Carnegie Mellon University

Tartan Community Day is a day for students, faculty and staff to take a break from the daily norm and to connect, restore and play, in ways that are most meaningful to you.  There are no classes for students and staff/ faculty are encourage to participate as they are able. 

This year’s theme is connection, in all of its various forms, and the joy that comes from it. Connection can be big or it can be small, rambunctious or quiet, a moment or a lasting journey. It can be a connection to oneself, to a friend, to community and so much more.

During a time when change has been constant and life has presented challenges, we find joy through connection – by celebrating being on campus in a shared space whether in person or virtual, nurturing ourselves through self-care and self-exploration, and lifting each other up as we strengthen CMU’s diverse and strong knit community.  For questions, email Tartan Community Day. 

Schedule of Events

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Tartan Food Truck Fest

Various Locations across Campus
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
REGISTRATION STRONGLY ENCOURAGED

Tartan Community Day kicks off with our official food truck fest. Grab your complimentary lunch outside of the Cohon University Center or Tepper Business School and head to one of the various outdoor tents to enjoy!  

Visit some local favorites including: Main Squeeze Food Truck, Vagabond Tacos, Billu's Indian Grill, Revival Chili, Halal PGH, Cousins Maine Lobster, La Palapa, Jim & Benny's Chicken Shack, PGH Crepes, Mr. Bulgogi, and many more! 

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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’re a thrill seeker, yogi or artist, there will be something for everyone.

11-12 p.m. Lán: Our Story in Wean Commons
Join us to contribute to a collaborative visual piece that highlights the heritage languages present in our community and connect with others over culture, language, and snacks.

11-12:30 p.m. Light of Life Service Project in Connan Room, Cohon University Center
Light of Life Rescue Mission offers a wide range of services to the hungry and homeless in the Northside of Pittsburgh, providing food, shelter and hope to their clients. Help make and package meals for the Bagged Lunch Project for men utilizing the emergency overnight shelter.

11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Zip Line 
Should off your adventurous side and take a quick ride on the zip line across The Mall! 

11 a.m.- 3 pm. Petting Zoo on CFA Lawn

11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Fire Pits near the Fence

11 a.m.- 3 p.m.  Fall Bar in Kirr Commons
 Come enjoy our traditional fall bar in Kirr Commons with specialty hot chocolate, coffee, tea and popcorn to go! 

11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Outdoor Games 
Come out and play! Friendly and competitive games will be set up in The Cut. Perfect for engaging with friends and hanging with the athletics staff while playing cornhole, can jam, spike ball and volleyball with athletic staff.

11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Inflatable Escape Rooms 

Work together as part of a group of up to 8 people to solve challenging and unique clues, puzzles, and codes. Escape rooms include: 
Area 51: 
Strange Things always seem to be happening at Area 51. Take a tour of this mysterious facility but don't be left inside!
Bank Heist: The Bank has closed but you have managed to stay inside. You can now try to break into the safe and rob the bank because you have some inside help.

11 p.m.- 3 p.m. Here For You, Exchanging Wellness Letters
Come see Here For You for an opportunity to anonymously share your thoughts, mental health stories, and reflections on how your semester has been going! After grabbing some positive comics and candy, check out our online board to see how your peers are feeling. 

12-2 p.m. Health, Wellness, and Athletics Center First Look, in Danforth Conference Room, CUC
Join campus design and facilities development staff and architects from Bohlin Cywinski Jackson to preview the new center, scheduled to open August, 2024. Participants will have the opportunity to experience a virtual walkthrough of the new center, learn about key building features, and provide feedback for the design.

11-3 p.m. 5th and Clyde: A Gathering of CMU Musicians (and Music Lovers), at Fifth Avenue Neighborhood Commons (4735 Fifth Ave)
Looking for a space to practice your craft? Want to start a band or simply play with other musicians? Come to the new Neighborhood Commons to get a tour of the music practice rooms and have the opportunity to connect with other CMU musicians. Bring your own instrument if you want to jam (drums, keyboard, mic, and amps provided in the Jam Room).

1-2 p.m. Service Project: Hello Neighbor at McKenna, Peter
As we focus on the theme of connection today, we invite you to help create connections for newly resettled refugee and immigrant families in Pittsburgh. We will be creating birthday cards for the organization Hello Neighbor, who works with newly arrived families in Pittsburgh. Stop by and create cards to be delivered to these families!

1-3 p.m. Libraries Video Room Collection 
The Video Collection Room of Hunt Library contains over 15,000 DVD titles and the Libraries’ Access Services team is working hard to make them available to the campus community. Stop in and connect with Lauren Calloway, Media Circulation Assistant, to learn more about their future plans and what the collection has to offer, and don’t forget to make yourself a movie-themed button while you’re there.


 

Group X Samplers

Group X Samplers in CUC Exercise Studios
Check out the many Group X-ercise classes offered:  Yoga, Indoor Cycling, Total Body, Barre, West African Dance and Kickboxing.

