Schedule-Cèilidh - Carnegie Mellon University


Cèilidh Weekend - October 9-12, 2014

Cèilidh weekend offers a variety of events for Tartans of ALL ages. To help you make the most of your return to campus, we have posted the entire weekend schedule as well as some highlights tailored to members of the Carnegie Mellon community — Carnegie Tech Years (alumni from the 60s, 50s and 40s), families and current students — below.

Note: Please continue to visit the Cèilidh website as the schedule of events is subject to change prior to Cèilidh. All schedule updates will be posted every Friday by 5 pm EST.

Spotlight Events

The Future is Here: 25 years of the School of Computer Science UPDATED!
Rashid Auditorium, Gates & Hillman Centers
4:30-5:30 pm
A Conversation with Serkan Piantino (CS'04), Facebook New York
Since 2007, Serkan Piantino (CS'04) has been the site director for the Facebook office in New York city. From both that vantage point and as a Carnegie Mellon alumnus, he has a unique perspective on the future of computer science. In this conversation, Serkan and Dean Andrew Moore will explore that vision, for the School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon and the world. Reception immediately following. Visit the SCS25 website to register and learn more.
12:30-2 pm
Panel Discussion: Robotics at the Tipping Point
This panel discussion, to be moderated by Robotics Professor Howie Choset, will feature noted alumnus James Gosling (CS'83). James is known as the inventor of Java and is currently the Chief Software Architect at Liquid Robotics, where he's working on an autonomous, environmentally powered ocean-going platform for gathering and transmitting data about the ocean. James will be joined by other industry panelists and Carnegie Mellon faculty members. Visit the SCS25 website to register and learn more.
3-4:30 pm
Panel Discussion: The Next 25 Years of Computer Science
This panel discussion will be moderated by Peter Lee, corporate vice president and head of Microsoft Research, and former Carnegie Mellon faculty member. Peter will lead a discussion on the next decades of computer science, at Carnegie Mellon and beyond. The panelists will include Severin Hacker (CS'09,'14), co-founder and CTO at DuoLingo, a rapidly-growing startup providing free language learning via crowd-sourced text translation; and Emma Brunskill, assistant professor of computer science, who is working on autonomous agents that learn to interact with people. These efforts, and that of other panelists, will bring into focus the nature of computer science for the next 25 years. Visit the SCS25 website to register and learn more.
4:30-5:30 pm
Celebration Reception
Visit the SCS25 website to register and learn more.

Student Cèilidh Committee Hosts Spirit Week NEW EVENT!
Show your spirit this week leading up to Cèilidh Weekend! Spirit Week is your chance to show your Freshmen Year House, College and Loyal Scot Pride!

Monday, Oct. 6: House Day
Housefellows, RAs, HOCs, OLs, OCs and students will be able to show-off their first year housing pride! Wear your orientation t-shirt and reminisce about house wars and playfair.

Tuesday, Oct. 7: College Day

Which College has the most pride? Wear any departmental swag and the most proud department/college will have their photo featured!

Wednesday, Oct. 8: Alumni Proud
Loyal Scot? Highland Ambassador? Wear your Alumni Association shirts to show your love for the Loyal Scot program and your excitement for becoming an active alumni!

(October 7):
5-6:30 pm


School of Art Lecture Series: Devan Shimoyama NEW EVENT!
Devan Shimoyama will be a 2014-2015 visiting professor in drawing and painting in the School of Art. Devan reimagines black queer masculinity as both desirous and desirable through the use of narrative and self-portraiture. Figures find themselves echoed throughout the paintings, attempting to connect, but failing to join and fulfill their sensual desires within these dreamscapes. From the tactility of the thickly poured and splattered paint, to the effervescent and luminously sprayed stencils, silhouettes of figures are made bursting with divine ecstasy. His work raises questions about gay male sexuality, followed by an exploration of locating where the queer black male fits into contemporary society and within the microcosm of queer politics. His paintings create a dream-like space where touch and fervid temperature dictate the form and color of the body. Hybridized creatures, faintly reminiscent both Caribbean malevolent entities called Jumbee as well as childhood characters like Kermit the Frog, enter into a number of paintings as a nostalgic reference to the developmental stages of youth and upbringing as a queer individual. Learn more: and

(October 7):
6-7 pm

General Lloyd J. Austin, III, Commander of U.S. Central Command (Middle East Forces)United States Central Command's Strategic Role in our Nation's Defense NEW EVENT!
Featuring General Lloyd J. Austin, III, Commander of U.S. Central Command (Middle East Forces)
General Austin is responsible for U.S. military operations and involvement in the Central Region of the world, which spans 20 nations from Egypt, east to Pakistan and north to Kazakhstan. Working closely with national and international partners, U.S. Central Command promotes cooperation among nations, responds to crises, and deters or defeats aggressors to promote lasting security and stability in the region. Prior to this assignment General Austin was the 33d Vice Chief of Staff of the Army from January 2012 to March 2013. Register via email at

Full Weekend Schedule

Carnegie Tech Years Event Highlights

Current CMU Students Event Highlights

Parents/Families Event Highlights