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Friday, December 1, 2017

EDITOR'S NOTE -- The Minuteman in a Minute (Or So) is on hiatus until January. So you're going to have to actually read.


-- The Colonial Theatre is celebrating their 50th anniversary this weekend, which is the longest standing student activity at Robert Morris, with An Evening of Holiday One-Acts. In December 1967, the Colonial Theatre was born when Robert Morris Junior College Students staged Thornton Wilder’s one-act play, The Long Christmas Dinner. Over the last five decades, hundreds of productions featuring thousands of Colonials have entertained our campus community.

On December 1-2 at 7:30 p.m., RMU students will perform in The Long Christmas Dinner, as well as three holiday one-acts by Daniel Guyton. The hour-long performance will be followed by a post-show reception both nights. Admission is free and donations will be accepted at the show for the Thomas Gaydos Endowed Scholarship.


-- Michelle Gapsky, Admissions Counselor for Online and Off-Campus programs, is an honoree for Incline Magazine's "Who’s Next in Politics" for her work with the RMU College Republicans and in the community. The Who's Next Series highlights the most dynamic people under 40 shaping Pittsburgh every day. You can learn more about Michelle's involvement here

-- Ann Jabro, university professor of communication, shared perspectives about leading a union as a community of intellectuals at the National Communication Association annual conference.  The panel presentation was co-sponsored by the Undergraduate College and University and Association for Communication Administration sections and was titled "Working across boundaries: Collaboration as legacy building.

-- Lauren Rauscher, Director of the Women's Leadership and Mentionship Program and Associate Professor of Sociology; Alyssa Sheehan, Junior Actuarial Science major and WLMP member; and Heather Elfen, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and WLMP Faculty Mentor were awarded a Campus Action Project Grant from the American Association of College Women for Overcoming Statistics: Empowering Women in Actuarial Science. Only 10 to 12 grants are awarded nationally.

Overcoming Statistics addresses the gender leadership gap in Actuarial Science. The project aims to create a pipeline of women actuaries through a series of campus events to be held in Spring 2018 that promote the field and provide role models encouraging young women in high school and college to consider and pursue a major in Actuarial Science. Overcoming Statistics is an extension of successful lunch & learn events coordinated by Dr. Len Asimow (Department of Mathematics) and the Women’s Leadership & Mentorship Program over the last two years. The auxiliary project team includes Amanda Neatrour (WLMP), Alexis Hough (WLMP), Elizabeth Legge (Actuarial Science and WLMP), Lauren Ferianc (Actuarial Science and WLMP), Monica Deluca (RMU and WLMP Alumnae), Vice-Provost, Mary Ann Rafoth, and Dean of SEMS, Maria Kalevitch.

-- Professor of Education Larry Tomei was selected to the official's crew to the WPIAL Class 1A Championship Game that was held in Joe Walton Stadium last Saturday. This was Tomei's third championship game in his 23-year career as a PIAA official. Two of those championship games were at Heinz Field. 


-- The Center for Global Engagement is hosting a farewell reception for Werner Kristjanpoller, the fall 2017 Rooney International Visiting Scholar, on Tuesday, December 5 from 4-5 p.m. in the Rooney House, Colonial Village. 

-- The final RMU Roundtable of the fall semester will feature university professor of mathematics Monica VanDieren. In her presentation "What do Tinker Toys, Laws, and Hotels Have in Common?," VanDieren will be discussing her research on the model theory of abstract elementary classes. The only prerequisite for this talk is the willingness to play with tinker toys and learn a little math! It will be held Tuesday, December 5 from 11-12:15 in Franklin 204.  All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend!

-- The RMU Department of Media Arts presents the outstanding work of its graduating seniors. Join Media Arts for refreshments as we celebrate their accomplishments, and view the best work from Graphic Design, Interaction Design, Photography, Digital Cinema and Television.

Opening Reception: Tuesday, December 5th, 4:30 - 6 p.m.
Awards Ceremony: 5:30 p.m. 
Exhibition Dates: December 5 - 18, 2017

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m - 7 p.m.

Media Arts Gallery, Wheatley Center, 1st floor

-- Save the date for the 2018 Women & Transformational Leadership Symposium. Come hear keynote speaker Christy Uffelman, partner at Align Leadership, talk about "Getting Unstuck: Navigating Through Your Current Challenges" on January 11 from 5-7 p.m. in Yorktown. RSVP


Friday, Dec. 1...
No. 9 Women's Hockey vs. Mercyhurst (7:05 pm/Colonials Arena-Island Sports Center/tix 412-397-4949 or
Free continuous student shuttle between campus -- Lexington/Concord Halls -- and ISC 6-10 pm!
First 200 fans get a commemorative puck compliments of Fruehauf Manufacturing
Skate with the Colonials after the game (free with own skates, $3 to rent from ISC front desk)!
Sign up in the arena to take the Clearview FCU Skill Shot might win $500!

Saturday, Dec. 2...
No. 9 Women's Hockey vs. Mercyhurst (5:05 pm/Colonials Arena-Island Sports Center/tix 412-397-4949 or
All youth hockey players in their team jerseys get in for just $1
Sign up in the arena to take the Clearview FCU Skill Shot might win $500!

Sunday, Dec. 3...
Women's Basketball vs. Monmouth (1 pm/NAC Student Rec Center/free admission)
Sign up in the arena to take the Clearview FCU Hoop Shoot might win $500!

TOYS FOR TOTS...The RMU Athletic Department has partnered with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve on this annual community outreach program every year since 2008 collecting hundreds of toys for area youths thanks to the generosity of many Colonial fans. Collection bins on campus are located in Joe Walton Stadium (first floor main lobby), Wheatley Center (main lobby), Massey Hall (main lobby), Jefferson Center (RMU Center for Veterans and Military Families), Island Sports Center (main lobby), Nicholson Center (across from Admissions Office) and Hale Center (inside third floor doors facing Franklin Center). Please be generous by donating a new unwrapped toy. Or better yet bring a new unwrapped toy to any or all of these remaining Robert Morris "Toys for Tots" home games and get in free!
  • Women's Hockey - Friday, Dec. 1 @ 7:05 pm vs Mercyhurst (Island Sports Center)
  • Women's Basketball - Sunday, Dec. 3 @ 1 pm vs. Monmouth (NAC Student Rec Center)
  • Men's Basketball - Wednesday, Dec. 6 @ 7 pm vs. Rider (PPG Paints Arena)
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