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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Calendar Highlights

March 26:

Master of Arts Management Discussion: Community Development and the Arts. Noon - 1:20 p.m., Hamburg Hall 1502. Laura Zabel, executive director of Springboard for the Arts, will lead an engaging lunch-time talk, titled "Work with what you have: Using the nonprofit model to create change." Amidst trends of social entrepreneurship, earned income, and new business models, nonprofit organizations sometimes get a bad rap for being slow, outdated or irrelevant. How do we use this existing and powerful tool to make meaningful change in the arts sector and in our community? Join Zabel for this exploration of the next-generation non-profit and the role of future arts leaders. Learn more.

McGinnis Venture Competition Finals. 1 – 4:35 p.m., Peter/Wright/McKenna rooms, Cohon University Center. Watch the 11 finalists compete in the final live round. The McGinnis Venture Competition brings together Carnegie Mellon's best and brightest student entrepreneurs to compete for $60,000 in investments. All participants receive crucial interaction with alumni entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, an opportunity to raise capital and valuable feedback on their ventures. Learn more about the competition.

March 27:

Professional Development Workshop: Workday Timekeeper/Time Approver Roundtable Discussion. 9 to 10:30 a.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright rooms, Cohon University Center. Everyone wants to get paid. As a Time Approver and Timekeeper, you make that happen. During this session, participants will have the opportunity to share their Workday experience, provide feedback on the business processes and learn from one another. All Timekeepers and Time Approvers are invited to attend this roundtable and join in the conversation. Register online.

March 28:

2nd Annual Women and Biking Forum, presented by the Graduate Student Assembly and the CMU Bike Advisory Committee. 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Porter Hall 100. Whether you are interested in learning the basics of bike mechanics, discussing the realities of biking as women, biking with kids, talking about biking with friends or coworkers, or becoming a stronger advocate for safe cycling, there will be a workshop for you! In addition to workshop and discussion opportunities, inspiring keynote speakers will be sharing their stories with you. This year's forum will provide many tools that empower women to share their voices and advocate for themselves. The Women and Biking Forum is open to women and trans-identifed members of the CMU and Pittsburgh community. Admission is $10 - $20. Learn more.

March 30:

The Center for the Arts in Society presents "Neither Here Nor There" with artist Rita Duffy from Northern Ireland. 4:30 - 6 p.m., Porter Hall 100. Duffy's work has evolved out of a Belfast context heavily inscribed by the visual components of social, political and national affiliations where meaning is not neutral. Northernness is a recurring theme. Not just the physical and psychological reality of the North of Ireland, but the very sense of “Northernness” both as an interior wilderness and a place at the edge of imagination. She moves between the private world of her studio practice and public projects that engage within a community context. Learn more.

March 31:

Professional Development Workshop — Time to Plan: Time Management for Administrative Professionals. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. As an administrative professional, you handle incoming requests, juggle multiple schedules, and find solutions to problems, all while completing your routine tasks. The dynamics of an administrative staff position require a distinct and intentional approach to prioritizing and managing tasks. Through the activities and conversations in this workshop, you will learn new tools, develop new strategies, and share your practical techniques for prioritizing tasks and planning your time. Register online.

April 1:

The School of Design's How Do You Design the Future Lecture Series. 5 - 6:30 p.m., Carnegie Museum of Art. Cheryl Dahle, founder and executive director of Future of Fish, a nonprofit systems change incubator that works with entrepreneurs, industry and investors to create business solutions to address ocean challenges, will give a lecture titled "Designing for Systems Change: The Role of Embedded Allies in Battling Complex, 'Wicked' Problems.'" A journalist and entrepreneur who has worked at the intersection of business and social transformation for more than a decade, Dahle spent 15 years reporting on social entrepreneurship and business for publications including Fast Company, The New York Times and CIO Magazine.

April 3:

Professional Development Workshop: Administrative Professional Roundtable Discussion. 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Class of 1987, Cohon University Center. Administrative staff members support many of the essential functions of the university. This roundtable will provide staff members serving as administrative professionals (executive assistants, administrative coordinators, administrative assistants, etc.) with the opportunity to meet one another, share best practices, and discuss aspects relevant to the demands of their positions. Register online.

On-site TIAA-CREF/Vanguard Joint Presentations, McConomy, Cohon University Center. Choose from three available meeting times: 9 to 10 a.m., 12 to 1 p.m., or 3 to 4 p.m. Presenters from both TIAA-CREF and Vanguard will provide information and answer questions on the fund line-up changes to the investments offered under the Faculty and Staff Retirement Plan and CMU 401(k) Plan and the merger of the CMU TDA Plan into the Faculty and Staff Plan. In addition, presenters will be available between meetings to answer additional questions. Offered by the Human Resources Benefits Office.

April 7:

New Hire Orientation, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Rangos 2, 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.

April 8:

Professional Development Workshop: Leading Change … What’s a Leader to Do? 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Training Room 1201, Software Engineering Institute. Seventy percent of change efforts fail. Why is that? What role does a leader play in the change process? During this session participants will examine change theory and the role of the leader. Participants will examine change efforts that have succeeded and those that have failed, gaining valuable insight on key decisions and actions a leader may take when facilitating change within his or her organization. Register online.

