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Friday, April 1, 2016


-- All RMU employees now qualify for the Cole Haan VIP University Discount program, which entitles you to a 20 percent discount on purchases made at Here's how it works:

  • Step 1:  Register for an account at using your university email address
  • Step 2:  Log in to the account
  • Step 3:  Start shopping! Add items to the shopping bag, then click on the shopping bag to see your total discount and savings  (the discount will be reflected in your shopping bag, not on the individual product pages)

Remember, the discount is only good for purchases made online, and your order can only be shipped to U.S. and Canandian addresses. The discount does not expire as long as you work at the university and continue to use your RMU email address for your Cole Haan account. The discount does not apply to gift cards and cannot be combined with other offers.  

-- RMU's online bachelor’s degree in cyber forensics and information security ranked No. 6 in the nationwide ranking of “The 12 Best Online Bachelor in Information Assurance & Security Degree Programs” by This is the second year in a row the university has landed in the top 10 for this ranking. Read more about the program here.

-- Six students from RMU's American Marketing Association (AMA) were awarded multiple accolades at this year's AMA International Collegiate Conference. Joey Chen, Melissa DeRosa, Lea Chrisman, Natalie Roche, Rachel Sommers, and Adam Etzel attended the conference in New Orleans and were recognized with Exemplary Collegiate Chapter Performance in Community Service, Professional Development, and Internal/External Communications. The team also brought home an award for Excellence in Marketing Week Activities. 

-- RMU Sentry Media took second place for Best Tweet in the College Media Advisors Apple Awards competition. The David L. Adams Apple Awards are given as a “Best of Show” at the annual CMA Spring Conference in New York City. The awards are named in honor of David L. Adams, a longtime College Media Advisers stalwart and adviser at Indiana University, who died in 2007. Alec Balenciaga took second place in the long-form documentary competition at the CMA film festival for "Hail to RMU," a project which also involved Haley Sawyer, Nick Milliron and Ben Cole.

-- And one more recognition for the RMU Sentry Media to brag about: Sophomore Delaney Hassell has been awarded The Sally Kalson Journalism Scholarship from The Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh, a $2,500 scholarship presented to two students annually planning careers in journalism. Entrants are judged on a personal statement outlining their background and professional goals in journalism.  They are also asked to submit a resume, college transcript, letters of recommendation and two published examples of their work. Delaney is the third consecutive editor from RMU to be awarded this scholarship. Leah Fleischel received this in 2015 and Nick Buzzelli in 2014.


-- Liang "Jason" Hong, assistant professor of actuarial science and mathemetics, has once again received a grant under the Individual Grant Competition jointly sponsored by four major actuarial science organizations:  The Society of Actuaries, the Actuarial Foundation, the Actuarial Foundation of Canada, and the Casualty Actuarial Society. Hong and his research partner, Ryan Martin of the University of Illinois at Chicago, will share a $19,500 grant for their project "A Bayesian Approach to Rating Variable Selection." Only a select number of researchers each year receive this grant, and most are from large research universities. One of the papers Hong produced from last year's award will be published in North American Actuarial Journal.

-- Tim Schlak has been appointed to the Executive Council of the College Libraries Section of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) for 2016-2017. He has also been appointed as one of two co-convenors of ACRL's Medium-Sized Libraries Discussion Group. 

-- Gregory Suriano, adjunct faculty in the Department of Communication, is the author of The Cinematic Gershwin: An Illustrated Study of George Gerswhin's Music for Movies. Suriano, a former Random House senior editor, is the author of several books on art, history, and music, including The British Pre-Raphaelite Illustrators, Tea Art, Great American Speeches, The Essential Theodore Roosevelt, and Gershwin in His Time.


-- The Media Arts Gallery is proud to present the 11th Annual Gold Show featuring the best student work  as chosen and juried by the Media Arts Faculty, which runs through April 7. The Media Arts Gallery is in the Wheatley Center and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and the exhibition is free and open to the public.

-- On Tuesday, April 5, from 10:45 a.m. – noon in Franklin 201, Mathematics Professor Monica VanDieren, co-director of the Honors Program, will be presenting the next Roundatable for the semester titled “A Trip into the Mind-bending World of Projective Geometry.”

