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Family Connections is a publication designed for the parents and families of Robert Morris University students. It is compiled by the Office of Student Life and printed in cooperation with the Office of Public Relations and Marketing.

Editions are printed in the fall, winter, and spring of each academic year. We are interested in your feedback about this publication. E-mail your comments and suggestions to studentlife@rmu.edu.


Welcome to the start of a new academic year at Robert Morris University. And for you new first-year and transfer students and families, welcome to the RMU family. We are excited to have all of you on campus this fall. This will be an exciting year and we look forward to helping your student to be successful and enjoy his or her experience. You will find our residence halls full this year and extra resources in place to support our growing student population. It is a great time to be a Colonial!

At RMU, we understand that parents and families are concerned about the well-being of their children in college. I want to assure you that the safety, security, and well-being of your student is our priority. This issue of Family Connections highlights programs, services and resources that are in place to assist your child in having a positive living–learning experience. Please take the time to review this information with your student. Encourage your son or daughter to be familiar with services and activities on campus and to get involved, both in the classroom and out.

I look forward to welcoming all of you to campus in the next several weeks and having you share in the excitement of your child’s college experience.


John Michalenko
Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students



At RMU we understand that we must be able to alert students instantaneously at critical times. RMU ALERT is our emergency notification system that rapidly sends text, voice, and network broadcast messages in critical situations such as power outages, weather-related closings and delays, and campus security situations. SAVE THE HELP DESK NUMBER 412-397-2211 rmu.edu/help


This will keep you updated on campus technology news.

RMU is a Google school! Students have access to Apps for Education, which includes Drive (spreadsheet, documents), Calendar, Sites, Chat and Video Chat (great for communicating with family). Google Apps are collaborative, so they’re perfect for group projects.

Click on your classroom I.D. to view a 360-degree panorama of the room. Students currently in the Communication Skills Program (CSP) will need to familiarize themselves with this technology to proficiently present speeches and presentations in a professional setting. These classroom pages show just how small and personal each room is with the average class size being 24 students.

The computer lab in Jefferson is equipped with Windows PCs and Apple Lion workstations, a printer and a printer release station. This is a great place to work on group projects or print assignments.


The Office of Engaged Learning wants to welcome your student to campus for the new academic year. Our mission is to help your student take advantage of the countless engaged-learning opportunities and to help establish a feasible plan to fulfill their engaged-learning graduation requirements. All freshmen and all transfers must complete at least two of the first six categories on their Student Engagement Transcript (SET) in order to graduate.

If your student is planning to graduate in the spring and has not yet completed his or her engaged-learning graduation requirements, we encourage you to send him or her on by for a short visit to our office. It’s not too late to get started! Here’s where you and your student can find us:

Ms. Terri Byrnes
Engaged Learning Advisor
117 Lafayette*
Dr. Shari Payne
Dean of Engaged Learning
119 Lafayette*

And, if you want to keep up with us on Facebook, just “like” the RMU SET Facebook page at facebook.com/rmugetset.

* Lafayette is located across from the Massey Gardens and the new School of Business building


September 18, 12:10 – 1:30 p.m.
Sewall Center- Dining Rooms A&B

September 19, 2:45 – 6 p.m.,
Sewall Center- Third Floor

September 25, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Salem Hall - Study Room

September 27, 4:40 – 6 p.m.,
Sewall Center- Dining Room C

October 2, Noon – 4 p.m.,
Sewall Center Arena

October 9, 1:45 – 3 p.m.,
Sewall Center- Dining Rooms A&B

October 10, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Nicholson Center Rotunda

October 17, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.,
Monroeville Convention Center

October 23, 1:45 – 3 p.m.
Sewall Center- Dining Rooms A&B

October 24, 3:45 – 5:15 p.m.
Sewall Center- Dining Room C

October 30, 12:10 – 1:30 p.m.
Sewall Center- International Suite


On Tuesday, October 2, the Career Center will host the 16th Annual Career Expo from noon to 4 p.m. in the Sewall Center arena. The Career Expo is one of the largest career fairs in the area and typically attracts over 100 employers. The event is open only to RMU students and alumni.

The Career Expo provides an excellent opportunity to connect with potential employers in a wide range of career fields including accounting, communications, engineering, finance, healthcare, hospitality, social services, technology, and more. Employer participants may be seeking candidates for internships, part-time jobs or full-time positions.

New this year, the Career Center will be inviting graduate schools to the Career Expo as well. Students interested in pursuing graduate study will have the opportunity to talk with representatives from a variety of graduate schools.

