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Friday, May 3, 2013


-- Thank you to all the faculty and staff who donated and helped RMU reach its goal of 300 donors to our Student Emergency Fund. Over the seven days of the challenge, your gifts to RMU's Student Emergency Fund reached a grand total of $13,080 from 389 donors. The amount contributed in this one week will now DOUBLE the dollars in the Student Emergency Fund this year.

AN EXTRA THANKS TO THOSE OF WHO ARE ALUMNI! Your gifts also helped to boost the university's alumni participation rate. And because U.S. News and World Report uses this statistic as part of their official college rankings, your participation also helps to improve the reputation and value of your RMU degree.

-- Una Japundza has won the 2013 Presidential Transformational Award, RMU’s highest undergraduate honor. The award is given annually to a graduating student who has been transformed by his or her experience at RMU and was engaged in learning, leadership and community service, therefore transforming Robert Morris in the process. A business major and RMU volleyball player, Japundza is a native of Rovinj, Croatia. Read more about this year's award winner here.

-- "SCJ Presidential Election Coverage" on RMU-TV has been awarded a 2013 Communicator Award of Distinction in the Student Programs/News category. The winning entry was anchored by John Klocko and Brooks Bratten with reporting done by Jon Fisher, Lizzie Witowich and Dan Kitchen. The four hours of election coverage was a joint venture by the Society of Collegiate Journalists, RMU-TV and RMU Sentry Media. The Communicator Awards is the leading international awards program recognizing big ideas in marketing and communications. The Communicator Awards receives more than 6,000 entries from companies, agencies and universities of all sizes, making it one of the largest awards of its kind in the world. The Communicator Awards is sanctioned and judged by the International Academy of Visual Arts, an invitation-only group consisting of top-tier professionals from acclaimed media, communications, advertising, creative and marketing firms.

-- The Department of Science was awarded a grant of $2,278 from the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh 2013 College Equipment Grants Program to support the School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science. The grant will be used to enhance learning in STEM disciplines by purchasing an additional spectrometer and accessories. The new equipment will serve to enhance the undergraduate laboratory experience at RMU by increasing student exposure to visible spectroscopy and providing undergraduate students with hands-on experience using the type of analytical equipment widely utilized in the industries where they will be employed after graduation. Additionally, the portable nature of the equipment will provide a valuable resource for research faculty at RMU by allowing for more sophisticated environmental science field studies.

-- The 2013 Service Recognition Program was held on Monday, April 29, in the Sewall Center Executive Dining Room. This program integrates with the 20 Year Club Program recognizing the talents, dedication and commitment of our full-time and regular-part time staff employees as well as our full-time faculty members. The Service Recognition celebration honored 73 employees who achieved five or more years of continuous service with the university as of Dec. 31, 2012. Of the 73 employees, special recognition was provided to those achieving 35 years of service this year:
  • Janet Oellig – Payroll Officer, Human Resources and Payroll
  • Mary Ann Polasko – Senior Secretary, Marketing & Public Relations
  • David Synowka, Department Head and Professor, Sport Management       

 and achieving 40 years of service this year:

  • Jackie Zelechowski, Coordinator, Human Resources

The university is proud to recognize the contributions, talents and service of our employees with this celebration. See photos of the event here. 

-- 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


-- 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, May 4
Softball vs. Quinnipiac (1 p.m. Doubleheader/North Athletic Complex/free admission)

Sunday, May 5
Softball vs. Sacred Heart (noon Doubleheader/North Athletic Complex/free admission)  

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