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SRU dance department mixes with physics to defy gravity

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University Dance Theatre will move into the next decade with a mission to defy gravity at 8 p.m. Jan 28-30 when it presents its latest dance concert in Miller Auditorium.

River North Chicago Dance Company plans stop at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The River North Chicago Dance Company, celebrating its 20th anniversary season, has included Slippery Rock University in its 12-stop U.S. tour, with a Feb. 5 performance as part of the University's 2009-10 Performing Arts Series season.

SRU marks Rev. King's legacy with day of service, celebration event

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will observe Monday as Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service with more than 200 students participating in a variety of community-service projects throughout the region. Thursday, the University will host Todd Allen, associate professor of communication at Geneva College, as the speaker for the seventh annual Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.

SRU stages Polish intaglio print exhibit

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -The first major exhibit of intaglio prints from the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan, Poland, a Slippery Rock University student-exchange partner, will be staged Monday through Feb. 12 at SRU's Martha Gault Art Gallery in Maltby Center. The grand opening will be 5-7 p.m. Monday.

SRU marks Rev. King's legacy with Civil Leadership, essay awards

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A student, a faculty member and a staff member at Slippery Rock University were saluted Thursday for their pursuit of civil rights and social justice when they were presented SRU's Civil Leadership Awards as part of the seventh annual Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.

SRU student shaken in Haiti earthquake would return in a 'heartbeat'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - For Sara Trupp, a Slippery Rock University exercise and rehabilitative sciences major from Oley Valley, last week's Republic of Haiti earthquake is an experience she says she has already forgotten - her memory overshadowed by her desire to return to continue helping the people of the island nation.

Five Green Fund Grants awarded; all will make SRU 'greener'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Funding for five projects that will continue to move Slippery Rock University forward in its sustainability and greening efforts have been approved by SRU President Robert Smith as part of the University's Green Fund Project program.

SRU works to reduce electricty usage; save money

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - And you thought your electric bill was too high. Slippery Rock University has paid nearly $700,000 in electricity charges since July 1, and officials are looking for ways to cut costs.

Good News: Keystone Research Center taps Laurel Dagnon for economic post

Laurel Dagnon, director of programming for Slippery Rock University's Institute for Community, Service-Learning and Non-Profit Leadership, will be exploring strategies for improving Pennsylvania's economy as the newly appointed board of director for the Keystone Research Center in Harrisburg. The research and policy institute is working to create jobs.

Good News: Deighton, Pool named Daktronics All-Americans

Jeremy Deighton, a marketing major from Broadview Heights, Ohio, added to his list of postseason honors today when he was named to the Daktronics NCAA Division II Men's Soccer All-America team.

Good News: ReadingPhillies promote '07 graduate to community post

Matt Hoffmaster, a 2007 Slippery Rock University graduate, has been named director of community relations for the Reading Phillies, an affiliate of Major League Baseball's Philadelphia Phillies. He had been the team's client relationship assistant.

Good News: Rock graduate becomes principal of Virginia high school

Good News: SRU's Richard Wukich gets NAACP's President's Award

Richard Wukich, Slippery Rock University professor of art, has been presented the President's Award by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People New Castle Branch.

Good News: Rock tops region with six on NSCAA All-Region team

KANSAS CITY - The 13th-ranked Slippery Rock University men's soccer team placed a region-high six players on the All-Atlantic Region team selected by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and released Tuesday.

Good News: SRU graduate takes director's baton for Waynesboro choir

The director's baton for the Towne Singers, a popular choral group that's been making music for 40 year in the Waynesboro area, has been passed to Eric Griffith, a 2001 Slippery Rock University graduate.

Good News: SRU's Hindley earns All-Regional soccer honors

KANSAS CITY - Alison Hindley, Slippery Rock University women's soccer standout from Cheshire, England, has been named to second team All-Atlantic Region honors by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Good News: SRU expects 500 graduates at fall commencement����

For 500 Slippery Rock University students, the "Good News" is they will receive diplomas this Saturday at 11 a.m. in Morrow Field House.

Good News: SRU's C.J. Bahr kicks way to inaugural Mitchell Award nomination

CHICAGO - C.J. Bahr, a Slippery Rock University junior kicking specialist on The Rock's football squad, is one of 10 finalists for the inaugural Fred Mitchell Outstanding Place-Kicker Award presented to the NCAA Division II or Division III kicker who excels on the football field and in the community.

Good News: The Rock lands three on NSCAA All-America Team

KANSAS CITY- Slippery Rock University men's soccer standouts Jeremy Deighton of Broadview Heights, Ohio, Greg Blum of Ambridge and Thomas Pool of Bedfordshire, England were named to All-America honors this week by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Good News: SRU elementary education graduate earns honors for teaching

Grace Bickert, a 1993 Slippery Rock University masters of elementary education graduate, was saluted recently by the Shaler Area School District board of education for her 37 years work as a kindergarten teacher at Marzolf Primary School and her dedication to helping create a close-knit district committee.

Good News: SRU trio earns Baseball Writers Preseason All-America honors

Slippery Rock University seniors Vince Lloyd of New Brighton, Billy Messer of Slippery Rock and Jacob Oswalt from South Fork, were named this week as members of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association's Division II Preseason All-America Teams.

Good News: U.S. Army Band Conference features SRU's Brian Meixner

Brian Meixner, assistant professor of music at Slippery Rock University, is one of a select number of low brass players from around the world asked to perform at the annual U.S. Army Band Tuba and Euphonium Conference in Washington D.C. The conference is Jan. 27-30.

Good News: SRU's professor's insights part of TV's upcoming 'Haunted Prison'

Paul Kahan, assistant professor of history at Slippery Rock University, will be among those featured in the television documentary "American Paranormal: Haunted Prison."

Good News: SRU graduate advocates for developmentally disabled

Jo Anne Hanahan, a 1976 Slippery Rock University education graduate, is making news helping people, especially those "who fall through the cracks," according to a recent story in the Herald-Mail in Hagerstown, Md.

Good News: PASSHE, PSAC establish Haiti Relief Fund program�

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education has established a relief fund to help coordinate efforts to support victims of the devastating earthquake that struck the island nation earlier this month.

Good News: A Silver Hawks name Rock graduate vice president

Lynn Kachmarik, a 1979 and 1980 Slippery Rock University graduate, has been named vice president and general manager of the South Bend [Ind.] Silver Hawks, a minor league baseball team owned by Major League Baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks.

Good News: '09 graduate wins Thanksgiving running competition

Jaime Wright, a 2009 Slippery Rock University graduate, showed that she had the right stuff when she won her third consecutive Hagerstown [Md.] Community College Turkey Trot Thanksgiving morning.

Good News: Patrick Burkhart pens article for international geology magazine

Patrick Burkhart, Slippery Rock University professor of geography, geology and the environment, is the co-author of the lead article in December's GSA Today, a prestigious monthly magazine for geologists. The article challenges Charles Darwin's hypothesis about the origin of a group of boulders in southern South America.

Good News: University of Minnesota salutes SRU graduate

Joseph Gallian, a 1966 Slippery Rock University graduate has been selected to receive the 2009-10 Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Research at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Good News: SRU graduate discovers first American park while researching

Wilkes-Barre, PA. - Scott Spinucci, documentary filmmaker, media producer and 1991 Slippery Rock University communication graduate, has discovered a national treasure - the first official American park - River Common, located along the Susquehanna Rive in Wilkes-Barre.

Good News: SRU's women's rugby club takes Midwest Championship

Slippery Rock University's women's rugby club, one of Campus Recreation's 26 sport clubs, won the Midwest Championship for the second consecutive year last weekend in Iowa Falls, Iowa.

Good News: Rock lands six on All-Region soccer team; four on All-PSAC

Six Slippery Rock University men's soccer standouts were named to Daktronics NCAA Division II All-Atlantic Regional honors Tuesday, with the announcement coming on the heels that four players had been named to the All Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference team.

Good News: MS3 graduates' 'food forest' plan earns praise

Juliette Jones and Michelle Czolba's idea to convert four empty lots in a struggling Pittsburgh neighborhood into a "food forest" of trees, herbs and fruit-bearing shrubs earned them a profile in Sunday's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Good News: SRU's men's soccer coach earns PSAC's 'Coach of the Year'

Matt Thompson, Slippery Rock University head men's soccer coach and 1998 SRU graduate, was named Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season in All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference voting.

Good News: Who's Who recognizes SRU sustainable systems graduate

William Paul McKinney, a 1996 Slippery Rock University graduate and current architect and project manager at the University of Houston, has been recognized by Cambridge Who's Who for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in all aspects of construction management.

Good News: SRU president signs American College and University Presidents

Robert Smith, president of Slippery Rock University and a longtime proponent of environmental sustainability, today signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment saying, "Slippery Rock University is committed to helping lead the region in reducing global emissions of greenhouse gases, starting with our own campus."�

Good News: SRU's Deighton earns soccer Player of the Year honor

Jeremy Deighton, a Slippery Rock University senior soccer player from Broadview Heights, Ohio, was named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division Player of the Year for the second straight season.

Good News: Kotek, Leighton, win flat-screen TV's through campus campaign

Marcia Kotek, Slippery Rock University human resources benefits and transaction manager, and Laurie Leighton, clerk typist 1 at the Regional Learning Alliance, have won 32-inch, flat-screen TV's through SRU's Campus Family Campaign.

Good News: SRU men's soccer wins PSAC championship; NCAA tournament next

The 12th-ranked Slippery Rock University men's soccer team won the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championship Saturday with a 2-1 win over No. 1 Millersville at N. Kerr Thompson Stadium.

Good News: SRU graduate garners national AD honors

Jack Fullen, a 1963 Slippery Rock University graduate and current athletic director for the Blackhawk School District in Beaver Falls, will receive a National Federation of State High School Associations Citation Dec. 14 in Dallas, Texas, during luncheon festivities at the 40th annual National Athletic Directors Conference sponsored jointly by the NFHS and the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.

