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Friday, February 28, 2014


-- On Thursday, RMU announced that President Dell'Omo had been a candidate for the presidency of LaSalle University in Philadelphia but withdrew his name from the search and decided to remain at Robert Morris. Read more details here .

-- Rune, the Robert Morris University literary magazine, is accepting submissions of photography, drawing, graphic design, poetry, and prose. Submit up to three pieces; poems and prose should not exceed 750 words each. Please submit photographs and other graphics attached to separate emails in .JPEG format and poems and prose as .doc or .docx files. In your email, please provide a brief author bio, contact information including mail address, and permission to publish in print and/or digital form. Email . Deadline: March 18, 2014. If your piece is selected, you may be invited to present at the Rune release party. If you're interested in joining the Rune staff, contact John Lawson at .

-- Through the combined efforts of the RMU Band, the RMU Dance Team, Kappa Kappa Psi Band Fraternity, and Psi Sigma Kappa, $2,400 was raised recently for the Marco Giovengo Muscular Dystrophy Summer Camp Fund. The amount raised will allow three children to attend Muscular Dystrophy Summer Camp. Giovengo was a senior sport management student who died March 16, 2012, as a result of complications from muscular dystrophy. He was a beloved member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity, and the RMU marching and pep bands.  

-- RMU received a $5,000 grant for its Panhellenic Council to sponsor women's empowerment programs from the Kappa Delta Foundation and the Confidence Coalition . RMU was is one of 15 campuses nationwide to have received this award.


-- Mike Boylan, RMU systems engineer, will be speaking this year at the MacIT Conference,  March 26-29 in San Francisco.


-- Robert Morris Colonial Theatre will put on The Vagina Monologues at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1, in Massey Theater. The Vagina Monologues is a series of monologues describing various events within the life of a woman. The play is said to be an empowering experience. The play will be performed to raise awareness for the V-Day organization. This organization strives to end the sexual violence that is all to prevalent on college campuses. 

-- Tom Persigner  will be speaking in the Media Arts Critique Space in Wheatley Center, Monday, March 3, at 12:15 p.m. Persinger is a photographer, writer, and the founding director of F295. F295 is an international organization that believes in the value of a heterogeneous photographic approach, in which digital, historic, and self-made methods are purposely employed and combined in the creation of a new form of photographic practice. He has organized the F295 symposium and seminar series to promote a dialogue and exploration of contemporary photographic practice during a time of unprecedented change.

-- Everyone is cordially invited to the second RMU Roundtable presentation this semester "Earth Repair: Ecological Restoration & Environmental Ethics" by Visiting Documentary Filmmaker Greta Schiller. A six-minute sample of her film in development, Earth Repair, will be previewed. Earth Repair follows the movement for ecological restoration from Illinois in the American heartland, where it began, to new models in Spain and India, challenging viewers to feel the earth beneath their feet in a whole new way. In short, this film will challenge people to rethink their entire relationship to the planet. After viewing the sample she will lead a discussion on environmental ethics and examine the questions: do we have a responsibility as humans to respect other species, plants, and animals? What do we mean by restoration? How is it done? By whom?

The Roundtable will be held Tuesday, March 4, from 12:30-1:45 in Hopwood Hall. The RMU Roundtable Series is sponsored by the University Honors Program, and is an occasional forum in which faculty can present on their research and topics of interest in an informal setting to students, faculty, and staff.

-- The RMU Media Arts gallery is excited to present its first juried faculty exhibition: Selections 2014, through March 6. This year’s exhibition highlights the work of five faculty: Andrew Y. Ames, Michael DiLauro, William E. Kofmehl III, Ivette Spradlin, and Suzanne Watters. The selected works speak to the presence of the human being through representation that is either literal or implied, and each of the works clearly communicates personal and collective narratives.

All work was selected by guest juror Jen Saffron from a pool of entries by the media arts faculty. Saffron is a photographer, writer, curator, and educator of photography. Curating exhibitions in both the U.S. and abroad, Saffron most recently curated Behind Our Scenes, a photography show for SPACE Gallery that ran through January 2014. In an ongoing partnership with Czech photographer and curator Eva Heyd (Prague House of Photography), Saffron and Heyd co-curated Connecting Pittsburgh, an exhibition by Pittsburgh photographers that toured the Czech Republic in 2010. The sister exhibition to that show was CZECH IT, an exhibition of Czech avant-garde photography showcased at SPACE Gallery in 2009. As well as curatorial work, Saffron is a regular speaker and panelist, and is a contributing writer for Afterimage, the journal of media arts criticism. Saffron currently directs the communications for the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, and is adjunct faculty in the Communications Studies program at Grove City College. For her complete bio, see

-- Nigel Hearne, vice president of Chevron North America, will speak at 4 p.m., March 13, in the International Suite of Sewall Center as part of the CEO Lecture Series, sponsored jointly by the School of Business and Pittsburgh Quarterly Magazine. RSVP to .

-- The Pittsburgh Musical Theater, in association with Robert Morris University, will be presenting Les Miserables at the Byham Theater from March 27 through April 6. Les Miserables is the powerful tale of Jean ValJean and his life-long struggle for redemption. The show is directed by Coordinator of RMU Colonial Theater Ken Gargaro and choreographed by Colleen Petrucci with musical direction by Brent Alexander. Ticket prices start at $12.25 with half price tickets for any student.

Performance dates:

Thursday, March 27 - 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 28 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 29 - 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 30 - 2:00 p.m.
Friday, April 4 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 5 - 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 6 - 2:00 p.m.


Women's Lacrosse vs. Howard (noon/Joe Walton Stadium/free admission)
Halftime promotion prizes from Primanti's & Burger King!
Men's Hockey vs. Mercyhurst (7 p.m./84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/free)
SENIOR NIGHT; Free shuttles between campus apartments and ISC for RMU students starting at 6:30! 

NEC BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTS...The road to the Big Dance leads through Moon Township for the Northeast Conference: RMU has homecourt advantage in men's and women's basketball for the upcoming NEC tournamnet. The quarterfinal round gets underway for the men March 5 at the Sewall Center, and the women's tournament starts March 9. Look for updates and ticketing information at

With top Colonial Andy Toole continues Monday, March 3, at 7 p.m. at Buffalo Wild Wings in Gibsonia. You're invited to come out and listen, ask questions, and enjoy time spent with other Robert Morris fans! The show will air live on 970 AM ESPN.

LIVE ON TV...The Robert Morris men's basketball game this Saturday (March 1) can be seen live when the Colonials travel to Wagner for the regular season finale. It will tip off at 6 p.m. here locally on ROOT Sports, as well as on the Madison Square Garden and Fox College Sports Networks.

Ice hockey is free for RMU faculty and staff. Go to for other ticketing information.


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