Thursday, May 24, 2012
Renovations have begun on the first floor of Hunt Library to incorporate a Global Communications Center (GCC) designed to help students enhance their writing, communication design and presentation skills. The center, which will report to the vice provost for Education, will be managed by newly hired faculty members in the English Department.
Other renovations to the first floor will include an improved collaborative workspace for students, additional lounge seating, high tech group study and meeting spaces, and a joint reference/communication center service point.
The print reference collection will be unavailable during construction. Reference librarians are assisting users from a temporary service point at the Hunt circulation desk, and service also continues through phone, email and chat.
The new GCC and reference contact point in Hunt will open this August.
The annual CMU Employee Kennywood Picnic, presented by Staff Council, is Saturday, July 7. Employees can purchase one ticket ($37.99 value) for $10 (valid only on July 7) and four additional tickets for $15 each. Additional tickets (limit 5) can be purchased for $20 each. Tickets must be purchased with cash only and employees must present their own CMU ID. Ticket sales will begin June 26. You can download the Kennywood flyer, which includes the ticket sale dates, times and locations, from the Staff Council website, http://www.cmu.edu/staff-council/. Look for the flyer link in the red box featuring upcoming events.
Staff Council is also offering tickets to Idlewild Park ($22.99) and Sandcastle ($19), which are good for the entire 2012 season. Idlewild and Sandcastle tickets can be purchased with cash only (exact change, please) by contacting Barb Price at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-268-3688.
Skibo Gym will be without power and as a result will be closed Saturday, May 26 through Sunday, June 3 while electrical work is being completed. Fitness and recreation faciltities in the University Center will be open.
The American Cancer Society is looking for at least 300,000 adults in the U.S. who want to make a direct impact in the fight against cancer. The Cancer Prevention Study-3 will pave the way for the next generation of cancer research. Enrollment is being made possible in partnership with West Penn Allegheny Health System where interested and eligible participants can enroll in this lifesaving study. If you're willing to make a 20-30 year commitment to the study, you're between 30 and 65, and you have never been diagnosed with cancer, you may qualify. To enroll, visit www.cancer.org/CPS3 or call 1-888-604-5888. It's a chance to help us understand what causes cancer and how to prevent it, so we can saves lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.
The Department of Athletics will be hosting soccer, basketball, swimming and fitness camps for kids this summer. For information, go to http://www.cmu.edu/athletics/department/camp-clinic.html
This summer, CMU will again play host to Camp Spirit of the Game, Pittsburgh’s Ultimate Frisbee camp for kids. Professionally run by Andy Norman of CMU’s Philosophy Department, Camp Spirit features an introduction to the sport, and a fun assortment of swimming, games and lessons in constructive conflict resolution. For boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 14, Camp Spirit has sessions that run from June 18 to July 27. To sign up or learn more click www.campsog.com or call 412-242-7117.
Nominations for the 2012 Andy Awards are now being accepted. The Andy Awards, named for Andrew Carnegie and Andrew Mellon, are a tribute to the spirit of teamwork and dedication embodied by the staff at Carnegie Mellon. Individual staff members and teams of colleagues whose work has had a significant impact on the university are recognized for their outstanding performance and commitment to excellence through the Andy Awards program. Awards are given in six categories: Dedication, Commitment to Students, Innovation, Culture and University Citizenship, and Community Contributions. All nominations must be submitted by July 10. For more information and for nomination and statement of support forms visit http://www.cmu.edu/andyawards/nomination/index.html.
Carnegie Mellon is co-sponsoring a one day research conference on international research titled “BUILDING BRIDGES: Research Around the World,” June 22 at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel in Pittsburgh. In addition to CMU, co-sponsors include The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) Research Community Forum (RCF), the University of Pittsburgh and the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. The goal of the conference is to raise awareness of diverse global interests and to strengthen collaborations between U.S. investigators and those abroad. The program is quite innovative in the sense that this is the first program in the OHRP RCF series to focus solely on international research. A group of nationally and internationally recognized experts will address the regulatory and ethical underpinnings of conducting research with human subjects in international settings. Read more about the conference at http://www.irb.pitt.edu/2012conf.aspx. Questions can be directed to Teri Reiche in the Office of Research Integrity and Compliance at email@example.com.
Quest Therapeutic Camps, in association with Squirrel Hill Psychological Services, will hold a summer camp at Carnegie Mellon June 25 – Aug. 10. The camp, for children between the ages of 8 and 18 who have some behavioral and social difficulties, includes three hours of group therapy a day and fun activities such as swimming, field trips, sports and crafts. For more information, got to http://www.questcamps.com.