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 April 2010 Archive 



Student geographer uncovers colonial past in San Salvador

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Talk about getting down and dirty. When tropical growth that obscured the walls and outbuildings of a plantation in San Salvador threatened his research, Chris Abbott, a Slippery Rock University environmental studies major, grabbed a machete and went to work.

Kevin Locke performs 'The Hoop Dance of Life' at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. �- When Kevin Locke performs the Native-American hoop-dance and plays the indigenous Northern Plains flute, audiences light up with appreciation. Locke, a Native-American musician and storyteller, will perform at 8 p.m. April 14 at Slippery Rock University and said he hopes the audience picks up on his broader themes of unity.

SRU Academic Honors Convocation salutes scholarly achievement

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will salute nearly 2,650 dean's list students, 60 Presidential Scholar honorees, 520 academic scholarship recipients, 130 scholar athletes, 17 community service learning volunteers and the 2010 President's Award recipients at its annual Academic Honors Convocation April 11.

SRU's Gault Art Gallery readies annual Student Juried Exhibition

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's art department opens its annual Student Juried Exhibition at 5 p.m. Monday in the Martha Gault Art Gallery located in Maltby Center.

SRU's 'Success Starts Here' series featues New Castle firm

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Anthony Cialella, a 1992 Slippery Rock University finance graduate, vice president and regional manager for Advanced Waste Services Inc., and former president of Castle Environmental Inc., in New Castle, will be the School of Business' "Success Starts Here" speaker at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

SRU students researchers prepare for Penn State conference

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The research work of six Slippery Rock University undergraduates will be included in the Penn State Erie, The Behrend College's signature Undergraduate Student Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference Saturday.

SRU hosts 9th annual National Drowning Prevention Symposium

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will host the ninth annual National Drowning Prevention Symposium in Pittsburgh April 26-27.

Mokume Gane Dome Ring captures to SRU art honors

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Eric Charlton, a Slippery Rock University art major from Stoneboro, took the top $100 "Best in Show" award in the University's annual Student Juried Exhibition for his "Mokume Gane Dome Ring," a finger ring done using Japanese technique.

SRU's Green & White Society plans 'Backpacks to Briefcases'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa.-� Slippery Rock University students accustomed to carrying books to class are invited to participate in a "Backpacks to Briefcases" networking event with SRU alumni April 30.

SRU's new middle-school education program gets go ahead

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The paperwork is in order and Slippery Rock University's College of Education will begin offering courses this summer in its new middle-level education program for those seeking careers as grade four through eight teachers.

Composer Judith Lang Zaimont premieres 'Solar Traveller' at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's music department is using a $500 MetLife Creative Connections grant from the Meet the Composer program to bring composer Judith Lang Zaimont to campus for the performance of a specially commissioned work and a number of lectures.

SRU spotlights student, faculty, alumni playwrights in 'Brave New Plays'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� "Brave New Plays," a compilation of newly written plays by Slippery Rock University students, alumni and faculty, including David Skeele's "Deepchurch Hollow" slated for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, will be staged April 20-25 in Miller Auditorium.

Old Stone House hosts Civil War weekend

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The history of the Civil War comes to life from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 24-25 at Slippery Rock University's Old Stone House, one of Butler County's most recognized landmarks.

Percussion masters drum up a Taiko storm at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. �- The award-winning Taiko Drummers of Japan will work to the beat of a communal drum when they perform April 16 during Slippery Rock University's Kaleidoscope arts festival. Audience members will be invited to participate in the finale, producing a percussive bang to remember. The group will perform at 8 p.m. in Swope Recital Hall.

SRU theatre majors weave history into costume design

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Like an actress who immerses herself in her character when preparing for a role, the costume designer must consider every aspect of the character. The successful designer operates as a historian - researching the socioeconomic structure of a society, etiquette and customs relating to dress, fabrics and audience awareness.

The Rocket student newspaper captures 11 awards for excellence

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Rocket, Slippery Rock University's student newspaper, has captured 11 awards for content, feature writing, sports layout and photography.

SRU trustees present resolutions, hear new direction plan

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A list of congratulatory resolutions, reports, introductions and University business highlighted today's meeting of the Slippery Rock University Council of Trustees.

Education majors find science lessons in children's stories

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Not many readers of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" realize the story includes a physics mistake. Slippery Rock University education majors found the mistake and converted it to a teachable moment during a student-faculty research project that blends children's literature with science to make reading more fun.

