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Friday, March 28, 2014


-- Yasmin Purohit, professor of human resource management, has been named chief diversity and inclusion officer (CDIO) effective immediately. Purohit has held this position on an interim basis since June. The CDIO reports directly to President Dell'Omo and will guide the university's diversity and inclusion efforts. Purohit also serves as RMU's Title IX coordinator, overseeing the university's compliance with Title IX, which prohibits gender-based discrimination. Purohit has been on the faculty at RMU since 2006.


-- Joe Angelelli, director of the Health Services Administration program, is the featured local speaker in the Pittsburgh stop of the Second Wind Tour, which takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, at the New Hazlett Theater on Pittsburgh's North Side. The Second Wind Tour is a two-act nonfictional theater performance featuring Bill Thomas, an author and physician who is an expert on aging. If you want a free ticket, email Angelelli or call him at 412-397-6329.

-- Christine Holtz, professor of media arts, currently has photographs from her on-going project "50 Green Space Dumpsites" included in Landscape: Looking at Photography at Black Box Gallery in Portland, OR, and Sustainability at Diane Kidd Gallery at Tiffin University in Ohio. She will be presenting work from project at PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh on April 3.

-- Tim Hadfield, professor of media arts, will show an exhibition of his work at Galerie Ruth Sachse in Hamburg, Germany, on April 5.

-- Students, alumni, and faculty in the School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science published an article in the inaugural issue of 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing. The article "3D Printing (Rapid Prototyping) Photopolymers: An Emerging Source of Antimony to the Environment" was co-authored by student Daniel Volk (environmental science), alumnus Phil Salerno (also earning a master's degree in engineering management), and alumnus Jason Melzer, who earned both undergraduate and graduate engineering degrees. Faculty Daniel Short, Paul Badger, and Arif Sirinterlikci also contributed to the article.


-- The Women’s Leadership Advisory Council (WLAC) is pleased to invite you to the semi-annual Celebration of Women Reception on Monday, March 31, from 4 to 6 p.m., in the Executive Dining Room in Sewall Center. The reception is the culminating event for Women’s History Month and features Rooney Scholar Gaelebale Nnunu Tsheko, a professor and researcher from the University of Botswana. Tsheko truly embodies this year’s Women’s History Month theme, “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment.”

The Celebration of Women Reception is the fourth event in a series of events sponsored by the WLAC. The events are designed to showcase the work of our talented faculty and staff, while giving those within the RMU community a chance to network with others in an interdisciplinary fashion and casual atmosphere. This is a wonderful opportunity to come out and meet some new colleagues! The program is open to the entire RMU community, including faculty, staff and students. Beverages and light hors d’ oeuvres will be served. There is no charge to attend this event, but raffle tickets will be sold to benefit the Women of RMU endowed scholarship. Past raffle items have included luxury baskets filled with wine, chocolate, and even spa gift cards!

If you would like to attend this program, RSVP to Donna Anderson at or 412-397-3674. (For those of you who saw this item in last week's Minuteman and thought you would need a time machine to attend, we apologize that the date was listed incorrectly.)

-- The Pittsburgh Musical Theater, in association with Robert Morris University, will be presenting Les Miserables at the Byham Theater 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 Theatre 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:

Friday, March 28 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 29 - 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 30 - 2:00 p.m.
Friday, April 4 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 5 - 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 6 - 2:00 p.m.

-- Rooney International Visiting Scholar Nnunu Tsheko will give her final RMU lecture, "Research as a Global Currency: The Power of Collaboration" at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 2, in the International Suite of the Sewall Center.

-- The Honors Program is sponsoring a panel discussion titled "Voting and Getting Involved in Politics" from 11 a.m. to noon on Friday, April 4, in Rogal Chapel.  A small reception will follow.  The participants include:
State Sen. Matt Smith
State Rep. Mark Mustio
State Rep. Adam Ravenstahl
Jim Vitale, chairman of the Board of Supervisors for Moon Township
James Burn, Chair of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party
Nancy Mills, Chair of the Allegheny County Democratic Party

The panel discussion will be moderated by Ken LaSota, a geology professor at RMU and the mayor of the Borough of Heidelberg.

-- The Robert Morris University Student Veterans Association (RMU-SVA) is having a BBQ fundraiser at the Nicholson firepit on Friday, April 4 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The food is free but donations to the RMU-SVA will be graciously accepted. Specially made hats will also be available to any military veteran with a donation as well. All proceeds benefit the RMU-SVA.

-- The ninth annual Gold Show, featuring the best work of Media Arts students, will be on exhibit in the Wheatley Center Media Arts Gallery through April 10. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

-- The RMU-SVA is having a motorcycle ride in honor of our nation's Veterans at 11 a.m. April 26, meeting at the Sewall Center and traveling to the VFW post in Weirton, W. Va. The fee is $15 per bike and $5 per passenger. The fee includes lunch, a chance at prizes, and a T-shirt (one per bike – first come, first served). All profits will benefit the RMU Student Veterans Emergency Fund. For more information contact Chase Thomas, president of the RMU-SVA at

Saturday, March 29
Women's & Men's Tennis vs. Dayton (11 a.m./North Athletic Complex/free admission)
Softball vs. Saint Francis (1 p.m. DH/North Athletic Complex/free admission)
Men's Lacrosse vs. Sacred Heart (1 p.m./Joe Walton Stadium/free admission)

Halftime promotion prizes from Primanti's & Burger King!

LIVE TV! The RMU men's hockey team's game versus Minnesota in the first round of the NCAA Tournament this Saturday (March 29) can be seen on ESPN2 at 5:30 p.m. Get together with other Colonial fans to watch it at Latitude 40 at the Pointe at North Fayette in the Cinegrill!

Sunday, March 30
Women's & Men's Tennis vs. Northern Kentucky (10 a.m./North Athletic Complex/free admission)

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