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Friday, January 23, 2015


-- RMU is hosting its Annual Winter Blood Drive & Bone Marrow Typing in partnership with Central Blood Bank on Wednesday, Jan. 28 from 11 to 5 p.m. in the John Jay Gym. Our goal is to collect 50 units and we need your help.  If you would like to make an appointment please contact Jess Mann, assistant director, Student Civic Engagement, by calling 412-397-6491 or emailing Walk-ins are also welcome! The entire donation process should take less than one hour. Your participation will help to save lives and you will be modeling active community engagement for our students to emulate.

EDITOR'S NOTE -- The original version of last week's Minuteman incorrectly named both Carolina Loyola-Garcia and Artemisia Apostolopoulou as having won the 2013-14 Faculty Achievement Award for Scholarship. Loyola-Garcia won for Scholarship, while Apostolopoulou won for Teaching. This was corrected but the Minuteman regrets the error.


-- On Dec. 3, Daria Crawley and Carol MacPhail participated in the KPMG Fall 2014 Audit Committee Roundtable at Heinz Field. This seminar focused on the topic of "Tapping International Markets -- Key Governance Challenges" and Crawley delivered the keynote address. Crawley is an associate professor of management and MacPhail is the head of the Department of Accounting and Taxation and an assistant professor of accounting. 

-- Luis Monterrubio, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has co-authored a book, The Rayleigh-Ritz Method for Structural Analysis.  


-- You are cordially invited to the annual Services for Students with Disabilities Dinner. The dinner will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 27 from 4 to 6 p.m. in Dining Room C, Sewall Center. This year's dinner will focus on PTSD and some of the affects that it has on returning veterans. Roger Brooke, a psychology professor at Duquesne University, will discuss this issue and its impact on higher education. Not only will the event be extremely informative, but it will also be delicious. The Parkhurst staff will be working to create a delicious meal that will be gluten and allergy free. This event is FREE to all RMU faculty and staff members. To RSVP for the event, please email

-- The Multicultural Student Services Office invites you to the kick off of the spring semester's Diversity Speaker Series on Jan. 29 in the International Suite, Sewall Center. Ryan Scott from the Urban League and the Black Male Leadership Development Institute (BMLDI) will share his presentation titled "What They See, Is What They'll Be." The topic covers how youth can be influenced positively by modeling the behavior of their mentors. The evening begins with light refreshments at 4:30 p.m. and a 5 p.m. program start. For questions, contact Victoria Snyder at 412-397-6488 or

-- Please join the Media Arts Department in welcoming Penny Vozniak, the Spring 2015 Visiting Documentary Filmmaker, to RMU on Tuesday, Jan 27 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Wheatley Center Critique Space. Penny writes, directs, and shoots documentary films. Her first feature documentary, Despite the Gods, premiered in Toronto at Hot Docs in 2012 and has been screened at over 40 film festivals worldwide. Her film has been nominated for 5 Best Documentary Feature awards, and recently won a Best Director Award at the Downtown LA Film Festival. Penny hails from Australia and has a background in English literature and experimental photography. Her films are observational hybrids that seek to examine the philosophical conundrums we experience as an ever-evolving human species.  

-- The School of Education and Social Sciences is hosting the Girls & Women in Sport Symposium on Wednesday, Feb. 4, to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day. The symposium will take place from 8 a.m. to noon on the third floor of the Sewall Center. Giving the keynote address will be Dana Voelker, an assistant professor of sport and exercise psychology at West Virginia University and an expert in youth leadership development. She is a certified sport psychology consultant, a former competitive ice dancer and hockey player, and her research includes leadership development as well as body image and eating disorders among athletes. Voelker’s talk, “What Would You Do If You Were Not Afraid?: Exercising Strong Leadership as Girls and Women in Sport” will start at 8:30 a.m. in the International Suite. The symposium is free and open to the public, but seating for breakfast at 8 a.m. and the keynote address is limited, so please RSVP to Renee Augostine ataugostine@rmu.eduA complete schedule of events can be found here.

-- The Mountain and the Bumble Bee, a traveling exhibition of photography, sculpture, painting, digital, and poetic verse, will be on display at the Media Arts Gallery in the Wheatley Center through Feb. 6. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. 


Saturday, Jan. 24 ("Skate for the Cure" - portion of proceeds benefit breast cancer initiative)
Women's Hockey vs. Lindenwood (3 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/tix 412-397-4949 or; free for RMU students and employees)

HOBEY BAKER AWARD VOTING - Go to and select RMU senior forward Cody Wydo, currently NCAA Division I's second-leading scorer, for college hockey's Heisman Trophy!

RMU COACHES SHOWS featuring Robert Morris head men's basketball coach Andy Toole takes place every Monday and featuring head men's hockey coach Derek Schooley takes place every Tuesdayand are broadcast live on 970 AM ESPN Pittsburgh. 

RMU HOCKEY COACHES SHOW featuring Colonial head man Derek Schooley is entering its third week! Join Coach Schooley at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at the Brothers Grimm Bar & Restaurant (136 Old Beaver Grade Road/Robinson). Come out and get the inside scoop on Robert Morris Hockey from the coach as well as radio announcers Mike Prisuta and Steve Kolbe. The show airs live each Tuesday from now through March 10 on the home for RMU Hockey, 970 AM ESPN Pittsburgh.

SPECIAL $1 TICKET OFFER!  Print and give to off-campus friends!  We need to Pack the Chuck for this nationally televised hoops game this Friday, Jan. 16.

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