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Friday, September 5, 2014


-- The RMU Polling Institute Powered by Trib Total Media released some of its latest round of results, with more to come next week. Most notable among was a poll of Pennsylvania residents that found Democratic challenger Tom Wolf with a 30-point lead over Republican Gov. Tom Corbett. 

-- The 24th annual class of inductees into the RMU Athletic Hall of Fame is comprised of five former student-athletes as well as one coach, each of whom left an indelible mark on their respective programs. The six new members to join the RMU Athletic Hall of Fame as the Class of 2014 include former student-athletes Tony Lee (men's basketball; 2004-08), Melissa Lockhart (women's tennis; 1993-97), Brianne McLaughlin (women's ice hockey; 2005-09), Sugeiry Monsac (women's basketball; 2004-07) and Jeff Witmyer (men's track & field; 2004-08) as well as former head volleyball coach Tim Horsmon, who guided the Colonials from 1999 to 2002. Read more about this year's inductees.

-- RMU faculty and staff receive 10% off at the Moon Township Eat’n Park when you show your Freedom Card. Did you know that Eat’n Park is great after 8? Starting Sept. 15, Eat’n Park is offering $4 appetizers, $3 classic milkshakes, and $2 slices of pie after 8 p.m.! It’s the perfect place to take your family for that special meal or snack.

-- RMU in the News has been updated with news media coverage of the university in August. Denis Rudd, John McCarthy, and Mary Ann Rafoth were just a few of the Robert Morris personalities called on by our friends in the Fourth Estate last month.

EDITOR'S NOTE -- Previous editions of the Minuteman published the incorrect date for the TechNow Conference, which is described in the section below and takes place Thursday, Oct. 30. The Minuteman regrets the error. 


-- 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.

--  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

-- Everyone is invited to the official RMU Library Grand Opening on Thursday, Sept. 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. Come check out the main floor renovation, partake of light refreshments, and chat with some friendly people. No RSVP required.

 -- RMU junior Bobby Catley will host the “What’s On Your Plate?” Healthy 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, Sept. 5
Women's Volleyball vs. Indiana State (11 am/Sewall Center/free admission)
Women's Volleyball vs. Youngstown State (7 pm/Sewall Center/free admission)

Saturday, Sept. 6
Women's Volleyball vs. UMass Lowell (1 pm/Sewall Center/free admission)

Sunday, Sept. 7
Women's Soccer vs. St. Bonaventure (1 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission) 

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