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Friday, October 18, 2013


-- RMU will host the 10th annual Sport Management Conference on Friday, Oct. 18 at the Sewell Center starting at 8:30 a.m. Sport management is one of RMU's signature programs, and its graduates work in the front offices of the nation's elite sports franchises. The conference will begin with a continental breakfast followed by an opening session hosted by Murray Cohn, 1988 RMU graduate and vice president of team ticket sales for the National Basketball Association. The line-up will continue with a resume and cover letter workshop, two breakout sessions, two roundtables, lunch, keynote speaker, and will wrap up with internship and entry level jobs interviewing. Abraham Madkour, executive editor of the SportsBusiness Journal, SportsBusiness Daily, and SportsBusniess Daily Global will be the keynote speaker for the conference. Read more about the Sport Management Conference.

-- The RMU Department of Computer and Information Systems and its facutly earned two accolades during the recent Conference for the International Association for Computer Information Systems. The department won the Outstanding Research Achievement Award in recognition of exceptional university research and scholarly contributions. The second award was honorable mention in the Pedagogy category, awarded to Paul Kovacs, John Scarpino, and Wenli Wang for their journal article “A Framework for an Interactive Web-based Application Course."

-- The students in the RMU PR Club volunteered earlier this month at Savoring Sewickley, a major fundraising event for the Sewickley Public Library coordinated by the Friends of the Sewickley Public Library Board members.  Local food establishments prepared and served delicacies during the three-hour event that were promoted through photos and feature stories written by the PR Club members as well as students in a Social Media and Public Relations class taught by University Professor Ann Jabro. Local political leaders served beer, wine, and soft drinks to more than 250 attendees who donated $60 to participate in the event. Both RMU groups assisted the board members with set-up, serving and tear-down of the event that generated close to $20,000 to support library endeavors. The following students were commended for their quality work, exceptional service and representation of RMU:

Carly Maloney
Sarah Cave
Shanice Cook
Ryan Lagnese
Gabriella Gasparich
Jen Eberly
Marielle Sargeant
Ginger Wasik
Mindy Castello
Sam Alves
Ashlie Hipp
Shannon Hancherick


-- During October and November, Michael DiLauro, director of the RMU Academic Media Center, is taking his most recent documentary  La Mia Strada (My Road) on the road to Cleveland and Chicago.

This film offers DiLauro’s personal perspective on ethnicity and culture as it links ancient Italian traditions and contemporary Italian culture with its Italian American counterpart. DiLauro will be on hand at both events to talk about the art of the documentary and his own quest to connect with his Puglia roots. These screenings will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker about his journey in producing his documentary.

At 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20 DiLauro will have a showing at the Cedar Lee Theatre in Cleveland Heights with all proceeds benefiting the Italian American Collection of the Western Reserve Historical Society. A reception will follow the screening at the Italian American Brotherhood Club, Little Italy, 12501 Mayfield Road, Cleveland. Purchase tickets at:  

Next stop for La Mia Strada-My Road is Chicago at Loyola University of Chicago at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7. The Chicago Italian Catholic Conference in the Damen Student Center Cinema will kick off with the screening of DiLauro’s documentary .
-- RMU History Professor Soren Fanning has received the Rufus Z. Smith Prize for best paper of the biennium in the American Review of Canadian Studies. The article was "Forging a Frontier: Social Capital and Canada's Mounted Police, 1867-1914," and it appeared in The American Review of Canadian Studies in 2012. The award will be presented to Fanning Nov. 22 at the Biennial Conference of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States in Tampa, Fla.

EDITOR'S NOTE -- In the Sept. 13 Minuteman we reported on a pair of Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards won by part-time communication faculty Beth Dolinar Kusbit, including one in the Community Service Program category for the WQED-TV special "Hunger: Our Hidden Crisis." That Emmy was shared by part-time faculty Gina Catanzarite-Shapiro.


-- Homecoming. No more needs to be said.

-- This year marks the 10-year anniversary of the rebirth of the Robert Morris Colonial Theatre. To celebrate this milestone, a special concert version of the Broadway Hit RENT will take the Massey Theater stage through Oct. 19. In 2010, RMU's production of RENT was featured at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Alumni who performed in that production will join our current students to electrify audiences with the powerful music and inspirational story of Jonathan Larson's Tony Award Winning musical. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 and at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19. Tickets are $5 in advance in the Office of Stuent Life or $10 at the door.

-- Please join us as RMU kicks off our annual United Way campaign. It's easier than ever to support the charity of your choice -- or donate to the United Way's Impact Fund that provides health and human services to your friends and neighbors in need. Go to today to make your gift ... and read on to learn more about how RMU and United Way are teaming up to change lives.

To celebrate the way that you and your RMU co-workers live generously, please attend ...

Fifth Annual RMU + United Way Halloween Happy Hour
4-6 pm
TUESDAY, Oct. 29
International House of Horrors (International Suite, Sewall Center)
RSVP by Oct. 25 to
Last year, we had a very successful United Way campaign with more than 114 gifts totaling almost $32,000. Your efforts helped show the people of Pittsburgh the generosity of the RMU community, making RMU one of its top contributors! Remember, your favorite charity may be on the United Way’s list of organizations it supports. You can choose your own charity—or give to the United Way’s general fund. Plus, please remember that RMU offers us the convenience of giving through payroll deduction, which makes contributing to United Way a little bit easier for all of us.

As usual we'll have Halloween fun, food and festivities -- including our Costume Contest and Prizes. Plus, if you've made your United Way gift, you'll have a chance to win one of our Raffle Prizes including autographed Steeler jerseys, an iPad or Kindle Fire or a free RMU parking space. Everyone is invited to attend the happy hour ... but only United Way donors are eligible for the raffle. Any United Way donor who also attends the happy hour on Oct. 29 gets a second raffle ticket entry with double the chances to win!

Friday, Oct. 18
Women's Ice Hockey vs. Boston U. (7:05 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/free)
Men's Lacrosse Alumni Game (7:30 pm/Joe Walton Stadium/free)

Saturday, Oct. 19
Women's Lacrosse Alumni Game (11 am/Joe Walton Stadium/free)
Women's Ice Hockey vs. Boston U. (2:05 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/free)
Football vs. Duquesne (6 pm/Joe Walton Stadium/free)
*Homecoming presented by Clearview Federal Credit Union; postgame fireworks!
*Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Food Drive (bring a non-perishable and get $1 off the cost of a general admission ticket at the gate)
*Free halftime food and soft drinks on the plaza for RMU students under the tent (sponsored by Alpha Phi Delta and Delta Phi Epslilon)

Men's Ice Hockey vs. Niagara (7:05 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/free)
*All fans receive a free schedule magnet thanks to Mario's Family Italian Restaurant

RMU football and ice hockey are free for RMU students, faculty, and staff only. For other ticket prices go to

WELLNESS TIP -- People whose diets are rich in potassium may be less prone to high blood pressure. Besides reducing sodium and taking other heart-healthy steps, eat potassium-packed picks such as bananas, cantaloupe, and oranges.

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