Parents and family members can be very helpful in reminding students to prepare for and attend the event. When doing so, please also remind them of the following Checklist for Job Fair Success:

  • An error-free resume
  • Professional attire
  • Focused career goals
  • A brief self-commercial or “infomercial” to convey strengths and enthusiasm
  • Polished interview skills
  • Employer/graduate school research
  • A list of questions to ask employers or graduate school representatives

While preparing for the Career Expo, students are encouraged to attend a job fair prep program and resume writing workshop, and to meet with a career counselor for a resume review and/or to discuss career goals and job fair success strategies.

To schedule an appointment, students may call the Career Center at 412-397-6333. For additional information about the Career Expo and representatives who will be attending the event, students and alumni may login to ColonialTRAK, click on the "Career Fairs & Events" tab, enter “Career Expo 2012” in the Career Event Name box, and click "Search".

Parents and family members are also welcome to promote the event to their employer or other businesses, organizations, and graduate schools in the community. Employers or graduate schools interested in registering for the Career Expo may do so by visiting rmu.edu/careerexpo. The deadline for employer/graduate school registration is Friday, September 14. The 2013

Spring Career Fair will be held on April 9 from noon to 4 p.m. in the Sewall Center Arena. Organizations who register for both events by September 14 will receive a reduced registration fee.


When you come to visit Robert Morris University, we want your stay to be as comfortable as possible. That's why we partner with two of the finest hotels in the area, the Holiday Inn and the Hampton Inn. Both are just minutes from campus and provide all the amenities you'll need for an enjoyable stay.


8256 University Boulevard,
Moon Township, PA 15108-2591
1-888-HOLIDAY (888-465-4329)

Amenities: Indoor pool, whirlpool, 24-hour
fitness center, business center, complimentary
high-speed Internet, gift shop, Bridges
Restaurant, Iron City Grill Sports Bar,
on-command in-room movies.

*RMU owned and operated


8514 University Boulevard,
Moon Township, PA 15108-4205

Amenities: Complimentary hot breakfast buffet, new business center, new cardio fitness center, spa services, meeting space, free parking, free airport shuttle service, new 32” flat-screen televisions, free evening Guest's Receptions (Monday – Thursday, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.)


ColonialTRAK is the Career Center’s online registration and job-posting system. Two significant changes have gone into effect in recent months:

  1. In April, ColonialTRAK welcomed Student Employment Program positions (work-study and graduate assistantships). ColonialTRAK now posts ALL positions: part-time, work-study, internship, graduate assistantship, and full-time. For more information on the Student Employment Program and application process, refer to www.rmu.edu/careercenter and click on “Student Employment Program.”

  2. Over the summer, the registration process for ColonialTRAK also changed. In the past, students “self-registered” by creating their registration profile. Students who already created an account may continue to login with the username and password they set up. However, under the new process, an initial profile will be created for all new students. Basic information will be pre-populated for the student. New users may login to ColonialTRAK using their entire RMU email address as their username and their Freedom Card Number as their password. Once their profile is completed, students may opt to change their username and password. They will then also have full access to ColonialTRAK.

In addition to Career Center job postings, ColonialTRAK offers students and alumni the ability to: • Manage multiple resumes, cover letters, and other employment-related documents.

  • Upload a Student Employment Program application.
  • Schedule on-campus interviews.
  • Research potential employers through an employer directory of Career Center contacts.
  • Sync their ColonialTRAK profile with their LinkedIn and/or Facebook profiles to help identify networking contacts and friends who work at employers of interest.
  • View positions posted by Internships.com and CareerRookie.com (a division of CareerBuilder.com) through their ColonialTRAK searches.
  • Maintain an online personal calendar.
  • View and register for career programs and job fairs.
  • Track their activity in the system including resume referrals for job postings, placements, schedules (on-campus interviews) and event RSVPs.
  • Access a resource library filled with helpful information including career guides by major and tip sheets on numerous career-planning and job-search topics.

Students and alumni may access ColonialTRAK through the links at rmu.edu/careercenter.


It’s that time of the year again! Whether your student is just starting their journey as a Colonial here at Robert Morris University, returning for their final year, or even somewhere in-between, the fall semester is bound to be a busy yet exciting time.

During the first couple of weeks there will be new friends to make, old friends to visit, and a full schedule of classes to attend. In addition, your student can consider some additional ways to become involved, make a difference, and find new challenges.

