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Sept 15 - “The Only Potty Chair Designed With Your Little Guy in Mind!”

Potty training is an experience that most parents dread, particularly when it comes to little boys. As a parent of two little boys, RMU graduate Kaylee Wickline ‘11 has experience in this area. She decided to design a product that she could share with other parents and their sons-a product that better accommodates the anatomy of boys.

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May 29 - Freshman Summer Checklist: What To Know

You’re going away to college in a few months, and it’s time to start preparing. If you’ve never left your home before, the amount of work that you have to do can seem overwhelming!

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May 14 - RMU Alumni Update - Welcome New Alumni!

Alumni make up the largest constituent group of the RMU family, at 40,000-plus strong. This past Saturday at the undergraduate commencement ceremony, we welcomed over 845 new graduates into the RMU Alumni Association. Congratulations, recent grads!

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May 13 - Running for a Cause - RMU Students Complete the American Odyssey Relay Race

This April, three history majors and members of the RMU History Club – seniors Dan Blevins and Steven Noorlag, and junior Caleb Smith – took part in the American Odyssey Relay Run Adventure, a two-day, 200-mile relay race from Gettysburg to Washington D.C., which crosses various Civil War battlefields along the way.

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May 8 - Finding a Life-Changing Purpose for Her Engineering Education

Recent RMU graduate Sarah Robb was awarded a $100,000 fellowship through the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program. “It’s pretty exciting. I am so happy and grateful for all the knowledge and opportunities RMU has provided me.”

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April 30 - How Managerial Styles Affect Work Performance

How you manage employees is an important component of your managerial style. Establishing your particular style is often developed from your own experience and also from learning what other managers have done in the past, and how that has affected employee performance.

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April 30 - Business Degree Bonus

Many people earn an undergraduate or graduate business degree to gain management, accounting, financial, and human resources experience. It’s not uncommon for students with newly minted degrees to find positions at accounting firms, retail locations, and financial institutions. After all, that’s where a business degree takes you, right? Actually, a business degree can take you anywhere.

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April 17 - La Mia Strada - My Road

Back in 2012, Michael A. DiLauro, director of RMU's Academic Media Center, debuted La Mia Strada, a feature-length documentary sharing his "personal perspective on ethnicity and culture as it links ancient and contemporary Italian culture with its Italian-American counterpart." The result is an amazing film and commentary on the fragile the bonds that span an ocean and connect a family from generation to generation.

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April 15 - RMU Alumni Update – Spring Has Sprung!

It may have been a long, miserable winter, but it's been an enjoyable one for RMU sports fans. Last month, the university saw its sports teams on ESPN six times.

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April 8 - How an Active Alumni Association Can Advance Your Career Goals

When you graduate from college, you’re most likely concentrating on getting a good job. Maybe you’re preparing for a move or thinking of applying to graduate school. You’re busy, and you may not realize how important an alumni group is to your career. It’s an important part of your post-school experience, though—this is the kind of group that you want to be active in!

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April 7 - RMU Announces New Online Degree in Business Administration (BSBA)

RMU means business. Always has. Now for the very first time Robert Morris University is proud to offer the region’s only totally online bachelor’s degree program in business administration...

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April 3 - Closing the Gender Wage Gap

The gender pay gap has been reduced in the past decade—but it certainly hasn’t disappeared. Women still earn about 77 cents for every dollar that is paid to a man, even though women now earn the majority of bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. However, progress continues to be made...

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April 1 - RMU Couple Striving to Improve their Community

Tom Demas attended Robert Morris from 1962 to 1964, earning his associate degree in business management. Today, along with his wife, Patricia, he's still using his degree to help others in need.

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March 24 - Miranda Bauer M'08 and PittsburghPass

About five summers ago Miranda Bauer M’08 and her husband, Josh, decided to take a week’s “stay-cation”. Like many Pittsburghers, although they had grown up in the city, there was still so much they had never seen or done before. So they decided to spend the week like tourists.

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March 20 - Students Take Advantage of Study Abroad Opportunities

Many people dream of traveling the world for adventure. At RMU, we believe that international travel gives students the opportunity to learn in a global environment that will also aid them in their future career. 

