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SPOTLIGHT

SRU Professor Researches How Frogs Freeze -- and Survive

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Picture an ice cube. Paint it blue-gray and you've got the gray treefrog in winter, says Dr. Jack Layne, a Slippery Rock University biology professor whose freeze-thaw research with frogs shows potential application to human organ transplants.

Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation Support of SRU Continues

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- An award of $15,000 marks the third consecutive year the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation has provided a grant to support Slippery Rock University's efforts at improving the lives of those with spinal cord injury.

SRU's Institute for Community Organizing Fund Drive for Tsunami Victims

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Institute for Community, Service-Learning and Nonprofit Leadership has launched a campus and community fund drive to help in the worldwide relief efforts to aid victims in the south-east Asian countries hit by December's tsunami.

Second Annual Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service Set at SRU: Morris Dees to Speak

� SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - More than 150 Slippery Rock University student volunteers are expected to turnout for the university's second annual Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service set for Jan. 17 and including participation in the Unity Project breakfast in Butler, a series of community service projects and a keynote address delivered by the co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center Morris Dees.

'Looking In, Dancing Out' Theme for Winter Dance Theater Event

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University Dance Theater is celebrating the new year with "Looking In, Dancing Out," a showcase of works by guest artists, dance faculty, guest faculty Teena Custer and featuring the talented choreographers and dancers of the SRU dance department.

Rock Student-Athletes Do the Job in Classroom

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - If pending NCAA legislation designed to improve academic achievements by student-athletes were to take effect immediately and apply to NCAA Division II institutions, Slippery Rock University would be in good standing.

EDITOR'S ADVISORY: Rev. M.L. King, Jr., Day of Service

� A quick reminder that Slippery Rock University will observe the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service on Monday with a series of activities, including community service at eight sites throughout Butler/Mercer county. More than 150 student volunteers are expected to participate. A complete news release was sent earlier detailing the event (which was started last year), including bio material on keynote speaker Morris Dees, is available at: www.SRU.edu

SRU Faculty to Offer Music Tour of Vienna at Scholarship Concert

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The works of Haydn, Schubert and the blend of Schoenfield's American, Viennese, light classical and Broadway styles will be featured when the Slippery Rock Piano Trio performs "An Afternoon in Vienna" at 4 p.m. Jan. 30 to benefit the Dwight and Jeane Baker Memorial Scholarship Fund.

SRU Singers to Perform at PNC Pittsburgh Pops' Tribute to Irving Berlin

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Fifteen Slippery Rock University singers will perform as part of the All-Star College Chorus when Principal Pops Conductor Marvin Hamlisch and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performs a tribute to composer Irving Berlin at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Pittsburgh's Heinz Hall. Tickets are still available.

SRU Honors Student, Faculty with Rev. King Civil Leadership Awards

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service program held Monday at Slippery Rock University saw three faculty members and a student presented the annual Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Civil Leadership Award in honor of their outstanding involvement and community leadership.

Nearly 175 SRU Students to Spend Spring Break Studying Abroad

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Nearly 175 Slippery Rock University students will spend spring break immersed in culture and learning at international locations, including some providing hands-on health care in rural portions of the Dominican Republic, as part of a joint effort by academic departments and the Office of International Initiatives.

SRU Again Hosts PMEA District 5 High School Jazz Festival; Concert Saturday

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Guest directors Dr. Keith Winking of Texas State University and Dr. David Glover, assistant professor of music, will put music students from 10 regional high schools through their paces when Slippery Rock University hosts the Pennsylvania Music Education Association District 5 Jazz Festival this weekend, including a 2 p.m. Saturday [Jan. 29] public performance.

Wheaton College Professor to Lecture on Iraq, Latin America Connection

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Dr. Lindy Scott, a Wheaton College associate professor of Spanish and Latin American studies and director of its Center for Applied Christian Ethics, will deliver "Iraq: What We Should have Learned from Latin America" when he lectures at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at Slippery Rock University.

SRU Education Professor Turns 'Dream' into Children's Book

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The story came to Dr. Anne Slanina, associate professor of elementary education and early childhood at Slippery Rock University, in a dream and in short order she fleshed it out to a 46-page children's book that is opening family discussions for nearly every reader.

EDITOR'S ADVISORY: SRU Professor to Vote in Iraqi Election

Editor/reporters looking for a local/regional person who will be voting in the upcoming Iraq elections are advised that Dr. Abbass Alkhafaji, professor in Slippery Rock University's School of Business, will be among his family members traveling to Michigan on Saturday [Jan. 30] to cast his ballot.

SRU to Again Host Women's Wheelchair Basketball Tourney; Steel City Starz to Play

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - For the second consecutive year, the best women wheelchair basketball players in the United States come to Slippery Rock University�Feb. 24-26 for the 31ST National Women's Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, which for the first time will feature the USA Junior National Team.

University of Florida Scientist to Lecture at SRU on Climate Agriculture

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Dr. Shrikant Jagtap, a research faculty member at the Institute of Food Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida, will deliver a lecture titled " Technologies to develop climate responsive agriculture" at 2 p.m. Feb. 9 during his visit to Slippery Rock University.

SRU to Join National V-Day Program with 'Vagina Monologues

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� "The Vagina Monologues," called a "funny" and poignant" play by The New York Times, will again be presented at Slippery Rock University as part of the national V-Day program.

SRU to Highlight Black History Month with Poetry, Films, Lectures, Fun

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - � The monthlong observance of Black History Month at Slippery Rock University includes more than a dozen events, including lectures, health events, fun and the screening of the feature-length films "Ray" and Rosewood."

Jazz Knights from West Point to Perform at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will host the United States Military Academy Band's Jazz Knights from West Point in concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday [Feb. 8] in Swope Music Hall.

Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' Coming to SRU's Miller Auditorium

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� "The Tempest," by William Shakespeare, will be revived for eight performances by the SRU theater department beginning Feb. 23.