Good News: SRU vocal performance majors take honors at tri-state competition

Anna Cypher from Ellwood City and Angela Fenk from Pittsburgh, two senior Slippery Rock University vocal performance majors, won top honors at the recent National Association of Teachers of Singing Tri-State student auditions at the CLO Academy in Pittsburgh.

Good News: Plum High School inducts SRU trustee John Hicks into Hall of Fame

John Hicks, a member of the Slippery Rock University Council of Trustees and a professor emeritus of elementary education and early childhood at SRU, will be inducted into the Plum High School Sports Hall of Fame Nov. 12.

Good News: Kiger named to ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honor

Dana Kiger, an exercise science major and a women's soccer player at Slippery Rock University, was named to third team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honors as voted on and released by the College Sports Information Directors of America last week.

Good News: SRU's Deighton earns first team ESPN The Magazine honors

Jeremy Deighton, a marketing major on Slippery Rock University men's soccer team, was named to first team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honors as voted on and released by the College Sports Information Directors of America last week.

Good News: SRU's Mihalik in Liberty Mutual's 'Coach Insider' project

George Mihalik, Slippery Rock University's most-winning head football coach, was recently featured in the "Coach Insider" project sponsored by Liberty Mutual.

Good News: Good News: SRU men's soccer team clinches playoff berth; ranks 11 in U.S.

The Slippery Rock University men's soccer team, currently ranked 11th in the nation and second in the NCAA Atlantic Region, has clinched its fourth Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference playoff berth in the last five seasons.

Professor's book links physical education, community service

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Marybeth Miller, an assistant professor of physical education at Slippery Rock University, has been using community service-learning as part of her classroom teaching for years. Those experiences are included in her new book written so others can add service learning in their own classroom settings.

SRU Green Fund monies bring lectures, films to campus

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Liberty Merrill, a Slippery Rock University graduate student in the master of sustainable systems program, is at work lining up "green" speakers for spring semester after having been selected to receive funding as part of the University's Green Projects program.

SRU Alumni Association awards $12,500 in scholarship aid

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University Alumni Association Scholarship and Awards Committee has announced that $12,500 in scholarships will be awarded to 14 students as part of the association's ongoing fundraising efforts.

Pa. Collegiate Choral Association Chorus selects 11 SRU students

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Eleven Slippery Rock University music majors have been selected to be part of the 120-voice Pennsylvania Collegiate Choral Association Chorus, directed by renowned conductor Paul Salamunovich, when it performs at the Annual Festival in Clarion University's Marwick-Boyd Auditorium Feb. 6

SRU dance majors join River North's Friday performance

Tenor Timothy Culver plans free SRU guest recital

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Timothy Culver, a tenor and staple in the Great Lakes music scene, will present a free, guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 in Slippery Rock University's Swope Music Hall.

SRU's Angelo Albanese spends semester in 'THIS' program

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Angelo Albanese, a Slippery Rock University safety and environmental management major from Springdale, is spending spring semester in the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources as part of a 15-week internship sponsored by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

Researchers fish for answers

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa.� ��- There is something positively fishy going on at Slippery Rock University - a student-faculty research team in biology is making discoveries about the sophisticated behavior of cichlid fish.

SRU reaches for the STARS

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has taken another step toward greening leadership by registering to participate in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS), a national program for evaluating and improving sustainability education and implementation. SRU is the first Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education institution to participate.

Good News: Alumna logs 400th win as Rowan University softball coach

Kim Wilson, a 1989 Slippery Rock University graduate, recently posted her 400th career win as Rowan University's head softball coach. The victory came against Swarthmore University.

Good News: SRU's athletic training program earns international acclaim

Ireland's Dublin City University, which sends athletic training students to Slippery Rock University and seven other institutions in the U.S. and Canada, has declared SRU its "best placement site" for athletic training education, said Scott Zema, SRU assistant professor of exercise and rehabilitative science.

Good News: SRU graduate C. Vivian Stringer earns hall of fame honors

C. Vivian Stringer, a Slippery Rock University graduate and head women's basketball coach at Rutgers University, has been elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2009.� Fellow class members include National Basketball Association legends Michael Jordan, David Robinson and John Stockton.

Good News: Weiss breaks oldest track record in Rock history

Slippery Rock University senior Jeff Weiss of Avella took down the longest-standing record in SRU track and field history Saturday to lead The Rock men at the Akron Open staged in Akron, Ohio.

Good News: SRU publications manager earns award for outstanding service

For Sandra Busch, publications manager in Slippery Rock University's Office of University Public Relations, the key word is "service." That key has resulted in her being named recipient of the 2009 President's Award for Outstanding Service.

Good News: PittsburghMagazine cites SRU in Top 50 for 'Leave it Green'

Pittsburgh Magazine has named Slippery Rock University's "Leave it Green" project "one of the 50 best eco-friendly finds in our region" as part of its April issue.

Good News: SRU students place in top 18 percent at math competition

For the third consecutive year, Slippery Rock University students have earned meritorious rankings in The Mathematical Contest in Modeling. The four-day competition, staged online, included more than 1,600 student teams from around the world, with the top 18 percent receiving a meritorious ranking.

Good News: Academic Honors Convocation salutes Ali-Zaidi Award nominee

Nicole L. Ritzert, a chemistry major with minors in mathematics and physics who has a perfect 4.0 grade-point average, has been nominated as Slippery Rock University's candidate for the Syed R. Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence presented by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

Good News: SRU graduate enters Greensboro College Athletics Hall of Fame

SRU graduate enters Greensboro College Athletics Hall of Fame

Good News: SRU graduate serves as Classrooms for the Future consultant

Luis Almeida, a 2002 Slippery Rock University graduate and now a professor of communication at Waynesburg University, was recognized by the Pittsburgh Tribune Review as a "Newsmaker" after he was named one of two consultants for the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Classrooms for the Future initiative.

Good News: SRU captures three awards for marketing materials

Slippery Rock University has won three graphic design awards for marketing materials, including a prestigious Gold Award in the Targeted Mail category from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education for an orientation flyer.

Good News: SRU musicians take honors at Pa. Intercollegiate Band Festival

Seven Slippery Rock University music students earned top honors at last weekend's 62nd annual Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band Festival at Allegheny College in Meadville.

Good News: Men's basketball secures long-awaited PSAC tournament berth

For the first time since the 1999-2000 season, the Slippery Rock University men's basketball team has earned a berth in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference's postseason tournament.

Good News: Stephens named PSAC-Western Division

Denell Stephens, Slippery Rock University senior forward from Brooklyn, N.Y.,�was recently named�the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division�men's basketball "Player of the Year."�He also earned second-team All-Atlantic Region honors from�the region's sports information directors.

Good News: 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: Blasko named as PSAC Fall Top Ten Award winner

Slippery Rock University senior�Jen Blasko, an outside hitter on�The Rock�women's volleyball team from Summit Hill,�was named today as a recipient of a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference "Fall Top Ten Award."

Good News: SRU graduate takes Capitol Theatre Center Foundation post

Cheryl Brown, a 1984 Slippery Rock University graduate, has been named to the Capitol Theatre Center Foundation's board of trustees. The foundation is based in Chambersburg.

Good News: SRU graduate earns National Middle School Association award

Karen Brown, principal at Boyce Middle School and 1973 Slippery Rock University secondary education graduate, has been named one of two recipients of the National Middle School Association Distinguished Educator Award. The honor will be presented at the association's annual convention in Colorado.

Good News: SRU graduate named superintendent at Pine-Richland

Mary Bucci, a 1971 Slippery Rock University education graduate, has been named superintendent of the Pine-Richland School District, a northern Pittsburgh suburb.

Good News: SRU cheerleaders place third in national competition

Slippery Rock University's co-ed cheerleading squad has jumped and kicked its way to national prominence, placing third in the Division II component of the UCA/UDA College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship staged in Orlando, Fla.

Good News: 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: SRU student attending�University Presidential Inauguration Conference

Shardea Croes, a sophomore exercise science major at Slippery Rock University from San Nicolas, Aruba, will be among the participants in the University Presidential Inauguration Conference next week in Washington, D.C.

Good News: Magazine names Croes an Ashe Sports Scholar Award 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: 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: SRU's David Dailey and two students earn invite to conference

When the brightest computer graphics minds in the world gather this fall in Silicon Valley for a Google-hosted conference, David Dailey, Slippery Rock University professor of computer science, and two SRU students will be there to present a paper. Dailey will serve on the reviewing committee for other presentations as well.

Good News: 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.

Good News: Danette DiMarco receives President's Award for scholarly work

Danette DiMarco, a professor of English at Slippery Rock University since 1995, is the 2009 recipient of the President's Award for Scholarly Achievement for her work titled "Misfortune's Monsters/The Human�Race': Mina Loy's American Lineage and an Urban Poetry of Economic Deprivation."

Good News: SRU assistant basketball coach leads Virgin Island team to bronze

Jareem Dowling, second-year Slippery Rock University assistant men's basketball coach, has coached the Virgin Islands Under-17 National�team to a bronze-medal finish in the Centrobasket Tournament in Mexico.

Good News: SRU graduate heads basketball program at UNF

Matthew Driscoll, a 1992 Slippery Rock University education graduate, has been named head coach of the men's basketball program at the University of Northern Florida.

Good News: SRU graduate in sustainability is engine for change

The sustainability movement - especially as it relates to food - is moving slowly, but surely, across Pennsylvania, and Greg Boulos, a 1999 master's graduate from Slippery Rock University's sustainable systems program, is clearly an engine driving the trend.

Good News: Trustmark names '90 SRU graduate assistant vice president

Lisa Bovard Fleming, a 1990 Slippery Rock University graduate, has been named assistant vice president for compensation at The Trustmark Companies in Lake Forest, Ill. Trustmark, an insurance holding company, employs 2,500 people nationwide.

Good News: SRU's Gillespie joins on AP Human Geography Reading group

Carol Gillespie, an instructor in Slippery Rock University's geography, geology and the environment department, has been asked to serve as a question leader at the 2009 Advanced Placement Human Geography Reading conference in Lincoln, Neb.