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March 17 - From Ghana to NASA - Engineering Student Lands Internship That's Out of This World

When Lawton Crentsil immigrated to the United States from Ghana back in 2007, his goal was to obtain an undergraduate degree in engineering. Little did he know that he’d be doing research that could one day help astronauts on deep-space missions.

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March 12 - Tax Professionals Help Businesses Meet Their Financial Goals

It’s tax season, and that means that many of us are busy gathering our financial information to file taxes. As complicated as your personal tax requirements may be, corporate taxes are exceedingly complex, requiring a great of legal, tax, financial, and accounting expertise. Tax professionals specialize in helping small and large businesses understand their tax obligations. Together with legal counsel and information systems management, tax professionals are an important part of running a business.

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February 24 - Why Employers Are Hiring Liberal Arts Majors

Liberal arts degrees, once eschewed for not being specialized, have again become popular because of their combination of both broad-based and communication skills. Degrees with a liberal arts curriculum offer a wide range of classes, such as literature, languages, psychology, philosophy, business, and history. Since this degree is an amalgamation of many different (but complementary) subjects, students are not limited by a more narrow focus that leads to only one career.

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February 11 - How to Prepare for a Job Fair or an On-Campus Recruiting Event

Most high school students visit several colleges and universities in their junior and senior years so that they can build a list of schools to which they’d like to apply. Sometimes students have a specific list of schools in mind, while others want to take a look at most of the schools in a particular area. Whether your list is big or small, here are some tips to keep in mind when visiting universities.

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January 24 - Internship Spotlight – Mallory Ross, WNBA's Washington Mystics

Mallory Ross is well on her way to a promising career in professional basketball. A member of Robert Morris University’s Sport Management Association, the sophomore hopes to land a position in NBA league development following graduation. By doing so she’ll be continuing her family’s tradition in the league: her father, Bob Ross, played for the Chicago Bulls 73-76; her great uncle, Josh Grider, was one of the Harlem Globetrotters.

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January 24 - How High School Students Can Prepare for a College Visit

Most high school students visit several colleges and universities in their junior and senior years so that they can build a list of schools to which they’d like to apply. Sometimes students have a specific list of schools in mind, while others want to take a look at most of the schools in a particular area. Whether your list is big or small, here are some tips to keep in mind when visiting universities.

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January 22 - How Nuclear Medicine is Changing Patient Care

Robert Morris University is the only university in the Pittsburgh area that offers a four-year degree in nuclear medicine. As nuclear medicine’s practical applications continues to grow, so too are the roles of nuclear medicine technologists. Salary prospects for technologists with bachelor’s degrees in nuclear medicine are excellent:  about $71,000 is the average in the Pittsburgh area.

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January 13 - Become an Active Alum in 2014!

Those of us working in the alumni office would like to thank all of you who attended at least one event this year and for demonstrating your Colonial spirit. We would also like to encourage those that couldn’t make it to an alumni event in 2013 to try to attend one this year so that you too can experience the rewards of staying connected to RMU.

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January 3 - RMU Faculty Spotlight: William A. Wentling, Nuclear Medicine Program

RMU Assistant Prof. Wentling holds an associate degree in radiologic technology from Gannon University (1991), a B.S. in nuclear medicine technology from the State University of New York at Buffalo (1998), and an M.S. in adult education Buffalo State College (2005). He hopes to earn his Doctor of Science in Information Systems and Communications from Robert Morris University in May of 2014.

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January 2 - How Volunteering Helps Your College Career

In addition to providing an education and preparation for a career, your college years are also a time of personal growth and discovery. Many students choose to spend their free time helping organizations, people, and communities through volunteer work, and many have already spent hundreds of hours on special volunteer projects while in high school. 

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December 18 - RMU and Chatham's Women's Hockey Teams Team-Up for the Homeless

The women’s ice hockey teams at Robert Morris University and Chatham University recently challenged each other to a Move-in Basket Collection Competition to benefit clients of North Hills Community Outreach who are transitioning from homelessness. The leader of the “losing” team (the team with the least number of “full baskets”) had to take the Polar Plunge on December 14 – an overcast day marked with rain and snow.

