The BXA Intercollege Degree Programs support an outstanding group of innovative students. These students are creative thinkers who have unique visions of how their two disciplines combine to offer them an individualized education. They are often campus leaders who are honored with both artistic and scholarly awards. BXA students frequently complete internships and senior capstone projects that contribute to shaping their career path. Post-graduation may include graduate school, service, or employment related to one or both of their chosen concentrations.

As of August 2017, 436 students have graduated from BHA, 71 from BSA, and 43 from BCSA.

Alumni, Parents, and Friends of BXA can Give in the Following Ways:

Go to and select BXA Intercollege Degree Programs (BHA/BSA/BCSA). Follow the rest of the steps and you're done.

When you get an appeal through the mail from the Office of Annual Giving, fill out the pledge card, select “Other” and write in the program you would like to support (BXA). Then mail it, along with a check (made out to Carnegie Mellon University) or credit card info, back to Carnegie Mellon in the envelope provided.

Throughout the year, the Student Telefund Program attempts to reach alumni. When you take the call, the student caller will be happy to help you make a donation allocated to BXA. Or you can call the Office of Annual Giving at 412-268-2021 to make your donation.

Gifts will go directly to the BXA Intercollege Degree Programs to fund activities, special events, and projects for current students.

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Alumni Highlights

It is always a great joy to hear from BHA, BSA, and BCSA alumni. Their lives continue to reflect their beautifully textured and individualized undergraduate experiences.

Andy Biar
BCSA 2014 Computer Science and Music Technology
Mixed Reality Developer/Designer, Universal Creative

Andy BiarAndy’s work delivers novel experiences through emerging media, and is characterized by the use of a wide range of software and hardware platforms.

In his current positon, Andy: Designs and develops next-generation attraction prototypes, crafting novel experiences with a wide range of software and hardware. Seeks and establishes technical partnerships across the Comcast NBCUniversal family, cross-pollinating ideas, sharing tools, and unlocking additional revenue streams by finding markets for Mixed Reality content development throughout the enterprise. Develops custom facial animation and mapping algorithms used in the interactive Vol show at Volcano Bay Resort™. Designs, develops, and deploys an iPad application for the Attractions Operations team that eliminates a slow paperwork process for ensuring safe loading of ride vehicles (Currently in use at Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon™).

Marissa Suvi Gluskin
BHA 2012 Psychology and Music Performance with a minor in Global Systems Management
Product Quality & Community, Seesaw Learning

Marissa Suvi GluskinSuvi Gluskin graduated from the BHA program in December 2012, with concentrations in Classical Voice and Child Development. Throughout her time at CMU she was very involved on campus as a participant in several conservatory performances, a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Greek organization, a Teacher’s Assistant at the Carnegie Mellon Children's School, and a student researcher in the Infant Language Acquisition Research Lab.

Since graduation, she has worked at UCSF Children's Benioff Hospital as a Music Therapy Intern, at LeapFrog on the Infant and Toddler Toy Content Team, a freelance craft collaborator for Klutz (Craft Books), did voice over work and works full-time at PBS KIDS where she supported content development for all PBS KIDS digital apps and web games, and is now with Seesaw Learning.

Alia Poonawala
BSA 2011 Biological Sciences and Drama
Ironhack Miami, General Manager

Alia PoonawalaAlia is a strategic communications professional, with a focus on tech and education. With five years background in start-up's and learning institutions, she has been able to fulfill her passion of helping companies grow their revenue, communicate their unique messages, and change student's lives through learning. 

When she's not doing that, she can be found traveling to far-off lands to sample new dishes, channeling her creativity in acting classes, or trying to get some much-needed time in nature.

Evan Shimizu
BCSA 2014, Computer Science and Drama
PhD Student and Teaching Assistant, CMU Computer Science

Evan ShimizuEvan is a third year PhD student at Carnegie Mellon University in the Computer Science Department Graphics Lab, advised by Kayvon Fatahalian. His research seeks to build new systems for providing artists and designers with tools for intuitively controlling lighting at scale. His lighting control framework, Lumiverse, has been presented at SXSW. His current project is all about providing better ways to do lighting design by using high-level descriptions to assist with exploring the design space. He received a Bachelor of Computer Science and Arts (Lighting Design) from Carnegie Mellon University in 2014, after spending many late nights in the theater and coding graphics projects.

Connor Sites-Bowen
BHA 2008, Creative Urbanism
Distribution Manager and Inventory Analyst, Global Links

Connor Sites-BowenConnor Sites-Bowen lives, loves, and works in Pittsburgh PA. This city electrifies him, keeps him turned on. He functions on pedestrian density. He thrives on serendipitous meetings. He's a coffee shop sketch artist, a people watcher, a logistician. He's a nights and weekends guy. He has big hopes and complicated thoughts.

He works at Global Links, where he manages their distribution programs and keeps their inventory flowing. Global Links redirects still-useful medical materials away from landfills and towards health initiatives, both locally and internationally, mostly in Latin America.

From 2010 to 2015, he worked at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, where he coordinated their Produce to People program – large-scale produce distributions across the region.

He's moved millions of pounds of food and millions of dollars of medical supplies to people in need. This is his artistic practice.

Mary Tremonte
BHA 2000, Creative Writing, Gender Studies and Art
OCAD University MFA 2014, Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design

Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council, Artist in Residence

Mary TremonteMary Tremonte is an artist, educator, and DJ. After five years in Toronto to study for her MFA and work with community arts in Canada, Mary has returned to Pittsburgh. She works with the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council, through the Office of Public Art, as their first artist in residence, as part of an initiative to build connections between refugees and immigrants in Pittsburgh through creative collaborative projects.

A member of Justseeds Artists' Cooperative, Mary uses printmaking as a catalyst for social
change, working in tandem with grassroots groups working for social and environmental justice and equity. As DJ Mary Mack, she strives to make safe(r) spaces on dance floors for embodying a body politic with pleasure. 

Mary has exhibited, taught workshops, lectured, and performed throughout Pittsburgh and
Toronto, as well as internationally. She has presented projects with Justseeds in venues such as the PNCA in Portland, OR, the 2011 Graphic Arts Biennial in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and the 2011 Pittsburgh Biennial at the Miller Gallery at CMU. Recent solo exhibitions include Manchester Craftsmans Guild (Pittsburgh, 2017) and Redd Flagg (Toronto, 2017). She loves working with teens and was an artist in residence with Power Youth at the Power Plant Contemporary Art Centre, and a visiting artist with the youth council at the Art Gallery of Ontario, both in Toronto. She worked in the education department at the Andy Warhol Museum for almost a decade as an artist educator and youth programs coordinator, and values art education as a vehicle for empowerment and amplifying underrepresented voices.

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