LONG DISTANCE LESSON: (From left) Kara Cooke Robeson, a Slippery Rock University social work major from Slippery Rock, and Ashley Ranck, an English major from Lancaster, read to school children in Ghana. The students spent two weeks in Ghana as part of an undergraduate research project.
Student researchers visit Ghana
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - They stayed in a village that lacked electricity until a year ago. They ate goat soup and taught in a classroom without a roof. But the insight three Slippery Rock University students gained into the lives of women in the Republic of Ghana far out weighed the lack of modern conveniences during a recent research trip there.
Students said they also learned a lot about themselves. (Read More)Let's get physical: exercise science powers national health movement
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's department of exercise and rehabilitative sciences is powering up its version of a health initiative called "exercise is medicine." The initiative will address what professors call the epidemic of physical inactivity and will include curriculum enhancements, networking with physicians and new opportunities for SRU students to help peers and community residents improve fitness.
"What we are doing - in long-term, deliberate fashion - is trying to change the culture of the University community to embrace physical activity for its benefits," said Carena Winters, SRU assistant professor of exercise and rehabilitative sciences. "Getting those that aren't active to be more active is the goal, because we know a lot of people are aware of health risk factors such as smoking, hypertension and coronary artery disease, but what people don't realize is physical inactivity is in itself an independent risk factor." (Read More)SRU expands 'I Can Do It, You Can Do It'
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has received a $313,176 grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration to expand its student-led "I Can Do It, You Can Do It" mentoring program for youth with disabilities. The grant will provide three specific activities to assist youth with disabilities transition from school to adult life.
SRU will introduce job and life-skills training, animal care, regular community events focusing on physical activity and a summer camp for adolescents with and without disabilities. (Read More)