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Welcome at the Art Institute

RMU administrators, former employees and many guests gathered at the Art Institute for a welcome reception in honor of RMU's ninth president, Mablene Krueger.  Individuals spoke on behalf of RMU students, faculty, staff, alumni, board members and the higher education community, acknowledging President Krueger's experience and contributions to the University, and support for her future endeavors in her new position.


Homecoming Festivities

RMU students, faculty and staff got into the Wild West spirit during the week, especially on Thursday as they enjoyed a chuck wagon meal. Dressing in your western gear for work or class had many tipping their cowboy hats throughout the day. Now to plan for Homecoming 2016!!


Experiential Field Trip

On Thursday, September 17, 2015, English Professor Paul Gaszak's HUM 120: Literary Studies course welcomed guest speaker Sarah Denten who led a walking tour to visit four prominent pieces of art near the Chicago campus. At each piece of art, students worked in teams to write ekphrastic poems, which is poetry that is a description/reaction to art.

Sarah Denten is an Operations Manager at Randstad Pharma in Deerfield, IL, and has a BA in Art History from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Before the walking tour began, Sarah spoke about several topics, including the value of art to a city and how the knowledge and creative skills from her art background have translated over to her profession.

During the tour, the class visited Calder's Flamingo, Chagall's Four Seasons, Miro's Chicago, and Cloud Gate (the Bean), all of which are less than one mile from the Chicago campus. At each spot, students worked in teams to brainstorm descriptive words and phrases in reaction to the artwork, then used those words to compose ekphrastic poems before moving to the next location. Students were also offered a challenge to take creative pictures of their group at each piece of art.


Women's Volleyball team goes the extra mile

The RMU Women's Volleyball Team definitely went the extra mile in supporting a great cause. On September 20 they participated in the Naperville Walk to End Alzheimer's and raised over $2000 for the Alzheimer's Association. Coach Jessica Gregory reported that our athletes brought enthusiasm and energy to the event, giving their day off from practice to come together and walk. She added, "The underclassmen even asked if we could do this every year, so I think this will become a tradition for our team!" Way to go, Eagles!


Welcome Reception for RMU's 9th President

Robert Morris University Illinois held a special reception for faculty and staff in the State Street Gallery on Thursday, September 24, to honor and welcome Mablene Krueger as our new president. Current employees, some recently retired staff and a few board members were included in the crowd that gathered to offer their congratulations just as the fall quarter was about to begin.
On behalf of the entire RMU community, best wishes, President Krueger!


President Krueger advises on "How to be successful in college."

RMU welcomed Ozzie Guillen to the 2015 Homecoming Pep Rally

Robert Morris University welcomed Ozzie Guillen to the 2015 Homecoming Pep Rally at the Arlington Heights campus on Friday. He spoke to our student athletes and encouraged them to do their best on the field, court and classroom. Thank you, Ozzie, for sharing your time with RMU!


JA Annual Luncheon at Standard Club

Last week, members of the RMU Administration and the School of Business Administration and student volunteers attended the Junior Achievement Annual Meeting and Luncheon. RMU is one of the largest participants in JA volunteer activities, as students and staff members contribute more hours in CPS classrooms than any other university in Chicago.

In addition to receiving recognition for voluntary efforts, RMU representatives were invited to visit with the Stanley Cup, which is currently in possession by the Chicago Blackhawks! Cue Chelsea Dagger!

Photo caption, (left to right), Christine Fisher, President Mablene Krueger, Michael Cholewinski, Larry Nieman, Brooke Schwandt, and Cathi Stark.

See the Sights, Sounds and Sensations of the City

Select artists from "Cornelia Arts Building - Where Art Works" exhibiting at Robert Morris University Illinois State Street Gallery.

Sights, Sounds and Sensations of the City is a juried exhibition of work from the Cornelia Arts Building artists that is currently on display in the State Street Gallery at Robert Morris University, 401 S. State Street. The exhibit brings Chicago's distinct neighborhoods, known for their appreciation of the arts, together in celebration of Chicago Arts Month. It will be shown until December 22, 2015. An artists’ reception will be held October 15, 2015, 5:00-7:00pm.

