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SPOTLIGHT

SRU King Day of Service to see 225 participate in community service projects

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� Frank Hale, Jr., "Dean of Diversity" and vice provost and professor emeritus at The Ohio State University, and Calvin Mackie, award-winning mentor, motivational speaker and entrepreneur, will deliver addresses when more than 225 Slippery Rock University students return to campus to participate in the fourth annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service.

Slippery Rock University goes green with solar, wind energy system

Anna Sokolow dancers to perform free concert Jan. 20 at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Eight dancers from the Anna Sokolow Archive Company will bring their stirring moves to Slippery Rock University for a free performance Jan. 20 at SRU's Miller Auditorium. The Boston-based company specializes in choreography exploring past and present social issues.� The performance begins at 8 p.m.

SRU adjunct instructor dances way into Dance Magazine's '25 to Watch' list

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Teena Custer, adjunct dance instructor and 2000 Slippery Rock University graduate, is featured as part of Dance Magazine's 25 to Watch in its�January edition cataloguing the hottest dancers and trends in the country.

Video installation to open SRU's spring shows in Martha Gault Art Gallery

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa.� A video installation by Carolina Loyola-Garcia, a Chilean media artist working in the U.S. as an assistant professor of media arts at Robert Morris University, opens Slippery Rock University's spring semester art offerings in the Martha Gault Art Gallery.

Grant helps Bridge Project at SRU expand services

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has received a $228,952 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to add group discussions and a freshman orientation component to The Bridge Project, a five-year-old education and victims-services initiative working to minimize violence against women.

Creme of the crop SRU dance majors perform Feb. 1-3

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - More than 50 of the most talented dance majors at Slippery Rock University will bring their inspiring moves to SRU's Miller Auditorium for three performances Feb. 1-3, featuring dance theater and other dance styles.

Forrest hopes grant will help others see differences in health care

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A Slippery Rock University faculty member and two undergraduates will use a $49,896 grant from the state's Center for Rural Pennsylvania to study differences in healthcare accessibility and health behaviors in rural and urban communities.

Veteran administrators tapped to lead advancement efforts

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Peter Arnett to lecture at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Peter Arnett, best known for his 1991 on-the-scene coverage of the Persian Gulf War bombing for CNN and his TV interview with Osama bin Laden, will visit Slippery Rock University to deliver a free address to the entire University community at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Students present research, wow NASA at prestigious geophysical conference

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Two Slippery Rock University seniors recently presented the findings on their air pollution research at the invitation-only American Geophysical Union's National Conference and were so impressive NASA scientists approached them about working together.

Civil rights activist, noted editor headline Black History Month presentations

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Bobby Seale, American civil rights activist and former chairman of the Black Panther Party, and �Lee Jones, president and executive editor of InSpire Magazine, will headline activities as Slippery Rock University celebrates Black History Month.

Computer programming competition challenges area high school whizzes

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's computer science department will host its seventh annual Computer Programming Competition Feb. 20. The competition brings 100 of the region's brightest high school computer whizzes together to compete for prizes by writing Java programs.

Antarctica expedition provies a 'Rock Solid' learning experience

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Michael Zieg, assistant professor of geography, geology and the environment at Slippery Rock University, knows the meaning of a "Rock Solid" education more than most people. Zieg just returned from a two-week research expedition in Antarctica, where he collected 150 rocks he and SRU geology majors will analyze to learn more about the separation of continents.

Tickets available at the door for Feb. 7 concert by Pittsburgh Symphony Pops

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Tickets will be sold at the door when the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops� performs 8 p.m. Feb. 7 at Slippery Rock University's Miller Auditorium. The concert will feature music interpreting well-known figures in literature, including Romeo and Juliet.

Dining Services cooks up new plan to improve Boozel's services

Slippery Rock University professor helps five teachers earn National Board Certification

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - As every Slippery Rock University education major will tell you, personal attention results in successful learning. Claudia Balach, assistant professor of elementary education and early childhood, put that edict into practice to help five Sharon City School District teachers earn the prestigious National Board Certification Teacher designation.

1,300 regional high school students to vie for SRU language awards

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Almost 1,300 high school world language students from 41 regional high schools will visit the Slippery Rock University campus Feb. 20 for the department of modern languages and cultures' annual "World Languages Competition."

SRU 'Opportunity Knock' program open to high school seniors

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "Opportunity Knocks," a three-day learning experience for high school seniors to better understand life at Slippery Rock University, will be Feb. 15-17 sponsored by the University's Office of Admissions.

'Take 5' concert features Symphony Wind Quintet, Faculty Jazz Quintet

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's annual "Take 5" concert featuring the Symphony Wind Quintet and the Faculty Jazz Quintet will be at 4 p.m. Feb. 11 in Swope Recital Hall.

Mardi Gras celebration features music, masks and merriment

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Mardi Gras, Slippery Rock University-style, will be celebrated Feb. 16 as part of the University's International Arts and Cultures series.

'Success Starts Here' series features Internet business leader

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Raul Valdes-Perez, chief executive officer at Vivisimo Inc., one of the Pittsburgh Business Times' "Pittsburgh 100" companies, will explain how he saw a technology problem, found a solution and is growing his Pittsburgh-based high-tech business when he lectures at Slippery Rock University Feb. 15.

'Vagina Monologues' to benefit local women's groups

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Women's Studies Program will present three performances of Eve Ensler's award-winning play "The Vagina Monologues" to benefit the Lawrence County Women's Shelter and the Butler County VOICe program.

Junior scientists invade University for annual PJAS competition

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Nearly every area of science will be represented when 500 seventh- through 12th -grade scientists converge on Slippery Rock University Feb. 24 for the annual Region IX meeting of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science competition. The budding researchers will compete for $24,000 in SRU scholarships.

Trio tickles the ivory to raise dollars for SRU scholars

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock Piano Trio will present "Towering Beethoven" as its fourth annual Baker Scholarship concert March 4 at 4 p.m. in Slippery Rock University's Swope Recital Hall.

'Little Shop of Horrors' opens SRU's 2007 theater season

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The woeful pleading, "Feed me Seymour, feed me," will echo through Miller Auditorium when the award-winning musical "Little Shop of Horrors," opens Slippery Rock University's 2007 theater season.

U.S. Army's 'We Want You' campaign invades Slippery Rock University

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- The U.S. Army and Hollywood converged at Slippery Rock University last week to tape an Army recruitment video featuring a former student with supporting roles filled by nearly 20 Rock students. The Army plans to post the three-minute informational video on its Web site.

'Rock Solid Success' ad series wins national award for creativity

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's series of Rock Solid Success newspaper ads highlighting the job placement success of SRU graduates has received a 2006 Merit Award from Admissions Marketing Report magazine. A magazine spokesman said the ads were recognized for their creativity, quality and consumer appeal.

Al Gore's 'An Inconvenient Truth' makes campus debut Feb. 27

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� Slippery Rock University's Commonwealth Association of Students and the department of English will offer a free screening of Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Advanced Technology and Science Hall Auditorium.

SRU Jazz Ensemble blows into Chicago for prestigious collegiate jazz festival

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� The Slippery Rock University Jazz Ensemble I, directed by Stephen Hawk, associate professor of music, is off to Chicago Feb. 23 to perform at the 48th annual University of Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival, the oldest such jazz festival in the U.S.

'Topic Tuesday' discussion series offers women helpful advice

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� Women interested in understanding how technology aids stalkers or how to enjoy a safe spring break, should check out "Topic Tuesdays" a new initiative from Slippery Rock University's Bridge Project.

Alumni Association president earns his sergeant stripes

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Eric Holmes, president of the Slippery Rock University Alumni Association, was recently promoted to the rank of sergeant by the Pittsburgh Police Department. Holmes, a 1993 SRU graduate, has been a city police officer for 10 years, working in the K-9, narcotics and vice divisions.

SRU Jazz Ensemble blows into Bulter for free concert

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University Jazz Ensemble will offer a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Butler Intermediate High School in preparation for its appearance at the 48th annual University of Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival.

World-renowned voice and opera coach visits campus

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Baritone Lorenzo Malfatti, internationally recognized voice and opera coach and professor emeritus at the University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music, will critique Slippery Rock University voice majors and offer a public master class Feb. 23.

