Carnegie Mellon University

Nov. 10, 2023

Greetings, Students & Scholars!

Happy (almost) Turkey Day! Next week is Thanksgiving, and we are so thankful for every member of our Tartan community. Check out some of the great events happening this week that make us thankful to be in Pittsburgh, and we'll be back in December with more Pittsburgh happenings! We hope you enjoy this issue of the OIE "Friday Greetings" email.

OIE & CMU News & Events

Thanksgiving Closure

We want to remind everyone that the university will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 24 and 25. The CMU offices will close early for Thanksgiving break at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22, and reopen on Monday, Nov. 27. Please plan accordingly and have a valid travel signature on your I-20 or DS-2019 if you are traveling internationally and returning to the U.S., and we wish you a happy holiday! Learn more travel advice.

Carnegie Mellon Jazz Orchestra & JIVE-Carnegie Mellon Jazz Choir

On Monday, Nov. 20, from 7 to 9 p.m., check out a concert to remember! The Carnegie Mellon University Jazz Ensembles will explore a variety of jazz genres, from traditional Swing to current trends in jazz fusion and jazz chamber music, while also performing jazz classics in a big band style. All are welcome at this free event, but an advanced ticket purchase is required. Learn more about this event and reserve your ticket.

Kiltie Band Holiday Concert

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On Thursday, Nov. 30, from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m., celebrate the holiday season with punch, cookies and a great collection of festive music performed by CMU's very own precision standing (and sitting) Kiltie Band! You can also tune in to the livestream on the CMU Kiltie Band Facebook page (but sadly without virtual punch and cookies). Learn more about this CMU tradition.

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Our Pittsburgh Picks

Light Up Night

Image of a large Christmas tree made out of lights on the corner of a building and a crowd looking up at it

Celebrate Light Up Night downtown and officially kick off the holiday season in Pittsburgh! Venture downtown on Saturday, Nov. 18, for a weekend full of live entertainment, fireworks displays, holiday shopping, ice skating, and so much more! You can watch the tree lighting ceremony at PPG Place, go ice skating with friends, or catch a free concert. There is something for everyone this weekend! Check out the full schedule for more details on the Pittsburgh tradition.

POGOH Bike Friday

Ditch the retail stampede and go for a ride! On Friday, Nov. 24, enjoy unlimited free 30-minute rides all day. Get out and enjoy the city with POGOH's bike network, whether you want to run errands or enjoy the city's natural beauty. Learn more about this event.

Holiday Magic! Winter Flower Show and Light Garden

Start the holiday season at Phipps! From now until Jan. 8, 2023, you can see Holiday Magic! Winter Flower Show and Light Garden at Phipps. This year's theme is "Season's Greenings," where you'll be captivated by the wonderful winter themes and lovely lights. Phipps has pulled out all the stops for this year's Winter Flower Show with magnificent new displays featuring holiday trees adorned in jewel tones, exquisitely detailed props, and our signature floral delights, including amaryllis, orchids and 21 varieties of poinsettias. Plus, the beauty isn't just indoors! Check out the Winter Light Garden, a spectacular outdoor display of lights. Learn more about this event.

A Very Merry Pittsburgh

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Holiday cheer through the years! Beginning Nov. 18 through Dec. 31, check out the Hinze History Center's holiday exhibit. The exhibit features a collection of family keepsakes, artifacts, film, and imagery exploring how Western Pennsylvanians have celebrated major winter holidays, including Christmas, Chanukah, Diwali, Kwanzaa, and more. Nostalgic artifacts from Pittsburgh's popular department stores will be on view, including two recreated holiday windows from Kaufmann's and memorable objects from Kaufmann's Santaland. Visitors will see Santa's original chair, giant Mr. and Mrs. Claus ornaments, and the mailbox where thousands of Pittsburgh children mailed their Christmas wish lists to the North Pole. A Very Merry Pittsburgh will also include a special section featuring vintage toys dating back to the 1840s, along with a hands-on play area for kids and kids-at-heart. Learn more about this event.

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