The Minuteman

The RMU Weekly Newsletter

Friday, September 14, 2018


  • Stay connected to campus news, events, professional development opportunities, employee announcements and more with the monthly issue of Campus Connections, published by the Human Resources department. The September issue was emailed to each employee on Monday, September 10, 2018. If you missed any edition, visit

Personal Mention

  • John Lawson, professor of English, was selected as the recipient of the 2018 Robert T. Oliver Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pennsylvania Communication Association. This award recognizes contributions of an outstanding PCA member within five years of retirement. The award honors people in various aspects of communication within which members ordinarily work. Lawson will be honored at the awards ceremony on Oct. 6 at Seton Hill University in Greensburg.

Upcoming Events

  • SEMS and Dr. Rika Carlsen, coordinator for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) student chapter, along with the Pittsburgh Professional SWE section will be hosting the SWE Pittsburgh Leadership Summit at Yorktown Hall on Saturday, September 15. The event will bring together SWE leaders from the nine SWE sections in Western Pennsylvania and is an excellent opportunity for our female engineering students to network, build relationships, and receive leadership training and mentoring from local SWE leaders.
  • The Research and Innovation in Simulation in Education Center is celebrating Healthcare Simulation Week from Sept. 17-19. That week celebrates global professionals who advocate for healthcare simulation in education, practice, and research. All are invited to join the RISE Center staff for festivities in Scaife Hall during Healthcare Simulation Week 2018. 
  • All are invited to a celebration of Constitution and Citizenship Day this Monday, September 17, from 1 - 2 p.m. in Rogal Chapel. The speaker will be Bruce Ledewitz, a professor of law at Duquesne University School of law, speaking about upholding America's constitutional democracy through the Truth/Justice/Democracy Initiative. Light refreshments will be served and SET credit is available for students. 
  • Professor Nafissa Thompson-Spires will be the Honors Visiting Scholar this semester from October 1- 4. The incoming honors freshmen class read her book of short stories Heads of the Colored People for their FYSP 1015 class over the summer. Thompson-Spires will be hosting several classroom presentations, one of which is open to the campus community. Join us on Wednesday, Oct 3 from 7-8 p.m. in Hopwood Hall for a book reading.
  • RMU is participating in the SparkPittsburgh Company Step Challenge from Sept. 1 through Oct. 15. President Howard was challenged by Quinton Bullock, president of Community College of Allegheny County to see which institution can get the most participation. You can register at


  • Friday Sept. 14
    Women's Soccer vs. Akron (3 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission)
    Women's Volleyball vs. Eastern Michigan (4 pm/NAC Student Rec Center/free admission)
  • Saturday, Sept. 15
    Women's Volleyball vs. Houston (10 am/NAC Student Rec Center/free admission)
    Men's Soccer vs. LaSalle (1 pm/North Athletic Complex/free admission)
    Women's Volleyball vs. Purdue Fort Wayne (4 pm/NAC Student Rec Center/free admission)
  • THE BERNARD CLARK JR. SHOW PRESENTED BY UPMC SPORTS MEDICINE featuring first-year Robert Morris Football Head Coach Bernard Clark continues next Thursday, Sept. 20. LIVE from All-Star Sport Bar & Grill (across from The Mall at Robinson) at 7 pm. The Hall of Fame Voice of the Colonials Chris Shovlin and Coach Clark are your hosts! The show airs on the radio flagship for RMU Football, 970 AM and 106.3 FM ESPN Pittsburgh, and on your mobile device via the iHeart Radio app keyword RMU. All fans are invited to attend the live show at All-Star!

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