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A newsletter for Pitt-Greensburg families
February 2022
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COVID-19 Response
IMPORTANT COVID-19 Protocol Information
 
  • While on campus, everyone must wear a face-covering indoors at all timesWear a properly fitting mask and wash or sanitize your hands frequently. For most people, a well-fitting surgical, cloth, or KN95 mask is effective for everyday use. Double-masking with a surgical mask and a cloth mask on top can improve the fit. Learn more from the CDC's page on mask types and their benefits. Remember to practice physical distancing whenever possible. In your residence, frequently clean high-touch areas.
     
  • Pitt is making N95 or equivalent respirators available to the campus community. Pitt-Greensburg students can obtain one N95 mask by showing their Pitt ID to a building concierge on campus. An N95 mask may be worn up to five times. Details will be shared with students via their @Pitt email. 
     
  • Medical evidence indicates that the omicron variant of the coronavirus is highly contagious, but causes milder symptoms than previous strains, particularly among vaccinated and younger individuals. However, the prevalence of less severe symptoms is no reason to let our guard down.
     
  • Boosters are critical, so register for your booster today. 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.
     
  • 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).
     
  • Get tested right away if you develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Students who test positive should contact Nurse Pam (724-836-9947). Then, follow the isolation protocol as directed.
     
  • Avoid congested public spaces as much as possible--our campus community is >90% vaccinated, but in other settings, it is likely that far fewer individuals are vaccinated. 


WEEKLY TESTING FOR UNVACCINATED INDIVIDUALS 
(COMMUTER STUDENTS & RESIDENT STUDENTS)

  • Tests may be dropped off at the Information Desk in Chambers Hall (Bobcat area).
     
  • Quest at-home testing:
  • If necessary, on-site testing is available in Lynch Hall 106 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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.

Read the latest CRMO Update here

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News
University of Pittsburgh Endowed Book Fund for Pitt Students: Qualified undergraduate students enrolled at any of the University of Pittsburgh campuses AND whose parent or guardian is a classified Pitt staff member are eligible to apply for awards to purchase books or supplies. The application deadline is 5 p.m. on Feb. 14. Questions: contact the Pitt Staff Council Office at 412-624-4236 or staffcouncil@pitt.edu

Pitt-Greensburg Athletics Hall of Fame to be established: On Feb. 18 and Feb. 19, Pitt-Greensburg will celebrate some of the most decorated athletes, coaches, and teams to ever take the field or court for the Blue & Gold. Five individuals and two teams will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during a recognition ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 18 in Wagner Dining Hall. The group will also be recognized at the men's basketball game on Feb. 19. The deadline to register ($25, including food/beverage) for the Feb. 18 recognition ceremony is Feb. 10.

Pitt-Greensburg Undergraduate Research & Creativity Spotlight: Pitt-Greensburg students are invited to participate in this year's Spotlight by submitting their original research and creativity projects for review by the PURCS committee. Students from all years and all majors are encouraged to submit! The submission period is open now and runs through Mar. 15. Students whose work is selected will be asked to participate in a virtual presentation of their work in April.

Save the Date for Commencement 2022: There are less than three months until Commencement on Apr. 30. If your student is graduating, please encourage them to watch their @Pitt email for RSVP information and to check the Commencement webpage.

New minor in Anthropology: Pitt-Greensburg recently had a new minor in anthropology approved. Students can bolster their major(s) with this new option that only requires a total of five courses in the subject area for a total of 15 credits.

Life Sciences Building Construction: Check out our live-stream video of the construction progress and watch this building grow. The expected completion is November 2022.

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:  Coming in March: Spring Recess | Professional Impressions Networking Workshop | Pitt-Greensburg Theatre Company production of The Great American Trailer Park Musical | Pitt Day in Harrisburg 
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Events
Highlights

Black History Month Highlights

Pitt-Greensburg: Step Afrika!: Step Afrika! is a dance company dedicated to the African-American tradition of "stepping." It is a non-profit organization that tours nationally and internationally, presents residencies and workshops worldwide, and uses "stepping" as an educational tool. The performance will take place at the Ferguson Theater on Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Academic Village, SAB, SGA, and the President's Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.

Moe Spencer--Under the Influence: As part of its observation of Black History Month, Pitt-Greensburg presents Moe Spencer, a marijuana attorney who will discuss the history of marijuana growth and its use in the United States, the political reasons for why it became illegal, and the origins of its classification as a Schedule I Narcotic. Moe equips his audiences with the historical and legal facts to make up their own mind on this controversial topic. 8 p.m., Feb. 17, Mary Lou Campana Chapel and Lecture Center.

