Outcomes Video for the John G. Rangos Sr. Prizes Competition

Projects Featured in the Video

From Pedagogy to Practices

Dr. Aleina Smith, Samantha Backstrom, Abby Nimerosky, Maura Rost, Crystal Beriguete-Castro and Fatima Demlak

This Rangos Prize project created a student-led TED-talks and podcast series designed to promote High Impact Practices (HIP) and experiential learning experiences for the following student populations:

  •  Students of color
  •  First-Generation students
  •  Strategies for Academic Success (SAS) and Pathways to Success (PTS) Students

Observations over the past two academic years, have demonstrated that students who participate in the courses of Strategies for Academic Success or Pathways to Success respond to academic and social challenges that are delivered via student speakers (also former SAS/PTS students). Consequently, these demonstrated interests expand outside of the classroom within the realms of academic branding and successful integration into higher education experience.

A Writing Center & Community Confluence: Moving the Writing Center into the Community

Dr. Jim Purdy

A Rangos prize supported efforts by Dr. Purdy, a faculty member in the College of Liberal Arts, to establish a Community Writing Center in Pittsburgh's Hill District. The Center is working with students from ACH Clear Pathways to prepare a video script, collaborating with Macedonia FACE to create a community newsletter, partnering with the Elsinore Bennu Think Tank for Restorative Justice to support a book project that features chapters from formerly incarcerated men, and mentoring an English Department Chair at a local high school to support the establishment of a writing center there.

Empathy in the Digital Age

Ben Gaddes

As a doctoral student in Psychology, Ben Gaddes developed a new course to examine the impact of digital technology on students. This class explores the psychological and economic impacts of these new cultural horizons, and how can we provide genuine experiential instruction on how to relate and connect with each other in the yet unknown 21st century. Students have responded enthusiastically to the course. The course has also inspired changes in the Psychology curriculum.

Health Inequalities, Professional Preparation, and the Pittsburgh Region: A Multidisciplinary, Community-Engaged Course to Prepare Generation Z for the Future

Dr. Cathleen Appelt, Dr. Jessica Devido, Dr. Andrew Simpson and Dr. Pam Spigelmyer

This Rangos prize project involves a community-engaged course dealing with the disparities in employment in the health-care industry that are becoming evident in a new technologically-driven era. Pittsburgh is a region dominated by health care organizations. Many of our graduates and fellow community members will find employment in these organizations and will need to understand the social context of health-care in order to be successful in their careers. The course works with community partners to provide a solution for a critical health or health-care employment issue. Students improve their understanding of the industry and have a defined set of research and communication skills they can highlight when applying for jobs.