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RMU Marks 90th Anniversary with Opening of Business School Building

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

 

Pittsburgh – Robert Morris University marked its 90th anniversary Sept. 6 during a celebration at its brand-new School of Business complex, the centerpiece of a $40 million fundraising campaign.

The new 18,000-square-foot School of Business complex, which includes The PNC Trading Center, The United States Steel Corporation Video Conferencing and Technology Center, and The ATI Center, gives the university’s business school its first official home at its campus in suburban Moon Township.

This new building was funded through RMU’s Changing Lives, Building Futures capital campaign, the first comprehensive capital campaign in the university’s history. RMU already has raised $36 million toward the campaign’s $40 million goal.

“This high-tech business laboratory will give Robert Morris University, its graduates, and its faculty the reputation they deserve, the reputation they have earned through their hard work, professional success, and dedicated service to the community,” said President Gregory G. Dell’Omo. “It will be a transformative facility that will move our business school and university to another level.”

In 2009, the School of Business earned accreditation by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The school’s new building features the latest in business technology. Among other features, 12 Bloomberg terminals give students access to real-time financial market data, and an 18-seat Cisco telepresence room allows for an immersive videoconferencing experience.

“Having a new home lets us replant the flag of who we are, how we do things differently and better,” said Daria C. Crawley, associate professor of management. “The technology pulls us closer to that international marketplace. It will enable students to engage in better conversations.”

A highlight of the Sept. 6 event was the surprise presentation to campaign chairman David J. Malone of the David J. Malone Volunteer Service Award, named in Malone's honor by the RMU Board of Trustees. Malone is vice chairman of the board and president and CEO of Gateway Financial.

Robert Morris was founded on Sept. 21, 1921, in downtown Pittsburgh as the Pittsburgh School of Accountancy. The school’s first graduating class of 25 students completed their degrees in 1925. In 1935, the school changed its name to the Robert Morris School of Business in honor of the Founding Father popularly known as the financier of the American Revolution.

Robert Morris purchased a building in 1959 at 600 Fifth Ave, later dubbed the Pittsburgh Center. In 1962, to meet the growing demand among students for residences, Robert Morris purchased the 230-acre Oliver Kaufmann estate in Moon Township. In 1969, the school became Robert Morris College and began to offer four-year degrees.

Robert Morris achieved university status in 2002, and today includes five academic schools, offers 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate degree programs, and enrolls 5,000 students. Last May, 819 students participated in RMU's 86th commencement ceremonies.

RMU sold its downtown center in 2010 as it completed its transformation to a residential university in Moon Township. Recently, the university opened Peter Salem Hall, its 13th residence hall. Today approximately 1,700 students live on campus, more than at any other time in the university’s history.

ABOUT ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY
Robert Morris University, founded in 1921, is a private, four-year institution with an enrollment of approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university offers 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs. An estimated 22,000 alumni live and work in western Pennsylvania.