-- RMU Assistant Head Football Coach John Banaszak has been named the team's coach-in-waiting to replace current head coach Joe Walton at the conclusion of the 2013 season. Banaszak, who earned three Super Bowl rings with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1970s, has spent the past nine years with the Colonials. Read more about Banaszak, Walton, and Colonial football here.
-- Per President Dell'Omo's email earlier this week, check out this video summarizing recent construction and other facilities projects at RMU.
-- RMU alumnus and part-time instructor Peter DeNardis recently was given the Jefferson Award, a prestigious national recognition honoring community and public service. DeNardis volunteers more than 40 hours per month for the International Waldenstorm’s Macroglobulinemia Foundation, a non-profit devoted to support, education, and research about Waldenstorm’s macroglobulinemia, an incurable disease that he was diagnosed with in 2003. Read more about DeNardis and his work.
*WELLNESS TIP* Check your moles. A changing mole is often indicative of the development of skin cancer. Be aware of where your moles are and how they look. Look for a new black mole or a change in outline, shape, size, color, or feel of an existing mole. If any are suspicious, call your doctor.
Below are a sampling of upcoming events. For other events, go to http://www.rmu.edu/events/CampusEvents
January 27, MBA Night at the PSO
Friday, Jan. 27
*Men's Tennis vs. James Madison (3 pm/Club Four Life-Monroeville/free)
*Men's Hockey vs. Niagara (7:05 pm/Island Sports Center-Clearview Arena/free)
Saturday, Jan. 28
*Women's Basketball vs. St. Francis-NY (4 pm/Sewall Center/free)
-Free Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich at halftime right in the arena for RMU students (supplies limited)!
*Men's Basketball vs. St. Francis-NY (7 pm/Sewall Center/free)
-Alumni Basketball Night (special reception at 6 pm in Sewall Center Int'l Suite; alumni recognition at halftime of both games)
-Moon Parks and Recreation Youth Basketball Night! American Cancer Society "Suits and Sneakers"...portion of proceeds to ACS
*Women's Hockey vs. Niagara (7:05 pm/Island Sports Center-Clearview Arena/free)
-Skate for the Cure (portion of proceeds to benefit breast cancer research and the American Cancer Society)
-First 100 fans each receives a free RMU Hockey water bottle; Postgame autograph session with the team!
Monday, Jan. 30
*Women's Basketball vs. LIU Brooklyn (7 pm/Sewall Center/free)
PLEASE VOTE -- RMU senior goaltender Brooks Ostergard is up for the 2012 Hobey Baker Award, and you can help him earn college hockey's top honor by voting between now and March 4 at www.HobeyBakerAward.com so get on the site and vote! Also, Colonial sophomore forward Artemis Spanou is a nominee for the 2011 International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Europe young women's player of the year. You've got until Tuesday, Jan. 31 to cast your vote on behalf of the Rhodes, Greece, native at www.fibaeurope.com.
MORE HOCKEY KUDOS! -- To RMU junior goaltender Kristen DiCiocco for being named Athlete of the Year by the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame.
Ice hockey and basketball are free for RMU students, faculty, and staff. For more ticket information go to rmucolonials.com