11-11:45 a.m. Indoor Cycling with Randy in Indoor Cycling Studio

11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Yoga with Jill in Keeler

12-12:45 p.m. Total Body with Randy in Studio A. Kenner

1:15- 2:15 p.m.  Barre with Tammy in Keeler
2:30-3:30 p.m. Yoga with Nate in Studio A. Kenner

3- 4 p.m. West African Dance with Dolores in Keeler

3:45- 4:30 p.m. Indoor Cycling with Nate in Indoor Cycling Studio

5- 5:45 p.m. Kickboxing with Karen in Studio A. Kenner

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL BELOW EVENTS

NOTE: While event has reached advance registration capacity, limited onsite walk-in capacity may be available

11- 11:45 a.m. Yoga with Live Music in CFA Great Hall
Breathe, stretch and flow as live music resonates through the majestic arches of CFA’s Great Hall, or simply relax on your mat and enjoy the music. Mats provided or bring your own.

11-12 p.m. Tetris Tournament in Tech Spark Maker Space, ANSYS Hall 
The TechSpark Makerspace team invites you to connect with other CMU community members in a high-score, high-stakes Tetris tournament with some serious CMU swag prizes. 

12- 12:45 p.m. Yoga with Live Music in CFA Great Hall
Breathe, stretch and flow as live music resonates through the majestic arches of CFA’s Great Hall, or simply relax on your mat and enjoy the music. Mats provided or bring your own.

1-2 p.m. Tetris Tournament in Tech Spark Maker Space, ANSYS Hall 
The TechSpark Makerspace team invites you to connect with other CMU community members in a high-score, high-stakes Tetris tournament with some serious CMU swag prizes. 

1:30-2 p.m. Scottie Sound Bath  in WQED Studio B
Lie comfortably as the ethereal sounds of singing bowls, gong, and ocean drum transport you to a state of deep relaxation. 

2-3 p.m. Tetris Tournament in Tech Spark Maker Space, ANSYS Hall 
The TechSpark Makerspace team invites you to connect with other CMU community members in a high-score, high-stakes Tetris tournament with some serious CMU swag prizes. 

2:30-3 p.m. Scottie Sound Bath  in WQED Studio B
Lie comfortably as the ethereal sounds of singing bowls, gong, and ocean drum transport you to a state of deep relaxation. 

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"Because I said I would. The importance of a promise." featuring keynote speaker, Alex Sheen

Simmons Auditorium, Tepper Building
2 – 3 p.m. 
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

NOTE: While event has reached advance registration capacity, limited onsite walk-in capacity may be available

Alex Sheen is the founder of because I said I would, a social movement and nonprofit dedicated to bettering humanity through promises made and kept. Sparked by the loss of his father, Alex and his organization send “promise cards” to anyone anywhere in the world at no cost. Alex is someone who truly honors commitment. He once walked over 240 miles across the entire state of Ohio in 10 days to fulfill a promise. In just two years, because I said I would has sent over 3.15 million promise cards to over 153 different countries. The promises written on these cards have made headlines around the world. His charitable projects and awareness campaigns have been featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, CNN, The Today Show, NPR, The Los Angeles Times and many other programs.”

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend, in person, while space is available. Additional watch party space will be available in the PNC Foundation Event room on the second floor of the Tepper Quad. 

Community Connections: Designing Rituals For Joy and Connection

Rangos, Cohon University Center
3:30 – 5 p.m.
Event has limited in-person capacity, so advance registration is required. 

In this interactive session, we will explore connections within our community as related to promises kept, led by Kursat Ozenc, Margaret Hagan and members of our Tartan community. We'll learn about the power of rituals to help us with transitions, burnout, and community-building. And we will create some new rituals to try out. Come early as the first 50 attendees will receive some CMU swag!

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Love and Information
November 5: 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Love and Information is a non-narrative play featuring over 60 scenes, each with unique characters and storylines. Like flipping through channels on a television, this play offers brief glances into the mundane as characters navigate love and loss, grapple with ever-present surveillance, and come to terms with their lack of control. Churchill’s play celebrates human connection while constantly questioning what it means to have access to another person’s love and information.

Tickets will be released at noon the day before each performance and are given out on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating is limited. You may also call the Box Office at 412-268-2407 or visit the Box Office located in the main lobby, first floor, Purnell Center for the Arts. Tickets will be sent via email. 
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Tartan Turn It Up: Homecoming Dance

Wiegand Gym, Cohon University Center
8-10 p.m.

The pandemic changed a lot for everyone over the past (almost) two years, including not being able to gather as a group to dance and listen to music. Back in person in 2021, we thought this was the perfect opportunity for a student Homecoming dance!

Whether you want to dance the night away or prefer to hang out with friends, there is something for everyone, including photo booth, henna artist, snacks, refreshments and more to be announced.
  This is a student-only event.