Lecture Previews

How Does the Financing of a University Work?

Today at 4:30 p.m.
Gregg Hall (Porter Hall 100)

Deborah Moon will discuss the financial background of a university. She joined Carnegie Mellon University in March of 2001 as the director of finance and administration and CFO at the Carnegie Mellon Research Institute (CMRI).

In January of 2005, Moon was named vice president of finance and chief financial officer of Carnegie Mellon. Reporting to the president, the CFO is a senior member of the university’s management team with oversight responsibility for finances of the university, from the Oracle financial system and university budgets to international finance.

In 2008, Moon was named CFO of the Year by the Pittsburgh Business Times and received the award in the large nonprofit company category to recognize her accomplishments. These accomplishments include supervising the financial records of the university’s seven schools and colleges, her work in managing the requirements and limitations of the school’s research grants — which total nearly $300 million annually — and her contributions to Carnegie Mellon’s international operations, including the opening of a campus in Doha, Qatar — the university’s first international undergraduate campus.

Public Diplomacy and Conflict Mediation — The Case of the Congo

Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.
Connan Room, University Center

Dr. Faida M. Mitifu is the ambassador of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the United States and one of only a handful of female ambassadors who are chiefs of diplomatic missions in the U.S. She has testified before the Congressional subcommittee on Africa on the crisis in the Great Lakes region and frequently offers lectures and participates in television interviews to discuss the Congo and its post-conflict recovery. Carnegie Mellon faculty member Dr. Jendayi Frazer is hosting a special roundtable for students interested in learning about the Congo the work of a diplomat representing a country in conflict and educating policymakers about its post-conflict development.

Passages: A Life in Tune, Moving with the Music

Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
Gregg Hall (Porter Hall 100)

Lance Jones has been involved with music since being a roadie in high school, an FM DJ in college, and a record store manager upon graduation, which was the start to many musical movements throughout his personal and professional life. In the late 1970s, Jones worked for international record distributor Warner-Elektra-Atlantic, and then moved on to marketing for major retailer National Record Mart, a chain of over 70 stores in six states based in Pittsburgh.

In the mid-80s, he accepted the position of director of booking for the Pittsburgh Civic Arena, and assisted in spearheading the arena’s first major open-air concert series, which featured the venue’s world-renowned retractable dome capability. In the early 1990s, Jones moved on to become marketing director for still-in-its-infancy Star Lake Amphitheatre and ascended to general manager by 1995.

Jones will share his musical passages as well as highlight national and local musical trends and discuss his twists and turns along the way.