Congratulations Class of 2009

Alumni Marshall Joyce Dramel with
Brian Moreland, PGAA president.

The Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association (PGAA) welcomed its newest alumni, the class of 2009.  This year’s graduation festivities began on Friday night with a special reception for the graduates in the alumni pavilion.  After rehearsal, the PGAA hosted the 2nd Annual Parent Appreciation Dinner in Wagner Dining Hall.  This was an opportunity for the students to recognize their parents and thank them for all the support they’ve given them over the years.  Each family was greeted by an alumni host, who shared fond memories of Pitt- Greensburg and explained more about the alumni association. On Saturday, the PGAA board of directors held an Alumni Leaders Meeting, followed by a pre-commencement breakfast.  This year the weather was beautiful, and the ceremony was held outside on Ridilla Field.  Joyce Dramel (Class of '97) served as the Alumni Marshal for the ceremony.  Parents who are alumni, were also invited to take part in the ceremony.  If mom or dad was a Pitt alum (from any campus) they were able to personally present the diploma to their graduate.  This Legacy Presentation program was a way to recognize families who are carrying on the Pitt tradition.   (See photo above of graduate Leslie Long with her mother, Cynthia Long (Class of '84).

The PGAA also provided a professional photographer to capture the diploma presentations to take family photos after the ceremony. Those photos are available to order online at Commemorative DVDs are also available through the Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association at or 724-836-7496.

Parent appreciation dinner

Alumni Award Winners

Congratulations to Justin Merriman (Class of 2000).  Justin was selected as the 2009 Alumnus of Distinction.  PGAA President, Dr. Brian Moreland presented Justin with the award at the commencement ceremony. Justin graduated from Pitt Greensburg with a degree in English Writing. He is a Greensburg native has worked as a photojournalist since 1999 and has covered stories across the United States and the world, including the events of September 11th and the crash of United Flight 93, the Sago mine disaster in Sago, West Virginia, the 2004 and the 2008 U.S. Presidential elections, polio in India, life in Cuba, the 2008 Parliamentary Elections in Pakistan, and the war in Afghanistan. Mr. Merriman’s photography has been recognized and honored with local and national awards. His work has appeared in publications including the New York Times, The Washington Post, Popular Science, Time Magazine’s “Pictures of the Week,” USA Today’s “Day in Sports, ” MSNBC’s “Week in Pictures,” Sports Illustrated’s, CBS’s CBS, Golfweek Magazine, and newspapers across the country. Mr. Merriman continues his work in photojournalism striving to make images that reveal humanity and document the world around him.

Congratulations to Dr. Melissa J. Marks, associate professor of education, for receiving the 2009 PGAA Outstanding Faculty Award. Dr. Marks was selected for this award based on her excellence in the classroom and her devotion to the development of students and programs at Pitt-Greensburg. Dr. Marks is currently working on a proposal for the development of an education major at the University. She is the co-advisor for the University’s chapter of the Student Pennsylvania State Education Association, which was recognized as the most outstanding student chapter for overall professional development opportunities and the most creative and innovating programming in the state of Pennsylvania in 2004 05. Dr. Marks co-created the “Early College Experience” pilot program with Westmoreland Intermediate Unit and local schools for college-bound high school students with disabilities. She supervises and manages the annual College Day for Pitt-Greensburg students and Clelian Heights School for exceptional Children. In addition, she has assisted with a variety of programs for other local schools including Jeannette, Hempfield, and Greater Latrobe.

Congratulations to Ashley Smith, a junior psychology major from Carnegie, Pennsylvania. Ashley received the 2009 PGAA Community Service Award.  Ms. Smith volunteers her time to many initiatives in the community and on campus. During the fall semester of her freshman year and continuing throughout her junior year, Ms. Smith served as volunteer tutor for a school-based tutoring program “First Base” and is a volunteer mentor for the Lunch Buddy Program, which matches a Pitt-Greensburg student with at-risk children at a local elementary school. She also serves as a reading tutor for Pitt-Greensburg’s Read for LIFElong Learning Program. She is currently the President of the Student Pennsylvania State Education Association (SPSEA). She also served as elementary chairperson during her freshman and sophomore years and was a member of the House of Delegates and the region’s vice-president at the state level of the SPSEA. Other volunteer activities include Bowl for Kids Sake, Into the Streets, and Reading is Fun Night.

