The Minuteman


  • The Society of Actuaries has extended Robert Morris University’s top designation as a Center of Actuarial Excellence for five more years through the end of 2024. Of the nearly 200 U.S. universities with actuarial programs reviewed by the Society of Actuaries, which is the world’s largest professional organization for those who assess risk for insurance and related fields, RMU is one of only 17 to earn the highest rating. The university has held the designation since 2009. Read more here.

  • RMU is one of only 13 colleges to receive the Opioid Prevention in Higher Education Grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs to prevent and reduce the use of opioids by college students and to create naloxone training opportunities for post-secondary institutions.

Personal Mention

  • Congrats to our three Distinguished Faculty Award winners:

    • Marcel Minutolo, professor of management, Distinguished Service Award

    • Stuart Allen, professor of organizational leadership, Distinguished Scholarship Award

    • Yasmin Purohit, professor of human resources management, Distinguished Teaching Award

  • Renee Cavalovitch, RMU's general counsel and vice president for legal affairs and risk management, has been named to the Pittsburgh Opera Board of Directors. 

  • If you go see 1917 at the Tull Family Theater in Sewickley tonight at 8:15, you'll first hear an introduction from Connie Ruzich, university professor of English. Her work focuses on "lost voices" of WWI and includes Behind Their Lines, a weekly blog endorsed by the United States World War I Centenary Commission. She'll be talking about how the film is set at a pivotal moment in history, how WWI is largely remembered, and how new technologies transformed military strategy.

Upcoming Events

  • Today - Feb 28
    • The Media Arts Gallery is excited for you to join them for PXL, an exhibition featuring the interactive work of Wahila Creative. PXL is fun. Fun in the shape of LED cubes that you can interact with from your phone. Open up your mobile browser and create your own animations or come to watch. Either way, stand back and enjoy as your imagination comes to life on giant pixels. Exhibition dates: Today - February 28

      Artist Talk and Reception: February 26 from 12:30pm - 1:30pm

  • January 23
    • The Department of English has become the Department of English and The Humanities. To celebrate this refounding, the department invites you to a Robbie Burns Night on Thursday, January 23, 5 - 6 p.m. in the Wheatley Center Foyer. Enjoy some Scottish food, strong drink, and poetry, and learn about the re-founding of the English & The Humanities Department, including the creation of a new advisory board. Please click here to RSVP.
  • January 28
    • RMU is hosting its annual Winter Blood Drive in partnership with Vitalant on Tuesday, January 28, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the John Jay Gym. Walk-ins are welcome, but if you want to make an appointment please email Donna Anderson your cell phone number and your preferred time. The entire donation process should take no more than one hour.
  • January 29
    • The department of marketing invites you to the Center for Sales Excellence Open House on Wednesday, January 29 from 4:30-6 p.m. on the first floor of Massey Hall. RSVP by Jan. 27 by emailing Renee Lyles.
  • The Enrollment Management Division is offering a professional development opportunity for RMU faculty and staff members to learn more about college affordability. Vice President Wendy Beckemeyer will present eight modules in the College Affordability Academy®. The following topics below will be covered in four two-hour sessions. A fifth session will be a capstone project presentation and luncheon, for all who have completed the Academy.
    The sessions are scheduled for the dates below, and will take place in Franklin 204.    
    • Thursday, January 30     2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, February 12 10:00 a.m. – noon  
    • Monday, February 24     1:00 – 3:00 p.m.  
    • Monday, March 2   2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

      The capstone presentation and luncheon are scheduled for Thursday, March 26 beginning at 12:15 in Franklin 203. Please e-mail Lori Wyberg at if you are interested in attending or have additional questions.

Weekend Sports

  • Friday, January 17
    • Women's Hockey vs. Syracuse - 7:05 p.m. at the Island Sports Center
    • Men's Division 1 ACHA Hockey vs. Oswego State - 9:30 p.m. at the Island Sports Center
  • Saturday, January 18
    • Women's Basketball vs. Merrimack - 1 p.m. at the UPMC Events Center
    • Men's Division 1 ACHA Hockey vs. Oswego State - 2:30 p.m. at the Island Sports Center
    • Men's Basketball vs. Merrimack - 4 p.m. at the UPMC Events Center
    • Women's Hockey vs. Syracuse - 3:05 p.m. at the Island Sports Center
    • Men's Hockey vs. Mercyhurst - 7:05 p.m. at the Island Sports Center
  • Monday, January 20
    • Women's Basketball vs. Sacred Heart - 1 p.m. at the UPMC Events Center
    • Men's Basketball vs. Sacred Heart - 7 p.m. at the UPMC Events Center

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