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RM Culinary's Pop-up Restaurant


January 9, 2017

Don’t miss this quarter’s pop-up restaurant, Entro, every Thursday from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Entro is a culinary student-run restaurant that offers a delicious 3 course lunch for $10 (including tax and tip). The restaurant theme this quarter is Italian.


WPLC ICenter Project

January 5, 2017

Pastor Jason and Jonathan Meyer from Wicker Park Lutheran Church visited Robert Morris University's Icenter this week. Students are working with them on design possibilities so they can better utilize their buildings. This is an integrative approach to help students learn and think big. Win win!


CNHS Students Give Back

December 23, 2016

Reaching out to others is nothing new for RMU students in the College of Nursing and Health Studies. Whether they are in the Surgical Tech program, Nursing, Medical Assisting or Pharmacy Tech, they all aspire to professions in which they will be caring for people.

Our students recently went beyond the scope of their studies when they embraced the spirit of the holiday season by making a difference in their communities. The Medical Assisting students at the Lake County campus made bags of toiletries and candy canes for residents at The Pavilion Rehabilitation Center and personally delivered their gifts. Nursing students gathered together to write letters and send cards to service members as part of the A Million Thanks challenge. Our Surgical Tech students at the Chicago campus collected pantry items and toys for the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s Hospital – the site of their clinical rotations. “This was their way of giving back something to their patients,” said CNHS Dean Lora Timmons.

“It’s not about the most raised or given, but the spirit in which our students go about it,” Dean Timmons continued. We’ve added a few pictures of our students as they give their time, their talents and their contributions - all from the heart. Many thanks to the faculty and students who made these experiences possible!



RMU Students Learn About the Importance of Better Business

November 16, 2016

Is the Better Business Bureau seal of approval essential for Chicago area companies? Steven Bernas, president and CEO for the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois, Inc. shared some insight with Robert Morris University students at a recent presentation held at the Chicago campus. Professor Patricia McNicholas arranged for the visit.

The vision and mission of the BBB is to help create an “ethical marketplace where buyers and sellers trust each other.” It also aims to be the leader in “advancing marketplace trust.” As young business students are considering their career options in the business world, many hope to start their own companies. During their college years, they acquire a portfolio of resources that include contacts, networking opportunities, accreditations, academic foundations and experiences. Learning about the Better Business Bureau and how it can help new startup companies gives students relevant knowledge and information that adds to their background.

The Better Business Bureau works in different ways for individuals who are entering the business world. “Obviously, the BBB is a resource for ensuring that your company is a trustworthy entity which adheres to company standards,” said Dr. Robert Tenuta, RMU faculty member. “But it also provides information on companies that a new business will be using as it becomes established.”

“The BBB sees trust as a function of two primary factors – integrity and performance,” explained President Bernas. “BBB accreditation is an honor, and not every business is eligible. Businesses that meet our high standards are invited to join BBB.” It is a tool business persons can use as they create their own companies, and it is also an achievement to which all companies should aspire.


Governor Rauner awards RMU Student

November 16, 2016

Outstanding college students representing Illinois’ colleges were honored by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois and recognized these students during the annual Student Laureate Convocation on Saturday, November 12 at the Old State Capitol in Springfield.

Governor Bruce Rauner, President of the Lincoln Academy, and First Lady Diana Rauner welcomed all the students and awarded each one with a certificate of merit, a medal of Lincoln, and a $1,000 check. Governor Rauner said “President Lincoln’s legacy is a reminder of the power of public service and civic engagement here in Illinois and across the country. The students chosen to receive this honor have exemplified the principles and ideals of the greatest Illinoisan through their hard work and dedication to their schools and communities,”

The Lincoln Academy’s Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement Awards are presented for excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities to seniors from each of the state’s four-year, degree-granting colleges and universities, and one student from the community colleges in Illinois. This is the 42nd year Lincoln Academy has celebrated students’ excellence in Illinois and this year Robert Morris University student Tameka Mason from the Peoria campus was recognized.  Congratulations Tamkea!



