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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Calendar Highlights

September 22:

Swartz Entrepreneurial Leadership Series present Susan Gregg Koger. 12:30-1:30 p.m., Cooper Auditorium, Posner Hall. Koger, a Tepper School of Business alumna, is the co-founder and chief creative officer of ModCloth, an online store that offers distinctly feminine and vintage-inspired clothing. Her love of thrift shopping ignited the creation of ModCloth. In 2002, her then-boyfriend and now husband, Eric, who is also an alumnus and a Swartz Fellow, created a website to help her turn her thrifting hobby into a business. After graduating from CMU’s Tepper School in 2006, they made ModCloth their full-time careers. Attendees are welcome to attend a networking reception at ModCloth's pop-up shop in downtown Pittsburgh at 625 Smithfield Street from 5-8 pm. RSVP.

Living on the Internet: In Defense of Niche Markets. 4:30 p.m., Porter Hall 100. Jonathan Rosenbaum, freelance writer and critic and a former film critic for the Chicago Reader, will focus on the impact of digital media on film criticism. Rosenbaum has written for both "Film Comment" and "Cahiers du Cinema," and has published books on Orson Welles and Abbas Kiarostami, as well as multiple volumes of his own criticism and essays. Sponsored by the Humanities Center.

September 23:

Professional Development Workshop: Managing Your Emotions in the Workplace. 9 - 10 a.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright Room, Cohon University Center. Everyone experiences emotions at work. We get frustrated with bosses giving more work when they don’t understand how much work we already have. We get upset with co-workers who don’t do their jobs, so we can’t do ours. We get angry with irate customers who don’t realize we are only trying to help. We worry about an uncertain future. Many people don’t realize they can control how they are feeling; they believe their emotions are a result of an external cause. That just isn’t true. In this workshop, we will share strategies for taking control of your emotions so you can do your job effectively, no matter what comes your way. This program is offered by Guidance Resources, the CMU employee assistance provider. Register online.

CAUSE Annual Fall Reception. 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., Posner Center. The Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy (CAUSE) will provide an update on its activities, welcome new and established members of the campus and Pittsburgh community, and introduce new Postdoctoral Fellow Scot Brown. An Associate Professor of History and African-American Studies at UCLA, Brown is completing a book on popular 1970s bands from the funk and soul music hotbed, Dayton, Ohio. CAUSE also will announce the African-American HistoryMakers Oral History Project gift to CMU. Under executive director Julieanna Richardson, this project includes some 2,700 oral histories with outstanding African-Americans, including Earl Lewis and local Pittsburgh activists and leaders like Sala Udin and entrepreneur Ronald Davenport. The gift is partly a thank you for the role that the CMU's Informedia Digital Video Library and its Entertainment Technology Center played in developing the technology for the program.

September 24:

14th Annual Highland Games. 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Idlewild Park, Pavilion D-1, Rt. 30, Ligonier, Pa. Join your fellow CMU Tartans for a traditional Scottish Heritage Festival, complete with performers and attendees in full, colorful, Tartan Scottish outfits, in a scenic country setting. This signature event is part of Globally Plaid where alumni around the world welcome the Class of 2016 and relocated alumni to the area. The CMU Campus Community is invited to attend! The experience includes a hot Celtic and American breakfast, a hot Celtic lunch buffet, and snacks and beverages (both Scottish and American) all day long. Learn more and register online.

September 26:

School of Design Lecture. "The Hacking Economy" by Gregor May. 5-6:30 p.m., Margarat Morrison Carnegie Hall 103. May is a specialist in media and information services and studied industrial engineering and the history of technology in Berlin. He has been a member of the Premium Cola collective for five years and is responsible for regional sales. Premium Cola is one of Germany's most successful soft drinks companies: it has become successful by challenging most business and economic orthodoxies. It does not advertise, does not aim to maximize profits and limits its annual growth. All employees are stakeholders, choose how much time they spend working, and collectively manage the company through a process of consensual democracy. The company makes agreements with its extensive European network of suppliers and distributors by ‘handshake', rather than by written contracts. May will tell the story of how and why Premium Cola decided 15 years ago to start "hacking the economy" by creating a company that puts ethics and social responsibility at the heart of its business practices.

