Annual Telefund Campaign in September

The annual University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg TeleFund Campaign is scheduled for September. Pitt-Greensburg alumni will be contacted September 20 through September 24 between the hours of 5 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. When you are contacted please consider making a gift—no matter how large or small—and designate that your gift goes to Pitt-Greensburg. Thank you for your support!

2009 Pitt-Greensburg Golf Outing

Mark your calendar for September 25 and plan to join us at the Greensburg Country Club for our annual golf outing to benefit Alumni, Athletics, and the President’s Scholarship. The day begins with a shot gun start at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. with a delicious grilled lunch, prizes, and awards. Cost for an individual golfer is $150 and a foursome is $600. Visit www.upg.pitt.edu for more information or to obtain sponsorship or registration information. 

Our thanks to the companies who have already committed to sponsorships for this year’s outing:

  • Front Nine: Elliott Company;

  • Back Nine:  Fotorecord Print Center;

  • Putting Green: Wal-Mart;

  • Cart Sponsor: Natale Sporting Goods;

  • Tee Sponsors: T.A. Nelson Bus Lines, Inc.; Stewart, McCardle, Sorice, Whalen, Farrell, Finoli, &
                
     Cavanaugh, LLC; Kiwanis Club of Greensburg; Ward and Christner, PC; Michele Bononi for
                  Westmoreland Judge;

  • Refreshment Sponsor: Hampton Inn of Greensburg;

  • Additional Sponsors: Chartwells, First Commonwealth; UPMC; Pepsi; Snyder of Berlin; Smail Auto
                  Group.

Katz Immersion MBA

Pitt-Greensburg is partnering with Pitt’s Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business to offer the Katz Immersion MBA (KIMBA) program in Westmoreland County. KIMBA will provide an intensive MBA education by immersing students in coursework three days a month over a two-year period. Admission requirements, total credits, and the curriculum design are consistent with the existing Katz School part-time MBA program.  

Students will be enrolled in a six-term, cohort-based program and be required to complete 52.5 credits to earn the MBA degree. To be admitted to the program, students are required to have completed at least three years of post-undergraduate work experience. 

To learn more about the program visit www.business.pitt.edu/katz/mba/programs/immersion.html or call
724-836-9893 to register for an information session at Pitt-Greensburg’s Lynch Hall 102:

·         Saturday, September 26, at 9 a.m.
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         Tuesday, October 8, at 6 p.m.
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         Tuesday, November 10, at 6 p.m.

Student Emergency Fund at Pitt-Greensburg
The Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association recently established a Student Emergency Fund.  This fund will be used to help students who need immediate financial assistance.  If faculty or staff members are aware of a situation, they can access the information online and apply for funds on behalf of a student in need.  The PGAA realizes that times are tough and the students need our support.  This is a new program so funds are limited.  To help us offer even more assistance to our students, you can make a donation to the Student Emergency Fund by contacting the Office of Alumni Affairs at upgalum@pitt.edu.
Would you like to donate to the PGAA,
but you just can't afford it right now?

We know money is tight.  That’s why we were thrilled to find out about a company that allows people to support nonprofit organizations, like the Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association (PGAA) without spending any additional money.  Most of us search the Internet on a daily basis, and more and more of us are also making purchases online.  Now, thanks to a company called GoodSearch, the PGAA can earn money every time you search the Internet!  And, if you use the www.GoodShop.com site to purchase items from popular stores like Target, Macys, Best Buy, etc. they will also donate a percentage of those sales to the PGAA!  It’s that easy!  All you have to do is begin your searches using the www.GoodSearch.com Web site—or just add the toolbar to your internet homepage, and you’re ready to go,

    Make sure you select the University of Pittsburgh - Greensburg as your “Designated Charity”  

Weddings at Pitt-Greensburg
If you, or a family member, are planning a wedding, why not consider getting married in the new Mary Lou Campana Chapel and Lecture Center located on the Pitt-Greensburg campus. This beautiful facility was built in memory of Mary Lou Campana and is only available to those people who have a direct affiliation with the University. (Immediate family members include parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, brothers, and sisters.) We are now accepting reservations for ceremonies.  Click here to view on-line wedding information.
Class Notes

Dorothy J. Coursey ’87 recently retired after 30 years of federal service, 20 of which were with the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) Philadelphia Field Division and as an instructor at the DEA Training Academy in Quantico, VA. 

