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OCTOBER 2009

St. Clair Lecture

This year’s St. Clair Lecture will feature Dr. Devra Davis, professor of epidemiology at 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. 

 

Tales of Donora:

 
How what happened in a small steel town changed the nature of environmental policy around the world In the fall of 1948 twenty people dropped dead in five days when a dark, pungent cloud descended on the small Monongahela River valley town of Donora.  The killer smog of Donora gave rise to the Clean Air Act and the study of chronic diseases and the environment.

 

University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg

Ferguson Theater

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

7:30 PM

Call for reservations:  724-836-7497

 

Thomas Headley
Director, Westmoreland Heritage
theadley@pitt.edu

 

Leadership Conference

The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg will host the 11th Annual Student Leadership Conference on Saturday, November 7, 2009.   The theme for this year’s conference is “Becoming the Change.”   This conference, co-sponsored by the Office of Student Services, the Advanced Leadership Development Series, and the Student Government Association, promises to be an amazing day with inspiring programs, dynamic speakers, and many networking opportunities.  Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. in Smith Hall Lobby.   

Keynote speaker, Roger Glunt, is the President of Glunt Development Co., Inc.  He is an Emeritus Trustee on the University of Pittsburgh’s Board of Trustees. Glunt is this year’s Bill Baierl Distinguished Service Award winner. He is also the President of the Homebuilding Community Foundation.  

 

In addition to the keynote address, our informational breakout sessions will address a variety of topics that are essential in leadership positions.  These breakout sessions will be both educational and interactive.  Some of the topics are:  Recognizing and Motivating Student Leaders, Leadership Styles, Goal Setting, Diversity in Leadership, Running a Meeting, and Delegation

 

The 11th Annual Student Leadership Conference is free for all Pitt-Greensburg students.  Students interested in attending should sign up in the Office of Student Services by October 23, 2009.  If you have questions or need additional information, please feel free to call Jana Valentine at 724-836-9991 or e-mail jlg51@pitt.edu

 

Jana Valentine
Director, Campus Activities and Village Advisor
jlg51@pitt.edu

Speed Interviewing

 Speed Interviewing

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Chambers Hall

 

Get Ready! Get Set!  Interview! 

 

Pitt-Greensburg’s Office of Career Services and the Pitt Greensburg Alumni Association are pleased to offer the annual Speed Interviewing event on Wednesday, November 18 at 7 p.m. 

 

Speed Interviewing provides students with the opportunity to practice their interviewing skills as they round-robin to answer a variety of interview questions from professionals from the community.  After answering each question, the students will receive feedback and suggestions.  At the conclusion of the interviews, students will have the chance to network with the interviewers over dessert.  

 

Space is limited and registration is required.    The deadline to register is November 11.  Students should contact Career Services at 724-836-7182 or via email at upgcrsrv@pitt.edu to register and for more specifics about this program. 

 

We hope that you will encourage your student to take part in this very valuable program. 

Beth Tiedemann
Director, Career Services
tiedeman@pitt.edu

Chartwells - Healthy Lifestyle Options

Changes to Wagner Dining Hall are making healthy lifestyle options a part of every day at the  University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. All of the changes are part of a move toward 100 percent sustainability and the offering of healthy food options. Small changes, such as using napkins made from recycled paper and compostable straws and coffee stirrers, were already in place. 

The most obvious change for the fall term is the removal of trays from the dining hall. According to Richard McMahon, director of Dining Services/executive chef, trays were removed to reduce the amount of water and energy costs needed to clean them and to reduce the amount of wasted food. Rather than piling multiple plates of food on a tray, students are now encouraged to fill one plate, then return to food stations for unlimited seconds. 

McMahon, working with his culinary leadership team and Chartwells management team, eliminated the traditional five-week cycle menu in favor of a new 18-day menu that focuses on fresh vegetables, lean protein, and fruit. Called “Marketplace Hot & Fresh,” the new meal plan features locally produced diary, meat, poultry, fruit, and vegetables whenever possible, and 90 percent of the meals are made from scratch. Food is prepared in small batches and plated at various stations throughout Wagner Dining Hall, with many “made-to-order” items available to students. 

