Greetings from the PGAA President

It is an exciting time to be part of the Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association! 

 

The academic year is about to begin. Freshman will be moving in on August 27 and classes start August 31.  Do you remember your first day at Pitt-Greensburg?

 

The Alumni Association has many events scheduled in the next several months. Here is just a sampling:

·     Our annual Telefund will occur September 20 through September 24 (see the news brief below for additional details). Please feel free to give generously!

·     The annual Pitt-Greensburg Golf Outing, on September 25, is a fun way to financially support the Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association and have the opportunity to network with fellow Pitt-Greensburg supporters.  Visit http://www.upg.pitt.edu/golfouting/ to register or become a sponsor.

·     Speed Interviewing, scheduled for November 18, is a powerful way for Alumni to assist Pitt-Greensburg students in polishing their interviewing skills—and improve their job placement potential.

As I prepare for my term as President of the Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association (PGAA), my focus is to increase the connection of alumni not only to Pitt-Greensburg, but also to the PGAA, and to support our students and the Pitt-Greensburg community.  I am proud to be a graduate of Pitt-Greensburg, and it is an honor to give back to the school. I hope that you feel the same way. 

 

 

Hail to Pitt! 

Mary Lynn Yothers, DC

Annual Telefund Campaign in September

The  University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg TeleFund Campaign is scheduled for September. Pitt-Greensburg alumni will be contacted September 20 through September 24 between the hours of 5 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. When you are contacted please consider making a gift—no matter how large or small—and designate your gift to Pitt-Greensburg. Thank you for your support!

Volunteers needed

Alumni with the appropriate experience are invited to serve as interviewers during the three mock interview sessions scheduled this fall. Medical School Mock Interviews will be held October 15, Graduate School Mock Interviews will occur on October 29, and Speed Interviewing will take place on November 18. Pitt-Greensburg students benefit from these experiences and are better prepared to vie for placement in competitive graduate programs and the 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 these events.

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 on May 1, 2010. 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.

Pitt-Greensburg Honor Roll now available on-line

A very special thank you to the many faithful benefactors who supported the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and its programs during the 2008-2009 fiscal year. Your support and belief in Pitt-Greensburg is appreciated by all those associated with the University. An honor roll of these benefactors has been prepared and is posted to our web site. To view this year’s Honor Roll, please visit www.upg.pitt.edu/honorroll.

La Cultura 2010

Details will soon be announced for the 2010 La Cultura event, scheduled for Saturday, January 16, 2010. 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.

“Best University in Westmoreland County

From 1997 through 2007, the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg was voted the “Best University in Westmoreland County” in the Tribune Review’s Quest for the Best competition. In 2008, Seton Hill University won the title, which is based on the number of votes received. 

 

Please take a few minutes to submit a ballot that includes your vote for the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg as the “Best University in Westmoreland County.” Please ask your friends and family members to vote for Pitt-Greensburg, too. 

 

Votes may only be submitted using the ballot printed in the Tribune Review. Ballots were first published Sunday, August 23, and need to be postmarked by September 16. 

 

Contact Susan Isola, director of media relations, at 724-836-7741 or upgmedia@pitt.edu for additional information.

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

Mark your calendar for September 25 and plan to join us at the Greensburg Country Club for our annual golf outing to benefit Alumni, Athletics, and the President’s Scholarship. The day begins with a shot gun start at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. with a delicious grilled lunch, prizes, and awards. Cost for an individual golfer is $150 and a foursome is $600. Visit www.upg.pitt.edu for more information or to obtain sponsorship or registration information.

Our thanks to the companies who have already committed to sponsorships for this year’s outing:

·         Front Nine: Elliott Company;

·         Back Nine: Foto Record and Westmoreland County Community College;

·         Putting Green: Wal-Mart;

·         Cart Sponsor: Natale Sporting Goods and South Greensburg Printing;

·         Refreshment Sponsors: Hampton Inn of Greensburg and Westmoreland Bar Association

·         Tee Sponsors: T.A. Nelson Bus Lines, Inc.; Stewart, McCardle, Sorice, Whalen, Farrell, Finoli, & Cavanaugh, LLC; Kiwanis Club of Greensburg; Ward and Christner, PC; Michele Bononi for Westmoreland Judge; Hillview Motors; S&T Bank; Kenneth B. Burkley; G&G Fitness Equipment, Inc;

·         Hole-in-One: Smail Auto Group ($10,000);

·         Closest-to-the-Pin: TEDCO Construction (Best Buy Gift Card);

·         Longest-Drive: University of Pittsburgh (A day with the Pittsburgh Panthers and meeting with Coach Dave Wannstedt);

·         Additional Sponsors: Chartwells, UPMC; Panera Bread; Pepsi; and Snyder of Berlin.

