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Friday, April 11, 2014


-- The largest graduating class in Robert Morris University’s 93-year history will cross the stage to receive diplomas at this year’s commencement ceremonies, May 9-10 at the Sewall Center Arena. At least 845 students will earn bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees this year: 225 at the graduate ceremony on Friday, May 9, at 4 p.m., and 620 the following morning, Saturday, May 10, at 9:30. The keynote speaker at the graduate ceremony will be Carol R. Brown, former CEO and president of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Delivering the keynote address at the undergraduate ceremony will be Robert F. “Bobby” Vagt, chairman of Rice Energy and former president of the Heinz Endowments. Brown and Vagt each will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Robert Morris. Read more about commencement. 

-- RMU in the News has been published with March's news coverage of the university. The Robert Morris University Polling Institute Powered By Trib Total Media dominated headlines.

EDITOR'S NOTE -- The Minuteman will not be published next Friday, April 18, as the university will be closed.


-- The design/artwork of Ferris Crane, associate professor of media arts, was exhibited this week in Miami in a show sponsored by the Art Directors Club Global during the ADC Festival of Art-Craft in Advertising and Design. The show was the grand finale of the festival, and the pieces were lasered through the eyes of an enormous cat created by LaserCat on the New World Center designed by Frank Gehry. Additionally, the pieces were lasered onto the moon. Her work was among 50 to 100 pieces selected from 10,000 entries. The pieces appeared with work from design icons Milton Glaser, James Victore and Stefan Sagmeister as well as with work from David Lynch, Banksy, and David O’Reilly. The show has garnered international attention with the latest article appearing in The Guardian (UK) with blogs to follow.

-- Michael Dilauro, director of the Academic Media Center and associate professor of media arts, won the Silver Reel Award for his film La Mia Strada-My Road at the 45th Annual MCA-I Media Festival. La Mia Strada shows the fragile bonds that connect generations, families and countries as they search for new ways to adapt to the changing world. The film is a documentary that gives a personal perspective on ethnicity and culture.

-- Connie Ruzich, university professor of English studies, has received a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State to study the poetry of World War I and develop lesson plans to teach students about the literature of The Great War. Ruzich will travel in September to the University of Exeter in southwest England as the United Kingdom marks the 100th anniversary of World War I. She will study there until January, developing curriculum for students to learn the relevance of the poetry of World War I to contemporary social and political issues and to compare it to the literature of other conflicts – including Iraq and Afghanistan. Read more about this distinguished achievement.


-- The last Roundtable of the semester will feature guest speaker Juergen Rekus, professor at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany, who will present "Schooling in Germany: Tradition and Recent Developments." His presentation will take place in the Sewall Center International Suite, Monday, April 14, at noon. Lunch will be served. 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.

-- RMU cordially invites you to the unveiling of the newest landmark and photo destination on campus - Bronze Bob!

Date: April 21
Event Time: 4:30 - 6 p.m.
Location: Between Hale and Franklin centers
(Alpha Chi Rho Flag Plaza)

Bronze Bob is a new tribute to the university's namesake and financier of the American Revolution, Robert Morris. The bronze sculpture features a replica of Morris - modeled on a statue located near Philadelphia - seated on a bench with room for visitors to sit and take a memorable photo.

A gift of the Class of 2013 and Sid and Ellen Zonn, Bronze Bob is certain to become a new tradition at RMU!

The unveiling event will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a welcome from President Gregory G. Dell'Omo and a short program featuring Alan Buehler, representing the Class of 2013 Senior Gift donors. Food and refreshments will be provided, as well as entertainment by the RMU cheerleaders, dancers, choir, fife and drum corps, and our university mascot, RoMo. Following the program all attendees are encouraged to take a photo with Bronze Bob. Please join us for this special occasion. RSVP today at the Bronze Bob Debut! Facebook page.

-- RMU alumna and two-time Olympic silver medalist Brianne McLaughlin Bittle '11 will speak at the Women of RMU luncheon on Thursday, April 24, at the Omni William Penn in downtown Pittsburgh. Registration is at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is served at noon. Early bird registration is $20 for alumnae, students, and faculty/staff; $25 for guests, and $30 after April 11. Click here for details and to register. 

-- RMU's literary journal Rune will have a release party on April 24 at 5 p.m. in Wheatley Cafe. During the event, authors whose work was published in this year's edition will have the opportunity to read their work aloud. The evening's featured reader will be award-winning Pittsburgh poet Jan Beatty, author of Red Sugar (2008), Boneshaker (2002), and other poetry collections. Beatty is the host of WYEP's "Prosody", western Pennsylvania’s only regularly scheduled radio program featuring contemporary poets and writers. She is also director of Carlow University's creative writing program. Beatty will join John Lawson, RMU professor of English studies, and part-time instructor and poet Tess Barry, to record a reading and literary discussion for RMU Radio's "Literature Out Loud."

Rune accepts short stories, dramatic writing, art, and writings with photography. For this year's issue, 51 pieces were selected out of 200 submissions. Staff members include Lawson, who serves as the magazine's advisor, and students Ashley Gribik, chief editor, Alyssa Bishop, layout coordinator, and Virginia Kohar, web manager. The magazine is open to all fields of study at RMU. The Rune staff has constructed a website that will be launched during the release party. Readings are scheduled from 5 to 6 p.m.

-- The RMU-SVA is having a motorcycle ride in honor of our nation's Veterans at 11 a.m. April 26, meeting at the Sewall Center and traveling to the VFW post in Weirton, W. Va. The fee is $15 per bike and $5 per passenger. The fee includes lunch, a chance at prizes, and a T-shirt (one per bike – first come, first served). All profits will benefit the RMU Student Veterans Emergency Fund. For more information contact Chase Thomas, president of the RMU-SVA at

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