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Friday, February 5, 2016


-- The RMU Department of Accounting and Taxation was ranked No. 20 in the United States in the 2015 Brigham Young University Research Rankings for publications in the leading accounting education journals over the past six years. Articles by faculty members William Brucker and James Rebele contributed to the high ranking, and Rebele, a professor of accounting, ranks eighth among all accounting faculty members in the U.S. for the number of publications in leading accounting education journals over the past six years.  

-- Engineering professors at Robert Morris University and the University of Pittsburgh have received a grant from Constellation Energy to continue their Energy Inventor Labs education and outreach programs. The Energy Inventor Labs aim to interest K-12 students in energy technology and engineering, and to encourage college students to develop energy efficient technologies and innovations that harness various sources of energy. The two estimate that over 1,000 students in the Pittsburgh region have benefitted from Energy Inventor Labs in the past year throughout the supported programs: Energy Ties Challenge, Teaching the Teacher, and Investing Now. Read more here.

-- What does Colonial Theatre, a hoverboard, and the Women's Leadership and Mentorship Program have in common? They all garnered headlines for RMU in January. See news media coverage of the university at the latest RMU in the News.

-- If you missed President Howard's welcome message to campus Monday, check it out at the new Office of the President web site.


-- Ray Butter, head athletic equipment manager, received a “Shining Star” Volunteer of the Year Award from the Arthritis Foundation at the annual Champion of Yes Volunteer Reception held in December at the Pittsburgh Marriot City Center. Butter's older son, Logan, was first diagnosed with juvenile arthritis at the age of 4. Feeling overwhelmed by the diagnosis and treatments, Butter and his wife, Beth, turned to the Arthritis Foundation for help and hope. Since 2011 Butter has raised more than $25,000 for the Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run/Walk through his Night at the Races Fundraiser as well as on social media. 

-- Michael DiLauro, director of the Academic Media Center, earned a Silver Award from the Spotlight Documentary Film Awards for his film La Mia Strada (My Road).

-- Tony Kerzmann, associate professor of mechanical engineering, was recently certiifed as a LEED Green Associate. 

-- Faculty from the School of Nursing and Health Sciences recently participated in the International Meeting for Simulation and Healthcare (IMSH) in San Diego. More than 3,000 international participants attended, representing the professions of medicine, surgery, nursing, social work, respiratory therapy, anesthesia, and emergency response, among others. The faculty who presented were:

Suzan Kardong-Edgren

  • Expert Panel Presentation: "Review Your Research Ideas and Projects with the SSH Research Committee"
  • Presentation: "Lead Change: Substitute Simulation for Clinical in Nursing Education"
  • Presentation: "High Stakes Assessment: Essentials of Design, Delivery and Evaluation"

Donna McDermott 

  • ePoster: "Seeking Consensus on Prebriefing: Preparing Students for Simulation-Based Learning"

Valerie Howard and Susan Mihaljevic 

  • Poster: "The Use of Multimodality Simulation Programs to Improve Interdisciplinary Communication Within Long Term Care Facilities"

-- Katrina Pyo, assistant professor of nursing, served as guest editor for two recent issues of the peer-reviewed journal Critical Care Nursing Quarterly. Articles published in both issues featured experts from RMU and Allegheny Health Network as sole authors. RMU faculty in whose publications appeared in the two issues are: Nadine Englert; Donna McDermott; Carl Ross; Valerie Howard; Joseph Angelelli; Judith Kaufmann; Denise Ramponi; Angela Macci-Bires; and Holly Hampe. You can read each issue here and here.

-- Arif Sirinterlikci, head of the Department of Engineering, has earned the Society of Maufacturing Engineers CMfgE Certification. This certification requires educational qualifications, experience, and demonstrated ability by passing a 180-question exam. Sirinterlikci, a university professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering, joins assistant professors Luis Monterrubio and Ergin Erdem in earning CMfgE Certification.


-- The joint production of West Side Story by the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center in Midland, Beaver County, and RMU Colonial Theatre runs through this Sunday, Feb. 7. For tickets go here

-- The campus community and general public are cordially invited to celebrate the life and legacy of the late Professor Rex L. Crawley on Feb. 9 at 5 p.m. in the Wheatley Center, Room 110. The event, "Rex: Living the Legacy", is part of the RMU Black History Month Series Back to the Roots: Understanding the Past, to be Present in the Now.

We will be showing the documentary Rex which was done in coordination with and directed by Emmy Award winner, Emmai Alaquiva. The program is being hosted by the Office of Multicultural Student Services. 

Other highlights of RMU's Black History Month events include a talk by President Christopher Howard at the Black History Month luncheon on Feb. 15 and the Black History 101 Mobile Museum that same day. Many of them are free and open to the public. Click here for a complete schedule.

-- 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, Feb. 5
Women's Hockey vs. Mercyhurst (7 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/tix 412-397-4949 or National Girls and Women in Sports Day (see attached) Sign up in the arena to take the Clearview FCU Skill Shot might win $500! Free continuous student shuttle between campus -- Lexington/Concord Halls -- and ISC 6-10 pm!

Saturday, Feb. 6 ("Prize Day" @ Basketball Doubleheader -- go to for more details) 
Women's Basketball vs. Bryant (1 pm/Sewall Center/free admission)
National Girls and Women in Sports Day
Men's Basketball vs. Bryant (4 pm/Sewall Center/tix 412-397-4949 or 
Athletic Hall of Fame Day Presented by Allegheny Health Network (inductee recognition ceremony at halftime) 
Sign up in the arena to take the Clearview FCU Hoop Shoot might win $500 (both games)
Women's Hockey vs. Mercyhurst (3 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/tix 412-397-4949 or

Monday, Feb. 8
Women's Basketball vs. C. Conn. State (7 pm/Sewall Center/tix 412-397-4949 or
The first 150 fans receive a replica RMU hoops jersey thanks to Giant Eagle, and 150 lucky RMU students get a free t-shirt compliments of Mrs. T's PierogiesSign up in the arena to take the Clearview FCU Hoop Shoot might win $500 

RMU BASKETBALL COACHES SHOW...featuring Robert Morris head coach Andy Toole continues Monday (Feb. 8) from the All-Star Sports Bar & Grill in Robinson 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 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.

RMU HOCKEY COACHES SHOW...featuring Colonial head man Derek Schooley continues this Tuesday (Feb. 9) 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.

HOBEY BAKER TIME!...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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