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Friday, January 13, 2017


-- All six Robert Morris University online degree programs listed in the U.S. News & World Report 2017 Best Online rankings released this week have significantly improved their ranking positions from last year. Ranked programs include:

1. Online Bachelor's Degree Programs - 28th
2. Computer Info. Technology (graduate) - 18th
3. Education (graduate) - 35th
4. Nursing (graduate) - 35th
5. Non-M.B.A Business (graduate) - 37th
6. M.B.A. - 55th

Additionally, RMU received the Best Online Bachelors Program for Veterans. Read more about these outstanding achievements here.

-- With the help of RMU Board of Trustee member, Karen Larrimer, 10 Robert Morris engineering students toured the newly constructed PNC Tower with Professor Tony Kerzmann. Known to many as the greenest skyscraper in the world, the building is an engineering marvel in the Green Building industry, consuming 50% less energy and 77% less water than smaller building. The students were grateful to PNC for showing them ways to utilize engineering to enhace the green energy industry.

-- The Enrollment Management Division is offering a professional development opportunity for RMU staff members to learn more about college affordability. Wendy Beckemeyer, VP for enrollment management will be presenting the modules as part of The College Affordability Academy®. The topics below will be covered weekly over 9 separate sessions in 60 minute segments:

  • Trends in Student Aid
  • How RMU Measures Up
  • Loan Entrance Counseling
  • Financing Higher Ed 
  • Debt management & Counseling Families
  • Majors & Income 
  • Impacting Employability 
  • Landing Jobs Over A Lifetime 
  • Capstone project: Small groups assigned to create a deliverable (video/app/handout/web content) for our prospective student audience. Small groups will present their deliverable in the final week. 

Please e-mail Lori Wyberg at if you are interested in attending.  The first session is scheduled for Tuesday, January 24 at 11:00 in the Heritage Room.  

-- RMU is hosting its annual Winter Blood Drive in partnership with Central Blood Bank on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. in the John Jay Gym.  Your participation is needed to help make the drive a success.  Walk-ins are welcome, but if you need to make an appointment, please contact me with your preferred time and your cell phone number, which is required.  The entire donation process should take no more than one hour.  Your participation will help to save lives and you will be modeling active community engagement for our students.  Thank you ahead of time for your participation.

-- LendEDU ranked RMU No. 7 in its Top 1,000 Schools for getting Private Scholarships! To help tackle student debt and reward good academics, RMU reviewa all undergraduate international students for a merit award  at point of admission to the university. These awards range from $6,000-$14,000 per year and are based solely on GPA. 

-- Junior Damian DiFlorio attended the American Society for Cell Biology's 56th Annual Conference in San Francisco from December 3-5. The pre-medicine major and president of the Epsilon chapter of the Alpha Chi Honor Society presented his research on genetic modification of cell lines, as well as research on cancer therapy, and completed a summer internship.


-- You're invited to an expert panel discussion on President Trump and the 2016 campaign on Wednesday, January 18, at 1 p.m. at the Sewall Center in the International Suite. Political science professors from the University of Notre Dame, Chatham University, and St. Vincent College — including the associate editor of the new national conservative quarterly American Affairs — will preview Friday's inauguration and discuss the effects of the 2016 election.

-- You are invited to the opening reception of the Media Arts Faculty Exhibition. This exhibition features the research-based creative work by full-time and part-time Media Arts faculty comprised of practicing arts professionals and active scholars whose work spans a spectrum of disciplines including photography, interactive web and game design, graphic design, film and video, scholarly writing, sculpting, painting, performance and interdisciplinary work. 

Opening Reception – Tuesday, January 17, 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Media Arts Gallery, Wheatley Center

Come celebrate the creativity of RMU faculty and surround yourself with their art. Light refreshments will be served.

-- Anyone considering earning either a graduate or doctorate degree are invited to attend the All Graduate & Doctoral Programs Open House. The event will be held on January 24 at the Moon campus, Sewall Center, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM.  For questions or to RSVP, call 412-397-5200.


#9 Women's Hockey vs. Lindenwood (7:05 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/tix 412-397-4949
Proceeds portion from both games to go toward donation of cash and teddy bears to UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh (see attached)
Free continuous student shuttle between campus -- Lexington/Concord Halls -- and ISC 6-10 pm!
The first 200 fans get a rally towel thanks to the Jailhouse Saloon in Coraopolis
Sign up in the arena to take the Clearview FCU Skill Shot might win $500!
Skate with the Colonials after the game (free with own skates, $3 to rent from ISC front desk)!

Saturday, Jan. 14...
#9 Women's Hockey vs. Lindenwood (3:05 pm/84 Lumber Arena -Island Sports Center/tix 412-397-4949
Sign up in the arena to take the Clearview FCU Skill Shot might win $500!

Monday, Jan. 16...
Women's Basketball vs. Saint Francis U. (2 pm/Sewall Center/free admission)
RMUnity Day in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday
The first 200 fans receive a drawstring bag courtesy of Heritage Valley Health System
Sign up in the arena to take the Clearview FCU Hoop Shoot might win $500!

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