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Enrollment and fundraising are just part of the RMU story the last two years. Our students, faculty, and staff have earned many honors and accolades for the university. Too many, in fact, to list them all here, but these are a few recent highlights:

• Senior accounting and management major Andrea Beats received RMU’s Rising Star Award at the 2010 President’s Council Dinner. The award is given each year to a graduating senior who demonstrates academic success, individuality, determination, passion, and potential in his or her field of study. Receiving the Alumni Heritage Award was Jeff Bergman, a long-time NFL referee and entrepreneur who founded SMT Health Services.

• Heather Pinson, assistant professor of communication, wrote her first book, The Jazz Image: Seeing Music through Herman Leonard's Photography. The late Herman Leonard took some of the most iconic photos of jazz's golden age during the 1940s and 1950s.

• RMU's student chapter of the American Marketing Association was recognized as one of the Most Outstanding Collegiate Chapters for 2009-10.

• The football team won its sixth Northeast Conference championship. Senior linebacker Alex DiMichele was named NEC Defensive Player of the Year, RMU’s all-time leading rusher Myles Russ was named NEC Offensive Player of the Year, and Joe Walton earned his fourth NEC Coach of the Year award.

• Shellie Hipsky, assistant professor of education, co-authored Mentoring Magic: Picking the Card for Your Success with Claudia Armani, a graduate of RMU’s Ph.D. program in instructional management and leadership.

• The softball team had the highest GPA in NCAA Division I softball for the second consecutive year, with a team average of 3.58. Annie Dubovec was named the NEC Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year for her 3.92 GPA and .359 batting average.

• Philip Harold, assistant professor of political science, received a Fulbright Scholarhip to study at The Catholic University in Eichstatt, Germany.

• The RMU-produced documentary "What Does Trouble Mean? Nate Smith's Revolution" won the Award of Merit from the University Film and Video Association. The film, which tells the story of African American labor leader Nate Smith, was screened at the Three Rivers Film Festival and the First Glance Festival in Philadelphia.

• The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education extended accreditation for RMU’s nursing degree programs. Our degree programs in computer information systems, information ABET and the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program received accreditation by the Joint Review Committee on Education Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology.

• The university added eight online degree programs this year. Other new degrees and course offerings include a master’s in special education and courses in Spanish, Arabic, and Mandarin Chinese.