Fall semester 2006 dean's list and fall 2006 graduate list

Guest lecturer to discuss 'Race and the Black Body'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - George Yancy, professor of philosophy at Duquesne University, will discuss "Race and the Black Body" at a free lecture 12:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in Slippery Rock University's Advanced Technology and Science Hall auditorium.

Harvard group taps computer science professor for project

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - David Dailey, associate professor of computer science at Slippery Rock University, was invited by the Envisioning Science Project at Harvard University to participate in a software development initiative aimed at improving visual communication. Dailey and a few others will help in the design of the next generation of "image and meaning" software.

SRU's Amnesty International chapter shines spotlight on Darfur

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University chapter of Amnesty International will focus the spotlight on the conflict-ridden Darfur region of western Sudan when it presents "Genocide: The Crisis in Darfur" the week of Feb. 26-March 3.

Political Science Film Night presents 'Who Killed the Electric Car?'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -��"Who Killed the Electric Car?," a film that chronicles the life and mysterious death of GM's EV1, will be shown by the Slippery Rock University political science department at 8 p.m. Feb. 27 as part of its ongoing Political Science Film Night series.

Holocaust Memorial curator presents 'Nazi Medicine, Eugenics and the Holocaust'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Susan Bachrach, curator of special exhibits for the United States Holocaust Memorial Exhibit, will discuss "Nazi Medicine, Eugenics and the Holocaust" at Slippery Rock University March 6 as part of the University's 13th annual Holocaust Remembrance Program. Her traveling exhibit "Deadly Medicine Creating the Master Race" is on display through March 18 at Pittsburgh's Andy Warhol Museum.

AACSB accepts accreditation plan, business faculty begin next step

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The initial accreditation committee of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business has accepted Slippery Rock University's School of Business Accreditation Plan and faculty are now proceeding to complete the full accreditation process.

SRU music professor featured on Grammy-winning CD

'Vagina Monologues' production raises $3,000 for two regional women's shelters

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Lawrence County Shelter for Victims of Abuse and the Butler County Victims Outreach Intervention Center (Butler County VOICe) will share more than $3,000 in proceeds from Slippery Rock University's Women's Studies Program performances of Eve Ensler's award-winning plan "The Vagina Monologues."

SRU seeks input in preparing Hazard Mitigation Plan

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University is inviting the entire community to offer information to be used in preparing a Hazard Mitigation Plan that could be implemented should the region be struck by a natural or human-caused disaster.

Couples invited to plan their wedding plunge at Slippery Rock University

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - In the stomach-churning world of wedding planning, the details can often drive brides-to-be to tears. To help reduce the stress, Slippery Rock University is hosting its first "Wedding Showcase" 4 to 7 p.m. March 27. The event will promote the University as a wedding site and connect couples with local photographers, disc jockeys, bakers, florists and those selling or renting bridal gowns and tuxedos.

Athletic training graduates outpace national averages

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The most recent athletic training graduates from Slippery Rock University proved the program provides a Rock Solid education. The December graduates scored significantly higher than the national average on the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification Exam, according to Bonnie Siple, athletic training program director.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver extends special call to Slippery Rock University

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A Slippery Rock University professor and two students have been recruited by Eunice Kennedy Shriver to help give all people a sporting chance through Special Olympics International and Camp Shriver.

Rock graduates continue philanathropic spirit

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Jim and Ronda Stracka, 1980 and 1981 Slippery Rock University graduates, have given $15,000 to support the Jim Stracka Scholarship in Computer Science and the Richard "Chip" Shearer Baseball Scholarship. The gift was made as a portion of a pledge to endow both scholarships at $25,000 each.

Spring break promises back-breaking work for 53 SRU student volunteers in 6 cities

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - It will be buckets, shovels, rakes, wheelbarrows and back-breaking hard work for 53 Slippery Rock University students who chose to spend spring break volunteering in six cities across the U.S. as part of the University's Institute for Community, Service-Learning and Nonprofit Leadership CareBreak Program.

Two SRU trustees honored for service

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Veteran Slippery Rock University trustees Kenneth B. Blair of Sarver and Orvan B. Peterson of Butler were honored today with resolutions proclaiming their outstanding service to the university.

SRU trustees approve new use for Patterson Hall; seek state OK

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - If state officials agree, Slippery Rock University's Patterson Hall, a campus residence hall slated for demolition, will instead be renovated as transitional faculty and staff offices and space for science departments following plans approved today by the University's Council of Trustees.

Dance majors bring India experience to the stage

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Three Slippery Rock University dance majors will present the vibrant moves of classical Indian dance and share a travelogue about their summer in the country March 22 at 8 p.m. in the Pearl K. Stoner Instructional Complex's West Gym. Attendees will be able to sample Indian food and see a cultural display in the lobby.

Alumna's book conveys Pittsburgh's heart of steel

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Joanne G. Sujansky credits her two degrees from Slippery Rock University with providing the foundation for her successful business and writing careers. Her latest book "Pittsburgh Will Steel Your Heart: 250 Reasons to Love Pittsburgh" captures the city's people, colorful language, architecture and sports achievements.

Brick project cements special University, alumni relationships

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Pete Copeland, a 1995 Slippery Rock University graduate, always wanted his marriage proposal to be carved in stone. So, when the SRU Alumni Association offered him an opportunity to purchase a brick as part of the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center expansion project, he jumped at the chance. His brick reads, "Angie, Will You Marry Me? Love, Pete."

Marine Band tubas invade Slippery Rock University for free concert

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� It will be "Tuba-Euphonium Day at The Rock" March 26 when the U.S. President's Own Marine Band Tuba/Euphonium Quartet visits Slippery Rock University for a free, 7:30 p.m. public concert in Swope Music Hall.

Kennedy assassination theorist offers inside details of shooting

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -Vince Palamara, a world-renowned specialist on the Secret Service, will share his theories about President John F. Kennedy's assassination when he addresses Tom Pearcy's "Kennedy Assassination" history class March 22. The public is invited.

SRU Jazz Combo debuts CD featuring student compositions

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Ten original jazz composition written by Slippery Rock University's Jazz Combo 1 musicians make up the group's first "One in Seven" CD. The CD will be release following the combo's March 22 Swope Music Hall concert.

Two Slippery Rock graduates keep University in March Madness news

Slippery Rock, Pa. -� Since they compete at the NCAA Division II level, today's March Madness activities don't affect Slippery Rock University athletics. But that doesn't mean Slippery Rock University isn't having an impact on March Madness.

Annual music department concert offers 'Prism' of sound

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Hold a prism to the light and enjoy being surrounded by the glow, or attend Slippery Rock University's March 25 "Prism 2007" concert and enjoy being surrounded by sound.

Don't lose-ical by missing 'Seussical' the musical play, activities

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "Oh, the thinks you can think" when Dr. Seuss's best loved children's characters come alive on stage for "Seussical" in Slippery Rock University's Miller Auditorium 3 p.m. May 20. Tickets for "Seussical" are $10. Call 724-738-2091.

Muslim Summit features Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center director

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Imam Shaker ElSayed, director of the Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Va., and a 30-year Islamic studies teacher, will present a public lecture about "Profit Muhammad in the Contest of Abrahamic Tradition" as part of the Slippery Rock University political science department's Muslim Summit.

American stereotype of 'Mammy' confronted at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A special undertaking at Slippery Rock University will confront the American stereotype of "Mammy" as a white man's fantasy, a black woman's history and a country's favorite product when it presents "The Evolution of African-American Women."

Macoskey Center turbine generates national publicity for University

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The wind turbine, recently installed at the Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research, is generating more than emission-free electricity these days. It's also generating interest in Slippery Rock University and a nod in one national publication.

New statement underscores commitment to equality

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has approved a new Respect for Individuals in the Community statement underscoring appreciation of all persons. It will appear on the University's Web site, job applications and in official publications, said Holly McCoy, SRU assistant vice president for diversity and equal opportunity.

SRU Academic Honors Convocation salutes 2,000 scholars

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Annual Academic Honors Convocation April 1 will recognize more than 2,200 scholars for their academic efforts and present a number of faculty and staff awards, including the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching to Stacey Steele, assistant professor of music.