Good News: Three SRU art majors make 'Grade A' at Fe Arts Gallery show

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: SRU distance runner named to PSAC Winter Top-Ten

Jenn Harpp, a Slippery Rock University distance runner from Highland Heights, Ohio, has been named a member of the 2008-09 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Winter Top-Ten.

Good News: Inline Hockey Club at SRU earns top 20 national ranking

The Inline Hockey Club at Slippery Rock University is ranked 19th in the nation for Division II and has clinched a playoff berth for the first time.

Good News: SRU graduate spearheads plan for Osceola Mills park upgrade

Shawn Inlow, once a walk-on soccer player and later 1983 English graduate at Slippery Rock University, is using his soccer talents to start a soccer program for 12-year-olds and upgrade a park in his Osceola Mills community.

SRU gets biofuels processor to turn French fry oil into tractor fuel

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Pour 10 gallons of used French fry oil collected from Slippery Rock University's dining halls in to the processor, add a catalyst and out comes more than nine gallons of diesel fuel ready to power University diesel tractors and lawnmowers. Hold the ketchup!

Pittsburgh Symphony's Cardenes, Ojeda schedule SRU concert

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Andr�s C�rdenes, recognized worldwide as a violin and viola musical phenomenon, Grammy-nominee and soon-to-retire first chair and concertmaster with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, will be joined with Rodrigo Ojeda, principal pianist with the symphony, for a 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 concert at Slippery Rock University.

Slippery Rock Trio presents concert to benefit Baker scholars

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock Piano Trio, including Slippery Rock University faculty members Warren Davidson, Paige Riggs and Nanette Kaplan Solomon, will present an evening of chamber music to benefit the Dwight and Jeane Baker Memorial Scholarship Feb. 21.

SRU's SGA Child Care Center receives $93,920 funding grant

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -The Slippery Rock University Student Government Association Preschool and Child Care Center has been approved for a $93,920 four-year funding grant from the U.S. Department of Education to provide child-care financial assistance to qualifying student parents.

Dance majors step into research roles

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Several Slippery Rock University dance majors are moving to the beat of different rhythms these days. They are researching genres of dance from a cultural and ethnographic viewpoint, gaining valuable experience for a field that increasingly values diversity.

Dean Hannam teaches engagement at national conference

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. �- Susan Hannam, Slippery Rock University dean of the College of Health, Environment and Science, has been invited to present at a national conference on strategies for engaging employees for success.

SRU University Theatre presents Mendez' 'The Old Man's Wings'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - An English translation of Melvin Mendez' play "The Old Man's Wings," completed by Deborah Cohen, Slippery Rock University professor of modern languages and cultures, will open the University theatre department's spring semester stage series.

Good News: SRU student joins St. Patrick's Day festivities

At least one Slippery Rock University student got a head start on celebrating today's St. Patrick's Day with gusto. Hailiegh McGuire, an SRU freshman from Zelienople, served as Miss Smiling Eyes 2009 for last Sunday's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown Pittsburgh.

Good News: SRU musicians take top honors at Chicago jazz festival

The Slippery Rock University Jazz Ensemble and the SRU Jazz Combo I traveled to Chicago's Elmhurst Collegiate Jazz Festival over spring break and brought home 12 Outstanding Awards, including being named the festival's Outstanding Combo.

Good News: SRU graduate leads Highland Area School District

Joseph Latess, a 1978 physical education graduate and a 1986 master's degree graduate of Slippery Rock University, has been hired as Highland Area School District's assistant superintendent and will be become superintendent next June when the incumbent superintendent's contract expires.

Good News: Current, retired SRU music faculty solo with Pittsburgh Symphony

Jeremy Long, assistant professor of music at Slippery Rock University, and Terry Steele, retired associate professor of music, have been selected to present solos when the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presents Ravel's "Bolero" in Pittsburgh's Heinz Hall.

Good News: SRU secondary education graduate gets assistant principal post

Indy Lynn, a 1977 Slippery Rock University secondary education and political science graduate, has been named assistant principal at Connellsville Area High School located in southwest Pennsylvania.

Good News: SRU graduate student leads green sign project

Thanks to Tom Kindling, a Slippery Rock University graduate student from Erie, the Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research has a new sign that utilizes a photovoltaic solar panel and other sustainable features.

Good News: SRU runners participate in Pittsburgh Marathon

The 20th running of the Pittsburgh Marathon May 3 will include a large Slippery Rock University presence -more than 65 students and faculty members plan to participate.

Good News: SRU graduate heads Quaker Valley School's 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: Lipstick, rouge, face paint earn SRU theater major national honor

Kelly McBane, a graduating senior theatre major from Pittsburgh, is the best collegiate makeup designer in the nation, according to officials at the American College Theatre Festival.

Good News: SRU Good News for Feb. 18, 2008

Ten members of Slippery Rock University Student-Pennsylvania State Education Association chapter completed a community-service project earlier this month that included preparing dinner for 40 people, including parents and children, at the Shadyside Ronald McDonald House.

Good News: Student chapter of PSEA lends hand at Ronald McDonald House

Ten members of Slippery Rock University Student-Pennsylvania State Education Association chapter completed a community-service project earlier this month that included preparing dinner for 40 people, including parents and children, at the Shadyside Ronald McDonald House.

Good News: SRU graduate using skills at North Hills Junior High School

� Bill McGahee, who earned his master's degree in elementary education in 2006 and his principal certification in 2008 from Slippery Rock University and has served as a high school English teacher at North Hills Senior High since 2001, has been named assistant principal at North Hills Junior High School.

Good News: SRU honors Merhaut with 'Excellence in Teaching' award

Joseph Merhaut, an assistant professor of special education at Slippery Rock University, has been named recipient of the University's 2009 President's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Good News: SRU baseball coach�earns Butler Sports Hall of Fame spot

Jeff Messer, Slippery Rock University head baseball coach,�will be one of seven members of the Class of 2009 inducted April 25 into the Butler Area Sports Hall of Fame.

Good News: Messer records 750th win as The Rock's head baseball coach

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: Former SRU student, now Miss Ohio-USA, has hopes for bigger crown

Former Slippery Rock University student Natasha Vivoda from Warren, Ohio, has hopes of being crowned Miss USA 2009 at the April 19 competition in Las Vegas.

Good News: 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: Rock graduate receives Top 25 Women in Business award

Jacquelyn Muller, a 1983 and 2001 Slippery Rock University graduate, has been named one of the 2009 Top 25 Women in Business by the Pittsburgh Business Times, Carlow University and National City Bank/PNC.

Good News: Rock graduate leads environmental work for California company

Brad Mullner, a 1996 Slippery Rock University graduate, has been named a project manager for industrial hygiene at California-headquartered Partner Engineering and Science Inc. Partner, which operates five offices in the U.S, provides environmental site assessments services nationwide and in Canada.

Good News: NASA accepts SRU geosciences major into airborne program

James Goetz, a Slippery Rock University environmental geosciences major from Portersville, has been accepted into the NASA 2009 Student Airborne Research Program at the University of California/Irvine.

Good News: UPMC-Presby hires '03 graduate for critical nursing post

Kathryn Darlington-Maine, a 2003 Slippery Rock University graduate, has been named intensive care unit pulmonary and thoracic transplant recovery nurse at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center-Presbyterian.

Good News: Papa, Hendershot earn top regional honors

John Papa, Slippery Rock University head track and field coach, and sophomore Whitney Hendershot from Salamanca, N.Y., have earned top regional honors from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for their efforts during the 2008-09 indoor season.

Good News: Papa earns Coach of the Year track honors

John Papa, Slippery Rock University head track and field coach, has been named Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Women's Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year.

Good News: SRU's Papa, Labor earn top coach honors in Atlantic Region - again

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: Rock students qualify for PASSHE honors program in Europe

Slippery Rock University students Jenny Langenhahn and Bethany Kling have been chosen to participate in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Summers Honors Program. They will study abroad in France and Belgium and spend five days in May discussing European history, politics and culture at Shippensburg University.

Good News: 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: Pittsburgh250 highlights SRU's campus greening success

Pittsburgh 250 Community Connections recently highlighted the success of Slippery Rock University's Green and Growing Initiative during its wrap-up banquet for the regionwide Connector Corps grant program.

Good News: SRU again makes Princeton Review's 'Best Northeast Colleges' list

A "wonderful business school," notable programs in music and physical therapy, residence halls "like palaces" and "excellent education students" were among the top reasons Slippery Rock University was again named one of the 218 best colleges and universities in the Northeast by The Princeton Review.

Good News: SRU teacher candidates help 594 area elementary students read

Twenty-six Slippery Rock University teacher candidates in Cinda Findlan's "Elementary Reading Methods" course changed the lives of 594 Slippery Rock Area Elementary School children by bringing Jumpstart's national "Read for the Record" program to their schools.

Good News: SRU graduate leads $9-million Florida social service agency

One never knows how a scholarship to Slippery Rock University will change a life. Take the case of Robert Rihn, a 1970 SRU graduate who was featured last week in an extensive story in The Ledger, the Lakeland, Fla., newspaper. Rihn is executive director of Tri-County Human Services, a $9-million social service agency in Lakeland.

Good News: Women's rugby club at SRU advances to Elite 8

The women's rugby club at Slippery Rock University defeated the University of Wyoming today in the College Division II Women's National Championships in Orlando, Fla. The team now advances to the Elite 8 and will play the University of Delaware at 3:30 p.m. Saturday for a chance at making the Final Four.

Good News: Jessica Rupell, SRU communication major, delivers

Jessica Rupell, a Slippery Rock University communication major from Gilbertsville and seven-semester dean's list student with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average, has been selected as the speaker for Sunday's Academic Honors Convocation.

Good News: Black Enterprise Magazine names SRU graduate's business to Top 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: Claire Schmieler receives Community Champion award

Claire Schmieler, Slippery Rock University's former assistant vice president of student affairs, has been named a Community Champion by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. She will be honored Feb. 13 for Transitions, a support group for widowed people she developed following the death of her husband, Bob, in 2005.

