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Friday, December 4, 2015


-- RMU’s bachelor of science in Health Services Administration fully online program ranked in the 27 Best Healthcare Administration Colleges Online by Factors used to rank the top institutions were academic reputation, access to online resources, variety of coursework, up-to-date instruction in administration in the medical field, and healthcare occupation preparedness. According to, in the years 2012-2022 healthcare administration careers will increase by 23 percent, and RMU was recognized for exposing its students to many hands-on scenarios for real world challenges.

-- The Information Security and Assurance integrated bachelor’s and master’s program at Robert Morris University ranked No. 5 on The 15 Best IT Security Colleges Online according to This website uses students’ perspectives, academic reputation, student resources, and current technologies and solution strategies in cybersecurity to rank the top institutions. RMU was recognized for the combination of the bachelor’s and master’s programs discounted course load of six credits. 

-- 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 band is also helping the Department of Athletics with its annual Toys for Tots drive, and as part of that effort the band has been performing holiday music this week on the third floor rotunda of Nicholson Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  

--  The Robert Morris Chapter of Alpha Chi, the Pennsylvania Epsilon Chapter, inducted 58 new members this month. Alpha Chi is an academic honor society and has nearly 400 chapters nationwide, with membership criteria suggested by the Alpha Chi National Office to assure that no more than 10 percent of an academic class is offered membership on any campus. Alpha Chi is a member of the American Association of College Honor Societies and is open to all students at Robert Morris University. To see a list of the inductees, click here. The chapter also recently elected new officers:

Chelsea Gibson    Accounting      President
Devin Kiska         Engineering     Vice President
Hunter Hickman   Engineering     Secretary


-- RMU President-Elect Christopher Howard is among six former student-athletes to receive the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award for their collegiate and professional achievements. The Silver Anniversary Award annually recognizes distinguished individuals on the 25th anniversary of the conclusion of their college athletics careers. Representatives of NCAA member schools and conferences, along with a panel of former student-athletes, select each year’s recipients. The NCAA will recognize the honorees at the Honors Celebration during the 2016 NCAA Convention on Jan. 15 in San Antonio.

-- Scott Irlbacher, director of special programs and community standards, received the Dr. Paul Hirsch Award by the Delta Phi Epsilon sorority, an award that is given to advocates and supporters of the sorority. Irlbacher received the award at the sorority's recent EngageU leadership conference at the University of Pittsburgh, which was attended by 15 members of the Delta Phi Epsilon chapter at RMU. Irlbacher facilitated a workshop on engaging members as a strategy to develop engaged alumnae.

-- Strength and Conditioning Head Coach Todd Hamer recently had another piece of his work published in, an educational and outfitting website for strength and conditioning trainers, coaches, and athletes. His work highlights the NCAA rule change dictating that all strength and conditioning coaches must be certified, and how that change affects the profession. Hamer is a columnist for the site and continues to bring to light the effective techniques Robert Morris student-athletes are using. To see all of Hamer's articles, click here. 


-- Please come and join us for the 16th Annual RMU Island Sports Center's Holiday Spectacular Skating Show featuring "Holiday Stories on Ice," from 1 to 4 p.m. on Dec. 5 and Dec. 6. This holiday ice skating show features some of your favorite holiday and winter stories: Frozen, Happy Feet, Rudolph and more!  

Skating performances will showcase the talents of the RMU Island Sports Center's Figure Skating Academy, skating school and synchronized skating teams. Skating show and open skate following the show with cast members - for all interested audience members! Advanced tickets on sale through today (Dec. 4), $8 general admission. Show Day tickets are $10 for kids 12 and under and senior citizens; $12 for all others. Tickets can be purchased at RMU ISC Guest Services

-- The annual Holiday Concert takes place Sunday, Dec. 6, at 5 p.m. in Massey Theater. Performing groups are the Jazz Band, Colonial Glee, and the newly formed RMU Concert Band. Additional performances will be by the Saxophone Quartet and the Flute Choir. Admission is free; however we will be collecting packages of Oreo cookies for Operation Oreo, and toys for Toys for Tots if anyone would like to donate.

-- Students in the communications seminar class taught by University Professor Ann Jabro are organizing "Blizzard Bazaar," a holiday-themed vendor show, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6, in the International Suite of Sewall Center to benefit the Toys for Tots Foundation. Eighteen vendors are participating, and the event will feature a raffle, pictures with Santa, and gift wrapping. Admission is free.

-- The Department of Media Arts is hosting the Fall 2015 Media Arts Senior Showcase, featuring the best work of 18 graphic design, interaction design, photography, and TV/video production graduating seniors. The exhibition runs through Dec. 18 in the Media Arts Gallery in the Wheatley Center. Gallery hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the show is free and open to the public. 

-- Please join us as we wish a fond farewell to the Fall 2016 Rooney International Visiting Scholar Majid Hashemipour. Hashemipour has been a central part of the RMU community during his time here; he has taught a course, delivered lectures, and hosted receptions and gatherings for both staff and students. Both he and his wife, Mershad Hashemipour, have shared their expertise and hospitality in the true spirit of the Rooney Scholar program. The gathering will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 9 from 3-5pm in the Rooney House. All members of the RMU community are invited.

Saturday, Dec. 5...
Men's Basketball vs. Oakland (4 pm/Sewall Center/tix 412-397-4949 or
First 800 fans receive an RMU baseball cap compliments of United Healthcare
Sign up in the arena to take the Clearview FCU Hoop Shoot might win $500!
Special halftime performance featuring the RMU Little Colonials Precision Ballhandling Team!

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

...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 Saturday's men's basketball game, at 4 p.m. in the Sewall Center against Oakland.
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