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Friday, November 13, 2015


-- Victory Media has again named Robert Morris University a military-friendly school, and this year RMU also was named a Top 25 Private and College University for being military friendly. RMU, which currently enrolls approximately 230 veterans, was one of the first private institutions nationwide to participate in the federal Yellow Ribbon Program. That program closes the gap between the university's tuition and veterans' federal education benefits.

-- This fall, RMU teacher education candidates taking ECED3100 (Integrating Arts & the Developing Child) worked in pairs to create activities that would engage young children at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh. Each of the activities was linked to a children's book that highlighted creativity, making, building, and textiles. RMU pre-service teachers presented their activities to RMU faculty and museum staff for feedback before taking their materials and ideas to different sections of the museum. Patrons of the museum and children from the Pittsburgh Public Schools Pre-K classroom, housed in the museum, participated in the activitues. Some of the activities included working in a small group to build cities with boxes, using material and paper to create textile patterns, building and testing houses for the Three Little Pigs s to see which materials were strongest, and creating individual projects out of boxes and other recyclables.

Working with young children at the museum is part of a unique year-long project tied to the Maker Movement. In the spring, this same group of RMU students will take ECED3060 (Family & Community Partnerships). They will continue to collaborate with staff at the Children's Museum and also faculty, staff, parents, and children at Avonworth School District's primary center by assisting in the running of Avonworth Primary School's "Makeshop Madness" event. 

-- It is time for the semi-annual “Almost Midnight Breakfast” hosted by the Office of Residence Life. The breakfast will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 8 from 10 p.m. to midnight. If you would like to volunteer or if you or your department have any "give-aways" that you would like to donate please contact Jan Leopold at

-- The RMU Band is sponsoring Operation Oreo from now until Dec. 6. They are asking people to donate a package of Oreos when they attend any football game, basketball game, hockey game, or the annual Holiday Concert on Dec. 6. The Oreos will be shipped to our servicemen and women overseas to give them a taste of home during the holidays. For more information, please contact Betsy Charles, director of bands, at X6018 or at


-- The American Society for Engineering Education has accepted for publication a paper proposed by Marie Kalevitch, dean of the School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science, and Priya Manohar, associate professor of engineering. The paper will examine the impact of SEMS' regular "Research Conversations," during which faculty present their research to their peers and discuss the findings. Research Conversations is an initative of the SEMS Research and Outreach Center, of which Manohar is co-director. 

-- Victoria Snyder, director of multicultural student services recently presented in Orlando at the National Conference on Male Success sponsored by the University of Central Florida. Her presentation: "Center of attention: Creating space for men of color," was one of 25 intensive sessions that worked with faculty and administrators from across the country on how to create space and a place for students of color for success around graduation and retention efforts.


-- Please join Interim President David Jamison and the family of the late Rex L. Crawley, university professor of communication, for the unveiling of a portrait in his memory on Friday, Nov. 20 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. in the Wheatly Center, first level. The program begins promptly at 6 p.m. with a reception to follow. Please RSVP at and direct all inquires to Jen Young at x5452 or

-- The RMU Colonial Theatre invites you to their rendition of William Shakespeare's early comedy, Love's Labour's Lost, continuing this weekend, Nov. 13 & 14 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for university employees and $5 for students when they purchase them ahead of time through Student Life. Next semester, Colonial Theatre will continue the Shakespeare theme with West Side Story (emulating Romeo and Juliet's tragic love story) followed by the production of Romeo & Juliet itself. Please direct all inquires to Heather Pinson at

-- 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 immediately to Sarah Collins at or x5232.

-- The Media Arts Visiting Artist and Scholar Program invites you to a lecture with principal and creative director of Studio Mercury, Lucas Roy, on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at noon, Wheatley Center Atrium. Studio Mercury is a New York-based design firm that specializes in media rich, design centric experiences for leaders in the arts, education, editorial and lifestyle industries. Through interactive design and development, photography, film, print and creative consulting, Mercury delivers dynamic, immersive spaces where brands engage their customers online and off. Lucas Roy oversees the development of branding systems, advertising campaigns, films and digital identities for the studio’s clientele. Over 15 years as a creative director for digital and print campaigns, Lucas has honed his multi-faceted, multimedia design practice to create cohesive, award-winning brand identities. Roy’s work has been recognized and/or featured in Graphis Logo, Poster and Design Annual, Blackbook, Print Magazine, Communication Arts, The Art Directors Club, AIGA, and the D&AD. This event is free and open to the public

-- Join the Multicultural Student Services on Thursday, Nov. 19 in the Sewall Center, International Suite, for the Diversity Speaker series as RMU celebrates Native American Heritage Month. The event, featuring the Council on Three Rivers American Indian Center will provide an exciting programmatic opportunity. At 4:30 p.m. we will begin a panel, "What it's like to be Native in today's age?" and then immediately following will be traditional dancing, singing and drumming. Artifacts and artwork for purchase will be available. This event is open to all. 

-- The Media Arts Visiting Artist and Scholar Program invites you to “The Ins and Outs of 48 Hour Film Festivals” with Darin DiNapoli on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 6 p.m., Patrick Henry Room 118. RMU and Media Arts alumnus Darin DiNapoli is a senior multimedia specialist at MARC USA. He began participating in the 48 Hour Film Festivals in 2013 and has since participated in seven festivals in Pittsburgh and Los Angeles. His films have won Best Film, Best Writing, Best Directing, Best Editing, Best Music Score, Best Use of Genre, Best Acting, and Audience Choice Awards. Darin also enjoys playing guitar and is one of the lead songwriters in local hard rock band Identity X. This event is free and open to the public

-- 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, Nov. 13
Women's Basketball vs. West Virginia Wesleyan (10 am/Sewall Center/free admission) - Elementary School Day
Sign up in the arena to take the Clearview FCU Hoop Shoot might win $500!
Women's Hockey vs. Penn State (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. 14
Women's Hockey vs. Penn State (3 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!
Women's Volleyball vs. Bryant (3 pm/Sewall Center/free admission)

Sunday, Nov. 15
Women's Volleyball vs. C. Conn. State (3 pm/Sewall Center/free admission) - Senior Day

RMU FOOTBALL COACHES SHOW...featuring Robert Morris head coach John Banaszak wraps up for the season on Monday night, Nov. 16 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.

This Saturday, Nov. 14, the Robert Morris Sport Management Association will be hosting its 10th Annual Hofacre 5K Race. This race is in remembrance of Dr. 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. RMU students -- show your Freedom Card and 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!

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...