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Friday, April 26, 2013


-- Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and DDI President Bob Rogers will be the keynote speakers at RMU's 88th commencement ceremonies Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11, in the Sewall Center Arena. Fitzgerald will speak at RMU’s graduate commencement ceremony at 4 p.m. May 10, when approximately 220 students will receive master’s and doctoral degrees. The following day, approximately 500 students will receive bachelor’s degrees at RMU’s undergraduate commencement ceremony starting at 9:30 a.m. Rogers, an emeritus member of the Board of Trustees, will be the keynote speaker and also will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Robert Morris. Also speaking at the undergraduate ceremony will be Kiersten Metzger, president of the Class of 2013, who is earning a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. Read more here  or go to

-- The work of Media Arts student Gary Hortsmann is being featured at the student show at International Images, ltd. gallery  in Sewickley. Hortsmann is one of 13 students from eight different colleges and universities to be included in the exhibition, which can be viewed tonight, April 26, from 6 to 9 p.m. at 514 Beaver St., Sewickley.

-- Elizabeth Matisko, freshman nuclear medicine technology major, won an essay contest sponsored by Leading Education and Awareness for Depression (LEAD) Pittsburgh about strategies to cope with stress for college students. RMU is one of several Pittsburgh-area universities to use the Student Curriculum on Resiliency Education (SCoRE) curriculum to help students deal with the stress of adapting to college life. Matisko used the SCoRE curriculum to break her essay down into three sections. She wrote about her resiliency when dealing with relationships with college students, family and friends, her stress and how she copes, and what her goals are and how she plans to attain them. She earned $2,500. Read more here .

-- David McCartney, who will be earning a bachelor's degree next month in health service administration, was accepted to attend the selective Institute for Healthcare Importemtn (IHI) Open School Student Quality Leadership Academy in June. The mission of the IHI Open School  is to advance health care improvement and patient safety competencies in the next generation of health professionals worldwide.

-- Last month, RMU Assistant Professor of Engineering Ben Campbell  was awarded the Early Career Recognition Alumni Award  by Penn State's Department of Electrical Engineering. Campbell is the third recipient of this annual award, which goes to one alumni who has graduated in the past 10 years from Penn State with a degree at any level in electrical engineering. The award is given to an individual who has "demonstrated outstanding technical excellence resulting in significant accomplishments as well as showing great potential for continued success in their field. In addition, the individual should have solid extra-curricular leadership activities having a positive influence on others and role model opportunities." The selection committee cited Campbell's publications in laser research, service as a director of a nonprofit that restored the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Sciences, teaching experience, and educational outreach activities as factors in their decision. Campbell earned a M.S. in electrical engineering from Penn State in 2003, and an engineering Ph.D. from RMU in 2008. He joined the RMU faculty in 2011.   


-- 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.

-- Please join President Gregory Dell’Omo and Provost David Jamison to celebrate the recognition of our graduating students’ global engagement activities and to support the university’s core value of global perspective. The Global Engagement Graduation Recognition Reception will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, at the Holiday Inn Pittsburgh Airport on University Boulevard. Each participating graduate will receive a sash that recognizes the graduate’s home country or the country the graduate has visited as part of an RMU course. The recipients of the Global Engagement Awards will also be recognized at the event. Registration will begin at 3:30 pm with the Recognition Reception starting at 4 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Rick Moslen by noon, Friday April 26th at  or at 412-397-2151.


Saturday, April 27
Men's Lacrosse vs. Quinnipiac (11:30 am; note time change/Joe Walton Stadium/free admission) -- SENIOR DAY

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