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-- College Factual has ranked Robert Morris University’s engineering program as the third most affordable nationwide. This ranking identifies schools that offer a quality education in this major for a price that won't break the bank. The list looked at the class of 2015, which included 913 engineering graduates nationwide, from across 63 colleges and universities.

-- On Wednesday, October 26, the Pittsburgh Speakers Series will host former Prime Minister of Israel, Ehud Barak. Barak will speak on campus at 11:45 a.m. in the Sewall Center International Suite. Following the presentation, he will answer questions from the audience. All members of the RMU community are invited to attend. Barak served as the Prime Minister of Israel from 1999-2001. You may read Barak's complete bio by clicking here to visit the Pittsburgh Speakers Series website.

-- Just a reminder that the Public Relations and Marketing Department has created the RMU Brand Toolkit for campus-wide access. The goal is to tell the RMU story with more ease through this self-serve toolkit that contains commonly requested digital items such as logos, photography, Word and PowerPoint templates, letterhead, and guidelines for branding and social media practices. Actions can also be processed here such as ordering business cards, envelopes, marketing products, and requesting a photographer for an RMU event. You can also find the RMU identity style manual that explains the proper use of the RMU logo and the correct colors, fonts, and other aspects of RMU branding. 


-- Pittsburgh Magazine has chosen Judy Kaufmann, associate professor of nursing, as one of the most impressive nurses in her field, and she has been selected as a 2016 Pittsburgh Magazine Excellence in Nursing honorable mention.  With this recognition, Kaufmann is invited to attend the Excellence in Nursing cocktail reception on Thursday, December 1 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Omni William Penn Hotel. The editorial feature will highlight nurses in our area in the following categories: Leadership/Executive, Academic, Advanced Practice Nurse, International/Entrepreneur and Clinician. Kaufmann will be listed in the Academic category in the December issue. 

-- Samantha Monda, associate professor of psychology, was asked to speak at the 2016 WPIAL Sportsmanship Summit at the Heinz History Center & Sports Museum on Thursday, November 10. This summit is an annual event organized by the Western PA Interscholastic League (WPIAL) to promote sportsmanship, leadership, and respect for high school student-athletes. About 600 student-athletes and athletic directors will be attending the programming, which involves speakers and interactive activities.

-- Univeristy Professor of English Studies Connie Ruzich's research and article on a local hero from Sewickley who was killed in the First World War was published on the Meuse-Argonne website. 


-- You’re invited to the Celebration of RMU Online Education event! The RMU Online brand campaign kickoff event is from 3-5 p.m. on November 1 in the Sewall Center International Suite, where you’ll learn about everything going on at RMU Online. Last month began a yearlong brand campaign to grow visibility and enhance the reputation of Robert Morris University in the highly competitive market for students who wish to pursue a degree online. This kickoff event is a chance for you to meet your colleagues, online students and alumni behind this initiative and learn about how you can be a part of this campaign.

Everyone attending receives a small prize, but to be eligible for the iPads you must  RSVP before October 28 and be present at the event at the time of the drawings! 

-- The Biomedical Engineering Society and Society of Women Engineers are cohosting an engineering panel discussion on Tuesday, October 25 from 5:30- 6:30 p.m. in John Jay 263. Steps that each individual could take to better prepare him or herself for future plans, engineering career opportunities, opportunities available in STEM workforce, and pursuing a graduate degree in engineering will be the focal points of the discussion.

Hilary Davis '14, an Engineer 2 at FedEx in the Strategic Project Design Department, and Sarah Robb ’13 M’14, a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University, will be two of the panelists. 

-- The 2016 Political Science Symposium will be held in Sewall Center's International Suite Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 12:15 to 3:30 p.m. Speakers include Mary Esther Van Shura, a former teacher and adjunct faculty member in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh; Lindsey Burke, the Will Skillman Fellow at the Heritage Foundation; Ron Cowell, president of The Education Policy and Leadership Center; Bob Dick, a senior policy analyst for the Commonwealth Foundation; and Jeff Garis, the outreach and engagement director for the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center. All are welcome to attend!

-- The English Department and Sigma Tau Delta are presenting the ninth Creepy Conference on Wednesday, October 26 in Wheatley Atrium from 7 to 9 p.m. With several student presenters, topics from phantom limbs to the conjuring and ghosts of aircrafts will be presented. Soren Fanning, associate professor of history, is the featured speaker who will be discussing the history of torture. All are welcome to attend, and SET credit can be earned!

--The U Show, an exhibition that features artwork created by RMU students across several departments and schools, runs through Oct. 28 in the Media Arts Gallery in Wheatley Center. Gallery Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Thursday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

-- Annette Foerster, the Fall 2016 Rooney International Visiting Scholar, will give two public lectures this fall: "Debating Torture in Democracies" on Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the RISE Center Theater in Scaife Hall; and "German Politics in Times of Crisis" on Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the University Library in Patrick Henry Center. See descriptions below:

"Debating Torture in Democracies"
Terrorist attacks in diverse Western democracies raised scientific discussions on the legitimacy of torture with a focus on “ticking bomb” scenarios. The lecture systematizes the normative discussion on torture in democracies with a focus on the question of its legitimacy and legality. Can torture ever be a legitimate means of state policy? And if so, should it be legal? Or do those scenarios belong to a state of emergency framework that transcends the normal limits of state power drawn by constitutional democracies? 

"German Politics in Times of Crisis"
Terrorists attacks, the financial crisis, Brexit, the refugee crisis - German politics are confronted with Herculean tasks that challenge the political and social order of the republic, giving rise to populist movements. The presentation explores and comments on current developments within German politics.   

-- The RMU Library Lightning Strikes will take place on Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 2 – 3 p.m. in the Library Nook. Come hear colleagues talk about their own scholarly research interests and projects. Each will be given 10 minutes and no technology. There will be light refreshments before the presentations and time for questions and feedback after.

Scheduled presenters include:

  • Ferris CraneDo We Know What We Are and How Do We Express It?
  • Matthew Fazio:  Exploring Death in Young Adult Literature
  • Eliada Griffin El: Connecting the Venture to the Heart: Exploring the Role of Compassion in Entrepreneurial Network Formation
  • Gia Tatone: An Exposition for Undergraduates on the Use of Ancient Texts and C.S. Lewis’ Allegorical Tale to Identify a Leader’s Need for Power with Moral Focus


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