Kristin (Klocek) Guynn 06 recently joined the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg staff as the on-line communication and development specialist in the University Relations and Institutional Advancement office. In her new position, she will manage and create content for the Pitt-Greensburg Website, act as a contributing writer for various publications, and coordinate Web-based fund-raising strategies and campaigns.  Prior to joining the Pitt-Greensburg team, she graduated with an MBA from Point Park University on May 2. She then married Brian Guynn on June 27 at Visitation Catholic Church in Mt. Pleasant followed by a reception at Lakeside Party Center in Uniontown. The two enjoyed a honeymoon in Jamaica following the wedding.  Kristin earned a B.A. in Communication from Pitt-Greensburg in 2006. As a student, Kristin served two terms as President of Lambda Pi Eta, the Communication Honor Society. 

Rev. Dr. Debra Rogosky ’07 graduated from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary with a Doctor of Ministry Degree in May 2008.

Frank Spoto Jr ’99 has launched Spoto Management, LLC, a business consulting and management firm in southwestern Pennsylvania. Visit www.spotomanagement.com to learn more about the company and its services.

Share your news
Have you changed jobs or been promoted . . . gotten married . . . become a parent? Have you moved or acquired a new telephone number or e-mail address? Be sure to share your news with us or update your contact information at http://www.upg.pitt.edu/Alumni/UpdateInfo.aspx.
It's Time for Your Close Up

Students are always curious about who our alumni are, and what they are doing now…so let’s show them!  We are looking for Pitt-Greensburg alumni who are willing to talk for a few minutes on camera about their college experience, what they are doing now, and why it is important to stay connected to Pitt-Greensburg—a  mini-commercial, so to speak. We will be shooting some of the segments on campus and some may be shot “on location” (at your place of employment).  The video will be used on the Web site and at various events.   

To participate in the video, please contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at upgalum@pitt.edu or 724-836-7496.

Too shy for the camera….we are also looking for written testimonials from our alumni that we can use on the Web site and in various marketing materials.  Please send us your testimonial at upgalum@pitt.edu.

Calling All Graduates
If you are a recent grad, or an alum who would just like to learn more about the Pitt Greensburg Alumni Association, please visit our Website at http://www.upg.pitt.edu/Alumni/default.aspx or contact us at upgalum@pitt.edu.  The PGAA is always striving to find more ways to help alumni.  If you have a specific need or an idea for a project or program that you think the alumni association should consider, we’d like to hear it. For more information and a list of some of the current PGAA programs & services click on: http://www.upg.pitt.edu/_docs/pdf_PGAA_Brochure.pdf

Pitt Alumni Day at PNC Park

Last chance to order tickets by August 12 deadline
Join fellow alumni on Wednesday, August 19, for University of Pittsburgh Alumni Day at PNC Park when the Pirates take on the Milwaukee Brewers. As a Pitt graduate, you can save up to $6 off the price of each ticket, and members of the Pitt Alumni Association who purchase tickets could be chosen to catch the first pitch of the day or change a base during the game!  

Contact Brittany Ryce at 412-325-4494 or by e-mail at Brittany.ryce@pirates.com to order tickets. The deadline for ticket orders is Friday, August 12. Two types of tickets are available:

·         L/R Field Box for $20 (includes a Pirates baseball cap—over a $40 value);
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         Infield Grandstand for $10 (a $6 savings).
 

This discount is available through advance purchases only and subject to availability. Please note that order forms collected and mailed in the same envelope will be seated together. Groups of 20 or more will be recognized with their group name on the color LED Board.

New Alumni Directory

Harris Connect, provider of Pitt alumni on-line services, recently completed the process of gathering up-to-date information from University of Pittsburgh alumni. For the first time, alumni were able to write short biographical statements and include a photo with their entry. This information will be included in the first all-University alumni print directory, scheduled to be available in December 2009.

Pitt Alumni Travel Program

The Pitt Alumni Association has announced its 2010 Travel Program, and details are available at www.alumni.pitt.edu/travel. Destinations include Peru, Tanzania, Panama Canal Cruise, Holland and Belgium, Elbe River Cruise, Morocco, Mediterranean Cruise, Europe, Scandinavia and Russia Cruise, Ireland, Iceland, the National Parks, the Canadian Rockies, Greece and Turkey, Italian Riviera and Chianti, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, The Seine, Tuscany, and the Italian Lakes and Dalmatian Coast Cruise.  

The 2009 travel program will continue through November and destinations include the Rhine River, Alaska, Ireland, Greece, the Mediterranean and Greek Isles, Russia, and China.  

Call 1-800-ALU-PITT or send an e-mail to Jana.Sestili@ia.pitt.edu for more information.

