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Friday, September 18, 2015



  • Welcome Party - Friday, Sept. 18, 5 p.m. at All Star Sports Bar and Grill
  • Campus Tours - Saturday, Sept. 19, Noon
  • Tailgate Alley - Saturday, Sept 19., Opens at noon
  • Reunion Years Reception - Saturday, Sept. 19, 1-2:30 p.m.
  • Alumni Zone - Saturday, Sept. 19, Opens at 2:30 p.m.
  • Football game - Saturday Sept. 19, Kick-off at 3 p.m.  

Game tickets are $5 for faculty/staff and their families, and can be purchased at the main ticket kiosk.

-- If you missed last week's Fall Mixer and haven't yet met our president-elect, Dr. Christopher Howard, visit to see video and photo coverage of the event, along with information about Dr. Howard. Thanks to all those who made Dr. Howard's first campus event a special one.

-- RMU is No. 66 on U.S. News and World Report's 2015 list of Regional Universities North Rankings, up 30 places from last year. Among the factors driving RMU's meteoric rise this year were an improved peer assessment score, increased alumni giving, and an improved graduation rate. 


-- Robert Skovira was named Computer Educator of the Year, an award given to one individual who has shown outstanding achievements in research and education in the field of information systems, both nationally and internationally, by the International Association for Computer Information Systems. Skovira has been teaching at RMU for over 20 years and is writing a book on the ethnography of technology, the subject of one of his doctorate-level classes. 


-- "Selections 2015", the first exhibition of the year by the RMU Department of Media Arts, runs through Sept. 24 in the Media Arts Gallery in the Wheatley Center. The year's exhibition highlights the work of four faculty members,: Professor Christine Holtz, Assistant Professor Cigdem Slankard and part-time faculty members, Jessica Kalmar and Lauren Zito. By featuring the work of just four faculty, the size of our beautiful gallery enables us to show a small body of work by each faculty member, representing one aspect of their current professional practice research profile. Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show is free and open to the public.

-- The Office of Graduate Admissions is hosting a free GMAT practice test event on Saturday, Sept. 26, in the Wheatley Center. Doors open at 8 a.m., and a continental breakfast is provided. The exam promptly begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 12:30 p.m. Kaplan Test Prep will provide a complimentary analysis of your test scores. Space is limited. Walk-ins and late arrivals cannot be accommodated. RSVP is required today, Sept. 18, to Sarah Collins at

-- Announcing the call for proposals for the Creepy Conference VIII, presented by the Department of English and Sigma Tau Delta! The CC VIII will be at Wheatley Atrium on Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. If you want to present a 10-minute talk on any creepy topic from folklore, history, crime, internet, TV or movies, simply send in a one page description of your proposed idea to by Sept. 30. If selected, you can present your talk at the Creepy Conference (Best paper gets a prize; every presenter gets SET credit!).

-- The Office of Student Civic Engagement would like to invite you to participate in the Annual Fall Blood Drive in partnership with Central Blood Bank on Wednesday Sept, 30 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Gus Krop Gym in the John Jay Center. Appointments can be made by contacting Amanda Musser, OSCE assistant director, at x6491 or 

Friday, Sept. 18
Men's Soccer vs. Lehigh (4 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission)
Men's Lacrosse Alumni Game (7:30 pm/Joe Walton Stadium/free admission)

Saturday, Sept. 19
Women's Lacrosse Alumni Game (9:30 am/Joe Walton Stadium/free admission)
Softball Alumni Game (11 am/North Athletic Complex/free admission)
Football vs. Notre Dame-Ohio (3 pm/Joe Walton Stadium/tickets 412-397-4949 or
Homecoming Presented by Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport Hotelgates open @ 1:30 pm
Free RMU student admission with Freedom Card -- tickets at student tailgate tent on plaza -- $5 RMU faculty/staff at kiosk
Free halftime food on plaza for RMU students under tent (sponsored by RMU Athletic Department and Residence Hall Assoc.)

RMU students also can pick up their tickets for this Saturday's football game in the athletic ticket office (240 Joe Walton Stadium) during normal business hours beginning at 10 am on Tuesday of this week and ending on Friday at 5 pm.

COLONIALS FANS! Make sure to follow @RMUAthletics on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. This week leading up to Homecoming there will be pop-up giveaways all over campus! To figure out where they will be you need check out our social media accounts. Don’t miss out on all of the fun!

COACH BANASZAK SHOW...Get an insider's look at RMU Colonials football with the John Banaszak Show. Join Coach Banaszak for the live show taping, at the All-Star Sports Bar and Grille at Robinson from 8-9 p.m. this Monday, Sept. 28.