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Friday, April 15, 2016


-- College Choice has published its 2016 ranking of the Best Online Master's in Information Technology Programs, in which RMU landed No. 32 overall. The website, which specializes in helping prospective students choose the right schools based off their needs, ranked the top schools based off academic quality, student satisfaction, reputation in the field, and return on investment. Each of these factors were weighted equally in the ranking and data was derived from a variety of publicly available sources, including U.S. News & World Report, the National Center for Education Statistics, and PayScale.

-- RMU’s Colonial Theatre’s fall production of the musical Love’s Labour’s Lost, directed by associate professor of communication Barbara Burgess-Lefebvre, was selected by regional theatre professionals as one of the finest productions in the region in 2015, and was invited to the Region II, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in January 2016. Three actors received national recognition for their work on the production:

  • Braelin Andrzejewski - Award for Distinguished Achievement by an Actress in a Musical
  • Victoria Buchtan - Award for Distinguished Achievement by an Actress in a Musical
  • Robert Kowalewski - Award for Distinguished Achievement by an Actor in a Musical
Many other Colonials brought home awards and certificates from the production. To see all of them, click here. And don't miss the remaining shows of Colonial Theatre's production of Romeo and Juliet!

-- 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


-- Holly Hampe, director of the Health Services Administration Program and assistant professor of health services, gave two presentations during the School of Nursing and Health Science's most recent trip to Nicaragua. She presented "Ten Commandments of Patient Safety" at Hospital Bautista in Managua and at UPOLI University, also in Managua. She also gave a presentation titled "Regulatory Readiness for Quality Patient Care" to employees at the MITRE Corporation in Washington, D.C. 

-- Professor of English John Lawson’s monologue, "Stranded," has been accepted for production as part of the Carlow University Theatre's "Practice Monologamy IX" event.  An RMU student who's currently taking Lawson’s Dramatic Writing class, Abigail Shepherd, also had her monologue accepted for the Carlow event. The production will take place at 8 p.m. on April 28, 29, and 30 in Carlow's Antonian Theatre. 


  -- 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 Spring 2016 Media Arts Senior Show Opening Reception will take place from 4:45 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 18 in the Media Arts Gallery in Wheatley Center. The Media Arts Department will presents the outstanding work 30 graduating seniors. The shows runs through May 6, and the reception and show are free and open to the public. Gallery Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 11:00 Am-3:00 Pm, Thursday: 11:00 Am-7:00 Pm

-- The School of Nursing and Health Sciences will host an open house for Scaife Hall from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, April 18. Scaife Hall is the school's new home and houses the Regional Research and Innovation in Simulation Education Center -- the RISE Center. The entire campus community is welcome.

-- RUNE, the RMU literary magazine, is holding a special celebration on April 20, 4 p.m. in the Wheatley Center atrium. The celebration features free food, an opportunity for SET credit for students, and you can pick up your free copy of the 2016 edition of RUNE. The party features two eminent Irish poets, Eleanor Hooker and Clodagh Beresford Dunne, as well as readings by RMU students and friends from the Pittsburgh region. 

-- 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 Colonial Theatre's annual Play in a Day event will take place at Massey Theater featuring work by RMU student-playwrights.  The playwrights are assigned a director and a cast, and at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 22, the theme for the event will be announced by Professor Barbara Burgess-Lefebvre; playwrights then write short plays on that theme for their assigned cast, the casts rehearse the plays, and the plays are produced 24 hours later, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 23.

-- Everyone is cordially invited to the 10th Annual Intersections Undergraduate Research Conference next Friday, April 22, from 11:45-5:00 in the Sewall CenterMore than 100 students will be participating, with 14 panels and 19 poster presentations.  The schedule for the conference is here:

-- You are cordially invited to the last public screening of a film by Ferenc Moldoványi, the Spring 2016 Visiting Documentary Filmmaker:

Saturday April 23, 2016  2:15 pm
Free film screening and meet with the director:
Another Planet (2008)
Harris Theater, downtown Pittsburgh
809 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

RMU faculty, staff and students: To reserve your seat(s), please email by 5:00 pm Thursday, April 21: Media Arts Department Secretary Lynne Moidel at

Another Planet, shot on four continents, analyzes the moral crisis of our planet in its portrayal of children who are abused and exploited as factory workers, soldiers and prostitutes. The film has been presented at almost one hundred film festivals in 46 countries and has so far won 21 awards. Director, producer, screenwriter Ferenc Moldoványi, a resident of Budapest, Hungary, is internationally recognized for his work as an independent filmmaker. He is dedicated to working for social and human rights issues. Moldoványi has received several prestigious international awards for his films and work on social and human rights, particularly children’s issues. 

-- 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, CEO of the Institute of Innovative Healthcare and senior fellow at the Estes Park Institute, 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. 

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

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