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Friday, February 7, 2014


-- Zipcar, the world’s leading car-sharing service, is now on campus. With Zipcar, members can reserve self-service, on-demand cars by the hour or day, 24/7. Any RMU student, faculty, or staff over the age of 18 can become a member today for only $25. Enter promo code 2014LAUNCH on your application and you’ll get $40 in free driving* so you can give it a try on us. Wondering how it works? There are four simple steps to Zipcar freedom. Join today at Once you’re a member, reserve a car online or on your phone for as short as an hour or as long as four days. Let yourself into the car with your unique Zipcard. (The keys are already in the car.) Drive away. (Just make sure to return the car at the end of your reservation.) With Zipcar parked right at on campus, it’s easy to get downtown, do errands, or even road trip. And since Zipcar covers gas, insurance, and 180 miles per day, you can enjoy the freedom of the open road without any of the extra costs.

-- RMU students are invited to participate in the Mylan "hackathon" on Saturday, March 1, at Mylan’s Robert J. Coury Global Center in Canonsburg, Pa. The event is part of Mylan’s Hack Summit series and will be similar to traditional hackathons, which have become increasingly popular among major technology companies, such as Google and Facebook. The challenge for the competition is:
"Help Mylan better meet society’s changing health care needs by designing a solution that provides its employees with the right information at the right time." Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three entries. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Participants are also invited to attend an after-party at the conclusion of the event. Visit  for more information and to pre-register to participate.


-- David Bennett, associate professor of learning resources/systems librarian, has received a 2013 Jefferson Award for Public Service for his work with Venture Outdoors, a Pittsburgh-area organization that focuses on getting the community outside. Some of these programs include a Hungarian Heritage Ride, the Cultural District Walk and Cello Concert, and the Burgh Bees Walk. Bennett has lead and assisted these outings and more for the past six years and has engaged over 2,500 participants.

-- Arif Sirinterlikci, university professor of engineering, received a certification of appreciation from the Society of Manufactuing Engineers in recognition of his nearly 20 years of service to the organization, including: student chapter advisor, founder of the former Bioengineering Tech Group, steering committee member of Manufacturing Education and Research Community, avisor/reviewer for Nanomanufacturing and Rapid Conferences, member of the Journals Committee as well as former reviewer for Journal of Manufacturing Systems. 

-- Zhou Yang, assistant professor of economics, recently received a second grant from the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy to fund her research on land value taxation. Her new research project, "The Spillover Effects of the Two-Rate Property Taxes in Pennsylvania: a Zero-Sum Game or a Win-Win Game?", is the first to empirically investigate the spillover effects of the two-rate (split-rate) property taxation on economic activity in surrounding jurisdictions in Pennsylvania. The findings of the study will have important policy implications and facilitate the decision-making on property tax reforms by local governments. With the financial support from the Lincoln Institute, Yang continues to get more RMU students involved in her research. She hired several students last year to construct an important database for research purpose and is hiring a number of students this year as well.


-- RMU is hosting a series of events to celebrate Black History Month  in February. Of note:

Feb 12, Black History Month Luncheon
Keynote: Roger Humphries
Sewall Center, International Suite
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
$10 for Faculty and Staff

$5 for students or resident students can use their Freedom Card

Feb 15, Black History Month Concert Featuring Billy the Kid and the Regulators
Nicholson Center
7 p.m.

-- 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

-- The RMU Media Arts gallery is excited to present its first juried faculty exhibition: Selections 2014, Feb. 13 through March 6. This year’s exhibition highlights the work of five faculty: Andrew Y. Ames, Michael DiLauro, William E. Kofmehl III, Ivette Spradlin, and Suzanne Watters. The selected works speak to the presence of the human being through representation that is either literal or implied, and each of the works clearly communicates personal and collective narratives.

