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Wendy Mackall
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Karen Gavula
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Counseling Corner

Fall greetings, Pitt-Greensburg Families.  What follows is some insight on what your student might be coping with at this point in the semester.  In short, October and November are when reality sets in.


One common stressor for college students, particularly freshmen, around October is that some of their idealistic expectations of college life are beginning to wear thin.  In everything from classes to roommates to social life, students realize college is not as perfect as they may have thought.  Fitting in and finding a group of friends can be hard work, and for some students not dating when they would like to be is disappointing.  By November, most students have had some midterms, and coursework is heavier.  Mid-term grades may not be as good as students were used to in high school.  All of these factors can take their toll on students’ self-esteem.


One important piece of advice for students who call or come home dealing with the above stressors is to gently remind them that college is hard work and it’s ok to take some time to adjust.  It’s normal to build up unrealistic expectations about something new, and to then feel let down when reality doesn’t live up to those expectations.   Students need you to listen and understand, but not necessarily to offer quick solutions.  For freshmen, offer support when grades are not what they (or you!) are used to.  At this point in the semester, there is plenty of time to talk to faculty or change study habits to bring grades back up.  As always, though, if you are concerned that your student is not handling something well compared to how he or she normally copes, suggest that she or he consider talking to someone in the Counseling Center.  My graduate intern, Jennifer Palmer, or I would be happy to help – it’s why we’re here.


Gayle F. Pamerleau, LCSW

Director of Counseling



Speed Interviewing

Get Ready! Get Set!  Pitt-Greensburg’s Office of Career Services and the Alumni Association will once again hold a speed-interviewing event for junior and seniors.  Pitt-Greensburg alumni as well as other Greensburg area professionals from a variety of fields will serve as the interviewers. 


This is a great how-to opportunity for students, as they round-robin to answer a variety of interview questions from professionals in the field.  Following their responses, the students will receive feedback from the alumni to further develop their interviewing skills.  Afterwards, students will have the chance to network with the interviewers and gain insight into various career paths.  


Space is limited and registration is required.    The deadline to register is November 5.  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. 


Jennifer Miele, of WTAE-TV Channel 4 News
will return as guest moderator.

November 12, 2008

6:30-7:00 p.m. Dinner
7:15-7:30 p.m. Event Overview
7:30-8:30 p.m. Interviews
8:45 p.m. Dessert & Networking

To R.S.V.P. or for additional information, please contact
Karen Gavula at 724-836-7497
or e-mail at



Learning Resource Center

The Learning Center, FOB 104 and 105, is the home of tutoring, writing center, study skills, and disability services. Tutoring has certainly been busy this fall!

                To have a trained, faculty-recommended tutor review papers, students should come to the drop-in desk in the hall outside the Learning Center. Our green sheet advertises the following days and times that someone will be available to look over papers students have written for any course:


Mondays 10:50-11:50 a.m. 12:30-1:30 p.m. 3:00-3:45 p.m.  
Tuesdays 12:00-1:00 p.m. 4:00-5:15 p.m.    
Wednesdays 10:50-11:50 a.m. 1:00-2:00 p.m. 2:00-3:00 p.m. 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Thursdays 2:30-4:00 p.m.      
Fridays 10:30-11:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.    

                Appointments are not necessary. Students who want the tutors to review their papers should bring their assignments and sources.

                At this late date, many of the Center’s tutors are already booked; however, it may still be possible to add a student to an already existing group.

                Finals are coming soon! Free test-taking and note-taking handouts are available in the Center. Students are also welcome to use the computers for academic purposes.

                Students interested in disability services should email or call Dr. Lou Ann Sears: los3@pitt.edu, 724-836-7098, or stop by her office, FOB 105.


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.


NCAA Division III: Follow all the action as basketball swings into action. For rosters, schedules and scores, visit www.upg.pitt.edu/athletics.



La Cultura Lecture Series*

Dr. Tim Savisky

Assistant Professor of Biology

“Doom, Gloom, and Prosperity: 45 Years of Environmental Predictions”

7 p.m.

Mary Lou Campana Chapel and Lecture Center



Joan Chambers Concert Series*

Natasha Snitkovsky, pianist

7 p.m.

Mary Lou Campana Chapel and Lecture Center



20, 21, 22

“A World of Change: An Evening of One Acts”*

7:30 p.m.

Ferguson Theater

Tickets are $6general, $3 students/senior citizens, and $1 with Pitt ID



Cat Cash