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Friday, May 24, 2013


-- Robert Morris University is ranked among the top 10 business schools in the nation for providing graduates with the greatest return on their investment, according to a survey by PayScale, an organization that provides salary data to individuals and companies. RMU was ranked 10th in the nation among business schools, based on the tuition students pay over four years as undergraduates versus the salaries they command in the workplace.

-- RMU has received a $186,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop learning modules and course materials that are expected to help software students and practitioners develop reliable computer programs. Customers demand fast delivery of complex software, within the deadline and budget. The result is a success rate of only 35 to 40 percent, according to Sushil Acharya, an associate professor of software engineering. Acharya will direct the grant along with Peter Wu, associate professor of computer and information systems, and Priyadarshan Manohar, associate professor of engineering. Working with colleagues from the Mathematics (Allen Lias and Greg Holdan) and English departments (Connie Ruzich), as well as four industry partners and seven other educational institutions (including one from Israel), the RMU faculty plan to develop and test a standardized set of  materials for software validation and verification.

-- Sophomore business major Bobby Catley was one of six finalists this year for Most Outstanding Volunteer among 47 Jefferson Award for Public Service winners in the Pittsburgh region. The Jefferson program is administered locally by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette with sponsorship by Highmark, BNY Mellon, The Pittsburgh Foundation and the Heinz Endowments. Catley has volunteered on more than 45 different service projects, and he founded the Caring Cafe at Hopewell High School to benefit the Highmark Caring Place. Read more about Catley and see a video from the awards presentation.


-- Carolina Loyola-Garcia's documentary Sobre Las Olas - A Story of Flamenco in the U.S. will be previewed June 13 at the American Spanish Dance and Music Festival in Chicago. The film explores the tradition of flamenco arts in the United States through Jose Greco's legendary figure, while addressing the contemporary artists that carry on and continue to develop this art form in our country. Loyola-Garcia, an associate professor of media arts, is a flamenco aficionada herself. The project was funded in part through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and you can read more about it here .

-- RMU photographery instructor Matthew Conboy has turned to Kickstarter and online crowdsourcing to raise funds for his project West South West, a photographic portfolio documenting the 23 centers of population that are determined at the conclusion of every United States Census. West South West will take Conboy from Kent County, Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay through Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, and finally to Texas County, Missouri, a few miles from Fort Leonard Wood. He will spend 14 days on the road as he photographs all 23 sites. Read more about this project .

REMINDER  -- The Minuteman is now on its summer publication schedule. The next edition will appear on June 7.

WELLNESS TIP -- Many of us reach for a convenient cup of coffee when we need a little pick me up. Coffee does have beneficial properties and is often the biggest source of antioxidants in the modern diet. However, the stimulant effects wear off after a few hours and leave you lethargic and drowsy.  Next time try exercise! Even a small walk can fight fatigue better than a cup of coffee.

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