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Friday, March 18, 2016


-- The Pittsburgh Speakers Series has announced the speakers for its 2016-17 season. Presented by RMU, the series will open with Academy-award winning actress, Rita Moreno (Oct. 5) and will welcome former Prime Minister of Israel, Ehud Barak on Oct. 26. A panel discussion on Racism in America with former NPR host Michele Norris; Wall Street Journal columnist and author, Jason Riley; and Morris Dees, co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center will take place on Nov. 16.  Other featured speakers for the season include Monty Python co-founder, John Cleese (Jan. 25, 2017); former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey (Feb. 15, 2017); broadcast journalist, Ted Koppel (March 29, 2017); and Presidential historian, Jon Meacham (April 19, 2017).

EDITOR'S NOTE -- The Minuteman is off this Friday and will return on Friday, April 1. Enjoy the long weekend! 


-- The March 2016 issue of the Journal of Accountancy features Associate Professor of Accounting Theresa Hilliard with her article, "My Pathway from Practitioner to Professor." The Journal of Accountancy is a publication of the American Institute of CPAs and is widely recognized as a preeminent journal in the field of accounting. Hilliard joined the faculty of the Department of Accounting and Taxation in August 2015.

-- Ann Jabro, university professor of communication, presented research from a longitudinal study of chemical plant workers and community advisory council members titled, "Working behind the gate: chemical plant employees dialogue about work experiences" at the International Public Relations Research Conference. Jabro has been awarded a $5,000 competitive grant by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc. to conduct a content analysis of 46 years of media coverage of the Jazz Festival at the archives in New Orleans this summer.


-- Check out the slew of events planned for Women's History Month.

-- On Monday, March 21 in the International Suite from 10 – 11 a.m. Mary Beth Tinker will be speaking about her U.S. Supreme Court case, Tinker vs. Des Moines. Tinker and others wore black armbands to school in 1965 to protest the Vietnam War, and after the students refused to remove the bands the matter resulted in the Supreme Court’s hands. For more information, contact Heather Pinson ( or Anthony Moretti (

-- The Media Arts Gallery is proud to present the 11th Annual Gold Show featuring the best student work  as chosen and juried by the Media Arts Faculty. The opening reception is Monday, March 21, from  4:45 to 7 p.m., and the exhibition runs through April 7. The Media Arts Gallery is in the Wheatley Center and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and the exhibition is free and open to the public.

-- The annual Women’s History Month luncheon will take place on Wednesday, March 23 from Noon – 1:30 p.m. in the Sewall Center (3rd Floor). The keynote speaker will be Dana Brown, executive director of the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University. In addition to hearing from Brown, we will also present RMU’s annual Woman of Achievement Award and recognize all of our outstanding student nominees. The luncheon is free for students and $10 for faculty, staff, and guests. This year we invite you to host a table for up to six (6) students that you ask to be your guests. Whether you choose to host a table or not, please RSVP to the Office of Student Life at no later than today, Friday, March 18 if you would like to attend. Please indicate if you have any dietary restrictions or wish to request a vegetarian entrée. If you are hosting a table, please provide our office with the list of names of the students you have invited to join you.

-- On Wednesday, March 23, the Department of English's Professional Focus on the Humanities series will continue exploring career paths for humanities majors by inviting two speakers to address the publishing industry. Tess Barry, an established poet who was shortlisted this year for the prestigious Manchester Literary Prize, will address how to get started as an author, and Gia Tatone, author and experienced manuscript developer and consultant, will discuss getting published as an author and getting started in the publishing industry. The event will be from 4 to 5 p.m. in Wheatley Atrium. It is open to the public and free. RMU students are eligible for SET credit in the Professional Development Profile.

-- All are invited to the Welcome Reception for incoming Rooney International Scholar Patrea Andersen, associate professor of nursing, University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. The event takes place from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, at the Rooney House, Colonial Village #3. Andersen is a registered nurse with a Ph.D. in nursing whose career spans 30 years. During this time, she has lead innovation and scholarship to enhance learning and teaching and provide exceptional learning experiences for students. Simulation design and curriculum integration is the focus of her research and practice. In addition to a public lecture and guest class lectures, Andersen will be collaborating and sharing simulation pedagogy best practices with the faculty of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences during her month-long stay. Anderson will give her public lecture, "Simulation Pedagogy in all Disciplines: An International Perspective," from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, in the RISE Theater (Room 11) in Scaife Hall.

--The Center for Documentary Production and Study & Department of Media Arts cordially invite you to the following screenings by producer/director/screenwriter Ferenc Moldoványi, the Spring 2016 Visiting Documentary Filmmaker:

The Way (1997)
Wednesday, March 23 - 2-4 p.m.
Hopwood Hall

Children Kosovo 2000(2001)
Wednesday, April 23 - 2-4 p.m.
Hopwood Hall

-- The School of Nursing and Health Sciences will host “Crystal Ball: The Future of U.S. Health Care," an evening lecture, panel discussion, and networking opportunity at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, at RMU’s Moon Township campus. The event takes place in the Executive Dining Room of the Sewall Center. Dr. Barry Bittman, the chief population health officer for Allegheny Health Network, will present his views about how spiraling costs and preventable waste have led to policies that will bring about a significant metamorphosis in U.S. health care, and what steps are needed to prepare the health care workforce of the future. 

Dr. Bittman will then join a panel discussion with:

Dr. Karen Hacker - Director, Allegheny County Health Department
Susan Frank - Vice President of Population Health, Allegheny Health Network
Kevin Progar - Project Manager, Healthcare Council of Western Pennsylvania
Dr. Michael Madden - Chief Medical Officer, Gateway Health
Stephen Foreman - Associate Professor of Health Care Administration, RMU

The event is free and open to the public but space is limited. RSVP to Holly Hampe at


HEY, ROBERT MORRIS BACKERS...Join fellow Colonial fans at the All-Star Sports Bar & Grill (adjacent to the Mall at Robinson) 6302 Robinson Center Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15205 this Saturday March 19 to watch RMU women's basketball play at UConn in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament. The game will be on the big screens at 11 a.m. live on ESPN2! Feel free to bring guests to enjoy the fun. 
Men's Lacrosse vs. Sacred Heart (1 pm/Joe Walton Stadium/free admission)

HOBEY BAKER TIME!...Three Colonials are up for college hockey's top individual award. They are Brandon Denham, Greg Gibson and Zac Lynch. Fan voting is going on right now so please visit and cast your ballot today!

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