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Friday, October 3, 2014


-- Be one of the first to join the RMU300 fundraising challenge this year. Gifts go to RMU's Student Fund and provide operating dollars for student initiatives ranging from the Student Engagement Transcript and Honors Program to university scholarships and institutional aid ... from clubs, athletics and mentoring activities to freshmen seminars, career fairs and research projects. Your gift in any amount (minimum $10) helps us reach our goal of 300 donors by Oct. 17 to unlock a $10,000 challenge gift contributed by 10 President's Council donors. Go to to make your gift ... and get RMU300 off to an early start. 

-- has named RMU's online master's degree in human resources management to its list of the top 50 such programs in the nation. The ranking is based on publicly available information about faculty credentials, student services and technology, student engagement, tuition, selectivity, and peer assessment. 


-- Matthew Conboy, part-time faculty member in the Department of Media Arts, won the 2014 Crusade Engagement Grant. The grant is worth $10,000 and was awarded to Conboy because of his proposal to make art collectors out of newborn babies. Conboy's proposal displayed “dazzling creativity,” Juror Karen Irvine said. “We are excited to award the grant to someone whose idea feels completely original and unique.” The grant will go towards the printing and packaging works of art along with a small honorarium for the artists. Conboy will work with a local hospital and will seek funding to keep expanding the program for more and more babies. 

-- Dan Short, associate professor of environmental science, published "The Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) -- The Next Generation of Science Museum" in the journal Mathematics Teaching. His co-author was Alison Peters '14, who graduated in the spring with a bachelor's degree in applied mathematics and a teaching certificate. Short is also getting a lot of attention lately online for an article he published three years ago about the popular video game Minecraft, which has been in the news because of its purchase by Microsoft. The article, "Teaching Scientific Concepts using a Virtual World - Minecraft," appeared in the journalTeaching Science is in the top 1 percent of 30-day views at the site


-- The Department of Communication wants to invite you to the second annual Celebrate Communication today, Friday, Oct 3, in Sewall Center from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. To celebrate the First Amendment, we are offering a symposium to both college and high school students that involve discussions and interactive programs on broadcasting, journalism, filmography, theatre, and the First Amendment. We are especially excited to sponsor the Executive Director at the Student Press Law Center Frank LoMonte, and Rooney Scholar Victor Khrul. Each will make a presentation on how free speech is recognized in their countries. In addition, there are several breakout sessions to learn more about making documentaries; the theatre; photography; and creative writing. Attached is a brief synopsis of the day’s activities. These events are sponsored by the AEJMC Knight News Challenge Grant and Robert Morris University and are free but attendees must register by Wednesday Oct 1. For more information, contact: Dr. Anthony Moretti at or Heather Pinson at


-- 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.

-- 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. 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. 

-- Graduate Admissions is hosting an entrepreneurial lunch and learn featuring RMU alumna and retail business innovator, Samantha Lugo. The event will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 21 at RMU Downtown. Lunch is complimentary. Space is limited, and RSVP is required to Caitlin Bauer at 412-397-5218.

-- 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, Oct. 3
Women's Soccer vs. C. Conn. State (3 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission)

Saturday, Oct. 4
Women's Rowing @ 28th Annual Head of the Ohio Regatta (all day/downtown Pittsburgh/
Football vs. Monmouth (3 pm/Joe Walton Stadium/tickets 
412-397-4949 or; free for RMU employees and students)
Homecoming presented by the Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport Hotel; WEAR RED!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Free admission with Freedom Card (faculty/staff/3 family members; all students) -- tickets at student tailgate tent on plaza
First 500 students to pick up their tickets get a free official Colonial Crazies t-shirt thanks to Clearview Federal Credit Union
Sign up on the plaza to take the Clearview FCU Quarterback might win $500!
Free halftime food on the plaza for RMU students under the tent (sponsored by SAAC and Colonial Crazies)

Men's Hockey vs. Ryerson (7:05 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/tix 412-397-4949 or; free for RMU employees and students)

Sunday, Oct. 5
Women's Soccer vs. Wagner (noon/North Athletic Complex/free admission)
Men's Soccer vs. George Washington (2 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission)
All fans receive an RMU Hockey schedule poster courtesy of Eat'n Park and RMU's Corporate Champions!

THE RMU FOOTBALL COACH'S SHOW...featuring head man John Banaszak continues tonight, Monday (Oct. 6) at 8 p.m. at Buffalo Wild Wings in Robinson. 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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