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RMU to be featured on HBO!

Tuesday October 21st, Robert Morris University's varsity eSports team will be featured on HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel! You can tune in at 9:00pm CST to catch the entire broadcast.

Click here to check out a sneak peek preview.

In case you missed Saturday's Chicago Tribune, RMU made the front page.
The RMU eSports team won their first competition on Saturday afternoon against
the University of Kentucky. Way to go, Eagles!

For those with Chicago Tribune digital subscriptions, you can read the article here:


Welcome to the eSports Arena!

Associate Athletic Director Kurt Melcher and the RMU eSports Team welcomed students, faculty and staff to an eSports Arena Open House on Thursday. Visitors checked out all the furnishings and equipment which have turned a room on the third floor of the Chicago campus into a gamer's paradise.

Partnerships with such sponsors such as iBuyPower, CoolMaster and Asus have moved the gaming arena from a possibility to a reality. Faculty and staff checked out the custom chairs and even tried their hands at a few turns on League of Legends. "A number of my art students are on the eSports team," said faculty member Mary Russell. "It's great to have them demonstrating the game and the equipment. This is a wonderful facility for them."

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Women's Soccer Wins 4-0 at Morris Field

It was a chilly late afternoon game for the RMU women's soccer team as they played against Holy Cross (Indiana) at Morris Field in Arlington Heights. The Eagles were up by 2 goals at halftime and repeated their efforts in the second half to shut out Holy Cross. Way to go Eagles!

Their next home game is October 29 against Trinity International at Morris Field, 4:00 p.m.

For more pictures of the Eagles in action, go to:The RMU Marching Band has been into some serious rehearsal time for the last few weeks. Director Michael Zaremba has students working hard for the first home game on Saturday, when they will be all decked out in their uniforms. We are looking forward to having our musically talented Eagles strut their stuff on the field at halftime!

For more pictures of the Eagles in action, go to:


They Want Our Blood...Bwaaahahaha!

Every year, Robert Morris University holds a blood drive to assist the American Red Cross in maintaining their vital stores of blood. On Tuesday, the ARC arrived and set up their operation on the eighth floor of the Chicago campus - and the students lined up!
Donating blood is so important - every two seconds someone in the US needs blood, and one pint of blood can help save up to three lives. An average of 15.7 blood donations are made each year in the US.
Congratulations, Eagle Blood Donors! You are making a difference in the lives of so many!!!

RMU's eSports is still creating buzz.
Check out this interview with Kurt Melcher about scholarships.


RMU Cheer Rallies for Cancer Victims

Leave it to the RMU Cheer Team to encourage students and staff to take a stand against cancer. The students visited classrooms on Monday to raise awareness about all kinds of cancer affecting women. They explained their program and invited everyone to support cancer research through donations. Way to go Eagles!

RMU's First Brown Bag Lunch Speaker

Students and alums gathered in the State Street Gallery on Thursday for the first in the Brown Bag Lunch Series. Anthony Lighthall, MGSM MBA alumnus spoke on "Interviewing Techniques that Work." Anthony's comments provided students with information on how to bring their "A" game to interviews, touching on approach, attitude, dress, language, conduct and follow up. "Your attitude comes through in your voice," he explained. "When you leave a voicemail, smile while you speak, make sure you talk clearly, and leave the casual language for hanging out with your friends. Something as simple as this can mean the difference between getting your call returned, or the recruiter going on to the next person." The next lunch hour speaker will be on November 6 at noon in the gallery.
Anthony Lighthall    
As an alum, Anthony has been very involved with RMU and serves on the MGSM Alumni Board. Thanks for giving your time and experience to our current students!

Keep up the good work, Eagles!

The RMU Marching Band has been into some serious rehearsal time for the last few weeks. Director Michael Zaremba has students working hard for the first home game on Saturday, when they will be all decked out in their uniforms. We are looking forward to having our musically talented Eagles strut their stuff on the field at halftime!


Fall Athletics at RMU are in Full Swing!

Catch Women's Volleyball action at the RMU ACC in Arlington Heights this week:
Tuesday, September 16 - RMU vs Cardinal Strtich, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, September 19 - RMU vs Clarke University, 6:00 p.m.

Men's Hockey (Gold):
Friday, September 19, RMU vs Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 7:30 p.m.

First home football game:
RMU vs St. Xavier, Saturday, September 20, at 1:00 p.m.

