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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Calendar Highlights

August 24:

Convocation. 5 - 6:10 p.m., Tent, College of Fine Arts Lawn. The Class of 2021 gets a formal welcome to the academic community at Carnegie Mellon.

CMWA Networking Happy Hour. 5 p.m., Carnegie Cafe at the Carnegie Museum of Art. Join the Carnegie Mellon Women's Association (CMWA) for networking and mingling. This event is a great way to get to know the CMWA community. Learn more about becoming a CMWA member. 

August 26:

Craig Street Crawl. 3 - 5 p.m., Craig Street. Join the Class of 2021 as the first-year students explore restaurants, shops, live music and dancing at this block party on Craig Street. Balloon artists, bands, free giveaways, and of course, food await everyone just at the edge of campus. Come see all the cultural and recreational opportunities the area has to offer.

August 27:

Billy Porter at Hartwood Acres. 7:30 p.m. The CMU Alumni Association invites all alumni, parents and friends to an end of summer CMU potluck and music extravaganza featuring CMU alumnus and Tony Award winner Billy Porter. Admission is free, but please register for the event. Find out more and register online.

August 29:

Professional Development Workshop: CMU Compensation Guide Review. 9 to 11 a.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. Are you responsible for making compensation decisions? Would you like to better understand the impact of your compensation decisions across your department? Have you been looking for an opportunity to reflect on and evaluate your current compensation decision-making practices? In this workshop, we will examine benefits of a market-based pay structure and the importance of, and rationale for, implementing and adhering to consistent compensation practices. Register online.

August 30:

Professional Development Workshop: Priority Management that Leads to Process Improvement. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. Do you want to take your priority management skills to the next level? Effective priority management is more than simply making lists of tasks to be accomplished. Hone your priority management skills through the lens of process improvement by learning about elements including evaluating your process for accomplishing tasks, monitoring your progress and adjusting to changes. Register online.

August 31:

Managing Personal Finance. 9 to 10 a.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. Are money issues causing you to worry and stress? Do you buy items even if you don’t need them, just because they are on sale? Do you pay only the minimum balance on your credit cards? Is debt mounting in your life to the point where you don’t know what to do about it? Do you wish you were saving more money? Money is a huge stressor for many people, but it doesn’t have to be. This workshop will help you demystify the numbers and get you living beyond paycheck to paycheck. This program is offered by Guidance Resources, the CMU employee assistance provider. Register online.

Opening Reception: "Causing a Scene: Miller Gallery Explores Performance Through Protest and Everyday Life.” 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., Miller Gallery. For three years, members of CMU's Center for the Arts in Society (CAS) explored performance beyond the traditional relationship between audiences and actors. Instead, three faculty-led projects considered how people performatively frame their lives through reinterpreting history, protest, digital devices and everyday acts. Highlights from the CAS Performance Initiative, including a dot map illustrating sectarian division in Belfast over time and augmented reality events from Pittsburgh’s past, will be displayed at CMU’s Miller Gallery from August 19 through September 3. Learn more.

September 6:

Professional Development Workshop — Giving Feedback: Strategies, Practice and Action. 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright Room, Cohon University Center. “We all need people who will give us feedback. That's how we improve.”—Bill Gates
Feedback can improve workplace performance and relationships, but it is challenging to give. What can you do to improve the quality and frequency of feedback you give others? In this session, you will practice delivering feedback, improve the clarity of the feedback you give and identify strategies to ensure follow-through after feedback has been received. Register online.

CMU Night at PNC Park. For the second consecutive year, Carnegie Mellon is partnering with the Pittsburgh Pirates to host Carnegie Mellon Night at PNC Park when the Pirates take on the Chicago Cubs at 7:05 p.m. Members of the CMU community may purchase upper level grandstand tickets along the third base line for $20 each and lower level corner box seats along the left-field line for $25 each. Each ticket comes with a voucher to receive a co-branded Pirates-CMU baseball hat. Prior to the game, members of the CMU community will have the opportunity to enjoy “happy hour” discounts (40-50 percent off) on food, beer and non-alcoholic drinks from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at the Block House Corner at the base of the left field rotunda behind section 134. For more information and to purchase tickets visit the CMU Night at PNC Park website. The event is part of the Pirates’ University Nights promotion.

September 7:

Introduction to Purchasing. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. The class provides an overview of the university's purchasing environment, reviews polices, processes and procedures and defines the responsibilities and obligations of an authorized buyer when purchasing on behalf of the university. This class is required to obtain a university purchasing card (PCARD) and/or Oracle financial system access to create purchase orders on behalf of the university. This program is offered by the Finance Division. Register online.

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.

September 12:

Professional Development Workshop: Digital Learning Forum. 9 - 11 a.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. The Digital Learning Forum is an opportunity for individuals who offer eLearning (or would like to offer eLearning) to share best practices and connect with colleagues doing similar work as part of their professional development or training strategy. Register online.

September 13:

Purchasing Card (PCARD) Training. 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. This class provides detailed information on the university’s PCARD program; reviews policies, processes and procedures; and defines the responsibilities and obligations of an authorized university cardholder when purchasing on behalf of the university. This class is required to obtain a university PCARD. This program is offered by the Finance Division. Register online

September 14:

Workday Department Initiator Training. 9 a.m. -  4 p.m., Near and Far Clusters, Hunt Library. As a Department Initiator, you are responsible for initiating HR transactions for faculty, staff and students within your organization, including hiring, job changes, leaves and terminations. This session introduces the Department Initiator role and its function in Workday. Through instruction and hands-on exercises, learn to navigate the basic screens in Workday necessary to Department Initiators and find out about the many resources available to help you navigate the role. Individuals serving in the Department Initiator role must complete this training prior to gaining access to these functions in Workday. Register online.

Professional Develoment Workshop — Change Ready: Practical Strategies to Respond to Change.  9 - 11 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Change is a necessary byproduct of growth. That does not mean that change is always easy. Being prepared to respond and adjust to change can minimize angst and disruption to you and your organization. Are you ready for change? In this workshop, you will explore the impact of change, develop a plan to contribute to strategic changes and identify techniques to remain prepared to adapt to future changes. Register online.

SEO and Website Analytics. 9:30 - 11 a.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. Almost everyone uses internet search engines to quickly find information online. This workshop aims to provide a foundational working knowledge of search engine optimization (SEO) to make your website search engine friendly. Learn what SEO is, how keywords help SEO, how to measure web analytics and what not to do. 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. This program is offered by Marketing and Communications. Register online.

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