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Friday, March 27, 2015


-- The School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science has established a memorial fund to honor Tamiko M. Youngblood, associate professor of engineering, who died March 20. You can make a contribution to the fund online at

-- The RMU-produced documentary We Built This City: How the Allegheny Conference Remade Pittsburgh has taken home a slew of awards recently: three Bronze Telly Awards (for documentary program, writing, and directing) and two Silver Reel Awards for writing and documentaries/shorts. The film was co-produced by Michael DiLauro, director of the Academic Media Center, and Provost David Jamison. DiLauro directed and Jamison wrote the script for the documentary.  

-- Leah Fleischel, editor-in-chief of RMU Sentry Media, will receive the Sally Kalson Journalism Scholarship, for $2,500, from the Pittsburgh Newspaper Guild. Fleischel, a junior journalism major, is the second consecutive RMU student to receive a scholarship from the guild: Last year, Nick Buzzelli received one. 

-- RMU’s Bachelor in Psychology Degree Program ranked 15th among The 30 Best Online Bachelor in Psychology Degree Programs by, an academic resource for prospective students to learn about prominent universities. RMU’s program was selected based on several weighted factors, including academic excellence, course offerings, faculty strengths, and reputation, including reputation for online degree programs. Robert Morris’s psychology degree stands out due to its abundant extracurricular activities.

--To continue to build the sense of community across RMU's campus, international and domestic students voluteered together on a community outreach initiative to clean out a local church while learning more about each other's backgrounds. Chet Thompson, Yasmin Purohit, Derya Jacobs and Victoria Snyder worked with students to share their unique cultural differences and similarities. Members of the Saudi Student Club helped clean the Triumph Church and participated in worship with RMU clergy member Craig Giles.

The following week, American students helped prepare the Muslim prayer room in Yorktown Hall and witnessed the Saudi American cohorts engage in prayer lead by Imam (pastor) Ali. "The result was outstanding," said Thompson, advisor of Academic Affairs and liaison for the Uzuri Think Tank. "After prayer and worship RMU students also interacted with Saudi Students to learn about the creeds of the Muslim faith similar to how the Muslim students learned about the fundamentals of Christianity." 

*EDITOR'S NOTE -- The Minuteman will not be published on Friday, April 3, as the university will be closed. 


-- Christine Holtz, professor of media arts, gave an imagemaker presentation about her ongoing project "50 Greenspace Dumpsites" in collaboration with Lauren S. Zadikow at the Society for Photographic Education National Conference, Atmospheres: Climate, Equity and Community in Photography held in New Orleans on March 13.

-- Derek Schooley, head men’s ice hockey coach was named the Atlantic Hockey Association’s Coach of the Year. This accolade comes after two of the program’s best seasons, winning the AHA tournament last year and making it to the final four this year. The Colonials celebrate their best regular-season in school history, finishing 22-7-5. "We are extremely proud of what Derek has accomplished here at RMU, not just during this magical season, but also since the inception of our program," said RMU athletic director Craig Coleman. 


-- The 10th annual Media Arts Gold Show, featuring the best of student work, runs through April 10 in the Media Arts Gallery in the Wheatley Center. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and the show is free and open to the public.

-- Join the Office of Alumni Relations at its annual Women of RMU Luncheon & Program on April 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Omni William Penn. This year, Diane M. Pearson, wealth advisor and shareholder with Legend Financial Advisors, Inc. and EmergingWealth Investment Management, will share how to make wise financial decisions when sudden changes occur in our lives. All are invited to have lunch and hear from Diane and others. Please RSVP by April 15 or call the Office of Alumni Relations for more information. 

Saturday, March 28
Men's Lacrosse vs. Hobart (1 pm/Joe Walton Stadium/free admission) -- Youth Lacrosse Day
Softball vs. Sacred Heart (1 pm Doubleheader/North Athletic Complex/free admission)
Free Youth Basketball Clinic Presented by Heritage Valley Health System 

Sunday, March 29
Women's Lacrosse vs. Campbell (Noon/Joe Walton Stadium/free admission)
100 lucky fans receive a coupon for a free single cheeseburger from Wendy's on Univ. Blvd.
Softball vs. Mount St. Mary's (Noon Doubleheader/North Athletic Complex/free admission)

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