Campus News in Brief

CIT sponsors Toys for Tots

Walking by the University Center last Monday, one might have seen a World War II memorial. Carnegie Mellon first-year CIT students began their fourth annual U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots drive there from noon to 3 p.m. The program was started by the College of Engineering First Year Advisory Board and raises money for toys for children. Anyone in the campus community is encouraged to donate in centers located throughout campus, and all toys should be in unwrapped and new condition. Locations include Student Activities, Student Life, Housing and Dining, CIT, and the Mellon Institute, among others.

The memorial highlighted an airplane repair hut, field hospital, and the role of dogs in security in the military. WWII veteran alumni were present, as well as Dan Hamilton of Pittsburgh for the memorial. The program came to a close with the release of a dove and the playing of "Amazing Grace." Students were able to collect more than $1000 worth of donations and toys last year in this beneficial service-learning project.

Toys for Tots originated in 1947 as a pilot project when Marine Major Bill Hendricks, along with other reservists, donated 5000 toys to children in need. The program was such a success that the Marines made it a nationwide campaign in 1948.

CNBC Meeting of The Minds

CNBC Maria Bartiromo will host an hour-long “Meeting of the Minds” special at 6:30 p.m. today in Wiegand Gym. For this one-hour special event, CNBC will bring together decision makers, business leaders, policy makers, and visionaries.
Panelists include Bill Ford, executive chairman of Ford Motor Company; Daniel R. DiMicco, chairman, president, and CEO of Nucor Corporation; Leo W. Gerard, international president of United Steelworkers; Jeff Immelt, chairman and CEO of General Electric; John Engler, president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers; and Hilda Solis, U.S. Secretary of Labor for a qualitative discussion on the future of manufacturing.

“CNBC’s ‘Meeting of the Minds’ series has explored some of the biggest issues raised by this new economic reality, including capitalism and healthcare,” said Susan Krakower, senior vice president for strategic programming and development at CNBC.
“And now, CNBC gathers some of the country’s most influential leaders to take on manufacturing, an industry that is a prized part of our economic history, whose future is now in question.”

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