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The RMU Weekly Newsletter

Friday, September 21, 2018


  • $108,957 and 832! Those are two record-breaking numbers for Robert Morris University. Yesterday 832 alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends of the university donated to different areas of RMU accounting for over $108,957 in gifts. The inaugural Day of Giving was a tremendous success and the Office of Institutional Advancement would like to thank all departments across campus for your efforts, challenges, matching gifts, and participation in this successful fundraiser. 
  • RMU announced earlier this week that we are joining with the SEAL Future Fund (SFF) to provide opportunities for active duty and veteran Navy SEALs to earn a degree and prepare for their next career.
  • Human Resources is excited to launch three career social media pages this month. These pages will promote open positions at the University, provide insight into the RMU culture, give tips on how to be successful at your job or find a job, and more. Follow them and share the pages with your friends! 
  • Don't forget that all university staff must electronically sign off on the Policy of Ethical Practice on an annual basis. You can do so at If you have any questions, please refer to the email sent out on Wednesday, Sept. 19 from the Policy of Ethical Practice.
  • The RMU Mobile App has two exciting new enhancements that is sure to improve your RMU experience. the "My Account" option allowed students to easily view their various financial balances such as Tuition Due (Account Balance), Meal Plan, Colonial Cash and Book Voucher. You can also easily add money to your Colonial Cash account and pay your Tuition. Second, Colonial Guide is now linked through the mobile app. Visit for more info.

Personal Mention

  • Amanda Neatrour, program manager for the Women's Leadership and Mentorship Program, was recently elected Vice-Chair of the Pittsburgh Gender Equity Commission, which works to achieve equity for women and girls in the City of Pittsburgh.

Upcoming Events

  • RMU is hosting its annual Fall Blood Drive in partnership with Central Blood Bank on Thursday, September 27, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the Gus Krop Gym. Walk-ins are welcome, but if you want to make an appointment please email Donna Anderson your cell phone number (required for online registration) and your preferred time at The entire donation process should take no more than one hour. 
  • Onsite Health Coach Glenn Polk will be on campus October 3, 10, 17, and 24 to help employees determine their health goals and assist them in taking the correct first steps. You can schedule a time to meet one-on-one with him to go over your biometric screening values. Contact Glenn at 412-295-7556 or
  • Join the Multicultural Student Services in Yorktown Hall on Wednesday Sept. 26 at 5 p.m. to hear Samantha Ramirez-Herrera speak as part of the Diversity Speaker Series. Her talk is titled Borderless Dreams: Sueños Sin Limites and is focused on inspiring courage and catalyzing positive and bold action towards students' biggest dreams. Creative entrepreneur, activist and immigrant DREAMer Ramirez-Herrera shares her compelling journey growing up undocumented and forging forward despite the challenges she faced from language barriers, economic obstacles, cultural differences, immigration policies, and lack of resources for higher education. 
  • Join the Center for Global Engagement at the Rooney Lecture titled Unity in Diversity: Nigeria at a Crossroad with Rooney Visiting Scholar Soji Oni. A senior lecturer in the Department of Education Foundations and Faculty of Education at the University of Lagos, Nigeria, Oni will present on the diverse cultures of Nigeria on Wednesday, Sept. 26 from noon - 1:30 p.m. in the Wheatley Atrium.
  • The first RMU Roundtable of the fall semester will be "Developing and Launching a Commercial Laser Welding System for Plastics" presented by Ben Campbell, associate professor of engineering. Campbell will explore the basic approaches to welding plastics and the difficulties associated with the process. He will highlight the resources at RMU used to support the research program. Campbell will discuss the marketing and sales philosophy for the welding systems and how a product is taken from concept to market. It will be held Wednesday, September 26 from 4-5pm in Hale 303.
  • Wellness at RMU would like to invite you to Introduction to Mindfulness on Oct. 3 in Yorktown Hall from 10 a.m. to noon. This workshop provides an overview of mindfulness and explains how it can improve health, well-being, and overall satisfaction with life and work. Participants will have an opportunity to try simple mind-body exercises and learn strategies to reduce stress, increase focus and cultivate peace of mind. RSVP HERE!
  • Professor Nafissa Thompson-Spires will be the Honors Visiting Scholar this semester from October 1 - 4. The incoming honors freshmen class read her book of short stories Heads of the Colored People for their FYSP 1015 class over the summer. Thompson-Spires will be hosting several classroom presentations, one of which is open to the campus community. Join us on Wednesday, Oct 3 from 7-8 p.m. in Hopwood Hall for a book reading.
  • RMU is participating in the SparkPittsburgh Company Step Challenge from Sept. 1 through Oct. 15. President Howard was challenged by Quinton Bullock, president of Community College of Allegheny County to see which institution can get the most participation. You can register at
  • The eleventh annual Creepy Conference is now accepting submissions! Please send in your 1-page idea for a 10-minute talk to The conference will be held October 30, 2018 in the Wheatley Atrium from 7-9 p.m. Submissions are due by midnight on Friday, September 28. The final lineup will be announced shortly afterward and presenters have till October 30 to prepare their talks.


  • Friday Sept. 21
    Women's Soccer vs. Wagner (3 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission)
  • Saturday, Sept. 22
    Women's Hockey vs. Ontario Tech (7:05 pm/Colonials Arena-Island Sports Center)
  • Sunday, Sept. 23
    Women's Soccer vs. C. Conn. State (noon/North Athletic Complex/free admission)
  • THE BERNARD CLARK JR. SHOW PRESENTED BY UPMC SPORTS MEDICINE featuring first-year Robert Morris Football Head Coach Bernard Clark continues next Thursday, Sept. 27. LIVE from All-Star Sport Bar & Grill (across from The Mall at Robinson) at 7 pm. The Hall of Fame Voice of the Colonials Chris Shovlin and Coach Clark are your hosts! The show airs on the radio flagship for RMU Football, 970 AM and 106.3 FM ESPN Pittsburgh, and on your mobile device via the iHeart Radio app keyword RMU. All fans are invited to attend the live show at All-Star!

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