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RMU School of Business Receives $400,000 from PNC Foundation

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

PNCCafeteria3The School of Business at Robert Morris University has received a $400,000 grant from the PNC Foundation to fund educational technology and student engagement activities. In honor of PNC’s generosity, Robert Morris will rebrand the food court in the Nicholson Center as the PNC Colonial Café.

Previous gifts from PNC to Robert Morris include $520,000 for the PNC Trading Center in the School of Business Building, which opened in 2011 at RMU’s Moon Township campus. The PNC Trading Center includes Bloomberg stations and a real-time digital stock ticker, and the business school will use this latest gift from PNC to leverage the technology in the trading center. Approximately 200 Robert Morris graduates work for PNC, one of the largest employers of RMU alumni.

“Robert Morris University contributes greatly to the talent we and other southwestern Pennsylvania employers require to grow our businesses,” said Sy Holzer, PNC Bank regional president for Pittsburgh. “The quality of its education and students helps ensure that we can compete in an economy that is increasingly based on knowledge and skills.”

Robert Morris funded the business school building entirely through donations as part of the Changing Lives, Building Futures capital campaign, which raised $41 million against a goal of $40 million. The campaign officially ended in September 2012 but counting gifts made to the university since then, RMU has raised $45 million.

“I would like to thank PNC for their generosity and continued support of the School of Business, which enables our students to have access to the latest technology in developing the financial and managerial skills necessary for successful careers,” said John M. Beehler, dean of the RMU School of Business.

PNCCafeteria4The PNC Colonial Café is the largest of RMU’s five dining facilities, with 7,200 square feet of space and a seating capacity of nearly 400. It underwent a major renovation in 2011 to add additional seating and give the space a sports-bar atmosphere, including 30 flat-screen TVs. Each day, more than 3,500 students, faculty, and staff dine in the PNC Colonial Cafe, which offers a wide range of meal selections.


The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group (NYSE: PNC), actively supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which it has a significant presence. The foundation focuses its philanthropic mission on early childhood education and community and economic development, which includes the arts and culture. For more information about the PNC Foundation, please visit


Through 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate degree programs across five academic schools, Robert Morris University (RMU) in Pittsburgh, Pa., works to change its students' lives so that they can go out and change the lives of others for the better. More than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate, nontraditional and online students from 37 states and 37 nations are enrolled at RMU, which sits on 230 scenic acres just 20 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. Emphasizing experiential learning, Robert Morris focuses on professional development, service learning, global awareness, undergraduate research, campus leadership, and cultural experiences, all of which are documented on our innovative Student Engagement Transcript. More than 100 clubs and organizations help students to develop leadership skills, network professionally, and meet friends. RMU also has 16 NCAA Division I athletic programs, including football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s ice hockey, and men's and women's lacrosse.