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September 27, 2012

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CMU Named a Military Friendly School

Carnegie Mellon has been named to G.I. Jobs magazine’s Military Friendly Schools list for 2013. The list honors the top 15 percent of schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military students and ensure their success on campus. The list is compiled from more than 12,000 VA-approved schools nationwide.  See the list at

Hunt Renovation Reaches Milestone

Dean of University Libraries Glorianna St. Clair reports that the renovation in Hunt Library has achieved a milestone: Roughly one-quarter of the area is more brightly lit, partially furnished and open for use. She says a few workstations and some tables for informal group study have been set up, and printing, copying and more workstations will be added as net connections are activated.

St. Clair said she expects to open the completed global communications center area in mid-October. This will include more work and study space, a new interactive lounge, tech-ready reservable group studies, reference services area and the Global Communications Center, which will offer writing, presentation and design tutoring. Read more about the renovation project.

Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Sept. 29

Carnegie Mellon Police is participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Fifth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day to promote and facilitate the safe disposal of unused or expired prescription drugs and over the counter medications. The collection is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29, at the CMU Police Station at 300 S. Craig Street (enter on the Filmore Street side of the building.) There will be no requests for identification nor will any questions be asked of those disposing of medications. Participants may remove personal information from bottles or packaging prior to submittal.

All medications — pills, gels, creams, patches and liquids will be collected. Illegal substances such as marijuana and methamphetamine are not part of this initiative. Syringes will not be collected due to the potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens. More information on the Take-Back initiative is available at

Circulo Juvenil Focuses on Soccer

El Circulo Juvenil de Cultura, a special program run through the Department of Modern Languages designed for Spanish speaking children in the Pittsburgh area to learn more about the Hispanic culture and practice their Spanish language skills, will focus on soccer culture this semester.  The 10 workshops will be taught by Ava Meditch Murphy (DC’13) and local Chilean teacher Maria Teresa Caro. Through the workshops, the children will explore the universe of soccer — including the players, male and female teams and the history of international competitions, songs and fans.  Circulo Juvenil workshops are for Spanish-speaking children aged 6-12 years old. The workshops will be held from 2 – 4 p.m. each Sunday from Sept. 30 through Dec. 9. For more information, visit

Entries Sought for MLK Jr. Day Writing Awards

Each year, the Department of English’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Writing Awards contest encourages local students to explore their personal experiences with race and discrimination through poetry and prose. Open to all high school and college students in the Pittsburgh area, the awards committee seeks personal narratives dealing with individual experiences of racial or cultural differences or personal reflections on King’s legacy that rely on concrete detail. Both prose and poetry entries will be accepted. See more information and submission guidelines.

Computer Sales Closed for Inventory Oct. 1

Computer Sales in the University Store will be conducting its quarterly inventory and will be closed Monday, Oct. 1. Computer Sales will reopen for business on Tuesday, Oct. 2.

Alumni Association Board Seeks New Members

The Alumni Association Board (AAB) seeks nominations for their 2013 class. They will elect five new members to serve four-year terms beginning July 1, 2013, and strive to balance the board along a number of dimensions such as college affiliation, year of graduation, gender, ethnicity and geographic representation. In addition, the board gives particular weight to the depth and breadth of the nominee's current and previous volunteer experiences, in particular those with CMU. To view the AAB Frequently Asked Questions and access the AAB Nomination Form, visit Questions? Contact Lynn DeFabio at The deadline for nominations is Nov. 30.

Honorary Degree Nominations Due Oct. 15

You can now nominate candidates to receive honorary degrees from Carnegie Mellon. Nominees must have achieved pre-eminent levels of distinction in fields identified with educational, research or performance programs at CMU. They also must have demonstrated respect and appreciation for the responsibilities of citizenship and service to society. Honorary degrees are granted to individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to their professions, to the U.S. or to the world, and whose life and work are broadly connected to the highest aims and aspirations of the university.
It is desirable that nominees have connections to the university, and nominations of women and underrepresented minorities are especially welcome. Nominations are due Oct. 15. For more information, including the nomination form, go to

Nominations Now Open for Education Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the Doherty Award, the Ryan Award, the Academic Advising Award and the Gelfand Award, which will be presented on April 30, 2013.

  • The Robert E. Doherty Award for Sustained Contributions to Excellence in Education is given to a member of the university community who has made substantial and sustained contributions to excellence in education.
  • The William H. and Frances S. Ryan Award for Meritorious Teaching is given annually to a full-time faculty member who has demonstrated unusual devotion and effectiveness in teaching undergraduate or graduate students.
  • The Academic Advising Award recognizes members of the university community who have achieved excellence in providing undergraduate academic advising.
  • The Gelfand Award is given annually to a member of the university community who has combined sustained, effective community service with academic coursework and a deliberate process of student reflection to enhance the learning experience, teach social responsibility, and improve some aspect of life in the community.

The nomination deadline is Nov. 5. For more information about the awards and nomination process, go to