Lighting Our Library

Made out of almost all aluminum and glass – Hunt Library certainly stands out on the Carnegie Mellon Pittsburgh campus.

When Roy and Rachel Hunt made a generous gift in 1961 to open Hunt Library, Roy Hunt was a prominent figure in the aluminum industry. Over the past 50 years, Hunt Library has continued to evolve and remains a centerpiece of learning and student interaction at Carnegie Mellon.

Now as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hunt Library’s opening, the Hunt Foundation made another gift to campus – a permanent exterior lighting system.

Remember the Pausch Bridge? Cindy Limauro, a professor of lighting design at CMU, Christopher Popowich of C&C Lighting, LCC, and CMU students designed lighting for the bridge in 2009. Now they’ve designed the library lighting to complement it.

The color-changing capability of the lights showcases the energy of campus activity throughout the night and allows different looks to be created for holidays or special campus events, such as Commencement, Homecoming and Carnival.

Since opening in 1961, Hunt Library has continued to evolve, remaining a centerpiece of learning and student interaction at CMU today.

On Nov. 20 Carnegie Mellon recognized the Hunt family’s contributions to the university with a celebration event. The event also honored and acknowledged the importance of Hunt Library in today’s Carnegie Mellon experience, as well as debuted the new exterior lighting of the library.


d’Arte Magazine

Fashion. Design. Culture. d’Arte Magazine covers it all and more.

d’Arte was founded by a group of Carnegie Mellon students in 2009. Since then, their mission has been to foster appreciation for various forms of art at Carnegie Mellon University and in the greater Pittsburgh community.

In order to instill appreciation in others, the students themselves express just how much they value their Carnegie Mellon education, drawing attention to a new ranking.

It wasn’t long ago Unigo.com named Carnegie Mellon the number 1 on their list of “New Ivies.” In the most recent issue, Anh Bui and Efi Turkson – both third year English majors in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences – wrote an article on the Ivy League.

The article explains how Carnegie Mellon students, faculty and alumni are on same playing field as any Ivy League university. And we do it with billions less in our endowment.

“Our past and current accomplishments prove that we don’t need an Ivy League title to know we are here to do great things,” wrote Bui and Turkson.

Read the full article online on pages 38 – 40.


The Nightmare Story: A Dream Come True.

The Nightmare Story” stood out among the 1200 other performances at the 2010 New York International Fringe Festival. In fact, it won the coveted honor of Best Overall Production.
It’s the fifth original show by PigPen – a theatre company formed by seven Carnegie Mellon seniors in the School of Drama.

The story centers on the only son of a woman tormented by nightmares – and he’s the key to her salvation.

And the story-telling has people talking. The unique blend of shadow-puppets, dark humor and strong acting is both haunting and engaging.

PigPen members include: Arya Shahi, Ben Ferguson, Dan Weschler, Ryan Melia, Curtis Gillen, Alex Falberg and Matt Nuernberger.

The group created their ensemble in 2008 for a performance in the School of Drama’s “Playground: A Festival of Independent Student Work.” Since then, they’ve performed regionally at playhouses in New York, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Martha’s Vineyard.


Homecoming 2010

It’s that time of year again – and there’s a lot going on at CMU’s Pittsburgh campus. Don’t miss out!
  • Scotch ‘n’ Soda Production: The Rocky Horror Show
  • Homecoming Kick-Off BBQ
  • Alumni Awards Ceremony & Reception
  • President’s Address & Student Life Panel
  • Carnegie Clan’s Annual Homecoming Chili Cook-Off
And that’s just the beginning. Check out the complete Homecoming schedule online for a full listing of events, plus the dates, times and locations.

Visit the Homecoming site for more on hotels, travel to campus and parking. Online registration is closed, but you’re still welcome to attend. Just check in at the Registration & Welcome Area in Wean Commons at the University Center.

Wondering about reunions? All reunions are now celebrated during Spring Carnival & Reunion Weekend. Learn more >>

Hope to see you this weekend!