Welcome Back from the President
Family and Friends:
The 2010 academic year is nearly here and will mark the ending of the
first decade of the 21st century. Exciting opportunities and
challenges lie ahead. During the year we expect to announce new
academic majors and programs. Be on the alert for these so that you can
seize the opportunities as they become available. Popular activities –
like “speed interviewing” for jobs are returning and will be
supplemented with analogous preparation for graduate school. Major
changes are occurring in the world beyond the campus. The programs and
services we provide our students and the new options we will be
presenting are designed to enable our students to embrace those changes
and turn them into opportunities for success. In these newsletters we
will introduce you to the key offerings we have in place and preview new
options as they are developed. This is the time for our talented and
enthusiastic students to discover themselves and their world. It is our
privilege to guide them on that journey.
Sharon P. Smith
14, all Pitt-Greensburg freshmen will have the opportunity to
complete a short survey that will help our staff and faculty
identify potential academic and social issues early in the
semester in order to help students with the assistance they need
MAP-Works enhances a student’s
ability to be more successful in college. It provides strategies
for success with customized, relevant information to help
students get the most out of the first year of college. MAP
stands for Making Achievement Possible and Pitt-Greensburg is
one of only 80 schools in the country to be using this proven
student success program.
After completing a brief survey,
MAP-Works will provide students with an extensive, personalized
- How to meet their expectations
- What their peers are thinking
- How to be more successful in college
- What campus resources are available to
In addition, the
first 100 respondents will be entered in a drawing to win a $100
bookstore gift certificate! The next 100 respondents will have
the chance to win a $75 bookstore gift certificate!
Additional drawings and prizes will be available.
Please encourage your
Freshman son or daughter to take part in this important program and help
ensure their success at Pitt-Greensburg.
Gayle Pamerleau, director of the
Pitt-Greensburg Counseling Center, provided the following
information about homesickness.
to the “Counseling Corner” section of the Families
E-Connection. As the director of the Counseling Center, I
contribute to the newsletter throughout the year. My goal is to
keep you informed about common stressors for students at
specific times each semester, and to provide you with
information on current topics in college mental health.
Starting college is stressful. There are so many changes – good
and bad – to adjust to. And lots of changes – even good ones –
can lead to stress. This is particularly true for incoming
freshmen who live in the residence halls, but it is also true
for transfer students and returning students: residents and
commuters. All of these changes can feel overwhelming. And
being overwhelmed and surrounded by the unfamiliar can lead to
Feeling homesick is a normal emotional response to the stress of
starting college. Again, this is especially true for resident
freshmen, but returning students can be homesick too, when
facing adjustments at school after a summer at home.
It’s hard to receive sad phone calls asking to come home, and
it’s tempting to come to the rescue, but the best way to cope
with homesickness is to tough it out. The more you can
encourage your student to stay on campus the first few weeks of
this semester, the easier it will be for her/him to fit in
socially and acclimate to college. Everyone is a little
homesick at first, and everyone is eager to make new
connections. If your student comes home during this time and
misses that period where everyone is reaching out, it may be
harder for her/him to make those connections later on, when
other students have already begun to form friendships.
Instead, encourage resident students to attend campus events,
find an organization to join, and talk to others in their
residence halls. If you get a tearful call, suggest that your
student focus on the positives, even going so far as to list 3
good things that have happened each day. Remind resident students to
rely on the support of their RAs. Sending cards and occasional
care packages, and even coming to take your student out for a
meal in the area – but not home overnight – are good ways to
Commuter students may not experience homesickness, but they may
feel really intimidated by the process of fitting in and finding
comfortable places to hang out on campus. Family members may
see reluctance or resistance to coming to campus instead of
homesickness. Encourage commuter students to stay on campus
between classes, study in common areas, join a club, and attend
evening events. Remind them Pitt Greensburg’s student body is
over 50% commuters – they are not alone! As with residents –
the more commuter students stay on campus early on this
semester, the more likely they are to develop a sense of
course, no one knows your student like you do. If you feel the
homesickness or resistance your student is experiencing is
beyond what’s normal for your child, please encourage her/him to
come to the Counseling Center, and to contact the Counseling
Center yourself with any concerns. We can discuss your
individual situation and determine if additional assistance is
F. Pamerleau, LCSW
Director of Counseling
(Director of Admissions) is
beginning her 8th year with the University of Pittsburgh
at Greensburg. She began her career here as Assistant Director of
Admissions in 2002 and in 2007 was promoted to Director of
Admissions as part of a restructuring of the enrollment management
functions of the campus. Before coming to Pitt-Greensburg, Heather
worked in the admissions office of her alma mater, La Roche College,
where as a student she earned a bachelor degree in Graphic Design.
