BY ALAN BUEHLER '13
When students take a class with management professor Jeff Guiler, Ph.D., they get the full meaning of a well-round ededucation. For 23 years Guiler has been educating his students through real-world application and community service.
Guiler helped create the Pittsburgh chapter of the Labor-Employer Relations Association, which is sponsored by the RMU School of Business. Every year Guiler takes students to the association’s annual conference to meet with representatives of the National Labor Relations Board, lawyers, and corporate human resources executives to discuss current labor issues. He also gives students the opportunity to work on pro bono consulting cases in the nonprofit and public sectors. Students take the skills they learn in class and engage in mock contract negotiations, where they present an arbitration case before members of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.
Guiler also believes in active community engagement and volunteer work. For 10 years he has arranged for his students to help the homeless by preparing and serving meals at Shepherd’s Heart Ministry in the Hill District. “This is a very important issue, and we’ve got to spread the name of Robert Morris and show others that our students are engaged,” he says. Additionally, Guiler works with the Office of Student Civic Engagement to get students involved with clothing drives for Roots Ministry in Aliquippa.
Practicing real cases in class prepares students for what they will face upon graduation, Guiler says. “I’m proud to say I’ve got five Robert Morris graduates who are field examiners for the National Labor Relations Board, working to resolve conflicts between the union and various companies, just like we did in class.”
BY ALAN BUEHLER '13
If you think being a parent takes up all your time, you’ve never met Elizabeth Streza ‘03. On top of raising her four young children, Streza is one semester away from completing her master’s degree, fulfilling her childhood dream of becoming an English teacher.
She first started at RMU in 1993, but left after one semester for work. She returned a few years later, taking part-time classes, eventually graduating summa cum laude with her bachelor’s degree in communication management. As an undergraduate Streza was inducted into Alpha Chi, the academic honor society, and was published in Rune, the student literary magazine. For the last several years, she has been pursuing her M.S. in instructional leadership, concentrating in secondary English education. She also joined Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society, and was awarded the Dean’s Teaching Fellow Award for English Education.
The stay-at-home mom is actively involved in enhancing her kids’education as ministry instructor at Bellevue Christian Church and a member of the PTA. She student taught this spring at Northgate School District and hopes to get a full-time job in the Pittsburgh area upon graduation. Streza says she could not have accomplished her goal if not for the help of her family. “There were times that tested my resolve and my faith in myself and my dreams, and without the love and support of my family, I would not have succeeded,” she says.