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Friday, March 10, 2017


-- #PackTheChuck one last time for the women's basketball NEC championship game this Sunday at 2 p.m. when the Colonials take on the Bryant Bulldogs. See details under Athletics below. The final game at the Sewall Center!

-- Are Happy Meal toys bad for the environment? Toys in Happy Meals and other fast food children's meals may contain levels of lead high enough to potentially contaminate landfills, according to a scientific analysis of fast food toys by a team of Robert Morris University environmental science students and professors. Led by students Andrew Lorenzi and Benjamin Mentzer and professor Dan Short, says that electronic fast food toys are a "previously unreported and significant source of … lead and chromium" to the soil around landfills.

-- The Robert Morris Signature Leadership Award recognizes 13 graduating students who have provided extraordinary leadership and significant contributions to the university and community, and they will receive an award at the annual Student Excellence Dinner in April along with their names engraved on the Signature Leadership plaque located in the Nicholson Center.

The nominees should possess the following characteristics:

1.  Active participation in university life

2.  Demonstrated leadership experience

3.  Scholarly and educational achievements

4.  Commitment to community service

5.  Graduation in August 2016, December 2016, or May 2017

If you wish to nominate one or more students for this leadership award, please write a brief letter of recommendation for each student and send it via email by Friday, March 17, 2017 to

-- Every year during the Memorial Day weekend many of the RMU employees ride their bicycles from Western PA to Washington D.C. Riders of all levels are encouraged to join! If you are interested or have questions about the ride, please contact Don Smith ( or Todd Hamer ( Also, there will be training rides this spring open to anyone to feel out the riding process. Please spread the word to students, friends and family, and anyone you think will enjoy the ride.

-- RMU Island Sports Center Director Dave Hanson stepped into the limelight this month during the 40th anniversary of Slap Shot, university professor John Clark was called upon to give his insights into NHL outdoor games, while associate professor Steve Foreman was tapped to discuss the latest financial reports from the Allegheny Health Network. See all of this and more in the latest RMU in the News.


-- Congratulations to Lauren Rauscher for being accepted to the 2017 HERS Institute at Bryn Mawr this summer. HERS attracts hundreds of diverse and dynamic women leaders each year seeking to attend the Institute to share and learn from multiple institutional perspectives with guidance from women faculty with experience in higher education, national academic organizations, government and foundations. Click here to read more.

-- Todd Hamer recently presented at the Hawaii strength and conditioning clinic and published an article about his experience in


-- Come to the Research & Grants Expo next Wednesday morning at the Sewall Center. You'll see faculty research projects from every school, a "predatory journals" discussion with panelists from CMU and Pitt, a keynote by UPMC's chief innovation officer, plus breakfast and lunch for free. RSVP here.

-- You’re invited to see Laura McGill who is a motivational speaker with the goal to help young women reach their full potential by reaching beyond the realm of possibilities. Laura strives to empower, encourage and inspire all of the people she comes into contact with, especially the youth at various universities. Laura is coming to RMU March 15 at 5 p.m. in Franklin 203 for the Women Empowerment Event: Trailblazing Women Through Labor and Business.

-- You’re invited to the RMU History Club and Political Science Club co-sponsored event with bestselling author Thomas Frank Monday, March 20, at 7 p.m. in Hopwood Hall. Frank will be talking about his latest book, "Listen, Liberal," which was named by the New York Times as one of "6 books to help understand Trump's win," and comes out in paperback on March 14. If you wish to pre-order the book at a 20% discount ($13.60), please email

-- The annual Women’s History Month Luncheon will take place on Wednesday, March 29 from Noon – 1:30 p.m. in the Sewall Center (3rd Floor). The keynote speaker will be Ms. Arlinda Moriarty, President and CEO of Moriarty Consultants. RMU’s annual Woman of Achievement award will also be announced at the event.

The luncheon is free for students and $10 for faculty, staff, and guests.  We invite you to host a table for up to six students that you ask to be your guests. Please RSVP to the Office of Student Life at no later than Friday, March 24. Call 412-397-6489 with questions.

-- You’re invited to the Center for Global Engagement’s Global Karnival on Tuesday, March 21 from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Sewall Center. The event will be filled with food, entertainment, activities and culture. Freedom cards accepted!


Friday, March 10...
Men's Hockey vs. Holy Cross (7 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/tix 412-397-4949 or
Game 1 - Best of 3 Atlantic Hockey Conference Tournament Quarterfinals

Saturday, March 11...
Men's Lacrosse vs. Marquette (1 pm/Joe Walton Stadium/free admission)

Halftime Shootout will include various prizes for winner including a Moe's Southwest Grill $5 gift card
Men's Hockey vs. Holy Cross (7 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/tix 412-397-4949 or
Game 2 - Best of 3 Atlantic Hockey Conference Tournament Quarterfinals

Sunday, March 12 (Northeast Conference Tournament Championship)...
Women's Basketball vs. Bryant (2 pm/Sewall Center/tix 412-397-4949 or
Free for RMU students with Freedom Card. For all others, $10 adult, $5 age 5-18/other college ID.

Men's Hockey vs. Holy Cross (7 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/tix 412-397-4949 or
Game 3 (if necessary) - Best of 3 Atlantic Hockey Conference Tournament Quarterfinals

Monday, March 13...
Women's Lacrosse vs. Liberty (7 pm/Joe Walton Stadium/free admission)

The first 125 fans in attendance each receives a
Moe's Southwest Grill $5 gift card
Halftime Shootout will include various prizes for winner including a Moe's Southwest Grill $5 gift card

RMU HOCKEY COACHES SHOW...featuring head man Derek Schooley concluses for the season 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 on the radio home for RMU Hockey, 970 AM ESPN Pittsburgh and on the iHeart Radio mobile app, keyword RMU.