Good News: Alumna heads prestigious Maryland historical society

Heidi Campbell-Shoaf, a 1990 Slippery Rock University graduate, has been named executive director of the Historical Society of Frederick County, Maryland.�

Good News: SRU computer science board of visitors chair

Barry Skirble, chair of the board of visitors for Slippery Rock University's computer science department, has been named chief technology officer at Four Rivers Software Systems Inc., in Pittsburgh.

Good News: Rock graduate earns Hall of Fame honors for baseball skills

George Spetar, a 1975 Slippery Rock University graduate, has been inducted into the Mercer County Hall of Fame in recognition of his standout baseball career in high school, at SRU and for his service to youth sports.

Good News: Stephens receives PSAC-West 'Player of the Week' honor

Slippery Rock University�senior forward Denell Stephens from Brooklyn, N.Y., was recognized for his stellar efforts last week by being named Monday as the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division "Player of the Week" in basketball.

Good News: '72 Rock graduate becomes president of St. Joseph's College

F. Dennis Riegelnegg, a 1972 Slippery Rock University graduate, has been named president of St. Joseph's College in Indiana. He starts July 1 as the Catholic institution's third lay president.

Good News: SRU volunteers raise $17,470 for St. Jude in 'Up 'til 2' event

An estimated 200 Slippery Rock University students stayed up until 2 a.m. having fun last Nov. 21 in the second annual "Up 'til 2' event for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. - and raised $17,470 in the process.

Good News: SRU's Kayla Blackburn sets women's tennis win record

Kayla Blackburn, a Slippery Rock University marketing major from Alum Bank, became the University's all-time leader in�career wins by a women's tennis student-athlete last Sunday.

SRU's GCAC plans seminar on COSTARS Program

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Government Contracting Assistance Center will host a free "Understanding the COSTARS Program" seminar from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 18 at the Veterans Medical Center in Butler.

Good News: SRU graduate shows butterflies are free - and fun

Sometimes a simple classroom project makes a lot of people happy, and makes the news.

Good News: Six women, four men earn USTFCCCA All-Academic honors

Six members of the Slippery Rock University women's track and field program and four men from the men's track and field team have been named to U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division II All-Academic honors.

Good News: Harpp named PSAC Female Track Athlete of the Week

Jenn Harpp, a junior from Highland Heights, Ohio, and a member of the SRU women's indoor track and field team, was named the PSAC "Female Track Athlete of the Week" by the conference for her performance in the recent Slippery Rock University Open.

Good News: Four in a row: Rock women cruise to PSAC Championship

The Slippery Rock University women's track and field team won its fourth consecutive Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field championship Saturday. The Rock led wire-to-wire, taking the lead after Thursday's opening events.

Good News: Millvale honors SRU alumnus and Hall of Famer Paul Uram

Paul Uram, a 1949 SRU graduate, was recently honored as an honorary citizen and had a day�named in his honor by the borough of Millvale.

Good News: Coach pins rivals, wins 400th team wrestling meet

Charles "Chuck" Tursky, a 1980 Slippery Rock University graduate and the wrestling coach at Kiski Area High School, recently won his 400th career victory as a coach. The victory ranks him second in Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League history.

Good News: Reynolds receives PSAC-West 'Coach of the Year' honor

First-year Slippery Rock University men's basketball head coach Kevin Reynolds�was�named Wednesday as the recipient of the 2008-09�Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division "Coach of the Year" honor.

Good News: SRU senior earns scholarship to Case Western medical school

Jeremy Gebhart, a Slippery Rock University exercise science major from New Castle, has been admitted to Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine on a scholarship valued at $80,000.

Good News: Two SRU track and field standouts earn All-America honors

enn Harpp of Highland Heights, Ohio, and Whitney Hendershot of Salamanca, N.Y., both Slippery Rock University women's track and field standouts, earned All-America honors at the recent NCAA Indoor Track and Field National Championships at the University of Houston.

Good News: 1,341 students will graduate Saturday

The last "Good News" story for spring semester is that 1,341 diplomas will be awarded at Slippery Rock University's Saturday commencement ceremonies.

SRU trustees recommend contract extension for President Smith

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University trustees today voted unanimously to submit a letter to Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Chancellor John Cavanaugh recommending that SRU President Robert Smith's contract be extended.

University names Carlson sustainability officer

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University President Robert Smith today named Herb Carlson, assistant vice president for construction, design and management, as the senior officer for institutional sustainability initiatives.

SRU students bring air quality research down to earth

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University students are measuring air pollutants, researching their terrestrial origins and studying the relationship between air quality and weather at the University's new Weather and Air Quality Observatory. Students say the observatory gives them valuable experience with high-tech equipment and that ultimately their findings will help the University community become more sustainable.

Concepts of sustainability could apply across the curriculum at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Langdon Smith, associate professor of geography, geology and the environment at Slippery Rock University, will use the $4,150 SRU Green Fund Grant he was awarded to help share the concepts of sustainability across the academic curriculum and into many SRU classes.

'Cherry Pie Hike' steps off from SRU's Old Stone House

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Old Stone House will celebrate the birthday of the nation's first president, George Washington, with its annual "Cherry Pie Hike" at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Good News: CNN's Anderson Cooper features SRU's Richard Wukich tonight

Richard Wukich, Slippery Rock University professor of art, is among those spotlighted tonight on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360�" special "CNN HEROES: Saving Haiti." The special airs at 10 p.m. today and is to be rebroadcast throughout the weekend on the cable news channel.

Good News: SRU's Angelo Albanese spends semester in 'THIS' program

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Angelo Albanese, a Slippery Rock University safety and environmental management major from Springdale, is spending spring semester in the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources as part of a 15-week internship sponsored by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

Good News: SRU graduate publishes 'Our State Parks' book

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Christopher Rolinson, a 2000 Slippery Rock University art graduate, now a photojournalism professor at Point Park University, has recently completed a four-year project documenting western Pennsylvania's state parks, wildlife and forest preserves.

Good News: SRU professor emeritus gets role in FSN Penguins commercial

Those tuning into FSN Pittsburgh on cable television today and Wednesday may see a familiar face touting the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Good News: SRU's Harpp, Deighton named to PSAC Fall Top 10

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - Two Slippery Rock University seniors, Jen Harpp of Highland Heights, Ohio, and Jeremy Deighton of Broadview Heights, Ohio, have been named to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Fall Top 10 in recognition of their outstanding accomplishments in the classroom and in athletics last fall.

Good News: SRU alumni join 2010 Olympics in Vancouver

When the 2010 Olympics open Friday in Vancouver, at least two Slippery Rock University alumni will be there.

Good News: SRU gradate leads Canton's Early Childhood Resource Center

Scott Hasselman, a 1984 Slippery Rock University social work graduate, is the new executive director of the Early Childhood Resource Center in Canton, Ohio.

Good News: SRU graduate heads Virginia Museum of Natural History

Joe Keiper, a 1993 Slippery Rock University master's degree graduate in health, physical education and parks and recreation graduate, has been named executive director of the Virginia Museum of Natural History at Martinsville

Good News: SRU graduate joins inaugural class of Pa. addiction counselors

Charlie Fischer, a 1984 Slippery Rock University master's degree graduate in counseling psychology, has been recognized by the Pennsylvania Certification Board as a member of the first class of certified addictions counselors in Pennsylvania.

Good News: SRU graduate receives Carnegie Science Center award

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. �- Beth Cooper, a 1993 and 1999 Slippery Rock University graduate, has received the 2010 Elementary Educator Award from the Carnegie Science Center. The award honors an educator who inspires students to understand and appreciate science.

Good News: '71 Rock graduate earns Citizen of the Year honors

James Hawkins, a 1971 Slippery Rock University graduate, has been named Citizen of the Year by the Venango County Chamber of Commerce. Hawkins coaches youth baseball and golf and serves with the Oil City Jaycees, Oil City Kiwanis Club, Oil City Parking Authority and is a former board member for the Slippery Rock University Foundation Inc.

Good News: SRU's Fusco garners second team All-America honors

PITTSBURG, Kans. - Brandon Fusco, a Slippery Rock University safety and environmental management major from Cranberry Township, was named Monday to Don Hansen's Football Gazette NCAA Division II All-America second-team honors.

Good News: SRU student's idea brings help to Johnstown's autistic children�

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Johnstown [Pa.] YMCA will soon be offering a program to autistic children to get them moving thanks to a suggestion and planning by Heather Grace, a Slippery Rock University exercise science major from Rockwood.

Good News: SRU graduate earns 'Woman of Year' honors at WMU

KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Jody Brylinsky, a Slippery Rock University 1977 undergraduate and 1979 master's degree recipient, has been selected as the 2010 Woman of the Year by Western Michigan University and the Varsity "W" Club board of directors.

Good News: 'Let's put on a show' idea includes SRU graduate's work

Alison Seidenstricker, a 2002 Slippery Rock University dance graduate, had one of her choreographies included in a recent special program at the Braverson Theater in McKees Rocks.

Good News: SRU graduate leads six into UPJ Hall of Fame

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. � Jodi Gault, a 1979 physical education Slippery Rock University graduate, honored last week at SRU, will be among six individuals inducted into the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown Athletics Hall of Fame during April 17 ceremonies at the Pitt-Johnstown Living/Learning Center.����

Good News: USA Water Polo honors former SRU coach Doc Hunkler

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. - Richard "Doc" Hunker, professor emeritus of computer science at Slippery Rock University, was honored Saturday by USA Water Polo with the establishment of the Doc Hunkler Distinguished Women's Coaching Award. The award will be presented annually to the top scholastic coach in the nation.

Good News: SRU dance graduate makes appearance on ABC's 'GMA'

Rebecca Langguth, a 2002 Slippery Rock University graduate who earned beauty pageant honors in November, has been invited to appear on ABC's "Good Morning America."

Good News: SRU graduate turns caveman mentality into $10,000 prize

Kevin Dobson, a 2008 Slippery Rock University sport management graduate, has discovered having a caveman mentality can be profitable. In fact, it earned him $10,000 in the Verizon FIoS "Ultimate Man Cave" makeover contest.

