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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Calendar Highlights

April 20-22:

Spring Carnival. See the full schedule, and the top five featured events.

April 20:

Staff Council Ice Cream Social. 2-3:30 p.m., Merson Courtyard, Cohon Center.  Get the scoop! Staff Council invites all CMU staff members to an Ice Cream Social. Stop by to meet your representatives, learn what Staff Council can do for you, and enjoy Dave & Andy's Ice Cream. No registration required.

Olympus Spring Carnival Show & Tell 21. 4:30 - 6 p.m., McConomy Auditorium; reception follows in the Connan Room, Cohon University Center. The program will include a Focus on Research with professors Andreas Pfenning and Adam Feinberg; a Focus on Startups and Spinoffs with Ph.D. alumni Tonia Simakova and Sanna Gaspard and Ph.D. candiate Amber Lucas; Meet the Students with Austin Webb, John Choi, Kerolos Mikaeil and Justin Weinberg; and Olympus Connects with Viola Gauci, program lead at X, and "A peek inside the Moonshot Factory. Free but registration is required. Find out more and register.

April 21:

CMU Alumni Association All-Campus Lunch. 12 - 2 p.m., Merson Courtyard, Cohon Center.  Join the Alumni Association and Sustainable Earth as we celebrate campus sustainability at a complimentary lunch open to the entire CMU community. No registration required. NOTE: Sustainable Earth welcomes everyone to the grassy area near the Alumni Association Tent from 2-4 p.m. for lawn games and giveaways.

The Information Networking Institute presents Valerie Plame: An Ex-CIA Operative’s Take on Cyber Warfare. 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., McConomy Auditorium, Cohon Center. Plame was a covert CIA agent until her cover was blown in 2003. Now, she uses her intelligence expertise in matters of national security, including the prevention of nuclear proliferation and cyber attacks. She will discuss the 2003 Plame Affair, her role as a woman in the intelligence field and the implications of cyber warfare in today’s world.​ Registration Required. Find out more.

The Information Networking Institute presents Why Culture Matters: The Challenges & Benefits of Cultivating Inclusion in STEM Fields. 1 - 2:30 p.m., McConomy Auditorium, Cohon Center. This panel will explore the challenges and benefits of cultivating inclusion in STEM fields. With over a decade of work fostering diversity and inclusion at the INI, including the founding of Women@INI in 2005, Dena Haritos Tsamitis is a strong proponent of the belief that culture matters. From increased productivity to innovative problem-solving, research shows that diversity in the workplace has a myriad of benefits. As leaders, we must create awareness and advance best practices to inspire an inclusive culture in the emerging workforce.


  • Moderator: Mike Bruce, chairman and CEO of InScope International, Inc. and INI alumnus (Class of 1995)
  • Dena Haritos Tsamitis, director of the Information Networking Institute (INI), founding director, education, training and outreach, CyLab;
  • Joyce Brocaglia, CEO, Alta Associates and founder, Executive Women's Forum;
  • Uma Gupta, corporate trainer, consultant & professor; and
  • Audrey Russo, president & CEO, Pittsburgh Technology Council

Registration is required. Find out more.

April 24:

Making Hijrah: Understanding the Foreign Fighter Phenomenon with Amarnath Amarasingam, senior research fellow at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue. 4:45 p.m., Margaret Morrison, 103 Breed Hall. Amarasingam's research interests are in radicalization, terrorism, diaspora politics, post-war reconstruction, and the sociology of religion. He is the editor of Sri Lanka: The Struggle for Peace in the Aftermath of War (2016), The Stewart/Colbert Effect: Essays on the Real Impacts of Fake News (2011) and Religion and the New Atheism: A Critical Appraisal (2010). He is also the author of several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, has presented papers at over 80 national and international conferences, and has written for Foreign Affairs, Vice News, Al-Jazeera English, War on the Rocks, The Toronto Star, and The Globe and Mail. Sponsored by the Center for International Relations and Politics.

April 25:

Professional Development Workshop — Listening Skills: The Power of Listening. 9 - 11 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Communication is both sending and receiving messages, but receptive skills like listening and reading non-verbal cues are challenging to assess. This session will help you develop active listening skills and increase your awareness of non-verbal signals. By strengthening these skills, you will be better able to hear and receive what others are saying, and you will be more aware of the messages you are sending others. Register online

A Focus on Family. 12 - 1 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Join Staff Council in an open forum to discuss a porposal to implement a Staff Parental Leave policy. Attendance is open to the entire CMU community. No RSVP needed.

Racism is Real Spring 2017 Lecture —  Reimagining the University: A New Paradigm for Social Justice by Ajay Nair, senior vice president and dean of Campus Life at Emory University. 4:30 p.m., Hamburg Hall A301. Nair will explore how higher education can lead courageously on issues of social justice.  Nair says higher education leaders and administrators must replace the current paradigm of multiculturalism with a new approach, polyculturalism. Today’s activists and other students are growing up in a wonderfully diverse, polycultural global society that increasingly acknowledges and embraces our individual “multidimensionality” as complex beings with many identities. In doing so, polyculturalism opens the doors to what today’s student activists demand — greater inclusion, collaboration, transparency and accountability. 

April 26:

*CANCELED* Coping with Compassion Stress. 2 - 3 p.m., Rangos 1, Cohon University Center. There is a certain type of person who not only accepts the challenges of working in a high stress emotional environment but also excels despite the demands. Whether they are working with individuals who are experiencing trauma, grief, loss, illness or other stressful concerns, the people whose role it is to help others in distress are often perceived as dedicated, hardworking, selfless and compassionate. Nevertheless, it is often those whose mission it is to help others who may be at increased risk of neglecting their own self-care. This training will raise awareness of the need to maintain appropriate self-care despite the demands of work and/or the pressures of home life. The course will offer specific tips to encourage self-care in order to maintain a high level of functioning both personally and professionally. This program is offered by Guidance Resources, the CMU employee assistance provider.