September 27:

Professional Development Workshop — Success Starts with Me: Strategies for Success in Your First Year of Employment. 9 - 11 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Transitioning to a new role and responsibilities can be a challenge. Understanding expectations, knowing what resources are available and feeling a part of the organization are all very important. This session will provide participants with strategies to navigate a new role, department and institution. Register online.

The 2016 Presidential Race: A Friendly Debate From Opposing Sides. 4:30 - 5:45 p.m., Margaret Morrison 103. The Center for International Relations and Politics presents Republican Barry Jackson, former chief of staff for House Speaker John Boehner and Democrat Tony Podesta, a top Washington lobbyist and political strategist.  Learn more.

September 28:

Just CANCELLED! Professional Development Workshop: Driving Collaboration. 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright Room, Cohon University Center. Collaboration is an important component of working at Carnegie Mellon University. Are you looking for strategies to maximize your collaborative efforts? In this workshop, you will explore strategies for working with others, identify individuals with whom you can collaborate, and develop a collaboration plan in order to leverage your working relationships to achieve your goals. Register online.

September 29:

Professional Development Workshop: Focus Your Writing. 9 - 11 a.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright Room, Cohon University Center. Writing is something we all do on a daily basis, from emails to memos. If you feel as though your writing sometimes lacks focus, this session will help you use techniques to reduce miscommunication and help you feel more confident that your message will be read as intended. You will review strategies for writing and revising that will help your message be more clear and concise. Register online.

The Andy Awards Ceremony. Noon, McConomy Auditorium, Cohon Center. The Andy Awards ceremony recognizes staff members who have demonstrated outstanding dedication and commitment to excellence. Awards are given in five categories: Commitment to Excellence; Commitement to Students; Innovative and Creative Contributions; Spirit; and Teamwork and Collaboration. A reception in Rangos Hall will follow the ceremony. In addition to the Andy Awards, Staff Council will present Staff Service Awards to individuals celebrating 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50 years of service to the university. Learn more.

Drama Queens! 6:30 - 9:30 p.m., Rauh Studio Theater, Purnell Center. The Center for the Arts in Society presents An Evening of Short Performances by Six World-Renowned Performance Artists:

  • Holly Hughes is a writer and performer who launched her thespianic career at NYC’s infamous WOW Cafe.
  • Erin Markey is a New York based performance artist, comedian, writer and composer.
  • Deb Margolin is a playwright, actor and founding member of Split Britches Theater Company.
  • Desiree Burch is a writer, performance artist, actress and comedian currently based in London.
  • Carmelita Tropicana has been performing in New York’s downtown arts scene since the 1980s.
  • Becca Blackwell is a NYC-based trans actor, performer and writer.

Tickets available at the Purnell Box office beginning Monday Sept. 26. Find out more. At noon on Friday, Sept. 30, the artists will participate in a panel discussion led by feminist scholars Jill Dolan and Emily Klein in CFA Room 303.

Film Screening: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra 2016 European Tour. 7 - 8:30 p.m., McConomy Auditorium, Cohon Center. Osher presents this behind-the-scenes look at the PSO's 14-concert tour in Germany, Austria, Belgium and Switzerland. Free, but you must register to attend. To register, send email to Learn more.

September 30:

Neurons to Neighborhoods. 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Hamburg Hall 1000. Carnegie Mellon’s BrainHub will bring together some of the nation’s leading experts in early childhood development with local and state policymakers and practitioners for its first Neurons to Neighborhoods community outreach event. With funding support from The Heinz Endowments, the event is designed to help early care and education providers, government officials and other specialists learn how to effectively understand the latest early brain development research and apply this evidence-based information to their everyday practice and policy-making decisions. Find out more.

