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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Calendar Highlights

May 18:

An Overview of Digital Accessibility. 1 to 2:30 p.m., Rangos 1, Cohon University Center. May 18 is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) access/inclusion and people with different disabilities. Ensuring that digital resources meet the accessibility needs of our faculty, staff, students and friends of the university is a shared responsibility. Websites, online lectures, videos, software purchases and electronic documents are all examples of digital resources that need to be accessible. If you are responsible for the selection or creation of digital resources that will be used by others, then this session is for you. In this program, members of the Digital Accessibility subcommittee of the university's Universal Access Committee cover the legal requirements, campus resources and other resources for ensuring access to individuals with disabilities. This program is offered by the Digital Accessibility Subcommittee of the Universal Access Committee. Register online.

May 19:

Skin Cancer Screenings at University Health Services. 8:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m., University Health Services. Free 10-minute skin cancer screenings. CMU students, staff and faculty can schedule appointments online through HealthConnect.

2017 CMU Alumni Awards. Ceremony at 6 p.m., Chosky Theatre, Purnell Center for the Arts. Doors open at 5 p.m. All are invited to the 2017 CMU Alumni Awards, an inspirational ceremony celebrating outstanding CMU alumni, students and faculty. The 2017 honorees include award-winning actors and executives in entertainment, policy, technology and medicine, along with those who are passionate and dedicated to service at CMU. A reception with tapas-style dinner and drinks immediately follows.

May 20-21:

Commencement Weekend.  Find out about this year's speakers, honorary degree recipients, diploma ceremonies and more.

May 22-23:

Neurohackathon Hosted by CMU’s BrainHub. All day, location TBD. The competition is open to Carnegie Mellon undergraduates, master's degree and Ph.D. students in computer science, machine learning, electrical and computer engineering, statistics and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition. During the hackathon, teams of students will be given data sets gathered from neuroscience researchers in the College of Engineering, Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Mellon College of Science, and asked to use computer science and machine learning to analyzing the data. Datasets include:

  • Influence of internal behavioral state on visual processing, sponsored by Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences Sandra Kuhlman.
  • Extracting maximum spatial information from the brain using non-invasive EEG, sponsored by Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Pulkit Grover and Professor of Psychology Marlene Behrmann.
  • Motor learning strategies on a split-belt treadmill, sponsored by Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences Aryn Gittis and Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering Steven Chase.
  • Synaptic signatures of autism, sponsored by Alison Barth.

Teams will compete for prizes including a fellowship (one semester of tuition) and travel awards. CMU students interested in participating should email their name and team members' names to Gerry Balbier at gbalbier@andrew.cmu.edu. Students without a team can also email Balbier to ask for assistance in finding a team.

The Neurohackathon is sponsored by Google, the Department of Machine Learning in the School of Computer Science and the Provost's Office.

May 23:

Improving Your Memory. 9 - 10 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Our ability to remember things is one of the most useful tools we have in our work and home lives, but the amount of things we are trying to remember at once can sometimes be overwhelming. What do you do if you have a bad memory? The truth is, most people don’t have bad memories, they just haven’t learned how to use their memory efficiently. Memory is a skill, and like any skill, with practice it can be developed and improved. This workshop offers participants tips and tools for improving their memory skills. This program is offered by Guidance Resources, the CMU employee assistance provider. Register online.

May 24:

You're Invited to CMU's Community Picnic. 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Wiegand Gym, Rangos Ballroom, Merson Courtyard, Cohon Center. The picnic, hosted by Human Resrouces and Staff Council, honors the important contributions that staff members make to Carnegie Mellon. Join your colleagues to enjoy good food, fun activities and entertainment. The picnic features a Pittsburgh-themed menu with allergen-free options. Guests can expect a live band performance, photo booths, giveaways, and plenty of raffle baskets. Transportation will be provided. For more information about the event and shuttles to campus, please visit the Staff Council website.

May 25:

Professional Development Workshop — Creativity: A Hands-On Approach to Finding Inspiration. 9 - 11 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Everyone is creative, but how can you harness that creativity to address complex problems and deal with change? What are the benefits of using creativity, innovation and collaboration in your work, and how can you implement or participate in creative and innovative processes as part of your campus role? By working through creativity tasks for idea generation, you will find answers to these questions, become familiar with idea-generation processes and identify which creativity-promoting activities you prefer. Register online.

