Vol: 2009-10
No.: 2

October 1, 2009

PGAA Incoming Freshman Award

Congratulations to David Coradi who received the 2009-2010 PGAA Incoming Freshman Award. This award provides Coradi, a graduate of Seneca Valley High School, $1000 that is applied to his education expenses. The award is renewable for four years, as long as Coradi maintains a 3.25 cumulative average or higher as a full-time student.

Did you know the PGAA is on Facebook?

If you use Facebook to stay in touch with friends and family, consider joining the Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association group. To join, open your Facebook account and enter “Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association” in the search box. Then click “join.” Watch for news about events and other activities.

Ronnie Andrews Fitness Center now open

Students, faculty, and staff celebrated the grand opening and rededication of the Ronnie Andrews Fitness Center on September 14. The first 100 students to stop by the fitness center received a complimentary water bottle. A ribbon-cutting ceremony officially opened the facility for use, and prize drawings were held throughout the day. 

This 2,400 square foot facility features state-of-the-art exercise equipment, including six Life Fitness treadmills, six Precor elliptical machines, two Precor upright bicycles with computerized programs, two Life Fitness recumbent bicycles, a number of different Selectorized weight machines, as well as free weight equipment.

Millstein Library Renovations

Plans are currently underway for renovations to Millstein Library. Expected to begin in early February and be completed within six to eight months, the renovations include adding a patio and coffee bar.

Volunteers needed - Speed Interviewing

Alumni with the appropriate experience are invited to serve as interviewers during this mock interview session. Speed Interviewing will take place on November 18. Pitt-Greensburg students will benefit from this experience and will be  better prepared to vie for placement in the current competitive job market. Contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at 724-836-7496 or by email at upgalum@pitt.edu to volunteer or to learn more about this event.

Alumnus of Distinction Nominations being accepted

Nominations are now being accepted for the PGAA Alumnus of Distinction. To make a nomination, visit http://www.upg.pitt.edu/Alumni and click on the link for the Alumnus of Distinction Nomination Form.

Established in 2001, this award acknowledges excellence among alumni at Pitt-Greensburg. All candidates must have graduated from or completed courses at Pitt-Greensburg.

Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of their:

·         Outstanding level of professional achievement;

·         Service to the community;

·         Service to the University of Pittsburgh;

·         Special recognition or honors;

·         Other special efforts or success.

The award winner will be asked to attend as many PGAA events as possible from October through April. He/she must be able to attend commencement activities in May. He/she will be required to attend the breakfast prior to commencement. While not required to speak at the commencement ceremony, the award winner will be recognized during the remarks of the PGAA president.  Deadline to submit nominations is October 15, 2009.

Holiday Networking Event

Mark your calendar for Friday, December 4, and plan to join us at our holiday networking event to be held from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Lynch Hall. 

La Cultura 2010

The 2010 La Cultura Winter Gala is scheduled for Saturday, January 16, 2010. Our theme this year is “Moving toward a greener future.” Mark your calendar and plan to join us at this signature event.


At this time, the committee is busy gathering auction items for the event. If there is an item/prize you can help us acquire, please let us know. To learn about the types of prizes needed or how to make a donation, contact Jodi Kraisinger, director of URIA, at 724-836-9942 or e-mail at kraising@pitt.edu. Thank you for your support of Pitt-Greensburg and La Cultura 2010.

Web Site Redesign

Work continues toward the planned redesign of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg website, www.upg.pitt.edu. In addition to a new look, content and images will be updated. Pitt-Greensburg’s Office of University Relations and Institutional Advancement is working with University Marketing Communications in Oakland to develop the new look. Expected completion is mid-fall.

2009 Pitt-Greensburg Golf Outing

Our thanks to everyone who made this year’s golf outing a success. Your participation as a sponsor or a golfer supports Alumni, Athletics, and the President’s Scholarship. We look forward to seeing you at the 2010 event.

Katz Immersion MBA

Pitt-Greensburg is partnering with Pitt’s Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business to offer the Katz Immersion MBA (KIMBA) program in Westmoreland County. KIMBA will provide an intensive MBA education by immersing students in coursework 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.  

Students will be enrolled in a six-term, cohort-based program and be required to complete 52.5 credits to earn the MBA degree. To be admitted to the program, students are required to have completed at least three years of post-undergraduate work experience. 

To learn more about the program visit www.business.pitt.edu/katz or call
724-836-9893 to register for an information session at Pitt-Greensburg’s Lynch Hall 102:

·         Thursday, October 8, at 6 p.m.

·         Tuesday, November 17, at 11:30 a.m.

·         Wednesday, December 9, at 8 a.m.

