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May 12, 2016

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CMU Day at Kennywood Park is June 11

KennywoodCarnegie Mellon Day at Kennywood Park, presented by Staff Council, is Saturday, June 11. Pavilion 7, behind the Skyrocket rollercoaster, will be reserved all day for the CMU community. At 1 p.m., all children 10 and under will receive a prize and everyone will get an ice cream treat.

CMU employees presenting their own CMU ID may purchase two tickets for $15 each (valid only on June 11). Additional tickets (limit 10), valid any day in June and September and weekdays in July and August, may be purchased for $23 each.

Ticket sales (cash only) are as follows.

  • 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., May 24, Cohon Center
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., May 25, Cohon Center
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., June 1, Mellon Institute
  • 4 – 5 p.m., June 1, Cohon Center
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., June 3, Cohon Center
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., June 8, Cohon Center
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., June 9, Cohon Center
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., June 10, Cohon Center

Learn more about Kennywood and other employee discounts to Sandcastle, Idlewild and Hershey Park.

Dietrich College Selects 11 Honors Fellows

Eleven outstanding juniors have been named 2016-2017 Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences Honors Fellows. Part of the college’s Senior Honors Program, the Honors Fellowship Program is designed to give students a head start on their thesis development. Fellows receive financial support to spend the summer before their senior year researching their thesis topics.

Projects that the students will tackle range from creatively exploring human separation and a theory of refugee self-sufficiency to researching self-affirmation and the physical and psychological causal inference in adults.

The extra time during the summer allows students to focus exclusively on their research without the competing demands of coursework, internships and extracurricular activities. Now in its third year, the program has an impressive track record that includes providing opportunities for the fellows to develop lasting mentor relationships that enhance their lives academically, personally and professionally.

“The intellectual community that builds in the fellowship cohort each year is a special experience for the students, faculty and the assistant and associate deans who administer the program,” said Jennifer Keating-Miller, assistant dean for educational initiatives.

Learn about the fellows.

Build a Balanced Workout at CMU’s Physical Training Camp

The Athletic Department is offering two, two-week physical training camps open to all faculty and staff. Conducted by CMU’s Strength and Conditioning Coach Alan DeGennaro, the sessions will include strength training, calisthenics and body-weight exercises, functional training and flexibility.

The Beginner Session, for those with minimal exercise experience, will be May 23-26 and May 31-June 3.

The Intermediate Session for those with two+ years of consistent exercise, will be June 6-9 and 13-16.

Workouts will be held from 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. in the new Cohon Fitness Center and outdoors on campus. Each session is limited to 15 people.

The cost is $200. Checks, made payable to Carnegie Mellon University, must be delivered to Lynne Clark in the second-floor Skibo Gym administrative office suite. The deadline to register is Monday, May 16.

Questions should be directed to DeGennaro at or 412-268-1517.

CMU Recognized by Tree Campus USA

Carnegie Mellon has been honored by Tree Campus USA, a national program launched by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota that honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.

To obtain this distinction, CMU met the five core standards for sustainable campus forestry required by Tree Campus USA — establishment of a tree advisory committee; evidence of a campus tree-care plan; dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program; an Arbor Day observance; and the sponsorship of student service-learning projects.

EH&S To Conduct Building Evacuation Drills May 20

To comply with the City of Pittsburgh’s All Hazards Plan, Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) will conduct building evacuations in six of CMU’s high-rise buildings on Friday, May 20. The building and evacuation schedule is as follows:

  • Mellon Institute, 9 a.m.;
  • Gates/Hillman centers, 10 a.m.;
  • Doherty Hall, 11 a.m.;
  • Wean Hall, 12:30 p.m.;
  • Hamerschlag Hall, 1:30 p.m.; and
  • Scott Hall, 2:30 p.m.

An evacuation announcement will be made over the building's voice alarm system, (with the exception of Mellon Institute) followed by the sounding of the buildings fire alarm. Once the fire alarm sounds, occupants should quickly leave the building via the nearest exit and assemble on the nearest sidewalk.

Failure to leave a building when the fire alarm sounds is a violation of a City of Pittsburgh ordinance and may result in a fine and court appearance.

The back-up rain date for these evacuation drills will be Monday, May 23. The same schedule as above will apply.

Questions about the evacuation should be directed to Richard Caruso at 412-268-9404 or

Say "Thank You" With an Andy Award Nomination

The Andy Award nomination period is now open through July 6. Named for Andrew Carnegie and Andrew Mellon, the Andy Awards 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 five categories: Commitment to Excellence, Commitment to Students, Innovative and Creative Contributions, Spirit, and Teamwork and Collaboration.

For more on the program and categories, nomination criteria and nomination forms visit the Andy Awards website.