Robert Morris University is a private, coeducational university located in a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. The school was founded in 1921. It enrolls more than 4,000 undergraduates and more than 1,000 graduate students and offers more than 60 bachelor's degree programs and more than 20 master's and doctoral programs. Most students are from the Pittsburgh area, while 17 percent of freshmen in 2014 are from outside Pennsylvania.Robert Morris University is named after Robert Morris, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and financier of the American Revolution. It is not affiliated with Robert Morris University-Illinois. Wikipedia.
News Article | May 1, 2017
"It's time for the CFP to demonstrate national leadership on health and safety issues and to step up to address the shortage of diversity in coaching in FBS college football," said Knight Commission co-chair Arne Duncan, former U.S. Secretary of Education. The Knight Commission recommended a new principle for the College Football Playoff to equalize payouts of academic and football performance bonuses. For starters, the Commission recommended the two pools of bonus money be the same. And during a phase-in period of multiple years, these bonuses should be equalized on a per-school basis. At present, football performance bonuses per school average $4.8 million compared to $300,000 per school for academic performance. Conference commissioners, athletics directors, and other experts discussed these issues in panels before the Commission today. The NCAA currently funds national health and safety initiatives, including those of special importance to football, such as national studies of concussions in college sports. The Pac-12 conference is the only FBS conference to set aside a portion of its CFP funds towards research that impacts athlete health and wellbeing. Health and safety concerns continue to be a top priority for college football. A recent rule change, effective this fall, will eliminate the preseason football tradition of two contact practices a day. Contact practices will be limited to one a day, with additional restrictions on other activities during the preseason. Also, under a proposed settlement of a class-action concussion lawsuit, the NCAA will spend $70 million to set up a medical monitoring program for current and former college athletes, and $5 million to research the prevention and treatment of concussions. In other discussions, the Commission heard from experts about efforts to increase diversity among college sports leaders. Last season, nearly 60 percent of the football players competing in the FBS were persons of color, compared to 15 percent of the head coaches and 33 percent of the assistant coaches. (The FBS is the group of schools that compete for the College Football Playoff National Championship.) The Commission released data that highlight the continuing lack of diversity in Division I football and men's and women's basketball. While there have been pockets of improvement, diversity among coaches hasn't increased much since 2007-08, the earliest year with comparable data. "As a starter – and as a bare minimum that would grow over time – the Knight Commission would like to see at least one penny of every dollar in CFP revenue allocated for programs to develop a deeper and more diverse talent pool in college football coaching," said Duncan. "We would encourage presidents and athletics directors to seize the opportunity to boost diversity and make this a real priority." If the Commission's recommendation had been in place last year, the CFP would have devoted $4.3 million to support diversity programs— the same amount that four schools alone paid in bonuses to their football coaches for their teams' participation in the 2016 CFP games. Last year, the NCAA spent under $200,000 on professional development programs for minority football coaches using its March Madness basketball tournament revenues. Bob Bowlsby, commissioner of the Big 12 Conference and chair, NCAA Football Oversight Committee, said that the Big 12 recently discussed the NFL's Rooney Rule, which requires teams to interview at least one minority candidate in a head coaching search. But he added, "In the end, it's not about interviewing people of color, it's about hiring people of color." Scottie Montgomery, head football coach East Carolina University, supported implementing the Rooney Rule for college sports, because he said it's important to get black coaches into the interview process. The Knight Commission also called for the CFP to add current or former student-athletes to the College Football Playoff Board of Managers, as the NCAA Division I Board of Directors has done. This recommendation is in keeping with the Commission's previous recommendation to add independent voices to the governing boards of college sports. "It's crucial that athletes have a voice in the oversight of the College Football Playoff," said the Commission's other co-chair, Carol Cartwright, president emeritus, Kent State University. Finally, the Knight Commission was encouraged by NCAA actions last fall to include academic incentives in its annual revenue distribution and to reduce athletics time demands on college athletes consistent with the Commission's prior recommendations. The Commission also commended the NCAA's one-time distribution of $200 million last month to college athletics departments, in amounts ranging from $165,000 to more than $1.3 million, with the proviso that the funds had to be used for "the direct benefit" of college athletes. At its meeting last spring, the Commission called on the NCAA to increase the "restricted uses" of the funding it provides to schools so that such funding is used solely for athletes' education or their health and safety benefits and protections. "We're heartened by the NCAA's action," said co-chair Cartwright, "but we would like to see that practice become the norm." Today's meeting was the first one led