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Friday, August 23, 2013


--The Regional RISE Center has been accredited by the Society for Simulation in Health Care. The organization represents educators and researchers who utilize simulation for education, teaching, and research in health care. In its report, the organization praised the RISE Center for its "dynamic and visionary director"; for an enthusiastic program staff; and for the value of the RISE Center to Robert Morris University and the involvement of the provost and president. The director of the RISE Center is Nursing Professor Val Howard, acting dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences.

-- It was a busy summer for the Actuarial Science Program: Students Josh Cleary and Chris Ludwiczak represented the university at the Center of Actuarial Excellence Student Summit in Chicago last week. Professor David Hudak, director of the program, and Assistant Professor Chris Groendyke represented RMU at the Center of Actuarial Excellence Faculty Conference in Chicago in June. (No word on whether Chicago has yet recovered from hosting two actuarial science conferences.) Groendyke and mathematics researcher Liang Hong presented papers at the Actuarial Research Conference at Temple University at the beginning of August. Meanwhile, 25 students have passed a total of 28 actuarial exams since Jan. 1, and 17 continuing actuarial science majors received paid actuarial summer internships over the summer.

--The Department of Media Arts hosted a painting workshop for the West Hills Art League Aug. 15-16. Established in 1967, the West Hills Art League (WHAL) is comprised of artists from all backgrounds, working in a variety of media. Its mission is to promote the growth of its individual members and public appreciation of the arts. "This was a great opportunity for the department to connect with a West Hills arts organization. Now that our program is 100 percent on main campus, we can better focus on community outreach," said Jon Radermacher, department head of Media Arts. The workshop was taught out of the drawing studio in Wheatley Center by Tom McNickle, a highly accomplished landscape painter. WHAL students painted for two days using watercolor and acrylic and concluded with a critique of their work on late Friday afternoon.

EDITOR'S NOTE -- With the start of the fall semester, the Minuteman now returns to its weekly publication schedule. Enjoy.


-- In July, Betsy Charles, director of bands, presented a workshop titled "How to Effectively Communicate with your Sponsor" at the Kappa Kappa Psi/Tau Beta Sigma 2013 National Convention held  in Springfield, Mass. Additionally she was invited to guest conduct the National Reading Band.

Friday, Aug. 23

Women's Soccer vs. Northern Kentucky (4 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission)
Free Eat'n Park Schedule Poster to all fans! Free Wendy's combo meal to first 50!

Saturday, Aug. 24
Women's Volleyball Blue/Red Intrasquad Scrimmage (2 pm/Sewall Center/free admission)

Sunday, Aug. 25
Women's Soccer vs. Niagara (1 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission)

WELLNESS TIP -- What is happening when you get sunburn? Sunburn is the body’s response to UV radiation. Once sunburn happens, skin cells have already been damaged and DNA is sometimes permanently mutated, which can lead to cancer. Your body starts sending extra oxygen and nutrients to the area by pumping more blood in attempt to save damaged cells. Swollen blood vessels can burst, leading to a bruised look or can ooze plasma which leads to a blister. Moral of the story? Use an SPF of at least 15, stay in the shade during peak sun hours (from ten to three) and cover up. If you do get burnt; stay hydrated, use cool compresses, take aspirin, and stay out of the sun. Resist the urge to peel which can lead to infection and scarring.

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