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Friday, June 30, 2017


-- President Howard has been named to the planning group for the celebration of college football's 150th birthday. He is joined by a group of college football leaders who are putting the nationwide celebration together. The commemoration will be celebrated at all divisions of intercollegiate football during the 2019 season, with a focus on November 6, and culminating with the College Football Playoff National Championship in January 2020.

-- A graduation ceremony today in Hopwood Hall wraps up the month-long workforce development "boot camp" that trained 16 local veterans in 3-D printing and manufacturing. The free classes were taught in the John Jay Center labs by professor Arif Sirinterlikci and lab engineer Chris Scriva. The program also included a three-day workshop on metal 3-D printing at the General Electric Center for Additive Technology Advancement in Findlay Township, and concluded with job search assistance for the participants, including interviews with representatives of local and national manufacturing companies. Read more here.

-- RMU student-athletes continue to prove their success not only on their field of play, but also in the classrooms. Four men's hockey players earned a 4.0 GPA, garnering them Student-Athlete of the Year marks, while 21 of 26 eligible players on the team were named to the Atlantic Hockey all-academic team. Additionally, RMU women's basketball star Anna-Niki Stamolamprou was nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year award for her hard work in the classroom, on the court, and in the community. 

-- RMU is teaming up with Paraben, a digital forensics firm, to host a cyber security conference on campus in August. The PFIC Innovation Smposium will discuss current trends in cyber security and forensics and topic include digital forensics of social media, Internet of Things devices, smartphonesm high stakes evidence tampering, and the future of cyber technologies. Paraben has also named RMU a "Cyber School of the Future 2017." Learn more and register here.


-- Congratulations to Jillian Harrington, HSA Faculty member who successfully completed her dissertation defense at Creighton University on March 30. In addition, she presented at the university's annual conference and her poster was named the best Graduate/Professional poster in her division, with over 130 participants. 

-- Andrew Birk and Steve Frank, senior nuclear medicine students, had their abstract accepted for a Poster Presentation at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging National Conference in Denver, CO on June 10-14. The title of their poster is: "Potential Use of Graphene as a Shielding Material in Positron Emission Tomography." 

-- Congratulations to Donna McDermott, department head of Nursing, for being chosen to serve on the highly competitive International Nursing Association Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) Standard for Simulation Committee.  This committee is charged with reviewing and revising current standards for conducting simulation and drafting new ones based on the most current evidence.

-- Sheree Shafer, part-time faculty of Nursing, Bruce Golmic, associate professor of Education, and Kirstyn Kameg, university professor of Nursing, presented on "Strategies for Management of Emotional & Behavioral Disorders (EBDs) in the Classroom Setting" to middle school and high school teachers in the Aliquippa School District. This highlights not only interprofessional collaboration between the SNHS and SESS but also the importance of RMU faculty providing service to the community.

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