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Friday, April 8, 2016


-- U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald will be a keynote speaker during RMU’s 91st Commencement Ceremonies, May 6-7, in the Sewall Center Arena at RMU’s Moon Township campus. McDonald will speak during the undergraduate commencement ceremony, which gets underway at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7. The graduate commencement ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. Friday, May 6, and feature as keynote speaker Aradhna M. Oliphant, president and CEO of Leadership Pittsburgh. RMU expects to award master’s and doctoral degrees to 220 students at its graduate commencement ceremony. Oliphant and McDonald each will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters from RMU. Read more about this year's commencement.

-- RMU got plenty of attention from the Fourth Estate in March. Check out RMU in the News to see why President Howard, Phil Harold, Nolen Keeys, and others made 

 -- Once again it is time for the semi-annual “Almost Midnight Breakfast” hosted by the Office of Residence Life and Student Government Association (SGA). The breakfast will be held on Tuesday, April 26 from 10 p.m. to midnight. If you would like to volunteer or if you or your department have any "give-aways" that you would like to donate please contact Jan Leopold  -


-- At the 6th Alliance for Sport Business (ASB) Meeting and Conference in Oklahoma City, David Synowka, professor and department head of Sport Management, was presented with the President’s gavel award for his service as president over the past two years.  During his tenure, the ASB launched its organizational website, transformed its annual meeting into a peer reviewed academic conference, created an engaged industry advisory board and is establishing the framework for a student sport business honorary. The ASB was founded in 2011 to meet the needs and issues with the growing number of Sport Business Programs in accredited schools of business. The ASB philosophy is to create a collegial professional environment by sharing innovative and best practices in the areas of the assurance of learning models, curriculum, faculty teaching and intellectual development along with creating high quality professional industry engagement opportunities.


-- RMU is hosting its annual Spring Blood Drive in partnership with Central Blood Bank on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. in the John Jay Gym. Your participation is needed to help make the drive a success. Walk-ins are more than welcome, but if you need to make an appointment please contact Donna Anderson with your preferred time. The entire donation process should take no more than one hour. Your participation will help to save lives and you will be modeling active community engagement for our students. Thank you ahead of time for your participation.

-- 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 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 13 - 2-4 p.m.
Hopwood Hall

 -- The School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science is planning to celebrate and showcase the Research and Outreach Center (ROC) on Friday, April, 15, 1-3 p.m. in the John Jay Center. The event will celebrate the success of SEMS-ROC (created in 2010 by Dean Kalevitch) by having an Open House that invites everyone to participate in interdisciplinary discussions and collaborations. As you enter John Jay you will see a display of Research Highlights newsletters showcasing research topics by SEMS faculty and students. We will also showcase faculty research publications. Priyadarshan Manohar leads our Research Program and successful Research Conversations monthly meetings that not only have participants from all five RMU schools and the Library, but external presenters as well. The outreach display will be positioned in the area located closest to the atrium entrance and will have several activities in STEM education. Please RSVP to Angela Nardozzi if you plan to attend.

-- 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 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 8...
Women's Lacrosse vs. LIU Brooklyn (3 pm/Joe Walton Stadium/free admission)

Saturday, April 9...
Golf vs. St. Francis U. (12:30 pm/Montour Heights C.C./free admission)
Softball vs. Fairleigh Dickinson (1 pm Doubleheader/North Athletic Complex/free admission)

Sunday, April 10...
Softball vs. C. Conn. State (noon Doubleheader/North Athletic Complex/free admission)
Women's Lacrosse vs. Sacred Heart (1 pm/Joe Walton Stadium/free admission)
22nd Annual All-Sports Banquet (5 pm/Sewall Center/412-397-4913 for info)

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