Calendar Highlights-Faculty & Staff News - Carnegie Mellon University

Friday, October 9, 2015

Calendar Highlights

Through Oct. 11:

Cèilidh Weekend. The Carnegie Mellon community gathers at the Pittsburgh campus to celebrate many of the aspects that make CMU a special home for faculty, staff, students and more than 100,000 alumni. See the complete weekend schedule.

October 12:

Scotty Goes Green Office Sustainability Program: Bronze to Silver; Silver to Gold. 2 to 4 p.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright Rooms, Cohon Center. Don’t rest on your Bronze Laurels! The Bronze level actions were easy to carry out, required a low time commitment and no financial investment. Come learn from other Silver Certified Offices how they accomplished 19 of the 25 steps, with simple, low cost actions. The categories for actions include: Participation, Energy, Transportation & Commuting, Kitchen, Events, Recycling, Reducing & Reusing and Purchasing or you can add one or two of your own actions. Go for Gold! Invest and save at the gold level. These actions will help you embed sustainability into the culture of your office. A higher level comes with larger commitments, both in terms of time and effort. But we know you are up to the challenge and rewards! Offered by Environment@CMU. Register online.

Combatants for Peace: Toward a Non-violent Solution to the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict. 4:30 - 6 p.m., Porter Hall 100. CMU Professor of History Laurie Eisenberg will moderate a discussion among Uri Ben Assa, Sulaiman Khatib, Maya Katz and Mohammed Owedah. Combatants for Peace is a group of former Israeli and Palestinian fighters who now embrace nonviolent struggle. They believe that joint action is necessary to break cycles of violence and achieve peace and reconciliation between Palestinians and Israelis. The presentation includes both Israeli and Palestinian men and women who will share their individual experiences as fighters and explain why they see joint non-violent advocacy for a two-state solution as the best means of ensuring peace and justice in the region.

October 13:

Professional Development Workshop: Building Competence — Utilizing Core Competencies as a Foundation for Success. 9 to 11 a.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright Rooms, Cohon Center. The world around us is continually changing. In order to respond to these changes we must examine the work we do and the ways in which we complete our work. Developing core competencies allows us to effectively adapt to our changing world and increasing responsibilities. This session will explore the competency model developed by Professional Development Services and discuss the ways staff members and supervisors might utilize these core competencies to ensure future success. Register online.

Town Hall Meeting on Construction Activities. 4:30 - 6 p.m., Rangos 2, Cohon University Center. In the next several weeks, CMU will begin two significant construction activities along Forbes Avenue related to the Cohon University Center addition and the new Tepper Quadrangle. You are invited to a Town Hall Meeting to learn more about these activities as well as projects that are planned for the near future. Detailed information about these projects can be found by visiting

October 14:

Rick Siger, CMU's director of Strategic Initiatives and Engagement, presents "From Pittsburgh to the White House and Back: My Time in the Obama Administration. 12 - 1:15 p.m., Hamburg Hall 236. Before joining CMU, Siger was chief of staff at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he facilitated policy development and implementation across a broad spectrum of science, technology and innovation issues, including climate change, privacy and cybersecurity, and space. He served on the 2008 Obama-Biden campaign for nearly 18 months as advance director for the Iowa Caucuses, national advance lead and then national trip director for Vice President Joe Biden. Siger is a veteran of political campaigns in Virgina, New Hampshire, Iowa and Pennsylvania. He holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Columbia University.

W.L. Mellon Speaker Series presents Xerox CEO Ursula Burns. 12:30-1:30 p.m., Mellon Auditorium, Posner Hall. During her tenure at Xerox, Burns has helped the company transform from a global leader in document technology to the world’s most diversified business services company serving enterprises and governments of all sizes. Burns regularly appears on Fortune’s and Forbes’ list of the world’s most powerful women, is a board director of the American Express Corporation, Exxon Mobil Corporation and the Ford Foundation, and provides leadership council to several community, educational and nonprofit organizations. In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed her to help lead the White House national program on STEM, and she was appointed chair of the President’s Export Council in 2015 after service as vice chair since 2010. Laurie Weingart, senior associate dean of Education and Carnegie Bosch Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory, will moderate the discussion, which will focus on leadership and business transformation. Sponsored by the Black Business Association, the Business & Technology Club and Tepper Women in Business.

