Carnegie Mellon University

December 10, 2021

Greetings, Students & Scholars!

Winter break is almost here! Congratulations on wrapping up your fall semester. OIE is proud of you all. Take a moment to relax and check out these fun events in the city before embarking on your plans for the break! We hope you enjoy this issue of the OIE “Friday Greetings” email.

OIE & CMU News & Events

Reminder: Residence Halls Close for Winter Break

Graphic of the CMU Scotty Dog getting packed for winter break

As a reminder, all residence halls close at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021, for all residents not approved for Winter Break housing in designated open Winter Break buildings. Make sure you are prepared for winter break by checking out these helpful tips, and if you have questions, contact

Updated Travel Guidance

In case you missed it, OIE’s international travel guidance was recently updated, and a news article was posted regarding the U.S. government’s newly announced travel restrictions from some countries in Southern Africa. As the pandemic continues to impact international travel, we encourage community members to carefully consider international travel plans and the related personal risks. Stay up-to-date by frequently viewing CMU’s COVID-19 information and OIE’s news and updates via our website or Twitter.

Connect with us on Social Media

Join us on LinkedIn and Twitter! OIE has officially made the switch to Twitter and LinkedIn. Follow us on Twitter to stay up to date with the latest announcements and all things OIE related. Join our LinkedIn group, and get connected with the OIE community! You can expect the same great content, including all things OIE, news and events, our Friday Greeting round-up, and more. As always, you can reach out directly to OIE by emailing us at We hope to see you there!

Our Pittsburgh Picks

Lawrenceville Cookie Tour

Event graphic Lawrenceville Cookie Tour, Dec. 11, 2021, 11 a.m to 4 p.m. Beginning Dec. 1, earn prizes for shopping at Lawrenceville businesses during the holiday season.
Looking for a sweet treat to kick off winter break? Visit the unique businesses along Butler Street to sample cookies! On Dec. 11, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., you can explore Lawrenceville and sample some tasty treats. You can even collect the recipe cards at each stop to make your own. There are “Take A Break” stops to enjoy a meal or coffee. Check out each spot for a chance to win a prize! This event is free to attend, more information and maps are available.

Oakland 5k Tour

Three runners standing around a statue

Feeling a little cooped up after finals? Try a running tour of Oakland! Explore our local community on a route that passes through both campuses and Schenley Park. Participants will learn about many sites along the way. The pace is casual to accommodate all abilities on this guided tour. More ticketing information is available.

People's Holiday Market

Staying in town over the break? Head over to Market Square from now till Dec. 23 for a holiday experience like no other. Check out the tenth annual Peoples Gas Holiday Market. Walk through wooden chalets brimming with high-quality gifts and holiday experiences uniquely filled with international flair and local charm. Find out more information about the holiday market and check out our Friday Greeting Archive for more ongoing events all season long.

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