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Friday, August 12, 2016


-- Faculty members from 12 universities across the nation and five industry partners have converged at RMU for a workshop on software verification and validation, thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation. The event got underway Aug. 11 and continues today.

The grant funds a collaborative industry-academia partnership in which faculty from the School of Engineering, Math, and Science and the School of Communications and Information Systems have developed 42 hours of active learning tools on software verification and validation. These tools can be incorporated into college courses on verification and validation and also be used for training by industry. The focus of the workshop is to introduce participants to the developed active learning tools and provide participants with an instructional package consisting of a draft course syllabus, active learning modules, and a suite of assessment tools. Participants are expected to assess the current material, and through collaboration, generate additional materials. Participants will commit to using a subset (or the complete set) of the current material in one or more of their own courses or in a training program during the following year and provide RMU with an assessment report. 

 The institutions participating are:

  1. University of Michigan-Dearborn 
  2. Kennesaw State University (Georgia) 
  3. Milwaukee School of Engineering 
  4. Rocky Mountain College (Montana) 
  5. Kentucky State University
  6. Mount Mercy University (Iowa) 
  7. University of Maryland 
  8. Baldwin Wallace University (Ohio) 
  9. Whitworth University (Washington)
  10. SUNY Oneonta (New York) 
  11. George Mason University (Virginia) 
  12. Keynon College (Ohio)
-- Congratulations to RMU-TV for picking up three nominations for the Mid-Atlantic Emmy College/University Student Production Awards at an event at WQED Studios. 
  1. Eddie Sheehy, senior media arts student, is nominated in the talent category
  2. "Hail to RMU” was nominated in the long form: non-fiction category.  The students involved with that project are: Alec Balenciaga, Nick Milliron, Matt DeVito, Haley Sawyer, and Ben Cole
  3. Coverage of "RMU Men's Hockey vs. Army West Point Game 2" was nominated in the sports-live category. The students involved: Dylan McKenna, Nick Milliron, Vince Russo, Kristen Kudla, Alec Balenciaga and Adelyn Berdine

RMU is nominated in the same categories as Temple, Pitt, and Penn State. Winners will be announced at the Mid-Atlantic Emmy awards banquet in Philadelphia on Sept. 24. 

-- Several RMU students were at the Democratic National Convention when Hillary Clinton became the first woman to receive a major party nomination for president. Thanks to advisor Carrie Moniot, Sentry Media students Eddie Sheehy, Hannah Smith, and Morgan Torchia got press passes to the convention floor, met with KDKA-TV political analyst Jon Delano, and posted video updates. Two more RMU students attended the convention as part of a professional experiential learning program offered by the Washington Center. Communication and political science major Megan DeArmit and economics major Stanley Marciniak completed a two-week seminar and each participated in a 40-hour field experience at the convention based on their career interests. 

-- Speaking of the Washington Center, 31 students, 30 in the cyber forensics and information security program and one in criminal justice, attended the Washington Center's seminar on national security, May 9-21, in Washington, D.C. This intensive seminar, featuring the nation's leading experts in national security and information security, has become a trademark experience for undergraduate students in RMU's information security programs. See students recounting their experiences in this video.

-- The RMU Panhellenic Council, the campus governing organization for four social sororities, has received the Panhellenic Excellence Award from the National Panhellenic Conference, the national governance organization for 26 national sororities. The Excellence Award means RMU's Panhellenic Council met or exceeded expectations on all seven criteria of its annual review process. This places RMU among the 27 best Panhellenic councils out of 670 institutions hosting NPC member sororities. The last two years the RMU Panhellenic Council was awarded the Panhellenic Achievement Award for meeting or exceeding at least five of seven categories.

-- RMU in the News has been published with news media coverage of the university for July. See how President Howard, Wendy Beckemeyer, and Denis Rudd, among others, made the news last month.


-- Jonathan Potts, vice president for public relations and marketing, has joined the board of directors of PublicSource, a nonprofit investigative news organization.



Saturday, Aug. 13
Women's Soccer vs. Bowling Green (3 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission)

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