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The Minuteman

Friday, October 10, 2014


-- The RMU300 fundraising challenge is underway, and your gift will help us meet our goal. 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 a great start. 

-- RMU will host its 11th annual Sport Management Conference on Friday, Oct. 17, at the Sewall Center. Students will have the valuable opportunity to network and get career advice from some of the nation’s top sports executives. The conference also includes panel discussions on issues confronting the sports industry as well as breakout sessions for students to learn the skills they need to launch their careers. Representatives from Dick’s Sporting Goods, Spurs Entertainment, Detroit Red Wings, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the NBA, and many others will be on hand. Seventy sport management professionals and 18 colleges and universities will participate. The RMU Sport Management Conference also features the annual induction of new members into the RMU Sport Management Hall of Fame, which will make history when it inducts, for the first time, an entire sports organization: The Pittsburgh Steelers. RMU will recognize the Steelers and the team’s owners, the Rooney Family, as one of the NFL’s most storied and successful franchises with a long record of charitable giving and community support.

-- RMU senior journalism major Nick Buzzelli has won the Art Barlow Student Journalist of the Year Award from the Society for Collegiate Journalists. Buzzelli is an Honors student who plans to attend graduate school after RMU and pursue a career as a sportswriter. Read more about this star student journalist

-- RMU junior Yves Justin Tiendrebeogo is one of 42 students nationwide to be awarded the Actuarial Diversity Scholarship. Promoting cultural diversity through its recognition of Black/African American, Hispanic and Native North American students, the Actuarial Diversity Scholarship is an annual scholarship program administered through The Actuarial Foundation. It recognizes the academic achievements of full-time undergraduate students pursuing a degree that may lead to a career in the actuarial profession. 

-- RMU in the News has been updated with media coverage of the university in September, when we broke ground on the new building for the School of Nursing and Health Sciences and released a new round of polling results. 

-- Speaking of polling, the RMU Polling Institute Powered by Trib Total Media released another round of numbers from the Pennsylvania gubernatorial race, following up on the numbers we released a month earlier. Democratic challenger Tom Wolf holds a nearly 22-point lead over incumbent Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, according the RMU poll.

-- Tell your students about the Etiquette Dinner taking place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11 in the Sewall CenterThis dinner workshop is an excellent opportunity for students to learn valuable information about dining and business etiquette. Our speaker this year is Karen Litzinger, owner of Litzinger Career Consulting. She has presented dining etiquette, power mingling, and business etiquette to major corporations and 25 colleges and universities in western Pennsylvania.

The cost for the program is $10 per person and resident students may deduct this cost from their campus meal plan. The menu for the event is wedding soup, mixed greens salad, choice of entree (sliced roast beef or vegetarian lasagna), and cheesecake. Interested students can contact Student Life at 412-397-6489 or for more information or to make a reservation.  Professional attire is recommended for the program. We request that students RSVP to our office no later than Friday, Nov. 7.


-- Christine Holtz, professor of media arts, was featured in BEHOLD, the photoblog, with photographs from her series “50 Greenspace Dumpsites.” 


-- Faculty and staff are invited to join our students at RMU's seventh Annual Oktoberfest, THIS FRIDAY, Oct. 10 in the Sewall Center Executive Dining Room from 5 to 8 p.m. With an amazing German buffet for only $10, and a cash bar featuring authentic German beer, RMU Oktoberfest is an event that you cannot miss. This year, the RMU Band will be performing at this event. This campus tradition is presented by the Class Officers. 

-- Rooney International Visiting Scholar Victor Khroul will give a lecture at 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, in the International Suite of the Sewall Center titled "What Do Russians Think (Or Have in Their Minds)? Public Opinion Polls vs. Spontaneous Texts."

-- 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. 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. 10
Women's Hockey vs. Colgate (3:05 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/tix 412-397-4949 or Free for RMU students and employees)

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

All fans receive an RMU Hockey magnet schedule thanks to Mario's Family Italian Restaurant

Saturday, Oct. 11
Women's Hockey vs. Colgate (3:05 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/tix 412-397-4949 or Free for RMU students and employees)

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

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. 13) at 8 p.m. at Buffalo Wild Wings in Cranberry. 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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