Hello and welcome to the home of the Colonials! I’m Greg Dell’Omo, president of Robert Morris University.
This fall at RMU begins much as last fall did — with the opening of a major new academic building at our main campus in Moon Township. The new center for the School of Communications and Information Systems (SCIS) is another signature building, with modern classrooms and dozens of new faculty offices, several computer labs and extensive studio space, a student art gallery, a café, and a three-story atrium flooded with natural light. Both it and the new School of Business building that opened last year were made possible through our recently completed $40 million Changing Lives, Building Futures capital campaign.
This summer brought a lot of great news to RMU. We opened RMU Downtown in the Heinz 57 Center to offer undergraduate and graduate programs, including the M.B.A., to working professionals. We introduced our first endowed chair and an endowed Research Center on Black Male Educational Student Success, thanks to a $900,000 gift from The Heinz Endowments. Our School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science was part of a consortium picked by the White House for a $70 million project to spearhead development of 3-D printing and additive manufacturing. And besides their successes on the field, court, and rink, our athletes won the Institutional Academic Award for having the best grades in the Northeast Conference — including five NEC Student Athletes of the Year.
Yes, it was a fantastic summer, and it is sure to be an even better fall. More than 1,800 students live on campus this year, a new record, including those living in the newly christened Yorktown Hall, part of the Holiday Inn Pittsburgh Airport. Last year we purchased the hotel, just down the road from our Moon campus, and will ultimately convert the entire building to a residence hall for 500 students.
Whether you live on campus at Moon, or take graduate courses at RMU Downtown, or are earning a degree from RMU online, you benefit from the Robert Morris brand of education: personal attention with a professional focus and an emphasis on engaged learning. It’s the reason that 95 percent of our students have a job – most of them in their field of study – or are enrolled in graduate school within a year of graduation. Of all the changes that have taken place at RMU over the years, that is the one constant our students can count on.
Thank you, and here’s to a great year for all of us!