Students improve lives with 'I Can Do It' research

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - More than 40 Slippery Rock University students are involved as participants in a research study to better understand the effectiveness of the federal "I Can Do It, You Can Do It" mentoring program that partners students with community individuals with disabilities for weekly physical activity sessions. SRU, a national role model for the program, helped the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services expand the program to eight other sites around the country.

It's not a paparazzi invasion, just SRU student photojournalists

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - It may appear a crop of paparazzi has blossomed on the Slippery Rock University campus, but in fact, it is just 20 photojournalism students meeting their class requirements.

SGA's bus, NextBus service proves hit with riders

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -The wheels on the bus are going round, round, round and the bus is full, full, full according to a report from Tyson Johnston, vice president of public relations for Slippery Rock University's Student Government Association.

SRU Flute Choirs plan winter program with children in mind

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Parents looking for entertainment for their preschool- and elementary-age children in the depths of winter are invited to join the Slippery Rock University Flute Choirs for some light entertainment at 2 p.m. Feb. 27 in Swope Music Hall.

SRU research fair draws tomorrow's scientists

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -Slippery Rock University will host nearly 550 junior high and high school science students for the Region IX Meeting of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Feb. 27. Students will compete for two scholarships and other cash awards worth nearly $25,000.

Guest lecturer encourages philosophical inquiry

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. ��- Thomas Jackson, professor of philosophy at The University of Hawai'i, will give two lectures at Slippery Rock University Monday and Tuesday to provide pointers for encouraging children to pursue philosophical inquiry at school.

Slippery Rock University Graduate List and Dean's List Fall 2009

Fall 2009 graduate and dean's lists.

SRU serves as node for statewide expansion of broadband service

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has been selected to serve as a node, or hub, for the $130,000+ Pennsylvania Research and Education Network. �The $130,000+ project will bring more than 4,000 miles of fiber optic networks statewide allowing for affordable, enhanced broadband services to a variety of users.

SRU students raise record $50,070 for St. Jude's Children's Hospital

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University residence hall students proved that if you stay up until 2 a.m. on a Friday night you can raise $57,070 for St. Jude's Children Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., and have fun.

SRU students forego beaches for spring break service projects

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Sixty-five Slippery Rock University students and their faculty or staff advisers will spend spring break lending a hand as volunteers in cities across the U.S., as part of the University's annual Care Break program.

AVI wins Slippery Rock University foodservice provider contract

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - AVI Fresh, the campus contract food vendor at Slippery Rock University since 2002 has been awarded a new contract to continue providing food services for the campus following a unanimous vote of the University's eight-member review committee.

Marchand gets nod for President's Award for Teaching Excellence

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -Glowing recommendations and accolades from Slippery Rock University mathematics students and alumni, strong support from fellow faculty and an ability to make difficult concepts understandable have earned Richard Marchand, associate professor of mathematics, this year's President's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Chemistry majors hit big time with cancer research

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University chemistry majors are contributing to one of science's most important endeavors - the effort to conquer cancer. Students are researching the influence of various chemicals and proteins on cancer cells, hoping to shed light on whether chemicals could be used to slow or prevent the growth of cancer cells.

Eliott Baker receives SRU President's Award for Outstanding Service

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Keeping track of the academic credits, individual courses undertaken, grades earned, credits added, home addresses, campus addresses, phone numbers - both cell and landline - of 8,648 current Slippery Rock University students, and the same information for more than 61,000 alumni is the responsibility of this year's recipient of the President's Award for Outstanding Service - Eliott Baker.

SRU's Forbes earns patent for indigenous medicine work

SLIPPERY ROCK, PA. - Sometimes there is just enough truth in folklore and home remedies on which a serious scientist can base a cure. Such is the case for Wayne Forbes, assistant professor of biology at Slippery Rock University, who has been awarded a U.S. Patent for his isolation of a compound that kills an often-fatal intestinal parasitic roundworm called "threadworm."�

Student researchers explore solar energy advances

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Jesse Pattison's path toward reducing the carbon footprint began in his boyhood. The Slippery Rock University physics major grew up in Titusville, where non-renewable oil was first drilled in 1859. Early on, he became fascinated with exploring solar energy - "capturing sunlight and converting it," he said.

Budding scientists, determined students win SRU/PJAS honors

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Two budding scientists won four-year scholarships to Slippery Rock University and two science students who overcame obstacles in mounting their research were honored when the University hosted the Region IX Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science annual meeting last weekend.

282 SRU students use spring break as study abroad opportunity

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Nearly 300 Slippery Rock University students will use their spring break to expand their world knowledge through trips to 11 countries as part of their spring semester classwork.

Slippery Rock University students put safety first with Hazwoper training

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Tyler Bean, a Slippery Rock University safety and environmental management major, said he knows hazardous waste managers are like police officers - their jobs involve life-threatening risk. That's one of the reasons Bean will participate in specialized Hazwoper training at Slippery Rock University March 10.

Four-part SRU series to examine 'Diversity and Democracy'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will offer a universitywide, four-part, educational series titled "Diversity and Democracy at SRU: Identification, Development, and Expression of our Selves and our Communities," as a way of publicly engaging the community on important campus issues.

SRU students step up to help Saint Lucia

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - As the third daughter to attend college in her family, Kate Hepner, a Slippery Rock University education major from Bellevue, said the financial strain is ready to boil over.� But she still wants to do her part to help those facing even greater difficulty.

Barrage brings fiddles, guitar, bass, drums and fun to SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Barrage, a high-octane fiddle-fest featuring an international, multi-talented cast performing an eclectic mix of music, song and dance, comes to Slippery Rock University at 7:30 p.m. March 20.

Good News: SRU volleyball team raises $2,539 in 2009 'Dig for the Cure'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University women's volleyball team raised $2,539 for the Susan G.�Komen Foundation through its fourth annual "Dig for the Cure" campaign, bringing its four-year total to $16,471.

Good News: Two SRU theatre majors take Kennedy Center program awards

Maya Ogasawara, a Slippery Rock University theatre major and international student from Japan, took top honors in the Region II and Regional Best Costume Design and Best Costume Design Awards for her designs for "Cymbeline," and Kelly Myers, a theatre major from Natrona Heights, was named a finalist for her costume designs used in the theatre department's "Hedda Gabler" production.

Good News: Sunday PCN book program features SRU history professor

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Paul Kahan, Slippery Rock University assistant professor of history, will be featured on the Pennsylvania Cable Network's "PA Books" program airing at 9 p.m. Sunday when he discusses his book "Eastern State Penitentiary: A History."

Good News: SRU's Model NATO team takes Washington, D.C., conference honors

Eight Slippery Rock University students represented the University and Norway at the recent 25th National Model NATO Conference in Washington, D.C., and were honored with awards for their work.

Good News: Women's ice hockey club captures division crown

The women's ice hockey club team at Slippery Rock University, in only its third season of American Collegiate Hockey Association Delaware Valley Collegiate Hockey Conference competition, upset the top tournament's top two seeds in succession last weekend to win its first-ever DVCHC Division II championship.

Good News: Rock lands eight on All-Academic team

NEW ORLEANS - Six members of the Slippery Rock University women's cross country team and two members of the men's squad have been named to the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division II All-Academic team.

Good News: SRU financial aid director's service dog, Josie, is finalist

Josie, Patty Hladio's service dog, is a finalist in Bissell's Most Valuable Pet Contest, sponsored by Bissell, the vacuum and rug cleaner manufacturer. The program offers cash awards that could benefit SRU's Storm Harbor Equestrian Center.

Good News: Rock sends four to national championships

ALBUQUERQUE - Slippery Rock University will be represented by four student-athletes at the 2010 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field National Championships next weekend. Two members each of The Rock's men's and women's teams were accepted into the championships Wednesday.

Good News: SRU political science major interns with US-Ukraine Foundation

Lauren Wilhelm, a Slippery Rock University senior majoring in political science, is spending spring semester as an intern with the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation in Washington, D.C., as part of the Washington Center Internship Program.

Annual 'Prism' concert shines light on SRU saxophonist

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's music department will present its Prism 2010 concert as a surround-sound event at 7:30 p.m. March 27 in Miller Auditorium and will showcase �Sean Murphy. Murphy is a music education major and this year's winner of the SRU Wind Ensemble Concert Competition.

SRU music department offers masterclass by Cynthia Hansell-Bakic

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Cynthia Hansell-Baki�, American-Croatian soprano and professor of voice at the Academy in Zagreb, Croatia, will present a vocal masterclass at 3 p.m. Saturday in Slippery Rock University's Swope Music Hall.

Great Lakes region tenor Timothy Culver sings Sunday in Swope

� SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Timothy Culver, a tenor and staple in the Great Lakes music scene, will present a free, guest recital at 2 p.m. Sunday in Slippery Rock University's Swope Music Hall.

Dailey wins SRU's Scholarly and Creative Achievement Award

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - When anyone working on scalable vector graphics hears, "He wrote the book" they are talking about David Dailey, Slippery Rock University professor of computer science and this year's recipient of the President's Award for Scholarly and Creative Achievement.

SRU Concert Choir, string players join Mormon Tabernacle organist

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Five Slippery Rock University string students, the 50-member SRU Concert Choir and Richard Elliott, principal organist for the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City will perform with the St. Paul's Episcopal Church Chancel Choir for a concert featuring works by composer Maurice Durufl�.

SRU student researchers counter lies about body image

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. �- Anna Antramsaid it is "really heartbreaking" to watch someone you love struggle with an eating disorder and poor body image. The Slippery Rock University psychology major from Lock Haven has a good friend who has been dealing with an anorexia-type disorder since middle school.

SRU Holocaust Remembrance lecture features Jud Newborn

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Jud Newborn, co-author of "Sophie Scholl and The White Rose," will deliver Slippery Rock University's annual Holocaust Remembrance lecture at 4 p.m. April 1.

