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Friday, August 8, 2014


-- RMU's online bachelor’s degree in cyber forensics and information security is ranked No. 4 in 10 Best Online Bachelor’s in Information Assurance and Security Degree Programs. The rankings are based on academic excellence, course offerings, faculty strengths, and reputation for online degrees. The university offered its first course in computer forensics in 2008. That has grown into a four-year degree with multiple concentrations both online and on-ground, and more than 200 students enrolled. Read more about this achievement

-- In June, senior nuclear medicine technology student Ashley Crawford gave a presentation at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Conference in St. Louis. Crawford's presentation was named to the Top 10 for research presentations, which earned her a grant to present this month at the World Federation of Nuclear Medicine and Biology meeting in Cancun.

-- Samantha Monda, assistant professor of psychology, co-directed the Student-Athlete Leadership Academy on August 1 alongside a team of seven RMU students: Diane Gorog (SESS), Breanna Zurman (SESS), Brianna Ianarelli (SNHS), Richard Lednak (SCIS), Michelle Watson (SESS), Jon Berger (SBUS), and Maria Scanlon (SESS). Supported by the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine, the WPIAL, and Pittsburgh Public Schools, The Student-Athlete Leadership Academy is an annual educational summit for high school student-athletes who are nominated by their schools for their leadership potential. The event connected community leaders in sport, business, and the military through workshops on developing leadership plans, communication and conflict resolution, team building, stress management, and transferring leadership skills from sport to life. RMU alumna and U.S. Olympic ice hockey goalie Brianne McLaughlin Bittle -- a two-time silver medalist -- kicked off the day as the keynote speaker. 

-- Tim Schlak is the new director of the RMU Library, coming to Robert Morris from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, where he was most recently engaged in planning and building a 58,000-square-foot library and learning commons facility. Schlak holds a MLIS and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences in addition to a MA in Slavic literatures and languages. His dissertation, Image Retrieval and Information Seeking Behavior: Self-categorizations of User Motivations to Retrieve Images, provides insight into the interaction motivations of amateur users in the digital image environment. 

-- Check out RMU's new virtual tour. Explore campus with a student tour guide, check out campus photos, and learn more about campus facilities. Be sure to share it with someone considering enrolling at RMU.


-- Denise Ramponi, assistant professor of nursing at Robert Morris University, has been awarded the Emergency Nurses Association Frank L. Cole Nurse Practitioner Award. The association’s annual awards program recognizes emergency nurses who exemplify exceptional professional practice, innovation, leadership, and advocacy in emergency nursing. In addition to her duties at RMU, Ramponi works as an emergency department nurse practitioner at the Heritage Valley Sewickley and Heritage Valley Beaver hospitals. Read more about this honor.

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