Calling All Graduates

If you are a recent grad, or an alum who would just like to learn more about the Pitt Greensburg Alumni Association, please visit our Website at or contact us at  The PGAA is always striving to find more ways to help alumni.  If you have a specific need or an idea for a project or program that you think the alumni association should consider, we’d like to hear it. For more information and a list of some of the current PGAA programs & services click on:
2009 Pitt-Greensburg Golf Outing
The Pitt Greensburg 2009 Golf Outing will be held on Friday, September 25, 2009, at Greensburg Country Club. It will be an 8:00 a.m. Shotgun Start.  To become a sponsor or register your foursome, visit
Katz Graduate School of Business at Pitt-Greensburg

The University of Pittsburgh’s Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and Pitt-Greensburg have teamed together to offer the new Katz Immersion MBA (KIMBA) at the Greensburg campus beginning September 2009. That program, designed for working professionals, will assemble students from diverse experiences and provide an intensive MBA education by immersing students in coursework for three days a month over a two-year period. Admission requirements, total credits, and the curriculum design are consistent with the existing Katz School part-time MBA program. 

Classes will be offered one weekend per month, Friday through Sunday. Students will be enrolled in a six-term, cohort-based program and be required to complete 52.5 credits to earn the MBA degree.

The Katz Immersion MBA is a unique blend of the high-caliber Katz MBA and the beautiful Pitt-Greensburg campus. Katz offers an education that meets the highest standards for master's degree programs in business administration worldwide. This rigorous program provides the opportunity for: experience-based learning, exposure to entrepreneurship, understanding the principles of supply chain management and value-chain management, and a global business perspective.

To be admitted to the program, students are required to have completed at least three years of post-undergraduate work experience. For more information about the program visit

Alumni News

Kevin Conlon (Class of 2005) is a former Pitt-Greensburg basketball player with a degree in communications.  After graduation, Kevin served as the Sports Information Director on campus, and now, he has landed his "dream job" at ESPN. To read more visit

Student Emergency Fund at Pitt-Greensburg

The Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association recently established a Student Emergency Fund.  This fund will be used to help students who need immediate financial assistance.  If faculty or staff members are aware of a situation, they can access the information online and apply for funds on behalf of a student in need.  The PGAA realizes that times are tough and the students need our support.  This is a new program so funds are limited.  To help us offer even more assistance to our students, you can make a donation to the Student Emergency Fund by contacting Nancy Murphy at

Would you like to donate to the PGAA, but you just can't afford it right now?

We know money is tight.  That’s why we were thrilled to find out about a company that allows people to support nonprofit organizations, like the Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association (PGAA) without spending any additional money.  Most of us search the Internet on a daily basis, and more and more of us are also making purchases online.  Now, thanks to a company called GoodSearch, the PGAA can earn money every time you search the Internet!  And, if you use the site to purchase items from popular stores like Target, Macys, Best Buy, etc. they will also donate a percentage of those sales to the PGAA!  It’s that easy!  All you have to do is begin your searches using the Web site—or just add the toolbar to your internet homepage, and you’re ready to go,

    Make sure you select the Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association as your “Designated Charity”  

It's Time for Your Close Up

Students are always curious about who our alumni are, and what they are doing now…so let’s show them!  We are looking for Pitt-Greensburg alumni who are willing to talk for a few minutes on camera about their college experience, what they are doing now, and why it is important to stay connected to Pitt-Greensburg—a  mini-commercial, so to speak. We will be shooting some of the segments on campus and some may be shot “on location” (at your place of employment).  The video will be used on the Web site and at various events.   

To participate in the video, please contact Nancy Murphy at or 724-836-7496.

Too shy for the camera….we are also looking for written testimonials from our alumni that we can use on the Web site and in various marketing materials.  Please send us your testimonial at

Weddings at Pitt-Greensburg

If you, or a family member, are planning a wedding, why not consider getting married in the new Mary Lou Campana Chapel and Lecture Center located on the Pitt-Greensburg campus. This beautiful facility was built in memory of Mary Lou Campana and is only available to those people who have a direct affiliation with the University. (Immediate family members include parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, brothers and sisters.) We are now accepting reservations for ceremonies.  Click here to view on-line wedding information.

For more information on upcoming events:


Phone 724-836-7496

Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Affairs at or 724-836-7496