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RMU Alumni: Mark Your Calendars for a HOT March!!

WarnerHello Alums!

As the first two months of the year come to a close, if you’re anything like me I sure hope spring-like temperatures arrive in early March. But if they don’t, there are still plenty of hot happenings for RMU alumni both on campus and in nearby cities.

In case you haven’t heard, a number of our sports teams are on fire! The men’s basketball team clinched the regular season NEC championship with an impressive victory last Saturday at The Chuck. In addition, women’s basketball, along with men’s and women’s hockey, are all playoff bound.

Speaking of the playoffs, things will soon be heating up in the Moon Twp. area with three of our four teams hosting home games on campus and down at The Island.

Some other hot happens for alumni to take advantage of in March include our “On The Road” programs, the first of which will be an alumni reception and Cleveland Cavaliers basketball game on Tuesday, March 4. We are also holding similar events in Philadelphia on Friday, March 14, and in Washington D.C. on Saturday, March 15. Tickets are $25.00 each, and we encourage you to bring a guest. Finally, on Thursday, March 27, we’ll be hosting our 3rd Annual March Madness alumni networking event at Atria’s, located on the North Shore at PNC Park.

Forget the cold and join us in March for one or all of these hot alumni events!

–Warner Johnson, Director of Alumni

Upcoming March events:
March 4 – Cleveland Alumni Reception and Cavaliers Basketball Game
March 5 – Men’s Basketball Quarter Finals, Sewall Center Arena (aka, The Chuck)
March 9 – Women’s Basketball Quarter Final, Sewall Center Arena (aka, The Chuck)
March 14 – Philadelphia Alumni Reception and 76ers Basketball Game
March 15 – Washington D.C. Alumni Reception and Wizards Basketball Game
March 27 – March Madness Alumni Reception, Atria’s, North Shore (Pittsburgh), PNC Park

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Another One for the Case

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The U.S. women’s Olympic ice hockey team lost a heartbreaking gold-medal game to Canada, 3-2 in overtime, but former RMU goalie Brianne McLaughlin was smiling nonetheless when she received her second silver medal. McLaughlin competed with the U.S. team in the 2010 games in Vancouver,  where Canada also edged out the U.S. squad for the gold.

– Follow Brianne on Twitter.
– Brianne’s former team is ranked No. 9 in the nation!  Come watch them play Penn State this weekend.
– Brianne stays close with the Colonials. She has to – she married one of the coaches!
Read about Brianne when she made her Olympic debut:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoKMpyhhLS0

Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Visits RMU

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Maria V. Kalevitch, Ph.D., dean of Robert Morris University’s School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science, poses for a photo with Silicon Valley icon, philanthropist, and Apple Computer Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak, on Wednesday, January 29 in RMU’s Charles L. Sewall Center.

Wozniak stopped at Robert Morris to speak with students, faculty, administrators and guests before speaking at Heinz Hall that evening as part of the RMU Pittsburgh Speakers Series.

RMU Journalism Students Cover President Obama’s Pittsburgh Visit

Sentry MediaRobert Morris University applied journalism sophomores Leah Fleischel, Haley Sawyer, and Paul Wintruba are getting some hands-on experience today as they cover President Obama’s visit to the U.S. Steel Plant in Irwin.

During his Pittsburgh visit, President Obama is expected to stir up support to create a new retirement savings plan for workers, a subject that was a main subject in his State of the Union address last night. The work of the three Robert Morris students will appear on RMU Sentry Media as well as the Talk Radio News Service, which is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

“Leah, Haley, and Paul are all intelligent, energetic, and motivated young people,” said Dr. Anthony Moretti, an associate professor in RMU’s School of Communications and Information Systems. “I know their reporting and photography will be a key part of their developing professional portfolio.”

RMU strives to provide these types of out-of-the classroom learning experiences to its students, which are then documented on their Student Engagement Transcript, an official university document that serves as a companion to our students’ resumes and an official university endorsement of their leadership roles, community service hours, international study trips, internship experiences, and much more. ~

Written by Valentine J. Brkich

RMU Internship Spotlight – Mallory Ross, WNBA’s Washington Mystics

Mallory RossName: Mallory Ross
Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri
Major: Sport management
Year of Graduation: 2016
Internships: Washington Mystics of the WNBA (Summer 2013); Pittsburgh Penguins (Spring 2014)

Mallory Ross is well on her way to a promising career in professional basketball. A member of Robert Morris University’s Sport Management Association, the sophomore hopes to land a position in NBA league development following graduation. By doing so she’ll be continuing her family’s tradition in the league: her father, Bob Ross, played for the Chicago Bulls 73-76; her great uncle, Josh Grider, was one of the Harlem Globetrotters.

How did you find out about the internship?
RMU has a great alumni system for sport management. Murray Cohn ’88, vice president for NBA team ticket sales, is actually a family friend. Last February at the Mt. Union Sports Sales Workshop in Cleveland, he introduced me to Danita Johnson, the director of sales with the Mystics.

