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Friday, November 9, 2012


-- The Robert Morris Chapter of Alpha Chi, the Pennsylvania Epsilon Chapter, will hold its its 21st annual induction ceremony for 25 new members this Sunday, Nov. 11, from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Sewal Center. Alpha Chi is a pan-academic honor society that was founded in 1922 on the campus of Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. Today there are nearly 400 chapters nationwide with membership criteria suggested by the Alpha Chi National Office to assure that no more than 10% of an academic class is offered membership on any campus. PA Epsilon membership requires completion of at least 60 credits here at RMU with a QPA of at least 3.70. Alpha Chi is open to all RMU students majoring in any academic discipline that leads to the awarding of an undergraduate degree. Read a list of this year's inductees.

-- Associate Professor of Education Shellie Hipsky will be a featured guest this Saturday on "IMPACT", airing at 5:30 a.m. on WPXI-TV. The show, hosted by Jonas Chaney, will focus on Hispky's writing and TV show, "Inspiring Lives with Dr. Shellie." Topics covered will also include the work of RMU communication student Cashmere Gore at the Adagio Healthy Start House and Rooney International Visiting Scholar Getrude Matsche. "IMPACT" also airs at 1:30 p.m. Sunday on PCNC.

-- Five doctoral candidates presented research at the Fourth Annual Laurel Highlands Conference on Communications. "The Use, Impact and Implications of Technology in Diverse Contexts" panel, chaired by Ann Jabro, university professor of communications, featured the following student presentations: Brian Stevens, "Stranger in a familiar land: Applying to perform exploratory research in a clinical research world"; Jennifer Harlan, "Gaining control: Using workflow automation to enhance business process management"; David Scibelli, "The convergence of personal devices and business objectives: Exploring the delineated lines between employee personal devices and business policy;" Michael Curran, "College students' willingness to accept educational activities in their personal social media: A pilot study", and Kevin Slonka, "When to take the red pill: virtualization in the classroom."

Also at the conference, Jabro presented a research paper titled, "Mediated messages' impact on students' perceptions of date rate and domestic violence." She and Sun-A Park, assistant professor of communication, presented on the "Builder's Project" featuring students Kelly Claar, Brianna Flasco, Abby Lape, and Jennifer Snow. Communication lecturer Yvonne Bland with her students presented a 35-minute panel presentation titled, “A Second Look at Communication Theory: Living with Theory in Second Life.” This was the result of a class project that requires students to enter, explore and assimilate into the virtual world of Second Life while analyzing communication exchanges through the lens of any of 15 communication theories. Junior Gabriella Gasparich and Seniors Kelly Grago and Tras Watts offered their perspectives on how they experienced this intersection of the real and virtual worlds.

-- The Society of Collegiate Journalists (SCJ) student chapter President John Klocko, Vice President Andrea Zanaglio, Secretary Brooke Smith and Treasurer Nick Buzzelli along with Student Media Advisor Carrie Moniot and SCJ Advisor Anthony Moretti traveled to Chicago for the College Media Association’s Fall Conference  to attend numerous sessions on student and professional media outlets. Additionally, Moniot, Smith and Zanaglio presented a session titled “What is that Broadcaster Doing in Our Newsroom?” to discuss the convergence efforts taking place at RMU.

-- RMU in the News has been updated. Find out what Steve Foreman, Phil Harold, Anthony Moretti, and Dave Synowka, among others, had to say to the Fourth Estate in October.


-- Assoicate Professor Angela Bires, head of the Department of Health Sciences, has been elected to the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board, representing educators. The board is responsible for creating and maintaining examinations for nuclear medicine technologists. Bires is director of the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program at RMU.

 You're Invited 

--Colonial Theatre presents Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson through Sunday at Massey Theater. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $10. The show is an audacious mix of historical fact and fiction which includes outrageous comedy, anarchic theatricality, and an infectious emo rock score. This production redefines America’s controversial seventh president as the man who invented the Democratic Party, drove the Indians west, and ultimately doubled the size of our nation. (This show is not appropriate for younger audiences. Parental discretion is strongly advised.)   

-- Next week RMU English Professor Edward Karshner will give a Roundtable presentation on his research specialty, titled "Dan Brown Begay: The Emergence of a New Navajo Folklore," tracing the evolution of Navajo Folklore from traditional stories to the emergence of new stories reflecting a mix of Navajo and Western metaphysics.  The Roundtable will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 12:45 to 1:35 p.m., in Hale 304.   

-- 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.

-- The University Honors Program invites everyone to a special event: "Look Homeward, Pittsburgh: A Presentation by Bill Kauffman," Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 6 p.m., with a reception at 5:30 p.m. in the International Suite of Sewall Center. Kauffman is an award-winning writer and speaker who lives in upstate New York and writes about American politics and culture. Kauffman celebrates local neighborhoods and small-town American life. He is the author of nine books, including “Look Homeward, America.”  Journalist Tom Bissell wrote of that book, “Bill Kauffman is one of America’s funniest and wisest writers. Not only can he make anarchism seem lovable, he forces you to reassess everything you believe about American politics and culture.” All are cordially invited. Please RSVP if you are bringing a group of students. 

Friday, Nov. 9
Women's Basketball vs. Niagara (7 pm/Sewall Center/tix 412-397-4949, free admission)

*Sign up in the arena for a chance to win $500 in the Clearview Federal Credit Union Hoop Shoot Challenge!
*RMU Students, sign up in the arena for the Free Textbook Half Court Shot!

SAAC GATORADE PONG TOURNAMENT...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 will 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. Non-RMU students also can purchase ($35 per day) by calling 412-397-4949. Deadline for all orders is noon on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

MOVEMBER IS HERE...The RMU men's lacrosse and men's hockey teams are partnering this month during Mustache Madness! Both teams are growing out their mustaches for all of November to raise money and awareness for men's prostate and testicular cancer. The squads are inviting all men on campus to grow out their mustaches. Mustache Madness t-shirts will be for sale for $15 with all proceeds going to the Movember Foundation. Donations also can be made at .

A BIG COLONIAL THANK YOU!...The student-athlete advisory committees from Robert Morris and Duquesne teamed up at last Saturday's football game between the two schools to bring in 3,000-plus non-perishable food items that were donated to the West Hills Food Pantry! We thank them and we thank all fans for their support of this initiative. We'd also like to thank all fans and students who have helped our men's hockey program raise over $5,500 to date for Chris Kushneriuk through the sale of apparel.

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 Monmouth at noon on Nov. 17 in Joe Walton Stadium, the men's basketball at 7 pm on Dec. 1 versus Ohio University in Sewall Center, the women's basketball game at 1 pm on Dec. 2 versus Duquesne in Sewall Center, the women's hockey game versus Mercyhurst at 7 pm on Dec. 7 at the Island Sports Center and/or the men's hockey game at 7 pm versus Ohio State on Dec. 8 at the Island Sports Center...bring a new unwrapped toy to any or all of these games and get in free!

SEARCHING FOR ROMO...The Department of Athletics is looking for a current RMU student to fill RoMo's mascot shoes spring semester 2013. The position brings with it a $3,000-$5,000 tuition credit. If interested, email .

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