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:

·         Saturday, September 26, at 9 a.m.

·         Tuesday, October 6, at 6 p.m.

·         Tuesday, November 10, at 6 p.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?

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 www.GoodShop.com 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 www.GoodSearch.com Web site—or just add the toolbar to your internet homepage, and you’re ready to go,

    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.
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 the Office of Alumni Affairs at upgalum@pitt.edu 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 upgalum@pitt.edu.

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.

Insurance plans available through Pitt Alumni Association includes short-term health insurance available to alumni

One of the newest benefits available to Pitt-Greensburg alumni is short-term health insurance from GradMed. This is a short-term, comprehensive major medical plan that is ideal for alumni between jobs, new graduates, and people in transition. Answer three health-related questions and receive immediate enrollment for periods of 60 to 180 days. After meeting the $250 or $500 deductible, this coverage will pay 80 percent of covered charges to $5,000 and 100 percent thereafter to $1 million maximum benefit per person. This comprehensive protection pays benefits for hospitalization, outpatient services, surgery and doctor bills (pre-existing conditions excluded). Visit www.gradmed.com for more information.

The Pitt Alumni Association offers a variety of insurance programs through American Insurance Administrators to its members, including health, life, travel, auto, home, and renter’s insurance. Visit http://alumniinsuranceprogram.com to learn more about the programs available.

Pitt-Greensburg News Briefs

Fitness Center: Plans are underway for the grand opening of the 2,000-square-foot fitness center behind the gymnasium in Chambers Hall. Watch for confirmation of the date and activities, including a re-dedication ceremony and 20th anniversary celebration, in forthcoming correspondence. Construction continues on the renovation, which includes coaches’ offices and locker rooms. Work is expected to be completed in mid-August, and delivery of fitness equipment is expected within the next six weeks.  

Multi-media Upgrades to Classrooms: Thanks to the support of the UPG Foundation, new equipment installed in 27 classrooms on the Pitt-Greensburg campus will easily allow professors and students to incorporate PowerPoint, video, music, and the Internet into their educational experience. The classrooms, located in Smith Hall, Powers Hall, and Millstein Library, will now have a projector, projection screen, speakers, USB access to the electronic system, and appropriate computer furniture. Wireless Internet access will also be available in these classrooms to persons with a Pitt-Greensburg account. Additionally, University-owned laptops or desktop computers were offered to full-time faculty members for use as teaching aids. Staff members from the Computing and Telecommunications Services, Media and Instructional Technology Services, and Maintenance departments are responsible for the installation and upgrades, which were completed August 13. Operational management will be possible via a secure Internet connection that will show the technical status of the equipment, such as how many hours of use are left on a projector bulb or if a piece of equipment is malfunctioning.

Mark Your Calendar

September 9: Watch for details at www.upg.pitt.edu for National Pitt Networking Day. Students, alumni, and alumni volunteers will participate in this coast-to-coast event designed to facilitate introductions and build connections for developing career and job prospects.

 

September 12: The “Pitt People” team will participate in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s annual Walk for a Cure, to be held on the Pitt-Greensburg campus.

 

September 24: Join us at the fall La Cultura Lecture at 7 p.m. in the Campana Chapel and Lecture Center when Dr. Reid Andrews, Distinguished Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, will discuss issues affecting Brazil, especially in the area of race relations. Visit our web site for more information.

September 25: Join us at the Greensburg Country Club for the 2009 Pitt-Greensburg Golf Outing. Visit www.upg.pitt.edu for more information or to register. 

September 26: The Admissions Open House begins at 9:30 a.m. and allows prospective students and their families to explore the Pitt-Greensburg campus and talk to current students. To register, call 724-836-9880 or visit www.upg.pitt.edu. 

September 26: Katz Immersion MBA information session at 10 a.m. in 102 Lynch Hall. Call 724-836-9893 or email upgkimba@pitt.edu to register. 

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 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 15: The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg invites any member of the community who has graduated from medical school to serve as an interviewer during the Medical School Mock Interviews. Contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at 724-836-7496 or by email at upgalum@pitt.edu to volunteer or learn more about this event. 

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. 

October 29: The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg invites any member of the community who has graduated from graduate school to serve as an interviewer during the Graduate School Mock Interviews. Contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at 724-836-7496 or by email at upgalum@pitt.edu to volunteer or learn more about this event.  

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. 

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