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Friday, November 2, 2012


-- The RMU Board of Trustees has approved a new five-year contract for university President Gregory G. Dell’Omo, who has overseen a historic transformation of RMU’s Moon Township campus. This latest agreement between Dell’Omo and the board is effective as of Sept. 25 and runs through May 31, 2017. It comes on the heels of the university's completing its $40 million capital campaign, the largest in RMU’s 91-year history and a symbol of how the university has evolved under Dell’Omo’s leadership. The campaign paid for two new academic buildings, contributed to a 63 percent climb in the value of RMU’s endowment, added 30 endowed scholarships, and created the RMU Research Center on Black Male Educational Student Success. Read more about President Dell'Omo's tenure at RMU.

-- The university is hosting the RMU Mylan Trivia Bowl on Sunday, Nov. 11, to raise funds for RMU athletics. Teams of four will compete on their knowledge of sports, history, popular culture, and current affairs, to name a few. Hosted by Pittsburgh celebrity, comedian, and long-time radio personality Jim Krenn, along with his wife and RMU alum Hedy Polifroni Krenn '97, this exciting event will include a silent auction and lunch featuring Pittsburgh favorites. The event is sponsored by Mylan Inc. with food and drink sponsor Prospera Hospitality. It's not too late to sponsor a team! Go to for more info.

-- Seven media arts students, along with Associate Professor Hyla Willis, will have photos of their designed objects published in the soon-to-be-released book Keep/Delete. The book will highlight the transformation of digital text-message into physical artefact. Designers were invited to design an artifact of a message that was "wanting to be kept", either from their own personal repository of messages or from their circle of friends and family. These artifacts will be collated together in book form and supplemented with written pieces which look critically at the ability for the graphic medium to archive the personal. The featured students are:

Kurt Novack
Latiyfa Whitehead
Alena Harrold
Ryan Kotar
Tyler Donovan
Casey Stephens
Anastasia Lanz

-- For the third time in the past four years, the RMU softball team posted the highest grade point average amongst all Division I softball programs according to figures recently released by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. Although the Colonials are familiar with being at the top, the squad actually managed to break new ground with its academic exploits. Robert Morris posted a 3.609 GPA during the 2011-12 academic year which was not only the top mark in Division I but across all of the college subdivisions that the NFCA recognizes including Division II, Division III, NAIA and Junior Colleges. The 2011-12 year marks the first time that RMU has had the best GPA among all college categories. Read more about this achievement here.


-- Darlene Motley, associate dean of the School of Business, has been named to the board of directors of WQED Multimedia.

-- Denise Ramponi, assistant professor of nursing, has presented at seven nursing conferences since May, with more coming up. Currently she is presenting at the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners State Conference in State College. Ramponi is speaking on suturing, minor office procedures, and chest x-ray interpretation. She also will be speaking Nov. 14 at the Pennsylvania State Certified Emergency Nursing Review Course and Nov. 16 at the UPMC St. Margaret's Certified Emergency Nursing Course in Aspinwall.

 You're Invited      

-- Each fall, students in RMU's Sport Management Program organize the Susan Hofacre 5k Memorial Run on RMU's Moon Township campus. Proceeds from the race benefit the Susan Hofacre Memorial Scholarship Fund. This year's race takes place Saturday, Nov. 3. Susan Hofacre was the director of RMU's Sport Management Program and later athletic director, from 2000 to 2005, when she died of cancer. During her tenure as athletic director, Hofacre oversaw the addition of six new programs, including women's golf, field hockey, men's and women's lacrosse, and men's and women's ice hockey. She also oversaw the development of the new track and field at the RMU Island Sports Center and the construction of Joe Walton Stadium. Registration will take place from 8 to 8:45 a.m. at the Joe Walton Stadium Plaza. The race will begin at Joe Walton Stadium at 9 a.m. For more information contact John Clark at ext. 3426 or

-- The RMU Roundtable series will continue on Nov. 6 with a special guest presentation by Andrew Gordon of the University of Southern California. The presentation is titled "Personal Stories on the Web: the Collection, Analysis, and Retrieval of Tens of Millions of Stories from Weblogs."  Gordon, a research associate professor at USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies and author of the 2004 book, Strategy Representation: An Analysis of Planning Knowledge, has pioneered methods for collecting and analyzing personal storytelling on a massive scale, in order to explore how people experience, interpret, and narrate the events in their lives. The Roundtable will take place via videoconference from 10:45 a.m. to noon in Franklin 204. Everyone is cordially invited to attend this Roundtable, so please encourage all interested students to attend. Please RSVP to  if you are thinking about bringing a group of students. 