BXA's Henry Armero Memorial Award for Inclusive Creativity. 3:30 - 5 p.m., Miller Gallery, second floor. The Henry Armero Memorial Award for Inclusive Creativity was created in 2013 in memory of BXA student Henry Armero, through the generous support of the Armero family and the contributions of Dropbox. A $2,500 award is granted annually through a project-focused application process. The winners are selected by a jury of representatives from the BXA Intercollege Degree Programs, the School of Art and the School of Computer Science. The award is open to juniors and seniors enrolled in the above programs. The award rewards student projects with a focus on creativity, eclecticism, individuality and inclusiveness. Projects should find innovative ways of fostering on- and off-line community. During the presentation, the previous winners of the award will give overviews of their projects that range from a sound reactive robotic dress to a virtual reality dollhouse, and present the results of their efforts. The event will feature an hors d'oeuvre reception. Learn more about Armero.

October 4:

Vanguard Retirement Planning On-Campus Sessions: Create Your Plan and Principles of Investing
Join a Vanguard retirement education specialist for two one-hour retirement planning workshops in the Dowd Room at the Cohon Center.

Create Your Plan: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Learn about the two keys to a comfortable retirement: saving enough and investing wisely. You’ll also explore asset classes, inflation risk and the importance of diversification.
Principles of Investing: 12 p.m.
Learn how to use the same principles of investing that Vanguard fund managers use.

While registration is not required, space is limited. You can reserve your spot by registering at You will need to enter the unique client code: carnegie.

If you cannot attend the on-site meetings, webinars of the events will be available on Thursday, Oct. 13 at the same times as above. To register for a webinar, visit

Professional Development Workshop — Take Action: Getting Started on Your Strategic Goals. 9 - 11 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Your strategic goals are established. Now what? Identifying individuals who can contribute to your success is a great next step. In this workshop, you will explore your strategic goals and objectives, identify individuals and resources necessary for success, and develop a plan to align individuals’ strengths to specific projects and initiatives. Register online.

ANSYS Groundbreaking Ceremony. 4:30 - 5 p.m., Tent at future site near Scaife Hall. Reception and student demos will follow from 5 - 6:30 p.m. at Rothberg's Roasters, 4th floor, Scott Hall. President Subra Suresh and College of Engineering Dean James Garrett invite you to join them at a groundbreaking celebration for a new building honoring and supporting the CMU–ANSYS partnership. This new, state-of-the-art facility will allow students to simulate, test and assemble their engineering design concepts. Supported by a generous gift from ANSYS, the building will provide the College of Engineering and the entire university's maker ecosystem with custom spaces for creativity, collaboration and building — innovation at work.

October 5:

Professional Development Workshop: Risking Creativity. 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Edison wrote, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” What have you tried that did not go as planned? Were you discouraged or did you see that moment as an important learning experience? It’s normal to fear risk, especially when it relates to your campus role. But risk can be a valuable tool for approaching a challenge in a new way. This session will look at how creative and innovative processes often require trial and error before culminating in success. Register online.

October 6:

New Hire Orientation. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Connan Room, 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. Register online.

October 7:

CMU Night at the PSO. 6:30 p.m., reception, 8 p.m., concert, Heinz Hall. Join President Subra Suresh, the deans and other senior leadership for Carnegie Mellon Night with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The university and the CMU Alumni Association are proud to partner with the PSO to bring you this unique opportunity to attend a special CMU reception and to see legendary violinist Pinchas Zukerman, who will perform Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1. The pre-performance reception at 6:30 p.m. features remarks from President Suresh and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra President and CEO Melia Peters Tourangeau and is open to all CMU students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the university. Learn more online or by calling 412-392-4819.

October 11:

Professional Development Workshop: Juggling Multiple Priorities. 9 - 11 a.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright Room, Cohon University Center. Are you juggling multiple priorities? In this workshop, you will develop techniques and strategies to prioritize the multitude of tasks you are responsible for while maintaining focus on your organization’s needs. You will explore how to align your tasks to your organization’s goals and determine strategies for conflicting priorities. Register online.