'In Sisterhood' display opens Women's History Month

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "In Sisterhood: The Women's Movement in Pittsburgh," an oral history project will open at Slippery Rock University March 15. The project is designed to promote a deeper understanding and appreciation of this inspiring aspect of the region's history and to highlight how progress was achieved through the hard work and determination of a diverse group of local grassroots activists.

March 30 'Diversity and Democracy' event features Fries-Britt

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Sharon Fries-Britt, associate professor of higher education at the University of Maryland, will be the speaker for the second installment of Slippery Rock University's four-part, educational series "Diversity and Democracy at SRU: Identification, Development, and Expression of our Selves and our Communities" March 30.

Good News: Good grades earn SRU cross country teams All-Academic honors

NEW ORLEANS - The Slippery Rock University men's and women's cross country teams have been named All-Academic squads by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Good News: Hansen earns top regional track, field honor

NEW ORLEANS - Jen Hansen, Slippery Rock University senior pole vault standout from Charleston, W. Va., has been selected as the Atlantic Region Female Field Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Good News: University Public Relations wins five CUPPIE awards

Slippery Rock University's Office of Public Relations has won five College and University Public Relations Association of Pennsylvania Awards for creative excellence in marketing. No other institution in the state received as many CUPPIE awards from CUPRAP, an organization that supports public relations in higher education.

Good News: SRU graduate takes brigadier general post at Maryland base

Col. Kevin Jacobsen, a 1980 Slippery Rock University graduate, has been named a brigadier general-commander for the U.S. Air Force Office�of Special Investigation at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.

Good News: SRU's Hansen takes third at nationals; fifth All-America Honor

ALBUQUERQUE - Jen Hansen, a senior from Charleston, W. Va., earned her fifth career All-America honor with a third-place finish in the pole vault at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field National Championships last Friday.

Good News: SRU's PCEE director receives 2010 PAEE Keystone Award

Kathleen Paul, director of the Pennsylvania Center for Environmental Education, administered by Slippery Rock University, has been named the 2010 recipient of the Keystone Award by the Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators.

Good News: '96 graduate earns honors for ecological architecture leadership

William McKinney, a Slippery Rock University master of science in sustainable systems graduate, has been recognized by Cambridge Who's Who for demonstrating leadership and excellence in ecological construction. Cambridge Who's Who, which includes 500,000 members nationwide, is an online networking platform.

April 17 WPUPC conference at SRU features psychology historian

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - David B. Baker, the Margaret Clark Morgan director of the archives of the History of American Psychology and a professor of psychology at the University of Akron, will be the keynote speaker when Slippery Rock University hosts the 38th Annual Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference April 17.

SRU joins national 'RecycleMania' challenge

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will join more than 600 universities across the nation to observe "RecycleMania" April 5-9, including competition in the residence halls to find which hall can generate the largest percentage of recyclables.

SRU's Green & WHite Society shows 'Campus Clean Up' spirit

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Green & White Society will sponsor a 2010 Campus Clean Up campaign beginning at 9:30 a.m. April 10.

SRU's Kaleidoscope features diverse arts entertainment

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's April 14-25 Kaleidoscope Arts Festival will plant a large flag for the arts and multiculturalism. Dynamic programming with an international focus will be offered, including Caribbean, Native American, African, Brazilian and Japanese performance art. Music and dance concerts, student theatre, a Children's Day program and a life-size Kaleidoscope sculpture will enhance the sensory experience for attendees of all ages.

SRU adds summer term for special education graduate students

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - An increased demand by Slippery Rock University graduate students studying special education as well as educators seeking a master's degree or a way to expand their teacher certification has resulted in the addition of a special four-week summer program offering online special education courses.

Computer science research produces super results

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Anthony Christie, a Slippery Rock University computer science major from Somerset, said he is building the next big thing - a "poor man's supercomputer." Kelly Smith, a computer science major from Grove City, said he is working on a computer that solves puzzles "like a human."

New health care law has impact for SRU students

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The federal health care bill signed into law Tuesday by President Obama and the reconciliation legislation expected to be passed by the U.S. Senate are affecting a number of Slippery Rock University students - but not in the way one might expect.

SRU senior earns runner-up post for PASSHE's Syed Ali-Zaidi Award

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Seth Sykora-Bodie, a political science, geography and French major at Slippery Rock University, and the University's nominee for the Syed Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence, has been named a co-runner-up for the award and will be honored April 12 at SRU's annual Academic Honors Convocation.

SRU Alumni Association names Young Alumni Award winners

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Four Slippery Rock University graduates will be honored as 2010 SRU Alumni Association Young Alumni Award winners at the association's annual awards dinner April 17.

SCJ names Rocket editor National Student Journalist of the Year

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Josh Rizzo always loved newspapers. The editor-in-chief of The Rocket at Slippery Rock University recalls buying papers when his peers in grade school were collecting baseball cards and Hot Wheels.

SRU Alumni Association names Outstanding Senior Man, Senior Woman

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Todd Englander, an elementary education/early childhood and dance major from Wantagh, N.Y., and Krystal Daniels, an exercise science major from New Middletown, Ohio, have been named the 2010 Outstanding Senior Man and Outstanding Senior Woman respectively by the Slippery Rock University Alumni Association.

Good News: SRU softball player catches National Player of the Week Honor

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Jessica Kortz a Slippery Rock University health science and public health major from Charleston, W. Va., was named today as the Louisville Slugger Division II National Player of the Week by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. She is the first SRU softball player to be named to the national honor.

Good News: SRU's Brian Crow appears in Family Circle magazine

When Family Circle magazine needed an expert source for an article about preventing teen hazing, it turned to Brian Crow, a Slippery Rock University associate professor of sport management.

Good News: SCJ names Rocket editor National Student Journalist of the Year

Josh Rizzo always loved newspapers. The editor-in-chief of The Rocket at Slippery Rock University recalls buying papers when his peers in grade school were collecting baseball cards and Hot Wheels

Good News: SRU graduate's step project sends students around the earth

Jonathan Despot, 2008 Slippery Rock University health and physical education graduate and a current master's degree student who is now teaching at Altoona [Pa.] Area Junior High School, knows that any project begins with the first step.

Good News: SRU graduate keeps Lancaster County skaters on their blades

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Anyone ice skating at Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster County can thank 2008 Slippery Rock University graduate Ed Snyder.

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.

Good News: SRU education majors provide third graders movie, popcorn, fun

A crew of Slippery Rock University education majors undertaking their student-teaching work with Aliquippa School District third graders teamed up to make sure the student's hard work in preparing for the required Pennsylvania System of School Assessment exams did not go unrewarded.

Good News: SRU counseling major wins runner up honor in essay contest

Candice Roberson, a Slippery Rock University graduate student in school counseling from Slippery Rock, has been honored by the American Counseling Association as runner up in the Ross Trust Graduate Student Essay Competition.

Good News: Rock women's tennis earns PSAC runner-up honor

The Rock women's tennis team earned the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference runner-up honor for the second time in the past three seasons last weekend in Bloomsburg.

Good News: SRU Alumni Association names Englander Outstanding Senior Man

Todd Englander, an elementary education/early childhood and dance major from Wantagh, N.Y., is the 2010 Outstanding Senior Man as selected by the Slippery Rock University Alumni Association.

Good News: SRU Alumni Association names Outstanding Senior Woman����

Krystal Daniels, an exercise science major from New Middletown, Ohio, has been selected as the 2010 Outstanding Senior Woman by the Slippery Rock University Alumni Association.

Good News: SRU's Thomas Flynn earns ECA distinguished teaching honor

BALTIMORE, Md. - Thomas Flynn, professor and chair of the Slippery Rock University communication department, received the "Distinguished Teaching Fellowship Award" from the Eastern Communication Association at its 2010 convention at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore.

Good News: Four members of SRU softball team earn All-PSAC-West honors

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. �Four members of the Slippery Rock University softball team have earned All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division honors.

Good News: SRU exercise science students lend hand at 'Healthy Kids Day'

Students in Slippery Rock University's "Exercise Leadership" class, taught by Susan Herman, assistant professor of exercise and rehabilitative sciences, were among 35 local agencies participating in the recent Healthy Kids Day at the Grove City YMCA.

Good News: Four members of SRU softball team earn All-PSAC-West honors

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. �Four members of the Slippery Rock University softball team have earned All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division honors.

SRU OKs five additional green projects

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University President Robert Smith has approved five additional "green" projects that will benefit the campus and the environment. The projects recommended by the Green Fund Advisory Board total $29,286.

SRU earns kudos for attention to building, grounds maintenance

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Efforts by Slippery Rock University's Office of Facilities and Planning to decrease energy consumption costs, balance staffing levels with service-level expectations and decrease deferred maintenance were lauded in an extensive Return on Physical Assets report prepared by Sightlines, a national benchmarking firm.

Students research Milky Way, build their own OLED light

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Astronomers have been gazing toward the heavens in search of knowledge since ancient times.� Slippery Rock University students Christine Carmichael and Chanel Jackson expanded their understanding of space by researching the characteristics of the most famous galaxy, the Milky Way.

SRU music department awards scholarships

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University music department awarded nearly $10,000 in scholarships during ceremonies May 2 in Swope Music Hall.

SRU's Cindy LaCom earns Sunshine Peace Award

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Cindy LaCom, professor of English and director of the Women's Studies Program at Slippery Rock University, has been named a Sunshine Peace Award winner by the Sunshine Peace Foundation founded by Doris Buffett.

SRU honors student earns U.S. State Department scholarship

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Seth Sykora-Bodie, a political science, geography and French major and honors student at Slippery Rock University, has been selected from nearly 5,300 applicants as one of 575 undergraduate and graduate students to receive a U.S. Department of State Critical-Need Language Scholarship.

Good News: University adds 60 open parking spaces

The closing of Kraus Hall, while sad for some former residents, is bringing a welcome benefit to the Slippery Rock University community - more parking. The 60 spaces, formerly reserved for Kraus residents, have been converted to open parking for students, commuters, faculty and staff. Vehicles parking at Kraus must display a valid University parking sticker or they will be ticketed.

