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Look out SNL!

If you happened to stop in the auditorium on Thursday afternoon, there was a great reason everyone was having a good time. IMPROV AT RMU had arrived!
Professor Gerry Dedera and a group of students presented our own version of Second City with some classic improvisational comedy routines. Performing arts students are developing their “chops” with such exercises as “freeze” and scenarios suggested by audience words or phrases. Look for more IMPROV AT RMU presentations – it’s sure to be great fun. And who knows, you might find yourself participating.

Accounting students encouraged to look beyond their bachelor's degree

Professor Tom Bednarcik of the School of Business Administration arranged for a special guest and information session for students majoring in accounting. Benjamin Mulling is the chair-elect of IMA, the Institute of Management Accountants, the Association of Accountants and Financial Professionals in Business. He spoke to RMU business students on November 20 at the Chicago campus.

Mr. Mulling explained, through a series of positions and opportunities, he became the CFO on a major corporation at the age of 28. In relating his experiences, he described to students how different certifications, continuing education, networking and volunteering can create a ladder to a successful career.

Throughout his journey, Mr. Mulling sought out organizations such as IMA for valuable resources and credentialing – something that improved his professional worth in a highly competitive business market. He encouraged students to look beyond their Bachelor’s degrees to become CPAs, obtain a graduate degree and complete the highly respected CMA credential. For additional information, faculty members such as Mr. Bednarcik are able to provide guidance and direction.
Ben Mulling   Sheryl Elliott, left and Tom Bednarcik, right, thank Ben Mulling, center, for his presentation to RMU accounting students.​

RMU names Urban GIS Business Leader of the Year for 2014

For several years, the School of Business Administration at Robert Morris University Illinois has recognized area business leaders who have made significant contributions to the education and growth of students in the RMU business program with the Business Leader of the Year Award.

This year, Robert Morris was pleased to honor Keith Searles, president, and Jennessa Berg, urban planner, of Urban GIS, a consulting firm in Chicago that specializing in providing Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Urban Planning and asset management solutions. Together, Mr. Searles and Ms Berg have demonstrated a strong commitment to education and have provided vibrant experiences for RMU students with a passion for their fields through internships and projects. Urban GIS has worked with the RMU ICenter on multiple efforts in research, marketing, social media and corporate identity. They have hired two RMU students upon their completion of internships with the company: Josh Maglasang, BPS Architectural Tech and BBA Marketing, and Diana De La Cruz, BBA Management and Marketing.

Keith Searles and Jennessa Berg give back in and out of the classroom and make sure students have access to high level feedback and mentoring. This collaboration with students, faculty and the RMU administration is why the School of Business Administration Advisory Board named them for this honor. Robert Morris University is grateful for the active role they have taken in our students education and look for many more great things to come as a result of this partnership.
Pictured from left to right: Jill McGinty (RMU), Keith Searles, (President, Urban GIS), Jennessa Berg, (Urban Planner, Urban GIS), Josh Maglasang (RMU Student), and Ann Bresingham (RMU)


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A different world of food - a couple el stops away...

Think RMU culinary students spend all their time in the kitchen? Well, think again. While some students take advantage of the study abroad program and make their way to the Apicius Culinary School in Italy, others are exploring different cuisine right here in Chicago. Chef Jen Lamplough and her International Cuisine students took a field trip to Chinatown, exploring bakeries, grocery shops and – of course – restaurants! The student chefs look a little cold, but we’re sure the great eating experiences warmed them up!


Photos by RMU Student Richard Copulos


 November Proclamation Ceremony

On Friday, November 7, Robert Morris University recognized several individuals and groups whose efforts have demonstrated significant contributions to the University through proclamations from the Board of Trustees. Congratulations to the following for going above and beyond to benefit RMU:


Faculty members Paula Diaz, Jill MGinty, Larry Nieman, Mick McMahon, Joe Barda, Paul Gaszak, Cathi Stark, Bob Tenuta and Jennifer Muryn were honored for the development of the Adult Evening Model, a programming solution to accommodate the adult learner at RMU.


Larry Nieman and the CMT faculty – Larry Gebranski, Donna Fuller, Michelle Casini, Judy Conrad, Sylvia Giacomuzzi Ellen Mannos, Ed Dixon, Jeff Sing and Jennifer Muryn were recognized for efforts on behalf of the growing relationship RMU has built with Junior Achievement over the past 15 years. RMU outshines every other university in participation with the JA University Model, which brings RMU students into CPS classrooms as volunteers.


RMU’s Marketing Managers, Creative committee and Graphic Designers won two Best of Show awards, 10 gold, 6 silver, 5 bronze and 14 merit awards in the Educational Advertising category of the 2014 Service Industry Advertising Awards. Deanna Ho, Danielle Naffigizer, Maryellen Wheatley, Catherine Lockwood and Richard Connolly were recognized for their efforts on behalf of RMU.


Angie Caldwell, head cheer team coach, received the Channahon 2014 Amos Moose Hayes Award for Citizen of the Year. Her efforts on behalf of Pink Heals to raise cancer awareness has become her passion. Pink Heals offers love, hope and support for women suffering from cancer – not just breast cancer. Angie has been an active volunteer since 2012.


Health Studies faculty member Elaine Miyamoto received the 2013 American Medical Technologies Distinguished Achievement Award for her dedication to the AMT Association and her involvement in membership and participation activities. She is a writer, photographer, teacher and – as she says – “a good soldier” on behalf of the AMT.


Matt Gasn, an RMU senior in his third year on the Eagles Bowling Team, participated in the Lehigh Valley Collegiate Classic Championship this past year. During the competition, he bowled a perfect game of 300 – the first 300 game in RU Men’s Bowling history. He was the tournament champion and helped the Eagles bring home top honors.


