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4th Annual Susan K. Hofacre 5K Run/Walk

Just today, I got an e-mail announcing the 4th annual Susan K. Hofacre 5k Run/Walk, which will take place at RMU’s Moon Township Campus on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 9 a.m.

This e-mail came at an interesting time, since I’ve recently been considering getting back into running again. Considering. I have a two-year-old daughter, you see. Ever since she was born, instead of running, I’ve been working on my long-distance loafing on the couch, which is a lot easier on the knees.

Susan K. Hofacre, Ph.D., was RMU’s first female athletic director. Hofacre, who earned an MBA from RMU in 1999, joined the university’s athletic department in 1989 as its senior women’s administrator, assisting with compliance issues, academic advising, events scheduling and policy development. She also served as department head and professor of sport management.

As athletic director from 2000-2005, Hofacre helped the Colonials add seven new NCAA Division I athletic programs, including the first men’s and women’s hockey teams in Pittsburgh. She also oversaw the development of the new track and field at the RMU Island Sports Center, as well as the construction of Joe Walton Stadium and athletic administration building.

In 2002, Hofacre was awarded the Robert Morris University Alumni Philanthropist Award by the Alumni Association for her establishment of endowed scholarships and her raising of funds for the University. She passed away on Jan. 8, 2005, at the age of 54, after a courageous battle with cancer.

The Susan K. Hofacre 5k Run/Walk benefits the Susan Hofacre Memorial Scholarship Fund. If you’re an avid runner or considering getting back into running like me (considering), be sure to mark November 7 on your calendar and support this important cause. (Registration starts at 8 a.m. at Joe Walton Stadium. The race begins at 9 a.m.)

— Valentine J. Brkich

Topping Obama

No doubt it was President Obama’s recent ill-advised remarks, and not the fearsome Robert Morris University public relations machine, that sparked coverage over the weekend of the local Special Olympics bowling competitions. (See here and here.)

Nonetheless, we’re happy that these athletes got the positive attention they deserve. And we have selfish reasons as well — dozens of RMU students volunteered to help bring the event together, and we’re grateful their efforts were recognized.

I’m sure the president would be proud.

And yet, no one has offered to buy the naming rights to this blog

During an interview this morning on KQV Radio, Dave Synowka, director of RMU’s Sport Management Program, offered his thoughts on the deal for CONSOL Energy to buy the naming rights to the Penguins’ new arena. Synowka thinks it’s a good deal for CONSOL, which is going to gain national exposure for its brand.

If you are interested in scheduling an interview with Synowka on this subject, contact Jonathan Potts at 412-397-3813 or

It’s a great day for a ball game, let’s play two

The RMU club baseball team will get its 15 minutes of fame under the lights at PNC Park tonight when the team participates in the taping of an episode of The History Channel’s Modern Marvels. The episode will examine stadium lighting, and will also feature an interview with Dave Synowka, professor of sport management and director of RMU’s Sport Management Program. Synowka will talk a little baseball history and discuss the impact that night games have had on the sport.

The program is set to air early next year.