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Friday, December 5, 2014


-- RMU announced on Thursday that President Gregory Dell'Omo has been named the next president of Rider University in New Jersey, and that he will assume that post Aug. 1. President Dell'Omo will remain at RMU, where he has been president since 2005, until the end of the academic year. Read more about RMU's record of achievement under President Dell'Omo.

-- We Built This City: How the Allegheny Conference Remade Pittsburgh, a documentary produced by Robert Morris University about the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, premiered Wednesday at an invitation-only event at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild on the North Side. We Built This City tells the story of the unique public-private partnership that formed the Allegheny Conference in 1944. The organization is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. The documentary features interviews with 22 current and former elected officials, corporate and civic leaders, journalists, and past and present officers of the Allegheny Conference. RMU Provost David Jamison wrote the script, and Michael DiLauro, director of the RMU Academic Media Center, directed and edited. Both men are co-producers. The project was funded by the Richard King Mellon Foundation and is set to premiere for the public and for the RMU community at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 21, in Massey Theater.

-- Junior TV/video major Kendall Valan took first place in the journalism category of Entertainment Industries Council’s Generation Next competition. Her five-minute video project, Student Suicide Aftermath: Who’s Responsible? sought to raise awareness on the issue of suicide as well as the services Robert Morris provides to help prevent such tragedies. Generation Next is a mental health initiative that was created to empower Southwestern Pennsylvania college students and journalists to create accurate stories about people living with or recovering from mental illness. Valan wanted to partake in the competition after Carrie Moniot, student media advisor, gave a speech about how professional journalists often give off a negative stigma about suicide. She was honored this week and her work was exhibited at the fourth annual Southwestern Pennsylvania Media and Mental Health Awards reception. 

-- The RMU chapter of Alpha Chi, the Pennsylvania Epsilon Chapter, held its induction ceremony and inducted 91 new members on Nov. 16 in the Sewall Center. Alpha Chi is an academic honor society that was founded in 1922 on the campus of Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. Today there are nearly 400 chapters nationwide with membership criteria suggested by the Alpha Chi National Office so that no more than 10 percent of an academic class is offered membership on any campus. Pennsylvania Epsilon undergraduate membership requires completion of at least 60 credits at RMU with a GPA of at least 3.7. Graduate membership requires 18 credits with a GPA of at least 3.8.  Alpha Chi is open to all RMU students majoring in any academic discipline. Alpha Chi is a member of the American Association of College Honor Societies.  The induction included 63 undergraduate students and 28 graduate students. Each chapter is able to offer honorary membership into Alpha Chi for an individual who exemplifies the qualities of the Society. This year the Pennsylvanian Epsilon Chapter extended honorary membership to RMU Provost David Jamison.


--Ferris Crane, associate professor of media arts, was elected to the Executive Board of the Pennsylvania Communications Association as a member-at-large. Her duties are diverse, but her main responsibility is to help with the organization of the statewide annual conference. This marks the first time a graphic designer will participate in the decision making board. Crane believes her election signifies not only dedication, but an awareness and acceptance that visual communication is an essential part of most communications as we are now in a world of media convergence. 


-- Swing in the holidays with the RMU Jazz Band at a special concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, in Massey Theater. The concert is free but the band will be collecting toys and donations for Toys for Tots. 

-- Robert Morris University Colonial Glee, under the interim direction of Brent Alexander, will present When You Wish Upon a Star of Wonder, Star of Light - a choral prelude concert at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7 in Rogal Chapel. Colonial Glee and RMU's campus ministry will then celebrate Mass for the second Sunday of Advent at 8 p.m. in the Chapel immediately following the concert.

-- Once again it is time for the annual “Almost Midnight Breakfast” Pancake & Pajamas Edition hosted by the Office of Residence Life. The breakfast will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 9 from 9:30 p.m. to midnight. If you would like to volunteer to serve our students during finals week please contact Jan Leopold at as soon as possible.

