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Friday, September 9, 2016


-- Join us on Oct. 7 at the Inauguration of Dr. Christopher Howard. The event kicks off with a Celebration of Excellence, a showcase of the most prestigious achievements of our five schools before the Inauguration ceremony at 1:30 p.m. in the Sewall Center Arena. After his investiture join President Howard at his Inaugural Reception and the Empowering Women Panel Discussion. The panel consists of three of President Howard's personal mentors and will shed light on how both men and women today can continue to empower women both in the workplace and in our personal lives. Click here to register for these events or visit to learn more. 

-- A former top-ranked FBI agent who also played football in the NFL will be the inaugural RMU President’s Leadership Fellow from Sept. 12-15. Christopher Davis began his 23-year tenure in the FBI following a career playing professional football, including for the New England Patriots and New York Giants. He retired in 2013 as one of seven senior executive FBI inspectors, the agency’s highest rank, charged with leading compliance and performance audits of all FBI domestic and international operations. 

Davis’s schedule while at RMU includes:

  • A talk at 6 p.m. Sept. 12 to students in a cyber law course taught by Karen Paullet, associate professor of computer and information systems. The class takes places in Hale Center 307.
  • An all-campus lecture at 4 p.m. Sept. 13 in the Wheatley Center atrium.
  • A talk at 6 p.m. Sept. 14 to students in Paullet’s mobile forensics course in Hale Center 304.

-- RMU's College Republicans, with the help of other students, staff, veterans, and alumni displayed 2,977 American flags on the Nicholson Center lawn to honor lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001. The organization was proud to organize the "9/11: Never Forget Project" on campus this week n collaboration with Young America’s Foundation (YAF). Through this initiative, which is the largest nationwide campus activism project of its kind, students at schools across the country annually display 2,977 American flags to remember those who died. The flags will stay up through the weekend. More than 200 campuses participate in this project each year, this year being no exception, and its popularity continues to increase. Since 2003, 9.7 million flags have been placed in the ground as part of YAF’s iconic project. This September marks 15 years since the tragic terror attacks in New York City, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. Students at RMU understand the significance of 9/11 and work to honor the lives lost each September.


-- Christine Holtz, professor of media arts, has photographic works included in the Re:NEW Festival Juried Exhibition. The exhibition features works by 21 artists from southwestern Pennsylvania that incorporate creative reuse or themes of sustainability or transformation, juried by Eric Crosby, Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, at the Carnegie Museum of Art; D.S. Kinsel, artist / co-Founder of BOOM Concepts; and Kilolo Luckett, art historian and cultural producer. Re:NEW festival opens to the public Sept. 10 and runs through Oct. 9.


-- You are cordially invited to the first RMU Roundtable of the year, "What We Saw At The Party Conventions." Several RMU students and faculty attended the Republican and Democratic National Conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia this summer. They will talk about their first-hand experiences seeing the party nominations of the presidential candidates. This Roundtable will be held Monday, Sept. 12, from noon to 12:50 p.m., in the Library Nook, on the 2nd floor of Patrick Henry. 

The RMU Roundtable Series is sponsored by the University Honors Program, and is an occasional forum in which faculty can present on their research and topics of interest in an informal setting to students, faculty, and staff.

-- The Department of Social Sciences and the Office of Student Civic Engagement will host a Constitution Day panel discussion at 11:45 a.m. Friday, Sept. 16, in the Rogal Chapel. Panelists include Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter and editor Joe Smydo, RMU Vice Provost Larry Tomei, and Mary Ann Rafoth, dean of the School of Education and Social Sciences. The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

-- RMU'S Media Arts Gallery presents WHAM! BANG! KA-POW!, a sequential art exhibition featuring the comics art of nationally renowned and Pittsburgh-based creators George Broderick, Christopher Moeller, Pat Olliffe, Jim Rugg and Tom Scioli. Curated by Professors Andrew Ames, Tim Hadfield and Christine Holtz.

Exhibition Dates: Now through Sept. 21, 2016
Closing reception and comics signing: Tuesday, Sept 20, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The Media Arts Gallery is in the Wheatley Center and is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., or by appointment.  

-- Annette Foerster, the Fall 2016 Rooney International Visiting Scholar, will give two public lectures this fall: "Torture and Democracy" on Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the RISE Center Theater in Scaife Hall; and "German Politics" on Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the University Library in Patrick Henry Center.


Sunday, Sept. 11
Women's Soccer vs. Ohio University (1 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission)