Carnegie Mellon University

May 5, 2023

Greetings, Students & Scholars!

Congrats, Tartans, you're so close to finishing your finals! You all deserve a break after the great work you did this semester. Check out some of the great events happening across the city this week. We hope you enjoy this issue of the OIE "Friday Greetings" email, and be on the lookout for our last Friday Greeting of the semester next week!

OIE & CMU News & Events

Cinco de Mayo

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Today is Cinco de Mayo, a day of remembrance for the Battle of Puebla, though, in the U.S., the day has become a commercialized holiday. Before you join in any festivities, we encourage everyone to take time to learn a little more about the history of the holiday. CMU is proud of our diverse Latine community on campus, in Pittsburgh and beyond!

Summer Travel Information

If you're planning on traveling this summer, make sure you check out our travel tips and advice as well as our FAQ page! As always, stay up-to-date by frequently viewing OIE's news and updates via our website or Twitter. Have fun and stay safe wherever the next few months take you!

Residence Halls Close

All residence halls close at noon on Wednesday, May 10, for all residents not approved for summer housing. For more information about spring move-out, check out Student Affair's tips, and if you have questions, contact Remember your "off-campus residence" address must be your current U.S. residential address, so if your living situation will change for the summer you will need to update your information in SIO. Be sure to review out our information about maintaining your legal status on our website for more information.

Connect with us on Social Media

Join us on Twitter! Follow us on Twitter to stay up to date with the latest announcements and all things OIE related. You can expect the same great content, including all things OIE, news and events, our Friday Greeting round-up, and more. As always, you can reach out directly to OIE by emailing us at We hope to see you there!

Our Pittsburgh Picks

Flowers Meet Fashion: Inspired by Billy Porter

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Flowers and fashion, oh my! Beginning Saturday, May 6, Phipps Conservatory invites you to Flowers Meet Fashion: Inspired by Billy Porter. This spectacular new show will feature brilliant horticultural displays and breathtaking fashion designs inspired by Billy Porter's local roots and an iconic array of accomplishments as an award-winning actor, singer, director, composer and playwright. With the help of six professional fashion designers, customers, and students from Billy's local alma maters, CMU, and Pittsburgh CAPA High School, Phipps has created an unforgettable experience for all. Stunning scenes in room after room will place you directly into a fantastic merger of fashion and flora, surrounding you with bursts of bright blooms like geraniums, begonias, philodendrons, and so much more. Prepare to be wowed as you behold unique designs and gorgeous gowns enhanced by the beauty only Phipps can provide. Learn more and check out an awesome exhibit from a fellow Tartan!

Bloomfield Saturday Market

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The Bloomfield Saturday Market returns! The market is a farmer's market held from May to November. The market emphasizes locally grown, produced, and created items. You'll find produce, cheese, meat, coffee, hummus, prepared hot and cold foods, and so much more! Check out the offerings.

Spring Artists Market

Event poster with text Spring Artists Market, saturday may 6, 10 am to 4 pm with refreshments from two frays brewers and PGH Halal truck

Stop and smell the flowers on Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., shop from local artists, and enjoy a relaxing day in the park at this seasonal market! Enjoy refreshments as you browse through the work of over 30 artists vending. Learn more about the event.

St. Nicholas Greek Food Festival

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Snack break! The St. Nicholas Greek Food Festival is a spring highlight here in the 'Burgh. From May 7 to 13, check out one of the biggest Greek cultural events in the city! Experience our region's rich Greek heritage and traditions through food, music and dancing. This annual festival is a time-honored tradition that serves up delicious homemade food all week long. Learn more about the event and this year's schedule.

DoorsOpen: Mindful Walk through Highland Park

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Take a break and get outside! On Sunday, May 7, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., join professional counselor James Ellermeyer, MA, NCC, LPC, for a mindfulness tour of Highland Park. Take a stroll in the afternoon and learn about some of the fascinating history and features while exploring deeper parts of yourself with Jim's mindfulness-based cognitive approach. Rediscover Highland Park through observation, description, and participation - from the entry gate, to the garden fountain and a walk along the reservoir with some mindful stops along the way. Don't just walk through this tour—live in the moment and truly experience Highland Park in a way you never have before. Learn more about the event.

Pittsburgh Marathon

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Run, Tartans, run! On Sunday, May 7, The DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon returns. Whether you're participating in this 26.2-mile tour of Pittsburgh or you want to cheer on friends, this is a Pittsburgh classic. Planning on being out and about in the city this weekend? Be sure to check out the street closures and plan accordingly. Learn more about the marathon.

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.

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