Rosie Cheng is in her ninth year on the Carnegie Mellon University athletic training staff. The coordinator of student-athlete wellness and an athletic trainer, Cheng oversees the women’s volleyball, women’s cross country, women’s basketball, and the women’s and men’s tennis teams. She is the coordinator of the SMART (Sports Medicine Assessment of Risk Tendencies) program and is an adjunct professor at Chatham University. Cheng spent three years at NCAA Division I University of San Francisco and has also served as head athletic trainer at Leland High School in San Jose, California and Keystone College in Pennsylvania. She interned as an athletic trainer at both Santa Clara University and Stanford University.
Carnegie Mellon University band director Paul Gerlach has announced his retirement as director of the Kiltie Band after 38 years as the leader of the high spirited and entertaining musical ensemble. The band, which plays at home football and basketball games, also hosts three concerts during the academic calendar, including a performance at Carnegie Mellon’s Spring Carnival.
The Tartans are back! Three-hundred and fifty-nine days after the Tartans last competed in a softball game against Skidmore, the nationally-ranked women’s tennis team will return Carnegie Mellon to competition on Saturday, March 7 against West Liberty. Men’s tennis, women’s soccer and volleyball will begin competition within the next week, and all Carnegie Mellon teams are planning to resume action this spring.
A total of 128 Carnegie Mellon University student-athletes were named to the University Athletic Association’s (UAA) All-Academic Recognition list for the winter sports teams, as announced Wednesday, March 3.
Fred Dauphin graduated with a degree in astrophysics from Carnegie Mellon University in 2020. The outdoor track and field program’s record-holder in the triple jump, he earned UAA All-Association honors three times, including a runner-up finish in the triple jump in the 2020 UAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, the last meet he competed in before COVID-19 ended the remainder of his senior season.
The Carnegie Mellon University Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) has recently announced the new execThe Carnegie Mellon University Student-Athletic Advisory Council(SAAC) raised more than $3000 to support the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh. In a week-long virtual initiative centered around National Girls and Women in Sports Day, student-athletes celebrated by giving back to the Pittsburgh community as well as holding discussions on diversity and inclusion and female participation in sport. The fundraiser was made possible by Student-Athlete coordinators with donations from members of the Carnegie Mellon community. utive board members that will serve in 2021.
Bill Loebbaka was a fixture in Skibo Gymnasium when his son Matt was playing basketball for the Tartans from 2011-15. Despite the distance from Chicago, Bill and his wife Sue regularly made the trek to Pittsburgh for University Athletic Association (UAA) weekends and were beloved by fellow parents, players, coaches and staff. Bill was a positive force, always believing his Tartans would pull out a big victory in the waning seconds.
Every year beginning in 1975, Carnegie Mellon University has honored a select number of undergraduate seniors as Andrew Carnegie Society (ACS) Scholars. This year, four athletes are included on the list of 40 honorees who represent the top two percent of their graduating class – Stefanie McMillan (Vancouver, Wash./Skyview) of women’s swimming and diving, Parvathi Meyyappan (Cupertino, Calif./Monta Vista) of women’s cross country and track and field, Nicole Shi (Hong Kong, China/Phillips Exeter Academy) of women’s cross country and track and field, and Chloe Yan (Singapore/Hwa Chong Junior College) of women’s basketball.
Lavonca Davis graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in chemical engineering while minoring in computer science in 2020. In her senior year, she served as president of the school’s National Society of Black Engineers while helping lead the Tartans’ women’s golf team to the number one ranking in NCAA Division III before the remainder of the season was canceled. Davis works as a Chemical and Process Engineer at BP’s Whiting Refinery, where she interned the summer between her junior and senior years.
Carnegie Mellon University students are problem solvers driven to explore the questions that lead to change. This trait, along with the passion and knowledge to enact change, has led a group of Tartan student-athletes to be pioneers and form the Black and Latinx Athlete Coalition (BLAC) to build a cohesive, centralized affinity group and network of support, camaraderie and mentorship among Black and Latinx student-athletes and alumni.
