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Friday, October 26, 2012


-- Donation. Costume. United Way. Food. Drink. Prizes. Be. There. Monday, Oct. 29. Go to

-- The School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science is hosting the sixth annual Expanding Your Horizons conference this Saturday, Oct. 27, to interest middle- and high-school girls in careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at RMU’s Moon Township campus. Read more about this event.

The conference is for girls in grades 7-11, who will choose from among 12 to 15 STEM-related workshops. The workshops will be led by RMU faculty as well as representatives of organizations including the Carnegie Science Center and the Pittsburgh Zoo.

-- Senior defensive lineman of the RMU football team Nolan Nearhoof earned the highest academic honor in program history Wednesday as he was selected as a National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete in an announcement made by the NFF and the College Hall of Fame. Nearhoof was one of just 15 football student-athletes from across all divisions of the NCAA as well as NAIA to claim this honor and was the only student-athlete selected from 121 schools that play at the Football Championship Subdivision level. As a result of earning this distinction, Nearhoof will be awarded an $18,000 scholarship to assist with postgraduate studies. Read more about this rare honor.

-- Helena Vanhala has been appointed director of the Center of Global Engagement. She will start her new responsibilities in January. Vanhala is an associate professor of Media Arts and joined RMU in 2006 from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She has a Ph.D. in communication and society from the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon. Vanhala's research and teaching interests include international communication, international journalism, international politics and intercultural communication, relating these topics to the film industry, TV/film production and news media.

-- The Media Arts Gallery presents "Conversations with Rodchenko" through Nov. 15. The year 2012 marks 120 years since of the birth of the great avant-garde artist Aleksandr Rodchenko. To celebrate, the Russian Academy of Graphic Design together with the Moscow Biennale of Graphic Design, launched a commemorative action, the results of which you are invited to view at the Media Arts Gallery in the  Wheatley Center. In this exhibition, you will see the professionally designed and printed “Rodchenko 120” posters from Moscow alongside selected work from five different Media Arts classes in the Graphic Design, Web Design TV/Video, and Photography.

-- Current faculty in the Computer and Information Systems Department at RMU as well as current and former students in the Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) in Information Systems and Communications degree program attended the 52nd Annual Conference for the International Association For Computer Information Systems (IACIS) Oct. 3-6 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The IACIS annual conference provides professors and other information systems professionals the opportunity to discuss timely issues as well as participate in the presentation and discussion of research, applications, and other Information technology-related topics. Papers accepted and presented at the conference are published in Issues in Information Systems. Of the 139 papers accepted for the journal at this conference, 24 had RMU affiliations, representing 31 different authors.  Of the four best paper awards, two were from CIS faculty at RMU. Jamie Pinchot and Karen Paullet received honorable mention in the research category for their paper  “What’s In You Profile? Mapping Facebook Profile Data to Personal Security Questions." In the pedagogy category,  Jeanne Baugh and Paul Kovacs received honorable mention for their paper “Large Programming Projects for the Beginning Programmer." Furthermore, Fred Kohun was one of the four panelists on the Conference Keynote Panel titled "The Future Systems Education: What Have We Done to Grow Enrollment?"

-- Students from University Professor Ann Jabro's class, Social Media and Public Relations, were required to attend the Public Relations Student Society of America National Conference earlier this month in San Francisco and utilize social media tools to share their new knowledge about public relations with the RMU community. Those students included Molly Zimmer, Corrin Scumaci, Shanice Cook, Abigail Lape, Michael Battista, Alex Bohman, Sarah Cave, Tim Deller, Gabriella Gasparich, Larissa Houk, Carly Maloney, Peter Monteverde, Ginger Wasik, and Colby Wheeler. The Sentry editor Andrea Zanaglio assisted the students with the technical necessities to share their work. RMU boasted one of the largest student groups in attendance.


 -- Ann Jabro presented a peer-reviewed research paper, "Populating the e-portfolio: Reflections on the 'Builders' Service-Learning Project" at the Public Relations Society of America's International Conference in San Francisco.

