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SRU president earns Butler Health System board appointment

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Robert Smith, president of Slippery Rock University, has been appointed to a three-year term on the Butler Health System board of trustees. The system includes Butler Hospital, its foundation and two medical practice groups.

Tickets available for Philadanco!'s Feb. 8 performance at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa.� - A limited number of tickets remain available for Philadanco! The Philadelphia Dance Company's Feb. 8 performance at Slippery Rock University. The trailblazing group of contemporary dancers will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Miller Auditorium.

SRU Martin Luther King, Jr., observance emphasizes volunteer service

ommunity service projects planned throughout the region as part of the University's fifth annual observance of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service Jan. 21. Na'im Akbar, a research associate in the Florida State University psychology department, will deliver the day's keynote address.

'In the Moment' captures spirit of SRU dance program

Dance Theatre when it offers three performances of its "In the Moment" showcase.

SRU dance department offers Saturday children's programs

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa.� - The Slippery Rock University department of dance is offering an 11-week Saturday dance program for children ages 3-12.� Classes will meet Saturdays, Jan. 26 to April 19 (except March 8 and 15) in the McKay Education Building Dance Studio.

Rock Dollars ID program spreads beyond Slippery Rock

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Contactless technology has come to Slippery Rock University's 9,500 students, faculty and staff thanks to a small tag about the size of a postage stamp. Now it's spreading beyond the campus community to Grove City, Butler, Ellwood City and further as merchants realize its conveniences.

SRU hosts Feb. 9 FAFSA Completition Day for college bound

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Financial Aid Office is offering a free financial aid assistance program Feb. 9 to help college-bound students complete the first step for accessing financial aid for college - filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form

'Vagina Monologues' playwright Eve Ensler lectures at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Eve Ensler, playwright/performer/activist and award-winning author of "The Vagina Monologues," will speak at Slippery Rock University Feb. 26. Her talk will focus on global efforts to stop violence, particularly against women and girls. The free, 12:30 p.m. address in the Advanced Technology and Science Hall is sponsored by SRU's College of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts and the University's Women's Studies Program.�

SRU Office of Residence Life hosts 'Green Carnival'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - In an effort to encourage students, faculty, staff and administration at Slippery Rock University to adopt "greener" habits in 2008, the University's Office of Residence Life will host a "Green Carnival" Jan. 28 in the University Union.

Vocal performance majors star in televised Handel's Messiah

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -Two Slippery Rock University vocal performance majors were featured soloists in a televised performance of Handel's Messiah presented over the holidays by the Blazing Star Choral Society in Succop Theater, Butler.

Slippery Rock University presents five MLK Civil Leadership Awards

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Students, staff and a community member were honored Monday with Slippery Rock University's 2008 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Civil Leadership Award for their demonstrated support of civil rights, advocacy for social justice and demonstrated leadership in motivating others toward an understanding of, and quest for, civil rights and social justice for all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation age or ableism.

'Lost Boy of Sudan' SRU graduate becomes American citizen

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Gabriel Ajang, a May graduate of Slippery Rock University and "Lost Boys of Sudan" survivor, has become an American citizen. He took the oath of allegiance during a naturalization ceremony last week in Pittsburgh - seven years after arriving in the U.S. following unbelievable hardship in his native country.

1980 SRU graduate seeks Congressional seat

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - John Stroup, a 1980 Slippery Rock University graduate and mayor of Clarion Borough, is running for the 5th Congressional seat of the U.S. House of Representatives. The district includes Clarion and 15 other counties in north-central Pennsylvania.

SRU stages 'Vagina Monologues' for sixth straight year

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will join hundreds of college campuses and other American cities in celebrating the 10th anniversary of Eve Ensler's Obie Award-winning play "The Vagina Monologues" by performing the work in February.

Combat photographer brings war photos to SRU for lecture, workshops

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Forty powerful and dramatic photographs from the streets of Iraq and Afghanistan will be displayed in Slippery Rock University's University Union Feb. 7-13 when Russell Lee Klika, a Marine Corps and National Guard combat photographer, brings his works to campus for a series of lectures and workshops.

Wal-Mart names SRU graduate Teacher of the Year

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Kathe House Posey, a 1979 Slippery Rock University graduate and sixth-grade teacher at Mount Union-Kistler Elementary School in Mount Union, has been named Teacher of the Year in Pennsylvania in the 12th annual Wal-Mart and Sam's Club State Teacher of the Year program.

SRU psychology department sponsors eating disorders program

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's psychology department will sponsor the showing of two documentaries and a panel discussion to help raise awareness about eating disorders and issues involved in providing treatment at 6 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Advanced Technology and Science Hall.

1,100 regional high school students seek SRU language awards

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Almost 1,100 high school world language students from 33 regional high schools will invade Slippery Rock University campus Feb. 19 to participate in the department of modern languages and cultures annual "World Languages Competition."

SRU marks Black History Month with multiple events; visit by chieftess

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Black History Month kicks off at Slippery Rock University Friday and offers events ranging from carnivals to examination of "The Truth Behind Hip Hop" and a visit by Queen Quet, Gullah Geechee national chieftess who will explain her nation's culture.

SRU faculty groups plan Chinese New Year celebration

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A 2008 Chinese New Year Celebration will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.� Feb. 9 at the� Newman Center. Slippery Rock University's new Chinese Culture Association and the Modern China Group are sponsoring the event.

SRU hosts SmokeStoppers program

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Community Health Challenge of Southwestern Pennsylvania and the Butler County Tobacco Free Coalition will offer a free, eight-part series of SmokeStoppers, stop smoking sessions, at Slippery Rock University beginning Feb. 6

U.S. Army Band selects SRU's Meixner for international conference

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Brian Meixner, SRU assistant professor of music, is one of only three college low brass teachers from around the world invited to perform at Saturday's United States Army Band Tuba and Euphonium Conference at Fort Myers, Va.

Faculty establish two Chinese culture, scholarship organizations

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Two new faculty-oriented groups intended to boost multicultural environment/appreciation and promote ��mutual understanding and respect among individuals with diverse backgrounds were recently formed at Slippery Rock University.

Tucson folk-rock singer plays at Slippery Rock University

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Namoli Brennet, a Tucson-based folk-rock songwriter who has released five CDs on an independent label, will perform at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 in the Advanced Technology and Science Hall Auditorium on the Slippery Rock University campus.

SRU Alumni Association awards nearly $11,000 in scholarships

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University Alumni Association Scholarship and Awards Committee has selected 13 students to receive more than $11,000 in academic scholarships for the coming academic year.

SRU hosts 3rd District candidate's forum Saturday

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Four Democratic Party candidates seeking election to Pennsylvania's third congressional district will join a Democratic Candidates Forum from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday in Slippery Rock University's Advanced Technology and Science Hall.

Philadelphia Eagles promote Rock grad to linebackers' coach

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Bill Shuey, a 1996 Slippery Rock University graduate, has been promoted to linebackers' coach by the Philadelphia Eagles. The sport management graduate started his career with the Eagles as a marketing intern and most recently worked as a defensive quality control coach.

SRU's adapted physical activity minor earns national honor

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Adapted Physical Activity Program has been named the Adapted Physical Activity Outstanding Program of the Year for 2008. SRU's program teaches students how to organize and manage physical and recreational activities for children and adults with disabilities.

