News Page


The Minuteman

Friday, October 14, 2011


-- RMU has received a $15,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to fund a variety of alcohol abuse prevention and education programs, including activities for Alcohol Awareness Week and Sexual Assault Awareness Month and enhancements to the university's Designated Driver Program.

-- Last week RMU signed a memorandum of understanding with University of Rajamangala University of Technology, Thanyaburi in Thailand (RMUTT), and renewed its partnership with the Universidad Politecnica de Nicaragua (UPOLI). UPOLI partners with Robert Morris in the twice-yearly trips taken by RMU nursing students and faculty to provide medical care to poor residents in and around Managua. Under the agreement with RMUTT, the two institutions will create student and faculty exchanges and explore other ways for international collaboration. 

-- Get ready for Meet the Colonials, aka Primetime Madness, Thursday, Oct. 20, from 9 to 11 p.m., at Sewall Center Arena. Meet the 2011-12 men's and women's basketball teams, watch team scrimmages and a slam dunk contest. (No word yet on whether President Dell'Omo will participate.) The event is free, and includes free pizza and give-aways.

--Starting tonight, the Nicholson Center dome will be illuminated in pink as a way for the RMU community to honor National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

-- Check out Homecoming coverage, including a photo slide show, posted by students at


-- University Professor of Science Maria Kalevitch, dean of the School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science, recently spoke at the International Conference on Biotechnology in Istanbul, Turkey, on the development of undergraduate programs in biotechnology in American universities. The conference drew 200 faculty and researchers from around the world. Kalevitch also visited local universities where she spoke about the importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and promoted programs at RMU.

*WELLNESS TIP* Lighten up your morning gourmet coffee drink. Some lattes or cafe mochas can pack a whopping 400 calories -- or more. But you can cut those calories by opting for skim milk and skipping the whipped cream. Ask for less flavored syrup.


Below are a sampling of upcoming events. For other events, go to

Oct. 14: Batt Burns reading

Oct. 15: Expanding Your Horizons

Oct. 16: "When Religion Becomes Culture" and Italian Language Mass

Oct. 18: Tempting Washington: George Washington and the Birth of Constutitional Statesmanship Lecture

Oct. 20: Meet the Colonials (see item under News above)

Oct. 21: A Visual Tour of Sculpture in Rome

Oct. 27: Wale concert

Friday, Oct. 14
Field Hockey vs. Bryant (1 pm/Joe Walton Stadium/free admission)
*Women's Soccer vs. Mount St. Mary's (3 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission)
*Women's Hockey vs. Minnesota St. (7:05 pm/Island Sports Center-Clearview Arena/free admission)

Saturday, Oct. 15
Men's Lacrosse Blue/White Game (noon/Joe Walton Stadium/free admission)
*Women's Hockey vs. Minnesota St. (2:05 pm/Island Sports Center-Clearview Arena/free admission)

Sunday, Oct. 16
*Field Hockey vs. Siena (noon/Joe Walton Stadiumr/free admission)
*Women's Soccer vs. Monmouth (1 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission)

Monday, Oct. 17
Junior Varsity Football vs. North Carolina Tech (3 pm/Joe Walton Stadium/free admission)

NOTE: Volleyball, field hockey, ice hockey and soccer games feature special promotions and giveaways from Wendy's and Primanti's!

A BIG COLONIAL THANK YOU...from the RMU Department of Athletics to everyone in the Robert Morris Family for their role in making this past Saturday's Homecoming an event to remember! The largest crowd in the history of Joe Walton Stadium -- 4,384 -- watched the Colonial football team, playing under the lights at home for the first time ever, win its second consecutive game 45-14 over Saint Francis. We'd like to thank everyone on the campus staff who put many hours of planning into the event. We'd also like to thank our fans -- current students, alumni and all RMU backers -- who came out to be a part of the festivities! Go Colonials!

Ice hockey is free for RMU students, faculty, and staff. For more ticket information go to