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 April 2008 Archive 

 

SPOTLIGHT

Earth Festival '08 features circus, green cooking, live bands

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Zany Umbrella Circus, "green" cooking and backyard birding are among the new programs set for the 18th Annual Earth Festival April 19 at Slippery Rock University's Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research. The event is free.

Students vote in record numbers to support building new Union

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Students at Slippery Rock University turned out in record numbers this week to tell University administrators and Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education leadership that they want a new student Union - and are willing to pay for one.

Rock students join national JFK assassination group work team

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Five Slippery Rock University history majors are among the latest chroniclers of the most notorious crime of the 20th century - the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. They have been invited by the JFK Lancer research group in Texas to become official journalistic associates and will work with assassination sleuths nationwide.

Trustee Murray earns honorary doctorate from St. Francis

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Dennis Murray, a Slippery Rock University alumnus and trustee, will receive an honorary doctorate of pedagogy from St. Francis University May 4. The award-winning educator and superintendent of the Altoona Area School District has been active with SRU since graduating with a degree in education in 1963.

SRU trustees call for increased energy savings initiatives

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University trustees today called for the University to expand its energy savings initiatives by entering into a $4.5 million contract with BCS, a Tonawanda, N.Y.-based energy savings consultant that handles energy savings and deferred maintenance projects.

Construction leader nails spot as next 'Top 100' speaker

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Zaura Deklewa, owner and president of Bridgeville-based Allegheny Construction Group, is the next featured speaker in the Slippery Rock University School of Business "Pittsburgh Business Times Top 100 Speaker Series." She'll speak at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in SRU's Advanced Technology and Science Hall.

SRU's Walter Powell honored by county, state bar associations

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Walter Powell, Slippery Rock University professor of political science, has been stepping up to the bar for 50 years and now has an award to prove it.

SRU marks Virginia Tech tragedy with daylong safety seminar

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - On the eve of the one-year anniversary of the Virginia Tech University shootings, Slippery Rock University will host a daylong seminar, featuring Carolyn Reinach Wolf, Esq., founder of Campus Behavioral Health Risk Consultants, LLC. Wolf will discuss how the University could better prepare to deal with mental health problems, student confidentiality issues and campus safety.

Country music's Dierks Bentley 'thinkin'' SRU concert good idea

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Dierks Bentley, called one of the hottest young stars in country music and winner of two Platinum albums, will perform in concert at Slippery Rock University April 13 as part of the University Program Board's annual spring concert program.

Chelsea Clinton plans Slippery Rock University visit Friday

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Chelsea Clinton, daughter of presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President William Clinton, will speak at Slippery Rock University Friday at 10:15 a.m. in the University Union Multi-Purpose Room. Clinton's stop is part of her Collegiate Tour and is sponsored by the SRU College Democrats.

SRU students promote 'Lifesteps' project to aid child development

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A free Child Check screening, sponsored by Lifesteps, a local non-profit organization for individuals and families in western Pennsylvania, will be offered from 1-6 p.m. Monday at All Saint's Lutheran Church, 351 S. Main St. The program is being organized by five Slippery Rock University students.

Award-winning musicians bring traditional Japanese music to SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Ryo Shiobara and Takumi Kato will present "Explosive Beats; Taiko Drumming and Traditional Japanese Music," an evening of Taiko drumming, at 7 p.m. April 17 in Slippery Rock University's Swope Recital Hall.

Islamic expert's research, talk offers another view of Muslims

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Dalia Mogahed, a senior analyst and executive director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, a nonpartisan research center dedicated to providing data analysis on the views of Muslim populations around the world, will present "Who Speaks for Islam? What A Billion Muslims Really Think" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in Slippery Rock University's Advanced Technology and Science Hall.

Slippery Rock University hosts Grammy winner Libby Larsen

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Libby Larsen, the Grammy-Award winning producer and composer of more than 200 songs, is heading to Slippery Rock University for an April 28-29 residency as part of the University's Kaleidoscope arts festival.

No kidding. SRU hosts irreverent comic book artist Lynda Barry

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Lynda Barry, creator of the national comic strip Ernie Pook's Comeek, will share her insight into the awkward world of adolescence when she visits Slippery Rock University for a 2 p.m. April 18 reading in the Sports World Culture Building Auditorium. Her free appearance is part of the University's Kaleidoscope arts festival.

SRU financial planning team invited to Ameriprise -- again

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's three-member financial planning team has again been selected to compete in Phase II of the Ameriprise Financial Planning Invitational in Minneapolis April 23-26.

