Friday, December 14, 2012
University Faculty, Staff, Students Offer Thanks, AssistanceThis time of the year the Carnegie Mellon community finds more ways than ever to give back.
Taking the PlungeFrom left: CMU Officer Dan Janeda, his wife, Shaina, Officer Stacy Griffin and Dispatcher Heather O'Brien ran into the Allegheny River near Heinz Field on Sunday, Dec. 2, as part of this year's Pittsburgh Polar Plunge, a fundraiser for the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania, which raised more than $300,000. This is the second year the department has participated. CMU raised $6,468 and placed sixth in donations out of 140 teams.
Members of the department also volunteered their time and assisted with regional Special Olympics competitions last spring. In September, a Special Olympics seminar was hosted on campus for 40 volunteers who received training in order to coach, assist and mentor athletes.
Honoring ServiceCapt. Thomas Calabrese, commanding officer of Carnegie Mellon Naval ROTC, greeted veterans including Bill Rodgers, Harold Huckstein and Mark Connolly, Housing operations assistant at CMU, at a flag-raising ceremony in honor of Veterans Day. The event honored the more than 200 CMU students, faculty and staff who are veterans as well as alumni and members of the local community who served in the U.S. Armed Forces. The ceremony included a moment of silence for CMU alumnus Lt. Col. Christopher "Otis" Raible, who died leading a counterattack against enemy forces Sept. 14 at Camp Bastion in the Helmand Province, Afghanistan, while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He earned a degree in civil and environmental engineering from CMU in 1995 before being commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps.
Toys for TotsJim Temple spoke about his grandmother Virginia O'Hanlon, pictured with himself as a child in the photo, at this year's Toys for Tots kickoff. O'Hanlon is famous for writing to The New York Sun when she was 8 years old to ask if there was no such thing as Santa. At the kickoff, Temple read Francis P. Church's famous response, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus." In addition to Temple, the event featured an old-fashioned barbershop quartet, the CMU Navy ROTC unit and bagpipers. CMU students also launched a "Postcards for Patients" drive that will recognize the efforts of U.S. war veterans.
United FrontAs of Dec. 3, the Carnegie Mellon community has raised $90,850 for the 2012 United Way Campaign, which wraps up Dec. 21. The United Way supports those in need through the many health and human service organizations in the region, and a special fund has been established to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
To make your donation, go to www.cmu.edu/hr/unitedway/