ACPA names SRU's Connie Foley a Diamond Award winner

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Connie Foley, vice president for student life at Slippery Rock University, has been named an American College Personnel Association Diamond Honoree Award recipient for her more than 30 years of student advocacy and leadership in higher education. She will receive the award March 31 in Atlanta

SRU Army ROTC sophomore takes top honors at Air Assault School

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Army ROTC cadet Zachary Foster, an environmental science major from Volant, has earned the Air Assault Badge from the U.S. Army's Sabalauski Air Assault School at Ft. Campbell, Ky.

SRU theatre professor's 'Dark North' heads to Columbus stage

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University theatre Professor David Skeele's play "Dark North" has been selected for presentation at the MadLab Theatre in Columbus, Ohio.

SRU extends women's swimming for another season

Co-Ed Magazine names SRU senior Miss Co-Ed

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Shari Mazek, a senior at Slippery Rock University, has been named a Miss Co-Ed by the online magazine Co-Ed after she placed first and second in national modeling contests. The magazine posted several competition photographs of Mazek, an elementary and special education major from Pittsburgh.

SRU helps couples plan wedding without a hitch

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa.� - One thing couples don't want to worry about on their big day is the reception. Staff at Slippery Rock University are trained to "deal with the details" and are sponsoring a "Wedding Showcase" Feb. 28 from 4-8 p.m. to show off their skills and promote the University as a wedding site. The showcase, according to organizers, will also help connect couples with local photographers, bakers, florists and those selling dresses, bridesmaid gowns and tuxedos.

Scholarship concert features 'Beethoven, Brahms and the Blues'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "Beethoven, Brahms and the Blues" is the theme for this year's Dwight and Jeane Baker Memorial Scholarship Concert presented by the Slippery Rock University Piano Trio. The concert is 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 in SRU's Swope Music Hall.

SRU history graduate earns accolades from Pa. Historical Association

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Daniel P. Barr, a 1994 history undergraduate and a 1996 history master's degree recipient from SRU, has received the Philip S. Klein Pennsylvania History Prize from the Pennsylvania Historical Association.

SRU's Levy tapped for KDKA Black History Month feature

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Alan Levy, Slippery Rock University history professor and an expert on the desegregation of professional sports, will be the featured guest on KDKA Newsradio 1020 from 3-4 p.m. Saturday. Levy will discuss his book "Tackling Jim Crow: Racial Segregation in Professional Football" in conjunction with Black History Month.

Rock students place as finalist in multi-state competition

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University students grabbed two of the five finalist rankings in the Allegheny College and The New York Times Presidential Primary Reform Conference. The competition, staged at Allegheny College, asked students from universities in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York and New Hampshire to suggest a plan for reforming the presidential primaries. Finalist is the highest rank possible.

SRU receives $25,000 grant from Reeve Foundation

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has received a $25,000 grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation to expand a student-led fitness program for local veterans with disabilities. The program plans to introduce wheelchair basketball and quad rugby to serve veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Techno 'Macbeth' arises on SRU's Miller Auditorium stage

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Shakespeare's timeless and masterful "Macbeth" will be brought to life in techno timelessness on Slippery Rock University's Miller Auditorium stage for five performances beginning Feb. 27.

SRU music faculty bring smiles to faces of children in war-torn Kosovo

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -"The turmoil of a prolonged national war shows in the faces of children, but can be lessened by the universal love of music," said Stacey Steele, assistant professor of music at Slippery Rock University, who spent part of her academic sabbatical working with youngsters in what is now the newly independent country of Kosovo.

SRU polishes test tubes, beakers as high school scientists assemble

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - More than 500 junior high and high school scientists will be on the Slippery Rock University campus Feb. 23 to demonstrate their understanding of science and compete for scholarships as part of a daylong Region IX meeting of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science.

Science projects earn budding scientists SRU scholarships

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Adam Dobson, a Seneca Valley High School senior, and Kathie Richey, Kennedy Catholic High, Sharon, junior, were named the top science students at the 2008 Region IX Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Competition at Slippery Rock University. Both received four-year, SRU scholarships totaling $24,000 for their efforts.

Study abroad programs help internationalize SRU education.

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - More than 200 Slippery Rock University students will spend their spring break learning about the languages, cultures and history of Italy, Amsterdam, Brussels, England, Ireland, Costa Rica and other nations as part of their classroom studies.

SRU students capture words of local World War II veterans

SLIPPERY ROCK �� A dozen Slippery Rock University students have launched a project to interview local World War II veterans in an effort to capture their stories. The students will use the stories to create a book detailing the veterans�f experiences.

Pittsburgh business leader brings ideas for company growth to SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Pittsburgh condominium community developer Paul Scarmazzi will offer details on the success of his business and his view of the future housing market when the Slippery Rock University School of Business continues its "Success Starts Here" lecture series Feb. 28.

SRU heads statewide park-manager law enforcement training

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's department of parks and recreation has received a $46,135 grant to lead three weeks of park law enforcement training for more than 20 state-park managers from across Pennsylvania.

SRU presents 'Five Guys Named Moe' musical March 29

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A wild cast of characters will jazz up the house with electrifying energy when Slippery Rock University presents the Tony-Award winning musical "Five Guys Named Moe" March 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Miller Auditorium.

Rock students place as finalists in multi-state competition

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University students grabbed two of the five finalist rankings at the Allegheny College and The New York Times Presidential Primary Reform Conference. The competition, staged at Allegheny College, asked students from universities in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York and New Hampshire to suggest a plan for reforming the presidential primaries. Finalist is the highest rank possible.

SRU's C. Vivian Stringer receives Embrace Kids Foundation honor

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. �C. Vivian Stringer, coach of the Rutgers University women's basketball team and a 1970 and 1973 Slippery Rock University physical education graduate, will be honored for her inspiration and leadership by the Embrace Kids Foundation in Edison, N.J., at its annual dinner/auction April 17.

Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra names SRU's Warren Davidson director

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Warren Davidson, Slippery Rock University music instructor, has been named the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra's music director.

Rock track teams win PSAC championships

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The SRU men's and women's track teams won Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference team championships over the weekend, besting individual PSAC records in pole vault and the 55-meter dash in the process.

SRU Dean's List and Graduate List Fall 2007

Slippery Rock University dean's and graduate lists for fall semester 2007.

SRU Public Relations Office grabs five national awards

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Office of University Public Relations has won five national awards in the 23rd Annual Admissions Advertising Awards competition sponsored by Admissions Marketing Report. The Admissions Advertising Awards is the largest educational advertising awards competition in the country.

Alumna becomes first lay Cardinal Stritch University president

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Helen Sobehart, a 1972 Slippery Rock University graduate, has been named the first lay president of Cardinal Stritch University. The 71-year-old institution with an enrollment of 6,900 is in Milwaukee.

FNIH says yes to SRU's 'I Can Do It, You Can Do It' program

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Center on Disability and Health has received a $60,000 grant from the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health and the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust to continue its "I Can Do It, You Can Do It" mentoring initiative for three more years.

SRU schedules weeklong Holocaust Rembrance Program

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University is expanding its traditional Holocaust Remembrance Program to an entire week in order to accommodate a growing number of presentations. The week will offer a series of lectures and films that remind the community about how fragile human rights can be.

