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Staff Council sponsors event for staff and faculty children

Every year, Staff Council sponsors a “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work” day for the faculty members’ children between the ages of 8 and 15.

This year’s event will take place on April 28, with a theme of “Inventing the Future.”

The day will be filled with various sessions, including “Snake Robots” with robotics professor Howie Choset; “Brain Imaging,” in which participants will get to see how a magnetic resonance imaging machine works; and “Electric Car,” a session in which attendees will get a look at Carnegie Mellon’s electric car and how gasoline-powered cars can be converted to electric power.

These sessions will begin at 1:30 p.m. with a lunch gathering preceding the afternoon events and programs.

“Designed to be more than a career day, the ‘Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work’ program goes beyond the average ‘shadow’ an adult,” said Carolyn McKecuen, president of the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation. “Exposing girls and boys to what a parent or mentor in their lives does during the work day is important, but showing them the value of their education ... and providing them an opportunity to share how they envision the future and begin steps toward their end goals in a hands-on and interactive environment is key to their achieving success.”

New lecture series presents talk on women in business

Nelle Nugent, a producer and general manager of Broadway and off-Broadway shows, will be the inaugural lecturer of Carnegie Mellon’s Sylvia and David Steiner Speaker Series at 4:30 p.m. this Friday. The lecture will be held in the Philip Chosky Theatre, located in Purnell, with a reception immediately following.

The new speaker series, endowed by Sylvia and David Steiner, will feature leaders in the arts, culture, and entertainment industries.

The lecture, titled “Nobody knows anything... including me!”, is inspired by William Goldman’s memoir Adventures in the Screen Trade. Nugent plans to use the premise of the memoir as a launching point for discussing her experiences as a producer of theater, film, and television.

Nugent has received recognition for her work as a producer; she has worked on Tony Award-winning shows such as Amadeus. She is a dedicated member of the Broadway League as well as the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, serving as a chair of the subcommittee for funding the league’s Education Committee program. Nugent was also a board member of the American Women’s Economic Development Corporation, a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching business skills to women.