Carnegie Mellon University

Winter Welcome

Each winter SLICE partners with departments across Student Affairs to organize an exciting slate of Winter Welcome events. Through the collaborative and celebratory events, we hope to reconnect students to each other, the Carnegie Mellon campus and the Pittsburgh community. 

The Winter Welcome events are a great way for students to meet new people, get involved with CMU’s student organizations, build school spirit, participate in service projects and practice wellness as they start their spring semester.

Check out TartanConnect for more details about some events below!

January 2024

Healthy Campus Kick Off, Fitness Challenge & Personal Training Registration

Wednesday, January 17 | 12:00 - 1:00pm

Location: Wiegand Gym

Kick off the new year with the Athletics department! Drop by and meet our personal training intern from Pitt. Learn if personal training is right for you! Limited personal training spots in Mini 3 are available at no cost for students. 

You can also sign up for the 2024 Fitness Challenge "Pursue Your Happiness through Fitness" either in person in Wiegand or on-line by clicking on the link below.

Register today: Link

Winter Warm-up! S'mores and Cocoa with SLICE

Wednesday, January 24 | 3:30 - 5:30pm

Location: Wean Commons

Note: Due to chilly weather, the S'mores-making will be postponed to Wednedsay, January 24th. We'll still have hot cocoa available tomorrow in Wean Commons to warm you up!


Enjoy some toasty treats with the Office of Student Leadership, Involvement, and Civic Engagement! Snap a photo with the Scotty statue and tag SLICE on instagram (@sliceatcmu) and you might be picked to win some sweet CMU swag!

IFC Recruitment Panel

Thursday, January 18 | 5:30 - 6:30pm

Location: CUC McKenna/Peter

Hungry? Interested in joining a Fraternity this semester? Come out to our IFC Fraternity Life Panel, complete with *Free Pizza* and a *Panel of IFC Fraternity Leaders* that can answer any questions you have! Our panel will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 on Thursday, January 18th, in McKenna & Peter rooms in the University Center. These rooms are located on the 2nd floor of the University Center, near ABP. 

Scotty Saturday Apparel Pop-Up Sale

Thursday, January 18 | 12:00 - 1:30pm

Location: Wean Commons

It’s a second chance to get your hands on some sweet Scotty Saturday merchandise! CMU-branded long-sleeve t-shirts and socks to keep you cozy throughout the winter. Rock your Scotty wear with pride!

Flavor of Puerto Rico Pop-up!

Friday, January 19 | 11:00am - 1:00pm

Location: Wean Common

Check out a new dining concept in Resnik, Flavor of Puerto Rico! This new lunchtime, Grubhub-only restaurant will be giving out tastes of their authentic Puerto Rican dishes.

MLK Pittsburgh Community Event: Poetry Unplugged

Friday, January 19 | 8:00 pm

Location: August Wilson African American Cultural Center

The Center has procured a limited number of tickets for students to the upcoming “Poetry Unplugged” event being hosted by the August Wilson African American Cultural Center.  This event will be honoring Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy during an evening of spoken word poetry, which highlights his core values such as: non-violence, unification, self-realization and justice. This year’s lineup will feature renowned poets such as: Kayden Hern, Love Ties, Jessica Lanay, Ed Mabrey, Aja Monet, and Sunni Patterson.


Register for a Center-sponsored ticket.

Pittsburgh Racial Justice Summit

Friday, January 19 and Saturday, January 20, 2024

Location: Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

The Pittsburgh Racial Justice Summit is a one-and-a-half-day conference dedicated to providing resources and spaces for community dialogues, sharing strategies and experiences of organizing for racial justice, healing from racial trauma, and providing connections to social support services for all attendees.

Register for the PRJS.

Burgh Basket Giveaway!

Monday, January 22 | 12:00 - 4:00pm; Tuesday, January 23 | 9:00am - 1:00pm

Location: CUC Wean Commons

Stop by the tables in Wean Commons for an opportunity to enter our Burgh Basket Giveaway. Check out some specially curated gift baskets, celebrating some of Pittsburgh’s local women- and minority-owned businesses and welcoming you back to campus.

Sustainability Snack Hour!

Monday, January 22 | 5:00 - 6:00pm

Location: The Sustainability Studio in Hunt Library

Join the Sustainability Initiative interns for some casual conversation, free snacks and coffee, and fun activities. Feel free to drop by whenever you’re free or stay the whole time.

Meet the CMU Pantry!

Monday, January 22 | 2:00 - 4:00pm

Location: CUC Wean Commons

Stop by the CMU Pantry table and meet the team of students and staff dedicated to reducing hunger serving the campus community here at Carnegie Mellon.

Learn what the Pantry provides, how to shop at the Pantry, how to donate items or how to get involved!

6th Annual Soup Crawl!

