October 24, Vol. 24, No. 16       

President Suresh Earns Rare Distinction      

Carnegie Mellon President Subra Suresh has been elected to the Institute of Medicine (IoM), making him the only current university president and one of only 16 living Americans to be elected to all three of the U.S. National Academies - the IoM, the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences. 

Suresh's election to the IoM honors his contributions to advancing health and medicine through his research into cell mechanics related to malaria, blood diseases and certain types of cancer.

Suresh is the first faculty member from CMU to be elected to all three academies and the fourth CMU faculty member to be named to the IoM. CMU has 41 current and past faculty members in the National Academy of Engineering and 11 in the National Academy of Sciences.

President Suresh will speak about his scientific work in a public lecture at 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7 in Rashid Auditorium in the Hillman Center on the Pittsburgh campus.

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"Night of the Living Dead - The Opera" 

Premieres Oct. 31       

Just in time for Halloween comes the world premiere of "Night of the Living Dead - The Opera," written by CMU alumnus Stephen Catanzarite (DC'90). The show runs Oct. 31 - Nov. 3 at Pittsburgh's Kelly Strayhorn Theater.

Catanzarite, who wrote the opera's libretto, will speak about the importance of good writing at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 29 in Baker Hall 260.

"Night of the Living Dead - The Opera" is based on the pop culture classic film by CMU alumnus George Romero. Microscopic Opera, founded by CMU alumni Erica Olden (A'97, '01) and Andres Cladera (A'03), is presenting the premiere event. Other CMU connections include the opera's director, Greg Lehane, professor of drama in the College of Fine Arts, and scenic designer Briton Mauk (A'13).

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Open Enrollment for Benefits Begins Nov. 4

Open Enrollment for benefits, the time to review your benefit plans and make new elections - if desired - for the coming calendar year, begins Monday, Nov. 4 and ends at 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 18. 

If you do not actively select your benefits for 2014, you will be enrolled in the same benefit plans at the same level of participation as 2013, with the exception of a flexible spending account. (You must actively enroll in the spending accounts each year to participate.)

Elections made during Open Enrollment will become effective Jan. 1, 2014, and will remain in effect until Dec. 31, 2014. Unless you experience a qualified life or family status change, Open Enrollment is the only time during the year when you may change your benefit elections.


Learn about some of the changes in effect for this year at: 


Benefits Open Forum, presented by Staff Council
Noon - 1 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 29
McConomy Auditorium, University Center


Benefits & Fitness Fair
10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 6
Rangos Ballroom, University Center
The fair also includes fitness demos, free health screenings and flu shots, raffles and giveaways.


To learn more about changes for 2014, plan and rate information and to see the 2014 benefits workbooks, visit the Open Enrollment website. 


If you have questions, contact the HR Benefits Office at 412-268-2047 or hrhelp@andrew.cmu.edu.   


Read more about the Benefits & Fitness Fair.  


Deans Name 40 ACS Scholars    

Forty seniors have been chosen by their respective deans as Andrew Carnegie Society (ACS) Scholars for their excellence in academics and campus leadership. Each scholar receives a financial award and the group is given a grant to support student causes on campus.

The collective grant enables the students to learn about the role of philanthropy and to enjoy the experience of giving back firsthand. In past years, ACS Scholars have used the grant to support the 1000plus CMU Day of Service, Habitat for Humanity and the Global Medical Brigades Pittsburgh Outreach.
This year's ACS Scholars include several Google Anita Borg Scholars, a researcher who has been published by the National Science Foundation, numerous double majors, and an international academic conference best paper award winner.

See the list of this year's recipients.

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Calendar Highlights 

 Personal Mention

Richard Purcell
Grace Kihumba
Thomas Rainey

Ian Gorton and John Klein

Houda Bouamor, Behrang Mohit, Kemal Oflazer, Abderrahmen Mtibaa and Khaled Harras

Raunaq Gandhok

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