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Guest Chefs at Eyrie

On Friday evening, RMU culinary alumni Brad Hindsley and Rachel Murphy created a five course meal at Eyrie in Oak Park.  The outstanding menu brought in friends of the RMU Culinary Program and neighbors of Eyrie.  Congratulations to the alumni and the students for a wonderful gourmet event!


Soaring Eagles: Alumni Picnic and Volleyball Game

Alumni and students joined us for a fun-filled picnic at the Elgin campus on Thursday, May 14th. We had Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer, Bags tournaments and a chance to pie your teacher!


RMU's eSports team finished in second place

The eSports team at Robert Morris University finished in second place in the League of Legends North American Collegiate Championship tournament held over the weekend in Santa Monica, California. The Eagles competed with 1600 teams for the chance to play in the tournament and were in the final four before heading out to California. They beat the University of Connecticut while the University of British Columbia took on Texas A & M. In the championship game UBC beat RMU 3-0.

For those with Chicago Tribune digital subscriptions, you can read more about the tournament in the article here:  

Junior Achievement 75th Anniversary Impact Week

Last week, Robert Morris University students, faculty and staff participated in Junior Achievement's 75th Anniversary Week of Impact, attending Goudy, Dulles and Barton Elementary Schools in Chicago for "Take Your Work to Kids Day." Everyone became involved in lessons, activities and group sessions geared toward financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. "JA programs empower students to make a connection between what they learn in school and how it can be applied in the real world - enhancing the relvance of their classroom learning and increasing their understanding of the value of staying in school," explained Maria Ramos, JA's Vice President of Operations. No wonder JA and RMU are such a good fit!




See the Graduating Class of 2015...

The RMU Athletic Convocation Center in Arlington Heights was jammed with family and friends of the members of the Class of 2015 at the graduation ceremony held on Saturday, April 25. Students from all RMU campuses attended. Congratulations, graduates! You are now RMU Alumni! To view or download candid shots taken at graduation, go to:


Learn about the students inducted into Sigma Beta Delta

Robert Morris University Illinois is pleased to announce that the following students have been inducted into Sigma Beta Delta, the honor society for business majors:
Timothy Beutel of East Joliet, Raymond Cherie of Palos Hills, Muhammad Haider of Chicago (60616), Robert Lilisa of Berwyn, Sonja Mahon of Chicago (60607), Sahenaz Pirani of Skokie, Ana Reinoso of Chicago (60660), William Richardson of Schaumburg, Darby Bennett of Portage MI, and Miguel Melendrez of Sunnyvale, CA.
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.



Congratulations Surgical Technology Class of 2015!

The Surgical Technology Class of 2015 participated in a pinning ceremony on Monday evening in the Chicago campus auditorium. Dean Lora Timmons and Dr. Natan Mendes welcomed family and friends of the students. John Vondran, CST, Class of 2013 was recognized as the Distinguished Surgical Technology Alumnus. He spoke to the students, encouraging them to continue to work hard and pursue their careers. As a certified surgical technologist at Evanston Hospital, he reminded them that the intense surgical technology program is well worth the long hours of training.

The class members include:  Maggie Beck, Mansi Brahmbbatt, Sindy Casasola, Tre Larenz Dudley, Christopher Grzych, Christopher Limon, Sindy Mondoya, Diana Muoz, Marlene Pizarro, Emily Reyes, Bryanna Satterlee, Kristian Simpson and Gopi Thakore.


Art and Design and Culinary joined forces to create "Fusion" - a symposium on the latest in design and in the world of food. Students from RMU campuses met in Chicago to learn about entrepreneurship in both fields, food photography, and design and polyscience in culinary. They also took part in making "yumograms," artwork created with food. Great speakers, great activities and a great day!




2015 Spring Career Fair

RMU students and alumni gathered at the Conrad Hilton for the Spring Career Fair on Thursday, April 16. The fairs are organized by Career Services and held in the fall and the spring. Each one presents students with opportunities to meet employers who are ready to hire. Some new companies joined the fair this time, including Cision - a marketing software company, Eataly, Blaine's Farm and Fleet, Six Flags, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Apple, Chipotle and Uber.
The RMU Alumni Relations Department also provided a photographer and backdrop for grads and students who were interested in a photo for their resume or LinkedIn page.



