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“Bronze Bob” Statue a New Tradition at Robert Morris University

Monday, April 21, 2014

Pittsburgh, April 21, 2014 – BronzeBobCandid2Whatever the hour, whatever the reason, students at RMU can take heart that Robert Morris will always be there for them.

Literally. He’s not going anywhere. He’s made of bronze.

“Bronze Bob,” a life-size statue depicting the man known as the “Financier of the American Revolution,” will always be there for anyone who wishes to sit with him on his park bench in the center of the university’s Moon campus. Visit a while, take a selfie, or just pour out your cares or worries. Bronze Bob will not judge.

Robert Morris University formally unveiled “Bronze Bob” at a campus ceremony on Monday, April 21.

The statue, a gift of the Class of 2013 and of the Zonn family, is based on another statue of the Founding Father near Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Instead of a traditional standing statue, “Bronze Bob” is portrayed relaxing on a park bench, and visitors are invited to join him.

RMU President Greg Dell’Omo said he expects “Bronze Bob” to become a new university tradition. “We wanted our new tradition to be something that invites everyone in the RMU family to be a part of it,” he said.

The statue clasps a rolled document in his right hand, symbolizing Morris’s status as one of only two Americans who signed all three of the country’s founding documents: the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution.



Through 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate degree programs across five academic schools, Robert Morris University (RMU) in Pittsburgh, Pa., works to change its students' lives so that they can go out and change the lives of others for the better. More than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate, nontraditional and online students from 37 states and 37 nations are enrolled at RMU, which sits on 230 scenic acres just 20 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. Emphasizing experiential learning, Robert Morris focuses on professional development, service learning, global awareness, undergraduate research, campus leadership, and cultural experiences, all of which are documented on our innovative Student Engagement Transcript. More than 100 clubs and organizations help students to develop leadership skills, network professionally, and meet friends. RMU also has 16 NCAA Division I athletic programs, including football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s ice hockey, and men's and women's lacrosse.