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 November 2008 Archive 



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.

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