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October 28, 2019

Tartan Community Day Enriches the CMU Experience

Students, faculty and staff took a break from their normal routine to relax, recharge, enjoy the company of others and have fun during the inaugural Tartan Community Day.   

Initiated by the Task Force on the CMU Experience, Tartan Community Day (Friday, Oct. 25) included a variety of exciting activities for the mind, body and spirit — from an insightful conversation with alumna Renée Elise Goldsberry and student talent show, to riding a zip line, yoga and the comedy of Michelle Wolf.

Ayana Williams, a sophomore acting major, said she Ioved the conversation with Goldsberry.

"I have loved Renée since ‘Hamilton.' It was so inspirational to hear from a black woman who went through the same process that I’m going through right now," Williams said. "It was almost like looking at what I want to be in the future. I just loved how she talked about not only being a black female in the arts community and theater world, but about her experience at Carnegie Mellon and balancing her work and life.”

Take a look back at Tartan Community Day. 


image of Renee Elise Goldsberry and moderator Thomas Douglas on stage during the Tartran Community Day's opening event
Alumna Renée Elise Goldsberry speaks to students as Thomas W. Douglas looks on. Douglas, director of choral activities and opera studies at CMU, moderated the conversation.
image of students taking cellphone pictures of Renee Elise Goldsberry
Students take cellphone pictures and video of Goldsberry on stage in the Tepper School's Simmons Auditorium.
closeup of Renee Elise Goldsberry with students in the foreground

Goldsberry spoke candidly to students about her career, her work-life balance and her experience at CMU, including some of the most valuable lessons she learned as a student.

"The first thing I learned was how not to be the most talented person in the room," she said. "That’s why I tell people to go to college. In the real world there’s always somebody more prepared, more intelligent, more talented, more beautiful, more connected. You have to be comfortable in that situation and figure out who you are.

"I loved being here because I learned how to work. It wasn’t ennough to be talented. I met people who were talented that worked really, really hard. I learned a work ethic watching other people. That’s one of the best things I learned being here," Goldsberry said.

a student gets a long-distance selfie with Renee Elise Goldsberry
A student gets a long-distance selfie with Goldsberry as she leaves the stage.
image of a person riding the zip line with Hamerschlag Tower in view
Flying through the air on the zip line with the iconic Hamerschlag Tower in view.
image of a person upside down riding the zip line
The zip line was a popular activity during Tartan Community Day.
image of a woman on the rock climbing wall
A student takes her turn on the rock climbing wall.
image of two students racing up the rock climbing wall
A race to the top of the rock climbing wall.
image of students playing a game on the Cut
Fun and games on the Cut.
image of a Tai Chi yoga class

The exercise sampler adventure included a tai chi class.

Professor Andrea Ritivoi, head of the English Department, is a regular participant in group fitness classes at CMU.

"I come as often as I can. It does wonders for me. It’s what keeps me healthy, not just physically but mentally," Ritivoi said. "I enjoy it, I like the music, the instructors and the variety. I’ve done yoga, Zumba, strength, and I tried tai chi for the first time today and loved. It. If I had more time I would sample everything on a regular basis."


image of music yoga in the CFA Great Hall
The exercise sampler also included yoga with live music in the College of Fine Arts Great Hall.
image of the CMU Bhangra dance group
The CMU Bhangra dance group performed during the talent showcase.
image of the Trumpet Studio
The Trumpet Studio performed in the talent show.
image of CMU ballroom dancers
The talent showcase also included members of the CMU Ballroom Dance Club.
image of David Creswell presenting his Life@CMU project
Professor David Creswell discussed his Life@CMU Project, which examined student behavior and how factors like stress and sleep affect and predict overall wellbeing. He led a discussion about how we can find better ways of supporting one another.
image of comedian Michelle Wolf performing
Michelle Wolf closed the day with some comic relief for hundreds in Rangos Ballroom. Wolf has become an influential voice in the comedy landscape since her performance at the 2018 White House Correspondents Dinner and her critically acclaimed variety sketch series “The Break with Michelle Wolf” on Netflix.