The city of Chicago boasts over 75 neighborhoods with distinguishing personas experienced through their cuisine, shopping, art, history, architecture and heritage. The common thread is they all bring an element of excitement to the senses. This collection of work focuses on the rich colors, textures and sounds that ebb and flow as one moves about the city.

The Cornelia Arts Building, established in 1986, is one of the largest all-artist studio buildings on Chicago's Northside. Situated in a former ice house built in 1910, the building is the working space of over fifty local artists and artisans, including sculptors, painters, photographers, ceramic artists, print-makers, jewelry designers, textile artisans, and more. Located at 1800 West Cornelia Avenue, the building rests at the border of three distinct Chicago Neighborhoods; Lakeview, Roscoe Village, and North Center. An open house at the Cornelia Arts Building is scheduled for October 2, 2015, 6:00-10:00 pm. For more information, visit

The State Street Gallery, established in 2004, is part of Robert Morris University Illinois’ main campus on the southeast edge of the Loop. The gallery is an outlet for art education and cultural enrichment for the University's students, employees and the surrounding community. The building itself, located at 401 South State Street, has a significant place in Chicago’s architectural history as it was designed by famed architect William LeBaron Jenney for Levi Leiter, Marshall Field's first business partner. It is also the site of the first downtown department store opened by Sears, Roebuck and Co. in 1932.

Artists on display: Alexander von Agoston, Micheal Bennett, Doug Birkenheuer, Janeane Bowlware, Katherine Chial, Tor Dettwiler, Doug Frohman, Philip Hartigan, Vincent Hawkins, Beth Kamhi, John Otto Kuhlmann, Richard Lange, Lisa Larson, Judy Lichtenstein, Jason Messinger, Diane Ponder, Darrell Roberts, Randi Russo,Susanne Siegel, Jordan Scott, Tiphanie Spencer, Michelle Stone, Sandra Stranz, Tiffany Stronsky, Kevin Swallow, Eric Weinstein, Judy Hinkes Zeddies.

The 20th Annual Chicago Artists Month highlights the work of hundreds of artists throughout Chicago with performances, exhibitions, open studios, tours and neighborhood art walks. From October 1 to November 15, 2015, Chicago Artists Month (CAM) will invite residents and visitors to meet artists and see their work at venues across the city. As the world comes to Chicago to discuss the state of architecture, the CAM 2015 theme ,The City as Studio, looks at Chicago as a place for investigation, experimentation, innovation and production, and encourages a dialogue with the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial opening in October.

Chicago Artist Month is presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) in collaboration with the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Public Library, and in-kind support from Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises®, Inc. Further information on CAM: 312. 744.3316

Great start for the RMU football team

The RMU Eagles won their first home game against UW Oshkosh, 23-12 on Saturday evening at Morris Field. Great way to start off the football season!


Saul Cano: Boxing, college and winning

Most RMU students are involved in extra-curricular activities such as athletics or service projects. One student at the DuPage campus is taking his individual efforts to new levels in the boxing ring. Saul Cano is a resident of Oswego who is studying Sports and Healthcare Administration. Jim Coughlin is one of his accounting instructors.

Recently, Saul mentioned to Mr. Coughlin that he was participating in a boxing competition sponsored by the Jesse The Law Torres Boxing Club at Simmons Middle School in Aurora. He invited him and Mirta Martinez-Olmos to attend the fight. “I was kidding him that if I had the opportunity, I could win a match against him,” Jim said. “But Saul was very confident about the outcome and he was right. He won and Mirta and I were happy to watch him compete.”

