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 January 2004 Archive 



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.

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.

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