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Friday, August 26, 2016


--  Eleven students from the Black Male Leadership Development Institute visited the White House early this month and got to see President Obama speak at a welcoming ceremony for the prime minister of Singapore and his wife. Chet Thompson, BMLDI co-director and RMU director of student support and community outreach, accompanied the students, who also visited the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and the Woodley Park Zoo. “The trip was not only an important milestone in my work with young black men at RMU and BMLDI, but it provided a look at our own potential," he says. BMLDI, co-sponsored by the Urban League of Pittsburgh and Robert Morris University, provides opportunities for black male high school students to supplement their education with leadership skills and experiences.

-- Annette Foerster, a political science lecturer and research associate at Aachen University in Germany, is the Rooney International Visiting Scholar for the fall semester. The author of Peace, Justice, and International Order (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), Foerster has a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and has given public lectures on antiterrorism and international theory. She will be collaborating with the School of Education and Social Sciences.

-- RMU master's student Rob Puskas has been recognized as the 2016 Pennsylvania Outstanding Biology Teacher Award from the National Association of Biology Teachers. After earning his teaching certificate from RMU in 2010, Puskas received a teaching job at Blackhawk high School in Beaver County. He is working toward his master's in instructional leadership with a principal certification.

-- RMU’s rowing team was named to the 2016 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Academic Honor Roll. Eligibility requirements include a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or higher on a 4.00 scale, and there were 28 RMU rowing student-athletes out of a total of 2,181 students recognized.

EDITOR'S NOTE -- With the start of the fall semester, the Minuteman will resume its normal weekly publication schedule.


-- Christine Holtz, professor of media arts, has joined the board of directors of Pittsburgh Filmmakers and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, a nonprofit contemporary visual arts organization.

-- The NCAA recognized President Howard in their “NCAA After the Game” series. This specific acknowledgment celebrates those former athletes who have achieved success after their college years.

-- English Professor John Lawson is the 2016 receipient of the Carroll Arnold Distinguished Service Award from the Pennsylvania Communication Association in recognition of his service, scholarship, and leadership. He'll receive the award at the association's annual conference Sept. 23 at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, where he will be chairing a conference and presenting a paper. If he you want to hear Lawson's poetry, he'll be giving a reading on Saturday, Sept. 17, as part of the Versify series at the East End Book Exchange. That event gets underway at 7 p.m.


Friday, Aug. 2
Men's Soccer vs. Niagara (1 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission)

Sunday, Aug. 28
Men's Soccer vs. Cleveland State (1 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission)

Looking ahead to next week...Colonials football kicks off the season at home at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, with a game against Alderson Broaddus. Ticket info at

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