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January 16:

First Day of Classes for Spring Semester.

Professional Development Workshop — Thinking Collaboratively: Exploring the Six Thinking Hats Approach. 9 to 11 a.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. Carnegie Mellon is an increasingly diverse place made up of people with different backgrounds, worldviews and goals. As the university changes in response to the new strategic plan, it is important to be open-minded and open to new ideas and ways of thinking. Rather than responding quickly and critically, using techniques to increase open-mindedness and consideration of alternate ideas and viewpoints can enable you to more creatively approach problems. This session will introduce Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats approach to creative collaborative problem-solving. Register.

January 17:

Healthy Campus Kickoff. Noon - 1 p.m., Wiegand Gym, Cohon Center. Carnegie Mellon's Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation will kick off its Healthy Campus campaign for 2018 with a one-hour walk. The campus community can meet the interns from the University of Pittsburgh and sign up for free personal training sessions. Members of the university community also can sign up for the fitness challenge 2018, TRI-3 Swim, Bike and Run/Walk. Questions? Contact Pattye Stragar at

January 18:

Professional Development Workshop — Raising the Bar: Strategies to Improve Administrative Processes. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. As an administrative professional, effectiveness and efficiency are critical to your success. Do your administrative systems and processes allow you to be at your peak performance? In this workshop, explore techniques to amplify efficient processes and improve inefficient ones. You will learn steps to quickly document, and then evaluate, administrative processes to ensure you are operating at your optimal level. Register.

Distinguished Lecture and Panel Discussion. 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., Rashid Auditorium, Gates Hillman Center 4401. The CyLab Security and Privacy Institute, Institute for Software Research and the Institute for Politics and Strategy present a lecture by Judge Reggie B. Walton, titled "The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court: Myth Versus Reality." A panel discussion will follow the lecture. Panelists are Lorrie Cranor, Jay Aronson and David Hickton. Find out more.

Osher @ CMU Lecture: The Opioid Epidemic, It is Not New, But Where is it Going? 7:30 p.m., McConomy Auditorium, Cohon Center. Dr. Frank Kunkel has served as an expert consultant for the State of Pennsylvania Department of Welfare regarding the treatment of opioid dependence. He's also consulted for the Office of Medical Assistance Programs in the Division of Pharmacy and for the Drug Utilization Review Board regarding appropriate use/risk of narcotic overuse for the Division of Medical Review. He is a consultant for multiple health plans on the guidelines surrounding medically assisted treatment of the addiction with buprenorphine, and strategies related to opioid use in pain management. Kunkel has a special interest in oral fluid drug testing in high risk patients, an area in which he is well published. Reserve a seat at 412-268-7489 or Osher members may register online, CourseID:2348. Guests welcome.

January 20:

Pennsylvania Republican Gubernatorial Debate. 6 - 8 p.m., Kresge Theatre, College of Fine Arts Building. Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy will host a debate between Republican candidates running for Pennsylvania Governor. The candidates are Laura Ellsworth, Paul Mango, Mike Turzai and Scott Wagner. A meet & greet will be held from 6 - 7 p.m., following by the debate from 7 - 8 p.m. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

January 23:

Professional Development Workshop: Manage Conflict Before It Manages You. 9 to 11 a.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. This program will provide you with information about conflict in the workplace, different ways in which people approach conflict, strategies to resolve conflict and the ways in which conflict can be beneficial to an organization when it is managed effectively. Register.

January 24:

SafeZone Training. Noon - 2 p.m., TBD. SafeZone is a network of allies made up of CMU faculty, staff and students who are committed to providing a safe and affirming environment for all at CMU, including those in the LGBTQ+ community. Join us for SafeZone Training if you are interested in becoming part of this inclusive and supportive community. Membership in SafeZone is open to the entire campus community. To register, sign up online.

January 25:

Professional Development Workshop — Get It Right: Problem-Solving to Address Recurring Problems. 9 to 11 a.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. Some problems seem to persist even after you implement solutions to address them. If you are experiencing a recurring problem, you should join us in this workshop. You will explore strategies to identify and target specific causes of a problem, develop a plan to create relevant solutions and create metrics to monitor the success of the resolution. Register.

A Conversation with Damon Young: Race, Culture and Politics in the Age of New Media. 4:30 - 6 p.m., McConomy Auditorium, Cohon Center. Young is co-founder and editor in chief of VerySmartBrothas, a columnist for and a founding editor of 1839. He is also senior editor of The His work has been featured in numerous publications and platforms, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, Ebony, MSNBC, BET, Slate, Salon and USA Today. In 2016, he was named to The Root 100, an annual list of the most influential African-Americans in the fields of business, science, politics, technology, social justice, sports and entertainment. With his own brand of comic perspective, Young engages audiences with raw and provocative commentary on the popular issues and, at times unpopular topics that make up today's news headlines. This conversation offers participants an opportunity to gain a broader view of the struggles those in today's marginalized communities face, as well as insights on social change that will expand your outlook on subjects from race relations to cultural divides. Sponsored by the Graduate Student Assembly, the Center for Student Diversity Inclusion, College of Engineering's Dean's Office and the Black Graduate Student Organization. Learn more.

January 30:

Student Privacy and Family Educational Right to Privacy Act (FERPA) Workshop. 9 to 10:30 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Do you work with students’ personal information? Learn how you can safeguard our students’ information and find out about Carnegie Mellon University student privacy rights and the federal Family Educational Right to Privacy Act (FERPA). This program is offered by the Registrar’s Office. Register.

