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Jodi Kraisinger
Director, University Relations and Institutional Advancement
724-836-9942
kraising@pitt.edu

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Coordinator, Families Newsletter
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upgkg@pitt.edu

 

SEPTEMBER 2009

Health Center News

Please encourage your student to take advantage of the flu and Meningitis clinic on campus.  While getting a flu shot is optional, any student residing on campus must have a Meningitis vaccine.

 

Flu and Meningitis Clinic
Conducted by Passport Health
October 14, 2009
3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
214 Chambers Hall

 

Passport Health will accept cash or check for the flu vaccine.  Flu vaccines are $22.00 per injection. 

 

The Meningitis vaccine must be paid in advance, the cost is $140.00 per injection.  You must call Passport Health, at 412-372-4007, to register for the vaccine. Passport Health will take your credit card information over the phone.  If you  have medical insurance coverage for this vaccine, Passport Health can also provide you with the proper paperwork to file for a reimbursement.  Remember this is a mandatory vaccine if your son/daughter is living in University housing.

 

We are also very concerned that everyone has the correct information regarding the H1N1 virus (Swine Flu). The American College Health Association recommends that the University follow the guidelines implemented at the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  The CDC web site is,  http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/

 

Below are a few simple guidelines to help keep us healthy:

- Wash hands often and thoroughly, using soap and water for 15-30

   seconds. 

- Dispose of all tissues immediately after use and either wash your

  hands or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer. 

- Get plenty of rest, fluids, exercise, and proper nutrition.  

 

The health center will conduct a special lunch-time learning session on the H1N1 virus.

Swine Flu Information Session

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
September 21, 2009

 

Patty LaMantia, RN, BC MNEd
Director, Health Center
pll@pitt.edu

 

Activities Fair

Getting involved in college can make or break your student’s experience.  Joining a student organization will not only help students meet others on campus with similar interests, but improve their ability to succeed academically and feel a connection to the campus community.  If a student is involved, he or she will spend more time on campus and have more opportunities to interact with faculty, staff, and students.  Consequently, students who do not get involved spend less time on campus and may not have regular contact with the campus community. 

On Wednesday, September 9, from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Student Services will sponsor the annual Activities Fair on the Chambers lawn.  The Activities Fair provides Pitt-Greensburg’s 50 student organizations a chance to display their groups and recruit new members.  Representatives from each student organization will be available to answer questions and tell students how to join.   This is a great opportunity for students to see which organization they are interested in joining. 

Additionally, many campus departments will be on hand at the Activities Fair to showcase the various services that are available for students at Pitt-Greensburg.  All students are encouraged to attend.  There will be food, games, and prizes!

 

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

Counseling Corner - Freshman Experience

 Starting college brings exciting changes, which can sometimes be stressful.  The following is helpful information for families and loved ones about common issues that freshmen often deal with during the first few weeks of college, with some suggestions for how to support your student: 

Homesickness   When everything around you is unfamiliar, it’s easy to feel homesick for what you’re used to – home, family, high school routine.  Encourage students by reminding them that homesickness almost always goes away in a few weeks. 

Living with Roommates   Most freshmen have never shared a bedroom before, and if they have, it’s been with a sibling.  Living with a stranger can be intimidating, and if roommates don’t become best friends it can be disappointing.  Encourage students to address conflicts before they become crises and to express themselves respectfully when problems arise.  Remind them that while their roommate may not be their best friend, there are other students who will become good friends in time. 

Anonymity   Incoming freshmen may feel invisible at first when no one knows them or their individual talents.  Remind your students of their unique qualities and encourage them to find a group or club on campus where they can express their identity. 

Time Management   Increased independence at college impacts choices about when and how long to study, getting to classes, and remembering due dates.  Encourage your students to use some sort of planner, and remind them that the study habits they form their first semester will be hard to break later on. 

Financial Concerns   Worries about money for school can be very stressful.  Help your students to make careful choices about spending and saving money, and remind them there are free events on campus. 

Building a Social Life   Freshmen want to make friends, fit in, and feel a sense of belonging to the campus community.  Joining campus clubs and attending Student Activities Board (SAB) and Village-sponsored events are good ways to make these important connections.  Pitt-Greensburg is a dry campus.  Attending parties off campus, while it may feel like a way to fit in, can be dangerous.  Nationally, the period from move-in day to fall break is a time when first-year students are at higher risk for sexual assault, often because of choices made in response to perceived pressure to fit in.  Ninety percent of the time the victim knows the perpetrator, and 90 percent of the time alcohol is involved in these situations.  Pitt-Greensburg is a very safe campus, but it is still a good idea to remind your students to make good choices and stay safe. 

