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Friday, March 15, 2013


-- For the fifth time, RMU was named to the 2013 President’s Higher Educuation Community Service Honor Roll. Joining 690 higher education institutions, Robert Morris helped contribute to a combined total of 3.1 million engaged students and 118 millions service hours. For the academic year, RMU is proud to report 2,156 engaged students, 14,358 service hours and 281 service projects as of February.

-- RMU will host Israeli composer and pianist Nadav Amir-Himmel, March 21-29, for a series of events including a premiere performance of a composition that Amir-Himmel has written for his visit to Robert Morris. The recital will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, in the Massey Theater and will include RMU student and faculty musicians. It is free and open to the public, and will also include performances of pieces by Wagner, Mozart, and Handel.

Amir-Himmel won first prize in the senior division in The Third International Antonin Dvorak Composition Competition for his work. His compositions also received recognition with special prizes for Best Free Composition and Best Composition Based on Models at the Dvorak Competition. Amir-Himmel earned a degree in composition and piano performance from the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music and is currently pursuing an advanced degree in composition at the Jerusalem Academy of Music. During his stay, Amir-Himmel will speak to several RMU classes, including an Honors Math, Music, and Art class at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 26, that is open to campus. The University Honors Program and Rooney International Visiting Scholars Program are sponsoring Amir-Himmel's stay at Robert Morris.

-- RMU recently was recognized by the Women in Engineering Leadership Institute as one of only 38 institutions nationwide with a female engineering dean. Maria Kalevitch, university professor of biology, is dean of the RMU School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science.

-- RMU has joined Standing Firm, an organization that alerts employers to the financial, safety, and human costs of domestic violence, and provides employers with tools to address partner violence.


-- Daria Crawley, associate professor of management, was recognized last weekend at the University of Michigan for her role as a founder of the National Black Graduate Student Association. While earning her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan, she co-founded the organization, and in recognition of their 25th anniversary the organization is honoring and recognizing its founders at the annual national conference in Dearborn, Mich.


-- Celebrated poet, author and performance artist Annie Lanzillotto will bring her many talents to several events at RMU. Aside from appearing on RMU-TV’s Campus Connections and John Lawson’s Literature Out Loud radio program, Lanzillotto will give free lectures that are open to the RMU community:

  • Tuesday, March 19, a slam poetry workshop with RMU’s spoken word poetry club Intensity at 6:30 p.m. in the Salem Hall classroom
  • Tuesday, March 19, guest speaker for RMU’s Student Alliance for Equality (S.A.F.E) at 9 p.m. Hale 209.
  • Wednesday, March 20, 1-2 p.m. in Sewall boardroom B as a featured speaker at “Celebrating Communications!” a festival recognizing the First Amendment and Journalism. (See item under News above.)

Lanzillotto received a B.A. with honors in medical anthropology from Brown University and an MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence College. She is the author of L is for Lion: An Italian Bronx Butch Freedom Memoir and the book of poetry Schistsong. She also wrote and sang three albums. 

-- The Department of Computer and Information Systems, IBM, and Cengage Learning are co-sponsoring the first annual conference titled "Computing in 2013: What's New?" The conference will be held on March 19 in the Sewall Center.  Area business and math teachers, along with guidance counselors are invited to attend. The sessions include Cyber Forensics, Teaching with Mobile Technologies (Cloud Computing), Women in Computing, and Behind the Cloud: IBM's Mastering the Mainframe Contest and Preparing Students for Careers in the Computer Field.

-- The School of Communications and Information Systems will host "Celebrating Communications! Recognition of the First Amendment and Journalism", featuring faculty and staff with guest speakers from the fields of communication, documentary film, poetry, and journalism. Local high school students are invited to attend or watch the live stream of the event. The new site will be introduced and student reflections from the event will be featured on the site, including stories, photos and videos. RMU has invited local high school students to attend and current RMU students are also expected to attend. Guest speakers include Kent State professor Mark Goodman, co-founder of City of Asylum/Pittsburgh Henry Reese, executive producer Robert Fiveson, and more. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, in the Sewall Center. An RSVP is requested for this event. Students may contact Heather Pinson at for registration materials. The event is free for high school and college students to attend and lunch will be provided.

-- Please mark your calendars for the rest of the semester's RMU Roundtable presentations:
*Artemisia Apostolopoulou , "Olympic and Professional Sport Licensing," Hale 209, Wednesday, March 20 at noon.  
*Guest speaker Juergen Rekus, Professor of Pedagogy at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany, "The non-empirical foundations of teaching,"  Sewall International Suite, Tuesday, April 2, noon.  Lunch will be served, RSVP requested.

The RMU Roundtable is sponsored by the University Honors Program, and is an occasional forum in which faculty can present on their research and topics of interest in an informal setting to honors students, faculty and staff.  The theme for this semester's Roundtables is "Global Voices."

-- The annual Women's History Month luncheon and celebration will take place on Wednesday, March 27 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Sewall Center. The keynote speaker will be Tamiko M. Youngblood, associate professor of engineering. We will also present the annual RMU Woman of Achievement award at this year's program, as well as recognize all of our outstanding student nominees.  The luncheon is free for students and $5 for faculty, staff, and guests.  Please RSVP to the Office of Student Life at no later than Monday, March 25.

Friday, March 15
Women's & Men's Tennis vs. St. Francis-Brooklyn (noon/North Athletic Complex/free admission)

Saturday, March 16
Women's & Men's Tennis vs. Saint Francis-PA (10 am/North Athletic Complex/free admission)

Sunday, March 17
Women's & Men's Tennis vs. Mount St. Mary's (10 am/North Athletic Complex/free admission)
Men's Lacrosse vs. Hobart (1 pm/Joe Walton Stadium/free admission)

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