Critical Mass bicycle event promotes clean transportation

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Bicyclists will take to the streets en masse Friday when the Slippery Rock University Cycling Club and other campus groups sponsor a Critical Mass ride to promote reliance on petroleum-free transportation. The bike ride will begin at 6 p.m. in front of SRU's Robert N. Aebersold Student Recreation Center and is open to the public. No reservations are required.

SRU students organize first green bike, music festival for April 5

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - While doing something for the environment once meant just recycling newspapers or plastics, Slippery Rock University students are taking greening to a new level by making it part of their everyday life - including transportation. To help spread the word about the value of greening, several campus groups have come together to organize the University's first Leave It Green Bike and Music Festival on April 5.

Annual SRU Kaleidoscope arts festival offers colorful medley of fun

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University campus community will be filled with artistry and outdoor activities - as well as a Children's Day performance under the big tent by the Zany Umbrella Circus - during the annual Kaleidoscope arts festival April 16-29.

SRU's 'Up 'til 2' project raises thousands for St. Jude Hospital

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Put nearly 300 enthusiastic Slippery Rock University students, thousands of letters explaining the work done at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and a ton of stamped envelopes in a room, add games, exercises, dance moves, loud music and camaraderie and what is the result? Donations totaling $20,939.15 to help support the hospital's pediatric cancer research.

Trumpters blow into Slippery Rock University for Saturday program

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The piercing sounds of trumpets will be heard throughout the day Saturday when Slippery Rock University hosts "Trumpet Day," a full day of instruction and master classes featuring some of the music world's best trumpet experts

SRU salutes 2,500 scholars at annual Academic Honors Convocation

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Nearly 2,500 Slippery Rock University scholars will be honored for their academic achievements at the University's annual Academic Honors Convocation April 7 in Morrow Field House.

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.

APSCUF membership elects SRU's Amy Walters vice president

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Amy Walters, a member of the Slippery Rock University communication faculty since 1990, was elected vice president of the Association of Pennsylvania State, College and University Faculty, the statewide faculty union, at its legislative assembly in Grantville.

SRU's exercise and rehabilitative sciences department honors outstanding seniors

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Six Slippery Rock University students have been honored with outstanding senior awards and scholarships by the department of exercise science. Students' accomplishments include academic excellence, leadership and initiative.

SRU computer science professor joins new WWW group as expert

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� Slippery Rock University's David Dailey, associate professor of computer science, has been invited by the World Wide Web Consortium to serve as an expert for its newly chartered Scalable Vector Graphics Interest Group.

Rock sweeps up PSAC track and field championships

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� Rock teams recorded a sweep of�the�Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference outdoor track and field�team�championships last weekend�at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Rock softball team earns first-ever NCAA tournament berth

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Rock�softball team will make its�first-ever�appearance in�NCAA postseason competition later this week.

SRU Alumni Association names Sobczak 'Outstanding Senior Man'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Kevin Sobczak, a physics and computer science major with a minor in mathematics, has been named the SRU Alumni Association's 2008 Outstanding Senior Man.

Athletic training majors receive national scholarships

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Six Slippery Rock University athletic training majors have received $2,000 scholarships from the National Athletic Trainers' Association Research and Education Foundation - the most ever awarded by the association to students from one institution. Two students also earned $2,000 scholarships from the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society.

Emily Hendrickson receives '2008 Outstanding Senior Woman' honor

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� Emily Hendrickson, mathematics major with minors in philosophy and art history, has been named the Slippery Rock University Alumni Association's "2008 Senior Woman of the Year."

Seven Army ROTC cadets trained at SRU take commission oath

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Six Slippery Rock University Army ROTC cadets and one cadet from Grove City College were commissioned Saturday as second lieutenants in commissioning ceremony in the University's Advanced Technology and Science Hall and as part of commencement ceremonies.

Pa Education Department selects SRU Child Care Center as model

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University Student Government Association Preschool and Child Care Center has been asked by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to allow publication of its Preschool Curriculum and Daily Schedule as a model for others.

SRU professor in China reports no ill effects from earthquake

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's George Brown, associate professor of political science, on sabbatical from the University and teaching in China, reports he was unharmed by the 7.9 magnitude earthquake that devastated a large region of China Monday. Brown and his wife are in Nanjing.

SRU names Kevin Reynolds head men's basketball coach

Local Audubon honors SRU for wildlife sanctuaries

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has received a Conservation Award from the Bartramian Audubon Society for establishing four Audubon wildlife sanctuaries since 2005. The sanctuaries, part of the University's green landscape and outdoor learning initiative, preserve 210 acres.

SRU honors 35 staff for dedicated service

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Thirty-five staff employees at Slippery Rock University were honored this week for their dedicated service, including Dorothy Thompson, a 35-year employee in the Office of Alumni Relations.

SRU hosts seminar on selling to the federal government

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Government Contracting Assistance Center will host a free General Services Administration Federal Supply Schedules seminar from 9 a.m. to noon May 21 at the Holiday Inn in Beaver Falls.

SRU Performing Arts Series features harmonies, Irish music, comedy

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Another renowned array of singers, comedians and dancers highlights Slippery Rock University's just announced 2008-09 Performing Arts Series. Subscriptions for the four shows - Capitol Steps, The Four Freshmen, Pastures of Plenty (Woody Guthrie tribute) and Dublin's Traditional Irish Cabaret - are now available.

The Rock wins Dixon Trophy for first time

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has been named�winner of the 2007-08 Dixon Trophy awarded to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference's most successful all-around program.

SRU offers free motorcycle safety classes

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University is offering free training classes by the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program through August.

SRU's coach Papa hits grand slam of coaching honors

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University track and field head coach John Papa recently hit a grand slam with Coach of the Year awards as he received two honors each from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association and the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.

SRU trustees give green light to student-led Green Fund initiative

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Council of Trustees today approved a student proposal calling for establishment of a Green Fund to support environmental initiatives on campus and in the community.

SRU cyclist rides to Maine for cystic fibrosis awareness

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Brian McCandless, a Slippery Rock University junior who has had cystic fibrosis all his life, embarks Thursday on a 30-day bicycle ride to Maine and back - his second annual "Brian's Ride" to raise awareness of the illnesses.

SRU's MS3 graduates get national PBS attention for green projects

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Those tuning into a recent national edition of� PBS' The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer may have caught Slippery Rock University sustainable systems graduates Jeff Jaeger, Greg Boulos and Joe Jenkins in the� story detailing how Grow Pittsburgh Braddock's Urban Farm Project is becoming an eco-showcase for green technologies and jobs.

SRU's Cobb receives second Dance Educator of the Year Award

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Thom Cobb, Slippery Rock University associate professor of dance, has been named the 2008 Outstanding Dance Educator for Post-Secondary Education by the Maryland-based National Dance Education Organization. The non-profit organization with 2,000 members recognized Cobb for his highly inventive and energetic teaching style and safe and invigorating classroom atmosphere.

Ham radio operators offer public demonstration at Old Stone House

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Local ham radio operators from the Butler County Amateur Radio Public Service Group will use only emergency power supplies to construct emergency radio stations then demonstrate amateur radio for the public at Slippery Rock University's Old Stone House June 28-29.

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Edith L. Trees Charitable Trust supports 'I Can Do It' program at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Center on Disability and Health has received a $160,000 grant from the Pittsburgh-based Edith L. Trees Charitable Trust to fund student-faculty research on a center program for youth and adults with intellectual disabilities.

