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Friday, November 18, 2016


-- The Society for Collegiate Journalists awarded "Chapter of the Year" honors to RMU at its Atlanta conference last month. The student officers of the SCJ chapter also collected a first place award for long-form documentary at the College Media Association Fall Film Festival in Atlanta for "Hail to RMU", plus third place and honorable mention for two other Sentry Media productions. They also visited CNN and two TV stations with student media advisor Carrie Moniot.

-- For the second year running, an RMU student team advised by Jacob Peng, associate professor of accounting, won first place in an annual business competition sponsored by the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs and the local chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors. Judges picked the students' analysis and presentation of a hypothetical business case as the best from a field of 28 teams from institutions including Pitt, Duquesne, and Point Park.

-- The R.K. Mellon Foundation has awarded a $350,000 grant to the School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science to build a 3-D printing/additive manufacturing lab and classroom at the Energy Innovation Center next to downtown Pittsburgh. Construction will begin next fall, and the school will teach its three certificate programs at the facility. Also, last week SEMS invited high school girls to campus to meet one-on-one with female professionals and undergraduate students and learn about STEM careers. Professionals were RMU alumni working at Curtiss-Wright, GAI Consultants, Michael Baker International, Summa, Philips Respironics, and Comtec Manufacturing.

-- The Oral History Center received a $2,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to support its Iraq/Afghanistan Veterans Project by purchasing equipment to improve the quality of the interviews it conducts. John McCarthy, professor of history, accepted the award at the Wednesday grand opening of the Moon Walmart. 

-- RMU Band is hosting its second annual Operation Oreo! The organization will be collecting Oreo packages for the 316th Army National Guard from Moon Township who are expected to deploy to the Middle East in early December. Collections will be accepted now through Sunday, December 4:

  • Office of Student Life Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • All home basketball games in the Sewall Center through December 4
  • All hockey games at The Island Sports Center Lobby through December 3
-- On Tuesday, Dec. 13, the Office of Residence Life and Student Government Association will host the Almost Midnight Breakfast. This event is held each semester during finals and offers our students a late night break from their studies. Volunteers serve food, monitor attendance, and mingle with our students that night, and naturally they are welcome to enjoy breakfast as well. Please contact Jan Leopold at 412-397-5252 or in the Office of Residence Life if you would like to participate.


-- Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Yasmin Purohit is a nominee for the first Immigrant Entrepreneur Award, to be presented by GlobalPittsburgh on December 14. Purohit also has been named a recipient of a Global Diversity Leadership Award, to be presented in February at the World HRD Congress in Mumbai, India.

-- Won Joo, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, received a $17,000 research grant from the Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology to support a project to improve pedestrian safety for senior citizens.


-- The Center for Global Engagement, in collaboration with the Media Arts Gallery, is excited to announce the first International Show, a juried exhibition featuring artwork created by RMU students while studying abroad and by international students while studying in the U.S. The show is free and open to the public.

There will also be the opportunity for members of the RMU community to share their international experiences. The wall in the Wheatley Atrium will be available for students, faculty, and staff to hang their photos or other international mementos to display during the exhibition.

Exhibition Dates: November 3-25
Gallery Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Thursday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

-- Annette Foerster, the Fall 2016 Rooney International Visiting Scholar, will give another public lecture this fall, "German Politics in Times of Crisis" on Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the University Library in Patrick Henry Center. Terrorist attacks, the financial crisis, Brexit, the refugee crisis - German politics are confronted with Herculean tasks that challenge the political and social order of the republic, giving rise to populist movements. The presentation explores and comments on current developments within German politics.   

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