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Friday, November 20, 2015


-- Ten veterans participated this fall in the RMU Veterans Golf Academy at the RMU Island Sports Center. The veterans participated in a six-week session that featured golf lessons by PGA professionals Jim Cichra and Ron Coyne. The RMU Veterans Golf Academy takes place each fall and spring and includes trips to some of the region's best courses, including Nevillewood. 

-- Nursing faculty and students participated last Friday at a workshop hosted downtown by Allegheny Health Network titled Optimizing Outcomes, Experience and Affordability that included a discussion of how to prepare healthcare workers to work in a community care network. A community care network uses a team approach to provide comprehensive support to patients to improve outcomes, decrease hospital re-admissions, and lower healthcare costs. Val Howard and Nadine Englert led a panel discussion on advances in healthcare education. Howard is the dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences and Englert is the head of the Department of Nursing. RMU is collaborating this year with Allegheny Health Network to prepare students to be healthcare coaches, who are integral members of a a community care network. Students attending the event last week were Rebekah Landers and Katherine Davidson.

-- RMU sent a delegation of eight students and two advisors to the Central Atlantic Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls Regional Conference at George Washington University from Nov. 13-15. All students who attended are involved in residence life as either a community advisor, member of the National Residence Hall Honorary, or the Residence Hall Association. RMU students contributed to the conference and were recognized in the following ways:

-RHA President Sydnee McKeever and RHA Vice President of External Partnerships Matthew Marterella presented a program session to approximately 10 people about RMU’s Little Siblings Weekend.

-RHA Vice President of Organizational Operations Vince Passerini and RHA Vice President of Campus Development Emily Carney presented a program session to approximately 20 people about RHA’s Jump Squad, a high-energy and high-impact student group dedicated to garnering involvement during orientation weekend.

-RHA was awarded a $500 programming grant to defray the cost of Little Siblings Weekend.

-RMU was awarded 1st place for best institutional banner representation.

-Community Advisor Savana Goshey was awarded a $100 textbook scholarship.

-- 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


-- Sushil Acharya, director of research and grants, was awarded the honorary title of Distinguished Adjunct Professor by the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand, from which he earned his doctoral degree in engineering, computer science, and information management. Acharya is a professor of software engineering.

-- Bandar Al Tassan, who earned a master's degree in engineering management this year, presented the findings from his master's thesis last month at the American Society for Engineering Management Annual International Conference in Indianopolis. His presentation, Game-Based Simulation in Urban Planning Decision-Making, was co-authored by his advisor, Arif Sirinterlikci, head of the Department of Engineering and university professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering. Their novel work is  based on utilization of the Sim City computer game as a simulation tool in understanding of the impact of decisions made by urban planners and managers on their cities' development and satisfaction of their residences. Al Tassan's thesis committee included Daniel Short, associate professor of environmental science and Ergin Erdem, assistant professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering. 

-- Elizabeth Stork, associate professor of organizational leadership, presented a paper in October at the International Leadership Association's International Conference in Barcelona, Spain, on nonconformity to female gender stereotypes in women leaders. The paper was titled "Conformity to Gender Stereotypes in Women Leaders: Damned if You Don't."


-- 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 Media Arts Visiting Artist and Scholar Program invites you to a lecture with critically acclaimed comic-book artist Ed Piskor on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at noon, in the Wheatley Center Atrium. Ed Piskor cut his teeth drawing American Splendor strips for Harvey Pekar. The duo went on to do a few graphic novels together: Macedonia (Villard, 2007) and The Beats (Hill & Wang, 2009). His first solo graphic novel was the computer hacker story Wizzywig (Top Shelf, 2012), and he's currently producing the New York Times best-selling, award-winning series, Hip Hop Family Tree (Fantagraphics), which has a fourth impending volume due out in summer 2016. This event is free and open to the public.


Wednesday, Nov. 18

Men's Basketball vs. Bucknell (7 pm/Sewall Center/tix 412-397-4949 or


First 800 fans receive a schedule magnet thanks to Fox's Pizza & schedule poster courtesy of Corporate Champions. 

Sign up in the arena to take the Clearview FCU Hoop Shoot might win $500!

Saturday, Nov. 21 (Toys for Tots - see below for how you can help our efforts!)
Football vs. Bryant (noon/Joe Walton Stadium/tickets 412-397-4949 or - Senior Day
First 500 fans receive a team trading card set compliments of Dick's Sporting Goods.
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).
Sign up on the plaza to take the Clearview FCU Quarterback might win $500!.

THREE RIVERS CLASSIC...CONSOL Energy Center is 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 school in their fan sections.  Use this link for RMU:

TOYS FOR TOTS...The RMU Athletic Department has partnered with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve on this annual community outreach program every year since 2008 collecting hundreds of toys for area youths thanks to the generosity of many Colonial fans. Collection bins on campus are once again located in Joe Walton Stadium (first floor main lobby), Sewall Center (main arena and third floor), Island Sports Center (main lobby), Nicholson Center (across from Admissions Office) and Hale Center (inside third floor doors facing Franklin Center). Please be generous by donating a new unwrapped toy. Or better yet bring a new unwrapped toy to any or all of these Robert Morris "Toys for Tots" home games and get in free!

  • Football - Saturday, Nov. 21 @ noon vs. Bryant (Joe Walton Stadium)
  • Women's Hockey - Saturday, Nov. 28 @ 3 pm vs. Maine (Island Sports Center)
  • Men's Hockey - Saturday, Nov. 28, @ 7 pm vs. Sacred Heart (Island Sports Center)
  • Women's Basketball - Wednesday, Dec. 2 @ 7 pm vs. Morgan State (Sewall Center)
  • Men's Basketball - Saturday, Dec. 5 @ 4 pm vs. Oakland (Sewall Center)
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