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Thursday, November 10, 2011

News Briefs

Tepper School Part-Time MBA Program Ranks Third in the Nation

The Tepper School of Business’ part-time MBA program was ranked #3 nationally and #1 in the Mid-Atlantic region by Bloomberg BusinessWeek last week. The Tepper School’s national ranking is up four spots from the previous ranking in 2009 and up 21 spots from its #24 ranking in 2007.  In individual component scores, the school ranked #2 in student satisfaction — up one spot from 2009 — and #12 in academic quality — up from #42 previously. For the second time in a row, the Tepper School also earned straight “As” for teaching quality (A), caliber of classmates (A+), and curriculum (A+).

"From the Top" Taping Scheduled for Feb. 14

This past weekend, the School of Music hosted auditions for "From The Top with Christopher O'Riley," the popular NPR show that features talented pre-college musicians. "From The Top" is coming to Pittsburgh on Feb. 14 for a live taping of the program. Thirty-four Pittsburgh area young classical musicians between the ages of 8 and 18, including about 15 from the School of Music's Preparatory School, auditioned. Tickets for the 8 p.m., Feb. 14 taping at the Carnegie Music Hall will be available beginning at 9 a.m., Monday, Dec. 5. See the School of Music website for ticket information.

PSO Offers Discounts to "Honeck and a Waltz Tradition"

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is offering a discount to CMU students, staff and faculty for its upcoming concert "Honeck and a Waltz Tradition" at 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 25 and 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 27. PSO Music Director Manfred Honeck and internationally acclaimed pianist Leif Ove Andsnes will move you with Beethoven's dazzling "Piano Concerto No. 1." Honeck also continues the Thanksgiving tradition of waltzes by the Strauss family. Order tickets online at http://culturaldistrict.org/ and use promo code "CMUSTUDENT."

Bookstore Streamlines Textbook Adoption Process

The Carnegie Mellon Bookstore has a new streamlined textbook adoption process for this year at http://cmu.verbacollect.com/session/selfassign. For a brief tutorial visit vimeo.com/verba/review/29697633/09a101d693. For assistance, contact Matt Senvisky 412-268-2967 or msenvisk@andrew.cmu.edu or Chris Coleman at 412-268-1033 or ccoleman@andrew.cmu.edu.

Ten Thousand Villages Supports The CMU Children's School

Shop at Ten Thousand Villages in Squirrel Hill from 6 - 8 p.m., Nov. 17 and a percentage of your purchase will be donated to a scholarship fund for The CMU Children's School. The Children's School is an early childhood laboratory school and offers morning and afternoon preschool and full-day kindergarten programs for children ages 3 to 6. Ten Thousand Villages, located at 5824 Forbes Ave., is a fair trade retailer of artisan-crafted home decor, personal accessories and gift items from across the globe.

Great American Smokeout Planned for Today, Nov. 17

Smokers across the country use today, Nov. 17, as the date to make a plan to quit or to quit smoking. To support the effort, University Health Servies will host a free quit smoking group at CMU. All CMU community members are welcome to join. The eight-week program will run Mondays from noon to 1 p.m. from Nov. 14 through Jan. 16 (no meetings on Dec. 26 or Jan. 2). To register, email Kelley Shell at kshell@andrew.cmu.edu.

United Way Campaign Update

Carnegie Mellon's 2011 United Way Campaign, which runs through Dec. 16, has more than $72,738 in pledges as of Nov. 9, and the need has never been greater. Through July of this year, calls to Southwestern Pennsylvania's United Way 211 HelpLine have increased by 79 percent for folks who lack insurance and are seeking healthcare, by 100 percent for those seeking food stamps and by 450 percent for those seeking mortgage assistance. If you have no yet had a chance to donate, you can do so online at http://www.cmu.edu/hr/unitedway.

Review Online Directory

Human Resources reminds faculty and staff to review their department and individual information in the Faculty/Staff online directory (http://www.cmu.edu/hr/directory/index.html). Changes/edits can be made throughout the year. Quick search tip: When searching individuals (https://directory.andrew.cmu.edu/services/people/search) you may use an * as a wild card to search for a partial name. Contact Darlene Scalese with directory questions at dscalese@andrew.cmu.edu.

Are You a Notary Public?

Human Resources is updating notary public information listed in the online Faculty/Staff Directory. If you are a notary public and willing to provide notary public services free of charge to employees and students for official university business, and would like to be included in the directory, please send email to Darlene Scalese at dscalese@andrew.cmu.edu and include your name, department, location and phone number.