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December 17 - Advice on Becoming a Mobile App Developer

Apps have become an indispensible part of many people’s everyday lives. It’s also become a multi-billion dollar business, generating revenue for Apple and Google and for app developers too, in the form of royalties.  In 2012, Apple had already paid developers more than $6.5 billion in royalties. That number will certainly be much higher for 2013 and beyond.

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December 9 - RMU Student Will Travel to Nicaragua Thanks to Scholarship

Sarah Robb, fifth-year student in RMU's integrated B.S. in Engineering/M.S. in Engineering Management program, recently received the 20-Year Club scholarship, which will allow her to travel to Nicaragua for a second time. 

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December 6 - Four Skills All Entrepreneurs Should Develop

Starting and building your own business is exciting and exhilarating. It’s also exhausting and stressful if you don’t have the right tools or haven’t yet developed the skills that will take you and your business idea from planning to launch to eventual success. If you’ve been thinking about starting your own business, here are qualities that successful entrepreneurs tell us they developed in order to start a business—and some of these skills may be a surprise.

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December 2 - RMU Named in List of Top Online Colleges for 2014

Robert Morris University was recently ranked #12 in Create a Career's list of The 25 Best Colleges for 2014. The ranking lists the top online schools in the country based on factors such as "overall quality, reputation, cost, program availability, faculty credentials, student-to-teacher ratios, available financial aid, student and faculty support and technical support."

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November 20 - A Psychology Degree Can Lead to Different Career Paths

A psychology degree will prepare you for a number of rewarding careers, including counseling, research, social work, and law enforcement, and their number is expected to grow by more than 15 percent through 2020.

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November 19 - Not Just Another Pretty Face – Alissa Dorman and N9NE Athletics

When Alissa Dorman ’10 M’12 was a starting forward and co-captain of Robert Morris University’s Women’s Ice Hockey team, she would put on mascara and straighten her hair before every game. When the opposing players saw her, they would try to get under her skin by calling her “beauty queen.” But that just made her laugh.

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November 14 - RMU's Nursing Offering Fills Need for Accessible Mental Health Care in the United States

Although a large portion of the population in the United States is living with a mental disorder, many of them do not use preventative health care, which increases their risk for medical and addiction issues, and sometimes they don’t know how to access treatment or support. Recently, Robert Morris University received a $923,000, three-year grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration to address this need...

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October 28 - RMU's 'Star Child' – Stephanie Keyes '99

When she was a young girl, most of Stephanie Keyes’ female classmates were reading things like Nancy Drew and Sweet Valley High. But Keyes didn’t really get excited about reading until she discovered T.H. White’s Arthurian fantasy The Once and Future King. “When I picked it up for the first time,” says Keyes, “I was like, wow—this is magic! I mean, the romance of it all…the magical world…I just fell in love with it. I was hooked.” Today readers all around the world are getting hooked on Keyes’ The Star Child series...

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October 22 - Why Women with a Computing Background are a Perfect Fit for Organizations

It’s crucial that more women join the computing professions. Studies have shown that technology companies thrive when their workforce is diverse, enabling them to develop more efficient and creative technology, engage more customers and generate higher profits.

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October 18 - Science, Engineering, and Mathematics RMU Graduates Impact Our Future

Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (SEM) jobs are expected to grow by nearly 20 percent within the next 10 years—a result of so many innovative ideas that can be made real by today’s advanced technology. RMU’s SEM programs were implemented and designed to not only give students the tools to become accomplished engineers, scientists, doctors, and mathematicians, but also to gain practical, real-world experience before their job search begins.

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October 16 - New Student Profile: Cassidy Baker, Class of 2017

Cassidy Baker was a 4-H member for eight years and served one year as the President of the Pennsylvania 4-H State Council, where she represented and advocated on behalf of 205,000 members the program serves. At RMU, Cassidy is studying nursing and one day wants to be a certified RN anesthetist at a children's hospital.

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October 11 - RMU Grad Working to Make NHL Dream a Reality

Last March when we interviewed then RMU senior and goaltending phenom Eric Levine ’13, he told us his dream was to one day play in the NHL. And now he’s one step closer to making that dream a reality.

