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Friday, October 4, 2013


-- The next installment of the CEO Lecture Series will feature William Winkenwerder Jr., president and CEO of Highmark, on Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 4 to 6 p.m. Winkenwerder's talk is titled "Transforming Health Care" and will take place in Massey Theater. The lecture and Q & A are set to wrap up by 5 p.m. with a light reception to follow in the Malone Presidential Reception Area in the School of Business Building. The event is free but seating is limited so please RSVP to
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-- RMU has launched the First Semester College in High School Program, which allows qualified high school students to enroll in college courses taught by RMU faculty at the students’ high school. So far Moon and Montour high schools are participating, with South Fayette and West Allegheny looking to start in the spring. Students who are juniors and have at least a 2.5 GPA apply for the program through their high schools. Those who are selected take one introductory-level class each semester, including the summer, over the following two years. Robert Morris gives students a 70 percent tuition discount, saving those who take all five courses more than $8,000. Read more about the First Semester College in High School Program.

-- RMU senior Philippe Rigaud, an actuarial science major, has earned the Actuarial Diversity Scholarship from the Actuarial Foundation. Promoting cultural diversity through its recognition of Black/African American, Hispanic and Native North American Students, the Actuarial Diversity Scholarship recognizes the academic achievements of full-time undergraduate students pursuing a degree that may lead to a career in the actuarial profession. Rigaud has received this scholarship twice previously.

-- RMU in the News has been updated with news coverage of RMU in September. See why Colonial Theatre, the School of Business, and the textbook reserve program, among others, grabbed headlines last month.


-- Colonial Theatre presents Steve Martin's Picasso at the Lapin Agile through Friday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m. and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6, in Massey Theater. Tickets are $10 at the door.

-- Interested in vampires? Werewolves? Zombies? The Creepy Conference is an opportunity to explore the most bloody and gruesome topics. Join us for the sixth annual Creepy Conference from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 29  in Sewell Center, just in time to spread some Halloween spirit. In years past, the Creepy Conference included presentations on how to make “supernatural” photos, dramatic readings of scary short stories, and informative talks about whether ESP exists, how to make a zombie, and much more. The event is organized by the Department of English but students from all over the university have participated. Students who are interested in presenting a creepy topic should send in a one-page description of your proposed talk by Friday, Oct. 4. Creative writing and artworks are welcome! The three best will receive SET credit! Submissions can be sent to Sylvia Pamboukian at

-- Please join us as RMU kicks off our annual United Way campaign. It's easier than ever to support the charity of your choice -- or donate to the United Way's Impact Fund that provides health and human services to your friends and neighbors in need. Go to today to make your gift ... and read on to learn more about how RMU and United Way are teaming up to change lives.

To celebrate the way that you and your RMU co-workers live generously, please attend ...

Fifth Annual RMU + United Way Halloween Happy Hour
4-6 pm
TUESDAY, Oct. 29
International House of Horrors (International Suite, Sewall Center)
RSVP by Oct. 25 to
Last year, we had a very successful United Way campaign with more than 114 gifts totaling almost $32,000. Your efforts helped show the people of Pittsburgh the generosity of the RMU community, making RMU one of its top contributors! Remember, your favorite charity may be on the United Way’s list of organizations it supports. You can choose your own charity—or give to the United Way’s general fund. Plus, please remember that RMU offers us the convenience of giving through payroll deduction, which makes contributing to United Way a little bit easier for all of us.

As usual we'll have Halloween fun, food and festivities -- including our Costume Contest and Prizes. Plus, if you've made your United Way gift, you'll have a chance to win one of our Raffle Prizes including autographed Steeler jerseys, an iPad or Kindle Fire or a free RMU parking space. Everyone is invited to attend the happy hour ... but only United Way donors are eligible for the raffle. Any United Way donor who also attends the happy hour on Oct. 29 gets a second raffle ticket entry with double the chances to win!

Friday, Oct. 4

Women's Ice Hockey vs. RPI (7:05 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/free admission)
*All fans receive a free schedule magnet thanks to Mario's Family Italian Restaurant

Saturday, Oct. 5
Women's Rowing (27th Head of the Ohio Regatta/Allegheny River/Downtown Pittsburgh/
Women's Volleyball vs. St. Francis (1 pm/Sewall Center/free admission)
Women's Ice Hockey vs. RPI (3:05 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/tix 412-397-4949

Sunday, Oct. 6
Women's Volleyball vs. LIU Brooklyn (1 pm/Sewall Center/free admission)
Men's Ice Hockey vs. Toronto (4:05 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/tix 412-397-4949

THE RMU FOOTBALL COACH'S SHOW...Featuring John Banaszak continues Monday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. inside the Buffalo Wild Wings in Monroeville. Come on out for the live taping and get the inside scoop on Colonials football. The show will air Tuesday at 9 p.m. on 970 AM ESPN.

LOOKING AHEAD...The RMU women's and men's golf teams host the Colonial Classic next Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 7 and 8 at The Club at Shadow Lakes in Aliquippa, Pa.

WELLNESS TIP -- Shop for workout shoes late in the day. That's when your feet are the largest. Make sure there's a half inch of space in front of your longest toe, and that you can easily wiggle your toes. Then slip off the shoes and compare them with your bare feet. If each shoe isn't obviously wider and longer than your foot, go half a size bigger.

RMU ice hockey is free for RMU students, faculty, and staff. For other ticket prices go to

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