Monthly Archives: September 2015

SDLC Partners Presentation tomorrow (September 30) in Wheatley Center

Just a reminder — please make room in your schedule for this presentation.  Networking opportunities will be worth it!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 (3:45 PM to 5:15 PM)
Wheatley Center Atrium

SDLC Partners, L.P., headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, opened its doors in 2004 as an alternative to large consulting organizations.  The firms’s 350+ employees take a practical and collaborative approach to deliver process improvement, analytics, and technology solutions to Fortune 1000 and mid-market customers by effectively working with business and I.T. units to serve as the “execution partner of choice.”

For more information about SDLC Partners, visit

3:45 PM Registration for SET Credit
4:15 PM the speaker will start his presentation

Pizza will be served.

M&T Bank Presentation on October 7th

M&T Bank
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 (4:30 PM to 5:45 PM)
Wheatley Center Atrium

M&T Bank has been committed to customers and community for more than 150 years. Founded on the principle of providing exceptional financial products and friendly, personalized service, M&T is more than just your neighborhood bank. Representatives from M&T Bank will give a presentation on their company with a focus on information technology needs, including possible job opportunities and internships.

4:30 PM Registration for SET Credit
4:45 PM the speaker will start the presentation

Pizza will be served.

PPG Industries Presentation on October 6th

In October, we will continue our series of IT employer presentations on campus.  Please make room in your schedule to attend!

PPG Industries

Tuesday, October 6, 2015  (3:45 PM to 5:15 PM)
Wheatley Center Atrium

3:45 PM Registration for SET Credit
4:15 PM the speaker will start the presentation

Pizza will be served.

PPG Industries’ vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and specialty materials company. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color, PPG helps customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company. Founded in 1883, PPG has global headquarters in Pittsburgh and operates in nearly 70 countries around the world.

WHY JOIN US?  PPG is a growing global leader with a world of opportunities

• We are defined by our ethics, integrity, and social responsibility

• We develop our employee’s personal strengths

• We fuel their passion to excel

• We fulfill their desire to learn and grow

• We are one company, global businesses, one rewarding career

IBM’s Master the Mainframe 2015 Contest Starts Soon!

IBM, a worldwide leader in worldwide computing and technology, is hosting its 11th annual Master the Mainframe Contest.

What is it? Master the Mainframe is a contest that has been held every year for the past ten years. According to the FAQ section on IBM’s webpage, “no experience with mainframes is necessary. In fact, the contest is designed for students with little or no mainframe experience, increasing with difficulty as the contest progresses. Students just need to bring drive and competitive spirit and be ready to compete!”

Why should I participate? If you are even remotely interested in mainframe technology, you should consider signing up! Over the next decade, it is predicted that over 150,000+ mainframe professions will open up as current workers retire. Careers focused on mainframe technology start out at roughly double the average salary of other college majors. As was mentioned earlier, even if you have little to no mainframe experience, it wouldn’t hurt to register for the competition to see if you truly enjoy the material and possibly even win some prizes!

How do I sign up? Registration began on September 1st. The contest begins on October 1st and runs until December  31st. Registration can take place any time before the December 31st cutoff date!  Here is the link:

One of the most important outcomes that can be attained through the contest is experience. As IBM states on their website, “Today’s mainframes are growing in popularity and require a new generation of mainframe experts. This contest is designed to equip students with basic skills to make them more competitive for jobs in the enterprise computing industry. Participation in the Master the Mainframe Contest could give you the edge you need.”

Good luck!

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

CyberSecurityAwarenessThursday, October 1st begins National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). It is sponsored by the National Cyber Security Division and the National Cyber Security Alliance. NCSAM is designed to immerse and inform the public and private sector through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cybersecurity and enhancing the resiliency of the nation in the case of a cyber incident.

Dr. Paullet and members of the Top Secret Colonials will be posting tips on cyber security throughout the month of October to educate and inform members of our university. Please stay tuned for more information.

Semester-Long Study Abroad Information Session Today (September 22)

Tuesday, September 22. 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Dining Room A/B in Sewall Center
Come learn more about the many existing opportunities RMU students have for studying abroad each semester. A variety of topics will be covered to help prepare students for these once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.
Many information technology (IT) positions today deal with international business.  Understanding global concerns and learning more about cultures in other parts of the world could be extremely beneficial to you!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Jar Collection

PB&JThe Top Secret Colonials are sponsoring a Peanut Butter and Jelly Jar Collection for the charity Operation Safety Net. Operation Safety Net helps hundreds of men and women living on the streets of Pittsburgh annually by providing them with access to health care and food. The Top Secret Colonials’ goal is to collect at least 100 jars of peanut butter and jelly for Operation Safety Net.

The collection begins today, Monday, September 21. Please drop off jars of peanut butter and jelly outside of Dr. Paullet’s office (Wheatley 229) or at the Wheatley second floor front desk.

World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh hosts Cybersecurity Speaker P.W. Singer on September 24

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On Thursday, September 24, the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh kicks off its three-part fall series on cybersecurity with an illuminating look at cyber warfare in a program entitled: Will the Next World War Start in Cyber Space? P. W. Singer, recently named one of the 10 most influential voices in the world on cybersecurity, will explore the hot button issue of state-sponsored cyber attacks.

Screen Shot 2015-09-17 at 2.24.25 PMSinger, a Strategist and Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, was recently described by The Wall Street Journal as “one of Washington’s pre-eminent futurists.”  His book, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know, has been added to the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army professional reading lists, and his first work of fiction, Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War, debuted to rave reviews this summer.

The attached flyer provides more information about the event.  Students with ID can register for this event at the discounted rate of $20.
Cyber Warfare Flyer

Seeking CIS Department Blog Writers

The CIS department is currently seeking blog writers.  This volunteer position will earn you some notoriety (your name as part of the Blog Writing Staff on our About page) and SET credit in the Arts, Culture, and Creativity category.  You will be asked to edit and/or write a minimum of 5 blog articles per month.  Work can be done independently from your own computer.  You can be provided with material for blog posts and/or come up with your own original ideas, per your own preference.  You will also have opportunities to suggest improvements for the blog in both format and content areas.  Please contact Dr. Jamie Pinchot if you are interested in volunteering.

In addition, the CIS department is seeking one CIS Department Blog Writer/Assistant.  This will be a paid work-study position ($9/hour up to 5 hours per week) that will be available for the full academic year 2015-2016.  You must be eligible for Federal work-study to be approved for this grant-funded position.


  • Edit and/or write blog articles on topics assigned by the faculty editor in a timely manner
  • Work with members of the CIS department and RMU community to discover topics and issues for the blog and follow up on those topics in future blog posts
  • Monitor IT-related news outlets to discover topics and issues appropriate for the blog and follow up by writing blog posts
  • Manage and edit media related to blog posts (images, video)
  • Assist the faculty editor with management of the blog sidebar items/links and technical features in WordPress


  • Excellent writing and proofreading skills
  • Enthusiasm for IT-related topics
  • Ability to manage tasks and time effectively
  • Skills in writing for the Web, editing images, editing video, and/or WordPress is a plus.

To apply, please send your resume through Colonial Trak: