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Friday, March 11, 2016


-- Sophomore Nolen Keeys, a biomedical engineering major, is the first Robert Morris University student to be named an Institute Scholar by the highly selective Institute for Responsible Citizenship in Washington, D.C., which draws students from the Ivy League and other elite institutions. The Institute chooses only 12 of the most talented African American male college students from across the United States to participate in its intensive Washington Program and includes internships in each scholar’s field of study; a seminar in constitutional and economic principles; private meetings with government and corporate leaders; and the opportunity to be mentors to high school students enrolled in the institute’s Youth Scholars Academy. Keeys holds a 3.9 GPA and plans to attend medical school and become an orthopedic surgeon. He is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers and a peer tutor at RMU, and he also has played intramural basketball and football. Keeys volunteers at the Veterans Administration hospital near his hometown. He is the son of Christopher and Sabrina Keeys.

-- Fifteen RMU students came to campus during their spring break this week to participate in a Council of Foreign Relations Academic Conference Call on U.S. cybersecurity policy and Internet governance. Karen Paullet, assistant professor of computer and information systems, organized the students' participation. RMU President Chris Howard is a member of the Higher Education Working Group on Global Issues of the Council on Foreign Relations.


-- Associate Professor Luann Richardson and University Professor Carl Ross were recently inducted as Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) in recognition of their outstanding contributions in the nursing field. The FAANP is dedicated to global advancement of nurse practioners and the high-quality healthcare they deliver. The pair of professors now share this prestigious honor with Associate Professors Denise Ramponi and Susan Van Cleve.  


-- Check out the slew of events planned for Women's History Month.

-- Jane Werner, the executive director of the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, will be the featured speaker at RMU's 2016 Education Conference, which has the theme "Community Partners and the New American Classroom." The all-day conference for teachers this Monday, March 14, features a variety of topics, such as utilizing social media in the classroom and the innovative future of learning. For example, "Toys vs. Tools" features a hands-on MakeShop Engineering Design Challenge, with ideas of how this type of student engagement can be infused into the daily curriculum. Presenters are a mix of area educators, professors, and learning professionals. A Gallery Walk manned by the Ohio River Consortium will be an interactive demonstration of how students are using their creativity to embrace new and exciting endeavors in the classroom. 

The conference, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday at the Sewall Center, is open to classroom teachers, library or media specialists, school administrators, curriculum coordinators, teacher educators, education students, and IT specialists. The registration fee of $69 ($25 for students) includes continental breakfast, lunch, and closing reception with door prizes. To register online, click here. For further information, please contact Renee Augostine at or (412)397-5254.

-- The next Roundtable of the semester will be zoning in on the Tiny House community that is newly and nationally recognized. Marcel Minutolo, professor of management, and his Current Topics in Sustainability students will be featured during the presentation “Tiny Project with Huge Goals: Can Tiny Houses Solve Homelessness?”

In this roundtable, the students in Minutolo’s class will present the current state of the proposal development, their vision, and future plans of the Tiny House community and how students are living in these versus dorms. 

All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend the event Thursday, March 17 from 12:15 - 1:30 p.m. located in SBUS 204

-- On Monday, March 21 in the International Suite from 10 – 11 a.m. Mary Beth Tinker will be speaking about her U.S. Supreme Court case, Tinker vs. Des Moines. Tinker and others wore black armbands to school in 1965 to protest the Vietnam War, and after the students refused to remove the bands the matter resulted in the Supreme Court’s hands. For more information, contact Heather Pinson ( or Anthony Moretti (

-- The annual Women’s History Month luncheon will take place on Wednesday, March 23 from Noon – 1:30 p.m. in the Sewall Center (3rd Floor). The keynote speaker will be Dana Brown, executive director of the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University. In addition to hearing from Brown, we will also present RMU’s annual Woman of Achievement Award and recognize all of our outstanding student nominees. The luncheon is free for students and $10 for faculty, staff, and guests. This year we invite you to host a table for up to six (6) students that you ask to be your guests. Whether you choose to host a table or not, please RSVP to the Office of Student Life at no later than Friday, March 18 if you would like to attend.  Please indicate if you have any dietary restrictions or wish to request a vegetarian entree. If you are hosting a table, please provide our office with the list of names of the students you have invited to join you.

-- The Center for Global Engagement and the RMU Dining Services are co-hosting the 19th Annual RMU International Festival and Dinner located in the PNC Colonial Café on Wednesday, March 30. This event unites the university community to enjoy entertainment and cuisine from around the world. We'll additionally have student clubs, organizations, RMU faculty, and RMU staff participating! 

This year we encourage faculty and staff to represent their home country by submitting a recipe for the dinner. Submitted recipes will be published in our RMU 2016 International Dinner Recipe Book. About 10-12 recipes will then be selected by the RMU Dining Services and CGE staff to be included in the International Dinner, and after eating, the campus community will vote on their favorite recipe. 

To submit a recipe, please click this link and complete the form.

All are encouraged to participate, even if you're an American citizen (remember, USA is international too). We will accept submitted recipes until TODAY, Friday, March 11


Friday, March 11...
Men's Hockey vs. Bentley (7 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/tix 412-397-4949
Game 1 - Best of 3 Atlantic Hockey Conference Tournament Quarterfinals
Sign up in the arena to take the Clearview FCU Skill Shot might win $500!

Saturday, March 12...
Men's Hockey vs. Bentley (7 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/tix 412-397-4949
Game 2 - Best of 3 Atlantic Hockey Conference Tournament Quarterfinals
Sign up in the arena to take the Clearview FCU Skill Shot might win $500!

Sunday, March 13...
Men's Hockey vs. Bentley (7 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/tix 412-397-4949
Game 3 (if necessary) - Best of 3 Atlantic Hockey Conference Tournament Quarterfinals
Sign up in the arena to take the Clearview FCU Skill Shot might win $500!

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL WATCH PARTY...Join fellow Colonials fans this Sunday, March 13, at the All-Star Sports Bar & Grill in Robinson (adjacent to the Mall at Robinson) to watch RMU women's basketball play for the 2016 Northeast Conference championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament! The game at Sacred Heart will be on the big screens at 3 p.m. live on ESPNU! Feel free to bring guests to enjoy the fun. See you there. 

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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