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Friday, November 22, 2013


-- The RMU Polling Institute this week released the results of survey questions on natural gas drilling and health and wellness.


-- Ben Campbell, assistant professor of engineering, spoke last Saturday for at the Westinghouse Science Honors Institute. He addressed more than 400 high school juniors to share his career path and research, showing how science is the foundation for engineering. He promoted RMU by describing the benefit of his graduate work (Campbell earned his Ph.D. at Robert Morris), the engineering majors and resources available, and his current undergraduate research projects involving artificial fingertips for touchscreens and neural interface technology.

-- Denise Ramponi, assistant professor of nursing, was one of the first 15 nurse practicioners in the United States to have earned the Emergency Nurse Practitioner Certification, a new designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The certification was developed to recognize emergency nurse practitioners who have demonstrated clinical expertise and professional development in areas such as professional presentations and peer-reviewed publications.

-- Associate Nursing Professor Susan Van Cleve has published "Integration of Pediatric Mental Health Care: An evidence-based workshop for primary care providers," in The Journal for Pediatric Health Care; "Nurse Practitioners: Integrating Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care" in The Journal for Nurse Practitioners; and "The Pediatric Mental Health Specialist: Role delineation" also in The Journal for Nurse Practitioners. She gave presentations titled "The Latest on Changes for the NP Role: What’s Next?" and "ADHD: Differential Diagnosis and Treatment" at the 14th Annual Advanced Practice Nurse Conference. She presented "NAPNAP's History: 40 years of PNP Excellence" and "Scoring Big for Children's Health" at the 34th Annual Conference on Pediatric Health Care.


-- The Winter Senior Showcase is right around the corner. This annual winter event brings viewers the outstanding work of graduating Media Arts seniors from Graphic Design, Web Design and Photography.  Please join us Dec. 5, 5p.m. to 8 p.m. to view their work and celebrate their accomplishments. Starting at 5 p.m., the Media Arts Gallery will exhibit student portfolios, and the reception will include an awards presentation at 6 p.m. Visitors arriving and departing at any time are welcome. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be provided.

-- The RMU Jazz Band and Colonial Glee will present a Holiday Concert on Sunday, Dec. 8,  at 4 p.m. in Massey Theater. A punch and cookie reception will follow the free concert, which is sponsored by the Office of Student Life.

EDITOR'S NOTE -- The Minuteman, like the rest of you, is taking next Friday off. Look for the next edition on Friday, Dec. 6. Happy Thanksgiving.

Friday, Nov. 22

Men's Hockey vs. Holy Cross (7:05 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/free)
*First 500 fans receive an official RMU puck compliments of Trib Total Media

Saturday, Nov. 23
Women's Basketball vs. UMBC (1:30 pm/Sewall Center/free)
Men's Hockey vs. Holy Cross (3:35 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/free)
*Toys for Tots both games! -- bring a new unwrapped toy to each and get in for free.

MEN'S CANCER AWARENESS WEEKEND! Come out and support former RMU men's ice hockey captain and cancer survivor Chris Kushneriuk when the Colonials host Holy Cross this Friday and Saturday. There will be a silent auction of NHL gear and apparel, RMU Hockey Krushes Cancer shirts and bracelets, a raffle and other fun events. Proceeds support Chris for his medical expenses.

Collection bins on campus are located in Joe Walton Stadium (first floor main lobby), Sewall Center Arena (main entrance), Sewall Center Third Floor (inside upper doors), Island Sports Center (main lobby), Nicholson Center (across from Heritage Room) and Hale Center (inside third floor doors facing Franklin Center). Please be generous by donating a new unwrapped toy and help us support our partners in this annual venture, the United States Marine Corps Reserve. Better yet come to the women's basketball game at 1:30 pm on Nov. 23 versus UMBC in Sewall Center, the men's hockey game at 3:30 pm on Nov. 23 versus Holy Cross at the Island Sports Center, the women's hockey game versus RIT at 3 pm on Dec. 7 at the Island Sports Center and/or the men's basketball game at 4 pm versus Toledo on Dec. 7 at the Sewall Center...bring a new unwrapped toy to any or all of these games and get in free!

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

WELLNESS TIP -- Maintaining meaningful relationships can do wonders for your health. On average, people with strong social networks are 50 percent more likely to outlive those with fewer ties. Later in life, close connections may protect your brain in particular: Researchers believe the cognitive activity required to interact socially helps keep your mind sharp.

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