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September 02, 2020

Personal Mention

Frederick Dauphin, a 2020 graduate who earned a bachelor's degree in physics, was a recipient of the North American Interfraternity Conference’s Undergraduate Award of Distinction. The award recognizes fraternity men who are “exemplary members of their organizations and serve their brothers, campuses and fraternity/sorority communities with humble confidence.” As president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Dauphin ushered in his chapter’s 100th year with a successful alumni and family gathering and a philanthropic effort that raised over $80,000 for a local children’s charity. As captain of CMU’s track team, he broke records on the field, and off the field led conversations on stress and time management, nutrition, alcohol, drug use and other health-related topics. His nominators called him “an excellent example of a quiet leader who motivates from behind the scenes. He is conscientious, strong-willed, resilient.” Learn more about Dauphin.

portrait of Taya CohenTaya Cohen, associate professor of organizational behavior and theory at the Tepper School of Business, along with four Wake Forest University professors have been awarded a $4.4 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation to explore scientific and philosophical questions about honesty. The grant will fund a three-year project, called the Honesty Project. Cohen will serve as a project leader, and will lead research on honesty in difficult conversations in which people need to deliver critical feedback to mentees and teammates. "We often fail to recognize how important honest feedback is to receivers and how much they value it,” Cohen said. “Instead, we focus on how uncomfortable it might be for us or them in the moment. Through our work on this grant, we aim to uncover barriers to honesty and give people tools for maximizing honesty and kindness in their communication, rather than sacrificing one for the other." Find out more.

office portrait of Joe Meyers in uniformLt. Joe Meyers, an officer with the Carnegie Mellon Police Department for the past 10 years and a member of the law enforcement community for more than four decades, has announced his retirement on Sept. 4. Meyers was a popular figure on campus for his friendly demeanor, collaborative nature, passion for the CMU community and advocacy for Special Olympics. He led Carnegie Mellon’s involvement in Special Olympics over the past decade, collaborating with faculty, staff and students across campus to organize fundraisers, such as Douse-a-Dean and CMU’s Polar Plunge team. Meyers worked with the Athletic Department and other CMU divisions and departments to host the regional Special Olympics Spring Games on campus the last several years. “I’m very thankful for the opportunity to have been a part of this community and to have known, worked with and become friends with so many tremendous people that make up this community,” Meyers said. “I hope I added something to the mix. And thank you from the bottom of my heart for accepting the athletes of Special Olympics into our community and into your hearts.”