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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Calendar Highlights

April 23:

Professional Development Workshop: Maximizing Your Performance Review Process. 9 to 11 a.m., Rachel Mellon Walton Room, Tepper School. It is that time of the year again — time for you to dust off the performance review document and get ready for the performance review process. Whether you are new to facilitating performance reviews or have been completing them for years, this workshop will provide strategies on how you can maximize the effectiveness of your review process, have the conversations you need to have and set the table for a productive new year. Register online.

Feeding Barcelona. 3 - 4:30 p.m., Baker Hall 136. Montserrat Miller, a leading Catalan scholar who is currently professor of history at Marshall University, will be presenting the work that culminated in the groundbreaking Feeding Barcelona, 1714–1975, which examines the causes behind the extraordinary vibrancy and tenacity of the Barcelonan market system. This event is sponsored by the Humanities Scholars Program.

Celebration of Education. 4:30 p.m., Rangos 1 & 2, CUC. A Celebration of Education recognizes the accomplishments of those who exemplify the university's standards of excellence in education. This event celebrates distinguished faculty members and educators for their outstanding contributions to the university and their devotion to and effectiveness in teaching. A Celebration of Education consists of five main awards: the Doherty Award, Ryan Award, Academic Advising Award, Barbara Lazarus Award and Gelfand Award. In addition, the most recent Wimmer Faculty Fellows and recipients of the College Teaching Awards, Graduate Student Teaching Award and Graduate Student Service Award are also honored. Learn more.

Special Earth Day Event, sponsored by the CMU Humanist League. 5 - 6:30 p.m., Doherty Hall 2210. Neil Donahue, the Lord Professor of Chemistry and director of the Steinbrenner Institute, will discuss "Climate Change: Where We Are adn What We Can Do About It."

Film Screening: "Ex Machina," a new sci-fi thriller that explores the themes of robots, artificial intelligence and the nature of consciousness. 6 p.m., McConomy Auditorium. CMU ID is required to attend. The movie, starring Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikander, follows the experiences of a young programmer at a search company invited to the remote mountain retreat of the company’s visionary owner. There he is assigned to conduct a “living” Turing Test to determine if a ravishingly designed robot can pass herself off as human — through whatever means he chooses. But the experiment soon twists into a dark psychological battle. It’s not just a question of where artificial intelligence is headed, but what the technology reveals about humanity. Learn more.

April 24:

Staff Council Presents an Open Forum with the President. Noon - 1 p.m., Rangos 2 & 3, Cohon University Center. Staff Council invites staff to a special open forum event with President Subra Suresh, who will address questions and share his perspective on issues concerning university staff. Attendance is open to CMU staff members only. For more information about Staff Council and Staff Council events, visit

April 27:

The FBI: Safeguarding National Security. 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., Kresge Theatre. Robert S. Mueller, III, served as the sixth director of the FBI. Nominated by President George W. Bush, he was sworn in as director on September 4, 2001, just one week before 9/11. His 10-year term as director was extended for an additional two years at the request of President Barack Obama and pursuant to legislation enacted by the U.S. Congress. Mueller's visit and talk is sponsored by The Institute for Strategic Analysis and the Thomas M. Kerr Jr. Prelaw Program. Learn more.

April 29:

Professional Development Workshop: Workday Manager Roundtable Discussion. 1 to 3 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Are you using Workday to your greatest advantage? As a manager, do you understand the tasks you complete and the information you can access? Do you have a question or some feedback about Workday? This session is designed for managers within the Workday system. In this session you will be asked to share your insights about Workday, provide feedback on business processes and gather ideas from other managers. All managers within the Workday system are invited to attend and join in the discussion. Register online.

April 30:

Adamson Student Writing Awards Ceremony. 7 p.m., Giant Eagle Auditorium, Baker Hall. Tracy K. Smith, who won a 2012 Pulitzer Prize for her book of poetry “Life on Mars” and an Academy of American Poets Fellowship in 2014, will be the keynote speaker. Smith, a creative writing professor at Princeton University, also has authored two other award-winning poetry books, “Duende” and “The Body’s Question." Sponsored by the Department of English, the annual writing awards urge undergraduate students to pursue excellence in writing in the categories of non-fiction, fiction, poetry, screenwriting and plays. Learn more.

May 6:

Meeting of the Minds. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Cohon University Center. The Undergraduate Research Symposium, or the "Meeting of the Minds," is a university-wide celebration of undergraduate research. Carnegie Mellon undergrads engaged in research and creative projects will present on their work. Over 470 students in 340 projects will present posters, oral presentations, visual arts, or performances throughout the day. Learn more.

Morality Play Showcase. 4 p.m., Baker Hall A53. The students of Morality Play, a unique interdisciplinary project-based class consisting of students from the Dietrich College and the Entertainment Technology Center,  will present an interactive media experience they've created called "Decisions That Matter: An Interactive Experience." The work aims to educate the CMU community about sexual victimization and how we can all play a role in preventing it.

May 12:

Staff & Community Blood Drive. 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Rangos 3, CUC. To schedule an appointment, visit and enter group code CU040004, or contact Debra James Bailey at or John Papinchak at Walk-ins are welcome.


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