Spring Concert

RMU Performing Arts presented the Spring Concert at the Arlington Heights campus on Friday evening. Under the direction of Michael Zaremba, student musicians, singers and actors in the Performing Arts Program presented and evening of wonderful entertainment. For more pictures of Saturday's event, go to


RMU's Women's Hockey Teams

On Saturday, April 11, members of past RMU Women's Hockey Teams gathered for a game at The Edge in Bensenville. Over 30 former players participated, renewing friendships, reconnecting with team mates and enjoying some time back on the ice in their familiar RMU uniforms. For more pictures of Saturday's event, go to


Alumnus Peter Katowicz

This week, alumnus Peter Katowicz, an RMU BBA and MBA graduate, spoke to students in Professor Robert Tenuta's business class. Peter played hockey on both the RMU Maroon and Gold teams. Today he is a State Farm insurance agent with his own office in Bloomingdale, Illinois. He provided RMU students with motivation and encouragement in striving to achieve personal success. "The key," he says, "is hard work, and then more hard work.".


Join RMU on WGN!

Please join RMU Athletics this Thursday in the State Street Gallery from 7am-10am as this year's St. Baldrick's event will be broadcast LIVE on the WGN morning news "Around Town" segment. Please share this with your friends & family, and don't forget to stop by and donate for a great cause in your RMU maroon & gold!

The People

Don't miss the final performances of The People, a one act play by Susan Glaspell, showing on Thursday, February 26, at 10:15 and 12:15 in the auditorium on the 8th Floor. Director Gerry Dedera and a corps of RMU Performing Arts students will present this play that focuses on free speech.


RMU hosted the Faculty Advisory Council of the Illinois Board of Higher Education

On Friday, February 20, Robert Morris University Illinois hosted the Faculty Advisory Council of the Illinois Board of Higher Education. RMU mathematics professor and curriculum chair Patricia McNicholas, a representative on the Council, and RMU Provost Mablene Krueger, welcomed representatives from colleges and universities across the state.

Special guests at this meeting of the Council were Illinois State Senators Martin A. Sandoval (11th District) and Kimberly A. Lightford (4th District). As part of the agenda, the senators opened a discussion with the higher education representatives on funding for colleges, particularly in light of the anticipated cuts in the state budget. Both Sandoval and Lightford expressed their support for higher education, their concerns over the cost and financial burden of tuition, and making a college degree within reach for all Illinois students.
Pictured from left to right: State Senator Martin Sandoval; faculty member Patricia McNicholas and Provost Mablene Krueger of Robert Morris University; Marie Donovan of DePaul University and Senator Kimberly Lightford.


Bite Nite

For information on Bite Nite featuring Chef Danielle from Eyrie, click the image below.  For tickets to this event, click here.


Gourmet Lollipops

Students lined up to purchased gourmet lollipops in the Student Center on Tuesday, just in time to get a little sweet something for your sweetie for Valentine's Day. Proceeds go to the RMU Scholarship Fund.


Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration

In the State Street Art Gallery, RMU welcomed Roy S. Yen, director of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago.  The office sponsored the Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration, bringing a beautiful collection of artifacts, kimonos, headpieces and statuettes which will be on display in the gallery.  Students stopped by the enjoy the exhibit and a Chinese lunch.


Nursing students honored

The Robert Morris University College of Nursing and Health Studies is pleased to announce that the following students, members of the Class of 2015, have received their nursing pins: Danielle Ask, Rene Franklin, Kandice Gustafson, Meaghan Hansen, Antoinette Ibidapo, Carla Martinez, Morgan Miller, Taylor O'Sara and Juli Peck.

These students received their pins and congratulations from Dean Lora Timmons, Jonell Benson-Cobbs, faculty advisor; Raegan Quandt, curriculum chair; Dr. Denise Gray, nurse administrator, and Provost Mablene Krueger. Kari Koster, RMU alumna and faculty member, was honored with the 2015 Distinguished Nursing Alumni Award.

Additionally, the following students were recognized as 2015 alpha Delta Nu Honor Society inductees: Andrea Balici, Maria Benitez, Kandice Gustafson, Sanam Patel, Stephanie Poli and Kathryn Thayer.

Congratulations to all our students, their parents and our faculty. 

Nursing students show Dr. Gray their love and affection for all her support.


Dr. Gray presents Kari Koster with the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award.​





































































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.