For Commuter Freshmen   Fitting in can be more difficult when you don’t live on campus.  It can be tempting to go home for long breaks between classes and to not come back for evening events in the Villages or with SAB.  Please encourage your commuter students to stay during breaks and for occasional evening events.  The Fireside Lounge in Chambers Hall is designated for commuters.  The library, Bobcat Station, and other common areas are great places to meet other commuters as well.  Remind commuter students that they are by far the majority on this campus – whatever worries they have about fitting in on campus are certainly shared by many of their peers. 

Please feel free to contact the Counseling Center at 724-836-9870 or gaylep@pitt.edu with any questions or concerns about how your students are adjusting to college during this exciting time.

 

Gayle F. Pamerleau, LCSW
Director of Counseling
724-836-9870
gaylep@pitt.edu

Study Abroad

Does your student feel that college life has become or always has been dull and grey? Is your student looking for a chance to expand the college experience and brighten his/her world? Then we just might have the answer.

 

If your student has 24 college credits, and a minimum QPA of 2.75, then we are pleased to inform you that he/she is eligible to STUDY ABROAD.  Pitt-Greensburg students who have studied abroad declare, it is truly a once in a life time experience

 

If these questions have sparked an interest in Study Abroad, come to the Fair:

 

Study Abroad Fair

September 30, 2009

4:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Village Hall 

 

At the fair you may get information from:

- Pitt-Greensburg exchange program with the University of Guanajuato,

  Mexico;

- Panther Programs that the University of Pittsburgh offers;

- and information on other study abroad providers. 

 

There will also be information on the many scholarships available for the students who choose to do study abroad, such as:

- Carl F. Poke Endowed Fund for Student Travel;

- Commercial National Bank of PA Student Travel;

- Guy Rossetti International Study Fund;

- Truex Study Abroad Scholarship;

- and Vira Heinz Program in Leadership. 

 

You also will have the opportunity to meet and speak with some current Pitt-Greensburg students who have studied abroad in such places as Mexico, Spain, Costa Rica, Scotland, and England. 

 

If there are any questions on study abroad or the fair, please contact Dr. Pilar Herr, Director of International Studies at upgstabd@pitt.edu and pmh3@pitt.edu, or Michele Shuey, Academic Advisor and Coordinator of Study Abroad Advising at upgstabd@pitt.edu.

Operation Reality Check

 Get Ready!  Get Prepared! 
Encourage Your Student to Participate
in these events which will help plan their future!

Navigate The Course: September 30th              

 Study Abroad Fair
4:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Village Hall, Pitt-Greensburg
Come Discover Yourself…Discover Your World

See the article above for more information.

Plan The Direction: Thursday, October 1st  

              Majors Expo

          10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

          Chambers Hall, Pitt-Greensburg

          Opportunity to discuss majors, minors, and opportunities at

Pitt-Greensburg

This event is open to all students. 

Chart The Future: Thursday, October 1st  

6th Annual Graduate & Professional School Fair

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Chambers Hall, Pitt-Greensburg

The fair is free and open to the public.

40 schools and programs are expected.

It's never too early to plan.  Encourage your student to attend.

 

For additional information, contact Beth Tiedemann (tiedeman@pitt.edu) or Dorothy Zilik (dmz17@pitt.edu).

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: Foto Record and Westmoreland County Community College;

·         Putting Green: Wal-Mart;

·         Cart Sponsor: Natale Sporting Goods and South Greensburg Printing;

·         Refreshment Sponsors: Hampton Inn of Greensburg and Westmoreland Bar Association

·         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; Hillview Motors; S&T Bank; Kenneth B. Burkley; G&G Fitness Equipment, Inc;

·         Hole-in-One: Smail Auto Group ($10,000);

·         Closest-to-the-Pin: TEDCO Construction (Best Buy Gift Card);

·         Longest-Drive: University of Pittsburgh (A day with the Pittsburgh Panthers and meeting with Coach Dave Wannstedt);

·         Additional Sponsors: Chartwells, UPMC; Panera Bread; Pepsi; and Snyder of Berlin.

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.

 

September 9:  Activities Fair.  11 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Students sign up for activities of their choice.

 

September 17:  Graduation Countdown.  8 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Village Hall

 

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: 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. 

 

October 1: Encourage your student 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. If your student is interested in attending Medical School, encourage him/her to register early as attendance is limited.  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 29: 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. If your student is considering Graduate School, encourage him/her to register early as attendance is limited.  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 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.

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.