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Friday, April 4, 2014


-- "The Builder's Project: Enhancing Service Learning and Career Skills for the Marketplace" was published in the peer reviewed Proceedings of the Fourth Annual Laurel Highlands Communications Conference hosted by Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The paper focused on pedagogy and student reflections of the experiences they encountered while preparing feature stories for the 105 "builders" of the Middle States Re-Accreditation project. Ann Jabro and Sun-A Park team-taught the course and served as lead authors on the paper. Kelly Claar, Jennifer Snow, Abbey Lape, and Brianna Flasco were the student co-authors.

-- RMU is hosting its Annual Spring Blood Drive in partnership with Central Blood Bank on Wednesday, April 9, from 11 a.m. to 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 onto . Click "Make an Appointment" and search with the group code CU160001, or

2) Contact Jess Mann, Assistant Director, Student Civic Engagement by calling 412-397-6691 or emailing her at .

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

-- The Pittsburgh Speakers Series presented by Robert Morris University and powered by Trib Total Media unveiled its line-up for 2014-15. The series will feature award-winning actor Alan Alda (Oct. 8, 2014), former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard (Oct. 29, 2014), former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III (Nov. 19, 2014), award-winning journalist Arianna Huffington (Jan. 14, 2015), 21st century warfare expert P.W. Singer (Feb. 18, 2015), Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough (Mar. 25, 2015), and futurist and TV/radio host Michio Kaku (Apr. 29, 2015). Read more about next year's speakers.


-- Hyla Willis, associate professor of media arts, was named as the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts 2014 Artist of the Year. Originating in 1949, the Artist of the Year award recognizes "those making significant creative contributions to Southwestern Pennsylvania and beyond." Willis' solo exhibition, "America's Least Livable City, and other works", will be unveiled at the center during an opening reception at 5:30 p.m. on May 9 and will run through mid-July.

In 1985, when Rand McNally first selected Pittsburgh as “America's Most Livable City,” Willis’ hometown of Yuba City, Calif., was ranked dead last. Her multimedia installation “explores the struggles of everyday life and the community cohesion that still occurs when the outside world disregards you.” Willis will also show archival material from her work with the subRosa art collective, as well as a miscellany of her new works. Read more about Willis and this honor.


-- The Pittsburgh Musical Theater, in association with Robert Morris University, will be presenting Les Miserables at the Byham Theater through April 6. Les Miserables is the powerful tale of Jean ValJean and his lifelong 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.

Remaining dates:

Friday, April 4 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 5 - 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 6 - 2:00 p.m.

-- The Honors Program is sponsoring a panel discussion titled "Voting and Getting Involved in Politics" from 11 a.m. to noon on Friday, April 4, in Rogal Chapel. A small reception will follow. The participants include:
State Sen. Matt Smith
State Rep. Mark Mustio
State Rep. Adam Ravenstahl
Jim Vitale, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors for Moon Township
James Burn, Chair of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party
Nancy Mills, Chair of the Allegheny County Democratic Party

The panel discussion will be moderated by Ken LaSota, a geology professor at RMU and the mayor of the Borough of Heidelberg.

-- The Robert Morris University Student Veterans Association (RMU-SVA) is having a BBQ fundraiser at the Nicholson firepit on Friday, April 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The food is free but donations to the RMU-SVA will be graciously accepted. Specially made hats will also be available to any military veteran with a donation as well. All proceeds benefit the RMU-SVA.

-- Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend the screening of No Dinosaurs in Heaven, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, in Wheatley 110. A Q & A will follow with the visiting Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, Greta Schiller. No Dinosaurs in Heaven is a film essay that examines the continuous conflict between scientific and religious communities as well as an exploration of the concerns over the separation of church and state in k-12 science education. RMU’s visiting filmmaker, Greta Schiller, is an internationally acclaimed documentary film director and producer, as well as, more recently, a science educator. Her career was launched with the PBS broadcast of her first feature documentary, Before Stonewall, which won two Emmy Awards.

-- RMU Computer and Information Systems Professor Sushma Mishra will present her Roundtable "How Secure is your Healthcare Record?" on Thursday, April 10, at 11 a.m. in Franklin 201. This Roundtable presentation will address the challenges we face today in securing healthcare information in a digital format. In today's world, security and privacy of healthcare records has been a constant source of concern. Mishra will detail various issues leading to security vulnerabilities and possible solutions will be presented.

-- The ninth annual Gold Show, featuring the best work of Media Arts students, will be on exhibit in the Wheatley Center Media Arts Gallery through April 10. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

-- RMU's literary journal Rune will have a release party on April 24 at 5 p.m. in Wheatley Cafe. During the event, authors whose work was published in this year's edition will have the opportunity to read their work aloud. The evening's featured reader will be award-winning Pittsburgh poet Jan Beatty, author of Red Sugar (2008), Boneshaker (2002), and other poetry collections. Beatty is the host of WYEP's "Prosody", western Pennsylvania’s only regularly scheduled radio program featuring contemporary poets and writers. She is also director of Carlow University's creative writing program. Beatty will join John Lawson, RMU professor of English studies, and part-time instructor and poet Tess Barry, to record a reading and literary discussion for RMU Radio's "Literature Out Loud."

Rune accepts short stories, dramatic writing, art, and writings with photography. For this year's issue, 51 pieces were selected out of 200 submissions. Staff members include Lawson, who serves as the magazine's advisor, and students Ashley Gribik, chief editor, Alyssa Bishop, layout coordinator, and Virginia Kohar, web manager. The magazine is open to all fields of study at RMU. The Rune staff has constructed a website that will be launched during the release party. Readings are scheduled from 5 to 6 p.m.

-- The RMU-SVA is having a motorcycle ride in honor of our nation's Veterans at 11 a.m. April 26, meeting at the Sewall Center and traveling to the VFW post in Weirton, W. Va. The fee is $15 per bike and $5 per passenger. The fee includes lunch, a chance at prizes, and a T-shirt (one per bike – first come, first served). All profits will benefit the RMU Student Veterans Emergency Fund. For more information contact Chase Thomas, president of the RMU-SVA at

Friday, April 4

Women's Lacrosse vs. Sacred Heart (3 p.m./Joe Walton Stadium/free admission)
Halftime promotion prizes from Primanti's & Burger King!

Saturday, April 5
Softball vs. Fairleigh Dickinson (1 p.m. DH/North Athletic Complex/free admission)

Sunday, April 6
Women's Lacrosse vs. LIU Brooklyn (noon/Joe Walton Stadium/free admission)

Halftime promotion prizes from Primanti's & Burger King!

Monday, April 7
Women's & Men's Tennis vs. Duquesne (11 a.m./North Athletic Complex/free admission

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