VanDieren will be presenting Euclidean Geometry (the basis of your high school geometry class). This provides a method for us to describe or classify shapes in terms of length, angles, and parallelism. VanDieren will provide examples of projective geometries, their mind-bending paradoxes, and connections with other branches of mathematics and computer vision.  This is a general audience talk with no math pre-requisites. All faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend!

-- Rooney International Scholar Patrea Andersen, associate professor of nursing, University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia was welcomed to campus last week. Andersen is a registered nurse with a Ph.D. in nursing whose career spans 30 years. During this time, she has lead innovation and scholarship to enhance learning and teaching and provide exceptional learning experiences for students. Simulation design and curriculum integration is the focus of her research and practice. In addition to a public lecture and guest class lectures, Andersen will be collaborating and sharing simulation pedagogy best practices with the faculty of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences during her month-long stay. Anderson will give her public lecture, "Simulation Pedagogy in all Disciplines: An International Perspective," from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, in the RISE Theater (Room 11) in Scaife Hall.

-- The Spring Graduate and Doctoral programs Open House will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, in the Sewall Center. Join graduate admissions, faculty, and program directors to learn more about any of the graduate and doctoral programs offered at RMU. RSVP to

-- The annual Women of RMU event, hosted by the RMU Office of Alumni Relations, will take place on Thursday, April 21, from noon to 1:15 p.m. at the Omni William Penn Hotel. RMU Trustee Karen Larrimer, head of Retail Banking and chief customer officer for PNC, will be speaking on "Putting Yourself On Your 'To-Do-List': Tips For Finding Your Success At Work And In Life." She will discuss doing the hard work in order to get a clear vision of what your path looks like and how to live it out in a "no regrets" way. The event is $25 for RMU alumnae, students, faculty & staff and $35 for guests ($5 of the registration fee is a gift to the Women of RMU Scholarship Fund). RSVP here.

--The Center for Documentary Production and Study & Department of Media Arts cordially invite you to the following screenings by producer/director/screenwriter Ferenc Moldoványi, the Spring 2016 Visiting Documentary Filmmaker: 

Children Kosovo 2000 (2001)
Wednesday, April 23 - 2-4 p.m.
Hopwood Hall

-- The School of Nursing and Health Sciences will host “Crystal Ball: The Future of U.S. Health Care," an evening lecture, panel discussion, and networking opportunity at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, at RMU’s Moon Township campus. The event takes place in the Executive Dining Room of the Sewall Center. Dr. Barry Bittman, the chief population health officer for Allegheny Health Network, will present his views about how spiraling costs and preventable waste have led to policies that will bring about a significant metamorphosis in U.S. health care, and what steps are needed to prepare the health care workforce of the future. 

Dr. Bittman will then join a panel discussion with:

Dr. Karen Hacker - Director, Allegheny County Health Department
Susan Frank - Vice President of Population Health, Allegheny Health Network
Kevin Progar - Project Manager, Healthcare Council of Western Pennsylvania
Dr. Michael Madden - Chief Medical Officer, Gateway Health
Stephen Foreman - Associate Professor of Health Care Administration, RMU

The event is free and open to the public but space is limited. RSVP to Holly Hampe at


Friday, April 1
Women's Lacrosse vs. Delaware State (5 pm/Joe Walton Stadium/free admission)

Saturday, April 2
Men's Lacrosse vs. Bryant (1 pm/Joe Walton Stadium/free admission) 

COACH WALTON FEATURED!...RMU Hall of Fame Football Coach Joe Walton is featured on a line of commemorative drinking cups at Brighton Hot Dog Shoppe. Get yours today!

MAKE A WISH 5K...RMU students Evan Stiger, Jolene Herbstritt and Ashley Domanchowski are organizing a 5K Run/Walk to benefit Make a Wish as part of their senior capstone course. The event is this Saturday April 2, at 9 a.m. on the Nicholson Center Front Lawn. For more information, call 724-480-5872.

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