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 the Office of Alumni Affairs at upgalum@pitt.edu.
Would you like to donate to the PGAA,
but you just can't afford it right now?

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    Make sure you select the University of Pittsburgh - Greensburg as your “Designated Charity”  

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.

Admission Events

If you know of high school students who are beginning their college search, be sure to encourage them to attend one of our Admission events. Remember, a visit to campus increases the likelihood a student will attend the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. Admission events are listed in the Mark Your Calendar section. Encourage interested students to call 724-836-9880 to arrange a visit.

Share your news
Have you changed jobs or been promoted . . . gotten married . . . become a parent? Have you moved or acquired a new telephone number or e-mail address? Be sure to share your news with us or update your contact information at http://www.upg.pitt.edu/Alumni/UpdateInfo.aspx.
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 http://www.upg.pitt.edu/Alumni/default.aspx or contact us at upgalum@pitt.edu.  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: http://www.upg.pitt.edu/_docs/pdf_PGAA_Brochure.pdf
Pitt Alumni Travel Program

The Pitt Alumni Association has announced its 2010 Travel Program, and details are available at www.alumni.pitt.edu/travel. Destinations include Peru, Tanzania, Panama Canal Cruise, Holland and Belgium, Elbe River Cruise, Morocco, Mediterranean Cruise, Europe, Scandinavia and Russia Cruise, Ireland, Iceland, the National Parks, the Canadian Rockies, Greece and Turkey, Italian Riviera and Chianti, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, The Seine, Tuscany, and the Italian Lakes and Dalmatian Coast Cruise.  

The 2009 travel program will continue through November and destinations include the Rhine River, Alaska, Ireland, Greece, the Mediterranean and Greek Isles, Russia, and China.  

Call 1-800-ALU-PITT or send an e-mail to Jana.Sestili@ia.pitt.edu for more information.

Mark Your Calendar

October 1: Plan to attend the 6th annual Graduate and Professional School Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Pitt-Greensburg’s Chambers Hall. The fair is free and open to the public. Visit www.upg.pitt.edu for more information or to see a list of the 40 participating schools and programs expected to attend. 

October 8: Katz Immersion MBA information session at 6 p.m. in 102 Lynch Hall. Call 724-836-9893 or email upgkimba@pitt.edu to register. 

October 14: This year’s St. Clair Lecture will feature Dr. Devra Davis, professor of epidemiology at Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health and former director of the first center for Environmental Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. Dr. Davis is the author of When Smoke Ran Like Water, which explores the October 1948 atmospheric inversion that plunged Donora, Pennsylvania, into a smog so dark and thick cars were unable to navigate the streets—even with headlights on during the daylight hours. A third of the town’s residents fell ill within a few days and 20 people died. 

October 23, 24, & 25: Mark your calendar and plan to participate in the University of Pittsburgh Homecoming celebration in Oakland. Information about the variety of activities in place may be found at http://www.alumni.pitt.edu/calendar/  

October 24: Prospective students can meet faculty and staff during the Admissions Discovery Day, as well as spend an hour with an academic division of their choice. To register, call 724-836-9880 or visit www.upg.pitt.edu. 

November 6: The Friday Evening Music Club performs at Pitt-Greensburg’s Mary Lou Campana Chapel and Lecture Center. Music performed ranges from Renaissance and Baroque periods through contemporary. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. This is open to the public.


November 14: Joan Chambers Concert Series presents award-winning Bulgarian pianist Miroslava Panayotova. The performance begins at 7:30  p.m. in the Mary Lou Campana Chapel and Lecture Center. It is free and open to the public.


November 18: Pitt-Greensburg invites any member of the community with hiring experience to serve as an interviewer during the annual Speed Interviewing event. Contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at 724-836-7496 or by email at upgalum@pitt.edu to volunteer as an interviewer or to learn more about this event. 


December 4:  Mark your calendar for our holiday networking event from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Lynch Hall.  


December 4: The Friday Evening Music Club performs at Pitt-Greensburg’s Mary Lou Campana Chapel and Lecture Center. Music performed ranges from Renaissance and Baroque periods through contemporary. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. This is open to the public.


December 11: Pitt-Greensburg’s Chorale will perform a mix of Bach, Mozart, and other well-known classical music. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Mary Lou Campana Chapel and Lecture Center. It is free and open to the public.

January 16, 2010: Save the date for this year’s La Cultura gala event. More details to come. 

February 5 & 6, 2010: Save the date and plan to join us for Pitt-Greensburg’s Homecoming & Family Weekend. Watch for more details here and at www.upg.pitt.edu.

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Phone 724-836-7496

Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Affairs at upgalum@pitt.edu or 724-836-7496