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Friday, January 29, 2016


-- The RMU RISE Center in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences has been selected as a research site for a national study by Duke University on the use of a fighter pilot algorithm to maintain CPR skills. This two-year study is funded by the National League for Nursing, the American Heart Association, and the Laerdal Corp. The School of Nursing and Health Sciences will receive $5,000 for participating in the study, and students who participate will be paid as well. Nursing Professor Suzie Kardong-Edgren, the director of the RISE Center, is the national project manager for this initiative. 

-- Alejandro Villanueva, former U.S. Army captain and offensive tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers, sat with RMU students and faculty to be interviewed for the Iraq/Afghanistan Veterans Project, an initiative of the RMU Oral History Center. The project preserves first-hand, on-the-ground oral histories of America’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Villanueva graduated from The United States Military Academy at West Point in 2010 before serving four years in the Army. He served three tours in Afghanistan as an Army Ranger, earning the Bronze Star. He discusses his interview here.

-- The RMU Department of Nursing has been invited to participate in the National Nursing Education Research Network. This project, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is to design, build and implement this large, longitudinal, collaborative network. The aims of the network are 1) to conduct annual web-based surveys of faculty and students from schools across the country and to 2) identify associations between modifiable educational characteristics and faculty/student outcomes. Only 30 schools nationwide were chosen to participate in the initial pilot.


-- Michael Smithhammer, instructor in the Department of Media Arts, will be exhibiting ceramic work at the Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery in Shadyside. The show will open Feb. 5 and runs until March 26. The pieces in the show are the latest in a series of boxes that he has been working on for more than 20 years. It is the culmination of study that has taken Smithhammer to residencies and workshops in Tokaname, Japan, as well as Denmark.

-- Larry Tomei, vice provost for academic affairs, was chosen as IGI Global’s 2015 Distinguished Fellowship InfoSci®-Journals Award winner. This honor is awarded to an editor-in-chief who has exhibited an outstanding record of success in raising citation, visibility, and scholarship of their journal, securing an adequate quantity of submissions from leading authors, and publishing each journal issue on a timely basis. Tomei earned this award for his work as editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Education (IJICTE), which is now in its 12th year of publication.


-- RMU will once again celebrate Black History Month with a slate of events, many of them free and open to the public. Click here for a complete schedule.

-- 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

-- The Media Arts Gallery in the Wheatley Center is hosting The U Show Exhibition through Feb. 11 featuring artwork by students from several RMU schools and majors. The exhbition is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.

-- Research & Grants Administration (R&GA) is pleased to announce that the first RMU R&G Expo event will be held on March 15 in the Sewall Center. We invite you to submit research abstracts for the poster presentation exhibit that will be displayed at this Expo. Topics can be from your research interest area- published or unpublished. All submissions will be accepted for presentation, and we hope that you will be able to showcase your research to the campus community as well as find collaborating partners for exploring research and grant opportunities. The event, which will run all day, begins at 8:30 a.m. and includes a panel discussion, speeches, and one-on-one time with grant writers. Abstract submission deadline is Feb. 15 and can be submitted here.


Friday, Jan. 29 (Skate for the Cure Weekend)...
Women's Hockey vs. Lindenwood (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!
Skate with the Colonials after the game (free with own skates, $3 to rent from ISC front desk)!
Free continuous student shuttle between campus -- Lexington/Concord Halls -- and ISC 6-10 pm!

Saturday, Jan. 30...
Men's Lacrosse vs. Seton Hill (noon/Joe Walton Stadium/free admission)
Women's Hockey vs. Lindenwood (3 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!
The first 50 fans receive a replica RMU Hockey game jersey courtesy of Peoples Natural Gas 
Proceeds from SFTC Weekend benefit the Pittsburgh-based Pink Steel Dragon Boat Team of breast cancer survivors

...featuring Colonial head man Derek Schooley continues this Tuesday (Feb. 2) 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 live each Tuesday from now through March 8 on the radio home for RMU Hockey, 970 AM ESPN Pittsburgh as well as on the iHeart Media mobile app.

...featuring Robert Morris head coach Andy Toole continues on Monday, Feb. 8, from the All-Star Sports Bar & Grill in Robinson at 7 p.m. The Voice of the Colonials Chris Shovlin and Coach Toole bring you up to date on all things Colonial Basketball! The show airs live each Monday through March 14 on the flagship station for RMU Basketball, 970 AM ESPN Pittsburgh as well as on the iHeart Media mobile app.

...Three Colonials are up for college hockey's top individual award. They are Brandon Denham, Greg Gibson and Zac Lynch. Fan voting is going on right now so please visit and cast your ballot today!


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