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October 11 - RMU Leading the Way in Enterprise Systems

In a world of smartphones, laptops, and tablets, it is surprising to learn that many businesses still rely on large mainframe computers. More than 70 percent of the world’s financial transactions are processed on IBM mainframe enterprise systems, says John Turchek, head of the Department of Computer and Information Systems at Robert Morris University.

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October 9 - RMU Homecoming 2013 and Alumni Gatherings

What a wonderful time of year in western PA! Here on campus we are getting psyched for THE BIG GAME versus cross-town rival Duquesne, as well as all the other exciting activities at Homecoming 2013 on Saturday, October 19. We’d really love to see you here.

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October 5 - How RMU Helps you to Navigate Your Financial Aid Options

It’s a fact:  About 93 percent of undergraduate students receive financial aid from Robert Morris University. Most students, regardless of the education and degree that they are seeking, draw on our financial aid options to finance their investment in their future and career.

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October 4 - Topping Town - Jamie '08 and Heidi '07 Kownacki

Max and Maci Kownacki are about to get what just about every kid wishes for: their very own ice cream shop (frozen yogurt, to be exact). Later this month their parents, Jamie '08 and Heidi '07, will be opening Topping Town in the Moon Plaza shopping center, right across the street from Robert Morris University. When the store officially opens it will be the realization of a dream for this Colonial Couple who first met at RMU.

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September 17 - Creepy Conference 2013

Vampires…werewolves…zombies…oh, my! Just in time for Halloween, it’s the sixth annual Creepy Conference, October 29 from 7-9 p.m. in Sewall Center. Join us for this opportunity to explore some bloody and gruesome topics.

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September 10 - RMU Fraternity Wins Community Service Award

Recently the brothers of RMU’s Eta Alpha Chapter won the George E. Kimball Award for outstanding community service, named for one of the fraternity’s founders.
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September 6 - RMU's Pre-medicine Program Puts You On The Path to Medical School

Dreaming of becoming a doctor? Robert Morris University’s pre-medicine program provides the knowledge, practical training and skills that you'll need to become accomplished in health sciences and eventually to apply for and be accepted into medical, dental, or veterinarian school.
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September 4 - RMU's Graduate Programs Can Propel You in a New Direction 

A mid-life career change can be a crucial decision for you and your family and comes with many concerns:  What area should I study? How will I finance another degree? How do I find a new job after I’ve completed my degree? You know that you want more control over your future, but you don’t know how you’re going to dedicate time to your education while in the midst of work and family.
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August 30 - Aging Population Calls for Experienced Nursing Professionals Now

Robert Morris University recognizes that as information multiplies, there must be a way to arrange and manage it so that it can be effectively evaluated and then utilized to make decisions that will positively impact organizations, both right now and in the future. That field is called competitive intelligence.
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August 28 - From Student Athletes to Coaches

Robert Morris University is known for developing competitive, academically focused student athletes who excel both on the field and in the classroom. What you might not know is that many of these same individuals go on to successful coaching careers after graduation…
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August 26 - Aging Population Calls for Experienced Nursing Professionals Now

According to the Administration on Aging, people who are 65 years of age and older will comprise 19 percent of the U.S. population by 2030. As the country’s population continues to age, there will be overwhelming demand for geriatric medical services and care, as older adults require more frequent and more advanced treatments.
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August 20 - RMU Online Programs—Convenience, Flexibility, and a Professional Focus

Online degrees are a great choice for those in medical and health positions, military occupations, travel-related careers (pilots, flight attendants, etc.), sales and communications fields, and for people in management roles or who are business owners.
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August 20 - Military Members Benefit from an RMU Undergraduate Degree

At RMU, you’ll get military benefits, a world-class, private university education, and financial assistance that you won’t find anywhere else.
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August 14 - Just Kickin' It – Catching Up with Neil Shaffer '11

A graduate of RMU's bachelor of arts in media arts program, Shaffer played soccer in the Pacific Northwest last season as a member of the Kitsap Pumas of the United Soccer League's Premier Development League (PDL).
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August 13 - RMU Students Help Victims of Hurricane Sandy