“The biggest difference between the two menus is that the new 18-day menu does not repeat anything from meal to meal,” explained McMahon. “Under the five-week cycle menu, French fries and pizza were available at every lunch and dinner. We still offer pizza, but it’s not every day. Instead of serving 30 okay things, we’re serving seven dishes that we do really well—and that changes at every meal.” 

Other enhancements include using antibiotic-free chicken, certified cage-free shell eggs, Fair Trade Organic Certified coffee, and products with zero trans fats. Only sustainable seafood is served in Wagner Dining Room, abiding by the Monterrey Bay Aquarium “Best Choices and Good Alternatives” program. The comprehensive Balanced Choices Health and Wellness Program provides healthy options that are organic, vegetarian, and vegan. Students may also complete an on-line nutritional diary and research nutritional analysis of most menu selections.

 Chartwells Food Services

Ronnie Andrews Fitness Center

The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg officially opened its new fitness center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, September 14. The facility was re-dedicated as the Ronnie Andrews Fitness Center in honor of Ronnie Andrews, nephew of Lawrence Rehanek, a 1928 University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy graduate and pharmacist formerly of Mount Pleasant. In 1994, Rehanek made a gift to Pitt-Greensburg toward its original fitness center in honor of his nephew Ronnie Andrews. Rehanek and Andrews are both now deceased. Andrews, who had Downs Syndrome, joined his uncle as an enthusiastic supporter of the University of Pittsburgh. Both men had a lifelong interest in Pitt athletics. Debbie Tabita, sister to Andrews, was present for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

This newly constructed 2,400-square-foot fitness center is part of Chambers Hall and features new, state-of-the-art equipment, including six LifeFitness treadmills, six Precor elliptical machines, two Precor upright bicycles with computerized programs, two LifeFitness recumbent bicycles, a number of different Selectorized weight machines, as well as dumb bells and free weight equipment. It is three times the size of the campus’ original fitness center. 

Renovations were made to other sections of Chambers Hall and include:

·         Men’s and women’s team locker rooms;

·         General locker rooms;

·         Expanded training area for treating student athletes;

·         Athletic offices and conference room. 

More than 1700 students attend the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, including more than 600 students who reside on campus. Approximately 15 percent of the student population participates on the University’s 12 NCAA Division III athletic teams. 

The Andrews Fitness Center will be open for use by Pitt-Greensburg students Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fridays from 8 a.m. to
6 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Good Search

SEARCHING THE WEB BENEFITS PITT-GREENSBURG

Internet 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.

 

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 three 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.

Pitt-Greensburg Calendar of Events

Click here to view complete Calendar of Events.

 

October 2: The Friday Evening Music Club performs at Pitt-Greensburg’s Mary Lou Campana Chapel and Lecture Center. Music performed ranges from Renaissance and Baroque periods through contemporary. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. This is open to the public.

 

October 8: Katz Immersion MBA information session at 6 p.m. in 102 Lynch Hall. Call 724-836-9893 or email upgkimba@pitt.edu to register. 

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 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 in place may be found at http://www.alumni.pitt.edu/calendar/  

November 6: The Friday Evening Music Club performs at Pitt-Greensburg’s Mary Lou Campana Chapel and Lecture Center. Music performed ranges from Renaissance and Baroque periods through contemporary. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. This is open to the public.

 

November 14: Joan Chambers Concert Series presents award-winning Bulgarian pianist Miroslava Panayotova. The performance begins at 7:30  p.m. in the Mary Lou Campana Chapel and Lecture Center. It is free and open to the public.

November 18: The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg invites any member of our community to serve as interviewers during this year’s Speed Interviewing event. This is a very popular event.  Past attendees have voiced an appreciation of this valuable experience.  Encourage your student to register.  Contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at 724-836-7496 or by email at upgalum@pitt.edu to volunteer or learn more.

December 4: The Friday Evening Music Club performs at Pitt-Greensburg’s Mary Lou Campana Chapel and Lecture Center. Music performed ranges from Renaissance and Baroque periods through contemporary. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. This is open to the public.

 

December 11: Pitt-Greensburg’s Chorale will perform a mix of Bach, Mozart, and other well-known classical music. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Mary Lou Campana Chapel and Lecture Center. It is free and open to the public.

January 16, 2010: La Cultura 2010 Winter Gala, Moving Toward a Greener Future. More details to come. 

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.