-- The latest results from the RMU Polling Institute are in and show, among other things, that the public is in favor of fracking but has some concerns; that Senator Toomey might have a little something to worry about next year; and that, unfortunately, the public doesn't think higher education does a very good job helping parents and students through the college selection process. Also, there is apparently a presidential election next year.
-- Nicole Sleith, senior pitcher for the softball team, was awarded one of the NEC's highest honors - NEC Female Student Athlete of the Year. She is the first Colonial, male or female, to be named the overall Student Athlete of the Year. The honor recognizes both academic excellence and athletic achievement during an individual's career. Sleith is enrolled in the integrated program and graduated with her bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering last month, carrying a 3.72 GPA. She intends to earn her master's of science in engineering management in December. On the field, Sleith reset nearly every RMU softball pitching record to date. She broke the RMU career strikeout record during a NEC sweep in April, and finished with 932, and also broke the Colonial all-time wins record by picking up her 78th during the 2015 postseason. Click here to see all her achievements. Fair warning, it's a long list.
-- Roberts Morris University’s Online B.S. in Health Services Administration Degree Program ranked 8 in The 20 Best Online Bachelor in Healthcare Administration Degree Programs by TheBestSchools.org. The rankings analyzed each school based on their quality, types and range of courses provided, faculty strength as well as school awards, rankings, and reputation, including reputation for online learning. RMU's online HSA program is designed to prepare individuals to gain entry and advance as leaders in a wide variety of healthcare organizations.
-- UPMC Passavant Hospital has called on RMU's Janet Barber to train medical teams in TeamSTEPPS, a collection of tools, strategies and training curriculum focused on establishing high performing reliable teams to improve patient safety and outcomes. Barber, a registered nurse, is the operations manager and education planner for the Regional Research and Innovation in Simulation Education (RISE) Center at RMU. She is also a TeamSTEPPS master trainer. Thus far Barber has completed classes for UPMC Passavant Hospital’s outpatient imaging services registration team, and she is currently holding classes for members of the operating room and cardiovascular intensive care units. Read more about this collaboration between RMU and UPMC.
EDITOR'S NOTE -- Because the university is closed Friday, July 3, for the Independence Day holiday, the next Minuteman will not be published until Friday, July 10.
-- Christine Holtz, professor of media arts, has photographic works from her ongoing project "50 Greenspace Dumpsites" in collaboration with Lauren S. Zadikow included in FENCE 2015 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. FENCE is projected to attract more than 1.5 million visitors this summer.
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