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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


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


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.".


Join RMU on WGN!

Please join RMU Athletics this Thursday in the State Street Gallery from 7am-10am as this year's St. Baldrick's event will be broadcast LIVE on the WGN morning news "Around Town" segment. Please share this with your friends & family, and don't forget to stop by and donate for a great cause in your RMU maroon & gold!

The People

Don't miss the final performances of The People, a one act play by Susan Glaspell, showing on Thursday, February 26, at 10:15 and 12:15 in the auditorium on the 8th Floor. Director Gerry Dedera and a corps of RMU Performing Arts students will present this play that focuses on free speech.


RMU hosted the Faculty Advisory Council of the Illinois Board of Higher Education

On Friday, February 20, Robert Morris University Illinois hosted the Faculty Advisory Council of the Illinois Board of Higher Education. RMU mathematics professor and curriculum chair Patricia McNicholas, a representative on the Council, and RMU Provost Mablene Krueger, welcomed representatives from colleges and universities across the state.

Special guests at this meeting of the Council were Illinois State Senators Martin A. Sandoval (11th District) and Kimberly A. Lightford (4th District). As part of the agenda, the senators opened a discussion with the higher education representatives on funding for colleges, particularly in light of the anticipated cuts in the state budget. Both Sandoval and Lightford expressed their support for higher education, their concerns over the cost and financial burden of tuition, and making a college degree within reach for all Illinois students.
Pictured from left to right: State Senator Martin Sandoval; faculty member Patricia McNicholas and Provost Mablene Krueger of Robert Morris University; Marie Donovan of DePaul University and Senator Kimberly Lightford.


Bite Nite

For information on Bite Nite featuring Chef Danielle from Eyrie, click the image below.  For tickets to this event, click here.


Gourmet Lollipops

Students lined up to purchased gourmet lollipops in the Student Center on Tuesday, just in time to get a little sweet something for your sweetie for Valentine's Day. Proceeds go to the RMU Scholarship Fund.


Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration

In the State Street Art Gallery, RMU welcomed Roy S. Yen, director of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago.  The office sponsored the Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration, bringing a beautiful collection of artifacts, kimonos, headpieces and statuettes which will be on display in the gallery.  Students stopped by the enjoy the exhibit and a Chinese lunch.


Nursing students honored

The Robert Morris University College of Nursing and Health Studies is pleased to announce that the following students, members of the Class of 2015, have received their nursing pins: Danielle Ask, Rene Franklin, Kandice Gustafson, Meaghan Hansen, Antoinette Ibidapo, Carla Martinez, Morgan Miller, Taylor O'Sara and Juli Peck.

These students received their pins and congratulations from Dean Lora Timmons, Jonell Benson-Cobbs, faculty advisor; Raegan Quandt, curriculum chair; Dr. Denise Gray, nurse administrator, and Provost Mablene Krueger. Kari Koster, RMU alumna and faculty member, was honored with the 2015 Distinguished Nursing Alumni Award.

Additionally, the following students were recognized as 2015 alpha Delta Nu Honor Society inductees: Andrea Balici, Maria Benitez, Kandice Gustafson, Sanam Patel, Stephanie Poli and Kathryn Thayer.

Congratulations to all our students, their parents and our faculty. 

Nursing students show Dr. Gray their love and affection for all her support.


Dr. Gray presents Kari Koster with the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award.​


Check out the latest in Blending magazine...

Two RMU students who studied with Prof. Shelley LaMantia in Italy have had their work published in the latest issue of Blending magazine. Matthew Shegog of Chicago wrote an article on boxer Leonard Bundu and Blake Detherage of Springfield created the photography for an article on Galileo and Florence. Way to go, Matt and Blake!

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Look out SNL!

If you happened to stop in the auditorium on Thursday afternoon, there was a great reason everyone was having a good time. IMPROV AT RMU had arrived!
Professor Gerry Dedera and a group of students presented our own version of Second City with some classic improvisational comedy routines. Performing arts students are developing their “chops” with such exercises as “freeze” and scenarios suggested by audience words or phrases. Look for more IMPROV AT RMU presentations – it’s sure to be great fun. And who knows, you might find yourself participating.

Accounting students encouraged to look beyond their bachelor's degree

Professor Tom Bednarcik of the School of Business Administration arranged for a special guest and information session for students majoring in accounting. Benjamin Mulling is the chair-elect of IMA, the Institute of Management Accountants, the Association of Accountants and Financial Professionals in Business. He spoke to RMU business students on November 20 at the Chicago campus.

Mr. Mulling explained, through a series of positions and opportunities, he became the CFO on a major corporation at the age of 28. In relating his experiences, he described to students how different certifications, continuing education, networking and volunteering can create a ladder to a successful career.

Throughout his journey, Mr. Mulling sought out organizations such as IMA for valuable resources and credentialing – something that improved his professional worth in a highly competitive business market. He encouraged students to look beyond their Bachelor’s degrees to become CPAs, obtain a graduate degree and complete the highly respected CMA credential. For additional information, faculty members such as Mr. Bednarcik are able to provide guidance and direction.
Ben Mulling   Sheryl Elliott, left and Tom Bednarcik, right, thank Ben Mulling, center, for his presentation to RMU accounting students.​

RMU names Urban GIS Business Leader of the Year for 2014

For several years, the School of Business Administration at Robert Morris University Illinois has recognized area business leaders who have made significant contributions to the education and growth of students in the RMU business program with the Business Leader of the Year Award.

This year, Robert Morris was pleased to honor Keith Searles, president, and Jennessa Berg, urban planner, of Urban GIS, a consulting firm in Chicago that specializing in providing Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Urban Planning and asset management solutions. Together, Mr. Searles and Ms Berg have demonstrated a strong commitment to education and have provided vibrant experiences for RMU students with a passion for their fields through internships and projects. Urban GIS has worked with the RMU ICenter on multiple efforts in research, marketing, social media and corporate identity. They have hired two RMU students upon their completion of internships with the company: Josh Maglasang, BPS Architectural Tech and BBA Marketing, and Diana De La Cruz, BBA Management and Marketing.

Keith Searles and Jennessa Berg give back in and out of the classroom and make sure students have access to high level feedback and mentoring. This collaboration with students, faculty and the RMU administration is why the School of Business Administration Advisory Board named them for this honor. Robert Morris University is grateful for the active role they have taken in our students education and look for many more great things to come as a result of this partnership.
Pictured from left to right: Jill McGinty (RMU), Keith Searles, (President, Urban GIS), Jennessa Berg, (Urban Planner, Urban GIS), Josh Maglasang (RMU Student), and Ann Bresingham (RMU)


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A different world of food - a couple el stops away...

Think RMU culinary students spend all their time in the kitchen? Well, think again. While some students take advantage of the study abroad program and make their way to the Apicius Culinary School in Italy, others are exploring different cuisine right here in Chicago. Chef Jen Lamplough and her International Cuisine students took a field trip to Chinatown, exploring bakeries, grocery shops and – of course – restaurants! The student chefs look a little cold, but we’re sure the great eating experiences warmed them up!


Photos by RMU Student Richard Copulos















































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.