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Friday, October 31, 2014


-- Members of the RMU chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America once again assisted with Savoring Sewickley, the annual fundraiser for the The Friends of the Sewickley Public Library. Also helping were students in University Professor Ann Jabro's Management, Technology, and Content Creation in Public Relations course. The students were:

Jess Stresky
Marie Sophie Heine
Allison Dushack
Tori Della Valle
Michelle Emanuele
Ryan Lagnese
Sydney Roberts
Evan Stiger
Shannon Hancherick
Jannah Jablonowski
Dounia Zinbi


-- Dan Barr, university professor of history, has written his third book, A Colony Sprung From Hell: Pittsburgh and the Struggle for Authority on the Western Frontier, 1744-1794. The book examines the struggle between colonial Pennsylvania and Virginia over political control of what would become Pittsburgh and the surrounding area. Barr shows how this fight between Pennsylvania and Virginia created a chaotic, undisciplined region that struggled for security and stability for the better part of 50 years. Read more about Barr's latest book.

-- Ann Jabro, university professor of communication, presented research at the World Conference on Soil Science held on Jeju Island, South Korea. The results of the longitudinal study presented for this conference trace how scientists alter presentation strategies after appropriate training in presentation skills.The paper was titled, "Soil scientists communicate research findings during annual field days: Best Practices for public presentation of technical information" and was co-authored with J.D. Jabro.


-- The final 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"

-- Please join the Office of Multicultural Student Services, Residence Life, and the Counseling Center for the screening of the new, award-winning documentary Brave Miss World on Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Wheatley Center, Room 101. The film shares the story of former Miss World Linor Abargil’s courageous fight for justice after she was the victim of a violent stabbing and rape, just before winning the Miss World crown. The showing is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Victoria Snyder, Director, Multicultural Student Services at or 412-397-6488, and read more about this powerful film here.

-- 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.

Friday, Oct. 31
Men's Soccer vs. Central Conn. State (3 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission)
Men's Hockey vs. RIT (7:05 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/tix 412-397-4949 or; free for RMU students and employees))
Free continuous shuttle between campus and ISC (6-10 pm) plus Halloween Costume Contest between periods!

Saturday, Nov. 1
Women's Volleyball vs. Central Conn. State (1 pm/Sewall Center/free admission)
Men's Hockey vs. RIT (7:05 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/tix 412-397-4949 or; free for RMU students and employees)

Sunday, Nov. 2
Women's Volleyball vs. Bryant (1 pm/Sewall Center/free admission)

COLONIALS HOOPS SEASON...starts Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. in the Sewall Center with the men's basketball team taking on Mansfield! Free for RMU students and employees; others go to or call 412-397-4949.)

THE RMU FOOTBALL COACH'S SHOW...featuring head man John Banaszak resumes on Monday, Nov. 10 at 8 pm at Buffalo Wild Wings in Washington, Pa. Come out for the live airing of the show. The RMU Football Coach's Show is at different Buffalo Wild Wings around the Pittsburgh area Mondays during the Robert Morris football season and provides 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.  

RMU HOCKEY AT CONSOL ENERGY CENTER!...There is an exclusive presale link for Robert Morris fans only for tickets to the 2014 Three Rivers Classic. Click the “More Info” tab to go straight to seats in the RMU section. No password necessary! This offer is for the two-day package only and time is limited. The dates are Dec. 29-30. Penn State, Colgate and Western Michigan join the Colonials in this year's field. Here's the link

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