Insurance plans available through Pitt Alumni Association includes short-term health insurance available to alumni

One of the newest benefits available to Pitt-Greensburg alumni is short-term health insurance from GradMed. This is a short-term, comprehensive major medical plan that is ideal for alumni between jobs, new graduates, and people in transition. Answer three health-related questions and receive immediate enrollment for periods of 60 to 180 days. After meeting the $250 or $500 deductible, this coverage will pay 80 percent of covered charges to $5,000 and 100 percent thereafter to $1 million maximum benefit per person. This comprehensive protection pays benefits for hospitalization, outpatient services, surgery and doctor bills (pre-existing conditions excluded). Visit www.gradmed.com for more information.

The Pitt Alumni Association offers a variety of insurance programs through American Insurance Administrators to its members, including health, life, travel, auto, home, and renter’s insurance. Visit http://alumniinsuranceprogram.com to learn more about the programs available.

Faculty News

Dr. Jeffrey Everly has joined the Pitt-Greensburg faculty as a visiting assistant professor in psychology.

Dr. Andrew Franz, assistant professor of criminal justice, was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant to attend Rule of Law: Legal Studies and the Liberal Arts—Summer Institute for College and University Professors. The program will be held at the University of New England (Biddeford, ME) from June 13 to July 17. Dr. Franz incorporates the Rule of Law into most every course he teaches in the Criminal Justice curriculum and will have the opportunity to dialogue with top scholars in the field, facilitators, and peers, which will then enhance his discussion with Pitt-Greensburg students. 

Dr. Beverly Gaddy, associate professor of political science, was selected to receive one of 19 summer study opportunities supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. She will participate in a six-week seminar at Boston College entitled “Religious Diversity and the Common Good,” which will enhance her ability to teach religion and politics here at Pitt-Greensburg.  

Dr. Thad “Dr. Z” Zaleskiewicz, professor emeritus of physics, has been selected to serve on the Carnegie Science Center’s Local Arrangements Committee (LAC). This committee will work to secure the hosting rights to the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF). If Pittsburgh is chosen as a host site, the Intel ISEF will be held there during May 2013, May 2016, and May 2019. The world’s premier science competition, the Intel ISEF allows 1,500 high school students from more than 50 countries to showcase their independent research and compete for millions of dollars in scholarships and awards. As a member of the LAC, Dr. Z would be involved with hosting the ISEF Search Committee during their visit to Pittsburgh, as well as working to obtain sponsorships, recruit judges and volunteers, and coordinate other event details. 

Gretchen Underwood, who is expected to complete her Ph.D. in communication this August, has joined the Pitt-Greensburg faculty as a visiting assistant professor in communication.

Pitt-Greensburg News Briefs

PLCB Grant: Pitt-Greensburg received a grant for more than $11,000 from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to use in reducing underage and dangerous drinking on campus as part of Pitt-Greensburg’s Zero Tolerance alcohol policy. The University employs a comprehensive educational program designed to teach drug/alcohol awareness and responsible drinking, along with Special Duty Officers on campus during key times throughout the academic year.  

Fitness Center: Work continues toward the completion of the renovations to the Fitness Center at Chambers Hall. If the project continues according to schedule, work will be completed by mid-August. Watch for details about a planned Grand Opening and 20th anniversary event. 

Women’s Softball Field: Plans are now in development for the construction of a women’s softball field on the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg campus. The field will be located on the Rial property, located at the corner of Brinkerton Road and the Greensburg-Mt. Pleasant Road. The project is forecast to include the field, fencing, two dugouts, and parking area. The field will be designed to meet NCAA standards while attempting to hold the total project costs below $1 million. 

Public Forums on Healthcare Reform: Excela Health, Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce, and the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg will sponsor “Healthcare Reform . . . What Does It Mean to Me?” with Congressman Tim Murphy on August 3 in the Campana Chapel and Lecture Center. This is the second public forum on the subject to be hosted by Congressman Murphy on campus. The first was held July 11 and was organized by Congressman Murphy.

Quest 2009: High school students attending Question 2009 summer day camps had the opportunity to explore career options through panel discussions and hands-on activities. Sponsors contributed to the event’s success and included Career Horizons of the Private Industry Council of Westmoreland/Fayette, Inc.; Excela Health; IQ, Inc.; The Thorne Group; Eileen and Kevin Van Fleet; and the Lions Club. 

Green Scholars Program: The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg received a $10,000 grant from the Buncher Family Foundation to support the Green Scholar Program. The program will provide opportunities for Pitt-Greensburg’s best students to acquire research experience by working with faculty on scholarly projects. Three students have been selected for the program: Michael McGraw, Diedre Stauffer, and Samual Tokich. 

Summer Science and Math Experience (SSME):  Twelve students from the Greater Latrobe Junior High School participated in a hands-on science and math program designed to explore careers in biology, physics, chemistry, and math. The week-long, residential program included a trip to a research nuclear reactor and was taught by faculty from Pitt-Greensburg. Dr. Thad “Dr. Z” Zaleskiewicz coordinated the program. The program was made possible through a grant from the McFeely-Rogers Foundation. 

