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Jan. 11, 2001

Vol. 11, No. 25

The "8 1/2 x 11 News" is published each week by the Department of Public Relations. News of campus interest should be sent to Ed Delaney, 412-268-1609 ( or Bruce Gerson, 412-268-1613 ( The newsletter is available on the official.cmu-news and bulletin boards.


Afternoon classes on Monday, Jan. 15, have been cancelled from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. to allow students, faculty and staff to attend a series of programs to honor the life of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

—The activities begin at 12:30 p.m. in Rangos Hall with President Jared L. Cohon's annual address on the state of diversity at the university.

—Following Cohon's presentation, Carnegie Mellon's Creative Writing program will present the Martin Luther King Jr. Writing Awards, resulting from a competitive program in which 95 local high school students submitted narratives about their personal experiences with racial prejudice and discrimination. Award winners, including Carnegie Mellon students, will read their works. A candlelight procession will follow at 4:30 p.m. from the Purnell Center to Rangos Hall.

—At 5 p.m., James H. Cone, professor of systematic theology at Union Theological Seminary, New York, will speak in Rangos Hall on "Martin and Malcolm and America: A Dream or a Nightmare?"

—At 7 p.m., the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh will present a "Musical Tribute to Dr. King" in Rangos Hall.


In celebration of King's life, members of the Carnegie Mellon community will travel to sites in the Pittsburgh area for a Day of Service on Saturday, Jan. 20. About 100 volunteer opportunities are open with the following organizations: Little Sisters of the Poor, Miryam's, Amnesty International of Carnegie Mellon, East End Cooperative Ministry, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Pennsylvania Wildlife Center, Family House and Habitat for Humanity.

—Those interested in participating in the Day of Service should sign up in Kirr Commons, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday, Jan. 15 through Friday, Jan. 19.


Campus Police have inaugurated a card access system for several university buildings at night and on weekends. From 10 p.m. - 6 a.m., Monday through Thursday and from 10 p.m., Friday, to 6 a.m., Monday, faculty, staff, students and sponsored visitors must swipe their Carnegie Mellon ID card through the entry device to enter Doherty Hall, Newell-Simon Hall and Wean Hall. All current ID cards should be compatible with the access system.

—Card access systems for university buildings campus-wide will be installed in the near future.

—Further information is posted on official.cmu-news for Jan. 5.


Carnegie Mello's United Way campaign coordinators, Provost Mark Kamlet and Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Robbee Baker Kosak, say there is still time to support deserving health and human services organizations through pledges to the United Way and its agencies. So far this year, the university's campaign has totaled more than $150,000, exceeding last year's mark of $146,626. For pledge forms, contact Nancy DeWalt at 268-2159.


—The university's official academic calendar for fall 2001 through summer 2003 is available on the Web at


—The Tartan editorial board has elected Aseem Gupta, a junior in information systems, and Sara Stille, a junior in electrical and computer engineering, editors-in-chief. Christopher May, a sophomore in political science, was elected managing editor.

—Pradeep Khosla, head, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has received the 2001 W. Wallace McDowell Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' Computer Society "for significant contributions to the design of reconfigurable real-time software systems, and for significant contributions to undergraduate and graduate education in electrical and computer engineering and robotics."

—Elaine Lawrence, graduate program assistant, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Valerie Thompson, secretary, Materials Science and Engineering, have received Carnegie Institute of Technology staff awards for their "job performance, dedication, positive attitude and contributions as a team player."

—John Hooker, the T. Jerome Holleran professor of business ethics and social responsibility and professor of operations research, Graduate School of Industrial Administration, has announced his resignation, effective May 21, as head of the school's undergraduate program to devote more time to teaching and research.

—The Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium has elected University Librarian Gloriana St. Clair as president for 2001.

—The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) has given School of Design students Rick Hoobler, Hillary Carey, Ignacio Fillipini, Jacey Stroback and Lisa Glass a Gold Design award for their 1998 project "Wayfinding for Independent Living." The project, which established a navigation and signage system to assist elderly in finding their way around the Presbyterian Senior Care facility, was one of three student projects showcased in IDSA's Fall 2000 Yearbook of Industrial Excellence.

—Elaine Taillon, program administrator for financial aid in Enrollment Services, has been elected vice president of the Northeastern Association of Student Employment Administrators (NEASEA). She will be responsible for the coordination of the National Student Employment Association's Student Employment Essentials workshops that are held in the Northeast and will serve as chairperson of NEASEA's Professional Recognition Committee.

—Sridhar Tayur, professor of operations management and manufacturing in the Graduate School of Industrial Administration (GSIA), and Pinar Keskinocak (IA 1994, 1997) a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, won first prize in the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences' case competition at its recent conference in San Antonio, Texas. The award-winning paper was entitled "Managing Operations in the Time-Shared Jet Business." Keskinocak earned his doctor's degree at GSIA in 1997.

—Karen Rigby, a senior creative writing major, has had a poem, "Sunflower Prayer," published in Mid-American Review, a major literary journal.

—Kiron Skinner, assistant professor of history and political science, is a co-author of a new book, "Reagan, In His Own Hand." Published by The Free Press, a division of Simon & Schuster, the book includes a foreword from former Secretary of State George P. Schultz. Skinner and her co-authors use President Ronald Reagan's pre-presidential writings to argue that Reagan himself was the intellectual architect of the prosperity of the 1980s and a successful Cold War strategy. The book has been serialized by The New York Times Magazine and featured in the Washington Times and on Fox News.


—Thursday, Jan. 18: Graduate Student Seminar Luncheon. John Hooker, head of Business Administration, and Mark Kieler, assistant head of Engineering and Public Policy, will speak on Research Ethics. Noon - 1:30 p.m., Peter/Wright/McKenna Rooms, University Center. Register at

—Sunday, June 21: Annual Winter Conference. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., University Center. The program includes a keynote presentation by Jack Roseman from the Graduate School of Industrial Administration, lunch and an opportunity to talk with faculty and administrators and participate in four self-selected workshops. Registration: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Jan. 15-19, UC lobby. Beginning Jan. 12, registration forms may be picked up at the UC Information Desk, Student Affairs (WH 301) and Student Life in Morewood Gardens.

—Tuesday, Jan. 23: Graduate Women's Connecting Lunch. 12:15 - 1:15 p.m., Connan Room, UC. Register at

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