Carnegie Mellon University

March 3, 2023

Greetings, Students & Scholars!

Spring break is here! Whether you feel like getting out and exploring Pittsburgh this week or heading out of town, we've got updates and events for you. Whatever your plans for the week might be, enjoy this well-deserved break! We hope you enjoy this issue of the OIE "Friday Greetings" email.

OIE & CMU News & Events

Travel Signature Reminder

Traveling or thinking about traveling internationally (cruises, Canada, Mexico, etc.) over spring break? Be sure to check your I-20 (pg 2) or DS-2019 (pg 1) to see if you have a valid travel signature! Travel signatures must be signed by an OIE advisor within 12 months of the date of re-entry from international travel. If your travel signature was signed in or before March 2022, and you plan to travel internationally over spring break please request a new signature. Be sure to review the Travel section on our website and our Travel FAQs.

National Slam the Scam Day

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Scammers can target us all. National Slam the Scam Day is March 9, the Social Security Administration wants to give you the tools to recognize Social Security-related scams and stop scammers from stealing your money and personal information. Visit for more information, and follow SSA OIG on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn to stay up to date on the latest scam tactics. Repost #SlamtheScam information on social media to keep your friends and family safe. Slam the Scam!

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Our Pittsburgh Picks

Intensional Particle and Mold 1 Installation

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Now through Sunday, March 19, check out Hiroaki Umeda's multidisciplinary art installation that reimages molecules as art. Umeda is a choreographer and a multidisciplinary artist recognized as one of the leading figures of the Japanese avant-garde art scene. In Intensional Particle Installation (Adapted Version), Umeda reinterprets particles in space, not as static molecules but as 'active particles (or, mass points)'; and visualizes, in space, the 'intensional force' that particles conceal. Mold 1 Installation is Umeda's experiment of choreographing a digital object. In this video piece, the physics simulation program is used to realize the organic fluid movement, as with the body. Learn more about this free exhibit.

A Celebration of Seeds: 11th Annual Seed Swap

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Swap seeds at the library! On Saturday, March 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., bring your untreated, non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) seeds to share or just pick up seeds donated by local gardeners, farmers and seed companies! A new batch of seeds will be released every hour on the hour. Any guest bringing seeds will be eligible to enter a prize of fun items from Phipps Conservatory, Grow Pittsburgh and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Check out workshops on seed starting, seed saving, and organic gardening in the North Wing Music Room. You can learn more about all the activities at the seed swap.

Nerd Nite presents: The Pittsburgh Mixer

Decorative event poster with text Nerd nite pgh, March 3, 2023 Venue: Sienna Mercato. Speed Friending, 6-8pm Human Party, 8pm to whenever

Be there or be square! On Friday, March 3, at 6 p.m., join local self-proclaimed nerds for a night of fun, games, and friendship. The first half of the night consists of Speed Friending. Speed Friending will rotate you around with other guests for 5-minute conversations with new people. You are sure to be only a few mutual connections away from everyone there, and those who connect the dots are also in attendance! In phase two, the real mixer begins. The night will feature a wide selection of party games such as Telestrations, Codenames, and Monikers; and, of course, there will be great food, drinks, and lots of extra space just to talk and hang out. Essentially the perfect party if you want it to be easy to talk to strangers. This event is for 21+ and requires a government ID. Registration does not guarantee admission, so make sure to arrive early! Learn more about the event and register.

March Monterey Annex Opening Reception

On Friday, March 3, from 6 to 8 p.m., check out the opening of three new exhibitions! Collaborative duo Lenka Clayton & Phillip Andrew Lewis's The Museum Collects Itself will use the trash generated by the normal operations of the Mattress Factory Museum to fill a blank space. In Do this while I wait, Lydia Rosenberg presents a series of sculptures initially described in her ongoing project of writing a novel-as-sculpture which is a narrative text about objects. In As Seen From the Surface, Katie Bullock draws from her ongoing archive of videos, drawings, and diagrams that reach for meaning by way of the everyday. This event is free to students with a CMU ID through the Art Pass program. Learn more about the event.

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