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Friday, September 11, 2015


-- The RMU Board of Trustees announced Thursday that Dr. Christopher B. Howard will become the eighth president of the university effective Feb. 1, 2016. Howard, president of Hampden-Sydney College, emerged as the top candidate from a pool of highly recommended leaders.

“The Robert Morris University Board of Trustees is pleased to appoint Dr. Christopher Howard as RMU’s next president,” said Gary Claus ’74, chair of the university’s Board of Trustees. “Dr. Howard is a high-energy, charismatic, and visionary leader who believes in the power of mentorship – a perfect fit for RMU."

He is a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, where he received the Campbell Trophy, the nation’s highest academic honor for a senior college football player. He earned an MBA with Distinction from the Harvard Business School and a doctorate in politics from Oxford University while on a Rhodes Scholarship. Howard was raised in Plano, Texas.

"In the future, it is those higher education institutions truly committed to providing the foundational tools of critical thinking, written and oral communication, and a deep understanding of the world we live in, coupled with the opportunity to delve deeply into the professions, that are poised for success,” said Howard. “RMU is an 'all of the above' university bolstered by an exceptional faculty, able staff, engaged alumni, dedicated board, supportive friends, and bright and motivated students.” 

Read more about Dr. Howard here.


  • Welcome Party - Friday, Sept. 18, 5 p.m. at All Star Sports Bar and Grill
  • Campus Tours - Saturday, Sept. 19, Noon
  • Tailgate Alley - Saturday, Sept 19., Opens at noon
  • Reunion Years Reception - Saturday, Sept. 19, 1-2:30 p.m.
  • Alumni Zone - Saturday, Sept. 19, Opens at 2:30 p.m.
  • Football game - Saturday Sept. 19, Kick-off at 3 p.m.  
-- RMU once again was named to the list of Military Friendly Schools by Victory Media, which ranks colleges and universities based on their support for students who are veterans, their academic rigor, and career outcomes, among other criteria. RMU's programs for veterans are run by the RMU Veterans Education and Training Center.

-- RMU in the News has been updated with news coverage of the university in August. See why Jay Carson, Maria Kalevitch, and Pat Litzinger were talking to reporters last month.


-- RMU and Heritage Valley Health System will host the “What’s On Your Plate?” Healthy Foods and Wellness Expo in the Sewall Center Arena Saturday, Sept. 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is a collaboration of Heritage Valley’s Community Health Services Department and the RMU Office of Student and Civic Engagement, and it is coordinated by RMU senior management student Bobby Catley. The free event will include live cooking demonstrations, free health screenings, live fitness demonstrations, free food and product samples, and also the chance to win door prizes. Those attending the health and wellness expo can visit one of the more than 55 featured exhibitors. Catley also coordinated the expo last year and when he was a senior at Hopewell High School. His devotion to public service has earned him the Pittsburgh Penguins Humanitarian Award and the Jefferson Awards for Public Service.  

-- The Rooney International Visiting Scholar Program in cooperation with the School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science would like to invite you to The Rooney House on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 3:30 pm, to welcome Majid Hashemipour, this semester’s Rooney Scholar. Hashemipour holds degrees from Warwick University in Britain and Eastern Mediterranean University in Famagusta in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. His professional interests include manufacturing technology, computer integrated manufacturing, and manufacturing systems engineering. He has served as head of the Mechanical Engineering Department at EMU as well as vice rector for technical administration and international affairs. Hashemipour is accompanied by his wife Shadi Hashemipour, who holds a Ph.D. from Warwick University. Refreshments will be served.

-- Mark your calendars for a special event on Constitution Day, Thursday, Sept. 17, starting at 11:45 a.m. in Rogal Chapel. There will be a Student Veterans Panel, with some of our student veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan talking about their experience serving in the military. All are invited, and classes are welcome. This event is sponsored by RMU's Oral History Center, the Jacob Ferree Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Office of Student Civic Engagement.  Hope to see you there!  

-- "Selections 2015", the first exhibition of the year by the RMU Department of Media Arts, runs through Sept. 24 in the Media Arts Gallery in the Wheatley Center. The year exhibition highlights the work of four faculty members,: Professor Christine Holtz, Assistant Professor Cigdem Slankard and part-time faculty members, Jessica Kalmar and Lauren Zito. By featuring the work of just four faculty, the size of our beautiful gallery enables us to show a small body of work by each faculty member, representing one aspect of their current professional practice research profile. Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show is free and open to the public.

-- The Office of Graduate Admissions is hosting a free GMAT practice test event on Saturday, Sept. 26, in the Wheatley Center. Doors open at 8 a.m., and a continental breakfast is provided. The exam promptly begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 12:30 p.m. Kaplan Test Prep will provide a complimentary analysis of your test scores. Space is limited. Walk-ins and late arrivals cannot be accommodated. RSVP is required by Friday, Sept. 18 to Sarah Collins at

-- Announcing the Call for Proposals for the Creepy Conference VIII, presented by the Department of English and Sigma Tau Delta! The CC VIII will be at Wheatley Atrium on Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. If you want to present a 10-minute talk on any creepy topic from folklore, history, crime, internet, TV or movies, simply send in a one page description of your proposed idea to by Sept. 30. If selected, you can present your talk at the Creepy Conference (Best paper gets a prize; every presenter gets SET credit!).


Sunday, Sept. 13
Women's Soccer vs. Canisius (1 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission)

COACH BANASZAK SHOW...Get an insider's look at RMU Colonials football with the John Banaszak Show. Join Coach Banaszak for the live show taping, at the All-Star Sports Bar and Grille in Robinson from 8-9 p.m. this Monday, Sept. 14.