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Friday, January 30, 2015


-- 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 at augostine@rmu.eduA complete schedule of events can be found here.

-- The Black Male Leadership Development Institute (BMLDI) will host its annual Leadership Luncheon at noon Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Doubletree Hotel Pittsburgh. The theme of the event is “Bridging the Gap: Courageous Conversations About Justice and Healing Between Black Males and Law Enforcement in Our Communities” and features a keynote address by Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay.

The BMLDI is run jointly by Robert Morris University and the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, and is a yearlong program that provides leadership training to black teenage boys. The BMLDI kicks off each year in June when the young men live on RMU’s Moon Township campus for an intensive week of seminars and workshops, then continues for the next 12 months with the weekly BMLDI Saturday Institute. The BMLDI collected two significant awards in the fall: The Racial Justice Award from the YWCA Race and Gender Equity Committee of Greater Pittsburgh and the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Iota Chapter Service Award for a Leadership Development. 


-- Catherine Hanna, assistant professor of biology, co-authored a paper in the Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology with 2012 RMU graduate Caitlyn Brown, who completed the S-STEM Program in the School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science. The paper, "The Importance of Pesticide Exposure Duration and Mode on the Foraging of an Agricultural Pest Predator" also was co-authored by Chad Hanna of California University of Pennsylvania. Brown is now a graduate student at the University of Texas at San Antonio with plans to pursue a Ph.D.

-- Dan Short, Arif Sirinterlicki, and Paul Badger published a paper in the Rapid Prototyping Journal, "Environmental, health, and safety issues in rapid prototyping," along with Berardo Artieri, a 2010 graduate of the master's program in engineering management. Short is an associate professor of environmental science; Badger is an associate professor of chemistry; and Sirinterlicki is a university professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering and the head of the Department of Engineering. 


--  This week we have our second Roundtable of the semester with Maddie Ranade, an adjunct professor currently teaching chemistry, presenting "Changing Mindsets to Succeed in College." It will be held today, Jan. 30, at 10:45 am in Hale 207. Below is a brief overview of what will be discussed:

"Students need adaptive mindsets to understand 1) the challenges they will experience in college and 2) how they can overcome these challenges. This round table will be an interactive, interesting and entertaining experience for all students, faculty and staff. Students will get to know the importance of developing a relation with professors and 10 ways to succeed in college no matter what is their major. Instructors will be benefited by knowing how the mindset of a freshman in college differs from an upperclassman, and how to adapt instruction to maximize student success. Everyone will get a chance to voice their opinion in a very friendly atmosphere!" 

Classes, as well as all faculty, staff, and students, are welcome to attend. Please let Lindsey Sobolosky know if your class will be attending this Roundtable for logistical purposes.  The RMU Roundtable Series is sponsored by the University Honors Program, and is an occasional forum in which faculty can present on their research and topics of interest in an informal setting to students, faculty, and staff.

-- The Career Center and the Office of Multicultural Student Services is sponsoring Plan B: Setting Yourself Up for Success, a presentation by fitness entrepreneur Jessica Spradley, at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, in Dining Room B of the Sewall Center. Spradley will talk to students about how fitness or being an athlete can set them up for future success. 

-- 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. 

-- Graduate Admissions is hosting two events to assist students in preparing for the GMAT exam:

  • On Feb. 11, RMU Downtown, noon to 1 p.m., Kaplan Test Prep will do a presentation on GMAT test prep strategies. Lunch will be provided.  
  • On Feb. 21, Moon campus, Wheatley Center, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Kaplan will facilitate a free GMAT practice test. Kaplan will analyze the results, and provide students with tips on how to improve their practice test score.  The practice test is four hours in length, and begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. Students must register in advance with the Office of Graduate Admissions.  No one can be admitted after 8:20 a.m. and walk-ins cannot be accommodated.

Both events are free. RSVP is required.  Space is limited. For more information or to RSVP, please call Caitlin Engel at 412-397-5218. 


Friday, Jan. 30
Second Annual Hall of Fame Dinner (6 pm/Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport Hotel/
412-397-5913 for info)
Women's Hockey vs. Mercyhurst (7 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/free admission)
National Girls and Women in Sports Day presented by PA Milk Marketing Board (see attached)
"Toys for Joy" (please bring a toy, game, book or donation to benefit Children's Hospital)

Saturday, Jan. 31 ("Prize Day" @ Basketball Doubleheader -- see for more details)...
Women's Basketball vs. Bryant (1 pm/Sewall Center/free admission)
National Girls and Women in Sports Day presented by PA Milk Marketing Board (see attached)
Women's Hockey vs. Mercyhurst (3 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/tix 412-397-4949
"Toys for Joy" (please bring a toy, game, book or donation to benefit Children's Hospital)
Men's Basketball vs. Bryant (4 pm/Sewall Center/tix 412-397-4949
Athletic Hall of Fame Day Presented by Allegheny Health Network (inductee recognition ceremony at halftime)

Monday, Feb. 2 (Elementary School Day)
Women's Basketball vs. Fairleigh Dickinson (10 am/Sewall Center/free admission)

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 Tuesday and are broadcast live on 970 AM ESPN Pittsburgh.