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Friday, November 21, 2014


-- The Black Male Leadership Development Institute (BMLDI), jointly run by RMU and the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, received a Racial Justice Award for Education from the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh in October. The BMLDI provides leadership training to African American males in grades 9 through 12, both through a week-long residential program at RMU and the year-round Saturday Institute. BMLDI also is set to receive the Omega Psi Phi Fraterny Service and Achievement Award. 

-- Twenty students of Associate Professor Ferris Crane have work on exhibition at the Istanbul International Design Biennial 2014 as a result of a joint project with Eastern Mediterranean University. The theme of the biennial is “The Future Is Not What We Thought It Would Be.” The work is the result of listening to Senih Cavusoglu and Firat Tuzunkan, EMU professors visiting RMU, recount the violence and territorialism that changed the beautiful, popular Verosha, Northern Cyprus, into a ghost town. Posters mainly expressed empathy with displaced people and hope of unification. The body of work was completed in less than three weeks in Crane’s typography classes. Students will be able to visit EMU on a trip to Istanbul and Northern Cyprus in May. Students exhibiting their work are Garvey Reed, Brian Wilwohl, Michelle Carrell, Justin Portz, Emma Baukhages, Christopher Uhren, Noelle Snebold, Daniel Jezerski, Megan Johnson, Chelsey Wassel, Che Hill, Blake Chambliss, Valerie Hogan, Ben Eichenlaub, Emily Brosko, Leah Moose, Tayler Wentz, Elizah Carrington, Nancy Pham Marrisa Loreto, Sam Santoro, and Tanner Serpa.  

-- RMU has won a MarCom Gold Award for the 2014 Homecoming web site, which digital marketing specialist Scot Rutledge designed and built. The Homecoming site utilized many social sharing and responsive design elements, which made for a far better mobile experience, and outperformed last year's web site by nearly 60 percent. Helping Scot with the new site were Warner Johnson, Mary Gerard, Mark Houser, Dawn Smoot, Chelsie Smathers, and Jannah Jablonowski. You can read more about the award and the Homecoming site here.

EDITOR'S NOTE -- Like the rest of you, the Minuteman is taking next Friday off. See you again on Dec. 5.


-- Matthew Conboy, part-time faculty member in the Department of Media Arts, was the Keystone Award winner at Silver Eye Center for Photography’s Fellowship 15 International Photography Competition. His work, Objects in mirror are closer than they appear, was selected from 252 applications covering 20 countries and showcases skaters at Skatopia, an 88-acre skate park in southeast Ohio. The Ph.D. candidate sought to capture the physical elements that link the local skaters to each other and the surrounding area. Conboy’s portfolio will be showcased at Silver Eye Center for Photography in South Side Pittsburgh from Jan. 16 to March 21. Admission to free and open to the public. 

-- Karen Paullet, assistant professor of computer and information systems, gave a presentation Nov. 18 about Internet safety to the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh. Next month she will be speaking on mobile forensics and security at Frostburg State University in Maryland and on the RMU cyber forenscis and information secruity degree program to students at Laurel High School in New Castle.

Friday, Nov. 21
Women's Hockey vs. Syracuse (7:05 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/tix 412-397-4949 or; free for RMU students and employees)
Alumni Hockey 10-Year Reunion; Sign up in arena to take the Clearview FCU Skill Shot might win $500! 

Saturday, Nov. 22
Women's Hockey vs. Syracuse (3:05 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/tix 412-397-4949 or; free for RMU students and employees)
Alumni Hockey 10-Year Reunion; Sign up in arena to take the Clearview FCU Skill Shot might win $500!

THE RMU FOOTBALL COACH'S SHOW...featuring head man John Banaszak wraps up for the season on Monday, Nov. 24 at 8 p.m. at Buffalo Wild Wings in Robinson. Come out for the live airing of the show. The show can be heard on 970 AM ESPN as well as on the iheart radio app.

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

TOYS FOR TOTS...The RMU Athletic Department has partnered with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve on this annual community outreach program every year since 2008 collecting hundreds of toys for area youths thanks to the generosity of many Colonial fans. Collection bins on campus are once again located in Joe Walton Stadium (first floor main lobby), Sewall Center (main arena and third floor), Island Sports Center (main lobby), Nicholson Center (across from Admissions Office) and Hale Center (inside third floor doors facing Franklin Center). Please be generous by donating a new unwrapped toy. Or better yet bring a new unwrapped toy to any or all of these Robert Morris home games and get in free! 

  • Men's Basketball - Tuesday, Dec. 2 @ 7 pm vs. Youngstown State (Sewall Center)
  • Women's Basketball - Wednesday, Dec. 3 @ 7 pm vs. LaSalle (Sewall Center)
  • Women's Hockey - Saturday, Dec. 6, @ 3:05 pm vs. Penn State (Island Sports Center)
  • Men's Hockey - Saturday, Dec. 6 @ 7:05 pm vs. Sacred Heart (Island Sports Center)

And remember, members of the RMU Bands will peforming holiday music in the 3rd floor rotunda of the Nicholson Center through Friday, Dec. 5, and will be accepting Toys for Tots donations!

SAAC FOOD DRIVE...For the fourth year in a row, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committees from Robert Morris and Duquesne are waging a friendly competition to see who can bring in the most non-perishable food items by the time the Colonials and Dukes square off in their annual football game. This year's match-up is Saturday, Nov. 22 in Pittsburgh. Please be generous and support RMU student-athletes in this worthy cause! All proceeds that we collect will go to the West Hills Food Pantry. The campus drop location is Room 238 in the athletic offices of Joe Walton Stadium. Our student-athletes thank you!

OUTDOOR HOCKEY!...RMU fans looking to buy tickets for when the Colonials play at Bowling Green onSaturday, Jan. 3 as part of the Toledo Walleye's "Winterfest" at Fifth Third Field can do so via this link

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