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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Calendar Highlights

March 5:

Professional Development Workshop: New Hire Orientation. 9 a.m. to 1 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. To register, send email to

Professional Development Workshop: Workday to Oracle—Oracle Users. 12 to 2 p.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright, Cohon University Center. An important relationship exists between Workday and the Oracle financial system. Understanding this relationship is important to maintaining accurate data in both Workday and Oracle. During this session, individuals who routinely work in Oracle will receive in-depth training on how actions in Workday can and will impact activities and reporting in Oracle. To register, send email to

March 6:

Professional Development Workshop: Workday Department Initiator Roundtable Discussion. 9 to 10:30 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. 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. To register, send email to

March 10:

Professional Development Workshop: Workday 24. 9 to 11:30 a.m., Near & Far Clusters, Hunt Library (Basement Level). One important aspect of the Workday software-as-a-service product is the bi-annual updates. Each year in March and September Workday will add new functionality, improve the user interface, and correct major issues. This month Workday version 24 will be launched. During this session, individuals in the Department Initiator, Activity Pay Manager, Academic Initiator, Cost Center Manager and Timekeeper roles will learn about and receive updates to training on Workday24. To register, send email to

Professional Development Workshop: Workday First and Second Level Approver Roundtable Discussion. 1 to 3 p.m., Connank Room, Cohon University Center.  Wait! Before you select that approve button … what goes through your mind? This session is designed for First and Second Level Approvers in Workday to discuss their Workday experience, provide feedback on business processes, and share discoveries with other approvers. All First and Second Level Approvers are invited to attend and join in the conversation. To register, send email to

March 12:

On-site TIAA-CREF/Vanguard Joint Presentations. McConomy Auditorium, 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 lineup 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.

March 16:

Strategic Plan Town Hall Meeting. 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., Posner Center. John Lehoczky, interim executive vice president, Fred Gilman, dean of the Mellon College of Science, and Amy Burkert, vice provost for education, will lead a discussion focused on diversity initiatives at CMU for inclusion in the university strategic plan. Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend to provide thoughts on how CMU should approach the many issues of diversity pertaining to recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities and women, as well as promoting diversity of thought in both curricular and metacurricular activities. The town hall meeting will be webcast live at If you cannot attend and would like to submit feedback, please send your comments via email to

March 18:

The Physics Department presents its 2015 Buhl Lecture, featuring Larry Abbott, the William Bloor Professor in Neuroscience, Physiology & Cellular Biophysics, and Biological Sciences at Columbia University. 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., Mellon Institute Auditorium. Abbott's talk is titled "Learning to Predict: Studies of Neural Circuits in Fish and Flies." Abbott will discuss recent advances in the understanding of two neural circuits that make predictions — one that allows flies to infer the implications of odor stimuli and the other, in an electric fish, that predicts the consequences of motor actions. Understanding such circuitry is critical to ongoing worldwide research efforts aimed at understanding how the brain computes.

March 19:

Opening Reception for Elements, Hunt Institute's Spring Exhibition. 5-7 p.m., 5th floor, Hunt Library. This exhibition features drawings and watercolors of bird nests and photographs of transitional landscapes inspired by the relationship of the nest to time, place, music and architecture. The featured artists are Sue Abramson, Wendy Brockman, David Morrison and Kate Nessler. Beginning at 5:30 p.m. each of the four artists will introduce their work in the exhibition. The exhibition runs through June 30, 2015. Learn more.

Effective Communication in a Global Enviroment. 5-6 p.m., Giant Eagle Auditorium, Baker Hall A51. Interacting in “global” settings can lead to misunderstandings due to language and cultural differences. This workshop, sponsored by the Global Communication Center, raises awareness about how these miscommunications happen, and offers techniques to avoid them. Pizza will be provided.

March 25:

Strategic Planning Town Hall Meeting. 4:30 - 6 p.m., Posner Center.  Focus area leaders will present updates on the strategic planning process. This event will be streamed live on and a recording will be available for viewing. Questions and comments can be sent before, during or after the event to

March 26:

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.

April 14:

Strategic Planning Town Hall Meeting. 4:30 - 5:30 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 and a recording will be available for viewing. Questions and comments can be sent before, during or after the event to


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