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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Calendar Highlights

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.

October 24:

Book Reading and Signing. Noon, University Bookstore. English Professor Jim Daniels will read excerpts from his latest book "Eight Mile High," in which, through 14 short stories, he connects characters by specific places, such as the fictitious Eight Mile High School and the always-open restaurant, the Clock. The white working-class Detroit community defines the individuals and never leaves them — even those who leave town — as they navigate work and love, change and loss, as best as they can. Also reading will be English Professor Andreea Deciu Ritivoi. In her new book "Intimate Strangers in American Political Discourse," she analyzes foreigners' perspectives on American politics — and the critical challenges they face. Using four respected intellectual exiles as examples — Hannah Arendt, Herbert Marcuse, Alexander Solzhenitsyn and Edward Said — Ritivoi explores the benefits of their "stranger ethos" in order to improve political systems and societal problems.

Celebration of Haiti Gala. 5-6:30 p.m., Danforth Lounge, Cohon University Center. CMU in Haiti is hosting a night of Haitian music, artwork and a live auction. The event will launch CMU in Haiti's second year on campus and in the greater Pittsburgh community.  CMU in Haiti is a student organization whose goal is to provide support for on-the-ground, humanitarian efforts and to assist in the enduring effort of rebuilding Haiti through advocacy, service trips, and collaboration with Haitian grassroots organizations and their leaders. CMU in Haiti aims to strengthen the existing links between Haiti and Carnegie Mellon, including the broader Pittsburgh community, and to celebrate a global and cultural exchange by focusing on issues of development, infrastructure, education and health.

October 27:

Making Money: Cryptocurrencies, Technologies of Trust and a Decentralized Future. 4:30 - 6 p.m., Porter Hall 100. The Center for the Arts in Society presents Finn Brunton, a scholar of the relationships between society, culture and information technology. He focuses on the adoption, adaptation, modification and misuse of digital media and hardware; privacy, information security and encryption; network subcultures; hardware literacy; and obsolete and experimental media platforms. He is the author of "Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet" (MIT 2013), the forthcoming "Obfuscation: A User’s Guide" (co-authored with Helen Nissenbaum, MIT 2015), and numerous articles and talks. Brunton received a master's degree from the European Graduate School (Saas-Fee, Switzerland) and a Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen’s Centre for Modern Thought. Prior to his NYU appointment, he was an assistant professor of information at the University of Michigan’s School of Information.

October 28:

Benefits Open Forum. Noon - 1 p.m., McConomy Auditorium, Cohon University Center. Carnegie Mellon Staff Council presents its annual Benefits Open Forum. Join members of the Human Resources Benefits Office as they review upcoming changes to staff benefit plans and answer your questions. Open to all staff members not represented by a bargaining unit.

October 29:

Staff and Community Blood Drive. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Rangos 2, CUC. To make an appointment, visit and use group code CU040004 or contact Debra James Bailey at or John Papinchak at 412-268-7404 or

Film Screening. "Not Finished Yet: Hazelwood’s Perseverance in the Face of Food Scarcity." 4 - 6:30 p.m., Kresge Theater. "Not Finished Yet" is a film by Center of Life presented by Carnegie Mellon's Entertainment Technology Center.  After the film, there will be a panel discussion moderated by Ken Regal, executive director of Just Harvest, followed by a light reception. Seating is limited. RSVP to or 412-268-2012.

Open Access Week Panel Discussion: The Challenge of Openness and Transparency in Scholarly Communication. 4:30-6 p.m., 6115 Gates Hillman Center. Panelists are:

Moderated by Dean of Libraries Keith Webster, the discussion is co-hosted by Carnegie Mellon University Libraries and the Pitt Library System. The event will be webcast live via Silverlight.

November 3:

Master of Arts Management Speakers Series presents Michael Mael. Noon - 1:20 p.m., Hamburg Hall 1001. Faced with long-term economic challenges, the Baltimore Symphony (BSO) and the Washington National Opera (WNO) took very different approaches. What can we learn from the BSO’s decision to open a new concert hall in the Washington, D.C., suburbs and the WNO’s to affiliate with the Kennedy Center? How does each help address the overriding issue of bringing new audiences into the hall to ensure a stable future? And, what are the unique organizational challenges posed by each approach? Michael Mael started the BSO at Strathmore and led the affiliation of WNO into the Kennedy Center and will lead the discussion.

November 4:

Professional Development Workshop — Asking Good Questions: The Methodology of Good Survey Design. 9 - 11 a.m., Wright Room, Cohon University Center. When we want to collect data, we often think about creating a survey. The ease of using online software programs allows us to type in questions and create an attractive instrument without thinking about methodology and design. Surveys developed without order, structure and direction are unlikely to provide good evidence for your research questions. In this session, participants will learn how to develop survey instruments and consider issues such as item wording, item formats to avoid and response alternatives, in addition to learning how to tell good items from bad items. Offered by the Office of Institutional Research and Analysis. Register online.

Professional Development Workshop: Creating an Exceptional Customer Experience. 1 - 3 p.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright rooms, Cohon University Center. Have you ever experienced customer service so great you had to tell someone about it? Do you create that experience for everyone who interacts with you?  Customer service is much more than simply resolving the customer's request and being friendly. It is also about creating a memorable experience for the customer.  In this interactive workshop, you will learn to identify your customers and connect with them in order to identify their needs, solve their problems and provide an exceptional customer experience. Register online.

November 5:

Benefits and Fitness Fair. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Rangos Ballroon, Cohon University Center. The fair will feature flu shots, free health screenings, giveaways, raffles, free massages, and over 75 vendors, including benefit plan providers, fitness and nutrition experts, and representatives from CMU's fitness and wellness programs. For more information, visit

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