The BXA Intercollege Degree Programs support an outstanding group of innovative students. These students are creative thinkers who have unique visions of how their two disciplines combine to offer them an individualized education. They are often campus leaders who are honored with both artistic and scholarly awards. BXA students frequently complete internships and senior capstone projects that contribute to shaping their career path. Post-graduation may include graduate school, service, or employment related to one or both of their chosen concentrations.

As of August 2016, 414 students have graduated from BHA, 67 from BSA, and 32 from BCSA.

Alumni, Parents, and Friends of BXA can Give in the Following Ways:

Go to and select BXA Intercollege Degree Programs (BHA/BSA/BCSA). Follow the rest of the steps and you're done.

When you get an appeal through the mail from the Office of Annual Giving, fill out the pledge card, select “Other” and write in the program you would like to support (BXA). Then mail it, along with a check (made out to Carnegie Mellon University) or credit card info, back to Carnegie Mellon in the envelope provided.

Throughout the year, the Student Telefund Program attempts to reach alumni. When you take the call, the student caller will be happy to help you make a donation allocated to BXA. Or you can call the Office of Annual Giving at 412-268-2021 to make your donation.

Gifts will go directly to the BXA Intercollege Degree Programs to fund activities, special events, and projects for current students.

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Alumni Highlights

It is always a great joy to hear from BHA, BSA, and BCSA alumni. Their lives continue to reflect their beautifully textured and individualized undergraduate experiences.

Marissa Suvi Gluskin
BHA 2012 Psychology and Music Performance with a minor in Global Systems Management
Senior Associate, Kids Digital Content, Public Broadcasting Service

Marissa Suvi GluskinSuvi Gluskin graduated from the BHA program in December 2012, with concentrations in Classical Voice and Child Development. Throughout her time at CMU she was very involved on campus as a participant in several conservatory performances, a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Greek organization, a Teacher’s Assistant at the Carnegie Mellon Children's School, and a student researcher in the Infant Language Acquisition Research Lab.

Since graduation, she has worked at UCSF Children's Benioff Hospital as a Music Therapy Intern, at LeapFrog on the Infant and Toddler Toy Content Team, and now is a freelance craft collaborator for Klutz (Craft Books), does Voice Over work and works full-time at PBS KIDS where she supports content development for all PBS KIDS digital apps and web games.

Julie Mallis
BHA 2012 Anthropology and Art
Creative Director, Magic Organs Studio, BOOM Concepts
Program Director, Positive Spin, Bike Pittsburgh

Julie MallisJulie Mallis (AKA Julie Malice) is a contextual practice artist and VJ (Video a DJ for videos, animations, projection mapping, and visual effects) working primarily with new media, printmaking, sound, and 'happenings'-style events. Her artwork is inspired by the auditory-visual connection between senses, perception, and how politics affect everyday experience. She has exhibited and performed her work nationally in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New York City, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a 2014 Flight School Fellow (Pittsburgh Center for the Arts/Pittsburgh Filmmakers) and a 2012 graduate of Carnegie Mellon University where she received her degree in electronic time-based media and anthropology. Mallis recently completed an artist residency at The Silent Barn in Brooklyn, NY funded by an Artist Opportunity Grant through the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. She works out of Magic Organs Studio located at BOOM Concepts where she is the Creative Director. Additionally, she directs a youth cycling program at Bike Pittsburgh for under-resourced youth.

Berit Nowicki
BHA 2005 Psychology and Drama, with a minor in Spanish
MA 2010 Psychology and Performance Studies, New York University

Founder, The Center for Emotive Agility®
Operations Director, Endurance Fitness 247

Berit NowickiBerit is the founder of The Center for Emotive Agility® which offers professionals, parents, and children tools to develop emotional intelligence skills, manage emotions effectively, and create meaningful relationships. Berit integrates her experience working with theater directors worldwide, her extensive research on emotion, and her work in the fitness industry to develop dynamic Emotive Agility® training programs and workshops. She has delivered trainings at Yale University and Wharton Business School, the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute and Early Childhood Centers of Greater Springfield. A determined entrepreneur, Berit also oversees a personal training business she opened in 2012. She is the operations director at Endurance Fitness, which affords her the flexibility to grow her passion for Emotive Agility® into her primary business. Berit graduated with a BHA degree from Carnegie Mellon in 2005 with concentrations in social psychology and theatrical directing. She earned an interdisciplinary MA degree in psychology and performance studies at New York University in 2010, where she originated the concept of Emotive Agility®.

Juliet Pusateri
BHA 2007 Creative Writing and Art
Assistant Curator of Education, Experiential Learning for Children & Families, Carnegie Museum of Art

Juliet PusateriJuliet Pusateri is an artist and educator who lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA. She received her BHA in creative writing and art from Carnegie Mellon University. Juliet is the Assistant Curator of Education, Experiential Learning for Children & Families at Carnegie Museum of Art. She is a teaching artist and co-author of Art Chat, a collaborative project with Ashley Andrykovitch. Recently, Juliet participated in the 2014 Pittsburgh Biennial at Pittsburgh Glass Center and SOFA Chicago 2014.

Evan Shimizu

BCSA 2014, Computer Science and Drama
PhD Student and Teaching Assistant, CMU Computer Science

Evan ShimizuEvan is a third year PhD student at Carnegie Mellon University in the Computer Science Department Graphics Lab, advised by Kayvon Fatahalian. His research seeks to build new systems for providing artists and designers with tools for intuitively controlling lighting at scale. His lighting control framework, Lumiverse, has been presented at SXSW. His current project is all about providing better ways to do lighting design by using high-level descriptions to assist with exploring the design space. He received a Bachelor of Computer Science and Arts (Lighting Design) from Carnegie Mellon University in 2014, after spending many late nights in the theater and coding graphics projects.

Gabriela Schmulevich
BHA 2011 Psychology and Art
MA 2014 Art Therapy/Counseling, The George Washington University

Program Therapist, Home Places Residential Program, Pressley Ridge
Art Facilitator, Art Expression, Inc.
Art Therapist, Epilepsy Foundation

Gabriela SchmulevichGabriela graduated from the BHA Program at Carnegie Mellon University in 2011, with concentrations in psychology and art. Passionate about the arts and increasing mental health awareness, she decided to pursue a master’s in art therapy/counseling from The George Washington University. Gabriela returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh upon graduating in 2014 and has since worked with organizations including Pressley Ridge, Art Expression Inc., and the Epilepsy Foundation. With a special interest in mind-body practices, she recently completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Flow and hopes to incorporate both art and yoga into the mental health field.

Connor Sites-Bowen
BHA 2008, Creative Urbanism
Distribution Manager and Inventory Analyst, Global Links

Connor Sites-BowenConnor Sites-Bowen lives, loves, and works in Pittsburgh PA. This city electrifies him, keeps him turned on. He functions on pedestrian density. He thrives on serendipitous meetings. He's a coffee shop sketch artist, a people watcher, a logistician. He's a nights and weekends guy. He has big hopes and complicated thoughts.

He works at Global Links, where he manages their distribution programs and keeps their inventory flowing. Global Links redirects still-useful medical materials away from landfills and towards health initiatives, both locally and internationally, mostly in Latin America.

From 2010 to 2015, he worked at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, where he coordinated their Produce to People program – large-scale produce distributions across the region.

He's moved millions of pounds of food and millions of dollars of medical supplies to people in need. This is his artistic practice.

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