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Friday, November 15, 2013


-- The university has launched the Robert Morris University Polling Institute Powered by Trib Total Media. The first poll included questions on the Affordable Care Act and concussions in football, the results of which were released this week. Look next week for results from questions on natural gas drilling and health and wellness.

-- The Robert Morris University Athletic Department will induct head football coach Joe Walton into the RMU Athletic Hall of Fame this evening, Nov. 15. Walton is the only individual to comprise the 23rd annual class of inductees into RMU’s Athletic Hall of Fame. The only head coach the program has ever known, the 2013 campaign is Walton's 20th on the sidelines at RMU. At the conclusion of this season, Walton will step down as head coach and serve as special assistant to the athletic director at Robert Morris. In his years guiding the Colonials, Walton has compiled an overall record of 114-90-1 (.559), including a mark of 73-45 (.619) in the Northeast Conference. Included in that 18-year stretch against league foes are six NEC regular-season championships (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2010). Read more about this singular event.


-- Several RMU faculty members in the Department of Computer and Information Systems won the Distinguished Paper Award at the 2013 Systems Educators Conference in San Antonio, Texas. The paper, Gender Rationales in Selecting a Major in Information Technology at the Undergraduate Level, was about women applying to and completing computer degrees at the collegiate undergraduate level. The authors are Sushma Mishra, Peter Draus, Donald Caputo, Jim Leone, Fred Kohun, and Diana Repack. The paper will be published in the conference proceedings and in the 2014 Information Systems Education Journal.


-- RMU Colonial Theatre and the Moon Area High School present a joint production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat through Nov. 17 at the Moon Area High School auditorium. The show is set for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15-16 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17. Tickets are $10 for students and seniors and $12 for other adults.

-- The Uzuri Think Tank presents "Habari," a wine and cheese reception for faculty and staff, from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the Ferry Room of Massey Hall. Habari is Swahili for information. RSVP by Nov. 10 to Anthony Robins at ext. 6482 or to

-- Students in Communication Seminar, taught by University Professor Ann Jabro, are joining with the RMU chapter of the Society of Collegiate Journalists to host the Give and Get Kickoff from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, to encourage students donate their leftover dining plan money to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. The event will take place in the Food Court in Nicholson Center and feature food, entertainment, and prizes.

Friday, Nov. 15

Women's Hockey vs. Lindenwood (7:05 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/free)
*First 200 fans receive an official RMU puck compliments of Trib Total Media

Saturday, Nov. 16
Football vs. Sacred Heart (noon/Joe Walton Stadium)
*Senior/Hall of Fame Day presented by Allegheny Health Network
*Free halftime food and soft drinks on the plaza for RMU students under the tent (sponsored by RMU SAAC)
*First 1,000 fans receive a free Joe Walton miniature bronze statue
*Adult General Admission Ticket Price $25 (benefits Joe Walton Scholarship Fund)
*Volleyball vs. Sacred Heart (3 pm/Sewall Center/free admission)
*Women's Hockey vs. Lindenwood (3:05 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/tix 412-397-4949 or

Sunday, Nov. 17
Volleyball vs. Fairleigh Dickinson (1 pm/Sewall Center/free admission) -- SENIOR DAY
Women's Basketball vs. Coppin State (5 pm/Sewall Center/free)

TOYS FOR TOTS...Collection bins on campus are located in Joe Walton Stadium (first floor main lobby), Sewall Center Arena (main entrance), Sewall Center Third Floor (inside upper doors), Island Sports Center (main lobby), Nicholson Center (across from Heritage Room) and Hale Center (inside third floor doors facing Franklin Center). Please be generous by donating a new unwrapped toy and help us support our partners in this annual venture, the United States Marine Corps Reserve. Better yet come to the football game versus Sacred Heart at noon on Nov. 16 in Joe Walton Stadium, the women's basketball at 1:30 pm on Nov. 23 versus UMBC in Sewall Center, the men's hockey game at 3:30 pm on Nov. 23 versus Holy Cross at the Island Sports Center, the women's hockey game versus RIT at 3 pm on Dec. 7 at the Island Sports Center and/or the men's basketball game at 4 pm versus Toledo on Dec. 7 at the Sewall Center...bring a new unwrapped toy to any or all of these games and get in free!

THE RMU FOOTBALL COACH'S SHOW...Featuring John Banaszak wraps up for the season on Monday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. inside the Buffalo Wild Wings in West Mifflin. Come on out for the live taping and get the inside scoop on Colonials Football. The show will air Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 9 p.m. on 970 AM ESPN.

RMU basketball and ice hockey are free for RMU students, faculty, and staff only. For other ticket prices go to

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