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Keep up the good work, Eagles!

The RMU Marching Band has been into some serious rehearsal time for the last few weeks. Director Michael Zaremba has students working hard for the first home game on Saturday, when they will be all decked out in their uniforms. We are looking forward to having our musically talented Eagles strut their stuff on the field at halftime!

Fall Athletics at RMU are in Full Swing!

Catch Women's Volleyball action at the RMU ACC in Arlington Heights this week:
Tuesday, September 16 - RMU vs Cardinal Strtich, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, September 19 - RMU vs Clarke University, 6:00 p.m.

Men's Hockey (Gold):
Friday, September 19, RMU vs Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 7:30 p.m.

First home football game:
RMU vs St. Xavier, Saturday, September 20, at 1:00 p.m.

Also on Saturday:
2:30PM Women's Soccer-LC vs. Faith Baptist Bible College
6:00PM Women's Soccer-CH vs. University of Northwestern Ohio Live AudioLive Stats
7:00PM Men's Soccer-SP vs. McMurray College
7:30PM Men's Hockey Gold-CH vs. Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Be sure to check out the Master Schedule on the RMU Website for upcoming games: 

Farm to from cuisine at Spire in LaPorte

Chef Rachel Murphy was recently hired by Chef Brad Hindsley of Spire Farm to Fork Cuisine as the new pastry chef. Both Brad and Rachel are RMU Institute of Culinary Arts alums. Brad, whose hometown is LaPorte, operates Spire, a restaurant (and catering business) connected to Legacy Hills Golf Club in LaPorte, Indiana. For a fun round of golf on a beautiful course and a wonderful lunch or dinner, topped by one of Chef Rachel's dessert creations, check out Legacy Hills and Spire - it's an easy trip from Chicago and well worth the drive!
Chef Rachel Murphy Chef Brad Hindsley
 Chef Rachel Murphy    Chef Brad Hindsley


On Monday
, Labor Day,  RMU was featured on CBS This Morning for the new eSports program! 
Check it out...

RMU hosts first League of Legends Visit Day

 It may have seemed like Orientation as usual on Friday, but an added aspect of the day was a welcoming session designed especially for students interested in becoming part of the RMU League of Legends teams.  In addition to regular registration and information on housing, financial aid, schedules, and advising, these students participated in a session with coordinator Kurt Melcher, Coach Ferris "AGeNT" Ganzman, and a visit to Ignite Gaming where they had a chance to sample different games.

RMU is working on the completion of a gaming practice room on the third floor. Students reviewed the room's design on their tour of the Chicago campus.  In addition to meeting students hoping to be on the LOL team, they also met with other students registering for the same majors.



Orland Park culinary students grow vegetables to be used at Eyrie Restaurant

They say "what goes around, comes around."  RMU culinary students have made sure that vegetables grown in the gardens at the Orland Park campus find their way to Eyrie, the RMU student-run restaurant in Oak Park.  Tomatoes and peppers harvested from the custom garden bins in the OP campus center court provide the ingredients for student chefs to create delicious salads at Eyrie. That's the way to add a little agriculture to the culinary program!



Saturday's orientation brews excitement for the fall

Orientation sessions for the RMU fall start continue throughout the summer.  This past Saturday, another group of incoming students and their parents participated in information sessions, an Expo in the library, special sessions for parents, on housing, advising and financial aid, and lunch in downtown Chicago.  We hope our new Eagles are getting as excited about starting college as the RMU family is to have them on board!



MGSM Alumni Advisory Board gathers to kick off the 2014-2015 year

The Graduate Alumni Advisory Board of Morris Graduate School of Management gathered for a networking event last week to kick of the 2014-15 year and induct new members onto the board.  The group gathered in the State Street Art Gallery for a light dinner and refreshments, and a chance to reconnect with former classmates.

Here's to a great year, Alumni!




RMU student awarded REACh scholarship 

The non-profit consortium REACh (Resources for the Education of Adults in the Chicago Area) announced the recipients of their annual scholarships at a luncheon held at the College of DuPage last week.  Robert Morris University Illinois graduate student Marsha Sinon-Cohen received the VW Credit, Inc. Scholarship of $1500, funds raised through the company’s 2013 VW Credit Inc.’s Charity Golf Outing and matched by parent company Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.  Ms. Sinon-Cohen is pursuing a master’s degree in Management in Higher Education.  “I was so grateful to receive this generous reward, and I was very honored at the luncheon as everyone there was so kind and supportive.”

RMU extends its congratulations to Marsha and to board Chair, Betty O’Leary of the Morris Graduate School of Management staff, who just completed her term of office.


