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Friday, March 22, 2013


-- Students in the Sport Management Program and Special Olympics Pennsylvania are sponsoring the 11th annual Special Olympics Pennsylvania Western Bowling Sectional on Saturday, March 23. The opening ceremonies will take place at 9 a.m. at Bishop Canevin High School in Pittsburgh. The event itself gets underway at AMF Mt. Lebanon Lanes in Mt. Lebanon and AMF Noble Lanes in Pittsburgh and serves as a qualifier for the 2013 Summer Games, which will be held at Penn State, June 6 -8. The theme this year is “patriotic,” so volunteers are invited to wear their American colors and show support for all participants. For more information or to volunteer, contact Joel Gray at or sign up online at

-- You may have heard that the RMU men's basketball team beat the University of Kentucky Tuesday night at the Sewall Center in the opening round of the NIT. Round two takes place Monday, March 25, at 7 p.m. when the Colonials go on the road against the Providence Friars. You can watch the game with RMU fans at Latitude 40 starting at 5:30 p.m. You can RSVP here. The game is set to be broadcast on ESPN.


-- Ann Jabro, university professor of communication, attended the 16th annual International Public Relations Research conference at the University of Florida. She presented research on organizational crisis communication practices using traditional and new media during scaled up emergency drills involving community members, government regulators, and emergency response personnel. The paper was titled "New Media, Emergency Planning and Scaled-Up drills: Risky Business."


-- RMU will host Israeli composer and pianist Nadav Amir-Himmel through March 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.

Other events during Amir-Himmel's stay include:
Monday, March 25 (2 to 3:30 p.m.) Rooney Scholar Welcome Reception for Nadav, Light refreshments, Wheatley Cafe
Tuesday, March 26 (9:30 to 10:45 a.m.) Public lecture on his compositions and their relationship to work of Dali, Franklin 204

The University Honors Program and Rooney International Visiting Scholars Program are sponsoring Amir-Himmel's stay at Robert Morris. If you are interested in inviting Amir-Himmel to your class, please contact

-- The Eighth Annual Gold Show Reception will be held Wednesday, March 27, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Wheatley Center. Come enjoy light refreshments and snacks at the Media Arts Gallery and see the best handpicked and juried work from Media Arts students. This exhibit highlights the work from Foundations, Graphic Design, Web Design, Photography and TV/Video. The exhibition started March 21 and runs through April 7. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

-- 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.

-- Please mark your calendars for semester's final RMU Roundtable presentation:
*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."

Friday, March 22
Women's Lacrosse vs. Bryant (3 pm/Joe Walton Stadium/free admission)

Sign up in the stadium for a chance to take part in the RMU Lacrosse Halftime Shootout

Saturday, March 23
Women's Tennis vs. Pitt (noon/North Athletic Complex/free admission)
Women's Softball vs. Quinnipiac (1 pm Doubleheader/North Athletic Complex/free admission)

Pregame tailgate at the field thanks to the RMU Residence Hall Association!

Sunday, March 24
Women's Lacrosse vs. Central Conn. State (noon/Joe Walton Stadium/free admission)

Sign up in the stadium for a chance to take part in the RMU Lacrosse Halftime Shootout
Women's Softball vs. Sacred Heart (noon Doubleheader/North Athletic Complex/free admission)

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