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Feb. 25: Carnegie Mellon Showcases Community Outreach Programs, Feb. 28


Abby Houck                    

Carnegie Mellon Showcases
Community Outreach Programs, Feb. 28

PITTSBURGH — Carnegie Mellon University's Leonard Gelfand Center for Service Learning and Outreach is hosting its inaugural "Carnegie Mellon in the Community" event from 2 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28 in Rangos Ballroom, University Center. The event is free and open to the public.

"Carnegie Mellon faculty, students and staff dedicate hours and expertise to individuals and organizations in the Pittsburgh area," said Judith Hallinen, director of the Gelfand Center and assistant vice provost for educational outreach. "While this takes a lot of energy, the people who conduct these activities are motivated because they know that their talents and knowledge aid the community in some way. The event on Feb. 28 will celebrate the efforts of all who dedicate time to these tasks and will allow others to learn of the work that is being done."

Carnegie Mellon impacts the community through more than 85 educational outreach programs. For example:

  • At least 10,000 children participate in Carnegie Mellon education programs each year;
  • K-12 teachers typically earn more than 7,500 professional development hours from Carnegie Mellon activities annually;
  • More than 30 Carnegie Mellon courses incorporate service-learning components, which enable students to assist nonprofit organizations while they develop new knowledge and skills;
  • More than 90 Carnegie Mellon students are providing low-cost assistance to nonprofit organizations through the community service component of the Federal Work-Study program this semester.

Additional information on "Carnegie Mellon in the Community" and descriptions of educational outreach programs are available at
Schedule of Events:

2 p.m. — World Drumming Presentation
Featuring Natalie Ozeas, professor and assistant head of Carnegie Mellon's School of Music; Shawn VanMastrigt, Wilkinsburg High School music teacher; and Wilkinsburg High School student musicians.

In partnership with Pittsburgh Public Schools, the Wilkinsburg School District and the River City Brass Band, Carnegie Mellon's School of Music has purchased a set of world drums for 12 schools and provides intensive training in the World Drumming Curriculum  ( for music teachers.

2:30 p.m. — Remarks from Councilman Bill Peduto on the impact universities have on their communities

3 p.m. — Faculty and Staff Panel: "Why are you involved in community service and outreach activities?"

4 p.m. — Student Panel: "Why are you involved in community service and outreach activities?"

5:45 p.m. — Raffle

2-6 p.m. — Poster presentations and demonstrations from programs including:

Alpha Phi Omega
Career Center Community Service Work-Study Program
Carnegie Mellon Arts Alliance
Carnegie Mellon Institute for Talented Elementary and Secondary Students (C-MITES)
Fostering Academic and Social Achievement (FASA)
Green Design Apprenticeship Program
Institute for Complex Engineered Systems (ICES)
Lambda Sigma
Modern Languages
Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Physical Sciences
Physics Concept Outreach Program
Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center
Pittsburgh Teachers Institute
Program for Research and Outreach on Gender Equity in Society (PROGRESS)
Robotics Academy
School of Music
Science Van
Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research
Student Life Office
Students In Free Enterprise
Studio for Creative Inquiry
Tech Bridge World
Western Pennsylvania Brownfields Center