Marsha Sinon-Cohen


Fernando Villeda, Marsha Sinon-Cohen, and Betty O'Leary


RMU Study Abroad students explore England

It may be week 0 for most RMU students - a mini summer break between quarters - but right now students in the RMU Study Abroad program are experiencing the wonders of London with Professor Robert Tenuta.  Pictured in front of Kensington Palace are (left to right) Raven Worthy, Melita Isic, Michael Ingram, Tonya Patterson and Elbrika Ixcolin.

Go Eagles!  Enjoy England!

RMU Study Abroad


RMU Students, Assistant Athletic Director spend morning with Fox News

It was an early morning for RMU students Drew Dicksen, Dustin Hutchens and Peter Buchacz on Wednesday as they made their way at 7 a.m. with Associate Athletic Director Kurt Melcher to the Fox 32 television station on Michigan Avenue.


Riding on the news of RMU's inclusion of eSports - video gaming - to the athletic program, and the first university to offer scholarships, Fox followed up on its own story from last week about our involvement with the League of Legends gaming conference. They brought Kurt and student gamers into the studio for a three-minute segment on the morning news show.  Given the short time slot, they only interviewed Kurt and Drew, but Dustin and Peter provided backup and support, as well as ongoing input and ideas as Kurt develops the new program.


Before the group left Fox, two staffers approached Kurt with questions regarding the possibility of their sons or daughters applying to RMU and playing on the League of Legends team. After a quick breakfast at Einstein's Bagels, the group made their way back to campus - or possibly (at least for the students) back to bed!


Here's the link to see the segment:


esports league of legends   Robert Morris esports

(left to right) Drew Dickson, Peter Buchacz, Dustin Hutchens, and Kurt Melcher arrive at Fox 32 on Michigan Ave.


In the "green room" awaiting the segment on RMU.


Drew and Kurt are ready to go.


During the interview.


RMU Featured in Business Officer Magazine

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RMU Becomes First University to Offer Gaming Scholarships With the Addition of eSports to Varsity Lineup

League of Legends - Wed, Jun. 11, 2014



CHICAGO - Robert Morris University Illinois is pleased to announce the addition of an online sport to its athletic program.  Commonly referred to as eSports, the activity consists of organized video game competitions. Specifically, RMU students will compete in League of Legends, one of the largest and most popular eSport games.   Although eSports have long been a part of the culture of gaming, competitions have seen a large surge in popularity in recent years.  Robert Morris University recognizes the value and legitimacy of eSports and is excited to add eSports to its already rich athletic program.  


Associate Athletic Director Kurt Melcher states, "Robert Morris University has always been at the forefront of providing opportunities for a diverse student population with different interests and skills.  League of Legends is a competitive, challenging game which requires significant amount of teamwork to be successful." 


Robert Morris University is in the process of recruiting students for the first year of competition, beginning with the fall quarter in September, 2014. RMU will join the Collegiate Star League, made up of 103 institutions of higher learning and compete against other universities including Arizona State, George Washington and Harvard. Significantly, Robert Morris University is among the first in the nation to offer substantial scholarships for members of the first RMU Varsity eSport League of Legends team.  Qualified gamers can earn scholarships of up to 50% tuition and 50% room and board.


Currently there are over 750 schools in 46 states and eight Canadian provinces that participate in League of Legends High School Starleague (HSL). Robert Morris University seeks eSport athletes with experience in the HSL or similar for their inaugural competitive season. Teams in the Collegiate Starleague compete for Riot's North American Collegiate Championship and $100,000 in scholarship money. Qualification to the event can be obtained through league play or through the North American Collegiate Open tournament.


The RMU eSport Program will be directed by Kurt Melcher of the Eagles' Athletic Department.  All eSport League of Legends applicants will have their application fee waived.  


For more information contact:

Kurt Melcher - 312-935-4110

Institute of Culinary Arts participates in Supermarket Chef Showdown

Robert Morris University Institute of Culinary Arts students had the rare opportunity to participate in an exciting event at McCormick Place last week.  Chef Jen Lamplough had been selected as a judge in the Supermarket Chef Showdown, an annual recipe completion that recognizes and honors the culinary skills of supermarket chefs.  It is sponsored by the Food Marketing Institute and held each year at FMI’s annual convention. 
Chefs who work at supermarkets around the country participate in the competition.  Chefs submit recipes in different categories including healthy meals, family meals or desserts.  As a judge, Chef Jen came to the competition with great credentials – she evaluates student creations in her culinary classes every quarter!  She also brought along a group of 19 RMU culinary students who volunteered their services in different parts of the completion, as well as participating as an enthusiastic audience for the final competition.
“This was a great opportunity for our students to experience the excitement of a food show at McCormick Place and also see what it is like to work behind the scenes,” said Chef Jen.  “It gave them a chance to participate and network with other professionals in the culinary field.”
The winners of the completion provided recipes for such tasty dishes as, Banana Beignets, Mediterranean Chicken Meatballs, Garlic Sweet Potato Fries, Greek Grain Salad and Chickpea and Kale Stew. 
Congratulations to Chef Jen for being selected as a judge and for including RMU students in this exciting experience.