Two RMU staff members and 12 students in fraternities and sororities recently spent a week in Monmouth County, N.J., working with Coastal Habitat, a local chapter of Habitat for Humanity...
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August 9 - Teacher, Blogger, Mama, Foodie, Fashionista - Angelique Lorence '05

I absolutely loved being at Robert Morris. I loved the overall size of the school, the classes, the teachers, my sorority...the whole experience was awesome...
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August 8 - Starting Salaries for MBA Majors

The Pittsburgh MBA Program is one that can lead right into higher salaries through robust promotions, better networking and a host of aspects, too many to express in a few words...
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August 8 - Three Teaching Certifications to Jumpstart Your Career

National Board Teaching Certification is recognized as the prized distinction awarded to those teachers comprising an extraordinary group of educators. Pennsylvania Teaching Certificates are among those as authentic as the assessments applied in other professions...
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August 8 - Careers in Computer and Cyber Forensics

Exposure on the Internet is not about to take a step back and neither is the criminal element...
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August 7 - RMU's Broke Little Rich Girl - Samantha Lugo '07

Samantha Lugo '07, a graduate of RMU's corporate communication program, brings the fashion to you.
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August 1 - Reliving History - Brad Perciavalle '12

During the week, you’re most likely to find Brad Perciavalle ’12 hunkered behind his desk at Fifth Avenue Place in downtown Pittsburgh. But on the weekends, there’s a good chance he’ll be sitting around a campfire gnawing on a piece of hardtack.
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July 25 - Alumni Profile: Jason Kobeda '07

A profile of Jason Kobeda '07, Ballpark Maintenance Manager for the Pittsburgh Pirates, and graduate of RMU's Sport Managment program
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July 25 - Alumni Profile: Amy G. Harkins, M'12

A profile of Amy G. Harkins M'12, Managing Director and Senior Vice President, BNY Mellon, and graduate of RMU's M.S. in Taxation
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July 23 - RMU Alumnus Wins Heinz Fellowship Grant

Chance Wideman ‘12 received the Heinz Fellowship, a grant given to 10 graduate students who show the potential of being a future leader in the public, government, and private sectors.
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July 22 - Student Returns from Two-month Deployment in Paraguay

RMU junior Jemel Sessoms recently returned from a two-month trip to Paraguay as part of his Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program.
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July 12 - Who's That Girl Always at the Gym?

When she isn’t working on one of her graphic design projects, odds are Rachel Calhoun can be found at the gym.
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July 10 - If You Build It...They Will Come - Wiffle Ball Bonanza

RMU senior Zachary Freeman is changing lives through his charitable wiffle ball tournament.
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July 9 - RMU Alum Wins Silver Medals in Paralympics Track & Field Championships

Camdin Crouse ’09, M’12 earns the silver medal in three events at the 2013 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships.
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June 26 - RMU Island Sports Center Golf and Sports Dome

A bird’s-eye view of the RMU Island Sports Center Golf and Sports Dome on Neville Island.
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June 12 - Alumni Profile: Jason Evans '02

A profile of this Sport Management/Business Administration graduate who's currently working as Head Ice Hockey Coach for the Chatham University Cougars.
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June 11 - Alumni Profile: Bill Levy '94

A profile of this Business Administration/Sport Management graduate, who's currently working as Group sales manager for the Augusta GreenJackets, a Class A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants
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June 6 - RMU Save Money Through Apple Recycling Project

Earlier this year RMU’s Information Technology (I.T.) department took part in a recycling collaboration with Apple that saved the university thousands and disposed of old, outdated technology in an environmentally friendly manner. Read More>>


May 24 - Success and Happiness: How Do You Get Both?

On Saturday, May 11, Development Dimensions International (DDI) President Bob Rogers was the keynote speaker at Robert Morris University’s 88th undergraduate commencement ceremony. Read More>>


May 7 - RMU C.I.S. Professor Brings Hands-On Experience to the Classroom

When Jamie Pinchot, D.Sc., is teaching class, she’s not just instructing; she’s speaking from experience.
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April 29 - RMU Marketing Major Finds Her Calling Working with Grieving Families

When Michelle Vargas ’94 chose marketing for her major at Robert Morris University, she probably never imagined that she’d be working with grieving children and families.
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