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Friday, April 10, 2015


-- Five communication students, Leah Fleischel, Aaron Greenawalt, Kayla Henry, Tiffany Keffalas, and Amanda Kilian, have created “The ‘BIG’ Dreamers,” a group dedicated to raising funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Pittsburgh Area. The group was assembled for University Professor Ann Jabro’s Communication Seminar class and will host “Fashion for Kids' Sake,” a fashion show featuring local performers from around Pittsburgh. Join the group on April 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sewall Center International Suite for the event. There will be a reception preceding the show with a raffle featuring donations from local organizations. Tickets can be purchased in person or arranged for pick up by e-mailing

-- Media Arts students have been on a winning streak in this spring’s professional competitions:

Neographics 2015, Graphic Arts Association Awards (Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware)

Best of Category at the College Level: Benjamin Eichenlaub and Crimson Pavlokovsky

Franklin Awards of Excellence: Rachael Bald, Crimson Pavlokovsky, Christopher Uhren, Haley Vincent and Emilie Wasko

The work was produced in Professor Ferris Crane’s classes. The work will be displayed at the Neographics 2015 exhibition, reception and awards ceremony on May 14th, 2015 in Philadelphia.

2015 PGH365: AIGA Pittsburgh’s Annual Design Competition and Exhibition The students whose design work was exhibited at the juried 2015 competition of AIGA (the professional association for design) Pittsburgh on March 27th are: Jenna Hidinger (Cigar Market Company Pillow Box), Valerie Hogan (Steel City Paint), Daniel Jezerski(Süsh) and Heather Panza (Northern Harrier Foundation Identity).

The work was produced in Professor Ferris Crane and Professor Hyla Willis’s classes.

2015 CMU International Film Festival Rachael Hower's music video Tomorrow and Angela Steinle's video Self-Portrait were finalists in the festival’s student category. The work was screened at the festival in Pittsburgh on March 22nd. The work was produced in Professor Carolina Loyola-Garcia's class.

-- On Saturday, March 28, more than 200 families attended the SEMS 2nd Annual Elementary School Family STEM Night. During the two-hour event, elementary school students in grades K-4 and their families had the chance to interact with various STEM professionals and engage in hands-on learning. Activity tables included RMU faculty, RMU student groups, and outside groups including Assemble, Asset, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. 

-- The latest edition of RMU in the News includes a round-up of coverage from March Madness, as well as a ream of other stories featuring RMU faculty sharing their expertise on subjects ranging from health care, gender equity, senior living, and children's digital privacy.


-- The 10th annual Media Arts Gold Show, featuring the best of student work, runs through April 10 in the Media Arts Gallery in the Wheatley Center. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and the show is free and open to the public.

-- Join the RMU Honors Program and Emmy Award-winning Producer and Director Patrick Lope for a screening of his documentary The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, in the Sewall Center International Suite. All staff, faculty, and students are invited to attendBefore the screening a short panel discussion will feature Marcel Minutolo, head of the Department of Management, Honors student Joe Sadaka, and producer/writer/editor Patrick Lope. Check out a trailer for the documentary here.

Lope is an Emmy Award-winning television producer/director. Through his company, Lupo Productions, Lope began producing the MTV documentary series "True Life" in 2002 and has since created more than 30 hour-long episodes. His documentary subjects have included Muay Thai fighters in Thailand, jockeys, elopers, professional gamers, high school football stars and competitive eaters in Japan, to name a few. In 2009, Lope was the director and editor of a documentary titled, Kanye West Presents: Homecoming. Lope filmed over the course of several weeks on tour with Kanye West.

-- Join the Office of Alumni Relations at its annual Women of RMU Luncheon & Program on April 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Omni William Penn. This year, Diane M. Pearson, wealth advisor and shareholder with Legend Financial Advisors, Inc. and Emerging Wealth Investment Management, will share how to make wise financial decisions when sudden changes occur in our lives. All are invited to have lunch and hear from Diane and others. Please RSVP by April 15 or call the Office of Alumni Relations for more information. 

-- The Media Arts Department invites the campus community to the Senior Portfolio Show opening on Thursday, April 23, from 4:45 to 7 p.m. in the Media Arts Gallery, Wheatley Center, with a reception in the SCIS Atrium (formerly known as the Critique Space) at 4:45 p.m. The exhibition showcases the work of the 37 graduating media arts students in graphic design, interaction design, photography and TV/video production. The Best of Show and other awards will be announced at 6 p.m.

-- All are invited to join the Honors Program for the last Roundtable of the Spring 2015 semester on Wednesday, April 15 from 1:45 – 2:35 in Franklin 202. Dr. Connie Ruzich will be presenting, “Cake or Death? Researching WWI and Other Adventures in England,” which describes her time as a Fulbright Scholar in England this past fall and winter. Her fascinating Fulbright research focused on the poetry of World War I. Through her research, you will get a glimpse into the war-torn world 100 years ago.

The RMU Roundtable Series is sponsored by the University Honors Program, and is an occasional forum in which faculty can present their research and topics of interest in an informal setting to students, faculty, and staff.

-- The RMU CEO Lecture Series returns Monday, May 11, with a talk over breakfast by Jeff Broadhurst, president and CEO of Eat'n Park Hospitality Group and a member of the RMU Board of Trustees, at the Lexus Club at PNC Park. The cost is $20 for individuals and $120 for a table of six. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m., breakfast will be served at 8:10 and the program begins at 8:30. RSVP at

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