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Friday, November 18, 2011


-- RMU is hosting a research conference today from noon to 5 p.m. examining the intersection of communication and information systems in organizations and academia. The event takes place at the Holiday Inn Pittsburgh Airport. The conference, "Playing in the Intersection: Revisiting the 'New Convergence,'" is sponsored by the university's doctoral program in information systems and communication (D.Sc.) and its Alumni Research Group.

-- Liz Nemcsik, Molly Zimmer, Jackie Dawso, Melissa Egnacheski, Abby Porada, Abbey Lape, Tracey Colalillo, Brittany Sopko, Lauren Butler, Jennifer Mowry, Emily Bell and Corrin Scumaci attended the international conference of the Public Relations Student Society of America in Orlando, Florida as a requrement for the course, Social Media and Public Relations. The students attended presentations focusing on the latest developments in the public relations profession including social media, mobile telephony and career options and placement strategies. Several of the RMU PR Club officers attended leadership workshops and PRSSA chapter development activities. PR Club Advisor and course instructor, Ann Jabro accompanied the students. Her research on student professional development through conference attendance was competively selected for presentation in the Educators Academy of the Public Relations Society of America.

-- A reminder to faculty to complete your faculty profile as it appears on the RMU Faculty Directory. Log in to Sentry and look for Faculty Profile Administration under Top Faculty Links. Any questions, contact

-- RMU students, faculty, and staff get a $2 discount with their Freedom Card at the Allard Elementary School PTO pancake breakfast Saturday, Nov. 19, in the school gymnasium, 170 Shafer Road in Moon. With the discount, the cost is $4 for pancakes, sausage, and a drink. The event runs from 8 to 11 a.m. and includes a raffle and auction baskets.


-- RMU Communication Professor Rex Crawley has received a 2011 Racial Justice Award from the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh. The annual Racial Justice Awards is a signature program of the YWCA Center for Race and Gender Equity. Over the past two decades, the YWCA has recognized more than 100 community leaders who have made a substantial commitment to racial equality. Crawley, assistant dean of the School of Communications and Information Systems, is the co-founder and co-director of the Black Male Leadership Development Institute, and he leads RMU's Council on Institutional Equity. Read more about Crawley and the Racial Justice Award.

*EDITOR'S NOTE* The Minuteman will not be published on Friday, Nov. 25, because of Thanksgiving break. Have a safe, happy, and healthy holiday.

*WELLNESS TIP* Modify your favorite recipe to provide healthier alternatives that are lower in fat and cholesterol. Use vegetable broth or dry white wine instead of oil for sauteing, prune puree or unsweetened applesauce instead of shortening in baked goods, and low-fat or non-fat milk, cheese, sour cream, yogurt, and mayonnaise instead of higher fat counterparts.


Below are a sampling of upcoming events. For other events, go to

Nov. 19: Marcellus Shale in Your Neighborhood

Nov. 21: The Wilson Lunch

Friday, Nov. 18

*Women's Basketball vs. Central Michigan (7 p.m./Sewall Center/free admission)

-RMU Students, visit the Colonial Crazies table in the arena starting at 6:30 to get fired up for the game!
-Sign up in the arena for a chance to win $500 by playing the Clearview Hoop Shoot Challenge at halftime!
-RMU Students also need to visit the Clearview table to sign up for a halftime halfcourt shot to win free text books for next semester!

We Need Your Help...Please help the Robert Morris University and Duquesne University Student-Athlete Advisory Committees in their fight against hunger. Both groups will be collecting non-perishable goods at the gate this Saturday, Nov. 19 when the Colonials and the Dukes hook up in football at Rooney Field on the Duquesne campus. Kickoff is at noon. Bring a non-perishable food item to the game to receive a $4 discounted ticket. If you can't make the game, please drop items off at Room 238 in Joe Walton Stadium here on our campus by 5 pm this Friday, Nov. 18, and we'll get them there for you. All donations will benefit the Jubilee Soup Kitchen. Thank you.

Toys for Tots...Collection bins on campus are located in Joe Walton Stadium (first floor main lobby), Sewall Center Arena (main entrance), Sewall Center Third Floor (inside upper doors), Island Sports Center (main lobby), Nicholson Center (across from Heritage Room) and Hale Center (inside third floor doors facing Franklin Center). Please be generous by donating a new unwrapped toy and help us support our partners in this annual venture, the United States Marine Corps Reserve. Better yet come to the women's-men's basketball doubleheader versus Monmouth at 4 pm on Saturday, Dec. 3 in Sewall Center, bring a new unwrapped toy and get in free!

Last Call!...A limited number of tickets for the Robert Morris men's basketball game at Pitt on Sunday, Nov. 27 are on sale at the RMU Athletic Ticket Office. All orders must be placed by calling 412-397-4949. Deadline to buy is 6 pm this Friday, Nov. 18.

Ice hockey and basketball are free for RMU students, faculty, and staff. For more ticket information go to