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Friday, February 23, 2018


-- President Chris Howard narrated Aaron Copeland's Lincoln Portrait this past Monday for Presidents Day at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall. Watch the video here

-- The UPMC MyHealth@School Center is now open for benefit eligible employees. No appointment is needed to use the center, which is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

-- Junior cyber forensics and information security major Hannah Bartus will be presenting a paper this April at the Information Technology Next Generation International Conference in Las Vegas. Her paper, titled, "Deep Packet Inspection: A Key Issue for Network Security," was written in Ping Wang's National Security (N+) course. Bartus was a summer intern at Aerospace Corporation last summer. 

-- Sophomore predictive analytics major Brittany Burmester, who is also in the Honors Program, has won the German DAAD RISE Scholarship to study in Germany this summer. This is an internship in science and engineering for undergraduates students from North American, British, and Irish universities to conduct research at top German universities and research institutions. The scholarship is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office. We look forward to seeing what Brittany learns abroad and brings back to RMU.


-- Shout out to the group participating in Weight Watchers at Work Program. We're happy to report that the group lost 42 lbs in the first week. 

-- Beth Dolinar Kusbit, adjunct instructor in the Media Arts Department, was honored by the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters for her work at WQED-TV. Her documentary, "Broken: Women-Families-Opioids" has won the PAB award in the category of Outstanding Public Affairs Program. The documentary explores the rise in women's addiction rates, and the subsequent impact on families and society. Dolinar-Kusbit produced, wrote and narrated the program, which premiered on WQED-TV in November 2017. The film is available to view on demand at

-- David Synowka, department head and professor of Sport Management attended the 2018 National Sports Forum in Frisco, Texas, where, for the 11th year, he served as the faculty adviser and judge for the Case Cup Competition. The NSF Case Cup Competition is a graduate-level case-style competition held annually at the National Sports Forum.


-- The annual Black History Month Luncheon takes place at noon Wednesday, Feb. 28, in the Westinghouse Room in Yorktown Hall. Speaking will be Sara Nyobe, the Rooney International Visiting Scholar for the spring semester. Cost is $10 for faculty and staff and free for students. RSVP by Monday, Feb. 26.

-- All are invited to attend the Celebration of Women Reception 2018, featuring Heather Arnet, CEO of the Women & Girls Foundation of Southwest PA. The WGF develops the female leaders of tomorrow, while investing in better public policy today. Hosted by the Women's Focal Group of the President's Inclusion Council, join us for this event on Thursday, March 1 from 3-5 p.m. in Yorktown. 

-- If you'd like to participate in Enrollment Management's modules about the College Affordability Academy®, please email Lori Wyberg at This is a great professional development opportunity for RMU staff members to learn more about college affordability. Vice President Wendy Beckemeyer will present the first session, which will cover Trends in Student Aid, How RMU Measures Up, and Loan Entrance Counseling, and is scheduled for Wednesday, March 21 from 10:00 – 12:00.  Session 2 will be held on April 4 from 10:00 – 12:00, Session 3 will be held on April 11from 10:00 – 12:00 and the Capstone Presentation and Luncheon will take place on April 26 from 12:00 – 2:00. All meetings will take place in Franklin 204, and the Capstone Presentation and Luncheon will take place in Franklin 203.

Please email Lori Wyberg at to sign up.

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