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Friday, February 21, 2014


-- Three senior RMU engineering students won the 2013 Utility for Tomorrow Contest. The international contest is sponsored by SAP, a multinational software corporation, and focuses on energy efficiency, renewable resources, smart appliances, energy storage, and energy management. Through the contest, students from universities around the world have a chance to find solutions to outdated frameworks and utility infrastructure. Five teams among 62 finalists worldwide were chosen as winners. The RMU team -- Shane Rybka, Raymond Roy, and Adam Nusairat -- developed a winning item called “The ProxiMate.” This product is a smart WiFi circuit breaker system and app that would make energy conservation easier for consumers. The prize is an all-expenses paid trip for two of the students to Palo Alto, California. The trip will include a workshop in which the winning teams and experts will work together to build prototypes of winning ideas.

-- The Society of Actuaries has renewed RMU's designation as a Center for Actuarial Excellence, a prestigious honor bestowed on only 25 universties worldwide, thanks to Robert Morris's actuarial science program.

-- Nigel Hearne, vice president of Chevron North America, will speak at 4 p.m., March 13, in the International Suite of Sewall Center as part of the CEO Lecture Series, sponsored jointly by the School of Business and Pittsburgh Quarterly Magazine. RSVP to


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

-- RMU Rooney International Visiting Scholar Gaelebale Nnunu Tsheko, a professor and researcher from the University of Botswana, will give a talk titled "Education is the Desert Rain that will make the Country Bloom" from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in Dining Room C of the Sewall Center. Tsheko will outline the culture and economy of Botswana, explaining why education is the pathway to its prosperity.

-- The RMU Media Arts gallery is excited to present its first juried faculty exhibition: Selections 2014, 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

Game Play: An Argument with Andrew Y. Ames Thursday, Feb. 27, noon 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.

-- The Pittsburgh Musical Theater, in association with Robert Morris University, will be presenting Les Miserables at the Byham Theater from March 27 through April 6. Les Miserables is the powerful tale of Jean ValJean and his life-long struggle for redemption. The show is directed by Coordinator of RMU Colonial Theater Ken Gargaro and choreographed by Colleen Petrucci with musical direction by Brent Alexander. Ticket prices start at $12.25 with half price tickets for any student.

Performance dates:

Thursday, March 27 - 7:30 PM
Friday, March 28 - 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 29 - 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 30 - 2:00 PM
Friday, April 4 - 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 5 - 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 6 - 2:00 PM

Friday, Feb. 21 (Colonial Leadership Academy Clothing Drive)
Women's Hockey vs. Penn State (3 p.m./84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/free)
Men's Hockey vs. Canisius (7 p.m./84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/free)
Little Sibs Weekend – free shuttles between campus apartments and ISC for RMU students and siblings both games (free admission too)!
First 800 fans at men's game receive a team trading card set compliments of Peoples Natural Gas; RMU "Greek" (fraternity/sorority) Night!

Saturday, Feb. 22
Women's Lacrosse vs. Niagara (2 p.m./Joe Walton Stadium/free admission)
Halftime promotion prizes from Burger King!
Women's Hockey vs. Penn State (3 p.m./84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/free) – SENIOR DAY
First 200 fans at hockey game receive a team trading card set compliments of Peoples Natural Gas
Little Sibs Weekend – free shuttles between campus apartments and ISC for RMU students and siblings (free admission too)!
Men's Basketball vs. St. Francis Brooklyn (4 p.m./Sewall Center/tix 412-397-4949 or – SENIOR DAY
Salute to Black History Month Presented by Hometown Pizza; Free admission for all RMU student siblings (Little Sibs Weekend)!
Colonial Leadership Academy Clothing Drive; RMU Alumni Relations and Admissions pregame social in Sewall Center (east court)

Sunday, Feb. 23
Men's Lacrosse vs. Detroit (1 p.m./Joe Walton Stadium/free admission)
Halftime promotion prizes from Burger King!

THE RMU BASKETBALL COACH'S SHOW...With top Colonial Andy Toole continues Monday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. at Buffalo Wild Wings in West Mifflin. 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 this Wednesday (Feb. 26) at 7 p.m. at Buffalo Wild Wings in Cranberry. Come on out and get the inside scoop on Colonial Hockey. The show airs live on 970 AM ESPN.

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

WELLNESS TIP -- According to some research, catching a whiff of rosemary may increase alertness and improve memory. To stay sharp, try smelling fresh rosemary or inhaling the scent of rosemary essential oil before a test or meeting.


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