Robert Morris University Holds Second Sports Management Conference

November 10, 2016

On Thursday evening, Robert Morris University hosted the second annual Sports Management Conference for students. Held in the auditorium, and organized by students in the Sports Management program, six professionals who hold different positions in the field of sports management presented their stories, experiences and advice for students interested in pursuing similar careers.


Larry Snyder is the current Executive Sports Producer at ABC7 in Chicago – where he has been for the last 33 years. He shared advice on internships, personal presentation when applying for a position and expectations for positions in the sports field.


Jim Burda, vice president of Marketing Partnerships and Sky Cares for the Chicago Sky (WNBA) told of his journey from changing majors several times in college, to employing his love for tennis into a business and to ultimately finding his current position with the Sky. He provided students with interviewing and resume tips, as well as encouraging them to be open to any opportunity that may come their way.


Erin Harvego is the consumer marketing director for the Big Ten Network and has worked in positions across the country. As a student athlete in college, she pursued a career that fit her passion and worked in a variety of journalism and marketing jobs, adding to her experience and growth in the field.


Russ Yurk worked on logistics for the Olympics held in Atlanta and in Park City. These experiences provided him with the operations foundations necessary to take on additional positions with USA Football and the NCAA. Today he is the president of 129 Sports, a consulting firm.


Jim Corelis leads STATS LLC, a sports technology, data and content company. He is responsible for the company’s global development footprint with teams in North American, Europe, New Zealand and India.


Betnijah Laney was the 17th recruit overall to the Chicago Sky in the 2015 WNBA Draft. As an outstanding college player, she played two seasons with the Sky and also played in Europe. After an injury affected her playing potential, she managed to use her experience with the team to take an internship with Sky’s management, a position she hopes to use to further her career in sports.


RMU Honors Students, Faculty and Staff at Proclamations Ceremony

November 10, 2016

On Friday, November 10, Robert Morris University recognized several groups and individuals with the honor of a Board of Trustees Proclamation. These students, staff and faculty members were nominated based upon their achievements in academics, athletics, advocacy or professional endeavors. Congratulations to all the recipients!


Following the proclamation ceremony, dedicated individuals were recognized as new members of the RMU Diamond Society – employees who have given 30 years of their professional careers to Robert Morris University.


New member of the RMU Diamond Society - Angela Jordan


New member of the RMU Diamond Society - Stella Mach


New member of the RMU Diamond Society - Keith Wrobel


New member of the RMU Diamond Society - Nino Randazzo


New member of the RMU Diamond Society - Nancy Smith-Irons


New member of the RMU Diamond Society - Nancy Thannert


To culminate the event, the President’s Office unveiled the official portrait of Chancellor Michael Viollt. Mr. Viollt has been with Robert Morris since 1980, serving as president from 1998 to 2015. The portrait, painted by artist Cathy Priest, will hang in the hallway of presidential portraits on the fourth floor.



Professor Dave Knutsen of the School of Business Administration negotiated with the representataives for SAGE Accounting Software Company to allow faculty, staff and students to attend the SAGE Summit Conference at no cost.


Professor Robert Marshall of Morris Graduate School of Management was recognized for his article, “Kicking the Growth Addiction” which will be published in the Harvard Business Review.


Students Krystalyn Benitez, Hanna Mahaney, Olivia Littleton, Jaquita Wehrly, Tyler Worley and Tim Perdue participated in the MAP rally on November 10, 2015 in Springfield in support of the MAP Grant and its funding for the current year.


The RMU Springfield Softball team was honored as the group that lead all teams in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association with the most nominees on the National All-Academic Team.


Student Athlete Madison Merano was recognized on the RMU Dean’s List every quarter while double majoring in Applied Health Science and Business Administration in Springfield. She was named to the USCAA National Academic Team and named USCAA Softball Student Athlete of the Year.






RMU School of Nursing and Health Studies

November 10, 2016

RMU's School of Nursing and Health Studies invited prospective students to visit the Chicago campus on Thursday evening, November 10. Faculty members were available to show visitors the facilities in the nursing, pharmacy tech, medical assisting and surgical technology suites.