Voice of Pittsburgh Pirates keynotes SRU Communication Week

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Tim DeBacco, 20-year public address announcer for the Pittsburgh Pirates and a well-known radio and television voice in the Pittsburgh region, will be the keynote speaker for Slippery Rock University's "Communication Week" observance March 27-31.

Nine fraternities, sororities step up for 'Divine Nine Step Show'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Divine Nine Step Show at Slippery Rock University will feature nine campus fraternities and sororities demonstrating and competing in a dance form that combines elements of military drills, contemporary jazz and hip-hop moves.

Japanese Taiko master drums up concert at Slippery Rock

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Recording artist Kenny Endo will present the powerful and propulsive sounds of Japanese Taiko drumming when his drum ensemble performs in Slippery Rock University's Advanced Technology and Science Hall Auditorium 6:30 p.m. March 29. The concert is free and open to the public.

Political science professor named ACLU Volunteer of the Year

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Daniel McIntosh, associate professor of political science at Slippery Rock University, has been named the 2006 Volunteer of the Year by the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. McIntosh logged more than 300 hours of service, giving lectures and helping organize ACLU events.

MarketSphere executive touts Pennsylvania as place to do business

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Enzo Santilli, managing director of MarketSphere Consulting's Pittsburgh office, will bring the message that western Pennsylvania is a great place to do business when he presents as part of Slippery Rock University School of Business' 'Success Starts Here" series Tuesday.

'Goosebumps' author headlines Children's Day; free tickets available

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University is offering free tickets to an appearance by world-renowned children's author R.L. Stine. Stine is famous for his "Goosebumps" series. He will do a talk, reading and book signing 3 p.m. April 21 in the University Union Multi-Purpose Room. The event is part of Children's Day during the University's April 18-29 Kaleidoscope arts festival.

Hard work plus intelligence adds up to international math awards

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Take teams representing 949 institutions from around the world, give them a tough mathematics problem to solve and what do you get? Well, if you're Slippery Rock University, the answer is having one of your teams win one of only 14 Outstanding Awards presented internationally, another team win a meritorious award, another win an honorable mention and a fourth be recognized for successful participation.

Slippery Rock University plans regional potters conference

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Val Cushing, one of the nation's most respected potters, will offer a free, hands-on workshop to open the Slippery Rock University Potters Guild's Regional Conference on Ceramic Arts April 13-14.

Federal, state government jobs fair at SRU provides opportunities

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Kathy L. Dillaman, associate director of investigations for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Federal Investigative Services Division, will deliver the keynote address for "Careers in Government Day" hosted by Slippery Rock University April 12. The event will include representatives of more than 40 federal and state government agencies who will provide information about employment opportunities and application procedures for their agencies.

Spring music concerts dominate SRU performance schedule

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - With 15 upcoming concerts by various Slippery Rock University musical groups on the schedule, just about everyone should find something - opera, jazz, piano, percussion, brass, wind or choir - to their liking.

New Castle Thunder rumble into N. Kerr Thompson Stadium

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Quick. What's the only university in Pennsylvania to host two professional sports teams? If you answered anything other than Slippery Rock University, well, sorry, thanks for playing.

Distinguished alumnus earns Alumni Association's top honor

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Gargantuan is the only way to describe Thomas Zaucha's 40 years of loyalty to Slippery Rock University. Since graduating in 1967, Zaucha has served on numerous boards, participated in hundreds of activities and he's even donated the largest gift ever to the School of Physical Therapy. In honor of his standout legacy, SRU's Alumni Association has named Zaucha the 2007 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient.

SRU Alumni Association names outstanding young alumni

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - They are physical therapists, teachers and accountants. All of them used their Rock Solid education to launch successful careers. Now the Slippery Rock University Alumni Association is honoring them with 2007 Young Alumni Awards.

Kaleidoscope arts festival offers University/Main Street medley

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - One end of Slippery Rock to the other will become a colorful canvas for artistry and outdoor activities when Kaleidoscope, Slippery Rock University's arts festival, takes to the streets April 18-29. Organizers expanded the festival this year to include venues in town to complement an array of performances and exhibits across campus.

SRU social work program marks 25 years of academic excellence

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Stephen Marson, University of North Carolina, Pembroke, professor of social work and editor of Social Work Values and Ethics Online Journal, will keynote an all-day Internship Supervisor Certificate Program and Workshop celebrating the 25th anniversary of Slippery Rock University's undergraduate social work program. His topic will be "Ethics in Social Work Practice."

25-Year social work program at SRU grows, changes with society

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� Just as those involved in delivering social services often work for change, Slippery Rock University's social work program has undergone constant change and growth its in first 25 years, said Michael Stowe, associate professor of sociology, anthropology and social work.

Financial planning team readies for national competition

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa.�- Three Slippery Rock University finance majors are heading to Minneapolis after leveraging a financial plan they wrote into a spot in the finals of a national competition. The 2006 SRU team captured third place.

Voices will soar at three performances of the opera 'Die Fledermaus'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University vocal and music majors will don bat costumes and comically act out the behavior of the winged creatures during three April performances of the opera "Die Fledermaus" (The Bat). Performances are April 26-27 at 7:30 p.m. at Butler County Community College and April 29 at 7:30 p.m. at SRU.

University Program Board books Grammy-winning rapper T.I. for April 30 concert

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Rap music king and multiple Grammy Award-winner T.I. has been booked by Slippery Rock University's University Program Board an April 30 concert in the Robert N. Aebersold Student Recreation Center.

SRU says 'Al salaam a'alaykum' to Arabic language courses

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Young children learn a few foreign words − Bonjour, Nyet, Si and Gesundheit − but few pick up Arabic words or phrases. That's a problem Slippery Rock University hopes to address when it starts offering three semesters of Arabic language and culture courses beginning next fall.

Earth Festival features kites, workshops, family fun

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The April 21 Earth Festival at Slippery Rock University will include kite making and flying with the Fly! Pittsburgh Kite Club, a petting zoo, obstacle course and many other activities for children and adults. Free shuttle service to concurrent Children's Day activities elsewhere on campus will be offered as well.

Cobb earns National Dance Educator of the Year Award

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Combine spirited movement, a passion for mentorship and arts education and you've captured the world of Thom Cobb, SRU associate professor of dance and winner of the 2007 "College/University National Dance Educator of the Year Award."

Native American artist, historian visit Slippery Rock University

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A Native American artist and Navajo art historian will discuss their work and Native American identity when they visit Slippery Rock University to give a lecture April 19 at 12:30 p.m. at the Advanced Technology and Science Hall auditorium. The event is free and open to the public

Pow! Smash! Bang! Comic book author appears at Kaleidoscope

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Comic book icon Harvey Pekar, author of the "American Splendor" series that has been published for more than 30 years and adapted as a movie, visits Slippery Rock University to give a lecture April 20 at 12:30 p.m. at the University Union Multi-Purpose Room. His appearance is free and open to the public.

Folk musician brings strummin' and singing to festival

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The sounds of a hammered dulcimer and banjo will resound when award-winning folk musician John McCutcheon performs at Slippery Rock University April 27 at 6 p.m. in the Advanced Technology and Science Hall auditorium.

SRU's Old Stone House hosts living history encampment

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Civil War will come alive as a living history encampment, complete with battle skirmishes, demonstrations and tours of the Old Stone House April 28-29.

SRU theater department plans 'Brave New Plays' festival

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� A six-day, "Brave New Plays" festival, featuring new works written by and featuring Slippery Rock University students along with two professional playwrights has been planned by the University's theater department. Eight new, solo, 10-minute plays will be part of the festival.

Three Rivers Jazz Orchestra returns for Kaleidoscope gig

LIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -The Three Rivers Jazz Orchestra, co-founded and directed by Slippery Rock University's Stephen Hawk, associate professor of music, with David Glover, assistant professor of music on drums, will perform Thursday as part of SRU's Kaleidoscope arts festival continuing through April 29.

Partnership sends student teachers to North Carolina

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University secondary and physical education majors will have the opportunity to student teach in North Carolina following the approval of a partnership with the Wake County Public School System in Raleigh.

Hannam named dean of SRU's College of Health, Environment, Science

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University President Robert Smith has named Susan Hannam, interim dean of SRU's College of Health, Environment and Science since January 2005, to fill the dean's position following a national search.