Debarati Bhanja graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in neurobiology while competing in track and field. She is currently a medical student at the Penn State College of Medicine. Bhanja won the long jump at the 2016 UAA Indoor Track and Field Championships and swept the 400-meter dash at the UAA indoor and outdoor championships during her senior season.
The University Athletic Association Presidents Council has unanimously approved a resolution to cancel all formal UAA spring sport competition for the 2020-21 season. Carnegie Mellon University is one of eight institutions that form the UAA along with Brandeis University, Case Western Reserve University, Emory University, New York University, University of Rochester, University of Chicago and Washington University in St. Louis.
It was an unusual fall semester for athletics programs across the country, but the academic performance of Carnegie Mellon’s student-athletes was stronger than ever. While experiencing a hybrid semester with some attending classes and practices on campus and some remaining fully remote in their home cities, the Tartans excelled across all of the university’s undergraduate colleges. More than 71 percent of student-athletes earned a 3.50 GPA or better, while 189 student-athletes achieved 4.0 GPAs.
Carnegie Mellon University Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation has published the January schedule for Group X classes which begin Monday, January 11. Group X classes are free for Carnegie Mellon undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff. All participants must pre-register to participate.
The Carnegie Mellon University student-athlete leadership development program has been rebranded to Tartan Leaders of Tomorrow, with the goal of better serving the individual needs of CMU student-athletes and increasing program recognition among student-athletes, alumni and the community.
Billy Joraskie, who graduated Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Politics, and an additional major in Philosophy, in 2012, spent the spring of 2011 in D.C. opted to make a more immediate impact in local government following his graduation.
Although the traditional fall and winter seasons haven’t been on display for Carnegie Mellon University this year, the excellence of the university’s student-athletes is still impacting the entire community. Each winter for the past six years, the CMU Department of Athletics has celebrated its top academic athletes at the Student-Athlete Academic Achievement Celebration during finals week. And while an in-person celebration is on hold for now, the highest-performing junior and senior student-athletes in each undergraduate college and on each team are still being recognized for their academic performance.
Jacki Cortese had been obsessed with space since she wrote a book report about the space shuttle in second grade. Between her sophomore and junior year, Cortese received an internship through the Pittsburgh Foundation, which sponsored one student per summer to intern in DC through a partnership with Marquette University.
A total of 127 Carnegie Mellon University student-athletes were named to the University Athletic Association’s (UAA) All-Academic Recognition list for the fall sports teams, as announced Wednesday, December 2.
Chris Moraga is in his third year as full-time assistant women’s soccer coach at Carnegie Mellon University. He previously served as an assistant coach for five years at Whittier College, during which time he was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) “30 Under 30” program.
Due to the ongoing global pandemic, Carnegie Mellon University Athletics has cancelled intercollegiate competition for the winter season and will not resume play any sooner than March 1, 2021. The decision directly impacts the competitive schedules of both men’s and women’s programs in the sports of basketball, swimming and diving and indoor track and field.
The NCAA Diversity and Inclusion Campaign closes with the theme of "Together We Rise." Student-athletes and coaches from across the University Athletic Association (UAA) rise together through words and actions with a compilation of phrases.
The University Athletic Association (UAA) Presidents Council has unanimously approved a resolution to cancel all formal UAA winter sport competition for the 2020-21 season. Carnegie Mellon University is one of eight institutions that form the UAA along with Brandeis University, Case Western Reserve University, Emory University, New York University, University of Rochester, University of Chicago and Washington University in St. Louis.
Ola Owodunni is a sophomore track and field student-athlete at Carnegie Mellon University. She is double majoring in biology and psychology. Owodunni competed in 55-, 60-, and 200-meter runs, and the shot put and weight throw in her first collegiate indoor season before the outdoor campaign was canceled due to COVID-19.
The UAA “Conversations About Race and Racism” series seeks to lift the voices of people of color and recognize the challenges faced in both athletics and academics at the collegiate level. By sharing personal stories, we hope to elevate the conversation about race to raise awareness and bring about change.