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Friday, October 23, 2015


-- Media Arts students with a concentration in photography have work on display at the Society for Photographic Education Mid-Atlantic Conference in Pittsburgh. Students included in the exhibition are: Janice Eardley, Taylor Gearhart, Jennifer Hoffman, Michael Kropiewnicki, Marrissa Loreto, and Kelly Rinck.

-- Students in University Professor Ann Jabro's Communication Seminar class are hosting "Cards and Packages for the Cavalry," a fundraiser for men and women in the military currently serving overseas. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, all are invited to the Nicholson Center lobby to build care packages and sign holiday cards that will be sent to our veterans through the Military Connections organization. Free baked goods will be available to those who participate. For more information, or to make a donation, contact Anthony DeSimone at 412-508-9726 or Audyre Gardner at 412-849-7682.  


-- Christine Holtz, professor of media arts, will present her research on Saturday, Oct. 24, as part of the “Compromised Landscapes” panel at the Society for Photographic Education Mid-Atlantic Conference, “About a Place” in Pittsburgh

-- Heather Pinson, head of the Department of Communication, presented at two seperate conferences over the past two weeks. First, she spoke at the American Studies Conference in Toronto, Canada on Misery as Muse: Reifications, Appropriations, and Transformations of Black Suffering in Jazz. Then, Pinson presented as a keynote speaker for the 11th annual Nordic Jazz Conference. The conference was sponsored by the National Library of Norway and featured jazz scholars from Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. 


-- Faculty and staff are invited to join our students at RMU's 8th Annual Oktoberfest today, Oct. 23, in the Sewall Center Executive Dining Room from 5 to 8 p.m. With an amazing German buffet for only $10, and a cash bar featuring authentic German beer, RMU Oktoberfest is an event that you can not miss. The RMU Band will be performing German music at this event. This campus tradition is presented by the Class Officers. 

-- RMU will host a debate at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, between candidates in the special election for Pennsylvania’s 37th State Senatorial District. The clash between Democrat Heather Arnet and Republican Guy Reschenthaler will take place at the RMU-TV studio in the Patrick Henry Center at RMU’s Moon Township campus. The RMU Political Science Club is sponsoring the debate, which will be moderated by Justin DePlato, assistant professor of political science and faculty advisor to the Political Science Club.

Moon Township is part of the 37th State Senatorial District, which includes southwestern Allegheny County and Peters Township in Washington County. The seat has been vacant since June, when Democrat Matt Smith resigned to become the president of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce. Arnet, 41, lives in Mt. Lebanon and until recently was CEO of the Women and Girls Foundation, which she now serves as its chief strategy officer. Reschenthaler, 32, is an attorney and former district judge from Jefferson Hills. The election takes place Nov. 3. Space is limited at the debate and preference for seating will be given to students. To reserve a spot contact Philip Harold at The debate will be live-streamed at 

-- Everyone is invited to a Symposium on the 2016 Presidential Election on Wed., Nov. 4, in the International Suite in the Sewall Center.

10-10:45 a.m. “The Electoral College” 
            Heather Rice, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Slippery Rock University

10:45-11:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker
            Salena Zito, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reporter and columnist

11:30-12:45 p.m. Lunch and Discussion on the 2016 Race -- RSVP Required

  • Mike Coulter, Professor of Political Science, Grove City College 
  • Jay Cost, Writer for The Weekly Standard 
  • Jennie Sweet-Cushman, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Chatham University
  • Justin DePlato, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Robert Morris University
RSVP for the luncheon & keynote to Renee Augostine at
The lunch is $5 per person paid at the door for non-students; students are free. All other sessions are free and open to the public.

-- The Department of English and Sigma Tau Delta invite you to the 8th Annual Creepy Conference in the Wheatley Atrium from 7 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 28. Attendees will hear presentations on creepy topics from folklore to history, from crime to internet and TV. The event is free to the public and all students will receive SET credit for attending. English Professor Sylvia Pamboukian, head of the Department of English, will be this year's faculty presenter. Her talk links Harry Potter novels and the history of medicine, particularly practices common in medieval and early modern practice. Other presenters include:
  • Denni Claycomb - “Fayette City Folklore”
  • Savanah Buhite - “Cryptozoology”
  • Yukihi Suzuki - “Ugly Side of Beauty”
  • Taylar McCoy - “Parasomnia”
  • Matt Schibler - “Aokigahara: Suicide Forest”
  • Katie Bell - “Russian Sleep Experiment” 
-- The Robert Morris University Media Arts Gallery is hosting an interactive exhibition, Beyond the Obvious—Poetry and Photography by Jim Daniels and Charlee Brodsky, through Nov. 20. 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. The exhbition is free and open to the public, and the gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more info on Daniels and Brodsky click here.

Friday, Oct. 23 (RMU Family Weekend 10/23-25!)
Men's Soccer vs. Fairleigh Dickinson (3 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission)

Saturday, Oct. 24
Women's Volleyball vs. Saint Francis (3 pm/Sewall Center/free admission) -- Volleyball Alumni Day
Football vs. Duquesne (6 pm/Joe Walton Stadium/tickets 412-397-4949 or Wear Pink!
Postgame Zambelli Fireworks Presented by Pepsi
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 BSU/WLMP/Sigma Kappa)
Sign up on the plaza to take the Clearview FCU Quarterback might win $500!
Special quarter break ceremonies recognizing RMU Volleyball (top NEC GPA) and Men's Basketball (NEC champs) teams
Zeta Tau Alpha Pink Out! Portion of ticket proceeds will be donated to help fund breast cancer research.

Sunday, Oct. 25
Men's Soccer vs. Bryant (1 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission)

RMU FOOTBALL COACHES SHOW...featuring Robert Morris head coach John Banaszak resumes Monday, Oct. 26 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.

...During this Saturday's football game, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAAC) of Robert Morris and Duquesne, while waging a friendly competition, are partnering to collect items for the West Hills Food Pantry in Moon and the Jubilee Soup Kitchen in Pittsburgh. Donations will be collected on the Joe Walton Stadium Plaza near the ticket kiosk prior to the game. Make a donation there and receive an individual ticket at our group discount rate (up to $4 off). RMU faculty/staff -- donate and get into the game for free! Please help RMU win both on and off the field!

THREE RIVERS CLASSIC...CONSOL Energy Center is currently on sale with two-day packages for the only college hockey event of its kind in the city of Pittsburgh.  They've protected inventory for each of the schools in their fan sections.Please use this link for the RMU seating section:

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