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Friday, April 22, 2016


-- The School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Robert Morris University began the next chapter in a story of tremendous growth with the formal dedication of Scaife Hall, the school's new 30,000-square-foot home, on April 18. The university broke ground on the new building, named in honor of a founding grant from the DSF Charitable Foundation, in the fall of 2014. Scaife Hall houses classrooms and laboratories, faculty offices, and the Regional Research and Innovation in Simulation Education (RISE) Center. The latter features high-tech suites for controlling, observing, and learning through human or computerized mannequin simulation health scenarios, both in hospital and assisted living facility settings. 

-- RMU has recently been selected to take part in the Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership (VIH). This program prepares women for tomorrow's global challenges by offering a unique opportunity for international experiences, leadership development, and community service.  

This program awards up to three RMU students with a $5,000 study abroad scholarship each year! It is much more than a study abroad experience. The program aims to instill passion for life-long learning and civic engagement by shaping an annual cohort of young women whose decisions and actions as future leaders will have far-reaching impacts locally and potentially globally.

Do you know any exceptional students that meet the following criteria?

  • Female
  • No previous international experience (i.e. have not stepped foot outside of the US)
  • Sophomore or Junior as of Fall 2016
  • QPA of at least a 3.0

The deadline to apply is Nov.1. Staff in the Center for Global Engagment would be happy to meet with students before (or during) summer break to talk about this incredible opportunity. Please recommend exceptional women who meet the above criteria to the VIH Campus Coordinator, Safiyyah Scott (


-- Connie Ruzich, university professor of English, started a blog, Behind the Lines, devoted to World War I poetry. Recently it topped 20,000 views in one week. Ruzich started the blog in 2014 while in England on a Fulbright Scholarship to study and teach about the literature of the Great War.

-- Janice Sarasnick and Kirstyn Kameg gave a presentation in March at the UPMC Schools of Nurshing Eighth Annual Best Practices in Nursing Education Conference. Their presentation was titled "Educating Nursing Students on Intimate Partner Violence: Knowledge Integration from Classroom Theory and Standardized Patient Simulation Experience." Sarasnick, an assistant professor of nursing and Kameg, professor of nursing, gave the same presentation in the fall at the Sixth Annual Rita M. McGinley Symposium.


--  Join the Office of Multicultural Student Services today, April 22, in the PNC Colonial Cafe as we kick off the YWCA's Stand Against Racism action. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. we will be hosting our Hall of Women, with information tables and giveaways from women's groups from greater Pittsburgh. This year we are taking a stand against racism, but specifically in support of our women of color. Join us for an interactive event, take the pledge to stand against racism, and support our women of color. If you cannot make the event but still wish to sign the pledge, follow the below link.

-- The Colonial Theatre's annual Play in a Day event will take place at Massey Theater featuring work by RMU student-playwrights.  The playwrights are assigned a director and a cast, and at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 22, the theme for the event will be announced by Professor Barbara Burgess-Lefebvre; playwrights then write short plays on that theme for their assigned cast, the casts rehearse the plays, and the plays are produced 24 hours later, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 23.

-- Everyone is cordially invited to the 10th Annual Intersections Undergraduate Research Conference  today, April 22, from 11:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Sewall CenterMore than 100 students will be participating, with 14 panels and 19 poster presentations.  The schedule for the conference is here:

-- You are cordially invited to the last public screening of a film by Ferenc Moldoványi, the Spring 2016 Visiting Documentary Filmmaker:

Saturday April 23, 2016  2:15 pm
Free film screening and meet with the director: 
Another Planet (2008) 
Harris Theater, downtown Pittsburgh
809 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

RMU faculty, staff and students: To reserve your seat(s), please email by 5:00 pm Thursday, April 21: Media Arts Department Secretary Lynne Moidel at

Another Planet, shot on four continents, analyzes the moral crisis of our planet in its portrayal of children who are abused and exploited as factory workers, soldiers and prostitutes. The film has been presented at almost one hundred film festivals in 46 countries and has so far won 21 awards. Director, producer, screenwriter Ferenc Moldoványi, a resident of Budapest, Hungary, is internationally recognized for his work as an independent filmmaker. He is dedicated to working for social and human rights issues. Moldoványi has received several prestigious international awards for his films and work on social and human rights, particularly children’s issues. 

-- Sara Oliver-Carter ‘85, vice president of diversity and inclusion at Highmark Health, will be returning to RMU to present “The Transformational Power of Mentoring in Career Progression” in the Sewall Center’s International Suite Monday, April 25 from 3 to 4 p.m. The event is open to the entire RMU community. Some focus points will be the history of her career and how it has evolved, the importance of networking, and how she impacts lives in underrepresented groups. The program will be followed with a reception in the International Suite.

-- The School of Nursing and Health Sciences will host “Crystal Ball: The Future of U.S. Health Care," an evening lecture, panel discussion, and networking opportunity at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, at RMU’s Moon Township campus. The event takes place in the Executive Dining Room of the Sewall Center. Dr. Barry Bittman, CEO of the Institute of Innovative Healthcare and senior fellow at the Estes Park Institute, will present his views about how spiraling costs and preventable waste have led to policies that will bring about a significant metamorphosis in U.S. health care, and what steps are needed to prepare the health care workforce of the future. 

Bittman will then join a panel discussion with:

Dr. Karen Hacker - Director, Allegheny County Health Department
Susan Frank - Vice President of Population Health, Allegheny Health Network
Kevin Progar - Project Manager, Healthcare Council of Western Pennsylvania
Dr. Michael Madden - Chief Medical Officer, Gateway Health
Stephen Foreman - Associate Professor of Health Care Administration, RMU

The event is free and open to the public but space is limited. RSVP to Holly Hampe at

-- The Media Arts Department’s Advanced Digital Photography class is pleased to present “Captured: A Group Photography Show” 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 29, in the Wheatley Center Atrium. In preparation for this exhibition, students explored a variety of photographic genres both commercial and fine art. Exhibitor’s included: Katherine Goettmann, Jacob Hartzfeld, Krista Johnson, Michael Kropiewnicki, Cooper Kusbit, Courtney Pirillo, Christopher Price, and Briam Wilwohl. The event is free and open to the public.

-- The Spring 2016 Media Arts Senior Show runs through May 6 in the Media Arts Gallery in Wheatley Center. The Media Arts Department will presents the outstanding work 30 graduating seniors. The show is free and open to the public. Gallery Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Saturday, April 23
Men's Lacrosse vs. St. Joseph's (1 pm/Joe Walton Stadium/free admission)--SENIOR DAY

Sunday, April 24
Softball vs. Bryant (noon Doubleheader/North Athletic Complex/free admission)

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