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Friday, August 22, 2014


-- Approximately 880 first-time students as well as 180 transfer students streamed onto campus Thursday with their families, placing the Class of 2018 among the largest in RMU history. More than 2,000 students are living in campus housing, including 86 percent of the freshman class. Read more facts about the Class of 2018.

-- RMU earned an Achievement Award for 2014 from the National Panhellenic Conference, an advocacy organization for sororities. Thirty-two universities were honored with awards for excellence and achievement.  

-- Check out the RMU in the News for July, featuring Steve Foreman, Shellie Hipsky, and the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management. 

-- -- Lisa Nutt has been named interim director of the Center for Global Engagement, taking over for Helena Vanhala, associate professor of media arts, who has become the head of the Department of Media Arts. Nutt joined RMU as the associate director of the Center for Global Engagement in July 2010. During her tenure at RMU, she has been responsible for an array of global education programs and services, including the faculty-led education program, the Rooney International Visiting Scholar Program, and faculty and student exchange programs.

-- Diane Todd Bucci, professor of English and communication skills, has been named the head of the Department of English.

EDITOR'S NOTE -- The Minuteman is returning to its normaly weekly publication schedule.


-- Sushil Acharya, associate professor of software engineering, served as a judge at the Congressional STEM App Challenge, hosted by U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy for the schools in his congressional district. A team from South Fayette High School won the competition for a flashcard app they developed for teachers to help students. 

-- Jacqueline Klenztin, university professor of learning resources, was elected as the Western Pennsylvania member-at-large to the Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries. She will serve a two-year term. 


-- RMU will host a Constitution Day event honoring World War II veteran Carl Walpusk, who will also speak. The event takes place at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, in Rogal Chapel at RMU’s Moon Township campus. Walpusk, 90, of Moon Township, is one of more than 500 American troops rescued from Serbia during World War II, in the events chronicled in the best-selling book, The Forgotten 500.

Walpusk is originally from Somerset County and entered military service in March 1943. He joined the 98th Bomb Group, part of the U.S. Army Air Force, which had been running missions over North Africa and Italy. In July 1944, at age 19, Walpusk and his crew were returning from a raid on Ploiesti, Romania, when the Germans shot down their plane over Serbian territory in Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia. The gunner was killed, but Walpusk and the remaining crew parachuted out of the plane. Rescued by a band of Serbian Chetnik fighters led by Gen. Draza Mihailovic, they were kept hidden for 33 days until they were finally rescued by airlift with other troops.

-- The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management is hosting its 11th annual TechNow Conference on Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Regional Learning Alliance in Cranberry. The conference is devoted to new, important technology trends and resources for nonprofits. Early bird registration runs through Sept. 30, and costs $110 for the conference alone, with additional workshops available. Click to register now.


Saturday, Aug. 23
Women's Volleyball Blue-Red Intrasquad Match (2 pm/Sewall Center/free admission)

Men's Soccer vs. California-PA (5 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission)

Thursday, Aug. 28
The John Banaszak era begins at 7 p.m. when the Colonials football team takes on Eastern Kentucky at Joe Walton Stadium. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. The evening includes:
-First 1,000 fans receive a free schedule magnet; postgame fireworks...both presented by Clearview Federal Credit Union
-Free schedule poster to all fans as they leave the game...compliments of Eat'n Park and RMU Corporate Champions
-Free admission with for RMU students, faculty, and staff
-Student Halftime Tailgate (free food under the tent on the Joe Walton Stadium plaza thanks to RMU sorority Sigma Kappa)


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