-- RMU, in conjunction with Bauer, donated 100 pairs of hockey skates to two local hockey organizations during an event held in June at the RMU Island Sports Center. The Pittsburgh ICE and the Steel City Icebergs each benefited from the generosity of Robert Morris and Bauer at the reception when men’s ice hockey head coach Derek Schooley and other members of the team were on hand for the event. Each group received 50 pairs of skates to be distributed to their members for their respective upcoming seasons. The Steel City Icebergs are a part of Pittsburgh Special Hockey which is an adaptive program for both children and adults with developmental disabilities such as autism, Down Syndrome, and traumatic brain injuries. The Pittsburgh ICE – the I-C-E stands for “Inclusion Creates Equality” – is a part of an National Hockey League initiative that provides under-served kids in the Greater Pittsburgh Area the opportunity to learn and play hockey at no cost. Read more about this event.
-- For the second year in a row, Robert Morris student-athletes raised more than any of their Northeast Conference rivals in the "Penny Wars" fundraising effort for the Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation. Student-athletes competed within their athletic departments and were challenged to raise more money than the other NEC institutions over a two-week period in January and February. RMU athletes raised $3,028 this year, their third participating in the fundraiser. Since the start of "Penny Wars" in 2010, the NEC has contributed almost $22,000 to the Harrisburg-based foundation. The money raised goes to the charity's Helping Hands program, which provides financial aid to families whose children have cancer and who are struggling economically. Read more about the Penny Wars.
-- RMU in the News has been updated for June. See how RMU garnered international media attention last month, and what faculty including Helena Vanhala had to say to the Fourth Estate.
-- The Black Male Leadership Development Institute held its residential experience at RMU for the seventh year in June. Check out the highlights:
-- Ann D. Jabro, university professor of communication, presented "Pesticide container recycling programs: A Case Study analysis of best practices" at the International Conference on Communication and Environment hosted by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala, Sweden.
-- Susan Van Cleve, in her capacity as president of the board of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, took part last month in the White House Mental Health Conference, which featured talks by President Obama and Vice President Biden. The conference brought together representatives from state and local governments, mental health advocates, educators, health care providers, faith leaders, and individuals who have struggled with mental health problems to discuss how to promote better mental health nationwide. Van Cleve is an associate professor of nursing.
-- RMU student organization Bringing Education, Service & Teaching will be hosting a car show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 14, on campus to raise money for the Down Syndrome Association of Pittsburgh. Admission is free but donations are appreciated. Prizes will be given out throughout the event.
-- Colonial Theatre presents Bye Bye Birdie July 18-21 in Massey Theater, at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday.
WELLNESS TIP -- Utilize breaks. Get up and take a small walk, do some gentle stretching or put your feet up every so often. This will prevent that feeling of hitting a wall by midafternoon. Don’t forget to eat a high fiber snack to boost your energy and keep lethargy at bay.
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