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Robert Morris University to Honor Carl Ross’s 80th Trip to Nicaragua

Monday, October 15, 2012

Pittsburgh – Robert Morris University’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences will host a dual event Oct. 17 to celebrate University Professor Carl Ross’ 80th trip to Nicaragua and host a panel discussion to discuss the benefits of creating and fostering international partnerships for academic and service learning opportunities.

Each June and November, Ross takes a group of RMU nursing students on a service-learning trip to provide medical care and deliver medical supplies to underprivileged communities in Nicaragua. Robert Morris partners in Nicaragua with a local university, Universidad Politencia de Nicaragua.

“There is no better example of RMU fulfilling its mission of changing lives than Carl’s program in Nicaragua,” said RMU President Gregory G. Dell’Omo. “Students go thinking they are going to change the lives of the families who are the beneficiaries of their medical care. But what happens is that they are themselves transformed, and this is what Robert Morris is all about.”

The evening will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. in the International Suite of Sewall Center at RMU’s Moon Township campus. Ross will serve as the moderator for the panel discussion, which gets underway at 7 p.m.

 The panel will include:

  • Michele Upvall of Carlow University has studied extensively global nursing and healthcare practices.
  • Norma Alicea-Alvarez, also of Carlow University, has a strong interest in disparate care, especially among Hispanics.
  • Lidya Zamora and Dean Margarita Guevara are representatives from the Universidad Politencia de Nicaragua.
  • Debbie Durr is a parent of a current RMU undergrad student who has made the trip to Nicaragua alongside Ross.
  • Lee Folk received his BS in nursing in 2010 and is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Nursing program and has also made several trips to Central America. Folk earned RMU’s two top undergraduate honors, the Rising Star Award and the Presidential Transformational Award, and he is one of the stars of RMU’s Change A Life ad campaign.
  • Richard and Joanne White will join via video. Both have strong ties to the Pittsburgh area in the healthcare field and have also completed extensive work with international law and healthcare

Robert Morris University, founded in 1921, is a private, four-year institution with an enrollment of approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university offers 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs. An estimated 22,000 alumni live and work in western Pennsylvania.