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April 18, 2013

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Vote for Most Innovative Carnival Booth

The Dietrich College's Information Systems Program is holding a "Most Innovative Carnival Booth Contest" during Spring Carnival. Students in Raja Sooriamurthi's Software Development Project course have created "Enteract" - a mobile polling system. Using QR codes or web links, anyone with a Facebook account will be able to submit a vote for how innovative each carnival booth is. The winning booth will receive the inaugural "Innovative Booth Award," which carries a cash prize that will be donated to the charity of the organization's choice. Voting will open at 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 18 and close at 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 20. The winner will be announced on the Dietrich College Facebook page. Check out the booths and get ready to vote at

Meet Candidate for Dean of Libraries

Next week the Dean of University Libraries Search Committee will be hosting another candidate.  The entire campus community is invited to meet Beth Sandore Namachchivaya and attend her public presentation at 9 a.m., Wednesday, April 24 in the Posner Center. Following the presentation, there will be time for questions and informal interaction. We encourage attendance at this forum and participation by faculty, students and staff members in this important process. Candidate evaluation forms will be available at the public presentations. If you have any questions or are interested in reviewing copies of the candidates’ CVs, please contact Edna Jackson (, director of the Provost’s Office.

Parking Open Enrollment Begins Monday, April 22

The Open Enrollment period for campus permit parking begins on Monday, April 22 and continues through Friday, May 3. Everyone must apply during this two-week period. Permits will not rollover to next year.

To apply, go to and select three different options for your parking location. Carpool leaders must apply online and submit a paper application.

Contact Parking & Transportation Services at 412-268-2052 or with questions.

Help Choose The Next ID Card Design

As the university prepares to transition to SMART Cards this summer, The HUB is requesting your input in choosing the new design.
Throughout the month of March, many students submitted creative and thoughtful designs to the "CM-yoU ID Card Design Contest." Three designs have been chosen by a review board – and now it's time for the campus community to vote! Cast a vote between April 15-26 by visiting Only one vote per person will be counted. The design with the most votes will be the look of the next CMU ID Card. The winning design will be announced May 1.
For more information about SMART Cards, visit Thank you for your participation!

Libraries Call for Nominations

University Libraries are accepting nominations from the CMU community through May 10 to honor library personnel for outstanding service in 2012-13. The libraries’ Excellence Award recognizes library employees’ excellence in any of five areas: Citizenship, Customer Satisfaction, Innovation, Outreach or Productivity. The Transformation Award, new this year, recognizes library employees for activities that have dramatically changed thought or action within the libraries. Nomination forms and library award program details are available at

Sorrells Library To Close for Renovations, May 15 - Aug. 10

Immediately following final exams this spring, the Sorrells Engineering & Science Library in Wean Hall will close temporarily for major renovations. Significant reconfiguration and improved lighting will create a more welcoming environment. Informal group study and quiet study areas will be added throughout the library. Plans to minimize the disruption of the three-month closure are being publicized directly to Sorrells Library constituencies. Please contact Head of Science Libraries Matt Marsteller at or 412-268-7212 if you have questions or concerns.

Carnegie Mellon Honors Student Employees

On April 10 Carnegie Mellon honored all student employees, including 15 student employees who were nominated  for the Student Employee of the Year Award. The nominees were: Konyin Adewumi, Russell Andrews, Neha Chaurasia, Melanie Chin, Rachel Dokich, Colleen Eagan, Emily Ferri, Shannon Huang, Sarah Menio, Amy Nasr, Emily Peel, Rebecca Piston, Katarina Shaw, Kathryn Thomas and Mary Weber. Piston, a junior mechanical engineering major, was selected to represent Carnegie Mellon at the Northeast Regional Level. See photos of nominees on the Career and Professional Development Center’s Facebook page:

Vera Bradley Sale To Benefit Pittsburgh Women's Shelter

Alpha Chi Omega will host its annual Vera Bradley Sale from 2:30-6 p.m., Monday, April 22 in Danforth Lounge, University Center. Fifteen percent of every purchase will be donated to the Pittsburgh Women's Shelter. The sale is co-sponsored by Alpha Chi Omega and the Cheeks Boutique in Shadyside.

Roberts Road To Close April 29 Through October 2015

Roberts Road will be closed April 29 through the duration of the Scott Hall Project (October 2015) from the FMS pedestrian bridge to the top of the drive near Scaife Hall.  For more information and project updates, see the Scott Hall Construction website at