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August 02, 2012

News Briefs

Preliminary Work To Begin for New Building

Facilities Management Services reports that preliminary construction for the new building that will house the Biomedical Engineering Department, an energy institute and a nanotechnology fabrication lab, is scheduled to begin Monday, Aug. 6.  Contractors will be excavating approximately 50 feet in the mall area near the Wean Hall patio. A new duct-bank will be installed in the grass area between the sidewalk and the library patio. The work is scheduled for completion by Aug. 17.

In addition, work on an underground electrical duct-bank along the south side of Wean will begin Aug. 13. This work, scheduled for completion by Sept. 14, will eliminate 18 parking spaces and the use of the Wean fourth floor loading dock. All deliveries should use the Wean loading dock across from Gates Garage.

Questions should be directed to Max Dorosa at 412-268-8936 or Read about the new building in the Piper.

ETC Press Releases Latest Edition of Well Played

ETC Press recently announced the release of the fourth issue of Well Played: v1 n4 Romance: a special issue edited by Jane Pinckard and focusing on the theme of romance in games. Pinckard is co-founder of the Digital Romance Lab. The Well Played Journal is a reviewed journal open to submissions and is a forum for in-depth close readings of video games that parse out the various meanings to be found in the experience of playing a game.

Parking Assignments Allocated

Parking assignments for 2012-2013 have been allocated by Parking & Transportation Services. Permit holders received email notifying them of their assignments earlier this week. To view your assignment, go to All new parking assignments begin Sept. 4 with the exception of student/faculty permits that will begin on Aug. 27.

Parking hangtags and gate cards can be picked up according to the following schedule.

Location:  Dithridge Garage lobby for the following parking areas: Dithridge, 5th & Craig, Zebina Way, GATF, Henry Street & Whitfield.
Dates: Aug. 14, 9 – 11 a.m.; Aug. 15, noon – 2 p.m.; Aug. 16, 9 – 11 a.m.
Location: University Center Lower Level (open dining area – old Andy’s Eatery) for all parking areas.
Dates: Aug. 20 -23, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. each day

Your Carnegie Mellon ID is required to pick up your parking permit. Any permits not picked up by Aug. 31 will be considered unclaimed permits and will be cancelled.

Contact Parking & Transportation Services with questions at or 412-268-2052 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.

Get Lunch for $5 During Oakland Restaurant Week

Enjoy lunch and tasty treats for $5 at any of eight Oakland eateries during Oakland Restaurant Week, Aug. 6-10, and you could win free lunch for a month along with other great prizes from Oakland retailers.

Participating restaurants include:

  • The Garden Grill and Bar, Hilton Garden Inn, 454 Forbes Avenue
  • Hello Bistro, 3605 Forbes Avenue
  • Peter's Pub, 116 Oakland Avenue
  • Pittsburgh Cafe, 226 Meyran Avenue
  • Pittsburgh Pretzel Sandwich Shop, 3531 Forbes Avenue
  • Red Oak Cafe, 3610 Forbes Avenue

Enjoy $5 tasty treat specials at:

  • Dave & Andy's Homemade Ice Cream, 207 Atwood Street
  • Peace, Love and Little Donuts, 118 Meyran Avenue

To learn more, visit

Join Pausch's People in PCAN 5K

Pausch’s People, in memory of the late Randy Pausch, is once again participating in the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s 9th Annual Purplestride 5K Walk/Timed Run, beginning at 8 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 5 at the North Park Swimming Pool lot. Purplestride Pittsburgh, planned entirely by local volunteers, is a day filled with hope and inspiration for participants while supporting important work being done by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Purplestride Pittsburgh is among 50 Purplestrides events taking place each year across the country. The event includes the 5K Walk/Run, a silent auction, music and other family friendly activities. Emcees for the event are Kristine Sorensen and Dave Crawley of KDKA-TV. To join, or support, Pausch’s People go to

Athletics To Host Family Days This Fall

The Department of Athletics is hosting two faculty and staff family days this fall. The first is Saturday, Sept. 22, when the football Tartans host DePauw University at 1 p.m. in Gesling Stadium. The second family day features the women’s and men’s soccer teams when they battle Case Western Reserve University on Sunday, Oct. 14. The women’s match begins at 11 a.m., followed by the men at 1:30 p.m. on the soccer field adjacent to Gesling Stadium.  Faculty, staff and their families will receive free admission. Stay tuned for more details.

Access Free Online Software Training

Carnegie Mellon has partnered with, an online training company, to provide all staff, faculty and students with access to its online training library. The training library provides 24/7 access to training on more than 900 software and design topics, with a library of more than 55,000 video tutorials. You can access the training library simply by going to from any computer or mobile device and logging in with your Andrew userID and password. For more information, visit Direct questions or comments to your DSP consultant or the Computing Services Help Center at 412-268-4357 or

Join Weight Watchers at CMU

Weight Watchers is offered at Carnegie Mellon for $39.95 per month. Meetings are held at 11:30 a.m. every Wednesday in Cyert Hall B6-A. Membership includes all Weight Watchers material, weekly meetings and e-Tools. Contact Rita Motor at 412-268-8071 or with any questions. You can register online at Use the Carnegie Mellon ID (21025) and pass code (WW21025).