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Open House Wrap-Up

April 08, 2013

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The INI Open House for Accepted Students took place in sunny weather on Friday, April 5, granting the visitors a warm introduction to graduate life at Carnegie Mellon University. The event presented a series of sessions for students who have applied and been accepted to the programs.

Approximately 15 prospective students attended the event along with family members and friends. The event took place primarily at the Collaborative Innovation Center (CIC) on Fifth Avenue, which houses one of the INI's Distributed Education Center classrooms and enabled the sessions to be recorded for other students who were unable to attend.

The INI faculty and staff members presented and answered questions throughout the day. INI Director Dena Haritos Tsamitis began the talks with an overview of the department and its twenty-four year history. Several faculty were available to provide details about the programs' curriculum and gave highlights about the courses that INI students typically take. The staff provided guidance on how students can begin prepare for the start of their graduate programs in the fall.

During lunch, a panel of current students offered first-hand advice and described their personal experiences at the INI. They covered many topics on student life, such work intensity, internships and housing. They also described the INI's two student-run organizations, Graduate Organization @INI (GOINI) and Women@INI (WINI), and the benefits of participating in co-curricular activities during graduate school.

In the late afternoon, a reception took place at the University Center on campus, allowing the attendees to mingle with the faculty and current students, in addition to some INI alumni. CIT Dean James H. Garrett stopped by to welcome the guests and congratulate the students on their acceptance.

In the evening, students from GOINI welcomed the visitors by hosting a happy hour in the nearby Shady Side neighborhood. The Open House activities concluded on Saturday morning with a campus tour.