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Wendy Mackall
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Karen Gavula
Coordinator, Families Newsletter
january 2009
Health Center



The Health Center will once again provide the students with the Annual Pitt-Greensburg Weight Loss Challenge.  The requirements are simple.  The Health Center will work with your son/daughter, if he/she meets the requirements, to reach a healthy weight with proper nutrition.  The person who loses the most weight in pounds and the person who loses the most in body fat % will each be awarded $100. Nurse Patty LaMantia will inform the students via email and flyers on campus, but please remind them to call the health center at 724-836-9947, or e-mail the nurse at pll@pitt.edu for more information.    

Student Scholarships


When the doldrums of winter hit and you are looking for something to do…check out www.fastweb.com and www.scholarshipamerica.org  and www.educationplanner.org and www.scholarships.com.  All are free scholarship search sites that offer:

·         Current, relevant and accurate sources of scholarships available

·         Personalized matching of scholarships to your unique profile

·         Millions of scholarships worth billions of dollars

·         New scholarships added every day


Before your son or daughter submits a scholarship application, follow these 10 tips provided by scholarship sponsors nationwide:


#1        Apply only if you are eligible.

Read all the scholarship requirements and directions carefully to make sure you are eligible before you send your application.

#2        Complete the application in full.

If a question doesn’t apply, note that on the application.  Don’t just leave a blank.  Supply all additional supporting material, such as transcripts, letters of recommendation and essays.

#3        Follow directions.

Provide everything that is required, but don’t supply things that are not requested – you could be disqualified.

#4        Neatness counts.

Always type your application, or if you must print, do so neatly and legibly.  Make a couple photocopies of all the forms before you fill them out.  Use the copies as working drafts as you develop your application packet.

#5        Write an essay that makes a strong impression.

The key to writing a strong essay is to be personal and specific.  Include concrete details to make your experience come alive; the who, what, where, and when of your topic.  The simplest experience can be monumental if you present honestly how you were affected.

#6        Watch all deadlines.

To help keep yourself on track, impose your own deadline that is at least two weeks prior to the official deadline.  Use the buffer time to make sure everything is ready on time.  Don’t rely on extensions – very few scholarship providers allow them at all.

#7        Make sure your application gets where it needs to go.

Put your name on all pages of the application.  Pieces of your application may get lost unless they are clearly identified.

#8        Keep a back-up file in case anything goes wrong.

Before sending the application, make a copy of the entire packet.  If your application goes astray, you will be able to reproduce it quickly.

#9        Give it a final “once-over.”

Proofread the entire application carefully.  Be on the lookout for misspelled words or grammatical errors.  Ask a friend, teacher, or parent to proofread it as well.

#10      Ask for help if you need it.

If you have problems with the application, don’t hesitate to call the funding organization.


BEWARE of Scholarship Scams – Warning Signs


    • You have to pay a fee

    • Money-back offers or guarantees

    • Credit card or back account information required

    • Provides “exclusive” information


NEVER give out Social Security, credit card, or bank account numbers to unsolicited e-mails or calls.


BE CAREFUL to whom you give out your contact information or
e-mail address.

La Cultura Winter Gala

The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg cordially invites you
to join us in the sapphire celebration
of our 45th anniversary.


Date:   Saturday, January 17, 2009

Location:  Millstein Library, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg


Time:             5:30 p.m. - Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres

                                                      7:00 p.m. - Dinner


$130/Person or $1,040/Table of Eight


R.S.V.P. to 724-836-7497


Black Tie Admires, But Not Required




Good Search


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.

45th Anniversary Planner
Please join us in celebrating our 45th Anniversary.  All events with an  asterisk are open to the public.




Joan Chambers Concert Series

Alia Musica Chamber Concert

7:00 p.m.

Mary Lou Campana Chapel and Lecture Center



La Cultura Lecture Series

Paul S. Adams

Assistant Professor of Political Science

"No End of History in Sight: Changes and Continuity from the Cold War to the Post-Cold War Eras"

7:00 p.m.

Mary Lou Campana Chapel and Lecture Center





Student Play

“The Vagina Monologues”

Benefits programs to end domestic violence

7:30 p.m.

Ferguson Theater




Cynthia Ortiz-Bartley

7:00 p.m.

Mary Lou Campana Chapel and Lecture Center