterovich to Perform at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Karen Eterovich, actress and author of "Love Arm'd: Aphra Behn and Her Pen," will perform her play at 8 p.m. Oct. 27, in Slippery Rock University's Sheehy Auditorium located in the Maltby Center.

IUP Sociology Professor to Lecture on Ending Violence Against Women

� SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Dr. Robert Heasley, associate professor of sociology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a member of IUP's Men's Awareness Project, will be the guest lecture to Slippery Rock University men and women on how men can make a difference in ending rape, sexual assault, violence and how they can improve relationships.

Author, Social Critic Naomi Wolf to Lecture Nov. 11

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Feminist Naomi Wolf, author of a book on the cosmetics industry The New York Times called one of the most important works of the 20th century, will lecture on ethical leadership at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 at Slippery Rock University.

French Week at SRU Includes Fabric Art, French Games

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "Focus on French Week" (La Semaine du fran�ais), sponsored by Slippery Rock University's modern languages and cultures department, will feature West African artist Saihou from Gambia whose specializes in batik, a medium of decorating fabric for clothing learned from his mother, a French lawn game, discussion of classes taken in France and a French film.

Chinese Fan Dance, Jazz, Hip-Hop to be Seen at SRU Dance Concert

� SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A contemporary Chinese fan dance choreographed by Shih-Ming Li along with modern, jazz and hip-hop dance styles will be part of the Slippery Rock University dance department's annual "Faculty and Guest Artist Concert" set for 8 p.m. Tuesday [Oct. 26] in Miller Auditorium.

Cabot Native to Sing Opera at SRU Scholarship Concert

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa., -- Internationally acclaimed opera singer Marianne Cornetti, a native of Cabot, will present several Giuseppe Verdi's opera works when she performs at the Slippery Rock University Scholarship Benefit Concert set for 8 p.m. Nov. 6.

15 SRU Vocal Students to Vie for Williamson Memorial Scholarship

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Students studying voice at Slippery Rock University will vie for top honors in the 12th Annual Chad Williamson Memorial Scholarship Competition at 2 p.m. Oct. 31 in Swope Music Hall in a continuing competition honoring the late Slippery Rock High School student who planned to attend SRU.

SRU to be Inducted into Phi Kappa Phi

� SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- More than 100 exceptional Slippery Rock University students will become members of Phi Kappa Phi when SRU is formally installed as a member of the nation's oldest and most selective honor society Nov. 4.

SRU Plans Town Hall Meeting on Race Relations in New Castle

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A "Town Hall Meeting on Race Relations," sponsored by the New Castle Branch of the NAACP and Slippery Rock University will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 22 in Ebenezer Church of God in Christ, 1119 S. Jefferson St., New Castle.�

SRU Honors 20 African Americans for Leadership with Pacesetter Awards

LIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University honored 20 of its African-American alumni, faculty, staff, retirees and former trustees for their leadership and help in creating an atmosphere of diversity on campus and in organizations across the nation in a newly initiated Pacesetter Awards program.

Ghosts of Halloween Past to Haunt Old Stone House Thursday, Friday

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Ghost story tours of Butler County's most recognized landmarks - The Old Stone House - are planned for 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 28-29 in a project organized by the Slippery Rock University's history department.

SRU Faculty Member Selected for National American Therapeutic Recreation Association Award

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - For her leadership, published writings and teaching excellence, Slippery Rock University associate professor of parks and recreation/environmental education� Colleen Cooke has received a 2004 Certificate of Recognition for Meritorious Service from the American Therapeutic Recreation Association.

SRU Prepares to Inaugurate 15th President at Nov. 5 Ceremonies: Dr. Robert Smith

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania's inauguration of Dr. Robert Smith as the university's 15th president on Nov. 5 will bring dignitaries and delegates from across the state and the nation as part of the daylong celebration and ceremony.

