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January 09, 2014

News Briefs

Close Windows and Check Spaces

FMS is encouraging members of the campus community to protect their work spaces during the winter months by:

  • Checking your department's occupied and unoccupied areas;
  • Closing and locking windows; and
  • Turning thermostats ON and checking for heat.

Please pay attention to cold spots in your buildings. During extreme cold temperatures, occupants with offices on exterior walls should leave their door open and stairwell doors open to allow warm air to circulate.

There have been more than 20 major incidents of frozen pipes and coils across campus in recent weeks. Please check your areas often and report problems to Service Response at 412-268-2910. Now is the time frozen split pipes will begin to thaw and do damage to buildings.

Water Line Break: Telecomm Relocates

Due to a water line break in Bramer House this past Monday (Jan. 6), which caused flooding on the first floor and into the basement, the Telecommunications Office has temporarily re-located to Cyert Hall A-72.

Calls to Carnegie Mellon’s main number at 412-268-2000 are being handled by operators at the temporary location.

Telecomm is expected to remain in Cyert Hall through next Monday (Jan. 13).

Weight Watchers Open House Scheduled for Jan. 15

Weight Watchers at Carnegie Mellon is hosting an Open House with food samples and giveaways at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 15 in Cyert Hall B6-A, the time and site of CMU's regularly scheduled Weight Watchers meetings.
If you can't make the at-work meetings, or prefer your community meeting, you can still purchase your Weight Watchers membership through a special website for Carnegie Mellon staff, faculty, students and family members for only $39.95 a month, $3 less than the regularly priced Weight Watchers membership ($42.95). The website is: The Carnegie Mellon University ID number is 21025 and the passcode is WW21025.
Membership includes all Weight Watchers material, weekly meetings and e-Tools (WW online tools). Contact Rita Motor at 412-268-8071 or with any questions.

SMART ID Card Update

If you have not yet exchanged your Carnegie Mellon ID card for the new SMART card, please visit The HUB to make the exchange as soon as possible to ensure that you are carrying the official CMU identification card. Please note the following important upcoming dates regarding the SMART card transition:

  • Beginning Jan. 13, Port Authority Transit (PAT) riders will be required to tap their SMART card on the fare box reader.
  • Through July 31, older style ID cards that are not expired will still be accepted on PAT vehicles.
  • Beginning Aug. 1, you must use a valid, active SMART card to ride PAT vehicles.

For additional information regarding the SMART card transition and to view a list of frequently asked questions, visit The HUB website at

Build Your Dreams: TechShop Offers Discounts to CMU Community

Do you have a project in mind that you want to create? Do you need equipment, software or simply a physical space where you can work on it?

TechShop is offering some great membership packages exclusively to the Carnegie Mellon community through a new partnership with the university.

Billed as a prototyping studio, a hacker space and a learning center, TechShop can provide laser cutters, plastics and electronics labs, a machine shop, a wood shop, welding stations and more. Classes are even available to learn how to use the equipment.

The partnership is one of many being forged through Carnegie Mellon's new Integrative Design, Arts and Technology Network (IDeATe), which is building on the connections already thriving between the world-class technology and arts units at the university.

TechShop has several locations including one in Pittsburgh at 192 Bakery Square on the ground floor, immediately below Urban Active, and three near Carnegie Mellon's campus in Silicon Valley, in San Carlos, San Francisco and San Jose.

For more information on the IDeATe Network and discounts, visit

C-MITES Offers Programs for Gifted Students

C-MITES offers weekend and summer classes for gifted students in kindergarten through 10th grade. Eligible students in 3rd-6th grade may register to take the EXPLORE test and become a member. C-MITES members receive first priority consideration and discounted tuition for our competitive Summer Program, as well as early access to program registrations. Testing is available at many sites throughout Pennsylvania. Financial aid is available for all C-MITES programs. For more information, visit or contact C-MITES at 412-268-1629 x1 or

Nominations Now Open for Graduate Student Awards

The nomination period for the Graduate Student Service and Teaching Awards is now open and nominations are due on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. 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

The awards will be presented on Thursday, April 3, 2014, at "Innovation with Impact: Graduate Student Celebration of Research, Teaching and Service" during Graduate Student Appreciation Week. Recipients also will be recognized at the Celebration of Education on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.