-- The RMU Office of Student Life has received a two-year, $40,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board under a program to reduce underage and dangerous drinking. RMU received the maximum award allowed under the grant program, and the money will be used for prevention programs with a particular emphasis on the Greek community and student athletes. This fall, athletes and Greek members will be administered the American College Health Association survey, which will inform RMU's alcohol education and prevention efforts. Grant funds also will support education efforts among first-year students and their parents.
-- RMU has become one of only 11 institutions statewide to offer K-12 teachers the opportunity to earn the Online Teaching Endorsement from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The endorsement is available to educators who complete the online teaching certificate program in the School of Education and Social Sciences. The 12-credit program prepares educators to teach courses online, and provides them with the best methods for online learning.
-- RMU Online was recognized in the Top 50 Best Online Master's Degree Programs of 2015 by the BestMastersDegrees.com. In order to be considered for the ranking, universities must have at least 10 online master’s degrees and be accredited. The ranking’s three main categories were number of programs offered, student-faculty ratio, and tuition. BestMastersDegrees.com pulled information about tuition from College Navigator, an educational statistics website, unless noted on the university’s website. RMU Online was ranked in over a dozen higher educational lists the in 2014-15 academic year. To see a list of all the rankings, click here.
-- Senior Jessica Chin recently took first place in the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda's national computer applications competition in Chicago. Chin first won the state competition before competing again 1,600 participants in the Windy City. The two-part competition consisted of a hands-on computer applications test and a 100 question multiple-choice test. Chin completed the competition with the highest combined score, dubbing her the champion. She is expected to graduate in 2017 with a bachelor’s in accounting and a master’s in information security and assurance.
EDITOR'S NOTE -- Are you looking for a campus photo to illustrate a web page, brochure, or flier that you are designing on your own? Start by searching the RMU Flickr site, which has hundreds of photos owned or provided to Robert Morris University that are free to use and download. Can't find what you are seeking? Contact Jonathan Potts, associate vice president for public relations and marketing, and he will guide you to someone who can help. Please do not download photos you find online unless you have sought and secured the persmission of the person who owns the photograph.
-- Len Asimow, professor of mathematics and actuarial science, co-authored Probability and Statistics with Applications: A Problem Solving Text, now in its second edition, with Mark Maxwell, clinical professor of mathematics at the University of Texas, Austin. Check out the publisher's interview with the authors.
-- Anthony Robins, director of program and research for the Uzuri Think Tank, has been named to the inaguarl list of Who's Who in Black Pittsburgh. In June, he gave a talk at the First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh in Shadyside titled "Strength in Numbers? Making the Case for a Diverse Workforce." Robins addressed many of the issues that Uzuri tackled at its conference in April.
-- Tim Schlak, director of the University Library, will receive the 2015 Young Alumni Award from the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences. Schlak earned his master's and Ph.D. in library and information science from the Pitt School of Information Sciences, and he also earned a master's degree in Slavic literatures and languages from Pitt.
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