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The Minuteman

Friday, November 6, 2015


-- At the Town Hall meeting this week, Interim President David Jamison presented the Staff University Distinguished Achievement Awards to four members of the RMU staff for exceptional accomplishments during the 2014-15 fiscal year. Winners received a $1,000 check and a marble book keepsake, and their names are engraved on a plaque with all previous winners. This year's recipients were:

Mary Gerard, assistant director of alumni affairs
Beth Miller, assitant director of the Career Center
Marci Razete, guest services coordinator at the RMU Island Sports Center
Kimberly Smith, access services assistant at the University Library

-- The College Media Association handed out its Pinnacle awards at the annual fall convention last week and RMU came out on top in two categories. RMU Radio won the award for best radio sportscast and Paul Wintruba of the Sentry Media won best portrait. 

--Students and faculty at the Oral History Center at Robert Morris University are interviewing veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to document their combat experiences while still fresh in their minds. The project aims to further the historical understanding of the wars from the veterans' point of view. The Oral History Center will formally unveil the Iraq/Afghanistan Veterans Project during an event on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 3 p.m. at the School of Education and Social Sciences in the Nicholson Center. Read more about this project.

-- Results from the RMU Polling Institute pumped up news coverage of the university in October, as you can see from the latest edition of RMU in the News. See why Suzie Kardong-Edgren, Marcel Minutolo, Daniel Short, and others were in the news last month. 


-- -- Adjunct Media Arts faculty member Matthew Conboy launched "Start with Art: Pittsburgh" in January, an effort to bring original artwork to 3,000 newborn babies in Pittsburgh by local artists and photographers. This project is funded thanks to a $10,000 Crusade Engagement Grant Conboy received from the Crusade of Art. Twelve artists and six photographers are participating in the project, including RMU Professor of Media Arts Christine Holtz. The program has been so successful that it was nominated for the Mayor's Award for Public Art and has been recognized with a PA Council on the Arts grant. 

-- Engineering faculty members Ergin Erdem (assistant professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering) and Luis Monterrubio (assistant professor of mechanical engineering) successfully passed their CMfgE (Certified Manufacturing Engineering Exam). This exam is offered by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. In addition, Tony Kerzmann, associate professor of mechanical engineering, has recently become a LEED Green Associate by passing that exam, which is offered by the U.S. Green Building Council. 

-- Yasmin Purohit, chief diversity and inclusion officer and professor of human resorces management, is one of the recipients of the 2015 Leadership Excellence Award for education by the Pittsburgh Leadership Conference. The award distinguishes individuals from all backgrounds, senior vice presidents or higher level executives, within their respective organizations and companies. Leaders are recognized in one of four categories, including education, corporate, legal, and medical. 

-- Professor of Media Arts Christine Holtz's large-scale diptych from her series Wrack has been selected for inclusion in the exhibition Monolithic, opening tonight at Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati. The show will run until Dec. 4. Three photographs from Holtz's project, 50 Greenspace Dumpsites, have been included in Evidence + Advocacy, at the Photographic Resource Center in Boston. The exhibition opens tomorrow, Nov. 7, and will run until Jan. 10, 2016. 


-- Please join the Department of Media Arts at Makeup for Camera on Monday, Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. in the Wheatley Center Atrium. Spend time with licensed vegan esthetician and union make-up artist Bethany Montecalvo. Her specialty is television, movie, and commercial makeup and she has worked at numerous upscale spas, plastic surgery offices, and with celebrities. Montecalvo understands the importance of looking and feeling one's very best. The event is free and open to the public.

-- The RMU School of Nursing and Health Sciences will host an expert panel discussion on the Affordable Care Act and its effects on post-acute care providers on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 5:30 p.m in the International Suite of the Sewall Center. Faculty members will join keynote speaker A.J. Harper, president of the Healthcare Council of Western Pennsylvania, along with experts from Allegheny Health Network, Heritage Valley Health System, Presbyterian Senior Care, United Health Care, and Preferred Primary Care Physicians. The event if free and open to the public but please RSVP here. For questions, contact Holly Hampe at 412-397-5483.

-- The Office of Graduate Admissions is hosting a School of Communications and Information Systems Decision Night on Nov. 18. Prospective SCIS graduate students will receive an on-the-spot interview to determine tentative admission for spring 2016. In addition, there will be program-specific presentations from our faculty and light refreshments. Students can apply online for free prior to the event or complete a paper application on site and the application fee will be waived. Students should bring two (2) professional references, essay (750 words or more describing interest in program and professional goals), resume and official transcripts. RSVP is required by Nov. 11 to Sarah Collins at or 412-397-5232.

-- 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.


Tuesday, Nov. 3
Men's Basketball vs. St. Vincent (7 pm/Sewall Center/tix 412-397-4949 or

Friday, Nov. 6...Men's Cancer Awareness Weekend (both hockey games)
Men's Hockey vs. AIC (7 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/tix 412-397-4949 or
Sign up in the arena to take the Clearview FCU Skill Shot might win $500!
Free continuous student shuttle between campus -- Lexington/Concord Halls -- and ISC 6-10 pm!

Saturday, Nov. 7
Football vs. East Tennessee State (noon/Joe Walton Stadium/tickets 412-397-4949 or
First 500 fans receive a Coach John Banaszak bobble head courtesy of Peoples Natural Gas
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 SMA)
Sign up on the plaza to take the Clearview FCU Quarterback might win $500!
Men's Hockey vs. AIC (7 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/tix 412-397-4949 or
Live remote broadcast on 970 AM ESPN from ISC main lobby with host Mike Prisuta (5-6:30 pm)
Sign up in the arena to take the Clearview FCU Skill Shot might win $500!
First 400 fans get a free knit cap (see attached) thanks to Pepsi

RMU FOOTBALL COACHES SHOW...featuring Robert Morris head coach John Banaszak continues Monday, Nov. 9 from the All-Star Sports Bar & Grill in Southpointe 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.

CALLING ALL RUNNERS...On Saturday, Nov. 14, the Robert Morris Sport Management Association will be hosting its 10th Annual Hofacre 5K Race. This race is in remembrance of Susan K. Hofacre, who was the former Athletic Director for Robert Morris University. This race benefits the Susan Hofacre Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Sport Management Association here at RMU. If your schedule permits we would love for you to join us for this special event. Attached is a registration form for all those interested in running. Cost is $20 if you register on the day of the race and $15 if you register before Nov. 7. RMU students -- If you show your Freedom Card then the race will only cost $10 to run. If you are not interested in running then you can volunteer and earn hours for your SET requirements. The registration period on race day is from 8-8:45 am, and the race starts at 9:00 am.  If you would like to volunteer, please email Forrest Barnes at T-shirts, entertainment, and food will be provided after the race along with the chance to win raffle prizes. Please contact Forrest if you have any questions or contact Dr. John Clark at Hope to see you all at the race!

A BIG COLONIAL THANK YOU! all who donated to the 5th Annual RMU/Duquesne Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Food Drive leading up to the two schools' football game on Oct. 24. Thanks to you, the SAAC's took in a combined 3,107 items! All of RMU's 1,907 went to the West Hills Food Pantry here in Moon!

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...