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-- The announcement of Dr. Christopher Howard's selection as RMU's next president dominated news coverage of Robert Morris in September, but you'll see other members of the university community including John Clark, Suzan Kardong-Edgren, and Phil Harold, among others, in the latest RMU in the News.

-- The School of Nursing and Health Sciences (SNHS) will hold a White Coat Ceremony at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, to emphasize compassionate care to nursing students preparing to enter the clinical setting for the first time. Eighty-one students will be given an oath and be cloaked in a white coat to mark their entry into clinical service and prepare them to administer compassionate care to their patients. The students participating are juniors and accelerated first-year second degree nursing students. Giving a keynote address at the White Coat Ceremony will be Margaret DiCuccio, the vice president of patient care and chief nursing officer at Allegheny General Hospital and a member of the RMU Board of Trustees. David Lee Folk '10, D'15 will provide an alumni address. The event will take place in the International Suite of the Sewall Center. RMU received funding to support the White Coat Ceremony from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing as part of a collaboration between the two organizations to promote patient-centered care among the next generation of nurses. 

-- The Enrollment Management Division is offering a professional development opportunity for RMU staff members regarding college affordability. Vice President Wendy Beckemeyer will be presenting the modules as part of The College Affordability Academy™. The topics below will be covered over nine separate sessions in 90 minute segments:

  • Trends in Student Aid
  • How RMU Measures Up
  • Loan Entrance Counseling
  • Financing Higher Ed 
  • Debt Management & Counseling Families
  • Majors & Income 
  • Impacting Employability 
  • Landing Jobs Over A Lifetime 
  • Capstone project: Small groups assigned to create a deliverable (video/app/handout/web content) for our prospective student audience.  Small groups will present their deliverable in the final week.
Please e-mail Lori Wyberg at if you are interested in attending. If you cannot attend every module, you are still welcome.

-- Strength and Conditioning Head Coach Todd Hamer recently had his work published in, an educational and outfitting website for strength and conditioning trainers, coaches, and athletes. Hamer is a columnist for the site and continues to bring to light the effective techniques Robert Morris student-athletes are using. To see all of Hamer's articles, click here. 

--Elizabeth Stork, associate professor of organizational leadership, published "Leadership Graduate Degree Program Descriptions: A Review and Analysis of Value Propositions" in the Journal of Leadership Studies. She co-authored the paper with A.J. Grant, university professor of organizationa leadership, and Lubomir Darmo of the University of Economics, Bratislava, Slovakia. The paper was the result of funded research from the Ministry of Education in Slovakia.


-- The 3rd International Conference on Recent Trends in Engineering and Technology (3ICRTET) is an online conference and calling for papers from all branches of Engineering, Technology and Science. The ICRTET intends to be of interest and utility to researchers and practitioners in the academic, industrial and government sectors. All original research contributions of significant value in all areas of engineering and sciences discipline are welcome. For more details, click here. The registered papers will be published in High Impact Factor Journals IJNTSE, IJETEE and IJRMAS.

-- The RMU Roundtable Series, sponsored by the University Honors Program, presents the second Roundtable of the semester, Tuesday, Oct. 13, from 10:45 a.m. to noon in John Jay 263. James Bernauer, associate professor of education, will be presenting "The Role of Creativity in Learning and Conducting Research." Bernauer will first describe his journey from quantitative to qualitative researcher based on an article that he wrote with his colleagues. He will then use Bloom's Revised Taxonomy to discuss the role of creativity and constructivist learning theory in learning and research. Audience participation and small group discussion will be highly encouraged at this interactive roundtable.

-- The Colonial Theatre's production of Avenue Q The Musical, directed by Ken Gargaro, continues this weekend. The show will run Oct 9-10 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct 11 at 2 p.m. at Massey Hall. All tickets are $10. Student discounts are only available by pre-purchasing a ticket at the Office of Student Life.

-- Majid Hashemipour is this semester's Rooney International Visiting Scholar, and will give his next lecture in John Jay 117 on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 3:30 p.m. His lecture, "The Application of Virtual Reality in the field of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering," focuses on applications of VR in mechanical engineering, but has broad implications that applies to many disciplines. Food will be set up in John Jay 111.

-- The Robert Morris University Media Arts Gallery is hosting an interactive exhibition, Beyond the Obvious—Poetry and Photography by Jim Daniels and Charlee Brodsky, through Nov. 20. Visitors can view the photographs and poems on display as well as participate actively in the show by creating images and poems of their own inspired by the work of Daniels and Brodsky. The exhbiition is free and open to the public, and the gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more info on Daniels and Brodsky click here.


Friday, Oct. 9
Women's Soccer vs. Sacred Heart (12:30 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission)
Men's Soccer vs. Sacred Heart (3:30 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission)
Women's Hockey vs. Merrimack (7 pm/ 84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/tix 412-397-4949 or
Free schedule poster (compliments of RMU Corporate Champions) and schedule magnet (Mario's Restaurant)...all fans!
Sign up in the arena to take the Clearview FCU Skill Shot might win $500!

Saturday, Oct. 10
Football vs. Sacred Heart (noon/Joe Walton Stadium/tickets 412-397-4949 or
Military Appreciation Day. Free admission for all military/veterans!
First 500 fans receive a replica RMU football game jersey courtesy of Allegheny Health Network
Free RMU student admission with Freedom Card--tickets at student tailgate tent on plaza--$5 RMU faculty/staff at kiosk
Free halftime food on plaza for RMU students under tent (sponsored by RMU Class Officers)
Sign up on the plaza to take the Clearview FCU Quarterback might win $500!
Live remote radio broadcast on 970 AM ESPN on the plaza (10-11:30 am)
Women's Volleyball vs. Sacred Heart (3 pm/Sewall Center/free admission)
RMU students -- don't miss this final opportunity to pick up your official Colonial Crazies t-shirt (or to grab a 2nd one)!
Women's Hockey vs. Merrimack (3 pm/ 84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/tix 412-397-4949 or
Sign up in the arena to take the Clearview FCU Skill Shot might win $500!

Sunday, Oct. 11
Women's Soccer vs. Bryant (1 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission)
Men's Hockey vs. Guelph (2 pm/ 84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/tix 412-397-4949
Women's Volleyball vs. Fairleigh Dickinson (3 pm/Sewall Center/free admission)

...presented by Peoples Natural Gas is an annual event not to be missed! It's Thursday, Oct. 15 at 9 pm in Sewall Center. Join us as we introduce the 2015-16 RMU women's and men's basketball teams. Free admission! Free t-shirt! Free pizza! Be there!

SAAC FOOD DRIVE...During the Oct. 24 football game against Duquesne (6 pm kickoff), the Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAAC) of Robert Morris and Duquesne, while waging a friendly competition, are partnering to collect items for the West Hills Food Pantry in Moon and the Jubilee Soup Kitchen in Pittsburgh. Donations will be collected on the Joe Walton Stadium Plaza near the ticket kiosk prior to the game. Make a donation there and receive an individual ticket at our group discount rate (up to $4 off). RMU faculty/staff -- donate and get into the game for free! Please help RMU win both on and off the field!

...Free RMU student admission with Freedom Card at the gate, $5 RMU faculty/staff also at the gate on game days.

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