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Friday, September 19, 2014

Calendar Highlights

September 20:

Ligonier Highland Games. 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Idlewild Park, Ligonier, Pa. Alumni Relations invites the university community to Scottish Heritage Festival featuring bagpiping, war re-enactors, sheep herding, Celtic dancing, dog shows and more. CMU alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends are invited to a private pavilion for breakfast, lunch, beverages, and snacks all day.  The cost is $30 per adult. Read more.

CMU Night at the PSO. 7:30 p.m., Heinz Hall. YouTube phenom Valentina Lisitsa returns to display her formidable virtuosity in Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Students, staff, faculty and alumni can purchase tickets at starting at $15!  The price includes admission and a post-concert reception in the Dorothy Porter Simmons Regency Rooms (lower level of Heinz Hall). The reception is being sponsored by the Office of the President.

September 22:

Pittsburgh Connections Fair. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Rangos Ballroom, Cohon University Center. Recreational, cultural and arts organizations from the Pittsburgh area will be on hand to showcase the breadth of activities available to students. Hosted by the Office of Student Activities and First-Year Orientation. Groups attending include:

  • Oakland Forever;    
  • Carnegie Mellon School of Music;
  • Pittsburgh Playhouse;
  • Manchester Craftmen Guild Jazz;
  • Pittsburgh Glass Center;
  • Fort Pitt Museum;
  • Pittsburgh Irish Classic Theatre;
  • Pittsburgh Cultural District; 
  • Quantum Theatre;
  • Chamber Music Pittsburgh;
  • Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau;
  • Moraine Sailing Club;
  • Northeast Paddleboard Company;
  • Salsa Ritmo Dance;
  • Steel City Volleyball League;
  • Venture Outdoors;
  • White Water Adventurers; and
  • Wilderness Voyageurs.

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September 23:

Taste of the Tartans. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Rangos Ballroom, Cohon University Center. Take your taste buds on an international flavor tour as you enjoy free, tasty samples offered by Dining Services. All members of the CMU community are welcome to attend. Taste of the Tartans will give you the chance to sample food from restaurants and vendors from all locations on campus — join us to try something new!

September 24:

Professional Development Workshop — Success Starts With Me: Strategies for Success in Your First Year. 1 to 2:30 p.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright rooms, Cohon University Center. Transitioning to a new role and responsibilities can be a challenge. Understanding expectations, knowing what resources are available and feeling a part of the organization are all very important. This session will provide participants with strategies to navigate a new role, department and institution. Register online.

Beyond Big Data: Cognitive Computing and Analytics, a talk by IBM Fellow and Vice President Brenda Dietrich. 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., Hamburg Hall 1216. Cognitive computing systems learn and interact naturally with people to extend what either humans or machines could do on their own. They help human experts make better decisions by penetrating the complexity of Big Data. This talk will provide an overview of cognitive computing, discuss current applications of it, and explore the role analytics can play in extending cognitive computing beyond the domain of language based reasoning.

September 30:

Professional Development Workshop: Assertive Communication Part One. 9 to 11 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Assertive communication is one of the most effective and diplomatic ways to deliver ideas, thoughts and opinions. This active workshop, Part One of a three-part series, will provide participants with key strategies for communicating assertively while demonstrating respect for others. Register online.

Andy Awards Ceremony. Noon, McConomy Auditorium, Cohon University Center. The Andy Awards, named for Andrew Carnegie and Andrew Mellon, are a tribute to the spirit of teamwork and dedication embodied by the staff at Carnegie Mellon. Individual staff members and teams of colleagues whose work has had a significant impact on the university are recognized for their outstanding performance and commitment to excellence through the Andy Awards program. Awards are given in six categories: Commitment to Students, Community Contributions, Culture, Dedication, Innovation and University Citizenship. A light reception in Rangos Hall will follow the ceremony. For more information and to see this year's nominees, visit

October 2:

New Hire Orientation. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Connan 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 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.

October 3:

LaunchCMU, a technology startup and research showcase. 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Rangos Ballroom, Cohon University Center. Come see emerging technologies, products and services, including ones from the Olympus PROBES, Swartz Fellows, the Open Field Entrepreneurs Fund, Traffic 21/UTC, Quality of Life Technology Center, Innovation Works and the Disruptive Health Technology Institute. The day will include demos and poster sessions, and showcase talks from William "Red" Whittaker and Howard Choset, and from representatives from Anki, 4Moms and Blue Belt Technologies. Learn more.