SRU graduate appears in 'Crime Scene University' TV premiere

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Becky Wagner, a 2007 Slippery Rock University graduate, is one of several student forensic scientists who will appear in the Thursday television premiere of Crime Scene University. The Investigation Discovery program challenges participants and viewers to solve mock crimes by analyzing forensic evidence.

Guide taps SRU's dance program as one of the top in the nation

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's dance program has been named one of the top 200 programs in the country for creative students by "Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers." The 2008 book, which helps college-bound students pick a school, covers academics, auditions, portfolios and admission essays.

State bill strengthens SRU-based environmental center

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Pennsylvania General Assembly has approved a bill to strengthen the Slippery Rock University-based Pennsylvania Center for Environmental Education virtual resource center. The bill will establish a nine-member center governing board to provide additional leadership.

SRU's Laurel Dagnon tapped for DNC platform committee

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- When the gavel is pounded at this summer's Democratic National Convention in Denver and the call is made to approve the Democratic Party National Platform for 2008, Slippery Rock University's Laurel Dagnon, director of programming for the Institute for Community Service-Learning and Nonprofit Leadership, will breathe a sigh of relief and accomplishment. Dagnon is one of three Pennsylvanians named by Gov. Edward Rendell to serve on the party's platform committee.

SRU cast, crew ready to take new play to Scotland's Fringe Festival

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - It's been rewrites, rehearsal, revisions and practice as 14 cast members of the "The Margins," an original play by David Skeele, Slippery Rock University theatre professor, prepare to take the one-act play to the 2008 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.

SRU is one of the 'Best in the Northeast' says The Princeton Review

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has again been named one of the best colleges and universities in the Northeast U.S. by The Princeton Review.�

SRU names Allegheny County Police commander as new chief

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Robert F. Downey, a lieutenant/commander with Allegheny County Police, has been named director and chief of University Police at Slippery Rock University.

Political satire group 'Capitol Steps' invades SRU Sept. 12

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Capitol Steps, the comedy group that pokes fun at Washington, D.C., culture and politicians, will perform a combination of songs and skits Sept. 12 in Slippery Rock University's Miller Auditorium. Tickets are on sale now for the 7:30 p.m. show, the first in the University's 2008-2009 Performing Art Series.

Slippery Rock University presents Skeele's 'The Margins'

SLIPPERY ROCK, PA - Following a successful run at the 2008 Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland, the Slippery Rock University theatre department will present "The Margins," a new horror play written by David Skeele, SRU theatre professor, Monday and Tuesday in Miller Auditorium.

Student loan program runs smoothly at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University students needing financial aid to help cover the cost of a higher education are finding federal lending programs operating smoothly despite reported problems in the student loan industry nationally.

Slippery Rock University plans memorial service for David Dixon

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� Slippery Rock University's history department will host a public memorial service for David Dixon, professor of history, at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 4. Dixon, who taught at SRU for 18 years, died July 16 while bicycling to Maine. He was 53.

SRU hosts seminar on business opportunites with defense agency

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Government Contracting Assistance Center will host a "Doing Business with the Defense Logistics Agency" seminar from 8:30 a.m. to noon Thursday.

SRU physical therapy graduate receives national award

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Valerie Williams, a 2008 Slippery Rock University doctor of physical therapy graduate, has received the 2008 Mary McMillan Scholarship Award from the American Physical Therapy Association. The award recognizes physical therapy graduates who excelled during their final year in college.

Environmental center launches Critter Quest PA Web site

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Educational information about black bears, bald eagles, bog turtles and more than 400 other Pennsylvania "critters" is now a mouse click away. The Pennsylvania Center for Environmental Education, housed at Slippery Rock University, has launched Critter Quest PA, an interactive Web site (www.pcee.org).

Environmental center launches Critter Quest PA Web site

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Educational information about black bears, bald eagles, bog turtles and more than 400 other Pennsylvania "critters" is now a mouse click away. The Pennsylvania Center for Environmental Education, housed at Slippery Rock University, has launched Critter Quest PA, an interactive Web site (www.pcee.org).

New Classroom Activity Center benefits SRU education majors

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. �- Slippery Rock University education majors have a helpful new resource at their disposal - a Classroom Activity Center in Bailey Library. The facility includes more than 1,000 hands-on learning kits covering an array of topics, from "The Wonder of Birds," "Civil War,"� "Model Rocketry" to "Geometric Figures and Solids."

SRU freshman earns Furniture Galleries Scholarship

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Eric D. Rensel, a freshman from Butler, has been awarded the Furniture Galleries Scholarship established by Alan and Patti Offstein, owners of Furniture Galleries Carpet One Floor & Home. The scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to Furniture Galleries Carpet One employees and their families pursuing an education at Slippery Rock University.�

SRU hosts 'Deliberative Poll on the Issue of Marriage in America'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - When California voters head to the voting booth in November they will be deciding a referendum that would ban same-sex marriage in their state. Earlier this year, a group of Pennsylvania legislators introduced the Marriage Protection Act, which proposed a similar ban in the commonwealth, although that legislation ultimately stalled.

Slippery Rock University launches College Portrait accountablity site

Slippery Rock, Pa. - Slippery Rock University today officially launched its College Portrait as part of the national Voluntary System of Accountability effort.

Editor's Advisory: Campus to plant flags for Sept. 11 dead

Editor's and photographers looking for a Sept. 11 story/photo should consider that the Slippery Rock University College Republicans will plant 2,977 American flags, one for each person killed Sept. 11, 2001, on the Bailey Library Quad beginning at approximately 8 a.m. Thursday.

SRU reports record enrollment, record parking spaces to trustees

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Reports of an expected record number of students and a record number of parking spaces were given to Slippery Rock University trustees today as part of their quarterly meeting.

Macoskey Center offers solar-power water system workshop

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research at Slippery Rock University will offer a "Solar Power for Water Pumping Workshop" from 1-5 p.m. Sept.� 20. Participants will learn the basics of how to pump water using the power of the sun.

SRU offers Constitution Day roundtable for students, public

SLIPPRY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will offer a Constitution Day discussion on the relevancy of the Constitution to contemporary politics 4-5 p.m. Wednesday at 111 Spotts World Cultures Building. Students and the public are invited to the free program.

Adapted physical activity graduate program receives $773,990

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's new graduate program in adapted physical activity has received a four-year, $773,990 grant from the U.S. Department of Education/Office of Special Education Programs to support 11 graduate students a year with full-tuition scholarships. SRU's program prepares graduates to help people with disabilities lead healthier, more active lives

Nike honors SRU gradute with building

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Nike, the Oregon-based footwear company, has paid tribute to women's basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer, a 1970 and 1973 Slippery Rock University graduate, by naming a child development center after her. The facility includes a wing for toddlers called The Rock.

Enrollment numbers, academic quality show increases at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - For the ninth consecutive year, Slippery Rock University is reporting record enrollments while incoming student academic quality continues to rise.

SRU reaches out to help local storm victims

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The remnants of hurricane Ike that blew through the area Sunday evening left a trail of downed trees and power lines in its wake. Although Slippery Rock University's main campus did not lose power, many students, faculty and staff living in the surrounding area found themselves "in the dark." While some areas are back online, as of this morning, Allegheny Power was reporting that more than 32 percent of its customers in Butler County were still without power and that service to most of these customers will not be restored until Friday or Saturday.

Greening program culminates with tribute to late professors

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University students will celebrate a campus Green and Growing Program milestone Sept. 26 when they dedicate the Student Government Association's new campus pavilion and plant the final two of 100 new trees purchased with a Pittsburgh 250 Community Connections Grant.

