-- The White House named the winning bid in a $70 million plan to create a public-private institute for manufacturing innovation today, and the School of Engineering, Math, and Science is part of the team that won. The National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII) is a network of nine research universities including RMU, 40 companies, five community colleges, and 11 nonprofit organizations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia, led by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) in Latrobe, Pa. The initial three-year plan calls for $30 million in federal funding, matched by $40 million in contributions from the winning consortium partners. NAMII will open its research hub in a renovated building in Youngstown, Ohio, in September. Read more about NAMII
-- The School of Business building has received the coveted LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Developed by the council in 2000, the LEED rating system is the standard for measuring building sustainability. It verifies whether or not a structure was designed and built using sustainable materials and processes that benefit both human health and the environment. LEED offers four certification levels for new construction: Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Each level corresponds to a certain number of credits earned across the five basic categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality. The School of Business achieved LEED Gold status after garnering some additional points in an additional category called Innovation and Design. The building exceeded LEED requirements for the amount of natural light it lets in, for recycled content, and for certified wood (i.e., wood that is raised through sustainable methods). What tipped the scales from the Silver to Gold rating was RMU's decision this summer to purchase some green power for a minimum of two years. In addition, the construction itself had a minimal impact on the environment. For more information about LEED certification, visit the U.S. Green Building Council's website at usgbc.org
EDITOR'S NOTE --
Starting next week The Minuteman resumes its normal weekly publication schedule for the academic year.
*WELLNESS TIP* Sneak non-animal protein into your diet. Eat split pea, lentil, minestrone or bean soups. Have black bean enchiladas or veggie burgers for dinner. Try hummus (chickpeas) spread on pita bread for a snack. Sprinkle almonds on steamed vegetables or a few nuts on top of frozen yogurt.
Friday, Aug. 24
*Men's Soccer vs. Cleveland State (3 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission)
*Women's Soccer vs. Youngstown State (5 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission)
*Field Hockey vs. Villanova (7 pm/Joe Walton Stadium/free admission..."Colonial Challenge")
Saturday, Aug. 25
*Football Intrasquad Scrimmage (2:30 pm/Joe Walton Stadium/free admission)
Sunday, Aug. 26
*Field Hockey vs. Central Michigan/Radford (11 am or 2 pm/Joe Walton Stadium/free admission..."Colonial Challenge")
*Men's Soccer vs. Canisius (3 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission)
Schedule poster giveaway at all Friday and Saturday events. Halftime promotions at regular season games Friday and Sunday!