-- Rooney Visiting International Scholar Gertrude Matshe will present "Born on the Continent: Ubuntu" from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in the Rogal Family Chapel. Hors d'oeuvres will be served. RSVP to Rick Moslen at ext. 2151 or

-- The Media Arts Gallery presents "Conversations with Rodchenko" through Nov. 15. The year 2012 marks 120 years since of the birth of the great avant-garde artist Aleksandr Rodchenko. To celebrate, the Russian Academy of Graphic Design together with the Moscow Biennale of Graphic Design, launched a commemorative action, the results of which you are invited to view at the Media Arts Gallery in the  Wheatley Center. In this exhibition, you will see the professionally designed and printed “Rodchenko 120” posters from Moscow alongside selected work from five different Media Arts classes in the Graphic Design, Web Design TV/Video, and Photography.

Friday, Nov. 2
Men's Hockey vs. Bentley (7:05 pm/Island Sports Center-84 Lumber Arena/free admission)

*Sign up in the arena for a chance to win $500 in the Clearview Federal Credit Union Empty Net Challenge second intermission!

Saturday, Nov. 3
7th Annual Dr. Susan Hofacre Memorial 5K Fun Run (8 am registration, 9 am start/Joe Walton Stadium/412-397-6378)
Women's Volleyball vs. Sacred Heart (1 pm/Sewall Center/free admission)
Football vs. Duquesne (3:30 pm/Joe Walton Stadium/free admission)

*Military Appreciation Day Presented by Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant (free admission with military ID card)
*Help the RMU and Duquesne Student-Athlete Advisory Committees "Pack the Truck" on the stadium plaza during their 2nd Annual Food Drive. Bring a non-perishable item and get $3 off the cost of an adult general admission ticket and $1 off the cost of a senior citizen or children's ticket. All proceeds will benefit the West Hills Food Pantry.
*Free food on the stadium plaza at halftime for RMU students under the tent (presented by SGA and the Class Officers)
*Sign up on the plaza for a chance to win $500 in the Clearview Federal Credit Union Quarterback Challenge at halftime!
Men's Hockey vs. Bentley (7:05 pm/Island Sports Center-84 Lumber Arena/tix 412-397-4949,
*Men's Cancer Awareness Weekend (apparel sales, ticket receipts and postgame autographs to benefit "RMU Hockey Krushes Cancer")
*Sign up in the arena for a chance to win $500 in the Clearview Federal Credit Union Empty Net Challenge second intermission!

Sunday, Nov. 4
Women's Volleyball vs. Fairleigh Dickinson (1 pm/Sewall Center/free admission)...Senior Day
Men's Soccer vs. LIU Brooklyn (1 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission)...Senior Day

SAAC GATORADE PONG TOURNAMENT (date change)...The RMU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is holding its 2nd Annual Gatorade Pong Tournament to raise money for "RMU Hockey Krushes Cancer" to help former Colonial men's hockey student-athlete Chris Kushneriuk in his battle against cancer. The event originally was to have been held today but will now be held on Wednesday, Nov. 14. Cost is $10 per team (due in the Student Life Office by 5 pm on Friday, Nov. 9).

NIT SEASON TIP-OFF...The Robert Morris men's basketball team will take part in the 2012 NIT Season Tip-Off Nov. 12 and 13 at the University of Pittsburgh's Petersen Events Center. The Colonials play Lehigh the first night at 8:30 pm and either Pitt or Fordham at 6 or 9 pm the second night. There is a limited amount of RMU student tickets for sale at a reduced price -- thanks to the RMU Athletic Department -- of $15 per ticket (one ticket gets you both games that day). Also, there is a purchase limit of one ticket per student per day. Tickets will not be held without payment. To purchase, please stop by the RMU Athletic Ticket Office on the second floor of Joe Walton Stadium, and bring your Freedom Card with you.

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