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Friday, May 6, 2016


-- The Department of Education is participating in Remake Learning Days in Pittsburgh next week by holding an Open House in the new RMU Teacher Education MakeSHOP on the third floor of the library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m Tuesday, May 10. Please stop by to find out what a MakeSHOP is and how the Maker Movement is changing education. The digital age and global economy require the kind of critical-thinking skills and creativity that kids can’t get from just listening to a lecture. They need to tinker. They need to experiment and problem-solve alongside their peers. Educators and organizations here have long worked to develop a network of rich learning opportunities and resources for the region’s young people. That effort is on display May 9-15, when you can experience some of the remarkable learning that happens year-round in all corners of our community during Remake Learning Days. Hundreds of local organizations will throw open their doors for a marathon celebration of learning innovation. Throughout the week, kids, teens, parents, and educators can choose from more than 250 events across southwestern Pennsylvania and West Virginia. A full calendar of events can be found at

-- RMU has announced a multi-year partnership with Under Armour, the global leader in performance footwear, apparel, and equipment, as the exclusive outfitter and supplier for the university’s 16 NCAA Division I athletics programs. The partnership between RMU and Under Armour commences Sept. 1, 2016. Under the terms of the agreement, the brand will provide uniforms, footwear, accessories, equipment, and other apparel to all the university’s Division I teams. Under Armour also will have the exclusive right to sell all authentic and replica RMU Athletics products. Fans of the Colonials can shop for Under Armour gear at

-- Six Media Arts students were invited to the VIP Launch party for a new web magazine, Glassblock, for submitting their bottle designs for the limited edition batch of beer crafted especially for the event. Graduating senior, Ché Hill, along with Taylor Gearhart, Josh Curtis, Matt Merlino, Ricky Petticord, and Sarah Mild, got to meet the magazine co-founder David Bernabo and brewer/writer Kenny Gould. Hill's design took first place and were stamped onto the limited edition bottles drank at the event. In addition, student involvement is folded into what will eventually be a three-part article about Pennsylvania brewing on the Glassblock website.

-- RMU junior Alec Balenciaga, along with Haley Sawyer, Nick Milliron, Matt Devito, and Ben Cole, were awarded the Communicator Award of Distinction in the Online Video-Student category for their video production of "Hail to RMU." The Communicator Awards is the leading international awards program recognizing big ideas in marketing and communications. Founded two decades ago, The Communicator Awards receives over 6,000 entries from companies and agencies of all sizes, making it one of the largest awards program of its kind. The Communicator Awards is sanctioned and judged by the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts, an invitation-only group consisting of top-tier professionals from acclaimed media, communications, advertising, creative and marketing firms.

-- As part of academic nursing’s ongoing efforts to combat prescription drug and opioid abuse across the United States, the RMU School of Nursing and Health Sciences has committed to educating its advanced practice registered nursing (APRN) students on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. The commitment was featured in a White House fact sheet recently as part of the White House Champions of Change event on Advancing Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery.

EDITOR'S NOTE -- With the end of the spring semester, the Minuteman will start its summer publication schedule, and will be updated once every two weeks until the start of the fall semester. The next Minuteman will be published May 20.


-- Join us for the graduate and undergraduate commencement ceremonies this evening and tomorrow.


Sunday, May 8...
Softball vs. Fairleigh Dickinson (noon Doubleheader/North Athletic Complex/free admission)

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