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October 22, 2015

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Education Award BugEducation Award Nominations Due Nov. 2

Nominations for the 2016 Celebration of Education Awards are due Nov. 2. This year's awards include:

  • The Doherty Award for Sustained Contributions to Excellence in Education;
  • The Ryan Award for Meritorious Teaching;
  • The Academic Advising and Mentoring Award;
  • The Barbara Lazarus Award for Graduate Student and Junior Faculty Mentoring;
  • The Mark Gelfand Service Award for Educational Outreach; and
  • The New Teaching Innovation Award.

Find out more, including how to submit a nomination

Tartans Honor Memory of Cindy Lackner

The CMU football team will be wearing pink accessories in recognition of breast cancer awareness month and to honor Head Coach Rich Lackner’s late wife, Cindy, when the Tartans host St. Vincent College at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24 at Gesling Stadium. T-shirts will be sold at the game to raise funds for breast cancer research. Donations also are being accepted online.

#OpenCMU: Get the T-Shirt

OpenCMUThe university's #OpenCMU campaign aims to increase access to CMU work and to support recognition of scholarly work by those who approve grants and promote careers. Midway through the campaign seems like a great time to begin to get feedback on campus engagement with #OpenCMU — with a t-shirt competition.

Give us just one example of how open you are, and wear your #OpenCMU t-shirt with pride. See the Top 10 Ways To Win an #OpenCMU T-Shirt.

Find out more about #OpenCMU.

Seeking Volunteers for Stop Hunger Now Campus Tour

CMU has been selected as the inaugural host of the nationwide Kraft Heinz Stop Hunger Now Campus Tour. Partners Allied in Civic Engagement (PACE), a collaborative student-staff initiative aimed at increasing civic engagement at CMU, is recruiting 400 volunteers to package 100,000 meals for undernourished people in developing countries from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7 in the Cohon University Center’s Wiegand Gym.

Students, faculty, staff, alumni, family members (including children ages 4 and up) and friends are encouraged to register as volunteers by Nov. 1.

Comprised of rice, soy and vegetables, the meals include a life-saving micronutrient packet — a powder that delivers essential vitamins, minerals and iron when stirred or mixed into children’s foods. These nutritious, easy-to-use powders are manufactured by Kraft Heinz and have proven to be effective in preventing and treating iron-deficiency anemia and other vitamin and mineral deficiencies. The micronutrient packets were developed by and donated through the Kraft Heinz Micronutrient Campaign. To preview a Stop Hunger Now meal-packaging event, visit the international nonprofit organization’s YouTube channel.

Swimming Lessons Offered

CMU is offering private 30-minute swimming lessons for children, ages 3 and up, and adults. Two lessons are $60, five lessons are $150 and 10 lessons are $300. You must purchase a punch card at the Cohon University Center equipment desk. Cards must be purchased via debit card or credit card.

For a registration form, please contact Aquatics Director and Head Diving Coach Alicia Gorman at Once you have submitted your registration form you will be assigned an instructor. The instructor will contact you to schedule your lesson. You will need to bring your punch card to every lesson to have it punched.

Contact Gorman with questions at or 412-268-2627.

Power Shutdowns Scheduled for Cohon University Center

There will be two six-hour power shutdowns in the Cohon University Center on Saturday, Oct. 24 and Sunday, Oct. 25. The shutdowns will take place from 1 to 7 a.m. on both days to install a 1200 amp breaker for the new addition. All power will be restored by 8 a.m. on both days.

ProSEED/Crosswalk Grant Proposals Due Nov. 4

Students, faculty and staff are invited to submit proposals for the next round of ProSEED/Crosswalk seed funds; proposals are due Nov. 4. This program aims to foster and promote new ideas that cross boundaries within and outside of CMU. Funds ranging from $500 to $2,500 may be requested to support the development of new initiatives in areas such as quality of campus life, service learning, student competitions, new course development, entrepreneurial activities and pilot projects.

Learn more about ProSEED. Email questions to

Discounted Tickets Offered for Phantom Fright Nights, Hallowboo and Haunt at Halloweekends

Staff Council is offering discounted tickets to several halloween events at several theme parks.

You can purchase tickets to Kennywood Park's Phantom Fright Nights, Idlewild Park's Hallowboo and Cedar Point's Haunt at Halloweekends. To view the ticket offers, go to the Staff Council website and click on Benefits & Discounts in the left-hand navigation column. Scroll down and click on Fall Discounts at the bottom of the page.

If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Cavlovich at

ORIC Offers Research Conduct Brown Bag Sessions

CMU's Office of Research Integrity and Compliance (ORIC) is sponsoring Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Brown Bag Sessions during the fall semester for faculty, students and staff members. All sessions for the fall semester are from 12 – 1 p.m. in the Cohon University Center. Here's the schedule:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 28: Protecting America’s Proprietary Information and Sensitive Technologies in an Age of Globalization (presented by a special agent of the FBI); and
  • Wednesday, Nov. 11: Using the IRB and Ethical Issues with Research Involving Human Subjects.

Register online.