by Cartwright and Duncan since they became co-chairs at the beginning of the year. It was also the first meeting of new member Dr. Christopher Howard, president of Robert Morris University, and former football player at the Air Force Academy. About the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics The Knight Commission was formed by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in October 1989 to promote reforms that support and strengthen the educational mission of college sports. Over the years, the NCAA has adopted a number of the Commission's recommendations, including the rule that requires teams to be on track to graduate at least 50 percent of their players to be eligible for postseason competition. The Commission's Athletic and Academic Spending Database provides financial data for more than 220 public Division I institutions, creating greater financial transparency on athletics spending. About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation The Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities, and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit www.knightfoundation.org. 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News Article | April 18, 2017
The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource provider for higher education information, has ranked the best online colleges and universities in Pennsylvania for 2017. The top 50 four-year schools were named, with Temple University, Pennsylvania State University, Carnegie Mellon University, Drexel University and University of Pittsburgh honored as the top five. 12 two-year colleges were also recognized, with Harrisburg Area Community College, Community College of Allegheny County, Westmoreland County Community College, Lehigh Carbon Community College and Bucks County Community College taking the top five spots. “These Pennsylvania colleges and universities have proven their value when it comes to providing high-quality online certificate and degree programs,” said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org. “In addition to strong academics, these schools also offer their online students exceptional counseling and support resources that foster success.” To earn a spot on the Community for Accredited Online Schools list, colleges and universities must be accredited, public or private not-for-profit institutions. Several additional data points are taken into consideration when scoring each school, including financial aid offerings, student/teacher ratios, graduation rates, student services and academic resources. For more details on where each school falls in the rankings and the data and methodology used to determine the lists, visit: The Best Online Four-Year Schools in Pennsylvania for 2017 include the following: Alvernia University Arcadia University California University of Pennsylvania Carlow University Carnegie Mellon University Cedar Crest College Chatham University Clarks Summit University Delaware Valley University DeSales University Drexel University Duquesne University Eastern University Gannon University Geneva College Gwynedd Mercy University Immaculata University Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus Keystone College King's College La Roche College La Salle University Lancaster Bible College Lehigh University Marywood University Mercyhurst University Messiah College Misericordia University Mount Aloysius College Neumann University Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Harrisburg Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Shenango Philadelphia University Point Park University Robert Morris University Rosemont College Saint Francis University Saint Joseph's University Seton Hill University Temple University University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus University of Scranton University of the Sciences University of Valley Forge Villanova University West Chester University of Pennsylvania Widener University-Main Campus Wilkes University Wilson College Best Online Two-Year Schools in Pennsylvania for 2017 include the following: Bucks County Community College Community College of Allegheny County Community College of Philadelphia Harcum College Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg Lehigh Carbon Community College Luzerne County Community College Montgomery County Community College Northampton County Area Community College Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Reading Area Community College Westmoreland County Community College ### About Us: AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable, quality education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success.
News Article | May 22, 2017
Acquiring valuable insight into the booming world of Esports, attendees of the summit will also be granted access to several hundred Esports industry executives as they identify business opportunities and barriers facing the industry today. Important facets of the Esports industry examined throughout the panels include: For the full XLIVE Esports Summit 2017 Agenda check out the happenings here and join the expanding industry of Esports or broaden your current knowledge base by registering for the 2017 XLIVE Esports summit. Keep in the loop on future XLIVE events by signing up for the XLIVE newsletter and stay tuned for more info on XLIVE's highly anticipated annual industry conference in Las Vegas December 10-13, 2017. With plans for XLIVE 2017 to return to Las Vegas December 10-13, 2017, multi-faceted organization XLIVE will continue to revolutionize the way live event and festival organizations share expertise, learn, and most paramount, envision the future of the industry. XLIVE convenes with leading experts at the intersection of music, film, culinary, beverage, Esports, technology and the experiences that culminate at festivals and live events. Reflecting the passion of the vibrant festival community, XLIVE serves as a catalyst for curating unique, memorable and life-changing