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A newsletter for Pitt-Greensburg families
December 2021
COVID-19 Response
Vaccine Requirement Update:

A reminder that the University of Pittsburgh’s vaccine requirement goes into effect on Dec. 6, 2021. All Pitt affiliates on all campuses will need to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or have an approved exemption. Refer to the FAQs on coronavirus.pitt.edu for the most current information.

Proof of Vaccination: Upload your proof of vaccination to the appropriate portal for Pitt-Greensburg residential students or commuter students

On-Campus Vaccine Clinics: First, second, and third dose/booster shots will be offered at the Mainline Vaccine Clinic (Chambers Gymnasium) on Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to noon. Register for an appointment and choose from the Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Walk-ins are welcome.

Exemption Requests: Exemption requests submitted by students are being reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Pitt Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (OEDI) and can only be requested for medical reasons, or reasons based on sincerely held religious belief or because of a strong moral or ethical conviction. Exemption requests must be submitted online. Students who are granted an exemption will be subject to additional mitigation measures, such as routine COVID-19 testing.

Medical exemptions require a doctor’s signature. Religious and moral exemptions require a notarized attestation. Download and print one of the following forms: 

A photo or scan of the signed or notarized form must be uploaded to the Exemption Request Form online. For complimentary notary services on the Greensburg campus, please request an appointment via email.

Pitt-Greensburg's webpage also provides details on current COVID-19 guidelines and protocols.

On-Campus COVID Testing available:
An on-campus covid testing site is available for students who need to submit a Quest PCR test to maintain compliance with the University of Pittsburgh requirement for non-vaccinated individuals. The on-campus covid tests are for asymptomatic individuals only. We still expect all such members of our community to order their tests as previously instructed.
 However, if you have not received your test kit in a timely fashion, or for some other reason were unable to complete a weekly test, please come to our testing site as follows:
  • Location: Lynch Hall 106 (there are signs directing you to the testing site)
  • Day/Time: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
A staff member will be there to assist you with the testing protocol and will collect the testing materials when you complete the process. If you have not already done so, please register with Quest ahead of time, which will save you from waiting and registering at the testing site. Registration is encouraged, but not required.    Unvaccinated or undisclosed individuals are required by the University to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test between Monday-Saturday every week of the term. 

Please use this resource as needed to stay in compliance with the mandatory testing regimen.  Thank you for your attention to this critical issue.

Please visit our webpage to access the most up-to-date information about Pitt-Greensburg's COVID-19 protocols, as well as our Health & Safety Guidelines.

The most recent CMRO Update is now available.
There will be no CRMO Update published during the Thanksgiving holiday.
News
Mainline Pharmacy COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic: Pitt-Greensburg, in partnership with Mainline Pharmacy, will offer the last COVID-19 vaccine clinic of the fall semester on Tuesday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to noon. Members of the campus community and the greater Greensburg community may register to receive the first dose, second dose, or third dose/booster of the vaccines, which include Moderna, Pfizer, or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson. Register here

New Federal Loan Changes: Please join the Pitt Financial Aid Office as we discuss new changes in federal student loan programs. All students who have federal and/or private education loans are welcome to attend! If you are a first-year student or a graduating senior, this session will benefit you. Keep in mind there are significant changes coming in January 2022 and we want to make sure you are in the know! We’re here to help! There will be financial aid staff on hand to help with general questions. Register for the Dec. 9 session at 3 p.m.

Life Sciences Building Construction: The new Life Sciences Building is in the early stages of construction. Check out our live-stream video of the construction progress. 

Pitt-Greensburg Christmas Party for Jeannette Head Start: Pitt-Greensburg welcomes the students and staff from Jeannette Head Start for the annual Christmas Party. The Pitt-Greensburg community helps Santa by purchasing gifts for each child and/or donating to provide Giant Eagle gift cards to each family. Pitt-Greensburg has organized this event for more than 20 years, and our students facilitate activities for the children on the day of the event.

New Scholarship Opportunities for first-year students starting in Fall 2022:
Please take a few moments to read about two new scholarship opportunities for incoming students: 
Events
Highlights

Pitt-Greensburg: Campus-Only Blood DriveSchedule your life-saving appointment for the campus-only Vitalent Blood Drive to be held in Smith Hall Lounge on Dec. 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments are recommended. Use group code CU190062 to schedule your donation. If you cannot schedule online, please call 412-209-7000.

Pitt-Greensburg Chorale & Chamber Singers Concert: The Pitt-Greensburg Chorale and Chamber Singers will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2, and Friday, Dec. 3 in the Mary Lou Campana Chapel and Lecture Center. This year’s fall concert will include performances by students participating in the campus voice and piano programsAttendees should note that COVID-19 mitigation guidelines remain in effect, and face masks are required to be worn indoors.

