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-- Robert Morris now offers a 20% discount to parents and siblings of current full-time undergraduates who are interested in earning a master's degree. The discount can be applied to 20 master's degree and graduate certificate programs, both online and on ground. If you'd like to learn more about this new tuition discount, as well as which programs qualify, visit

--Inauguration and Homecoming were a huge hit! Thank you to everyone who was a part of making the weekend such a success. You can see and download photos of all the events on RMU's Flickr page.


-- Wenli Wang, professor of computer and information systems, received the Best Paper Award, Research, Honorable Mention, for her research paper "A Learning Module For Advanced Cryptology" at the 56th annual IACIS conference that was held October 5-8 in Nashville. Papers accepted and presented at the IACIS conference are published in Issues in Information Systems. This is the second Best Paper award Wang has received from IACIS. 


-- You’re invited to the Celebration of RMU Online Education event! The RMU Online brand campaign kickoff event is from 3-5 p.m. on November 1 in the Sewall Center International Suite, where you’ll learn about everything going on at RMU Online. Last month began a yearlong brand campaign to grow visibility and enhance the reputation of Robert Morris University in the highly competitive market for students who wish to pursue a degree online. This kickoff event is a chance for you to meet your colleagues, online students and alumni behind this initiative and learn about how you can be a part of this campaign.

Everyone attending receives a small prize, but to be eligible for the iPads you must  RSVP before October 28 and be present at the event at the time of the drawings! 

-- The School of Nursing and Health Services is hosting the Pennsylvania Action Coalition’s "Pennsylvania’s Healthcare Mosaic Conference," a statewide nursing conference on Oct. 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., which will focus on building health equity and cultural competence. Dr. Rachel Levine is the Physician General of Pennsylvania, and she is the keynote speaker for the event. In her speech she will be addressing diversity in Pennsylvania and her groundbreaking work and dedication to increasing cultural competency in our state. Also speaking will be Candi Castleberry Singleton, founder and CEO of Dignity & Respect, Inc., Rita Adeniran, president and CEO of Innovative and Inclusive Global Solutions, and Lisa M. Lewis, assistant dean for diversity and inclusion at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Click here for group and pre-licensed student rates. Registration and breakfast will take place from 7 to 8:30 a.m.

-- The 2016 Political Science Symposium will be held in Sewall Center's International Suite Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 12:15 to 3:30 p.m. Speakers include Mary Esther Van Shura, a former teacher and adjunct faculty member in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh; Lindsey Burke, the Will Skillman Fellow at the Heritage Foundation; Ron Cowell, president of The Education Policy and Leadership Center; Bob Dick, a senior policy analyst for the Commonwealth Foundation; and Jeff Garis, the outreach and engagement director for the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center. All are welcome to attend!

--The U Show, an exhibition that features artwork created by RMU students across several departments and schools, runs through Oct. 28 in the Media Arts Gallery in Wheatley Center. Gallery Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 11am - 3 P.M.; Thursday 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

-- The School of Education and Social Sciences is sponsoring the Celebration of Women Luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Dining Rooms A, B, and C in Sewall Center. With the theme being “Sharing the Wisdom Intergenerationally,” Heather Heidelbaugh, who is a nationally recognized for her work in election law, will be the featured speaker.

-- Annette Foerster, the Fall 2016 Rooney International Visiting Scholar, will give two public lectures this fall: "Debating Torture in Democracies" on Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the RISE Center Theater in Scaife Hall; and "German Politics in Times of Crisis" on Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the University Library in Patrick Henry Center. See descriptions below:

"Debating Torture in Democracies"
Terrorist attacks in diverse Western democracies raised scientific discussions on the legitimacy of torture with a focus on “ticking bomb” scenarios. The lecture systematizes the normative discussion on torture in democracies with a focus on the question of its legitimacy and legality. Can torture ever be a legitimate means of state policy? And if so, should it be legal? Or do those scenarios belong to a state of emergency framework that transcends the normal limits of state power drawn by constitutional democracies? 

"German Politics in Times of Crisis"
Terrorists attacks, the financial crisis, Brexit, the refugee crisis - German politics are confronted with Herculean tasks that challenge the political and social order of the republic, giving rise to populist movements. The presentation explores and comments on current developments within German politics.   


Friday, Oct. 14
Women's Soccer vs. LIU Brooklyn (noon/North Athletic Complex/free admission)
Men's Soccer vs. LIU Brooklyn (3 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission)
Women's Hockey vs. Vermont (7:05 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/tix  412-397-4949 or
The first 200 fans receive an RMU Hockey schedule magnet courtesy of Mario's Family Italian Restaurant!
Sign up in the arena to take the Clearview FCU Skill Shot might win $500!

Saturday, Oct. 15
Women's Hockey vs. Vermont (2:30 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/tix  412-397-4949 or
Sign up in the arena to take the Clearview FCU Skill Shot might win $500!
Women's Volleyball vs. Saint Francis U. (3 pm/Sewall Center/free admission)

Sunday, Oct. 16
Men's Soccer vs. SFC Brooklyn (1 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission) 

MEET THE COLONIALS...presented by Peoples Natural Gas is an annual event not to be missed! It's Thursday, Oct. 20 at 9 p.m. in Sewall Center. Join us as we introduce the 2016-17 RMU women's and men's basketball teams. Free admission! Free t-shirt! Free pizza! Be there! 

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