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The Minuteman

Friday, September 25, 2015


-- The RMU Career Center has published its annual post-graduation plan report for the Class of 2014, which shows that once again 92 percent of graduates who earned a bachelor's degree that year had a job or were enrolled in graduate school one year after commencement. You can read more about the placement rate and the survey upon which it is based, as well as personal stories of our students' success, at Please note that university policy requires that if you make reference to the placement rate in any digital or printed materials, that you include the most up-to-date information or simply refer readers to All materials should include this URL and specify that the placement rate applies to the Class of 2014, and all web pages that mention the placement should link directly to that page. You can also download a summary of the post-graduation report here.

-- RMU Online's prestigious value in higher education continues to rise this week as it was ranked 8 in the Top Online Colleges in Pennsylvania for 2015-2016 by Affordable Colleges Online. The website explores hundreds of colleges and universities in hopes of finding the best value for students. Researchers collected and analyzed data from every accredited postsecondary institution in the United States to see which colleges offered the most notable balances of academic rigor, student support and affordability for online learning. To see the specific criteria and scoring metrics for the ranking, click here.

-- In August, 16 RMU nursing students participated in an emergency drill at Pittsburgh International Airport, posing as passengers on an airplane that crashed during takeoff. Lisa Locasto, assistant professor of nursing, advised the students, who took note of the triage process that first responders used to evaluate the injured. RMU students have previously participated in airport emergency drills, which are required by the Federal Aviation Administration every three years. 


-- Soren Fanning, assistant professor of world history, will lead a discussion of the films screened this weekend, Sept. 26-27, during the "We Can Do It! WWII Film Festival" at the Heinz History Center. The films are Casablanca, Flags of Our Fathers, Memphis Belle, and Tora! Tora! Tora!

-- Suzan Kardong-Edgren, professor of nursing at Robert Morris University, will be the first RMU faculty member selected as Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), one of the highest achievements in the field of nursing. Kardong-Edgren is one of only 163 nursing professionals nationwide to be selected this year as a FAAN. The academy will recognize this year’s fellows at its annual policy conference Oct. 17 in Washington, D.C. Kardong-Edgren is the director of the RMU Regional Research and Innovation in Simulation Education (RISE) Center and one of the nation’s leading experts in health care simulation and instruction. She is editor-in-chief of Clinical Simulation in Nursing and vice president of research for the International Nursing Association of Clinical Simulation and Learning. Along with her former colleagues at Boise State University, Kardong-Edgren has won WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) award from the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) and was bestowed for their Virtual Reality Nursing Simulation with Custom Haptic System for Patient Safety.

-- Samantha Monda, assistant professor of psychology, was recognized to be a part of United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry which is a directory of qualified sport psychology and mental training specialists identified by the USO.


-- 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 

-- On Sept. 30, at 3 p.m., Dr Majid Hashemipour, this semester’s Rooney International Scholar, will be giving a presentation entitled, "Internationalization in higher education in developing countries and beyond.” The event will take place in the Robert Morris University Library. Hashemipour is being sponsored by the School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science. Refreshments will be served. Please come and learn more about international educational opportunities and enjoy the company of colleagues and students.

-- The Robert Morris University Media Arts Gallery will host an interactive exhibition, Beyond the Obvious—Poetry and Photography by Jim Daniels and Charlee Brodsky, starting Oct. 1 with an opening reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Visitors can view the photographs and poems on display as well as participate actively in the show by creating images and poems of their own inspired by the work of Daniels and Brodsky. For more info on Daniels and Brodsky click here.


Saturday, Sept. 26
Women's Soccer vs. IPFW (3 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission)

Sunday, Sept. 27
Men's Soccer vs. Duquesne (1 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission)

RMU FOOTBALL COACHES SHOW...featuring Robert Morris head coach John Banaszak continues Monday (Sept. 28) from the All-Star Sports Bar & Grill in Robinson at 8 pm. The Voice of the Colonials Chris Shovlin and Coach Banaszak are your hosts! The show airs live Mondays during the football season on the radio flagship for RMU Football, 970 AM ESPN Pittsburgh and at the iheart media app on your mobile device.