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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Calendar Highlights

January 29:

Marathan/Half Marathon 101, a talk by certified coach and personal trainer Matt Imhof. Noon - 1 p.m., McKenna Room, Cohon University Center. Are you a new runner who has always dreamed of running a half or full marathon? Or are you an experienced marathoner looking to run a PR?  Either way, success at this distance begins with planning ahead.  It's not all about the miles. This workshop will help you understand what it takes to be successful. Topics covered will include:

  • Planning ahead;
  • Mindset for success ;
  • Building a support system;
  • Training plans;
  • Mileage progression;
  • Diet, Nutrition and Supplementation; and
  • Footwear and apparel.

Latin America, the Unnoticed Giant South of the Border, a lecture by Luis Ball, CMU trustee and president of Allegheny Medical Systems LLC. 4:30 p.m., Porter Hall. American perception of Latin America has been heavily influenced by the 400 year rivalry between England and Spain. Popular views on the region and its history, and even scholarly writing, start with pre-conceived ideas based on myths and not reality. This lecture will cover the true history of the region in the context of U.S. history and the important aspects for understanding the region today, the colonial laws regarding native tribes and peoples, the Catholic Church and the wars of independence. Ball also will discuss the developments in the post colonial period that shaped Latin America today and its attitudes vis-a-vis the U.S. Additionally, he'll discuss the revolutions and dictatorships, the economic underdevelopment and Latin America today.

February 2:

The Humanities Center presents A Panel on Music and Politics. 4:30 - 6 p.m., Giant Eagle Auditorium, Baker Hall A51. Historically, most people probably regarded music as having little to do with politics, since music is not representational. Yet there have long been connections drawn between the two, and, more recently, popular music and musicians have been understood as making significant contributions on controversial issues. This panel will examine connections between music and politics at different times and in different places. Panelists will offer brief opening statements, to be followed by discussion, including audience members. Panelists will include:

  • Leonard Cassuto, Professor of English, Fordham University;
  • David Shumway, Professor of English and Literary and Cultural Studies, Carnegie Mellon;
  • Charles Lwanga, Ugandan ethnomusicologist, music composer/theorist, specialist in African music and dance; and
  • Scott Sandage, Professor of History, Carnegie Mellon.

February 3:

Staff and the Srategic Plan. Noon - 1 p.m., McConomy Auditorium. Staff Council invites staff members to attend a Town Hall meeting about the Strategic Plan. The meeting will focus on staff and their relationship to the Strategic Plan, and is an opportunity for staff to ask questions and provide input. The first 10-15 minutes will review the process and timeline of the Strategic Plan, followed by about 45 minutes for questions from staff. The meeting will be led by Director for Strategic Initiatives Rick Siger, Vice President for Campus Affairs Michael Murphy, Dean of the Dietrich College Richard Scheines, Vice President for Research Farnam Jahanian, and Interim Executive Vice President John Lehoczky. For more on the Strategic Plan, visit http://www.cmu.edu/strategic-plan/.

Facutly and the Strategic Plan. 4:30 - 6 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center.  Faculty Senate invites faculty to attend this Town Hall meeting about the Strategic Plan. The meeting will focus on faculty and their relationship to the Strategic Plan, and is an opportunity for faculty to ask questions and provide input. The first 10-15 minutes will review the process and timeline of the Strategic Plan, followed by about 45 minutes for questions. The meeting will be led by Director for Strategic Initiatives Rick Siger, Vice President for Campus Affairs Michael Murphy, Dean of the Dietrich College Richard Scheines, Vice President for Research Farnam Jahanian, and Interim Executive Vice President John Lehoczky. For more on the Strategic Plan, visit http://www.cmu.edu/strategic-plan/.

February 9:

3rd Annual Energy Careers Symposium. 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Rangos Ballroom, Cohon University Center. Organized by the engineering students of the Energy Science, Technology & Policy master's degree program, the symposium will bring together the next generation of engineers, scientists and policymakers with current energy industry leaders. The panel discussion will consider future energy technology and business landscapes, and their impact on future careers in energy. Following the formal program there will be an extended opportunity for students to network and learn from energy industry representatives. Register by Feb. 4.  Learn more about the EST&P program.

February 10:

Professional Development Workshop: Enhancing Your Decision-Making Habits. 1-3 p.m., Peter/Wright Room, 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. To register, send email to professionaldevelopment@andrew.cmu.edu.

February 11:

I Just Can't Say No: Why Women Struggle in the Workplace, a Carnegie Mellon Women's Association (CMWA) Event. Noon - 1 p.m., Cooper Auditorium, Tepper School. Discuss the challenges of women in the workplace, why saying “no” seems to be harder than it should be, and strategies for being more assertive with a distinguished panel of CMU faculty, including:

  • Linda Babcock, the James M. Walton Professor of Economics, Heinz School of Public Policy & Management and Social & Decision Sciences Department;
  • Brenda Peyser, Associate Dean and Adjunct Faculty, Heinz School of Public Policy & Management; and
  • Laurie Weingart, Senior Associate Dean and Carnegie Bosch Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory, Tepper School of Business.

Admission is $10, which includes a light lunch. Open to CMWA members only. CMWA members may RSVP here: http://tinyurl.com/nozonj3. Not a member of the CMWA? Become one today and bring your dues to the event (along with the admission fee); see www.cmu.edu/cmwa/Membership.

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