October 12:

Financial Planning for Life. 2 - 3 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Financial goals are the specific long- and short-term objectives you hope to attain through financial planning and management efforts. Your financial goals might include financial security, travel, education planning, retirement planning, and estate planning. In this workshop we will discuss how to create a structured financial plan, set appropriate milestones, and make adjustments along the way. This program is offered by Guidance Resources, the CMU employee assistance provider. Register online.

October 13:

Professional Development Workshop: Assert Yourself.  9 - 11 a.m., Danforth Lounge, 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 18:

Professional Development Workshop — Thinking Collaboratively: Exploring the Six Thinking Hats Approach. 9 - 11 a.m., Danforth Lounge, Cohon University Center. Carnegie Mellon is an increasingly diverse place made up of people with different backgrounds, worldviews and goals. As the university changes in response to the new strategic plan, it is important to be open-minded and open to new ideas and ways of thinking. Rather than responding quickly and critically, using techniques to increase open-mindedness and consideration of alternate ideas and viewpoints can enable you to more creatively approach problems. This session will introduce Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats approach to creative collaborative problem-solving. Register online.

October 20:

Professional Development Workshop: Getting Free from Bias in Your Decision-Making. 9 - 11 a.m., Danforth Lounge, Cohon University Center. Do you know your approach to making a decision? Could you identify tendencies that often drive your decision-making? If you would like to explore your decision-making approach as well as the biases of your approach, this workshop is for you. You will explore how biases impact your decision-making process and consider how to adjust and compensate for them in your future decision-making.  Register online.

SafeZone Training. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Peter Room, Cohon University Center. SafeZone is a network of allies (faculty, staff and students) committed to providing a safe and affirming environment for all at Carnegie Mellon, including those in the LGBTQ community. Membership in SafeZone is open to the entire campus community. To become a member of the network, you will be asked to participate in this two-hour training session, which is geared to help you become a better ally. Once you have completed the training, you will be asked to display the SafeZone logo on your office door, or residence hall room, to identify you as a person who is safe to talk to about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning identities. This program is offered by the Office of Residential Education. Learn more.

Professional Development Workshop: Administrative Staff Professional Roundtable Discussion. 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Administrative staff members support many of the essential functions of the university. This roundtable will provide staff members serving as executive assistants, administrative coordinators and administrative assistants with the opportunity to meet one another, share best practices and discuss aspects relevant to the demands of their positions. Register online.

October 21:

Mental Health First-Aid Training. 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Mental Health First-Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding of their impact and overviews common supports. This 8-hour course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care. The program also teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illnesses, like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Mental Health First-Aid is included on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices. This program is offered by University Health Services. Register online.

October 25:

Professional Development Workshop: Let’s Explore Your Culture and Intercultural Awareness. 9 - 11 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Understanding your culture and what drives your behaviors are important components of success in a diverse workplace. In this introductory course, you will focus on understanding your culture by exploring your values, behaviors, assumptions and worldview. These insights will allow you to examine how your culture influences intercultural experiences in your workplace. Register online.

October 26:

Professional Development Workshop —  Success on Purpose: Creating the Foundation for Your Strategic Vision. 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright Room, Cohon University Center. Achieving goals and objectives requires focused and deliberate effort. Establishing clear mission, vision and value statements is a fundamental step to achieving strategic goals. In this workshop, you will discover a framework to write clear mission, vision and value statements and align individual or group efforts to achieve the goals of a strategic plan. Register online.

October 27:

Professional Development Workshop: Listening with Empathy. 9 -  11 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. As Carnegie Mellon is a diverse campus made up of busy people, it can be challenging to notice when miscommunication may be occurring. By stepping back, assessing effective communication practices and identifying strategies to improve communication, you will be more aware of yourself as a communicator, aware of situations when you may be receiving mixed messages, and aware of strategies you can use to navigate meaning with others. Register online.

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