All work was selected by guest juror Jen Saffron from a pool of entries by the media arts faculty. Saffron is a photographer, writer, curator, and educator of photography. Curating exhibitions in both the U.S. and abroad, Saffron most recently curated Behind Our Scenes, a photography show for SPACE Gallery that ran through January 2014. In an ongoing partnership with Czech photographer and curator Eva Heyd (Prague House of Photography), Saffron and Heyd co-curated Connecting Pittsburgh, an exhibition by Pittsburgh photographers that toured the Czech Republic in 2010. The sister exhibition to that show was CZECH IT, an exhibition of Czech avant-garde photography showcased at SPACE Gallery in 2009. As well as curatorial work, Saffron is a regular speaker and panelist, and is a contributing writer for Afterimage, the journal of media arts criticism. Saffron currently directs the communications for the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, and is adjunct faculty in the Communications Studies program at Grove City College. For her complete bio, see

Opening Reception: Thursday, Feb. 13, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Game Play: an Argument with Andrew Y. Ames Thursday, Feb. 27, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Screening: La Mia Strada – My Road with Michael DiLauro - TBA
Artist Talk: Monday, Feb. 24, 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

-- Please join us for an informal reception to Welcome Visiting Documentary Filmmaker Greta Schiller to RMU! Greta Schiller is an internationally acclaimed documentary film director and producer, as well as, more recently, a science educator. Her career was launched with the PBS broadcast of her first feature documentary, Before Stonewall, which won two Emmy Awards. Other directorial credits include Paris Was a Woman, International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Tiny & Ruby: Hell Divin’ Women, The Man Who Drove with Mandela, I Live at Ground Zero, and most recently, No Dinosaurs in Heaven. The first recipient of the Fulbright Arts Fellowship in Film, Schiller holds a BFA in Film/Video from the City College of New York, and 30 years later she returned to City College to earn an MA in Science Education. Recently her alma mater awarded her the Townsend Harris Medal for Outstanding Contributions to her field.

Reception Details:
Thursday, February 13, 2014
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Snee Reinhardt House for the Media Arts - Colonial Village
(left of the Center for Global Engagement)

Refreshments will be provided!


Friday, Feb. 7
No. 8 Women's Hockey vs. Syracuse (7 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/free)

Skate for the Cure (portion of ticket proceeds benefit breast cancer research; free campus shuttle and pizza for students)!
First 150 fans get a foam finger thanks to Dick's Sporting Goods 

After the game, "Skate with the Colonials" (free with own skates, $2.50 to rent from ISC front desk)

Saturday, Feb. 8
No. 8 Women's Hockey vs. Syracuse (3 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/free)
Skate for the Cure (portion of ticket proceeds benefit breast cancer research; raffle prizes too)! 
Women's Basketball vs. St. Francis Brooklyn (4 pm/Sewall Center/free)
Salute to Black History Month Presented by Hometown Pizza

6TH FAN CONTEST...The national school pride competition, "NCAA 6th Fan," is underway. Vote prior to Feb. 16 to help RMU move on to the Sweet 16 and win $10,000 for our general scholarship fund. Check out this link: and vote!
THE RMU BASKETBALL COACH'S SHOW...With top Colonial Andy Toole continues Monday (Feb. 10) at 7 p.m. at Buffalo Wild Wings in Cranberry. You're invited to come out and listen, ask questions, and enjoy time spent with other Robert Morris fans! The show will air live on 970 AM ESPN.

THE RMU HOCKEY COACH'S SHOW...Featuring head man Derek Schooley continues Wednesday (Feb. 12) at the Buffalo Wild Wings in West Mifflin. Come on out and get the inside scoop on Colonial Hockey. The show airs live on 970 AM ESPN.

Junior forward Cody Wydo is RMU's nominee for college hockey's top individual honor -- the Hobey Baker Memorial Award. Fan voting is happening right now at

Basketball and ice hockey are free for RMU faculty and staff. Go to for other ticketing information.

That wonderfully warming cup of morning coffee may have health benefits. The caffeine in coffee stimulates the brain and nervous system, and may lower your risk of diabetes, Parkinson's disease, mood problems, headaches, and even cavities. Scientists have discovered coffee's many beneficial substances, including chlorogenic acid, a compound in the antioxidant family that may improve glucose (sugar) metabolism. Another perk is that coffee contains magnesium, a mineral that can also improve insulin sensitivity and enhance glucose tolerance -- thumbs up for preventing diabetes.


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