PGAA Merry Mingle: Outside the snow will be falling, and inside alumni will be calling “Yoo-hoo!”  Don your ugliest, silliest, or craziest holiday sweater and join the Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association for the annual Merry Mingle on Dec. 3. This year’s event will feature delectable hors d’oeuvres, a spirited signature drink, a hot chocolate bar, an ugly sweater contest, games, giveaways, and more.  Registration is required.
 
The Pitt-Greensburg Office of Admissions offers a variety of opportunities to explore our campus and our programs. Visits may be done in person or virtually. We have walking tours and a self-directed drive-through tour. If you know of high school students who are doing their college searches, please encourage them to visit Pitt-Greensburg.
Parents/Guardians Facebook Group
Are you the parent/guardian of a current Pitt-Greensburg student? Join our discussion group on Facebook! This group is intended to build a community of Pitt-Greensburg Families and exchange information about University happenings.

The group link is https://bit.ly/pg-families-facebook.
Important Dates
Remind your Students!

December 1: Campus-only Blood Drive
December 2: Pitt-Greensburg Admissions Virtual Nursing Session
December 2 & 3: Pitt-Greensburg Chorale and Chamber Singers Concert
December 3: Pitt-Greensburg Christmas Party for Jeannette Head Start
December 3: PGAA Merry Mingle
December 4: Admission Application Process Info Session
December 6: Deadline to show proof of vaccine or have an approved exemption
December 7: COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic
December 8: Stress-Less Day (Therapy dogs, food, crafts)
December 8: Admission Application Process Info Session
December 9: Chartwells Winter Holiday Lunch
December 9: Pitt Financial Aid Zoom Seminar on New Federal Loan Changes
December 9: Last day of classes
December 10: SAB Up All Night (food & fun)
December 13-17: Finals Week
December 13: Moonlight Breakfast (Wagner Dining Hall)
December 14: Ice Cream Social Study Breaker (Wagner Dining Hall)
December 15: Nachos & Buffalo Chicken Dip Study Breaker (Wagner Dining Hall)
December 16: Free Soda & Coffee Study Breaker (Village Coffeehouse)
December 18: Residence Halls close at noon (re-open January 9, 2022, at noon)
December 19-January 9: Winter Recess for students (no classes)
December 20-January 3: Winter Recess for faculty and staff (all University buildings are closed)
January 4: All University offices and buildings re-open
January 9: Residence Halls open
January 10: Spring Term Classes begin
Scholarship Opportunities
PittFund$Me connects you with real, relevant scholarships. As a current Pitt student, you can log into PittFund$Me and answer a series of profile questions. The adaptive matching engine will display scholarship opportunities that are tailored to you.

Full-Tuition Scholarship Competition: Pitt-Greensburg invites top high school students to compete for one of its three full-tuition scholarships. Now in its sixth year, the program offers three full-tuition scholarships to qualified first-year students matriculating in fall 2022. The award covers the cost of in-state tuition for up to four years if the student meets the renewal criteria of maintaining a 3.5 GPA each academic year. This prestigious scholarship has a value of more than $50,000Applications and supporting materials must be postmarked by 5 p.m. on March 31, 2022, to receive consideration. Finalists will be invited to participate in an on-campus interview event on Saturday, April 16, 2022. Winners will be notified by the end of Friday, April 29, 2022.

SLICE Scholarship Program: Pitt-Greensburg has been awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to increase the retention and graduation rates of students in STEM. Through the S-STEM Scholarship Program, the NSF is strengthening the U.S scientific workforce by supporting academically talented students who would otherwise have difficulties reaching their goals. The goal of Pitt-Greensburg's STEM Learning Interdisciplinary Community Expansion (SLICE) Scholarship program is to attract, recruit, retain, and graduate academically talented, STEM students from rural areas with baccalaureate degrees in the natural sciences. Scholarships of up to $10,000 per year for a period of up to four years are available to eligible academically talented students. Currently, scholarships are being awarded for Fall 2022 to newly admitted undergraduate students with declared majors in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, & Applied Mathematics. Eligibility criteria and application materials are found here.

Pitt Plus
Pitt-Plus is a program sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg’s Student Government Association (SGA) and Office of Student Activities. This program is designed to assist in providing and/or advertising discounts and services to current students, faculty, and staff from local businesses.

Discounts range from 10-15% or other extra incentives are offered. New businesses are being added on an on going basis for our Pitt-Greensburg community to enjoy! For more information or if your business would like to participate, please contact Al Thiel at ajt58@pitt.edu.

Just look for the Pitt-Plus logo and show your Pitt-Greensburg ID to start saving today!
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