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February 09, 2012

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Athletics To Host Faculty and Staff Family Day Sunday, Feb. 19

The Department of Athletics invites all faculty, staff and their families to Faculty and Staff Family Day on Sunday, Feb. 19 during the men's and women's basketball games against the University of Rochester. The men's game starts at noon with the women's tip set for 2 p.m. in Skibo Gymnasium. All children in attendance will receive a free mini basketball and have the chance to play on the court during each halftime. Come out for a fantastic afternoon of basketball!

Students Could Win $20,000 for Innovative Sustainable Idea

Students with a great sustainable idea could win up to $20,000 by winning The Odebrecht Award for Sustainable Development. The award program is accepting entries from students in engineering fields, architecture, building and construction management, and chemistry. Whether related to efficient uses of sustainable materials, new chemical processes or new building techniques, projects should explore innovative practices, methods and ideas that can be implemented in a variety of real-world ventures. Entries will be judged on content, technical contribution, applicability, clarity/presentation and reasoning/depth. Entries are due May 31. Read more about the awards program at

Buggy Freeroll Practice Schedule Available

Weekend buggy freeroll practices begin Saturday, Feb. 11 and continue through Sunday, April 15. Weather permitting, practices will take place from 6 to 8:50 a.m. on Saturdays and from 6 to 9 a.m. on Sundays. Tech Street, Frew Street and Schenley Drive will be closed to vehicular traffic from 5 to 9 a.m. on the following dates: Feb. 11, 12, 18, 19, 25; March 3, 4, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31; and April  1, 7, 8, 14, 15.

Nominations Sought for Student Employee of the Year Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) Award, sponsored by the Northeast Association of Student Employment Administrators (NEASEA) and the National Student Employment Association (NSEA). This is the 13th year that Carnegie Mellon is participating in the program, which recognizes the outstanding contributions of college students who work while attending college.  All student employees, undergraduate and graduate, are eligible. The application deadline is Feb. 20.

The nomination process and form are available online. Questions? Contact Pati Kravetz, Career & Professional Development Center, at

EH&S Sponsors AED/CPR Training Classes

Environmental Health & Safety has announced three additional AED/CPR training classes:

  • Feb. 16, 10 a.m. – noon, Wean Hall 5310                  
  • March 2, 10 a.m. – noon, Rangos 2, University Center                      
  • March 21, 1 – 3 p.m., Rangos 2, University Center                     

 Anyone interested in attending one of these classes can register by going to, clicking on AED Training, and going to the registration page at the end of the course description.

ETC Press Releases Well Played, Vol. 2

ETC Press has released the second issue of "Well Played: a journal on video games, value and meaning," which includes "BioShock and Portal: A Discussion of Poetics" by Yotam Haimsberg, "We should be heroes... A case study of community building as a dominant strategy" by Simon Egenfeldt-Nielsen, "Cracking the Code: Untangling Game Structure, Properties and Player Experience" by Elizabeth Goins and "A Life in Baseball, Digital and Otherwise" by Abraham Stein. The Well Played Journal 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. It is a reviewed journal open to submissions that will be released on a regular basis. For more information, and to purchase or download a copy, visit

Shen Yun Performing Arts Offers Ticket Discount

Shen Yun Performing Arts brings to life classical Chinese dance and music in an exhilarating show Feb. 15-16 at the Benedum Center. Students, faculty and staff can purchase discounted tickets by Feb. 10 at and login using the promo code SYU.

Cultural Trust Offers Discounted Tickets to CMU Community

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is offering students, faculty and staff discounted tickets to several performances in January, February and March. They include:

  • Billy Elliot (Through Feb. 12 at the Benedum Center);
  • National Geographic Live: Ocean Soul Brian Skerry (Feb. 12 at the Byham);
  • PJO Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia (Feb. 18 at the August Wilson Center);
  • Dance Works Rotterdam (Feb. 18 at the Byham);
  • Cirque Dreams Pop Goes the Rock (Feb. 21-26 at Heinz Hall);
  • Between a Ballad and a Blue (Feb. 24-25 at the August Wilson Center);
  • Bodiography Red Carpet Rollout (Feb. 24-25 at the Byham);
  • Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy (Feb. 25 at the Benedum);
  • Armitage Gone! Dance in Three Theories (March 3 at the Byham);
  • Blues Brothers Revue (March 8 at the Byham); and
  • Dynamic Women of Dance (March 9-10 at the August Wilson Center).

To order tickets, go to and login using the promo code CMU1112 to receive the discount.

Special Dinner and Show packages, which include dinner at Lidia's, are available for the Feb. 9 performance of Billy Elliot. To order these packages go to

Nominations Open for Graduate Student Awards

The Graduate Student Service and Teaching Award nominations are now open and will be due on Friday, Feb. 10. The committees would greatly appreciate your support in soliciting and submitting nominations of graduate students who have excelled in teaching or service so that their efforts can be recognized by the university community. Nomination information can be found at Awards will be presented on Thursday, April 5, at the "Innovation with Impact: Graduate Student Celebration of Research, Teaching and Service" during Graduate Student Appreciation Week. Recipients will also be recognized at the Celebration of Education on Wednesday, April 25.

Cluster Reservations Being Accepted

Cluster reservations are now being accepted for all dates in the summer 2012 semester. The reservation request deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 14. To make your reservation requests and for information, visit For information on software requests and deadlines, visit or email questions to