Carnegie Mellon University

May 12, 2023

Greetings, Students & Scholars!

Congratulations, Tartans, you made it! Whether you'll be joining us for another semester or are heading out into the world, we can't wait to see how you'll change the world. Now enjoy your summer break, and stay up to date with all things OIE and CMU on our social media (and keep an eye on your inbox for our emails). If you'll be in the city this summer, be on the lookout for this year's #FridayFinds. We hope you enjoy this final issue of the OIE "Friday Greetings" email, and look out for our next Friday Greeting in the fall!

OIE & CMU News & Events

Carnegie Mellon Commencement Weekend

Congratulations Graduates! We are so proud of all of you and can't wait to see all the fantastic things you'll do in the future. Whether you'll be graduating this weekend or want to support your friends who will be, here's a quick rundown of the weekend schedule: Throughout the weekend, CMU's colleges, schools and departments will host diploma and doctoral hooding ceremonies for their graduates. On Saturday, May 13, doctoral candidates will celebrate their achievements during the President's Doctoral Candidate Reception. On Sunday, May 14, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree candidates will come together for a full commencement ceremony in Gesling Stadium on CMU's campus. You've earned your Commencement Weekend, Tartans. Enjoy!

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Our Pittsburgh Picks

Greater Pittsburgh Festival of Books

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On Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., check out one of the coolest bookish events in the city! The Greater Pittsburgh Festival of Books is a free event in East Liberty that celebrates the city's rich literary community and love of reading. Poets, authors, book enthusiasts and more gather at the GPFB to pay tribute to Pittsburgh's growing literary reputation. The festival features nationally renowned authors with ties to Pittsburgh, dozens of poets, children's activities, book and comic stores, entertainment, publishers and more. All ages are welcome to attend – from children to senior citizens and everyone in between. Learn more about the festival.

We Shall Not Be Moved

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On selected days in May, check out We Shall Not Be Moved. We Shall Not Be Moved is the story of five North Philadelphia teens who find refuge in an abandoned, condemned house in West Philadelphia after going on the run after a series of tragic incidents, only to find themselves caught up in a decades-old tragedy. Combining spoken word, contemporary movement, video projection, classical, R&B, and jazz singing, and a brooding, often joyful score filled with place, purpose, and possibility, We Shall Not Be Moved is a timely exploration of past and present struggles that suggest an alternative future through the eyes of its young protagonists. Tickets are available for online purchase.


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Pittonkatonk is music without boundaries! On Saturday, May 13, at 1 p.m., head to Shenley Park for the annual Pittonkatonk May Day BBQ. Check out performances from local, national, and international activist bands, and interact with social and environmental justice organizations. This festival believes in music in public spaces that belong to everyone, with no stage, no doors, and no right way to express yourself. Learn more and stop by!

Phipps' Go Public Gardens Discount Day

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Enjoy half-priced admission to Phipps for one special day as part of an annual celebration of the nation's public gardens. Join Phipps on Monday, May 15, for 50% off admission! Building vibrant, relevant gardens committed to community enrichment and environmental responsibility through community engagement and sustainable practices is at the heart of Phipps' mission. Learn more about Phipps's work and check out the stunning flower displays! Learn more and purchase tickets in advance.

Phipps' May Market

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Flower markets and fun! Stock up on unique plants, gardening accessories, handmade jewelry, lawn decor and more at Phipps' 87th annual May Market. Celebrate spring at Phipps' annual May Market. In this bustling marketplace, Phipps horticulturists, local nurseries, farms and other vendors come together for a market of ultra-green proportions. Find organic herbs and vegetable seedlings, tropical plants, succulents, annuals, perennials, and many other seasonal favorites are among the offerings green thumbs can expect to find at May Market. Also available for sale will be everything from landscaping materials to botanical art and natural body care products. May Market is free and open to the public, making for the perfect Mother's Day weekend outing! Learn more about this event.

Wild Wellness Day

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Healthy Zoo, Healthy You! On Saturday, May 13, check out Wild Wellness Day! A day all about promoting physical and mental wellness during Mental Health Awareness Month. Get ready for a day full of fun, healthy activities! Have you ever wanted to workout with polar bears? Do Zumba in the garden? Or maybe you're interested in taking a moment to work on some art and mindfulness. Wild Wellness Day at the Pittsburgh Zoo has got it all and more! Learn more about the event.

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