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Newsmaker: Connie Ruzich

| Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, 10:57 p.m.
Connie Ruzich, 54, English professor at Robert Morris University.
Connie Ruzich, 54, English professor at Robert Morris University.

Noteworthy: Ruzich, an English professor at Robert Morris University, was selected for a Fulbright teaching and research grant to study poetry of World War I and its centennial commemorations at the University of Exeter in England.

Age: 54

Residence: Sewickley

Family: Husband, Andy; daughters, Emily, 26, and Bess, 23.

Background: Ruzich also has served as the academic reviewer for the Pittsburgh Speaker Series since 2003, providing radio commentary on WQED and KDKA.

Education: Bachelor's degree from Oral Roberts University; master's degree from University of Pittsburgh; and a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.

Quote: “Although the anniversary of the Great War is going largely unmarked in the U.S., the poetry of WWI provides a powerful means of assisting American students in understanding the ways in which war, battle and sacrifice are framed.”

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