First of all, we hope everyone enjoyed the holidays. It is good to be back.
Second, for those of you who are RMU alumni, we wanted to let you know that starting this semester, the RMU Libraries will begin offering alumni online access to the ProQuest database service. Previously available only to students, ProQuest includes the full text of more than 6,000 magazines, journals and newspapers. Users can browse or search The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, PC Magazine, Consumer Reports and many specialized journals in nursing, education, and many other fields.
“We’re very happy to offer our most popular database to alumni,” said librarian Jackie Corinth.
For more information, call the reference desk at (412) 397-3272.
Here’s an interesting article about an RMU alum who leads a megachurch in Ohio. Crossroads Community Church is the 36th largest church in the nation, so I’m guessing that Pastor Brian Tome is well-served by his RMU business degree:
Crossroads Community Church, which is in a converted HQ superstore at 3500 Madison Road, Oakley, draws about 10,000 people each weekend to its four services.
It is the 25th fastest-growing and 36th-largest church in the country, the only church in the region to crack the Top 50 in either category.
Crossroads is a non-denominational community church with a staff of 94 and an annual budget of $13 million that covers everything from providing the 300-plus gallons of coffee and 16 cases of cream served every weekend to the funding of an AIDS hospice in South Africa.
In matters more temporal, Pennsylvania and New York are increasing the amount of credit hours required for CPA candidates, and Inside Higher Ed talks to RMU’s Frank Flanegin about how we are responding:
Robert Morris University, in suburban Pittsburgh, is also prepping for the change, encouraging accounting undergraduates to enroll in a program that awards an M.B.A. for an additional year of study. Frank Flanegin, head of the department of accounting and finance, said the university introduced the program as a way to help students meet the upcoming requirement change.
“There’s no mandate with this change to get another degree – an M.S. in accounting or an MBA,” Flanegin said, noting that about half of the university’s accounting majors go onto seek a C.P.A. “But why would you want to have students take additional credits without earning an additional degree? This provides our accounting majors who know what they want to do with an opportunity to fulfill the requirement.” (link)
RMU alumnus Howard Shapiro will appear on Stan Savran’s “Savran on SportsBeat” this Friday on FSN Pittsburgh to talk about his latest children’s book “Hockey Player for Life.” The show airs at 6:30 p.m.
You can learn more about Shapiro’s book here and here.
The Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” will feature LoBello’s Spaghetti House in Coraopolis in an episode airing at 10 tonight. LoBello’s is managed by 1973 RMU graduate Benny Joe LoBello.
A longtime commercial banker, LoBello decided a few years ago to go back to work at his family’s restaurant, which LoBello’s grandparents opened in 1944. Nearly everything on the menu is still made from scratch, much of it by Benny Joe’s mama — and the restaurant’s owner — Rose, a regular there at 809 Fifth Ave.
Guests are invited to carve their names into the wooden booths, if they can find a space in between the hundreds who have already done so over the years. And anyone showing an RMU ID will get a 25 percent discount, LoBello promised.
In other alumni news, Ricky Frazier, new v.p. of customer care for Comcast, received the Minority Achievement Award from Minority Opinion Magazine. The Tribune-Review featured Frazier as a Newsmaker in Sunday’s paper.
Alumnus Thomas Dixon gets a great review from the Post-Gazette for his film “The Korean.”
Watch the trailer to “The Korean,”, the debut film by RMU alumnus Thomas Dixon:
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…