BFA graduate returns to alma mater for exhibit, lecture on ceramics

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Sharif Bey, a 1998 Slippery Rock University bachelor of fine arts graduate with a master's degree from the University of North Carolina and a doctorate from Penn State University, will offer a lecture titled "A Personal Journey in African American Art History" at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in SRU's Spotts World Culture Auditorium.

SRU's Alumni Relations plan trips to hear Jerome Kern songs, see 'Cinderella'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University Office of Alumni Relations will sponsor two cultural arts excursions to Pittsburgh, the first, Feb. 15, to see "Marvin and the Music of Jerome Kern" with the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops, and the second, April 25, to see the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's premiere of "Cinderella."

13th Empty Bowls dinner raises hunger awareness funds

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Institute for Community, Service-Learning and Nonprofit Leadership at Slippery Rock University will host its 13th annual Empty Bowls dinner Sept. 29. The event is intended to increase hunger awareness and provide funds for local hunger organizations.

Physics majors study at Brookhaven National Laboratory

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa.� �- Slippery Rock University physics majors Bradley Kirkwood, Brock Lauer and Joseph Yarzebinski recently conducted liquid crystals research at Brookhaven National Laboratory, a prestigious Upton, New York facility that specializes in biomedical and environmental sciences research.� Access to the lab is usually granted only to Research 1 faculty and post-doctoral students.

Bailey librarian finds time to smell the flowers

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - When Lynn Hoffmann, assistant professor of library in Slippery Rock University's Bailey Library, isn't helping students and faculty find rare books, articles in scientific magazines or offering tips for gathering information for class research projects, he's often thinking about growing flowers.

Gov. Rendell appoints Rock graduate to water commission

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Greg Phillips, a 1978 Slippery Rock University graduate, has been appointed by Gov. Edward Rendell to serve as one of three commissioners representing Pennsylvania on The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission.

EDITOR'S ADVISORY: SRU hosts Deliberative Poll Saturday

As a follow up to a news release we issued earlier, this is a reminder that Slippery Rock University is one of four sites across the commonwealth hosting a Deliberative Poll on the Issue of Marriage in America. Discussions will center on "Who should be allowed to marry."

SRU theatre department presents 'An Evening with Sam Shepard'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "An Evening with Sam Shepard," including scenes from the famed playwright's "Killer's Head," "Action" and "Chicago" opens Slippery Rock University's theatre department� 2008-2009 season.

'Lies My Teacher Told Me' author offers historical truths at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - James W. Loewen, sociologist and award-winning author of "Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your High School History Textbook Got Wrong" and "Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sties Get Wrong" among others, will lecture at 3 p.m. Oct. 8 in Slippery Rock University's Advanced Technology and Science Hall.

Deliberative Poll at SRU finds marriage an emotional, personal issue

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Nearly 70 percent of Pennsylvania voters who participated in a statewide Deliberative Poll support the legal recognition of same-sex relationships, either through marriage or civil unions, according to results released last week following sessions at four sites across commonwealth, including Slippery Rock University. Results from the SRU site show 70 percent of the participants support the proposed amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

Women's Constorium converges at SRU for two-day conference

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - More than 100 members of the Women's Consortium of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, the only PASSHE organization devoted to identifying and serving the needs of women, will visit the Slippery Rock University campus Oct. 16-17 for a Women and Politics: The Power of Choices, Coalitions Alliances and Collaborations Conference.

Member of Crow tribe details life on the reservation, prejudice

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Roger OtherMedicine of the Crow tribe in Crow Agency, Mont., who has lived most of his life on a reservation, will speak to Slippery Rock University students and the University community at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 14 in McKay Education Building Auditorium.ced as a Native American and as a member of the U.S. Army.

Rock alumnus becomes conference's all-time career win leader

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. �- Denny Douds, a 1963 Rock graduate, recently became the all-time leader in career wins by a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference football coach.

SRU political science major lands prestigious PASSHE internship

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Apryle Barta, a Slippery Rock University political science major from Cairnbrook, is working for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in Harrisburg as part of a 15-week internship sponsored by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

SRU's David Dailey knows SVG, writes book for world wide standard

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - David Dailey, Slippery Rock University computer science professor, knows scalable vector graphics. Those who know David Dailey, know he knows scalable vector graphics. Those who don't know scalable vector graphics can now learn about them in Dailey new book "An SVG Primer for Today's Browsers."

Charles Curry, SRU vice president, wins Minority Achievement Award

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa.- Charles Curry, vice president for finance and administration at Slippery Rock University, will be recognized with a Minority Achievement Award at the 34th Annual Minority Achiever's Luncheon sponsored by Minority Opinion Magazine.

SRU Behavioral Intervention Team responds to troubled students

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - In an effort to prevent tragedies similar to those that have stuck college campuses across the nation, Slippery Rock University has launched a program of early detection and intervention for students exhibiting behavioral issues

SRU's annual Healthfest provides keys to healthy lifestyles

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Those who are wondering if their blood pressure, posture and eyesight are up to snuff, or those who have promised to get in shape and are looking for help to do so, will find Slippery Rock University's 23rd Healthfest Oct. 21 the place to get the information they need.

SRU breaks ground for $1.3 million intramural field upgrade

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will officially break ground for a $1.3 million development of 12 acres of University land to be used for intramural sports activities. The public groundbreaking marking construction of the intramural sports complex is at noon Monday on the fields located at the corner of Harmony and Branchton roads on the eastern edge of campus.

SRU dishes up tall order of green, leads natural food movement

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The greening movement is taking hold in the student-favorite world of food at Slippery Rock University. A number of all-natural options have been introduced this fall, including T&B Naturally Caf�, the first nationally on a college campus to offer organic beverages and snacks.

Jazz award winners bring tunes to SRU Thursday

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Award-winning, jazz artist Martin Taylor and The Gerald Clayton Trio will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Slippery Rock University's Swope Music Hall as part of their western Pennsylvania visit that includes a Pittsburgh performance.

Leadership training expert addresses regional school superintendents

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - John Hoyle, professor of education administration at Texas A&M and a specialist in leadership training and assessment and future studies, will deliver the main address at Slippery Rock University's College of Education annual fall semester School Administrators Breakfast Oct. 24.

SRU's 'Pittsburgh 100' series spotlights security firm's expansion

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Dennis Lejeck, president of Black Knight Security, has turned his military experience into a successful western Pennsylvania company, which was honored this fall by the Pittsburgh Business Times as one of the fastest growing companies in the Pittsburgh region. He will describe his company's growth as part of Slippery Rock University's ongoing "Pittsburgh 100" lecture series Oct. 21.

Political cartoonist Joe Szabo draws topic for multi-media lecture

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Joe Szabo, an internationally recognized political cartoonist, will deliver a multimedia presentation titled "America's Political Image Abroad: Foreign Political Cartoons" when he visits Slippery Rock University Wednesday.

Rock-Haitian partnership scores goals

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Ruben Merisier negotiates Egli Soccer Field on the campus of Slippery Rock University like he owns the place, snapping pictures, smiling broadly and shouting "good play" as the SRU men's soccer team plays a match against Wheeling Jesuit.