She began her professional career in marketing with Prudential
Realty in Pittsburgh and then Lincoln Bank of North Carolina.
Heather is able to
provide guidance and direction on high school preparation for
college, the college search process, admission practices, academic
programs, and transfer guidelines. The Admissions Office can also
provide valuable work experience to your student through the PittPALS program. If your student is interested in gaining
experience with communication, marketing, and public relations,
becoming a PittPAL (student tour guide and office assistant) can
offer them part-time employment and great work experience for
building their resume.
Director of Admissions
Joyce Eger is
an Admissions Counselor at Pitt-Greensburg. She has been with
the University for 1½ years, and her recruiting territory covers
25 counties within Pennsylvania. What she enjoys most about her
job is the individual meetings with prospective students and
their families. A Greensburg resident for 15 years, Joyce lives
with her husband Bill, and children, Nick and Elizabeth.
Smith is in his second year as an admissions counselor here
at Pitt-Greensburg. Born and raised in Washington, DC, Chad was
admitted to Pitt-Greensburg as an options student. He completed
his Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree in the spring of
2008. While a student, Chad was very involved on campus. He was
a resident assistant (RA) for seven semesters, a Presidential
Ambassador, a PittPAL (tour guide), a member of several student
clubs, performed in five theatrical performances, and even got
his homework in on time. He lives in Greensburg, PA.
The Millstein Library
is an academic support unit serving the research needs of
Greensburg’s students, faculty, and staff. Currently the library
contains over 78,000 volumes and provides access to a vast array
of information resources through the University Library System's
Digital Library. There is also a computer lab and wireless
network available to students for research and class work and a
café area for students to read, relax, and reflect. This
year we hope to add an outdoor café to further enhance the
atmosphere of the library as a place for study and enjoyment.
Open seven days a
week during the fall and spring terms, the library also
maintains a very strong virtual presence through
The library staff is dedicated to
providing high quality reference services and instruction to
both new and continuing students. Recently, in concert
with other Pitt campuses, the library instituted the
SAILS (Standardized Assessment of
Information Literacy Skills) test to incoming freshman and
outgoing seniors to determine current information literacy
skills and develop a better program to improve these skills at
the Greensburg Campus.
To learn more about
the library, please visit our
online tour, view our presentation,
Welcome to the Millstein Library, or
Director of the
Regional University Library System Libraries
Tony Berich begins his second year as the
University's Director of Athletics & Recreation,
overseeing Pitt-Greensburg's 11 varsity athletic
programs as well as the Chambers Hall facility. A
native of Lewistown, Pa., and a 1993 graduate of the
University of Pittsburgh, Berich also supervises the
University's intramural program, which is run by
Coordinator of Intramurals, Patrick Ross. "We have many
intramural opportunities for the student-athletes at
Pitt-Greensburg, beginning in the fall with flag
football, outdoor soccer, and volleyball, along with
other activities students express interest in,"
said Berich of the University's offerings. "We
encourage all students to get involved in intramurals,
creating a healthy balance of academics and physical
Director of Athletics & Recreation
WEB BENEFITS PITT-GREENSBURG
searches can lead to increased revenue for Pitt-Greensburg when
you use 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.
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
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
Pitt-Greensburg Calendar of Events
here to view complete Calendar of Events.
Freshman "Move-In" Day. Welcome new students.
Big Bang! Fireworks display.
First day of classes.
Activities Fair. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Students sign
up for activities of their choice.
Graduation Countdown. 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Village
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.
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.
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, professor of
epidemiology at the Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health and former director of the first
center for Environmental Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer
Institute. 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 member of our community 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
firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer or learn more
about this event.
The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg invites any member of our community 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@example.com to volunteer or learn more about this
The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg invites any member of our community 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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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