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Friday, March 31, 2017


-- RMU students Mary Funderlich and Dale Miller received a $5,000 grant at Carnegie Mellon University's Cleantech Competition. The Honors students pitched the idea of building a tiny house on campus to donate to the Veteran's Place of Washington Boulevard in an effort to help combat homlessness. They've been working alongside RMU professor of management Marcel Minutolo since December 2016 and plan to build the house this April. 

-- The student organization, Autism Speaks U - RMU is hosting the following events in April for Autism Awareness Month:

  • April 3 - 5: Light Up a Nicholson Blue in honor of Autism Awareness Month
  • April 3 - Autism Tabling in PNC Cafe from 11 AM - 3 PM (Free cookies and treats)
  • April 19 - Fifty Shades of Blue Concert from 8 - 10 PM. It will be an open mic, and the proceeds will be donated to Autism awareness and research

 -- The Greek Week Allumni Challenge is underway! If you're a graduate of Robert Morris and were a part of Greek Life, you can help your chapter win Greek Week by donating through the Greek Week Alumni Challenge. 

-- RMU's student chapter of the American Marketing Association attended the 39th annual collegiate conference in New Orleans and was recognized as a chapter with Exemplary Collegiate Chapter Performance in the areas of Membership, Communications and Fundraising. Their new data analytics platform, newly-designed website and diverse fundraising initiatives put them among the top. Seven students, David Bursic, Melissa DeRosa, Natalie Roche, Melissa Reinbold, Geno Taglione, Rachel Sommers, and TJ Yarnell, traveled to the conference and participated in various events, spoke at chapter leadership sessions, and networked with over 1,700 marketing students, faculty and professionals.

-- The Women's Leadership & Mentorship Program is accepting Faculty and Staff Mentor applications for our 2017-2018 Cohort of incoming freshman. If you are passionate about young women’s leadership and empowerment, this is a terrific opportunity for you to share your experiences, expertise, and advice with the outstanding students who are participating in this select four-year enrichment leadership program. Visit for more information.


-- More than 80 RMU employees were awarded at the annual Service Recognition Program last week. Most notably were John Turchek, department head for computer and information systems, and William Beaver, professor of sociology, who are each celebrating 45 years of service to the university. 

-- Darcy Tannehill, associate professor of education, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the national Amyloidosis Foundation based in Michigan. The Foundation's mission is to provide awareness and support to patients with amyloidosis and their families as well as providing research funds toward treatment and a cure. Amyloidosis is considered a rare disease with less than 4,000 people diagnosed each year. Tannehill was diagnosed with amyloidosis in 2012.

-- Ann jabro, university professor of communication, presented research at the International Public Relations Research conference.  Her paper was titled, "Digital Literacy, Media Planning and Storytelling: An Interdependent Relationship."

-- Sheree Shafer, Bruce Golmic, and Kirstyn M. Kameg presented on "Strategies for Management of Emotional & Behavioral Disorders (EBDs) in the Classroom Setting" to middle school and high school teachers in the Aliquippa School District. 


-- The RMU Black Male Leadership Development Institute, in cooperation with the Urban League, is holding a career symposium for high school students tomorrow at the School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science. The event, from 9 to 2 p.m. April 1, will focus on preparing underrepresented minority students for careers in science, technology, engineering, and math -- commonly known as "STEM" fields.

Chet Thompson, director of the BMLDI program and of community outreach and student support, and Anthony Robins, biology professor and deputy chief diversity and inclusion officer, have organized the event along with SEMS Dean Maria Kalevitch.

-- On March 31 at 9 a.m. in Franklin 201 Monica VanDieren will describe some aspects of the Google search algorithm and compare it to the Google Scholar search algorithm. She will discuss some of the pros and cons of using Google Scholar for academic research and compare searches in Google Scholar to those in library databases.  In particular she will caution against using Google Scholar for meta-analysis or systematic literature reviews and provide tips for making the most out of Google Scholar searches.

-- Media Arts Visiting Artist and Scholar Program invites you to a public lecture with The Mattress Factory’s founder, President and Co-Director Barbara Luderowski and Co-Director Michael Olijnyk, Tuesday, April 4, 1 – 2 p.m. – SCIS Atrium, Wheatley Center.

The Mattress Factory was founded by artists in 1977 to support artists as they create and exhibit site-specific work. Since then it has exhibited work by more than 700 established and emerging artists from Pittsburgh and around the world. Exhibitions explore new media, aesthetics and cultures and places undergoing change such as Eastern Europe, Cuba, Asia, India, Ireland, Egypt and Detroit.

-- In honor of Bach's birthday, the RMU Library is hosting a one hour performance/discussion on the life and music of J. S. Bach. RMU librarian and classical cellist David Bennett will perform movements from Bach's Unaccompanied Cello Suites 1 & 2 and discuss how they reflect Bach's humanity and genius. 

Wednesday, 4/5 at 2 pm in the RMU Library's Quiet Study area

Thursday, 4/6 at 12:30 pm in the RMU Library's Quiet Study area

Everybody is invited to attend! No RSVP required. 

-- The Massey Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is inviting you to the Tech Innovation Speaker Series on Wednesday, March 29 in the Sewall Center from 2-4 p.m. Join us to learn about the cutting-edge innovation in the autonomous vehicle industry and how it has transformed the business of transportation from speakers David Rice from Uber and Ryan Green from Gridwise.

-- Today at 4:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. you can attend a viewing of the movie Hidden Figures in Hopwood Hall, hosted by The National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) and Student Life. 

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