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 June 2009 Archive 



SRU salutes 57 staff for years of dedicated service

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University honored 57 staff members at the annual Staff Recognition Luncheon for their dedicated service��

SRU's renovated Boozel Dining Hall wins design award

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's $7.5 million renovation to Boozel Dining Hall, the primary, on-campus student dining facility, has been a culinary success with students since its January opening and has now captured the American School and University Magazine's Educational Interiors Showcase Outstanding Design Award in the cafeteria/food service areas category.

SRU Performing Arts Series adds Pittsburgh options for 2009-10

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's popular four-program Performing Arts Series has been being expanded to include two optional Pittsburgh events and a murder mystery dinner as part of the 2009-10 season.

Award-winning SRU professor heads Excellence in Teaching Center

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Danette DiMarco, Slippery Rock University professor of English and recipient of the University's 2009 Presidents Award for Scholarly and Creative Achievement, has been appointed coordinator of the University's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Education Technology.

SRU's Art Sculpture Building casts bright future for students

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. � - Slippery Rock University's new $1.25-million Art Sculpture Building will be completed in October, giving students a larger and more efficient facility for creating works in clay, metal, wood and other materials. The educational benefits will be many, including high-tech Internet connections, lecture hall and new computers with three-dimensional applications.

Slippery Rock University launches RecoveryCorps Program

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa.- Slippery Rock University has received a $549,534 grant to expand its AmeriCorps program to the Northside of Pittsburgh and Beaver and Venango counties. More than 100 students and community residents will be placed with 28 service agencies, with work focusing on meeting the needs of families in economic distress.

SRU sees involvement possibilities with vision sports camp

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's upcoming Tuesday through Friday VIP Sports Camp will provide 50 children who are blind or visually impaired the opportunity to participate in swimming, track and field, horseback riding and other sports not typically available to them.

SRU trustees discuss budget challenges

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University President Robert Smith today told the Council of Trustees that the number one issue facing the University was budget planning for 2009-10. "The only thing we know for certain at this point is that we will have a deficit, we just don't know the total scope of the problem," Smith said during his report at the trustees' quarterly meeting.

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 construct emergency radio stations and demonstrate amateur radio for the public at Slippery Rock University's Old Stone House from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 27 and noon to 5 p.m. June 28.

Good News: 4/13/09: Messer records 750th win

Jeff Messer, Slippery Rock University head baseball coach, recorded his 750th career victory last Saturday when The Rock defeated Mercyhurst College, 13-9 in Jack Critchfield Park.

Good News: 5/14/09: Magazine names Croes an Ashe finalist

Shardea Croes, a junior exercise science major from San Nicolas, Aruba, has been named a finalist for the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award presented by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education magazine. She has also been named to ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honors, as voted by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Good News: 5/21/09: Papa, Labor earn top coach honors

NEW ORLEANS - John Papa, Slippery Rock University's head track and field coach, was named Tuesday as the Atlantic Region Women's Coach of the Year and assistant coach Dave Labor was named the Assistant Coach of the Year, by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Good News: 2/3/09: SRU graduate heads career services at LeHigh Carbon

Christina L. Moyer, a 1993 political science graduate of Slippery Rock University, has been named director of career services at Lehigh Carbon Community College in Schnecksville.

Good News: 2/5/09: SRU graduate leads Bedford County Emergency Services

David Cubbison, a 1985 Slippery Rock University recreation and communication major, was in the news recently when the Altoona Mirror featured his work as director of the Bedford County Emergency Services in its local news section.

Good News: 2/4/09: SRU graduate becomes statewide education reviewer

Toni Mild, a Slippery Rock University graduate, has been selected by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to be an application content reviewer for the state's Chapter 49-2 Special Education Certification Program. The program requires institutions to produce evidence that their graduates know how to apply successful teaching concepts.

Good News: June 26, 2009: Black Enterprise Magazine names SRU graduate's business toTop 100

Charles Sanders, a 1986 Slippery Rock University graduate, and his wife, Elisa, have had their Pittsburgh-based business, Urban Settlement Services Inc., ranked as one of the Top Black Businesses in the country by Black Enterprise Magazine.

Good News: 6/29/09: PSAC names SRU's Jen Blasko Scholar Athlete of the Year

Jen Blasko, a standout on the Slippery Rock University women's volleyball team and a May graduate, was named today as the 2008-09 female recipient of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Pete Nevins Scholar-Athlete of the Year award.

Good News: 5/19/09: SRU physical education gradaute gets hall of fame honor

John Miceli, a 1967 Slippery Rock University physical education graduate and captain of The Rock's 1966 football team, was one of eight athletes inducted this month into the A-K Valley Sports Hall of Fame.

Good News: 5/26/09: Three SRU art majors display at Fe Arts Gallery

Art created by three Slippery Rock University art majors will be included in the Grade A exhibition being featured at the Fe Arts Gallery, 4102 Butler St., Pittsburgh.

Good News: 5/28/09: SRU salutes 35 staff for years of dedicated service

Slippery Rock University honored 57 staff members Wednesday at the annual Staff Recognition Luncheon for their dedicated service�

Good News: 6/4/09: SRU graduate heads Quaker Valley athletic program

Michael J. Mastroianni, a 1988 Slippery Rock University sport management master's degree recipient, has been named director of athletics and student activities at the Quaker Valley School District in Coraopolis.

Good News: 5/9/09: Environmental center gets caught 'Green Handed'

The Pennsylvania Center for Environmental Education, housed at Slippery Rock University, has received the Green Handed Award for its Web site from Principals for Change, a non-profit organization that supports greening education.

Good News: 6/16/09: St. Edward's University names Cooper assistant athletic director

Greg Cooper, a 2008 Slippery Rock University sport management master's graduate, has been named assistant athletic director for facilities and event management at St. Edward's University.

Good News: 6/23/09: SRU professor showcases adapted program in Sweden

Robert Arnhold, professor of exercise and rehabilitative sciences at Slippery Rock University, has been invited to represent North America at this week's International Symposium of Adapted Physical Activity in Gavle, Sweden. Arnhold will present SRU's methods for training students as Special Olympics coaches.

Good News: 6/25/09: SRU graduate earns two awards for bravery

Clint Deniker, a 1991 Slippery Rock University graduate and Pennsylvania Game Commission wildlife conservation officer, has received the Carnegie Hero Fund Medal and the Governor's Award for Excellence for saving the life of a motorist trapped in a burning car. The Carnegie Medal includes a $5,000 award.

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