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Friday, March 6, 2015


-- RMU’s online master’s degree in information and technology management has been ranked in the Top 50 schools by, a guide dedicated to finding resources to help prospective students make a smart choice about where to invest their time and money. The site ranks these schools by accumulating data from four other publicly available resources - The Princeton Review, US News and World Report, National Center for Education and Statistics, and PayScale’s Graduate School Salary Report. The resource guide then factors in the school’s average graduate school tuition and early career salary to calculate a return on investment for the program.

-- The School of Education and Social Sciences will hold its annual conference for educators, "Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century: Creating Innovative Classrooms," on Friday, March 20, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Sewall Center. This year's keynote speaker is Kyle Peck, professor and research fellow in the College of Education at Penn State, co-director of the Center for Online Innovation in Learning, and principal investigator of NASA's Aerospace Education Services Project. Another feature of the event will be the release of the latest RMU Recommends reading list. 

-- The latest results from the RMU Polling Institute Powered by Trib Total Media show Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf enjoying a healthy approval rating and U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey with approval ratings below 50 percent. Look for more results in the weeks to come.

-- Check out the latest edition of RMU in the News, but if you do, best not make plans. RMU was in the news a lot last month, with Karen Paullet, John Clark, Jill Maher, Kirstyn Kameg, and Brian O'Roark just a few of those who helped our friends in the Fourth Estate in February.


-- Rika Carlsen, assistant professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering, co-authored "The importance of structural anisotropy in computational models of traumatic brain injury," in the journal Frontiers in Neurology. The paper explores how computational models of traumatic brain injury can be improved with the goal of helping to manage and minimize the impact of such injuries. Carlsen collaborated with Nitin P. Daphalapurkar of Johns Hopkins University.  


-- The Celebration of Women Luncheon takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, in the Executive Dining Room in the Sewall Center. Sylvia Pamboukian, associate professor of English, will examine royal weddings going back 200 years and also look at the history of the modern American wedding. Lunch is free, with a prize raffle of books highlighting the stories of women's lives to support RMU scholarships. New and gently used clothing will be collected to donate to the Shepherd's Heart Homeless Shelter. RSVP by March 10 to Renee Augostine at

Saturday, March 7
Men's Basketball vs. Bryant in the NEC semifinal (noon/Sewall Center/tix 412-397-4949 or
First 1,200 fans receive an official RMU Rally Towel compliments of Trib Total Media
Men's Lacrosse vs. Siena (1 pm/Joe Walton Stadium/free admission)

Sunday, March 8 (Northeast Conference Tournament Quarterfinal) ...WEAR RED!!!!!
Women's Basketball vs. Farleigh Dickinson (1 pm/Sewall Center/tix 412-397-4949 or
First 200 fans receive an official RMU MoMentum T-shirt courtesy of Peoples Natural Gas 

Monday, March 9
Women's Lacrosse vs. Detroit (2 pm/Joe Walton Stadium/free admission)

NEC TOURNAMENT TICKETS - Free for RMU students with Freedom Card. For all others, Quarters and Semis are $10 per game adult, $5 age 5-18 (general admission). Reserved chairbacks for men's quarters and semis are $12 each.

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. This Tuesday, March 10, is the final show of the season for Schooley.