DEAR ALUMNI AND FRIENDS,
This fall at Robert Morris University has been one for the record books. We welcomed the largest freshman class in our history. More students than ever are living on campus. What’s more, applications to Robert Morris are way up, and our applicants’ SAT scores and GPA are climbing. You can dive into the details on page 17 of this edition of Foundations.
Suffice it to say there is plenty of credit to go around: campus life and student engagement activities, new and upgraded facilities, athletics success, a consistently high placement rate, relentless focus on academic quality. Everyone in the RMU family played a part.
That includes you. After all, the best commercial for any college or university is its alumni – what they achieve and what they have to say about their alma mater. Maybe you know nothing about a particular university except that the best summer intern your company ever hired goes to school there. (Or perhaps your son wants to apply to your boss’s alma mater, but when you ask her about it, she says, “You know, if I had to do it all over, I’d have gone somewhere else.”)
RMU invests a lot of time, energy, and resources into telling its story – through our web site, through social media, through advertising, through the news media. But no message is as powerful as a legacy, when a son or daughter follows in the footsteps of a Robert Morris graduate, like Diane Leonard Pearson ‘85 and her two boys, whom you will read about on page 16. Even simple gestures of loyalty matter, like when you head out to the mall or to do the yard work sporting that new Colonials sweatshirt you bought at Homecoming.
Homecoming – that’s what made me think of all this. Absent a freak October blizzard, the weather couldn’t have been much worse this year. It was cold. It was rainy. It was so windy we had to grab on to the tents in Tailgate Alley to keep them from soaring off into Joe Walton Stadium. And yet, there you were: grilling hot dogs and hamburgers, mingling at the Class Reunions, huddling under ponchos and blankets at the football game. Some of our faculty and staff thought it was the best Homecoming ever. No doubt you could have spent a fall Saturday warmer, dryer, and more comfortable, but the fact that you spent it with us in the wind and rain sends a message too, one we like to hear. Yes, it’s been a good year at RMU, though we’re not taking our success for granted. These are grim times for many of our peers, who in the face of dropping enrollments are laying off faculty and eliminating whole departments. We can’t afford complacency, and we still need your support. But take just one moment, as you read this, to savor your success. Well done, and thank you.
|GREGORY G. DELL’OMO, PH.D .