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June 05, 2014

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Street Parking Rates Around Campus Reduced

The parking study being conducted by Tepper School of Business professors Stephen Spear and Mark Fichman has reduced street parking rates on Tech Street, Schenley Drive, Margaret Morrison Street and Frew Street.

Tech has been lowered from $2 to $1.75 per hour; Schenley Drive has been lowered from $1.25 to 75 cents per hour; Margaret Morrison has been reduced from $1.25 per hour to $1; and Frew has been lowered from $1.75 to $1.50 per hour. The 5000 block of Frew Street adjacent to Skibo Gym is $1.25 per hour.

The rates will be in effect at least until the end of June. The study seeks to let the marketplace identify hourly rates at which parking spaces are more than three-quarters full during regular business periods. This establishes a reasonable level for usage and revenue while allowing for some parking availability throughout the business day.

Kennywood Ticket Sales Resume Next Week

Ticket sales for Carnegie Mellon’s Employee Picnic at Kennywood Park on Saturday, June 14 will resume next week in the Jared L. Cohon University Center. Dates and times are as follows:

  • June 10, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • June 11, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • June 13, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Employees can purchase one ticket for $10 with their CMU ID (valid on the June 14 picnic day only), up to four additional tickets for $17 each, and up to five more tickets for $22 each. Please note, the $10 and $17 ticket is available to Carnegie Mellon employees only. All individuals with a sponsored ID can purchase the $22 funday tickets. Sandcastle ($22) and Idlewild ($25.99) tickets also will be available.

Kennywood Park's Pavilion 14 will be reserved all day for CMU employees and their families on the day of the picnic.  A prize giveaway for children 10 years of age and younger will be held at 4 p.m. followed by an adult raffle at 4:15 p.m. You must present your CMU ID to claim a prize. Ice cream will be given away to everyone beginning at 4 p.m.

If you have any questions, please contact Staff Council’s Sharon Cavlovich at or Nicole Stenger at

Staff Council Offers Tickets to Hershey Park

Staff Council is offering discount tickets to Hershey Park this summer. Purchase your tickets via using promo code 85214. If you purchase tickets before July 6, you will receive an extra savings on the regular 1-day pass and tickets can be used ALL summer long.

Purchases made before July 6

  • Regular 1-day pass (ages 9-54) - $39.95
  • Regular 1-day pass (ages 9-54) - $46.95 (rate for purchases beginning July 7)
  • Jr/Sr 1-day pass (ages 3-8; 55-69) - $34.95
  • Senior+ 1-day pass (ages 70+) - $22.95
  • Regular 2-day pass (ages 9-54) - $78.20
  • Jr/Sr 2-day pass (ages 3-8; 55-69) - $57.50

The gate rate for regular passes is $60.80 and the Jr./Sr. rate is $38.30. Each ticket is subject to a $.75 processing fee. If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Cavlovich at or Nicole Stenger at For more information on Hershey Park, visit

Cedar Point Tickets Available, Too

Staff Council also is offering discounted tickets to Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. You can access the discounted ticket offers at The user name is CARNEGIEMU and the password is cmu2014. The user name and password are case sensitive.

Ticket prices are:

  • Ride & Refresh: $49.99 (not available at the gate)
  • Cedar Point: $45 ($14.99 off the gate price)
  • Soak City: $28 ($5 off the gate price)
  • Ride & Slide: $79.99 ($8 off the gate price)

If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Cavlovich at or Nicole Stenger at

CMU Day at PNC Park, July 6

Carnegie Mellon Day at PNC Park will be Sunday, July 6, when the Pirates take on the Philadelphia Phillies at 1:35 p.m.

Sixty-five tickets in Section 305 are available for $18 each. Before the game, join fellow CMU community members at the #1 Cochran Family Fun Zone on Federal Street from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. CMU Pre-College students will be singing the national anthem.

Sundays are Kids Days and on this day children 14 years of age and younger will receive an Andrew McCutchen poster. Kids also get a chance to run the bases following the game, weather permitting.

For tickets, contact Pattye Stragar at

Student-Athletes Tops in the Classroom

Fifty-eight Carnegie Mellon student-athletes finished the spring semester with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average (GPA). The overall student-athlete GPA for the semester was approximately 3.30. The CMU men’s golf team had a team GPA of 3.74, with half of the roster registering 4.0s.

Three athletes, track’s Kelsey Hallinen, tennis’ Katie Cecil and golf’s Ian Bangor, were elected to the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honorary society. For the second straight year Cecil won the NCAA Elite 89 Award, which recognizes the highest GPA of any women’s tennis athlete at the NCAA finals site.

Learn more about the Tartans’ academic success.

