APRIL 11, 2008
Greetings, Pitt-Greensburg Families. We’ve almost made it through another academic year at Pitt-Greensburg. Hopefully both you and your student feel this year has been a successful one. The following are some thoughts about what your student may be experiencing as the academic year winds down.
April – Spring Fever
The school year may be coming to an end, but stress is still an issue. End of the year anxiety and depression over leaving friends and possibly facing new conflicts at home is a typical feeling for students, especially residents. Seniors may be feeling panic over finding jobs, admission to graduate programs, and financial changes. Pressure surrounding final exams and papers is at a peak. There are positive stressors for students, too. Seniors are excited about graduation and moving on to a new phase in life, and all students look forward to the end of the academic year. Resident students look forward to seeing friends from home.
You can support your students through the end of the semester and finals by listening to and encouraging them. Remind them that you know they’re capable of making good choices about studying, eating right, and getting enough rest. Suggest that short breaks are helpful and exercising for brief periods can improve focus. Encourage procrastinators to break overwhelming projects into smaller, more manageable steps. Lastly, remind your student that the Counseling Center has lots of information on stress management, relaxation skills, and test anxiety. There is a link on the Counseling Center’s web page to “Exam Week Stress” information from the National Mental Health Association – be sure to check it out.
As always, I can be reached at 724-836-9870, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Hang in there – you’ve almost made it. Have a wonderful, relaxing spring and summer!
Gayle F. Pamerleau, LCSW
Director of Counseling
As we come to the close of this school year, it’s time to think about financial aid for the next school year. If you haven’t already filed your Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) now is the time. You can complete the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
In May, the Office of Financial Aid will begin sending Financial Aid Award Letters. Keep in mind, students must show academic progress to receive financial aid from one year to the next. Typically, full time students must complete 24 new credits per year and maintain a cumulative 2.0 gpa.
The current 2007-2008 Cost Schedule will be enclosed with the Award Letter. The University does not announce the tuition rate for 2008-2009 until mid-July. Student bills will be available to review at the end of July with the first payment due on August 17. Students (and parents) can view their bill at www.my.pitt.edu.
If additional resources are required to cover education costs, parents can apply for a Parent PLUS Loan at www.aessuccess.org. Or, students can apply at http://www.upg.pitt.edu/Prospective/financialAidAlternative.aspx for an alternative loan.
If a student’s financial aid exceeds direct charges (tuition, fees, room and board) the University will issue the student a refund to use for education related expenses. Educational related expenses include books, living expenses and transportation.
For more information and to register for
seating for indoor ceremony
If the graduation ceremony is held in Chambers Hall, guests who do not have tickets may watch the event via closed-circuit TV in Ferguson Theater.
Parent Appreciation Dinner on Friday, April 25th Graduates and their parents have been invited by the University President, Dr. Smith to join her for a special dinner in honor of mom and dad. The event will be held in Wagner Dining Hall immediately following rehearsal. The cost is $20 per person and advance reservations are requested. If you have not mailed in your reservation, please contact Nancy Murphy 724-836-7496 or email@example.com
Parents of Graduates, are you Pitt Alumni?
Dr. Sharon P. Smith & the Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association would like to invite all of the parents of 2008 graduates who are Pitt Alumni to participate in the Commencement Ceremony on April 26th.
If you are an alum (from any of the Pitt campuses) we would like you to be a part of theceremony. As a Pitt Alum, you will have the honor of escorting your student onto the stage and presenting the diploma.
We strongly encourage you to do a “Legacy Presentation.” Please contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at 724-836-7496 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to make the arrangements for you.
2008 Graduation Photos
The Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association is proud to announce that Robert Cifone Photography will be photographing the 2008 Commencement Ceremony. Bob and his crew will take photos of the Ceremony and even more importantly, will be strategically set up so that they can capture each and every graduate as they receive their diploma. This is your BIG moment, so we want to make sure that you have the perfect picture. There is no need for guests to run up front to try to get the perfect picture. They can sit back, relax and enjoy the ceremony.
Individual & Ceremony Photos:
Approximately 2-3 weeks after graduation, you will receive a letter from the Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association welcoming you to the association. It will also provide you with the website and password you’ll need to go online and view your proofs. Then you select which ones you would like to purchase and mail in your payment at that time. The prices below include shipping & handling but do not include sales tax.
Family Photos: (need to be prepaid at the time of the session—on April 26th)
After the ceremony, you will have the opportunity to take professional photos with your entire family. All of your guests are invited to join you for a once in a lifetime photo. There will be a “portrait studio” set up and Bob will take the time to work with all of your guests. This is an added benefit that we are offering to students and their families. It’s just a nice way to get a memorable picture of everyone while they’re still dressed up! These photos need to be paid the day of the event (cash or check). Checks should be made payable to: Robert Cifone Photography Satisfaction is guaranteed or your money back.