Also on Saturday:
2:30PM Women's Soccer-LC vs. Faith Baptist Bible College
6:00PM Women's Soccer-CH vs. University of Northwestern Ohio Live AudioLive Stats
7:00PM Men's Soccer-SP vs. McMurray College
7:30PM Men's Hockey Gold-CH vs. Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Be sure to check out the Master Schedule on the RMU Website for upcoming games: 

Farm to from cuisine at Spire in LaPorte

Chef Rachel Murphy was recently hired by Chef Brad Hindsley of Spire Farm to Fork Cuisine as the new pastry chef. Both Brad and Rachel are RMU Institute of Culinary Arts alums. Brad, whose hometown is LaPorte, operates Spire, a restaurant (and catering business) connected to Legacy Hills Golf Club in LaPorte, Indiana. For a fun round of golf on a beautiful course and a wonderful lunch or dinner, topped by one of Chef Rachel's dessert creations, check out Legacy Hills and Spire - it's an easy trip from Chicago and well worth the drive!
Chef Rachel Murphy Chef Brad Hindsley
 Chef Rachel Murphy    Chef Brad Hindsley


On Monday
, Labor Day,  RMU was featured on CBS This Morning for the new eSports program! 
Check it out...


RMU hosts first League of Legends Visit Day

 It may have seemed like Orientation as usual on Friday, but an added aspect of the day was a welcoming session designed especially for students interested in becoming part of the RMU League of Legends teams.  In addition to regular registration and information on housing, financial aid, schedules, and advising, these students participated in a session with coordinator Kurt Melcher, Coach Ferris "AGeNT" Ganzman, and a visit to Ignite Gaming where they had a chance to sample different games.




Orland Park culinary students grow vegetables to be used at Eyrie Restaurant

They say "what goes around, comes around."  RMU culinary students have made sure that vegetables grown in the gardens at the Orland Park campus find their way to Eyrie, the RMU student-run restaurant in Oak Park.  Tomatoes and peppers harvested from the custom garden bins in the OP campus center court provide the ingredients for student chefs to create delicious salads at Eyrie. That's the way to add a little agriculture to the culinary program!



Saturday's orientation brews excitement for the fall

Orientation sessions for the RMU fall start continue throughout the summer.  This past Saturday, another group of incoming students and their parents participated in information sessions, an Expo in the library, special sessions for parents, on housing, advising and financial aid, and lunch in downtown Chicago.  We hope our new Eagles are getting as excited about starting college as the RMU family is to have them on board!



MGSM Alumni Advisory Board gathers to kick off the 2014-2015 year

The Graduate Alumni Advisory Board of Morris Graduate School of Management gathered for a networking event last week to kick of the 2014-15 year and induct new members onto the board.  The group gathered in the State Street Art Gallery for a light dinner and refreshments, and a chance to reconnect with former classmates.

Here's to a great year, Alumni!




RMU student awarded REACh scholarship 

The non-profit consortium REACh (Resources for the Education of Adults in the Chicago Area) announced the recipients of their annual scholarships at a luncheon held at the College of DuPage last week.  Robert Morris University Illinois graduate student Marsha Sinon-Cohen received the VW Credit, Inc. Scholarship of $1500, funds raised through the company’s 2013 VW Credit Inc.’s Charity Golf Outing and matched by parent company Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.  Ms. Sinon-Cohen is pursuing a master’s degree in Management in Higher Education.  “I was so grateful to receive this generous reward, and I was very honored at the luncheon as everyone there was so kind and supportive.”

RMU extends its congratulations to Marsha and to board Chair, Betty O’Leary of the Morris Graduate School of Management staff, who just completed her term of office.


Marsha Sinon-Cohen


Fernando Villeda, Marsha Sinon-Cohen, and Betty O'Leary


RMU Study Abroad students explore England

It may be week 0 for most RMU students - a mini summer break between quarters - but right now students in the RMU Study Abroad program are experiencing the wonders of London with Professor Robert Tenuta.  Pictured in front of Kensington Palace are (left to right) Raven Worthy, Melita Isic, Michael Ingram, Tonya Patterson and Elbrika Ixcolin.

Go Eagles!  Enjoy England!

RMU Study Abroad


RMU Students, Assistant Athletic Director spend morning with Fox News

It was an early morning for RMU students Drew Dicksen, Dustin Hutchens and Peter Buchacz on Wednesday as they made their way at 7 a.m. with Associate Athletic Director Kurt Melcher to the Fox 32 television station on Michigan Avenue.


Riding on the news of RMU's inclusion of eSports - video gaming - to the athletic program, and the first university to offer scholarships, Fox followed up on its own story from last week about our involvement with the League of Legends gaming conference. They brought Kurt and student gamers into the studio for a three-minute segment on the morning news show.  Given the short time slot, they only interviewed Kurt and Drew, but Dustin and Peter provided backup and support, as well as ongoing input and ideas as Kurt develops the new program.