750 Area High School Students to Vie for Language Awards

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - More than 750 high school world language students from some 25 area high schools will be on the Slippery Rock University campus from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 15 to participate in the department of modern languages and cultures annual "World Language Competition."

3 'Saturday Showcase' Events at SRU Open to Prospective Students, Families

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Admissions Office has scheduled three "Saturday Showcase" to open the university to prospective students and their families at morning open houses designed to showcase academic programs.

Butler County Bar Association Endows $20,000 Scholarship at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- A scholarship proposal taken to the Butler County Bar Association by Slippery Rock University's Dr. Walter Powell, professor of political science, has resulted in the association endowing a $20,000 scholarship for pre-law students as part of the 10-year "Campaign for Slippery Rock University" currently raising $33 million in university support.

SRU Traditional 'Take 5' Concert to Raise Jazz Scholarship Funds

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's annual "Take 5" concert, featuring members of the Butler County Symphony Orchestra and the SRU faculty, will be presented at 4 p.m. Feb. 20 in Swope Recital Hall on the university campus while helping raise funds for the Terry Steel Jazz Scholarship for incoming SRU jazz students.�

Comedian Mitch Hedberg to Bring One-liners to SRU Feb. 23

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Comedian Mitch Hedberg, best known for his shy persona, formal staccato diction and one-liner observations, will headline a 9 p.m. Feb. 23 one-man performance at Slippery Rock University.

SRU, Sandy Lake Family Pay Tribute to Lakeview High Graduate

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa.� - Leah Cristine Furey was an ambitious young woman, a gifted pianist who received early acceptance into Slippery Rock University's Music Therapy Program, only to die in June from complications of pneumonia two months before the start of her freshman year.

Pittsburgh Edith L. Trees Trust to Fund Technologies Lab at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Technology is bringing new freedom and abilities to countless individuals with physical and mental disabilities, and beginning next fall Slippery Rock University special education students will have an on-campus laboratory filled with such technology so they can learn to better employ such technology in education setting involving special education students.

500 High School Scientists to Compete at Junior Academy of Science Event at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Region IX Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science competition will return to Slippery Rock University for its eighth consecutive year on Feb. 26 again offering the top students more than $12,000 in SRU scholarships and other awards.

Magazine Names SRU Faculty One of 25 Most Powerful in Aquatics

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - International Aquatics magazine has named Slippery Rock University physical education faculty Robert Ogoreuc one of the 25 most powerful people in aquatics, saying he built SRU's aquatics minor into "one of the most vibrant in the nation."

SRU December 2004 Graduate List, Dean's List

The complete December 2004 dean's list and graduate list.

Food Drive Set for Feb. 28-March 4 at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -The "Social Cultural Studies in Early Childhood Education" class at Slippery Rock University has organized a food drive for Feb. 28-March 4, open to everyone on campus and community residents. The Feed My Sheep Cupboard, based in Slippery Rock, will distribute the food.

SRU to Offer Seminar Series in Long-Term Care Administration at Wexford

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University faculty and area professionals in the area of long-term care administration have combined efforts to offer a 120-hour core of knowledge for those involved in nursing home administrations. The sessions begin Feb. 18 at the Regional Learning Alliance in Cranberry Township.

EDITOR'S ADVISORY: Weekend Women's Wheelchair Basketball Tournament

A good feature photo and interview opportunity exists Thursday-Saturday when Slippery Rock University hosts the 31st National Women's Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, with 125 players from around the country competing. The Pittsburgh-based Steel City Starz competes at 9 a.m. Thursday. All games are free and at SRU's Robert N. Aebersold Student Recreation Center.

80 SRU Students to Spend Spring Break Offering Community Service Across U.S.

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa.�-- Eighty Slippery Rock University students will spend spring break helping others in communities across America as part of this year's Spring Break Care Break Program offered through the university's Institute for Community, Service-Learning and Nonprofit Leadership.

Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra to Perform May 3 at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra, one of the most traveled ensembles in the region, will play three horn and orchestra movements by Mozart, as well as a tango suite for violins and other pieces during an 8 p.m. May 3 concert at Slippery Rock University's Miller Auditorium. Tickets are $10, with discounted rates available for groups of 20 or more.

SRU Students Participating in Online, Worldwide Math Contest

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - During their participation in the worldwide Mathematical Contest on Modeling, three Slippery Rock University math majors calculated the hypothetical number of tollbooths needed for an interstate in New Jersey.

SRU Math Students to Mark 'Pi Day' with Pie Throw

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - If one day of the year screams "party" in math class, that day is March 14 - Pi Day.

SRU Students Undertake Studies in Foreign Countries Over Spring Break

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Nearly everyone agrees, the best place to learn about art, history, politics or a foreign language is to spend time in the relevant city or country. To meet that end, some 150 Slippery Rock University students are spending spring break immersed in the local culture of international locations.

SRU's Institute for Learning in Retirement Continues Growth

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Now in its fourth year, Slippery Rock University's Institute for Learning in Retirement is offering more the 60 courses and eight day trips as part of its spring semester.� It continues to seek new registrations to meet the learning interests of those who are retired or near retirement in the Slippery Rock region.

Major Construction to Start in May, SRU Trustees Told

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Saying that it "will forever change our campus," Slippery Rock University President Robert M. Smith reported to the university's council of trustees that construction of replacement residence halls is scheduled to start in May.

McKeever Center to Add Windmill for Electricity, Lesson on Clean Energy

SANDY LAKE, Pa. - McKeever Environmental Learning Center has received a $34,154 state grant to install an electricity-producing windmill and launch an exhibit explaining alternative energy sources to visitors, including students from across western Pennsylvania.

SRU Salute of 2,100 Planned at Annual Academic Honors Convocation

���SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� Slippery Rock University will salute more than 2,100 SRU students for their outstanding academic achievements along with a number of faculty and staff for their academic and support work as part of this year's annual Academic Honors Convocation set for 2 p.m. April 3 in Morrow Field House.

