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Friday, January 15, 2016


-- RMU has six degree programs listed among U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 Best Online Programs. RMU was the only school in the Pittsburgh region to be ranked in the top 100 for online bachelor’s degree programs, and RMU is the third highest ranked institution in Pennsylvania. RMU jumped 53 spots from the 2015 report, landing at 58 out of 217 schools nationwide. For graduate programs, Robert Morris’s MBA, nursing, education, other business programs and computer information technology all made the magazine’s list of top programs. More impressive is that three of the four graduate degree programs that were also ranked in 2015 moved up in the 2016 report. MBA skipped ahead 31 spots, education 15, and its other business programs (lumped together by U.S News as “non-MBA business”) jumped five.

-- Interim President David Jamison presented the 2014-15 Faculty Distinguished Achievement Awards last week at the Spring Convocation. This past  year's winners were:

  • Distinguished Achievement Award for Service: Lauren Rauscher, coordinator of the Women's Leadership and Mentorship Program and an assistant professor of sociology.
  • Distinguished Achievement Award for Scholarship: Liang "Jason" Hong, assistant professor of actuarial science and mathematics. He published four substantial research articles in four of of the most highly competitive journals in his field.
  • Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching: Ann Jabro, university professor of communication. Jabro has previously won the Distinguished Achievement Award for Service.

-- Colonial Cash can now be used at three off-campus locations with a fourth on the way. Faculty, staff, and students who have loaded their Freedom Card with Colonial Cash can use it to make purchases -- excluding alcohol, tobacco, and gift cards -- at the Moon Township locations of Giant Eagle, GetGo, Fox's Pizza and, coming soon, Buford's Kitchen (formerly The Ground Round). Colonial Cash can still be used on campus at all dining locations, bookstore, vending machines, copiers, and student mailroom, and can be reloaded at anytime. To load your card today online, click this link. 

-- RMU is hosting its annual Winter Blood Drive in partnership with the Central Blood Bank on Wednesday, Jan. 27 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the John Jay Gym. The goal is to collect 80 units that day. To make an appointment contact Donna Anderson, director, Student Civic Engagement by calling 412-397-6492 or emailing her at Walk-ins are also welcome! The entire donation process should take less than one hour. Your participation will help to save lives and you will be modeling active community engagement for our students. 


-- Maria Kalevitch, dean of the School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science, has published an article in the Journal of Teaching and Education titled “Living-Learning Community In Support Of Stem Education: A Quantitative And Qualitative Study Of The NSF STEM Scholar Cohort (2009-2013) At Robert Morris University.” The article examined the experiences of students in RMU’s S-STEM Scholars Program. Kalevicth co-authored the article with six RMU colleagues: Paul Badger, Gregory Holdan, Arif Sirinterlikci, Cheryl Maurer, George Semich, and James Bernauer.


-- The Black Student Union will host a Martin Luther King Jr. remembrance event on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Sewall Center.

-- 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


Saturday, Jan. 16 (Hoops and Troops Presented by Shale Land Services, Benefiting Legacies Alive)
Women's Basketball vs. Fairleigh Dickinson (1 pm/Sewall Center/tix 412-397-4949
Men's Basketball vs. Fairleigh Dickinson (4 pm/Sewall Center/tix 412-397-4949
Portion of proceeds to benefit Legacies Alive in support of our nation's fallen heroes and their families
All teams in camo uniforms with RMU jerseys to be auctioned postgame; military theme programming
First 1,200 fans receive a camo t-shirt thanks to Peoples Natural Gas
Sign up in the arena to take the Clearview FCU Hoop Shoot might win $500 (both games)
Also the annual welcoming of our friends from Moon Parks and Rec Youth Basketball!
Post men's game scrimmage featuring the youth hoopers from Mount Lebanon

Monday, Jan. 18 (RMUnity Day Presented by Office of Multicultural Student Services)
Women's Basketball vs. Mount St. Mary's (2 pm/Sewall Center/tix 412-397-4949
Sign up in the arena to take the Clearview FCU Hoop Shoot might win $500 (both games)!
First 50 students receive a complimentary water bottle; special programming for MLK Jr. Birthday!

RMU BASKETBALL COACHES SHOW...featuring Robert Morris head coach Andy Toole returns Monday (Jan. 18) from the All-Star Sports Bar & Grill in Robinson (select shows from the Canonsburg All-Star) with taping there 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 normally airs each Monday through March 14 on the flagship for RMU Basketball, 970 AM ESPN Pittsburgh. 

RMU HOCKEY COACHES SHOW...featuring Colonial head man Derek Schooley continues this Tuesday (Jan. 19) from The Sharp Edge Bistro (510 Beaver Street/Sewickley) with taping 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 8 on the home for RMU Hockey, 970 AM ESPN Pittsburgh. 
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