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Friday, February 12, 2016


-- The RMU research project "Building a Skilled Software Verification and Validation User Community" is one of 20 National Science Foundation-funded projects to be featured in the NSF Showcase at the SIGCSE 2016 conference in March in Mephis, Tenn. The SIGCSE is a compueter science education conference. Principal investigators on the project are Sushil Acharya, Priya Manohar, and Peter Wu.

-- Junior April Krivoniak of the RMU volleyball team has been named the 2015 Fall Co-Scholar-Athlete for volleyball in the Northeast Conference, as announced by the league this afternoon. Krivoniak, a junior biomedical and mechanical engineering major, was named the 2015 NEC Tournament Most Valuable Player after she helped lead the Colonials to their first NEC Tournament title and NCAA Tournament berth since 2003. She recorded 16 kills, nine digs and two blocks in the title match as RMU ended LIU Brooklyn’s three-year reign. Read more about Krivoniak here.

-- Redshirt senior offensive lineman Nick Faraci of the RMU football team was honored by the Northeast Conference (NEC) for his achievements on the field and in classroom, as he was chosen 2015 NEC Football Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year. This is the second straight year that Faraci has claimed this honor as well as the fifth time in six years that a Colonial has earned this distinction. He earned Academic All-America honors for the second straight year this past December when he shared a spot on the First Team with starters from Baylor, Ohio State and Oklahoma. Read morea bout Faraci here.

--  We are sorry to inform the RMU family that Agnes Nicholson, mother of former RMU President Edward Nicholson, passed away Feb. 4 at the age of 96. In lieu of flowers, the Nicholson family has requested that donations be made to the Edward and Agnes Nicholson Scholarship, also known as the Nicholson Endowed Fund. You can make a gift at and read the obituary for Agnes Nicholson here


-- Valerie Howard, dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, was invited to present a plenary session at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Faculty Development Conference on Feb. 4 in St. Petersburg, Fla. The session was titled, "Curriculum Integration of the International Nursing Association of Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) Standards of Best Practice for Simulation." 


-- RMU will host a visit from the Black History 101 Mobile Museum on Monday, Feb. 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 the Gus Krop Gym in the John Jay Center. For the past 20 years, the Black History 101 Mobile Museum has acquired thousands of original artifacts of African American memorabilia that date from slavery to hip-hop culture. The Black History 101 Mobile Museum travels to colleges, universities, K-12 schools, conferences, and cultural events across the country. The entire museum takes about 30 minutes to walk through. Admission to the Black History 101 Mobile Museum is free for RMU students, faculty, and staff, and costs $5 for all others. To make a reservation for a group of 10 or more, contact Victoria Snyder at

The visit by the mobile museum is part of a series of Black History Month events at RMU, titled Back to the Roots: Understanding the Past, to be Present in the Future. President Chris Howard will give the keynote address Monday, Feb. 15, at the Black History Month Luncheon, and Professor Griff from the legendary hip-hop group Public Enemy will speak that evening in Dining Room C of the Sewall Center. 

-- 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. 12...
Men's Hockey vs. Army (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!
National Anthem to be performed by Allard Elementary School Singing Tigers
First intermission shoot out featuring the RMU In-House Bantam Team!
Free continuous student shuttle between campus -- Lexington/Concord Halls -- and ISC 6-10 pm!

Saturday, Feb. 13...
Men's Hockey vs. Army (7 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/tix 412-397-4949 or
The first 400 fans receive a team trading card set thanks to PPG Paints
First intermission shoot out featuring the RMU Mite Tier 2 Hurricanes!
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)!

RMU BASKETBALL COACHES SHOW...featuring Robert Morris head coach Andy Toole continues tonight Monday (Feb. 15) from the All-Star Sports Bar & Grill in Southpointe 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. 16) 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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