I run department (CIS-wide) board game nights that take place within Gates.
This involves reserving rooms, ordering snacks, and playing lots of board games.
While these events are often broadcast to more public mailing lists, the "official" board games list is the CS Board Gamers Google group.
Everyone is welcome to play, no experience is required.
Brown Bag is a weekly seminar for students to learn about the research currently going on in the department, and to help faculty find students who might be interested in their work.
Each week a faculty member will give a presentation about one or more of their research projects.
Students from all areas are encouraged to attend!
Food and drink are provided.
With any questions or comments, requests, etc, email Jonathan Shi or Eston Schweickart, or just find us after one of the seminars.
The coke czars run the coke machine in 420 Gates.
Our main job is to make sure it keeps running, and keep it stocked.
If you ever see a problem with the machine, feel free to contact us!
Colloquium czars help visiting speakers and faculty candidates to set up their presentations for colloquium.
The commitment is usually 3:45 PM - 5:30 PM for 3-6 colloquia a semester depending on your availability.
The earlier you sign up to do this, the easier it is to meet and impress cool future faculty in your area!
I manage the Czars and Czarships.
You think there is a Czar-like task in the department that would benefit from being a Czarship?
Let me know!
You think you could be a Czar for something?
Let me know!
You are unable to contact a Czar?
Let me know!
You are a Czar and need help or cannot be that Czar anymore?
Let me know!
I (or really anyone) sent out an e-mail about looking for someone to fill a Czarship?
I help the administration keep track of who sits where and assign new offices in exchange for you having lots of choice in the matter.
Once a year, I send out a questionnaire where you can tell me if and what office you would like to move to, and I'll make that happen if there is space (else you will hear from me).
I am also the person to talk to if you want to move to another office during the year (but please don't just move all the time).
Often, faculty can arrange for you to get access to a particular room so you can move, but you're making my work a lot easier if you
let either Becky or me know that you moved (because otherwise we might think that your new desk is still free).
"Desk" Czar is a misnomer - I only keep track of things on the level of rooms.
Do you know we have an Espresso machine on the third floor?
Do you know that it makes much better coffee and produces less waste than Keurig machines?
I, the Espresso Czar, can help you to learn how make your own Espressos, Americanos, Tea, or even Lattes.
I am also in charge of keeping the machine clean and ordering the freshest beans.
The foosball czar manages the balls for the foosball table in the third-floor lounge.
I also try to keep the foosball table in working condition.
If you want to check out foosballs after business hours, visit me in the theory lab.
I run the CS department hockey team, which has been going on for several decades.
We host weekly ice hockey times throughout the winter.
Let me know if you're interested in playing! No experience or gear required :-)
Hi I'm Geoff.
I like food.
And clean kitchens.
I'm here to make sure that our kitchens are usable areas.
If they get out messy or out-of-hand, I'll send angry emails.
You have already heard from us – we are the mentoring czars!
Its our job to connect incoming students with more experienced students to ease the transition to Cornell and transfer valuable experience.
If you feel like you don't know what you don't know, talk to your PhD student mentor (we all have one). At least then you'll know what you don't know :).
We also organize mentor-mentee events during the year. Let us know if you have any thoughts or suggestions regarding the mentoring program and how student mentorship could improve the new student experience.
If Google has taught us anything it's that if YOU have a question then someone else has probably had it before. Learn from their experience (don't be shy) it's what we are here for!
I'm new to the Ph.D program and just became the Milk Czar.
This means that I'll be stocking the fridge with milk and ice cream.
My favorite ice cream flavors are Vanilla and Rocky Road.
I help advertise and announce community service and outreach opportunities for graduate students in the department.
This includes running events like workshops for Expanding Your Horizons.
Let me know if you know outreach opportunities the CS PhDs should get involved in or want to get involved!
I organize the department picnics for the graduate students in the early Fall and late Spring.
The department helps pay for basics like burgers and hot dogs and other items are provided by students "potluck-style."
Keep an eye out for the sign up emails.
I'm looking for a second czar to help out, so let me know if you're interested in helping!
The Photo Czar takes photographs of incoming PhD students and faculty.
The photographs used to be posted on the photo board next to the 4th floor atrium in Upson Hall and made available on-line.
We're still trying to figure out where to put them in Gates Hall.
I run PLDG, which is the group meeting for the entire PL group.
We meet year-round: during the fall and spring semesters we have talks going over papers in programming languages, while in the summer we generally do a deep dive.
It's lots of fun, so you should come to the seminar if you're interested in programming languages!
I maintain the department Quotes Page, which collects funny and memorable quotes from department members.
Anyone can submit quotes, and vote them up or down, but I'm responsible for approving submitted quotes before they're displayed (to prevent spam and abuse).
Occasionally I also add new features to the site.
The social hour czar organizes department social events in the department on Friday.
Usually I send out emails to ask people to volunteer and sometimes two people volunteer together.
The volunteer should go to Lindsay's office, right beside the elevator on the ground floor and ask for the Wegmans card!
We have $225 of budget for the entire event.
$15 is already spent on wine and you don't need to purchase wine.
For the rest of the budget an $85 and $125 is a good split for alcoholic drinks(not wine) and snacks/non-alcoholic drinks.
Student Brown Bag
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The czar organizes weekly talks by students, usually describing current research, but sometimes also discussing useful research tools such as reference managers.
The czar's main duties are getting speakers lined up (this usually involves sending emails and bugging people in person), and ordering food for the seminar (very easy, done using Cornell e-shop).
If you want to practice your talk, get feedback on an idea from other students or just want to tell others about some cool thing you learned, let me know and I’ll set you up for a talk.
I also might approach you to ask if you could do any of the above at some point to fill some slots.
I help to organize the weekly Systems Lunch, along with the systems faculty.
This mostly consists of worrying about when the food will arrive and making sure everything is cleaned up at the end.
The TGIF czarship is exactly what it sounds like!
Expect e-mails to the PHD social listserv (which I recommend being on) about super awesome happy fun time on Fridays!
Feel free to talk to me about other possible Friday fun-time activities (or maybe even other days!) or, you know... just send out an e-mail?
I run the theory tea, which takes many forms.
Of late, it has been merged with the theory seminar, taking the form of student talks given when there is no visiting speaker.
To get involved, come to the seminar/tea!
To find out more, go to the theory seminar website (Course Website/Wiki Page) or ask me.
Visit Day Czars organize visit day.
This is an intensive task over several weeks, organizing a major multi-day event with quite some freedom but also lots of constraints.
The Visit Day Czars for this year have not yet been determined, but are usually first-years advised by the previous year's Visit Day Czars.
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