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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.
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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!


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!