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May 01, 2014

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Last Call: Parking Applications Due at 5 p.m. Tomorrow

This year’s open enrollment period for campus parking ends at 5 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, May 2).  Everyone must select three different parking locations during the open enrollment period. Permits will not rollover from last year. Carpool leaders must complete a paper application, which can be faxed (412-268-7825) or returned to the Parking Office in the Cohon University Center.

To apply for parking go to and click on Enrollment in the left-hand navigation column.

Parking lot rates for 2014-2015 are listed at New lot assignments will be announced in July and become effective Sept. 1.

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

Vote for Your Staff Council Reps

The Staff Council divisional elections for the 2014-2016 term end at 5 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, May 2). You can select up to two candidates to serve on council.

Please go to to view the candidates’ biographies. To cast your vote, click on the link that you received in the email from Staff Council. That link will take you to the ballot for your division.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Elections Committee at

President's Open Forum is May 13

Carnegie Mellon Staff Council presents an Open Forum with President Subra Suresh from noon – 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 13 in Rangos 1 & 2 of the Cohon University Center. As he approaches the end of his first year at CMU, President Suresh will provide an update on the state of the university and answer questions from staff members.

Attendance at this Staff Council sponsored event is restricted to members of the university community only. For more information about Staff Council and Staff Council events, please visit

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, go to

MFA Students Create "For the Birds" Visual Symphony

Two Masters of Fine Arts students in the School of Art have created and directed "For the Birds," a visual symphony designed for the National Aviary's Helen M. Schmidt FliteZone™ Theatre in celebration of International Migratory Bird Day.

Daniel Allende and Tucker Marder said the collaboration aims to inspire a new perspective on, and respect for, the beauty and power of birds through theatrical performance.

Two performances appropriate for all ages are scheduled for 6 p.m., Sunday, May 4, and 6 p.m., Sunday, May 11. The National Aviary is offering a special reduced admission of $10 starting at 5 p.m. so visitors can explore the aviary before and after the show. The 120 seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more.

CMU Participates in USA Science and Engineering Festival

Carnegie Mellon's Leonard Gelfand Center for Service Learning & Outreach, the Software Engineering Institute and the Alice Project participated in the USA Science and Engineering Festival last weekend at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The goal of the event was to “create the largest, ultimate celebration of science and engineering in the country, and to inspire thousands of people of all ages to explore careers in STEM" (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The CMU groups participated in Sneak Peek Friday, which included more than 40,000 students, teachers, military families, government officials and media representatives, and in the full-day events on Saturday and Sunday, which brought in approximately 140,000 people each day. Learn more about the festival.

Leadership and Negotiation Academy for Women Opens Enrollment

The Carnegie Mellon Leadership and Negotiation Academy for Women, which consists of six two-day modules, is now enrolling students for its fall cohort, which will begin study in September 2014 and end in March 2015.

"Companies and institutions that are interested in developing their competitive advantage through investing in diverse talent will find this program immeasurably valuable," said Linda Babcock, academy co-founder and faculty director. "Our goal is to help women embrace opportunities to negotiate successful strategic initiatives and deals on behalf of their organizations and stakeholders — and for themselves."

Babcock, the James Mellon Walton Professor of Economics at the Heinz College, co-wrote two influential books with fellow academy instructor Sara Laschever: "Women Don't Ask: The High Cost of Avoiding Negotiation — and Positive Strategies for Change" and "Ask For It: How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation to Get What They Really Want."

The academy — the first program of its kind to look at critical leadership skills through a negotiation lens — is now offered through Carnegie Mellon's Tepper School of Business Executive Education program in partnership with the Heinz College. Learn more.

Discounted Tickets Available To See "Orphee"

Pittsburgh Opera has announced a discounted ticket offer for CMU alumni, students, faculty and staff to see "Orphee,” a contemporary opera that appeals to a wide variety of audience members, especially young people. Interested buyers can see all seats available as Cheap Seats for performances of Orphee on May 2 and 4.

This ticket offer is one way the Pittsburgh Opera continues a relationship with Carnegie Mellon, according to alumna Deborah Kelly, who also has served as a volunteer at CMU for 17 years and was project manager for the 2012 School of Music Centennial. The Opera’s General Director Christopher Hahn worked with Kelly on the School of Music Centennial. 

Additionally, Pittsburgh Opera provides opportunities for CMU students and alumni to serve as resident artists and work in areas such as composition, lighting and stage management.

Go to to select your seats. All Cheap Seats are held at the Benedum Box Office for pickup starting two hours before the selected performance. For more information, contact Randy Adams at the Pittsburgh Opera at

Planning for Veterans Day 2014

A new working group is forming to create a campus conversation and professional development opportunity on Veterans Day 2014. All veteran students, staff, and faculty as well as interested campus community members are invited to take part in this exciting venture. 

If you would like to be a part of this working group or have questions, please contact Jamie Brandon,, or Shernell Smith,

Save the Date: Staff Picnic, May 21

This year's Staff Picnic will be held from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in Rangos Hall and Wiegand Gym of the Cohon University Center. The picnic is hosted by President Subra Suresh and Provost and Executive Vice President Mark Kamlet in recognition of staff contributions to the university. The event is free. Picnic-goers must present a valid Carnegie Mellon Staff ID. Transportation will be provided for off-campus staff.  Please stay tuned for more details.

Staff Council Offers Tickets to Hershey Park

Staff Council is offerring discount tickets to Hershey Park this summer. Online ticket sales will start May 9. Purchases must be made via Hershey's website with a CMU participant code. The link will be available closer to May 9. 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

Carnegie Mellon's Employee Picnic at Kennywood Park will be held Saturday, June 14. Ticket sales will begin June 2. Stay tuned for more information regarding the Kennywood picnic.

DHTI Requests Proposals

The Disruptive Health Technology Institute (DHTI) has announced its 2014 Request for Proposals, kicking off its second round of funding opportunities. DHTI is seeking proposals from CMU faculty directed at addressing pressing issues in health care and improving community health and wellness.
Awards are intended to support research that identifies disruptive health care innovations, which can be clinically tested and rapidly delivered to a clinical setting or practice in the field. Technical focus areas have been identified in which it is believed innovation is likely to lead to rapid gains in health care quality and affordability. Areas are: Medical Diagnostics, Transforming Care Delivery, Chronic Disease Management, Computational Health Care, Re-Engineering the Health Care System, and Medical Robotics.

DHTI specifically seeks proposals in the technical focus areas listed, but is open to any proposals that the faculty deems relevant, provided they meet the criteria for leading to measurable, short-term impact on health care quality and affordability.

The deadline for receipt of proposals is May 8. Please visit for all information, templates and submission instructions. You may also contact Charlotte Emig at to answer questions or to obtain guidance.

Take Information Security 101

The Information Security Office (ISO) has released Security 101, an online course designed to raise awareness about Carnegie Mellon’s information security policies and guidelines, data classification, roles and responsibilities,  information security risks, and techniques for safeguarding institutional data and information systems. The course is designed to be completed at your own pace and convenience. The entire course will take approximately an hour to complete.

You can access the course at  Once you login with your Andrew ID and password, you will find Security 101 listed under My Courses. If you have any questions about using Blackboard or Security 101  itself, send email to