-- Please join us the Department of Media Arts as we present the outstanding work of our 13 graduating seniors:

Fall 2014 Senior Showcase
Through Dec. 18  
Regular Gallery Hours:
Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

-- Please join us for President Dell’Omo’s Annual Winter Holiday Luncheon for Faculty & Staff Tuesday, Dec. 23, in the PNC Colonial Cafe: 

11:30 a.m. - Registration & United Way Donation Station, Raffle for Baskets, Autographed Steeler Jerseys and Hi-Tech Prizes

Noon - Buffet Luncheon & Dessert Bar

1 p.m. – United Way Live Raffle Drawing

2 p.m. – Winter Break Begins

RSVP By Dec. 15 to

In addition to celebrating the season with good food, good cheer and good company, this is also the last appeal for RMU’s United Way Campaign. Your United Way gift supports a worthy cause and helps RMU contribute to our region. 


Plus, your United Way gift entitles you to be part of our Raffle, earning three (3) raffle tickets for every $10 given to the United Way. This year's Raffle includes a variety of Holiday Baskets, five autographed Steeler jerseys, an iPad and a Go-Pro camera.

All prizes will be awarded at the Dec. 23 Holiday Lunch. We'll have your Raffle tickets ready for you at check-in. (Max 30 tickets per person)

Friday, Dec. 5 (Free continuous student shuttle between campus -- Lexington/Concord Halls -- and ISC 2-10 pm!)
Women's Hockey vs. Penn State (3:05 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/tix 
412-397-4949 or; free for RMU students and employees)
Men's Hockey vs. Sacred Heart (7:05 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/tix 
412-397-4949 or rmucolonials.comfree for RMU students and employees)
Sign up in arena either game to take the Clearview FCU Skill Shot might win $500!

Saturday, Dec. 6
Women's Hockey vs. Penn State (3:05 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/tix 
412-397-4949 or rmucolonials.comfree for RMU students and employees)
Men's Hockey vs. Sacred Heart (7:05 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/tix 
412-397-4949 or rmucolonials.comfree for RMU students and employees)
Sign up in arena either game to take the Clearview FCU Skill Shot might win $500!
Beverage can "Koozies" giveaway sponsored by RMU Greek Life at both games
Bring a new unwrapped toy to each game and get in free! 

Sunday, Dec. 7
Men's Basketball vs. Buffalo (1 pm/Sewall Center/tix 
412-397-4949 or rmucolonials.comfree for RMU students and employees)
First 400 fans receive a Colonial Basketball Growth Chart Poster thanks to Allegheny Health Network
Sign up in the arena to take the Clearview FCU Hoop Shoot might win $500!
Military Appreciation Day (look for the RMU Student Veterans Association table in the arena)

RMU HOCKEY AT CONSOL ENERGY CENTER!...There is an exclusive presale link for Robert Morris fans only for tickets to the 2014 Three Rivers Classic. Click the “More Info” tab to go straight to seats in the RMU section. No password necessary! This offer is for the two-day package only and time is limited. The dates are Dec. 29-30. Penn State, Colgate and Western Michigan join the Colonials in this year's field. Here's the link

TOYS FOR TOTS...The RMU Athletic Department has partnered with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve on this annual community outreach program every year since 2008 collecting hundreds of toys for area youths thanks to the generosity of many Colonial fans. Collection bins on campus are once again located in Joe Walton Stadium (first floor main lobby), Sewall Center (main arena and third floor), Island Sports Center (main lobby), Nicholson Center (across from Admissions Office) and Hale Center (inside third floor doors facing Franklin Center). Please be generous by donating a new unwrapped toy. Or better yet bring a new unwrapped toy to any or all of these Robert Morris home games and get in free! 

  • Women's Hockey - Saturday, Dec. 6, @ 3:05 pm vs. Penn State (Island Sports Center)
  • Men's Hockey - Saturday, Dec. 6 @ 7:05 pm vs. Sacred Heart (Island Sports Center)

OUTDOOR HOCKEY!...RMU fans looking to buy tickets for when the Colonials play at Bowling Green onSaturday, Jan. 3 as part of the Toledo Walleye's "Winterfest" at Fifth Third Field can do so via this link


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