Carnegie Mellon University

Nov. 2, 2023

Greetings, Students & Scholars!

Happy Novem-brrr! We hope you are all enjoying this chilly first week of November. Whether you love getting out into the city no matter the temperature or want to stay inside where it's warm and cozy, there's an event for everyone this week. We hope you enjoy this issue of the OIE "Friday Greetings" email.

OIE & CMU News & Events

Daylight Savings Time Ends

Daylight savings time ends this weekend! On Sunday, Nov. 4, at 2 a.m., clocks will fall back by one hour, meaning that 2 a.m. becomes 1 a.m. You'll get an hour of extra sleep between Saturday and Sunday! Most cell phones and computers will automatically account for the time change, but not every device will, so be sure to set your clocks back before going to sleep on Saturday night. You can learn more about the history of Daylight Savings Time and why it exists in the U.S.

Democracy Day

On Nov. 7, join the Tartan community for CMU's inaugural Democracy Day, an opportunity to focus on our institutional commitment to civic service and democracy on Election Day. There will be programming and resources available throughout the day for our entire community to engage in the key ideals of democracy. There are no classes on Democracy Day before 5 p.m., and the entire CMU community is encouraged to participate. Learn more about Democracy Day and the programming.

CuRB Training

Event poster with text culturally responsive bystander student training

On Friday, Nov. 10, from 1 to 6 p.m., join Health Promotion for a Culturally Responsive Bystander Intervention training. This CuRB training will explore how identity, privilege and power impact how we support those around us experiencing power-based interpersonal violence. Participants will practice strategies, skills and tools to be an active bystander. Learn more and register.

HealthyU Survey 2023

At Carnegie Mellon, the holistic health and well-being of students is our top priority. Since 2013, the university has administered HealthyU, an online survey about students' health and well-being and related experiences at CMU. The data from this survey has been used to inform decision-making around policies, programs, and initiatives that foster a culture of wellness, resilience, and personal growth. All students who submit a completed survey will be entered into a lottery to win one of several prizes, including CMU hoodies, scarves, tote bags, Tartan athletic swag, and more. During Tartan Tuesday on Nov. 14 at the Alumni House, take the survey and share your "thank you for completing the survey" email to earn five additional points to what you earn on the prize wheel! Take the Pittsburgh Campus HealthyU Survey and explore the survey's FAQ page.

P.U.B.S. Survivor March

On Sunday, Nov 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., join Pittsburgh Universities Believe Survivors (P.U.B.S.) in a march to support survivors of domestic and sexual violence. The group works to prevent domestic and sexual violence and to ensure that responses to survivors are trauma-informed, culturally responsive, and supportive. This event is sponsored by Carlow, Carnegie Mellon, Chatham, Duquesne, and Pitt. Tartan community members and members of the public are all welcome to participate and support survivors. Learn more about this event and register.

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Our Pittsburgh Picks

Festival of Choirs

Image of choirs on stage singing

On Sunday, Nov. 5, at 4 p.m., check out this special celebration of choral music! Enjoy a wide variety of choral repertoire as each choir presents an individual set. The grand finale brings all on stage together to perform the world premiere of this year's Carol and Robert Woody Choral Commission, composed by Shawn Kirchner. This year, the PCC is honored to partner with Violins of Hope Greater Pittsburgh, which showcases violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. Several of these instruments will be played in the Festival finale. Learn more about this event.

Slovak Heritage Festival

Event poster with text solvak heritage festival

On Sunday, Nov. 5, from 12 to 4 p.m., check out the 33rd Annual Slovak Heritage Festival in the Commons Room of the Cathedral of Learning on the University of Pittsburgh campus in Oakland. This festival features Slovak culture, history, food, crafts, and education. Admission is free, and all are welcome. Learn more about this event.

Adaptive POGOH

Event poster with text adaptive pogoh pittsburgh's adaptive bike rental program adaptive pogoh creates access to cycling for people of all abilities

Fun for everyone! On Friday, Nov. 3, from 12 to 6 p.m., join POGOH for a pop-up adaptive biking event. Pop-up demonstrations allow short trials and demonstrations of the fleet of adaptive bikes that make bike riding accessible for more community members. Take an adaptive cycle for a test ride for up to one hour! Availability is first come, first served. Learn more about this event.

The Wiz

Image from the production of the wiz with people in eleborate costumes

Everybody rejoice and ease on down the road to The Wiz! This groundbreaking twist on The Wizard of Oz changed the face of Broadway—and now, it's in Pittsburgh on a national tour until Nov. 5, before it hits the Broadway stage once more! Packed with soul, gospel, rock, and finger-snapping funk music, there's no place like home to experience this all-new revival of The Wiz. Students, faculty, and staff are eligible for discounted tickets with a valid CMU ID and code 2324CMU. Learn more about this event.


Image of crowd at last year's hometown homegrown event at booths and sampling food

Shop and eat local! On Saturday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., enjoy a taste of the 'Burgh at the Heinz History Center's tenth annual Hometown-Homegrown food festival. More than 40 local food and drink vendors will be on-site to share delicious (and free!) samples of their tastiest food and drinks, from long-time Pittsburgh staples like Isaly's and Wholey's to emerging local businesses. Watch live cooking demonstrations from local culinary personalities in the kitchen classroom, try tasty bites from the region's finest purveyors and eateries, learn more about Western PA's culinary history, and enjoy family-friendly activities throughout the six floors of exhibitions. From savory to sweet, there is something for everyone at the tastiest food expo in 'tahn! Learn more about this event.

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