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Friday, August 29, 2014


-- The RMU women’s lacrosse team has been recognized again for its high-quality work in the classroom. As one of 84 NCAA Division I programs that boasted a team grade-point average of 3.0 or better during the 2013-14 academic year, the Colonials were named to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association’s Academic Honor Squads list. Under 10th-year coach Katy Phillips, RMU has been deemed an Academic Honor Squad for eight consecutive seasons. That run includes the 2012 season, when the Colonials had the best collective GPA in the Northeast Conference. Read more about this accomplishment

-- A team of RMU information technology staff has created a Robert Morris University app for iPhone and Android devices that features an academic calendar, campus map, campus photos, a directory, and offers students the ability to access their grades and class schedule. This free app was developed by Tanner Fiscus, Travis Wolfe, Shane Todd, and Autumn Priddy. Download it today in the iTunes or Android app stores. 


-- Karen Paullet, assistant professor of computer and information systems, presented a NASA Cyber Security Webinar on Aug. 28 titled "Opening the Digital Pandora's Box" about security issues and threats when using a mobile device.

-- Hyla Willis, associate professor of media arts, will premiere new work with her art collective, subRosa, in the "Ministry of Hacking" show at ESC Medien Kunst Labor in Graz, Austria, in mid-September. Costumed CyberSwamp Escapees will drift through the city streets, inviting participation in Taktischen Kaffee und Kuchen—gatherings over coffee and cake—at which we will ask "What does it feel like to live in this moment of relentless self-enhancement, upgrading and self-marketing?" An exhibition will follow for the duration of the Steirischer Herbst festival of new art.


--  Graduate Admissions is hosting a lunch and learn at RMU Downtown from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 10. The event features  MBA alumnus special agent Robert Elias and his colleague Thomas Czerski from the U.S. Treasury Department, who will speak about the Le Nature fraud case, the largest such case in western Pennsylvania history. A boxed lunch is provided for all attendees. RSVP required by Sept. to Caitlin Bauer 412-397-5218 or

-- The Office of Multicultural Student Services invites all faculty, staff, and students to the De la Gente Fesitval from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 on the Nicholson Front Lawn from noon to 5 pm. There will be foods representing multiple cultures, games, music, and an exhibition step show from the National Panhellenic Council.

 -- RMU junior Bobby Catley will host the “What’s On Your Plate?” Health Food and Wellness Expo in the Sewall Center Arena on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. This free event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those attending the health and wellness expo can visit one of 75 featured exhibitors including Giant Eagle Market District; Edible Arrangements; Brueggers Bagels; Walgreens; the RMU School of Nursing and Health Sciences; and The Pittsburgh Marathon to name a few. Catley is a past winner of the Pittsburgh Penguins Humanitarian Award and the Jefferson Awards for Public Service.

-- RMU will host a Constitution Day event honoring World War II veteran Carl Walpusk, who will also speak. The event takes place at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, in Rogal Chapel at RMU’s Moon Township campus. Walpusk, 90, of Moon Township, is one of more than 500 American troops rescued from Serbia during World War II, in the events chronicled in the best-selling book, The Forgotten 500. Walpusk is originally from Somerset County and entered military service in March 1943. He joined the 98th Bomb Group, part of the U.S. Army Air Force, which had been running missions over North Africa and Italy. In July 1944, at age 19, Walpusk and his crew were returning from a raid on Ploiesti, Romania, when the Germans shot down their plane over Serbian territory in Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia. The gunner was killed, but Walpusk and the remaining crew parachuted out of the plane. Rescued by a band of Serbian Chetnik fighters led by Gen. Draza Mihailovic, they were kept hidden for 33 days until they were finally rescued by airlift with other troops.

-- The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management is hosting its 11th annual TechNow Conference on Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Regional Learning Alliance in Cranberry. The conference is devoted to new, important technology trends and resources for nonprofits. Early bird registration runs through Sept. 30, and costs $110 for the conference alone, with additional workshops available. Click to register now.

Friday, Aug. 29
Men's Soccer vs. Hartwick (2 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission)
Free schedule poster...compliments of Eat'n Park and RMU Corporate Champions

Sunday, Aug. 31
Men's Soccer vs. Rider (1 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission)
Women's Soccer vs. Youngstown State (3 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission)
Free schedule poster...compliments of Eat'n Park and RMU Corporate Champions

Monday, Sept. 1 (Class of 2018 Night Presented by FYSP Freshmen Mentors)
Women's Volleyball vs. West Virginia (6 pm/Sewall Center/free admission)
Free popcorn and cotton candy for all fans thanks to the FYSP Freshmen Mentors!
Free schedule poster...compliments of Eat'n Park and RMU Corporate Champions


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