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RMU’s Study Abroad Program Opens a World of Opportunities for Students

October 13, 2016

On October 13, RMU students had the opportunity to hear from Study Abroad Alumni who have taken advantage of the University’s Study Abroad Program. Students who have studied in France, Germany, Taiwan, Italy and England formed a panel and shared their experiences with other RMU students who are considering studying abroad. Dean of Professional Arts Shelley LaMantia and faculty advisor Robert Tenuta, along with other faculty, have conducted programs in the professional studies (art, culinary) programs and the business administration program, respectively.

Students commented on how living and studying in a different country changed their lives in many ways. “I knew I was going to do this,” explained one student. “I had only experienced life in my own town, my own state. I wanted to go to another country and learn in a different setting. I was all in once I decided.” Another student approached the cost very carefully: “I started saving for the program early and in two years I had the money I needed,” she said. Others took out loans or received assistance from family members.

Another added, “The living arrangements, food, tours and other extras that are included – in addition to the travel and tuition expenses – add such value to the programs. If you were traveling to Europe on a vacation, you would pay for an added tour, such as Normandy in France. That alone might be equal to the entire cost of our program. It is worth every penny.” “I figure that you are there to experience everything you can about the country,” said a business student. “So I took advantage of eating out often and seeing everything I could.”

“When students hear from other students about how much they enjoyed and benefited from the Study Abroad program, they are eager to sign up,” said Dr. Tenuta. “And I have yet to hear from a student who wasn’t happy to have made the choice to travel and study in another country.”

For more information on RMU’s Study Abroad Program, contact Shelley LaMantia, or RMU’s website at



Fall Career Fair at Robert Morris University

October 12, 2016

Students flocked to the seventh floor Student Center on Wednesday, October 12 to meet with potential employers at the Fall Career Fair, organized by RMU’s Career Services department.

Companies representing the insurance industry such as Northwestern Mutual, Allegiance and Farmer’s took part. The financial industry included Baxter Credit Union, healthcare was represented by Advocate, Extended Care Clinical and Homewatch Care Givers and the entertainment industry included Horseshoe Casino and Chicago Cruises. Walgreen’s, Monterrey Security, and Skills for Chicagoland’s Future also participated in addition to several other companies.

Many RMU upperclassmen came prepared, dressed for an interview with a resume in hand. A number of companies were also ready to hire and provided applications for interested students.

Participating in the career fairs is an important part of the RMU college experience. Many students attend each fair from their first year of college on, getting an idea of the job market and exploring internship possibilities.



Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Event

August 31, 2016

On August 31, Wednesday evening, Morris Graduate School of Management (MGSM) hosted an after hours art exhibit and live jazz event in the RMU State Street Gallery with the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.

Representatives of several area businesses and organizations attended the gathering and explored graduate and corporate partnership opportunities with MGSM. Vince Williams, Manager of Member Engagement at the Chamber is an MGSM alumnus who has become involved in RMU projects that bring more community members to our main campus.

Among the many companies attending were: Smart Yeti Studios, the Executives’ Club of Chicago, Admiral Securities, Colliers International, the March of Dimes and Year Up Chicago. Robert Morris University Illinois and MGSM are always interested in working with area businesses to expand student internship possibilities and to form partnerships with companies in providing continuing education opportunities for their employees.



Study Abroad Program Takes RMU Business Students Out of the Classroom, into the Manufacturing Plant and Parliament

July 18, 2016

Robotics? Engineering? Production? Strategy? Technology? Graduate students on Study Abroad~London, with faculty advisor, Dr. Robert Tenuta, had a unique experience touring the Mini-Cooper plant in Oxford. From the body shop to quality control, stationary robots with movable arms assembled, welded, attached, clamped and handed over parts to another robot to assemble the vehicle. Only 300 employees and technology assemble 240,000 vehicles per year. Their goal next year is 300,000.

Our forefathers modeled the US Government system after the British Parliament. Today, study abroad students toured the Houses of Parliament (aka Palace of Westminster) during a newly appointed cabinet and Prime Minister after the recent EU Referendum. Everyone in England is talking about it and our students heard it first hand!



Veteran’s Hiring Expo

July 11, 2016

The Chicago Sky joined with Robert Morris University for its fourth annual Veteran’s Hiring Expo on Monday, July 11. These events are free for veterans to attend and features many local companies and organizations who are looking to hire new employees, particularly veterans.

Along with the Veteran’s Trust and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), Chicago-land veterans were able to network and interview directly with employers onsite. Morris Graduate School of Management representatives were also available to meet with attendees to share graduate school opportunities.

Participating employers for the Veteran’s Hiring Expo include Roosevelt University, Sears Holding Company, Lewis University, Illinois Welding School, Chicago Harley Davidson, Walgreens, Penske Truck Leasing, Avison Young, Windy City Limousine, Prudential Financial, Rivers Casino, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Jewel Osco, Pace Bus, Chicago Tribune, Hoopis Group, U.S. Army, EnAbled Vet, Women’s Business Development Center, Edward Hines V.A., Mariano’s, Comcast, Levy Restaurants at United Center, Lydia Healthcare, Road Home Program at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago Lighthouse, Val-Matic Corporation and RMU.



