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League of Legends Spotlight

Check out the video created by League of Legends/Riot Games which was shown during RMU's recent win over Michigan State University on January 16. Congratulations, RMU Eagles!

Lake County Dean's List

Congratulations to RMU students at the Lake County campus who made the Dean's List for the fall quarter!


Associate Athletic Director, Kurt Melcher discusses eSports program at TedX in Naperville

RMU's eSports highlighted on WGN.

RMU's eSports program was highlighted on WGN's Thursday night news. Way to go Coach Kurt Melcher and RMU Eagles - looking for another victory in your next match!

RMU Art Gifts

Have some last minute Christmas shopping to do? Be sure to check out the Art mArt in the RMU State Street Gallery. Students and faculty have contributed to the beautiful supply of artwork, ornaments and things to wear. Each item is a piece of art that you or a friend will love having. Check out some of these options and make sure the visit the gallery before out holiday break! Also - artwork that is currently on display is also for sale.


RMU Concert Choir Performs Holiday Music at the Harold Washington Library

Written by the ENG114: News Writing 1 Class


The Robert Morris University Concert Choir performed at the Harold Washington Library Winter Garden at noon on Thursday, December 17, 2015.

The Concert Choir, which is comprised of students with previous singing experience, performed a selection of Holiday carols and contemporary songs, such as the Oscar-winning song “Glory” from the film Selma. Choir Director Hannah Andersen, who is in her 3rd year as Director, said she selected the songs which are some of her personal favorites.

“I enjoyed the songs we sang because they were powerful and meaningful,” said Alondra Duran, a Freshman alto in the choir. The choir practices three hours per week to prepare for performances. “We had to pull it together quickly, because scheduling-wise not everyone could make it to every practice. So, it was difficult, but in the performances, when it all came together, we were able to grow as a group and have fun with it,” said Clare Pitt-Payne, a Freshman soprano in the choir.

The holiday concerts at the Harold Washington Library are a collaboration between the library and the City of Chicago. RMU’s Concert Choir has performed annually as part of this concert series. “I have seen all of their performances in the last three years, and I’ve seen growth,” said Keri Andersen, mother of Choir Director Hannah Andersen.

After the library performance, the Concert Choir went caroling in the city at Daley Plaza, Macy’s, Cloud Gate (“the Bean”), and the Christmas tree in Millennium Park.

The performance received positive reviews from the audience. “The performance had a perfect balance between presentation and holiday cheer,” said Heath Salit, an audience member.

Performing Arts’ holiday programming continues tonight with the Jazz Café Series & Show Choir Holiday Carols in the State Street Gallery on the Chicago campus. After this concert, the Concert Choir will be on hiatus until February 2016. If you have any additional questions about these performances or the Performing Arts program, contact

Lake County gathering

Lake County campus employees and students gather for some holiday fun.


Celebrate the Sensations of the Season

Starting at 2:00 on Thursday, December 17 in the State Street Gallery, there will be artist demonstrations and presentations, followed by a holiday performance by the RMU Jazz Band at 4:00, along with caroling by the RMU Show Choir. An artists’ reception will be held from 5 pm until 7.

On this evening only, 20% of sales of artwork in the sights, Sights, Sounds and Sensations of the City exhibition will be donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. Hand-decorated ornaments, baked goods and small gifts will be for sale with the proceeds also benefitting Cooks for a Cause, a student-run organization that raises funds for the homeless, the hungry and others in need.

This past Saturday, RMU Performing Arts presented their holiday concert at the Arlington Heights campus. Great job by our student musicians, singers, instructors and directors! More photos from our performers can be found on




RMU's Gin and Jazz Event

If you were able to join us on November 20 at the beautiful Orland Park campus for Robert Morris University's "Gin and Jazz" - a fundraiser for the Performing Arts program - you know what a fantastic event it was. The capacity crowd helped raise over $14,000 for RMU musicians, artists, dancers and actors. For those who were unable to attend, here is a short video created by unite 4 good, showing students, staff, faculty and friends getting their 1920s groove on - and all for a great cause: RMU!
Enjoy the fun and make sure you join us next year!

IMA Student Leadership Conference

Through the efforts of faculty member and alumnus Tom Benarcik, Robert Morris University has become actively involved in the Institute of Management Accountants. Each year, IMA holds a leadership conference for college students and this past month, four RMU accounting students traveled to Disney World to participate. Check out this video to see how Professor Bednarcik and students Jillian McCurrie, Ailis Clancy, Michael Ramondi and Adrianna Zougras learned about management and leadership skills, all while enjoying the wonderful weather in Florida. The trip was made possible through grants and contributions to the IMA Chapter.

RMU Recognized by Junior Achievement USA

For the second year in a row, Robert Morris University has been recognized by the national offices of Junior Achievement USA for our participation in volunteer activities. RMU students, staff and faculty have contributed more than 5,000 hours in voluntary efforts, primarily to Chicago Public Schools. Congratulations to Dean Larry Nieman and all who have realized they joy of giving back by participating in the program.  Click here to see more.

Proclaimation Ceremony

RMU recently honored students, faculty and staff for their outstanding efforts over the past year in all sorts of endeavors. Check out those who received RMU Board of Trustee Proclamations.


