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The Minuteman

Friday, November 4, 2011


-- Each year, President Dell’Omo and the university senior leadership team are pleased to announce and recognize employees who have earned Additional Annual Performance Awards (AAPA). This is an annual honor earned by the top 20 percent of Robert Morris University non-union staff.  This year, 65 employees received the 2011 AAPA and were recognized at an event held on October 28, 2011. See a list of the 2011 AAPA Award Recipients and photos from the recognition event

--The Actuarial Foundation has awarded its annual Actuarial Diversity Scholarship to RMU sophomore Philippe Rigaud. He joins 30 other students nationwide recognized with this prestigious scholarship, and this is the second year in a row that Rigaud has received this award. 

-- The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management received the Community Hero Award from UCP/Class (United Cerebral Palsy's Service Corporation) at the organization's 19th annual Community Heroes Awards Dinner.

-- RMU will host “Beyond Busted: Forensics in Action” from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the International Suite of the Sewall Center at RMU’s Moon Township campus. Students will investigate a mock crime scene and learn, for example, how to dust for fingerprints and identify suspects through fingerprinting. The event marks the formal launch of RMU’s bachelor of science degree in cyber forensics and information security, offered to students beginning this fall and the first of its kind in western Pennsylvania. As part of the day's festivities, Alpha Chi Rho has organized a campus-wide Clue game.

-- Applications are now being accepted for the 2012 Rande and Georgia Somma Integrity First Business Scholarship. Four $2,500 scholarships will be awarded for next fall. Applicatications are available on the third floor of Massey Hall from Linda Sivak, or students can email

-- The bookstore is running a special this month on Jansport apperal: buy one, get half off another. Also, the bookstore now sells Nook Color and Nook Simple Touch e-readers, and faculty and staff can get 10 percent off these devices.


- Associate Professor of Media Arts Hyla Willis has new artwork on display in Pittsburgh through the end of 2011. "Grenadine" is a new video installation at the Mattress Factory in the Sites of Passage exhibition which ends Jan. 8, 2012:

"Feminist Matter(s): Propositions and Undoings" is a new installation by the subRosa art collective, of which Willis is a member. The work was created for the Pittsburgh Biennial at the Miller Gallery, on display through Dec. 11, 2011:


Below are a sampling of upcoming events. For other events, go to

Nov. 4: Ph.D. The Movie

Nov. 5: Susan Hofacre Run

Nov. 5: Write Now! Workshop for Nurses

Nov. 9-13: Colonial Theatre presents "Servant of Two Masters"

Nov. 11: Veterans Day Breakfast

Friday, Nov. 4

*Men's Ice Hockey vs. AIC (7:05 p.m./Island Sports Center-Clearview Arena/free admission)
-Sign up between Sections 6 and 8 for a chance to win $500 by playing the Clearview Trivia Challenge during first intermission!
-Between periods promotional contests featuring free food prizes from Primanti Bros. and Wendy's

Saturday, Nov. 5 (Boy Scout Night)
*Men's Ice Hockey vs. AIC (7:05 p.m./Island Sports Center-Clearview Arena/free admission)
-Sign up between Sections 6 and 8 for a chance to win $500 by playing the Clearview Empty Net Challenge first intermission!
-Stay after the game and "Skate with the Colonials"! (free with own skates, free for registered scouts, $2.50 to rent from ISC front desk)
-Between periods promotional contests featuring free food prizes from Primanti Bros. and Wendy's

A Big Colonial Thank You...To the RMU Office of Facilities Planning for their efforts leading up to this past Saturday's home football game. The snow kept coming and the guys kept plowing the field and clearing the bleachers! We appreciate it!

Toys for Tots...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 football game versus Wagner at noon on Nov. 12 at Joe Walton Stadium and/or the women's-men's basketball doubleheader versus Monmouth at 4 pm on Dec. 3 in Sewall Center, bring a new unwrapped toy and get in free!

On TV...Catch the Robert Morris football game at Central Connecticut State this Saturday, Nov. 5 live at noon locally on PCNC Pittsburgh. The game also can be seen live on Cox Sports in Connecticut, Fox College Sports and ESPN3. ROOT Sports Pittsburgh will show the game tape delayed on Monday, Nov. 7 at 7 pm.

Congratulations...To RMU cross country student-athletes Marissa Polk and Tip Worob, each of whom earned Northeast Conference Freshman of the Year honors at their respective women's and men's conference championship meets last Saturday in Holmdel, N.J.

Last But Not Least...A limited number of tickets for the Robert Morris men's basketball game at Pitt on Sunday, Nov. 27 are on sale here at the RMU Athletic Ticket Office. All orders must be placed by calling 412-397-4949. Deadline to buy is 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18.

Ice hockey, football, and basketball are free for RMU students, faculty, and staff. For more ticket information go to