By Wendy Sarubbi | February 18, 2011 1:50 pm

The UCF College of Medicine on Thursday said thank you and best wishes to Ruth Marshall, Ed.D., director of Educational Technology, who announced she was leaving the college to go on medical leave.

“Ruth has been an integral part of our college and has led our efforts to link a strong educational curriculum with the latest technology,” said Dr. Deborah German, vice president of medical affairs and dean of the College of Medicine. “When students use state-of-the-art technology to become better doctors, they have Ruth and her team to thank.”

Ruth received a framed certificate from the Dean and Dr. Julia Pet-Armacost, associate dean for Planning and Knowledge Management that recognized her “outstanding contributions to our students and to our vision of being the nation’s premier 21st century college of medicine.” She also received a scrapbook of photos and notes from friends and a pearl and turquoise cross. Colleagues, faculty members and students thanked Ruth for her efforts at bringing technology to medical school classrooms and for her friendship, courage and faith.

Ruth joined the College of Medicine after serving as Director of the Office of Instructional Resources at the University of Central Florida, a position she had held since 1996. She received her M.A. in Library Science from the University of Michigan and her doctorate in Educational Instructional Technology from Northern Illinois University.

A pastor’s daughter, Ruth spoke often of her family and faith. Recently, she engineered a typewriter-FAX set up so her mother can send daily family news updates and inspirational sayings to people across the country. Ruth’s mom lives in an assisted living center in Michigan and prefers typewriters, not computers, for writing.

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