2009 Alumnus/Alumna of Distinction nominees

Nominations are being accepted for the Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association 2009 Alumnus of Distinction. This annual award is given to someone who has demonstrated excellence in his/her field and dedication to the community. Nominees must be graduates of Pitt-Greensburg or have completed at least three semesters at this campus. Nomination forms are available online at www.upg.pitt.edu under the Alumni menu or by calling 724-836-7497. The deadline for nominations is Oct. 27.


Greensburg Annual Alumni Fund continues to grow

We are pleased to report that our endowment has reached the $50,000 mark. This fund is used to advance the goals of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg through scholarships; awards to faculty, staff, students or alumni; fund-raising events; or program expenses. Contributions to the fund may be made online by clicking on the link at www.upg.pitt.edu. Simply follow the instructions and enter “Greensburg Annual Alumni Fund” as your gift destination. Checks may be made payable to the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg with Greensburg Annual Alumni Fund on the memo line.

Get involved with the PGAA

Serving on one of the Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association committees is another great way to get involved and give back to the University. The following is a list of committees, chairs, and contact information. We look forward to working with you!  

Class agents/Student Alumni Association: Joyce Dramel  (j.dramel@orinsco.com)

Finance/Fund-raising: Bob Dippolito (drrobertd@gmail.com)

45th Anniversary/Homecoming/Reunion: Jana Valentine (jlg51@pitt.edu)

Speed Interviewing/Wine Tasting: Will Hoffman (will@hoffmanins.com)

Membership/Benefits: Jamie Hoffman (jmehoffman@yahoo.com)

Graduation: Jamie Hoffman (jmehoffman@yahoo.com)

Awards: Carolyn Pardi (cpardi@tribweb.com)

Searching the Web benefits Pitt-Greensburg

Internet searches can lead to increased revenue for Pitt-Greensburg. Introducing the GoodSearch search engine, which donates 50 percent of its revenue to the charities and schools that use it. The money donated to Pitt-Greensburg by GoodSearch comes from advertisers; users pay nothing. Each search will generate approximately $0.01 for the University. Simply visit www.goodsearch.com and enter University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg in the “who do you GoodSearch for” box. After verification, you can click “amount raised” to see how we’re doing! Please note that not all searches count toward revenue, such as image searches, video searches, “search this site” searches, searches for URL’s; sites where the URL is well known such as hotmail, ESPN, MySpace, Facebook, gmail, AOL, etc.; searches for stock quotes, searches for word definitions; and other searches generated from fraudulent use.

GoodSearch also includes GoodShop, which is an online shopping mall of world-class merchants who help fund worthy causes. Every purchase made from GoodShop results in a donation to Pitt-Greensburg – an average of 3 percent but potentially as much as 20 percent or more depending on the retailer. You can shop from the GoodSearch page or visit www.goodshop.com.

5th Annual Graduate and Professional School Fair

Thinking about going back to school?  Then don’t miss the opportunity to meet with representatives from graduate level programs throughout the region at Pitt-Greensburg’s fifth annual Graduate and Professional School Fair from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, from in Chambers Hall.   

More than 35 programs and schools are expected. A variety of fields of study will be represented, including law, business, information science, health-related programs (such as PT, OT, and PA), teacher certification, and various areas in the liberal arts. Whether you are interested in a particular program or just want to check out the options, this is a great chance to do some preliminary research and planning. 

A complete list of participating programs is available at www.upg.pitt.edu.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

All participants will receive a complimentary copy of the 2008 Graduate School Guide.

Here are some other dates you’ll want to mark on your calendars:

Sept. 21: 45th Anniversary kickoff celebration: Join us on the lawn near Chambers Hall at 4 p.m. for a cookout to celebrate our establishment in 1963. Stay for the free movie, "Kung Fu Panda"! It’s all FREE! 

Sept. 24: Lyricist, composer and music producer Tom Tierney will be here for a performance and lecture at 7 p.m. in the Mary Lou Campana Chapel and Lecture Center. Tom wrote lyrics especially for President Sharon Smith’s installation and has written theme songs for Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson and others. His theater credits include the music for “Eleanor – An American Love Story” and the score for the critically acclaimed “Narnia.” You won’t want to miss this! 

Sept. 27: Pitt-Greensburg Golf Outing 2008 at Cherry Creek Golf Club begins with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. Proceeds benefit the PGAA, athletics, and the President’s Scholarship. A 40-inch Sony TV, two round-trip Southwest Airlines tickets, a Mazda 3, and a golfer’s dream basket of some fabulous foursomes are just some of the prizes in store. To register to golf, contact Emily Hayburn, coordinator of development, at 724-836-7039 or emh37@pitt.edu. 

Nov. 12: The second annual Speed Interviewing event with moderator Jennifer Miele of WTAE-TV and member of the Pitt-Greensburg Advisory Board begins at 6:30 p.m. in Wagner Dining Hall. We are seeking alumni volunteers to serve as guest interviewers. To sign up, call Jodi Kraisinger, director of University Relations and Institutional Advancement, at 724-836-9942. 

Dec. 5: Wine-tasting event at Mountain View Inn for alumni and guests at 7:30 p.m. Stay tuned for pricing information. We hope to see you there … invite others to join you! 

Jan. 17, 2009: The La Cultura Winter Gala Celebrates 45 Years of Pitt-Greensburg. 6:30 p.m. Much more information to follow.

New Job? New Spouse? New Baby? Big Promotion? New House?

We want to hear about your big accomplishments and milestones. Send updates to upgalum@pitt.edu or fill out the online form under Alumni at www.upg.pitt.edu.

If you are Pitt-Greensburg alum and would like to submit information for an upcoming issue of the Alumni Connection E-Newsletter, please send it to upgalum@pitt.edu.

Alumni Weddings in Campana Chapel

If you, or a family member, are planning a wedding, why not consider getting married in the new Campana Chapel & 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.

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