“Saul told me that boxing has helped him to manage his time, discipline himself, it also got him interested in being successful at school and it helps to control his diabetes,” Jim continued. “He is a hard working student and a leader. He works part time at a local restaurant which helps him to pay for school. Recently, he applied for a scholarship sponsored by the National Boxing Association as part of our Personal Finance class. “

Saul explained that he boxes in a level called “open division,” which requires ten more fights in addition to the 60 he has completed; his record is 57-10. He has been boxing for seven years, including many national and regional competitions. In 2010 he won the Ringside World Championship and in 2011 he made it to the semi-finals of the National Silver Gloves, giving him a ranking of number two in the nation. He has fought in the National Golden Gloves in 2013 and 2014, making it to the semi and quarterfinals.

After watching the match, Mirta commented, “Saul was happy to see us and thanked us for our support; his smile was priceless. It’s a great feeling to support our students in any capacity!


Study abroad London students have reunion

On Saturday, August 22, 7 current graduate and MGSM alumni students gathered to meet up with their travel buddies, meet new travelers from years past and share stories about their travels abroad for an annual study abroad reunion.  Each year, a group of graduate students join faculty advisor, Robert Tenuta, to experience the United Kingdom from a business, cultural and historical perspective, while visiting other UK cities and neighboring countries during a study abroad immersion over 17 days in July. In addition to the United Kingdom, students this year traveled to France and Amsterdam.   In past years, students took a Tuscan wine tour in Italy, viewed the countryside of Ireland and the opulence of Belgium.

Study Abroad Reunion


New Art Exhibit, BIO-Fied, Now at the State Street Gallery

PBIO-Fied is the latest exhibit to be shown at the State Street Gallery at Robert Morris University located at 401 State Street, Chicago IL. The exhibit will feature several California and Illinois artists’ bodies of work that represent their take on the subject of genetic engineering and the negative or positive effect it’s having in nature.

Artists include Laura Anderson, Denise Blakeman, Adam Dupuis, Amanda Grieve, Shane Harris, Mike Miller, Leslie Stalter, Kevin Veara, and Thom Whalen. BIO-Fied will run from now until August 27th.

There will be a closing reception for the exhibit held in the gallery on August 27th from 5:00-7:00pm. The gallery is free to the public and is open Monday through Thursday from 10:00-6:00pm.



RMU Employee's reach out to the Chicago Food Depository

What do you do on Friday of Week 0? Reach out to the community! RMU employees Ann Bresingham, Lisa Contreras, Larry Nieman and Jill McGinty donned hairnets (and beard nets) and volunteered as food packers at the Chicago Food Depository. After their shift, they presented a check to CFD of contributions from employees. Way to go, RMU!


Money Magazine features RMU as one of "The 50 Best Colleges for Your Money" 

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RMU Making a Difference

Here's some "buzz" to start your week off on a super high note. Chef Mark Wroczynski and RMU culinary students joined forces with the south suburban food pantry, Together We Cope, to produce cooking videos based upon the products available at the pantry. Art Norman from channel 5 came out to the Chicago campus and filmed the students as they were filming themselves and it ran on July 11. A great story - congratulations, Chef Mark and RMU student chefs!

NBC link:!/news/local/Young-Chefs-Help-Food-Pantries-With-Healthy-Recipes/313400111


Oh what a night!

Painting and networking throughout the night! The first annual Alumni paint night was a huge success and the pictures attached prove it! Alumni were able to mingle and network in the Alumni Center where they enjoyed light refreshments and wine! Everyone got to take home their painting lead by our very own Agnieszka Rowsey!


RMU Honors Employees

President Mablene Krueger, center, gathered with Robert Morris employees to honor those who are retiring and three women who have given 30 years of service to the University. Those retiring are (left to right) Nancy Rotunno, Diana Kutzer, Deb Brody, President Krueger, Ron Arnold, Cindy Byrd (Peoria campus), Greg Berezewski, Peg Berezewski and George Meier.

New members of the Diamond Society, employees of RMU for 30 years, are: Nancy Rotunno, Barb Dionne (in portrait) and Lisa Contreras. Congratulations and best wishes to all who have made such remarkable contributions to Robert Morris University.

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.