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The Minuteman

Friday, October 12, 2012


-- Thanks to the School of Education and Social Sciences, RMU has become part of the first 100 institutions to sign onto Operation Educate the Educators, an effort started by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and the Military Children Education Coalition to help educate pre-K-12 teachers and student teachers who work with children of military personnel. This initiative began in April 2011 when Joining Forces, a federal initiative to help support military families, wanted to better equip children who are directly affected by one or both of their parents serving in the military. RMU began its participation with Operation Educate the Educators this fall. Read more about RMU's participation in Operate Educate the Educators.

-- The School of Nursing and Health Sciences is partnering with four Pittsburgh-area health care organizations in a federally-funded initiative to help reduce preventable hospital admissions among long-stay nursing home residents. The regional effort is one of seven nationwide that received a grant from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services aimed at improving care at nursing homes and reducing preventable hospitalizations. Leading the initiative locally is UPMC Community Provider Services. Heritage Valley Health System, Excela Health, and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation are also partners. These organizations will work with 16 nursing homes in Western Pennsylvania to keep residents from returning to the hospital unnecessarily. Read more about this innovative health care partnership.

You're Invited!

-- On Oct. 17 the School of Nursing and Health Sciences is hosting "Fostering Global Synergy: Promoting Education and Healthcare through International Partnerships," a reception and panel discussion featuring experts on creating international health care collaborations. The event also will celebrate RMU's collaboration with the Universidad Politechnica de Nicaragua and University Professor Carl Ross's upcoming 80th trip to Nicaragua with students to provide health care to impoverished citizens of that nation. The event starts at 6 p.m. and takes place in the International Suite of the Sewall Center. RSVP to

-- Rooney Visiting International Scholar Gertrude Matshe will give a presentation titled “Zimbabwe: The Crucible that Forged Me" from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, in the International Suite of the Sewall Center. Lunch will be served. Matshe will present "Born on the Continent: Ubuntu" from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, in the Rogal Family Chapel. Hors d'oeuvres will be served. RSVP to Rick Moslen at ext. 2151 or

Saturday, Oct. 13
Women's Hockey vs. Cambridge (7:05 pm/Island Sports Center-84 Lumber Arena/free admission)

Sunday, Oct. 14
Women's Soccer vs. Saint Francis (1 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission)
Women's Hockey vs. Oakville (2:05 pm/Island Sports Center-84 Lumber Arena/free admission)
Men's Soccer vs. Saint Francis (3 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission)

MEET THE COLONIAL BASKETBALL TEAMS...The 2012 Meet the Colonial Basketball Teams Presented by Peoples Natural Gas is Thursday, Oct. 18 at 9 pm in Sewall Center. Admission is free! All fans get a free RMU Basketball T-shirt (see attached) that commemorates the event. We'll also have free pizza, other giveaways and prizes and a drawing for the grand prize...a $250 Best Buy gift card. Stay tuned for more details, especially on how to win Coach Sal's and Coach Toole's money!

THREE RIVERS CLASSIC...On Friday and Saturday, Dec. 28 and 29, the RMU men's hockey team will be joined by Penn State, Miami University and Ohio State at the inaugural Three Rivers Classic in CONSOL Energy Center. Colonial fans, here's your chance for special presale access to two-day ticket packages! Visit ASAP! Use the password COLONIAL and sit with other RMU fans in either section 103, 104 or 105 lower bowl!

Football and ice hockey are free for RMU faculty, staff, and students. For other ticket prices, go to