Carnegie Mellon University

March 29, 2024

Greetings, Students & Scholars!

And with that, March is marching away! There’s a lot happening this week, and we’ve pulled together some awesome events on campus and in the city. We hope you enjoy this issue of the OIE "Friday Greetings" email.

OIE & CMU News & Events

Tips to Protect Yourself From Scams

Heads up, Tartans! As many students seek summer employment opportunities, be alert for possible scams. Check out our most recent news article for tips on spotting a scam and what to do if you are ever the victim. Stay safe out there!

Concise Research Writing for Multilingual Graduate Students

Event poster with text concise research wirting for multilingual graduate students writing workshop, porter a22, on tuesday april 2 from 3:30 to 4:30

Are you a multilingual graduate student here at CMU? Are you looking to learn some strategies to make your writing more concise? On Tuesday, April 2, at 3:30 p.m., consider signing-up for this specialized workshop focusing on concision in academic writing. During this 50-minute workshop, you will work as a group to identify and employ concision strategies. Elevate your scholarly writing and make every word count! Register for this event.

Grad Appreciation Week

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From April 1 to 5, the Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Affairs cordially invites all graduate and professional students to attend a variety of events and programming in recognition of Graduate & Professional Student Appreciation Week. You can explore the full schedule of events and take a minute to enjoy as CMU celebrates you! You can also check with your department for department-specific information and/or programming. All in-person events will require you to present your graduate student CMU ID. Learn more about about this event.

Lunar Gala Liminal

Event graphic with grey, black and white geometric shapes and text liminal

Get ready to walk the catwalk! On Saturday, March 30, at 7 p.m., check out this year’s Lunar Gala: Liminal. Born in 1996, Lunar Gala is an annual student-run fashion show showcasing brilliant artistry in design, modeling, production, and dance performance. The show was originally inspired by the Taiwanese Student Association’s Lunar New Year tradition of wearing new clothes. Over the years, it has evolved to become the largest fashion event in Pittsburgh, a unique platform to display innovative and avant-garde fashion. This year, the show's theme is Liminal: the space between spaces. Learn more about this event.

Detour: Improv Theater Festival

Event poster with text detour improv festival bringing the best of improv to pittsburgh, food workshops, performances, and more

Who’s line is it anyway? From March 29-30, join the No Parking Players (NPP) for the return of their annual improv theater festival: Detour! Detour aims to bring the best of improv to Pittsburgh and includes everything from workshops to performances (featuring NPP and two invited improv troupes). The festival will also feature professional instructors from across the U.S. These instructors will lead workshops on musical improv, long-form improv, improv for your life, and more! Learn more about this event.

Trans Day of Visibility: Pressing for Progress

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On Sunday, March 31, from 3 to 6 p.m., gather together to celebrate trans, nonbinary, and gender-expansive people throughout time and space! This year’s event will start by pausing to reflect and set intentions, then transition into a linocut block printmaking activity. There will be art, DJ Mary Mack's music, and Square Café food! Learn more about this event.

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Our Pittsburgh Picks

Super Science Saturday: Egg-stravagana!

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Egg-celent! On March 30, from 12 to 4 p.m., head to the museum for some springtime fun. The egg-citement returns with the Carnegie Museum of Natural History for their annual springtime scavenger hunt and an egg-cellent line-up of things to do with kids (and kids at heart)! From tiny insects to giant dinosaurs, the museum has eggs and nests of all shapes and sizes to discover. Can you find them all? Follow egg-themed clues to search for specimens throughout the museum, earn stamps as you go, and then collect your goodie bag full of springtime treats. While supplies last. Learn more about this event.

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