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Friday, January 31, 2014


-- Three applied journalism students, Leah Fleischel, Haley Sawyer and Paul Wintruba, covered President Obama's speech  at the U.S. Steel Plant in Irwin on Wednesday, Jan. 29. The students appeared on the RMU Sentry Media website along with Talk Radio News Service, which is headquartered in Washington, D.C. 

-- Car-sharing service Zipcar will soon be available on campus for all RMU students, faculty, and staff. Zipcar gives its members 24/7 access to cars parked right on campus. Low hourly and daily rates include the cost of gas, insurance, and 180 miles per day to drive wherever you want to go. Zipcar members can reserve cars online or through a smartphone app for as little as an hour or as long as four days. Look for more details next week. In the meantime, learn more at or on Facebook at


-- Ann Jabro, university professor of communication, presented "Teaching, Building and Assessing Interdisciplinary e-Portfolios" as a participant on the panel "e-Portfolios:  Connecting Student Job-Market Readiness to Communication Program Assessment" at the American Association of Colleges and Universities Fifth Annual e-Portfolio Forum Conference in Washington, D.C.


-- RMU is hosting a series of events to celebrate Black History Month in February. Of note:

Feb 12, Black History Month Luncheon
Keynote: Roger Humphries
Sewall Center, International Suite
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
$10 for Faculty and Staff
$5 for students or resident students can use their Freedom Card

Feb 15, Black History Month Concert Featuring Billy the Kid and the Regulators
Nicholson Center
7 p.m.

-- Join the Center for Global Engagement and the Rooney International Scholar Program as they welcome this semester's Rooney International Visiting Scholar, Baelebale Nnunu Tsheko, at 2 p.m.  Monday, Feb. 3 in the SESS Reception/Conference room area, Nicholson Center Fourth Floor. Tsheko is a researcher and professor at the University of Botswana, where she has served as the School of Education's department head. Her current research interests are in assessment, evaluation, gender, HIV/AIDS and orphans, and vulnurable children and population at risk. 

-- Communication Professor Yvonne Bland will host the first RMU Roundtable presentation of the semester, "Managing Stagefright: Taming the Green Monster," at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, in Franklin 201. It will feature an interactive discussion of the causes, symptoms and treatment of one of the world's greatest epidemics: fear of speaking in public. The session calls upon real world examples and proven techniques for managing the excess nervous energy we all experience in our public lives.  

Built upon a solid theoretical foundation, this Roundtable will be engaging, educational and fun! The RMU Roundtable Series is sponsored by the University Honors Program, and is an occasional forum in which faculty can present on their research and topics of interest in an informal setting to honors students, faculty and staff. 

-- 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. 31
Men's Hockey vs. Army (7 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/free)

First 600 fans get a foam finger thanks to Dick's Sporting Goods

Saturday, Feb. 1
Men's Basketball vs. C. Conn. State (4 pm/Sewall Center/free)
RMU Alumni Relations and Admissions pregame social in Sewall Center (east court)
Postgame social at Primanti Brothers Restaurant (University Blvd.) with head coach Andy Toole
Men's Hockey vs. Army (7 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/free)
Boy Scout Night; After the game, "Skate with the Colonials" (free with own skates, $2.50 to rent from ISC front desk)

6TH FAN CONTEST...The national school pride competition, "NCAA 6th Fan," is underway. Vote prior to Feb. 16 to help RMU move on to the Sweet 16 and win $10,000 for our general scholarship fund. Check out this link: and vote!
THE RMU BASKETBALL COACH'S SHOW...With top Colonial Andy Toole continues Monday (Feb. 3) at 7 p.m. at Buffalo Wild Wings in Monroeville. You're invited to come out and listen, ask questions, and enjoy time spent with other Robert Morris fans! The show will air live on 970 AM ESPN.

THE RMU HOCKEY COACH'S SHOW...Featuring head man Derek Schooley continues Wednesday (Feb. 5) at the Buffalo Wild Wings in Cranberry. Come on out and get the inside scoop on Colonial Hockey. The show airs live on 970 AM ESPN.

Junior forward Cody Wydo is RMU's nominee for college hockey's top individual honor -- the Hobey Baker Memorial Award. Fan voting is happening right now at

Basketball and ice hockey are free for RMU faculty and staff. Go to for other ticketing information.

We don't have to tell you that the combination of low temperatures, decreased humidity, and blasting heaters can leave your skin flaky and itchy. But here's what you may not know: Because the outermost layer of your skin helps keep bacteria from entering your body, the cracks created by water loss can make you more vulnerable to infection. Using a humidifier and lotion will help, but you can also moisturize from within. Research suggests that ceramides (lipid molecules that help prevent skin from becoming dry) found in whole grains may help build up the barrier that keeps moisture in. And add more biotin-rich foods (like Swiss chard, eggs, and nuts) to your diet—they're members of the B vitamin family and promote the production of moisture-retaining fatty acids.


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