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RMU Celebrates Two Major Accomplishments

On Thursday, September 20, Robert Morris University will be celebrating the realization of two major initiatives: the close of the Changing Lives, Building Futures capital campaign; and the completion of its newest academic building, which will serve as the home for the School of Communications and Information Sciences (SCIS).

The event, which is being called “Celebration2“, will take place from 6:30–8:30 p.m. at the new building, which is located on the former site of the Wayne Center on RMU’s main campus in Moon Township.

The new 50,000-square-foot facility will serve to further enhance RMU’s offerings in communication, computer and information systems, English studies and communication skills, organizational leadership, and media arts. Some of the building’s features include an art gallery, high-tech classrooms, PC and Mac labs, a tiered screening room, wood shop, metal shop, 3D-design room, print studio, drawing room, and a café.

“It’s really a wonderful addition to the RMU campus,” said Barbara J. Levine, Ph.D., SCIS dean and associate professor of communications.

The building is the latest project in an initiative to give each of the university’s five schools its own clearly identifiable home.

“Faculty and students alike are very excited that our department will be housed in new facilities on the main campus,” says Jon A. Radermacher, head of RMU’s Department of Media Arts, which was previously in downtown Pittsburgh at the university’s former building on 5th Avenue.

Celebration2 will also recognize the close of RMU’s Changing Lives, Building Futures capital campaign, which was the largest and most successful campaign in the university’s history, raising more than $40 million over the past five years.

“We’re so excited to celebrate this achievement,” said Kimberley A. Hammer, J.D., vice president for development. “So many people have worked so hard over the past five years to get to this point. It’s a great thing, not only for the university and the Greater Pittsburgh region, but especially for the students, who will benefit the most as we continue to provide the kind of life-changing education that Robert Morris has become known for.”

During the evening’s program, the annual David J. Malone Volunteer Service Award will be presented to Barbara McNees, president of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce and a member of the RMU Board of Trustees.

The Celebration2 event is open to all RMU students, faculty, staff, alumni, and donors. Attendees can RSVP online at or by calling 412-397-6407. Registration deadline is Sept. 10.

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