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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Calendar Highlights

October 29:

Future Tenant presents Blind Tiger: A Prohibition Era Spectacular. 6 - 9 p.m., Future Tenant, 819 Penn Ave., Downtown Pittsburgh. This fall Future Tenant’s biannual fundraiser is recreating the speakeasy experience 90 years after Prohibition. Tickets are $20 at the door or through and inclusive of food and beverages. The art gallery space will be transformed into a life-sized Art Deco exhibition that guests can explore. Live 1920s style music by the renowned Ortner-Roberts Duo will fill the room. Between dancing and enjoying hors d’oeuvres, attendees are encouraged to participate in lively activities including our themed photo booth. The term “speakeasy” is said to have originated near the Pittsburgh area to describe an unlicensed bar in the latter 1800s. During Prohibition, speakeasies were sometimes referred to as “Blind Tigers.” Future Tenant is looking forward to bringing back the Blind Tiger to its birthplace for a new generation to experience. Beverages are provided by Future Tenant’s generous sponsor, Straub Beer. Future Tenant is affiliated with CMU's Masters of Arts Management program.

November 1:

After CMU: Building a Career in Technology. 12:30 p.m., Posner Hall 151, Tepper School. Adam Gross, a 1994 graduate of the Dietrich College, will visit CMU to talk about how he leveraged CMU’s strengths in the humanities, art and technology into a successful career as a tech entrepreneur. Since 2013, Gross has been the CEO of Heroku. Before joining Heroku, he founded Personify and Cloudconnect and worked in marketing and product management leadership roles at Salesforce, GrandCentral and Dropbox. He has also become an active angel investor within the industry, supporting Pantheon, Docker, Streak and MileIQ, among others. Find out more.

November 2:

Benefits & Fitness Fair. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Rangos Ballroom, Cohon University Center. Co-hosted by Human Resources and Athletics, the fair is held annually in conjunction with Open Enrollment. Human Resources staff will be present to answer questions about enrolling in benefits, and Athletics staff will be present to promote and discuss the various health and fitness options available to the campus community. Free health screenings, demos and giveaways also will be available. Learn more

The Humanities Initiative presents is inaugural Carl Sagan Award to Steven Pinker, the Johnstone Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. 5 - 6:30 p.m., McConomy Auditorium. Pinker will share his views on "The Past, Present, and Future of Violence."

  • The Past: Contrary to popular opinion, violence at all scales has been in decline over the course of history.
  • The Present: Human nature comprises faculties that encourage violence, such as dominance and revenge, but also faculties that inhibit it, such as self-control, empathy and reason. The level of violence in a given society depends on how its norms and institutions affect the balance between them.
  • The Future: Professor Pinker speculates on which of the historical changes that reduced violence in the past will continue into the future.

November 3:

Capacity Building for Accessibility. 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Gates Center 6115. CMU faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to a capacity-building workshop focused on computing and disability/accessibility (sponsored by AccessComputing) with keynote speaker Richard Ladner. This free workshop will address current and future resources for CMU faculty, staff and students with disabilities and showcase some of the research going on at CMU in the disability arena. The workshop also will address mitigating the impact of unconscious bias as it applies to disabilities. Find out more.

New Hire Orientation. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright 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.

President's Annual Town Hall. 12:30 p.m., Rangos 1 & 2, Cohon University Center. Members of the Carnegie Mellon University community are invited to join President Subra Suresh for his annual Town Hall. The Town Hall provides a venue for faculty, staff and students to ask President Suresh questions about the university, and raise issues of importance to the campus community. Participants may ask questions on site or submit questions in advance. Light refreshments will be served.

November 4:

Workday Open Enrollment Workshops. Choose one of six sessions: 9:00 to 9:30 a.m., 9:30 to 10:00 a.m., 10:00 to 10:30 a.m., 10:30 to 11:00 a.m., 11:00 to 11:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Room 5202, Wean Hall. Need help completing the open enrollment process in Workday? Join us for a 30-minute Open Enrollment Workshop, where representatives from Benefits and the CMUWorks Service Center will be on-hand to provide one-on-one assistance to employees as they enroll in benefits through the Workday system. Register online.

