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Jodi Kraisinger
Director, University Relations and Institutional Advancement

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Coordinator, Families Newsletter


MARCH 2009


Spring break week:
march 9-13, 2009


Donor Scholarship Luncheon


This year's luncheon for student scholarship recipients and the donors who made their scholarships possible will be held on Thursday, March 26, 2009.  This elegant lunch is provided to give the students an opportunity to chat with the donors about their activities, scholastic achievements, and plans for the future.  Invitations are in the mail.  If your student received a donor scholarship this past year, please encourage him/her to attend.



Public Broadcasting System (PBS) Chief Operating Officer Michael D. Jones will be the keynote speaker at the 21st annual commencement ceremony at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg on Saturday, April 25, 11 a.m., in Chambers Hall.  PBS is a network of 356 member stations reaching more than 65 million people. 

Prior to joining PBS in January 2009, Mr. Jones was senior executive vice president and chief administrative officer of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). FINRA is the largest non-governmental regulator for all securities firms doing business in the United States.  

During his 13 year tenure with FINRA, formerly known as the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD), Mr. Jones was responsible for all day-to-day internal operations and business affairs.  Mr. Jones, an attorney, also has served as deputy director/counsel for the Securities and Exchange Commission and has worked for two U.S. Senators. 

With his extensive background in finances and communication to draw on, Mr. Jones will provide the graduates of the 2009 Pitt-Greensburg graduating class with valuable insights and perspectives during these difficult economic times.


Attention Graduates!

Important 2009 Commencement Information

Commencement will be Saturday, April 25 2009 at 11:00 a.m.
on Ridilla Field.

PLEASE NOTE TIME! This is a change from past years. 


Caps and gowns—All graduates planning to march in the ceremony are required to wear caps and gowns. 


Honor cords—Honor cords for cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude will be distributed at the graduation ceremony. You will receive a letter from Academic Affairs in March regarding your honors. Please be sure to contact them if you have any questions, otherwise, your honors may not be listed correctly in the program or announced at the ceremony.


Honor societies—If you are a member of an academic honor society, contact the faculty or staff advisor of that honor society for information regarding honor medallions.


Announcements—Information for ordering graduation announcements will be available in the Book Center starting Feb 2, 2009.  NOTE: Announcements are NOT invitations to the ceremony


Invitations and RSVPInvitations will be mailed in early March. You MUST RSVP if you plan to take part in the ceremony. A reply card and return envelope will be included with your invitation. Make sure you indicate how many guests you plan to bring for an outdoor as well as an indoor ceremony.


TicketsOnce you have RSVP’d your tickets will be mailed to you. A maximum of six tickets will be issued for an outdoor ceremony and four for an indoor ceremony. If we are forced indoors, guests without tickets will have the option of watching the ceremony on a closed-circuit screen in Ferguson Theater. DO NOT LOSE YOUR TICKETS. We are unable to issue extras.


Alumni Reception and Rehearsal—On Friday, April 24th the Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association (PGAA) will host a reception for all graduates in the Alumni Pavilion at 5:15 p.m. Rehearsal for graduation will begin at 6:00 p.m. It is VERY important that you attend the rehearsal.


Parent Appreciation Dinner—University President, Dr. Sharon P. Smith is hosting a special dinner to honor all graduates and their parents. It will be held immediately following rehearsal on Friday, April 24th. Personal invitations will be mailed to your home address. The cost is $20 per person and advance reservations are requested. If you have any questions, please contact  Nancy Murphy 724-836-7496 or upgalum@pitt.edu. 


Legacy Presentations—Are your parents Pitt alumni?  If mom or dad graduated from any Pitt campus, they are invited to participate in the graduation ceremony. As a Pitt alum, they will have the honor of escorting you onto the stage and presenting you with your diploma. To participate, please email your name and the name of your parents to Nancy Murphy at upgalum@pitt.edu.


Professional photographs—There will be a professional photograph taken of each graduate as they receive their diploma. These photos will be available for purchase online.


Flowers—Flowers will be available for purchase and to pre-order from Commencement Flowers. More information will be available soon on our website.


Commemorative DVD—A professional quality DVD of the commencement will be available for purchase. More information on ordering your DVD will available soon on our website.


Address Changes—If your address changes at anytime between now and April 25, please be sure to contact Academic Advising at 724-836-9940.


Questions—Contact Sheila Confer in 102 Village Hall (724-836-9905 or sec10@pitt.edu) if you have any questions or if you need information regarding special accommodations you or your guests might need.


You can also view graduation information

on our Web site. Click on the graduation link. 

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.



La Cultura Lecture
Dr. Guy Nicoletti

Associate Professor of Engineering

“From Micro to Nano: Existence in the Small”
7 p.m.

Village Hall



Dr. Bernard Cobetto Lecture
Dr. Barbara M. Porco

Director of Program Development

Fordham University

"Ethical Leadership: The 'Tipping Point' in a Financial Crisis"

7 p.m.

Ferguson Theater

APRIL 2, 3, 4

Spring Play
“Wonder of the World”

7:30 p.m.

Ferguson Theater

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



Pitt-Greensburg Chorale

Music &”

7:00 p.m.

Campana Chapel and Lecture Center

Open to the public



13th Annual Children’s Literature Conference

Check  www.library.pitt.edu/green/millstein.html for more information.

Conference fee: $60 if postmarked on or before March 31, 2009, $70 thereafter