Skip to main content

 February 2010 Archive 

 

SPOTLIGHT

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.

Click here to view the Economic Impact Report

Click here to view the Economic Impact Report