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Friday, May 2, 2014


-- The January 23, 2014 edition of "Colonial SportsCenter" has been awarded a 2014 Silver Award of Distinction in the Communicator Awards' Programs/News-Student category. In addition, the music video "The Power of Mo," which appeared on the RMU Sentry Media website, has been awarded a 2014 Silver Award of Distinction in the Film/Video-Student category of the Communicator Awards.  

The Communicator Awards is the leading international awards program recognizing big ideas in marketing and communications. Founded two decades ago, The Communicator Awards receives over 6,000 entries from companies, agencies and universities of all sizes, making it one of the largest awards of its kind in the world. The Communicator Awards is sanctioned and judged by the International Academy of Visual Arts, an invitation-only group consisting of top-tier professionals from acclaimed media, communications, advertising, creative and marketing firms.

-- Sophomore biomedical engineering student Lauren Walk and Arif Sirinterlikci, university professor and interim head of the Department of Engineering, have recently published an article titled "Bioprinting: Science or Fiction" in the medical manufacturing addendum of Manufacturing Engineering, a trade journal.

-- The School of Education and Social Sciences hosted the annual education conference April 4 titled "Preparing Learners for the 21st Century" for teachers, school administrators, students, and faculty. Three strands of presentations were available for attendees including literacy, technology, and the Common Core Standards. Approximately 100 attendees had a menu of choices from which to choose for professional development. Two keynote speakers, children’s author Dave Crawley and on-line teaching expert Chris Harrington, opened the conference. In addition, the first edition of “RMU Recommends”, recommended books for children and adolescents chosen by program faculty, was unveiled.

-- The 2014 Service Recognition Program was held on Monday, April 28, in Sewall Center’s Executive Dining Room. This program integrates with the 20-Year Club Program recognizing the talents, dedication and commitment of our full-time and regular part-time staff employees as well as our full-time faculty members. The Service Recognition celebration honored 83 employees who achieved five or more years of continuous service with the university as of December 31, 2013. Of the 83 employees, special recognition was provided to those achieving 40 years of service this year:

  • Dean Manna – University Professor of Marketing, School of Business
  • Ralph Reiland – Associate Professor of Economics, School of Business

 Click here to see photos of the event.

-- 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 


-- The Sewickley Arts Initiative will present Exposure, an exhibition featuring students in RMU's photography programs. Exhibitors include: Danielle Bertrand, Sara Lynn Dinwiddie, Brian Duncan, Kristin Falvo, Ashley McLaughlin, Amy Shubilla and Chelsea White. The opening reception takes place tonight (May 2) from 6-9 p.m. at 429 Broad Street in Sewickley.

-- The Spring Senior Showcase, presented by the Media Arts Department, runs through May 13 and highlights the outstanding work of RMU's graduating seniors. The showcase celebrates the accomplishments of the university's media arts students and lets visitors see the best work from RMU's TV/video, graphic design, web design, and photography programs. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Saturday, May 3
Northeast Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships (RMU Island Sports Center)

Sunday, May 4
Northeast Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships (RMU Island Sports Center)
Softball vs. Fairleigh Dickinson (noon DH/North Athletic Complex/free admission)...if necessary

Note: All NEC students with proper institutional I.D. (ie. Freedom Card) will be admitted free. Children 10 years of age and under also will be admitted free. All other individuals will be charged admission. Ticket prices are $6 per day for adults, $3 per day for those age 11 to 17. Two-day tickets also will be available, $10 for adults and $5 for those 11 to 17 years of age. All tickets will be sold at the entrance of the track. Also, we're looking for volunteers to help with all operational aspects of the event. Please call 412-397-4964 if interested. Thank you.

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