October 6:

"Learning Language the Meandering Way: Three Instances To Ponder," a talk by Stanford University's Shirley Brice Heath. 4:30 p.m., Porter Hall 100. Heath will explore how since numerous aspects of life impose order, "meandering" or "mucking about" is typically discouraged. She will draw on recent neuroscience research that shows that is not necessarily the case, especially for those learning languages. Heath will explain those instances and make the case for "meandered learning" across the life span, from seven months to 70 years old.  Learn more.

October 7:

Professional Development Workshop — Starting at the Beginning: Creating Good Research Questions. 9 - 11 a.m., Wright Room, Cohon University Center. The hardest part of research is getting started. Often we have a general idea of what we want to know, but difficulty getting from there to a set of questions that will guide our exploration. In this session, participants will learn how to take a general idea and shape it into a set of research questions that are specific, manageable, relevant and actionable. This program will discuss the various types of research questions and the methodologies best suited to each type. Offered by the Office of Institutional Research and Analysis. Register online.

October 8:

Professional Development Workshop — Get Up and Go: Self-Motivation. 1:30 -3:30 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. You have the drive to be successful in your role, but even the best of us can fall into a motivational slump. This workshop will provide participants with information on what influences motivation and ways to maintain or improve motivation. Feeling a little sluggish? Come and get motivated! Register online.

October 9:

Cohon University Center (CUC) Expansion Celebration. 11 a.m., CUC Turnaround Tent. A New Name … Now a New Beginning. Join student performers and members of the campus community to celebrate the coming of 62,000 square feet of additional space to the CUC. The building project will feature new fitness and group exercise facilities, a multipurpose studio theater for student performance groups and a stunning new university presence along Forbes Avenue.  Come celebrate the CUC Expansion and be part of a new start!

"Phonograph Music: Composers and the Early Era of Reproduction," a lecture by The New Yorker's Alex Ross. 7 p.m., McConomy Auditorium. Ross has been contributing to The New Yorker since 1993. He writes about classical music and has also contributed essays on pop music, literature, 20th-century history and gay life. His first book won a National Book Critics Circle Award and the Guardian First Book Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. In 2008, he was named a MacArthur Fellow. He also has received an Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Belmont Prize in Germany.

October 10:

The John and Mary Lou Lehoczky Lecture Series in the Humanities and Social Sciences presents former Supreme Court Justice David Souter. 1-2 p.m., McConomy Auditorium, Cohon University Center. Souter's talk is titled "The Heart of the Matter: The Humanities and Social Sciences for a Vibrant, Competitive, and Secure Nation."

October 14:

Professional Development Workshop: Assertive Communication Part One. 9 - 11 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Assertive communication is one of the most effective and diplomatic ways to deliver ideas, thoughts and opinions. This active workshop, part one of a three-part series, will provide participants with key strategies for communicating assertively while demonstrating respect for others. Register online.

October 16:

Professional Development Workshop: Supervising for Optimal Performance. 9 - 11 a.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright rooms, Cohon University Center. Ever wonder why someone doesn't respond to direction or fully meet position responsibilities? Puzzled how some staff members seem to "get it" while others don't make the connection? Have star performers that need to be recognized and appreciated? This session will focus on performance management-setting expectations and providing clear direction, problem solving in supervision, maximizing performance and providing appropriate recognition and support. Register online.

October 22:

Professional Development Workshop — Get Up and Go: Motivating Others. 9 - 11 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. This workshop will examine the ways to energize a group as members work toward a common goal. Identifying group motivational strategies and the ways to direct a group's motivation, participants will gain an improved understanding of how to engage and inspire others. Register online.

October 23:

Professional Development Workshop — Do That Again: Documenting Work Processes to Ensure Continuity and Success. 1 - 3 p.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright rooms, Cohon University Center. Through the course of your work, you and your colleagues engage in numerous tasks and processes. Recording and analyzing these procedures can be instrumental in successfully repeating efficient processes and improving inefficient ones. In this workshop, participants will identify the benefits of documenting tasks and processes and develop strategies to thoroughly record the steps necessary for continuity and continued success. Register online.

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