Free ' Classical Music from India' concert Wednesday at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Kala Ramnath, considered among the most outstanding instrumental musicians in the North Indian classical genre, will present a free violin concert of Indian classical music at 7 p.m. Wed., April 25, as part of the Slippery Rock University International Arts and Cultures Series.

SRU Flute Choir, Chamber Flutes concert features graduating seniors

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University Flute Choir and Chamber Flutes present their final concert of the season at 4 p.m. Sunday in Swope Recital Hall/ The concert features graduating seniors in a four-movement work titled "Stone Suite."

Senior dance majors take 'Last Call at the Barre' Saturday

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "Last Call at the Barre," a production of the Slippery Rock University dance department, will showcase the work of senior dance majors in their last campus concert Saturday. Performances are at 5 and 8 p.m. in Swope Music Hall.

Online special education courses offer teachers a convenient option

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Teachers across the state and nation seeking special education certification no longer need to juggle work schedules or give up every evening and weekend traveling to classes. Thanks to Slippery Rock University, certification classes or even a master's program are now just a click away.

Finance majors win national Ameriprise case competition

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Three Slippery Rock University finance majors have captured first place in the case component of the national Ameriprise Financial Planning Invitation competition in Minneapolis for developing a comprehensive financial plan for a fictitious couple. Judges lauded the team's entry for its strong, clear language and detail.

University names outstanding graduate students

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has named 24 Outstanding Graduate Student Award recipients, citing academic excellence. Provost William Williams presented the awards recently at a University Club ceremony attended by 100 people.

Rock graduate wins statewide award for English thesis

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Jason Stuart, a 2006 Slippery Rock University master of arts in English graduate, has received the Outstanding Thesis Award from the Pennsylvania Association of Graduate Schools. Stuart's thesis examined similarities between Internet "culture wars" and the public's reaction to the changing literary scene in 18th-century Britain.

Disaster resistant hazard mitigation planning committee seeks input

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University Disaster Resistant University/Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee has scheduled a public meeting for 10 a.m. May 9 in Room 206 of the University Union. The meeting was called to solicit public comment on all aspects related to creating the plan.

Alumna delivers address to SRU's largest graduating class

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Martha A. Smith, president of Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Maryland, and a 1970 Slippery Rock University graduate, will deliver the commencement address when the University awards more than 1,130 diplomas at May 12 ceremonies.

SRU senior continues family tradition, becomes fourth generation to earn degree from The Rock

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - When Emily Watson walks across the platform at Slippery Rock University to receive her degree May 12, she'll continue a family tradition that dates back to 1913. Watson, an elementary education and special education major from Slippery Rock, will be the fourth generation in her family to graduate from SRU - just like her father, mother, grandfather, and great-grandfather before her. She is the fifth generation associated with SRU. Her great-great-grandfather was an original stockholder and trustee when plans for what was to become Slippery Rock University were first considered.

SRU Jazz Festival features mallet player Dave Samuels

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Dave Samuels, one of the top mallet players of his generation, will be the featured guest at the seventh annual Slippery Rock University Jazz Festival Saturday. Samuels will offer performance tips to 10 regional high school jazz bands, then join the SRU Jazz Ensemble for a public performance.

Consumers Digest rates SRU as one of USA's 'top values'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Consumers Digest has ranked Slippery Rock University as one of the "Top 5 Best Values among Public Colleges and Universities." In its June issue, the magazine lists the 100 "top values" in American higher education. Slippery Rock University is ranked #5 among public colleges and universities.

Bailey Library adds services, will open 109 consecutive hours for finals

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Bring on the caffeine. When Slippery Rock University's Bailey Library opens Sunday at 1 p.m., it begins a marathon run of being open 109 continuous hours for finals week - until 2 a.m. Friday.

SRU students win Society of Safety Engineers scholarships

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Two Slippery Rock University safety and environmental management majors have been awarded scholarships from the American Society of Safety Engineers. Jacqueline Harvey, of Horsham, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship, and Jessica Vrabel, of Johnstown, was awarded a $1,200 scholarship and a $1,000 award from the Northwest Pennsylvania Chapter of ASSE.

State Rep. Gibbons stops by campus childcare center for story time

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. − State Rep. Jaret Gibbons (D - 10th) stopped by the SRU Student Government Association Preschool and Child Care Center last week to share a story book with the youngsters as part of "National Week of the Young Child."

SRU Jazz Ensemble concert truly a 'heart stopper'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� Pandemonium, cheers, applause and whistles are often part of music concerts. Usually, the cheers are for the band. At Saturday's Slippery Rock University Jazz Festival, the cheers were for the police and the news they brought to one concertgoer.

'Lost boy of Sudan' finds home at Slippery Rock University

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Gabriel Ajang walked 1,000 miles across Sudan to escape the hostility and violence of civil war. By age 9, he had already witnessed his parents being butchered and his village being uprooted by violence beyond belief - citizen against citizen.

SRU Student Health Services passes examination, earns reaccreditation

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa.� - Kristina Benkeser Chiprean, director of Student Health Services at Slippery Rock University's� McLachlan Student Health Center, has announced that Student Health Services has earned another accreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.

Carnegie Fund recognizes SRU student for his 'civilian heroism'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Richard Gigliotti, a Slippery Rock University junior elementary education major, is clearly a hero. And, soon he'll� have a Carnegie Medal and $5,000 to prove it.

Greek Week drive fills food bank with 4,000 canned goods products

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock Feed My Sheep Food Cupboard will be well stocked in the coming weeks, thanks to Slippery Rock University's Greek Week program. SRU students collected more than 4,000 canned goods - and 42 cases of bottled water for the non-profit food bank.

Slippery Rock University honors outstanding minority students

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - More than a dozen Slippery Rock University students were honored for their academics, commitment and leadership when the Office of Intercultural Programs hosted its annual Spring Graduation and Award Ceremony.

State Sen. Gibbons stops by campus childcare center for story time

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. − State Rep. Jaret Gibbons (D - 10th) stopped by the SRU Student Government Association Preschool and Child Care Center last week to share a story book with the youngsters as part of "National Week of the Young Child."

SRU freshman with cystic fibrosis readies for 26-day, 2,000-mile bicycle trip to raise awareness

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Brian McCandless, a West Sunbury freshman at Slippery Rock University, has battled cystic fibrosis his entire life. Beginning Wednesday - shortly after completing finals - he will embark on a 2,000-mile bicycle ride to help raise public awareness about his illness.

SRU art department draws approval of national accrediting body

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. − Slippery Rock University's art department has been granted associate status in the National Association of Schools of Art and Design following application and an on-site visit that resulted in high praise for the department's academic programs.

U.S. Army posts video shot at Slippery Rock University

SRU alumnus takes oath to become one of nation's newest citizens

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Bishnu Gopal Shrestha came to Slippery Rock University from his native Nepal in 1992 to study computer science. He graduated in 1996, remained in the United States, and last week became a U.S. citizen.

Slippery Rock University names vice president for University advancement

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� Slippery Rock University President Robert Smith today named Barbara Ender as vice president for University advancement. Ender is currently vice president for development and chief executive officer of the Morehead State University Foundation. While she was at MSU, foundation assets doubled from $15 million to $30 million, annual gift income and alumni giving increased significantly and the planning stages for the university's first capital campaign were completed. �

Musicians salute those who work with children of war in concert at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A host of musicians will honor Liz Shropshire, 20-year composer and music teacher and recent founder of the Shropshire Music Foundation, which provides music to children of war in Kosovo, Uganda and Northern Ireland, with a 7:30 p.m. May 21 concert at Slippery Rock University.

SRU salutes dedicated staff with service pins, awards

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� Slippery Rock University President Robert M. Smith thanked members of the University staff for their dedication and service to the University and presented service pins and awards in various categories at Thursday's annual Staff Appreciation Picnic.

SRU Army ROTC program commissions nine second lieutenants

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The spring semester Army ROTC cadet class at Slippery Rock University saw nine second lieutenants commissioned at pre-commencement ceremonies in the Advanced Science and Technology Hall. All nine have received their duty assignments.

'Brian's Ride' shows power of compassion

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. − Brian McCandless made his mother cry. And his sister. And lots of strangers, too.

