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Friday, September 23, 2016


-- The Washington Monthly  has ranked Robert Morris University in two categories in its 2016 College Guide and Rankings. As an annual ranking guide of universities, Washington Monthly rates institutions on what they are doing for and throughout the country. The guidelines for the rankings are social mobility, research, and service. Other categories include regional “Best Bang for the Buck” for affordable degrees. RMU ranked 180th for the overall National Universities and 215th for the Northeastern Universities that are the “Best Bang for the Buck”.

-- Aspiring actuarial students from 19 local and regional universities will be joining the RMU actuarial science majors for the 14th Annual RMU Actuarial Career Day, co-sponsored by Nationwide. This year's event will take place Friday, Sept. 30 at the Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport Hotel. About half of the 150 registered students are RMU actuarial ccience majors, with the remainder from a diverse array of schools, ranging from Alderson Broaddus to Youngstown State. They will be visiting a wide variety of actuarial employers, both local and national. The 20 participating employers include many brand-name insurance companies such as Aetna, Cigna, New York Life, State Farm, Progressive and Nationwide.

-- Join us on Oct. 7 at the Inauguration of Dr. Christopher Howard. The event kicks off with a Celebration of Excellence, a showcase of the most prestigious achievements of our five schools before the Inauguration ceremony at 1:30 p.m. in the Sewall Center Arena. After his investiture join President Howard at his Inaugural Reception and the Empowering Women Panel Discussion. The panel consists of three of President Howard's personal mentors and will shed light on how both men and women today can continue to empower women both in the workplace and in our personal lives. Click here to register for these events or visit to learn more. All employees are invited and encouraged to attend.

-- RMU is hosting its annual Fall Blood Drive in partnership with Central Blood Bank on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, 11 a.m. to 5p.m. in the John Jay Gym. Your participation is needed to help make the drive a success. Walk-ins are welcome, but if you need to make an appointment please email Donna Anderson with your preferred time (along with your cell phone number). The entire donation process should take no more than one hour. Your participation will help to save lives and you will be modeling active community engagement for our students.  Thank you ahead of time for your participation.


-- Darcy Tannehill, associate professor of education, is chairwoman of the 2016 Amyloidosis Research Benefit to be held by the Amyloidosis Foundation at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at the Montour Heights Country Club in Moon. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently chronicled Tannehill's battle with amyloidosis. Anyone who wants to attend this event should contact Tannehill at

-- Monica VanDieren, university professor of mathematics, will give a talk next week on her research into model theory at the Centre de Recerca Matemàtica in Barcelona, Spain, as part of the International Research Program on Large Cardinals and Strong Logic.


-- The RMU Health Services Administration Program cordially invites you to the Healthcare Executive Forum: Third-Party Payers on Tuesday, October 11 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. in Sewall Center Executive Dining Room. The keynote speaker is Dr. Frank Brown, Cigna Healthcare’s senior medical director for the mid-Atlantic region, and his keynote address is titled “Modern Healthcare: The Journey from Volume to Value”. Other panelists include Jerome Dioguardi from Aetna, Jean Rush from Highmark, E.J. Heckert from United, Scott Lammie from UPMC, and A.J. Harper from the Healthcare Council of Western Pennsylvania.

To RSVP or ask any questions, contact Holly Hampe at or (412) 397-5483.

-- The Department of English and Sigma Tau Delta are asking you to submit a detailed 1-page description of your proposed 10 minute talk about a creepy topic from folklore, history, criminology, science, TV, movies, urban legends or fiction for the 9th Creepy Conference. Creative work welcome! Accepted proposals will be notified shortly after the due date. SET credit for all presenters. Send proposals to by midnight Sept. 30 to be considered. The Creepy Conference is Wednesday, Oct. 26, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Wheatley Atrium.

-- The School of Education and Social Sciences is sponsoring the Celebration of Women Luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Dining Rooms A, B, and C in Sewall Center. With the theme being “Sharing the Wisdom Intergenerationally,” Heather Heidelbaugh, who is a nationally recognized for her work in election law, will be the featured speaker.

-- Annette Foerster, the Fall 2016 Rooney International Visiting Scholar, will give two public lectures this fall: "Torture and Democracy" on Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the RISE Center Theater in Scaife Hall; and "German Politics" on Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the University Library in Patrick Henry Center.


Friday, Sept. 23
Women's Hockey vs. Toronto (7 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/tix 412-397-4949 or
Free RMU student admission with Freedom Card--tickets in ISC main lobby--$5 RMU faculty/staff same location

Saturday, Sept. 24
Women's Volleyball vs. C. Conn. State (3 pm/Sewall Center/free admission)
Football vs. Malone (7 pm/Joe Walton Stadium/tix 412-397-4949 or
Free RMU student admission w/ Freedom Card -- go to student tailgate tent on plaza -- $5 RMU faculty/staff at kiosk
Free halftime food on the plaza for RMU students under the tent (sponsored by the Colonial Crazies)
Sign up on the plaza to take the Clearview FCU Quarterback might win $500!
Live remote radio broadcast on 970 AM ESPN on the plaza (5-6:30 pm); Stadium gates open 5:30 pm

Sunday, Sept. 25
Men's Soccer vs. George Washington (1 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission)
Women's Volleyball vs. Bryant (3 pm/Sewall Center/free admission)

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