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Friday, May 22, 2015


-- RMU has launched the College Affordability Academy™, a training initiative for admissions counselors, financial aid officers, faculty mentors, and student support staff to make the college financing system as transparent as possible for prospective students. The objective of the College Affordability Academy is for anyone involved in the recruitment and enrollment process to be able to provide prospective students and their families with unbiased information about all sorts of money questions, including:

  • Student debt and college financing options
  • Students' expected earnings upon graduation
  • How to find third-party ratings and evaluations of RMU 
  • How campus employment, study abroad, and internships contribute to lifetime employability

Fifty RMU faculty and staff completed the eight-week program, and they worked in teams to develop capstone projects that would help translate what participants learned in the academy to prospective students and their families; this video, “A Tale of Two Students,” is one example. 

-- RMU has named AnnMarie LeBlanc dean of its School of Communications and Information Systems (SCIS) effective July 1. LeBlanc comes from Kent State where she was interim dean of the College of Communication and Information. She will succeed Barbara Levine, who has served as dean since 2008 and will return to the faculty. “I am honored and excited to join the Robert Morris University campus. RMU’s commitment to student engagement and service learning, together with its blend of liberal education with practical experience, is an ideal model for higher education today,” said LeBlanc. Read more about LeBlanc and her accomplishments here.

-- Lois Bryan, university professor of accounting, has been named interim dean of the School of Business effective June 1. Bryan earned a master of taxation and a doctoral degree in information systems and communications from RMU, and most recently she served as senior associate dean for academic excellence in the School of Business. She earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Waynesburg University and a master of accountancy from the University of Denver. John Beehler, who has been business school dean since 2013, recently was named the next president of Jacksonville State University in Alabama. 

-- Check out the latest edition of RMU in the News, which features the likes of Joe Angelelli, Brian O'Roark, David Jamison, and Wendy Beckemeyer, to name a few. 

REMINDER -- The Minuteman is now on its summer publication schedule, updated once every two weeks, until students return for the fall semester. The next Minuteman will be published June 5.

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