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Friday, August 26, 2016

Calendar Highlights

August 20-28:

First-year Orientation. Orientation is designed to make the transition to CMU easier for all first-year and transfer students. Orientation is a mandatory weeklong program organized by the Office of Orientation and First Year Programs and current Carnegie Mellon students to introduce incoming students to each other, the campus, academic life and the local community. Over 250 current students will welcome new students to campus and will work hard throughout Orientation to make sure it’s a memorable week and a great introduction to life at Carnegie Mellon. Learn more.

August 26:

MSIT eBusiness Technology Practicum Competition. 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., 7500 Wean Hall. Competition between 10 eBiz teams with 10 business sponsors and their projects. Three industry judges will choose the winner! It's an all-day event, so come in and out at any time throughout the day! It's a great way to see what both startup companies and large companies are planning! Learn more.

August 27:

Craig Street Crawl. 3 - 5 p.m., Craig Street between Forbes and Winthrop. To celebrate the new academic year, join the block party and explore CMU’s nearest off-campus restaurants and shops. The party will include live music and dancing, balloon artists, food samples, air brush tattoos, photos with CMU’s Scotty Dog mascot and free giveaways. The event is for the entire CMU community, undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, friends and families.

August 29:

First day of classes for the 2016 fall semester. See the official calendar.

August 31:

Tribute to Fred Gilman. 4:30 - 6 p.m., Social Room, third floor, Mellon Institute. Please join President Subra Suresh and Provost Farnam Jahanian to recognize and thank Fred Gilman for his leadership as dean of the Mellon College of Science. RSVP by Wednesday, Aug. 24. Contact University Events with questions at

September 1:

New Hire Orientation. 12 - 4 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon 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 2:

Annual Volunteer Fair.  11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Rangos Ballroom, Cohon Center. All staff, faculty and students are invited to the PACE Volunteer Fair. Talk with representatives from more than 50 local nonprofits about one-time and ongoing volunteer and advocacy opportunities at their organizations. Partners are also welcome to attend.  Agencies represented work to address a wide variety of social issues including senior services, children and youth programming, hunger and homelessness, environmental preservation, animal support and much more. Questions can be directed to the Office of Student Leadership, Involvement and Civic Engagement (SLICE) at 412-268-8704.

Cohon Center Welcome Celebration.  Join members of the CMU community for a full day of free events, activities, music and food specials in the Cohon Center. The day will include free Group X classes, a basketball tournament, music performances in the new Skibo Café and the Studio Theater, a film in McConomy Auditorium, and more! Find out more on Facebook.

September 13:

Off the Fence: Discussion About the U.S. Prison System. 6 p.m., Hamburg Hall. $5 per person, free for CMU students. Join the Pittsburgh Alumni Network for an important, timely and provocative discussion with triple CMU alumnus Daniel Nagin, the Teresa and H. John Heinz III University Professor of Public Policy and Statistics and a 2016 Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award honoree. Nagin will describe fundamental reforms of the American criminal justice system that are required to reduce prison populations and increase citizen trust and confidence in the police and the criminal justice system without sacrificing public safety. Register online.

September 14:

S.A.F.E.: Self-defense Awareness & Familiarization Exchange. 9 - 11 a.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright Room, Cohon University Center. S.A.F.E. is an unparalleled two-hour educational awareness crime-victim prevention program. It encompasses strategies, techniques, options and prevention that provide women with information that may reduce their risk of exposure to violence and introduces them to the physical aspects of self-defense. This program is offered by the University Police Department. Register online.

Professional Development Workshop: The Parameters of Decision-Making. 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. We are confronted with a multitude of decisions on a daily basis. For some of these decisions, multiple parameters are at play; oftentimes with increasing complexity. In this workshop, you will examine parameters of a decision, explore a process to generate options and implement a strategy to evaluate viable options. Register online.

SafeZone Training. 3 - 5 p.m., Class of 1987 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 and register.

September 15:

Professional Development Workshop — Moving Forward: Establishing Shared Goals Within a Group. 9 - 11 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Contributing to a group’s efforts can be exciting, inspiring and rewarding. If you are working with a colleague or in a large group, establishing direction is vital to the group’s success. In this workshop, you will examine your group’s dynamics, identify shared goals of the group and develop a plan to work toward the group’s shared goals. Register online.

Professional Development Workshop: Speaking with Confidence. 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright Room, Cohon University Center. Do you feel confident when presenting, speaking up in a group meeting, or communicating with new people? Are you getting your message across in a way that others can easily follow? Feeling confident as a speaker is the first step in making sure you are connecting with your audience. This workshop will help you practice strategies to improve clarity when sharing information and will introduce strategies to help you be a more persuasive and engaging speaker. Register online.

September 19:

Mental Health First-Aid Training. 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Danforth Lounge, 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 eight-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 (NREPP). This program is offered by University Health Services. Learn more and register.

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.

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 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.

September 28:

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.

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