Memories of 19-Year-Old African-American Army Sergeant to Recount Liberation of Buchewald

� SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Dr. Leon Bass, who as a 19-year-old African-American sergeant in the U.S. Army was a liberator of the infamous Buchenwald concentration camp, will deliver the keynote address when Slippery Rock University hosts its 11th annual "Holocaust Remembrance Program" on April 5.

SRU Professsor to Offer Free Recital, Including Salute to Fanny Mendelssohn

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Dr. Nanette Kaplan Solomon, professor of music at Slippery Rock University, will perform a free, solo faculty recital at 4 p.m. Sunday [April 3] in Swope Recital Hall offering a mix of 19th and 20th century works and include a tribute to the 200th anniversary of the birth of composer Fanny Mendelssohn.

'Those Fuzzy Things Called 'Races'" Topic of Upcoming SRU Lecture

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� Dr. Alondra Oubre, a medical anthropologist and author of "Instinct and Revelation," will lecture on "The Fuzzy Things Called 'Races'" at 4 p.m. April 6 in Spotts World Cultures Building Auditorium as part of her visit to Slippery Rock University.

Two from SRU Included in 'Pittsburgh Masters V' Show at Pittsburgh Center

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University Art Professor Glen Brunken, and Professor Emeritus of Art Akiko Kotani are among 10 Pittsburgh area artists selected to show their works as part of the "Pittsburgh Masters V" show at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in Shadyside.

Concert Pianist Joanne Rogers, Three Rivers Jazz Orchestra Part of SRU's Kaleidoscope Arts Festival

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Classically trained pianist Joanne Rogers and performing partner Jeannine Morrison will appear at Slippery Rock University's nine-day Kaleidoscope arts festival with a 4 p.m. April 17 concert at Swope Music Hall. Afterward, Rogers will sign copies of her new book "Life's Journeys According to Mister Rogers."

Respected Forensic Anthropologist from 'Body Farm' to Lecture at SRU April 26

SRU's Kaleidoscope Adds Children's Day on April 16

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A children's adaptation of "The Tempest," puppet shows and a choir performance by Moraine Elementary School students are new to� "Children's Day" on April 16, the opening event of Slippery Rock University's nine-day Kaleidoscope arts festival.� Children's activities, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., are free.

Kaleidoscope: Quilt Show Set for Saturday at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Thirty-five quilters from Butler, Allegheny and Beaver counties will display quilts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday [April 16] at Slippery Rock University, a opening-day event for the university's nine-day Kaleidoscope arts festival.

SRU Sport Management Golf Tournament Set for April 29 at Tam O'Shanter

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- The Slippery Rock University sport marketing graduate class will host its fourth annual Sport Management Scholarship Golf Outing�April 29 at the Tam O'Shanter Golf Course in Hermitage.

SRU Therapeutic Recreation Club Plans Golf Scramble at Volant

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The second annual Therapeutic Recreation Club Benefit Golf Scramble will open with a 7�a.m. shotgun start April 23 at Green Meadows Golf Course in Volant.

Kite-making, Planetarium Show, Workshops Part of SRU 'Earth Festival'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Kites for children, a planetarium show, hands-on education stations and an organic beer-making workshop are among the activities organized for the 15th Earth Festival April 23 at Slippery Rock University's Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research.

SRU to Test New Weather Emergency System on Tuesday

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will test a new severe weather emergency air horn that will be heard throughout the area for the first time at 7 p.m. Tuesday [April 19].

Kaleidoscope: Three Rivers Jazz Orchestra to Include Pittsburgh's Best Jazz Musicians

SRU Honors 12 from Staff for Dedicated Service

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A dozen staff members at Slippery Rock University were honored recently for their dedication to delivering quality service by President Robert Smith.

20 Flutists to Offer Classics, Jazz at Kaleidoscope Event

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University Flute Choir and Chamber Flutes concert, under the direction of Stacey Steele, assistant professor of music, will feature both classical and jazz arrangements at 4 p.m. April 24 in Swope Music Hall.

Award-winning Children's Book Authors to Discuss Works at SRU

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Award-winning children's poetry and book author Arnold Adoff and his son Jaime Adoff, a young-adult author, will discuss their work in "An Evening with the Adoffs" at 7 p.m. April 20 in Slippery Rock University's Russell Wright Alumni House. The session is designed for education majors, those involved in education and the community.

Fourth Annual Jazz Festival to Feature High School Jazz Musicians, Conrad Herwig

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The fourth annual Slippery Rock University Jazz Festival will bring eight, regional� high school jazz ensembles to campus Saturday [April 16] along with guest artist and Grammy nominee Conrad Herwig and a performance by the SRU Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Stephen Hawk, associate professor of music, for a daylong workshop.

Annual 'Brave New Plays' to Premiere at SRU

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A complete round of cutting-edge stage dramas will be part of "Brave New Plays," including one-act, student-written works and two, world premieres of one-act works written by New York City playwrights. The plays will be staged in Slippery Rock University's "Brave New Plays" program, part of the annual, nine-day Kaleidoscope arts festival.

Low-input Kiln Expert to Visit SRU as Part of Water Purification Project

������SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Manny Hernandez, art professor at Northern Illinois University and one of the world's foremost experts on the construction of low-input kilns used in the manufacture of the Filtron filter used to purify water in numerous countries around the world, will be on campus next week for discussions and demonstrations.

SRU Alumnus, Alaskan Petroleum Expert to Lecture Monday

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Joe E. LaRocca, a native of� North East, and a 1953 graduate of Slippery Rock Univesrity, will return to his alma mater for three days, starting Monday [April 18] to detail his recently published book "Alaska Agonistes: The age of Petroleum," subtitled "How Big Oil Bought Alaska."

SRU Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensembles to Offer Concerts

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� The Slippery Rock University Symphonic Wind Ensemble will present its spring concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday [April 19] in the University Union, and the SRU Jazz Ensembles I and II, will present its spring concert at 8 p.m. April 26 in Miller Auditorium.

