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March 22, 2001

Vol. 11, No. 35

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.


A standing-room-only crowd packed Rangos Hall on March 19 to attend a tribute to the late Herbert A. Simon, the Richard King Mellon university professor of computer science and psychology who died Feb. 9. More than a dozen of Simon's former students, colleagues and friends spoke about his seminal contributions to science and to Carnegie Mellon and the influence he had on their careers. See the Web site for information on Simon's accomplishments and remembrances by friends and family.


The Carnegie Mellon campus will become a movie set next week when "Mothman Prophecies," starring Richard Gere, starts filming in Baker and Doherty halls during Spring Break. Production trailers and movie equipment will eliminate parking in the College of Fine Arts (CFA) lot on Sunday and Monday, March 25 and 26.

—CFA permit holders should park in the East Campus Garage on March 26. Metered spaces will be bagged and identified as reserved parking spaces for CFA permit holders.


This year's "Take Our Daughters to Work" day is Thursday, April 26. Designed for girls aged 9-15, the day focuses on helping participants to stay strong and remain confident to realize their hopes and dreams. Registration begins Monday, April 2, and is on a first come - first served basis.

—For more information on the day's events and how to register, pick up an information packet at the University Center Information Desk or visit the Web at


The Master of Public Management (MPM) program will hold an information session on Wednesday, March 28, in Hamburg Hall. Following a reception at 5:30 p.m., presentations will begin at 6 p.m.

—This information session will introduce prospective students to the MPM curriculum, as well as the advantages and prestige associated with pursuing a graduate degree through the Heinz School. Faculty and staff will be on hand to answer questions.

—To RSVP, contact Kishma DeCastro-Sallis at 268-2142 or


Carnegie Mellon's men's swimming team, under Head Coach David Belowich, recorded a school-best eighth-place finish at the NCAA Division III Championships last weekend at the Flickinger Aquatic Center in Buffalo, N.Y. The Tartans were paced by their 200-yard medley relay team of Sean Belowich, Jason Striner, George Heidinger and Brian Jucha, which placed second in a school-record time of 1:31.91.

—Heidinger earned four additional All-America citations as a member of the 200-yard freestyle (5th), 400-yard medley (8th) and 400-yard freestyle (7th) relays, and for a fifth-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly in a school-record time of :50.24. Belowich and Jucha were also members of the All-American 200-yard freestyle and 400-yard medley relay squads. Brian McCarthy earned two All-America certificates with a sixth-place finish in the 400-yard individual medley and an eighth-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke.


Interested members of the university community are invited to attend the opening event (a tennis clinic) of the Faculty/Staff Tennis League at 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 4 on the university courts. The clinic is free and will be hosted by Head Tennis Coach Peter Moss. Rain date: April 5. Questions about the clinic or the tennis league should be directed to Virginia Delaney,


Starting March 26, the road adjacent to the Doherty Hall construction site for new undergraduate science labs will be closed due to increased demolition activities. The road will be closed to through traffic Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. until the end of the year.

—Note that the road closing affects through traffic only. The Bureau of Mines road will still get you to the area 16 parking lots and Roberts Road will get you as far as the Wean Hall loading dock and Facilities Management Services loading dock.

—Large truck deliveries to the Wean loading dock will be routed through the construction site by P.J. Dick Corp's construction crew. Truck drivers should call Ron Mower (287-9070) at P.J. Dick for through-way access to the loading dock area whenever they arrive on campus.


—There will be a shutdown of domestic water and power to the College of Fine Arts building from 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 27, while contractors work on building renovations. Direct questions to Kyle Tomer at x8-6332 or kt2n@andrew.

—The Spring Break dining schedule for campus eateries is posted on official.cmu-news for March 20.


Joelle R. Park has been appointed director of public relations for the College of Fine Arts, replacing Meg Siegel who resigned to pursue other interests. For the past year Park was student program assistant in the Department of Biological Sciences. Park has a background in print journalism. She was a featured columnist and provided local and national music coverage for the arts and entertainment publication "In Pittsburgh."

—Materials Science and Engineering students won both the undergraduate and graduate poster competitions last week at the Materials Information Society's Young Members' Night at the Fox Chapel Yacht Club. Colin Ashe received the Outstanding Senior Award and senior Andy Francis took first place in the undergraduate category. Senior Yoon-suck Choi won first place honors in the graduate poster competition.

—The Community Alcohol Coalition, a consortium of local college personnel dedicated to combating alcohol issues on college campuses, has announced that Carnegie Mellon students Nicholas Gammel and Kristen Jones are winners of the coalition's logo contest. Their logo, "Campus Connxtion," will be seen on flyers promoting alcohol-free fun activities and events offered on the campuses and around the Pittsburgh area. The consortium, directed by Anita Barkin and Nancy Schmidt from Student Health Services with a grant from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, was created to address alcohol and other drug problem on college campuses. The consortium includes representatives from Carnegie Mellon, the University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University, Carlow College and the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute. For more information about the coalition, contact Health Education at 268-7888.


Wednesday, April 4: $99 Mobot and MoboJoust Mini-Challenge and Clinic. 12:30 p.m., on the race course in front of Wean Hall.

Thursday, April 5: ALCOA Foundation Speaker Series. "Campus Climate and Academic Excellence." Howard Adams, president and founder of H.G. Adams & Associates, Inc., a consulting company that provides a full range of career, personal and professional development services to educational, governmental and industrial organizations. 4:30 - 6 p.m., Adamson Wing, Baker Hall. A light reception will follow. Further information is posted on official.cmu-news for March 19.

Thursday, April 5: Graduate Women's Connecting Lunch. 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. Connan Room, University Center. Register at

Tuesday, April 10: Graduate Student Luncheon Seminar. "Overcoming the Dissertation Blues." Illah Nourbhakhsh, assistant professor, Robotics Institute. Noon - 1:30 p.m., Connan Room, University Center. Register at

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