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Friday, October 11, 2013


-- Homecoming. Homecoming! HOMECOMING!

-- The BEST Club (Bridging Education, Service and Teaching), RMU's student arm of the Council for Exceptional Children, recently raised $500 at the Walk Now for Autism Speaks  event. The  BEST Club also sponsored a car show fundraiser in July on campus which  raised $2,000 for the Down Syndrome Association of Pittsburgh.

--  Eight members of the RMU softball team were named All-America Scholar Athletes as announced by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). The eight honorees for RMU tied for the highest amount among the 11 schools that competed in the Northeast Conference in the 2013 season. Robert Morris’s award winners are listed below:

Tess Apke – Early Childhood and Special Education
Geena Badolato – Management and Marketing
Kristen Gabelt – Management
Britta Grafton – Business Education
Lauren Hackett - Early Childhood and Special Education
Maritza Jimenez – Engineering
Cassie Show – Psychology
Nicole Sleith – Engineering

-- 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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-- The university welcomes Tommy Fegan, its latest Rooney International Visiting Scholar, during a reception Monday, Oct. 14, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Rooney House. Fegan is an Irish musician and historian from the Dundalk Institute of Technology. See a complete list of his lectures and performances during his stay at RMU.

-- This year marks the 10-year anniversary of the rebirth of the Robert Morris Colonial Theatre. To celebrate this milestone, a special concert version of the Broadway Hit RENT will take the Massey Theater stage Oct. 16-19. In 2010, RMU's production of RENT was featured at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Alumni who performed in that production will join our current students to electrify audiences with the powerful music and inspirational story of Jonathan Larson's Tony Award Winning musical. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16-18 and at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19. Tickets are $5 in advance in the Office of Stuent Life or $10 at the door.

-- The RMU Gallery Club is holding an exibition, U, that features art work produced by students from across RMU -- not just Media Arts students -- beginning next week in the Media Arts Gallery in the Wheatley Center. The opening reception, including refreshments and music, is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17.

-- 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. 11

Women's Soccer vs. Bryant (12:30 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission)
Men's Soccer vs. Bryant (3 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission)

Sunday, Oct. 13
Men's Soccer vs. Fairleigh Dickinson (noon/North Athletic Complex/free admission)
Women's Soccer vs. Mount St. Mary's (2:30 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission)

MEET THE COLONIAL BASKETBALL TEAMS PRESENTED BY PEOPLES NATURAL GAS...This annual event is not to be missed! The Sewall Center comes alive at 9 pm on Thursday, Oct. 17. First 1,700 fans get a free t-shirt. All fans get free pizza. Let's Pack the Chuck!

Increase the speed of your running strides—not their length—to get faster. Your foot should always land under your body, rather than out in front of it, and you should push off with the toes of your rear leg for propulsion.

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