Two SRU Students Garner Academic Honors at Philosophy Conference

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa.-- For his essay on German philosopher Immanuel Kant, Slippery Rock University senior Brian Skibo received the $125 first prize at the 18th Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Interdisciplinary Association for Philosophy and Religious Studies Conference, held recently at Mansfield University.

Country Entertainers Trace Adkins, Chris Cagle to Perform at SRU

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� SRU's University Program Board will bring country entertainers Trace Adkins, Chris Cagle and The Poverty Neck Hillbillies to campus for a special major concert at 7:30 p.m. April 25.

Tibetan Monks to Explain Philosophy, Way of Life at SRU Visit

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Thubten Dhargye Ling and the monks of Gaden Shartse will present "Death, Bardo and Rebirth," a lecture on Buddhism and Tibetan monk life, at 3:30 p.m. and "Tibetan Music, Monastic Chanting and Buddhist Philosophy" at 7 p.m. Tuesday [April 26] in Slippery Rock University's Spotts World Cultures Building Auditorium.

SRU to Open Walwik Lectures with 'State of Free Expression' Forum

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's first Walwik Lectures, named in honor of Dr. Theodore Walwik, professor emeritus of communication at SRU, will offer public lectures and forums addressing "The State of Free Expression in the United States: 2005" on April 27.

SRU Residence Hall Replacement Program Breaks Ground Wednesday

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� The Slippery Rock University Foundation, Inc., will break ground for SRU's $110-million Residence Hall Replacement Project at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at an outdoor site near Founders Hall. The project is among the largest college/university residence hall construction program in the U.S.

Cabaret Night Set for Friday at SRU

� SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- In order to raise scholarship money for music students, the Slippery Rock University Chamber Singers will perform show tunes and jazz pieces during a cabaret night at 8 p.m. Friday at Russell Wright Alumni House on the SRU campus. An instrumental combo will also perform.

Meningitis Alert

State's Top Educator, SRU Graduate, to Address May 7 Commencement

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Dr. Francis V. Barnes, once himself a recipient of an SRU diploma, will be the speaker when the university presents more than 1,050 diplomas at commencement ceremonies set for 11 a.m. May 7 in N. Kerr Thompson Stadium.

'Trumpet Day at The Rock' Set for Saturday in Swope

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� Tut-ta-taaa - SRU will present "Trumpet Day at The Rock" on Saturday [April 30] with a full day of instruction and masterclass work by trumpet experts, including work with the famed former NBC Symphony player and jazz educator Raymond Crisara, and a 4:30 p.m. public trumpet recital. All events are in Swope Music Hall.

Sunday's 'Piano Extravaganza' to Feature SRU Students

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University music students taught by Dr. Nanette Kaplan Solomon, professor of music, will present "Piano Extravaganza," a recital of four- and eight-hand piano selections at 8 p.m. Sunday [May 1] in Swope Recital Hall.�

Fox Tv's 'Rhythm Nation' to Hold Dance Auditions at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa - "Rhythm Nation," the dance version of "American Idol," comes to Slippery Rock University on Tuesday to hold auditions and select 30 to 50 dancers for the next round of competition in New York City.

SRU Dance Major Wins National Award

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - For her research paper on how the media and dance education affect dancers' development of body image, Slippery Rock University dance major Melinda Planey has received the 2005 Student Literary Award from the National Dance Association.

Arthritis Foundation 'PACE' Exercise Program at SRU's Aebersold Center

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� PACE -- People with Arthritis Can Exercise -- the Arthritis Foundation's land exercise program for people with arthritis, will be offered in an eight-week program at Slippery Rock University's Aebersold Student Recreation Center. Pace is a recreational series of gentle movements and activities designed to increase mobility and range of motion.

SRU President Honors 52 on Staff for Dedication, Service

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� Slippery Rock University President Robert Smith honored 52 university staff, including Kay Wolford, clerk steno III in elementary education/early childhood for her 40 years service, for their dedication and service to the University at the annual Staff Recognition Picnic.

SRU to Offer Army's Jazz Ambassadors in Free July 3 Concert: Complementary Tickets Available

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The U.S. Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors, the Army's premier touring jazz orchestra with appearances in all 50 states, will present a free concert at 7 p.m. on July 3 in Slippery Rock University's Miller Auditorium.

ING Commits $25,000 to Launch Performing Arts Series at SRU

��SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. --- Slippery Rock University President Robert M. Smith announced today that ING, the international financial services and retirement planning giant, will sponsor a new performing arts series, saying "it will be a significant addition to the cultural life of the region."

SRU Apponts Dr. William Williams as Provost, VP Academic Affairs

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University President Dr. Robert M. Smith has appointed Dr. William F. Williams as provost and vice president of academic affairs after a national search that brought six candidates to campus for extensive interviews.

SRU History Professor Pens First-ever Biography of Yankee Manager Joe McCarthy

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University history Professor Dr. Alan H. Levy has hit a home run with his latest book "Joe McCarthy: Architect of the Yankee Dynasty," the first-ever, in-depth biography of the unassuming baseball manager with an uncanny ability to discover and nurture young baseball talent. During a 29-year span in the major leagues, McCarthy left a legacy of nine pennant and seven World Series wins.

SRU MPAEL to Host 'School Law Workshops' for School Administrators

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - School administrators, superintendents and educators from throughout the region are invited to attend two "School Law Workshops," including a special advanced school law session, sponsored by Slippery Rock University's College of Education and the Midwestern Pennsylvania Academy of Educational Leadership. Bernard Hoffman, a legal consultant to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, will conduct the sessions.

SRU Baseball Team Receives Berth in NCAA Regional Tournament: Plays Thursday

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University baseball team will open NCAA Division II North Atlantic Regional baseball tournament action at 4 p.m. Thursday in Institute, W. Va.

Six Inducted into SRU's Chapter of Nursing Honor Society

����������SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Six Slippery Rock University nursing students and graduates, including a mother-daughter team, were recently inducted into SRU's chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the international honor society of nursing.