University showers stars on 12 SRU student leaders

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Check out the evening sky. A dozen stars now have new names, courtesy of the Slippery Rock University Alumni Association and AVI Food Systems, Inc., the campus contract food vendor, which purchased the stars to honor the dedication and service of 12 student leaders.

History professor chosen for Fullbright-Hays study program in Egypt

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� Eric Tuten, assistant professor of history at Slippery Rock University, is among 12 educators who will spend a month this summer as part of a Fulbright-Hays group study program in Egypt examining "Islam, the West and the Muslim World."

Foster wins inaugural James 'Gym' McFarland Award

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. − Jason Foster, a Slippery Rock University senior from Smethport majoring in both sport management and marketing, has been awarded the inaugural Dr. James "Gym" McFarland Award. The award honors James "Gym" McFarland, who served SRU from 1974-2001 as professor of parks and recreation, men's and women's tennis coach and as the first intramural sports coordinator for campus recreation. McFarland died last year.

Slippery Rock University seeks volunteers, campers for Camp Shriver programs

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University is seeking campers and volunteers to help run its two Camp Shriver programs, named for Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Each free, one-week camp offers children with mental retardation and children without disabilities the opportunity to develop their skills in basketball, bocce, kickball and swimming.

Slippery Rock student's Florida cycling trip ends with success

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Cyclist Brian McCandless, a Slippery Rock University sophomore, pedaled up the final hill of his 2,000-mile bicycle trip to Florida and back Sunday, raised his fists in the air and let out a whoop. "Amazing," he said.

SRU College of Education hosts two-day national conference

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's College of Education will host a two-day National Student Supervision Conference June 15-16. Zacharie Clements, author of two successful reading series and a former University of Vermont professor, will deliver the keynote address. Bernie Hoffman, chief consultant to the Pennsylvania Department of Education on risk issues, is the featured speaker.

Heart recipient thanks police, University for intervention

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "Thank you for looking and for finding me and for all my gifts," heart transplant recipient John-Paul May, 10, said in a thank you card he recently presented to Slippery Rock University Police Officer Tyler Gray and Pennsylvania State Police for their heroics.�

Vision problems won't sideline SRU campers

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Forty-eight children with blindness or visual disabilities will get to try their hand at golf and canoeing, two new sports added to the line up at Slippery Rock University's VIP Sports Camp June 19-23. The program also gives children from western Pennsylvania and Ohio the opportunity to swim, ride a horse, rock climb and try Taekwondo.

President tells Trustees: SRU's goals lead to 'bragging rights'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. �- "Slippery Rock University's goals of enhancing the value of an SRU degree by providing students with unique applied learning opportunities, and serving as outstanding stewards of its financial assets are paying off in unexpected ways," Robert Smith, SRU president, told the Council of Trustees at today's quarterly meeting.

SRU volunteers lend hand at U.S. Open Golf Tournament

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� The recent U.S. Open Golf Championship Golf Tournament at nearby Oakmont County Club came off without a flaw - and three Slippery Rock University sport management majors along with faculty, staff and retirees were part of the behind-the-scenes operation. Argentina's Angel Cabrera took top honors with a 285 score in the four-day tournament that ended Sunday. Cabrera bested Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk, as the only participants to finish below par.

Governor nominates Lee Williams to state board of education

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� Interest in statewide education policy has garnered A. Lee Williams, professor of elementary and early childhood education at Slippery Rock University, a nomination by Gov. Edward Rendell to serve on the Pennsylvania Board of Education.

SRU 2007-08 Performing Arts Series features nationally known artists

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Come! See the death-defying moves of Chinese acrobats and hear the "Stradivarius voice" of Maureen McGovern. Enjoy a Tony Award winning musical and performances by a renowned dance company during the 2007-2008 Slippery Rock University Performing Arts Series.

SRU spring semester 2007 dean's and graduate lists

State Police name SRU graduate 'Trooper of the Year'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Cpl. Scott Patterson, a 1980 Slippery Rock University graduate now living in Fredonia, was named Pennsylvania State Police "Trooper of the Year" at recent ceremonies at the State Police Academy in Hershey.

Slippery Rock University taps Heartland for unique ID program

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Heartland Payment Systems, (NYSE: HPY), a leading provider of credit/debit/prepaid card processing, payroll and payment services, has been selected by Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania to deliver the convenience and security of contactless payments by cell phone to students and faculty.

John A. Hicks appointed to PACT executive board

SRU art professor 'adopts' Afghan art school; promotes water project

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University art Professor Richard Wukich's 15-day summer trip to Afghanistan to promote a potable water filtration system and offer marketing advice to local potters also convinced him to adopt the Kabul Fine Arts and Music High School art program in the capital city.

Rock graduate appointed to board of Sri Lankan corporation

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Dinesh Mendis, a 1992 marketing/economics graduate, is a great example of how far Slippery Rock University graduates can go - corporately and geographically.

Slippery Rock University joins 'You Can Do It' Initiative

SRU opens 'Rock Dollar' purchasing power to local merchants

SRU makes ABC's 'Good Morning America' twice in month

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� One wonders if ABC's "Good Morning America" should consider a branch news desk at Slippery Rock University after airing reports involving a professor and an incoming freshman in less than two weeks.

Slippery Rock University adds new emergency notification system

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University announced today that it is adding the e2Campus text messaging system to its portfolio of campus communication channels used to alert students, faculty, staff and parents in the event of an emergency.

Unisource Worldwide, Inc., names SRU graduate president

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -Unisource Worldwide, Inc., a leading distributor of paper, packaging and facility supplies in North America, has promoted Ken Winterhalter, a 1986 Slippery Rock University finance graduate, to president of the company's paper business segment. The company is based in Norcross, Ga.

SRU grad joins University of Hawaii-Hilo as vice chancellor

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Debra Fitzsimons, who earned a master of science in administration in public administration from Slippery Rock University in 1991, was named to the post of vice chancellor for administrative affairs at the University of Hawaii-Hilo, effective Aug 1.

SRU student serving in Iraq keeps in contact with second-graders

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "I have a dog. Do you have a dog?," "How are you? I am fine," and "I hope you are safe," − are some of the thoughts sent by Victory Elementary School second graders to U.S. Army Sgt. Richard Wentling, a Slippery Rock University junior called to serve in Iraq, but keeping in touch with his hometown.

SRU Institute for Community, Service-Learning plans 10-year reunion

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� All students, faculty, staff and alumni and their families who have been involved in Slippery Rock University's Institute for Community Service-Learning and Nonprofit Leadership are invited to a 2 p.m. Sept. 15 reunion marking the organization's 10-year anniversary.

College of Education graduate wins coveted Golden Apple Award

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Mary Smolter, a veteran with more than 20 years experience as a sixth-grade teacher at St. Alexis School in Wexford and a 1977 SRU graduate, has been named a 2007 Golden Apple Award winner. The award, presented by the Diocese of Pittsburgh, recognizes excellent performance in the classroom, church and community.

Governor appoints PCEE director to State Outdoors Task Force

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Kathleen Paul, director of the Pennsylvania Center for Environmental Education housed at Slippery Rock University, has been appointed to a statewide task force that will spend the next six months formulating recommendations for improving outdoor recreational and educational opportunities for Pennsylvanians.

SRU economics, finance major wins $1,000 FEI Scholarship

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Brian Plowman, a Slippery Rock University finance and economics major from Lower Burrell, has received the $1,000 Financial Executive International Scholarship awarded by the Pittsburgh Chapter of FEI.

3 SRU women's athletic teams, 6 women athletes earn national honors

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� The Slippery Rock University athletic department recently achieved a significant trifecta when three women's sports programs earned recognition from national governing bodies for their student-athletes' academic prowess.

SRU selects Holmes as interim public safety operations leader

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A Pittsburgh Police Department sergeant who is past-president of the Slippery Rock University Alumni Association was picked by SRU President Robert Smith to lead the University's public safety operations while a national search is under way.

Association selects SRU professor as national fellow

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Ramona Nelson, Slippery Rock University professor of nursing, has been named a fellow in the Academy of Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing. In selecting Nelson, the 115-year-old professional association cited her "sustained and significant contribution to nursing education."

Golden Dragon Acrobats tumble into SRU Sept. 14

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Golden Dragon Acrobats will bring their formidable feats of daring and spellbinding beauty to Slippery Rock University for a Sept. 14 performance, the first in SRU's 2007-2008 Performing Arts Series. Individual tickets for the Acrobats are on sale now.

