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Mablene Krueger Named Ninth President of Robert Morris University

Mablene Krueger assumed the presidency of Robert Morris University Illinois on July 1.

In January, President Michael P. Viollt announced he would be moving into the position of Chancellor of Robert Morris University at the end of the fiscal year. Subsequently, the RMU Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Provost Mablene Krueger to assume the presidency, beginning on July 1, 2015.

Provost Krueger has a life-long career at Robert Morris, starting out as a student at the Carthage campus in 1976. She completed her associate degree and went on for a bachelor’s and MBA at the University of Illinois at Springfield, while working as a business instructor at Carthage and subsequently Springfield.

In 1994 she took on the responsibility of campus director at the Springfield campus, a position she held for six years before becoming a Senior Vice President, first for Enrollment and subsequently for Academics, at the Chicago campus. She became Provost in 2005 and continued to work closely with President Viollt as the University added a graduate school, additional campuses and expanded the academic programming.

A native of Colchester, Illinois, Mablene often asserts that she “lives and breathes” Robert Morris University. As a student, alumna, faculty member and administrator, she has experienced virtually every aspect of the institution. One of her favorite duties is visiting classes so that she can get to know more students on a personal basis. She has been a major influence on the teaching careers of countless faculty members, and can be seen at Eagles’ games, student recognition events, faculty and staff gatherings and at every graduation ceremony.

In announcing her appointment, President Viollt recognized that she is the second woman to hold the office and one of the first individuals in Illinois to become the president of her alma mater. She is the only employee to have ever served at the Carthage campus, a branch campus and our present main campus in Chicago. “She is an incredibly talented educator, with a unique understanding of our history and our operating culture,” he said.

“I am honored to serve as President of our university,” she said. “The Board and President Viollt’s vision and leadership have brought numerous recognitions and accolades to Robert Morris. I’m excited to continue the course as we reach even greater heights in the years to come.” A recent resident of Arlington Heights, Mablene is the proud mom of 21 year-old Briana, a senior engineering student at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

 

RMU students job shadow with Ann Crosby of the Chicago Sky

Last Monday, RMU students had the opportunity to job shadow with Ann Crosby, the head strength and conditioning coach of the Chicago Sky.

The day began with Ann providing the students with a little background on her education and career, as well as what her job responsibilities look like as the Head Strength and Conditioning coach for the Chicago Sky. The students then had the opportunity to ask questions, watch the team warm-up, train and practice. At the end of the day, Blase Romence and the students had the chance to meet the team! The students thoroughly enjoyed their visit.
 

NBC Event

NBC stopped by Robert Morris University this week to film RMU culinary students make their own prize-winning dishes. The student chefs were winners of the 2015 Together We Cope Food Pantry Challenge.

Since 2013, Robert Morris has paired up with local food pantry, Together We Cope and hosted a cooking competition. Student chefs are put into teams of two to three and create recipes using only canned items typically found at the food pantry. The dishes are then presented to a panel of judges and the winners film a series of cooking videos showing how to make their dishes. The videos are shown at the food pantry to help visitors learn how to make their own meals.


 
   
   


May Proclamation Ceremony

The Robert Morris University Board of Trustees announced the following proclamations at the most recent Senior Managers' Meeting at the Chicago campus:

 
   

Eagle hockey players Sam Milligan, Andrew Poetzing and Dominick Rovito represented RMU Hockey and ACHA in European competiton in December, 2014.

 

"The Escape" conference planning committee was recignized for planning both the inaugural conference in 2014 and the second annual conference in 2015. "The Escape" conference brings specialists in "big data" and logistics, and the latest in current information, to hundreds of students, faculty and professionals. Each conference has had full capacity registration.

 

Eyrie Restaurant was named an Certified Green Business by the Illinois Green Business Association and has received the Green Award from the Village of Oak Park.

         
   

The RMU Homecoming Committee was honored for coordinating activities for the first extended Homecoming Weekend in 2014.

