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March 24, 2021

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Register for Virtual Spring Carnival, April 12-17

For more than 100 years, Spring Carnival has been — and continues to be — one of CMU's most anticipated times of the year. This year, Spring Carnival and Reunion Week will be held on a platform that provides an enhanced virtual experience, featuring reunion celebrations, student-led events, behind-the-scenes tours, interactive conversations, a virtual 5K and much more.

Additional events will be added to the schedule between now and Spring Carnival’s opening, and you're welcome to update your registration at any point.

For Pittsburgh-based students only, there will be limited in-person engagement opportunities over the coming weeks for Spring Carnival.

Learn more and register.

Share Your Thoughts About Dining on Campus

Chartwells Higher Education Dining invites you to participate in one of its upcoming focus group sessions, “On-site Insights,” and share your candid feedback regarding your dining and catering experience on campus. Your feedback will be used to help refresh, re-invent and shape the future of Chartwells dining at Carnegie Mellon. 

Before you sign up for a focus group session, there are a few important items to note:

  • It’s a one-hour session — completely virtual.
  • Free meal — enjoy free food next time you’re on campus.
  • Space is limited — there are only 15 spaces during each focus group session.
  • Receive a gift — a token of appreciation will be given to you for your time and feedback.

Please register using your affiliated link:

CMWA Seeks Candidates for Leadership Positions

Leadership Opportunities with Carnegie Mellon Women's Association: Treasurer, Vice President of Communications and Community Service Club Chair

Want to get more involved in the Carnegie Mellon Women’s Association (CMWA)? Ready to flex your leadership potential? Let the CMWA know if you are interested in one of its leadership positions by April 15 by emailing

Board Officer Openings:
The CMWA board plans programs, discussions and social gatherings to build a greater sense of community life at Carnegie Mellon and to support women at the university. Duties for all board members include attending monthly meetings, participating in CMWA events and carrying out the CMWA’s mission.

NEW! Vice President of Communications: Leads marketing and communications efforts to support membership recruitment and promote attendance at CMWA events. Manages CMWA communication channels, including the CMWA website, email and social media (Facebook and LinkedIn).

Treasurer: Manages the CMWA annual budget and scholarship account.

Officers are elected to a two-year term at the CMWA End-Of-Year meeting in June 2021. Terms begin July 1. 

Community Service Club Leader: Co-Chair: Lead the community service club, holding monthly meetings and coordinating service opportunities for members.

Learn more about these CMWA leadership opportunities.

Enjoy Free Access to The New York Times

Students, faculty and staff now have free access to The New York Times, compliments of the Undergraduate Student Senate and University Libraries. Activate your access today by visiting, search for Carnegie Mellon University, and use your .edu email address to sign up. If you already have an account associated with your .edu email address, there is an option to link to your existing account.

To activate a new account, follow these steps:

  • Navigate to
  • Search and select “Carnegie Mellon University – Pittsburgh”
  • You will be redirected to the NYT registration page
  • Click “Create Account” and complete fields; you must use your .edu email address
  • Verify your account (you will receive a confirmation email)

Existing NYT ID, follow the below steps:

  • Navigate to
  • Search and select “Carnegie Mellon University – Pittsburgh”
  • You will be redirected to the NYT registration page
  • Click “Already have an account? Log in here”

Recognize Your Student Workers at the Appreciation Lunch

The Student Employee Appreciation Lunch will once again be virtual this year following pandemic protocols. The event will be held from 12 - 1 p.m. Monday, April 19.

student employee appreciation banner

Acknowledging the many challenges and complications that working students have faced (and will continue to face), the student employee nomination process has changed for this year. This year ALL student employee submissions will be recognized and 10 randomly selected students will receive a $50 gift from the Career & Professional Development Center. 

To submit a student for recognition, you are only required to complete the Student Employee Recognition Submission Form. All current undergraduate student employees, remote or on-site, are eligible to be recognized. The submission deadline is March 31. More information can be found on the CPDC Student Employment website.

Presenters Needed for Take Our Children to Work Day, April 22

Take Our Children to Work Day, presented by Staff Council, is virtual this year and the organizing committee is looking for presenters who can put together a brief video for the event. This year's theme for kids 8-15 is "Boldly moving forward with what I want to be when I grow up."

Pre-recorded videos could be as short as 3-5 minutes or up to 20 minutes. You can talk about your job, your background, your goals, what it’s like working at CMU and the challenges you face. If you have a pre-recorded session that you think would be appropriate for children, then presentations could be up to 45 minutes.

If you're interested in being a presenter, please complete the registration form. The submission deadline is April 1.

Questions? Reach out to the Take Our Children to Work Day Committee at

Who's New at CMU?

Carnegie Mellon welcomes the following new staff members this week.

  • Shannon Baldridge, Web and Digital Content Specialist, University Libraries;
  • Ashley Christopherson, Academic Advisor, Dietrich Academic Advisory Center;
  • Cy Gage, Academic Advisor, Dietrich Academic Advisory Center;
  • Brian Kunzer, Research Analyst, Robotics Institute; and
  • Casey Li, Research Associate, Tepper School of Business.