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Friday, July 14, 2017


-- The inaugural Simulation Summer Institute was held in June at the Regional Research and Innovation in Simulation Education (RISE) Center in Scaife Hall with a multidisciplinary group of attendees including faculty of applied theater, dietetics, nursing, and technology. Assistant Professor Janice Sarasnick and Chuck Simon, simulation technician led the operations track, which focuses on troubleshooting simulation equipment and programming scenarios. Professor Suzie Kardong-Edgren and Janet Barber, RISE Center operation manager, led the advanced debriefing techniques which provides live debriefing practice using the “tag team” concept developed in Australia.

-- After 14 years in the Office of the Provost, Larry Tomei, vice provost for academic affairs, returns to a full-time faculty position in the School of Education and Social Sciences in August, to be succeeded by Mary Ann Rafoth. She has been dean of the School of Education and Social Sciences for six years and will continue to oversee the Women’s Leadership and Mentorship Program and the Center for Innovative Teaching in her new post. George Semich, director of the SESS doctoral program, will serve as acting dean while the university searches for a new dean.

-- RMU in the News has been updated for June. President Howard and Val Howard were among those who helped make news last month.


-- Anthony Robins, associate professor of science and deputy chief diversity and inclusion officer, has been selected as recipient of the prestigious national award for INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine’s 2017 Inspiring Leaders in STEM AwardINSIGHT Into Diversity is the largest and oldest diversity magazine in higher education today. This award is being presented as tribute to Robins' inspiring work as a professional from an underrepresented group in the STEM field. He will be recognized in the upcoming September STEM issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine along with all of the other honorees.

-- Holly Harmon, director of the RMU Counseling Center and John Michalenko dean of students, will be receiving an Educator Award at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's Pittsburgh walk on August 26 on behalf of Robert Morris University. The Counseling Center team was selected as winner of this award due to their excellence in suicide prevention awareness and education, especially their commitment to Talk Saves Lives programs, Mental Health First Aid, the Eric Hipple event, the campus walk, and other ongoing efforts on campus throughout the year.

-- RMU football Head Coach John Banaszak was inducted into the U.S. Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame last night, along with three other inductees. Banaszak reported to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island in January of 1969 after enlisting out of high school. He went on to attend Eastern Michigan before signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers as a free agent and winning three Super Bowls with the team. After the NFL he coached at Washington and Jefferson for four seasons before coming to RMU. 


-- The Center for Global Engagement is offering the interactive workshop "Engaging and Supporting International Students" for those who were unable to attend in the spring semester.

Wednesday, July 26
RISE Theater, Scaife Hall, lower level
light refreshments

The Workshop will introduce immigration basics for working with RMU's international student population, the challenges international students face when studying in the US, a cultural spot light on Saudi Arabia, and strategies to support international students in class and on campus. Please sign up here.

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