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

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

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

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

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

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.


RMU Hosts the Return of “On the Table”

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.


CPS Principals Visit RMU

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.


Robert Morris University's Spring 2016 Commencement Ceremony

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!


Sigma Beta Delta

On April 20 the School of Business Administration at Robert Morris University Illinois inducted nineteen 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 –Sid Aitelhadj (60634), Yuliana Alcantar, (60632), Emily Bernard (60607), Mayam Jacobo (60638), Justyna Cizadlo (60638) and Brooklyn Kerlin (60605); Stephanie Bird and Amanda Daley of Oak Forest, Mikayala Driscoll of Peoria, Amairani Garcia of Wheeling, Mikayla Guernsey of Fulton, Irene Hastings of Gurnee, Gregory Jones of Evanston, Tucker Mucha or Orland Park, Jack Piecuch of Willow Srings, Liliana Quiroz of Waukegan, Rodges Redmond III of Bellwood, Rebecca Sparkman of Loves Park and Terra Ringo of Pueblo, CO.

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.


JA High School Competition Day

Robert Morris University has had a long partnership with Junior Achievement of Chicago. Many RMU students have taken the opportunity to volunteer with the organization in Chicago Public Schools and as participants in JA's many programs for high school students.

On April 15, nearly 400 high school students from the Chicago area participated in JA High School Competition Day, hosted by RMU. Many RMU students, faculty and staff members helped out as interviewers, judges, and facilitators for the day-long event. Check out this short video which captures the high school students - all dressed for success - as they experience JA's "You're Hired Workplace Skills Challenge" and the annual JA Titan Competition.

Professional Development Week

It was Professional Development week at Robert Morris University, but the amazing panels of speakers for Morris Graduate School of Management weren't the only groups spreading expertise and practical information for RMU students.

MGSM had three days of speakers. On Tuesday, a panel spoke on Employment Trends; on Wednesday, on Cyber Security, and on Thursday, on Innovation. Grad students and alumni gathered in the auditorium for great discussions and valuable information from people who take the classroom concepts in these areas and put them to use every day.

Nursing and Health Studies students participated in a Healthcare Symposium at the Chicago campus on Thursday. The panel of speakers included Dr. Matthew Pittman, a surgeon with Northwestern Medicine, Anita Halvorsen, ACHE Regent for Metropolitan Chicago and adjunct professor at Rush University, Dr. Steven White, forensic pathologist and Assistant Medical Examiner for Cook County, Dr. Lynn Reede, senior director of Professional Practice for the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, and Thomas Medford, Integration Branch Chief with the US Department of Homeland Security - FEMA. Students from different RMU campuses and medical programs attended the symposium.

Loreli Hand of the School of Business Administration organized a special event called "The Marketers' Career Fair." Students met with employers from such companies as LaSalle Network, Rise Interactive, Vitamin T, Anderson, Werner Co. and others as they investigated the employment outlook in the marketing world.

It was a great week for RMU students to learn more about the career opportunities that await them as graduates!


RMU Spring Career Fair a Big Hit on Campus

The sixth floor commons area was filled with students, employers and faculty - all ready to help RMU students prepare for the real world by talking with companies that were interested in hiring new grads.

The convenience of the location helped many more students find out what companies are hiring and what they are looking for in prospective employees. Businesses in the food and entertainment fields, health care, technology, insurance, finance, law enforcement and many more were represented. Career Services staff and many faculty members were very busy registering students and helping them as they made their way to the many tables sponsored by the companies.


Robert Morris University Illinois Accounting Students Take Part in VITA Program

For over ten years, Robert Morris University students have been providing a valuable service to the Chicago community by participating in the Volunteer Individual Tax Assistance Program (VITA). This year they have helped prepare nearly 1000 tax returns – at no cost to the individuals.

Dr. David Knutsen, Accounting Curriculum Chair, and Professor Karen Novey, School of Business Administration faculty member, have been supervising accounting students who have successfully completed the Individuation Taxation course. The students are certified by an IRS established program and have also received an 80% or higher on the advanced exam administered by the IRS, which qualifies them to prepare individual tax forms. All returns have been prepared in confidence and are reviewed by qualified instructors before they are filed.

“We have worked with about 500 individuals so far,” said Professor Novey. “And each person has a state and federal return to file. Some people from Indiana may have three returns, so it has added up quickly.”

The team of students and faculty members have been working on tax returns every Monday and Wednesday afternoon since February 8th in the Robert Morris University ICenter at the Chicago campus.

