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 March 2007 Archive 



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.

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