You're Invited      

-- Faculty and Staff are invited to join our students at RMU's 5th Annual Oktoberfest, this Friday, Oct. 26 in the Sewall Center Executive Dining Room from 5-8 p.m. Oktoberfest features an amazing German buffet, and authentic German beer.

-- Each fall, students in RMU's Sport Management Program organize the Susan Hofacre 5k Memorial Run on RMU's Moon Township campus. Proceeds from the race benefit the Susan Hofacre Memorial Scholarship Fund. This year's race takes place Saturday, Nov. 3. Susan Hofacre was the director of RMU's Sport Management Program and later athletic director, from 2000 to 2005, when she died of cancer. During her tenure as athletic director, Hofacre oversaw the addition of six new programs, including women's golf, field hockey, men's and women's lacrosse, and men's and women's ice hockey. She also oversaw the development of the new track and field at the RMU Island Sports Center and the construction of Joe Walton Stadium. Registration will take place from 8 to 8:45 a.m. at the Joe Walton Stadium Plaza. The race will begin at Joe Walton Stadium at 9 a.m. For more information contact John Clark at ext. 3426 or

-- The RMU Roundtable series will continue on Nov. 6 with a special guest presentation by Andrew Gordon of the University of Southern California. The presentation is titled "Personal Stories on the Web: the Collection, Analysis, and Retrieval of Tens of Millions of Stories from Weblogs."  Gordon, a research associate professor at USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies and author of the 2004 book, Strategy Representation: An Analysis of Planning Knowledge, has pioneered methods for collecting and analyzing personal storytelling on a massive scale, in order to explore how people experience, interpret, and narrate the events in their lives. The Roundtable will take place via videoconference from 10:45 a.m. to noon in Franklin 204. Everyone is cordially invited to attend this Roundtable, so please encourage all interested students to attend. Please RSVP to  if you are thinking about bringing a group of students. 

-- Rooney Visiting International Scholar Gertrude Matshe will present "Born on the Continent: Ubuntu" from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in the Rogal Family Chapel. Hors d'oeuvres will be served. RSVP to Rick Moslen at ext. 2151 or

Saturday, Oct. 27
Women's Volleyball vs. Central Conn. State (1 pm/Sewall Center/free admission)

Men's Hockey vs. Air Force (7:05 pm/Island Sports Center-84 Lumber Arena/tix 412-397-4949, free admission)

*Boy Scout Night

*Free student shuttle to and from the ISC, thanks to the RMU Athletic Department, starting at 6:30 pm. Pickup between Lexington and Concord Halls

*Skate with the Colonials after the game ($2.50 to rent skates from ISC front desk, free if you bring your own, free for all pre-registered Boy Scouts)

*Sign up in the arena for a chance to win $500 in the Clearview Federal Credit Union Empty Net Challenge second intermission! 

*Have your picture taken with the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Hockey National Championship Trophy at the Frozen Four table in the main lobby!

Sunday, Oct. 28
Men's Soccer vs. Quinnipiac (10 am/North Athletic Complex/free admission)

Women's Soccer vs. Wagner (noon/North Athletic Complex/free admission)

*Senior Day

Women's Volleyball vs. Quinnipiac (1 pm/Sewall Center/free admission)

A BIG COLONIAL THANK-YOU...From the RMU Department of Athletics to RMU Director of Student Activities and Leadership Development John Locke and his crew, including the students from Colonial Theatre, for their massive effort in publicizing, producing, directing and building the sets for Meet the Colonial Basketball Teams last Thursday in Sewall Center. We appreciate it immensely. We also appreciate the incredible turnout for the event by the Robert Morris student body and all Colonial fans!

SAAC GATORADE PONG TOURNAMENT...The RMU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is holding its 2nd Annual Gatorade Pong Tournament to raise money for "RMU Hockey Krushes Cancer" to help former Colonial men's hockey student-athlete Chris Kushneriuk in his battle against cancer. The event will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 30 in Joe Walton Stadium Room 230 from 7-9 pm. Cost is $10 per team (due in the Student Life Office by 5 pm on Friday, Oct. 26). Wear your Halloween costume to the tournament!

Football and ice hockey are free for RMU faculty, staff, and students. For other ticket prices, go to