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Friday, November 3, 2017


-- The Professional Grounds Management Society recognized RMU with an Honor Award in the 2017 Green Star Awards, which nationally recognizes ground maintenance teams, outstanding landscape design, and construction. 

The exceptional grounds award was given in the University and College Grounds (Small) category. Five other universities were honored in the category. PGMS is the oldest individual membership organization for grounds professionals and nationally recognizes outstanding landscape design, construction, and well-manicured landscapes. To qualify for entry, a landscape must be at least two years old and under continuous maintenance. A panel of over 170 certified grounds managers served as judges.

-- They're at it again: RMU Sentry Media students brought home three awards at the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention. 

College Media Association Pinnacle Awards

  • Third Place: RMU-TV, Four-year TV Station of the Year 

College Media Association Film Festival

  • Video Newscast: Second Place, Sam Anthony, Vince Russo, Delaney Hassell, Eddie Sheehy, Nick Milliron, Morgan Torchia and Alec Balenciaga, "2016 SCJ Presidential Election Night Coverage"
  • Long Documentary: Third Place, Matthew DeVito and Wafi Alghanim, "Eugene Morgan: Blues Chronicles from the Burgh" 
-- The RMU student group Mechanical Contractors Association of America, in coordination with the SEMS, organized a speaking event where an industry leader in Building Information Modeling (BIM) and construction management, Nathan Wood, spoke with over 40 students, faculty and community members. Wood is the chief enabling officer at SpectrumAEC. His presentation can be viewed here.
-- RMU Talent Track goes live on Monday, November 6. This system will be where hiring managers write position descriptions, create open position requisition forms, review and manage applicants and hire new employees. Electronic approval workflows will also be managed in this new system. And applicants will apply to positions and new hires will complete new employee tasks in the system.
If you have questions about the Talent Track, please visit To log into the system, visit If you are a hiring manager and need to post a position or make a hire, please contact Lisa Sauer, human resources partner, talent acquisition at X6286 or


-- Today, Friday, November 3, RMU's Academic Media Center and the Blues Society of Western Pennsylvania will be "Bringin’ the Blues to RMU” with a performance by local blues artist Jill West and Blues Attack and international “Blues Challenge” performer, Pierce Dipner in Hopwood Hall. Often referred to as the "Queen of Blues in Pittsburgh", West's performance is part of RMU's Academic Media Center and the Blues Society of Western PA's collaborative effort called "Blues Chronicles from the Burgh." 

-- All are invited to the inaugural Rex. L. Crawley Lecture in Inclusion on Thursday, November 9, at 6 p.m. in the Rogal Chapel. Talmesha Richards will present “STEM Education: Changing Lives, Changing History,” an in-depth look at the impact of STEM in our nation’s history. Richards is the chief academic and diversity officer at STEMconnector and Million Women Mentors. A reception will be held at 5 p.m. in the Wheatley atrium. You can RSVP for both events here

-- The VETS Center has some exciting news to share with you...but you'll have attend the Veterans Day Brunch on November 10 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Yorktown to find out. Join us for a delicious meal at the 11th annual event while we recognize the 200+ RMU faculty, staff, and students who have served our country. Our guest speaker is Dan Pultz, military coordinator and coach at TEAM TBI and retired Marine Corps officer and Vietnam veteran. Please RSVP here no later than Nov. 3.

-- All are invited to a special screening and panel discussion of Forgetting Dad, a film by Fall 2017 Visiting Documentary Filmmaker Rick Minnich Tuesday, November 7 at 5 p.m. in Hopwood Hall. The event is organized by the Center for Documentary Production and Study, Media Arts Department, and the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Robert Morris University.

Forgetting Dad is a real-life detective study of a 45-year old man who suffers total amnesia one week after a seemingly harmless car accident. Christening himself the “New Richard,” he embarks upon a new life with a new wife far away from his family. Sixteen years later his oldest son returns with a camera to investigate why his father’s memory never returned. This film by Fall 2017 Visiting Documentary Filmmaker Rick Minnich at Robert Morris University is an award-winning true mystery of a man who does not remember his family. When the man’s son, filmmaker Rick Minnich, starts to examine the “New Richard” and the impact of his amnesia on their family, the story takes unexpected turns. 

The film trailer is available at:

-- The Woman's Focal Group of the President's Inclusin Council invites you to participate in a World Café Conversation Thursday, November 9 from 2 - 4 p.m. in Yorktown. What do women at RMU need to thrive? That will be the main question for discussion.The World Cafe is a lively, interactive process that allows a group to answer complex questions.  RSVP here if you plan to join us for this conversation.


Friday, Nov. 3...
Women's Volleyball vs. Saint Francis U (7 pm/NAC Student Rec Center/free admission)
Men's Hockey vs. Holy Cross (7:05 pm/Colonials Arena-Island Sports Center/tix 412-397-4949 or
Free continuous student shuttle between campus -- Lexington/Concord Halls -- and ISC 6-10 pm!
Sign up in the arena to take the Clearview FCU Skill Shot might win $500! 

Saturday, Nov. 4...
Men's Hockey vs. Holy Cross (7:05 pm/Colonials Arena-Island Sports Center/tix 412-397-4949 or
Sign up in the arena to take the Clearview FCU Skill Shot might win $500!

THE RMU FOOTBALL COACHES SHOW PRESENTED BY FALCONI AUTOMOTIVE...and featuring Robert Morris head coach John Banaszak wraps up for the season on Thursday, Nov. 9 at Cadillac Ranch (Settlers Ridge) at 7 p.m. The Voice of the Colonials Chris Shovlin and Coach Banaszak are your hosts! The show airs live on the radio flagship for RMU Football, 970 AM and 106.3 FM ESPN Pittsburgh and on your mobile device via the iHeart Radio app. All fans are invited to attend the live broadcast at Cadillac Ranch!

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