Be a Middle School Mentor

Join the biggest mentoring project in the region’s history and learn more about how you can provide a one-on-one relationship to an at-risk child through the Be a Middle School Mentor Program (facilitated through a partnership with the United Way of Allegheny County). 

To showcase this important work, Communities in Schools is hosting a Volunteer Recruitment Event from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 12 at the Rivers Club, 301 Grant Street, downtown. 
A recent report commissioned by the National Mentoring Partnership with support from AT&T found these insights to be true about at-risk youth with mentors:

  • Youth with mentors are more likely to report positive behaviors and less likely to report negative ones;
  • At-risk young adults who had a mentor are more likely to aspire to enroll in and graduate from college than those who did not have a mentor (76 percent vs. 56 percent);
  • At-risk young adults who had a mentor are more likely to be enrolled in college than those who did not have a mentor (45 percent vs. 29 percent);
  • At-risk young adults who had a mentor are more likely to volunteer regularly in their communities than those who did not have a mentor (48 percent vs. 27 percent).

Share your time, interests and work experiences with local kids to empower them to stay in school and achieve great things. RSVP by June 9 for the Volunteer Recruitment Event by calling 412-805-9821 or sending email to

If you have any questions, contact Gloria Gruber at 412-268-9685 or

Main Campus Steam Shutdown, June 8-13

On Sunday, June 8, starting at 7:30 a.m. until Friday, June 13, the steam serving Carnegie Mellon’s main campus will be shut down to repair several leaks. There will be no hot water in Wean Hall, Doherty Hall and the Physical Plant Building.

Also there will be no reheat on building air handling systems, so FMS will raise the discharge temperatures on air handlers units to offset the heat loss.
If you have any questions, please contact Kyle Tomer at 412-268-6332 or

Students Launch Science Writing Blog

Public Communication for Researchers (, a student group that teaches communications skills to graduate students to enhance interaction with the general public, has launched a group blog, Science Non-Fiction (, which features science writing by Pittsburgh students. You can also follow the blog on Twitter @ScienceNonFict (

C-MITES Program Accepting Applications for June and July Classes

Carnegie Mellon's C-MITES program is proud to announce its 23rd year of providing classes for academically talented students in first through eighth grade on the university's Pittsburgh campus and at many locations throughout Pennsylvania.

Applications are currently being accepted for one- or two-week classes in June and July. Classes include Robotics Programming and Design, Harry Potter's Science Adventure, K'NEX Geometry, Math Time Travelers and Explorations in Science. Financial aid is available.

Visit the C-MITES website, call (412) 268-1629 or email for more information.

Cyert Center Has Openings for 2014-2015

The Cyert Center for Early Education has openings for 2014-2015 for children who will be 4 years old by the end of September through kindergarten age. The new program year begins Aug. 18, 2014, and ends Aug. 7, 2015. Email or call 412-268-2149 for details.

Call for Library Excellence Award Nominees

From now until June 20, the Library Awards Committee is accepting nominations from the CMU community for its Library Excellence Awards.

The annual awards program recognizes library employees for excellence in any of five areas: Citizenship, Customer Satisfaction, Innovation, Outreach and Productivity. The Transformation Award recognizes library employees for activities that have dramatically changed thought or action within the libraries. Learn more about the program and nomination process.

Gesling Stadium Field and Track Closed Through July 19

The Gesling Stadium Field and Track will be closed through Saturday, July 19 for replacement of the synthetic turf field. The Athletics Department thanks you for your cooperation and patience. Questions? Contact Andrew Reilly by email or phone 412-926-0543.

Summer Hours Set for Rec and Fitness Facilities

The Athletics Department has posted its summer hours for the recreation and fitness areas in the Cohon University Center (CUC) and Skibo Gym. Hours are as follows:

6:30 a.m. – 9 p.m., Monday – Friday
10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday

Lap Pool and Dive Pool/CUC:

7 – 8 a.m., 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., 5 – 7 p.m., Monday – Friday
1 – 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Skibo Gymnasium:
6:30 a.m. – 9 p.m., Monday – Friday
10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday

Andy Award Nominations Now Being Accepted

The nomination period for the 2014 Andy Awards is now underway through July 9. 

The Andy Awards, named for Andrew Carnegie and Andrew Mellon, are a tribute to the spirit of teamwork and dedication embodied by the staff at Carnegie Mellon. Individual staff members and teams of colleagues whose work has had a significant impact on the university are recognized for their outstanding performance and commitment to excellence through the Andy Awards program.

Awards are given in six categories: Commitment to Students, Community Contributions, Culture, Dedication, Innovation and University Citizenship.

For more information on the awards and the nomination process, visit the awards website