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Friday, October 17, 2014


-- Today is your last chance to contribute to the RMU300 fundraising challenge, and we need your gift to help us meet our goal. Gifts go to RMU's Student Fund and provide operating dollars for student initiatives ranging from the Student Engagement Transcript and Honors Program to university scholarships and institutional aid ... from clubs, athletics and mentoring activities to freshmen seminars, career fairs and research projects. Your gift in any amount (minimum $10) helps us reach our goal of 300 donors by midnight tonight to unlock a $10,000 challenge gift contributed by 10 President's Council donors. Go to to make your gift.

-- RMU alumna and trustee Robin Sanders, a former U.S. ambassador to several West African nations, appeared on MSNBC to speak on the spread of the Ebola virus and how the global community must respond.

-- Each year, President Dell’Omo and the University senior leadership team are pleased to announce and recognize employees who have earned Additional Annual Performance Awards (AAPA). This is an annual honor earned by the top 20 percent of RMU non-union staff. This year, 62 employees received the 2014 AAPA and were recognized at an event held on Friday, Oct. 10. A list of the 2014 AAPA Award Recipients is here and photos from the recognition event are here.

-- RMU will host its 11th annual Sport Management Conference on Friday, Oct. 17, at the Sewall Center. Students will have the valuable opportunity to network and get career advice from some of the nation’s top sports executives. The conference also includes panel discussions on issues confronting the sports industry as well as breakout sessions for students to learn the skills they need to launch their careers. Representatives from Dick’s Sporting Goods, Spurs Entertainment, Detroit Red Wings, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the NBA, and many others will be on hand. Seventy sport management professionals and 18 colleges and universities will participate. The RMU Sport Management Conference also features the annual induction of new members into the RMU Sport Management Hall of Fame, which will make history when it inducts, for the first time, an entire sports organization: The Pittsburgh Steelers. RMU will recognize the Steelers and the team’s owners, the Rooney Family, as one of the NFL’s most storied and successful franchises with a long record of charitable giving and community support. Read more about this signature event.


-- Letrell Crittenden, assistant professor of communication, will participate in "Conversations with George Zimmerman's Lawyer: Race, the Media, and the Trayvon Martin Case" at 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, at the Duquesne University School of Law. During the first part of the event, Crittenden and U.S. Appeals Court Judge Thomas Hardiman will interview Mark O'Mara, who successfully defended Zimmerman in a Florida court against charges of second-degree murder in the death of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin. Also part of the panel will be trial consultant Shawn Vincent, and the conversation will center on the media attention the Zimmerman trail drew and how attorneys deal with such media scrutiny.    


-- Graduate Admissions is hosting an entrepreneurial lunch and learn featuring RMU alumna and retail business innovator, Samantha Lugo. The event will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 21 at RMU Downtown. Lunch is complimentary. Space is limited, and RSVP is required to Caitlin Bauer at 412-397-5218.

-- Upcoming events in The University Honors Program Roundtable Series are:

10/22 at 11:45 a.m. in Franklin 203
-- Ben Campbell, "Engineering student research projects"

11/7 at 1:45 p.m. in Franklin 201-- Liang Hong, "Risk pooling: How insurance works"

11/12 at 12:45 p.m. in Franklin 203-- Monica VanDieren, "The Mathematics Behind Enigma"

-- Upcoming talks by Rooney International Visiting Scholar Victor Khroul are:

10/23 at 3 p.m. in the Sewall Center -- "Religion and Media in Russia"

11/4 at 4 p.m. in the RMU Library -- "Understanding Russia"

-- The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management is hosting its 11th annual TechNow Conference on Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Regional Learning Alliance in Cranberry. The conference is devoted to new, important technology trends and resources for nonprofits. Click to register now.

-- Please mark your calendars for RMU's Veterans Day Breakfast on Nov. 10 at 8 a.m. in the Sewall Center. All faculty, staff, and students are welcome.  Those who are ROTC students, military, or veterans are highly encouraged to attend. Please RSVP to by Oct. 27. More details on the event will be forthcoming.

Friday, Oct. 17.
Women's Soccer vs. LIU Brooklyn (1 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission)
Men's Soccer vs. LIU Brooklyn (3 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission)
Men's Hockey vs. Niagara (7:05 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/tix 412-397-4949 or; free for RMU students and employees)

Saturday, Oct. 18
Football vs. C. Conn. State (noon/Joe Walton Stadium/tix 
412-397-4949 or; free for RMU students and employees)
First 500 fans receive a team trading card set compliments of Peoples Natural Gas
Live remote radio broadcast on 970 AM ESPN on the plaza (10-11:30 am)
Free admission with Freedom Card (faculty/staff/3 family members; all students) -- tickets at student tailgate tent on plaza
Sign up on the plaza to take the Clearview FCU Quarterback might win $500!
Free halftime food on the plaza for RMU students under the tent (sponsored by RMU Class Officers)
Support the Zeta Tau Alpha "Pink Out" for breast cancer research!
Women's Volleyball vs. St. Francis Brooklyn (3 pm/Sewall Center/free admission)

Sunday, Oct. 19
Men's Soccer vs. St. Francis Brooklyn (1 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission)
Women's Volleyball vs. LIU Brooklyn (1 pm/Sewall Center/free admission)

THE RMU FOOTBALL COACH'S SHOW...featuring head man John Banaszak continues tonight, Monday (Oct. 20) at 8 p.m. at Buffalo Wild Wings in West Mifflin. Come out for the live airing of the show at different Buffalo Wild Wings around the Pittsburgh area each Monday during the Robert Morris football season to get the inside scoop on the Colonials. The show can be heard on 970 AM ESPN as well as on the iheart radio app.

RMU HOOPS ROAD TRIP...Travel packages range in price from $200-$425. Packages include motor coach transportation to and from Washington, D.C., hotel accommodation and tickets for when Robert Morris men's basketball plays at Georgetown on Saturday, Nov. 22. To get in on the fun, contact TJ Brown in the RMU Office of Institutional Advancement at 412-397-5456.  

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