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Scaife Hall Dedicated

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

scaife_drHowardPittsburgh -- The School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Robert Morris University began the next chapter in a story of tremendous growth with the formal dedication of Scaife Hall, the school's new 30,000-square-foot home.

Valerie Howard, the school's dean, reminded the audience at a formal ceremony on Monday, April 18, that RMU has gone from 18 nursing students in 2003 to more than 800 students today. Along with bachelor's degree programs in nursing and nuclear medicine, the school offers fully online programs, such as the B.S. and M.S. in health services administration, as well as the first Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) program to be certified by the Pennsylvania Board of Nursing.scaife_plaque

"We're here to celebrate the impact and enrichment this new building has had and will continue to have on how this university, the SNHS, and the RISE Center can better educate our students, better position our graduates, and better serve our community and our professions," said Howard.

The university broke ground on the new building, named in honor of a founding grant from the DSF Charitable Foundation, in the fall of 2014. Scaife Hall houses classrooms and laboratories, faculty offices, and the Regional Research and Innovation in Simulation Education (RISE) Center. The latter features high-tech suites for controlling, observing, and learning through human or computerized mannequin simulation health scenarios, both in hospital and assisted living facility settings.

Rich Harshman, RMU class of 1978 and chair of the university's Board of Trustees, said Scaife Hall is more than just "the latest jewel" on campus. "You don't look at it from my perspective as just another edifice," said Harshman, who is also the chairman, president, and CEO of Allegheny Technologies Inc. and chair of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development. "You look at it as part of the mission and the journey we are committed to of changing lives, and not just the lives of the students of today, but the lives of students who will be here for generations to come."

RMU President Chris Howard said the school's growth reflects that of the university as a whole. The School of Nursing and Health Sciences, he said, "represents the idea that RMU is big enough to matter, yet small enough to care. It has state-of-the-art teaching technology, partnerships with leading health care organizations, international study trips — but also mentoring by faculty who take a personal interest in their students' success and in their lives."