Carnegie Mellon University

Tartan Community Day

October 16, 2020

This day is designed to bring together students, faculty, staff and alumni to take a break from business as usual and to connect, reflect, restore and have fun.

Join the entire campus community for a break from business as usual. This year's theme centers around the power of rest.  

The morning has been intentionally left open for community members to take the time to pause and to rejuvenate. The afternoon and evening will offer sessions and activities that will inspire a connection to self, connection to others, and connection to our Tartan community. For questions, email CMU Experience.

Schedule of Events

A Conversation with Eliza Bishop (DC 2004): The Permission to Rest

Digitally Presented Live via Zoom Link
12 – 12:45 p.m. 

Tartan Community Day kicks off with a discussion with alumna Eliza Bishop, a certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor and Meditation Guide, as we explore what it means to offer self-compassion in this time of uncertainty and challenge. How do we rest an overactive mind? How do we resist the constant push to “do” and learn how to “be?” The session will include a fireside chat, an effortless interactive activity, followed by Q&A from the audience. There is no need for specific attire or a mat and being seated at your desk is perfectly fine; all you need to do is show up exactly as you are and join us in the path to a greater mind-body connection.

Eliza was introduced to Iyengar Yoga in 2002 while completing her academic degree at Carnegie Mellon University. Grateful for the relief from chronic back and neck pain, Eliza grew to appreciate the insight yoga offers into the connections between physical, mental, and emotional patterns and its value as a tool for developing the mind.

In 2008, Eliza made her first trip to India to study with living lineage masters. During these years in India, Eliza also undertook Buddhist study courses, completed meditation retreats, and continues these practices, as an integrated part of her daily life. Eliza also enjoys working with language and has published a full length book of poetry, regularly has articles or poems appear in journals and magazines, and currently works as an editor and proofreader for the Namchak Foundation.

Eliza guides yearly retreats, has a podcast "Beyond Bones, Kitchen Table Conversations with a Doctor and her Yoga Teacher," is highly invested in working privately with clients to change their mindsets, and she is invested in continually learning along these paths of transformation.

 

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Choose Your Own Tartan Adventure

This is your day to use how you need it most, so choose your own adventure! Whether you rejuvenate through art, writing, reflecting on your self-care or a walk in nature, there will be something for everyone.

1- 4 p.m. Miller Institute Tour:  Zoom
Get an exclusive tour of the "Get Out the Vote" poster campaign, in partnership with the League of Women Voters. The campaign invites AIGA members to design nonpartisan posters to commemorate the beginning of 100 years of women’s voting rights and motivate the American public to register and turn out to vote in the 2020 election. After the tour, join Terry Irwin, director of the Transition Design Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, for a Q&A. 

1- 1:30 p.m. Koru Mindfulness: Zoom 
Join Danny Sharara to learn how meditation can be used as a pathway to building resilience during a pandemic and beyond”. The Q&A is open to all CMU community members.
PLEASE REGISTER FOR ZOOM LINK

1- 2 p.m. Activities Board Chili Cook-Off:  Instagram Live
The 17th Annual chili Cook-Off is adapting to the virtual space! Featuring a live-streamed chili cooking demonstration with students from the activities board and chefs from Chartwells, join us to learn how to cook the perfect chili for fall. Submit your own chili recipe to be compiled into a digital Carnegie Mellon chili cookbook that will be distributed online.

1-2 p.m. Time Not Wasted: Zoom
Practicing wellness can be hard. Join both undergraduate and graduate students for a meaningful conversation on finding a wellness path, working through setbacks, prioritizing rest, practicing self-compassion, and living through a pandemic. No one has this figured out, but we are here to help each other. OPEN TO CMU STUDENTS ONLY. 
PLEASE REGISTER FOR ZOOM LINK. 

1- 2:30 p.m. Writing Unplugged: Creative Inspirations for Writing that Restores: Zoom 
There's a hunger to know our own truth and to speak in the language of our heart and soul. Herein lies the magic of Expressive Writing. In this workshop, we will have opportunities to experience how writing can provide us with deep restorative moments to connect with our creative imaginations that help us to flourish in times of constriction and challenge. Writing can relish the fragmented experiences of our lives to regain a sense of wholeness. We will pair poems and other inspirations for writing with spontaneous writing and sharing. Or, you may choose to write for yourself in this meditative space. You will discover how writing can transform sticky problems into hope, possibility and clarity and gather information on starting a writing practice.