Student athletes David Schwartz, Ryan Zagar, Tylor Green, Matt Gasn and Cameron Weir bowled back to back Baker 300 games at the Titan Invitational Bowling Tournament.


The RMU Accounting Case Competition Team of Ailis Clancy, Jillian McCurrie, Michael Raimondi and Ronald Williams received the first place award in Aurora University’s Accounting Society Annual Accounting Case Competition.


RMU students, faculty and staff worked together to create a public service announcement, It’s On Us, to prevent campus sexual assault. Recognized were Angela Jordan, Ann Bresingham, Shelley LaMantia Wright, Mary Russell, Rob Kosin, Megan Smith Eggert and Janely Rivera, plus a cast of student leaders and athletes.


Dean Larry Nieman was recognized for his many years of involvement with Junior Achievement which has provided RMU students with extraordinary opportunities as well as for the students of Chicago Public Schools.


Tom Bednarcik’s involvement with the Institute of Management Accountants has exposed numerous students to the benefits of being part of a professional organization.


RMU alumna Natasha Granholm created an honors program at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she is a partner, which provides many RMU accounting students with outstanding experience at one of the leading firms in the country.


The office of Human Resources, Elaine Miyamoto and Mirta Martinez were recognized for hosting the “Pillowcase Project” at the Chicago campus.


Students/alumni Kenia Marreros, Sharon Darrow, Denise Cahur, Lashondra Graves, Gary Baker and Blessings Jaja established RMU’s chapter of UNA-USA, in partnership with Roosevelt University, and published a book under the guidance of their faculty advisor, Dr. Monique Herard.


Culinary students Alexis Benjamin, Jackie Mann, Janina Gallo, Anna Piech, TJ Michaels, Samantha Pursell, Itzel Hernandez, Isaiah Brister, Nathan Hockenberry, Synobia Boyd, Bianca Teague, Travis Lewis, Ricky Copulos, Erich Weber, Christian Brumgoole and Monserrat Hernandez joined forces with the South Suburban Food Pantry, Together We Cope, to produce cooking demonstration videos.


Ellsworth Crosby, Melita Isic, Miguel Melendrez and Danuta Skwirut, the RMU GLO-BUS team, tied for first place in the GLO-BUS competition against 353 teams worldwide.


Stephanie Bird and Raymond Bolton received perfect scores on their Microsoft Office Specialist Excel 2010 exam.


RMU Alumn reunites with outgoing Education Secretary

Education Secretary Arne Duncan reunited with a former student as part of a StoryCorps interview project. StoryCorps - a project by NPR (and WBEZ locally) invites people to tell a story in an effort to preserve America's oral history. Each story is preserved in the Libary of Congress. 

Click here to read this story.

Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the Emirates is coming to RMU

The State Street Gallery at Robert Morris University Illinois, 401 S. State Street in Chicago, presents Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the Emirates, the first major touring exhibition of Emirati art. It will be on display beginning January 11, 2016 through March 10, 2016.

The exhibition showcases paintings, photographs, sculptures, video installations, and other media that emphasize core elements of life in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Emirati artists are a multifaceted group of men and women who have maintained a sense of national identity while also promoting their vision and aspirations for the future. Early proponents of contemporary art began creating exciting work over forty years ago, making the discipline a key aspect of modern UAE culture.

Past Forward showcases works by several of these pioneers, who draw inspiration from the country’s rich history, diverse society, and unique environment. Immersed in a fast-moving, transitional space, Emirati artists still remain deeply connected to their roots. Past Forward leads visitors on a visual journey from artistic beginnings in the United Arab Emirates to the country’s evolution into a vibrant regional art center. It also provides an intimate view of life in the UAE that characterizes the nation’s past, present, and future.

Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the Emirates is organized and circulated by Meridian International Center with support from the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Washington, D.C. Additional support for Past Forward is provided by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, the Salama Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation, and Etihad Airways. The exhibition is co-curated by the Meridian Center for Cultural Diplomacy and Ms. Noor Al Suwaidi.

RMU graduation ceremony

The RMU graduation ceremony held on Saturday filled the Athletic Convocation Center in Arlington Heights. Students from all RMU campuses participated as family and friends watched them achieve their significant milestones of completing a bachelor's or master's degree.

Congratulations to all our graduates!


Here are a few photos from Saturday. Over 200 other candid shots can be found at:




Sigma Beta Delta inducts 16 students

On November 11, RMU's School of Business Administration inducted sixteen students into Sigma Beta Delta for the fall quarter.

Sigma Beta Delta is an international honors society for business, management, and administration students who achieve academic excellence. The following students were inducted: from Chicago – Tomikca Jackson (60643), Victor Rodriguez (60629) and Aaron Wajer (60647); Destiny Cherry of Forest Park, Daniel Grimm of Oregon, Jennifer Kepp of Itasca, William Kueller of Roselle, Allyson Murray of Oak Lawn, Sara Petersen of Zion, Jessica Purohit of Morton Grove, Marybell Reyes of Burbank, Daniel Rubio of Berwyn, Nana Takahashi of Grayslake, Teresa Van Bladel of Lake Villa and Alyssa Harkema of Placentia, California.