SRU health professor funds community jogging path

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Michael Cleary, Slippery Rock University professor of health and safety, has made a foot-friendly contribution to his community's fitness. He donated $5,800 to build a cushioned jogging path next to Grove City High School.

SRU graduate earns promotion to brigadier general

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Michael Callan, a 1981 Slippery Rock University graduate, has been promoted to Air Force brigadier general. The Meadville native, a pilot, commands the Air Force Special Operations Forces at Hurlburt Field, Fla.

SRU alumni relations director answers Army's call - again

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Michael Saraka, Slippery Rock University's director of alumni relations, re-enlisted this week in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard after serving from 1989-1995. "In some small way, I just want to do my part," he said.

Incoming SRU freshman has slot in Miss Teen USA pageant

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. − Tune in NBC-TV at 8 p.m. Aug. 24 to find out if incoming Slippery Rock University freshman Kelsie Sinagra of Pittsburgh will be named Miss Teen USA.

SRU's Lifelong Learning area launches new enrichment initiative

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Division of Lifelong Learning is launching a broad-sweeping Professional Development and Personal Enrichment Program through its Office of Workforce and Community Education. The program includes 30 new seminars, certification programs and classes in business management, leadership, computers, languages, grant writing and more.

Editory's Advisory: 1,500 students set for move in at SRU this weekend

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. ��- Numerous feature stories featuring students from your coverage area will unfold Friday through Sunday when more than 1,500 freshmen move into their new homes at Slippery Rock University during "Week of Welcome: Oceans of Opportunity."

Princeton Review names SRU to 'Best Northeastern Colleges' list

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Princeton Review's survey of students attending Slippery Rock University found them bragging about "small classes," a "great library" and "great athletic facilities" among other factors − all of which helped the University earn a spot in the 2008 edition of The Review's just-published book "Best Northeastern Colleges."

SRU graduate earns promotion to brigadier general

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Michael Callan, a 1981 Slippery Rock University graduate, has been promoted to Air Force brigadier general. The Meadville native, a pilot, commands the Air Force Special Operations Forces at Hurlburt Field, Fla.

SRU opens new resource center for GLBTQ students

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University students had access to a new Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Resource Center when they began the school year Monday. The University converted a former lounge in the basement of the University Union into a base for gay studies, advocacy and outreach.

Shanghai Acrobats tumble into Slippery Rock, kick off Series

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The New Shanghai Circus Acrobats of China will perform Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Slippery Rock University's Miller Auditorium.� The group replaces the Golden Dragon Acrobats as the first show in SRU's Performing Arts Series. The Golden Dragon's were forced to cancel their appearance when they were unable to secure a group visa to enter the United States.

Slippery Rock University professor receives award for advocacy work

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Robert Arnhold, Slippery Rock University professor of exercise and rehabilitative sciences, has received Exceptional Parent Magazine's Maxwell J. Schleifer Distinguished Service Award. The award recognizes his advocacy for people with disabilities and leadership with Camp Shriver, a Special Olympics initiative.

Skeele has haunting success; play selected for Festival production

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. �� David Skeele, Slippery Rock University professor of theater, definitely knows where he will be in early September. There is little doubt he�fll be pacing the lobby of the Pittsburgh New Works Festival at the corner of Smallman Street and 29th Street, in Pittsburgh�fs Strip District, awaiting audience reaction to his play �gStarla.�h

Music professor receives United Way's Red Apple Award

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Stacey Steele, a Slippery Rock University music faculty member and recipient of the University's 2007 President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, has received a Red Apple Award from the United Way of Butler County. The award recognizes her leadership and dedication to students and the community.

SRU Women's Center hires director, outlines new programs

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Women's Center at Slippery Rock University is a place where women gather for lively discussion and advocacy. Always active, this fall it promises to be especially busy under its first full-time director Jodi Solito.

Campuswide tree-tagging program takes root in Slippery Rock

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Jerry Chmielewski, chair of the biology department at Slippery Rock University, is branching out across campus to label representative trees with their biological Latin and English names in an effort to support campus greening and environmental literacy.

Emeritus art professor opens Barcelona exhibition today

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Akiko Kotani, professor emeritus of art, opens an exhibit of her works on paper today at the contemporary gallery mx espai 1010 in Barcelona, Spain.

SRU Disaster Mitigation Planning Committee meetings Sept. 20

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University Disaster Resistant University/Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee will meet at 10 a.m. Sept. 20 in the University Union to review current plans and accept public comment.

Association selects SRU professor as national fellow

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Ramona Nelson, Slippery Rock University professor of nursing, has been named a fellow in the Academy of Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing. In selecting Nelson, the 115-year-old professional association cited her "sustained and significant contribution to nursing education."

Capt. Stafford promoted to assistant chief of University Police

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Capt. Windy Stafford, a 2000 Slippery Rock University graduate 1-year veteran of University Police, will be sworn in 11 a.m. Thursday as assistant chief of the department. SRU President Robert Smith and Constance Foley, vice president for student life, will facilitate the oath of office and badge presentation.

'Annie Mouse' back with new issue for parent, children discussion

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Annie Mouse is back, and she's got parents and their children talking.

'Tallgrass Gothic' opens SRU student theater season

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The first show of the Slippery Rock University theater department's 2007-2008 season is Minnesota playwright Melanie Marnich's romantic tragedy "Tallgrass Gothic," a haunting story of obsessive love. The play is based, in part, on the brutal British Jacobean tragedy "The Changeling."

Enhanced Rock Dollars program records robust launch

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - If the first eight days are any indication, Slippery Rock University students, faculty and staff are giving the new Rock Dollars program a big "thumbs up."

SRU president outlines Univesity initiatives; welcomes new faculty

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - In an Academic Assembly address filled with new initiatives and affirmations why "It's a great time to be at Slippery Rock University," President Robert Smith welcomed nearly 40 new faculty members to campus.

Web visibility leads to major scientific modeling project invitation

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Visibility on the Web helped garner David Dailey, SRU associate professor of computer science, an invitation to join a large-scale scientific modeling project by INRIA, the French national institute for research in computer science and control.

Enrollment growth, performance success top president's report

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -Slippery Rock University President Robert Smith reported today to the Council of Trustees he expects enrollment and performance indicators to exceed last year's.

SRU American Sign Language Club hosts Deaf Awareness Day

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The American Sign Language Club at Slippery Rock University will host Deaf Awareness Day Sept. 27 with a keynote address by Mary Ann Stefko, mainstream and sign language coordinator at Pittsburgh's Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf.

Slippery Rock University establishes another enrollment record

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - For the eighth consecutive year, Slippery Rock University enrolled a record number of students for fall semester, this year hitting 8,325, a 1.2 percent increase compared to a year ago.

SRU Women's Center promotes Breast Cancer Awareness

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University Women's Center will screen the film "Rachel's Daughters," at 6 p.m. Monday in the University Room of North Hall.

Hispanic culture in spotlight Oct. 4-23 at Slippery Rock University

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The wealth of diversity found in the Hispanic culture will be highlighted during Slippery Rock University's sixth annual Hispanic Month and D�a de la Raza celebrations running Oct. 4-23. Guest lectures by Colombian television journalist Manuel Teodoro and author Susan Chavez-Silverman from Pomona College highlight the celebration.

Slippery Rock University opens entertainment excursions to public

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Residents of western Pennsylvania will have the opportunities to enjoy three major Pittsburgh arts performances at discounted rates thanks to Slippery Rock University and its alumni association, which organized the entertainment excursions.

3 SRU dance majors share summer experiences in India

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University dance majors Lindsay Armstrong of Corry, Amie Davis of Carrolltown and Patricia Robinson of East Aurora, N.Y., will share their summer experience of studying classical Indian dance in Chennai, India, at a lecture/demonstration Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Abbass Alkhafaji, professor in SRU's School of Business, dies

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Abbass Alkhafaji, an award-winning Slippery Rock University School of Business professor who maintained dual U.S. and Iraqi citizenship, died Thursday night at The Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore. He was 59. His wife and six children survive him.

