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Friday, September 26, 2014


-- For the first time, RMU's Colonial Theatre program will perform a full-length, original production – and a play written by a student to boot. The university’s production of Remembrance, an original play written by senior English major and Honors student, Tanner Sebastian, will run from Oct. 2-4 in the Massey Theater at RMU’s Moon Township campus. The play follows a family struggling with the question of how to grieve for someone who has done the unforgivable after the youngest son shoots and kills 14 people, including himself and his mother. Sebastian wrote this story after the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut, when he noticed that the media did not recognize Nancy Lanza, the mother of shooter Adam Lanza, as a victim in the massacre. Read more about this provocative new play.

-- As part of RMU's continuing effort to recognize and reward employees for exceptional contributions to RMU, President Gregory Dell’Omo once again presented the University Distinguished Achievement Awards at the recent 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 and the University Seal; and
  • Their name engraved on a Wendell August Forge plaque which is displayed in Nicholson Center throughout the year.

 There were 14 Staff nominations for this prestigious award this year with three award winners announced:

- David Ausman, Senior Financial Analyst, Financial Operations

- Joe Hale, TV Engineer, Academic Media Center

- Dawn Smoot, Social Media/Web Designer, Public Relations & Marketing

-- More than 200 people attended the 10th anniversary picnic for the Ph.D. in Instructional Management and Leadership program at Moon Park on Saturday, September 20, hosted by SESS Dean, Mary Ann Rafoth. Ninety-two alumni and current students, representing all 10 cohorts, celebrated along with 15 members of the doctoral faculty as well as President Gregory Dell'Omo and Provost David Jamison. The program also featured a fundraising event for the George W. Semich Scholarship, created by doctoral students in honor of founding and current Doctoral Director George Semich. 


-- Political Science Professor Philip Harold will participate in a panel discussion on Monday, Oct. 13, convened by the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania to analyze the Pennsylvania gubernatorial election, area congressional races, and how this year's election will impact the 2016 presidential campaign. The event will take place at 6 p.m. at the WESA Community Broadcast Center on the South Side. Harold, associate dean of the School of Education and Social Sciences, is a member of the advisory board of the Robert Morris University Polling Institute Powered by Trib Total Media, which conducted a poll in August that found Democratic challenger Tom Wolf has a 30-point lead over incumbent Republican Gov. Tom Corbett. Harold's fellow panelists will be James O'Toole of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; Salena Zito of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review; and Jerry Shuster of the University of Pittsburgh. The event costs $20 for students and Press Club members and $25 for others. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. 



-- 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.

-- Please mark your calendars for RMU's Veterans Day Breakfast on Nov. 10 at 8 a.m. in the Sewall Center. All faculty, staff, and students are welcome.  Those who are ROTC students, military, or veterans are highly encouraged to attend. Please RSVP to by Oct. 27. More details on the event will be forthcoming.

Friday, Sept. 26
Women's Soccer vs. UMBC (3 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission)
Women's Hockey vs. Bemidji (7:05 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/tix 
412-397-4949 or; free for RMU employees and students)
All fans receive an RMU Hockey magnet schedule thanks to Mario's Family Italian RestaurantGirl Scout Night; Skate with the Colonials after the game (free with own skates, $2.50 to rent from ISC front desk)

Saturday, Sept. 27
Women's Volleyball vs. Fairleigh Dickinson (1 pm/Sewall Center/free admission)
Women's Hockey vs. Bemidji (3:05 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/tix 
412-397-4949 or; free for RMU employees and students)

All fans receive an RMU Hockey schedule poster courtesy of Eat'n Park and RMU's Corporate Champions!

Sunday, Sept. 28
Women's Volleyball vs. Sacred Heart (1 pm/Sewall Center/free admission) 

THE RMU FOOTBALL COACH'S SHOW...featuring head man John Banaszak continues tonight, Monday (Sept. 29) at 8 p.m. at Buffalo Wild Wings in Washington. 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.

RMU HOOPS ROAD TRIP...Travel packages range in price from $200-$425. Packages include motor coach transportation to and from Washington, D.C., hotel accommodation and tickets for when Robert Morris men's basketball plays at Georgetown on Saturday, Nov. 22. To get in on the fun, contact TJ Brown in the RMU Office of Institutional Advancement at 412-397-5456.  

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