Safe Haven

July 7, 2016

Summer can be a time for exploring your own city and Chicago offers lots of possibilities for students enjoying a break from school. Recently, Robert Morris University welcomed a group of students from Safe Haven, a faith-based initiative of Chicago Public Schools. In addition to visiting Cloud Gate, the library and Grant Park, the students stopped in at RMU to tour the culinary program. Since it was finals week, the culinary kitchen was busy with students completing their final exam in a foundations class taught by Chef Carolyn Conglis. After checking out the pastry kitchen, dining room and teaching kitchens, our guests were able to observe RMU culinary students as they put forth their best efforts in preparing four different dishes to complete the exam.

We welcome students who are interested in learning more about RMU and the possibilities that await them in preparing for a career with a future.



Making Sausage in RMU Kitchens

June 22, 2016

This past Saturday, RMU Culinary participated in The Taste of European Tradition with a sausage making demonstration in our own kitchens. Chef Instructor Anthony DiFabio, assisted by four culinary students – Stephen Myers, Amanda Augustyniak, Erik Whittingham and Silvia Jamie – worked with Polish Chef Dariusz Zachoranski (Chef Darek) to present the old world techniques of making the best sausage.

Attendees of The Taste of European Tradition spent the better part of the afternoon learning from the experts who have the experience and the recipes handed down through generations. For some it was a chance to celebrate Father’s Day by making sausage with your dad – and another way RMU becomes involved in the many cultures and learning opportunities that are so plentiful in Chicago!

Great job, RMU Culinary!



Junior Achievement and Robert Morris University: A Lasting Partnership

May 13, 2016

Each year, Junior Achievement of Chicago holds a fund raising and networking event for its friends, supporters and partners. This year's event - an evening of Wine Tasting - was particularly special for RMU. The University was recognized as the recipient of the Bronze US President's Volunteer Service Award, in appreciation for the thousands of volunteer hours contributed by RMU students, staff and faculty to Junior Achievement. President Mablene Krueger and several business faculty members were present to receive the award from JA President Sandy Daffe and Maria Ramos, vice president.

Larry Nieman, dean of the School of Business Administration, maintains the strong JA partnership, mainly through RMU's connection with Maria Ramos, vice president for Central Operations at JA and a member of the business advisory board. The event took place at the Prudential Building and the area included a beautiful terrace that overlooked Millenium Park and the city skyline.



CPS Principals Visit RMU

May 13, 2016

On Friday morning, RMU welcomed CPS principals to a workshop that focused on promoting computer science throughout their schools. Bill Waas, CEO of the Illinois Technology Foundation (ITF) and RMU advisory board member, welcomed educators and talked about the need for computer science in all careers, not just those in technology. Basim Khartabil, dean of the School of Technology and Media, spoke about the University's approach to computer science and the successful partnership it has formed with ITF. Nicole Cafillio, executive vice president at RMU then spoke about the connection the University has had with CPS students over many decades. She focused on RMU's recent ranking by Money Magazine as the #1 Best Value University and the advisory program that helps keep students on track from freshman year to graduation.



RMU Hosts the Return of “On the Table”

May 10, 2016

Robert Morris University hosted the first On the Table for 2016. Sponsored by The Chicago Community Trust, On the Table is a civic engagement initiative that provides a platform for Chicago area residents. It is designed to elevate civic conversation, foster new relationships and create a unifying experience for participants. Forty community leaders participated in the discussion of Realizing the Potential of Chicago Neighborhoods. Among those in attendance was Deb Mell, alderman of the 33rd Ward, Laura Washington of the Chicago Sun Times, Michelle Russell of TEAM Englewood Community Academy, Lauren Miller of Robert Morris Univesity and Vanessa Vergara of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, which co- sponsored the event. Laren Choolijian of WBEZ and Dometi Pongo of WVON served as moderators.

Lunch for the attendees was prepared by Robert Morris culinary students, under the direction of Chef Instructor Carolyn Conglis.



Robert Morris University's Spring 2016 Commencement Ceremony

April 23, 2016

On Saturday, April 23, the Robert Morris University Class of 2016 attended the commencement ceremony at the Athletic Convocation Center in Arlington Heights. A beautiful spring day set the stage for a standing room only crowd as graduate and undergraduate students received their diplomas and honors, culminating their programs of study at RMU. Here are a few candid shots from Saturday's event. For more, go to and pick your favorite!









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) and authorized by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (1 N. Old State Capitol Plaza Suite 333, Springfield, Illinois 62701-1377, 217.782.2551, IBHE Feedback). Robert Morris serves over 4500 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, Schaumburg, Springfield, Peoria and Lake County.