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Friday, April 19, 2013


-- Media Arts Graphic Design students won 25 awards at Neographics 2013 including Ryan Kotar, winner of Best of Category for Design, and Katie Marcinko, winner of Best of Category for Student. Twenty-three students won Franklin Awards of Excellence for advertising, posters, shopping bags and corporate identity projects. The winners are students of Associate Professor Ferris Crane. Students earning Franklin Awards of Excellence are: Adam Petras, Rebekah Lane, Mary Frances Malick (2 awards), Samantha Hayden (2), Liz Phillips, Luke Susko, Jessica Gierczynski, Katie Marcinko, Paige Neat (2), Joshua Klamer, Rachel Calhoun,  Virginia Kohar (2), Gary Horstmann (2), Latiyfa Whitehead, Justin Gourley, Brittan Miller, Jennifer Moore, Shelbey Surgent, Alyssa Bishop (2).

Neographics is the annual juried graphic arts show that is sponsored by the Graphic Arts Association. It's open to all professionals and students in the tri-state area of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Submissions are judged on design, production techniques and concepts. Margaret Baumhauer, Graphic Arts Association President, wrote to Crane, "We're thrilled to tell you that many  of your students' submissions in Neographics 2013 were deemed outstanding by our expert panel of judges. The competition this year was extraordinary, so you should be especially proud."


-- Bob Fowler, adjunct faculty member in the School of Communications and Information Systems, presented in Chicago recently at the 2013 Symposium on Writing. The title of his presentation was "From Essay to Academic Writing: Bridging the Gap."

-- Ann D. Jabro, university professor of communication, presented the results of a content analysis of 546 posters presented at the 2012 EGU conference. The paper was titled, "Readability and Usability of Scientific Information in the Poster Presentation Format: Room to Improve" at the European Geosciences Union conference in Vienna. 

-- Cindy Leonard, senior manager of the technology program at the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management, has been honored with a NTEN Star Award by the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN). Leonard has been an active member of NTEN for seven years, and serves on the editorial committee of the organization's professional journal, Change.


-- The Media Arts Department presents an open lecture by Visiting Documentary Filmmaker Robert Fiveson Tuesday, April 23, from 11 a.m. to noon in the TV studio of the Academic Media Center. The lecture, titled "We Are ALL Documentarians: So what does that mean?", will address how the role of being a documentarian overlaps into everyday life and our obligations to each other and society at large. Fiveson will discuss and present excerpts of his own work. This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. Throughout this semester, Fiveson is has been teaching an undergraduate course in documentary production and is also collaborating with a faculty member from the Department of Science to develop a documentary project addressing sustainability.

During his more than 30-year career, Fiveson has executive-produced more than 800 productions. He served as head of production for the Air Force Department of Defense Media Center for six years, and has run various production companies. He is a grant recipient from the National Endowment for the Arts, and has received numerous other awards including more than a dozen Tellys and an award for Best Media from the National Education Association. He currently lives in Panama, where he continues to consult and develop documentary programming.

-- The Spring Senior Showcase and the 2013 Gold Screening come together  to bring you the outstanding work of all graduating Media Arts seniors and the best work from all levels in the TV/Video Production concentration. Please join us from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 26 to view and to celebrate their accomplishments. Visitors arriving and departing at any time are welcome. Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be provided.

Starting at 5 p.m., the Media Arts Gallery will exhibit the portfolios and demo reels of graduating seniors, which includes an awards presentation at 6 p.m. The Gold Screening begins at 6:30 p.m. and features highlights from the best work from all levels of TV/ Video students, followed by an awards presentation at 8:30 p.m.

Reception & Celebration: Friday, April 26th - 5pm to 9pm
Gold Screening: Friday, April 26th - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Spring Senior Showcase: April 25th through May 16th - gallery hours

-- Please join the School of Communications and Information Systems Monday, May 6, to celebrate the completion of our first academic year in the Wheatley Center. We will also honor our colleagues who are retiring this spring: Lutz Bacher, Jay Carson, and Glenn Thiel. We encourage you to share reminiscences about their more than a century of service to RMU. Light refreshments will be served. The event runs from 2 to 4 p,m. on the first floor of Wheatley Center. Please contact Cathy Helegda (  or ext. 6461) with any questions.

Saturday, April 20
Softball vs. LIU Brooklyn (1 pm Doubleheader/North Athletic Complex/free admission)
Football Spring Game (1 pm/Joe Walton Stadium/free admission)

Sunday, April 21
Softball vs. Wagner (noon Doubleheader/North Athletic Complex/free admission)
19th Annual All-Sports Banquet (5 pm/Sewall Center Arena/call 412-397-4913 for info)

Monday, April 22
6th Annual Senior Student-Athlete Cookout (5 pm/Joe Walton Stadium Plaza/call 412-397-4920 for info)

SUPPORT RMU FOOTBALL!...with its community service project in partnership with the RMU Office of Civic Engagement. The two groups will be hosting a book and toy drive to benefit Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh during the Colonials' spring game in Joe Walton Stadium this Saturday at 1.

FREE YOUTH BASKETBALL CLINIC...this Saturday at 2, presented by Heritage Valley Health System!

THANK YOU! On behalf of the Robert Morris University Athletic Department, thank you to everyone who had a hand in the execution of the 2013 NCAA Men's Frozen Four. We could not have done it without the tireless efforts of the RMU community, our volunteers and a whole cross section of folks across Pittsburgh and beyond. We appreciate it!

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