Carnegie Mellon University

Aug. 25, 2023

Greetings, Students & Scholars!

Welcome and welcome back, Tartans! Campus is too quiet without all of you here, we’re so glad you’re here! Whether you're settling in for your first semester or returning to the 'Burgh, these Friday Greetings emails are a resource for events happening on campus and in the city each week. Good luck with this first week of classes! We hope you enjoy this first issue OIE "Friday Greetings" email!

OIE & CMU News & Events

Good luck this semester!

As a reminder, classes start Monday, Aug. 28! Be sure to double-check your course schedule in the Student Information System (SIO) and keep an eye out for any changes, updates or cancellations. Need a refresher on campus or here for the first time? Use the interactive campus map to find classroom buildings and the Schedule of Classes Legend webpage to look up building abbreviations. You've got this, Tartans!

SSN Signature Days

OIE will hold SSN Signature Days in the Cyert Hall Atrium. On the dates listed below, you may bring your SSN Signature Request (PDF) form and wait for an OIE Signature. Instructions on how to apply for your SSN will be provided to you with the signed SSN Signature Request form.

  • Wednesday, Aug. 30, anytime between 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 5, anytime between 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Students unable to attend an SSN Signature Day may drop off the SSN Signature Request form at the OIE front desk window (Monday-Wednesday and Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.). Submitted forms will be available for pick-up in five business days.

Books, Bots, and Blueprints: Exploring CMU's RAD Collections

Event poster with text Books, Bots, and Blueprints: Exploring CMU's RAD

Books, Bots, and Blueprints, oh my! On Friday, Aug. 25, from 1 to 4 p.m., stop by Hunt Library's the 2nd and 4th floors. Check out this hands-on experience, learn more about library services, and get to know the Archivists and Librarians who care for these rare and distinct Treasures. Items on display will include artifacts, rare books, art books, historic photographs, yearbooks, architectural plans, and manuscripts that document the history of CMU, students and campus life, robotics, science and technology, drama, and more. Learn more about this event.

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Our Pittsburgh Picks

Shadyside Arts Festival

Event poster with text 26th annual shadyside... the art festival on Walnut Street, and outdoor art festival and craft market place. August 26-27, 10am-5pm.

Calling all art lovers! On Aug. 27 and 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., check out the 25th annual Shadyside Art Festival on Walnut St. This event features artists and vendors from across the region and country displaying their unique creations. Want to continue the fun? Check out the great restaurants on Walnut St. while you're there! Learn more about the event and directions.

The Original Pittsburgh Taco Festival

Event poster with an image of a mariachi band on the left and tacos on the right and text that reads The Original Pittsburgh Taco Festival celebrating tacos, Saturday, Aug. 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Tacos in the 'Burgh! On Saturday, Aug. 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., check out Pittsburgh's Taco Festival. This event features dozens of local taco restaurants, food trucks, live entertainment, and music. Tacos may be purchased at individual vendors and are not included in the $13 entry fee. We recommend purchasing tickets 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.

CMU's Office of International Education distributed this email. You are receiving it because of your status as an international student or scholar.

Carnegie Mellon University
Office of International Education
5000 Forbes Ave, Cyert Hall, Suite 101
Pittsburgh, PA 15213