Students inducted into Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society 

On Wednesday, June 11, Robert Morris University Illinois inducted students into the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society.  Phi Eta Sigma is an honor society for students completing their freshman year who demonstrate high scholastic achievement.  Founded at U of I in 1923, the society has over one million members in 375 chapters.  Its goal is the recognition and encouragement toward academic excellence among college freshmen.  Congratulations to the RMU 2014 Phi Eta Sigma inductees!

​More photos can be found at:

Honor society inductees



Graduation ceremonies held for Class of 2014

On Saturday, June 7, graduation ceremonies were held for the Class of 2014 at Arie Crown Theater at McCormick Place.
Graduating senior Blake Whitmore gave the student address, followed by a keynote speech by alumnus Victor Herrera, Director of Operations for Chicago Public Schools and a member of RMU's Alumni Hall of Fame.  Mr. Herrera was given an honorary doctorate by the University.
Alumna and attorney CJ Muller was recognized as the 2014 Outstanding Advisory Board Member.  Ms Muller started out in RMU's paralegal program and continued her education through to a Juris Doctor from John Marshall Law School.
Alumni Chris Fryzek, Nina Rodriguez and Rosie Thompson were also recognized for their individual accomplishments and participation in RMU Alumni efforts. They participated in the distribution of honor cords to this year's graduating class.
Robert Morris University is proud of the achievements of the Class of 2014.  Go Eagles!
(More photos from graduation will be posted on the RMU Shutterfly site. Go to


Rmu graduation  



Robert Morris University Illinois Offers Tuition Scholarships for Artists Through the Art Guild

Robert Morris University Chicago Art Guild is now offering full tuition scholarships to graduating high school students with outstanding artistic talent.

What is the Art Guild? It is a team of student artists who will be provided an artistic coach, studio space on campus, and art supplies to develop their work on a weekly basis. They will participate in monthly critiques, field trips to galleries and professional artists’ studios, and yearly exhibitions of their work. They will ultimately be working toward exploring their own artistic style and completing a full body of work suitable for a gallery exhibition.

As a part of the Art Guild, students will receive a full 4-quarter per year tuition scholarship. Students may study any major offered at RMU while being a part of the Art Guild where they will further their creative skills. All they need to do is complete the application form and upload 7-10 samples of their finest artwork at Qualifying students will then be selected to present their artwork in person at the campus nearest them. If selected, they will need to apply and be accepted to RMU before receiving the award.

Placement in the Art Guild is very limited, and the deadline has been extended but is quickly approaching. The application is due June 15, 2014.


Students celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the Student Center

Robert Morris University students got into the festive mood of Cinco de Mayo with a nacho bar in the Student Center.

A little spicy snack around noon was just what many students needed for some energy as before they headed to their afternoon classes.
Cinco de Mayo


Springfield students meet Governor Quinn

RMU Springfield students have participated in the Federation of Independent Colleges and Universities Lobby Day for the past 9 years.  RMU students, along with students from other private colleges and universities from around the state converge on the state Capital in an effort to inform their legislators of how important the MAP grant is to the funding of their education.  Students meet with legislators from their home districts and this year had the opportunity to meet with Governor Quinn.   


Jennifer Muryn Volunteers with Chicago Cares

RMU's Jennifer Muryn is an active participant in the Chicago Cares Organization and was a presenter in Chicago Ideas Week.  Their 21st Annual Serv-a-thon is set for June 7.  Thank you for your service, Jen! 


Chicago Shorts Festival announces 2014 winners

The Chicago Shorts Festival, hosted by Robert Morris University Illinois, is pleased to announce the 2014 winners:  In the Animation category, the first place winner is Allysha Webber of the International Film School in Sydney, Australia, for The Last Artist.  Second place goes to Margaret Corinne Orr of the Rochester Institute of Technology for Crappy Film.  The third place winner is David Pavon of ESDIP, Torrenueva-Granada, Spain, for Origami.

In the Comedy/Parody category, the first place winner is Michael Oleshko of Robert Morris University Illinois for Porsche: A Day at Home.  Second place goes to Alvaro Martin of the University of Salamanca, Spain, for Stockholm; and the third place winner is Jack Rosman of the University of Southern California for It's All A Joke.

In the Documentary category, the first place winner is April Knell of DePaul University for Out in the Open; second place goes to Brent Bandemer of Colombia College Chicago for Gone, and third place goes to Blake Whitmore of Robert Morris University Illinois for Green Morning.

In the Dramatic Narrative category, the first place winner is Joseph Kosty of DePaul University for Midway, second place goes to Greg Dixon, also of DePaul University for Me vs The Tooth Fairy; and the third place winner is AJ Young of Columbia College Chicago for Gadget.

