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-- RMU’s Center for Innovative Teaching and Directed Engaged Learning (CITADEL) will host a conference Oct. 8-9 on the importance of extracurricular engagement for college students. The event, "Creating a Culture of Engagement: The RMU Engaged and Service Learning Conference," will offer administrators, faculty, staff, and graduate students an opportunity to participate in workshops and panel discussions on engaged learning, service learning, and civic engagement. In addition to Interim President and Provost David Jamison, keynote speakers include Char Gray,  executive director of Pennsylvania Campus Compact, and Jessie L. Moore, associate director of the Center for Engaged Learning at Elon University, where she also is an associate professor of English.  For the full schedule of the conference visit

-- The Enrollment Management Division is offering a professional development opportunity for RMU staff members regarding college affordability. Vice President Wendy Beckemeyer will be presenting the modules as part of The College Affordability Academy™. The topics below will be covered over nine separate sessions in 90 minute segments:

  • Trends in Student Aid
  • How RMU Measures Up
  • Loan Entrance Counseling
  • Financing Higher Ed 
  • Debt Management & Counseling Families
  • Majors & Income 
  • Impacting Employability 
  • Landing Jobs Over A Lifetime 
  • Capstone project: Small groups assigned to create a deliverable (video/app/handout/web content) for our prospective student audience.  Small groups will present their deliverable in the final week.
Please e-mail Lori Wyberg at if you are interested in attending. If you cannot attend every module, you are still welcome.
-- President-Elect Christopher Howard has been named one of the nation's "Most Interesting College Presidents" by Dr. Howard is currently the president of Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia.

-- The RMU Career Center has published its annual post-graduation plan report for the Class of 2014, which shows that once again 92 percent of graduates who earned a bachelor's degree that year had a job or were enrolled in graduate school one year after commencement. You can read more about the placement rate and the survey upon which it is based, as well as personal stories of our students' success, at Please note that university policy requires that if you make reference to the placement rate in any digital or printed materials, that you include the most up-to-date information or simply refer readers to All materials should include this URL and specify that the placement rate applies to the Class of 2014, and all web pages that mention the placement should link directly to that page. You can also download a summary of the post-graduation report here.


-- Maria Kalevitch, dean of the School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science, has been selected to Leadership Pittsburgh, a program for established leaders in the Pittsburgh region to hone their leadership skills. 

-- Victoria Snyder, director of Multicultural Student Services, is a nominee for the ATHENA Young Professional Award, and the only nominee this year representing higher education. The Greater Pittsburgh ATHENA Award recognizes exceptional women who demonstrate excellence in their profession, contribute to their community and help other women to succeed through mentorship. The Awards Banquet will be on Oct. 9. 


-- The Career Center, in conjunction with the Vets Center, invite all veterans and service members to the "Meet and Greet with Employers" event held prior to the Career Expo on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 10 a.m. The event will be held in the Sewall Center Arena and is a great opportunity to network with Pittsburgh's finest employers. A continental breakfast will be served. 

-- The Career Center is hosting its Fall Career Expo on Wednesday, Oct. 7 from noon to 4 p.m. in the Sewall Center. Don't miss out on this opportunity to meet representatives from local and national companies and organizations. The event is open to all students and alumni and registration is free at the door. Professional dress is required and attendees should bring plenty of resumes. 

--The Colonial Theatre presents Avenue Q The Musical, directed by Ken Gargaro. The show will run Oct 7-10 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct 11 at 2 p.m. at Massey Hall. All tickets are $10 and can be purchased here. Student discounts are only available by pre-purchasing a ticket at the Office of Student Life.

-- The Robert Morris University Media Arts Gallery is hosting an interactive exhibition, Beyond the Obvious—Poetry and Photography by Jim Daniels and Charlee Brodsky, through Nov. 20. Visitors can view the photographs and poems on display as well as participate actively in the show by creating images and poems of their own inspired by the work of Daniels and Brodsky. The exhbiition is free and open to the public, and the gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more info on Daniels and Brodsky click here.


Friday, Oct. 2
Men's Soccer vs. Howard (3 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission)

RMU FOOTBALL COACHES SHOW...featuring Robert Morris head coach John Banaszak continues Monday (Oct. 5) from the All-Star Sports Bar & Grill in Southpointe at 8 pm. The Voice of the Colonials Chris Shovlin and Coach Banaszak are your hosts! The show airs live Mondays during the football season on the radio flagship for RMU Football, 970 AM ESPN Pittsburgh and at the iheart media app on your mobile device.

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