ADVISORY: SRU's Kaleidoscope arts festival begins Wednesday

�Numerous feature stories and photography opportunities will unfold Wednesday when the 14-day Kaleidoscope arts festival at Slippery Rock University begins. The first day includes live bands on the quad, a book art exhibit, campus barbecue and a free concert at 6 p.m. by the poetry rock band Coyote Run.

Teaching plus mentoring adds up to award for SRU mathematics professsor

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Richard Marchand, Slippery Rock University associate professor of mathematics, has received a Distinguished Faculty Mentor of Undergraduate Mathematics Students Award from the Allegheny Mountain Section of the Mathematical Association of America. The award honors a faculty member who makes significant contributions to the development of mathematics students as scholars.

SRU launches adapted physical activity graduate program

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University is launching Pennsylvania's first graduate program in adapted physical activity. The launch comes on the heels of its minor being named the Outstanding Adapted Physical Activity Program of the Year for 2008. Adapted activities teach students how to devise and manage exercise programs for people with disabilities.

African-American activist Sonia Sanchez comes to SRU April 21

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Sonia Sanchez, a nationally renown author, playwright, poet and lecturer on black culture and racial justice, will read her poetry at 7:30 p.m. April 21 in Slippery Rock University's Advanced Technology and Science Hall Auditorium. Her free appearance is part of the University's Kaleidoscope arts festival.

Students vote in record numbers to support building new Union

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Students at Slippery Rock University turned out in record numbers this week to tell University administrators and Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education leadership that they want a new student Union - and are willing to pay for one.

SRU honors 55 faculty members for service: Cavill marks 50 years

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University President Robert Smith honored 55 University faculty members for their dedicated service at the annual Academic Assembly and said, "Your continued support of the vision of this University and your commitment to our students are what separates this University from others in our region and the commonwealth. I continue to believe that we are on the edge of reaching amazing heights."

SRU Disaster Resistant Planning Committee announces final session

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Peter Kroll, principal project manager at URS Corp., will lead the discussion, when Slippery Rock University's Disaster Resistant University/Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee conducts its wrap up meeting at 10 a.m. May 6 in the University Union.

'Charlotte's Web' spins classic tale of friendship at SRU May 23

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A TheatreworksUSA production of Charlotte's Web, the delightful family classic about a pig named Wilbur and spider named Charlotte, will be performed at 7 p.m. May 23 at Slippery Rock University's Miller Auditorium. The stage performance about true friendship is a one-hour adaptation of E.B. White's book.

Benefit concert aids Shropshire Foundation's work in Kosovo

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -The second annual benefit concert to raise awareness and funding for the Shropshire Music Foundation is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Slippery Rock University's Swope Music Hall. Stacey Steele, assistant professor of music at SRU, is the event sponsor.

National association recognizes SRU for 'promising practices'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University is one of only 22 institutions in the nation to be cited for "Promising Practices in Student Affairs and Academic Affairs Collaboration" by the National Association for Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

SRU Alumni Association names Distinguished International Alumna

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Seeme Baqua Moreira, a 1985 accounting graduate, is the Slippery Rock University Alumni Association's 2008 Distinguished International Alumni Award recipient.

Sargert, SRU alumna, is 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Janet L. Sargert, a 1963 Slippery Rock University graduate and longtime supporter of her alma mater, including service as chair of the Slippery Rock University Foundation Inc., has been named recipient of this year's SRU Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award.

Award-winning research links Buddhism and modern dance

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Sarah Joy Stallsmith, a senior dance major at Slippery Rock University, has won third place at the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education's philosophy conference for her research paper examining similarities between contemporary dance and Zen Buddhism.

National association recognizes SRU for 'promising practices'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University is one of only 22 institutions in the nation to be cited for "Promising Practices in Student Affairs and Academic Affairs Collaboration" by the National Association for Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

Worldwide exercise science group elects SRU professor to post

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Kimberly Smith, Slippery Rock University assistant professor of exercise and rehabilitative sciences, has been elected student trustee of the American College of Sports Medicine.� She will provide international leadership by helping to enhance research opportunities for exercise science and sports medicine students.

SRU prepares for largest commencement in 119-year history

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - More than 1,200 diplomas will be awarded May 10 when Slippery Rock University graduates its largest class ever in spring commencement ceremonies. Helen C. Sobehart, a 1972 SRU graduate and recently named president at Cardinal Stritch University, will be the speaker.

MCG Jazz brings salute to Pittsburgh jazz heritage to SRU festival

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - MCG Jazz will celebrate "Pittsburgh 250," through a salute to jazz greats with Pittsburgh connections, at the eighth annual Slippery Rock University Jazz Festival May 3.

Visiting professor presents 'Islam through Vidual Culture'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's International Arts and Cultures Series will present "Islam through Visual Culture," at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in Spotts World Culture Building Auditorium.

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