The Festival is a venue for collaboration and fosters community among college students, providing them a forum to tell a story, have their voices heard through film, and to be recognized and awarded for their work. It is open to all college students worldwide, regardless of country, major or school they attend. It is free to enter and free to attend.

Entries were received from around the world including Australia, Poland, Venezuela, and Spain. In the US, students from NYC, California and Illinois participated.

The screening of the Chicago Shorts Festival Winners was held last week at the Gene Siskel Film Center.  Robert Morris University Illinois expresses its appreciation to all who supported the event through time, dedication, talent and hard work.  All entries can be viewed at




Performing Arts presents "Shades of Spring"

The Robert Morris University Illinois Department of Performing Arts presented "Shades of Spring" at the RMU Arlington Heights campus on Friday, April 18.  The new Theater Group, the Jazz Band, Drumline, Marching Band, and all the choirs performed several pieces that evoked thoughts of spring and the Easter season.  Congratulations to all the students and directors for their hard work in creating a beautiful concert for friends and families of the RMU community.



Robert Morris University Illinois hosts Greater Chicago Chapter of United Nations Association

On April 16, Robert Morris University Illinois hosted the General Membership Meeting of the Greater Chicago Chapter of the United Nations Association of the United States of America. Students from colleges and universities in the Chicago area attended.  UNA-USA is a program of the United Nations Foundation.  It exists to educate the American public about the invaluable work of the UN, raises funds and carries out local activities related to the UN.  Students become involved in such key issues as global climate change, human rights, global health, championing women and girls and UN Peacekeeping. 



College of Adult Studies and MGSM hosts after hours appreciation event for business partners

The RMU College of Adult Studies and the Morris Graduate School of Management welcomed its business partners at an after hours appreciation event in the State Street Gallery.  Several companies who have partnered with RMU over the years by providing internship, hiring and networking opportunities for our students attended.  "We were happy to welcome representatives from the Illinois Department of Human Services, CDW, US Bank, Groupon, Panera Bread, the Chicago Police Department, Junior Achievement, Ziegler Insurance and others," said Betty O'Leary, director of Corporate Relations.  

Attendees also had the opportunity to view an exhibit that is currently on display in the gallery, featuring the work of Nick Paciorek and Bruce Cascia.  Additionally, RMU student artist Dorothy Zhu worked on one of her paintings during the event.

"This was a small way to express our appreciation to these companies for their continued involvement with Robert Morris," Ms O'Leary continued. "They provide a connection to the working world that is to important to our students."




RMU design students create awesome game app available in iTunes 

Matt Theodosopoulos (lead developer), Tyson Bosco (lead designer), and Jessica Bahena (designer) worked together in RMU IAD's new Apps class to conceive, design and code an entertaining and educational game based on knowledge of Hipster lifestyle details and fast reflexes to increase the length of a health bar to go to the next level or to run out of time and repeat the same one. The game uses the iPad's accelerometer to allow the player to tilt the device to move a skateboarding hipster left and right to catch hipster rewards: skinny jeans, bicycles, vinyl LP's, PBR Beer, cigarettes, etc., and to avoid things that hipsters hate: cars, mp3 players, bathtubs, etc. An ever shortening timer dictates how much time the hipster has to collect his goodies rom level to level. They were able to accomplish this in six weeks using Corona SDK software which was donated to the University by Corona Labs ( with the help of COO David Rangel.

Download it for free at


hipster hysteria


Hipster Hysteria



Career Services hosts 2014 Spring Career Fair at the Chicago Hilton



RMU Illinois participates in University Center's "Next Iron Chef" competition

Robert Morris University participated in “The Next Iron Chef” competition held at the University Center on Friday.  Four teams – one from RMU, one from Columbia College, one from the UC Security and one from Aramark - were required to prepare an appetizer, entrée and dessert. The special ingredient to be included in all courses was bacon.

The teams were judged on their dishes’ flavor, appearance and creativity.  Mary Jo Cameron and Natan Mendes represented RMU.  We came in second place.




RMU Illinois football team starts gearing up for fall

We may be looking for spring, but the RMU Illinois football team is already thinking about fall. Here are a few shots of the Eagles testing out Morris Field on Friday during a few scrimmages - and it was cold! While we're at it, mark your calendar now - Homecoming is set for October 11, 2014. Students, help spread the word!

RMU Football Practice



































Robert Morris University Illinois is a private, not-for-profit associate, baccalaureate, and master's degree-granting institution, accredited by the Higher learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (230 South LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60604, 312.263.0456). Robert Morris serves over 7000 students interested in getting an education that meets the demands of today's business, graphic arts, health care, culinary and technical world at its main campus in Chicago as well as at locations in Arlington Heights, DuPage, Elgin, Orland Park, Bensenville, Schaumburg, Springfield, Peoria and Lake County.