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Friday, January 24, 2014


-- Robert Morris University is sharing with the University of Pittsburgh a $20,000 grant from Pitt's Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation. RMY faculty Tony Kerzmann and Tony Sanchez will work with Pitt faculty member Radislav Vidic to develop materials for undergraduate studies and energy and engeering labs along with summer workshop materials.

-- RMU is hosting its annual Winter Blood Drive in partnership with Central Blood Bank on Wednesday, January 29, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. in the John Jay Gym. Our goal is collect 50 units, and we need your help. If you would like to make an appointment, please do one of the following:

1) Log on to Click "Make an Appointment" and search with the group code CU160001  or

2) Contact Jess Mann, assistant director, Student Civic Engagement by calling 412-397-6491 or emailing her at

Walk-ins are also welcome! The entire donation process should take less than one hour. Your participation will help save lives, and you will be modeling active community engagement for our students to emulate.

-- The School of Nursing and Health Sciences recently announced administration changes: Susan Van Cleve will serve as interim director of the DNP program and Joyce Ott will serve as the RN-MSN and MSN program director effective Jan. 1, 2014.


-- Spinning Yarns: Photographic Storytellers, curated by Anne Leighton Massoni and Libby Rowe is now in the RMU Media Arts Gallery though the end of this month. To “spin a yarn” is not just to tell a story but to construct a tale. From setting the stage to character development, visual metaphors, and subtle manipulations, the artists in this exhibition utilize aspects of storytelling and open narrative to impart their tale. The earliest accounts of storytelling in our history are not written or spoken, they are painted on cave walls—we have been telling stories through images for over 30,000 years. While the nature of photography suggests a seemingly factual representation of life, contemporary artists in this exhibition introduce a narrative focus to their conceptual framework, bringing to life a wide spectrum of photographic narratives. The dialogue between artists and viewers creates new perspectives, biases, and experiences, while further “spinning the yarn”.

Spinning Yarns: Photographic Storytellers is a traveling exhibition featuring 23 artists and 64 works.

Special Events:
Exhibiting artist Andy Bloxham will give an artist lecture on Jan. 27 at noon in the gallery.
The Media Arts Gallery will host a closing reception Jan. 30, 5-7 p.m. Light drinks and snacks will be provided.

Gallery Hours:
Mon-Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment

-- On Friday, Feb. 7, Robert Morris University will honor, remember, and celebrate the life of Rex Crawley, professor of communication, who passed away on Nov. 25, 2013, after dealing with complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was 49. The Rex Crawley Memorial Celebration will take place in the Sewall Center Arena on RMU's campus in Moon Township. Beginning at 4 p.m. the main program will feature various speakers and performances by the RMU Choir. A reception will immediately follow at 5:15 p.m., with refreshments and live music. Faculty, staff, students, alumni, and members of the general public are invited to attend this celebration of one of RMU's most beloved professors. You can RSVP by emailing


Friday, Jan. 24
Men's Hockey vs. Air Force (7 p.m./84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/free)
The David Todd Show -- with special pregame analysis -- will air live on 970 AM ESPN from the ISC main lobby 4-7 pm

Saturday, Jan. 25
Men's Basketball vs. Wagner (4 p.m./Sewall Center/free)
First 750 fans receive a Colonial Basketball team trading card set thanks to Allegheny Health Network
Men's Hockey vs. Air Force (7 p.m./84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/free)

Come to the Buffalo Wild Wings in Greensburg at 7 p.m., Jan. 27, for the Andy Toole Show. The show airs live on 970 AM ESPN or via iHeartRadio on any mobile device.

THE RMU HOCKEY COACH'S SHOW...Featuring head man Derek Schooley takes place Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. at Buffalo Wild Wings in Robinson. The show airs live on 970 AM ESPN or via iHeartRadio on any mobile device.

WELLNESS TIP -- Packing on a few pounds isn't the only consequence of indulging in holiday treats. Eating a meal loaded with fatty foods will slow digestion—which means that food remains in the stomach longer, causing gastric pressure to rise; this can lead to painful heartburn as stomach acid splashes back up into the esophagus. Alcohol and peppermint may also be to blame because science has shown that they can relax the muscle barrier between the stomach and esophagus, causing acid reflux. Occasional heartburn is nothing to worry about, but frequent bouts can damage the esophagus and even wear away its lining. Not everyone gets heartburn from the same foods, so track which ones kick up acid reflux for you. And avoid waist-cinching outfits or belts that can squeeze your stomach and force food to travel upward.

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