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Friday, January 8, 2016


--RMU has been named one of the top schools by Military Advanced Education & Transition (MAE&T) in the 2016 MAE&T Guide to Colleges & Universities, measuring best practices in military and veteran education. Institutions were evaluated on their military culture, financial aid, flexibility, general support, on-campus support and online support services. Read more about this honor.

-- We didn't spend much time on campus in December, but the university generated headlines nonetheless. Check out the latest RMU in the News to see what the buzz was about. 


-- The Women’s Leadership and Mentorship Program will host a two-day “Women and Transformational Leadership Symposium” starting Thursday, Jan. 21, with a keynote address by RMU alumna and accomplished financial executive Jada Grandy. The symposium will examine why women are underrepresented in corporate and political leadership positions despite obtaining higher levels of education than men over the past 40 years and demonstrating that companies led by women have outperformed their competition in several measures.

A reception to kick off the symposium will take place at 4 p.m. Jan. 21, in the Sewall Center at RMU’s Moon Township campus. Grandy, the senior vice president and Community Reinvestment Act director at Fifth Third Bank, will begin her talk at 5 p.m. The speech is titled “The Transformational Power of Mentoring: Preparing Women for Leadership” and is free and open to the public. Space is limited, however, so please RSVP here

Grandy is based in Charlotte and leads the community affairs, community development and Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) compliance strategic initiatives in Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Georgia. She oversees strategic community partnerships and opportunities to transform and impact communities served. Grandy has received the Women’s Financial Empowerment Award, the Urban League Young Professionals of Central Carolinas 2013 Leadership Award, the Women of Achievement Award in Banking in 2011, and was and named one of the New Pittsburgh Courier Fab 40 in 2009. Grandy earned a bachelor’s degree in finance in 2000 and an MBA in 2004, both from RMU.  

The symposium will continue on Saturday, Jan. 23, with a series of workshops open only to the students and faculty/staff mentors in the Women’s Leadership and Mentorship Program.

-- The School of Education and Social Sciences is hosting a panel discussion about mass shootings in the United States on Tuesday, Jan. 26, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the International Suite of the Sewall Center. Political Science Professor and Associate Dean Phil Harold will  moderate the discussion, and the panelists are:

  • Mary Ann Rafoth, dean of the School of Education and Social Sciences
  • Frank Hartle, assistant professor of criminal justice
  • Bill Beaver, professor of sociology
  • Sue Jamison, adjunct professor of sociology
  • Bob Del Greco, associate professor of education
  • Nathan Taylor, assistant professor of education
  • Randy Mink, RMU police chief

-- RMU Graduate Admissions will be hosting an All Programs Open House from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 26 in the Sewall Center. Join Graduate Admissions staff, faculty, and program directors to learn more about our graduate and doctoral programs. RSVP to

-- The School of Education and Social Sciences is once again hosting the Girls and Women in Sport Symposium on Thursday, Feb. 4, to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sport Day. The event kicks off with a breakfast keynote speech by Nicole LaVoi, associate director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sports at the University of Minnesota. Her talk is titled "Was 2015 a Tipping Point for Girls and Women in Sport?" Registration starts at 7:30 a.m., and breakfast and LaVoi's talk begins at 8 in the International Suite of Sewall Center. Following breakfast, two concurrent scholarly sessions will take place at 9:30, and then two more at 10:45. RSVP is required for the breakfast to Renee Augostine at


Friday, Jan. 8
Men's Hockey vs. Bentley (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!

Saturday, Jan. 9 (PIHL Night)
Men's Hockey vs. Bentley (7 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/tix 412-397-4949 or
The first 500 fans receive a Coach Derek Schooley Bobble Head courtesy of Eat'n Park Hospitality Group
Sign up in the arena to take the Clearview FCU Skill Shot might win $500! 

RMU HOCKEY COACH'S SHOW...featuring Colonials head man Derek Schooley debuts this Tuesday (Jan. 12) from The Sharp Edge Bistro (510 Beaver Street/Sewickley) at 6 pm. Come out and get the inside scoop on Robert Morris Hockey from the coach as well as radio color analyst Mike Prisuta. The show airs each Tuesday from now through March 1 on the home for RMU Hockey, 970 AM ESPN Pittsburgh. 

RMU BASKETBALL COACH'S SHOW...featuring Robert Morris head coach Andy Toole gets rolling Monday (Jan. 11) from the All-Star Sports Bar & Grill beginning in Robinson (and with some shows from Canonsburg) at 7 pm. The Voice of the Colonials Chris Shovlin and Coach Toole bring you up to date on all things Colonial Basketball! The show airs each Monday through March 14 on the flagship for RMU Basketball, 970 AM ESPN Pittsburgh. This week's show airs at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

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