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Friday, July 15, 2016


--  Homecoming registration is now open!

-- RMU was pleased to announce last week that Michelle L. Patrick has been named the dean of its School of Business effective August 15. Patrick comes to RMU from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, where she was dean of the College of Business and Public Management since 2013 and associate dean for six years before that. She had a hand in West Chester's capital campaign, getting their MBA program ranked by U.S. News & World Report, and maintaining AACSB accreditation. Her active involvement in community service and student engagement makes her a great fit for Robert Morris. Read more about her here.

-- The Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity has received a $5,000 grant from the NFL that benefits the Title IX office for the 2016-2017 year. Working with Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR) RMU is one of three Pittsburgh universities that received the grant to prevent sexual misconduct on college campuses, review best practices for sex offender treatment models, and provide trainings and recommendations for universities in accessing accountability options.

--  The School of Communication and Information Systems (CIS) hosted a five-day Mobile Forensics and Security Train-the-Trainer Program that began on July 11, and representatives from 14 different colleges and universities attended. Assistant Professor of CIS Karen Paullet and Associate Professor Jamie Pinchot conducted the trainings, and hope to train another 25 faculty and staff in 2017. The National Science Foundation awarded the CIS deparmtent a $224,000 grant that helped fund this training.

-- Hats are still available! Although we hit our fundraising goal, there are still hats left. Thanks so much to all those who donated already! At RMU Night at PNC Park Colonial fans received an exclusive RMU Pirates hat. If you weren't able to attend the game, today is your lucky day! Hats are $20 each, $10 of which will be a donation to the RMU Student Fund. So not only are you going to be able to show off your #ColonialPride, but you'll be helping enhance the college experience for all our students. Click here to get your's today!

-- RMU in the News has been updated with June's news coverage of the university, including an interview with President Howard and expert opinions from several RMU faculty.


-- Six faculty in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences delivered peer reviewed podium presentations at the International Nursing Association of Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) Conference in Grapevine, Texas in June.

*Janice Sarasnick: Efficacy of simulation/clinical evaluation process in an undergraduate baccalaureate nursing program.  

*Donna McDermott: Seeking Consensus on Prebriefing 

 *Margaret Rateau, Michalene King, Holly Hampe: Three Creative Uses of Simulation in Online Nursing and Health Service Administration Education 

*Suzie Kardong-Edgren (five presentations):

  • Implementing the NCSBN simulation guidelines.
  • Challenging the system: Building a sustainable educational research program using innovative funding. 
  • What can the NFLA do for a junior nurse faculty in simulation? 
  • Applying lessons learned from the American Academy of Nursing Leadership Workshop to Simulation. 
  • Writing for publication. 
-- Jan Barber, operations manager for the RISE Center, delivered a peer-reviewed podium presentation at the Association for Standardized Patient Educators conference in Tampa, Fla., last month titled "Expert Modeling of Caring Behaviors to Enhance Nursing Student Communication with Standardized Patients in Hospice Simulation."

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