RMU’s Business Leader of the Year 2016

October 27, 2016

Robert Morris University’s School of Business Administration recognizes an organization or individual each year for contributions to the growth, experience and academic progress of its business students. The Business Leader of the Year Award has acknowledged such companies as PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Junior Achievement, and others, as well as past RMU alumni who have a personal mission to give back to the University through efforts that benefit students.

This year, RMU has recognized the entire Advisory Board of the School of Business Administration. Combined, these dedicated individuals have given over 100 years of service to Robert Morris. In recognizing this accomplishment, business faculty member Dr. Robert Tenuta spoke on the work this group has performed over nearly two decades. “Their expertise, sense of volunteerism, and commitment to the University’s largest program, have helped ensure that the business curriculum is current, relevant and readily adaptable to the continually changing needs of business in America today,” he said.

Vice President and School of Business Administration Dean Larry Nieman expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the entire Board, adding that the success of its business school graduates is due in large part to the generous gift of time and experience by this dedicated group of business professionals.

Congratulations to the RMU School of Business Administration Advisory Board.



RMU’s Study Abroad Program Opens a World of Opportunities for Students

October 13, 2016

On October 13, RMU students had the opportunity to hear from Study Abroad Alumni who have taken advantage of the University’s Study Abroad Program. Students who have studied in France, Germany, Taiwan, Italy and England formed a panel and shared their experiences with other RMU students who are considering studying abroad. Dean of Professional Arts Shelley LaMantia and faculty advisor Robert Tenuta, along with other faculty, have conducted programs in the professional studies (art, culinary) programs and the business administration program, respectively.

Students commented on how living and studying in a different country changed their lives in many ways. “I knew I was going to do this,” explained one student. “I had only experienced life in my own town, my own state. I wanted to go to another country and learn in a different setting. I was all in once I decided.” Another student approached the cost very carefully: “I started saving for the program early and in two years I had the money I needed,” she said. Others took out loans or received assistance from family members.

Another added, “The living arrangements, food, tours and other extras that are included – in addition to the travel and tuition expenses – add such value to the programs. If you were traveling to Europe on a vacation, you would pay for an added tour, such as Normandy in France. That alone might be equal to the entire cost of our program. It is worth every penny.” “I figure that you are there to experience everything you can about the country,” said a business student. “So I took advantage of eating out often and seeing everything I could.”

“When students hear from other students about how much they enjoyed and benefited from the Study Abroad program, they are eager to sign up,” said Dr. Tenuta. “And I have yet to hear from a student who wasn’t happy to have made the choice to travel and study in another country.”

For more information on RMU’s Study Abroad Program, contact Shelley LaMantia, or RMU’s website at



Fall Career Fair at Robert Morris University

October 12, 2016

Students flocked to the seventh floor Student Center on Wednesday, October 12 to meet with potential employers at the Fall Career Fair, organized by RMU’s Career Services department.

Companies representing the insurance industry such as Northwestern Mutual, Allegiance and Farmer’s took part. The financial industry included Baxter Credit Union, healthcare was represented by Advocate, Extended Care Clinical and Homewatch Care Givers and the entertainment industry included Horseshoe Casino and Chicago Cruises. Walgreen’s, Monterrey Security, and Skills for Chicagoland’s Future also participated in addition to several other companies.

Many RMU upperclassmen came prepared, dressed for an interview with a resume in hand. A number of companies were also ready to hire and provided applications for interested students.

Participating in the career fairs is an important part of the RMU college experience. Many students attend each fair from their first year of college on, getting an idea of the job market and exploring internship possibilities.



Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Event

August 31, 2016

On August 31, Wednesday evening, Morris Graduate School of Management (MGSM) hosted an after hours art exhibit and live jazz event in the RMU State Street Gallery with the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.

Representatives of several area businesses and organizations attended the gathering and explored graduate and corporate partnership opportunities with MGSM. Vince Williams, Manager of Member Engagement at the Chamber is an MGSM alumnus who has become involved in RMU projects that bring more community members to our main campus.