Dance in India Initiative Plans Fundraiser

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Dance in India Initiative will present a fundraising lecture-demonstration at 8 p.m. Nov. 19 in the Pearl K. Stoner Instructional Complex. Prior to the demonstration, a henna hand-painting for audience members and a display of Indian cultural objects will be offered.

SRU to Host First Harambee Summit for Students of Color

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Western Pennsylvania Diversity Consortium will host its first Harambee Summit on the Slippery Rock University campus Nov 5-7 as part of an educational conference geared toward students of color and their allies allowing them to address issues pertinent to success at predominantly white colleges and universities.�

Former FBI Undercover Informant to Detail Dangers of Hate, Neo-Nazi Right

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Tom Martinez, an FBI undercover informant that helped bring down the radical White Supremacist movement known as "The Order," will lecture at Slippery Rock University on Nov. 10 telling his powerful story and warning others of the dangers such right-wing groups offer in a visit sponsored by the University Program Board.

Peace Movement Organizer to Outline Peaceforce Concept

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Mel Duncan, executive director of the International Nonviolent Peaceforce, will bring his organization's plan for creating a trained, international civilian force designed to resolve conflicts from around the world to Slippery Rock University on Nov. 7.

National Youth Motivator to Lecture Nov. 12

��SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "Living Your Dreams - Being a VIP in the Game of Life" is the title of the Nov. 12 lecture at Slippery Rock University by Aric Bostick, a Texas-based motivational speaker for youth.

Campuswide Food Drive Set for Nov. 15-22

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's College of Education and other campus departments have organized a campuswide food drive for Nov. 15-22, open to students, faculty, staff and community residents, with distribution by the Feed My Sheep Food Cupboard based in Slippery Rock.

EDITOR'S ADVISORY: Details for Friday's Inauguration of President Robert Smith

The 1:30 p.m. Friday [Nov. 5] inauguration of Dr. Robert Smith as 15th president of Slippery Rock University will see more than 300 delegates from colleges and universities attending - including those representing the University of Bologna founded in Italy in 1088, Harvard University, founded in 1636, the College of William and Mary, founded in 1693, and the University of Pennsylvania founded in 1740.

Latest Information on SRU Women's Soccer Team

Here are the latest details on the SRU Women's Soccer Team Playoffs.

SRU Alumni Association to Mark Veterans Day at Noon Ceremony

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - To mark Veterans Day 2004 at Slippery Rock University, the SRU Alumni Association will host a flag raising ceremony at the Veterans Memorial dedicated last year outside Russell Wright Alumni House.

SRU Inaugurates New President -- Dr. Robert W. Smith

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Before a packed house of 750, Dr. Robert M. Smith became the 15th president of Slippery Rock University, then used the occasion to tout the University's stature in an arena of higher education and share the spotlight with those who share the responsibility of continuing to build the institution.

State System of Higher Education Selects Dr. Robet M. Smith as SRU President

Harrisburg - Following an 11-month nationwide search, the Executive Committee of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education's Board of Governors has selected Dr. Robert M. Smith to serve as the next president of Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Smith has served as Slippery Rock's interim president since December 2002.

Flutes, Flutes and More Flutes in Three Special SRU Concerts

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Three upcoming flute concerts will put that instrument in the spotlight at Slippery Rock University, including a performance by Brazilian-born flutist Dr. Tadeu Coelho.

SRU Traditional 'Empty Bowls' Event Set for Nov. 22

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The traditional "Empty Bowls" lunch and dinner sponsored by Slippery Rock University's Institute for Community, Service-Learning and Nonprofit Leadership will again focus on the need to help solve local, national and world hunger.

SRU Plans 16th 'Project Christmas Elf' Charity Drive

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Project Christmas Elf, now in its 16th year of helping needy Butler and Lawrence county children, kicks off Wednesday [Nov. 10] with a goal of providing Christmas presents to 300 this year in a program organized by the university's Institute for Community, Service-Learning and Nonprofit Leadership.

Five Productions of 'The Shape of Things' Set at SRU

��SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University theater department will present Neil LaBute's� "The Shape of Things" at 8 p.m. Nov. 17-20 and 2 p.m. Nov. 21 in Miller Auditorium on the SRU campus.