What was your typical day like?
Each day was different, but mostly I helped with Mystics fan events, player events, and worked all the home games, too. I actually created a couple events myself during the summer. One was Women’s Inspire Night, which brought women entrepreneurs together to network. Another was Camp Day, where we invited local children’s camps to a Mystics day game.

What was the best thing you took away from the internship?
The knowledge I learned about the corporate world. You can only learn so much in school. When you get out in the real world, things are definitely different. You realize the importance of building strong relationships.

Do you play basketball too?
Yes. I’ve been playing since I was a kid. I also took a post-grad year at the IMG academy in Bradenton, Florida where I got to learn from NBA greats like Dwayne Wade (Miami Heat) and Glen Davis (Orlando Magic), and I even got to train with Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

What do you hope to do with your major?
I’d love to work in the league office, helping with domestic and international growth, particularly the NBA’s transition program, which helps players have productive lives after their careers are over.

Become an Active RMU Alum in 2014!

WarnerHappy New Year!

With the new semester upon us and the students back on campus, there’s a real buzz in the air and everyone’s excited about the months ahead.

Those of us working in the alumni office would like to thank all of you who attended at least one event this year and for demonstrating your Colonial spirit. We would also like to encourage those that couldn’t make it to an alumni event in 2013 to try to attend one this year so that you too can experience the rewards of staying connected to RMU.

So far on the calendar we’re hosting a reception lounge for Graduates Of the Last Decade (GOLD alumni) during the Saturday, February 1, basketball game versus Central Connecticut. Another one is our annual Legacy Reception Program on Saturday, February 22, which brings together current legacy students, legacy alumni and their families. (Log in to your Net Community account to RSVP.)

In March the alumni office will be hosting receptions for alumni in Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and Cleveland around their professional basketball teams. We’ll also be in other regional cities like Erie, Harrisburg, and Greensburg throughout the spring months.

Of course, these are but a few of the many events we will be hosting this year. We hope you can make it to at least one event, and we encourage you to reach out and bring another alum to an event as well. After all, the more the merrier!

Continue to check the Alumni web page for details… and I hope to see YOU in 2014!!

Warner Johnson
Director, Alumni Relations
412.397.6464
rmualum@rmu.edu

RMU Faculty Spotlight: William A. Wentling, Nuclear Medicine Technology

wentling-112927William A. Wentling II, M.S., NMTCB, RT(R)(N)
Assistant Professor of Nuclear Medicine Technology at Robert Morris University

Prof. Wentling holds an associate degree in radiologic technology from Gannon University (1991), a B.S. in nuclear medicine technology from the State University of New York at Buffalo (1998), and an M.S. in adult education Buffalo State College (2005). He hopes to earn his Doctor of Science in Information Systems and Communications from Robert Morris University in May of 2014.

Before joining RMU as assistant professor/clinical coordinator for the university’s Nuclear Medicine Technology Program, he served as an instructor at the State University of New York and manager for Central Radiopharmaceutical Services, Inc.

He has more than 20 years of medical imaging experience in radiology and nuclear medicine.

What’s new and exciting about RMU’s Nuclear Medicine Program?
There’s a lot of exciting things happening right now. For example, recently we acquired a new gamma camera that we’re hoping to incorporate into our classes and lectures. This new technology will give the students hands-on experience with fully functioning equipment and allow them to perform testing.

What are your responsibilities within the program?
I teach radiopharmacy and radiopharmacy techniques, as well as Intro to MRI and Intro to CT. I’m also a clinical coordinator, a member of the Lambda Mu Honor Society for Nuclear Medicine, and advisor for RMU’s Nuclear Medicine Club.

What has your RMU experience been like?
I’ve been very happy since we’ve moved here from Buffalo, where we had a program that was top five in the country. I believe with what we have here that RMU has the same potential. It’s nice to see where the program is going.

How has the program changed from when you first arrived?
When I got here, it was our first graduating class. The fourth is coming up this year. Over that time the quality of students we are graduating has improved and the program has become tighter. Overall, the nuclear medicine program’s quality has really grown from what it was when I first started here.

Where do you see the Nuclear Medicine Program in 5-10 years?
I definitely think we’ll continue to expand and offer further certificates and programs. And with the regional health care climate, the faculty we have on board, and the facilities we have here, I truly believe the sky’s the limit. ~

Robert Morris University offers the only four-year nuclear medicine program in the Pittsburgh area. Designed to reflect the Institute of Medicine’s vision for the future of health care, the program emphasizes both digital technology and new imaging applications. The program’s goals are to educate students to become high quality nuclear medicine technologists; prepare them to achieve satisfactory results on the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Boards and the American Registry of Radiological Technologists; develop professionals who become future leaders in the ever-changing field of nuclear medicine; and fulfill the need for nuclear medicine technologists in the local and regional communities.

To learn more, contact Program Director Angela Macci Bires, Ed.D, MPM, CNMT, RT(N), 412-397-5410, bires@rmu.edu.