Soul Food Dinner:
Carlotta Paige, co-founder and co-chair of the Westmoreland Diversity Coalition, is the keynote speaker at this year's Soul Food Dinner. A popular event for the campus community who come together to enjoy delicious traditional Soul Food and learn about diversity, equality, and inclusion. 7 p.m., Feb. 23, Wagner Dining Hall.

More Black History Month Events: The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford invites the Pitt-Greensburg community to participate in the virtual activities it has planned for Black History Month. A catalog of Black History Month activities may also be found on the Pitt Calendar. Use the hashtag #BlackHistoryMonth to search for all events in the Pitt system..


Financial Wellness Series: The University of Pittsburgh will offer a series of virtual seminars to help students understand money management. Topics include Budgeting & Saving (Feb. 3 / 6 p.m.), Grocery Shopping on a Budget (Feb. 9 / 5 p.m.), and Student Loan Repayment Workshop (Feb. 23 / 6 p.m). Advance registration is required and accessible through the links above.

Pitt-Greensburg Panther Leadership Summit: The Panther Leadership Summit brings the professional conference right to our campus! This experience will give students a taste of a professional conference, so they can do it with ease when they enter the workforce or graduate/professional school. It's so much more than leadership, too. This event will count towards attending an off-campus leadership conference for GEM. Please visit Engage for login information for this event on Feb. 5. This event is being hosted by Leadership & GEM.

Getting to Know PittCat: Whether they are a new student or have been on campus a bit, it's important to know how to use the University Library System to support classroom work. This virtual session provides an overview of PittCat features, including an in-depth look at search functionality and request services. Basic and advanced features will be presented with time for Q&A. Advance registration is required. 1 p.m. on Feb. 8 and Feb. 22.

Pitt Career + Internship Fairs: Spring is the time of year when students often start their search for a post-graduation job, a summer job, or an internship. The University of Pittsburgh will hold a series of career/internship fairs in February. Information is posted to Engage, and students may choose from Arts & Sciences (Feb 15), Engineering (Feb. 16), and Computing & Information Science (Feb. 17).

Spanish Tertulias: Conversation and games in Spanish--and students are invited! All levels of Spanish are welcome to join the fun. Feb. 15 at 12:15 p.m. in Village Hall.

Therapy Dog Tuesdays: Students are invited to join the Top Dog Therapy Team and the Office of Student Services every other Tuesday for some good, old-fashioned puppy love and animal therapy. Come, relax, and socialize with some lovely canine friends. Feb. 15 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
 
Suit-Up with JCPenney
Pitt-Greensburg's Office of Career Services is partnering with JCPenney at the Westmoreland Mall (Greensburg, PA) to offer another Suit-up event on Feb. 20. Students and alumni will receive an extra 30 percent off select professional apparel, shoes, and accessories. Remind your student to watch his or her email for additional details. At this time, this is scheduled as an in-person event.
 
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.

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. Mar. 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Chambers Hall.

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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.

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Important Dates
Remind your Students!
Feb. 3: Money Moves: Budgeting & Saving (virtual)
Feb. 3: The Great Village Bake-Off
Feb. 5: Panther Leadership Summit
Feb. 9: Step Afrika! performance
Feb. 8: Getting to know PittCat
Feb. 9: Grocery Shopping on a Budget (virtual)
Feb. 11: Escape Room Night!
Feb. 14: Virtual Valentine's Day Bingo
Feb. 15: University of Pittsburgh Career + Internship Fair (Arts & Sciences)
Feb. 15: Therapy Dog Tuesdays
Feb. 16: Criminal Justice Club Bi-Weekly Meeting
Feb. 16: University of Pittsburgh Career + Internship Fair (Engineering)
Feb. 17: Moe Spencer: Under the Influence--A history of marijuana growth and its use in the U.S.
Feb. 17: University of Pittsburgh Career + Internship Fair (Computing & Information Science)
Feb. 20: Suit-Up with JCPenney (discounts on select purchases with Pitt ID)
Feb. 21: Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Monthly Meeting
Feb. 21: Bruiser's Birthday Celebration
Feb. 22: Pitt Day of Giving
Feb. 22:
Getting to Know PittCat
Feb. 23: Soul Food Dinner
Feb. 23: Student Loan Repayment Workshop (virtual)
Feb. 24: Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society General Meeting

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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 Mar. 31, 2022, to receive consideration. Finalists will be invited to participate in an on-campus interview event on Saturday, Apr. 16, 2022. Winners will be notified by the end of Friday, Apr. 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.

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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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Campus Calendars
View a complete listing of Campus Events

Calendar of important Academic Dates -  Spring Term 2022

Pitt-Greensburg Athletics Calendar

A complete listing of the calendars available to the campus community

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