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Friday, January 22, 2016


-- 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. 


-- The Center for Documentary Production and Study and Department of Media Arts cordially invite you to the welcoming reception of Spring 2016 Visiting Documentary Filmmaker Ferenc Moldoványi. The reception be will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 27 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm in the SCIS Atrium, Wheatley Center. Moldoványi is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose multiple films are familiar to American viewers through the Sundance Channel, Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and professional film industry magazine Variety. His films have been screened at more than 160 film festivals in 50 countries.

His commitment to social and human rights issues has led him to over 40 international awards. His documentary, Another Planet, shot on four continents, analyzes the moral crisis of our planet in its portrayal of children who are abused and exploited as factory workers, soldiers and prostitutes. At RMU, Moldoványi is teaching a documentary production class this semester and welcomes opportunities for classroom visits, screenings, and engaging in other curricular or co-curricular activities across the university.

-- The first Roundtable of the semester will feature Liang "Jason" Hong, assistant professor of actuarial science and mathematics. He will be presenting  "A Flexible Bayesian Nonparametric Credibility Model." Below is a brief overview of his discussion:

This Roundtable discussion will propose a model for modeling insurance losses. The model extends the current credibility theory literature in that (i) it does not assume any particular parametric form of the loss distribution, providing greater flexibility and (ii) it yields a full posterior distribution for the loss density that can be computed numerically, allowing practitioners to estimate any desired features of the loss distribution, such as moments and quantiles.  Theoretical properties of the posterior distribution will be discussed, and numerical examples will be used to demonstrate the benefit of our model compared to others in the credibility theory literature. This Roundtable will be particularly fascinating for those interested in insurance and Mathematics and Actuarial Science majors. 

It will be held Friday, Jan. 22, from 10:45-11:35 a.m. in Hale 201. All faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend. The RMU Roundtable Series is sponsored by the University Honors Program, and is an occasional forum in which faculty can present on their research and topics of interest in an informal setting to students, faculty, and staff.

-- The Act 101 program at RMU cordially invites you to attend its annual Open House on Monday, Jan. 25t from 11 1 p.m. in the Center for Student Success, Nicholson Center. The Open House allows you to meet not only the counselors and tutors, but it also provides you with the opportunity to learn more about the grant program, which began in 1971 under the direction of the Honorable K. Leroy Irvis. Stop by the Center, have a little lunch, and find out what's new!

-- 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. Click her for a schedule. RSVP is required for the breakfast to Renee Augostine at

Friday and Saturday...Men's ice hockey takes on Mercyhurst at 7:05 p.m. at the 84 Lumber Arena at the RMU Island Spors Center. Saturday is RMU replica hockey jersey give-away night! Click here for ticketing information.

RMU HOCKEY COACHES SHOW...featuring Colonial head man Derek Schooley continues this Tuesday (Jan. 26) 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. 
RMU BASKETBALL COACHES SHOW...featuring Robert Morris head coach Andy Toole returns Monday, Feb. 8, 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. 

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