Before the group left Fox, two staffers approached Kurt with questions regarding the possibility of their sons or daughters applying to RMU and playing on the League of Legends team. After a quick breakfast at Einstein's Bagels, the group made their way back to campus - or possibly (at least for the students) back to bed!


Here's the link to see the segment:


esports league of legends   Robert Morris esports

(left to right) Drew Dickson, Peter Buchacz, Dustin Hutchens, and Kurt Melcher arrive at Fox 32 on Michigan Ave.


In the "green room" awaiting the segment on RMU.


Drew and Kurt are ready to go.


During the interview.


RMU Featured in Business Officer Magazine

Check out the article here!


RMU Becomes First University to Offer Gaming Scholarships With the Addition of eSports to Varsity Lineup

League of Legends - Wed, Jun. 11, 2014



CHICAGO - Robert Morris University Illinois is pleased to announce the addition of an online sport to its athletic program.  Commonly referred to as eSports, the activity consists of organized video game competitions. Specifically, RMU students will compete in League of Legends, one of the largest and most popular eSport games.   Although eSports have long been a part of the culture of gaming, competitions have seen a large surge in popularity in recent years.  Robert Morris University recognizes the value and legitimacy of eSports and is excited to add eSports to its already rich athletic program.  


Associate Athletic Director Kurt Melcher states, "Robert Morris University has always been at the forefront of providing opportunities for a diverse student population with different interests and skills.  League of Legends is a competitive, challenging game which requires significant amount of teamwork to be successful." 


Robert Morris University is in the process of recruiting students for the first year of competition, beginning with the fall quarter in September, 2014. RMU will join the Collegiate Star League, made up of 103 institutions of higher learning and compete against other universities including Arizona State, George Washington and Harvard. Significantly, Robert Morris University is among the first in the nation to offer substantial scholarships for members of the first RMU Varsity eSport League of Legends team.  Qualified gamers can earn scholarships of up to 50% tuition and 50% room and board.


Currently there are over 750 schools in 46 states and eight Canadian provinces that participate in League of Legends High School Starleague (HSL). Robert Morris University seeks eSport athletes with experience in the HSL or similar for their inaugural competitive season. Teams in the Collegiate Starleague compete for Riot's North American Collegiate Championship and $100,000 in scholarship money. Qualification to the event can be obtained through league play or through the North American Collegiate Open tournament.


The RMU eSport Program will be directed by Kurt Melcher of the Eagles' Athletic Department.  All eSport League of Legends applicants will have their application fee waived.  


For more information contact:

Kurt Melcher - 312-935-4110


Institute of Culinary Arts participates in Supermarket Chef Showdown

Robert Morris University Institute of Culinary Arts students had the rare opportunity to participate in an exciting event at McCormick Place last week.  Chef Jen Lamplough had been selected as a judge in the Supermarket Chef Showdown, an annual recipe completion that recognizes and honors the culinary skills of supermarket chefs.  It is sponsored by the Food Marketing Institute and held each year at FMI’s annual convention. 


Chefs who work at supermarkets around the country participate in the competition.  Chefs submit recipes in different categories including healthy meals, family meals or desserts.  As a judge, Chef Jen came to the competition with great credentials – she evaluates student creations in her culinary classes every quarter!  She also brought along a group of 19 RMU culinary students who volunteered their services in different parts of the completion, as well as participating as an enthusiastic audience for the final competition.


“This was a great opportunity for our students to experience the excitement of a food show at McCormick Place and also see what it is like to work behind the scenes,” said Chef Jen.  “It gave them a chance to participate and network with other professionals in the culinary field.”


The winners of the completion provided recipes for such tasty dishes as, Banana Beignets, Mediterranean Chicken Meatballs, Garlic Sweet Potato Fries, Greek Grain Salad and Chickpea and Kale Stew. 


Congratulations to Chef Jen for being selected as a judge and for including RMU students in this exciting experience.











Robert Morris University Illinois is a private, not-for-profit associate, baccalaureate, and master's degree-granting institution, accredited by the Higher learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (230 South LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60604, 312.263.0456). Robert Morris serves over 7000 students interested in getting an education that meets the demands of today's business, graphic arts, health care, culinary and technical world at its main campus in Chicago as well as at locations in Arlington Heights, DuPage, Elgin, Orland Park, Bensenville, Schaumburg, Springfield, Peoria and Lake County.