Regional Learning Alliance Plans Open Houses for June 14-15

WEXFORD, Pa. - Information on more than 50 undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs will be available when the Regional Learning Alliance at Cranberry Woods hosts open houses from 4 to 8 p.m. June 14-15.

Winners of SRU's Warner Film Festival Announced

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Top honors in the recent Harry M. Warner Festival of Short Film and Video, hosted by Slippery Rock University's Harry M. Warner Film Institute, went to Adetoro Makinde of Hollywood for the 19-minute presentation "In Time." Second place honors went to "The Passage of Mrs. Calabash," directed by Scott Tuft of Los Angeles, and third place to "Twitch," directed by Leah Meyerhoff of Brooklyn, N.Y.

Popularity of U.S. Army Jazz Band Results in Ticket 'Sell Out ' at SRU

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - All complementary tickets to the U.S. Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors' July 3 concert at Slippery Rock University have been distributed. Tickets are no longer available.

Faculty, Staff Invited to Join SRU Alumni Reunion Festivities

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Faculty and staff across campus are invited to join more than 100 Slippery Rock University alumni in the annual Alumni Reunion Weekend festivities planned for June 17-18 by the university's Office of Alumni Relations and spotlighting the class of 1955 celebrating its 50th reunion.

SRU Council of Trustees to Meet Friday at Regional Learning Alliance, Wexford

�A quick reminder that the Slippery Rock University Council of Trustees will hold its regular, quarterly meeting at 1:30 p.m. Friday (June 10). The session will be held at the Regional Learning Alliance facility in Wexford (rather than the traditional meeting place of Old Main on the SRU campus) to allow trustees to tour the new facility.

Musicians' Concert Band to Open Four-Part Series at SRU June 17

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� The 100-member Musicians' Concert Band, under the direction of Blas� Scarnati, professor emeritus of music at Slippery Rock University, opens its four-part summer concert series with "Unforgettable�Moments to Remember" featuring the Penn-Ohio Singers directed by Geoff Mucha at 8 p.m. June 17.

SRU Budget Challenge: Serving More Students with Less Revenue than Four Years Ago, Trustees Told

CRANBERRY, Pa. --� Slippery Rock University trustees heard university president Robert M. Smith explain the challenge of overcoming a more than $4 million shortfall for 2005-06 from expected lower state appropriations and the governor's desire for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors to not raise tuition.

New 'ING Performing Arts Series' to Bring Hamlisch, Political Satire, Music, Dance, Others to SRU

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� Popular composer Marvin Hamlisch, the vocal group Rockapella, choreography by the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company and political satire by the trendy Capitol Steps are the four subscription shows that will premier the ING Performing Arts Series at Slippery Rock University.

Camp for Children with Visual Impairments Set for June 22-15 at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Horseback riding will be the new event when up to 40 blind or visually impaired children from western Pennsylvania and Ohio come to Slippery Rock University June 22-25 for Camp SportsVision. They will participate in 10 sports.

SRU Student Government Association Child Day Care to Offer 'Spotlight on Arts' Summer Camp

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� A weeklong "Spotlight on the Arts" summer day-camp will be offered by the Slippery Rock University Student Government Association Child Care Center Aug. 1-5 offering programs in art, music, theater and dance to those ages 3 to 6 and those ages 6-12.

SRU Spring Semester 2005 Dean's List and Graduate List

Australian Olympic Pole-Vaulting Coach Leads High School Camp at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - High school pole-vaulters are learning the up and over from a former Olympic coach from down under. Alan Launder, an Australian pole-vaulting instructor who coached 2000 Olympic silver medallist Tatiana Gregorieva and 1984 gold medallist Glynis Nunn, is offering tips this week at Slippery Rock University's Pole-Vaulting Camp for high school girls.

SRU, Clarion, Edinboro Universities Form Minority Nursing Scholarship to Honor Pioneer

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -Many students who graduated from Pittsburgh Public Schools might not recognize Hattie Turk's name, but they owe a lot to the leadership she exerted when she led the school district's health services. And now her inspired leadership, in multiple settings,� is being acknowledged by the naming of a scholarship in her name.�

SRU Seeks Volunteers, Merchants to Help with Freshman Move In Aug. 25-26

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Slippery Rock University is inviting community volunteers to help move in one of the largest freshman classes in recent history Aug. 25-26. The Week of Welcome includes orientation activities and programs through Labor Day weekend.

Slippery Rock Town and Gown Association Reorganizes; Public Meeting Set

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. --- To further the positive relationship between Slippery Rock University and community residents, the Slippery Rock Town and Gown Association has reformed after a hiatus of several years and will host a meeting at 6 p.m. Aug. 17 at North Country Brewing in Slippery Rock.

SRU Student One of Eight in Nation to Receive ATRA Scholarship

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- The American Therapeutic Recreation Association has selected Slippery Rock University senior Heather Bright of New Castle as one of eight therapeutic recreation students in the nation to receive the ATRA's Peg Connolly Scholarship. Connolly was its first president.

SRU History Professor Details Pennsylvania's Contributions to American Revolution

��SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Those following current events in world terrorism would do well to read Slippery Rock University history Professor Dr. David Dixon's latest book "Never Come to Peace Again," detailing the social and political climate leading to the American Revolution and offering historical analysis of the three-year Pontiac's Uprising of 1763.

SRU's New Equestrian Center; University Seeks Horses for Adapted Physical Activity Program

SRU Dance Department Offers Classes for Children

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's dance department will offer tap, creative, hip-hop and jazz classes for children ages 3-12 Saturdays Sept. 13-Nov. 19 at the McKay Education Building Dance Studio.

Individual Tickets to Rockapella Go on Sale Sept. 1 in SRU Performing Arts Series

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Individual tickets go on sale Sept. 1 for Rockapella's Sept. 17 concert at Slippery Rock University's Miller Auditorium. The five-man vocal group, featured on the "Tonight Show with the Jay Leno," blends soul, rock, rhythm-and blues and jazz.

