News Page


The Minuteman

Friday, September 13, 2013


-- Robert Morris University has been named to the 2014 Military Friendly Schools list by Victory Media. RMU is now among the top 20 percent of colleges and universities in the country that not only accept but welcome military veterans. RMU has been recognized as a military friendly school since 2009. Read more about this honor.

-- SuperScholar, an online education and career information website, has ranked Robert Morris University one of the 25 Best Online Colleges and Universities 2014. SuperScholar also ranked RMU #6 on its list of the Top 10 Smart Choice Schools for Online Master's Degrees 2013.

-- This week President Dell’Omo presented the University Distinguished Achievement Awards during a town hall meeting. The awards are for notable actions and accomplishments that are beyond one’s regular day-to-day activities and assignments during the past fiscal year. Staff employees are nominated by their peers in spring and a separate peer review committee reviews all nominations and makes its recommendations to the president and his senior leadership team to make the final selections for the awards. The criteria for the staff awards include:

-Excellence in External and/or Internal Customer Service
-Excellence in Innovation
-Excellence in Culture

Award winners receive:

-A check for $1,000
-A marble bookend etched with their name nad the university seal
-Their name engraved on a Wendell August Forge plaque which is displayed in Nicholson Center throughout the year.

There were 28 Staff nominations for this prestigious award this year with three award winners announced:

-Terri Byrnes, Engaged learning Advisor, Academic Services
-Marty Galosi, Senior Associate Athletic Director, Athletics
-Linda Herbert, Associate Director, Admissions (See pictures of the winners here.)

An identical program is in place for recognizing and rewarding faculty members for exceptional contributions in the areas of scholarship, teaching and service. This nomination and review process will be conducted during the fall semester and winners announced at January 2014’s Convocation.

-- RMU in the News has been updated with August's news coverage of Robert Morris, with Peggy Outon, Steve Foreman, Kirstyn Kameg, and Jay Carson among those in the news at RMU last month.


-- Beth Dolinar Kusbit, part-time faculty member in the School of Communications and Information Systems, recently won two Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards. The first was a Community Service Program Emmy for WQED-TV's "Hunger: Our Hidden Crisis." RMU Communication Department Head Heather Pinson was interviewed for and appeared in Kusbit's story, "Feeding the Soul." Kusbit also won an Emmy for producing and writing "Rose's Garden", a half-hour documentary for WQED-TV, about a Pittsburgh artist who reclaims abandoned city lots and fills them with plants and art focused around the topic of mental illness.

-- Jon Radermacher, head of the Department of Media Arts, was recently elected president of the Antique Motorcycle Foundation by its board of directors at their annual meeting in Newburgh, N.Y. on Sept. 7. The mission of the Antique Motorcycle Foundation (AMF) is to share the story of antique motorcycling with the public and to create awareness, understanding and an appreciation for two- and three-wheeled transportation and its contribution to history and technological development. It delivers this mission through museum exhibits, leadership conferences, grant opportunities, and more. The AMF is a nationwide charitable organization which also has its own exhibition wing in the fourth largest motorcycle museum in the country, Motorcyclepedia.  Radermacher, who has owned and operated vintage and antique motorcycles for 17 years, has served on the AMF board since 2012 and previously served on the board of directors for the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club from 2009-2012.


-- Ireland: A collection of three years of photography abroad runs through Oct. 3 in the Media Arts Gallery in the Wheatley Center. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show is free and open to the public. In May 2011, 2012 and 2013 Christine Holtz, Robert Morris University professor of media arts, accompanied photography students to Galway, Dublin, and Sneem. While there, the students were challenged to develop themes for their photography and shoot with the goal of sharing their work online and in books. In preparation for this exhibition, students explored a variety of photographic genres both commercial and fine art-based. This exhibition showcases three years of student photographers from Robert Morris University’s flourishing Media Arts Photography BFA, BA and minor programs. Visitors will enjoy seeing each student’s unique approach to the media.

-- The Bridgewater BookFest takes place tomorrow, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Bridgewater, Beaver County. Organized by RMU Senior Writer Valentine Brkich, BookFest will feature approximately 40 local authors including former RMU assistant football coach Dan Radakovich, who will be signing his book, Bad Rad Football Nomad, and RMU alumna Stephanie Keyes, who will be signing books from her young adult paranormal The Star Child series. Arif Sirinterlikci, university professor of engineering, will be in the children's tent providing engineering-themed activities for kids.


Saturday, Sept. 14

Football vs. Dayton (noon/Joe Walton Stadium/free)
-Youth Football Giveaway presented by Trib Total Media (first 700 kids age 12 and under receive a free mini foam football)
-Also, all kids age 12 and under admitted for just $1
-Free food and soft drinks on the stadium plaza at halftime for RMU students under the tent (sponsored by Student Government Association)
-Sign up pregame on the plaza for a chance to win $500 in the Clearview Federal Credit Union Quarterback Challenge at halftime!
-First 500 RMU students get a free Colonial Crazies t-shirt, courtesy of Clearview Federal Credit Union
-First 600 fans receive a Northeast Conference Gameday Guide

...Featuring Joe Walton and John Banaszak will be taped at 7 pm Monday inside the Buffalo Wild Wings in Cranberry. Come out for the live taping of the show at various Buffalo Wild Wings around the Pittsburgh area on Mondays to get the inside scoop on Colonial Football. The show will air Tuesdays at 9 pm on 970 AM ESPN.

Football is free for RMU faculty, staff, and students. For other ticket prices, go to

WELLNESS TIP -- Put your tongue on the roof of your mouth when you do crunches. "It will help align your head properly, which helps reduce neck strain," says Michael Mejia, C.S.C.S., Men's Health exercise advisor.

If you do not currently receive the weekly Minuteman emails, please click here to subscribe.