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Thursday, September 18, 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.

Some early news coverage for the new building:

-- We are sorry to have to report the August 10 death of RMU Professor Emeritus Tom Gaydos, the founder of the Colonial Theatre program. As executive producer of the Robert Morris Colonial Theatre for 30 years, Gaydos, a classicly trained actor, combined producing, directing, acting, writing and teaching to create exciting and fulfilling experiences for his students. His intelligence, charm and talent distinguished him as an outstanding asset to the Robert Morris community. Read more about how Gaydos's life and legacy.

-- RMU is hosting its Annual Fall Blood Drive in partnership with Central Blood Bank on Tuesday, September 23, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. in the John Jay Gym.  Our goal is to collect 50 units and we need your help. If you would like to make an appointment please contact Jess Mann, Assistant Director, Student Civic Engagement by calling 412-397-6491 or emailing  Walk-ins are also welcome!  The entire donation process should take less than one hour.  Your participation will help to save lives and you will be modeling active community engagement for our students to emulate.


-- Michael DiLauro, director of the Academic Media Center, will screen his documentary La Mia Strada (My Road) at The City College of NewYork (Department of Media & Communications) and UNICO National/Scranton Cultural Center. Both events take place on Oct. 16. The film offers a personal perspective on ethnicity and culture linking ancient Italian traditions and contemporary Italian culture with its Italian American counterpart.


-- The RMU chapter of the Society for Collegiate Journalists is hosting the first annual Colonial Car Cruise, a car show to benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, on Saturday, Sept. 20 from noon to 4 pm at the Upper Sewall parking lots. All are invited to enter their car into the event. Registration is from 10 am - noon and includes a $10 fee, while spectating is free. First and second place winners of each category will receive a trophy and $25 gift card to Eggs N'at. Attendees can win door prizes and other items courtesy of Firestone Complete Auto Care, Advanced Auto Parts, Topping Town, and Kip’s Ice Cream. Previously, the group partnered with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank through a program called “Balancing Out Hunger,” in which students donate their unused meal plan money to the food bank. For more information, visit

-- Join us Thursday, Sept. 25, as RMU hosts the first installment of the Diversity Speaker Series featuring Cindy Fernandez. Fernandez is the host of La Rumba radio show, and the founder of La Rumba. The event will take place in the Sewall Center International Suite at 4:30 pm with light snacks and beverages. The event is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Services, RMU Radio and the Radio club.

-- The Saudi Student Club at RMU invites you to the Saudi National Day Celebration on Thursday, Sept. 25 in PNC Colonial Cafe. The free event is intended to enrich your knowledge about Saudi culture and provide you with first-hand experience of the culture. The celebration will feature folklore dance, free food, a documentary, live shows, and an exhibition. All students, faculty, and staff members - as well as family members - are welcome to join us! We look forward to seeing you there.

-- Announcing the Call for Proposals for the Creepy Conference VII! The CC VII will be at Wheatley Center on Wednesday, Oct. 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. If you want to present a 10-minute talk on any creepy topic from folklore, history, crime, internet, TV or movies, simply send in a one page description of your proposed idea to by Oct. 6. If selected, you can present your talk at the Creepy Conference (Best paper gets a prize; every presenter gets SET credit!).

 -- 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 a discount for RMU employees), with additional workshops available. Click to register now.


Saturday, Sept. 20
Women's Hockey vs. Bluewater (7:05 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/tix 
412-397-4949 or; Free for RMU faculty, staff, and students)

Sunday, Sept. 21
Men's Soccer vs. Canisius (3 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission)

 THE RMU FOOTBALL COACH'S SHOW...featuring head man John Banaszak continues Monday (Sept. 22) at 8 p.m. at Buffalo Wild Wings in West Mifflin. Come out for the live airing of the show at different Buffalo Wild Wings around the Pittsburgh area each Monday during the Robert Morris football season to get the inside scoop on the Colonials. The show can be heard on 970 AM ESPN as well as on the iHeart radio app.


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