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Friday, April 7, 2017


-- It's almost time for Almost Midnight Breakfast! The Office of Residence Life will host the event Tuesday, April 25 during final exams week and offers our students a late night break from their studies. 

If you or anyone in your department would like to join us for this event we would welcome & encourage your participation. Volunteers will need to arrive at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening in the Food Court and will help us serve food, monitor attendance, and mingle with our students until approximately midnight. Please contact Jan Leopold at 412-397-5236 or in the Office of Residence Life if you would like to participate.

-- 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.

-- President Howard, Dan Short, Peggy Outon, Steve Foreman, and many others were highlighted in local and national news last month. Check it all out at RMU In the News. 

-- The RMU Sentry Media and RMU-TV are winners in three of the six student categories in the 2017 Robert L. Vann Media Awards!

The Pittsburgh Black Media Federation's Vann Awards honor exceptional print, broadcast, photography and online journalism coverage of the African-American and African Diaspora communities of Western Pennsylvania. 
Our students won for their online, multimedia and TV coverage of the inauguration of President Christopher B. Howard as RMU's 8th President:
  • Online Spot News: Brittany Mayer, reporter; Morgan Torchia, videographer; Katey Ladika, photographer
  • Multimedia: Brittany Mayer, reporter; Morgan Torchia, videographer; Katey Ladika, photographer
  • TV Spot News: Hannah Smith, reporter; Matt Merlino, videographer

-- The Department of Education has received continued funding from the Grable Foundation for their school-university partnership, the Ohio River Consortium.  The new project is  titled “Making Makers". The project provides opportunities for Avonworth, Cornell, Moon Area, Northgate, Sto-Rox,and Quaker Valley School Districts and Robert Morris University to impart 21st century skills for students at the Pre-K through 12th grades as well as student teachers at RMU. Dr. Mary Ann Rafoth is the Principal Investigator, and Dr. Nathan Taylor is the Project Manager. The grant is valued at $200,000.

-- Communication majors Katherine Lehman, David Whittier, and Alaina Fritz were accepted, along with 32 others out of 165 submissions, to present the “Portrayal of Women in Modern Print Ads,” from Sun-A Park's Public Relations Research Course. Lehman presented the group's work along side Park at the 7th annual James C. McCroskey and Virginia P. Richmond Undergraduate Scholars Conference (USC) during the Eastern Communication Association Conference.


-- Please welcome Julianne Michalenko as the first RMU Coordinator of  Post-Graduate Opportunities. Julianne comes to the position as a faculty member in the School of Communications and Information Systems to identify high-achieving students at RMU early in the academic progress. In her new role, Julianne will begin developing these students to successfully compete for post-graduate scholarship and fellowship opportunities. By the Fall, her office will be established in Benjamin Rush Center 106 adjacent to the RMU Career Center. Until then, please contact Julianne in her faculty office in Wheatley Center 204, by phone (extension 5406) or by email at

-- Stuart Allen, associate professor of organizational leadership, has received a research grant from the C. Charles Jackson Foundation for his project titled "An Experimental Study of the Impact of a Lesson on Inclusive Leadership." His project aims to assess the impact of an interactive learning module on inclusive leadership on a national sample of undergraduate leadership students. The grant is valued at $3,500.


-- The Massey Center of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Center for Global Engagement, and the RMU Library present "The BIG IDEA Research Colloquium on Innovation." The featured speaker is Dr. Adam Kowalik of Poland Fulbright Scholar,  National Defense University of Washington D.C. who will speak on "Useful Analytical Frameworks to Outsmart Your Competitors."

Date: Tuesday, April 11th, 2017
Where: Sewall Dining Room 
When: 10a.m. - 12:00a.m. 

Contact Eliada Griffin-EL,, or Jesse Phillips,, if any questions. 
**Small Group Lunch to follow sponsored by CGE and CITADEL. Contact Anthony Moretti,, to register for the lunch** 

-- All are invited to attend the Spring Graduate All Programs Open House, April 25, in the Sewall Center from 4:30 - 6 PM.


Saturday, April 8
Men's Lacrosse vs. Wagner (1 pm/Joe Walton Stadium/free admission) -- YOUTH DAY 
Halftime Shootout includes various prizes such as officially-licensed RMU merch, Under Armour Lacrosse Stick Head & Moe's Southwest Grill "Moe Bucks"!
First 150 fans receive a laundry hamper thanks to Dick's Sporting Goods (see attached).
Softball vs. Mount St. Mary's (1 pm Doubleheader/North Athletic Complex/free admission)

Sunday, April 9
Softball vs. LIU Brooklyn (noon Doubleheader/North Athletic Complex/free admission)

GIRLS SUMMER BASKETBALL CAMPS -- Coach Sal's Robert Morris Girls Basketball Camps will be conducted this summer for all girls interested. Girls entering 1st to 12th grades this Fall are eligible. All campers will be organized in grade appropriate groups. RMU women's basketball staff and players will be among those assisting at the camps. There will be an additional 10% discount for all children of RMU employees in addition to other discounts offered per the registration form. For a brochure or more information contact Coach Sal at or call him directly at 412-716-1235.

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