experiences within the growing, dynamic and influential world of festivals. Following a successful Data & Analytics Summit in Los Angeles early this spring, XLIVE continues into 2017 with its Esports Summit in New York City this August 22-24. Turner Sports Vice Presidents & General Manager Christina Alejandre | ESL/Turtle Entertainment CEO Craig Levine | FaceBook's Head of Esports Patrick Chapman | Philadelphia 76ers Vice President of Strategy Akshay Khanna | Barclays Center Vice President of Programming Keith Sheldon | Buffalo Wild WIngs Sports & Competition Manager Mike Tubman | TNL Media & Versus Sports Founder & CEO Manny Anekal | Ultimate Media Ventures Co-Founder & Chief Brand Officer Nate Eckhman | Denial Esports CEO Robby Ringnalda| Events DC Chairman-Board of Directors Max Brown | Evolved Talent Agency Co-Founder & CEO Ryan Morrison| Dot Esports Managing Editor Saira Mueller | Tempo Storm Founder Andrey Yanyuk | Delaware North Chief Marketing Officer Todd Merry | Twitch Director-Global Esports Sponsorship Nathan Lindberg | Denial Esports CEO Robby Ringnalda | Esports Evangelist Andy Swanson | Evolved Talent Agency Co-Founder & CEO Ryan Morrison | Events DC Chairman-Board of Directors Max Brown | Player 2 Player Studios Partner John Pierce | Tempo Storm Chief Business Development Officer Robert Del Papa | Populous Principal Brian Mirakian | Monumental Sports & Entertainment Director- Strategy & Research Alex Kerr | Catalyst Sports & Media EVP Avi Bhuiyan | Attaq Online President Alan Hubbard | Cineplex Events Director- Gaming & Esports Matt Devuono | Qwatti Esports Agency Co-founders & Executive Director Pedro Honorio Da Silva | WorldGaming Vp COllege Network & Business Development Neil Duffy | Robert Morris University Executive Director- Esports Kurt Melcher | Maestro Ceo Ari Evans | Player 2 Player Studios Partner Dan Chui | Dot Esports Managing Editor Saira Mueller | Esports Insider Editor Sam Cooke | Edelman Lead Esports Strategist Kyle Stallock | Twog Nation Ceo Sebastian Lager | Woodside Capital Partners Managing Director Steven Wade | Gamer Sensei Co-Founder William Collis | DR1 Racing Founder Brad Foxhoven | Rotowire Staff Writer- Esports Brandon Martin | Meta Consulting Co-Founder Shashi Singh | EsportsPedia Ceo Matt Gunnin | Gamer Gauntlet Founder & CEO Curtis Smith | NFL Director of Strategy and Business Development David Highhill To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/xlive-convenes-esports-titans-to-explore-the-fastest-growing-sector-in-live-events-300461597.html
News Article | May 8, 2017
CANTON, Ohio & BURLINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Unit4 announces that Aultman College has selected Unit4 Student Management on the Microsoft Azure Cloud to modernize its students’ experience and campus-wide processes to support growth. Aultman College has been educating health care professionals for more than 120 years. Located in Canton, Ohio, it is Northeast Ohio’s only health system affiliated institution of higher learning, and shares a campus with Aultman Hospital, Stark County’s largest hospital and employer. Unit4 Student Management will replace a number of outdated legacy systems, providing students with a completely new, seamless digital and mobile experience across the entire academic lifecycle from admissions and course registration to managing financial aid. It will also provide staff with valuable aggregated insights into student performance so they can help keep students on track. “Aultman College is entering a period of significant growth and program development. Unit4 will help us not only reach new students in ways we haven’t before, but also provide outstanding service and communication to our current students,” said Jacqui Schmotzer, IT Director, Aultman College. “The Unit4 team has been fantastic to work with, and we are excited about the modern and mobile-first capabilities the solution offers throughout the student lifecycle. Unit4 gives us the right solution for cloud migration as we’re confident we’ll see a rapid and convincing return on investment. We’ll be able to significantly reduce manual and duplicate processes we’ve developed over time. As we’re anticipating significant growth in the number of enrolling students over the next few years, it’s vital we rethink and revaluate our current processes to support student success and retention.” About Unit4 Unit4 is a leading provider of enterprise applications empowering people in service organizations. Unit4 delivers ERP, industry-focused and best-in-class applications. Thousands of organizations from sectors including professional services, education, public services, not-for-profit, real estate, wholesale, and financial services benefit from Unit4 solutions. Unit4 provides student management, ERP and research management solutions to over 1000 colleges and universities globally to help them accelerate growth, boost student success, improve institutional effectiveness and deliver research excellence. Clients include Oxford and Cambridge Universities, HEC Paris, University of Waterloo, American University of Paris, Robert Morris University, Baylor College of Medicine, Hult International, and University of Dubai. Unit4 is in business for people. For more information, please visit the website at www.unit4.com, follow us on Twitter @Unit4_NA, or visit our LinkedIn page
News Article | April 17, 2017
