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Karen Gavula
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FEBRUARY 8, 2008
Financial Aid

The Pitt-Greenburg Offices of Financial Aid and Admissions will be sponsoring a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) workshop on Saturday, February 23, for families who would like help filling out this important financial aid form. Three sections will be offered in McKenna Hall at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. and will last an hour. Families need to bring the following materials:


-- Parent and student Social Security numbers

-- Student’s drivers license number

-- Completed 2007 Federal tax return*
-- All W2s from 2007

-- Parent and student FAFSA pin numbers (these can be obtained at www.fafsa.ed.gov)

-- Value of all cash, savings and checking accounts

-- Value of any owned businesses and/or farms


* We will not complete tax returns in this workshop


To register for a section or for more information families should call the Office of Admissions at 724-836-9880 by Wednesday, February 20. Due to limited seating we ask that only two people attend per family.



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

         Two of the largest and most complete 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 ten 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’re 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’s required, but don’t supply things that aren’t 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 (and social security number, if applicable) 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’ll 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.

Learning Resources Center


The Learning Resources Center is located in the Faculty Office Building, Rooms 104 and 105.  Encourage your student to take advantage of the help available: 

     --Disability Services

     --Writing Center

     --Study Skills Center



The hours for the Center are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  For additional information, contact Lou Ann Sears at 724-836-7098 or los3@pitt.edu.

Something interesting for you and your student...

New York, New York: Through Art and Music...

Wednesday, February 13, 2008 at 7 p.m.
The Westmoreland Museum of American Art
$7.50 WMAA members / $10 non-members
Registration is required by calling WMAA at 724-837-1500 ext. 10

Enjoy two looks at how the New York experience inspires art - through a painter's eyes at the beginning of the 20th century and a musician's voice at the end of the century....

In a unique collaboration between The Westmoreland Museum of American Arts and Greensburg American Opera, mezzo-soprano Eva Rainforth performs her original song cycle, Modern Art Songs - "with a twist!", which captures her own daily experiences in the Big Apple through song.  Compare her musical images and emotional expressions with those found in Seeing the City: Sloan's New York, currently on view at The Westmoreland.  Stay for refreshments after the performance.

Eva Rainforth has a BFA in Music Performance from Fredonia State University, NY. She has sung leading roles with Opera Northeast, New England Lyric Opera and the New York Gilbert & Sullivan players.  She is currently a member of the Pittsburgh Opera Chorus and is on the voice faculty of Point Park University.



The inaugural performance for the annual Joan Chambers Music Concert will be:

Kyai Tirta Rukmi
Saturday, March 1, 2008
7:00 p.m.
Ferguson Theater
Free Admission

Pitt-Greensburg is proud to present the University of Pittsburgh Gamelan, called
"Kyai Tirta Rukmi," or "Venerable Rivers of Gold."  Gamelan refers to a set of predominantly percussion instruments including tuned gongs, metal-keyed instruments, and drums (as well as bowed lute and voice). The group consists of Pitt students from a variety of majors including biology, engineering, English, neuroscience, as well as music, who are interested in studying other cultures and performing the music indigenous to those regions.