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A newsletter for Pitt-Greensburg families
January 2022
Happy New Year!
COVID-19 Response
IMPORTANT COVID-19 Protocol Information
for the return to Pitt-Greensburg

RESIDENT STUDENTS: TESTING BEFORE & AFTER RETURN TO CAMPUS:
  • ACTION REQUIRED! Unvaccinated resident students who received an exemption to the University’s vaccination requirement must submit a negative COVID-19 test prior to moving into the residence halls for the spring term. Request your test NOW to be delivered to your current location. Unvaccinated residents may not move into the residence halls for the spring term until a negative test result has been received.
     
  • ACTION REQUIRED! All resident students regardless of vaccination status will be required to submit a COVID-19 test within 24 hours after arriving on campus. It is important to also order this test ASAP and have it delivered to your on-campus address. This test can be dropped off at the Chambers Hall information desk beginning Sunday, Jan. 9.
RESIDENCE HALLS OPENING:
  • RESIDENCE HALLS WILL RE-OPEN at noon on Saturday, Jan. 8 in order to stagger students’ arrival to the residence halls. (Previously, the halls were scheduled to open at noon on Sunday, Jan.9.)
     
  • ACTION REQUIRED! Please sign up for a time slot during which you plan to arrive at the residence halls. There are a limited number of spaces for the various time slots, so please sign up now to secure your spot.
SHELTER-IN-PLACE DETAILS:
  • A University-wide shelter-in-place period will begin on Saturday, Jan. 8 on all campuses for students in University housing. During the shelter-in-place period, students should only leave their rooms or apartments to attend classes, labs, or clinicals in person; pick up food; exercise safely; study in the library; work when necessary; and shop for essentials and medical needs. Read more about sheltering in place after travel.
     
  • The shelter-in-place period will remain in effect until the CMRO advises that it is safe to lift, but will be in place at least 5 days after the last cohort arrives. Based on the above timelines, Pitt-Greensburg will shelter-in-place through at least Jan. 14. 
COMMUTER STUDENTS
  • Vaccinated commuter students do not have any additional testing requirements at this time.

TESTING FOR UNVACCINATED INDIVIDUALS RESUMES
(COMMUTER & RESIDENT STUDENTS)


As previously announced, unvaccinated individuals must have an approved exemption and are required by the University to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test between Monday-Saturday, every week of the term. This program will resume the week of Jan. 10.

Quest at-home testing:

During the fall, if a student had tested positive (with a PCR test) for Covid, they were exempt from testing for 90 days. This is because they could show a positive result. Now, however, with the Omicron Variant, students who have tested positive in the last 90 days, but experience Covid symptoms should be tested.  As long as one does not experience any symptoms during the 90 days, they will not have to be tested.

REMINDERS

While on campus, everyone must wear a face-covering indoors at all times

The University of Pittsburgh requires every student, faculty, and staff member to comply with certain mitigation measures unless they provide proof that they have been vaccinated (please see University information here).

Upload your proof of vaccination status:
Resident students | Commuter students | Faculty/staff members

Boosters are critical, so register for your booster today or plan to be boosted shortly after returning to campus. The booster provides an increased immune response that improves protection against getting infected with COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are available from local healthcare providers.

We know that many of you are excited to return, but please limit your close contacts and do not plan or attend social gatherings.

Updated rules and requirements became effective Monday, Dec. 6, 2021.

As the pandemic has evolved, so has the University’s response. Based on the latest data and public health guidance, the Healthcare Advisory Group has revised our Standards and Guidelines and implemented the following rules for all Pitt campuses.

VACCINE REQUIREMENT

Effective Dec. 6, 2021, the University of Pittsburgh requires all Pitt affiliates on all campuses to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved exemption. This includes:

  • Faculty (including full-time, part-time, and adjunct)
  • Staff (including full-time, part-time, and temporary)
  • Students (including both graduate, professional and undergraduate)

Thank you for your attention to these important protocols.

Please visit this page for complete information on this requirement and FAQs.

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.
 
News
Annual Resume Contest Winners: Congratulations to Evonna Chisom (Demonstrated Qualifications, Freshman-Sophomore), Lara Bromyard (Demonstrated Qualifications, Junior-Senior), and Nolan Sion (Overall Effective Format and Style, Freshman-Senior) for being selected this year's Resume Contest winners. Six alumni judges reviewed resumes submitted by 26 students. 

Recording Available: If you or your student missed the alumni panel, Are You Talking to Me: From DMs to Interviews, in November 2021 you can view it online. Featuring Katie Byers ’17, Chuck Goulding ’83, Jennifer Miller ’20, Phil Novak ’07, and Chad Eric Smith ’08, the panel discussed using social media, writing effectively, speaking to the position, thinking like a recruiter, and applying for government jobs. Students earned GEM and Village credit for attending.

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. 

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

Coming in March--Professional Impressions: Encourage your student to register for this year's Professional Impressions, a networking workshop featuring a career speaker, optional pre-networking workshop, and networking. Alumni will be on hand to offer tips and insight on how to network, too. All Saints Brewing owner Jeff Guidos will speak and offer samplings. Light appetizers and non-alcoholic options will be included. Space is limited for this event. March 15 from 6-8 p.m.; Chambers Hall.
 
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!
January 4: All University offices and buildings re-open
January 8 & 9: Residence Halls open
January 8-14: Students shelter-in-place
January 10: Spring Term Classes begin
January 17: Observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day (campus offices closed)
January 17: MLK Day of Service (Chambers Hall)
February 22: Pitt Day of Giving
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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Calendar of important Academic Dates - Fall Term 2021 | Spring Term 2022

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Save the Date: Pitt Day of Giving is 2/22/22
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