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 May 2007 Archive 



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.

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