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Friday, October 21, 2016

Calendar Highlights

October 21:

Mental Health First-Aid Training. 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Mental Health First-Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding of their impact and overviews common supports. This 8-hour course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care. The program also teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illnesses, like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Mental Health First-Aid is included on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices. This program is offered by University Health Services. Register online.

October 24:

Giler Lecture: Gary J. Gates on LGBT Research. 4:30 - 6 p.m., Porter Hall 100. Gary Gates, a Heinz College alumnus and winner of the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award in 2008, is a recognized expert on geography and demography, and will present recent research on patterns and trends in the demographics of LGBT couples and families. Gates will also examine the challenges of this research. Sponsored by Giler Lecture Series, University Lecture Series, Alumni Association, Residential Education, and the Office of the Assistant Vice Provost for Graduate Education.

October 25:

JUST CANCELLED! Professional Development Workshop: Let’s Explore Your Culture and Intercultural Awareness. 9 - 11 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Understanding your culture and what drives your behaviors are important components of success in a diverse workplace. In this introductory course, you will focus on understanding your culture by exploring your values, behaviors, assumptions and worldview. These insights will allow you to examine how your culture influences intercultural experiences in your workplace. Register online.

Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship Launch and LaunchCMU: Smart Cities. 3:45 - 6:30 p.m. The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship officially becomes the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship during LaunchCMU, a showcase of entrepreneurship at CMU, featuring cutting-edge research and innovations from students, alumni, faculty and staff. LaunchCMU brings together CMU entrepreneurs with the investment community, regional business leaders and CMU alumni. This semester's LaunchCMU theme is "Smart Cities." Learn more about the Swartz Center. Learn more about LaunchCMU.

October 26:

JUST CANCELLED! Professional Development Workshop —  Success on Purpose: Creating the Foundation for Your Strategic Vision. 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright Room, Cohon University Center. Achieving goals and objectives requires focused and deliberate effort. Establishing clear mission, vision and value statements is a fundamental step to achieving strategic goals. In this workshop, you will discover a framework to write clear mission, vision and value statements and align individual or group efforts to achieve the goals of a strategic plan. Register online.

October 27:

Professional Development Workshop: Listening with Empathy. 9 -  11 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. As Carnegie Mellon is a diverse campus made up of busy people, it can be challenging to notice when miscommunication may be occurring. By stepping back, assessing effective communication practices and identifying strategies to improve communication, you will be more aware of yourself as a communicator, aware of situations when you may be receiving mixed messages, and aware of strategies you can use to navigate meaning with others. Register online.

Racism Is Real Fall Lecture — Microaggressions to Racialized Aggressions: Exploring Racism on College and University Campuses. 4:45 p.m., Porter Hall 100. Racism continues to manifest itself on college and university campuses. Faculty and administrators are often quick to respond to the “old fashioned” forms of racism, but they often struggle with the more covert forms of racism, sometimes called microaggressions. While often unintentional, these microaggressions have tremendous physical, psychological and emotional impact on the people who experience and recognize them. Dr. Gina Garcia from the University of Pittsburgh will discuss her research and offer commentary on the topic. Learn more at the Racism Is Real website.

October 28:

Cybersecurity: Why Is This (Still) So Hard? 1 p.m., Rangos 1 and 2. The Institute for Strategic Analysis, the Center for International Relations and Politics, and the Institute for Software Research present GEN (ret.) Michael V. Hayden, principal, The Chertoff Group; former director, Central Intelligence Agency; former director, National Security Agency; and former principal deputy director of National Intelligence. “The best defense is knowing what your enemies are up to, before they know you know it. For today’s CEOs,” he adds, “there is also the challenge of figuring out who and where your enemies are.

October 29:

Future Tenant presents Blind Tiger: A Prohibition Era Spectacular. 6 - 9 p.m., Future Tenant, 819 Penn Ave., Downtown Pittsburgh. This fall Future Tenant’s biannual fundraiser is recreating the speakeasy experience 90 years after Prohibition. Tickets are $20 at the door or through and inclusive of food and beverages. The art gallery space will be transformed into a life-sized Art Deco exhibition that guests can explore. Live 1920s style music by the renowned Ortner-Roberts Duo will fill the room. Between dancing and enjoying hors d’oeuvres, attendees are encouraged to participate in lively activities including our themed photo booth. The term “speakeasy” is said to have originated near the Pittsburgh area to describe an unlicensed bar in the latter 1800s. During Prohibition, speakeasies were sometimes referred to as “Blind Tigers.” Future Tenant is looking forward to bringing back the Blind Tiger to its birthplace for a new generation to experience. Beverages are provided by Future Tenant’s generous sponsor, Straub Beer. Future Tenant is affiliated with CMU's Masters of Arts Management program.

November 1:

After CMU: Building a Career in Technology. 12:30 p.m., Posner Hall 151, Tepper School. Adam Gross, a 1994 graduate of the Dietrich College, will visit CMU to talk about how he leveraged CMU’s strengths in the humanities, art and technology into a successful career as a tech entrepreneur. Since 2013, Gross has been the CEO of Heroku. Before joining Heroku, he founded Personify and Cloudconnect and worked in marketing and product management leadership roles at Salesforce, GrandCentral and Dropbox. He has also become an active angel investor within the industry, supporting Pantheon, Docker, Streak and MileIQ, among others. Find out more.

November 2:

Benefits & Fitness Fair. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Rangos Ballroom, Cohon University Center. Co-hosted by Human Resources and Athletics, the fair is held annually in conjunction with Open Enrollment. Human Resources staff will be present to answer questions about enrolling in benefits, and Athletics staff will be present to promote and discuss the various health and fitness options available to the campus community. Free health screenings, demos and giveaways also will be available. Learn more

The Humanities Initiative presents is inaugural Carl Sagan Award to Steven Pinker, the Johnstone Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. 5 - 6:30 p.m., McConomy Auditorium. Pinker will share his views on "The Past, Present, and Future of Violence."

November 3:

Capacity Building for Accessibility. 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Gates Center 6115. CMU faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to a capacity-building workshop focused on computing and disability/accessibility (sponsored by AccessComputing) with keynote speaker Richard Ladner. This free workshop will address current and future resources for CMU faculty, staff and students with disabilities and showcase some of the research going on at CMU in the disability arena. The workshop also will address mitigating the impact of unconscious bias as it applies to disabilities. Find out more.

New Hire Orientation. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright Room, 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 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.

November 4:

Workday Open Enrollment Workshops. Choose one of six sessions: 9:00 to 9:30 a.m., 9:30 to 10:00 a.m., 10:00 to 10:30 a.m., 10:30 to 11:00 a.m., 11:00 to 11:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Room 5202, Wean Hall. Need help completing the open enrollment process in Workday? Join us for a 30-minute Open Enrollment Workshop, where representatives from Benefits and the CMUWorks Service Center will be on-hand to provide one-on-one assistance to employees as they enroll in benefits through the Workday system. Register online.

November 8:

Professional Development Workshop — Vote Your Conscience: Ethics in the Workplace. 9 - 11 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Do you do the right thing because it is the right thing to do? Are you driven by personal convictions? What is your ethos of care? In this session we will discover the ways in which we can examine ethical situations through the lens of different ethical perspectives and theories. How can incorporating different approaches to ethics improve your decision-making? Come and join this lively discussion on ethics in the workplace. Register online.

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