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The Minuteman - 8/26/2022

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  • The Arts and Humanities Department and Center for Documentary Production and Study are pleased to announce the 11th Visiting Documentary Filmmaker, Lasse Lauwho will be joining us for the Fall 2022 semester and staying in the Snee-Reinhardt Media Arts House. Lasse Lau is an award-winning visual artist and filmmaker who focuses on the spatial dimension of power in his work. He studied at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in New York, Experimentelle Mediengestaltung at Berlin University of Art in Germany, and Fine Arts at the Funen Academy of Fine Art in Denmark. Lau brings 20 years of experience working with short films and video essays, curating many video exhibitions, and is co-founder of the Kran Film Collective in Brussels, Belgium. As a part of his semester-long residency at RMU, Lau will screen some of his films, share his experiences as a filmmaker, and teach a documentary production class. He also welcomes opportunities for classroom visits, screenings, and engaging in other curricular or co-curricular activities across the university. For class visits, screening, or meeting inquiries, please contact Media Arts Outreach Coordinator Jen Stratakis at

  • With the start of the fall semester upon us, the university has updated the RMU Ready Plan, which sets forth the policies and procedures we employ to avoid the spread of Covid-19 on campus. As always, the plan has been drawn up in accordance with guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Pennsylvania Department of Public Health, the Allegheny County Health Department, and UPMC, our campus health care provider. You can find the RMU Ready Plan at You can keep up to date with all the university's Covid-19 policies, including the latest messages to students, at

  • On August 12, the RMU Center for Innovation and Outreach hosted 15 high school students from the Carnegie Science Center's "Tour Your Future" Program. Tour Your Future invites girls and nonbinary youth ages 11–17 to discover unique and exciting careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. They are given the opportunity to meet female STEM professionals and experience what it’s like to work in a variety of industries ranging from healthcare, environmental science, vaccine research, agriculture technology. Rika Carlsen, professor of biomedical engineering, and several of her graduate and undergraduate students conducted an in person career exploration workshop to teach high school students to build heart monitors using a circuit board. Lab Engineer Tech Gabe Cottrell took them on an engineering lab tour where the students learned about all the various facets of engineering. 

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  • The Career and Professional Development Center will be hosting the RMU Fall 2022 Career Fair at the UPMC Events Center (Conference Room level) on Tuesday, September 20, 2-5 p.m. As many as 85 top employers of the region will be participating. Professional headshots for students will be available at no cost. Please encourage your students to attend! Student registrations begins August 29 via Handshake.

  • October 7-8 will be a Weekend to Remember at RMU: On Friday, October 7, at 1:30 p.m. we will celebration the inauguration of Michelle L. Patrick as the ninth president of Robert Morris University, followed immediately by a reception under the tent at the Alumni Gazebo. The next day is Homecoming, when the RMU football team takes on Gardner-Webb at noon. The party continues that evening with an Earth, Wind & Fire concert at the UPMC Events Center. Get all the details here

Upcoming Concerts 

  • I Prevail, September 11
  • Conan Grey, September 22
  • Earth, Wind & Fire, October 8 (Homecoming weekend!)
  • Blue's Clues and You! Live on Stage, October 13
  • Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesia, October 14 and 15. (Please note the new dates. All tickets will be honored.)
  • Bring Me the Horizon, October 16
  • Spy Ninjas Live, October 27
  • Trey Anastasio Band and Goose, November 15

All concerts are at the UPMC Events Center. Go to for more information.