Thursday, June 30, 2016
-- College Choice has released its 2016 ranking of the Best Online Bachelor’s in Healthcare Administration Degree Programs, in which RMU ranked No. 3 overall. The website is dedicated to helping students find the right college by publishing rankings and reviews of schools across the country. College Choice evaluated each university based on academic quality, student satisfaction, reputation in the field, and return on investment.
-- LendEDU ranked RMU No. 7 in its Top 1,000 Schools for getting Private Scholarships, which is higher than all other Pittsburgh area colleges and universities. The website, a marketplace for student loans and student loan refinance, used data licensed from Peterson’s to calculate the average amount of non-need based private scholarship funding per student at 1,000 colleges and universities. Private scholarships are defined as scholarships and grants received from external sources awarded to degree-seeking undergraduate students.
-- RMU ranked No. 21 on Master’s Programs Guide’s 50 Best Online Graduate Programs, outranking competitors such as Penn State, Ohio University, University of Cincinnati, and California University of Pennsylvania. The website offers information to potential graduate students about universities across the United States. The universities ranked on the list were evaluated based on the quality of the education as well as the flexibility of the online coursework.
-- Nuclear Medicine Students Amanda Potasnik and Taylor Gall were accepted to present at the 2016 National Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Conference in San Diego. Their presentation was titled "The Effect of Weight Change on Standard Uptake Values in Positron Emission Tomography."
-- The School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science held their first STEM Night for Adults event on Friday, June 17. The focus was on the "Science of Food." Chef Kimberly Smith, owner of Relish Kitchen & Catering, was the guest speaker. Participants engaged in discussions related to aspects of fermentation used in cooking, from the making of Kombucha tea, to bread dough and gluten, to cheese making. The event was coordinated and offered through SEMS-ROC (Outreach), directed by Matt Maurer and Sarah MacDonald.
-- Barbara Burgess-Lefebvre, associate professor of communication, received a stellar review for Spring Awakening, the musical she directed at the Theatre Factory in Trafford for Split Stage Productions.
-- Maria Kalevitch, the dean of the RMU School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science, graduated from Leadership Pittsburgh, a 10-month program aimed at giving established senior-level leaders in Southwestern Pennsylvania a deeper understanding of the connected systems of the region. The participants are also able to build their personal and professional networks and plan and carry out team projects that benefit the community. Kalevitch and others worked with Jim Guffey '89, the executive director of South Hills Interfaith Movement, to create a more effective, reliable software system to track the daily drop off and pickup of children at a daycare center.
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