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Friday, October 24, 2014


-- RMU has received an $8,000 grant from Waste Management to support the First Semester College in High School Program, which the university launched one year ago to allow high school students to earn college credit at a deep discount. The grant comes through the Pennsylvania Education Improvement Tax Credit Program, which offers state tax credits to businesses that donate money to support K-12 educational improvement organizations or scholarship funds. The money will cover the costs of textbooks for students who participate in the program at three of the four local high schools where it is offered. Read more about Waste Management's support for the First Semester College in High School Program.

-- RMU will host “A Symposium on Executive Power” on Tuesday, Nov. 11, featuring an examination of the power of the American presidency by several scholars and journalists. The event is sponsored by the Department of Social Sciences at RMU and will feature a keynote address by David Shribman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Other speakers are Jay Cost, staff writer for The Weekly Standard; Justin DePlato, assistant professor of political science at RMU; Jules Lobel, the Bessie McKee Wathour Endowed Chair at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and president of the Center for Constitutional Rights; and Sharece Thrower, assistant professor of political science at the University of Pittsburgh. The event gets underway at 11 a.m. and takes place in the Sewall Center at RMU’s Moon Township campus. For a complete schedule go to To RSVP for the luncheon and keynote address, email The lunch costs $5 but is free for students. The rest of the symposium is free and open to the public.


-- Brian O'Roark, university professor of economics, has won the Undergraduate Teaching Innovation Award from the Middle Atlantic Association of Colleges of Business Administration (MAACBA). O’Roark earned the award for his project “Incorporating Music into the Economics Classroom” in which he weaves popular music, from a variety of eras, into the curriculum for his introductory economics courses. Read more about O'Roark's inventive teaching method.


-- The next talk by Rooney International Visiting Scholar Victor Khroul takes place at 4 p.m. Nov. 4 in the RMU Library and is titled "Understanding Russia."

-- Upcoming events in The University Honors Program Roundtable Series are:

11/7 at 1:45 p.m. in Franklin 201-- Liang Hong, "Risk pooling: How insurance works"

11/12 at 12:45 p.m. in Franklin 203-- Monica VanDieren, "The Mathematics Behind Enigma"

-- 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. 24
Women's Hockey vs. Northeastern (7 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/tix 412-397-4949 or; free for RMU employees and students)

Saturday, Oct. 25
Women's Hockey vs. Northeastern (3 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/tix 412-397-4949 or; free for RMU employees and students)

Sunday, Oct. 26
Women's Soccer vs. Saint Francis (1 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission) -- SENIOR DAY

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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