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Friday, April 24, 2015


-- It is time for the semi-annual Almost Midnight Breakfast hosted by the Office of Residence Life for students as they prepare for finals. The breakfast will be held on Tuesday, April 28, from 10 p.m. to midnight and is open to all students. If you or your department have any "give-aways" that you would like to donate please email Jan Leopold at as soon as possible.

-- Todd Hamer, head coach of strength and conditioning, led 30 student-athletes across five Robert Morris University athletic programs in the 11th annual Best Buddies Beach Ball Bash, which was hosted at Yorktown Hall. Best Buddies is a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and development disabilities. More than 250 buddies took part in the Best Buddies Ball at RMU, with students ranging in age from 15 to 25. Click here for a list of all student-athleres who volunteered. 

-- A memorial service for the late Tamiko Youngblood will be held on Tuesday, April 28 at 1 p.m. in the Rogal Family Chapel. Youngblood was an associate professor of engineering and passed away on Friday, March 20 from complications of breast cancer. In honor of her life and her commitment to students, the Tamiko Youngblood Memorial Fund has been established at RMU. You may make a gift in her honor by going to Please email Angela Nardozzi at if you plan to attend the memorial service.  


-- Ben Campbell, assistant professor of engineering, gave an invited talk April 17 at the Silicon Happy Valley Conference in State College. This is a newly created conference for electrical engineering and computer science to be held annually at Penn State. The conference focus is to "discuss current industrial research, facilitate alumni interaction, provide business insight to students and build stronger ties between the two departments and between students and alumni."  Campbell presented examples of his past and present research in which electrical engineering and computer science were intertwined, and spoke about RMU Engineering's recent multidisciplinary development of a mechatronics minor which combines mechanical engineering and software engineering with additional electrical engineering content.   

-- “50 Greenspace Dumpsites” a project that Media Arts Professor Christine Holtz has been working on with Lauren Shrensel-Zadikow is featured as the Critic's Pic at Griffin Museum of Photography.

-- Jason Hong, assistant professor of mathematics and actuarial science, received a $17,500 grant through the Individual Grant Competition sponsored by the four major actuarial organizations in North America: the Actuarial Foundation, the Actuarial Foundation of Canada, the Casualty Actuarial Society, and the Society of Actuaries. He shares the grant with Ryan Martin at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the two will collaborate on a project titled "Flexible Bayesian nonparametric credibility models," opening a whole new line of research. The end product is likely to include a paper published in one of two research journals: North America Actuarial Journal or Variance.

-- Mathematics Professor Monica VanDieren recently learned that two of her published research papers are ranked among the all-time most cited papers in the Journal of Mathematical Logic, one of the top journals in her field. One of those papers, “Galois-Stability For Tame Abstract Elementary Classes” is the seventh most-cited of all papers in the journal and is the second most-cited in VanDieren's branch of research, model theory. 


-- The Honors Program cordially invites you to attend the Intersections Undergraduate Research Conference today (April 24) from 11:45-4:30 in the third floor of Sewall Center. More than 60 RMU students will be participating, with 9 panels and over 20 poster presentations. The schedule for the conference is available here.

-- The National Society of Collegiate Scholars presents President Dell'Omo's "Last Lecture," on Monday, April 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the International Suite of the Sewall Center. Refreshments will be served after the event. 

-- The Pittsburgh Speakers Series presented by Robert Morris University will wrap up its 2014-15 season Wednesday, April 29, with a talk by theoretical physicist Michio Kaku. He will speak briefly at RMU’s Moon Township campus at 1:30 p.m. in the International Suite of the Sewall Center, an event that is free and open to the campus community. He also will speak at 8 p.m. at Heinz Hall in the downtown Pittsburgh Cultural District. The Heinz Hall lecture is open to Pittsburgh Speakers Series subscribers only.

-- The Global Engagement Recognition Reception takes place Tuesday, May 5, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Ferris Ballroom in Yorktown Hall. The event celebrates the global engagement activities of graduating seniors. Refreshments will be served after the ceremony, which features President Dell'Omo and Provost David Jamison. Space is limited so RSVP now here.

-- The Research & Grants Administration is pleased to announce an information session on "What it takes to be a Principal Investigator (PI)" on Wednesday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Online Conference Room (former SESS Conference Room) in Patrick Henry. If you are exploring grant opportunities and would like to understand the roles and responsibilities of the principal investigator please join us as we discuss the programmatic, compliance, and administrative/fiscal responsibilities of the PI. To register, RSVP to by Monday, May 4. The session will be delivered in a small group setting by two active PI’s. Based on demand we will schedule more sessions in the future.

-- 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

-- The 2015 Spring Senior Portfolio Show runs now through May 13 in the Media Arts Gallery in the Wheatley Center. Come see the best work of graduating students in media arts. The show is free and open to the public. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

-- The Office of Graduate Admissions is hosting a Free GMAT practice test on Saturday, May 16, in the Wheatley Center. Doors open at 8 a.m., and the practice exam begins promptly at 8:30 a.m.and concludes at 12:30 p.m. Kaplan Test Prep will provide a complimentary results analysis. The event is free; however RSVP is required by May 14. Walk-ins and late arrivals cannot be accommodated. RSVP to Caitlin Engel A continental breakfast will be provided.

Saturday, April 25
Men's Lacrosse vs. Wagner (1 pm/Joe Walton Stadium/free admission)...SENIOR DAY
Alumni Soccer Games (1 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission)

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