Thursday, October 23, 2008

Coming soon...

Watch the trailer to "The Korean,", the debut film by RMU alumnus Thomas Dixon:

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

RMU goes to the movies

RMU alum Thomas Dixon's debut feature film "The Korean" will be screened at the Three Rivers Film Festival Nov. 7-22. (Hat tip to the Post-Gazette.) Dixon graduated in 2005 with a degree in communications. We hope to share more with you about "The Korean" in the days to come. Things are a little hectic here today...

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Rest in peace, Reg

Trib sports writer Joe Starkey devoted his column yesterday to talking to Dave Hanson, general manager of the Robert Morris University Island Sports Center and one of the Hanson brothers from the 1977 comedy classic "Slap Shot." Hanson talks about his new book, the latest "Slap Shot" sequel, and of course, working with the late, great Paul Newman:

Like so many people, Hanson recalled Newman as a down-to-earth, decent man. Newman threw a cast party at his Beverly Hills home after "Slap Shot" came out and later offered to throw one for Hanson and his wife, Sue, a Nanty Glo native, on the way to their honeymoon in Hawaii. The couple declined, but accepted Newman's invite to join him and his actress wife, Joanne Woodward, at a Detroit auto race in the mid-1990's.

To this day, when people ask Hanson about "Slap Shot," they want to know what it was like to work with Newman, who was 52 at the time and a pretty decent skater.

"I always say, 'Well, you're asking it wrong,' " Hanson said, laughing. "It should be, 'How did Paul Newman feel about working with us?' " (link)

Congratulations, Dave. And Mr. Newman, you will be missed.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

There's no such thing as "overexposure"

If it seems to you that RMU has been all over the news lately, it's not merely the fevered delusions of your troubled mind. Yesterday, Eleanor Chute at the Post-Gazette devoted some serious real estate to RMU's nursing programs and its graduates in a story about nursing education.

Last week, Elise Boyas, assistant professor of accounting, was front and center in a Pittsburgh Business Times article about accounting rules changes. And today, Scott Leff, associate director of the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management, drew on his previous experience running a community bank to write an op-ed about the nation's financial crisis.

At this rate, soon we're not going to be able to eat in restaurants.

Monday, October 13, 2008

It's a hockey night in Johnstown...

...and an RMU night as well:

College connection: Robert Morris University had a strong presence on Saturday night.

Chiefs forwards Joey Olson and Joel Gasper each played at Robert Morris.

Wheeling’s Sean Berkstresser also played at Robert Morris last season. (link)

Friday, October 10, 2008

Rub our heads for luck

WTAE-TV anchor Andrew Stockey spoke at RMU Sept. 9 to launch our Diversity Speaker Series. A couple of weeks later, he gets promoted. Coincidence? We'll let you be the judge.

By the way, next up in the Diversity Speaker Series is Joyce A. Bender, CEO and founder of Bender Consulting Services Inc., on Oct. 22. We hope to see you there.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Yes, and we do theater, too.

It's not too late to see the Colonial Theatre production of "Aida", which you can read about in this week's New Pittsburgh Courier.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Well done, ladies. Well done.

This is about all that needs to be said:

This was a season-opening shocker. Robert Morris, a fourth-year women's hockey program out of Pittsburgh, upset the No. 3-rated Gophers 3-2 on Friday at Ridder Arena despite being outshot 65-10. (link)

Friday, October 3, 2008

Walk the walk, talk the talk

RMU President Greg Dell'Omo offers some insights into his leadership style in this Smart Business Pittsburgh article. For more about President Dell'Omo's vision for RMU, click here.