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RMU Professor Earns Catalyst for Change Award

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Pittsburgh – Carl Ross, a university professor of nursing at Robert Morris University, has received the Catalyst for Change Award from Catalyst for Change Inc. (CFC) in Wilmington, Del.

This award recognizes ordinary individuals who are making an extraordinary difference in the lives of young children in the areas of health, education, community service, and international services. 

CFC functions as a nonprofit and non-governmental organization providing education and health education resources throughout America, Latin America, and Sub Saharan Africa.

Twice each year, Ross leads a trip of RMU student nurses to Nicaragua, where they provide health care and health education to poor residents of barrios throughout the nation. In July Ross will make his 77th trip to Nicaragua, including his previous tenure as a nursing professor at Duquesne University.

“I read the following quote recently and thought of this award: ‘Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs are people who have come alive.’ Howard Thurman, American theologian, educator and civil rights leader,” said Ross.

“It was such a privilege to be in the presence of such dedicated and committed people who serve their communities both here and abroad to make this world truly a global village for children and families everywhere. I was honored to be recognized as "coming alive," living my dream to give back to the world and change the life of one child, one community, and one event at a time,” he said.

Ross has been on the faculty at RMU for seven years, and is currently a Family Nurse Practitioner for Genesis Medical Associates located in the North Hills. Ross was the first recipient of the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Robert Morris University, and he was the 2010 recipient of the Pennsylvania Nurse Educator Award from the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association. He also is the president of the RMU Faculty Federation.