'Till dance to they part: duet explores beauty of marriage

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The beauty and harmony of married life from the perspective of a mature couple will be explored through the dynamic moves of dance when Slippery Rock University presents the Faculty and Guest Artist Dance Concert at 8 p.m. Oct. 21 in Miller Auditorium.

SRU's I Can Do It, You Can Do It program goes national

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's I Can Do It, You Can Do It mentoring program has been selected to be the national role model for launching nine new I Can Do It programs at schools and community centers across the country.�

Sushi rolls, akara cake top menu for SRU's International Dinner

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Sushi rolls from Japan, akara cake from Nigeria, cullohio apple pie from Ireland and a host of other interesting international foods will be offered at Slippery Rock University's 34th Annual International Dinner Nov. 8. The dinner is the culmination of the University's Internations Week, observed Nov. 2-8.

SRU art department colors campus with group drawing project

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Talk about a public art project that rocks. Slippery Rock University students, faculty, community residents and anyone else who wants to participate will come together Oct. 24 to hand-draw three wall murals in Art Building 1.

SRU brings harmony to sustainability center renovation

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A $250,000 renovation of the Harmony House at Slippery Rock University is under way. The center for sustainability education and research will receive a classroom, upstairs offices, geothermal heating/cooling and a covered-porch entrance designed to buffer wind and increase energy efficiency, among other improvements.

SRU celebrates Campus Sustainability Day Wednesday

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will join colleges and universities across the country Wednesday in celebrating the sixth annual Campus Sustainability Day.

SRU pilots new tool to help freshmen transition, succeed in college

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A new assessment tool designed specifically to enhance a student's ability to make a successful transition to college is being piloted at Slippery Rock University and is already receiving accolades from students and faculty alike.

200 SRU volunteers tackle fall cleanup in Slippery Rock Saturday

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - More than 200 Slippery Rock University students and community members in the Slippery Rock will team up Saturday for the third annual "Polish the Rock" program designed to help clean-up the village and help residents with pre-winter chores.

SRU marks history with Native American Celebration Day Nov. 6

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will mark its third Native American Celebration Day Nov. 6 with a series of events, including participants from the Pittsburgh-based Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center, traditional American Indian dancers, singers and a storyteller.

SRU alumni assemble to haunt new supernatural play by David Skeele

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -Some might see it as spooky when Slippery Rock University alumni assemble to present a new play by David Skeele, SRU theater professor. Titled "The Margins: A Play of Supernatural Horror," the play is being revived after summer premieres in Edinburgh, Scotland, and on the SRU campus.

SRU music majors vie for Chad Williamson Memorial Scholarship

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Fourteen Slippery Rock University vocal students will be in the spotlight Nov. 2 all vying for the Chad Williamson Memorial Scholarship as part of the 16th annual competition. The 7:30 p.m. competition will be in Swope Music Hall.

SRU students plan cardboard village in campuswide social initiative

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. �- Slippery Rock University students will convert the Bailey Library quad into a cardboard village and spend the night in their "houses" to raise awareness of homelessness. The Nov. 19-20 event corresponds with National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week and the launch of "SRU: Part of the Solution," a major new initiative that puts the spotlight on a social cause of the month.

The Four Freshmen bring sweet harmonies to SRU Dec. 6

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -The Four Freshmen, the legendary vocal harmony group that transcends bobby socks, rock-n-roll, disco or any other genre of the past 60 years, will bring the sweet sounds of "Graduation Day," "It's a Blue World" and several holiday classics to Slippery Rock University for a Dec. 6 performance in Miller Auditorium.

SRU's equestrian center earns premiere site accreditation

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. �- The Storm Harbor Equestrian Center at Slippery Rock University has become the only university-based equestrian center in Pennsylvania to receive a premier center accreditation from the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association.

Jazz, tap, hip-hop concerts keep SRU dance students on their toes

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A dozen jazz and tap dances choreographed by Slippery Rock University dance students and faculty will highlight the dance department's second annual Jazz Dance/Tap Ensemble Concert Nov.8.

SRU pianist brings 'Carnival' flavor to campus Nov. 16

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Nanette Kaplan Solomon, Slippery Rock University professor of music, will present a "Carnival" of solo piano works at 4 p.m. Nov. 16. The free concert will feature 19th- and 20th-century works inspired by carnivals, masked balls and other colorful events.

SRU invites would-be detectives to murder mystery dinner theatre

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "Mobsters, Molls and Marinara," a murder-mystery dinner theatre set in 1920 Chicago, will be presented by members of Mystery's Most Wanted from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center at Slippery Rock University. Participants will use clues to solve the crime committed.

SRU College of Education continues NCATE accreditation streak

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's College of Education, a national and state leader in providing high-quality teachers for today's classrooms, continued its 53-year record of earning accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education when it was recently re-accredited.

39 school districts visit SRU seeking to fill teaher positions

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Thirty-nine school districts from across the country, including Alaska, will be on hand to interview Slippery Rock University and other regional college education majors Nov.12 when SRU's Office of Career Services hosts its annual fall semester Teacher Job Fair.

SRU theatre department serves up Shakespeare's 'As You Like It'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Shakespeare's late-16th century work "As You Like It" comes to Slippery Rock University's Miller Auditorium for five performances beginning Nov. 19.

SRU Marching Pride presents 'Stadium Echoes' concert style

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The 150-member Slippery Rock University Marching Pride, under the direction of James Berry, assistant professor of music, will present its annual "Stadium Echoes" concert at 8 p.m. Sunday in Morrow Field House.

Army major delivers Veterans Day address at SRU ceremony

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - U.S. Army Maj. Patrick Callahan, chair of Slippery Rock University's Army ROTC program, will deliver the University's "Veterans Day 2008" address as part of the Nov. 11 public ceremony at 11:11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial.

New public history program at SRU expands student learning

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The history department at Slippery Rock University has launched a public history program that will prepare graduates for employment with museums, historical societies, archiving groups and agencies involved with grants and public policy.

Tubas, euphoniums send echoes across SRU campus Nov. 22

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Staff Sgt. Ryan McGeorge, with the United States "President's Own" Marine Band, and Carson McTeer, with the Pittsburgh-based River City Brass Band, will join Brian Meixner, assistant music professor at Slippery Rock University, for the University's "Tuba-Euphonium Day at The Rock" Nov. 22.

SRU music department presents assortment of November concerts

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Hours of rehearsal and additional hours of individual practice will pay off for music enthusiasts when a number of Slippery Rock University individuals and ensembles present concerts in Swope Music Hall through the end of the month. One concert will include presentation of an original composition by SRU faculty members Stephen Barr and Stacey Steele.

SRU music department presents assortment of November concerts

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Hours of rehearsal and additional hours of individual practice will pay off for music enthusiasts when a number of Slippery Rock University individuals and ensembles present concerts in Swope Music Hall through the end of the month. One concert will include presentation of an original composition by SRU faculty members Stephen Barr and Stacey Steele.

Students boost SRU's rating in national engagement survey

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - First-year Slippery Rock University students have given higher approval ratings on their college experience than the previous year's class in all five of the 2008 National Survey of Student Engagement benchmark categories.

SRU students travel outside U.S. to expand understanding of world

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University students will study art, history, English, special education, physical education, business, physical therapy, geography, and exercise and rehabilitative science along with other topics spring semester, but where they will be studying won't be their usual classrooms.

