-- The latest results from the RMU Polling Institute Powered by Trib Total Media shows that Pennsylvanians expect their taxes to go up under Governor-Elect Tom Wolf, and that a growing number of Americans think kids should be barred from playing tackle football. More results to come in the New Year.
-- RMU was named for the sixth time to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which recognizes higher education institutions whose community service efforts achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.
-- In November, students in University Professor Ann Jabro's Communications Seminar class held Troops 'N Hoops, a RMU faculty and staff vs. U.S. military basketball game to benefit Operation Troop Appreciation (OTA). The RMU team, led by President Dell'Omo, defeated the U.S. military squad, captained by head football coach John Banaszak in a close 67-58 win. The event received donations from 54 organizations totaling more than $22,000 in in-kind donations and raised approximately $530 for OTA. Proceeds from this event will be used to provide deployed members of the U.S. military and local veterans with items that contribute to their health and well-being. The association also supports the "Wish-List" program for deployed troops, providing them with essential items that boost morale and aid them in their missions. If you would like further information about OTA, click here.
-- Sushil Acharya, associate professor of software engineering, has been appointed director of research and grants effective Jan. 1. Acharya will work with faculty, students and staff who are interested in pursuing external funding for their scholarship and creative work. Acharya received a Ph.D. in computer science and information management from the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok. He joined RMU in 2005 after a 15-year career in the software industry.
EDITOR'S NOTE -- We'll see you again on Jan. 9. Happy Holidays!
-- Steve Clinton, head of the Department of Marketing, won the 2014 Distinguished Educator of the Year Award from the Pittsburgh professional chapter of the American Marketing Association. Clinton is at least the second RMU professor to win this award: Dean Manna won it in 2009. Clinton is an associate professor of marketing and interim associate dean for student success in the School of Business.
-- Elizabeth Stork, associate professor of organizational leadership, has been voted chair-elect of the Leadership Education Member Interest Group (MIG) of the International Leadership Association (ILA ). Stork will serve as chair-elect in 2015, as chair the following year, and then immediate past chair, a formal role in the organziation, in 2017. The MIG has 1,415 members from more than 20 countries, and represents 54 percent of the ILA membership.
Monday, Dec. 22
Men's Basketball vs. Delaware (7 pm/Sewall Center/tix 412-397-4949 or rmucolonials.com; free for RMU students and employees)
First 400 fans get a free t-shirt compliments of Clearview Federal Credit Union
Call 412-397-4949 about $30 "All You Can Eat Seats" in the courtside corporate hospitality area!
RMU HOCKEY @ CONSOL ENERGY CENTER! The exclusive presale to the 2014 Three Rivers Classic is over but tickets are still available by logging onto www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. The dates are Dec. 29-30. Penn State, Colgate and Western Michigan join the Colonials in this year's field.
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