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The Minuteman

Friday, September 16, 2016


-- RMU made its first appearance on the U.S. News and World Report rankings of national universities, debuting at No. 188 on a list of venerable institutions that includes Princeton, Harvard, Stanford and Duke, as well as other Pittsburgh-area schools such as Carnegie Mellon, Penn State, and the University of Pittsburgh. Previously, U.S. News and World Report ranked RMU among regional universities in the northeast. But in February, the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education reclassified RMU from a master’s university to a doctoral university, based on the number of doctoral degrees the university awards each year. Thus, U.S. News and World Report, which categorizes institutions based on the Carnegie Classification system, bumped RMU up into the national rankings. 

“We are excited to be ranked among such august institutions by U.S. News and World Report, and it’s a testament to the hard work of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni,” said RMU President Chris Howard.

“The U.S. News rankings are far from perfect, but some of the criteria the magazine considers to be important are things that we should be judged by, including graduation and retention rates,” said Howard. “This is a great day for the Colonial Nation.”

Read more about this milestone.

-- RMU Sentry Media has been recognized for its students' work with nominations in the College Media Association’s Pinnacle Awards. Matt Merlino, chief graphic designer, is nominated in the best online infographic category for the work he completed for the Three Rivers Classic. Trevor Young, reporter, is nominated for the review he did of “The Revenant” in the best arts and entertainment story category. The Pinnacle Awards honor the best college media organizations and individual work of students, and winners will be announced at the Fall National College Media Convention taking place in Atlanta this October.

-- The RMU Saudi Student Club was awarded second place out of 370 clubs at other universities for achievement by the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission.

-- Read about Scaife Hall, Sushil Acharya, how RMU is contributing to Pittsburgh's burgeoning tech scene, and much more in the latest RMU in the News.

-- The Public Relations and Marketing Department has created the RMU Brand Toolkit for campus-wide access. The goal is to tell the RMU story with more ease through this self-serve toolkit that contains commonly requested digital items such as logos, photography, Word and PowerPoint templates, letterhead, and guidelines for branding and social media practices. Actions can also be processed here such as ordering business cards, envelopes, marketing products, and requesting a photographer for an RMU event.

-- 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. 

-- RMU's bachelor's degrees in engineering and manufacturing engineering were re-accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050 Baltimore, MD 21202-4012. Telephone: (410) 347-7700.


-- Daria Crawley, associate professor of management, was nominated for the 2016 Annual Athena Awards. She will be honored Sept. 26 along with the other nominees during a luncheon at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh.

-- President Howard will be participate as a panelist on "Winning Formulas: Sports Analytics, Performance, and Gaining the Winning Edge" at 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, during the Thrival Innovation + Music Festival

-- Karen Paullet, associate professor of computer and information systems, has been granted membership into the International Association of Computer Investigator Specialists. Members must be involved or previously involved in law enforcement to be accepted, and Paullet says the material she will be exposed to cannot be learned in a regular classroom.

-- Emerald Group Publishing gave a "Highly Commended Paper" award to an article published in Rapid Prototyping Journal by three faculty in the School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science: Dan Short, associate professor of environmental science; Arif Sirinterlikci, head of the Department of Engineering; and Paul Badger, associate professor of chemistry. The paper is titled "Environmental Health and Safety Issues in Rapid Prototyping."

-- Ping Wang, the newest faculty member in computer and information systems, has recently been informed he will be chairing the International Cybersecurity Symposium in April 2017 located in Las Vegas. The symposium is a designated part of the 14th International Conference on Information Technology. Wang will also serve as a peer reviewer as well as submit a paper to the conference.


-- The RMU Health Services Administration Program cordially invites you to the Healthcare Executive Forum: Third-Party Payers on Tuesday, October 11 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. in Sewall Center Executive Dining Room. The keynote speaker is Dr. Frank Brown, Cigna Healthcare’s senior medical director for the mid-Atlantic region, and his keynote address is titled “Modern Healthcare: The Journey from Volume to Value”. Other panelists include Jerome Dioguardi from Aetna, Thomas Fitzpatrick from Highmark, E.J. Heckert from United, Scott Lammie from UPMC, and A.J. Harper from the Healthcare Council of Western Pennsylvania.

To RSVP or ask any questions, contact Holly Hampe at or (412) 397-5483.

-- The Saudi Student Club invites faculty, staff, and family members to the Saudi National Day Celebration Friday, September 16 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Sewall Center Arena. The event is geared towards learning and gaining knowledge with first-hand experiences with the Saudi culture. There will be free food along with folklore dance, documentary, live shows, magic shows, kids activities, and exhibiting activities.

-- The School of Education and Social Sciences is sponsoring the Celebration of Women Luncheon on Wednesday, October 19 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in Dining Rooms A, B, and C in Sewall Center. With the theme being “Sharing the Wisdom Intergenerationally,” Heather Heidelbaugh, who is a nationally recognized for her work in election law, will be the featured speaker.

-- 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.