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Friday, July 25, 2014


-- From July 9 - 12, the Department of Media Arts hosted the West Hills Art League (WHAL) for a four-day, in-depth watercolor/acrylic workshop featuring regional artist, William Perry. The purpose of the workshop was to bring each participant to a more thorough understanding of their painting strengths and weaknesses and to provide solutions through a variety of explanations, discussions, demonstrations and critiques on how to solve painting problems. Retired from public school teaching, Bill Perry returned to painting in earnest near his home in nearby Harmony, PA. His work is widely exhibited in regional art shows where he has won countless awards. Visit to see more of Bill’s work and upcoming exhibits.

On August 8 - 9, the Media Arts will again host the WHAL for a two-day figurative design workshop featuring Pittsburgh-based watercolor artist, Jeannie McGuire. Her painting “Kenneth” was awarded the 144th Gold Medal of Honor by the American Watercolor Society. McGuire will share her talents with students during this workshop with focus on creating paintings of people as works of art versus formal portraits and developing backgrounds that encourage a story, feeling or purpose to emerge. WHAL workshops are open to the public; limited space is available. For more information, go to or

-- Riza Emekter, associate professor of finance, was named head of the Department of Finance in the School of Business. Steve Clinton, asssociate professor of marketing, was named interim associate dean for student success. He is also head of the Department of Marketing.


-- RMU professors Michele Cole (human resources management), Daniel Shelley (education) and Louis Swartz (legal studies) along with former Rooney International Visiting Scholar Blessing Adeoye presented research at the Smart Technology Based Education and Training (STET) Conference. The conference took place in June in Chania, Greece. Their paper, Does Student and Instructor Use of Social Media Facilitate Online Learning: A Look at Two Universities was presented by Cole. This research, conducted over a two-year span compared the results from RMU with the University of Lagos in Nigeria. The paper is published in the Proceedings of Smart Digital Futures 2014, 553-564.

-- Professor of Nursing Lynn George presented at the University of Portland School of Nursing Conference in July. Her presentation was titled "The Effect on the Dedicated Education Unit on Student Self Efficacy."

-- Val Howard, dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, was accepted as a fellow for the American Association for Colleges of Nursing Wharton Executive Leadership Program for Nursing Deans, coming up Aug. 10-14.

-- Carol MacPhail, assistant professor of accounting, was recently named to the board of directors of The Passavant Hospital Foundation as well as North Hills Community Outreach (NHCO). NHCO is an interfaith human services organization addressing the needs of people in crisis, hardship and poverty in Northern Allegheny County. MacPhail is the head of the Department of Accounting and Taxation.

-- Faculty and staff from the School of Nursing and Health Sciences and the RISE Center gave presenations in June at the International Nursing Association for Clinical Similulation and Learning Conference in Orlando, Fla.:

  • Workshop, "The Magic of Preparing for Sim Accreditation Tips and Tricks" (Donna McDermott, Janet Barber, Janice Sarasnick, and Chuck Simon)
  • Two poster presentations for the conference (Janice Sarasnick and Katrina Pyo) and (Janice Sarasnick and Janet Shade) focusing on "Innovative Strategies for Using Simulation to Enhance Learning Outcomes for Students"
  • Susan Mihaljevic presented a session, "Using Multidisciplinary Simulation Training On-Site in Nursing Facilities to Reduce Preventable Acute Care Transfers."


-- Colonial Theatre's summer production of Damn Yankees takes place through Sunday, July 27, in Massey Theater. Showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. July 25-26 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 27. Tickets are $10.

-- RMU and MCG Jazz are hosting a performance by Jazz Attack at 7:30 tonight (July 25) in the Sewall Center. You can purchase tickets online .

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