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Friday, January 17, 2014


-- President Dell'Omo recently announced the winners of the Distinguished Faculty Achievement Awards for the 2012-13 Academic Year. Distinguished Achievement in Teaching: Jeff Guiler, Department of Management, School of Business; Distinguished Achievement in Scholarship: Sushma Mishra, Department of Computer Information Systems, School of Communications and Information Systems; Distinguished Achievement in Service: Mark Eschenfelder, Department of Economics, School of Business. Each winner was nominated by faculty colleagues, staff members, or students. Three faculty committees, each of included past award winners in each category, evaluated the record of the nominees and made their recommendations to President Dell'Omo, who made the final selections based on the committees’ recommendations and his own evaluation of the records. Each of the winners will receive a monetary award and will have their names placed on the plaque that is permanently displayed in the Nicholson Center.

-- RMU is hosting its annual Winter Blood Drive in partnership with Central Blood Bank on Wednesday, January 29, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. in the John Jay Gym. Our goal is collect 50 units, and we need your help. If you would like to make an appointment, please do one of the following:

1) Log on to Click "Make an Appointment" and search with the group code CU160001  or

2) Contact Jess Mann, assistant director, Student Civic Engagement by calling 412-397-6491 or emailing her at

Walk-ins are also welcome! The entire donation process should take less than one hour. Your participation will help save lives, and you will be modeling active community engagement for our students to emulate.

-- The School of Nursing and Health Sciences recently announced administration changes: Susan Van Cleve will serve as interim director of the DNP program and Joyce Ott will serve as the RN-MSN and MSN program director effective Jan. 1, 2014.

EDITOR'S NOTE -- We hope you took note of this month's safety tip regarding fire safety that was mailed to all faculty and staff. Remember the acronym R.A.C.E.:

RESCUE: If it is safe to do so, rescue anyone in imminent danger of smoke or fire. RMU faculty and staff provide direction regarding evacuation to students and visitors nearby.

ALARM: Activate the closest fire alarm pull station. Call RMU public safety at ext. 2424 if the incident is on campus or 911 at an off-campus location such as the RMU Island Sports Center and Yorktown Hall.

CONTAIN: Close all doors and windows as you evacuate.

EVACUATE: Leave the building and go to a safe point away from it.


-- Spinning Yarns: Photographic Storytellers, curated by Anne Leighton Massoni and Libby Rowe is now in the RMU Media Arts Gallery though the end of this month. To “spin a yarn” is not just to tell a story but to construct a tale. From setting the stage to character development, visual metaphors, and subtle manipulations, the artists in this exhibition utilize aspects of storytelling and open narrative to impart their tale. The earliest accounts of storytelling in our history are not written or spoken, they are painted on cave walls—we have been telling stories through images for over 30,000 years. While the nature of photography suggests a seemingly factual representation of life, contemporary artists in this exhibition introduce a narrative focus to their conceptual framework, bringing to life a wide spectrum of photographic narratives. The dialogue between artists and viewers creates new perspectives, biases, and experiences, while further “spinning the yarn”.

Spinning Yarns: Photographic Storytellers is a traveling exhibition featuring 23 artists and 64 works.

Special Events:
Exhibiting artist Andy Bloxham will give an artist lecture on Jan. 27 at noon in the gallery.
The Media Arts Gallery will host a closing reception Jan. 30, 5-7 p.m. Light drinks and snacks will be provided.

Gallery Hours:
Mon-Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment

-- On Friday, Feb. 7, Robert Morris University will honor, remember, and celebrate the life of Rex Crawley, professor of communication, who passed away on Nov. 25, 2013, after dealing with complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was 49. The Rex Crawley Memorial Celebration will take place in the Sewall Center Arena on RMU's campus in Moon Township. Beginning at 4 p.m. the main program will feature various speakers and performances by the RMU Choir. A reception will immediately follow at 5:15 p.m., with refreshments and live music. Faculty, staff, students, alumni, and members of the general public are invited to attend this celebration of one of RMU's most beloved professors. You can RSVP by emailing

Friday, Jan. 17
Men's Hockey vs. AIC (7 p.m./84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/free)

Saturday, Jan. 18
Women's Basketball vs. Saint Francis (3 p.m./Sewall Center/free)

National Girls and Women in Sports Day; Moon Parks & Recreation Day
Men's Hockey vs. AIC (4 p.m./84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/free)
All fans receive an RMU Hockey Rally Towel compliments of Eaton

Come to the Buffalo Wild Wings in West Mifflin at 7 p.m., Jan. 20, for the Andy Toole Show. The show airs live on 970 AM ESPN or via iHeartRadio on any mobile device.

THE RMU HOCKEY COACH'S SHOW...Featuring head man Derek Schooley takes place Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. at Buffalo Wild Wings in Gibsonia. The show airs live on 970 AM ESPN or via iHeartRadio on any mobile device.

...You and your sweetie make a great couple! You've heard it from many different people. But how good of a couple are you, really? If there was an Olympic event for couples, would you grab the gold? Or in this case, the diamond? Thanks to Orr’s Jewelers you have the chance to find out how great of a couple you really are. Orr’s has generously made it possible for one lucky Robert Morris fan to be the recipient of $2,000 diamond earrings! Whoa, hold on a minute. That's a pretty big prize! Orr’s isn't going to hand these prized gems over to just anybody. No sir. Orr’s wants the prize to go to the most deserving couple, the Diamond Couple. Share your story...You can enter the RMU Diamond Couple Contest presented by Orr’s Jewelers by submitting a brief (300 words of less) essay as to why the Colonials should select you for a chance to win an opportunity to compete for $2,000 diamond earrings during breaks at the Robert Morris men's basketball home game against Central Connecticut State, Saturday, February 1. To enter, you must read the official contest rules at To submit your entry (300 words or less) on why you should be chosen, please email to

Women's basketball and men's hockey are free for RMU faculty and staff. Go to for other ticketing information.

WELLNESS TIP -- Ever hear someone with arthritis say they can predict the weather? When it comes to the cold, they may be right. Many Americans who suffer from arthritis or other joint-related conditions say frigid temperatures make their symptoms significantly worse. While the science has been mixed on why this happens, one study found that joint pain increases with every ten-degree drop in temperature. Researchers think one reason could be that the cold air causes the fluid surrounding the joints to thicken, which can reduce mobility. While the resulting stiffness isn't necessarily dangerous, it can be painful and uncomfortable. To ease your symptoms, keep moving: Regular exercise is the best way to loosen stiff joints.

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