Let’s start with sports. Not just one, or two, but three top teams in different sports. Pittsburghers don't know the meaning of off-season: Steelers. Pens. Buccos. Pittsburgh bleeds black and gold and, even if you're not a sports fan when you move to the Burgh, you'll likely become one pretty quickly. When looking for a top-notch education, Pittsburgh is your destination. Pittsburgh boasts such highly rated universities as Carnegie Mellon University. CMU earned the 23rd spot on U.S. News & World Report's National Universities Rankings list in 2016 and The University of Pittsburgh came in at 66 on the same list. Point Park University, Chatham University, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and Robert Morris University are among the many public and private colleges and universities that call Pittsburgh home. The ever growing job market in Pittsburgh is drawing people of all ages and industries. Pittsburgh secured the sixth spot for the best job markets in the U.S. in 2016, as determined by ZipRecruiter.com with the strongest employment sectors identified as healthcare, insurance, and hospitality and restaurants. And let’s not overlook the Tech field. Google has opened a headquarters in the Bakery Square district of the city because of the evolving tech companies and start-ups in the area. As Pittsburgh’s tech sector continues to grow, the selection of rising startups becomes more prevalent and diverse. Pittsburgh promises affordability for its residents. Maronda Homes knows this, and is committed to providing a multitude of housing options from patio, to town, to single-family homes throughout the suburbs of the city. Maronda Homes currently has 31 communities throughout the North, South, East, and West Hills of Pittsburgh. Maronda provides the new home customer with living options as low as the $160’s for an innovative town home design, up to a luxury 6 bedroom single-family home offering over 5,000 sq. ft. The local home builder is continuously striving to improve the home building process by modernizing floor plans and evolving home designs with affordable luxury reaching every corner. At Maronda Homes, they believe that quality is never a destination - it is a requirement. Maronda home owners agree: “After months of looking and researching, we found ourselves back at Maronda Homes. Maronda offered us not only the size of house we were looking for but also the quality. The choices and options available to us allowed us to personalize our home to suit our family perfectly while maintaining affordability.”-Katheryn, Maronda Homeowner. It’s time to take a look at Pittsburgh and Maronda Homes - A city, and a home builder committed to the success and happiness of its residents.
News Article | May 8, 2017
BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--GE (NYSE: GE) is developing its Center for Additive Technology Advancement (CATA) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania into an externally focused “Customer Experience Center” (CEC) to accelerate the use of additive manufacturing with GE customers across several industries. With this transition, the $39 million Pittsburgh technology center, opened in April 2016 to drive additive manufacturing within GE industrial operations, now joins a global network of CECs under the growing umbrella of GE Additive. Last month, GE Additive announced the creation of a CEC in Munich, Germany, to allow current and potential customers to experience first-hand designing and producing components using additive manufacturing. Like the Munich site, the Pittsburgh site will operate additive machines from Concept Laser of Germany and Arcam EBM of Sweden – both leading additive providers in which GE has majority ownership. The Pittsburgh center will augment the operations already within both Arcam and Concept Laser operations in the United States, including Arcam’s Orthopedic Center of Excellence in Shelton, Connecticut. The additive machines at the Pittsburgh CEC will be enhanced by GE’s cloud-based Predix operating platform to enable industrial-scale analytics and GE Edge devices, which provide real-time control and monitoring. While the 50 employees at the Pittsburgh center will continue to support GE’s industrial businesses with additive initiatives, they will expand their focus to support current and potential Concept Laser and Arcam customers in additive design and production. Customers will benefit from hands-on training and instruction at the facility, covering additive design, machine operations and support. “We are thrilled to expand our concept of customer centers in the United States with a facility already at the leading edge of additive technology development,” said Robert Griggs, general manager of the Customer Experience Centers for GE Additive. Jennifer Cipolla, general manager of the Pittsburgh center, will continue to lead the facility as a new CEC. The Pittsburgh CEC, near the Pittsburgh airport, is convenient to Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Robert Morris University, all in Pittsburgh, and Penn State University at State College, Pennsylvania. These institutions are already engaged in additive engineering and manufacturing processes. Additive manufacturing involves taking a digital design from computer aided design (CAD) software, and melting and fusing together very fine metal powder layer-by-layer, using a laser or an electron beam as the energy source. Additive components are typically lighter and more durable than traditional forged parts because they require less welding and machining. Since additive parts are essentially “grown” from the ground up, they generate far less scrap material. Freed of traditional manufacturing restrictions, additive manufacturing dramatically expands the design possibilities for engineers. For many years, GE has been a leading end user and innovator in the additive manufacturing space. GE has invested approximately $1.5 billion in manufacturing and additive technologies at GE’s Global Research Center (GRC), developed additive applications across six GE businesses, created new services applications across the company, and earned 346 patents in powder metals used for the additive process. In 2016, the company established GE Additive to become a leading supplier of additive technology and materials for industries worldwide. GE Additive, led by GE Vice Chairman David Joyce, is part of GE, the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the "GE Store," through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. Visit GE Additive at www.geadditive.com