Volunteer Forum

Seventy volunteers recently gathered on the Pittsburgh campus for a weekend of idea sharing and unique programming. And they definitely got the inside scoop.

Volunteers were treated to a “behind the scenes” tour of Purnell Center for the Arts, Kresge Recital Hall, Stever House, and Gates & Hillman Centers. Then President Cohon gave them the lowdown on the latest developments and happenings at Carnegie Mellon, including:
  • All new appointments and senior management hires
  • The latest and largest grants to the university
  • A recap of how we stack up in terms of the number of start-up companies generated per research dollar (AUTM ranked us 2 out of 154 universities in the 2008 fiscal year)
Another highlight was the special presentation of “Community Collage” by 10 current students, who danced, sang and shared their personal campus experiences, revealing a whole new aspect of diversity at Carnegie Mellon.

The weekend also included workshops, which provided volunteers with new tools, ideas and resources. Additionally, our faculty shared their latest research on the mechanical changes in cells with advanced aging, as well as how they simulate the universe on a supercomputer.

The activities didn’t end there. Volunteers also saw a special lighting of the Pausch Bridge and still had time to network with other volunteers, current students, the Alumni Association Board, faculty and staff.

A special thanks to everybody who was able to attend this year’s Volunteer Forum. For those who couldn’t make it, we hope to see you June 3-5, 2011 at next year’s forum.

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