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Thursday, April 11, 2013

News Briefs

Seeking Your Input on Professional Development Opportunities

Human Resources' Learning and Development will be introducing new programs and resources for staff starting this fall and is gathering input through an online survey. The Office of Institutional Research and Analysis recently e-mailed an invitation to all Pittsburgh campus staff with a link to the survey to gather preferences for professional development opportunities. All staff who did not participate will receive a reminder email with a new survey link early next week.
 
A summary report of the results will be posted on the Human Resources website this summer.

Meet Candidate for Dean of University Libraries

The Dean of University Libraries Search Committee is hosting candidate Keith Webster at 9 a.m., Friday, April 12 in the Grand Room of the Tepper School building. The entire campus community is invited to meet the candidate and attend his public presentation. Following the presentation, there will be time for questions and informal interaction. 

We encourage attendance at these forums and participation by faculty, students and staff members in this important process. Candidate evaluation forms will be available at the public presentations. If you have any questions or are interested in reviewing copies of the candidates’ CVs, please contact Edna Jackson (edna@cmu.edu), director of the Provost’s Office.

Sorrells Library To Close for Renovations, May 15 - Aug. 10

Immediately following final exams this spring, the Sorrells Engineering & Science Library in Wean Hall will close temporarily for major renovations. Significant reconfiguration and improved lighting will create a more welcoming environment. Informal group study and quiet study areas will be added throughout the library. Plans to minimize the disruption of the three-month closure are being publicized directly to Sorrells Library constituencies. Please contact Head of Science Libraries Matt Marsteller at matthewm@andrew.cmu.edu or 412-268-7212 if you have questions or concerns.

Vera Bradley Sale To Benefit Pittsburgh Women's Shelter

Alpha Chi Omega will host its annual Vera Bradley Sale from 2:30-6 p.m., Monday, April 22 in Danforth Lounge, University Center. Fifteen percent of every purchase will be donated to the Pittsburgh Women's Shelter. The sale is co-sponsored by Alpha Chi Omega and the Cheeks Boutique in Shadyside.

FMS Now Activating Cooling Systems

With the approach of warmer temperatures, FMS personnel have started to activate the campus cooling systems. Academic and administrative buildings have started to switch to cooling modes and all systems should be up and running by Wednesday, May 1. The Scott Hall project has impact on the cooling capacity for main campus. Due to design, once Warner Hall's heating system is activated the air conditioning cannot be turned back on. FMS will check the extended forecast before making that transition. For more information, contact Kyle Tomer at 412-268-6332 or kt2n@andrew.cmu.edu.

Roberts Road To Close April 29 Through October 2015

To best coordinate construction on site, Roberts Road will be closed April 29 through the duration of the Scott Hall Project (October 2015) from the FMS pedestrian bridge to the top of the drive near Scaife Hall.  For more information and project updates, see the Scott Hall Construction website at http://www.cmu.edu/cdfd/NBET/current-progress.html.

Staff Council Committee Changes Name To Better Reflect Mission

The Staff Council Grievance Committee has changed its name to the Relations and Grievance Advisory Committee to better reflect its mission and vision for CMU staff. The committee, comprised of Staff Council representatives, serves staff by providing information and resources to help staff achieve an engaging, rewarding and supportive work experience and a successful work-life balance. The committee strives to help all employees by fostering an ethical and respectful environment for all members of the university community. The committee provides information about the grievance process, supportive listening, non-judgmental feedback and referrals to university resources. For more, go to http://www.cmu.edu/staff-council/committees/relations_grievance_advisory/index.html.

MPD Program Celebrates 10th Anniversary Friday

The Masters in Product Development (MPD) program will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a special symposium on Friday, April 12 at the Singleton Room in Roberts Hall. Highlighted by the award-winning Integrated Product Development course (IPD), MPD has inspired courses, programs and businesses nationally and internationally through books, workshops and presentations. For more information and to register for the symposium, go to http://www.cmu.edu/mpd/innovating/index.html.

Student Activities To Present Student Organization Awards

For the first time, the Office of Student Activities will be presenting Student Organization Awards to recognize student organizations, officers/members and advisers at Carnegie Mellon. The awards will be presented at 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 8 in the University Center’s Danforth Lounge. Awards will be presented in the following categories:

  • Outstanding Student Organization
  • Outstanding Student Organization Program
  • Outstanding Student Organization Leader
  • Outstanding Student Organization Adviser

For award descriptions and how to submit a nomination, visit: www.cmu.edu/studentactivities/info/soar/index.html.

Group Swimming Lessons Begin

Carnegie Mellon’s fitness program is offering adult group swimming sessions for beginners to learn to swim and for experienced swimmers to improve their stroke.  Sessions will be held this month.

Stroke improvement sessions will be held from 6:30 – 7 p.m., April 17 and 24. Learn to swim sessions will be held April 16, 23 and 30. For more information, contact Pattye Stragar at pls@andrew.cmu.edu.

Tartans Host Fun Field Day for Kids, Sunday, April 14

Carnegie Mellon’s Athletic Department will host its third annual Field Day from 12 to 3 p.m., Sunday, April 14 in Skibo Gym and Gesling Stadium. Children between the ages of 6 and 12 are invited to come, participate and have fun doing football, soccer, basketball and track drills with CMU student-athletes. T-shirts and lunch will be provided. You must register by March 29 to receive a T-shirt. For more details and to register, contact Liam McGrath at 610-389-1534 or liamhmcgrath@gmail.com.