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February 20th, 2015
SRU recycling tops 1 million pounds

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has recycled more than 1 million pounds of scrap metal since 2000, converting old pipes, heating units and building fixtures into $130,474 to support campus grounds and facilities costs.

SRU reached the 1-million pound mark - and counting - last week, salvaging earnings from discarded brass, copper, steel and aluminum objects collected throughout campus.

February 20th, 2015
SRU's McKay Test Center fills niche

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Those wanting to teach in Pennsylvania, and many other states, must first pass a state-mandated certification exam. Slippery Rock University's McKay Testing Center is the place to start.

The center, located at 215 McKay Education Building, the heart of SRU's College of Education, has been operational about three years and is now self-sustaining, according to John Snyder, associate director of SRU's Office of Career Education and Development and director of the Center. Up to 300 test-takers visit the center monthly.

February 20th, 2015
Bachelor's degree value on upswing

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - While some critics have proclaimed the value of a bachelor's degree is on the wain, John Rindy, director of Slippery Rock University's Career Education and Development Office, says he is seeing the opposite as more and more employers vie for space at college recruiting job fairs.

Rindy, said SRU's job fairs are "bursting at the seams with employers looking for new hires. We have expanded our programs and added space. In fact, we had to put some companies on a waiting list because we simply lacked space for them at our hiring fair. We are adding an entirely new fair to next fall's recruitment schedule to meet demand."

February 20th, 2015
Athletic training posts notable numbers

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Folks often say, "the proof is in the pudding." In the case of the Slippery Rock University athletic training program, the proof is in the numbers. According to the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, SRU's athletic training program is at the top of the list..

According to a report compiled by Jacqueline Williams, SRU associate professor of exercise and rehabilitative sciences and athletic training education program coordinator, the University's athletic training program ranks sixth in size in the 365 CAATE-accredited programs nationally; is third in number of graduates for all such programs within the State System; and is tied with the West Chester University for the highest number of first time pass rate students on the mandatory licensing exam.

February 20th, 2015
Egyptologist discusses mummification

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Samuel Farmerie, a Westminster College education professor emeritus and current curator of the college's cultural artifacts collection, will discuss the "Egyptian Practice of Mummification" at 11 a.m., Feb. 25, in Spotts Auditorium.

The lecture is part of SRU's "Egyptology" course taught by Carlis White, SRU associate professor of history. "This is just one of our regular class sessions, but we are opening it to the entire University community," White said.

February 20th, 2015
Junior scientists compete for dollars

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Once again there will be more than $24,000 in scholarship money on the "laboratory table" when Slippery Rock University hosts the annual Region IX Meeting of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science. The event brings nearly 500 budding junior high and high school students from the region to campus.

The all-day program is coordinated by William Sigmund, SRU professor of biology.

February 20th, 2015
'Spring Harvest' confronts sexual assault

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's theatre production of "Spring Harvest" will provide a springboard for raising awareness of sexual assault against women and related issues.

The play, directed by Laura Smiley, SRU associate theatre professor, opens Feb. 27 and will be presented six times March 1-5, in SRU's University Union.

February 20th, 2015
SRU honor society plans GRE workshop

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Phi Kappa Phi honor society at Slippery Rock University in partnership with The Princeton Review will provide a free GRE Strategy Session at 4:30 p.m., Feb. 24 in the Smith Student Center.

All students or staff headed for graduate school may attend to learn about the types of questions on the GRE and walk through some typical questions with an expert Princeton Review instructor. Some proven strategies to use on test day will be provided.

February 20th, 2015
SRU plans 'elevator pitch' competition

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University students with a flair toward the entrepreneurial could earn up to $1,000 for an original business plan or product idea as part of the sixth annual "Rock the Boat Elevator Pitch Competition" sponsored by the University's Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator.

As part of the competition, participating students must prepare an up to two-minute "elevator pitch" that outlines their business idea for presentation to a panel of judges.

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