Fall semester welcomes new student organizations

Erica Sablofski, Staff Writer

This semester, Robert Morris University welcomed three new student organizations: the Talent Management Association, Nuclear Medicine Club, and the Roaming Catholic.

The Talent Management Association was started by junior Matt Heiland to provide support and advice to students whose future careers involve the sports and entertainment industries. The group specifically focuses on the fields of talent management, music management and sport agents.

“Anyone who is interested in talent management, music management and sports are welcome to join the Talent Management Association,” declared Heiland, who serves as the president of the organization.

Each of the organization’s officers has a different focus for the group.

Heiland’s main focus is film entertainment. Sophomore Justin Dillon is the vice president, and he focuses on music entertainment. Heiland’s brother, junior Andrew Heiland, is the secretary. He updates the group’s Facebook and Twitter pages and distributes flyers. Freshman Chris Cappella is the organization’s treasurer.

On Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. in the Executive Dining Hall in the Sewall Center, the association is bringing in Ralph Cindrich, a sports agent for James Ferrice, and Jeff Saturday, who has been named one of the most powerful people in the NFL twice, for a presentation focused on the fields of sports and law.

Over 100 people are expected to attend this free event.

The first meeting for the association will take place on Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. The location is yet to be determined.

For the latest updates, follow Talent Management Association on Twitter @RMU_TMA and also like them on Facebook.

Another new club this semester is the Nuclear Medicine Club, which was started by senior James Phelegie and sophomore Brittany Swinson. The group’s mission is to provide a place where underclassmen can come and learn what the major is about and ask for help.

This club is open to anyone who is interested in nuclear medicine and will help any student who wishes to transfer his or her major. Currently, the group has 15 members.

“We’re brand new. This is our first full semester, so we want everyone to know we’re open to everyone. We just want underclassmen to know we’re here to help,” explained Swinson.

Phelegie is the president of the group, while Swinson is the vice president. The group’s advisor is Bill Wentling.

The club’s first meeting will be on Nov. 1 at 3:45 p.m. in the Benjamin Rush Center Hot Lab. The meeting will provide an introduction to the club for its members and newcomers.

Roaming Catholic is a denomination of the Campus Ministry Association. Directed by Gary Silfkey, the organization invites students to grow in their faith.

Roaming Catholic is not a typical club in that it does not have a specific meeting date, but instead, features a variety of weekly activities.

Mass is every Sunday at 8 p.m. in the Rogal chapel. Each Monday includes a Soup and Scripture in the chapel at 12:40 p.m. and also the Men’s Group at 8 p.m. in Romo’s Café. Tuesdays include the Women’s group at 4:30 p.m. in the chapel and Pizza and Possibilities at 8 p.m. at the same venue. Wednesdays include a Rosary session at 9 p.m. in the campus chapel, while Thursdays have an evening prayer at the same time and area.

A Fall Retreat is planned for the group from Nov. 4 – 6 at the Gilmary Center. The cost is $15 per student for the entire weekend.

On Jan. 23, Roaming Catholic will travel with Duquesne University’s campus ministry for the annual March for Life. The trip is free and runs from early morning until midnight.

Membership does not extend to Catholics only. Anyone who is interested is allowed to join.

“The Catholic Campus Ministry is alive and growing. It’s wonderful to have the campus come to mass and see the students become excited to grow in their faith at RMU,” Silfkey proclaimed.