Good News: SRU education major is also queen of the fair

In addition to studying as a special education and elementary education major, Slippery Rock University sophomore Tiffany Thayer from Linesville, will be spending the next year making appearances at schools, churches and business promoting the Crawford County Fair.

Good News: SRU's Jen Blasko earns regional Scholar-Athelete honor

Jen Blasko, a Slippery Rock University graduate student in physical therapy and a women's volleyball standout as an undergraduate, was named this week as the 2008-09 NCAA Division II Conference Commissioners' Association's Atlantic Region female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Commissioner Steve Murray made the announcement.

Good News: SRU art graduate helps special needs adults at Sunbury YMCA

Heaven Felmy, a July Slippery Rock University art graduate from Selinsgrove, has been named the private art instructor for adults with special needs at the YMCA Arts Center in Sunbury.

Good News: SRU faculty member, students take roles in regional organization

Susan Hadley, Slippery Rock University associate professor of music, has been elected student affairs adviser for the Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Music Therapy Students and two SRU students have been elected to the association's executive board.

Good News: Lessons learned at SRU keep graduate in shape and healthy

Matthew Jackson, a 2001 Slippery Rock University sport management graduate, learned his lessons well as a student. According to a story on readingeagle.com, he's still practicing the exercise regime he did at SRU, even while working as a Crazy Hot Dog vendor for the Reading Phillies, a minor league baseball team in Reading.

Good News: National magazine profiles May theatre graduate

Kelly McBane, a May Slippery Rock University theatre graduate and award-winning makeup artist, is profiled in the most recent edition of Makeup Magazine. McBane is a fellow at the Contemporary American Theatre Company of Columbus, Ohio.

Good News: SRU's Stringer enters Basketball Hall of Fame tonight

C. Vivian Stringer, a 1970 and 1973 Slippery Rock University physical education graduate and the current head women's basketball coach at Rutgers University, will be enshrined tonight in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

Good News: SRU graduate's 'Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow' campaign wins honors

Slippery Rock University communication graduate Doreen M. Poreba, president of PR Czar Inc. in Florida, hopped on a project for the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast and bounced off with the Award of Distinction and a Judges' Award from the Florida Public Relations Association.

Good News: SRU graduate nabs Wall of Achievement honors

Art Steves, a 1958 Slippery Rock University graduate and a 26-year wresting coach, will be honored Friday by Union City High as part of its second class of Wall of Achievement honorees.

Good News: SRU's Steele takes committee chair with National Flute Association

Stacey Steele, Slippery Rock University assistant professor of music, has been named chair of the National Flute Association's pedagogy committee as a result of her work with the association's National Flute Convention.

Good News: SRU health education graduate leads Sussex Tech High

Michael Firch, a 1992 Slippery Rock University health education graduate, has been named the new assistant principal at Sussex [Del.] Tech High School.

Good News: SRU adds accolade with citation from service-learning guide

Slippery Rock University has added another entry to its fall semester list of national accolades by being included in the 2009 edition of "Beyond the Books, Guide to Service-Learning at Colleges &�Universities," which profiles the nation's top institutions for service learning.

Good News: SRU's history honorary captures Best Chapter Award

For the second�year in a row, the Rho Iota Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honorary at Slippery Rock University, has received the Best Chapter Award for III Division colleges and universities.

Good News: SRU PR graduate takes job at Caqnonsburg General Hospital

Acacia J. Svonavec, a 2006 Slippery Rock University graduate, has been named director of public relations/guest relations and volunteer services at Canonsburg General Hospital.

Good News: SRU music professor to be center stage at Pittsburgh's G20

When world leaders, including U.S. President Barack Obama, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Russia's Dmitry Medvedev, and others in Pittsburgh for the G20 gather tonight in Heinz Field's Great Hall, Slippery Rock University's Music Professor Stephen Hawk will be front and center.

Good News: NKT Fall Classic Golf Scramble 'Sellout' boosts scholarship fund

Friday's NKT Fall Classic Golf Scramble, co-hosted by the Slippery Rock University Athletic and Alumni Affairs offices, will have a full field of competitors and bring opportunities for a substantial boost in SRU Scholarship Fund, said Bill Richter, athletic development officer.

Good News: SRU history professor's book takes him to Joe McCarthy honor

One never knows where writing a book may lead. Alan Levy, Slippery Rock University history professor, found his work taking him to Niagara University last week to accept posthumous honors for baseball great Joe McCarthy, the subject of Levy's 2005 book "Joe McCarthy: Architect of the Yankee Dynasty."

Good News: NCAA ranks SRU fourth in Division II Super Regional I poll

Slippery Rock University was ranked fourth in the first NCAA Division II Super Region I football ranking released Monday by the NCAA office.

Good News: NCAA ranks SRU fourth in Division II Super Region I poll

Slippery Rock University was ranked fourth in the first NCAA Division II Super Region I football ranking released Monday by the NCAA office.

Good News: SRU campus rates in nation's Top 25 Safe Campus report

Slippery Rock University has been named one of the safest university campuses in the nation by The Daily Beast. SRU was listed at No. 14.

Good News: '09 SRU gradute joins Teach for America corps program

Larry Brink, a 2009 Slippery Rock University graduate and former Student Government Association president, has been accepted into the prestigious Teach for America program. Teach for America is a national teacher corps of outstanding recent college graduates who commit to teaching for two years in low-income urban or rural schools.

Good News: 14 SRU employees earn Supervisory Development Certificates

Fourteen Slippery Rock University employees were recently presented Supervisory Development Certificates after attending eight classes over a 24-month period offered by SRU's Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity/Human Resources.

Good News: SRU graduate teaches in Mexico City; introduces cricket to class

When Kelly Conron, who graduated from Slippery Rock University last spring as a physical education major, was taking her own physical education classes, she never expected her coursework would take her to Mexico City, let alone a second trip that would see her introduce the sport of cricket to students at the American School Foundation.

Good News: SRU environmental studies major presents at Powershift Conference

Rachel DeWolf, a senior environmental studies major at Slippery Rock University and an organizer for the campus Leave It Green organization, will be a presenter at this weekend's Powershift Pennsylvania Conference at Pennsylvania State University. Four other SRU students and Neil Durco, a 2008 SRU graduate, will also attend.

Good News: Campus Family Campaign continues, names second winner

As the Campus Family Campaign at Slippery Rock University continues to draw more participants, the campaign also has a second Giant Eagle Gift Certificate winner. John Chuhra, plumbing foreman in facilities and planning, won $20 in vouchers Friday. Gift certificates will be awarded every other Friday.

Good News: SRU graduate leads athletics, residence life at Pitt-Titusville

Sean Patrick O'Neill, a 1999 Slippery Rock University bachelor of science graduate, has been named athletic director and director of residence life activities at the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville.

Good News: SRU men's soccer team clinches playoff berth; ranks 11 in U.S.

The Slippery Rock University men's soccer team, currently ranked 11th in the nation and second in the NCAA Atlantic Region, has clinched its fourth Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference playoff berth in the last five seasons.

Good News: SRU in good company on 'Saviors of Our Cities' national report

Slippery Rock University is among national institutions of higher learning included in the recent "Saviors of Our Cities - Honor Roll" national ranking report released by Evan S. Dobelle at the recent Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities conference in Philadelphia. The ranking rates the impact a college or university has on its local community.

Good News: UPB earns invite to prestigious national convention

For the second consecutive year, the Slippery Rock University student organization University Program Board has been invited to present at the National Association of Campus Activities National Convention in Boston Feb. 13-16. The convention will focus on the advancement of campus activities in higher education.

Good News: Boozel earns Dining Hall of Distinction honor

Slippery Rock University's Boozel Dining Hall has been named a runner-up in University Business magazine's Dining Halls of Distinction recognition program and will be featured in this month's edition.

Good News: WQED names Kovaleski to community board

Brad Kovaleski, director of the Slippery Rock University Center for Student Leadership and Involvement and the Institute for Community, Service-Learning and Nonprofit Leadership, has been appointed to the WQED community advisory board.

Good News: Former Rock baseball star gets honors from high school alma mater

Former Slippery Rock University baseball standout Craig White will be inducted today into the Bethel Park High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

Good News: Washington Center names PASSHE 'University System of the Year'

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars has named the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education its "University System of the Year," citing the "extraordinary partnership" between the center and the commonwealth, which has resulted in hundreds of PASSHE students landing prestigious internships in and around the nation's capital.

Good News: U.S. Department of Defense hires '97 graduate for education post

Patrick Dworakowski, a 1997 Slippery Rock University graduate, Navy veteran and school superintendent, has been named associate director for education for the U.S. Department of Defense. He is third in command for schools that educate children at U.S. military basis worldwide.

Good News: New SRU Active Minds chapter in technology spotlight

Active Minds at Slippery Rock University, a new student organization on campus has been recognized as the 224th chapter of Active Minds, a nationally recognized, student run organization dedicated to raising awareness of mental health issues and reducing stigma associated with mental illness on college campuses.

Good News: Army ROTC students show they are up to the challenge

The Slippery Rock University Army ROTC program placed sixth overall in the Army Ranger Challenge competition staged Oct. 17-18 at Fort Indiantown Gap. Twenty-four teams from institutions in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York competed in intelligence gathering, land navigation and one-rope bridge events, among others.

Good News: 1878 SRU graduate earns Business Hall of Fame honors

Larry Reed, a 1978 Slippery Rock University graduate and president emeritus of The Mackinac Center for Public Policy, will be inducted today into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame in Midland, Mich. The hall of fame recognizes outstanding business leaders who have demonstrated excellence in business and community service.

Good News: Rock ranked second in NCAA regional rankings

INDIANAPOLIS - The Slippery Rock University men's soccer team was ranked second in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region poll released by the NCAA men's soccer selection committee Tuesday.

Good News: SRU music major lands professional opera opportunity

Zachary Wood, a Slippery Rock University music/vocal performance major from Waynesboro, has landed his first professional gig and is singing as a chorus member in the Pittsburgh Opera's production of Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin." The opera opened Sunday and will be staged today, Friday and Sunday.

Good News: Rock reaches #12, highest ranking ever

KANSAS CITY - The Slippery Rock University men's soccer team reached its highest national ranking in the history of the program Tuesday when the National Soccer Coaches Association of America ranked The Rock 12th in the latest Adidas Division II poll.

Seminar offers regional firms government contract tips

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Western Pennsylvania companies will have the opportunity to learn how to become qualified U.S. government supplier by attending a "Basics of Federal Government Contracting Seminar" May 27 in Mars, Pa.

SRU Campus Recreation offers summer youth programs

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Parents throughout the region looking for summer recreation activities for their children are invited to make use of Slippery Rock University's Robert N. Aebersold Student Recreation Center's Campus Recreation summer programs. The ARC will offer swimming, fitness, outdoor adventure skill development and a two-day tennis tournament.

Co-workers applaud Kay Wolford's 45-years service at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Kay Wolford, a clerk stenographer III in Slippery Rock University's elementary education and early childhood department, received a standing ovation from some 350 co-workers Thursday when she was recognized for 45 years service to the University.

Good News: SRU baseball team takes third place in PSAC

The final curtain rang down Friday for the 2010 Slippery Rock University baseball team when California University of Pennsylvania nipped The Rock, 11-10 in the Bracket A final game of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, leaving the SRU squad tied for third place in the conference.

GoodNews: SRU's Laura Handy earns ITA 'Senior Player of the Year' honor

Laura Hand, a Slippery Rock University tennis player from Pittsburgh, was named Wednesday as the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Division II Atlantic Regional women's tennis "Senior Player of the Year" award winner.

Good News: Two SRU lacrosse players repeat All-PSAC honors

Brianne Dishong from Stow, Ohio, and Amy Halls of Westerville, Ohio, both Slippery Rock University women's lacrosse standouts, have been named to All-Conference honors in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division.

Good News: Women's tennis team wins NCAA regional; heads to nationals

The 34th-ranked Slippery Rock University women's tennis team will compete in the NCAA Division II Round of 16, which starts Wednesday at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Fla. The trip comes after winning the final match of the NCAA Division II Atlantic 2 Regional Tournament last weekend.

Good News: SRU women's tennis season concludes at NCAA quarterfinals

Slippery Rock University's women's tennis team ended its 2010 season today with a 22-6 record, including a first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division II Women's Tennis National Championship Quarterfinals in Florida.

Good News: Herb Carlson earns carbon reduction certification

Herb Carlson, Slippery Rock University senior officer for institutional sustainability, has become a certified carbon reduction manager. He recently completed the Association of Energy Engineers certification program and will use the additional knowledge to help the University further reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.

Good News: SRU garners spot on Top 20 list for rural U.S. colleges

WorldWideLearn, the world's premier online directory of education, has named Slippery Rock University No. 2 on its Top 20 Rural Colleges and Universities list released this week.

Good News: Deighton graduates from SRU; scores first Riverhounds point

Jeremy Deighton, a Slippery Rock University men's soccer standout from Broadview Heights, Ohio, who graduated earlier this month, has already notched his first professional goal and first professional point in a match last weekend while playing for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

Good News: SRU's therapeutic recreation program earns national recognition

Slippery Rock University's therapeutic recreation program has been named one of the top 12 programs in the country for producing certified therapeutic recreation specialists by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification, a credentialing organization for the profession.

SRU returns $18.60 for every tax dollar invested: generates $344 million in regional income

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University consistently urges its graduates to make an impact on the world. The University does an excellent job of making an impact on its own. A new report shows SRU generates $334.4 million in economic impact for the region; a sum equal to creating 9,020 average-wage jobs in the region.

SRU controls growth; closes undergraduate transfer admission

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Citing a desire to continue to ensure a high-quality learning and living experience for all incoming Slippery Rock University undergraduate freshmen and transfer students, the University's Admissions Office has closed fall semester admissions.

Western Pennsylvania universities, community colleges sign articulation agreement

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Students who earn associate degrees at any of five western Pennsylvania community colleges will soon have approval to transfer into an early childhood education program at five western Pennsylvania colleges, including Slippery Rock University.

SRU professor brings 19th century Japanese prints to light

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. �- More than 100 Japanese woodblock prints from the 19th century that have been in storage at Slippery Rock University will soon see the light thanks to Kurt Pitluga, assistant professor of art. Pitluga is in the process of researching, documenting and photographing the prints for a digital archive.

SRU's therapeutic recreation program earns national recognition

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's therapeutic recreation program has been named one of the top 12 programs in the country for producing certified therapeutic recreation specialists by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification, a credentialing organization for the profession.

President's Gala in the Garden raises scholarship support for students

More than 225 guests joined Slippery Rock University President Robert and Ramona Smith for a fun evening of dinner and dancing at the 2010 President's Gala in the Garden in historic North Hall. The gala, presented by the Slippery Rock University Foundation Inc., raised more than $100,000 to support student scholarships - a 20 percent increase in proceeds compared to the 2008 gala.

SRU's VIP Sports Camp shows vision

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa.� - More than 55 blind and visually impaired children from Pennsylvania and Ohio will participate in Slippery Rock University's VIP Sports Camp Tuesday-Saturday.� The children will try their hand at track and field events, swimming and rock climbing and two new programs, dance and dek hockey.

SRU's Student Government Association bus service grows fourfold

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "Give 'em a bus, and they will ride," is clearly the motto for Slippery Rock University's Student Government Association, which has seen bus ridership increase fourfold since the free service was implemented in 2005.

SRU public relations office wins five national awards

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Office of University Public Relations has won five national Educational Marketing Awards from Higher Education Marketing Report. The Atlanta-based marketing publication received more than 2,000 entries from 1,000 institutions and agencies nationwide for its 25th annual awards competition.

SRU expands diversity offerings with grants

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will offer new diversity initiatives this fall after receiving $3,100 and $1,899 grants from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education's Frederick Douglass Institute headquartered at West Chester University.

SRU's Old Stone House presents 'Celebrate Pennsylvania'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - SlipperyRock University's Old Stone House will present "Celebrate Pennsylvania!," an evening of historical stories and songs with award-winning performer Paula Purnell, at 7 p.m. July 10.

SRU sport management major first in U.S. to earn accreditation

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University is the first of two universities in the nation to have its sport management program accredited by the newly formed Commission on Sport Management Accreditation based in Reston, Va.

Fast-track SRU student wins Outstanding Teen pageant

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Jocelyn Gruber, a Grove City High School senior who will take classes at Slippery Rock University next fall through the Fast Track Program, has won the Miss Pennsylvania Outstanding Teen Pageant. She will compete Aug. 28 in Orlando, Fla., for the title of Miss America's Outstanding Teen.

Governor names student to seat on SRU trustee council

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Brandon Maharaj, a Slippery Rock University exercise science major from Indiana, Pa., has been appointed to the University's Council of Trustees by Gov. Edward Rendell.

Spring 2010 Deans and Graduate Lists

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SRU recreation center raises non-student membership fees

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - For the first time since 2007, the Robert N. Aebersold Student Recreation Center at Slippery Rock University will increase membership fees for faculty/staff, the community and senior citizens. The increase is to assist in balancing the operating budget due to rising costs.

SRU gets grant to help early childhood educators

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has received a one-year $17,158 grant to implement a portion of the new statewide "Gate Opener Project." The project is designed to improve teacher education for those already working in Keystone Stars 1, 2, 3 or 4, the PA Pre-K Counts program or the federal Head Start Program.

SRU Performing Arts Series offers flying acrobats, extras

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - There will be colorful, spinning umbrellas, cleverly balanced chairs and flying people when the Golden Dragon Acrobats open Slippery Rock University's 2010-11 Performing Arts Series Sept. 10.

SRU pursues pact with Chinese schools

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - They were welcomed at the Chinese schools with signs as if they were celebrities. They dined on "wonderful food."� And they laid the foundation for recruiting up to 15 Chinese undergraduates a year to Slippery Rock University and launching a "Chinese Educators' Academy" for teachers.

Rock student seizes opportunities in China

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Christopher Becker, a Slippery Rock University accounting major from Mars, Pa., said he sees China as a land of opportunity. And he wants a first-hand look. Becker leaves Aug. 16 for a study-abroad program at Shanghai International Studies University, where he will immerse himself in language studies and experience many firsts.

Computer science launches diversity initiative

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Michaela Pease, a Slippery Rock University computer science major from Columbiana, Ohio, said she is excited about a new diversity initiative in computer science.

SRU expands diversity offerings with grants

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will offer new diversity initiatives this fall after receiving $3,100 and $1,899 grants from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education's Frederick Douglass Institute at West Chester University.

Metis emergency callbox system adds layer of sercurity at SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Parents, students, faculty and staff will have another reason to feel even safer at Slippery Rock University when the University's new Metis Secure Solutions emergency callbox security system goes active Aug. 1.

Scotland's 'Festival Fringe' includes SRU professor's new play

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - For the third year in a row, Slippery Rock University's theatre department will present an original play by David Skeele, SRU theatre professor, at the world- famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Edinburgh Scotland. The show includes a 13-member student cast.

SRU again earns 'Great Colleges to Work For' honor

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - For the second year in a row, Slippery Rock University has been named a "Great College to Work For" by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The results were announced today.

SRU's Old Stone House hosts 'Conflict on the Venango Path'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Old Stone House, managed by Slippery Rock University, will offer visitors a chance to glimpse the 18th century when it presents its annual "Conflict on the Venango Path" French and Indian War Encampment Aug. 14-15.

SRU again named 'Best in the Northeast' by The Princeton Review

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has again been named "A Best in the Northeast" college for 2011 by The Princeton Review, a nationally known education services company. The list is based in large part on student reviews.

SRU to WOW newly arriving students Aug. 26-29

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - More than 650 Slippery Rock University upperclassmen, faculty and staff volunteers will be on hand Aug. 26-29 to provide the traditional SRU welcome as more than 1,800 new students arrive at the residence halls for the opening of fall semester. WOW! is SRU's traditional "Weekend of Welcome" program.

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