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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Calendar Highlights

August 20-28:

First-year Orientation. Orientation is designed to make the transition to CMU easier for all first-year and transfer students. Orientation is a mandatory weeklong program organized by the Office of Orientation and First Year Programs and current Carnegie Mellon students to introduce incoming students to each other, the campus, academic life and the local community. Over 250 current students will welcome new students to campus and will work hard throughout Orientation to make sure it’s a memorable week and a great introduction to life at Carnegie Mellon. Learn more.

August 25:

First-Year Convocation. Baker Hall Tent. The Class of 2020 is formally welcomed to the academic community. Speakers include President Subra Suresh, Provost and Chief Academic Officer Farnam Jahanian, Student Body President Vaasavi Unnava, head orientation counselor David Ott and this year's keynote speaker, Associate Professor of History Scott Sandage.

August 26:

MSIT eBusiness Technology Practicum Competition. 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., 7500 Wean Hall. Competition between 10 eBiz teams with 10 business sponsors and their projects. Three industry judges will choose the winner! It's an all-day event, so come in and out at any time throughout the day! It's a great way to see what both startup companies and large companies are planning! Learn more.

August 27:

Craig Street Crawl. 3 - 5 p.m., Craig Street between Forbes and Winthrop. To celebrate the new academic year, join the block party and explore CMU’s nearest off-campus restaurants and shops. The party will include live music and dancing, balloon artists, food samples, air brush tattoos, photos with CMU’s Scotty Dog mascot and free giveaways. The event is for the entire CMU community, undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, friends and families.

August 29:

First day of classes for the 2016 fall semester. See the official calendar.

August 31:

Tribute to Fred Gilman. 4:30 - 6 p.m., Social Room, third floor, Mellon Institute. Please join President Subra Suresh and Provost Farnam Jahanian to recognize and thank Fred Gilman for his leadership as dean of the Mellon College of Science. RSVP by Wednesday, Aug. 24. Contact University Events with questions at

September 1:

New Hire Orientation. 12 - 4 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon 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 formally welcome new staff members to the university. New employees are encouraged to attend within their first thirty days of employment to obtain useful information about the institution, resources, services and employee benefits. Register online.

September 2:

Annual Volunteer Fair.  11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Rangos Ballroom, Cohon Center. All staff, faculty and students are invited to the PACE Volunteer Fair. Talk with representatives from more than 50 local nonprofits about one-time and ongoing volunteer and advocacy opportunities at their organizations. Partners are also welcome to attend.  Agencies represented work to address a wide variety of social issues including senior services, children and youth programming, hunger and homelessness, environmental preservation, animal support and much more. Questions can be directed to the Office of Student Leadership, Involvement and Civic Engagement (SLICE) at 412-268-8704.

Cohon Center Welcome Celebration.  Join members of the CMU community for a full day of free events, activities, music and food specials in the Cohon Center. The day will include free Group X classes, a basketball tournament, music performances in the new Skibo Café and the Studio Theater, a film in McConomy Auditorium, and more! Find out more on Facebook.

September 13:

Off the Fence: Discussion About the U.S. Prison System. 6 p.m., Hamburg Hall. $5 per person, free for CMU students. Join the Pittsburgh Alumni Network for an important, timely and provocative discussion with triple CMU alumnus Daniel Nagin, the Teresa and H. John Heinz III University Professor of Public Policy and Statistics and a 2016 Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award honoree. Nagin will describe fundamental reforms of the American criminal justice system that are required to reduce prison populations and increase citizen trust and confidence in the police and the criminal justice system without sacrificing public safety. Register online.

September 24:

14th Annual Highland Games. 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Idlewild Park, Pavilion D-1, Rt. 30, Ligonier, Pa. Join your fellow CMU Tartans for a traditional Scottish Heritage Festival, complete with performers and attendees in full, colorful, Tartan Scottish outfits, in a scenic country setting. This signature event is part of Globally Plaid where alumni around the world welcome the Class of 2016 and relocated alumni to the area. The CMU Campus Community is invited to attend! The experience includes a hot Celtic and American breakfast, a hot Celtic lunch buffet, and snacks and beverages (both Scottish and American) all day long. Learn more and register online.

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