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June 28, 2001

Vol. 11, No. 49

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.


The university community is invited to a memorial mass for the late Paul Christiano at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 30 at St. Thomas More Church, 126 Fort Couch Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15241. Christiano, former provost, dean and department head at Carnegie Mellon, died at his Upper St. Clair home on June 21 of cancer. He was 59. For more on Christiano see the current issue of the Carnegie Mellon News at

—Memorial donations may be sent to St. Thomas More Church, the Pittsburgh Cancer Institute Development Office, 3471 Fifth Ave., Suite 202, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 or UPMC Hospice, 1370 Beulah Road, Building 701, Fourth Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15235.


The School of Drama's annual Summer New Plays Project and its Monday Night Reading Series will take place this July and August in the Purnell Center for the Arts' Helen Wayne Rauh Studio Theatre. The Summer New Plays Project is conducted by a collaboration of professional writers, actors and directors from around the country in partnership with such well-known companies as New York's Access Theatre and Douglas S. Cramer Productions. Following each show, the audience is encouraged to share its opinion with the cast and crew in an informal feedback session. Performances are at 8 p.m., July 6-7, 20-21 and Aug. 3-4. A 2 p.m. matinee will also be held on Saturdays.

—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette theater critic Chris Rawson calls the New Plays Project "a well-kept secret, jealously guarded by those who appreciate the skills of professional casts and the potluck risk of new plays being given an early airing."

—The Monday Night Readings Series evaluates new plays by students in the School of Drama's Dramatic Writing program in front of a live audience. The no-frills performance of new scripts by J. P. Lavin ("One More Volt"), Kyle Wilson ("The Day Clinton Fessed Up"), J. Adam Russell ("The Dutchman¼s Sketch"), Stephanie Alice Scarpinato ("The Keys to Graceland") and Gail Sheehy ("Chasing the Tiger") begins at 8 p.m. every Monday, July 9 - Aug. 6. Local theater professionals, Drama students and faculty perform in the series. Admission is free.

—For more information contact the Drama Box Office at x8-2407.


Nominations for this year's Andy Awards are due July 2. The university-wide staff recognition program honors staff for innovation, enthusiasm, citizenship and dedication. Nomination forms are available on the Web at and in the June 27 issue of the Carnegie Mellon News. Each nomination form must be accompanied by at least two statements of support, but no more than five. Each supporting statement should not be more than one page. For more information, see the Andy Awards Web site.


Beginning Thursday, July 12, you must dial the full 10-digit telephone number, including area code, when placing local calls. To make a local call from campus, you must dial 9, either area code 412, 724 or 878, and then the seven-digit number. The new 878 area code assigned to western Pennsylvania is an area code overlay meaning that phone numbers may be assigned the 878 area code in areas that currently have the 412 or 724 area code. It is possible for one house to have phone numbers with different area codes.

—All programmed telephone numbers, such as speed call lists, fax machines, modems and security alarms, must be changed to include the area code.

—Campus calls may continue to be made by dialing 8 and the four-digit campus extension. Long distance calls must be made by dialing 9, 1, area code and number.

—Questions should be directed to Telecommunications' Customer Service Leader Bill Whigham at x8-7847 or


The Heinz School is working with 18 students from Schenley and McKeesport high schools to develop a new Web site for government officials of nearby Homestead. The students, enrolled in the Heinz School's InfoLink program, are working with Professor Wil Gorr to build an e-government Web site that lists meeting agendas and minutes for Homestead council members and other elected officials. Gorr said the student pilot project will lead to the development of a new kind of software for small municipal governments to streamline operations such as public works activities and other basic services. InfoLink, in its seventh year, is a program designed to help inner city youth bridge the computer digital divide.


Carnegie Mellon's annual employee picnic at Kennywood Park, sponsored by Staff Council, will be held Saturday, July 14. Tickets will be sold from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., June 29, July 9 and July 12, and from 4-5:30 p.m., July 10 in the University Center. Tickets will also be sold from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., July 3 at the Mellon Institute building, and from noon-1 p.m., July 11 at the Carnegie Mellon Research Institute. Employees may purchase one Ride-All-Day ticket for $5 and four additional Ride-All-Day tickets for $10 each. Additional Ride-All-Day tickets may be purchased for $15. Only cash will be accepted and you must have your Carnegie Mellon ID card to buy tickets.

—Pavilions 8 and 9 will be reserved all day for Carnegie Mellon employees. A raffle and prize give-away for children will be held at 5 p.m. in Pavilion 8. For more information see the June 22 posting, "Kennywood Picnic Info" on the official.cmu-news and bboards, or send email to


—Carnegie Mellon's 11th Annual Football Alumni and Friends Golf Outing will be Monday, Aug. 6 at the Longue Vue Country Club in nearby Verona. The $175 entry fee includes an 11:30 a.m. buffet lunch, greens fees, golf cart, locker room privileges, prizes and dinner. The scramble format will begin with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Hole sponsorships are available for $200. All proceeds benefit the Carnegie Mellon football program. For more information contact Head Football Coach Rich Lackner at x8-2216.


Kim Smaczniak, a technical writing major in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, was one of 80 students nationwide to receive a 2001-2002 Morris K. Udall Scholarship. Based on academic merit, the $5,000, one-year scholarships are granted to "those who demonstrate a commitment to fields related to the environment." Smaczniak was incorrectly identified as an engineering major in last week's newsletter.

—Carnegie Mellon librarians Gloriana St. Clair, Denise Troll, Erika Linke, Adele Barsh, Matt Marsteller, Paul Neuhaus and Information Analyst Carole George were active participants at the recent 2001 American Library Association Conference in San Francisco. For more on the roles they played see the June 26 posting "Librarians Active at Conference" on the official.cmu-news and bboards.


Monday, July 9: Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) information session. 6-7 p.m., Monday, July 9 in Hamburg Hall, Room 1001. The program offers evening classes and a distance learning format. Classes start in January, May and August. For more information, contact Amy George at x8-4720 or visit the Web at Please RSVP to x8-4720 or

Through July 31: Enduring Perfection: Paintings by Damodar Lal Gurjar, Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, fifth floor, Hunt Library. Gurjar is one of India's leading artists of natural-history themes. Accompanying the exhibition is a 44-page color catalogue. Hours: 9 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 1-4 p.m., Sunday. For more information contact the Hunt Institute at x8-2434.

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