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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Calendar Highlights

December 1:

Professional Development Workshop — Spreading the Word: Presenting the Results and Writing the Report. 9 - 11 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. In this session, participants will learn the difference between data, results, and findings, and the focus will be on ways in which to "tell the story" rather than simply present discrete results. Participants will also discuss best practices for presenting in report format, PowerPoint format, and spoken format and will provide specific Do's and Don't's for creating tables and graphs. Offered by the Office of Institutional Research and Analysis. Register online.

December 2:

Professional Development Workshop: Learning Management System. 9 - 10:30 a.m., Rangos 3, Cohon University Center. Want to take your professional development to the next level? This session will provide an overview of the learning management system being launched this fall. Whether you are registering for a workshop or wanting to gain information on a particular topic, this session will walk you through some of the exciting new resources that will be available to staff.  Register online.

December 3:

"Is College Education a Good Investment?" 4:30 - 6 p.m., Porter Hall 100. Richard Ohmann, the Benjamin Waite Professor of English, Emeritus, at Wesleyan University, will look critically at the beliefs that college graduates earn substantially more on average than people in the same cohort who did not go to college; most young people choosing to continue their educations beyond high school will be rewarded with a "college premium" and with advantages of various kinds that are related to pay but not just monetary; and that the more college graduates we have, the better the U.S. economy will fare. Ohmann is a founding father of the American strand of literary and cultural studies, a pioneer in the study of the discipline of English, an influential voice in the academic profession, and the author of several books. A reception will follow his talk, which is sponsored by the Carnegie Mellon Humanities Center, the Department of English and the University Lecture Series.

Town Hall Meeting: Heinz College (Hamburg Hall) Expansion Project. 5-6:30 p.m., Rashid Auditorium. Members of the university community are invited to a town hall meeting to get an update on the project. Representatives from the design team, GBBN, and the construction manager, Mascaro, will address construction logistics, disruption mitigation plans, schedules, coordination and communication. Hosted by The Heinz College and Campus Design and Facility Development. For an overview of the project, read the story in the November Piper.

Incarceration in the US: Some Difficult Dilemmas – A Discussion with Al Blumstein. 6 - 8 p.m., Raj Reddy Conference Room, 4405 Hillman Center. Members of the university community are invited to attend this provocative presentation and discussion led by University Professor Al Blumstein and presented by the Pittsburgh Alumni Network. Blumstein will share his most recent research, "Incarceration in the US: Some Difficult Dilemmas." A renowned criminologist for more than 40 years, Blumstein was awarded the prestigious Stockholm Prize for Criminology in 2007, which is considered the "Nobel Prize of Criminology." He is often quoted in national publications based on his research in crime trends, criminal careers, sentencing, deterrence and incapacitation, prison populations, demographic trends, juvenile violence and drug-enforcement policy. He is a University Professor of Urban Systems and Operations Research and is the former dean of CMU's Heinz College. $5 per person, includes refreshments. Advance registration is appreciated.

December 4:

"Dance of the Furies: Why What We Think About 1914 Is Wrong." 4:30 p.m., Giant Eagle Auditorium, Baker Hall. Carnegie Mellon's 2014 Kim and Eric Giler Lecture in the Humanities features Michael Neiberg, an historian and alumnus of CMU's doctorate program in history. He is the author, co-author or editor of over 15 books on war, its relationship to the state, and its impact upon society. "Dance of the Furies: Europe and the Outbreak of War, 1914" (Harvard University Press, 2011) was recently named one of the five best books on World War I ever written by the Wall Street Journal.

December 9:

CMU Staff and Community Holiday Blood Drive. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Rangos 2, Cohon University Center. To schedule an appointment visit and use the the group code CU040004 or contact Debra James Bailey at or John Papinchak at 412-268-7404 or Walk-ins also are welcome.

December 10:

Professional Development Workshop: Business Effectiveness Primer. 9 - 11 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Do you feel like you could be more effective or efficient at work? In this primer session, we will explore the necessary skills to improve work processes. Through assessments and activities, you will identify your work process strengths and areas where you can improve. From this session, you can register for the business effectiveness sessions that best meet your needs or interests. Register online.

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