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August 09, 2012

News Briefs

2013 Alumni Award Nominations Open

Nominations for the 2013 Alumni Awards are now being accepted through Saturday, Sept. 1. Each year the Alumni Association honors alumni, students and faculty who have given outstanding service to the university, and alumni who have achieved exceptional success in their chosen professions. A nomination form, list of previous award recipients and descriptions of each award category can be found at All nomination forms should be submitted with the nominee's vitae and at least two letters of support. For more information, contact the office at 412-268-8258 or

New Parking Meters To Be Installed

The Pittsburgh Parking Authority is in the process of installing new Pay by License Plate parking meters on and around campus. Meters will be installed on Margaret Morrison Street, Tech Street, Frew Street and Schenley Drive, and should be completed by the start of the fall semester. It is important that you know your license plate in order to utilize this state of the art equipment. For further information, visit the Pittsburgh Parking Authority website at

Escort/Shuttle Service Changes Take Effect Aug. 13

Major changes will go into effect for the CMU Shuttle/Escort Service beginning at 7:15 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 13. All of the changes, including route maps, stops and schedules for each shuttle and escort route and more, can be found on the Shuttle/Escort website. The changes include:

  • The Escort Service will no longer be designated by neighborhoods (Squirrel Hill, Shadyside or Oakland). Instead, Color Zones will be used to designate areas covered by each bus. The “Blue Zone” bus will cover the Shadyside area from Morewood Avenue to Shady Avenue. The “Green Zone” bus will cover Oakland from Morewood Avenue to Craft Avenue. The “Red Zone” bus will cover the outer area of Squirrel Hill and the “Yellow Zone” bus will cover the inner area of Squirrel Hill closest to campus.
  • Due primarily to safety concerns, the Mellon Institute and INI stops have been eliminated and Craig Street service is reduced to one Escort stop at 300 S. Craig St. Passengers can card into the building at any time and wait for the Escort bus in the comfort of the vestibule. It is a safe, warm and secure place that is also headquarters to University Police.  
  • Shuttle/Escort will now provide transportation to the Greenfield neighborhood via the PTC Shuttle, which has been re-routed. The new route includes three stops on Greenfield Ave. and will have service to the PTC and campus.

For more information, contact Lt. Joseph Meyers at 268-4202.

CableTV To Be Upgraded to Digital Service

From 8 a.m. Aug. 13 through 5 p.m. Aug. 17 Computing Services staff members will upgrade the Pittsburgh campus' CableTV system. Throughout the course of this maintenance, users may experience problems with CableTV service. If you do not have a digital television, an analog/digital television converter box will be required to view channels. Converter boxes can be purchased at most electronic retail stores. Once the upgrade is complete, all televisions connected to the system will need to be reprogrammed. To reprogram most digital TVs, follow these steps:

  1. On your television, select Menu > Input > Cable > All available channels.
  2. Run Auto channel search.
  3. Once your channel search has completed, you will have access to the new channel lineup. This new line-up will offer nearly all digital programming in standard definition and 10 new channels in high definition.
Direct any questions or comments to Telecom at 412-268-8500.

Preliminary Work Begins 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, began on  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.

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.

University Store Extends Hours

The University Store will have extended hours for the following days:

  • Aug. 13-17, 20-24 and 31 — 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Aug. 18, 25 and 26 — 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Aug. 19 — 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Aug. 27-30 — 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.

The store will be closed in observance of Labor Day Sept. 1-3 and reopen Sept. 4.

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).