Laurie McMillan has 36 years of nursing experience and is an Expressive Writing Facilitator. She feels her real calling is to use poetry and other literary forms to help people get access, and to voice, the wisdom they already have but don't experience because they cannot find the words in ordinary language. She knows how rich our imaginations are once given permission to reveal themselves without barriers. Currently she is in training to be a counselor and also pursuing a MFA in fiction.

2- 2:30 p.m. Experiencing Zoom Fatigue? Want to Consider an Alternative Platform for Connection-Building? Google Meets
Dawn is a national student organization dedicated to empowering more empathetic virtual connections at CMU. We are working closely with CMU's Center for Diversity and Inclusion to pilot a more empathetic video conferencing platform across the CMU campus. If you'd like to learn more about what we do and are interested in joining us, please attend our session!

TCD Live Yoga with Violinist

Asynchronous Samplers: Rest on your own timeline

Having Zoom fatigue?  Here are a number of CMU curated activities to participate in during the 1-4 p.m. time. 

 

CMU Spotify Channels

The Power of Rest Newsletter

Unpack U presents: Care for U | Flex with JuJu
A print out of the exercises has also been provided by Unpack U. 

Unpack U presents: Love Your Mug
A print out of the recipe has also been provided by Unpack U. 

CMU Coloring Book

CMU Strangers Project

Frick Walk

Fall Foliage Walk in Schenley

A Wellness Panel Conversation: Tepper MBA student and Wellness Committee Chair Frank Avino hosted a wellness panel conversation this September with a representative from Counseling and Psychological Services, the Student Academic Success Center, and Student Affairs Wellness Initiatives. Listen in to hear perspectives on prioritizing new demands, the balance between productivity and burn-out, and learning how to set new boundaries along the way. Password: 2%b4!6EU

PuzzleHunt CMU
Puzzlehunt CMU is proud to present some of the best-received puzzles from our Spring 2020 hunt. Once you think you have the correct answer, you can check it on the linked page. If you are stuck, you can email puzzlehunt-staff@lists.andrew.cmu.edu, and we'll try to get you unstuck. 

 

 

Healthy Heart Rate Boosters
Five quick sessions you can do at home to support your upper body, lower body, mobility, full body, and/or core with CMU Athletics Fitness Instructor Nate Frezzell.

Grind Culture in the Job Search: Debunking Myths that Rob You of Rest
Join the Career & Professional Development Center’s (CPDC) Career Consultants and Career Peer Mentors (CPM) to discuss grind culture and job search myths that permeate CMU’s career-focused campus, as well as how to care for yourself during the flurry of internship and full-time application season.

The Value of Communal Rest: Perspectives on Rest as a Spiritual Practice
Join Religious & Spiritual Life Initiatives staff and a panel of CMU community members to explore the notion of rest as an individual and a community practice. We will discuss how various religious & spiritual worldview traditions encourage rest. This panel hopes to offer big picture philosophical and theological teachings on rest and practical rituals that may inspire your own routine



 

2:30-4 p.m. Writing Unplugged: Creative Inspirations for Writing that Restores: Zoom 
There's a hunger to know our own truth and to speak in the language of our heart and soul. Herein lies the magic of Expressive Writing. In this workshop, we will have opportunities to experience how writing can provide us with deep restorative moments to connect with our creative imaginations that help us to flourish in times of constriction and challenge. Writing can relish the fragmented experiences of our lives to regain a sense of wholeness. We will pair poems and other inspirations for writing with spontaneous writing and sharing. Or, you may choose to write for yourself in this meditative space. You will discover how writing can transform sticky problems into hope, possibility and clarity and gather information on starting a writing practice.

Laurie McMillan has 36 years of nursing experience and is an Expressive Writing Facilitator. She feels her real calling is to use poetry and other literary forms to help people get access, and to voice, the wisdom they already have but don't experience because they cannot find the words in ordinary language. She knows how rich our imaginations are once given permission to reveal themselves without barriers. Currently she is in training to be a counselor and also pursuing a MFA in fiction.