SRU offers free movement education class to pre-schoolers

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Marybeth Miller, assistant professor of physical education at Slippery Rock University, is looking for children ages 3-5 to join her "Movement Education" class. The class helps her �SRU students learn to teach fundamental motor skills while simultaneously helping the children improve their skills.

SRU students join worldwide AIDS Day education effort

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University students will mark the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day by forming a human red ribbon to remind people that HIV/Aids has not disappeared. World AIDS Day, which started Dec. 1, 1998, is focused on raising money, increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and improving education.

Bailey librarian finds time to smell the flowers

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - When Lynn Hoffmann, assistant professor of library in Slippery Rock University's Bailey Library, isn't helping students and faculty find rare books, articles in scientific magazines or offering tips for gathering information for class research projects, he's often thinking about growing flowers.

SRU political science major lands prestigious PASSHE internship

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� Apryle Barta, a Slippery Rock University political science major from Cairnbrook, is working for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in Harrisburg as part of a 15-week internship sponsored by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

Gov. Rendell appoints Rock graduate to water commission

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Greg Phillips, a 1978 Slippery Rock University graduate, has been appointed by Gov. Edward Rendell to serve as one of three commissioners representing Pennsylvania on The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission.

Atlanta high-tech firm names Rock graduate chief financial officer

Steve McCullough, a 1982 Slippery Rock University graduate, has been hired as chief financial officer for WIKA Instrument Corp. in Atlanta. WIKA manufactures pressure and temperature instrumentation for bio-diesel and sanitation industries.

SRU gradute shows butterflies are free -- and fun for all ages

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Sometimes a simple classroom project makes a lot of people happy, and makes the news.

Alumnia becomes coordinator of Wyoming training center

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Jennifer Lasik, a 1999 Slippery Rock University graduate, is the new coordinator of The South Lincoln Training and Event Center in Kemmerer, Wyo. Her duties will include working to secure funding for the center and scheduling business conferences, weddings and banquets. She starts Oct. 1.

Voter registration remains open through Monday

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The good news is there is still time to register to vote in the Nov. 4 general election, but time is running out.

Armstrong Cable broadcasts SRU football games

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Armstrong Cable's Grove City operation will broadcast a�taped replay of last Saturday's Rock football game at Mercyhurst today, and this Saturday's game at Indiana University of Pennsylvania at 7:30 p.m. next Thursday.

Jennifer Hansen earns regional scholar-athlete of year honor

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Rock All-America track and field pole vault specialist�Jennifer Hansen, an elementary education major from Charleston, W. Va., was named last week as the NCAA Division II Conference Commissioners' Association's Atlantic Region Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

SRU women's cross country team ranked 14th in nation

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Fresh off their third first-place team finish in as many meets this fall, The Rock women's cross country team earned a No. 14 ranking in this week's U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division II national poll.

Cosmo magazine names Rock graduate state's top bachelor

Cosmopolitan magazine's top Pennsylvania bachelor for 2008 and will compete against 50 other men for the national title this weekend.� If he wins the contest, which ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, he will receive $10,000.

SRU breaks ground for $1.3 million intramural field upgrade

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University broke ground at noon today for a $1.3 million development of 12 acres of University land to be used for intramural sports activities. The public groundbreaking marks construction of the intramural sports complex on the fields located at the corner of Harmony and Branchton roads.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette taps Jay Hertzog as expert source

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- When the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette needed a nationally recognized expert to assess the job market for recent teacher-preparation graduates, the region's largest newspaper turned to Jay Hertzog, SRU's dean of the College of Education.

Rock graduate lands key Northeastern University development post

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Devin Crosby, a 1997 Slippery Rock University graduate, has been named assistant athletic director for development at Northeastern University.

Davidson leads Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra into 50th season

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Warren Davidson, an instructor in the Slippery Rock University music department, will debut as the musical director of the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra this Saturday when the group launches its 50th season.

ASCAP honors member of SRU music faculty

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Stephen Barr, assistant professor of music at Slippery Rock University, has been chosen as the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers to receive its 2008-09ASCAPLUS Award in the concert music division. The award includes a grant.

Rock graduate student earns Swan Award

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Wes Bonadio, a Slippery Rock University graduate assistant in Campus Recreation's Intramural Sports Program, has been named the 2007-2008 Pennsylvania Intramural Recreational Sports Association's Bill Swan Award recipient.

Rock duo earns player of the week honors

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Two members of Rock fall sports teams were named Monday as recipients of Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference "Athlete of the Week" honors.

Sunset Serenade raises $50,000 for Storm Harbor programs

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- The Sunset Serenade Celebration benefit at Slippery Rock University raised $50,000 to build the Storm Harbor Equestrian Center Endowment, expand services and provide scholarship assistance to SRU students and riders.

Collaborative Drawing Project produces originals

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - �Art Building 1 has two new original pieces of art on display - wall murals created today by more than 40 people who participated in the first Collaborative Drawing Project.

National journal publishes SRU student-faculty research

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A Slippery Rock University biology student-faculty research project on the freeze tolerance of caterpillars has been published in Environmental Entomology.� The journal is a refereed publication of the Entomological Society of America.

Business Times names Rock graduate CFO of the Year finalist

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Sherry Winiarski, a 1987 Slippery Rock University graduate and executive vice president for finance at Gateway Rehabilitation Center, is a finalist for the Pittsburgh Business Times' Chief Financial Officer of the Year Award. Winners will be named Nov. 5 at an awards dinner at the Pittsburgh Omni William Penn.

SRU's Pearcy takes post as joint historian with State Department, CIA

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� Thomas Pearcy, professor of history at Slippery Rock University since 1998, has been appointed joint historian for the U.S. Department of State and the Central Intelligence Agency.

Sisters in Healthcare History Project hits airwaves Monday

�SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Slippery Rock University's Sisters in Healthcare History Project will be profiled Monday on WDUQ.90.5 FM radio as part of the Pittsburgh 250 celebration. The project honors the pioneering health care contributions of western Pennsylvania women in religious orders working between 1847-1969.

Deighton earns ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honor

hio, was named Thursday to second-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honors in voting by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Fall enrollment hits all-time high

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - For eight years in a row, Slippery Rock University has seen enrollment grow. This year's 15th-day benchmark saw 8,325 students enrolled, an increase of 1.2 percent compared to last year.

Prestigious medical journal publishes Rock graduate's article

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Ellen Foster, a graduate of Slippery Rock University's master of arts in English program, has seen her article about the cancer-patient play and movie "Wit" published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The annals, one of the most prestigious medical journals in the world, is read by physicians worldwide.

Women's soccer team ranked third by NSCAA

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Rock�women's soccer team matched its best-ever mark Tuesday when it earned a No. 3 ranking in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division II national poll. The team plays IUP at 7 p.m. today in N. Kerr Thompson Stadium.

World dance provides focus for SRU dance concert

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's dance department concludes the semester with two showcase concerts of student works at 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday in Swope Music Hall. The concerts will include international dances.

Civil War buffs to re-enact Christmas at SRU's Old Stone House

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Old Stone House will host "A Civil War Christmas" re-enactment of what it was like for families during the war. The program will be presented 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 13 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Butler County landmark.

SRU graduates 561; streams commencement ceremony on Web

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - U.S. Navy Capt. Kathlene Contres, commandant of the U.S. Navy's Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute and a 1977 Slippery Rock University graduate, will become the first SRU commencement speaker to have her graduation address video-streamed worldwide.