Professional Development Workshop: Increase Your Productivity with Cloud Computing. 9 to 11 a.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. What is cloud computing? This session will introduce you to cloud computing and several different tools that utilize this technology. You will recognize how some of these tools can help increase your personal productivity. You will learn about some of the security risks associated with using cloud technology and ways to minimize the risks. Finally, you will develop your own action plan for increasing your productivity using cloud computing. Register.

January 31:

Professional Development Workshop: The Influence of Culture on Communication. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. How do your communication preferences impact how you communicate across cultures? How has culture influenced the ways you communicate and your expectations of others? Learn more about your own style of communication and about different communication styles around the globe. Practice strategies you can use when communicating in cross-cultural situations. Register.

Dickson Prize in Science. 4:30 p.m., Rangos 1 and 2, Cohon Center. The 2017 recipient of the Dickson Prize in Science is Jennifer A. Doudna, professor of molecular & cell biology and chemistry, and HHMI investigator at the University of California, Berkeley. Doudna will receive the award and give a lecture titled "CRISPR Systems: Nature’s Toolkit for Genome Editing." The Dickson Prize in Science recognizes substantial achievements or sustained progress in the fields of the natural sciences, engineering, computer science or mathematics. A reception will follow the lecture. Learn more.

February 1:

Women's Association: How to Begin a Mentoring Relationship. 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon Center. When establishing a mentoring relationship with someone, what can you do to ensure you are helping her grow? This workshop will examine the role you have as a mentor, provide guidance on how to start your mentoring relationship off with goal setting, and provide models and strategies to build a strong mentoring relationship. This session aims to support mentors within the Barbara Smith Women's Mentoring Program (BSWMP) or other women interested in becoming mentors. If you have not yet submitted your application to the BSWMP, please do so before the application closes on Jan. 19. Apply online. Please RSVP to attend the workshop no later than Jan. 29.

February 2:

MLK Interfaith Prayer Breakfast King: A Focus on Faith & Moral Courage. 8:30 - 10 a.m.,  Connan Room, Cohon Center.

"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." Martin Luther King Jr.

Members of the Carnegie Mellon community are invited to an informal breakfast with campus and community interfaith leaders followed by fellowship and conversation about the life and legacy of Dr. King through the lens of faith, activism and social justice. The breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the featured dialogue scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Sponsored by the Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion and Spirituality & Meaning Making Programming. Learn more.

February 6:

Professional Development Workshop — Roundtable: New Supervisors. 10 to 11 a.m., Danforth Lounge, Cohon University Center. Walking into a supervisory role can be challenging. This roundtable will provide new supervisors with the opportunity to discuss their new roles and responsibilities. The discussion will highlight how a new supervisor can gain credibility, establish rapport with supervisees and give as well as receive feedback. Register online.

February 7:

Professional Development Workshop: Making the Most of Your Performance Review. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. Want to walk into your performance review with your supervisor feeling prepared and ready to receive feedback, reflect on your performance and set goals for the coming year? This session will walk you through the steps of preparing for your individual performance review, setting the tone for receiving constructive feedback and planning for a promising year. Register online.

February 8:

Professional Development Workshop: Exploring Our Interconnected Priorities. 9 to 11 a.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. No one works in a vacuum. In your role, your success may depend on others accomplishing their tasks on time. Whether you are an individual hoping to support a colleague or a supervisor wanting to best guide your group, this workshop is for you. You will develop strategies to support others as they establish their priorities, consider how and when to conduct follow-ups, and explore how to hold people accountable. Register online

February 13:

New Hire Orientation. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Rangos 2, Cohon University Center. Are you new to the university? Do you have a new staff member within your organization? The New Hire Orientation program is designed to formally welcome new staff members to the university. New employees are encouraged to attend within their first 30 days of employment to obtain useful information about the institution, resources, services and employee benefits. Register.

MLK Keynote Lecture. "Reframing Conversations about Race: The Unspoken Truth" by Carol Anderson. 4:30 - 6 p.m., McConomy Auditorium, Cohon Center. Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of African-American Studies at Emory University and a New York Times bestselling author. Her research and teaching focuses on public policy, particularly the ways that domestic and international policies intersect through the issues of race, justice and equality in the United States. Anderson's most recent book, "White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide," received the National Book Critics Award in the criticism category and was described by The New York Times Book Review as "an extraordinarily timely and urgent call to confront the legacy of structural racism ... and to show its continuing threat to the promise of American democracy." Sponsored by the President's Office, Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion, CAUSE, and Dietrich College Humanities Scholars Program. Learn more.

February 14:

Professional Developmen Workshop: Assert Yourself. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. Assertive communication is one of the most effective and diplomatic ways to deliver ideas, thoughts and opinions. This active workshop will provide participants with key strategies for communicating assertively while demonstrating respect for others. Register.

February 15:

Professional Development Workshop: Listening with Empathy. 9 to 11 a.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. As Carnegie Mellon is a diverse campus made up of busy people, it can be challenging to notice when miscommunication may be occurring. By stepping back, assessing effective communication practices and identifying strategies to improve communication, you will be more aware of yourself as a communicator, aware of situations when you may be receiving mixed messages, and aware of strategies you can use to navigate meaning with others. Register.

February 19:

SafeZone Training. 4 to 6 p.m., TBD. SafeZone is a network of allies made up of CMU faculty and staff members and students who are committed to providing a safe and affirming environment for all at CMU, including those in the LGBTQ+ community. Join us for SafeZone Training if you are interested in becoming part of this inclusive and supportive community. Membership in SafeZone is open to the entire campus community. Register.