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Friday, December 11, 2015


-- Leah Fleischel, who is graduating this month with a bachelor's degree in communications (journalism), has been named the Student Journalist of the Year by the Society for Collegiate Journalists. This is the second consecutive year that an RMU student has captured this award. Last year, it was won by Nick Buzzelli.

-- Melissa Radovich, a junior actuarial science major from Oakdale, has been selected for the national Ezra Penland Actuarial Scholarship. Ezra Penland Actuarial Recruitment is a global actuarial placement company headquartered in Chicago. Radovich has passed the first two actuarial exams and was the past recipient of the Actuarial Science Outstanding Sophomore Award. In addition to being a member of the Honors Program and the Women’s Leadership and Mentorship Program, she has been an active participant in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh. Last summer, Radovich held an internship at Swiss Re, an insurance company based in Armonk, New York. She will be returning to Swiss Re for summer 2016.

-- Find out why Dan Short, Joe Angelelli, Suzan Kardong-Edgren, and other RMU colleagues were in the news in November in the latest edition of RMU in the News.

-- Interim President David Jamison and his senior leadership team are pleased to announce and recognize employees who have earned the Additional Annual Performance Award (AAPA). This is an annual honor earned by no more than the top 20 percent of RMU's non-union staff. This year, 86 employees received the AAPA and were recognized at an event held Dec. 7. In addition, four Staff University Distinguished Achievement Award winners were recognized at the event. A list of the recipients and winners is here and photos from the event are here.  

-- Last month, five RMU pre-law students attended a special panel discussion at Duquesne University School of Law, "Ghandi: The Lawyer," which examined Mahatma Gandhi's career as an attorney and how it shaped his role in leading India to independence from the British Empire. The panel included Gandhi's grandson Rajmohan Ghandi and included a private luncheon that the RMU students attended with RMU pre-law advisor Louis Swartz, professor of legal studies. The students in attendance were Megan Willey, Sierra McCorrison, Cole Antolak, Alexis Walker, and Erin Leonard.


-- Adjunct faculty member Tess Barry was on the shortlist for the 2015 Manchester Poetry Prize, a prestigious international award that draws thousands of entrants from across the globe. Barry teaches literature and creative writing at RMU.

-- Christine Holtz, professor of media arts, has photographic works from her project "50 Greenspace Dumpsites" in collaboration with Lauren S. Zadikow included in THE FENCE 2015 at Houston Center for Photography. The show runs through March 31, 2016.   

-- Over the past two years, Denise Ramponi, director of the university's DNP program, has collaborated with media arts students to publish journal articles with illustrations produced by the students. Most recently, Ramponi, an associate professor of nursing, published "Finger Proximal Interphalangeal Joint Dislocation" in the journal Imaging, which is the sixth manuscript she has written that features an illustration by media arts student Nicole Eaton, who has since graduated. 

-- Mathematics Professor Monica VanDieren delivered an invited presentation on Dec. 9 at the Harvard University Logic Colloquium. Her talk was titled "Superstability in AECs" and examined recent developments in abstract elementary classes (AECs) and in particular the relationship between symmetry and the uniqueness of limit models.


-- The Department of Media Arts is hosting the Fall 2015 Media Arts Senior Showcase, featuring the best work of 18 graphic design, interaction design, photography, and TV/video production graduating seniors. The exhibition runs through Dec. 18 in the Media Arts Gallery in the Wheatley Center. Gallery hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the show is free and open to the public. 

-- The Women’s Leadership and Mentorship Program will host a two-day “Women and Transformational Leadership Symposium” starting Thursday, Jan. 21, with a keynote address by RMU alumna and accomplished financial executive Jada Grandy. The symposium will examine why women are underrepresented in corporate and political leadership positions despite obtaining higher levels of education than men over the past 40 years and demonstrating that companies led by women have outperformed their competition in several measures.

A reception to kick off the symposium will take place at 4 p.m. Jan. 21, in the Sewall Center at RMU’s Moon Township campus. Grandy, the senior vice president and Community Reinvestment Act director at Fifth Third Bank, will begin her talk at 5 p.m. The speech is titled “The Transformational Power of Mentoring: Preparing Women for Leadership” and is free and open to the public. Space is limited, however, so please RSVP here

Grandy is based in Charlotte and leads the community affairs, community development and Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) compliance strategic initiatives in Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Georgia. She oversees strategic community partnerships and opportunities to transform and impact communities served. Grandy has received the Women’s Financial Empowerment Award, the Urban League Young Professionals of Central Carolinas 2013 Leadership Award, the Women of Achievement Award in Banking in 2011, and was and named one of the New Pittsburgh Courier Fab 40 in 2009. Grandy earned a bachelor’s degree in finance in 2000 and an MBA in 2004, both from RMU.  

The symposium will continue on Saturday, Jan. 23, with a series of workshops open only to the students and faculty/staff mentors in the Women’s Leadership and Mentorship Program.


Saturday, Dec. 12

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