SRU dedicates renovated Harmony House environmental center

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A $250,000 renovation of the Harmony House at Slippery Rock University's Robert N. Macoskey Center for Sustainability Education and Research will be dedicated Saturday. The center has received a new entrance, pop-up roof, twice the classroom space, a "green kitchen" and a geothermal heat and cooling system

The Princeton Review names SRU to 'Green Colleges' list

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has been included in "The Princeton Review's Guide to 286 Green Colleges," the first comprehensive guidebook cataloging institutions that have shown above average commitment to sustainability. The guidebook, published in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, profiles SRU and the nation's other most environmentally responsible campuses.

Artist says cartoons serve higher purpose than 'ha ha funny'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Keith Knight, the award-winning K Chronicles cartoonist who satires race relations and other hot-button issues, visited Slippery Rock University Tuesday to talk about the value of comic strips for affecting dialogue and change. He said the best cartoons provoke serious discussion and serve a higher purpose than humor.

SRU senior dancers step into spotlight Saturday

� SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "Oh, the Places We'll Go!"�is the title for Saturday's Senior Synthesis Dance Concert by the Slippery Rock University dance department.

SRU professor's latest 'Annie Mouse' book seeks rainbows

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Sometimes all the right things come together to create a perfect inspiration. Such was the case for Anne Slanina, associate professor of elementary education and early childhood and creator of the "Annie Mouse" books for children, as she prepared for her character's latest adventure.

SRU Student Health Center earns 3-year AAAHC accreditation

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care has reviewed operations at Slippery Rock University's McLachlan Student Health Center and granted it a three-year accreditation, the maximum permitted under AAAHC regulations.

SRU Performing Arts Series announces 2020-11 season

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Combine Chinese Golden Dragons, Alvin Ailey dancers, Charles Dickens' Scrooge, Ireland and Broadway and the result is Slippery Rock University's 2010-11 Performing Arts Series.

SRU Jazz Ensemble brings high school musicians to campus

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Paul McKee, assistant professor of jazz trombone at Florida State University, will be the guest artist when the Slippery Rock University music department hosts its annual High School Jazz Festival May 1.

SRU's Old Stone House celebrates Native-American history

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Old Stone House will host a Native-American Festival, celebrating Native-American history, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 1-2

'Piano Extravaganza' features many hands

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - It will take six hands and three pianists to present "Romance and Waltz" when 14 Slippery Rock University piano students, alumni and faculty present the annual "Piano Extravaganza" at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Swope Music Hall.

Professor displays, discusses famed Faberge eggs

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Janusz Czjedo, chairperson of Edinboro University's �department of modern languages at Edinboro University, will bring samples from his Faberge egg collection to Slippery Rock University when he delivers a talk titled "Carl Faberge and His Imperial Eggs" at 7:30 p.m. April 28.

Good News: SRU graduate becomes 'The Negotiator' on race day

BETHELEHEM - Richard Yetter II, a 2000 Slippery Rock University sport management graduate, used the winter to regroup, decide on a new paint scheme and new number for his dirt track race car. He also used the time to prepare his campaign for district court judge in Pennsylvania's 03-2-12 districts.

Good News: David Dailey earns SRU Scholarly, Creative Achievement award

David Dailey, Slippery Rock University professor of computer science, will be presented the President's Award for Scholarly and Creative Achievement Sunday at 2 p.m. as part of the Academic Honors Convocation in Morrow Field House.

Good News: Eliott Baker receives Presidents Award for Outstanding Service

Eliott Baker, Slippery Rock University' executive director of academic records, summer school and graduate programs, will receive the President's Award for Outstanding Service at Sunday's Academic Honors Convocation.

Good News: SRU political science major wins PASSHE Ayed Ali-Zaidi award

Seth Sykora-Bodie, a political science, geography and French major at Slippery Rock University, has been selected as a co-runner-up for the 2010 Syed Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence presented by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

Good News: Marchand gets nod for President's Award for Teaching Excellence��

Richard Marchand, Slippery Rock University associate professor of mathematics, will be awarded the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching Sunday as part of the University's annual Academic Honors Convocation.

Good News: Graduating senior addresses Academic Honors Convocation

Benjamin Baker, a graduating senior and a 4.0, four-year member of the Slippery Rock University dean's list, will be the speaker for at the University's annual Academic Honors Convocation.

