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Marianna Brown Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Carnegie Mellon University

March 2013
Alumni Return To Help Students Build Their Futures

Under Construction: Building Your Future
Considering how many (more than 30) and how different (creative writing to cognitive science) the majors are within the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, it is not surprising that college's alumni have gone onto successful careers in almost every industry and field imaginable.

What isn't as clear is how they did it.

To help Dietrich College students explore all of the possibilities and create a network of alumni contacts, the Dietrich College Dean's Office teamed up with the Office of Undergraduate Research, Student Affairs, the Career and Professional Development Center, and Alumni Relations to host the first annual "Under Construction: Building Your Future" event.

Held February 23 at the Holiday Inn in Oakland, 60 alumni returned to share their experiences with more than 200 sophomores, juniors and seniors.

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Six Poets. One Van. Lots of Enthusiasm. (And How You Can Help.)
Line Assembly This summer, six alumni from the Department of English's Creative Writing Program are teaming up for a unique poetry tour throughout the U.S. The goal: to help libraries and community centers create and sustain poetry programming.

"When I'm asked what I do, and I say that I'm a poet, most people answer with 'Oh, I'd like to do that' or 'I used to write poetry,'" said Ben Pelhan (DC'06). "Not everyone organizes their lives around it, but in our own teaching experience, we find that all people need to make poems is the space and time. And maybe a little encouragement."

Starting the last weekend of June in Pittsburgh, Pa., the group will take their poetry show - Line Assembly - on the road. Their act includes poetry readings, workshops and a performance - as well as leave behind materials to help each location build a lasting poetry community.

Read more and learn how you can support their Kickstarter campaign.

John Lehoczky Wins Doherty Award for Sustained Contributions to Excellence in Education
John Lehoczky John Lehoczky has spent his entire 43-year at Carnegie Mellon University becoming a nationally recognized statistician. For 28 of those years, he has simultaneously served in key academic administration and leadership roles, helping to raise the entire institution's reputation.

To recognize the impact he has made, Lehoczky, dean of the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Thomas Lord University Professor of Statistics and Mathematical Sciences, is the recipient of this year's Robert E. Doherty Award for Sustained Contributions to Excellence in Education.

"John Lehoczky epitomizes the essence of the Doherty Award," said Joseph E. Devine, associate dean of the Dietrich College.

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Alumna's Dream Job: Helping Former African Child Soldiers Succeed in Business  

Meg Brindle

While she was working towards her Ph.D. in applied history,
Meg Brindle (DC'92) focused on the development of health care policies for the poor.  


After completing her doctoral degree, Brindle spent 2 years as lecturer in CMU's Tepper School of Business. Then, she joined George Mason University as a faculty member in the Department of Public and International Affairs, receiving tenure in 2003, and department chair.  

Recently, Brindle left academics to pursue her dream job; she is currently working in Uganda and South Sudan with former child soldiers and other women to help them form an international business producing shea butter. Brindle and her team at Light Years IP teach intellectual property business strategies to farmers and producers. 
Dietrich College News sat down with Brindle to talk about her work.


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Spring Carnival Reception April 20

Baker Hall The Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences will hold a Spring Carnival Reception for alumni, faculty, staff and students on Saturday, April 20 from 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. on the Baker Hall Terrace.

This is your chance to visit with old friends and meet new ones. Faculty members who will be in attendance include:

Gerald Costanzo
, Professor of English
Laurie Zittrain Eisenberg, Teaching Professor of History
John Lehoczky, Dean of the Dietrich College
G. Richard Tucker, Paul Mellon University Professor of Applied Linguistics
Yueming Yu, Teaching Professor of Chinese Studies

To RSVP for the Dietrich College Carnival Reception, please send an email to, indicating how many people are in your party and their names.

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Class Notes

Please note, due to the college's name change to the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the indicia is now "DC."   


Edward M. "Ted" McClure (DC'71, TPR'72), Doug Heckmann (DC'13), Anthony Lorubbio (DC'13) and others in Class Notes.  


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"Shapira Challenge" To Benefit
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David Shapira, a Carnegie Mellon life trustee and former board chairman, along with his wife Cindy, and in collaboration with the Giant Eagle Foundation, are giving approximately $2.8 million to the Dietrich College via the Inspire Innovation Campaign.

Of this gift, $2 million will be used to endow the Humanities Scholars Program, and $800,000 will be used to provide a pool of matching funds as a means to encourage additional donors to the college.

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