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Friday, March 20, 2015



-- The School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science Research and Outreach Center (SEMS-ROC) was recently awarded a $1,000 sponsorship from the Sprout Fund to support its upcoming Elementary Family STEM Night event being held at RMU on Saturday, March 28. This event will bring together more than 200 K-4 students and their families to experience an engaging evening of collaborative learning in STEM. Families will be able to work together at 18 stations facilitated by SEMS faculty and student groups, as well as numerous Pittsburgh organizations such as: the Pittsburgh Glass Museum, ASSET, ASSEMBLE, and the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, and others. This is the second time this event has been held at RMU, and is one of the largest on-campus events for elementary STEM education held by SEMS.

SEMS-ROC also has been invited to present two conference sessions at the 2015 NSTA STEM Forum & Expo in Minneapolis in May. Matt Maurer, co-director, and Sarah MacDonald, outreach manager, will be leading discussions on the following topics: "Engaging Students and Families in an Elementary Family STEM Night" and "Keeping STEM Outreach Current, Collaborative, and Career Focused." The conference is held each year by the National Science Teachers Association, and provides a venue for international discussions on effective practices in STEM education. MacDonald and Maurer, an associate professor of science, have also had a manuscript on Elementary Family STEM Night accepted for publication in an upcoming issue of Science and Children, the NSTA journal focused on K-6 science education.

-- RMU-TV's "RMU Live" was selected "Best TV Newscast" in the College Media Association's Apple Awards competition at the CMA's annual spring conference in New York City. The newscast entry was judged on writing, news judgment, and production quality. With nearly 1,400 attendees, Robert Morris was competing against universities from across the country.

-- 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. 


-- Beatrice Kunka, professor of organizational leadership, presented a paper at The Fifteenth International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organizations held at the University of California, Berkeley on Feb. 19. She presented a paper titled "Looking at Diversity through the Lens of Organizational Change" to a group of scholars from countries around the world including Australia, Nigeria, Scotland, Iran, Mexico, Colombia, United Arabic Emirates, Argentina, Spain, Jordan, Germany, Ecuador, France, Kuwait, Indonesia, Botswana, Brazil, Gambia, Qatar, Poland, Indonesia, Italy, India, China, and Pakistan. Kunka reports that the discussion that followed the presentation was fascinating and enlightening. This experience has informed her teaching of global perspectives in organizational leadership.

-- English Professor John Lawson's poem "Brown Fields" was published recently in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

-- Victoria Snyder, director of multicultural student services, recently presented at the Northeast Greek Leadership Association Conference in Hartford, Conn. Her presentation was entitled, It's Not Just Black and White: Advising NPHC Organizations.


-- The annual Women’s History Month luncheon will take place on Thursday, March 26, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Sewall Center. The keynote speaker will be Sabrina Saunders, executive director of Strong Women, Strong Girls - Pittsburgh. The mission of Strong Women, Strong Girls is to support positive mentoring relationships between college women and pre-adolescent girls in under-served local communities to help raise ambition and combat the dangers of low self-esteem. We will also present RMU’s annual Woman of Achievement award and recognize all of our outstanding student nominees.

The luncheon is free for students and $10 for faculty, staff, and guests. This year we invite you to host a table for up to six (6) students that you ask to be your guests. Whether you choose to host a table or not, please RSVP to the Office of Student Life at no later than Monday, March, 23. Please indicate if you have any dietary restrictions or wish to request a vegetarian entree. If you are hosting a table, please provide our office with the list of students who will be joining you. 

Saturday, March 21
Softball vs. Niagara (2 pm Doubleheader/North Athletic Complex/free admission)

Sunday, March 22
Softball vs. Niagara (noon Single Game/North Athletic Complex/free admission)

Check out the March Madness web site for photos, videos, and events  related to RMU's participation in the NCAA Tournament.

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