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Friday, October 31, 2014

Calendar Highlights

November 3:

Master of Arts Management Speakers Series presents Michael Mael. Noon - 1:20 p.m., Hamburg Hall 1001. Faced with long-term economic challenges, the Baltimore Symphony (BSO) and the Washington National Opera (WNO) took very different approaches. What can we learn from the BSO’s decision to open a new concert hall in the Washington, D.C., suburbs and the WNO’s to affiliate with the Kennedy Center? How does each help address the overriding issue of bringing new audiences into the hall to ensure a stable future? And, what are the unique organizational challenges posed by each approach? Michael Mael started the BSO at Strathmore and led the affiliation of WNO into the Kennedy Center and will lead the discussion.

November 4:

Professional Development Workshop — Asking Good Questions: The Methodology of Good Survey Design. 9 - 11 a.m., Wright Room, Cohon University Center. When we want to collect data, we often think about creating a survey. The ease of using online software programs allows us to type in questions and create an attractive instrument without thinking about methodology and design. Surveys developed without order, structure and direction are unlikely to provide good evidence for your research questions. In this session, participants will learn how to develop survey instruments and consider issues such as item wording, item formats to avoid and response alternatives, in addition to learning how to tell good items from bad items. Offered by the Office of Institutional Research and Analysis. Register online.

Professional Development Workshop: Creating an Exceptional Customer Experience. 1 - 3 p.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright rooms, Cohon University Center. Have you ever experienced customer service so great you had to tell someone about it? Do you create that experience for everyone who interacts with you?  Customer service is much more than simply resolving the customer's request and being friendly. It is also about creating a memorable experience for the customer.  In this interactive workshop, you will learn to identify your customers and connect with them in order to identify their needs, solve their problems and provide an exceptional customer experience. Register online.

November 5:

Benefits and Fitness Fair. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Rangos Ballroon, Cohon University Center. The fair will feature flu shots, free health screenings, giveaways, raffles, free massages, and over 75 vendors, including benefit plan providers, fitness and nutrition experts, and representatives from CMU's fitness and wellness programs. For more information, visit

University Libraries presents a talk by Martin Paul Eve. 11 a.m. - Noon, Posner Center. Eve is the author of the forthcoming book "Open Access and The Humanities: Contexts, Controversies and the Future" (Cambridge University Press, Nov. 2014). Learn more about Eve.

November 6:

New Hire Orientation. 12:30 - 4:30 p.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright rooms, Cohon University Center.
Are you new to the university? Do you have a new staff member within your organization? The New Hire Orientation program is designed to welcome new staff members formally to the university. New employees are encouraged to attend within their first 30 days of employment to obtain useful information about the institution, resources, services and employee benefits. Register online.

November 7:

Carl Sagan Fest 2014, Featuring James Croft and Kunal Ghosh. 5- 7 p.m., Doherty Hall 2315. CMU's Humanist League presents a campus-wide celebration of science and human values to commemorate the life and work of scientist and humanist Carl Sagan. Apple pies, pizza and drinks will be served, and two exciting and engaging speakers will give talks. James Croft, a leader in training at the Ethical Society of St. Louis, will speak on Sagan's scientific spirituality. Kunal Ghosh, teaching professor of physics at CMU, will give a talk titled "Looking Through Windows of Wonderment," a discussion of the nature of scientific pursuit as a humanity effort. RSVP on Facebook at

November 8:

Dietrich College Undergraduate Colloquium. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Giant Eagle/Steinberg Auditorium, Baker Hall. The DUC is a unique opportunity for undergraduates with a major or minor in Dietrich College to present their projects, creative work, and research in a formal, but low stakes setting. Attendance at the DUC is open to any individual from Carnegie Mellon desiring to see 15 minute presentations or poster presentations of the thoughtful and original work by DC students. See the list of presenters and the titles fo their work. Learn more.

November 11:

3rd Bennett-McWilliams Lecture. 4:30 p.m., Rashid Auditorium, 4401 Hillman Center. Neta Bahcall, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Astrophysics at Princeton University, will speak on "Lighting Up the Dark: Where is the Dark Matter?" How is dark matter distributed in the universe?  How does it relate to the distribution of light, stars and baryons?  These questions are examined using gravitational lensing and other recent observations that trace the distribution of mass in the universe from small to large scales and reveal the connection between the dark and bright side of the universe.

November 12:

W.L. Mellon Speaker Series presents Erroll B. Davis (E'65). 12:30 - 1:20 p.m., Mellon Auditorium, Tepper School. Davis is a former chairman of CMU's Board of Trustees, former superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools and former CEO and chairman of the board of Alliant Energy. The series brings CEOs and executives together with Tepper School students for discussions regarding leadership, world affairs and business strategies.

