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Friday, February 24, 2017


-- William J. Copeland, prominent Pittsburgh banking executive and philanthropist and former chair of the university's Board of Trustees, passed away February 16 at his Ohio home at the age of 98.

Copeland was born on the Fourth of July in 1918 and served his country in the U.S. Army Air Force for five years, later becoming a co-founder, as well as director and vice president, of the National Flag Foundation. At Robert Morris he helped to preside over three decades of important growth, from 1970 to 2001, including a decade as chair. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the William J. Copeland Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation, and condolences may be expressed online here.

-- Nominate your students to participate in revolutionizing health care education via technology and international collaboration! 

We are looking for 10 exemplary students from each of the five RMU schools to form 10 interdisciplinary teams that will tackle the challenge of utilizing simulation technology and e-learning to re-imagine nursing education in South Africa through an international collaboration. Student teams will be formed on March 14 at 4 p.m. in the RISE Auditorium and given one week to work on the innovative approach. Teams will reconvene on March 21 at 3:30 p.m. in Hopwood Hall to finalize and make their pitches to judges and a live audience!

Please feel free nominate students of all academic backgrounds and interests, and send nominations to by March 3rd. 

-- At this year's Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Ann Jabro, university professor of communication, will be riding on a parade float. She got the invitation thanks to her research work for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation. Find out more here.

-- Students from Jameela Al-Jaroodi's Engineering Management Cases class have had their class research paper, "SMEs: The Effects of Strategic Management," accepted for publication in TEMSCON 2017, a conference of the IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society. The students are Anthony Dugan, Emily Frantz, Kyle Hinchberger, Brandon Maseth, and Othman Al Sharfa.

-- Hockey. Outdoors. Heinz Field. Free. February 26.


-- Good luck to Ellen Wieckowski, our Vice President for Information Technology and Human Resources. Ellen is one of five finalists in the education category for the Pittsburgh Technology Council's CIO of the Year award, which will be announced next month. This could be another opportunity for RMU to beat Duquesne!


-- Media Arts Visiting Artist and Scholar Program invites you to a public lecture with broadcast journalist Brian Vines, Tuesday, February 28, 2 – 3 pm – SCIS Atrium, Wheatley Center.

Emmy-nominated Vines is BRIC-TV’s chief correspondent and a freelance journalist. 

After completing the masters program in Broadcast Journalism at Boston University’s College of Communication he fetched coffee for some of the most respected journalists and news figures in the world during his tenure at CNN. After a stint in political communications, Vines fell in love with his own reflection and reported for Here! Networks, NYC-TV, the internationally syndicated VJIAM show, and Broad Band Network3, for the Guardian as US Field Reporter Election 2016, among others. In addition to reporting, show running, story editing and producing, Vines is also a skilled host and moderator of live events on topics ranging from contemporary memoir to police brutality. Vines is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

-- You're invtied to the Celebration of Women Luncheon sponsored by the School of Education and Social Sciences on Tuesday, March 14 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the Sewall Center's Dining Rooms A, B, and C. The featured speaker is Brenda Henwood, and she is the founder and owner of the FTBA (an electrical contracting company). With over 30 years of experience in education, sales, and entrepreneurship, she will be able to focus on the theme of "Women in Business & Industry."


Saturday, Feb. 25
- Men's Lacrosse vs. Detroit (11 am/Joe Walton Stadium/free admission)
Halftime Shootout will include various prizes for winner including a Moe's Southwest Grill $5 gift card
- Women's Basketball vs. Sacred Heart (noon/Sewall Center/
tix 412-397-4949 or on ESPN3
- Men's Basketball vs. Sacred Heart (3 pm/Sewall Center/tix 412-397-4949 or DAY; Live on ESPN3
 Third Annual Prize Day in support of RMU Intercollegiate Athletics (win U2 tickets,55-inch flat panel TV, Penguins tickets, etc.)
Meet our 2017 Hall of Fame inductees (Jason Hempstead, Maria Kirkland, Tyjuan Massey, CG Mercatoris, Myles Russ and Jill Spargo) 
Sign up in the arena to take the Clearview FCU Hoop Shoot might win $500 (both games)

Sunday, Feb. 26
Men's Hockey vs. Niagara (7:05 pm/Heinz Field/free admission...via Gate B)
Free transportation for RMU students only (check your e-mail from Student Life for release or sign up in PNC Cafe over lunch Feb. 20-24)
Thank You, Student Government Association for funding the buses to help RMU students take part in this unique event!

Monday, Feb. 27
- Women's Basketball vs. Fairleigh Dickinson (7 pm/Sewall Center/tix 412-397-4949 or
Push Ups to Fight Cancer! Donate and compete...female and male division winners and runners-up share $200 in Best Buy gift cards!
Or donate to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund at
The first 200 fans receive an RMU laundry hamper courtesy of Dick's Sporting Goods. Sign up in the arena to take the Clearview FCU Hoop Shoot might win $500!

...featuring head coach Andy Toole continues Monday from Cadillac Ranch in Settlers Ridge at 7 pm. The Voice of the Colonials Chris Shovlin and Coach Toole bring you up to date on all things Colonial Basketball! The show airs live each Monday through March 13 on the flagship station for RMU Basketball, 970 AM ESPN Pittsburgh as well as on the iHeart Radio mobile app, keyword RMU.

...featuring head man Derek Schooley rolls on this Tuesday from The Hangar (500 Flaugherty Run Road/Moon) at 7 pm. Come and get the inside scoop on Robert Morris Hockey from the coach as well as radio announcers Mike Prisuta and Tim Benz. The show airs live each Tuesday through March 14 on the radio home for RMU Hockey, 970 AM ESPN Pittsburgh and on the iHeart Radio mobile app, keyword RMU.

HOBEY BAKER AWARD NOMINEES...RMU forwards Brady Ferguson and Daniel Leavens are among the 66 players nationwide who have been nominated for college hockey's top award. Fans can cast their vote until March 5 by going to the Hobey Baker website  Follow the prompts to make your selection from this year's outstanding crop of players representing 40 NCAA Division I schools.