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The Minuteman

Friday, February 24, 2012


-- RMU's online degree programs are getting rave reviews. U.S.News & World Report put the master's degree programs -- competitive intelligence systems and Internet information systems -- in its "Top Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs." And SuperScholar, an online education and career information website, designated Robert Morris University a “Smart Choice” among the top 25 online nursing degree programs. Read more about these rankings. Previously, the bachelor's degree in health services administration was included in The Best Colleges' "Top 10 Bachelor of Health Management and Health Administration Degree Programs."

-- named RMU one of the Top 25 most veteran-friendly universities in the nation. The university got high marks for its alumni placement rate, its full-service VETS Center, and its commitment to cover the difference between tuition and veterans' GI Bill benefits.

*TRAFFIC ALERT* PennDOT is closing the Ambridge/Aliquippa Bridge March 3 through Nov. 16, and then again from March through November 2013. The official detour will be Routes 65 and 51 south to the Sewickley Bridge. Police are tentatively set to direct traffic at each end of the Sewickley Bridge only during the first two weeks of construction, Monday through Friday during morning and evening rush hours. Please take this into account as you drive to and from campus.


-- Ann D,. Jabro, university professor of communication, presented a paper at the International Conference on Environmental Communication that was selected for publication in the peer-reviewed publication, Across Borders and Enviornments: Communication and Environmental Justice in International Contexts. Jabro's paper, "A Case Study of Community and Voice in Emergency Response Efforts" grew from the engaged learning project she designed for the graduate course, Case Studies in Communications and Information Systems. 

*WELLNESS TIP* Strengthen your shoulders and upper back with arm circles. Raise your arms at the sides to shoulder level. Rotate your arms from the shoulders in small circles. Do 10 circles forward and 10 backward.


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

Every Friday in February, Great African Americans

Feb. 23-26, Colonial Theatre presents The Rimers of Eldritch

Feb. 28, March on Nicholson

Friday, Feb. 24

*Men's Hockey vs. Air Force (7:05 pm/Island Sports Center-Clearview Arena/free)

-Sign up between Sections 6 & 8 for a chance to win $500 by playing the Clearview Federal Credit Union Empty Net Challenge!
-Between periods promotional contests feature prizes from Eat'n Park and Wendy's plus cash!

Saturday, Feb. 25 (Senior Night -- pregame ceremony honoring 10 Colonial seniors)
*Men's Hockey vs. Air Force (7:05 pm/Island Sports Center-Clearview Arena/free) 

-Skate with the Colonials after the game (free if you bring your own skates, $2.50 to rent from the ISC front desk)!
-Sign up between Sections 6 & 8 for a chance to win $500 by playing the Clearview Federal Credit Union Empty Net Challenge!
-Between periods promotional contests feature prizes from Eat'n Park and Wendy's plus cash!

LOOKING AHEAD -- Two Colonial teams for sure will host conference tournament home games next week. Men's basketball is home on Thursday evening, March 1 against an as yet to be named opponent in the quarterfinal round of the Northeast Conference tournament. Also, RMU  is hosting the College Hockey America Women's Tournament Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3. Stay tuned for start times and ticket information on these tournaments as well as other playoff games potentially coming to Robert Morris in men's hockey and women's basketball. The RMU Athletic Ticket Office phone number is 412-397-4949 or visit

ON THE TUBE -- Check out the Robert Morris men's basketball game live on ESPNU and ESPN3 this Saturday, Feb. 25 at 11 a.m. when the Colonials travel to Quinnipiac for the regular season finale. That same day at 1:30 p.m., watch the RMU women's basketball team's game also at Quinnipiac on ESPN3!  

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