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A Night to Remember at RMU

It was a cold, damp, gloomy evening in western Pennsylvania. But at Robert Morris University, it was one of the brightest, warmest nights in the school’s history.

On Tuesday, Sept. 6, close to 350 distinguished guests converged at the RMU campus in Moon Township for a special, three-pronged celebration marking the university’s 90-year anniversary, the opening of the brand new School of Business Complex, and the official announcement of the Changing Lives, Building Futures capital campaign. This celebration was a long time coming, and it was one that even Mother Nature couldn’t put a damper on.

The new School of Business Complex was the focal point of the celebration. As guests arrived they were escorted by students to the building, an 18,000-square-foot, LEED-certified facility that will serve as a high-tech learning laboratory for RMU students and a valuable resource for the business community at large. Inside, the guests got the chance to check out some of the building’s state-of-the-art technology, including the Interactive Learning Module in The ATI Center, the trading room inside the PNC Business Center, and the telepresence room inside the United States Steel Corporation Videoconferencing and Technology Center.

Video: RMU’s new School of Business Complex

The evening’s program was led off by a welcome from RMU President Gregory G. Dell’Omo who spoke of RMU’s impressive transformation over its 90 years and its important role in the transformation and strengthening of the region’s economy. Dr. Dell’Omo was followed by Richard J. Harshman, chairman, president, and CEO of Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (ATI); James E. Rohr, chairman and CEO of PNC Financial Services Inc.; Susan M. Kapusta, Ph.D., general manger of community affairs and president of the United States Steel Foundation Inc.; Gary R. Claus, managing director of The Jade Group and vice chair of RMU’s Board of Trustees.

Another one of the evening’s speakers was David J. Malone, chairman and CEO of Gateway Financial and chairman of RMU’s Changing Lives, Building Futures campaign. Under Malone’s leadership, and despite a recession, RMU was able to raise $36 million thus far toward its goal of $40 million. One of the evening’s highlights was when Claus surprised Malone by presenting him with the inaugural David J. Malone Volunteer Service Award.

“This was a memorable evening for Robert Morris University,” said Jay T. Carson, RMU’s senior vice president for institutional advancement. “It was great to see the many benefactors, from so many different levels, all gathered together to show their support RMU’s mission and vision. Without them, none of this would have been possible, and we are truly grateful.”

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Written by Valentine J. Brkich

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