To be invited to join Sigma Beta Delta, a student must be within the top twenty percent of the students in the School of Business Administration. Sigma Beta Delta recognizes the scholastic excellence and academic achievements of business students at the baccalaureate and graduate level in colleges and universities throughout the United States and abroad.

Three of the students honored at the induction ceremony: Marybell Reyes of Burbank, Sara Petersen of Zion and Destiny Cherry of Forest Park

Way to go "Yellow Team"!

Lake County campus students (left to right) Angelina Andrade, Eric Hernandez and Jeanette Mederos, otherwise known as the Yellow Team, came in first place in the Titan Simulation project in their MGT 101 class. The online computer competition is sponsored by Junior Achievement. The Yellow Team won four times out of eight quarters while playing in a simulation that teaches budgeting and allocating of funds when producing and marketing a new product. They competed against seven other teams in their class and won RMU t-shirts for their efforts.


Congratulations Graduates!

New RMU graduates make their way through the faculty gauntlet of applause after graduation on Saturday.

Go Eagles!

Volunteering: Giving Back Changes Your Perspective

Kena Pastore, an instructor at the DuPage campus has seen it happen every time. “Students often look at volunteering or service projects with initial reluctance, but they end up energized and excited about the teamwork and the opportunity to make a difference in the world.”


RMU students from the DuPage campus who have Kena and Pat McCarthy as professors, volunteered at Feed My Starving Children on November 2. MGT 101 and MGT 280 classes participated as part of their studies on non-profit organizations and social responsibility. They packed 91 boxes of food which will feed 54 children for a year. They also saved spare change and made a cash donation to help purchase additional supplies.


“Our goal at the DuPage campus is to work on one volunteer opportunity or service project each month,” Kena explained. Mirta Martinez-Olmos also included the Academic Scholars in planning the projects. Way to go, Eagles!






David Robinson Named RMU 2015 Business Leader of the Year

On Thursday, October 29, 2015, Robert Morris University - Illinois’ School of Business Administration honored Springfield resident David J. Robinson as the RMU Business Leader of the Year.

Each year RMU recognizes an individual who supports the mission of the University and the School of Business Administration. That individual offers outstanding, direct experiences and opportunities for RMU students and exemplifies effective communication and relationship building.

The awards dinner took place at Eyrie in Oak Park, a restaurant operated by Robert Morris culinary students who helped prepare and serve the dinner.

David Robinson is the Deputy Director of the Fourth District at the Illinois State’s Attorney’s Appellate Prosecutor’s Office in Springfield. He also teaches legal studies at the RMU Springfield campus and is a member of the School of Business Administration’s Paralegal Advisory Board. He has authored many articles in state-wide and national publications that deal with individual rights and legal issues, and writes a recurring column for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. He is a US Army combat veteran and Joint Service Commendation Medal recipient. David lives in Springfield with his wife Jennifer and daughter Amelia.

In honoring Mr. Robinson, Dean Larry Nieman expressed appreciation for his work with students outside of the classroom to support career development, internship opportunities and full-time positions in the legal field. “David has gone out of his way to help RMU students succeed in the very competitive field of law,” added Dean Nieman. “His assistance has enabled students to stay motivated, on task and to be prepared for successful careers.”



Halloween at RMU

RMU students, faculty and staff at branch campuses and in downtown Chicago got into the spirit with Halloween festivities. The Jazz Band performed a costumed concert in the Art Gallery while students snacked on skulls, pumpkins and jack o' lantern guacamole. The Elgin campus held a costume concert as well, featuring a herd of wild animals. Even the DuPage campus got into the Halloween spirit.  Great fun this year - let's start planning for 2016!​



Criminal Justice Panel Discussion

Robert Morris University and the Illinois Academy of Criminology welcomed representatives from around the Chicago area as they participated in a panel discussion on Challenges for the Criminal Justice Community: Legalization of Medical Marijuana on Thursday, October 22 in the auditorium. Students in the Law Enforcement Administration undergraduate and graduate programs and health studies students attended. Dean Jill McGinty worked with the IAC to bring the panel to RMU.

Among the speakers were: Thomas Campion of Campion Barrow Associates, a psychological assessment services firm; Brendan Kelly of Oakton Community College, Federal Agent and Tactical Emergency Medical Technician Chuck Soltys, Bradley Vallerius, attorney and director of communications for Revolution Enterprises; Julie Prom, chairperson for Americans for Safe Access- Illinois and James E. Gierach, former Cook County States Attorney and municipal and village prosecutor.

All students attending the panel discussion were invited to participate in an essay contest sponsored by the Illinois Academy of Criminology. Following the presentations, students were invited to meet and speak with the panelists.


Riley Returns to RMU

  Mason Riley returns to coach RMU, gives back to community.
  Click here to read more.

Columbus Day Parade

The RMU Marching Eagles and our Performing Arts students participated in Monday's Columbus Day Parade, moving down State Street and right past the main RMU campus building. Sir Robert was on hand to greet even the smallest of RMU supporters. Go Eagles!


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!