Institute for Continued Learning: Middle school science teachers participated in a three-day, hands-on workshop designed to prepare them for the 2009 International Year of Astronomy and the Grade 8 Science Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA). The workshop featured inquiry-based, hands-on activities that teachers will be able to replicate in their own classrooms in order to stimulate interest in topics concerning the Sun and the Solar System. 

ACT 32 Education: The Westmoreland Bar Association hosted “How Will ACT 32 Affect You?” in Pitt-Greensburg’s Campana Chapel and Lecture Hall on July 23. This free, public education program for public officials discussed how the changes resulting from ACT 32 will affect the flow of local tax revenue. 

Rose Trophy: The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg athletic teams posted a 9-7 record against the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford athletic teams this past academic year to retain possession of the Rose Trophy. The trophy is named after Dr. Richard Rose, a native of western Pennsylvania who served as an assistant to the Vice Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh. As a competition between Pitt-Greensburg and Pitt-Bradford, the Rose Trophy is awarded to the school which wins the most head-to-head contests. When the two campuses do not compete against each other in a particular sport, the school that finishes higher in conference tournament play records the win for that individual sport.

Mark Your Calendar

August 3: The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, in partnership with Excela Health and the Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce, will present a public forum with Congressman Tim Murphy on healthcare reform at 7 p.m. in the Campana Chapel and Lecture Center. 

August 15: Call 724-836-9880 to register for our Summer Preview for soon-to-be high school seniors. 

August 19: Pitt Alumni Day at PNC Park (Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Milwaukee Brewers) Contact Brittany Ryce at 412-325-4494 or by email at Brittany.ryce@pirates.com to order tickets.

September 9: Mark your calendar for National Pitt Networking Day and watch for details in our next e-newsletter and at www.upg.pitt.edu. Students, alumni, and alumni volunteers will participate in this coast-to-coast event designed to facilitate introductions and build connections for developing career and job prospects.

September 24: Join us at the fall La Cultura presentation at 7 p.m. in the Campana Chapel and Lecture Center when Dr. Reid Andrews, Distinguished Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, will discuss issues affecting Brazil, especially in the area of race relations. Visit our web site for more information.  

September 25: Join us at the Greensburg Country Club for the 2009 Pitt-Greensburg Golf Outing. 

September 26: Our Admissions Open House begins at 9:30 a.m. and allows prospective students and their families to explore the Pitt-Greensburg campus and talk to current students. To register, call 724-836-9880 or visit www.upg.pitt.edu

September 26: Katz Immersion MBA information session at 10 a.m. in 102 Lynch Hall. Call 724-836-9893 or e-mail upgkimba@pitt.edu to register. 

October 1: Plan to attend the 6th annual Graduate and Professional School Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Pitt-Greensburg’s Chambers Hall. The fair is free and open to the public. Visit www.upg.pitt.edu for more information or to see a list of the 40 participating schools and programs expected to attend. 

October 14: This year’s Arthur St. Clair Lecture will feature Dr. Devra Davis, director of the first center for Environmental Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and professor of epidemiology at the Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health. Dr. Davis is the author of When Smoke Ran Like Water, which explores the October 1948 atmospheric inversion that plunged Donora, Pennsylvania, into a smog so dark and thick cars were unable to navigate the streets—even with headlights on during the daylight hours. A third of the town’s residents fell ill within a few days and 20 people died.

October 15: The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg invites any alumnus who has graduated from medical school to serve as an interviewer during the Medical School Mock Interviews. Contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at 724-836-7496 or by email at upgalum@pitt.edu to volunteer or learn more about this event.  

October 23, 24, & 25: Mark your calendar and plan to participate in the University of Pittsburgh Homecoming celebration in Oakland. Information about the variety of activities already in place may be found at http://www.alumni.pitt.edu/calendar/.   

October 24: Prospective students can meet faculty and staff during the Admissions Discovery Day, as well as spend an hour with an academic division of their choice. To register, call 724-836-9880 or visit www.upg.pitt.edu

October 29: The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg invites any alumnus who has graduated from graduate school to serve as an interviewer during the Graduate School Mock Interviews. Contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at 724-836-7496 or by email at upgalum@pitt.edu to volunteer or learn more about this event.

November 11: The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg invites alumni to serve as interviewers during this year’s Speed Interviewing event. Contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at 724-836-7496 or by email at upgalum@pitt.edu to volunteer or learn more.

February 5 & 6, 2010: Save the date and plan to join us for Pitt-Greensburg’s Homecoming & Family Weekend. Watch for more details here and at www.upg.pitt.edu.

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