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THE RMU WEEKLY NEWSLETTER

08/28/2015

NEWS

-- The Princeton Review named Robert Morris University among its "Best Colleges in the Northeast" for 2016. The ranking gathers information from administrators at hundreds of colleges in each region, its staff visits to schools over the years, the perspectives of college counselors and advisors, as well as a survey completed by RMU students. The Princeton Review report commended RMU for its multiple accreditations and its Student Engagement Transcript.

"We chose Robert Morris University and the other outstanding institutions on this list primarily for their excellent academics and what students enrolled at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences " said Robert Franek, the Princeton Review's senior vice president of publishing.

-- RMU is now on Periscope, a smart device app that allows users to watch live streams of events happening on campus. If you can't make it to an event, like Homecoming for instance, just jump on Periscope and follow "RMU." Here's how you do it:

1. Download the Periscope app for your Apple or Android device.
2. Login using your Twitter information. If you don't have Twitter, use your phone number.
3. Click the “People” tab located on the bottom right of the screen.
4. Click the magnifying glass on the top left of the screen and search “RMU.” Click on the Robert Morris Univ. profile, which will look like the image below, and “Follow” it. 
5. Once you are following RMU, click on the “Watch Live” button, located on the bottom left of your screen. Once the live feed begins, it will appear in this window and you can join in on it.

Periscope Screenshots

-- The National Communication Associaton, an academic professional society for speech communication faculty, has renamed their "Outstanding Service Award" the "Rex Crawley Outstanding Service Award," after the late and beloved Rex Crawley. Crawley was a professor of communication and assistant dean of the School of Communications and Information Systems when he died from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in November, 2013. The award is given to a member of the NCA who exemplifies excellence in social advocacy, community service, and mentoring, through two of their special interest groups - the African American Communication and Culture Division and the Black Caucus. Crawley had won the award in 2010, and then moved on to become the Endowed Chair and Executive Director of the Uzuri Think Tank. Through his leadership of the Black Male Leadership Development Institute, Crawley had a profound and lasting impact on hundreds of young men throughout the Pittsburgh region — just one example of his exemplary service to the larger community.

-- RMU Sentry Media continues to be in the national spotlight this week as RMU Radio was nominated for "Best Radio Sportscast" in the College Media Association's Pinnacle Awards. Three Media Arts students, Jon Fisher, Kristen Kudla, and Vince Russo, provided coverage of the Three Rivers Classic matchup between Robert Morris and Penn State. The winners will be announced at the CMA fall convention in Austin, Texas in October. 

-- RMU and Heritage Valley Health System will host the “What’s On Your Plate?” Healthy Foods and Wellness Expo in the Sewall Center Arena Saturday, Sept. 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is a collaboration of Heritage Valley’s Community Health Services Department and the RMU Office of Student and Civic Engagement, and it is coordinated by RMU senior management student Bobby Catley. The free event will include live cooking demonstrations, free health screenings, live fitness demonstrations, free food and product samples, and also the chance to win door prizes. Those attending the health and wellness expo can visit one of the more than 55 featured exhibitors. Catley also coordinated the expo last year and when he was a senior at Hopewell High School. His devotion to public service has earned him the Pittsburgh Penguins Humanitarian Award and the Jefferson Awards for Public Service.  

PERSONAL MENTION

-- Christine Holtz, professor of media arts, has photographic works from her project "50 Greenspace Dumpsites" in collaboration with Lauren S. Zadikow included in THE FENCE 2015 at Atlanta Celebrates Photography, which  is largest annual community-oriented photo festival in the United States. The exhibition will be on view through Nov. 15 at Atlanta BeltLine.

-- Jeeyun Oh, assistant professor of communication, has published "How does interactivity persuade? Effects of interactivity on cognitive absorption, elaboration, and attitudes" in the Journal of Communication. Oh also presented a paper, "Make it interactive and they will come: Correlating interactivity in anti-drug websites with site traffic" at the 65th annual conference of the International Communication Association in San Juan.

YOU'RE INVITED

-- The RMU Media Arts Department is excited to announce the first exhibition of the academic year in the Media Arts Gallery, Wheatley Center:

Selections 2015
Sept. 3 - 24

This year our first exhibition highlights the work of four faculty members,: Professor Christine Holtz, Assistant Professor Cigdem Slankard and part-time faculty members, Jessica Kalmar and Lauren Zito. By featuring the work of just four faculty, the size of our beautiful gallery enables us to show a small body of work by each faculty member, representing one aspect of their current professional practice research profile.

The opening reception takes place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3. Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show is free and open to the public.

-- Please join us for the seventh annual De La Gente Festival in collaboration with RMU Athletics and the RMU football team for the home opener on Saturday, Sept. 5. The festival will begin at 10 a.m. and feature our multicultural student organizations, games, activities, raffles and RMU Radio. Join us as we kick off the football season with free food, fun and games! For more information contact the Office of Multicultural Student Services at multicultural@rmu.edu

-- HOMECOMING! 

  • Welcome Party - Friday, Sept. 18, 5 p.m. at All Star Sports Bar and Grill
  • Campus Tours - Saturday, Sept. 19, Noon
  • Tailgate Alley - Saturday, Sept 19., Opens at noon
  • Reunion Years Reception - Saturday, Sept. 19, 1-2:30 p.m.
  • Alumni Zone - Saturday, Sept. 19, Opens at 2:30 p.m.
  • Football game - Saturday Sept. 19, Kick-off at 3 p.m.  

ATHLETICS

Friday, Aug. 28
Women's Volleyball vs. UMBC (6 pm/Sewall Center/free admission)

Saturday, Aug. 29
Women's Volleyball vs. UMBC (2:30 pm/Sewall Center/free admission)
Women's Volleyball vs. Loyola-MD (6 pm/Sewall Center/free admission)

Sunday, Aug. 30
Women's Soccer vs. Niagara (3 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission)

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