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The Minuteman

Friday, May 6, 2011


-- Commencement, baby!

--Nine graduating seniors have received RMU's inagural Renaissance Award for completing activities in all seven categories of their Student Engagement Transcript. They are:

Channing Frampton--Media Arts
Matthew Feryus--Actuarial Science
Amanda Musser--Management
Sara Meier--Marketing
Heather Lowery--Communication
Sheila Strong--Finance
Kelsey Dennis--Nursing
Michael Greenlund--Sport Management
Tabitha Savka--Communication

--Fourteen Robert Morris University media arts students won graphic design awards from Neographics, an annual tri-state professional competition sponsored by the Graphic Arts Association. The judges split their decision for Best of Category: Student between RMU students Jeanine Sandora, for her typographic poster, and Tiara Neal for her shopping bag. The other students won Franklin Awards of Excellence. This is the fifth year that RMU won best student work in the competition. The students were enrolled in classes taught by Associate Media Arts Professor Ferris Crane. Read more here.

-- Marketing Professor Gayle Marco has been named the associate dean of the School of Business, effective June 1.  

--Nine Kittanning Senior High School students traveled to RMU last week to conduct light experiments under the direction of associate professor of science Paul Badger. Learn more here.  

--The latest edition of RMU in the News is now online.  

--Cirque Du Soleil is offering RMU students, employees, and alumni, discounted tickets to its shows in Pittsburgh. Click here for details.

EDITOR'S NOTE -- As of today, the Minuteman will commence its summer publication schedule of once every two weeks. The next issue will be published May 20. Normal weekly publication will resume August 26.


--Media Arts Professor Tim Hadfield will show eight paintings alongside the work of internationally renowned artists during an exhibition at the Andy Warhol Museum, Mixed Signals:  Artists Consider Masculinity in Sports, May 26-August 17. Hadfield received a $1,000 grant from the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council in conjunction with the exhibition at the Warhol. 

 -- Maria Kalevitch, dean of the School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science participated in the annual conference organized of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM). The conference took place in April in London, bringing together more than 100 people from Europe, Asia, the United States,  and Middle East. Keynote speaker was Tony Juniper, former executive director of Friends of the Earth who also works with Prince Charles on issues of environmental sustainability. CIWEM is working for the public benefit for a clean, green and sustainable world. CIWEM is the only independent, chartered professional body and registered charity with an integrated approach to environmental, social, and cultural issues. 

*WELLNESS TIP*  The first sign of Lyme disease is a flat, circular rash that expands out from the first bite between three and 30 days later. It may look like a bullseye. You may also have flu-like symptoms. At this stage, antibiotics can cure the disease. Delaying treatment can result in heart, joint, and/or nervous system problems. 


Through May 6: The RMU Media Arts Department will host the opening of its annual Gold Show with a reception on Thursday, April 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the gallery in the former Pittsburgh Center building at 600 Fifth Ave. The Gold Show is an exhibition of students’ best work, which includes the work that has been produced for the studio foundations courses in web design, graphic design, photography and TV/video. This exhibit also includes the work of graduating seniors, represented by the work produced for portfolio class. The exhibition runs through May 6. In addition, the department will host its annual Gold Screening at Hopwood Hall on Tuesday, April 26 at 6 p.m. The Gold Screening showcases the best work produced by students in the TV/video studio courses. 

Sunday, May 8
*Softball vs. Mount St. Mary's (1 pm DH/North Athletic Complex)
Robert Morris alum and 2010 U.S. Olympic silver medalist Brianne McLaughlin added a gold medal to her trophy case last week at the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's Championship held in Zurich, Switzerland. It was Team USA's third straight world title. The former RMU goaltender stopped all 10 shots she faced in Team USA's 5-0 win over Slovakia to open the five-game tournament.