Carnegie Mellon University

Sept. 08, 2023

Greetings, Students & Scholars!

Fall is in the air! Check out events across campus and the city. Whether you are looking for homemade food from one of the great cultural festivals or want to get involved on campus, there is something for everyone. We hope you enjoy this issue of the OIE "Friday Greetings" email.

OIE & CMU News & Events

Optional Practical Training OPT Q & A Session

December grads interested in OPT? Complete information is available on the Employment Options Overview webpage and the OPT Canvas course, but if you have additional questions, we invite you to attend a virtual question and answer session about Optional Practical Training (OPT) for December graduates on Friday, Sept. 15, from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Register and submit questions for the session in advance.

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.

Big Queer Welcome

Event poster with text Big Queer Weclome and hot air balloons in the shape of hearts made out of the LGBTQIA+ flag

On Friday, Sept. 8, from 4 to 6 p.m., in Merson Courtyard, join the LGBTQIA+ community, advocates and allies in a welcome event to start the new academic year. Learn more about this event.

Introduction to Technical Standards

On Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 11 a.m., join the CMU library team for this in-person workshop. This workshop will help you become familiar with definitions and types of technical standards. You will also be introduced to major standards databases and develop effective standards searching strategies. The basic structure of technical standards will also be covered in the workshop. Advanced registration is required.

Culturally Responsive Bystander Intervention

Event poster with text culturally responsive bystander student training

On Friday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., join your fellow Tartans for a Culturally Responsive Bystander workshop. CuRB training explores how identity, privilege and power impact how we support those around us experiencing power-based interpersonal violence. Practice strategies, skills and tools to be an active bystander. Advanced registration is required.

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Our Pittsburgh Picks


Event poster with text ReelAbilities film festival, sept. 7-13, reely good films

Lights, camera, action! Join Film Pittsburgh for the 11th annual ReelAbilities Pittsburgh film festival Sept. 7-13, at the Pittsburgh Playhouse and virtually! ReelAbilities presents award-winning films that celebrate the lives, stories, and artistic expressions of people living with disabilities. The festival includes three nights of in-person fun, including after-parties, an art exhibit with artists from Studio Forget-Me-Not, filmmaker Q&As, and more! Or check out the virtual options that let you join in the fun from anywhere. Learn more about the festival.

Ukrainian Food Festival

Event poster with the text Ukrainian food festival, friday and saturday sept. 8-9. Pierogies, stuffed cabbage, kielbasa, halushki, borschet, outdoor grill, ukrainian pastries, basket raffle, church tours, and more

On Sept. 8-9, join the Pittsburgh community for a Ukrainian food festival! Celebrating the cultural melting pot that is Pittsburgh, join locals for great food and a basket raffle. From pierogis (pyrohy in Ukrainian) to halushki there’s something for everyone. All are welcome! Learn more about the event.

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