Slippery Rock Farmer's Market adds children's activities

Slippery Rock senior tackles football, geology with distinction

Maureen McGovern brings wealth of talent to SRU Performing Arts Series show

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Maureen McGovern, the Dec. 1 artist in Slippery Rock University's Performing Arts Series, has a career spanning nearly 35 years, including recordings, concerts, Broadway, theater, films, television, radio and composing.

Walwik Freedom of Speech Lecture series features namesake's son

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's fourth annual Ted Walwik Freedom of Speech Lecture, named for SRU Professor Emeritus Theodore Walwik, will feature his son and SRU graduate Joseph Walwik, now an associate professor of history at Dakota State University.

SRU graduate named recipient of national diversity award

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - U.S. Navy Capt. Kathlene Contres, a 1977 Slippery Rock University allied health graduate, has been named the recipient of the 2007 HENAAC Santiago Rodriguez Diversity Award. She will receive the award later this month in San Diego.

SRU alumna tapped for Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Rita Belavic Harrell, a 1974 graduate of Slippery Rock University, will be inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, East Boros Chapter, Oct. 11.

Curtain closes on successful renovation of campus theater

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has completed a renovation to Sheehy Auditorium, restoring the 100-seat theater in the lower level of Maltby Center to its original glory.

SRU music education graduate named Pa. Teacher of the Year

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -David Woten, a 1991 Slippery Rock University music education graduate, is Pennsylvania's 2008 Teacher of the Year.

Annual Empty Bowls Dinner raises funds, hunger awareness

Leadership will host its 12th Annual Empty Bowls dinner Oct. 15 to raise awareness about hunger issue and provide financial support to three local hunger organizations.

SRU to sign partnership with Japanese high school

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University on Tuesday will finalize its first partnership with a Japanese high school, Jissen Joship Gakuen, an all-girls school in Tokyo. The partnership will make it easier for Japanese students to attend SRU for their higher education.

SRU music education gradute named Pa. Teacher of the Year

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -David Woten, a 1991 Slippery Rock University music education graduate, is Pennsylvania's 2008 Teacher of the Year.

Music video filmed at SRU premiers Wednesday

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "First One On the Blog," a music video filmed at Slippery Rock University for the North Carolina pop band Farewell, will premiere Wednesday on Myspace Video. More than 15 SRU students served as extras, filling out classroom and hallway scenes.

Attack Theatre brings interactive style to Slippery Rock University

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Pittsburgh-based Attack Theatre, one of the top dance companies in the country, will display its exciting moves and interactive performing style when it comes to Slippery Rock University Oct. 15-18. The professional dancers will present three public performances, teach dance classes and conduct open rehearsals during their three-day residency.

Faculty, guest-artist dance concert showcases diverse styles

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's dance faculty will perform in diverse genres when they share the stage with alumni and guest artists during the Faculty and Guest Artist's Dance Concert at 8 p.m. Oct. 23 in Miller Auditorium.

Professor receives grant to head drought workshop in Nigeria

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Abigail Amissah-Arthur, a geography faculty member at Slippery Rock University, has received a $53,400 grant from the National Science Foundation to organize and lead a multidisciplinary workshop on drought management in Nigeria Nov. 13-16.

Jazz Ensemble honors organ recipient at Wednesday concert

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University Jazz Ensemble will honor heart transplant recipient John-Paul May from Harrisville when he attends the ensemble's Wednesday concert at the University Union, the site where his medical intervention unfolded.

Ukrainian educators seek teacher-preparation input from SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Four Ukrainian educators will visit Slippery Rock University Thursday for a first-hand look at its teacher-preparation programs and to explore the possibility of internships and other educational collaborations. A representative from the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine will be on campus as well.

Bailey Library creates Web site to mark North Hall fire anniversary

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Bailey Library has launched a Web site�� chronicling the fire that destroyed the original North Hall 70 years ago today. The all-girls residence hall burned to the ground, although everyone escaped.

Smart Business Pittsburgh lauds SRU president as regional leader

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University President Robert Smith has been named a smart leader by Smart Business Pittsburgh journal. A profile in the October issue of the publication describes him as a constant communicator and 'watch list' leader who has unified Slippery Rock.

SRU Healthfest provides wealth of healthy lifestyle information

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Free health screenings and a wealth of information on healthy living highlight Slippery Rock University's 22nd Healthfest Tuesday in the Robert N. Aebersold Student Recreation Center. The daylong event runs from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

SRU students compete for Williamson Memorial Scholarship

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Fifteen Slippery Rock University voice students will vie for the top honor in the 15th Annual Chad Williamson Memorial Scholarship Competition at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Swope Music Hall. The competition is one of the most popular events in the University's music department, said Maribeth Knaub, music department chair.

SRU freshman's online slavery retrosepctive wins awards

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Justin Brown, a Slippery Rock University freshman, has received several awards for "The Real Enslavement," a Web site he co-created that examines the legacy and enduring problem of human slavery.

Ghosts to again haunt SRU's Old Stone House

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� There will be ghost stories galore again this year as Slippery Rock University's Old Stone House hosts "Halloween at the Old Stone House" from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 25-26.

Foundation honors SRU alumna for mentoring girl gymnasts

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Elaine Jewart, a 1966 Slippery Rock University graduate who owns one of the oldest gymnastics schools in the country, has been honored as an outstanding woman in the region by the Women and Girls Foundation of Southwest Pennsylvania.

SRU experience helps graduate land Federal Emergency Grant

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Larry Boggs, a May 2007 Slippery Rock University exercise science and biology graduate, used his exercise science education to write a Health and Wellness Assistance for Firefighters Grant, offered through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, that has garnered $61,000 for the Stoneboro (Pa.) Volunteer Fire Co.

Teaching violin, viola by day; featured soloist by night

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - By day he's Warren Davidson, an instructor of music who teaches violin and viola and conducts of the Slippery Rock University Symphony Orchestra. But at night, he takes bow in hand slips into his black tie and tux and becomes featured soloist who plays the subtleties of such respected composers as Max Bruch with the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra.

SRU freshman's online slavery retrospective wins awards

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Justin Brown, a Slippery Rock University freshman, has received several awards for "The Real Enslavement," a Web site he co-created that examines the legacy and enduring problem of human slavery.

SRU education dean earns 2007 Teacher Education award

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Jay Hertzog, dean of the College of Education at Slippery Rock University, has been named Pennsylvania Teacher Educator for 2007 by the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators. Hertzog is a respected expert on middle school education and an informed and concerned advocate for students and teachers.

Annual SRU celebration honors Native American culture

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will partner with the Pittsburgh-based Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center for the second annual celebration of Native American cultures Nov. 8. The event will include displays of traditional dancing, storytelling, singing and drumming.

SRU Theatre readies 'This is Our Youth' for November opening

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. �- �Kenneth Lonergan's "This is Our Youth," a two-act serial comedy/drama examining the lives of three young people in New York's Upper West Side, will be presented as the second show in Slippery Rock University's theatre department series. The show runs Nov. 14-18.

Louis Libitz displays video art at SRU's Martha Gault Art Gallery

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. �- "A Video Exhibition" featuring works by Louis Libitz, assistant director and program coordinator of the Black Maria Film + Video Festival in New Jersey, is under way in Slippery Rock University's Martha Gault Art Gallery.

SRU Army ROTC Challenge Team earns regional competition honors

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The culmination of six weeks of six-day-a-week training paid off for the Slippery Rock University Army ROTC Ranger Challenge team when it recently captured second place in its tier and third place overall in the annual 2nd Brigade Eastern Region Ranger Challenge.

Faculty percussionist finds beat for Modern Drummer Magazine

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - David Glover, a music faculty member who teaches percussion at Slippery Rock University, has written an article about college drumming that will be published in the January issue of Modern Drummer Magazine.�

Students launch campus-based Narcotics Anonymous group

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Graduate students in Slippery Rock University's addiction counseling program have launched a 12-step Narcotics Anonymous support group. "It's a Brand New Day" provides free and confidential group meetings to those struggling with addiction.

International students at SRU share customs, cultures

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Internations Week at Slippery Rock University opens Sunday with the spotlight on international sports and gives international students opportunities to explain many of the cultural customs of their home countries and American students and the regional community the chance to ask questions and learn about different cultures. There is also an opportunity to taste international foods.

