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FAQ 2014

Coming to Reunion 2014? Here’s a quick guide to help you plan the details of your visit. If you have a question that is not answered below, feel free to email us at tepper-alumni@andrew.cmu.edu.

Is Reunion the same weekend as CMU's Carnival?

Yes. Spring Carnival and Reunion Weekend 2014 will be observed April 11-12. It will be an exciting time for all Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) alumni returning to campus.

More details about Carnival festivities can be found on their website.

Who's invited to the Reunion Weekend festivities?

All Tepper School/GSIA alumni (and their guests) – regardless of year or program – are invited to attend Reunion Weekend. Each year, we highlight specific MBA/MSIA-reunion milestones and in 2014 we will be celebrating those ending in 4’s and 9’s. The Tepper School also highlights the most recent graduating class celebrating their one-year reunion.

Spouses, children, and other special guests of alumni are invited to attend all components of the weekend.

How can I volunteer for Reunion Weekend?

Alert the Office of Alumni Relations to your interest in being a class committee volunteer by completing the reunion volunteer registration form or by sending an email to Alumni Relations. The Tepper School of Business aims to establish class committees by early fall, however, alumni are welcome to join their class committee at any point during the year.

What local transportation is available?

The City of Pittsburgh is accessible by ground, rail and air transportation. Public transportation is provided in Pittsburgh by the Port Authority of Allegheny County. Bus schedules are available at the CMU University Center and online. Furthermore, CMU’s complimentary fixed-route, fixed-stop shuttle service runs throughout the weekend.

Taxis are available in the city, but we recommend pre-ordering your cab service by calling the company to arrange pick up times and locations. Shuttle service may be provided by your hotel, but you will need to check with the front desk to determine whether or not it provides service to and from campus or other desirable locations.
 
Additional information regarding transportation can be found on the Visit Tepper webpage (please note, the “Parking” section does not apply to Reunion Weekend).

What is the appropriate attire?

Reunion is a time to relax among friends and celebrate! It is generally a casual weekend, however, most alumni choose to dress-up (“cocktail attire”) for the special Saturday evening All-Class Reunion Celebration which is a reception-style dinner. View last year’s reunion photos to get a sense of what alumni chose to wear for the 2013 reunion.

What's the format for the Saturday evening celebration?

The Saturday evening all-class celebration is the capstone event of Reunion Weekend. The menu includes passed hors d'oeuvres, assorted beverages, and a reception-style dinner. Brief remarks will be delivered by both the Dean of the Tepper School and the Executive Director of Alumni Relations. Music will be played throughout the evening. Class photographs are taken by the event photographer during this reception.

The meal is served via dinner stations to allow you to continue to move around the room and mingle with your classmates. While the meal is not formally seated and served, some table-seating will be available for those who wish to utilize it and highboy tables are also dispersed throughout the room for dining convenience.

What types of activities are available for children?

Carnegie Mellon University offers a Kidzone on campus on both Friday and Saturday, from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm (Frew Street location in the morning, Midway in the afternoon). At Kidzone, children will receive a free t-shirt, have an opportunity to get into an old buggy, and enjoy coloring activities. There will be stuffed scotty dog toys for the little kids and robot kits for the older kids. Moreover, buggy and other Carnival attractions may also be appealing to older children. View the CMU schedule of events, for more information on these activities.

VisitPittsburgh’s Kidsburgh website is dedicated to showcasing children’s activities in the area. Here are highlights of just a few of the city’s local attractions:

  • Nearby Schenley Park offers a playground and park; it also features a disc golf course and horseshoe court.
  • The Phipps Conservatory is just around the bend from the Tepper School of Business. The Conservatory is open for casual visits and tours.
  • The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh (Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum) offer educational exhibits and displays for visitor enjoyment. The Carnegie Museum of Art and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History are located close to the CMU campus on Forbes Avenue.
  • Public tours are offered at the Nationality Rooms at the Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh.
  • For older children, a visit to the Frick Art and Historical Center in Point Breeze offers tours of Clayton, Henry Frick's exquisite Victorian era mansion, as well as an antique car museum and art museum.

On-site childcare at Heinz Field will be provided by Sweet Dreams Childcare, LLC, as an option for parents to consider for their children through age 12 during the Saturday (April 12) evening all-class reception. A children’s meal along with age-appropriate games and activities will be provided. If you plan to utilize the on-site service provider, you must register by March 31. Please note, childcare registration is now closed.

Are there facilities for those with disabilities or special needs? 

We want to make sure Reunion Weekend is enjoyable, welcoming and accessible for all alumni, students, and their guests. If you or any of your guests have special needs, please let us know.

  • In advance: Please contact us via email (ashleyb1@andrew.cmu.edu) or by phone 412-268-5137.
  • Onsite: Alert the Reunion Weekend staff by going to the Registration Area.

What is the average gift alumni contribute in honor of reunion?

Last year, reunion-year alumni gave an average gift of $1,000. We encourage all reunion celebrants to give a gift at the W.L. Mellon Society level ($1,000+) in honor of their reunion milestone however participation at any level is most important.

For more information on methods of giving, visit the Reunion Giving webpage or contact Meghan E. Bollens, director of annual giving.

Where can I order Tepper School gear?

The CMU University Store carries a variety of branded items, including Tepper School gear and a selection of books authored by faculty. Pre-order your goods by shopping on the University Store’s website form or visit the University Store while on campus for Reunion Weekend. The store will be open 8:30 am - 7 pm on Friday, April 11, and 10 am - 7 pm on Saturday, April 12.

What if I have (or witness) an emergency?

Contact University Police at 412-268-2323.

What is the reunion cancellation policy?

All cancellations must be received by the Office of Alumni Relations before Monday, April 7, in order to receive a refund.

Will the menu meet my dietary needs?

Vegetarian options are available for each meal served during Reunion Weekend. If you or your guest(s) have special dietary needs or food allergies, contact Ashley Chludzinski, associate director of alumni relations, at ashleyb1@andrew.cmu.edu or 412-268-5137 prior to Reunion Weekend. We will make every effort to accommodate your diet. Attendees who have specific food allergies are also welcome to bring their own small snack items with them.

 

 

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