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The Minuteman

Friday, December 6, 2013


-- U.S. News & World Report recently named Robert Morris University in its inaugural Best Colleges for Veterans rankings. RMU was listed as one of the top-ranked schools that help veterans pursue a college education under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The 234 schools in the new list scored well in terms of graduation rate, faculty resources, reputation and other markers of academic quality measured in the 2014 edition of the U.S. News Best Colleges. RMU was ranked No. 26 in the North region. Read more about this honor.

-- RMU announced this week that it is eliminating seven NCAA Division I sports programs by the end of the 2013-14 academic year: men’s indoor and outdoor track; men’s cross country; men’s and women’s tennis; women’s golf; and field hockey, which is a women’s sport. Robert Morris will honor all scholarships currently being received by the impacted athletes and will assist those who wish to transfer. Under NCAA rules, student athletes who transfer from schools that have eliminated their sport do not have to sit out a season at their new school. Because RMU offered so many sports programs, more than most of its peers, it was able to spend relatively little per athlete, and has decided to invest the savings generated by eliminating these sports into the rest of the Division I sports program. Read more details about this decision.

-- Robert Morris University assistant head coach and head coach-in-waiting John Banaszak was named Assistant Coach of the Year at the Football Championship Subdivision level as announced by the American Football Coaches Association. Banaszak, who is set to officially become the Colonials’ head coach this month with the retirement of Joe Walton, has spent the past 11 seasons as an assistant coach and assistant head coach on the RMU staff. Read more about this honor for Coach Banaszak.

-- RMU in the News has been published with news coverage of Robert Morris from November. Several media outlets published stirring tributes to the late Rex Crawley, and the new RMU Polling Institute made a big splash. 


-- The RMU Jazz Band and Colonial Glee will present a Holiday Concert on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 4 p.m. in Massey Theater. A punch-and-cookie reception will follow the free concert, which is sponsored by the Office of Student Life.

-- Please join us for President Dell’Omo’s Annual Winter Holiday Luncheon for Faculty & Staff, Friday, Dec. 20, in the Nicholson Center Food Court:

11:30 a.m. – Registration & United Way Donation Station, Silent Auction

Noon – Buffet Luncheon & Dessert Bar

1 p.m. – United Way Live Raffle Drawing

2 p.m. – Winter Break Begins

RSVP By December 16 to

In addition to celebrating the season with good food, good cheer, and good company, this is also the last push for RMU’s United Way Campaign. In addition to supporting a worthy cause and helping RMU contribute to our region, your gift entitles you to be part of our Silent Auction for Holiday Baskets and raffle drawing for one of six autographed Steeler jerseys, a Kindle Fire, and iPad mini. All prizes will be awarded at the Dec. 20 Holiday Lunch. Go to RMU.EDU/UNITEDWAY to give.


Your United Way gift entitles you to tickets for the Silent Auction featuring an assortment of spectacular RMU Holiday Baskets. 

Three tickets for every $10 given to the United Way. We'll have your Silent Auction tickets ready for you at check-in. Go to RMU.EDU/UNITEDWAY (Max 30 tickets per person).

Friday, Dec. 6
Women's Hockey vs. RIT (7 p.m./84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/free)

Saturday, Dec. 7
Women's Hockey vs. RIT (3 p.m./84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/free
Men's Basketball vs. Toledo (4 p.m./Sewall Center/free

VOTE FOR ARTIE! Robert Morris senior women's basketball player Artemis Spanou is one of five nominees for the 2014 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Dapper Dan Sportswoman of the Year. Please vote for her at by midnight this Sunday! The Dapper Dan Dinner is Feb. 6.

LAST WEEK OF TOYS FOR TOTS... Collection bins are in Joe Walton Stadium (first floor lobby), Sewall Center Arena (main entrance), Sewall Center Third Floor (inside upper doors), Island Sports Center (main lobby), Nicholson Center (across from Heritage Room) and Hale Center (inside third floor doors facing Franklin Center). Please be generous by donating a new unwrapped toy and help us support our partners in this annual venture, the United States Marine Corps Reserve. 

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

WELLNESS TIP -- Grab a measuring tape and wrap it around your body at the top of your hipbones; the number you see indicates how much abdominal fat you have. Anything over 35 inches means you're at increased risk for type 2 Diabetes, high cholesterol, and heart disease—even if your body mass index (BMI) falls within a healthy range. Do moderate-intensity cardio exercises like walking, jogging, or biking for two or more hours every week and you could shave about an inch off your waist over the course of six months.

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