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Friday, May 1, 2015


--  RMU's 90th commencement ceremonies will feature a keynote address by President Gregory G. Dell’Omo, who will preside over his final commencement weekend, May 8-9, before departing to become the president of Rider University. Approximately 885 students will earn bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees this year: 260 at the graduate ceremony at 4 p.m. Friday, May 8, and 625 the following morning, Saturday, May 9, at 9:30 at the undergraduate ceremony. Both events take place in the Sewall Center Arena at RMU’s Moon Township campus.

Dell’Omo will be the featured speaker at the undergraduate ceremony. Also speaking together at the undergraduate commencement ceremony will be Christopher Kelley, president of the Class of 2015, and his vice president, Richard Kamau Njenga. The featured speaker at the graduate commencement ceremony will be 1973 RMU graduate Rande Somma, currently president of Rande Somma & Associates, a company that focuses on leadership coaching and development. Somma was formerly president of worldwide operations for the automotive systems group of Johnson Controls Inc., a Fortune 500 company. Somma and his wife Georgia founded and underwrite RMU’s Integrity First Scholarships, awarded annually to students who demonstrate the importance of ethical and moral conduct in business. Read more about this year's commencement ceremonies. 

-- Sophomore journalism major Hannah Smith has been selected to receive the Press Club Scholarship from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania. The $2,500 award will be given at the Press Club's annual Golden Quills Award Dinner on May 21 at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel.

-- RMU has been awarded two Communicator Awards of Distinction: RMU-TV won an award for "Trending Now: Cheap Eats" and RMU-TV, RMU Sentry Media, and the Society for Collegiate Journalists won an award for "SCJ Election Coverage" of Pennsylvania's gubernatorial election. The awards are sanctioned and judged by the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts.

-- Senior Duane Mitchell, a finance major, organized a walk to raise funds in support of suicide prevention as his Colonial Leadership Academy capstone project. He raised more than $12,000 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

-- The School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science held its Annual Recognition Awards Ceremony on April 15 at the Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport Hotel. More than 200 guests including students and family members attended, and top students were recognized as Dean's Scholars in their respective disciplines.


-- Ferris Crane, associate professor of media arts, recently returned from Moscow where she served as visiting faculty at the Lomonosov Moscow State University, established in 1775, which is the number one ranked university in Russia. A small list of many notable graduates include Chekhov, Sakharov, Gorbachev, Kandinsky, Azarov, Usmanov, and Turgenev. Crane gave a combination of three research papers about the digitalized human to a mixture of graduate students and faculty, including former Rooney Scholar Victor Khroul. Three days prior to the Moscow trip, Crane showed a portion of her 10-year documentary photographic project of New Orleans at the Popular Culture Conference, which was held in New Orleans April 1-4.


-- The Media Arts Department’s Advanced Digital Photography class is pleased to present “Light Writing” this Friday, May 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the SCIS Atrium in the Wheatley Center. In preparation for this exhibition, students explored a variety of photographic genres both commercial and fine art. Exhibitor’s included: Kelley Bittner, Anna De La Torre, Taylor Gearhart, Jordan Hetrick, Jennifer Hoffman, Rachael Hower, Megan Johnson, Marrissa Loreto, Brittany McCracken, Amber Powell, and Kelly Rinck.

-- 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.

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