“The VITA program has always been a great experience for our students,” explained Dr. Knutsen. “It’s an opportunity for them to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to the real world. Experiential learning and service to the community has turned out to be a great combination!”


RMU Grad Student Receives Much by Giving

Camealia Daniels is working on her Master of Management Degree in Sports Administration and has found an opportunity to put her classroom experience into practice through volunteering. Last year, she learned of a program called ProCamps Worldwide which offers students volunteer opportunities at their Sports Camps. After applying, Camealia was assigned to the September session at Taj Gibson’s Camp at the Joy of the Game facility in Deerfield. Taj Gibson plays for the Chicago Bulls and participates in basketball camps for elementary and high school students.

Camealia helped out in set up and preparation for the camp, as well as for the camp itself. She worked on preparing the marketing materials, in the event store and organizing as the camp got underway. As the result of applying marketing skills that she learned in an undergrad marketing course with Professor Bodlak, Camealia said she exceeded the expectations of selling autographed photos which benefited charities.

ProCamp continues to reach out the Camealia for volunteer work as more sports camps are scheduled. “I’m elated to give back to my community,” she said. “I’ve learned it is my moral responsibility to help someone else in crossing the bridge that I too had to cross.”


Almost, Maine

The Robert Morris Theater Ensemble presented "Almost, Maine" - a play by John Cariani - on April 8 and 9 at the RMU Athletic Convocation Center. The play is a series of short stories that center on the residents of a fictional town in Maine. Under the direction of faculty member Gerry Dedera, RMU students did most of the blocking, technical preparation and general rehearsals at the Chicago campus, then brought the whole production to Arlington Heights mid-week to prepare for the two performances. With students in many different programs of study, the ensemble managed to work out their practices over the past couple months as they continued with classes and prepared for finals. Great job on "Almost, Maine," Eagles! Looking forward to more student productions

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Professional Development Week

Morris Graduate School of Management proudly announces Professional Development Week, April 12, 13 and 14. Each day will feature a topic and expert speakers in the field. The panel discussions will be held in the auditorium at the Chicago campus from 6 to 7 pm each day. All MGSM deans, faculty, staff alumni and students are invited to attend.

On April 12, four panelists will discuss Employment Trends. Andre Allen, IT Leader, will facilitate the discussion with Diana Smith, director of Technology Staffing at Brilliant; Craig Watson, Managing Principal at Effective Talent and Doug Gilman, vice president of Digital Channels and Enterprise Services at AON. They will discuss general employment trends in industry and the skills and experiences companies look for in a candidate.

On April 13, Tina Hauri, president and co-founder of Bradford Garrett Group will moderate a discussion on Cyber Security. Panelists include Arlan McMillan, Chief Information Security Officer at United Airlines; Amy Bogac, director of IT Security Operations for Walgreens, David Kovarik, director of Information & System Security/Compliance at Northwestern University; and Erick Decker, Chief Information Security Officer at the University of Chicago Hospital. The panel will focus on cyber crime, shortage of cyber security specialists and education and awareness.

The final event on April 14 will focus on Innovation and how to create innovative work environments. Carl Zuhl, strategy consultant for Business Models, Inc., will moderate a panel including E.G. Nadham, Chief Technology Strategist of the Central Region for Red Hat; Maura Shea, senior director of Strategic Innovation for the YMCA of America; and Wayne Bulmahn, Chief Information Officer of Unite Here Health.

Shot @ Life

Members of RMU’s United Nations Association Student Organization (UNA-USA), and interested faculty, staff and students, gathered in the auditorium on Monday, April 4 to hear representatives speak on “Shot @ Life,” and to undergo training in support of the program. Rebecca Maxie, a Grassroots Officer for Shot@ Life, part of the United Nations Foundation, presented an overview on the group’s advocacy efforts to reduce vaccine-preventable deaths around the world. “Vaccines are one of the most cost-effective ways to save and improve the lives of children in developing and hard-to-reach areas of the world,” she said.

Students are trained to build relationships with their respective members of Congress and to build community support for the work of Shot @ Life.

Dr. Monique Herard, faculty member and moderator of UNA-USA at Robert Morris, was instrumental in organizing the event. She indicated that the program provides experience-based learning that benefits students in all majors and aids in the development of leadership skills. Dr. Natan Mendes of the RMU School of Nursing and Health Studies felt the effort promotes advocacy at the best level – through student involvement.








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, Bensenville, Schaumburg, Springfield, Peoria and Lake County.