Carnegie Mellon University

Sept. 01, 2023

Greetings, Students & Scholars!

Congrats, Tartans, you made it through the first week of classes! Now enjoy the long weekend with some fun on and off-campus events. We hope you enjoy this issue of the OIE "Friday Greetings" email.

OIE & CMU News & Events

Labor Day Weekend and Closure

The university will be closed Monday, Sept. 4, in observance of Labor Day. This includes OIE and other administrative offices. Additionally, there will be no classes. The university will re-open on Tuesday, Sept. 5. Want to learn more about the holiday? Check out this explanation.

Reminder: Semester Add/Drop

Remember that the semester Add/Drop deadline is Sept. 11. To maintain your immigration status, you must remain a full-time student. If you're considering a schedule change, be sure you meet the minimum credit requirement (36 units). Learn more about the Add/Drop process.


Decorative banner for The Fair

Get connected! Check out The FAIR on Wednesday, Sept. 6, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on The Cut. The FAIR showcases many of CMU's 300+ student organizations, 23 sorority and fraternity organizations, and partners from around campus and the Pittsburgh community. The entire CMU community is invited to explore ways to get involved at Carnegie Mellon and beyond.

Volunteer Fair

SLICE logo with the scotty dog

Want to get involved? On Friday, Sept. 1, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the Rangos Ballroom. Talk with individuals who are as passionate about civic engagement as you are. Students, faculty, staff and local alumni can connect with more than 50 local, non-profit and campus student organizations that focus on direct service, activism, philanthropy, and community building. Learn more about this event.

"Lights On" in the Fine and Rare Book Room: Visual Design

Need a break or a little inspiration? On Wednesday, Sept. 6, from 1 to 4 p.m., head over to Hunt Library. Curious about what unique and rare materials you can't find on the library's typical bookshelf? Check out Lights on in the Fine and Rare Book Room, a series of themed open houses showcasing materials from the University Libraries Distinctive Collections holdings. There's lots to explore, from 1960s industrial design renderings to visually striking posters and artist books. Learn more about this event.

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Join us on Twitter! Follow us on Twitter to stay up to date with the latest announcements and all things OIE related. 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

Rib Fest

Collage of images of crowds at previous rib fests

The countdown to Steelers kickoff is on! Now through Sept. 4, check out The Kickoff and Rib Festival at Acrisure Stadium (formerly Heinz Field). This event features concerts by national artists, national rib vendors, games and more. Want to check out some Steelers' history? The FedEx Great Hall is open for fans to view the team's Super Bowl trophies, the Hall of Fame Museum, Steelers memorabilia, the Terrible Towel Wall and more. Learn more about the event.

Irish Festival

Event poster with the text celebrating the magic of Ireland, Pittsburgh Irish Festival, Sept. 8-10, Carrie Blast Furnaces

Pittsburgh has strong Irish roots that we celebrate all year long, but nothing is quite like the Irish Festival. From Sept. 8-10, celebrate the Irish experience in America. This festival showcases the beauty of Irish dance, music, and literature with performances and events featuring traditional weavers, Irish historians, lace makers, storytellers, Gaelic symbol drawing, and harp and whistle demonstrations, and the Children's Area. Student tickets are $18 with a student ID. Learn more about the event or purchase tickets in advance.

POGOH Community Ride

Event poster with an image of bike riders and text POGOH Community Ride, start location Liberty Ave. and Stanwix Street, Sept. 2 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Let's ride! On Saturday, Sept. 2, at 10 a.m., join other cycling enthusiasts for an intermediate bike ride to the Riverview Observatory on the Northside. This route contains a mixture of paved roads, bike lanes, and dedicated trails. You will ride along the river, climb a canopied hill, and take a loop around Pittsburgh's beautiful observatory. Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project's (PUMP) mission is to make Pittsburgh the most dynamic and diverse place by engaging, educating, and mobilizing all young people to create change in our community. Interested in going? Register in advance!

Have an Event or Announcement for Friday Greetings?

If you have an event or announcement that you wish to submit for inclusion in OIE's Friday Greetings newsletter, please submit it to Information should be submitted by Wednesday at 5 p.m. EST for inclusion in the following Friday's newsletter.

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