SRU Student Residence Hall Association to Host 'Light Up Night' Nov. 22

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Association of Residence Hall Students will sponsor its 19th annual "Light Up Night" signaling the traditional opening of the holiday season by joining in with the annual "Empty Bowls" lunch and dinner in focusing on world hunger.

SRU Exercise Science Senior Wins Award for Research Work

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - For her research into lower body flexibility, Slippery Rock University exercise science major Valerie Williams recently received the Undergraduate Student Research Award at the 27th Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine.

SRU English Professors Write 'In Search of Eloquence'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Two Slippery Rock University English professors have written a book that aims to improve college students' writing by further integrating principals of composition and rhetoric into all academic departments, known as writing-across curriculum.

Regional Learning Alliance to Host Two Open Houses

WARRENDALE, Pa. - Ten western Pennsylvania institutions of higher education will provide information about degree and certificate programs during Dec. 1 and Dec. 4 open houses at the Regional Learning Alliance at Cranberry Woods.

Second Federal Grant to Continue SRU's Center on Disability and Health

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Slippery Rock University will use a $125,000 federal grant to continue providing exercise and health education to regional residents with disabilities through its Center on Disability and Health. The grant will keep the center operating through the 2005-06 school year.

SRU Dance Concerts to Spotlight Dance Diversity

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University dance department concludes the semester by showcasing student and faculty works in its annual fall concerts set for 3 and 8 p.m. Dec. 5 in Swope Recital Hall.

New Castle Business Leader, 'Best Boss' to Speak at SRU Commencement

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - New Castle business leader Georgia Berner, president and chief executive officer of Berner International Corp. who was named one of 2004's Fortune Small Business Magazine's Best Bosses, will deliver the commencement address when Slippery Rock University awards more than 460 diplomas at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 18 winter graduation ceremonies.

SRU Senior to Celebrate 59th Birthday; Then Receive Diploma

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - It has taken a while, but Ellwood City resident and longtime letter carrier Alan Dudash is proud of his accomplishments. His latest is to be included in those who will graduate from Slippery Rock University at winter commencement exercises set for 1:30 p.m. Dec. 18 in Morrow Field House. His history diploma will be presented a day after his 59th birthday.

Musicians' Concert Band, Holiday Chorus to Perform Sunday at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� "Light Up the Season" will be the theme for Sunday's [Dec. 5] Musicians' Concert Band and Holiday Chorus performance in Slippery Rock University's Miller Auditorium.

SRU Student Art Works Offered at Annual Sale

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Martha Gault Art Society will sponsor its "Annual Student Art Sale" from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 14-15 in Art Building 1.

SRU's Old Stone House to Offer Holiday Decorations, Ideas This Weekend

� SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The traditional "Old Stone House Christmas Open House" will be offered at one of Butler County's most recognized landmarks from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 3-4 and from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 5.

SRU, BC3 Sign Agreements to Expand Partership; Add 15 Transfer Programs

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- A collaborative agreement signed today by the presidents of Slippery Rock University and Butler County Community College enables BC3 students to transition into 15 additional programs, for a total of 28 transition programs, at SRU.

SRU Council of Trustees Grant Fast-Track Authority to Residence Hall Project

��SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. --- Slippery Rock University's Council of Trustees endorsed a fast-track schedule for a residence hall construction plan and approved SRU President Robert M. Smith as the University's representative for the project that will provide 2,197 replacement beds for students choosing to live on campus.

EDITOR'S ADVISORY: SRU Art Professor Off to the Sudan: Seeks Potable Water Supply

Richard Wukich, art professor at Slippery Rock University and an active member of Potters for Peace, a group working to bring ceramic water filters to areas of the world in need of potable water, will spend part of his Christmas break working with the International Rescue Committee's world relief efforts in the Darfur region of the Sudan. He expects to begin his journey later today (Dec. 20.)

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