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-- RMU Sentry Media brought home a 2018 Communicators Award of Distinction in the student film/TV category for their production, "Hockey at Heinz." Several current and former members of the Colonial Sports Network worked on this project, including:

  • Alec Balenciaga
  • Nick Milliron
  • Matt DeVito
  • Zach Laufer
  • Trevor Young
  • Brandon Aleman
  • Markus Peterson. 

The Communicator Awards is the leading international awards program recognizing big ideas in marketing and communications. Founded over two decades ago, The Communicator Awards receives over 6,000 entries from companies, agencies and universities of all sizes, making it one of the largest awards of its kind in the world.

That's not all: Three other RMU student journalists took home a Robert L. Vann Media Award from the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation. Ian Kist, Matt Simkovic, and Samuel Anthony were the winners in the college student online media/sports feature category for "Who is new RMU Head Coach Bernard Clark?"

And there's more: RMU student journalists are nominated for four Golden Quill Awards from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, which will announce the winners at a banquet May 24 at the Rivers Casino. This is the first time the Press Club is recognizing the work of student journalists. The RMU nominees are:

News,  Photography and Videography/Illustration and Animation:

Gage Goulding
Robert Morris University Student Media
“Pitt Student Death”

Sports,  Photography and Videography/Illustration and Animation

Colonial Sports Network Staff
Robert Morris University Student Media
“Hockey at Heinz” 

Katey Ladika               
Robert Morris University
“RMU vs VMI” 

Sam Anthony, Alec Balenciaga               
Robert Morris University Student Media
“The Story of Anna Niki Stamolamprou”

-- Last month the university held its annual Employee Service Awards recognition ceremony, to honors employees who have reached milestones in their years of service to RMU. This year, 103 employees were recognized, including Professor Dave Synowka, head of the Department of Sport Management. Synowka was recognized for 40 years of service and was this year's longest-tenured employee. See the complete list here and photos from the event here


-- Associate Professor of Management Eliada Griffin-EL was recently named one of the New Pittsburgh Courier's Fab 40 Under 40. Each year, the New Pittsburgh Courier recognizes 40 professionals under 40 who are creating a movement within their professional fields, personal lives and community connections. Griffin-EL is the director of the Massey Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. 


-- Join fellow Colonials at our annual RMU Night at PNC Park on June 20! Receive the all-inclusive package, which includes seats in sections 335-339 on the Miller Lite Rooftop, an official RMU branded Pirates hat, and food, drinks, and beer from 6:30-8 p.m. Plus we've got two unique opportunities for you to go down on the field. First, you could be selected to throw out the first pitch and select one person to be your catcher! For the opportunity to step on the mound, all you have to do is make a $10 donation to the RMU Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship Fund before May 28 at 11:59 p.m. Give now at

Then, anyone who RSVPs for this event before May 21 will automatically be entered for a chance to go on the field for the pre-game group salute. Ten Colonials will join the Pirates on the field and we will notify recipients by May 25. 

Click here to RSVP by May 21 for the all-inclusive ticket. These tickets will be mailed out from the RMU Alumni Office after June 1. 

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