Professional Development Workshop: Oracle Purchase Order Training. 1 to 4:30 p.m., Hearth Room, Whitfield Hall. This hands-on computer class provides detailed instruction on how to create, approve and print a purchase order in the Oracle financial system. Participants will also learn how to create a receipt, do a return, and how to modify an approved purchase order. Throughout the class, there will be a high level of policy and procedure review from the Introduction to Purchasing class. This class is required to be granted access in the Oracle financial system to create purchase orders. Offered By Finance Training and Communications. Register online.

Professional Development Workshop — Managing Transitions: Creating a Roadmap for Success. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon Center. Change and transition are all around us, from campus construction to changes in office protocol. No matter the size and scope, changes in our work environment may require us to discover new resources, understand new expectations and develop new relationships. This workshop is designed to help participants develop strategies and approaches to effectively adapt to job and workplace transitions. Register online.

October 15:

Celebrating Open Access Week: The Open Movement in Higher Education. 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., Hillman Library G=74, University of Pittsburgh. Sheila Corrall, chair of the LIS program at Pitt, will discuss how open approaches have the potential to enhance research, learning and knowledge exchange on a global scale. There are benefits for individuals and institutions that adopt an integrated policy and practice. How can you promote & advance openness? Co-sponsored by CMU & Pitt libraries.

Professional Development Workshop — Raising the Bar: Strategies to Improve Administrative Processes. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon Center. As an administrative professional, effectiveness and efficiency are critical to your success. Do your administrative systems and processes allow you to be at your peak performance? In this workshop, participants will explore techniques to amplify efficient processes and improve inefficient ones. Participants will learn steps to quickly document, and then evaluate, administrative processes to ensure they are operating at their optimal level. Register online.

Professional Development Workshop: Financial Data Warehouse 101. 2 to 4:30 p.m., Hearth Room, Whitfield Hall. This hands-on computer class provides detailed instruction on navigation, common terminology and techniques used in the financial data warehouse. Participants will also learn how to copy, edit, filter and run a query and export the data results to Excel. This class is required to obtain access to the Financial Data Warehouse. Offered by Finance Training and Communications. Register online.

An Evening with Civil Rights Legend and Education Activist Bob Moses. 4:30 - 6 p.m., Porter Hall 100. A central figure in SNCC (the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee), Moses spent years fighting racial inequality in Mississippi. In the early 1980s, he founded the Algebra Project, a nonprofit organization that uses mathematics as an organizing tool to ensure quality public school education for every child in America. Find out more. Sponsored by CAS, the Department of History, CAUSE, the Vice Provost for Education, and

October 16:

CANCELLED! Professional Development Workshop: New Supervisors Roundtable Discussion. 8:30 to 10:00 a.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright Rooms, Cohon Center. Walking into a supervisory role can be challenging. This roundtable will provide new supervisors with the opportunity to discuss their new roles and responsibilities. The discussion will highlight how a new supervisor can gain credibility, establish rapport with supervisees and give as well as receive feedback. Register online.

Green Chemistry Roundtable Series presents a documentary screening and panel discussion. 3-5 p.m., Mellon Institute Social Room (enter on Bellefield Avenue). "The Human Experiment — How We Are Guinea Pigs in Our Exposure to Chemicals," produced by Sean Penn will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Patricia DeMarco, president of DeMarco & Associates, visiting researcher and writer at CMU and senior scholar at Chatham University. Panelists are Judith Focareta of Magee Womens Hospital and Michelle Naccarati-Chapkis of Women for a Healthy Environment, TSCA Reform.

October 21:

Professional Development Workshop: Oracle GL Journal Entry. 1 to 4:30 p.m., Hearth Room, Whitfield Hall. This hands-on computer class provides detailed instruction on how to create, approve and post a journal entry in the Oracle financial system. Participants will also learn how to find journal entries and create reversing journal entries. This class is required to be granted access in the Oracle financial system to create journal entries. Offered by Finance Training and Communications. Register online.

