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 October 2007 Archive 



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.�

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