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 May 2010 Archive 



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, 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.

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