Among the many companies attending were: Smart Yeti Studios, the Executives’ Club of Chicago, Admiral Securities, Colliers International, the March of Dimes and Year Up Chicago. Robert Morris University Illinois and MGSM are always interested in working with area businesses to expand student internship possibilities and to form partnerships with companies in providing continuing education opportunities for their employees.



Study Abroad Program Takes RMU Business Students Out of the Classroom, into the Manufacturing Plant and Parliament

July 18, 2016

Robotics? Engineering? Production? Strategy? Technology? Graduate students on Study Abroad~London, with faculty advisor, Dr. Robert Tenuta, had a unique experience touring the Mini-Cooper plant in Oxford. From the body shop to quality control, stationary robots with movable arms assembled, welded, attached, clamped and handed over parts to another robot to assemble the vehicle. Only 300 employees and technology assemble 240,000 vehicles per year. Their goal next year is 300,000.

Our forefathers modeled the US Government system after the British Parliament. Today, study abroad students toured the Houses of Parliament (aka Palace of Westminster) during a newly appointed cabinet and Prime Minister after the recent EU Referendum. Everyone in England is talking about it and our students heard it first hand!



Veteran’s Hiring Expo

July 11, 2016

The Chicago Sky joined with Robert Morris University for its fourth annual Veteran’s Hiring Expo on Monday, July 11. These events are free for veterans to attend and features many local companies and organizations who are looking to hire new employees, particularly veterans.

Along with the Veteran’s Trust and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), Chicago-land veterans were able to network and interview directly with employers onsite. Morris Graduate School of Management representatives were also available to meet with attendees to share graduate school opportunities.

Participating employers for the Veteran’s Hiring Expo include Roosevelt University, Sears Holding Company, Lewis University, Illinois Welding School, Chicago Harley Davidson, Walgreens, Penske Truck Leasing, Avison Young, Windy City Limousine, Prudential Financial, Rivers Casino, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Jewel Osco, Pace Bus, Chicago Tribune, Hoopis Group, U.S. Army, EnAbled Vet, Women’s Business Development Center, Edward Hines V.A., Mariano’s, Comcast, Levy Restaurants at United Center, Lydia Healthcare, Road Home Program at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago Lighthouse, Val-Matic Corporation and RMU.



Safe Haven

July 7, 2016

Summer can be a time for exploring your own city and Chicago offers lots of possibilities for students enjoying a break from school. Recently, Robert Morris University welcomed a group of students from Safe Haven, a faith-based initiative of Chicago Public Schools. In addition to visiting Cloud Gate, the library and Grant Park, the students stopped in at RMU to tour the culinary program. Since it was finals week, the culinary kitchen was busy with students completing their final exam in a foundations class taught by Chef Carolyn Conglis. After checking out the pastry kitchen, dining room and teaching kitchens, our guests were able to observe RMU culinary students as they put forth their best efforts in preparing four different dishes to complete the exam.

We welcome students who are interested in learning more about RMU and the possibilities that await them in preparing for a career with a future.



Making Sausage in RMU Kitchens

June 22, 2016

This past Saturday, RMU Culinary participated in The Taste of European Tradition with a sausage making demonstration in our own kitchens. Chef Instructor Anthony DiFabio, assisted by four culinary students – Stephen Myers, Amanda Augustyniak, Erik Whittingham and Silvia Jamie – worked with Polish Chef Dariusz Zachoranski (Chef Darek) to present the old world techniques of making the best sausage.

Attendees of The Taste of European Tradition spent the better part of the afternoon learning from the experts who have the experience and the recipes handed down through generations. For some it was a chance to celebrate Father’s Day by making sausage with your dad – and another way RMU becomes involved in the many cultures and learning opportunities that are so plentiful in Chicago!

Great job, RMU Culinary!










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) and authorized by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (1 N. Old State Capitol Plaza Suite 333, Springfield, Illinois 62701-1377, 217.782.2551, IBHE Feedback). Robert Morris serves over 4500 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, Schaumburg, Springfield, Peoria and Lake County.