Professional Development Workshop — FocusU: A New Tool for Your Supervisory Toolbox. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Your work as a supervisor can be complex and challenging. Fostering the professional development of your staff may seem too daunting. Our new learning management system can help. In this interactive session, we will explore how FocusU can assist you in managing the professional development of your staff. Register online.

October 22:

Professional Development Workshop: Assertive Communication. 9 to 11 a.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright Rooms, Cohon University Center. Assertive communication is one of the most effective and diplomatic ways to deliver ideas, thoughts and opinions. This active workshop will provide participants with key strategies for communicating assertively while demonstrating respect for others. Register online.

October 23:

Professional Development Workshop: Focus Groups and Interviews. 9 to 11 a.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright Rooms, Cohon University Center. In this session, participants will learn how to conduct focus groups and individual interviews. We will discuss what makes a good focus group question, how to recruit participants, strategies for facilitating discussion, and how to qualitatively analyze the data and report the results. Offered by the Office of Institutional Research and Analysis. Register online.

October 27:

Professional Development Workshop — Tackling Your Complex Decisions: Strategies for the Experienced Decision Maker. 9 to 11 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Difficult decisions can test even the best decision-makers. Developing your decision-making process is the key to navigating opportunities and challenges presented by difficult decisions. In this workshop, participants will explore strategies to tackle complex decisions. Using case studies and participants’ own decisions, you will explore a decision-making model and identify real-life solutions to improve your decision-making process. Register online.

Professional Development Workshop — Workday: Diving Into the Deep End—Understanding the Connections Between Workday and Oracle. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Near and Far Clusters, Hunt Library. Stop! Don’t pull your hair out yet. This session is designed to provide Workday and Oracle users with a detailed exposure to how the two systems work together. Participants will have the opportunity to dive into both Workday and Oracle and identify what works well, what is challenging and how you make sense of it all. Individuals registering for this session should have position responsibilities that include both Workday and Oracle. Register online.

Benefits Open Forum presented by Staff Council. Noon - 1 p.m., Rangos Hall, Cohon University Center. The Human Resources’ Benefits Team will be reviewing upcoming changes to staff benefits plans and answering your questions. Find out more.

October 28:

Professional Development Workshop: Protecting America’s Proprietary Information and Sensitive Technologies in an Age of Globalization. 12 to 1 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Presented by FBI Special Agent Daniel Markley, this session is part of the CMU Office of Research Integrity and Compliance education program titled Responsible Conduct of Research Brown Bag Sessions. The sessions are intended to provide participants with an introduction to the topics typically included in RCR curriculum. The sessions are part lecture and part discussion of case studies. Group discussion is intended to help participants understand the complexity of these issues. Offered by the Office of Research Integrity and Compliance. Register online.

Professional Development Workshop: So You Are New … Communication and Culture at CMU. 1:30 to 3 p.m., Connan Room, University Center. Every organization has its own language. CMU is no different. If you have recently joined the university, you may be experiencing some of the challenges that come with understanding the nuances of your new organization. This workshop will explore the intersection of communication and culture at CMU and provide strategies to help you effectively navigate your role as a new employee. Register online.

October 29:

Professional Development Workshop: Workday Activity Pay Manager Training. 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Near and Far Clusters, Hunt Library. The Activity Pay Manager is the individual who processes all payments outside the day-to-day payroll functionality. This might include awards, adjunct faculty, private instruction and one time payments. Activity pay will also include the charging instructions for these transactions. Individuals serving in the Activity Pay Manager role must complete this training prior to gaining access to these functions in Workday. Register online.

November 4:

Benefits and Fitness Fair. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Rangos Ballroom, Cohon University Center. The Benefits & Fitness Fair, co-hosted by Human Resources and Athletics, is held annually in conjunction with Open Enrollment. Human Resources staff will be present to answer questions about benefit plans, and Athletics staff will be present to promote and discuss the various health and fitness options available to the campus community. You can also:

  • discuss plan offerings with benefit providers;
  • learn more about the services available through HR and Athletics;
  • visit health and fitness vendors for services and demonstrations.

Find out more.


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