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Friday, March 14, 2014


-- RMU has named nursing Professor Valerie M. Howard as dean of its School of Nursing and Health Sciences, a post she has held on an interim basis since September. Howard came to RMU from the University of Pittsburgh in 2004. As an internationally recognized expert in medical simulation, she has positioned Robert Morris as a leader in this field, providing simulation training to health care workers throughout the Pittsburgh region. Howard is immediate past president of the International Nursing Association of Clinical Simulation and Learning. Read the full story here .

-- The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival respondent has recognized several Robert Morris students for their success and dedication to the university theater program. Junior Robert Kowalewski and graduate student Logan Williams (an RMU alum) were both selected to compete at a regional festival in January 2015 for The Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship. This scholarship provides recognition, honor, and financial assistance to outstanding student performers wishing to pursue further education. Sixteen regional awards and two national scholarships are presented annually. The basis for this opportunity was outstanding acting performances in Amadeus.

The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Certificate of Merit in Set Design was awarded to senior Becca Noal. This certificate is given to students who have displayed outstanding design work. Noal designed the set for Picasso in the Lapin Agile in the fall and stage managed Amadeus. Her design work was the result of a strong collaboration with director/advisor Barbara Lefebvre and guest artist lighting designer Todd Nonn.

Respondents also decided to show a scene from Amadeus at the next regional festival. The scene that was selected is between Salieri and Constanze Mozart. (Robert Kowalewski and Rachel Carey performing, directed by Barbara Burgess-Lefebvre). Only 10 shows from over several hundred plays in the region are selected to participate in this way.

-- More results from the RMU Polling Institute Powered by Trib Total Media: Americans who have a college degree report a higher quality of life  than those with no college education, and workers believe their employers hide salary info to avoid revealing that women are paid less than their male counterparts.

-- RMU in the News has been updated with media coverage of the university from February.


-- Dan Shelley, Michele Cole, and Louis Swartz have had a paper accepted for the upcoming Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference in Jacksonville. Fla. This paper presents the results of a three-year study examining one university’s graduate and undergraduate students’ satisfaction with their experiences with online learning. Shelley is a professor of education; Cole is a professor of human resources management; and Swartz is a professor of legal studies.


-- The Pittsburgh Musical Theater, in association with Robert Morris University, will be presenting Les Miserables at the Byham Theater from March 27 through April 6. Les Miserables is the powerful tale of Jean ValJean and his life-long struggle for redemption. The show is directed by Coordinator of RMU Colonial Theatre Ken Gargaro and choreographed by Colleen Petrucci with musical direction by Brent Alexander. Ticket prices start at $12.25 with half price tickets for any student.

Performance dates:

Thursday, March 27 - 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 28 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 29 - 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 30 - 2:00 p.m.
Friday, April 4 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 5 - 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 6 - 2:00 p.m.

Robert Morris Fans...WE NEED YOU!

Sunday, March 16 (Northeast Conference Tournament Championship)
RMU Women's Basketball vs. Saint Francis-PA (3 pm/Sewall Center/tix 412-397-4949 or
An automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament is on the line, and the opponent will be here in numbers supporting their team!
First 400 fans receive an official NEC Tournament Rally Towel and t-shirt courtesy of Trib Total Media
Free for RMU students with Freedom Card (cut your spring break a few hours short)!
For all others -- $10 adult, $5 age 5-18/other college ID (call the number above about special group discounts)

Will you be here? Let's show our Colonial Pride and provide our team with the home-court advantage they've earned!


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