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Eight Slippery Rock University music therapy majors, recently participated in the Pennsylvania Music Therapy Hill Day visiting with state legislators to promote music therapy programs and advocate for legislation addressing music therapy. Participating were: Jennifer Benson from Yardley; Susan Dallesandro from Sharon, Dominay Randolph and Annina DeBerardinis both from Pittsburgh; Heather DiCicco and Megan Rose, both from Slippery Rock, Lori Fry from Elizabethtown and Rachel Reed from Schodack, N.Y.. Also joining in were Megan Neil, a May music therapy graduate from Miami, Fla., and Nicole Hahna, an SRU assistant professor of music. Each member of the group met with two legislators, including representatives Dan Deasy (D-27), Steven Santarsiero (D-31), Jaret Gibbons (D-10), Brian Ellis (R-11), David Hickernell (R-98), John Payne (D-106), David Hickernell (R-98), and state senators, Charles McIlhinney (R-10), Scott Hutchinson (R-21), Rob Teplitz (D-15), Matt Smith (D-37) and Rob Teplitz (D-15).

Jack Layne Jr., Slippery Rock University professor of biology, and Sarah Robich, a 2008 SRU biology graduate, had a paper titled "The Effect of Prior Chilling Exposure on Supercooling Ability and Developmental Success in Third Instar Larvae of Eurosta solidaginis (Diptera: Tephritidae)" published in the latest issue of the refereed journal Annals of the Entomological Society of America (Vol. 106, pages 840-845, 2013). Robich is now a practicing optometrist in eastern Pennsylvania. The work is Layne's 15th publication in which an undergraduate student substantially participated in the research and coauthored a paper.

Jeremy Lynch, assistant professor of special education, and Deanna Wright, an education major from Canonsburg, co-presented on SRU's Emily Brittain Tutoring Program at the recent National Teacher Education Division Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Wright was the only undergraduate to present at the four-day conference. The program is a collaboration with SRU and the Butler County School District's elementary school to provide special tutoring through innovative activities to those in need of increased reading and verbal skills.

The Slippery Rock University men's and women's soccer teams and the SRU football team have earned the right to play in championship competitions this weekend. The men's soccer team earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Tournament and will host fourth-seeded Millersville University at 1 p.m., Nov. 16 at Mihalik-Thompson Stadium. The women's soccer team earned a No. 2 berth in the NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Tournament and will play either Edinboro or Shippensburg in a 2 p.m., Nov. 17, match at Mihalik-Thompson Stadium. The football team claimed the outright PSAC-Western Division Championship with its win last Saturday at Seton Hill University and will play at Bloomsburg in the Conference Championship Game Nov. 16. Kickoff is at 12:30 p.m. at Bloomsburg.

Slippery Rock University has been awarded a Certificate of Special Recognition from the U.S. Senate for its efforts in "honoring and educating student veterans throughout the commonwealth of Pennsylvania." The award is the result of two programming endeavors by SRU's Center for Student Involvement and Leadership. Pa. Sen. Pat Toomey (R) sponsored the certificate.

Slippery Rock University has received a $40,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to become even more proactive in reducing underage and dangerous drinking. The University was awarded $20,000 for 2013-14 and $20,000 for 2014-15 to initiate new educational programs.

Six Slippery Rock University staff members have been selected to take part in this year's Claire R. Schmieler Leadership Institute for Professional Women. They are: Susan Elwell, clerk typist in physical therapy; Nichole Fest, assistant to the director of residence life; Kathleen Frampton, systems supervisor at Bailey Library; Ginny Kopko, associate director of financial aid; Lisa Patricelli, clerk typist in residence life; and Karen Perry, assistant director of campus recreation. The institute, established in 2003 by Schmeiler and her late husband, Robert, was designed in honor of the legacy of support given and received by Clair Schmieler during her more than 30 years at SRU's McLachlan Student Health Center and in the Office of Student Life.