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April 17, 2009


-- You’ll soon be noticing some big changes at the RMU home page (www.rmu.edu) and top-level web pages. Next week, we will be rolling out a new design, complete with new features and interactive content aimed at providing a more dynamic and user-friendly experience to our primary audience - prospective students. The new design was developed by the PR/Marketing team in collaboration with a national firm experienced in designing effective and award-winning web sites for universities. The technical transition from the current site to the new one has been managed expertly by the RMU IT/web team, in particular Majda Cehic, Josh Fuoco, Karen Trunzo and Matt Murphy. The new site has also been user-tested by both current and prospective RMU students.

The home page will continue to feature news about the university, as well as university events. If you have any feedback on the new design, please email your thoughts to Kyle Fisher at fisherk@rmu.edu. As always, any content that you'd like considered for the home page should be sent to Jonathan Potts at potts@rmu.edu.

-- RMU has a full slate of events and activities planned for Earth Day, which is April 22. To learn more, click here. And don't forget to complete the survey! 

-- Open Enrollment for benefit elections will be held from Monday, April 20, through Friday, May 1, 2009. These benefit elections will cover the period of June 1, 2009 through May 31, 2010. You are encouraged to take this opportunity to review your current benefit elections and make meaningful changes for the upcoming year. Open enrollment materials have been sent to your homes. You may review your benefit booklets online at either www.rmu.edu/staff for Staff or www.rmu.edu/faculty for Faculty.

-- Applicatiions for the 2009 Rande and Georgia Somma Integrity First Business Scholarship are available on the third floor of Massey Hall and online here. Business Students who have a 3.25 GPA and will be sophomores, juniors, or seniors are elible to apply. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on April 24.

-- April 19-25 is Administrative Professionals Week. For more information, click here.


-- Carolina Loyola-Garcia, assistant professor of media arts, has been rather busy as of late. She created the video design along with Jose Muniain for Quantam Theatre's production of "Yerma", which is being performed now through April 26 at the corner of Penn and Highland avenues in East Liberty. Meanwhile, she and her BFA seminar class created the video design for Pittsburgh Musical Theatre's production of "Godspell" now through April 26 at the Byham Theater in the downtown Pittsburgh Cultural District. Finally, her work is featured in the Havana Biennal exhibition, which features the work of 300 artistis from five continents.


April 21: The University Honors Program is sponsoring a movie night  at 5 p.m. in the Pennsylvania Suite in Sewall Center. The movie is "Truman," based on David McCullough's Pulitzer-Prize-winning biography. Free pizza provided will be provided.

April 22: Pulitzer-Prize winning historian David McCullough will speak at 11 a.m. in the Rogal Chapel. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. The event is free and open to the entire RMU community on a first-come, first-served basis. McCullough also is speaking at 8 p.m. at Heinz Hall as part of the RMU Pittsburgh Speakers Series.

April 22: The School of Business will feature two speakers at this spring's Speaking of Business event as part of the university's Earth Day celebration from 2 to 4 p.m. in Massey Theater, and it is free and open to the entire RMU community.

The first speaker will be Brian Shuttleworth, director of operational risk management and sustainability for the H.J. Heinz Co. Joining him will be Matthew M. Mehalik, program manager at Sustainable Pittsburgh
Shuttleworth will discuss sustainable management processes for the planet, its people, and Heinz’s products, in order to increase sustainable brand value. Mehalik will be speaking about local efforts in the area of sustainability from the business and local government perspective.

After a 40 minute presentation the floor will be open for questions. For more information please contact Kurt Schimmel at ext. 3281 or by e-mail at

April 22: Agents from the Pittsburgh office of the FBI will speak  in the International Suite of Sewall Center. The FBI agents, led by Special Agent Noel Due, will discuss cyber crime, child pornography, terrorism and organized crime on the Internet. Refreshments will be served following the presentation. Also at the event, RMU faculty will discuss academic programs related to forensics. Starting in the fall, RMU plans to offer a bachelor of science in cyber forensics and information security.

April 23: The opening reception for the sixth annual Gold Show, featuring the best of student work from the Media Arts Department, will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the RMU Gallery at the Pittsburgh Center, 600 Fifth Ave., downtown. The exhibition runs through May 15. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Sunday, April 19
-Women's Lacrosse vs. Mount St. Mary's, noon, Joe Walton Stadium (free/Senior Day)

Pittsburgh Lacrosse Store Halftime Shootout! Get chosen to come on the field to shoot for Colonial lacrosse gear, t-shirts and Wendy's combo meals!

-15th Annual All-Sports Banquet, 5 p.m., Sewall Center (call ext. 3295 for reservations)


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