 

RMU's Women's Volleyball team was recognized as the 2014-15 recipient of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Champions of Character team award.

 

RMU graphic design and culinary arts students collaborated to recreate the University's Blend (Desserts) cookbook into an iPad app.

         
     

Accounting professor Steve Mendelson was honored for his role as a long-time RMU instructor who goes above and beyond his role as an educator.

 

RMU Athletic Director Megan Smith Eggert was chosen by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics to emcee the Wome of the NAIA Breakfast this past April.

 


         


RMU Students present to ISAC

Three RMU students gave presentations to the Illinois Student Assistance Commission on Friday at their June meeting held in the Chicago campus auditorium. The students prepared personal statements on the Monetary Award Program and its impact on each of their lives.  We extend congratulations and appreciation to them for stepping up and performing as advocates on behalf of all students at Robert Morris University.

(Left to right) Katie Bowen, Veronica Jaimes and Jacqueline West

 


Students. staff, and faculty cheer on the Blackhawks

 

 

Sports Management Conference

Robert Morris students had a unique opportunity to learn from the professionals at a session on Sports Management at the Chicago campus on Thursday. Speakers who hold positions in sports marketing, operations, training management, communications and management explained to students the strategies they used to find careers in the field and encouraged them to look for all experiences outside of the classroom to build up their resumes. Redefining themselves as the most marketable candidate in what can be a field of hundreds for one position is the challenge, they said. The past experiences of each speaker provided examples of determination, dedication and a willingness to do whatever necessary to demonstrate their worth to an organization.
RMU appreciates the time and information shared by the panel: Heather Obering of Northwestern University, Doug Bakker of DePaul University, Katie Vanlandingham of the Chicago Sports Commission, Michael Huff of the Chicago Bulls/Sox Academy, Lynn Bigelow of Athletico, Jeff Nuich of Comcast Sportsnet, and Gregg Sprott of the Chicago Wolves.

 

 
   


Guest Chefs at Eyrie

On Friday evening, RMU culinary alumni Brad Hindsley and Rachel Murphy created a five course meal at Eyrie in Oak Park.  The outstanding menu brought in friends of the RMU Culinary Program and neighbors of Eyrie.  Congratulations to the alumni and the students for a wonderful gourmet event!


 
   



Soaring Eagles: Alumni Picnic and Volleyball Game

Alumni and students joined us for a fun-filled picnic at the Elgin campus on Thursday, May 14th. We had Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer, Bags tournaments and a chance to pie your teacher!


 
   
     




RMU's eSports team finished in second place

The eSports team at Robert Morris University finished in second place in the League of Legends North American Collegiate Championship tournament held over the weekend in Santa Monica, California. The Eagles competed with 1600 teams for the chance to play in the tournament and were in the final four before heading out to California. They beat the University of Connecticut while the University of British Columbia took on Texas A & M. In the championship game UBC beat RMU 3-0.

For those with Chicago Tribune digital subscriptions, you can read more about the tournament in the article here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-robert-morris-gaming-team-met-20150503-story.html  



Junior Achievement 75th Anniversary Impact Week

Last week, Robert Morris University students, faculty and staff participated in Junior Achievement's 75th Anniversary Week of Impact, attending Goudy, Dulles and Barton Elementary Schools in Chicago for "Take Your Work to Kids Day." Everyone became involved in lessons, activities and group sessions geared toward financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. "JA programs empower students to make a connection between what they learn in school and how it can be applied in the real world - enhancing the relvance of their classroom learning and increasing their understanding of the value of staying in school," explained Maria Ramos, JA's Vice President of Operations. No wonder JA and RMU are such a good fit!

 

 
   

 

See the Graduating Class of 2015...


