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June 22, 2017

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MCS Honors Staff Award Winners

Faculty, staff and administrators gathered in Mellon Institute earlier this month to honor and recognize staff members for their dedication and service to the Mellon College of Science. Staff award winners were:

Charles GitzenMerit Award:
Charles Gitzen, storeroom manager, Physics

Rookie Award:
Eric Day, machinist and technician, Physics

Special Service Award:
Matthew D'Emilio, director of University Contracts

Outstanding Achievement Awards:

  • Glassware Facility Team, Biological Sciences;
  • Florin Manolache, director of Scientific Computing, Mathematical Sciences;
  • Michelle Waters, business manager, MCS Dean's Office;
  • Jason Sommerfield, coordinator of systems and operations, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center;
  • Hillary Homer, business office coordinator, Physics.

Find out more about the winners.

Pictured above is Merit Award winner Charles Gitzen with MCS Dean Rebecca Doerge and Physics Professor Stephen Garoff.

Andy Award Nominations Due July 6

Andy Award Call for NominationsNominations are now being accepted through July 6 for the 2017 Andy Awards, the university-wide staff recognition program that honors staff for their outstanding performance and significant impact on the university.

Awards are given in five categories: Commitment to Excellence, Commitment to Students, Innovative and Creative Contributions, Spirit and Teamwork, and Collaboration.

The nomination process has been streamlined this year making it easier for you to nominate deserving recipients.

Learn more about the Andy Awards and nomination process.

Success in College: Start Your Student Off on the Right Foot

Carnegie Mellon’s Office of Academic Development is offering a free workshop for your graduating high school student that will help them adapt to the rigor of the college classroom and help to prepare them for their college career.

Workshop topics include:

• Time Management and Productivity Strategies;
• Ways to Effectively Use (and not use) Technology on Campus;
• How to Manage Stress, Combat Procrastination and Develop a Workflow;
• How and Why to Utilize Campus Resources and Talk to Your Professors;
• Setting Long-term and Short-term Goals (and how to reach them!); and
• Understanding Meaningful Note-taking and Exam Preparation Techniques.

Topics will be covered through collaborative and activities, group work and discussions. Lunch is included (please specify any dietary restrictions on registration page). Register your student.

Weight Watchers at Work Begins July 12

Carnegie Mellon’s next Weight Watchers at Work session begins July 12 and runs through Nov. 1. The cost for the 17-week session is $158.10 ($9.30 per week). Anyone interested should contact group leader Rae-Gayle Pakler at

"Tartan Ink" Now Accepting Orders; Storefront To Open in July

Tartan Ink logoCampus Services is pleased to announce the opening of a new copy, print and ship center "Tartan Ink," located in the basement of the Cohon University Center, down the hall from the Credit Union.

Please note: the storefront will be closed for renovations during the month of June. However, orders for this location are being accepted via email, at the Tepper Copy Center in the basement of Posner Hall, or online.

Also, you can use WebCopy to submit copy and print requests online. WebCopy accepts most standard file formats and sizes up to 100MB. The site is secure, so confidential matter can be safely submitted via Webcopy. If you have hard copy files, you can still go online, fill out the form, and request pick up of your originals.

The Tartan Ink opening marks the beginning of a joint venture between the University Copy Centers and Printing & Mailing Services under the leadership of Pat Herbster and Dan Tyson. With their vision of serving the campus community, they have revitalized the services offered and expanded services to include UPS shipping once the new storefront opens.

Stay tuned for more details on Tartan Ink's grand opening in early July. Please direct questions or concerns to James Ward at

Tennis Anyone?

Mike Belmonte, the associate head tennis coach at Carnegie Mellon, is offering private tennis lessons this summer through Aug. 1. One-hour lessons are $60. Interested parties should contact Belmonte at or 412-370-7268.