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April 07, 2016

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Staff Council Elections and Ice Cream Social

Staff Council elections are underway. Each staff member should have received an email with an individualized link to the ballot for their home division. Please vote by Friday, April 15.

The annual Ice Cream Social, sponsored by Staff Council, will help kick off Carnival Weekend. Staff members are invited to the Merson Courtyard by the Cohon Center from 2 - 3:30 p.m., Thursday, April 14. Come enjoy some Dave and Andy’s ice cream. 

The next General Body meeting for Staff Council is at noon, Thursday, April 21 in Cyert B-6 A&B. Any interested staff member is welcome to attend and find out what’s happening. 

Staff Receive Discount to Tepper Executive Education Programs

New for 2016, all CMU staff are eligible for a 33 percent discount off open enrollment programs offered by Tepper School Executive Education. Programs are offered in Advanced Analytics and Leadership for Women.

Featured Program: Women on the Rise: Leadership for Emerging Women (May 11-13)

Are you ready to move from doer to leader? Do you have a team member with leadership potential? Carnegie Mellon’s Women on the Rise: Leadership for Emerging Women enhances the skill set of women on the way up. Participants gain mastery from building networks of influences and developing an authentic leadership brand to working with teams and managing conflict. Join Leanne Meyer for an online information session on April 7. RSVP today

Visit the Tepper School Executive Education website for details on additional programs, such as Advanced Analytics for Operations and Marketing, Leadership and Negotiation Academy for Executive Women and a Networking Workshop.

Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day Registration Opens

Online registration for Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day is now open and will continue through April 22.

Sponsored by Staff Council, this year’s Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day is Thursday, April 28. The national program theme is “Sparking Aha Moments.” Faculty and staff are encouraged to bring their children between the ages of 8 and 15 to campus to give them a glimpse of the wide range of career and learning opportunities that exist at CMU. Following the lunch program, activity sessions will be held at 1:15 and 2:15 p.m. Students will register for a track that includes two activities.

For more information or questions, contact Pattye Stragar at or Tom Wilk at

If you would like to be a general volunteer to help during the event, contact Gloria Gruber at or visit the volunteer website for more information. 

CMUThink Begins With Sports and Games

Game NightThe CMU Alumni Association will launch CMUThink, its new lifelong learning platform for alumni and the CMU community, during Spring Carnival, April 14-16.

CMUThink will begin its series of interactive intellectual programs focused on sports and games. The programs include:

  • Sports & Start-ups, a conversation with the alumni behind (21+);
  • Fastball Screening and Panel Discussion, featuring Michael Tarr, professor and head of the Psychology Department; Gregg Franklin, professor of physics; Emmy Award-winning director Jonathan Hock; and Pirates Director of Performance Chris Johnson;
  • CMUThink @ the ETC: Gender in Modern Games panel discussion and tour (21+);
  • Faculty Lecture: Puzzle-Based Learning: From Huh? To Aha! with Raja Sooriamurthi, teaching professor of information systems; and
  • Faculty Lecture: A Psychological Approach to Designing and Researching Games to Reduce Stereotypes and Biases with alumnus Geoff Kaufman, assistant professor of human-computer interaction.

Visit for more information and registration. Students, faculty, staff and their families are welcome to attend.

Register Your Child for Gelfand’s Summer Series

CMU’s Gelfand Center Summer Series Classes for K-8 students are STEM focused and highlight the research and work of Carnegie Mellon faculty and staff. They are developed by CMU faculty and staff to be fun, engaging, rigorous and hands-on.

Classes include Anatomy and Robotics, Finch Programming, Junk-bots, Research @ CMU and Green Engineering. Activities include creating, designing and programming robots. Student scientists will explore, investigate and discover exciting topics throughout the weeks!

Space is limited. Don’t delay, register today!

Responsible Research Conduct Sessions Offered

CMU's Office of Research Integrity and Compliance (ORIC) is once again sponsoring Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Brown Bag Sessions during the spring 2016 semester for faculty, students and staff. All sessions are from 12 – 1 p.m. in the Cohon Center’s Connan room, as follows:

  • Wednesday, April 20: Intellectual Property at CMU; and
  • Wednesday, April 27: Data Management Planning.

More information is available on the RCR website. Space is limited, so please register early.

Find out more and apply online.