Carnegie Mellon University

Feb. 24, 2023

Greetings, Students & Scholars!

Bye-bye, February, we are ready for spring! This point in the semester can be a little hectic, just like the weather. Take some time with this week's events to check in with yourself or grab coffee with friends. Or maybe get outside and shake off the winter blues. We've got something for everyone this week! We hope you enjoy this issue of the OIE "Friday Greetings" email.

OIE & CMU News & Events

CMU Timely-Care

Mental health matters! Learn more about TimelyCare, a new program at Carnegie Mellon that offers virtual well-being services and mental health programs to students, including 24/7 TalkNow, scheduled virtual mental health counseling, health coaching, and well-being group sessions, all for free! Join Timely Care and CaPS representatives on Zoom for a 30-minute information session on Wednesday, March 1, at 1 p.m. or Tuesday, March 14, at 5 p.m. No reservations are necessary. If you have questions, please reach out to Megan Forry at

Everybody Belongs. Every Body Belongs.

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You belong! On Wednesday, March 1, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., join University Health Services and Dining Services at the Peter/Wright-CUC. In this interactive session, define and explore how fatphobia and weight stigma exist within and around us all. Learn about the steps we can all take as individuals and as a community to address weight bias and dismantle diet culture on campus. Want to learn more? Register in advance!

Production, Flow & Speaking in the U.S. Classroom

Join this in-person workshop on Wednesday, March 1, at 4 p.m.! The Student Academic Success Center will host a workshop focusing on production, flow and speaking in U.S. classrooms. Please complete this form to register for this workshop. Once your registration is complete, you will receive an email confirmation, including the location of the workshop. Learn more about the event.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT)


Interested in exciting research happening right here at CMU? Want to support your fellow Tartans in theirs? Check out the Three Minute Thesis (3MT)® Championships on Tuesday, February 28, at 6 p.m., in the College of Fine Arts Building's Kresge Theatre! 3MT® is an internationally recognized competition that pits Ph.D. students against the clock and each other to explain their complex research and captivate their audience in 3 minutes, in language that anyone can understand. 3MT® is an exercise that develops academic, presentation and research communication skills, consolidating their ideas and research discoveries. Eight finalists will compete in the 3MT® Championship for prizes. Registration is free, and you can attend either in-person or virtually.

Fix-it-Fair - Mending Workshop

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Do you have shirts missing buttons or pants that need hemmed? Don't throw them out, bring them to the Fix-it Fair! On Wednesday, March 1, from 3 to 6 p.m., "menders" will be available to help you repair your items and make them good as new. Don't have anything in need of repair but want to learn? Stop by to learn a few new mending skills. The event will occur in conjunction with this year's Campus Race to Zero Waste. Volunteers gather on campus to mend items brought in by the campus community and share some mending skills with those interested. Also, bring your gently used business and business casual attire to be mended and donated to the Tartan Scholars Ambitions closet. Learn more about this event.

Fair Trade Coffee Tasting

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Curious about Fairtrade? On Friday, Feb. 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., learn about what Fair Trade means and how it impacts your carbon footprint! Sample Fairtrade coffee and learn how simple switches in your life can make a big difference in the world. Learn more about this event.

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Our Pittsburgh Picks

Young Adult: South Side Coffee Hike

On Saturday, Feb. 26, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., take a morning hike through the southside to check out three awesome coffee shops. This hike features stops at Big Dog Coffee, Delanie's Coffee, and De Fer Coffee and Tea! The walk will total 3.2 miles, all while exploring the streets and trails of the southside. Along the way, you will see some great public artworks, local shops, and river views. Bring friends, make friends, and connect with nature! Coffee is available for purchase at each café. Please purchase tickets in advance.

Dancing Peacock: Yanlai Dance Academy Performance

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Enjoy a traditional Chinese dance performance on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m., at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center. This event is hosted by the Yanlai Dance Academy, Pittsburgh's pre-professional Chinese dance school. This year's annual performance will feature traditional Chinese dance with costumes and choreography straight from ancient dynasties in China. Learn more and purchase tickets in advance.

Tropical Forest Hawai'i Festival

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Take a trip to the tropic without leaving Pittsburgh! On Saturday, Feb. 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., head over to Phipps Conservatory for a full day of exciting activities for all ages at the Tropical Forest Hawai'i Festival. This year's event features live a live Polynesian magic show, traditional dances from the Hawaiian Islands, presentations on rare Hawaiian plants, and more, all inspired by one of the world's most botanically and culturally rich forest regions. Learn more and purchase tickets in advance.

Lunar New Year Parade

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On Saturday, Feb. 25, from 1 to 2 p.m., on Murray Avenue in Squirrel Hill, celebrate the year of the rabbit with the biggest gathering of Pittsburgh's pan Asain community organizations and friends! This yearly event is Pittsburgh's largest Lunar New Year Parade and fun for the whole family. Learn more about the event.

CMUPD/CDFD Pittsburgh Polar Plunge

Freezin' for a reason! On Saturday, Feb. 25, starting at 11 a.m., watch the Carnegie Mellon University Police and Campus Design & Facility Development team as they raise money for Special Olympics Pennsylvania! This yearly fundraiser has participants jumping into a chilly pool outside the stadium, all to benefit the athletes of Special Olympics Pennsylvania. Check out the live entertainment, grab a snack, and cheer on CMU staff as they take the plunge! Want to help? Support by donating to the CMU team. The process is fast, easy and secure, and you can be sure it will benefit a great cause. Learn more here.

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