Pitt-Greensburg Celebrates 45 Years
at the La Cultura Winter Gala

Please join us on Saturday, January 17, 2009, as we celebrate our Sapphire Anniversary.  The La Cultura Winter Gala will be held in Millstein Library at 5:30 p.m. and will include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a formal dinner.  There will also be a Chinese Auction with prizes ranging from weekend getaways to autographed sports memorabilia.  And in honor of our 45th anniversary, guests will have the opportunity to win a genuine sapphire valued at $900 (courtesy of Beeghley & Company Jewelers).  

The cost for the gala is $130 per person or $1040 for a table of eight. Proceeds from this event go toward the Pitt-Greensburg Scholarship Fund.   This is wonderful opportunity to come back to campus and see fellow alumni, faculty, staff and other friends from the community.   

To make a reservation, please contact Emily Hayburn at 724-836-7039 or emh37@pitt.edu  

PGAA Announces the 2009 Alumnus of Distinction

Congratulations to Justin Merriman (Class of 2000) for being selected as the 2009 Alumnus of Distinction.  Every year, the Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association honors an extraordinary alum who has demonstrated excellence in his/her profession, as well as dedication to community service and the University of Pittsburgh.  Justin will be recognized at the La Cultura Winter Gala in January and will be featured in an upcoming Blue & Gold newsletter.  He will officially receive his award at the commencement ceremony in April.  Stay tuned to find out more about Justin’s unique experiences since his graduation in 2000.  CONGRATULATIONS, JUSTIN!!  

Post-Election Congratulatory Breakfast

The Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association recently organized a Post Election Congratulatory Breakfast for local officials.  PGAA President Dr. Brian Moreland, who serves on the Alumni Legislative Network Committee in Oakland, felt that this would be a great opportunity to bring the local officials to campus.  University President Dr. Sharon P. Smith hosted the breakfast in her office.  Dr. Smith announced recent developments on campus as well as future projects that are planned for Pitt-Greensburg, which include the addition of three new programs, additional student housing, a new fitness center and the construction of an environmentally sound “green building.”   Honored guests included Congressman Tim Murphy, State Senator-Elect Kim Ward, State Representative-Elect Tim Krieger, and State Representative Mike Reese.  Also in attendance were members of their staff as well as members of the University’s Governmental Relations department, the Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association president, the coordinator of alumni affairs and the manager of foundation and corporate relations.

Holiday Reception & Wine Tasting

On December 5th, the Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association hosted the 2nd Annual Holiday Reception and Wine Tasting at Mountain View Inn.  Vance Booher, a Pitt-Greensburg Advisory Board Member, is a certified wine expert and the owner of Mountain View Inn.  Vance was on hand to provide helpful information about each of the wines, and explain the food and wine pairings that were being featured at the event.  Guests included alumni, faculty, staff, board members and other friends of the university.  It was a great way to get together and celebrate the season (and perhaps learn a thing or two at the same time).   

Click here to see the Wine Tasting article in the Tribune Review titled “Continuing Education”

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/living/s_601950.html

Alumni Will Play Big Role in 2009 Graduation

This year marks 45 years for the Pitt-Greensburg campus, so it is the perfect opportunity to feature our alumni at this year’s graduation.   Here are some of the ways that you can be a part of the graduation festivities: 

Friday, April 24, 2009  

Graduation Reception—the PGAA will host a special reception for all of the graduates to welcome them into the ranks of the alumni association.  ALL alumni are invited to attend this event. 

Parent Appreciation Dinner—following the reception will be a special Parent Appreciation Dinner for all of the graduates and their families. This will serve a dual purpose.  For students, it will be an opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments and show their appreciation to their parents.  For alumni, the dinner will be a way to personally connect with the newest members of the PGAA.  Meeting the graduates face to face and sharing your personal experiences with them helps show them first hand how important it is to stay connected to their alma mater.   

Saturday, April 25, 2009 

Alumni Leaders Breakfast—the PGAA will host the Annual Alumni Leaders Breakfast and Board of Directors meeting.  All alumni are welcome to attend this event.  Special guests will include the alumni of distinction and other PGAA award recipients.   

Commencement Ceremony—all alumni are invited to participate in the commencement ceremony.  As a Pitt-Greensburg alum, you are encouraged to walk into the ceremony with fellow alumni and sit in the designated alumni section.  This is just one more way that you can show your support and take pride in your accomplishments as a Pitt-Greensburg graduate. Reservations are required so that we can make the appropriate arrangements (we will provide lunch, caps & gown, etc). 

Legacy Presentations –Do you have a son or daughter who is graduating from Pitt-Greensburg in April?  As an alum, you can actually be the one to present him/her with his/her diploma at graduation.  The PGAA Legacy Presentation Program was created to give alumni the opportunity to escort a graduate onto the stage, present him/her with a diploma, and take a picture together during the ceremony.  It is a wonderful way to mark the occasion. If you would like to participate in the Legacy Presentation Program, please contact the Office of Alumni Affairs as soon as possible at 724-836-7496 or 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, Macy's, Best Buy, etc., a percentage of those sales will be donated 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 Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association as your “Designated Charity”  

Alumni Weddings in Campana Chapel

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.  If you would like to request more information about reserving the chapel, including a complete set of guidelines, please call Nancy Murphy in Alumni Affairs at 724-836-7496 or upgalum@pitt.edu.

Alumni Volunteers Make the Difference

The Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association’s main purpose is to develop strong relationships among alumni and to encourage them to stay connected to the Greensburg campus.  There are a variety of opportunities for graduates to get involved…but one of the most rewarding is serving on the PGAA Board of Directors.  If you are looking for a way to give back to the University, reconnect with fellow alum, and share your ideas on how we can better serve our alumni—then you should consider being a PGAA Board Member.  The board meets approximately 4 times a year and is responsible for creating and executing the overall goals of the organization.  If you would like to find out more about some of the volunteer opportunities and/or the duties of a PGAA Board member, please contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at upgalum@pitt.edu or 724-836-7496.

Alumni Testimonials

The Pitt-Greensburg Admissions department is looking for alumni testimonials.  We are encouraging alumni to share information about their experiences at Pitt-Greensburg. These quotes can be very powerful tools for recruiting new students!

 E-mail your testimonial to upgalum@pitt.edu

Upcoming Meetings:

Thursday, January 8, 2009

PGAA Executive Committee Meeting
10:00 a.m. Hempfield Room

Thursday, January, 15, 2009

PGAA Board of Directors Meeting
7:00 p.m. Hempfield Room

Thursday, February 5, 2009

PGAA Executive Committee Meeting
10:00 a.m. Hempfield Room

Thursday, March 5, 2009

PGAA Executive Committee Meeting
10:00 a.m. Hempfield Room

Thursday, March 19, 2009

PGAA Executive Committee Meeting
10:00 a.m. Hempfield Room

Thursday, April 2, 2009

PGAA Executive Committee Meeting
10:00 a.m. Hempfield Room

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Annual Alumni Leaders Breakfast & Board of Directors Meeting
10:00 a.m. 102 Lynch Hall

For more information on upcoming events:

www.upg.pitt.edu/alumni

Email: upgalum@pitt.edu

Phone 724-836-7496

Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Affairs at upgalum@pitt.edu or 724-836-7496