I never thought I would be presented with the opportunity to meet someone as worldly as the former Prime Minister of Greece, George Papandreou, but the Honors program offered me that through the Pittsburgh Speaker Series. Although I am a Greek-American, I had no clue as to how important this man truly was until I did my research on what he did while he was in office. Papandreou comes from three generations of Prime Ministers within his family. I look at him as the Kennedy family of Greece. During his term in office he was dealt an awful series of problems with finances within the Greek government. Looking at him now, two years since his term; his ideas of how to fix government is what we need in the U.S. and what needed to be done in Greece. When I met the former Prime Minister, his presence was very simple, I was expecting at a fancy cocktail hour horns to sound, or at least an announcement that George Papandreou had arrived. Instead he walked in casually, with a few other business people, came over and started talking with a few professors from Robert Morris, just as if he was a normal person. Listening to him talk at dinner, he was really dedicated in providing what was best for his country, I know there is a big debate over whether or not George Papandreou was a good Prime Minister of Greece, but after meeting him, I would have to believe, he did his job, and worked hard at getting the country of Greece out of debt.
The Honors Summer Reading books have been chosen! They are: 1984 by George Orwell, and The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories by Leo Tolstoy.
The semester’s seminar class, Math, Music, and Art, ended with a project incorporating ideas and theories learned throughout the semester. Two students, Nick Buzzelli and Gerry Walsh, decided to utilize the theories of math and music to create a new song, inspired by Paul Lansky’s “Notjustmoreiddlechatter.”
Various noises were recorded on an iPhone and ultimately imported to Ableton Live to be edited. The theories used to create the song were call and response, parallel transformation, relative transformation, and tone matrix.
Listen to the song here: http://soundcloud.com/sludj/we-cant-math2
I, along with Professor Harold, President Dell’Omo, and fellow Honors student Victoria Mikulan, attended a Q&A session with the former president of Mexico Vicente Fox through an opportunity presented by the Pittsburgh Speaker Series. At the beginning of the night we were served dinner and entertained President Fox with questions about foreign relations, international problems, border problems, drug trafficking, struggles with the cartel and the economic standing of Mexico. During dinner he was very inviting and answered all of the questions with ease. He talked about how Mexico managed to have a balanced budget for the last five years. He kept mentioning about efforts to make energy reforms and that he wanted to continue to have a positive relationship with the United States. He talked about drug usage in the U.S. versus drug use in Mexico and Mexico’s inability to deal with the Cartel in an effective way thus far.
I was shocked by the details he shared with us and impressed by the status of their governmental budget. President Fox talked to the group about the strides that America as a continent could make to better the global economy. I felt that he spoke eloquently about international relations and that our countries could work together and better quite a lot of good could come of it. Overall I would say the whole experience was great; I got to meet the former President of another country and spend a few minutes to talk to him on a personal level.
By the time we get to college our personalities are pretty consistent. You can be the popular guy who makes friends in any atmosphere or the quiet introvert who prefers his books as company rather than warm bodies. Both students can be equally intelligent and skilled, however which student do you think is going to go on to successfully command an interview? Who will properly sell themself to their future employer? We live in a society that thrives off of communication and help is not on its way. It was produced over 70 years ago and all that is needed for you to succeed is to pick it up.
Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People teaches the reader how to make any situation work for him. From the title, Dale Carnegie’s self-help book appears to just be a guide on how to make people like you, however it’s not that simple. Having others like you is at the base of any improvement, so essentially this self-help book teaches the reader how to get a promotion, how to ace an interview, and how to get the girl. This is an essential read for any college student. You will become more marketable and comfortable in any situation. Make the impossible, possible and pick up Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People.
RMU Pre-Med Club Shadows Allegheny General Doctors and Surgeons
On April 9, 2013 eight Robert Morris University Pre-Med Club students (Lauren Roberts, Hirah Han, Wes Heinle, Anissa Gamble, Ashley Price, Krista Symosko, Sarah Robb, and Emily Hauser) were invited to Allegheny Hospital to partake in a job shadowing day. The day began with an informal breakfast with Dr. Daniel Benckart (AGH Cardiovascular Surgeon) and Dr. Elliot Goldberg (Associate Dean for Temple Medical School) in which both doctors shared stories and information about medical school and students were encouraged to ask questions. Next, the group was split up so that there were two students per surgeon. The pre-med undergraduates were provided with scrubs and accompanied their mentor into surgery. Some of the surgeries witnessed throughout the day included open heart triple bypass, bi-femoral aorta replacement, lung removal (thoracotomy), kidney transplant, gall bladder removal (cholecystectomy), and brain tumor removal. Some of the students also saw angiography of a stint in a patient’s right carotid artery. Following the surgical rotation, everyone was invited back to eat lunch with the doctors they had just spent the morning shadowing and open dialogue was encouraged. The final event of the day was a question and answer session with 7 fresh-out-of-med-school doctors. Just a few of the topics covered were how to get into med school, choosing a specialty, taking the MCAT, and life as a med student. Pre-Med Club outreach officer and RMU honors student, Lauren Roberts, coordinated with Senior VP Debra Caplan, Dr. Daniel Benckart, and Student Affairs manager Jeffery Reed to create this opportunity for RMU students. The experience at AGH was invaluable and inspiring. AGH was more than welcoming and enthusiastic towards our students and the RMU Pre-Med Club looks forward to working with them in the fall.
Within the RMU Honors program, there is an organization called the Student Advisory Committee, or ‘SAC.’ They help plan various events and community service projects. As the Honors program continues to grow, the students have decided to make some organizational changes in SAC. Honors RAs will now be apart of the Executive Board, which also consists of the co-presidents, vice president, treasurer, secretary, and SGA representative. Next semester, there will also be planning committees created, which will also allow for more student leadership and involvement.
For the elections for the 2013-2014 school year, sophomore Mark Polcha and junior Victoria Mikulan were elected as the co-presidents. Freshman Hannah Arnold was elected vice president. Sophomore Vanessa Petrasko was elected treasurer, and sophomore Annie Kandray was elected secretary. The SGA position will be filled in the fall when we have the meeting times. Congratulations to our new officers!