November 13:

Professional Development Workshop: Enhancing Your Decision-Making Habits. 1 - 3 p.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright rooms, Cohon University Center. You make numerous decisions every day; some require a split-second decision, while others require a more in-depth assessment. Are you looking for ways to improve your decision-making process? In this workshop, you will examine what variables can impact a decision and when you should use a formal decision-making process. You will identify tools you can use to improve your decision-making effectiveness. Register online.

Carol Brown Lecture Series presents Mary Helen Washington, professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park.  4:30 - 5:45 p.m., Giant Eagle Auditorium, Baker Hall A51. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Washington has studied, taught and written about African-American literature since she was appointed director of Black Studies at the University of Detroit in 1975. In addition to the University of Detroit, she has taught at St. John College of Cleveland, Harvard Divinity School, Wellesley College, Mills College and the University of Massachusetts-Boston. She is the author and editor of numerous works including: "Black Eyed Susans: Classic Stories By and About Black Women," "Midnight Birds: Stories of Contemporary Black Women Writers," "Memory of Kin: Stories About Family by Black Writers," and most recently "The Other Blacklist: The African American Literary and Cultural Left of the 1950s."

November 14:

Professional Development Workshop: You've Gathered Data from SDW (the Student Data Warehouse), Now How do you Make Sense of It? 2 - 4 p.m., Connan room, Cohon University Center. In this session, participants will learn how to understand, clean, and analyze their data in a meaningful way. We will use Excel as the basic analytical tool in this session, but the underlying analytical thought process can be used with many tools. Offered by the Office of Institutional Research and Analysis. Register online.

Encountering the Unseen: Artist-actualized Lectures on Contemporary Topics in Microbiology. 8 p.m., Botany Lecture Hall, Phipps Conservatory. School of Art MFA candidates Isla Hansen (MFA'15) and Tucker Marder (MFA'16) are hosting an evening of short lectures under the broad topic of microbiology. A small group of professors connected to schools in the Pittsburgh area, and a few local experts, will to speak for about 10 minutes each. Isla, Tucker and their collaborators will provide visual performances to accompany each lecturer’s talk — physical manifestations of their ideas and of natural phenomena. The goal of this work is to replace the standard projected powerpoint or slide presentation with live theater and kinetic sculpture activated by artists and puppeteers in order to bring microorganisms to life on a much larger scale.

November 15:

Young Adult Writing Workshop. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Danforth Lounge, CUC. Local author Caroline Carlson hosts a writing workshop titled "Blueprints for Enchantment: Constructing a Magical World for Your Fantasy Novel."  Advanced registration is required for the workshop. Register online.

Young Adult Author Lecture Series presents award-winning author Nalo Hopkinson. 2 - 3 p.m., McConomy Auditorium, CUC. Hopkinson will give a talk titled "Keeping it (Un)Real." She is a recipient of the Warner Aspect First Novel Award, the Ontario Arts Council Foundation Award for Emerging Writers, the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, the Locus Award for Best New Writer, the World Fantasy Award, the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic (twice), the Aurora Award, the Gaylactic Spectrum Award, and the 2014 Andre Norton Award for Best Young Adult Fiction of the Year. Following the talk will be a book signing in the adjacent Connan Room. Books for the signing can be purchased in the CMU bookstore or brought from home. Learn more about the lecture series.

November 17:

Town Hall Meeting: CMU's New Strategic Plan. 4:30 - 6 p.m., Posner Center. The global university community is invited to attend this town hall meeting to participate in creating a new strategic plan that will guide Carnegie Mellon's growth as a global university over the next five to 10 years. The planning process provides an invaluable opportunity for all members of the university to take stock of what makes CMU exceptional and to ask hard questions about where the university can and should do better. Your input is essential to ensure the plan represents the rich diversity of knowledge and thought at CMU. The meeting will be webcast live and viewers will be able to submit questions and comments during the event. The event will be archived on the strategic planning website,, which will be updated regularly with the latest information available on the planning process.

November 18:

Professional Development Workshop — Project Planning: Create a Winning Plan. 9 - 11 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. So you are tasked with completing a project — where do you start? How do you set a timeline? How will you measure your progress? In this workshop, we will examine techniques to find answers to fundamental project-planning questions. You will learn to identify the various elements of a project plan and develop an action plan to foster the success of the project. Whether you have one project or many, this session will introduce project-planning strategies that will support you in your work. Register online.

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