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March 14, 2013

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CMU To Shine in Campus Superstar Competition

Carnegie Mellon musical theater majors Casey Cott, Rayquila Durham, Jean Floradin, Emily Koch, Amanda Smith and Jimmy Mason, are six of the 10 finalists competing for a $5,000 grand prize in this year’s "Campus Superstar" competition Thursday, March 21 at Carnegie Music Hall. "Campus Superstar" is an American Idol-like singing competition run by the Hillel Jewish University Center. Read more about Cott, Durham and Floradin, and Koch, Smith and Mason in the Jewish Chronicle.

President Jared L. Cohon will be honored during the competition by event organizers for his efforts to increase diversity at CMU, including the establishment of The Pomegranate, a dining facility in the University Center offering kosher food that meets the dietary requirements of the vast majority of CMU’s observant Jews. Read more in the Jewish Chronicle.

Tickets to "Campus Superstar" are available at or by calling Caryn Goldenberg at 412-621-8875, ext. 112.

Mellon College of Science Calls for Nominations for Staff Recognition Awards

Please join Dean Fred Gilman in honoring Mellon College of Science staff for their dedication and service to the Mellon College of Science. Awards ceremony will be at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, May 3. Staff may be nominated for the following categories: MCS Merit Award, Rookie Award, Special Award and Outstanding Achievement Award. Nominations may be made by anyone in the MCS community, including administrators, faculty, staff and students. Nominations forms and information can be found online at The deadline to nominate is Friday, March 22. Submit complete nomination packets to

Register for Student Employee Appreciation Lunch

The Student Employee Appreciation Lunch, which recognizes student employees and their invaluable contributions to Carnegie Mellon, will be held from 12 – 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 10 in Rangos Hall, UC. The lunch gives you an opportunity to get to know your student employee(s) and to say “Thanks!” A buffet lunch will be served that includes vegetarian entrees. Entertainment will be provided by students from the world-renowned School of Drama. The cost is $5 per person. Register by April 4 at:

Cluster Reservations for Fall Due March 22

Computing Cluster reservations for the fall 2013 semester are due Friday, March 22. To request a computing cluster or software for fall 2013, go to, where you will find detailed cluster reservation information, links to the Carnegie Mellon SpaceQuest system, and the "Requesting a Cluster or Cluster Software" document to walk you through the process.

Cluster reservation requests for Computing Services-operated clusters and software are now processed through the SpaceQuest (25Live) tool — the same tool used to reserve Registrar-controlled classrooms and many other Pittsburgh campus spaces.

Clusters Software guidelines are available at

Please enter your cluster reservations on the SIS screen once your reservation has been confirmed by Cluster Services. Direct any questions or concerns to

Update: Roberts Road To Close March 25-April 6 for Scott Hall Utility Work

Campus Design and Facilities Development (CDFD) is scheduling a shutdown of Roberts Drive, March 25 - April 6, to accommodate the second phase of utility work for Scott Hall. Roberts Drive will be closed at the top near Scaife Hall and at the bottom at the west end of Wean Hall by the FMS pedestrian bridge. During these times, there will be no thru traffic or access to the four parking spaces at the lower Hamerschlag lot adjacent to the nitrogen tank.

  • From March 11 through March 24 Roberts Drive will remain open.
  • Roberts Drive will then be closed March 25 through April 6 to complete the second phase of underground utility work.
  • No vehicle and pedestrian access to Roberts Drive from Scaife Hall to Wean Hall will be permitted.
  • Access to the Roberts Hall Loading Dock will be maintained.
  • Roberts Drive will not be open on weekends.
  • Pedestrian access from Wean/FMS bridge to Roberts Hall and Hamerschlag Hall will not be permitted during the above road closures.
Additional information can be found at
If you have any questions, please contact Max Dorosa at or 412-268-8936.