SRU Offers Tuition Waiver to PA Students Affected by Hurricane Katrina; Student Body Contributes

'Pow-Wow' Festival Set for Sept. 17-18 at SRU's Old Stone House

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Native-American crafts, art, song, dance and history will be showcased during the Old Stone House Pow-Wow from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 17-18. Slippery Rock University owns and operates the Butler County landmark at the intersection of routes 8, 173 and 528 in Brady Township.

SRU to Join in Webcast for First 'Constitution Day'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The U.S. Supreme Court makes news often. On Sept. 16, Slippery Rock University students will tap into a national Webcast featuring Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Stephen Breyer talking about the importance of the U.S. Constitution.

SRU Community to Dedicate Newly Erected 9-11 Memorial on Sunday

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The newly erected 9/11 memorial at Slippery Rock University, donated by the class of 2004-05 and located on the across from the University Union, will be dedicated in ceremonies set for 2 p.m. Sunday -- Sept. 11 --� open to the entire campus and community.

Trustees Tour New SRU Equestrian Center, Hear Report on Accreditations, Global Initiatives

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Slippery Rock University's council of trustees toured the university's new Storm Harbor Equestrian Center, part of the Exercise and Rehabilitative Sciences Program, reviewed new academic accreditations and heard President Robert M. Smith report on several new global initiatives.

SRU Dedicates New 9-11 Memorial: Gift from Class of 2004-05

SRU Plans Three 'Saturday Showcase' Open Houses for October

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will host three "Saturday Showcase" open house-style events this semester for prospective students and their families. The dates are: Oct. 8, Oct. 22 and Oct. 29.

Nature-Themed Art Show Set at McKeever Environmental Learning Center

SANDY LAKE, Pa. - Wildlife paintings, nature photography, pottery and woodcarvings will be displayed when McKeever Environmental Learning Center hosts its Third Annual Nature Art Show Sept. 23-25. The dinning hall will remain open.

SRU to Host Daylong Clinc Feturing Drummer John Riley

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� The Pennsylvania Percussive Arts Society will offer a "Day of Percussion" from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday [Sept. 18] in Swope Recital Hall, including world-famous drummer John Riley and performances by a Washington, D.C.,-based percussion duo and The Afro-Cuban Percussion Section, among others.

SRU's Institute for Learning in Retirement to Offer 'How to' Classes

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Attracting purple martins, conversational Italian, quilting, creative writing and ballroom dancing are among the "how to" classes offered this fall by the Institute for Learning in Retirement at Slippery Rock University.

SRU Computer Science Programs Earn 6 Prestigious Computing Accreditations

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Slippery Rock University's computer science department has received accreditation by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., the recognized accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology. The accreditation recognizes the departments program in computer science as well as five concentrations its information systems area.

SRU Plans 'But He Never Hit Me...' Dealing with Building Healthy Relationships

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Author and licensed marriage and family therapist Dr. Jill Murray will offer "But He Never Hit Me�" dealing with building healthy relationships through personal empowerment when she visits Slippery Rock University at 7 p.m. Sept. 27.

SRU Receives $344,000 Grant to Support Community-Service Work

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's AmeriCorps Program received a $334,800 state grant today [Sept. 21] to provide money for students and local residents to serve at 15 schools and social-service organizations, including Habitat for Humanity.

SRU's 'Locker Room of Champions's to be Dedicated Saturday

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Slippery Rock University's athletic department will dedicate its Locker Room of Champions campaign Saturday by saluting the 83 donors who have contributed nearly $125,000 to redesign and renovate the football locker room in N. Kerr Thompson Stadium.

SRU Continues Enrollment Growth Sixth Year in a Row: Record Now 8,105

��SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - With an official enrollment number of 8,105, Slippery Rock University continues its sixth, straight academic year of enrollment increases, besting last year's enrollment by 177 students and setting an all-time record. The year also finds an all-time record in credit hours undertaken standing at 113,156.

Dr. Glenn Utsch to Offer Free Faculty Piano Recital in Swope Music Hall

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Dr. Glenn Utsch, assistant professor in Slippery Rock University's music department, will offer a free Faculty Piano Recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday [Sept. 29] in the Swope Music Hall.

Russian Substance Abuse Counselors to Visit SRU to Exchange Ideas

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Three Russian substance abuse counselors and a medical school administrator visit Slippery Rock University Tuesday [Sept. 27] to exchange treatment and counseling methods, followed by a meeting with SRU's Russian club.

Individual Tickets to SRU's ING Performing Arts Series On Sale

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Individual tickets are now on sale for upcoming appearances at Slippery Rock University by composer Marvin Hamlisch, political satirists Capitol Steps, the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company and a theater adaptation of the Junie B. Jones books.

SRU Jazz Ensemble to Salute Frank Sinatra in Opening Concert

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� A concert titled "Old Blue Eyes," offering a tribute to famed Big Band singer Frank Sinatra will open Slippery Rock University's Jazz Ensemble schedule, featuring Stephen Ball, an SRU voice major from Slippery Rock, when it performs at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday [Oct. 5] in the University Union.

Three from SRU Music Faculty to Join Butler County Symphony Orchestra

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University music faculty Nanette Kaplan Solomon, Warren Davidson and Paula Tuttle will join the Butler County Symphony Orchestra Oct. 15 to open the symphony's 57th season with a presentation of Beethoven's "Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano in C."

Gender Sterotying of Women Subject of Dance Faculty Performance in Pittsburgh

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University dance faculty Jennifer Keller will perform "Political Reflex," a dance concert addressing gender stereotyping, at 8 p.m. Oct. 19-20 in Pittsburgh's Kelly-Strayhorn Theater.

Dance Faculty, Guest Artist Concert Set for Oct. 25

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's dance faculty will share the stage with alumni and guest artists during the department's annual Faculty and Guest Artist's Dance Concert at 8 p.m. Oct. 25 in Miller Auditorium. The SRU Jazz Ensemble will provide live music.