April 9:

Professional Development Workshop: Enhancing Your Decision-Making Habits, Part Two. 1 to 3 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Do you sometimes procrastinate when making a decision because you do not know where to start or what information is necessary for the decision? Then join us as we explore strategies and techniques to improve your decision-making process. In this interactive workshop, you will build on the concepts shared in the Enhancing Your Decision-Making Habits Part One workshop. You will have an opportunity to apply your decision-making process, share tips with one another, and learn new tools to improve your decision-making habits. Register online.

April 10:

Professional Development Workshop: Workday Department Initiator Roundtable. 9 to 11 a.m., Rachel Mellon Walton Room, Tepper School. Having trouble with a particular part of Workday? Made a great discovery on a Workday functionality you would like to share? Interested in learning about how the implementation of Workday is going thus far? Willing to share ideas, problem-solve and give feedback on the Workday system? All Department Initiators are invited to attend this roundtable and join in the conversation. Register online.

April 14:

Strategic Planning Town Hall Meeting. 12:30 - 2 p.m., Posner Center.  International Studies will be the focus of this strategic planning town hall session led by Jimmy Hsia, vice provost for International Programs and Strategy. This event will be streamed live on http://www.cmu.edu/strategic-plan/ and a recording will be available for viewing. Questions and comments can be sent before, during or after the event to strategic-plan@andrew.cmu.edu.

April 16:

Project Olympus Show & Tell. Join Project Olympus and the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship for a stimulating program full of exciting talent and ideas, showcasing university research, innovations, companies and connections. A reception will follow in the Connan Room. Admission is free, but registration is requested. Learn more.

April 16-18:

Spring Carnival. Carnegie Mellon's Spring Carnival is three days of amusement park rides, adventures in booths, snacks and buggy races. Join us April 16-18 as we celebrate 101 years of fun, laughter, and being a Tartan! Learn more.

April 20:

Professional Development Workshop — Master the Juggling Act: Tools for Managing Multiple Administrative Projects. 1 to 3 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. As an administrative professional, you are constantly managing multiple projects. The success of each project depends on the strategies and tools you use to plan, organize and track them. In this session, participants will share their strategies to manage projects, as well as learn new tools and strategies to help plan, monitor and guide your projects to success. Register online.

On-site TIAA-CREF/Vanguard Joint Presentations. Rangos 2, Cohon University Center. Choose from three available meeting times: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., or 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Presenters from both TIAA-CREF and Vanguard will provide information and answer questions on the fund line-up changes to the investments offered under the Faculty and Staff Retirement Plan and CMU 401(k) Plan and the merger of the CMU TDA Plan into the Faculty and Staff Plan. In addition, presenters will be available between meetings to answer additional questions. Offered by the Human Resources Benefits Office.

April 21:

Professional Development Workship — Efficiency Matters: Administrative Strategies that Work. 1 to 3 p.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright rooms, Cohon University Center. Being successful in an administrative staff role is a result of many factors. Having the right skills, knowledge, and commitment is critical. What are the best ways to manage the phone calls, emails, and directions from your supervisor AND get your work completed? This session will explore administrative strategies that can assist you in managing these everyday challenges. Workshop participants will also have the opportunity to share their proven tips and learn from one another. Register online.

Pittsburgh Alumni Network's "Off the Fence" Speakers Series. 6:30 p.m., IdeATe Lab, Studio A, first floor, Hunt Library. Cost is $5, free for students. Philosophy Professor Robert Cavalier will lead an interesting and provocative discussion about Cuba and its evolving political and social state. Read his op-ed in the Post-Gazette. Register for the talk online.

April 23:

Professional Development Workshop: Maximizing Your Performance Review Process. 9 to 11 a.m., Rachel Mellon Walton Room, Tepper School. It is that time of the year again — time for you to dust off the performance review document and get ready for the performance review process. Whether you are new to facilitating performance reviews or have been completing them for years, this workshop will provide strategies on how you can maximize the effectiveness of your review process, have the conversations you need to have and set the table for a productive new year. Register online.

April 24:

Staff Council presents an Open Forum with the President. Noon - 1 p.m., Rangos 2 & 3, Cohon University Center. Join members of the university community as CMU President Subra Suresh provides an update on the state of the university and answers questions from the audience. Staff members are invited to submit their questions in advance by sending those to staff-council@andrew.cmu.edu by 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 23. Attendance at this Staff Council sponsored event is restricted to members of the university community only. For more information about Staff Council and Staff Council events, visit www.cmu.edu/staff-council.

April 29:

Professional Development Workshop: Workday Manager Roundtable Discussion. 1 to 3 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Are you using Workday to your greatest advantage? As a manager, do you understand the tasks you complete and the information you can access? Do you have a question or some feedback about Workday? This session is designed for managers within the Workday system. In this session you will be asked to share your insights about Workday, provide feedback on business processes and gather ideas from other managers. All managers within the Workday system are invited to attend and join in the discussion. Register online.

April 30:

Adamson Student Writing Awards Ceremony. 7 p.m., Giant Eagle Auditorium, Baker Hall. Tracy K. Smith, who won a 2012 Pulitzer Prize for her book of poetry “Life on Mars” and an Academy of American Poets Fellowship in 2014, will be the keynote speaker. Smith, a creative writing professor at Princeton University, also has authored two other award-winning poetry books, “Duende” and “The Body’s Question." Sponsored by the Department of English, the annual writing awards urge undergraduate students to pursue excellence in writing in the categories of non-fiction, fiction, poetry, screenwriting and plays. Learn more.


 

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