Meifen Chen and Kayli Uchima were active participants in the UNITY Chinese New Year Party in Chicago. Dr. Chen proposed that her art students participate in the New Year by creating a design contest for the booklet cover. Design student Katie Uchima’s design was selected and graced the cover of the booklet for this significant cultural event for the Chinese American community.


Melissa Gaddina developed an ICenter project t provide a mentoring and learning experience for RMU students with residents of SOS Children’s Village. They worked with the children on a variety of nature events and learning about the Tallgrass Prairie.


Kurt Melcher, associate athletic director and head women’s soccer coach at RMU was honored for proposing the idea of eSports at the University, online gaming in the League of Legends college competition. Once he got approval from the RMU administration, he set out to recruit students, define a scholarship program, create an arena for competition with the assistance of sponsorships, and then manage the avalanche of publicity surrounding the eSport Eagles. The team now has 35 members and is undefeated in intercollegiate competition.


The RMU Institute of Culinary Arts has held a culinary symposium each year since 2007. The 2014 Symposium included several culinary alumni who shared their experiences, knowledge and advice with the current culinary students. Thanks to Jen Lamplough, Mark Wroczynski, Jon Sherman, John Daschler, Nancy Castagnet, Andrea Nickels and Carolyn Conglis, plus Dean Nancy Rotunno and a long list of alumni chefs, it was an overwhelming success.


Jim Coughlin, Dave Knutsen, Larry Nieman, Silvia Arnold, Eliza Valdez-Murray, Brenda Brumfield and Arlene Regnerus were recognized for their efforts in continuing the partnership with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) that provides a growing number of accounting students with valuable on the job experience at this world-renowned firm.


The RMU Women’s Bowling Team won their first ever United States Bowling congress National Championship in April of 2014, sweeping Pikeville University 3-0 to claim its first Kerm Helmer Cup. The championship match aired on CBS Sports network in May.


Four members of the RMU Hockey program were selected to the final Team USA roster to compete in the 2013 World University games in Trentino, Italy. Ramey Weaver, Jessica Merritt, Hayley Williams and Gehrett Sargis competed against teams from Great Britain, Russia, Japan, Canada, Spain, Sweden and Latvia.


The RMU Women’s Lacrosse Team won the 2013-14 West Region Conference Championship and then went on to win the National Women’s Lacrosse League Championship with a down to the wire victory over the Lady Bees of Savannah College. Congrats to the team and Head coach Jake Truty.


Adjunct faculty member Dr. Sheila A. Vinson works in partnership with educators, politicians, clergy, community leaders and groups as well as citizens. She has published her dissertation, Literacy of the Hopeless: Voices of Survival and Dreams, a confirmation of her passion and commitment of changing and transforming lives. She was honored for being the recipient of the 18th Annual Outstanding Education Award from Danny Davis of the 7th Congressional District.


Sam Milligan to represent RMU

Sam Milligan will represent RMU-Peoria hockey as well as the ACHA in European competition in December.
"Sam is our captain and a great leader. He is very deserving of this honor and will be an excellent representative
for Robert Morris University," said Coach Jim Sanchez. Go Eagles!

United 2 Choose 4 UN Day Event

Janet Villegas, a freshman in RMU's Pharmacy Technology program, was selected to perform her original composition at the United 2 Choose 4 UN Day event held on October 23, at Pazzo's on Wacker Drive. The event was hosted by the United Nations Association-Greater Chicago Chapter in honor of UN Day. The event was a “unique opportunity for local Chicagoans to discuss and select the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that are most important for our city.” Janet's piece titled, Just Breathe, was inspired by the SDG goal of "attaining gender equality, empowering women and girls everywhere."
Among the event attendees were Dr. Monique Herard, Professor of Management at Robert Morris University, who facilitated a discussion on the SDG goals, including “providing equitable and exclusive quality education and life-long learning opportunities for all;” and Shivam Sham, RMU Alumna from the Class of 2014.
Janet Villegas (left), with Will Davis, director of the United Nations Development Programme Representation Office in Washington and Farah Salim Eck (right), president of UNA-USA Greater Chicago Chapter.    

RMU students join Governor Quinn

RMU Provost Mablene Krueger and several RMU students joined Governor Quinn, along with representatives from Roosevelt, IIT and National Louis universities as the Governor announced the last disbursement of the capital grant. Looking great, Eagles!

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RMU DuPage Students Lend a Hand to Help Others

Kena Pastore and her MGT101 & MGT280 classes from the DuPage campus volunteered at Feed My Starving Children in October as part of their studies on non-profit organizations and social responsibility. They packed a total of 117 boxes of food which will feed 70 children for a year!

Kena does this each year, teaching her students about philanthropy and giving back to their communities. Students often go in reluctantly and walk out talking about teamwork and volunteering to make a difference in their world.

Way to go, Eagles!

Fall Graduation Ceremony Held at RMU's ACC in Arlington Heights

Members of the Class of 2014, fall graduation, attended their ceremony at the Robert Morris University Athletic Convocation Center in Arlington Heights. This was the inaugural ceremony at the Center after holding the event at Chicago's Arie Crown Theater for several years.

The ACC has adequate space for family members, rooms for graduates to prepare before processing into the arena, a generous reception area for family photos and free parking.

The class representative was Edward Largy, a Bachelor of Business Administration graduate who is continuing with his education to become a teacher. Alumna Kathy Miller, RMC graduate and president/CEO of Total Event Resources, was the keynote speaker. In her speech Ms. Miller explained to students how important relationships are to an individual's success throughout his or her career.

For more photos from the October 25 graduation ceremony, check

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!

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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!








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.