Personal Mention-Staff Council - Carnegie Mellon University

Personal Mention


Pattye Stragar wants you to “get moving.”
“Exercise is good for you physically and mentally. It reduces stress, improves your memory and makes you sleep better,” said Stragar, Carnegie Mellon University’s fitness operations manager. “I don’t care if it’s just standing up and sitting down at your desk. I just want you to do something.”    read more...


M. Shernell Smith, assistant director in the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs, was honored by the New Pittsburgh Courier as a member of its FAB40, a group of 40 African-American men and women under the age of 40 who are helping to change the Pittsburgh community for the better. “Their actions and example are a clear signal to the Western Pennsylvania region there is a cadre of committed young adults who have demonstrated the ability, determination, focus and fortitude to tackle the challenges that lie ahead,” said Rod Doss, editor and publisher of the New Pittsburgh Courier. Smith was honored at a reception last Thursday (March 10) at the Fairmont Pittsburgh.

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Matt DEmilio Matt D'Emilio (center) and Evie Fisher (left) were nominated along with his colleagues for the 2014 Andy Award for Outstanding Dedication. The University Contracts Office Team (L-R): Evie Fisher, Matthew D'Emilio and Dave Duncan. Not pictured: Lisa Rabner.

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Sharon Cavlovich

The School of Computer Science (SCS) honored outstanding faculty and staff members on March 27th during its annual Founder's Day ceremony.

Sharon Cavlovich (left), assistant to the director, Machine Learning Department, won the Outstanding Staff Award. Ms. Cavlovich currently serves as Co-Chair of Staff Council's Kennywood & Entertainment Discounts Committee.

Sylvia Smith

Sylvia Smith (at right), manager of SCS business services, won an award for Sustained Excellence. 


  • Past Chair Jeffrey Harris, was honored with an Andy Award (Outstanding University Contributions) on October 10, 2013
  • Representative Shernell Smith was one of 40 individuals to be given a '40 Under 40' Award in 2013 by Pittsburgh Magazine

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Andy Award winner Jeffrey Harris (right), with fellow winner Helen Wang

  • Representatives of Staff Council (John Lanyon & Pattye Stragar) and Faculty Senate (Roberta Klatzky & Scott Sandage) visited CMU-Qatar in October 2013, at the invitation of the CMU-Qatar Campus.  A special thank you to CMU-Q and the Qatar Foundation for supporting the trip.

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Shopping in Qatar.   (Front, left to right: Roberta Klatzky; Pattye Stragar; John Lanyon.  Rear: Scott Sandage)

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Visiting the camels.  (Left to right: J. Lanyon; R. Klatzky; P. Stragar; S. Sandage)

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Inside a campus building.

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Museum of Islamic Art, Doha

Version: Sept. 24, 2014