The RMU Athletic Convocation Center in Arlington Heights was jammed with family and friends of the members of the Class of 2015 at the graduation ceremony held on Saturday, April 25. Students from all RMU campuses attended. Congratulations, graduates! You are now RMU Alumni! To view or download candid shots taken at graduation, go to: rmustudentpix.shutterfly.com

 
 

Learn about the students inducted into Sigma Beta Delta

Robert Morris University Illinois is pleased to announce that the following students have been inducted into Sigma Beta Delta, the honor society for business majors:
Timothy Beutel of East Joliet, Raymond Cherie of Palos Hills, Muhammad Haider of Chicago (60616), Robert Lilisa of Berwyn, Sonja Mahon of Chicago (60607), Sahenaz Pirani of Skokie, Ana Reinoso of Chicago (60660), William Richardson of Schaumburg, Darby Bennett of Portage MI, and Miguel Melendrez of Sunnyvale, CA.
Sigma Beta Delta recognizes the scholastic excellence and academic achievements of business students at the baccalaureate and graduate level in colleges and universities throughout the United States and abroad.

 

 

Congratulations Surgical Technology Class of 2015!

The Surgical Technology Class of 2015 participated in a pinning ceremony on Monday evening in the Chicago campus auditorium. Dean Lora Timmons and Dr. Natan Mendes welcomed family and friends of the students. John Vondran, CST, Class of 2013 was recognized as the Distinguished Surgical Technology Alumnus. He spoke to the students, encouraging them to continue to work hard and pursue their careers. As a certified surgical technologist at Evanston Hospital, he reminded them that the intense surgical technology program is well worth the long hours of training.

   
The class members include:  Maggie Beck, Mansi Brahmbbatt, Sindy Casasola, Tre Larenz Dudley, Christopher Grzych, Christopher Limon, Sindy Mondoya, Diana Muoz, Marlene Pizarro, Emily Reyes, Bryanna Satterlee, Kristian Simpson and Gopi Thakore.



Fusion

Art and Design and Culinary joined forces to create "Fusion" - a symposium on the latest in design and in the world of food. Students from RMU campuses met in Chicago to learn about entrepreneurship in both fields, food photography, and design and polyscience in culinary. They also took part in making "yumograms," artwork created with food. Great speakers, great activities and a great day!


 

 
 
 

       



2015 Spring Career Fair

RMU students and alumni gathered at the Conrad Hilton for the Spring Career Fair on Thursday, April 16. The fairs are organized by Career Services and held in the fall and the spring. Each one presents students with opportunities to meet employers who are ready to hire. Some new companies joined the fair this time, including Cision - a marketing software company, Eataly, Blaine's Farm and Fleet, Six Flags, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Apple, Chipotle and Uber.
The RMU Alumni Relations Department also provided a photographer and backdrop for grads and students who were interested in a photo for their resume or LinkedIn page.

 

 
   
   



Spring Concert

RMU Performing Arts presented the Spring Concert at the Arlington Heights campus on Friday evening. Under the direction of Michael Zaremba, student musicians, singers and actors in the Performing Arts Program presented and evening of wonderful entertainment. For more pictures of Saturday's event, go to www.rmustudentpix.shutterfly.com


 
   



RMU's Women's Hockey Teams

On Saturday, April 11, members of past RMU Women's Hockey Teams gathered for a game at The Edge in Bensenville. Over 30 former players participated, renewing friendships, reconnecting with team mates and enjoying some time back on the ice in their familiar RMU uniforms. For more pictures of Saturday's event, go to www.rmustudentpix.shutterfly.com


 
   


Alumnus Peter Katowicz

This week, alumnus Peter Katowicz, an RMU BBA and MBA graduate, spoke to students in Professor Robert Tenuta's business class. Peter played hockey on both the RMU Maroon and Gold teams. Today he is a State Farm insurance agent with his own office in Bloomingdale, Illinois. He provided RMU students with motivation and encouragement in striving to achieve personal success. "The key," he says, "is hard work, and then more hard work.".

 
   


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.