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May 29, 2014

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New Members Elected to Board of Trustees

John Anderson, former faculty and dean of Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering and now president of Illinois Institute of Technology, and alumnus Keith Block (HNZ'84), president and vice chairman of, were elected to Carnegie Mellon's Board of Trustees (BOT). Anderson and Block will serve three-year terms beginning July 1, 2014.

Also joining the BOT are three new Ex-Officio Trustees:

  • Scott Sandage, chair, Faculty Senate;
  • Kristen Kurland, president-elect, Andrew Carnegie Society;
  • Rebecca Allison (CMU'96, HNZ'01), president-elect, Carnegie Mellon Alumni Association.

Sandage will serve a one-year term, and Kurland and Allison will serve two-year terms, beginning July 1, 2014.

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 Program

The Cyert Center for Early Education has openings for the 2014-2015 program year 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.

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Biannual Reports Garner Three Hermes Awards

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center's (PSC) Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 biannual reports, "People. Science. Collaboration," have received high recognition in the 2014 Hermes Creative Awards. The publications ganered platinum awards in the categories of Publications/Other and Writing/Technical, and a gold award in the category of Design/Publication Overall.

The biannual report team consists of Ken Chiacchia, senior writer; Shandra Williams, design and production; Vivian Benton, managing editor; and Cheryl Begandy, project coordination. The publication's mission is to show government leaders, journalists and other audiences how PSC's experts, research projects and educational programs provide high performance computing solutions to problems in the physical sciences, biology and genetics, public health and new fields to supercomputing such as the humanities.

Hermes Creative Awards is an international competition for creative professionals involved in the concept, writing and design of traditional materials and programs and emerging technologies.

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' 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, which went into effect this week, 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

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.

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