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Friday, March 23, 2012
-- Parking will be restricted all day Monday, March 26, in the Upper Massey Parking lot because of the CEO Lecture Series. Consider parking in the Lower Sewall Lot.

--The Corporation for National and Community Service has named RMU to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. This is the fourth time RMU has earned this distinction.

--  First-year head coach Paul Colontino of the  women's ice hockey team was selected as the National Coach of the Year by U.S. College Hockey Online. Colontino led the Colonials to the largest year-to-year win improvement in Division I women's hockey in 2011-12 before guiding the squad to a storybook ending as RMU captured the program's first conference championship.

-- 84 Lumber Company has acquired the naming rights to home ice for RMU's NCAA Division I men's and women's hockey teams. The 84 Lumber Arena is at the RMU Island Sports Center

-- Communications lecturer Yvonne Bland is asking students in her Survey of Mass Communication class to "power down" by forgoing social media, texting, and cell phone calls for two days, from Tuesday, March 27 through Thursday, March 29. Bland will join her students in not using any 21st century communications channels for purely social purposes.

-- On Friday, March 23, RMU will host a video presentation of Memory: A Holocaust Survivor's Story by Dennis Woytek, professor in Duquesne University’s Journalism and Multimedia Arts Department. The theme of the night will be "What's In Your Family History?" Light refreshments will be served. The event gets underway at 7 p.m. in Hopwood Hall and it is sponsored by the School of Communications and Information Systems. For more information, contact Christopher Milne via e-mail at

-- In conjunction with the Pittsburgh Speakers Series, retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal will be on campus Wednesday, March 28, to speak and answer questions. The event runs from 1 to 1:45 p.m. in the International Suite of the Sewall Center. If you wish to ask McChrystal a question, please arrive early to fill out a question card.

-- Andrea Frantz, head of the Department of Communication, received the award for Outstanding New Adviser from the Society for Collegiate Journalists (SCJ). The award is given to an individual who has advised a new or existing SCJ chapter and is recognized as a "new and energetic member of the SCJ family."

-- Greg Suriano, adjunct instructor in art and music in the Department of Communication, has written an article that appears in the Spring 2012 issue of Pittsburgh Quarterly. Titled "Gershwin in Pittsburgh," it reveals a long series of associations that the American composer had with Pittsburgh during his career, including several personal visits here and his friendship with city native Oscar Levant. Suriano is also the author of the book Gershwin in His Time, which has a foreword by Pittsburgh Pops conductor Marvin Hamlisch.

*WELLNESS TIP* Choose frozen fruits and vegetables if it's more convenient for you. Frozen fruits and vegetables are packaged at the peak of their flavor and can be more flavorful than canned. They also are not boiled, preserved, or processed, so they can also be healthier.


Below are a sampling of upcoming events. For other events, including Women's History Month events, go to

March 23, Diversity Speaker Series

March 23, Memory: A Holocaust Survivor's Story (see item under News above)

March 26, CEO Lecture Series

March 27, Care Transitions Panel

March 28, Stanley McChrystal (see item under News above)

March 29, Women's History Month Luncheon