Carnegie Mellon University
October 08, 2015

Cèilidh Weekend 2015

Ceilidh Weekend Football

With the return of fall weather comes football, fun and festivities as the Carnegie Mellon University community gathers at the Pittsburgh campus Oct. 8–11. Cèilidh Weekend celebrates many of the aspects that make the institution a special home for the families of faculty, staff, students and more than 100,000 alumni.

"We welcome all members of the community — alumni, parents, friends — and of course students, faculty and staff — to celebrate and enjoy the breadth of events," said Rebecca Albrecht Allison (CMU 1996, HNZ 2001), CMU alumni association board president. "There's such vibrancy and energy on our campus, and this weekend is a perfect showcase of all that makes Carnegie Mellon unique and amazing."

Along with performances, receptions, lectures and activities, there will be plenty of athletic entertainment, as Saturday promises cross-country meets and conference soccer, all culminating in a rousing evening football game.

"We're really excited to cap off a whole, incredible day of Carnegie Mellon athletics with a nighttime football game," said Joshua Centor, director of athletics, physical education and recreation. "It'll be fun for everybody enjoying the festivities."

For details and the full list events, check out the complete Cèilidh schedule. A few additional highlights include:

1 p.m.
Spring Carnival Theme Reveal
Discover the theme of Spring Carnival 2016, the first to be hosted in the College of Fine Arts parking lot.  

2:30 p.m.
LaunchCMU — A Technology Startup & Research Showcase: The Business of Learning
Join the CMU's Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship as it highlights entrepreneurship, including featured presentations by Duolingo, Expii and Digital Dream Labs.

4:45 p.m.
Cèilidh Lecture: War & the Humanities
Hear comments by Rick Atkinson, a Pulitzer Prize winner, a journalist at The Washington Post and the best-selling author of "The Liberation Trilogy," a narrative history of the liberation of Europe in World War II.

1 p.m.
The John & Mary Lou Lehoczky Lecture Series: "What's Gone Wrong in Washington & Why It Doesn't Have To Be This Way"
Listen to remarks by Olympia Snowe, a former U.S. Senator from Maine (1995-2013) and U.S. House Representative (1979–1995).

4:30 p.m.
100th Year Celebration of CMU Psychology – Past, Present & Future
Learn more about this event and others during this yearlong celebration.

8 p.m.
Scotch'n'Soda's 8th Annual Charity Cabaret
Join Scotch'n'Soda for a night of musical theatre.

9:30 a.m.
University Address
Join CMU Provost Farnam Jahanian as he shares what lies ahead for the university.

1:30 p.m.
Hard Hat Tours
Get a sneak peek at the new expansion of the Cohon University Center set to open this spring, with fitness spaces, a studio theater and more.

6 p.m.
CMU Football vs. Bethany College
Come cheer on our Tartans as they take on the Bison. Can't make it? The game will be live streamed.

8 p.m.
Diwali Gala
Enjoy the Mayur South Asian Student Association's celebration of South Asian culture with authentic food, lively music and activities.

Throughout: School of Drama's "Much Ado About Nothing"
Don't forget to catch William Shakespeare's wittiest play, a comedy of two sophisticates felled by Cupid's arrow, resulting in a journey of love and laughter.

Related Links:
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