SRU Theater Department to Offer 17th Century Work

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - John Ford's 1630 Jacobean tragedy "'Tis a Pity She's A Whore" will open the Slippery Rock University theater season in Miller Auditorium on Oct. 12.

SRU's School Counseling Program Gains National Acceptance

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The department of counseling and development at Slippery Rock University has been informed that its master's degree level School Counseling Program has been approved by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs.

EDITOR'S ADVISORY: SRU to Host Special Olympics Sunday

The regional media is reminded that the Butler County Chapter of Special Olympics will hold its Western Fall Sectional from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday [Oct. 9] at Slippery Rock University, offering opportunities for feature stories and photos.

SRU to Mark Indigenous Cultures Week with Visit by Calvin Standing Bear

��SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� "Dia De La Raza," translated as "Indigenous Cultures Week" will be celebrated today through Thursday [Oct. 10-13] at Slippery Rock University, including a musical performance by Calvin Standing Bear, a full-blooded Oglala/Sicangu Lakota from the Rosebud reservation of South Dakota.

Pittsburgh-based Quality Aggregates Creates Award for Laurel High Scholars

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Quality Aggregates, Inc., a Pittsburgh-based surface mining and land reclamation company, has committed to a $20,000 donation to Slippery Rock University to create the Quality Aggregates Scholarship for graduates of New Castle's Laurel High School.

SRU Annual 'Healthfest' to Offer Free Screenings, Information, Updates

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's annual HealthFest, designed to provide the latest information on a variety of human health issues, will again offer a number of free health screenings along with opportunities to learn about exercise, health issues and disease prevention as part of the Oct. 18 event in the Robert N. Aebersold Student Recreation Center.

Annual 'Empty Bowls' Event to Raise Hunger Awareness, Food Funds

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Institute for Community, Service-Learning and Nonprofit Leadership will host its ninth annual "Empty Bowls" program as a way of raising hunger awareness across the community on Oct. 24.

SRU Internations Club Plans Film Series with International Focus

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� The Slippery Rock University Internations Club will offer a series of international films, including those from India, Iran, France, South America and Japan, all with English subtitles, beginning Sunday [Oct. 16]. All films are free and will be shown at 7 p.m.

SRU Women's Center to Join in 'Love Your Body Day' Oct. 19

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� "Love Your Body Day" is being staged to raise awareness and self-esteem as part of a daylong program sponsored by the National Organization for Women and observed at Slippery Rock University on Oct. 19 with sashes as a way of helping women show a positive self-image.

13th Annual Chad Williamson Memorial Scholarship Competition Set

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� The 13th annual Chad Williamson Memorial Scholarship Competition will be held at 7 p.m. Friday [Oct. 21] in Swope Recital Hall with 17 Slippery Rock University voice majors competing for the award that honors the late Slippery Rock High School graduate who planned to attend SRU.

SRU's University Union to be Converted to 'Haunted House' Oct. 29

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� Slippery Rock University will host a "Haunted House" open to the campus and community from 8 p.m. to midnight Oct. 29 in the University Union.

Old Stone House to Give Up Ghost Oct. 27-28

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will again sponsor Halloween ghost stories at the Old Stone House, one of Butler County's most recognized landmarks, for two nights, Oct. 27-28 as a family entertainment series.

Conductor Marvin Hamlisch to Perform Dec. 1 at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Marvin Hamlisch, the internationally known composer and conductor who wrote the music for "A Chorus Line" and 40 motion picture scores, will share his life's story and music during a solo performance on Dec. 1 at Slippery Rock University.

SRU Vice President Named Finalist for CFO of Year Honor

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Dr. Charles Curry, Slippery Rock University vice president for finance and administration, has been selected as a finalist in the Pittsburgh Business Times' Chief Financial Officer of the Year awards program in the nonprofit category.

SRU Performance of Japanese Lion Dance Set for Wednesday

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A registered cultural asset of Aichi-ken, Japan, the "Big and Small Lion Dance" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in Slippery Rock University's Swope Recital Hall showing off the centuries-old folk tradition of the country.

SRU to Host Frederick Douglass Collaborative at Regional Learning Alliance

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Frederick Douglass Institute will host the two-day Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Frederick Douglass Institute Collaborative fall meeting on Friday and Saturday [Oct. 21-22] the Regional Learning Alliance at Cranberry Woods Corporate Office Park.

SRU to Host Pennsylvania School Counselors Regional Conference Nov. 18

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� More than 300 high school counselors from western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio will visit Slippery Rock University Nov. 18 for the one-day Pennsylvania School Counselors Association Western Regional Conference under the theme "School Counselors: Fostering Resiliency.

SRU Voice Major from Butler Takes Williamson Competition

���SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� Bass-baritone Stephen Ball, a Butler senor voice major at Slippery Rock University, took top honors in last Friday's Chad Williamson Memorial Scholarship Competition by offering his version of Mozart's "Madamina!" from "Don Giovanni," and Ralph Vaughan William's "The Vagabond."

SRU to Put 'Focus on French' in Week of Culture Spotlight

��SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� The art of France will be highlighted Nov 7-10 when Slippery Rock University marks "Focus on French Week" displaying the works of painter Michele Caillaud-Houel and sculptor Thierry Cayo in a salute to contemporary French artists.

Up to 1,500 Musicians to Visit SRU for 'Rock Showcase of Champions' Nov. 5

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Up to 1,500 regional high school band musicians will visit Slippery Rock University Nov. 5 for the first-ever "The Rock Showcase of Champions" featuring the top seven bands from southwestern Pennsylvania in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Marching Band Association Championships and the top seven bands in the northwestern Pennsylvania Lakeshore Marching Band Association Championships.

SRU Readies for Second Visit of 'LUNAFEST' Film Series

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� "LUNAFEST," a film series by, for and about women, will make its second Slippery Rock University presentation at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 in the University Union.

