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December 11, 2014

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87 Student-Athletes Earn Academic Recognition

Eighty-seven Carnegie Mellon student-athletes have been named to the fall's University Athletic Association (UAA) All-Academic teams.

All-Academic recognition is awarded to student-athletes who have completed at least one full year of college study and who carry a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.30. The complete fall academic honor roll includes 574 student-athletes in the three men’s and three women’s fall sports for which the UAA sponsors competition.

Among the 87 Carnegie Mellon student-athletes to earn the honor, 16 are from the women’s cross country team, 11 from the men’s cross country team, 34 from the football team, 11 from the women’s soccer team, 12 from the men’s soccer team and three from the volleyball team. See the list of honorees.

Discounts at HoneyBaked Ham Company

Staff Council has teamed up with the HoneyBaked Ham Company to offer faculty and staff a 15 percent discount off any purchase. Print and complete the flier and present it at any participating location. The offer is good through Dec. 31, 2015.

Participating locations include Monroeville (4025 William Penn Highway), North Hills (4780 McKnight Road) and South Hills (1630 Washington Road). For more information on available staff discounts go to

Finance Departments, Cash Operations Closing Early Dec. 15

The Finance Division will hold a divisional meeting for all finance employees on Dec 15. This will impact access to the services provided at 4516 Henry Street and the Cash Operations Office as follows:

  • The front desk of 4516 Henry Street will remain open during the divisional meeting.  However, Finance departments will close at 2 p.m. on Dec. 15 and reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 16.
  • The Cash Operations office in Warner Hall will close at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 15 and will stay closed for the remainder of the day. Services will resume at 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 16. 

The Finance Division appreciates your patience during this brief interruption of service. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Finance Communications at

CAS Accepting Proposals for Performance Initiative

The Center for the Arts in Society (CAS) is accepting project proposals for its Performance Initiative (2014-2017), coordinated by Wendy Arons of the Drama School and Kristina Straub of the English Department. The center plans to approach performance as an expansive form, from the traditional relationship between an audience and an actor to the constructions of political protest or how we frame our lives through social rituals, athletics, digital capture devices and everyday acts.

A close examination of human performance has begun to define most fields, from politics to robotics and from entertainment to art and literature. It is a topic that has the possibility to bring together many fields of exploration between the arts and humanities with potentially potent results.

For this initiative, CAS will undertake three faculty-led projects that involve analysis and production in their events and activities. Two of the three projects were announced at the presentation on Sept. 3. “Performing Peace” will be directed by John Carson (School of Art) and Jennifer Keating-Miller (Undergraduate Research Office.) Larry Shea (School of Drama) will direct “Ghosts in the Machines.” A third project will be selected in February after a review of the proposals. Learn more.

“'Twas the Night Before Christmas” Exhibit on Display

An exhibit for “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” with examples from The Anne Lyon Haight Collection of 300 editions of Clement Clark Moore’s poem, is on view through Jan. 6 in Special Collections, Hunt Library, 4th floor.

Find out if Santa is really elf-sized and the types of toys he brings. Discover if Santa uses technology like telephones and skywriting or why nostalgia seems important to the illustrators.

Hours are 1 - 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, or by appointment with Mary Kay Johnsen, or 412-268-6622.

Attention Ph.D.s: Seeking Participants for Three Minute Thesis Competition

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) challenges Ph.D. students to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance in just 3 minutes, in language appropriate for a general audience. 3MT is not an exercise in trivializing or "dumbing-down" research but forces students to consolidate their ideas and crystallize their research discoveries.

Any currently enrolled CMU Ph.D. candidate may sign up to compete. Register online. Registration deadline is Jan. 18.

Qualifying rounds will be held January through March and the championship round will be held in April. Heat winners will receive iPads or the equivalent value as a research/travel grant. Championship winners will receive $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000 research/travel grants.

Learn more about Three Minute Thesis.

"Be the Answer"; Give to the United Way

Carnegie Mellon’s 2014 United Way Campaign runs through Thursday, Dec. 11. This year’s theme is "Be the answer."

Employees are encouraged to live this year’s campaign theme by advocating for, or volunteering with, the United Way and by pledging or donating during the campaign. Please visit to make your pledge online and learn more about featured agencies that benefit from the United Way, including CMU's current featured agency, Oakland Planning and Development Corporation (United Way agency code #300). "Be the answer" to someone in need in Allegheny County. Pledge today!

Credit Union Offers Holiday Loan Specials

The Carnegie Mellon Credit Union is offering special personal loan rates just in time for the holidays. Annual percentage rates as low as 5.99 percent are available now through Dec. 19. 

Loans of $500 to $1,000 are available for 12 months and $1,001 to $2,000 are available for 18 months. Actual APR received is based on credit approval and score at the time of application.

Apply online at or at the Credit Union Office.

Kennywood Holiday Lights Tickets Available

Staff Council has arranged for CMU faculty, staff and students to purchase tickets to Kennywood Park's annual Holiday Lights extravaganza from 5-9 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 21. The discounted rate is $14, $3.99 off the regular price of $17.99. Children 2 years of age and younger are free.

For discounted tickets, contact Cleah Schlueter at Limit 12 tickets per person. Learn more about CMU discounts.