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Friday, February 6, 2015


-- The 26th annual Teaching Economics Conference takes place at RMU Feb. 12-14, and features keynote speaker Robert H. Frank, economics professor at Cornell University and author of the New York Times regular "Economic Scene" column. Frank will speak at 7:15 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 13, in the International Suite of the Sewall Center. For more information on the conference go to

-- Find out why RMU was in the New York Times and the front page of USA Today in January by checking out the latest edition of RMU in the News.

-- Rune, the Robert Morris University literary magazine, invites you to submit your photography, art, poetry, short fiction, and drama. You can submit up to three pieces. Word limits: poetry, 500 words; fiction and drama, 750 words. 

Formats: submit art and photography as .JPEG files; submit poetry, fiction, or drama as .doc or .docx files. Submit all files as attachments to

If your piece is selected, you may be invited to read or present at the Rune release party in April.

Deadline for submissions: March 13, 2015. 

-- 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.

-- Robert Morris University's online degree program picked up another national ranking this week. RMU ranked no. 15 on Create a Career's 25 Best Accredited Online Colleges based on factors including academic excellence, reputation, awards, scholarly quality of faculty, the number and variety of online degree programs, and online teaching methods. In addition to having regional accreditation - RMU received it's regional accreditation from Middle States Commission on Higher Education in 2012 - each university ranked must have specialized accreditations from professional organizations. Robert Morris' specialized accreditations include AACSB, Computing and Engineering Accreditation Commision of ABET, Council of the Accreditation of Educator Preparation/Teacher Education Accreditation Council, and Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. 


-- You are cordially invited to participate in the many wonderful programs at RMU in honor of Black History Month this February. The Black History Month Committee is offering multiple opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to participate in engaging conversations, unique program experiences, and fellowship with members of the Robert Morris University community. You can follow @RMulticultural on Twitter for updates on events, facts, and programs for the month. See a complete calendar of events. 

-- 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. 

-- Our third Roundtable of the semester will be held Monday, February 9 at 3:45pm in Hale 303. Soren Fanning, assistant professor of history, will be presenting "The Other Rome: A Tour through the Lost World of Constantinople."  Recently returning from a trip to Istanbul, Fanning will cover the main sights from the Roman period of Istanbul (AD 310-1453), and get into the culture and society of this Greek-speaking, Christian Orthodox Empire that called itself Roman to the end of its days. He'll also discuss the Ottoman Empire that replaced it, touching on architecture and cultural norms. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend. 

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.

-- 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, Feb. 6
#20 Men's Hockey vs. Canisius (7 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/tix 412-397-4949 or; free for RMU students and employees)
Free continuous student shuttle between campus -- Lexington/Concord Halls -- and ISC 6-10 pm!

Saturday, Feb. 7
#20 Men's Hockey vs. Canisius (7 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/tix 412-397-4949 or; free for RMU students and employees)
Boy Scout Night; Skate with the Colonials after the game (free with own skates, $2.50 to rent from ISC front desk)
First 750 fans receive a replica 2014 RMU Atlantic Hockey championship ring thanks to Dick's Sporting Goods

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.