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January 26, 2015
SRU’s Nicole Krueger named to PSAC Fall Top 10

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – Nicole Krueger, a Slippery Rock University exercise science major from Scottsdale, Ariz., has been named to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Fall Top 10 list for her outstanding efforts in the classroom and as a member of the SRU women’s soccer team.

The Top 10 award is presented by the league office in each of the three seasons - fall, winter, spring - and is awarded to five men and five women from the 18 PSAC schools. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 and have significant athletic credentials.

January 23, 2015
Music students visit New Mexico

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University music education majors described their teaching and cultural immersion trip to New Mexico as "incredible," "eye opening" and "amazing." Students used their winter break to learn about mariachi and guitar bands, teach and attend the New Mexico Music Educators Conference.

"It really made me aware of the vast amount of culture the United States contains," said Ben Lombardo of Cannonsburg. "I want to gain as much experience in the field as possible before starting my career. I feel like this was a perfect opportunity to gain more experience teaching by immersing myself in a different atmosphere."

January 23, 2015
SRU displays 'Magic Realism' printmaking

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University will display more than 50 examples of printmaking art during "Magic Realism: The Work of Colorado Master Printmaker Charles Hardy." The opening reception is 5-7 p.m., today in SRU's Martha Gault Art Gallery in Maltby Center. The exhibit continues through Feb. 11.

Hardy, an art professor at Colorado Mesa University from 1979-2006, specializes in engraving, etching, intaglio and woodcut techniques. Printmaking and fiber art uses natural or synthetic fiber and other components such as wood, fabric or yarn.

January 23, 2015
Nigerian potter plans SRU visit

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Nigerian potter Ibukunoluwa Ayoola wants to improve water purity, one drop at a time, and is coming to Slippery Rock University to talk about his clean-water goals and demonstrate his craft.

Ayoola will visit Jan. 27-28 to present a workshop on his clay-art techniques and for education to pursue his goal of transforming his Nigerian pottery studio into a ceramic water-filter production facility.

January 23, 2015
Legendary coach to kickoff SRU Black History month celebration

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The Slippery Rock University Program Board will bring retired coach Herman Boone, whose life was captured in part in the popular Disney film "Remember the Titans," to campus Feb. 12 as part of the campus observance of Black History Month.

Boone will speak at 8 p.m. in the Smith Student Center Ballroom.

January 23, 2015
SRU celebrates Black History Month with lectures, poetry, dance

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Poetry, documentaries, speakers, videos, theatre and a host of other projects will focus Slippery Rock University's attention on the contributions made by African Americans as part of its Black History Month celebration beginning Feb. 2.

The celebration is using the theme "Looking Back to Move Forward," which is taken from the word "Sankofa" with similar meaning. "Our Black History Month celebration is significant to the campus because it's a time to pay tribute to those who fought for social justice and equality for African Americans. Our students are further and further removed from the struggle of so many. Therefore, this month is an opportunity to educate our community about the history and culture of African diaspora while celebrating all their contributions to our society," said Corinne Gibson, director of SRU's Office of Multicultural Development.

January 23, 2015
SRU's Ender announces retirement

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Barbara Ender, Slippery Rock University vice president for advancement since 2007, will retire at the end of March.

"I feel fortunate to have been part of revitalizing the development efforts at SRU and have been blessed to work with a team of strong and competent professionals. I am confident that the success and momentum we have experienced as a team will continue in my absence," Ender said.

January 23, 2015
New 'Transformational Experiences' sub-division quickly filling blank slate

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's new Office of Transformational Experiences is a blank slate, but Brad Wilson, its new interim associate provost, says the page is quickly filling with projects, programs and opportunities that will give SRU students unique and quality experiences "that may truly change their lives."

"Growing out of SRU's former Division of Student Affairs, the new TE Office is working even more closely with academic affairs faculty and staff to bring new ideas that will better unite campus activities and programs with our student's academics," said Wilson, who formerly led SRU's Honors Program.

January 21, 2015
SRU English major wins Atwood Society honor

Abbie Lahmers, a Slippery Rock University English major from Delmont, has had her recent work, "Knowledge and Secrecy in Alias Grace," judged the 2014 Best Undergraduate Essay by the Margaret Atwood Society.

Her work is a critical essay examining the various roles that the title character in Margaret Atwood's "Alias Grace" performs in order to maintain her sense of self. The novel is based on the historical events of Grace Marks, a young maid who was found guilty of murder in 1843, but Atwood leaves the mystery of Grace's actual guilt or innocence untouched. "My essay examines Atwood's fictionalized Grace and how her awareness of authoritative voices trying to diagnose and define her allows her to resist being controlled by them." Lahmers said.

January 20, 2015
SRU women's basketball player joins elite '1,000 point' club

D'Asia Chambers, a Slippery Rock University sociology major from Farrell and a member of the women's basketball team, recently became the 14th player in Slippery Rock history to score 1,000 points in a career.

Chambers, a senior forward, claimed the honor Dec. 17 when SRU played Shippensburg in Morrow Field House.

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