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Friday, July 29, 2016


-- In order to broaden workforce diversity in health care, the RMU School of Nursing and Health Sciences has received a federal grant for $339,461 to test a program aimed at boosting retention of nursing students who come from disadvantaged or minority backgrounds. Ten sophomore nursing students will be selected this summer to participate in the Positive Reinforcement to Increase Motivation through Educational Support (PRIMES) program. In addition to one-year scholarships of up to $5,000 and a $400 monthly stipend, students will receive individual coaching, tutoring, and mentoring from nursing faculty, staff, and students. Two new simulation scenarios will be designed for sophomore-year classes as part of the PRIMES program, and new e-learning modules will be developed to assist students. Read more here

-- The Heinz Endowments have awarded the Black Male Leadership Development Institute (BMLDI) a $170,000 grant in support of the year-long program that RMU runs in conjunction with the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh. Seventy-three young men took part in the BMLDI residency program on campus last month, and you can watch highlights of President's Howard talk during that week. 

-- Camps, camps, and more camps: Recently the School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science held four STEM camps for middle and high school students: "The Great Energy Race" about global warming, energy efficient vehicles; and natural gas and electric power; "Energy Ties" about climate, carbon footprints, and global warming; "Girls in STEM," a hands-on research camp that included 3-D printing, materials testing, and computer-aided design; and "Electro-Optics" about electronics and engineering. Faculty who led the camps include Tony Kerzmann, Rika Carlsen; and Ben Campbell. See pictures here

Meanwhile, the School of Business held its first Massey Entrepreneurship Summer Camp for high school students, who learned about recognizing business opportunities, developing a business plan, market analysis, budgeting, and management. Highlights of the camp included a business plan and advertising competition. Allegheny West Magazine gave the camp some attention in its recent issue.


-- The Colonial Summer Theatre Company would like to invite you to RMU Colonial Theatre's summer production of Pippin through July 31 in Massey Theater, directed by Barbara Burgess-Lefebvre. Pippin is the story of the eldest son of Charlemagne the Great, ruler of the Holy Roman Empire. Despite his education and position, Pippin is searching for the one elusive thing that will make life worth living. A troupe of traveling performers believe they have just what he needs.


  • Friday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 30 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 31 at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets are festival seating with $15 for general admission and $10 for students available at the door.

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