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August 28, 2019

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Tartan Cup To Help Cancer Patients, Children's Hospital

Carnegie Mellon's women's soccer team kicks off its 2019 season by hosting a pair of games in the Tartan Cup, Aug. 30 and Sept. 1. On Friday, the Tartans host Aurora University at 3:30 p.m., and on Sunday they will battle Ohio Northern University at 1:30 p.m.

At Friday's game fans will be enouraged to contribute to Go4theGoal Foundation, a nonprofit that works to improve the lives of children battling cancer by providing financial support, developing and implementing unique hospital programs, funding innovative research and granting personal wishes. On Sunday, fans are being asked to contribute to a Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh toy drive. Following Sunday's game the team will host a meet and greet with its fans in attendance.  

September is Fire Safety Month

The Environmental Health & Safety Department is hosting several activities and hands-on training exercises in September to highlight Fire Safety Month. The sessions will teach you what you need to know about fire safety and fire prevention.

Sept. 4
Interactive Fire Safety Discussion & Trivia
10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Cohon University Center Rotunda
Learn important fire safety information.

Sept. 10
Hands-On Fire Extinguisher Training
12 – 1 p.m., 4 – 6 p.m., Merson Courtyard, Cohon Center
Rain location: Cohon Center Rotunda
Learn how to use a fire extinguisher. It could save a life!

Sept. 18
Fire Trailer Demonstration
1 – 3 p.m., Merson Courtyard, Cohon Center
See how quickly smoke can impair visibility and learn how to navigate a fire event.

Sept. 24
Documentary Screening: “After the Fire”
McConomy Auditorium, Cohon Center
12 – 1 p.m., speak with the creators Shawn Simons and Alvaro Llanos
4 – 6 p.m., screening
In “After the Fire,” Simons and Llanos tell their powerful story of survival to reinforce the importance of fire safety. 

Questions? Send email to

CMU-Alert Test Tomorrow, Aug. 30

A test of the university’s emergency notification service, CMU-Alert, will be conducted at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30. In the event of an actual emergency, CMU-Alert sends email, voice and text messages that provide brief details and direct people to for more information, instructions and updates.

Students, faculty and staff automatically receive CMU-Alert messages to their email and phone numbers listed in the Student Information Online (SIO) and Workday systems. Please make sure your information is accurate in SIO and Workday.

To help faculty and staff update their personal contact information in Workday — specifically office and mobile phone numbers — see the Change Contact Information guide. Please note that faculty and staff wishing to receive text alerts must identify their cellphone number as a mobile device in the drop-down menu. If you need to update your office phone information in Pittsburgh, please contact your department administrator.

You also can now download the new Rave Guardian Mobile App, a virtual buddy system that turns your smartphone into a safety device. To learn more about the app and how to download it, go to

Questions about CMU-Alert or the Rave Guardian Mobile App? Send email to

Tuition Benefits Open Forum Sept. 5

Staff Council and the Office of Human Resources will host a Tuition Benefits Open Forum from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 5 in Rangos 1 in the Cohon University Center.

This forum is open to all staff members who are interested in learning more about the tuition benefits available to Carnegie Mellon staff members. Members from the Human Resources benefits team will be on hand to present a summary of benefits and address any questions. 

To help prepare for this session, we are soliciting questions in advance. Please submit your questions by Thursday, Aug. 29.

If you have questions about the forum, please contact Lynn DeFabio, chair of the Staff Council Benefits Committee,  at, or Becky McGhee, senior benefits administrator, at or 412-268-5076.

Free Flu Vaccine Clinics Begin Sept. 9

Once again, the university will offer flu vaccinations at no cost for faculty and staff members. The flu vaccine clinics will be hosted by the Office of Human Resources and administered by Giant Eagle Pharmacy.

Visit the Flu Vaccine Clinic Website for the clinic schedule. To obtain your flu vaccination, you will need to present your Carnegie Mellon ID card. While walk-ins are welcome, we recommend you schedule an appointment for faster service. 

As an added incentive, employees who are vaccinated at a mobile clinic are eligible to receive $5 off their next visit to Giant Eagle. You must present your Giant Eagle Advantage Card at the clinic to receive the $5 credit.

CMU Night at the Symphony is Friday, Sept. 20

Carnegie Mellon University students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends are invited to come together for a performance and reception celebrating CMU’s important partnership with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

A reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Garden Courtyard of Heinz Hall, followed by the PSO opening night performance at 8 p.m., featuring conductor Manfred Honeck and violinist James Ehnes in works by Mozart, Dvorak, Saint-Saens and Borodin.

Reserve your tickets by Sept. 10.

CMLH Seeks Applications for Fellowships in Digital Health

The Center for Machine Learning and Health (CMLH) is seeking applications for its 2020 Fellowships in Digital Health. Each fellowship provides one year of full support for a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon who is pursuing cutting-edge research that advances digital health, broadly defined. Full-time Ph.D. students with a primary research project related to digital health are eligible. Master's degree students are encouraged to contact the CMLH to determine their eligibility before they submit an application.

Applications that involve diverse approaches and disciplines that apply to health care, including machine learning, computer science, robotics, language technologies, computational biology, electrical and computer engineering, economics, psychology, sociology, public policy, business administration, law, human-computer interaction and statistics are welcome. Applications are due on Friday, Nov. 15. Find out more

Swartz Center Seeks NSF Innovation Corps Teams

The Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship is currently recruiting teams for its fall 2019 NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) customer discovery training program. Teams are open to CMU faculty, staff, students and recent alumni and can be reimbursed up to $2,500 for eligible expenses to assist researchers in commercializing their technology. Further details about the program and eligibility can be found online. There have been 139 teams in the program since fall 2014 and they have received more than $37 million in additional funding for their ideas. The deadline for teams to apply is Sept. 11 at