SRU Plans 31st International Dinner as Part of 'Internations Week'

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Internations Week, a project of Slippery Rock University's Internations Club designed to show off the nations of the world represented at SRU, will include a look at international sports, currency, artifacts, fashion, entertainment and economics before concluding on Nov. 12 with the 31st International Dinner offering cuisine from around-the-world.

SRU Music Students to Offer 'Amahl and the Night Visitors' at SRU, BC3

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "Amahl and the Night Visitors," one of the best-loved holiday operas, will be performed twice in December by Slippery Rock University music students, on Dec. 3 at SRU and on Dec. 9 at Butler County Community College.

Three-day Program at SRU Looks for Potable Water Problem Solutions

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University Potters Guild will offer three days of programming and displays to show off research work related to a ceramic filter designed to help alleviate one of� the world's largest health problems - access to adequate potable water.

Renowned Opera Singer, Butler County Native Marianne Cornetti to Perform at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Internationally acclaimed opera singer Marianne Cornetti, a Butler County native, returns to Slippery Rock University Dec. 10 to present a scholarship benefit concert. The opera star's performance at SRU a year ago raised $3,000, and this fall she helped create the Marianne Cornetti Scholarship to support music education students.

SRU Students to Attend Harrisburg Conference, Meet with Lawmakers as Disability Advocates

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Eight students in Slippery Rock University's Adapted Physical Activity Program travel to Harrisburg Nov. 14-15 to attend an advocacy conference that includes a meeting with state lawmakers to discuss the importance of providing physical activity opportunities for those with disabilities.

SRU to Host Biodiesel Revival Saturday to Explain Alternative Fuels

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Expanded interest in Slippery Rock University's first Biodiesel Revival, featuring Greg Boulos, co-founder of Steel City Biofuels, a company dedicated to promoting the use of locally manufactured fuels in the western Pennsylvania region, as speaker, has prompted plans for a second program.

Blase S. Scarnati to Turn Over Musicians' Concert Band Baton at Dec. 4 Concert

��SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Founder and veteran conductor of the Musicians' Concert Band Blase S. Scarnati will turn over the conducting baton to Jeff Kroner, an original band member and current music teacher with the Butler Area School District, when the 100-member community band presents its final concert of the year Dec. 4.

SRU Professor Breaks New Ground on Behavioral Ramifications of Handedness

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Biology determines a person's beliefs and being exclusively right- or left-handed or ambidextrous shapes those beliefs, according to new research by Slippery Rock University's Dr. Christopher Niebauer, assistant professor of psychology.

World-renowned Nai-Ni Chen Dance Co. Performs Jan. 20 at SRU

SLIPPERY Rock, Pa. - Tickets are now on sale for the Jan. 20 performance at Slippery Rock University by the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, which blends American and Chinese movement to create what the New York Times calls "rare modern dance."

Family, SRU Health and Safety Department Establish Scholarship to Honor Accident Victim

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa.� The Steven McFeely family of Grove City along with Slippery Rock University's health and safety department have established the Kyle S. McFeely Memorial Scholarship to honor the 22-year-old SRU junior killed in a two-car, Pine Township accident Oct. 14.

Snyder Charitable Foundation Commits $250,000 to Fund Lobby in SRU's New Sci-Tech Building

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- The Snyder Charitable Foundation based in Kittanning has committed $250,000 to help construct Slippery Rock University's new $14.4 million Science and Technology Building, slated for opening next spring. The building will include a formal lobby named for the Snyder family following announcement of the family foundation's gift in support of the campus project.

SRU Quilters Stitch for Hurricane Katrina Victims

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "Many of them don't have anything, and this will give them something warm to snuggle up in," says Jean Wanchick, organizer of a Slippery Rock University quilting guild working to aid Hurricane Katrina victims.

SRU Joins New On-line Training Center to Offer Solutions to Time-Strapped Individuals

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's division of lifelong learning has signed on to offer "rock.howtomaster.com," a new on-line education center and course library designed to expand and enhance the university's continuing education course offerings.

SRU Leading 16th Annual Community Drive as 'Project Christmas Elf'

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� Names of needy children in the Butler/Lawrence county area for "adoption" as part of Slippery Rock University's Institute for Community, Service-Learning and Nonprofit Leadership's "Project Christmas Elf" are available by calling 724-738-2273.

SRU Dance Department to Showcase Students, Faculty, Guests at Fall Concert

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University dance department will showcase students, faculty and guest artist at its annual fall concert set for 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Dec. 9 in Swope Music Hall and offering styles ranging from jazz to Bronx rocking.

SRU Flute Choir, Chamber Flutes to Release First CD at Sunday Concert

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� The Slippery Rock University Flute Choir and Chamber Flutes will release their first CD titled "Flute Garden" as part of a 7:30 p.m. Sunday [Dec. 4] concert in Swope Recital Hall.

SRU President Tells Trustees Applications for Enrollment Increasing

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Slippery Rock University President Robert M. Smith told the university's council of trustees applications for enrollment are up 38 percent from last year and the acceptance rate is approximately 55 percent compared with 63 percent a year ago, reflecting more rigorous admission standards.

SRU to Award 475 Diplomas at Winter Commencement: Auntie Anne's Founder to Speak

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� When Slippery Rock University awards nearly 475 diplomas on Dec. 17 all of them will be special, but one will be extra special, the one going to Burnell Smucker whose aunt, Anne F. Beiler, founder of Auntie Anne's Inc., franchisor of the world's largest mall-based pretzel franchise, is the commencement speaker.

SRU Concert Choir Presents Winter Concert Sunday

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - To raise money for vocal scholarships, the SRU Concert Choir will present its annual winter concert at 4 p.m. Sunday [Dec. 11] in Swope Recital Hall.

SRU Student 'Commuted' Online from Texas; Will Get Diploma on Campus

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Tracey Santiago, a Slippery Rock University nursing student living and working outside Houston, Texas, will be on campus Saturday [Dec. 17] to receive her diploma even though she has not been on campus since the early 1990s.

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