Friday, February 22, 2013
Dr. Edda Fields-Black speaks about the 'Diaspora of Design.'
Frick Art & Historical Center in Point Breeze is celebrating Black History Month with an exploration into African ceramic art, "Diaspora of Design," presented by Dr. Edda Fields-Black, associate professor of history at Carnegie Mellon University. The program takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the Frick Art Museum, 7227 Reynolds St. The event is free and open to the public. A specialist in early African history, Fields-Black will chronicle the migration of African ceramic design and technique from East Africa to the Indian Ocean Diaspora. Complementing the lecture, a special, one-night-only display of African-inspired children’s art—created in collaboration with Frick community partners—reveals how this “diaspora of design…
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
A Carnegie Mellon graduate, Hollen Barmer turned her love of fish fries into a map to chart the many places to find Friday fish for Lent.
Leave it to a non-Pittsburgh native to find a way to let all yinz know about where to find fish n'at for Lent. Hollen Barmer, a writer/editor for Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute, has found all the fish fries Pittsburgh has to offer—and a way to add those she might have missed. "I decided to make the first map in 2012 because I'd been enjoying going to fish fries for a few years and wanted to see all the options based on location," explained Barmer, who moved here from Memphis, TN 13 years ago to attend graduate school at CMU. "Even though I've lived in Pittsburgh for almost 13 years, I don't know all the neighborhoods. On top of that, I am terrible with directions. I thought other people might be able to use the…
Monday, December 17, 2012
Students at the Regent Square school teamed up with design students from Carnegie Mellon to rebuild and reuse some of the old furniture to create a new collaborative classroom space.
Sunday, December 2, 2012
The Port Authority and the University of Pittsburgh reached an agreement for the next five years.
Port Authority of Allegheny County and the University of Pittsburgh have reached a new agreement that will provide pre-paid transit access for approximately 40,000 students, faculty and staff for the next five years, including the many who live in the Forest Hills-Regent Square area. The agreement, approved by Port Authority's Board of Directors Friday, provides for annual reimbursements by the university based on recorded usage by its students, staff and faculty. The university’s annual payment to Port Authority has increased by more than 50 percent over the last five years and is projected to continue generating additional revenue under this agreement. “Our collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh as the first large-scale smart …
Saturday, December 1, 2012
He's been missing from Pittsburgh since March 1993, though he was reported in New York City and possibly San Francisco a few weeks after he disappeared.
Oakland is teeming with college students on any given day as students from Carnegie Mellon, Pitt and Carlow cross back and forth between traffic as they go to and from classes. Andrew Karis was a student at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1993, when he disappeared on a March day. He was last seen on March 1, then, suddenly, he was missing from among those crowds of students. Also known by the nicknames Andy, Drew and Sparky, he was last seen on campus on March 1 that year. When he was reported missing, authorities tracked his credit card and telephone records, and determined that he might have purchased a Greyhound bus ticket to New York City. He was 19 years old at the time of his disappearance and would be 39 …
Friday, July 6, 2012
President Barack Obama greets hundreds of supporters at Carnegie Mellon, a stop on his Rustbelt campaign tour.
President Barack Obama urged a crowd at Carnegie Mellon University today to stay the course, despite newly released June jobs numbers showing sluggish employment growth across the nation. "We knew we wouldn't be able to do it overnight, because these problems weren't created overnight," Obama told hundreds of supporters gathered near the university's College of Fine Arts during the sweltering July afternoon. The U.S. Department of Labor reported today that employers created 80,000 new jobs during June, leveling the nation's unemployment rate at 8.2 percent. The report has dampened hopes that the economy was on the rebound after showing strong employment growth earlier this year. Obama didn't directly reference the latest employment …
Saturday, February 11, 2012
The 53-year-old West Bloomfield resident who was a Wall Street Journal and best-seller writer died in northern Michigan on Friday morning.
Best-selling author Jeffrey Zaslow, 53, who co-wrote The Last Lecture with Carnegie Mellon University's Randy Pausch, died Friday morning in an auto accident in northern Michigan. According to the Antrim County Sheriff's Office, a vehicle lost control on M-32 and skidded into the path of a truck Friday morning; the car's driver was killed, a dispatcher confirmed. Zaslow recently published a new novel, The Magic Room, and was a featured speaker last month at the West Bloomfield Optimist Club breakfast meeting and a frequent speaker at functions throughout West Bloomfield and Farmington. "He recently spoke at one of our meetings and our members were in awe of his commitment," said Optimist Club President Robert Brooks. "His whole community …
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Jamie Fair of Forest Hills is teaching children to take center stage.
Jamie Fair is a classically trained vocalist and actor who may be playing her most important role yet as a musical theater teacher for children at Wilkins School Community Center. “I was working a lot in this area doing theater, opera and commercial work, and all of a sudden after three or four years of that, it seemed like opportunities to teach were falling in my lap,” Fair of Forest Hills said. A voice major who graduated from Carnegie Mellon University, Fair comes from a family of public educators. Deciding to start her own junior musical theater classes for kids seemed like a natural progression of her career. Every Tuesday, she teaches the junior musical theater class for children in second to fourth grade from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., …
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
In July, Carnegie Mellon University's Hear Me Project posted 50 billboards around Pittsburgh, many of which showcase excerpts from children’s stories.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Carnegie Mellon University has spearheaded a project giving youngsters a voice by finding innovative ways to promote kids’ opinions on issues that matter to them. In the past year, the project has gathered stories from more than 3,000 kids in southwestern Pennsylvania. Hear Me amplifies kids' voices using media and technology to create a world where kids are heard, acknowledged and understood, giving them the power to inspire social change, according to a release. The stories focus on community, education, health and wellness, and environmental issues. In July, Hear Me posted 50 billboards around Pittsburgh, many of which showcase excerpts from children’s stories. 16-year-old Crystal has her words “I still get called names…” displayed on …