Campus news in brief

Donors give $8 million to Tepper Quad

Carnegie Mellon President Subra Suresh recently announced that an additional $8 million was donated for the construction of the new Tepper Quadrangle. In total, $104 million has been donated to the project, most recently $5 million by Carnegie Mellon Trustee David Coulter (GSIA ’71), approximately $1 million from Per G. H. Lofberg (GSIA ’73), and approximately $1 million from an anonymous donor.

Tepper Business School alumnus David A. Tepper contributed the initial $67 million in November 2013, spearheading the development for the Quadrangle.

The Tepper Quadrangle will be located in the space currently occupied by the Morewood parking lot. Plans reveal the first building will be 300,000 square feet and house a new university welcome center, an auditorium, spaces for the Tepper School of Business, dining and fitness facilities, and rooms for the Simon Initiative and various other Carnegie Mellon programs.

The Tepper Quadrangle will merge with the Forbes Avenue Innovation Corridor, which aims to connect Carnegie Mellon to other innovation and entrepreneurial projects in the city.

Architecture firm Moore Ruble Yudell has been chosen to design the quadrangle, and construction is scheduled to begin in summer 2015.

ETC welcomes visiting scholar Keaton

Actor, comedian, producer, and director Michael Keaton will be joining Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) as a visiting scholar.

Keaton, born and raised in Pittsburgh, is most well known for his performances in Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice, Batman, and Batman Returns. His latest role in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman has been receiving Oscar-worthy buzz.

Keaton’s late wife, actress Caroline McWilliams (CFA ’66), graduated from Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama.

Other visiting scholars of the ETC include Anthony Daniels, who played C-3P0 in all Star Wars movies, and Katie Salen, an associate professor at Parsons New School for Design and executive director of the Institute of Play, a nonprofit geared toward innovative teaching methods for children.