Publish Your Life Science Articles for Free

CMU life science authors can benefit from an agreement whereby all submissions to F1000Research are free until March 31. To redeem this offer, quote the code NERL21 upon submission. The short-term offer is available because the University Libraries belong to the North East Research Libraries consortium (NERL). F1000Research officially launched at the start of this year and has published more than 100 articles to date. As the first Open Science journal for life scientists, it offers significant advantages to authors including an easy submission process. Please read the author guidelines and email submissions to If you have any questions, contact

Call for Entries: "Steamrolled Print Editions: Live Printing"

The first-ever "Steamrolled Print Editions: Live Printing" will take place April 18 on the College of Fine Arts lawn during CMU's Spring Carnival, prior to the fourth annual School of Art Anti-Gravity Downhill Derby. Twenty-five prints from groups or individual students, faculty and staff will be accepted. The designs will be printed using a full-size steamroller and will be displayed on the Cut and the CFA lawn. For more information and file requirements, visit Designs may be submitted to

Buggy Freeroll Practices Scheduled

Spring Buggy freeroll practices will take place on Saturdays (6 - 8:50 a.m.) and Sundays (6 - 9 a.m.) on Tech Street, Frew Street and Schenley Drive (weather permitting). During these times, vehicles will not be able to access or park on these roads. The Sweepstakes Committee will work with Pittsburgh Police Officers to tow any vehicles parked on the above roads during practice times. Please contact the Sweepstakes Committee at with any issues or concerns.

The practice dates are as follows (weather permitting):
March: 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31
April: 6, 7, 13, 14

Save the Dates
Annual Push Practice Begins. Beginning Sunday, March 17, there will be buggy practices occurring every Sunday through Thursday from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Tech Street and Frew Street. The purpose of these practices is for Buggy Pushers to practice pushing the buggies up Tech Street and along Frew Street. There is no freeroll down Schenley Drive.

Spring Carnival – Buggy Races: April 19 & 20 (Rain Date: April 21)
Margaret Morrison, Tech Street, Schenley Drive, Frew Street, Panther Hollow Bridge, & East & West Circuit Road will be closed from 5 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Students Invited To Participate in ID Card Redesign Contest

The HUB is asking for student input and designs for the new look of the CMU ID Card by holding a "CM-yoU ID Card Design Contest." This summer, the campus will transition to SMART cards, which will offer upgraded technology for access to Port Authority transit.

Eligible design submissions will be evaluated by a design review board. The top three designs chosen by the board will be revealed and the CMU community will be encouraged to vote for their favorite design.

Participants should submit their designs to no later than March 31. Design specifications for the contest can be found at

The winning design will be announced May 1.

C-MITES Weekend Workshops To Begin

Registration is open for the Carnegie Mellon Institute for Talented Elementary and Secondary Students (C-MITES) Weekend Workshops. The workshops — half day and full day classes — will be held in March, April and May for students in grades K-10. Classes include Bubbleology, Write Your Own Web Page and Guts of the Matter: Dissection. Classes are offered at Carnegie Mellon, Winchester Thurston North in Allison Park and in two locations near Philadelphia.

Visit for more information or to register online. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and financial aid is available.

C-MITES has offered challenging and fun classes for academically talented students for 20 years. For more information, visit or call the C-MITES office at 412-268-1629 ext. 1.

Credit Union Offers Special Rate

Carnegie Mellon’s Credit Union is offering a loan special through March 31. Take advantage of the promotional fixed rate of 7.50% APR and pay off those higher interest rate credit cards. Borrow up to $10,000 for a maximum term of 48 months.

Loan Amount / Maximum Term:
$2,500-$5,000 / 36 Months
$5,001-$10,000 / 48 Months

Save a Life: AED Training Classes Scheduled

Two AED training classes have been scheduled for those who have never had the training or for those whose certifications have expired or are about to expire. The classes are:

  • March 15, 10 a.m., Rangos 1, University Center
  • April 12, 10 a.m., Dowd Room, University Center

To register, go to and click on the Training tab at the top of the page, then go to AED Training.  The link to the registration page is at the end of the course description. The classes are open to all students, faculty and staff. Class sizes are limited, so register early.