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Friday, September 14, 2012


-- On Friday, Sept. 14, RMU will host a meeting of the IBM Regional Planning Group to discuss how to boost RMU's industry-leading enterprise systems programs. The meeting will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Pittsburgh Airport and will include faculty from RMU's School of Communications and Information Systems along with representatives from IBM, PNC, BNY-Mellon, Highmark, UPMC, Bayer, SDLC Partners, K&L Gates, and Blue Cross Blue Shield - South Carolina.

In response to the increased demand – and with the help of IBM -- this fall RMU began offering its M.S. in Information Security Assurance, including a concentration in enterprise systems, at its new RMU Downtown location at 339 Sixth Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh. Other options include the M.S. in Internet Information Systems, with a concentration in enterprise systems; the undergraduate Professional Certificate in Enterprise Systems; the graduate Professional Certificate in Enterprise Systems; and the B.S. in Computer Information Systems, with a concentration in enterprise systems. Read more about RMU, IBM, and enterprise systems.

-- Led by Shellie Hipsky, associate professor of education, students in the School of Education and Social Sciences, are helping homeless mothers with young children at Adagio Healthy Start Home. Some of the footage will be seen on an episode of Inspiring Lives with Dr. Shellie on PCNC Mondays at 7:30 p.m. starting Sept. 24. The students will be painting a jungle mural with Getrude Matshe, this semester's Rooney Visiting Internation Scholar, helping Elliven Spa and Treasure House Fashions with the mommy makeovers/family portraits by Firefly Studios Photography, and they will play with the children with donations from a toy drive led held by SESS.

-- Senior accounting and finance major Josh Blum is the ninth RMU student to earn a Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Next Generation internship stipend, worth $4,500. Blum will intern with the American Middle East Institute. Formerly known as American Humanics, the Nonpofit Leadership Alliance is a national professional development organization which offers the certified nonprofit professional certification program. It prepares students for professional positions in the nonprofit sector. 

-- Jaclyn Bosiljevac, a senior actuarial science major at Robert Morris University, was recently awarded the 2012 Actuary of Tomorrow – Stuart A. Robertson Memorial Scholarship by The Actuarial Foundation. The scholarship is awarded to a full-time undergraduate sophomore, junior, or senior who has completed at least two actuarial examinations. Bosiljevac also won two other national scholarships: the John Culver Wooddy Scholarship and the Insurance Scholarship Foundation of America Marsh Scholars Award. She is the first student ever to win both the Wooddy and the Robertson scholarships in the same year.

-- The RMU Band earned first place in the senior division at this year's Pittsburgh Labor Day Parade.

You're Invited!

-- All RMU faculty and staff are invited to the former Wayne Center on Thursday, Sept. 20, 6:30 p.m., for Celebration2! Please join us for this memorable evening when we celebrate the grand opening of the new home for the School of Communications and Information Systems as well as the completion of the $40 million Changing Lives, Building Futures captial campaign. The event also features the opening of Reframing Research, an exhibition of creative work produced by Media Arts faculty. It will be the first art exhibition in the new building.

-- The next installment of the CEO Lecture Series takes place from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, featuring Kim Tillotson Fleming, chairwoman and CEO of Hefron-Tillotson, Inc., in Massey Theater. The entire RMU community is welcome to attend, but please RSVP to

-- Homecoming, baby!

 EDITOR'S NOTE -- You may have noticed that this week's Minuteman email was "sponsored" by the CEO Lecture Series. If you want your campus event or organization to sponsor the Minuteman, drop us a line at There is no cost, but if you happen to see a certain senior director of public relations in RoMo's, and you want to buy him a cup of coffee, he's not too proud to accept. 

Saturday, Sept. 15
Men's Soccer vs. Hartwick (2 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission)...halftime promotion with free food from Wendy's for the winners!
Men's Soccer Alumni Game (4 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission)

Tuesday, Sept. 18
Women's Tennis vs. Slippery Rock (4 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission)