Monday, January 25, 2010

SBUS Graduate Students invited to Information/Networking Session

School of Business Graduate Students,

I'd like to provide you with some exciting updates related to the School of Business. We have an information session scheduled on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the Pittsburgh Center in the Lecture Hall on the 6th floor. There will be other business school administrators and faulty joining me for networking opportunities. I intend to schedule these information sessions periodically in the future. There will be food and refreshments provided and please RSVP to Maureen Brant at by Friday, January 29th if you are interested in attending.

Have a great semester and I look forward to seeing you next week on Tuesday, February 2nd.

Thank You,

Derya A. Jacobs, Ph.D.
Dean and Professor
School of Business
Robert Morris University
Massey Hall 206
6001 University Blvd.
Moon Township, PA 15108
(412) 397-5858 (phone)

Friday, January 22, 2010

Happy Birthday Dr. Schimmel!

School of Business Faculty bond over Dr. Schimmel's birthday cake.

Monday, January 18, 2010

RMU Professor Meets Ninja Warrior Champion

Cathleen Jones, Assistant Professor of Marketing, met Makoto Nagano, Grand Champion of Ninja Warrior, in September 2008.

Ninja Warrior (called Sasuke in Japan) is a Japanese obstacle course competition consisting of four extremely difficult stages. Examples of obstacles are:

Jumping Spider - the contestant jumps on a trampoline and has to stick to two walls using only hands and feet; he must then move forward about 20 yards using hands and feet to complete the obstacle
Warped Wall - the contestant must get over a 17 foot wall which bends back on itself
Salmon Ladder - the contestant holds onto a pole and has to jump up rungs of a ladder using only his arms
Shin Cliff Hanger - the contestant moves along a narrow ledge using only fingertips; there are three levels; the contestant must jump to the third level and catch the ledge with his fingertips

The course is so difficult that in more than 20 tournaments only two men have completed all four stages. Makoto Nagano completed the course in 2006 and continues to compete hoping to achieve kanzen seiha (total victory) again.

AMA School of Business T-shirt Sale

RMU School of Business t-shirts will be on sale January 18th through 22nd.
Sale location: Hale Center 2nd floor
Cost: $15
Sponsored by the RMU AMA Student Chapter

For information about the AMA, contact
Joe Kramer (president) 412-779-7279
Shannon Glantz (vice president)

Monday, January 4, 2010

Faculty News

Cathleen Jones, Assistant Professor of Marketing recently had an article published in the Journal of Foodservice Business Research, volume 12, issue 4. The article is entitled:"Taking up space? How customers react to health information and health icons on restaurant menus."

Dean Manna, head of the Marketing Department, was honored with the Distinguished Educator award by the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Marketing Association.

"Dr. Manna utilizes a pragmatic yet highly motivational and entertaining approach in his classroom instruction and seminars, maintaining a high level of interest while transmitting valuable information with high levels of content. He has published a sales manual on Client Centered Selling for use in the classroom and corporate seminars. His teaching specialty is Professional Selling both at the undergraduate and graduate level. In addition, he has taught marketing and management courses to business executives from the sport-management disciplines in Greece. Dr. Manna’s primary research interest is on Emotional Intelligence and its effects on productivity and morale in the public and private sectors.
Dr. Manna was a past president of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Marketing Association. He holds his undergraduate degree in Business from Gannon University, an MBA from the University of Cincinnati, and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Manna is a University Professor and holds the position of Department Head of Marketing in the School of Business at Robert Morris University. "

Yun Chu, an Assistant Professor of Marketing, has been appointed vice president/treasurer of the International Conference on Pacific Rim Management of the Association of Chinese Management Educators (ACME) for 2009-2011. The Association of Chinese Management Educators is one of the most prestigious academic assocations among overseas Chinese scholars.

Marketing Research Project Presentations - Dr. Jones' Fall 2009 Class

Deer Valley Marketing Committee

Chatting with the clients
Discussing the results


Finished at last!

Reviewing results

Thank yous from the clients

Thanks for all the hard work!