SRU Alumni Association plans Nov. 9 Veteran's Day

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University Alumni Association will host a Veteran's Day Observance at 11:11 a.m. Nov. 9 at the Veterans Memorial outside the Russell Wright Alumni House on campus.

New SRU Jazz/Tap Dance Ensemble plans concert

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University dance students have formed a new student-run dance troupe, which will present its first �"Jazz/Tap Dance Ensemble " at 3 p.m. Nov. 11 in Swope Music Hall.

University professor lectures at SRU Holocaust Remembrance

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Richard Korb, Columbia University professor of German, will offer a lecture titled "Remembering Forgotten Victims: Thoughts on the Exhibit: 'Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945'" at Slippery Rock University's 14th annual Holocaust Remembrance Program.

Slippery Rock University launches accountablity Website

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University today launched a comprehensive institutional profile and accountability Website to provide potential students, parents, the public and policymakers with accessible, transparent information about the University.

Humanities dean earns countywide tourism board post

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - William McKinney, dean of the College of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts at Slippery Rock University, has been appointed to the Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau's Board of Directors representing arts and culture.

Pittsburgh business leader navigates road to success; potholes too

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Steven Smith, managing partner at Pittsburgh's Plus Consulting, will outline �the road to success, including the potholes, when he delivers the next lecture in Slippery Rock University's "Success Starts Here" series promoting western Pennsylvania as a great place to start a business.

Buffy Sainte-Marie brings 'American Indians and Cyberspace' to SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Buffy Sainte-Marie, a Cree singer and former "Sesame Street" regular who along with her son Dakota reminded children that "Indians still exist,"�will visit Slippery Rock University Nov. 19 to sing and lecture about "American Indians and Cyberspace."�

SRU Concert Choir joins Maureen McGovern for Dec. 1 performance

Pittsburgh Magazine salutes SRU graduate in '40 Under 40'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Patrick J. Geho, a 1992 Slippery Rock University graduate who was a student government leader and is now president of the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce, has been recognized by Pittsburgh Magazine and the Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project as No. 21 in its November "40 Under 40" salute.

Joseph earns Grace Hopper Schoalr award at conference

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University computer science faculty member Patricia Joseph was named a Grace Hopper Scholar when she and Stephanie Kasenter, a senior computer science major from New Castle, presented their peer-reviewed posters at the international 2007 Grace Hopper Celebration of Computing Conference in Orlando, Fla.

Afghan author shares life under totalitarian rule

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Author Farooka Gauhari, the first Afghan woman to publish her memoir in an English book, will bring her personal account of living under totalitarian rule in Afghanistan to Slippery Rock University at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Student Government Association efforts help 'green' the campus

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Student Government Association recently completed a tree project that will benefit the University and students for years to come. SGA began the project by purchasing 60 saplings to create a tree farm on campus. They recently added an additional $1,000 to the project in order to purchase an additional 40 trees that are large enough for immediate planting.

SRU explores doctor of education collaborative

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University is exploring the possibility of establishing a�� collaborative program with Youngstown State University to bring YSU's doctor of educational leadership program to western Pennsylvania. The Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit is also interested in establishing the collaborative program.

SRU education alumna receives national honor

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Sandra Scurle Kalin, a 1964 SRU education graduate, has received the 2007 National Distinguished Principal Award from the U.S. Department of Education and the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

SRU exercise science major receives $1,000 scholarship

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Krystal Daniels, an SRU exercise science major from New Middletown, Ohio, has received a $1,000 National Leadership Scholarship from her employer Chick-fil-A in Boardman, Ohio.

SRU education, English major takes 'Student Paper Award'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Christie D. Willison, a secondary education and English major from Cranberry Township, has won the "Meritorious Student Paper Award" at the 2007 ISECON (Information Systems Education Conference) for her paper "Teaching Students How to Evaluate Sources in Online Research."�

Exercise Science Society collects 1,165 food items during drive

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- It took just 13 SRU exercise science majors to coordinate a two-week campaign that collected 1,165 canned goods and non-perishable food items in a food drive that will benefit local residents who rely on the Feed My Sheep Food Cupboard in Slippery Rock.

SRU special education graduate earns leadership position

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Frank Cloud, a 1976 Slippery Rock University graduate, has been named director of special education for the Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV. The unit provides services to more than 1,300 school children with special needs in Butler, Lawrence and Mercer counties.

SRU Symphony Orchestra concert honors Edvard Grieg work

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - In honor of the 100th anniversary of the death of Edvard Grieg, Nanette Kaplan Solomon, professor of music at Slippery Rock University, will perform the composer's "Piano Concerto in A minor" at the SRU Symphony Orchestra's fall concert.

Professional association names Nichols teacher of the year

The Pennsylvania State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance has named Slippery Rock University physical education instructor Randy Nichols Physical Education Teacher of the Year.

Veteran Professor launches SRU President's Capstone Lecture Series

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Francene Haymon, professor in Slippery Rock University's Counseling Center and 33-year veteran employee of the University, will be the inaugural speaker for the University's new President's Capstone Lecture Series.

Pittsburgh dance company invites SRU's Keller to show her moves

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Jennifer Keller, associate professor of dance, has created some great dance moves. So great in fact, she's been invited to show them off in a hybrid "dance technology" program when Pittsburgh's LABCO Dance presents "Private Domain" to open its 2007-08 season.

Park law enforcement program garners national spotlight

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's innovative seasonal law enforcement training program is receiving national exposure through a profile in the Association of National Park Rangers journal. The program is unique because it integrates law enforcement into SRU's bachelor's of science in park and resource management program.

USA Today photo captures SRU gradute with Tiger Woods

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Bob Murray, director of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute and a 1971 and 1974 Slippery Rock University graduate, is part of team working on a line of Gatorade that will be named for Tiger Woods. Murray was recently pictured with Woods in USA Today along with a story announcing changes in the sports drink company's product line.

SRU winter commencement Dec. 15, 500 students earn degrees

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Diplomas will be presented to nearly 500 Slippery Rock University undergraduate, master's degree and doctor of physical therapy candidates Dec. 15 when Slippery Rock University celebrates its 118th commencement. Carol Matteson, president of Mount Ida College and an SRU graduate, will deliver the commencement address. The ceremony is at 1:30 p.m. in Morrow Field House.

Similarities uncanny, as SRU students ready for graduation

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Two Slippery Rock University students have a lot in common. They met at Riverside High School near Ellwood City; they both applied to SRU; they both enrolled at SRU; they both majored in park and resource management; they both worked at a summer adventure Bible camp in Colorado; they both marched down the aisle Nov. 24 to become husband and wife; and they will both march down the aisle Dec. 15 to become SRU graduates. Oh, they are both graduating with high honors, and they both have jobs waiting at the same church.

Online master's graduate credits SRU for promotion

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Helene Schlegel, a 2006 Slippery Rock University graduate, is the new municipal manager for Howell Township, N.J., a shoreline community of 52,000 residents�� one hour from New York City.

SRU offers 'Moving Concepts' class to pre-schoolers

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A "Moving Concepts" inclusive program for preschool-age children is being offered to the Slippery Rock University community from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Thursdays beginning Jan. 31 as part of Marybeth Miller's "Movement Education" class at SRU.

Slippery Rock University political science major wins constable seat

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Tim Busi, a Slippery Rock University junior, may want to touch base with Pittsburgh's 27-year-old mayor Luke Ravenstahl. Busi, 21, made his political debut by getting himself elected constable of Slippery Rock Township.

SRU graduate heads Wildlands Conservancy

Monday as chief program officer for the Wildlands Conservancy, which covers more than 45,000 acres in and around Emmaus, Pa.

SRU graduate helps lead prestigious drum and bugle corps

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Mark Riel, a 1998 music graduate of Slippery Rock University, has been named assistant director for logistical operations for the Spirit Drum and Bugle Corps of Jacksonville State (Ala.) University. His responsibilities include tour management and communication during the 2008 season.

SRU president outlines campuswide accomplishments for trustees

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University President Robert M. Smith told the University's Council of Trustees today, "The University continues to build a legacy of success." �

SRU students obtain $5,000 grant to expand greening programs

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University Student Government Association received a $5,000 grant today from Pittsburgh 250 Community Connections to expand two greening programs on campus and into the Slippery Rock community.

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