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 January 2010 Archive 



Old Stone House celebrates Civil War Christmas

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Old Stone House celebrates the holiday season Saturday and Sunday with "A Civil War Christmas," a free program highlighting the traditions, music and culture of Christmas in 19th-century America.

SRU flutists salute conflict, history, fun in Dec. 9 concert

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University Flute Choir, Chamber Flutes and two student flute quartets, directed by Stacey Steele, assistant professor of music, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 in Swope Recital Hall.

SRU trustees OK plan to build new Performance and Classroom Lab

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Council of Trustees today took the initial step in authorizing President Robert Smith to seek appropriate financing for construction of a new Performance and Classroom Laboratory Facility.

SRU expects 500 graduates at fall commencement Dec. 19

� SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will present 500 diplomas at its fall semester commencement exercise planned for 11 a.m. Dec. 19 in Morrow Field House.

SRU Army ROTC Program commissions three at Dec. 19 ceremony

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Army ROTC Program will commission three second lieutenants at 2 p.m. Dec. 19 ceremonies in the Advanced Technology and Science Hall.

National Advocacy Learning Center selects two SRU staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Karla Forner, program coordinator for Slippery Rock University's Bridge Project, and Jodiann Solito, director of the SRU Women's Center, have been selected as members of the inaugural Advocacy Learning Center class.

SRU students with right credentials can find jobs in tough times

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - There are jobs to be had, even in tough economic times and when unemployment is at an all-time high, but you have to have the right academic major. More than 70 Slippery Rock University students majoring in parks and recreation/environmental education stood in line Wednesday for summer jobs that may lead to full-time careers in state and national parks as well as with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

SRU's Lifelong Learning Center gears up for allied health courses

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Office of Lifelong Learning has collaborated with a number of local workforce investment boards to create a program of short-term, non-credit professional development courses in the allied health field.

Students demonstrate spirit of the season

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - While it is not possible to eliminate the pain of separation soldiers feel during the holidays, Slippery Rock University student Colleen McCoy, an education major from Saxonburg, hopes the 141 care packages she is sending to soldiers stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan will help lift their spirits. Her two brothers serve in the U.S. Army in those warzones.

SRU job seeker gets national exposure at MLB's job fair

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Terry Rodgers, a Slippery Rock University graduating senior from New Castle majoring in communication, learned firsthand this week that being in the right place at the right time can get you national exposure when looking for a job.

SRU alumna bequests $50,000 to physical education department

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Marie Lower Smith, a 1938 Slippery Rock University physical education graduate, clearly loved and respected her alma mater. In her will she left a sizable gift, the first $50,000 is already available to the University's physical education department.

Geologists dig Nevada: research delves into ancient seaway

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Tamra Schiappa, associate professor of geography, geology and the environment, and two geology majors, Meghan Rice and Sarah Schattauer, have been working to unravel the geologic history of Nevada.

SRU ML King events spotlight volunteers, leader's legacy

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will pay homage to the life of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with two programs the week of Jan. 18, including the annual King Day of Service and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, featuring Todd Allen, associate professor of communication at Geneva College, as speaker.

SRU expands exchange agreement with South Korean university

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has approved an expanded exchange agreement with Kangwon National University in South Korea that will bring up to five Korean students majoring in business to SRU annually, beginning next fall.

Shoe drive enables needy children to run on

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. �- Starting out with baby steps, Jennifer Reedy, an exercise and rehabilitative sciences major from Albion, had hoped to collect a few shoes to recycle the soles. Instead, her campus shoe drive produced a stampede of support and 360 pair of shoes for orphans in Central America, Europe and the Middle East.

Miller earns PSAHPERD's 'Professional Honor Award

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Marybeth Miller, an assistant professor of physical education at Slippery Rock University, has received the Professional Honor Award from the Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Two SRU students also were honored at the organization's recent convention in King of Prussia.

SRU's Bruce Boliver earns RCRA Lifetime Achievement Award

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -� Bruce Boliver, Slippery Rock University assistant professor of parks, recreation/environmental education, has been recognized by the Resort and Commercial Recreation Association with the 2009 Howard Uibel Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedication to exceptional leadership, foresight and character.

SRU's Robert Crafton earns EAPSU Faculty Member of Year honor

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Robert Crafton, Slippery Rock University assistant professor of English, has been named the Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year by the English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities.

SRU plans 'Movement Concepts' class for children ages 3-5

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will offer a free, on-campus movement activities program, "Moving Concepts," each Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Morrow Field House beginning Jan. 28.

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.

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