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 March 2010 Archive 



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.

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