At RMU, we're committed to engaged learning. The university has invested much time and effort in creating an atmosphere that fosters academic excellence, which includes learning experiences inside and outside of the classroom. In order to achieve this goal, RMU established an Office of Student Civic Engagement (OSCE). This office functions as a resource for all RMU students, affording numerous opportunities to work alongside their peers at local nonprofit agencies. Students volunteer their time and skills while gaining experience and knowledge of the Pittsburgh region, its diverse neighborhoods and cultures, racial and ethnic groups, and social issues.

Some of this fall’s highlights will include:

  • Mentoring elementary school children with Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Visiting the elderly at local care facilities
  • Building and restoring houses with Habitat for Humanity
  • Helping with the beautification of areas operated by the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, and even RMU’s own walking trail
  • Fundraising for the Salvation Army’s popular holiday Red Kettle campaign

This is only a taste of what the OSCE has to offer your student. Signing up is easy! Just visit rmu.edu/volunteer or our office. In addition to a full schedule of volunteer events each weekend, the OSCE offers fall and spring Alternative Break service trips, assists faculty in incorporating service-learning into their courses, and coordinates the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) Program.

Your student’s OSCE involvement will be recorded on their Student Engagement Transcript (SET). Additionally, they will make new friends, learn about different social issues, step out of their comfort zone, and grow as an individual and engaged life-long learner.

The OSCE is comprised of Director Donna Anderson, Volunteer Service Coordinator Jessica Mann, and three student workers. It is open to students Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Nicholson Center, Rooms 277/278. Please encourage your student to stop by the OSCE when they come to campus in the fall. We would love to meet them!


Robert Morris University understands that dining is an integral part of the university experience. That is why we offer our students a number of delicious and nutritious dining options. RMU Dining Services focuses on wellness while keeping in mind the busy lifestyle of today’s students.

It all starts in our Food Court, where you will find meals made with only the freshest and finest ingredients, prepared from scratch by our experienced chefs. Once again this year in the Food Court is Freshens, a healthy and fun smoothie and crepe concept.

For those in a hurry, RoMo’s Café offers an inviting, casual dining option. Here students can enjoy freshly made on the go sandwiches, salads, and wraps, in addition to a selection of savory coffees and teas, hot evening specials and a full line of convenience items.

Whether your student is heading to or from class, he/she can stop by the conveniently located Hale Café to enjoy a delicious Starbuck’s coffee or specialty espresso drink.

After skating or shooting the puck, students can grab a bite to eat at the Island Sports Center Bistro where delicious burgers, hot dogs, chicken, and more are on the menu. Nutrition, variety, and flexibility – that is what you and your student can expect from RMU Dining Services. Visit us at rmu.edu/diningservices for more information.

Food Court:
Monday – Thursday 7 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Friday 7 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

RoMo’s Café:
Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Saturday 7:30 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Sunday 2 a.m. – 12 a.m.

Hale Café:
Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Island Sports Ice House Bistro:
Monday – Friday 4 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday 7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.


The Center for Student Success at RMU is committed to helping each student achieve his/her potential during their academic career. This is accomplished through many different evaluations and methods of assistance. For incoming first-year students, the College Student Inventory is an evaluation tool that is administered during the FYSP1000 course. This tool allows the counselor to peek inside the student’s mind and determine his/her strengths and weaknesses. The counselors review this instrument with the students in a one-on-one appointment within the first half of the fall semester. This appointment allows the counselor to devise a specific plan for each student that will carry with them throughout their academic career. Some plans may utilize the tutoring services at RMU.

RMU’s tutoring program is certified by the College Reading and Learning Association. All tutors go through an intensive training program at the start of each semester. The tutors are peer tutors, meaning that they are undergraduate students who have completed the courses in which they tutor, having earned a “B” or higher and have an overall QPA of at least a 3.0. Tutoring is a free service that is offered on a walk-in, first-come, first-served basis. The schedule is posted online and is available in the Center for Student Success. Tutoring hours are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends by appointment. Tutoring is available for all traditional and transfer undergraduate students. As a new transfer student, counselors in the Center for Student Success can help to make a smooth transition to RMU. During the Fall Orientation, a transfer student session is offered by the Center for Student Success. The session is geared to help students immediately recognize their support systems at RMU and to know the location and function of the support offices. It is to function as a bridge between where you have come from and where you are now. This year’s program is on Friday, August 24 from noon – 2 p.m. in the Sewall Center (3rd Floor). Lunch will be provided.

An additional service offered through the Center for Student Success to our students is personal counseling. Students have access to an oncampus crisis counselor, as well as contracted services through Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. All services are confidential and free. Sometimes in order for students to achieve their greatest success, accommodations need to be made to assist them in the classroom. If accommodations were provided during a student’s educational experience, assistance can be provided at RMU. To request an appointment to discuss accommodations in a classroom through Services for Students with Disabilities, please call 412-397-5859.

