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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Calendar Highlights

April 24:

Professional Development Workshop. Maximize Your Productivity: Create a Priority Plan. 9 - 10:30 a.m., Danforth Lounge, Cohon University Center. Ever feel like there is not enough time in the day? Often we have so much to do and we find it difficult to get everything completed. Prioritization is the key to ensuring the right things are accomplished at the right time. In this workshop, we will examine strategies to determine what tasks need to be completed first. Then, each participant will develop a prioritization plan using valuable prioritization tools. Register online.

Bennett-McWilliams Lecture. David Spergel, the Charles Young Professor of Astronomy on the Class of 1897 Foundation and Chair of the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University, will present "Taking the Universe's Baby Picture." 4:30 p.m., Rashid Auditorium, 4401 Hillman Center.  Read more.

April 25:

CAUSE Speakers Series. The Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy (CAUSE) presents Chisato Hotta, who will draw comparisons between the Korean experience in Osaka from 1920 to 1945 and the African-American experience in Chicago during the same period. Working from the demonstrated comparability of the two cases, this study focuses on residential segregation and racialization. 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., Steinberg Auditorium, Baker Hall A53. 

April 26:

CMU Choirs Concert. 8 p.m., Kresge Theatre, CFA. Free admission. Read more.

April 28:

Holocaust Memorial Day. In honor of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day), the CMU Jewish Students Association & Hillel Jewish University Center will be hosting a series of events throughout the day. First will be a day-long name reading of victims of the Holocaust from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the CFA Lawn. Each reader will read names for 10 minutes. If you would like to volunteer, please sign up for a time at  After the name reading, a panel discussion will be held at 6 p.m. in Porter Hall 100. The discussion is titled "Recultured: A Conversation on Germany in the Wake of the Holocaust." At both events, pennies will be collected for the Andy Warhol Museum installation of 6 million pennies, symbolically representing the 6 million Jews who were killed. At the conclusion of the Warhol installation, the pennies will be donated to Holocaust museums. Questions should be directed to Benji Berlow at

Film Screening: "Justice is Mind." 5 p.m., Giant Eagle Auditorium, Baker Hall A51. Five years ago, 16 million Americans were stunned and intrigued by a "60 Minutes" report that showed that Carnegie Mellon scientists were able to read a person's mind. Filmmaker Mark Lund was among those mesmerized by the CMU thought identification research and decided to use the groundbreaking work as the basis for his next feature film. "Justice is Mind" follows the trial of a person accused of a double murder who doesn't remember committing the crime. The film is set in a time when fMRI technology is readily used to decode a person's thoughts. The film addresses some of the key questions concerning the implications of this technology for the legal system. CMU's Marcel Just, who appeared on the 60 Minutes segment with his colleague Tom Mitchell to discuss their "mind reading" work, will introduce the film. Just and Lund will answer questions following the screening. Learn more.

April 29:

Professional Development Workshop: Supervision for Optimal Performance. 9 - 11 a.m., Room 322, Tepper School. Ever wonder why someone doesn't respond to direction or fully meet position responsibilities? Puzzled how some staff members seem to "get it" while others don't make the connection? Have star performers who need to be recognized and appreciated? This session will focus on performance management-setting expectations and providing clear direction, problem solving in supervision, maximizing performance and providing appropriate recognition and support. Register online.

Pittsburgh Queer History Project: "Lucky After Dark." Carnegie Mellon's Center for the Arts in Society (CAS) will host the Pittsburgh Queer History Project's inaugural event, a lecture on "Lucky After Dark" by CMU's Timothy Haggerty and Harrison Apple. 4:30 p.m., Giant Eagle Auditorium, Baker Hall A51. Directed by Haggerty and CAS artist-in-residence Harrison Apple, a 2013 graduate of CMU's Intercollege Degree Program, the Pittsburgh Queer History Project is an oral history and media preservation initiative dedicated to investigating and revealing queer life histories and community formations in Pittsburgh. The "Lucky After Dark" lecture will preview a June 2014 exhibit of the same name that will explore the role after-hours nightlife in postwar Pittsburgh played in establishing and shaping gay and lesbian identities. Learn more.

May 1:

New Hire Orientation. 9 - 1 p.m., McKenna, Peter, Wright rooms, 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 welcome new staff members formally 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.

May 8:

Professional Development Workshop: Assertive Communication. 9 - 11 a.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright rooms, Cohon University Center. Do you have something to say?  Find yourself needing to speak up but are challenged with how to get your point across? Have you been described as "abrasive" or "rough around the edges?" 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.

May 9:

Professional Development Workshop: From Corporate America (and beyond) to CMU. 9 - 10:30 a.m., McKenna/Peter rooms, Cohon University Center. Although there are similarities, working in a corporate environment is different from working at a college or university. Working at another college or university is different from working at CMU. This session will provide participants with an opportunity to hear from a panel of staff members who have successfully transitioned from working for a company or another university to CMU. The session will also provide a brief overview of the history and cultural characteristics that make CMU the place that it is. Register online.

Book Presentation and Signing. The University Store presents Anmol Misra, a 2005 graduate of the Information Networking Institute, who will be talking about and signing his book, "Core Software Security: Security at the Source." 4 - 5 p.m., University Store. Misra, who co-authored the book with James Ransome, says the real Achilles heel of cybesecurity is insecure software.

May 13:

Professional Development Workshop: Time Allocation: The Solution to Time Management Obstacles. 9 - 10:30 a.m., Rangos 3, Cohon University Center. Ever wonder, "Where does the time go?" Ever feel like you are playing catch-up? It might be time to gain additional skills to better allocate your time. In this interactive workshop, you will assess your current time management skills to identify possible "time wasters." Then you will learn tools and techniques that will allow you to improve your productivity by staying focused on important tasks. Register online.

May 14:

Professional Development Workshop: Success Starts With Me: Strategies for Success in Your First Year. 12 - 1:30 p.m., Peter/Wright rooms, 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.

May 17-18:

Commencement Weekend. The main commencement ceremony will be held at 11 a.m., Sunday, May 18 in Gesling Stadium. Learn more about the weekend activities, diploma ceremonies, commencement speakers and honorary degree recipients.

May 22:

Professional Development Workshop: Enhancing Your Decision-Making Habits. 1 - 2:30 p.m., Peter Room, Cohon University Center. You make numerous decisions every day; some require a split-second decision, while others require a more in-depth assessment. Are you looking for ways to improve your decision-making process? In this workshop, you will examine what variables can impact a decision and when you should use a formal decision-making process. You will identify tools you can use to improve your decision-making effectiveness. Register online.

May 29:

Professional Development Workshop: Supervision — It's a Group Thing. 9 - 11 a.m., Peter/Wright rooms, Cohon University Center. Much of supervision is approached through one on one interaction. However, understanding the influences that exist within the organization enables the supervisor to manage group performance and utilize different members of the group to promote accountability and success. This session will explore group dynamics and organizational effectiveness as they relate to supervision. Register online.

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