Tuesday, January 23 | 4:00 - 6:00pm

Location: Cohon University Center - various locations

It’s back! Warm up this winter by sampling soups from all around campus. Pick up a ballot and taste delicious soups from a variety of dining vendors. Cast your final vote at participating locations or drop off your ballot at the Cohen Center Information Desk. This event is FREE and open to everyone!

Compost Captain Training

Wednesday, January 24 | 5:30 - 6:30pm

Location: Nexus of Civic Engagement (CUC Suite 103)

What is a Compost Captain you may ask? After a comprehensive training, Compost Captains will stand with partners at waste bins around campus to educate CMU community members on how to sort their waste, decreasing the amount of recyclable and compostable goods CMU sends to the landfill. You can earn volunteer hours for both the training and shifts that you sign up for.

Registration is appreciated but not required

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Keynote Lecture featuring Byron Pitts

Wednesday, January 24 | 5:00 pm

Location: Rangos Ballroom, Cohon University Center

Byron Pitts is a multiple Emmy Award–winning journalist known for his thoughtful storytelling, on-the-ground reporting and in-depth interviews. A 30-year news veteran, Pitts has traveled the world to cover some of the biggest news stories of our time. He joined ABC News in 2013 as anchor and Chief National Correspondent covering national news stories and features for Good Morning America, World News with Diane Sawyer, Nightline, This Week, 20/20, and, and was named ABC News Nightline co-anchor in 2014. He applies his unique experiences, perspectives and decidedly optimistic outlook to his life and his work.

Register for the lecture.

DIY Dalgona Coffee

Thursday, January 25 | 11:00am - 1:00pm

Location: Wean Commons

Stop by and learn how to make this fun viral treat as part of Chartwells DIY Series! Gaining popularity on tiktok, this trendy coffee drink is sweet, creamy and easy to make at home.

Student Perspectives on Study Abroad Panel

Thursday, January 25 | 12:00 - 1:00pm

Location: CUC Danforth Conference Room

Come learn more about study abroad from students in the know!  Recently returned study abroad students as well as study abroad staff will be on hand to share insight and answer your questions. We hope you can join us!

MLK Interfaith Breakfast

Friday, January 26 | 8:30 am Breakfast, 9:00 am Program

Location: Rangos Ballroom, Cohon University Center

Every year, members of the Carnegie Mellon community are invited to an informal breakfast with campus and community interfaith leaders, followed by fellowship and conversation about the life and legacy of Dr. King through the lens of faith, activism, and social justice.

Register for the Breakfast.

I Love the 80’s To Death: A Murder Mystery Dinner

Friday, January 26 | 5:00 - 7:45pm

Location: UC Rangos 2&3

Tickets Required: Carnegie Mellon Tickets link

Cost: $5

Dinner, a show, and … a murder?! Bring your top-notch detective skills to this interactive dinner theater performance. Watch the story unfold as you question your fellow dinner guests, seek out motives, and piece together the clues to find the killer! No previous sleuthing experience required. Wearing your best (and brightest) 80’s-inspired outfits is highly encouraged.

Pittsburgh Connections: Trolley Tour

Saturday, January 27 | 10:15am - 12:30pm

Location: Margaret Morrison Rotunda

Advance Registration/Tickets Required: Link

Come learn more about study abroad from students in the know!  Recently returned study abroad students as well as study abroad staff will be on hand to share insight and answer your questions. We hope you can join us!

Wellness Playground

Saturday, January 27 | 1:00 - 4:00pm

Location: CUC Connan, Peter, Wright, McKenna, Dowd, Pake and Class of '87

Join us for a fun, interactive and informative wellness-focussed day where you will have opportunities to make your own terrarium, repurpose old t-shirts into no sew tote bags, play board games and cornhole, engage in candle and button making, interact with PHAs and experience Hygge. Refreshments will be provided! 

This is something you wouldn't wanna miss.

The Winter FAIR

Thursday, February 1 | 5:00 - 6:30pm

Location: Rangos Ballroom, Cohon University Center

Winter FAIR Information

Come check out the FAIR! Showcasing many of CMU’s 200+ student organizations, 23 fraternities and sororities, and campus partners, the FAIR is the perfect way to get involved! Learn about all the neat engagement opportunities on campus and meet students from across the college. Open to all members of the campus community: undergraduate students, graduate students, staff/faculty

Other MLK Community Celebration Events 

The celebration continues even after Winter Welcome ends! Check out the other MLK Celebration events and programs on The Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion’s website.

Ongoing Events/Initiatives

Group X-ercise Classes

Group X classes return on January 16th! Register today for one of Carnegie Mellon’s free Group X-ercise classes. Featuring a wide variety of fitness, strength, dance, cardio, weight training, cycling classes and more, there’s options for all abilities and skill levels. 

Register today: