May 2007
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Resume Contest
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YMCA Croquet Tourney
Golf Outing
PGAA Luncheon
2007 Homecoming
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Michele Nauman
Coordinator of
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University of Pittsburgh
at Greensburg
109 Lynch Hall
150 Finoli Dr.
Greensburg, PA 15601








Congratulations, Class of 2007

On Saturday, April 28, the Alumni Association held it’s annual Leader’s Breakfast meeting where it recognized our 2007 Class Agents, Megan Walsh and Michelle Riley. At the graduation luncheon, the PGAA recognized Lori Jakiela as the winner of the PGAA 2007 Outstanding Faculty Award. Dr. Robert Whipkey ‘77 accepted the PGAA 2007 Alumnus of Distinction Award during the Commencement Ceremony where 184 students processed. Congratulations to all our graduates and new young Alumni.

Best wishes for a successful future!

Sidary, Alberts earn top honors in Resume Contest

In March and April, the Office of Career Services and the Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association co-sponsored a Resume Writing Contest that drew 40 student submissions.

Two top prizes were awarded. A $100 cash prize was awarded to Jenna Sidary ‘07 of Monongahela, PA for having the best submission. A $50 cash prize was awarded to Kristin Alberts ’07 of North Huntingdon, PA for her runner-up submission.

Eight other students were awarded Honorable Mention certificates: Andrew Bock ‘07, Beth Hood ‘07, Jaime Lindner ‘07, Michelle Riley ‘07, Jason Spinola ‘07, Laura Lucas ‘08, Benjamin Fiorina ‘08, and Suzanne Pohland ‘08.

The contest was judged by a panel of six Pitt-Greensburg Alums: Susan Campbell ‘86, Wendy Mackall ‘92, Steven Matzus ‘02, Nancy Fischione ‘04, Jim Vikartosky ‘04, and Carrie Smith ‘06.

Thank you to these six individuals for making this contest possible as well as to the 40 students who submitted resumes.

Alumni News & Updates
Paula C. (Dziedzic) Luff ‘88 was recently promoted to Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management at DePaul University in Chicago. DePaul is the largest catholic university in the country and the largest private university in the mid-west.

Roslyn (Ciacco) Karstedt ‘98
recently gave birth to her second child, Katelyn Belle on Mar. 6, 2007. Roslyn and her husband, Rick, also have 2 year-old son, Alex.

Cassandra Scott ‘99 and Nicholas Johnson were married on October 20, 2006.

First Pitt-Greensburg senior commissioned

Matthew Wright ‘07 Political Science, of Kittaning, PA was commissioned on Tuesday, May 1, in the first such ceremony ever held at Pitt-Greensburg since the ROTC program has been offered on campus. Wright, son of Robert and Joyce Wright, will be assigned to the 570th Engineer Sapper Company and stationed at Fort Hood, Texas.

Amy Rhodes ‘00 recently earned her Masters degree from the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh, was inducted into the Pi Lambda Theta honor society, and started working in the Office of Student Life & Compliance at PITT.

Carrie Smith ‘06 and PJ Rey
recently started a small business called Dish Hands which will publish two literary magazines per year in addition to other printing jobs. They are currently looking for submissions for their first issue. Feel free to contact Carrie at

If you have news to share, please send an email to Michele Nauman at or send mail to her attention at:

University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg
Alumni Affairs
109 Lynch Hall
150 Finoli Drive
Greensburg, PA 15601

Greensburg YMCA Croquet Tournament
On Sunday, June 10, 2007, the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg campus will be opening its campus to the Greensburg YMCA for their annual Croquet Tournament.

Alumni wishing to attend the Croquet tournament can earn croquet admission ribbons by acquiring sponsorships and donations to support the 2007 Bobcat Golf Outing. Proceeds from the golf outing benefit the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg student scholarships, the Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association, and athletics.

To earn one (1) Croquet Admission ribbon, Alumni must submit three (3) sponsorships for the Bobcat Golf Outing, in any combination, from the following:

  • Participant—$150 per person
  • Tee Sponsor—$150
  • Hole Sponsor—$100
  • Monetary donation—$100 minimum

To earn two (2) Croquet Admission ribbons, Alumni must submit one (1) sponsorship for the Bobcat Golf Outing, from either of the following:

  • Foursome—$600
  • Fairway Sponsor—$650

To receive registration forms for submitting sponsorships and/or donations, or to participate in the Golf outing, please contact Michele Nauman by sending an email to or by calling her at 724-836-7496.

Enjoy the croquet tournament by supporting the Bobcat Golf Outing.

The students, Alumni Association, and University thank you.

Mark your calendars to be at Totteridge Golf Club on Monday, June 25, 2007. GolfballProceeds from the event benefit the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg athletics programs, student scholarships, and the Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association. Challenge your skills on one of the area’s premiere courses while helping our students and your Alumni Association.

The day will include:
8:30 a.m. - Registration and Continental Breakfast
10:00 a.m. - Shotgun start (Best ball format)
12:00 p.m. - Boxed lunch on the golf course
3:00 p.m. - Dinner and prizes

The event will be limited to 100 golfers. Packages including hole sponsorships are available to enhance your support of the event. In addition sponsorships, donations, and participation in the golf outing can help you earn admission ribbons to the Greensburg YMCA Croquet Tournament. (See the article above on the Greensburg YMCA Croquet Tournament)

If you would like a registration form, please contact Michele Nauman by sending an email to or by calling her at 724-836-7496.

Alumni gathered on May 1, 2007 to enjoy a catered meal and to catch up on things. Guest speakers Steve Gifford, Executive Directory of the Greensburg Community Development Corporation, and Mike Langer, President of the Westmoreland Cultural Trust, highlighted some of the arts and cultural events taking place as well as the direction for expanding the arts and cultural offerings in the Greensburg community.

May 1st was the last luncheon scheduled for this school year.

Monthly luncheons will resume starting Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2007.

If you would like to present at a luncheon, or if you have questions, please contact Michele Nauman, Coordinator of Alumni Affairs by sending an email to or by calling her at 724-836-7496.

Homecoming 2007 will be celebrated the weekend of October 19th. On Saturday, October 20, our football team meets the University of Cincinnati in the annual "River City Rivalry" game.

Pull out the PITT gear, bring your family, and head to Greensburg for a Homecoming celebration. The Alumni Association is planning a 2-day event that weekend including:

Friday, October 19
- Alumni dinner

Saturday, October 20
- Tailgating at Pitt-Greensburg
- Bus trip to and from Heinz field

All of campus is welcome to attend along with your family.
Look for details in upcoming newsletters. Hail to PITT!
10 Greensburg YMCA Croquet Tournament All Day Ridilla Field
25 Bobcat Golf Outing Totteridge Golf Club
    Registration 8:30 am Clubhouse Area
    Shotgun Start 10:00 am  

23 New Student Move-In Day

Begins 8:30am


2 Monthly Networking Luncheon 12-1pm Hempfield Room
Alumni Reception Evening Watch for details
Homecoming Tailgaiting pre-game UPG Campus
20 Bus trip to/from Heinz field TBA Departs from UPG

6 Monthly Networking Luncheon 12-1pm Hempfield Room