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Friday, June 21, 2013


-- RMU hosted a reception Thursday in honor of His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia, who made a trip to Pittsburgh for the opening of the Roads of Arabia exhibition at the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the second son of the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, is the president and chairman of the Board of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities. He holds the distinction of being the first Arab, Muslim, and member of royalty to fly into space, serving among the international crew of the Space Shuttle Discovery, June 17-24, 1985.

The American Middle East Institute in Pittsburgh recommended to His Royal Highness that he visit RMU, owing to the number of Saudi students who are enrolled at Robert Morris and to the university’s commitment to international education. Approximately 150 Saudi students are earning a degree at Robert Morris, and Saudi Arabia is the number one country of origin for international students at RMU. You can see some photos of the event on Facebook and more will be available soon on the RMU Flickr page . Video highlights also will be forthcoming.

-- The Uzuri Think Tank is hosting “Perspectives,” a roundtable discussion and community focus group on the subject of black male educational success. Bringing together community stakeholders, researchers, and scholars, this focus group will promote provocative conversation in an effort to produce insights and ideas on factors that affect the educational success of the modern African-American male. “Perspectives” will take place 6 p.m. Thursday, June 27, at RMU’s Moon Township campus. Food and wine will be served at a pre-event reception that will be held in the Rudolph Family Gardens, followed by the focus group conversations at 7 p.m. in Massey Theater. The event will include a spoken-word performance by local Pittsburgh artist Leslie Ezra Smith. Read more about this event.

-- Una Japundza of the RMU volleyball team was selected as the 2013 Northeast Conference Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year Monday. Japundza graduated from RMU in May. Sponsored by the league’s Faculty Athletic Representatives, the NEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award is bestowed annually upon the male and female student-athlete who have exhausted their eligibility, graduated and posted the highest cumulative GPA in the conference at the conclusion of the academic year. Read more about Una and her other honors.

-- The RMU chapter of the Kappa Delta Pi education honorary has won a 2013 Rising Star Award for New Chapters. The university launched the chapter in 2012 under the guidance of Ron Perry, assistant professor of education. The chapter will be recognized in October in Dallas at the KDP Biennial Convocation.

-- A total of six athletic programs from RMU posted the highest team GPA in the Northeast Conference during the 2012-13 academic year, while overall the department posted the second highest GPA among the league’s 12 institutions as the conference. The 20 sports that are members of the NEC from Robert Morris combined to post an overall GPA of 3.271, trailing only Wagner (3.305), which claimed its third NEC Institutional Academic Award and first since 2008. Taking home NEC Team GPA Awards for the 2012-13 academic year from Robert Morris were men’s cross country, men’s indoor and outdoor track & field, women’s lacrosse, softball and women’s volleyball. The six team GPA awards by RMU are the most by an NEC institution. Read more about RMU's conference honors.

-- Did you miss this year's commencement speeches? Check out Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald's graduate commencement speech here  or DDI President Bob Rogers's undergraduate commencement speech here.

EDITOR'S NOTE -- Because of the Fourth of July holiday, the next Minuteman will be published Friday, July 12. The Minuteman is normally published every other week during the summer.


-- Rex Crawley, professor of communication, delived the commencement address at Friendship Academy in East Liberty on June 13.

-- Roni Giles, administrative assistant to the president, was named one of the New Pittsburgh Courier's 50 Women of Excellence in honor of her professional and community service in the greater Pittsburgh community. She was honored Thursday at a luncheon at the Omni William Penn Hotel.

-- Jay Carson, emeritus professor of English, will give a poetry reading at noon Wednesday, June 26, in the pavilion at Schenley Plaza in Oakland. Carson will be joined by Judith Robinson, Joan Bauer, and Rick St. John for "Poetry at the Plaza."

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