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The Minuteman

Friday, June 29, 2012

-- RMU has named Wendy Beckemeyer its new vice president for enrollment and financial aid, effective July 1. In her new position, Beckemeyer will act as the university’s chief enrollment officer, charged with developing and implementing recruitment strategies. She will oversee the offices of admissions and financial aid, and will take a lead role in enrollment marketing initiatives. Beckemeyer will report directly to President Dell’Omo. Beckemeyer comes to RMU from Chatham University, where she has been vice president of enrollment since 2010. Prior to that, she served in the same role for Alfred University in New York and Colby-Sawyer College in New London, N.H. Read more about Wendy Beckemeyer.

-- The B.E.S.T of RMU will host a car show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 1, in the Sewall Center parking lot. B.E.S.T stands for the Bridging Education, Service, & Teaching (B.E.S.T) club, a new student organization at Robert Morris. B.E.S.T., which currently counts 30 members, allows RMU students pursing degrees in education to serve young people who have disabilities and the parents of those with disabilities. The car show will raise funds for the Down Syndrome Association of Pittsburgh.
Activities on Sunday include:
-Prizes and Judging for show cars
-Children’s activities
-Raffles and prize drawings
-Chinese auction
-Food and drinks

Admission to the car show is free, but donations are appreciated.

-- Colonial Theatre presents two summer productions, The Fantasticks and The Music Man, to be performed in July in Massey Theater. The Fantasticks runs July 18-21, at 8 p.m. with an extra performance, at 2 p.m., on Saturday, July 21. The July 18 show is a preview and features $5 tickets or a free ticket for students with their ID; the other performances costs $10. The preview show for The Music Man takes place at 8 p.m. July 25; that show runs through Sunday, July 29, with a 2 p.m. performance only on Sunday.

-- Jon Radermacher, associate professor and head of the Department of Media Arts, was one of 40 people across the country invited to participate in Think Tank, a symposium to discuss the current state of and the future of craft in America. As a trained metalsmith, Radermacher is a craft artist who makes objects and sculpture that are exhibited in national and international exhibitions. Discussions at Think Tank revolved around craft eduction, new audiences for craft, political action and awareness, marketing, and improving cooperation and collaboration within the many different craft disciplines. The symposium was co-organized by the Society for Contemporary Craft, Crafthaus, and Touchstone Center for the Crafts, where it was held on June 9-12.

-- Larkin Werner, part-time faculty in the Department of Media Arts, won a national ADDY Gold Award for Wall-to-Wall Studios's Burgatory integrated branding campaign. Werner is a partner and creative director at Wall-to-Wall, which produced RMU's award-winning Change A Life advertising campaign.

*WELLNESS TIP* Keep cutting boards clean to avoid food poisoning. Buy a board that is smooth, durable, and nonabsorbent, such as one made of plastic. Scrub your board with hot water and soap. Sanitize it in the dishwasher or by rinsing it in a solution of one tablespoon of bleach to one gallon of water.


 Below is a sampling of upcoming events. For other events,  go to

July 1,
B.E.S.T. Car Show

August 10, PNC Bank Presents Pat Metheny Unity Band