The staff members in the Center for Student Success are committed to RMU students. To learn more about our resources or to schedule an appointment, please call 412-397-4349. We work every day to change lives.


Welcome to Robert Morris University’s residence halls. Our residential community is a vibrant and exciting part of campus life. The mission of Residence Life is to create an integrative environment of learners that enriches the overall collegiate experience of residential students.

Developing and building communities and respect for RMU’s outstanding academic heritage is the cornerstone of campus life. The quality of our staff and student body provides numerous opportunities for personal growth and development. Our residence hall program is designed to provide opportunities for academic, cultural, recreational, and intellectual growth. Additionally, we offer programs that enable students to develop outstanding leadership skills. RMU’s Office of Residence Life is committed to helping students resolve any concerns that may arise during their time in housing. Our live-in hall staff includes Area Coordinators and Resident Assistants who serve as tremendous resources and have been trained to assist students in a wide variety of situations. Below are the check-in times and dates for Fall 2012:

Thursday, August 23 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

Thursday, August 23 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

Friday, August 24 Noon – 4 p.m.
Saturday, August 25 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, August 26 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Student check-in takes place on the third floor of Sewall Center. Our staff looks forward to greeting you at the hotel when you arrive. We hope that your time with us will be enriching and enjoyable and that we can support you in achieving your goals while here at RMU. Please contact us at 412-397-5252 if we can be any assistance as you prepare for your return to campus.


RMU recognizes its obligation to its students, employees, partners, and the general public to maintain the highest ethical standards. To ensure that we meet this standard, RMU has partnered with EthicsPoint, to provide a simple, risk-free way to anonymously and confidentially report activities that may involve unethical or otherwise inappropriate activity or behavior in violation of university policies. Reports submitted through EthicsPoint will be forwarded to university personnel for prompt and appropriate investigation, follow-up and response. Individuals may file an anonymous report with the university through the RMU website at rmu.edu/EthicsPolicy or by calling EthicsPoint at 800-963-5593.


If you would like to receive future electronic issues of Family Connections, as well as other important RMU information geared towards parents and families of current students, please email studentlife@rmu.edu. All we need is your student’s name, your email address, and a quick note indicating that you would like to receive information from us.

If you are a parent of a returning student and need to update your contact information, please send a note to above email address with your corrected information and we will update our records. This is a free service aimed at keeping parents and families information of RMU events and opportunities such as Homecoming/Parents & Families Day, Family Connections, special events and announcements from President Dell’Omo to the campus community.

We also invite you to check out the Parents & Families section of our website at rmu.edu in the Student Life section to learn more about what is happening at RMU.


Please be sure that your student has provided the university with current insurance information. The university requires that all traditional undergraduate students, both fulland part-time, carry health insurance that is comparable to the established RMU health insurance plan that is provided by Highmark.

Your student can visit rmu.edu/studentinsurance. Choose the “student insurance” option and log into Sentry Secured Services. In Sentry Secured Services, select the “add” option and complete the on-line form to provide his/her insurance information. This information is automatically sent to the RMU Student Health Services Office. This task must be completed by July 31, 2012. Students who do not provide proof of comparable insurance coverage by the required deadline will automatically be enrolled in the Highmark plan, and the annual cost of $1,596 will be charged to their RMU Student Account.

If you would like to enroll your son/daughter in the RMU plan, visit the website listed above and complete the appropriate on-line form. Students enrolled in the plan will receive their insurance cards directly from Highmark once the university has provided the carrier with the information. The insurance card that will be sent will be printed with the RMU logo on it.

Contact Student Health Services at 412-397-6221 for more information.


Welcome to all new students, returning students and families! We hope you had a wonderful summer and are ready to start the school year! Along with providing the textbooks for classes, we also have everything else you could need – notebooks, school supplies, RMU apparel, bestselling novels and movies for a break from studying.

We make purchasing textbooks and everything else easy. You can shop in the store, on our website (http://robert-morris.bncollege.com), or via the link on the schedule page of the RMU website. Students can choose new, used, rental or digital textbooks to purchase or rent for a PC or Mac. Students can also enhance their learning experience with NOOK Study. NOOK Study is a free application for a PC or Mac that allows a student to highlight, tag, and consolidate slides and much more in one location for the ultimate studying experience.