Good News: SRU's women's tennis clinches PSAC playoff berth

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The 44th-ranked Slippery Rock University women's tennis team clinched a fifth straight trip to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference tournament Saturday with an 8-1 win over visiting PSAC-Western Division rival Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Good News: SRU's Jeremy Deighton signs with Pittsburgh Riverhounds

Jeremy Deighton, a graduating senior majoring in marketing at Slippery Rock University from Broadview Heights, Ohio, has signed a professional contract to play for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of the U.S. Soccer League Second Division for the upcoming season.

Good News: Women's Rock Rugby off to National Playoffs in Florida

Twenty-five Slippery Rock University students and members of Women's Rock Rugby, which captured the Midwest Championship for the second consecutive year last fall, travels to the Sweet 16 National Rugby Playoffs in Sandford, Fla., as the top seed Thursday.

Good News: SRU graduate student earns $3,000 NBCC Foundation honor

Michelle Kolch, a Slippery Rock University graduate student in community counseling from Ellwood City, has been awarded one of five $3,000 NBCC Foundation Rural Scholarships. The foundation is an affiliate of the Greensboro, N.C.-based, National Board for Certified Counselors.

Good News: SRU pole vaulter earns PSAC Top 10 Award

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - Jen Hansen, a Slippery Rock University senior pole vaulter from Charleston, W. Va., was named to her fourth Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Top 10 honor last Thursday.

Good News: SRU dance major's work heads to Kennedy Center

Todd Englander, a Slippery Rock University dance and elementary education major from Wantagh, N.Y., has had his choreography unanimously selected to represent the region and SRU at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., May 27-28 as part of the American College Dance organization's national conference.

Good News: Incirlik Air Base, names SRU graduate 'Civilian of the Year'

Seth Jenny, a 2002 Slipper Rock University graduate now serving as an exercise physiologist at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, has been named Civilian of the Year for the 39th Air Base Wing.

Good News: Army Strong Brand Ambassador program selects SRU student

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Gretchen Muri, a Slippery Rock University marketing major from Murrysville, has been selected as an Army Strong Brand Ambassador Intern, giving her the chance to gain professional work experience and college credit while engaging students.

Student researchers discover protein in snake gland

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Don't look yet, but there is something creeping up behind you in Slippery Rock University's Patterson Hall - a snake. Run for your life. Wait, false alarm. SRU student-faculty researchers are studying the biology of garter snakes in Patterson, but under a microscope and with molecules, not live snakes.

PASSHE Summer Honors Program selects two from SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Seth Sykora-Bodie, a senior political science, geography and French major at Slippery Rock University, and Jennifer Kreps, an education major, will spend part of their summer studying in Egypt as part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education's Summer Honors Program.

SRU graduates 'go green' for May commencement ceremony

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will award 1,222 diplomas to graduates in two commencement exercises May 8 in Morrow Field House. The graduates will wear the traditional black regalia, but this year it will be "green" and will keep 28,106 plastic bottles from going into landfills.

SRU elementary education graduate make it a 'family dozen'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Amanda Patz, a Slippery Rock University graduating senior in elementary education, was always teased by her mother that "the education bug skipped me and landed in you," she said while pointing out she is the 12th member of her extended family to earn an SRU education degree.

Army ROTC cadets prepare for commissioning

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Army ROTC program will commission five cadets as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army at a 4 p.m. May 8 ceremony in the Advanced Technology and Science Hall Auditorium. Three additional cadets will be commissioned in August.

SRU's DePalma twins share marshal duties at graduation

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Amy and Autumn DePalma earned mostly A's as Slippery Rock University students; they shared class notes; roomed together; studied together; and will share marshal duties May 8 representing their college at SRU's spring commencement.

AVI, CSIL recognize campus 'rising stars'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Seven Slippery Rock University student leaders have been presented Rising Star Awards� in recognition of their leadership on campus. As part of the award, the students will have an actual star named in their honor. ������

SRU students earn $1,500 scholarship in Armstrong Challenge

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. �- Five Slippery Rock University business students earned a $1,500 scholarship for the School of Business by developing a workable marketing plan for the Armstrong College Marketing Challenge competition. The students created a plan for reaching 15 to 22 year olds through social networking.

SRU's annual national student-teacher conference hits capacity

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - More than 100 educators from across the country are visiting the Slippery Rock University campus this weekend as part of participating in the fourth Annual National Student Teaching and Supervision Conference hosted by SRU's College of Education.

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