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Friday, April 17, 2015


-- The RMU Board of Trustees has appointed Provost David L. Jamison the interim president of the university effective June 30. Jamison will lead RMU until a new president is intalled to succeed President Gregory G. Dell'Omo, who is leaving to become the next president of Rider University in New Jersey. Read more about the provost and the search for RMU's eighth president.

-- The RMU Board of Trustees voted Monday to allow the university to raise $50 million to fund an events center that would be the home of the university's NCAA Division I men's and women's basketball teams and volleyball team. The board also gave the university the go-ahead to do preliminary design and planning on the proposed facility, which would include an arena capable of seating 4,000 to 4,500 people and would also host other events including commencement and concerts. 

-- RMU’s Environmental Science program was named among the top 50 in the nation by, an educational information site for prospective students to learn about credible colleges and universities. This is an especially prestigious accomplishment given how new the program is, having only launched 10 years ago. The rankings are based on published surveys, student data and career data collected from the integrated Postsecondary Education Data System and National Center for Education Statistics. Read more about Environmental Science at RMU.

-- RMU's student media outlets picked up a slew of national awards recently from the Society for Collegiate Journalism, and three students won individual awards:

RMU Sentry Media: First place, Online News Website Overall Excellence

RMU Radio: First place, Internet Radio Overall Excellence

RMU Live: Third place, Television News Show Overall Excellence

Individual award winners were Nick Buzzelli, first place, Features, "Relatability factor looks to propel Wolf to Harrisburg" and second place, Photo Slideshow, "Sal Buscaglia on RMU’s NCAA Tournament loss to Notre Dame;" Hannah Smith, second place, Multi-Story Journalism, "Dell'Omo not yet finished at RMU." 

-- The 2015 Service Recognition Program was held April 13, in the Sewall Center’s Executive Dining Room. This program integrates with the 20 Year Club Program recognizing the talents, dedication, and commitment of our full-time and regular part-time staff employees as well as our full-time faculty members. The Service Recognition celebration honored 117 employees who achieved five or more years of continuous service with the university as of December 31, 2015. Of the 117 employees, special recognition was provided to those achieving 35, 40 and 45 years of service this year:

35 Years of Service: David Krestal

40 Years of Service: William Milliron

45 Years of Service: Frank Perry

The university is proud to recognize the contributions, talents and service of our employees with this celebration. See photos of the event here.

-- On April 10, Victoria Snyder, director of the Office of Multicultural Student Services, took nine male RMU students to the 8th Annual Black Male Summit at the University of Akron. The conference is the largest black male summit in the country. Snyder also gave two presentations: "At the Center of Attention: Creating Space for Men of Color" and "It's not Just Black and White: Advising NPHC Organizations."


-- Christine Holtz, professor of media arts, has two photographs from her series “50 Greenspace Dumpsites” selected for inclusion in "Pittsburgh: A Personal Vision” at Camera Arts Creative in Lawrenceville. The exhibition opens today, April 17.

-- English Professor John Lawson presented a paper, "Poetry as (Neurotic) Enactment: A Horneyian Perspective," at the College English Association Conference in Indianapolis on March 27.


-- The Media Arts Department invites the campus community to the Senior Portfolio Show opening on Thursday, April 23, from 4:45 to 7 p.m. in the Media Arts Gallery, Wheatley Center, with a reception in the SCIS Atrium (formerly known as the Critique Space) at 4:45 p.m. The exhibition showcases the work of the 37 graduating media arts students in graphic design, interaction design, photography and TV/video production. The Best of Show and other awards will be announced at 6 p.m.

-- The RMU CEO Lecture Series returns Monday, May 11, with a talk over breakfast by Jeff Broadhurst, president and CEO of Eat'n Park Hospitality Group and a member of the RMU Board of Trustees, at the Lexus Club at PNC Park. The cost is $20 for individuals and $120 for a table of six. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m., breakfast will be served at 8:10 and the program begins at 8:30. RSVP at

- RMU Colonial Theatre performs of Balm in Gilead, featuring a cast of striking characters: rough men and women, prostitutes, pimps, junkies, and dealers who frequent a 24-hour diner in Manhattan in 1964. Among this din of unrepentant sinners and losers, the play focuses on a hopeful relationship between a cynical drug dealer and a pretty, naïve new arrival to the big bad city.

The play is directed by RMU professor Barbara Burgess-Lefebvre and features an ensemble cast of 32 actors from the university and community. The performance runs tonight, Friday, April 17 and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m and Sunday at 2 p.m. in Massey Theater. Tickets are available at the door for $10. 

- The Honors Program cordially invites you to attend the Intersections Undergraduate Research Conference next Friday, April 24, from 11:45-4:30 in Sewall 3rd Floor. Over 60 RMU students will be participating, with 9 panels and over 20 poster presentations. The schedule for the conference is available here.


Friday, April 17

 Women's Lacrosse vs. Bryant (3 pm/Joe Walton Stadium/free admission) Free Youth Soccer Clinic (6 pm/Joe Walton Stadium)

Saturday, April 18

Softball vs. LIU Brooklyn (1 pm Doubleheader/North Athletic Complex/free admission)?Football Spring Game (2 pm/Joe Walton Stadium/free admission) 

Sunday, April 19?Softball vs. Wagner (Noon Doubleheader/North Athletic Complex/free admission)...SENIOR DAY

Women's Lacrosse vs. C. Conn. State (1 pm/Joe Walton Stadium/free admission)...SENIOR DAY

2015-16 RMU CHEERLEADING TRYOUTS...will be held this Saturday, April 18 at Yorktown Hall. All-girl and Co-Ed team positions available. Email or visit our website at

SAAC ALL SPORTS EVENT...All RMU students are invited this Student-Athlete Advisory Committee sponsored event on Sunday, April 19 from 4-9 pm in Sewall Center. Dodge ball, basketball, volleyball, soccer and pizza! For more information, e-mail

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