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May 1, 2015
SRU to present 1,549 diplomas

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will distribute 1,549 diplomas to doctorate, master's degree and undergraduates in two ceremonies May 9, when it hosts its annual spring commencement exercises in Morrow Field House.

Tickets are required for admission. However, guests may watch the ceremony live from the air-conditioned Russell Wright Alumni House, the Smith Student Center Theatre or the Advanced Technology and Science Hall, or online by visiting:, then clicking the "Commencement Webcast" tab.

May 1, 2015
Colleen Gray pens Lee Hoiby biography

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Colleen Gray, Slippery Rock University associate professor of music, has sung the works of American composer Lee Hoiby at venues around the world. Now she's written a resource book that includes a complete catalog of all of his known songs.

"The Life and Vocal Works of Lee Hoiby, American Composer and Classical Pianist (1926-2011): Including a Complete Catalog of his Songs" was published earlier this year by Edwin Mellen Press in Lewiston, N.Y.

May 1, 2015
SRU Army ROTC to commission six cadets

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Six Slippery Rock University students will be commissioned as U.S. Army second lieutenants in a 5 p.m., May 8, ceremony at the Smith Student Center with Brig Gen Keith Givens delivery the commissioning address.

Ballroom. Lt. Col. John Donlin, SRU professor of military science, will administer the Oath of Office.

May 1, 2015
SRU disc course flying high;
hosts 2015 world championships

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Campus Recreation Disc Golf Course will be one of four area courses to host the Pro Disc Golf World Championships tournament Aug. 1-8. The tournament offers a $50,000 purse.

J. Gary Dropcho, 2015 tournament co-director, announced tournament participants would play preliminary rounds at Deer Lakes Park, Knob Hill Community Park and Moraine State Park Lakeview. The semifinals and final championship rounds are at Slippery Rock.

May 1, 2015
Opera Scenes, Frankie Valli Tribute Show conclude 2015 Kaleidoscope Festival

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's 12-day Kaleidoscope Arts Festival wraps up today with a student-presented "Opera Scenes" concert and "Let's Hang On," a Frankie Valli tribute show. More than 3,500 people attended a Kaleidoscope event, including close to 300 children at Children's Day/Earth Days.

"We are thrilled with the outcome of this year's festival," said Deanna Brookens, SRU instructor of theatre and interim arts festival directory. "The festival prides itself on meeting its mission to bring free or low-cost, quality programming to an underserved region, and we had a great turnout from both University and community members for our diverse lineup this year."

May 1, 2015
SRU Old Stone House expands
Early-American cooking classes

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - In response to a strong demand for its "Foodways Programs," Slippery Rock University's Old Stone House is again offering a series of summer-fall cooking classes at the landmark museum.

Most lessons will feature a type of bread, a main course and a dessert.

May 1, 2015
AVI, CSIL, SGA honor individuals, faculty, staff, clubs for University leadership

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Ten Slippery Rock University students have been named "Rising Stars" and had an actual star named for them, and John Beckage, a park and resources management major from Murrysville, was named SRU's Student Leader of the Year at this year's "Rising Star Ceremony" in the Smith Student Center.

The program is sponsored by SRU's Center for Student Involvement and Leadership, the Student Government Association and AVI, the campus contract food supplier.

May 1, 2015
SRU recycles 7,000 pounds of electronics

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University collected 7,000 pounds of recycled electronics from local residents and businesses during its Community E-Waste Day, offered as part of SRU's Earth Days 2015 program.

Eighteen pallets of televisions, computers, VCRs, stereos and remote controls were picked up Tuesday by a Rochester, N.Y., company, said Joel Brown, SRU fire and safety manager for environmental health and safety.

May 1, 2015
SRU School of Business presents honors

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,000 were presented to more than 30 Slippery Rock University students as part of the recent SRU School of Business Week Banquet. 2015 SRU Foundation Scholarships winners were:

Elizabeth Rippee of Harmony who received the $2,000 Accounting Department Scholarship;

May 1, 2015
SRU biology department awards $17,000

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University biology department presented more than $17,000 in scholarships to biology majors at its recent annual Natural Sciences and Mathematics Awards Banquet, where Kayla Sommers, a biology major from North Versailles, was named this year's Outstanding Biology Senior.

Other awards were presented as follows:

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