November 5:

Learn Shakespeare's Handwriting. 2 - 4 p.m., Margaret Morrision Carnegie Hall, Room 203. This workshop explores the handwriting of Shakespeare’s time — both how to read it and how to write it. World renowned expert Myrna Rosen will present a demonstration and lead a practice of Shakespeare Hand. Take this opportunity to practice reading and scribing a Shakespearean passage or recipe and learn how to read 16th and early 17th century records! RSVP:

November 8:

Professional Development Workshop — Vote Your Conscience: Ethics in the Workplace. 9 - 11 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Do you do the right thing because it is the right thing to do? Are you driven by personal convictions? What is your ethos of care? In this session we will discover the ways in which we can examine ethical situations through the lens of different ethical perspectives and theories. How can incorporating different approaches to ethics improve your decision-making? Come and join this lively discussion on ethics in the workplace. Register online.

November 9:

Workday Open Enrollment Workshops. Choose from eight available meeting times: 12 to 12:30 p.m., 12:30 to 1 p.m., 1 to 1:30 p.m., 1:30 to 2 p.m., 2 to 2:30 p.m., 2:30 to 3 p.m., 3 to 3:30 p.m., 3:30 to 4 p.m., Room 140-F, Baker Hall. Need help completing the open enrollment process in Workday? Join us for a 30-minute Open Enrollment Workshop, in which representatives from Benefits and the CMUWorks Service Center will be on-hand to provide one-on-one assistance to employees as they enroll in benefits through the Workday system. Register online.

Professional Development Workshop — Priority Management: Evaluating Your Processes. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Effective priority management is more than simply making lists of tasks to be accomplished. Evaluating your process for accomplishing tasks, monitoring your progress, and adjusting to necessary changes are elements that will take your priority management skills to the next level. Join us in this workshop to hone your priority management skills through the lens of process improvement. Register online.

Scott Institute for Energy Innovation Distinguished Lecture Series presents Thomas Siebel. 4:30 – 6 p.m., Marquis Conference Room, Scott Hall 5201. Siebel Energy Institute Chairman Thomas M. Siebel will discuss the institute's activities. The Siebel Energy Institute, a global consortium for innovative and collaborative energy research, funds cooperative and innovative research grants in data analytics, including statistical analysis and machine learning, to accelerate advancements in the safety, security, reliability, efficiency, and environmental integrity of modern energy systems. RSVP for the event.

November 10:

Professional Development Workshop — Get It Right: Problem-Solving to Address Recurring Problems. 9 to 11 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Some problems seem to persist even after you implement solutions to address them. If you are experiencing a recurring problem, you should join us for this workshop. You will explore strategies to identify and target specific causes of a problem, develop a plan to create relevant solutions, and create metrics to monitor the success of the resolution. Register online.

November 15:

Professional Development Workshop: Focus Your Message. 9 to 11 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Information overload is a real problem. When working across departments or with interdisciplinary groups, sometimes it seems like the easiest strategy is to communicate everything that others might need to know. This strategy often creates miscommunication because people are not able to process that much information and detail in short interactions. By developing skills to effectively summarize, paraphrase, and synthesize information, you can make sure the essential information is being conveyed clearly. Register online.

November 16:

Professional Development Workshop: Creating an Environment for Effective Group Decision-Making. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. How are group decisions made? What does an effective group decision-making environment look like? In this workshop, you will explore the advantages and disadvantages of group decision-making, as well as evaluate the various ways by which group decisions are made. You will apply this information to your situation and develop strategies to foster the characteristics of a successful decision-making environment for your workplace. Register online.

November 18:

Mental Health First-Aid Training. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., location TBD. 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. Find out more and register.

SafeZone Training. 9 to 11 a.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. Find out more.

November 29:

Professional Development Workshop: What’s the Rule? Grammar Basics for Professional Writing. 9 to 11 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. When do I use “who” or “whom”? Do I end a sentence with a preposition? What exactly is a dangling participle? Participants in this interactive workshop will review the basics of grammar while examining the most common grammar mistakes. Register online.

November 30:

Professional Development Workshop: Embracing Technology. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Would you like to feel more comfortable with the technology you use every day? In this course you will analyze the technology required for your specific role and explore a process for keeping up with new technology. You will also identify applicable continuing education resources. All of this will be completed through the lens of your own specific contributions to CMU. Register online.

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