Slippery Rock House is the last of many rooming houses located in Slippery Rock, PA. The landlord has maintained the historical character of architectural details like the unique fireplaces and the drapery-like wood carvings above the exterior window frames, providing that "at home" feeling. A rooming house is kept as a home so the costs can be kept low; students can afford good housing without mortgaging their future.
Semi-furnished private room includes:
A home-like setting where you can focus on your studies.
Many Slippery Rock University students have said that based on their research, this is the least expensive good place to live in Slippery Rock. One resident came here for a quiet place to study and concentrate when he was failing out of college. He made a couple good friends here and he brought his grades up significantly before graduating.
Each of the seven rooms is like an efficiency apartment with a full sized refrigerator. Students bring a microwave and there are ceiling fans in all the rooms. This home offers the best of both worlds , feeling like a home with nice people around if residents want to socialize with future leaders of our nation, and yet a totally private room in which to study in a quiet atmosphere, sleep and prepare food. The original house kitchen is modernized and provides some convenient storage for each resident's pots and pans. Residents often cook together and enjoy the kitchen as a meeting place.
Jack Schmitt graduated from Duquesne University with a Bachelor of Education degree and was a secondary school teacher in Springdale. He studied Abnormal Psychology at Johns Hopkins University and received a scholarship to study in the Valley of the Rainbows in Hawaii at the East West Center for Cultural and Technical Interchange. While working on a Masters of Education Degree with a major in Counseling, he taught and counseled in the inner-city of Baltimore before returning to Western Pa. His Major field of study focused on non-directive counseling which is mostly about listening and reflecting ideas back to the counselee until they clarify their ideas and can make good decisions. In summers he enjoys resting between jobs on the back patio and talking with the resident students, friends and other who stop by. He invites neighbors to potlucks and regular summer bocce games on the lawn followed by sitting around a campfire and relaxing.
Jack has founded several historic preservation groups and continues to work with them. A major project now is developing strategies to restore 24 historic buildings and their neighborhoods in Wilkinsburg starting with no money but only ideas. The Idea of a University by Newman is a book that impressed on him what ideas can do when one learns how to use ideas. He got many creative ideas from Napoleon Hill's book Think and Grow Rich with teaches how to materialize ideas into various kinds of riches including new talents that people never thought possible for them...and only by thinking!