SRU's Army ROTC program commissions two second lieutenants

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Army ROTC program will commission two graduating seniors as second lieutenants at 8 a.m. Dec. 13 ceremonies in the University Room of North Hall.

SRU physical education professors earn statewide awards

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Two Slippery Rock University physical education faculty members have received prestigious awards for their leadership in the trendsetting fields of outdoor education and lifelong fitness.

President Bush selects former Rock student for award

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Kathy Dillaman, a former Slippery Rock University student and award-winning criminal background investigator, has been selected by President George Bush to receive the prestigious 2008 Presidential Rank Award. Dillaman manages a $500-million investigations program for the Office of Personnel Management in Washington, D.C.

SRU trustees approve $2.5 million renovations for North Hall

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Council of Trustees today authorized $2.5 million in renovations to North Hall, the oldest campus residence hall.

College of Education cautions students about social network use

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's College of Education does not monitor the popular Internet social network MySpace or similar online sites, but "We give fair warning to our students that any inappropriate photographs or writing on such sites could lead to serious problems," said Jay Hertzog, dean of SRU's College of Education.

SRU physical education courses emphasize health and wellness

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "Times are a changing, and you better shape up" is part of the philosophy Randall Nichols, Slippery Rock University associate professor of physical education, says is driving the physical education course curriculum both at SRU and in schools across the nation.

New director of SRU's Executive Leadership Programs joins staff

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Erin Strain is ready to lead, and as the newest member of Slippery Rock University's Executive Leadership Program, she is already working on plans to help regional businesses improve the leadership abilities of their staffs.

Renovated Boozel Dining Hall transforms culinary culture

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - It's not just the exterior of Slippery Rock University's Boozel Dining Hall that is new. The interior has been totally redesigned to offer food courts, community seating, wireless access, an information kiosk and made-to-order entrees of nearly every variety, including one of the first live-fire Brazilian Churrasco food stations on a college campus.

SRU freshmen build two computers for I Care House in New Castle

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Thirty-three students in David Dailey's "Computer Science Freshman Seminar," one of Slippery Rock University's FYRST Seminar classes, used a mini-grant from the SRU Institute for Community, Service-Learning and Nonprofit Leadership and matching funds from the FYRST Program to design and build two personal computers to be used by the institute's I Care House in New Castle.

SRU gradute becomes Johns Hopkins University researcher

Meghan Oefinger, a 2008 Slippery Rock University graduate, has landed a prestigious position as lifestyle interventionist at Johns Hopkins University. She will create exercise programs aimed at helping the severely mentally ill in Maryland lose weight.

SRU freshman earns Boy Scouting's highest Scout rank

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Sean Deafenbaugh, an SRU freshman secondary education major from Darlington, will be among 366 young men who will be honored by the Greater Pittsburgh Council of the Boy Scouts of America at the council's annual Recognition Dinner of Scouts earning their Eagle rank.

Rock women's volleyball earns fourth NCAA tournament berth

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -The Rock women's volleyball team has earned a berth in NCAA Division II national championship competition for an unprecedented fourth straight season and will see playoff action Thursday.

National Journal notes SRU's contributions to local economy

When the National Journal magazine in Washington, D.C., needed the best source to assess Slippery Rock University's positive economic impact on Butler County, the magazine turned to President Robert Smith for an interview.

Women's rugby club qualifies for National Championship

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - After completing the regular rugby season 5-0 and qualifying for the Division II Collegiate National Championship tournament in April for the first time ever, the women's rugby club at Slippery Rock University has adjusted its game plan for winter.

Global communication giant hires Rock graduate as director

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa - Avaya, a provider of Intelligent Communications solutions for more than 90 percent of the Fortune 500 companies in the world, has hired Slippery Rock University graduate Gerard Baglieri as manager director of Avaya Canada.

Rock alumna awarded Sharp Cutting Edge Award

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Tine Hansen-Turton, chief executive officer of National Nursing Centers Consortium and vice president of Health Care Access and Policy at Public Health Management Corp., was awarded the Sharp Cutting Edge Award by the American College of Nurse Practitioners. Hansen-Turton is a 1992 graduate of Slippery Rock University and studied here as an international student from Denmark.

Blasko earns ESPN The Magazine first-team Academic All-District honor

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� Rock�senior�volleyball outside hitter�Jen Blasko, an exercise science major from Summit Hill, was named to ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honors by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Two SRU students spearhead 'Rally for Unity' campus event

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Two Slippery Rock University student leaders, Deron Jackson from Clairton and Rachel Garland from Verona, have organized a campus "Rally for Unity" as a means for members of the campus and community to demonstrate their commitment to improving campus culture.

Rock cross country teams earn top-20 national rankings

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Rock women's and�men's cross country teams both attained top-20 national rankings this week from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross County Coaches Association.

Venet earns spot on NFHCA Senior All-Stars game roster

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� Rock senior attack player Jennifer Venet, a exercise science major from Mechanicsburg, was named Monday to the South team roster for the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division II North/South Senior All-Stars game.

SRU student offers You Tube response to ABV '20/20' election query

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - It's Election Day across America and Slippery Rock University students are clearly involved.

Men's soccer assured of PSAC playoff berth

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Rock, by virtue of its 3-1 win at Lock Haven and Gannon's 3-0 win over Mercyhurst in action last�Wednesday, has been assured of a berth in this year's Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference playoffs.

The Rock ranks fifth in NACDA national all-sport competition

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� The Rock�was ranked fifth in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup national all-sports competition as of Dec. 11, according to a press release issued by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.��

SRU Inline Hockey Club team rolls to national ranking

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University Inline Hockey Club team is ranked No. 24 in the nation for Division II roller hockey programs. The Independent Rankings Committee included SRU in its rankings released this week.

Two SRU flag-football teams hold their own at national tournament

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University Intramural Sports Program sent two intramural flag football teams to the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association Regional Tournament hosted at The Ohio State University, with the Clem Is Nuts team ending 1-1 in pool play and the We Made Us team ending 2-0. However, both teams were knocked out in the finals.

Music graduate excells in San Francisco, appears in commercial

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. �- Mike Desnoyers, a 2008 Slippery Rock University music graduate, is making a name for himself in graduate school and as a vocal performer in San Francisco. Desnoyers currently appears in a Sprint holiday Internet commercial and is singing tenor solos at the San Francisco Conservatory and with professional companies.

Education graduate earns cyber teacher of the month honors

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Lauren Branchetti, a 2006 Slippery Rock University graduate, has been named PA Cyber Teacher of the Month for her leadership at the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School.

SRU gradute heads Air Force fitness program in Turkey

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Seth Jenny, a 2002 Slippery Rock University graduate, has been appointed exercise physiologist and fitness program manager at Incirlik Air Force Base in Turkey.

Bowser earns Daktronics Inc. honorable mentiona All-American honor

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� Rock�sophomore midfielder Toby Bowser from Beaver was named today as an honorable mention All-America�men's soccer performer by Daktronics Inc.�in voting by the nation's NCAA Division II sports information directors.

SRU Rock CARES project launches holiday greeting program

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - As a special project, the Slippery Rock University Institute for Community, Service-Learning and Nonprofit Leadership's Rock CARES project has launched a program to send holiday greetings to those serving in the U.S. military.

Florida veterinary college promotes Rock graduate to senior post

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Karen Legato, a Slippery Rock University graduate and former employee, has been promoted to senior director of development and alumni affairs at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.

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