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Friday, September 12, 2014


-- The university will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, for the new School of Nursing and Health Sciences building. The event will take place rain or shine near the Pennsylvania Avenue and Upper Massey parking lots. The entire campus community is invited to attend.

-- The School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science hosted a symposium on water quality Sept. 10-11 with The Ohio River Basin Consortium for Research and Education. Topics included stormwater management, geology of the Ohio River Basin, biodiversity in headwater stream, bacterial communities in the Ohio River, renewable energy, and climate change, to name a few. The event was organized by the Bill Dress, head of the Department of Science. The event is the kick-off for the school's 15th anniversary festivities; during that decade and a half, the school has grown from 22 students to 972. 

-- The Rooney International Visiting Scholar Program would like to announce our Rooney Scholars for this fall semester.

Victor Khrul, an sssociate professor of journalism, is the semester-long Rooney Scholar, currently residing in the Rooney House on our campus. His academic interests are journalism, religion and media, mass media, the ethics of journalism, and media regulation. He has worked for the Russian New Agency and was editor-in-chief of the Russian National Catholic Weekly. He has lectured widely in Europe and has served on the Pontifical Council for the Laity in the Vatican from 1996 to 2001. He will be giving three public lectures while he is here. In addition, he is visiting a wide variety of classes and student organizations.

Daniel Silke, South Africa, is a short term Rooney Scholar. Many of you will remember him for a previous visit to RMU as an RISP scholar eight years ago. Silke is an independent political analyst, author and speaker specializing in South African and international politics. He has a special interest in political parties and elections and is a futurist lecturing widely on issues surrounding global change, volatility and the future of the world. He is regarded within South Africa as one of that country’s leading political commentators and most passionate public speakers. Daniel is meeting with classes and will be giving one public lecture while he is here. 

On Sept. 27 Senih Cavusoglu and Firat Tüzünkan from Eastern Mediterranean University in The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus will be arriving for a two-week visit. Both are associated with the Department of Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design at EMU. They will be accompanied by several EMU students.The two EMU scholars will be presenting a gallery show and will be working with RMU Media Arts students.

-- Louis Swartz, professor of legal studies and coordinator of the Pre-Law Advisory Program, has established the Louis B. Swartz, J.D. and RMU Pre-Law Society Law School Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded to a graduating member of the Pre-Law Society at RMU with a minimum grade point average of 3.25 and LSAT score in the 55th percentile. Gifts can be made to the scholarship

-- 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.


-- Christine Holtz, professor of media arts, has three photographs from her series “50 Greenspace Dumpsites” included in “GRIT: The Urban Landscape” at the Copley Society of Art in Boston. Juried by Paul Ha, Director of MIT’s List Visual Arts Center, GRIT unveils the raw fabric of the cityscape, delving into the interconnected nature of postmillennial life at its most fundamental level. The exhibition opens this Friday, Sept. 12 and will be on display until Nov. 1.


 -- 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.

-- The Roundtable Series is this semester with Elizabeth Stork's presentation "Women and Power in the Print Media," Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 1:45 pm in Benjamin Rush 104. All are welcome to attend.

Please add this semesters Roundtables to your calendar:

10/9 at 10:45am in Hale 101-- Barbara Burgess-Lefebvre presenting research on the Titanic which fueled her production of Titanic the Musical

10/22 at 11:45am in Franklin 203-- Benjamin Campbell presenting on engineering student research projects

11/7 at 1:45pm in Franklin 201-- Liang Hong presenting "Risk pooling-how insurance works"

11/12 at 12:45pm in Franklin 203-- Monica VanDieren~ "The Mathematics Behind Enigma"

The RMU Roundtable Series is sponsored by the University Honors Program, and is an occasional forum in which faculty can present on their research and topics of interest in an informal setting to students, faculty, and staff. 

-- 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.

-- Through Oct. 6 the Media Arts Gallery in Wheatley Center will host an Independent Curators International (ICI) video exhibition selected by 35 different curators.  ICI launched PROJECT 35 in 2010, which is a new selection of 35 curators from six different continents. They each chose one work for the compilation that toured starting September 2012 and runs through December 2015. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

-- 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.

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