Carnegie Mellon University

Oct. 20, 2023

Greetings, Students & Scholars!

Spooky season is in full swing, but this week's round-up of events is full of sweet treats. Whether you're looking for tools to de-stress this semester or get in the Halloween spirit, we have something for you. We hope you enjoy this issue of the OIE "Friday Greetings" email.

OIE & CMU News & Events

Scottie Sound Bath Group-X Class

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Lie down, relax, and immerse yourself in sound. On Thursday, Oct. 26, at 1:30 p.m., check out Scottie Sound Bath, a Group-X class. Also referred to as vibroacoustic therapy, a sound bath is a full-body listening experience that allows you to experience sound. Conducted by trained musicians, the Scottie Sound Bath lasts 50 minutes. It utilizes vibrations from quartz crystal "singing bowls" to induce deep relaxation. Register for a Group-X Class.

Paws to Relax Pet Therapy

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Take a break! Practicing mindfulness is important for everyone, and every Wednesday at 7 p.m., you can join volunteers from Animal Friend's Therapet program. They bring friendly dog companions to campus each week to help you de-stress. Learn more about this event.

Provost's Office Hours

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Your voice matters! On Thursday, Oct. 26, from 8:30 to 10 a.m., visit the Sustainability Studio in Hunt Library for Provost Jim Garrett's Office Hours. These monthly office hours are for all faculty, staff, and students. Provost Garrett welcomes you to use this time to tell him what's on your mind and share your experiences, ideas and aspirations for Carnegie Mellon. Learn more about this event.

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Our Pittsburgh Picks

Phantom Fall Fest

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Play all day, fright all night! Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 29, Kennywood's signature spooky-season event lets you do Halloween your way, depending on the time of day. Come early for family-friendly fun, including festive food and a unique autumn atmosphere. Plus, enjoy your favorite coasters and rides during the day! Then, when the sun goes down, the Phantom takes screams to the extreme with six haunted houses and four scare zones. Purchase tickets in advance.

Haunted Museum After Dark

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The world is full of stories of the weird and wonderful. On Friday, Oct. 20, from 6 to 10 p.m., check out the Haunted Museum After Dark. Put on your best Sherlock costume and discover what is fact or fiction and what mysteries are still waiting to be solved. What creatures inspired the monsters that haunt our dreams? What real animals, plants, and bugs are stranger than anything we can imagine? Beverages (alcoholic for those 21+ with valid photo ID and non-alcoholic) and light snacks will be available for purchase. Pre-registration is strongly recommended.

International Day Parade & Festival

Check out the international parade and festival on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event celebrates the rich heritage of the different nationalities who call Pittsburgh home, whether they're new to the area or have lived here for generations. Our city is richer when we value and celebrate each other's heritage! Celebrate what makes Pittsburgh a truly unique melting pot of culture and all the great things we each bring to our city. Learn more about this event.

A Year of Inspiration: W.E. Talk's Evening With Pittsburgh's Women Leaders

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On Thursday, Oct. 26, at 6 p.m., check out a live recording of the W.E. Talk podcast. This local podcast interviews women entrepreneurs and encourages local women on their journeys as business leaders. Check out this evening of networking, storytelling, and thought leadership led by podcast host Meesha Gerhart, the founder of Redtree Web Design. This group of women share their stories of success, failure, and triumph! Learn more and get involved.

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