2:30-4 p.m. Self Care Matters Workshop: Zoom 
So you think you know what self-care is? Ta’lor L. Pinkston, The Heart Advocate, will shift your perspective around self-care in her interactive workshop, Self-Care Matters. By attending, you will gain and understanding of the importance of all types of self-care and learn how to give yourself permission to practice and credit for choosing to take care of your mind, body and soul.

Ta'lor L. Pinkston created The Heart Advocate to help individuals choose self-love as a coping skill for mental health and healing (including non-binary and transgender individuals). The Heart Advocate provides individual virtual self-love therapy, group workshops, and speaks across Pittsburgh about the importance of self-love in mental health. Ta'lor also works as the Moving Beyond Depression Therapist at Healthy Start Inc., Pittsburgh where she provides Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to prenatal and postpartum mothers. Ta'lor manages a virtual self-help group, Healing Over Everything (H.O.E.), a safe-space and community for healing. You can find The Heart Advocate on social media where she shares how to defy Inner Bullies, build self-worth, be body positive, and how to cope with mental health and healing with self-love. 

2:30-4 p.m. Introduction to Figure Drawing with Graduate Student Assembly: Zoom
Grab your pencils and paper and join GSA for an awesome drawing class from the amazing Gloria Swansong! You’ll learn the basics of figure drawing during this relaxing and fun session.

3- 3:45 p.m. Self-Compassionate Eating: Zoom
In times of stress, you may find that your body is communicating hunger and satiety cues that feel different, which can trigger your inner self-critic and a desire to mute these signals. We will explore eating with self-compassion by approaching changes to our eating patterns with curiosity and kindness. We can honor our hunger by giving ourselves permission to listen to our body’s need for nourishment and implementing a flexible, gentle nutrition practice.



Memory Stones

#BlackLivesMatter: A Moderated Discussion

Zoom 
4-5 p.m.

What is the intended meaning behind #BlackLivesMatter and why are 'some' in conflict with its intended purpose and meaning in the midst of societal and social unrest surrounding Black Lives and police brutality. Tune in as alumni across racial intersections weigh in and share their perspectives regarding the impacts of the #BlackLivesMatter movement and respond to how they are seeing its impact on campus today.

 

BLM v ALM Signs

Fireside Chat with Headspace's Manager of Global Engagement, Tom Freeman: The Value of Rest and Renewal

Zoom 
7- 7:45 p.m.

Join Tom Freeman, Manager of Global Engagement at Headspace, to learn how intentional breaks and rest are critical to the work of an industry leader. This virtual chat will include a restful meditation and specific strategies for embedding restful breaks into an active day.

Tom has dedicated his career to making companies happy places to work. After completing his Master’s degree in Business Psychology, Tom joined Headspace in 2012 when the company had only a handful of employees in a small London office. His roles at Headspace have included working in HR, learning & development, organizational culture management, science research and more recently founding the ‘Headspace for work’ engagement team. His role involves working with Headspace’s ‘Headspace for Work’ clients globally to support them in building a culture of using Headspace in their workplaces. He has spoken at events and conferences on the topics of mindfulness, well-being at work, and workplace culture. He lives in LA and also loves playing the drums.

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Tartan Together Presents: Scotch'n'Soda and Drag Bingo 
8-10 p.m.

As the day turns into evening, start Homecoming Weekend right at Tartan Together presents Scotch 'n' Soda and Drag Bingo.  

8-9 p.m. TisbertxNPP Presents: Jest in Peace: Twitch
In this castle, comedy is king. A court jester’s performance is a matter of life and death. Will the king be pleased with his jesters? Tune into this live-streamed multimedia comedy performance that blends sketch comedy, improv, and stand-up. YOU get to be on the court and decide the future of the kingdom. TWITCH ACCOUNTS REQUIRED FOR COMMENT DURING EVENT.  

9-10 p.m. Drag Bingo with Lola LeCroix: Zoom 
Get ready to type B-I-N-G-O with virtual Drag Bingo hosted by Pittsburgh’s very own Lola LeCroix. Free to play, come have fun, enjoy a show, and win some awesome prizes. We’ll be playing multiple rounds of bingo throughout the evening.

 

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