May 30:

Professional Development Workshop — Time to Decide: A Systematic Approach to Decision-Making. 9 - 11 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Do you ever find yourself running in place when making decisions and unable to make a final decision? Join us as we explore a model to decision making. In this workshop, you will apply structure to decision making and develop a plan to incorporate a systematic approach to your future decisions.  Register online.

June 1:

New Hire Orientation. 9 a.m. to 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.

June 6:

Professional Development Workshop — Success on Purpose: Creating the Foundation for Your Strategic Vision. 9 to 11 a.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.

Professional Development Workshop — Tackling Complex Decisions: Strategies for the Experienced Decision Maker. 9 to 11 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Difficult decisions can test even the best decision makers. Developing your decision making process is the key to navigating opportunities and challenges presented by difficult decisions. In this workshop, participants will explore strategies to tackle complex decisions. Using case studies and participants’ own decisions, you will explore a decision making model and identify real-life solutions to improve your decision making process. Register online.

June 10:

Employee Day at Kennywood Park. CMU employees can purchase two Funday tickets for $15 each (valid only on June 10) and additional Funday tickets for $23 each. Pavilion 7 will be reserved for the CMU community. The children's (ages 10 & under) prize giveaway and ice cream distribution will be at 1 p.m. at Pavilion 7.

Ticket sale times and dates are as follows:

  • May 24, Cohon University Center, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • May 31, Cohon University Center, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • June 1, Cohon University Center, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • June 2, Cohon University Center, 11:30 a.m - 1 p.m.
  • June 7, Mellon Institute, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • June 7, Cohon University Center, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • June 8, Cohon University Center, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • June 9, Cohon University Center, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

You must have your own CMU ID to purchase tickets. Cash only. Find out more.

June 15:

Professional Development Workshop: Digital Accessibility. 9 to 11 a.m., Rangos 1, Cohon University Center. Are you responsible for creating digital, electronic, multimedia or other content that is available online? Learn to design your digital materials to foster a more technologically inclusive environment in our diverse campus community, so that persons with disabilities can access your electronic resources, including websites, audio and video content, eLearning and even PDF documents, online using software, e-readers and mobile and other devices. In this interactive workshop, learn to apply the principles of digital accessibility to your specific needs. Participants will have the opportunity for assisted hands-on work on their digital projects to make them accessible. Register online.

June 20:

Professional Development Workshop: Creating an Exceptional Customer Service Experience. 9 to 11 a.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. Have you ever experienced customer service so great you had to tell someone about it? Do you create that experience for everyone who interacts with you? Customer service is much more than simply resolving the customer's request and being friendly. It is also about creating a memorable experience for the customer. In this interactive workshop, you will learn to identify your customers and connect with them in order to identify their needs, solve their problems and provide an exceptional customer experience. Register online.

June 21:

Keep it Safe: Preventing Identity Theft. 2 to 3 p.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. Your relationship with your bank is only the beginning of your available resources for financial security. In this session, learn how to prevent identity theft and how to prepare financially in case of identity theft or another financial emergency occurs. This program is offered by PNC Bank. Register online.

June 27:

Professional Development Workshop: Email Me! Proficient, Polite and Persuasive Messages. 9 to 11 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Have you ever had an email you sent get misinterpreted? Have you ever received an email that didn’t include all the details you needed? Have you ever worried that an email wasn’t formal enough or was too formal? This workshop will explore how to avoid pitfalls within email communication and how to master using email as an efficient communication tool. Register online.

June 28:

Professional Development Workshop — Master the Project: Strategies for the Non-Project Manager. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Are you responsible for completing projects, but you are not a project manager? Managing projects without the skills to succeed can be frustrating and discouraging. If you are looking to develop a systematic method to address your projects, join us as we explore project management skills and discover how they can simplify your process for managing projects. In this interactive workshop, we will develop a structured system to plan milestones and timelines, initiate action items, implement follow-up strategies and track the progress of your efforts. Register online.

June 29:

Professional Development Workship — Competency Highlight: Intercultural Awareness. 9 to 11 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Developing core competencies allows us to be agile and adjust to the significant changes taking place in our institution and the world around us. This session introduces you to the Professional Development Services Competency Model and highlights Intercultural Awareness, one of the core competencies identified in the model. Intercultural Awareness involves the ability to work, collaborate and innovate across cultures and boundaries and has enormous implications for our capacity to be effective and thrive in an increasingly interdependent world. You will have an opportunity to explore the Intercultural Awareness competency, identify resources and create a learning plan that will help you build competency in this area by challenging your assumptions and developing strategies to understand and leverage individual differences. Register online.

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