Our store hours are:

  • Monday 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

For more information phone 412-397-3276 or check out: itstartshere.info/robert-morris


Student Health Services is the university's primary health care office, paying special attention to the unique needs of young adults. The staff is committed to the concept of wellness and hopes that students come to the Health Service for wellness information, as well as for help when students are ill or injured. We believe that each individual is responsible for his/her health and that traditional medical care is only one part of health care. Self-care is an important way to promote a healthy lifestyle and detect and prevent illness.

General care will be given to all resident students free of charge. Commuter students may be seen by the physician for a fee of $10 (cash) per visit. Some non-prescription medications are also provided free of charge. Prescriptions provided by the physician are the responsibility of the student. Local pharmacies include: Big K Mart, Med-Fast, Giant Eagle, Rite-Aid, and Walgreens. The student should have the knowledge as to which pharmacies their insurance provider will honor; if you are unsure call the member services number on the back of the insurance card. Student Health Services will aid students in obtaining appointments with physicians and dentists in the community when specialized care is needed. Any fees incurred for these services are also the responsibility of the student.

The Student Health Service is located on the second floor of the Nicholson Center and is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The physician is available for care during the academic year according to the following schedule. No appointments are necessary.

  • Monday & Thursday 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m
  • Tuesday 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The staff of Student Health Services can be reached at 412-397-6221 or by email at StudentHealthSvcs@rmu.edu.

Registered nurses are available to respond to your questions.


Student Health Services will administer allergy injections and hymenoptera injections to students upon written orders from a private physician who provides the appropriate serum. Orders must also include the procedure to follow if doses are missed, if a reaction occurs, if the student is ill at the time the antigen should be administered or other circumstances. To initiate the injections, the physician must provide orders at each subsequent school year to update instructions. Injections are given on Wednesdays at 3 p.m. only when a physician and two staff members are present in the office. For the patient to obtain optimum benefit from the treatment and to decrease risk of reactions, the importance of keeping appointments is stressed.

The student is required to wait 20 minutes in the office after receiving allergy injections, and 30 minutes after receiving hymenoptera injections and to check with the nurse prior to leaving. Students who fail to comply with this procedure will no longer be eligible for the allergy service.

Antigen must be stored in Student Health Services. The student is responsible for bringing antigen to Student Health Services and taking antigen when leaving school (i.e. graduation, transfer, breaks). Any antigen left at the end of the school year will be discarded at the expiration date or 6 months after the last visit. The student is also responsible for providing an EpiPen with a valid expiration date that will be stored in Student Health Services. Both antigen and the EpiPen should be labeled with the student’s name and expiration date. Syringes and alcohol wipes will be provided by Student Health Services.

If this policy does not meet the student’s needs, the Student Health Services staff will assist the student in accessing local resources.


Heritage Valley Hospital is the closest hospital to the university only 4.5 miles away and maintains a 24-hour emergency room. Transportation to the hospital for nonemergency care is the student’s responsibility. Valley Ambulance, a local provider offers 24-hour ambulance service. Resident students needing an ambulance should contact RMU Public Safety at 412-397-2424. The Ambulance Authority's emergency number is 412-262-2620 for off-campus students. The student should be aware of what his/her insurance carrier defines as a medical emergency. Examples: chest pain, difficulty breathing, uncontrolled bleeding, loss of consciousness, severe abdominal pain or prolonged vomiting, seizure (in a non-diagnosed patient) and suspected fracture of a bone.

Students should call their insurance provider to determine if they have ambulance coverage while at RMU. If you are in need of coverage Student Health Services has developed an arrangement with the Valley Ambulance Authority to enable students to purchase a membership. Membership fee is $25 for coverage from August 1, 2012 to July 31, 2013. If not a member the cost of basic ambulance transport to Sewickley Valley Hospital is on a sliding fee scale ranging from $540 to $1500. You may contact Valley Ambulance Authority directly at 412-262-2621 to request more information. They are located at 3550 University Boulevard, Coraopolis, PA (15108).


Please supply your student with a small, first aid kit to be used when the Student Health Service is closed. The kit should include band-aids, antidiarrheal medication, antacid tablets, antiseptic, Tylenol and/or Advil, reusable ice pack, thermometer, a flash light, and batteries. Students should also have a three day supply of food items and water, as well as a supply of daily prescribed medications in the event of an emergency situation. Do not forget to include some items for sick days, such as canned soup, crackers and Gatorade. One of the most important items to bring is self-care knowledge!


If you would like to request an enrollment certificate to prove your status as a Robert Morris University students, visit the RMU website. Login to the Sentry Secured Services, click on “eServices”, click on “Enrollment at RMU” under Demographics. Next you should click on “National Student Clearinghouse” and then “Obtain an Enrollment Certificate”. You may also Academic Services at 412-397-3464.