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 September 2008 Archive 



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 (

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.

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