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Friday, October 7, 2016


-- Join us today, 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. All employees are invited and encouraged to attend, and all classes have been canceled starting at noon.

-- The School of Nursing and Health Services is hosting the Pennsylvania Action Coalition’s "Pennsylvania’s Healthcare Mosaic Conference," a statewide nursing conference on Oct. 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., which will focus on building health equity and cultural competence. Dr. Rachel Levine is the Physician General of Pennsylvania, and she is the keynote speaker for the event. In her speech she will be addressing diversity in Pennsylvania and her groundbreaking work and dedication to increasing cultural competency in our state. Also speaking will be Candi Castleberry Singelton, founder and CEO of Dignity & Respect, Inc., Rita Adeniran, president and CEO of Innovative and Inclusive Global Solutions, and Lisa M. Lewis, assistant dean for diversity and inclusion at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Click here for group and pre-licensed student rates. Registration and breakfast will take place from 7 to 8:30 a.m.

-- Check out the latest edition of RMU in the News to learn more about RMU's new national ranking and why Phil Harold, Peggy Outon and others were in the news in September.


-- English Professor John Lawson has received the Pennsylvania Communication Association 2016 Carroll Arnold Distinguished Service Award.


-- Mark your calendars -- you don't want to miss the second RMU Roundtable of the year, "WWI: The Biggest American War You've Forgotten," held Tuesday, October 11, from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Hale 101. Soren Fanning, association professor of history, will be discussing the American experience in the war, including severe censorship, rationing, conscription, and the first ever mass movement of American soldiers outside North America. He will also explore how the war changed American society, transforming us from a 19th century Victorian culture to a technological, 20th century people.

-- The 2016 Political Science Symposium will be held in Sewall Center's International Suite Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 12:15 to 3:30 p.m. Speakers include Mary Esther Van Shura, a former teacher and adjunct faculty member in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh; Lindsey Burke, the Will Skillman Fellow at the Heritage Foundation; Ron Cowell, president of The Education Policy and Leadership Center; Bob Dick, a senior policy analyst for the Commonwealth Foundation; and Jeff Garis, the outreach and engagement director for the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center. All are welcome to attend!

--The U Show, an exhibition that features artwork created by RMU students across several departments and schools, runs through Oct. 28 in the Media Arts Gallery in Wheatley Center. Gallery Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 11am - 3 P.M.; Thursday 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

-- The RMU Health Services Administration Program cordially invites you to the Healthcare Executive Forum: Third-Party Payers onTuesday, 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.

-- Learn about RMU graduate and doctoral degrees at the Fall Graduate & Doctorate Open House from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, in the Sewall Center.

-- 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: "Debating Torture in Democracies" on Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the RISE Center Theater in Scaife Hall; and "German Politics in Times of Crisis" on Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the University Library in Patrick Henry Center. See descriptions below:

"Debating Torture in Democracies"
Terrorist attacks in diverse Western democracies raised scientific discussions on the legitimacy of torture with a focus on “ticking bomb” scenarios. The lecture systematizes the normative discussion on torture in democracies with a focus on the question of its legitimacy and legality. Can torture ever be a legitimate means of state policy? And if so, should it be legal? Or do those scenarios belong to a state of emergency framework that transcends the normal limits of state power drawn by constitutional democracies? 

"German Politics in Times of Crisis"
Terrorists attacks, the financial crisis, Brexit, the refugee crisis - German politics are confronted with Herculean tasks that challenge the political and social order of the republic, giving rise to populist movements. The presentation explores and comments on current developments within German politics.   


Friday, Oct. 7
Women's Soccer vs. Saint Francis U. (4 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission)
Women's Hockey vs. RPI (7:05 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
Free continuous student shuttle between campus -- Lexington/Concord Halls -- and ISC 6-10 pm!
Sign up in the arena to take the Clearview FCU Skill Shot might win $500!
Skate with the Colonials after the game (free with own skates, $3 to rent from ISC front desk)!
Men's Lacrosse Alumni Game (7:30 pm/Joe Walton Stadium/free admission)

Saturday, Oct. 8
Women's Lacrosse Alumni Game (9 am/Joe Walton Stadium/free admission)
Football Alumni Game (10:30 am/Joe Walton Stadium/free admission)
Softball Alumni Game (11 am/North Athletic Complex/free admission)
Football vs. Saint Francis U. (3 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
RMU students also can pick up their free tickets in the Nicholson Center Food Court Wed 10/5 or Thur 10/6 (noon-1 pm)
Free halftime food on the plaza for RMU students under the tent (sponsored by Beta Alpha Psi and SGA)
Sign up on the plaza to take the Clearview FCU Quarterback might win $500!
Women's Hockey vs. RPI (3:05 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/free admission) 
Be our guest as we continue our "Celebration of Excellence" of women's sports with free admission for all fans!
Sign up in the arena to take the Clearview FCU Skill Shot might win $500!
Women's Volleyball vs. SFC Brooklyn (7 pm/Sewall Center/free admission)
Special recognition of RMU Volleyball Alumni in attendance during break between sets

Sunday, Oct. 9
Women's Volleyball vs. LIU Brooklyn (5 pm/Sewall Center/free admission)

MEET THE COLONIALS...presented by Peoples Natural Gas is an annual event not to be missed! It's Thursday, Oct. 20 at 9 p.m. in Sewall Center. Join us as we introduce the 2016-17 RMU women's and men's basketball teams. Free admission! Free t-shirt! Free pizza! Be there! 

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