April 27:

Celebration of Education. 4:30 p.m., Rangos 1 & 2, Cohon University Center. The Celebration of Education recognizes the accomplishments of those who exemplify the university's standards of excellence in education. This event celebrates CMU's distinguished faculty members and educators for their outstanding contributions to the university and their devotion to, and effectiveness in, teaching. It consists of six main awards: the Doherty Award, Ryan Award, Academic Advising Award, Barbara Lazarus Award, Gelfand Award and the Teaching Innovation Award. In addition, the most recent Wimmer Faculty Fellows and recipients of the College Teaching Awards, Graduate Student Teaching Award and Graduate Student Service Award are also recognized. Find out more.

Professional Development Workshop: Information Architecture for the Web. 9:30-11 a.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. Perfect for information architecture beginners, this workshop is designed to give you tips and guidelines for developing a working content structure for your website.

You will learn:

  • Content structure and flow theory
  • Content outlines and sitemaps
  • Common mistakes
  • Best practices

Though the principles and tools discussed in this workshop will help you with any website you create, we will be focused on the new design templates for the university’s content management system (CMS). You are welcome to bring your computer to this session, but it’s not required.
Light breakfast fare will be offered. Register online.

May 2:

Professional Development Workshop: Going Phishing! Don't Take the Bait. 9 - 11 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Falling victim to a phishing scam is nothing to be ashamed of. This workshop will address information security topics relevant to our campus community. What is phishing? How can I avoid falling for the bait? And what should I do if I did click that link? These are just a few of the questions that this workshop will answer. Register online.

May 3:

Out of the Shadows: A Colored Solidarity. 4:30 - 6 p.m., McConomy Auditorium, Cohon Center. An original work of Bharatanatyam, an Indian classical dance form, this performance tells the story of a prominent Indian feminist and anti-colonial activist, Kamaladevi Chattopadhyaya, as she confronts racism in Louisiana in 1940. A powerfully moving work of dance that blends forgotten history with original music, poetry and motion, Out of the Shadows will be performed by renowned dancer and choreographer Anjal Chande. Free and open to the public.

Professional Development Workshop: Leadership Connection. 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Are you a leader in the Carnegie Mellon community? If you are committed to your leadership development, this workshop is for you. This workshop will explore competencies associated with leadership and provide you with opportunities to assess your competencies and create a strategic leadership development plan. You will also identify several leadership development resources and establish metrics to monitor your growth. Register online.

May 5:

Making Education Relevant for Students: The Case of Uruguay​ by Claudia Brovetto, director of Plan Ceibal en Inglés. 4:30 p.m., Steinberg Auditorium, Baker Hall A53. The aim of this talk is to present an innovative large-scale action research in the field of education in Uruguay. Since 2014 a group of Uruguayan schools are part of an international movement called “New Pedagogies for Deep Learning” (NPDL), together with schools in other six countries. The schools that are part of NPDL form a global network that can be seen as a "living lab" to test, implement and improve innovative pedagogical practices. NPDL is based on four central ideas: connection between school content and real life problems relevant for students; development of cross curricular competences crucial for students’ lives in the 21st century; promotion of new learning partnerships among teachers, students and families; and the critical role of technology as an accelerator of learning. Sponsored by the Modern Languages Department, Carolyn Rose Language Technologies Institute and Human Computer Interaction, and the University Lecture Series.

May 9:

Professional Development Workshop — The Power of Feedback: Creating a Feedback Loop. 9 to 11 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Feedback is a powerful tool for innovation, growth and collaboration. In this workshop, you will explore your organization’s feedback culture, including your group’s readiness to give and receive feedback. In this session, you will develop strategies to provide targeted feedback and to encourage a feedback loop within your organization. Register online.

Ready to Retire! 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. You've been saving for retirement all these years, and now the time has finally come. You are ready to retire, but where do you start? Once you have made the decision to stop working, there are still many more decisions to make. This session is intended for faculty and staff considering retirement within the next 5 years. Topics include an overview of Medicare (presented by a Licensed Highmark Medicare Agent), a review of Carnegie Mellon’s retiree medical plan eligibility and offerings and an overview on how to access your Carnegie Mellon retirement savings. This program is offered by the HR Benefits Office. Register online.

May 11:

Profeessional Development Workshop — Process Documentation: Put Your Plans to Work. 9 to 11 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Process documents are only as good as what you do with them. You could simply file them away, never to see them again. Or you could use them to cross-train, find improvements or delegate the process. In this workshop, we will explore how to utilize your process documents as a vital tool to the success of your role or department. Register online.

Professional Development Workshop — Roundtable: New Supervisors. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright Room, Cohon University 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.

May 18:

An Overview of Digital Accessibility. 1 to 2:30 p.m., Rangos 1, Cohon University Center. May 18 is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) access/inclusion and people with different disabilities. Ensuring that digital resources meet the accessibility needs of our faculty, staff, students and friends of the university is a shared responsibility. Websites, online lectures, videos, software purchases and electronic documents are all examples of digital resources that need to be accessible. If you are responsible for the selection or creation of digital resources that will be used by others, then this session is for you. In this program, members of the Digital Accessibility subcommittee of the university's Universal Access Committee cover the legal requirements, campus resources and other resources for ensuring access to individuals with disabilities. This program is offered by the Digital Accessibility Subcommittee of the Universal Access Committee. Register online.

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