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Campaign to recruit alumni

“Loyal Scot” banners appeared across campus in recent weeks, featuring a “Plaid to the Bone” slogan.

The campaign, sponsored by the Carnegie Mellon Alumni Association, aims to keep alumni connected to the university and focuses on four steps: staying informed, getting involved, giving back, and showing Carnegie Mellon pride.

The program offers alumni easy ways to complete each of the steps, such as by volunteering as a local recruiter or by nominating someone for an alumni award.

The Loyal Scot program also offers recognition for attending Carnegie Mellon events. The next major event is Carnival this week. Reunions will be held by decade for all Carnegie Mellon classes. Alumni events include a golf outing as well as standard Carnival events like Buggy.

After returning home, alumni are encouraged to stay involved and volunteer within their regional communities. Some of these recommendations are alumni-focused, such as volunteering to serve on reunion committees or joining an alumni interest group. Alumni can also sign up to help recruit students from their areas.

Interested students and alumni can visit www.cmu.edu/loyalscot or e-mail loyal-scot@andrew.cmu.edu for more information about the program.

Scottish heritage honored

As part of Scotland Week 2010, Scottish Education Minister Michael Russell spoke in the Peter/Wright/McKenna rooms in the University Center last Monday. Russell’s talk, titled “Scotland — A New Future Building on a Great Past,” discussed the common ties shared between Carnegie Mellon and Scotland, as well as the referendum bill in Scotland. The bill and Russell’s speech addressed Scottish autonomy and independence.

Scotland Week, which ran from April 3 to 10, is an annual event planned by the Scottish government in which ministers travel around the United States and Canada to spread awareness of and celebrate Scottish culture. Three Scottish government ministers traveled to North America to promote the themes of Scotland Week, including the theme of "Great Scots and Innovation," which drew strong connections to Carnegie Mellon.

The subjects of Russell’s talk have generated controversy in the United Kingdom, with many opposition leaders in Scotland criticizing the minister’s advocacy of independence on a taxpayer-funded trip.

For more information on Russel's visit, go to [SLANT12]http://www.cmu.edu/news/archive/2010/March/march24_scottishofficial.shtml[SLANT12]