Dinner with 12 Panthers
Friday, January 29, 2016 and Saturday, January 30, 2016
What is Dinner with 12 Panthers?
This annual event and now a standing tradition, occurs during the start of the spring semester. The premise of the program is that Pitt alumni sign-up to host or co-host a dinner for no more than twelve Student Alumni Association members at a location of the alumnus's choice. Students and alumni are then matched in accordance with their interests and majors (to the best of our ability).
Alumni HOST and Co-HOST Information
Who qualifies as a host?
Any alumni of the University of Pittsburgh are welcome to participate. Additionally, we welcome co-hosts to join the main host (they do not need to be an alumnus). Often times, these are spouses, colleagues, or children who have graduated from college and are in the career field.
Who pays for the dinner?
This program has been a success because of the very generous donations of our alumni. The host (and co-host) pays for the dinner.
Do alumni hosts need to provide transportation for the students?
No, the Pitt Alumni Association and Blue and Gold Society make arrangements with each group of students. Modes of transportation include cars, city buses, and walking (to nearby locations).
Where can I have my dinner?
The location is up to you, but many alumni choose to host their dinner at their home or a restaurant on or around campus. We do ask, however, that alumni's homes are not more than 5 miles away from campus. If they are, we kindly ask that you have your dinner at a local eatery.
Who qualifies as a dinner guest?
Any current SAA member of the University of Pittsburgh is welcome to participate. If you are not already a member you can join SAA at www.alumni.pitt.edu/saa/join
Who pays for the dinner?
This program has been a success because of the very generous donations of our alumni. The host (and co-host) pays for the dinner. As a student, you are not expected to pay for the meal, but are required to follow through with your commitment of attending. In many cases, meals are prepaid and arranged so last minute cancellations are strongly discouraged.
How will I get to the dinner?
The Pitt Alumni Association and Blue and Gold Society make arrangements with each group of students to get them to their dinner location. Modes of transportation include cars, city buses, and walking (to nearby locations). Approximately one week prior to the dinner you will be contacted by a Blue and Gold Student Host who will inform you about the Information Session. At the session (the Monday prior to the dinners) you will meet the rest of your group, identify a meeting location, and work out transportation.
Where will my dinner be?
The location is up to your host, but many alumni choose to host their dinner at their home or a restaurant on or around campus. We do ask, however, that alumni's homes are not more than 5 miles away from campus. The winter weather is sometimes troubling for travel.
What types of hosts participate?
Each year hosts change, but we have nearly had every discipline represented in the history of the program. From English teachers to chemical engineers to event planners to physicians and nurses, alumni have signed up to host students. We cannot guarantee certain areas, but will do our best to match you to a suitable dinner. Regardless of placement, each dinner is a wonderful way to practice your networking skills and meet new people!
Dinner with 12 Panthers - Feedback from Alumni Hosts and Student Participants
What are other alumni hosts saying about this program?
I find the program to be a very enjoyable experience as it gives the students a chance to learn more about their prospective careers from their hosts and it gives the hosts the opportunity to learn more about what is going on around campus. ~ Dave Emanuel ENGR '89
What a chance to interact with the students who will help define the future! Many of them have majors that did not exist when I went to Pitt. They are eloquent in explaining these majors, they are gracious and ask thoughtful questions. I'm sure that I am more enriched by this time together than they are.
But it is a great experience for all of us. Hail to Pitt and the Pitt Alumni Association for sponsoring this. ~ Current Pitt Alumni Association President, Jane Allred, A&S '71
This is my fourth year being involved and it gets better every year. We really enjoyed hosting it at our home this year. ~ Valerie Njie, EDUC '71
We always try to hold our event at a venue that the students might not otherwise get to experience during their time at the University of Pittsburgh. DW12 provides an excellent opportunity to spend time and exchange thoughts with some of the best and brightest undergraduate students at Pitt. Hopefully we have created a lasting Pitt memory. ~ Dave & Maureen Lower
What are other students saying about Dinner with 12 Panthers?
DW12 sparked my desire to get more involved on campus and to be excited for my career future! ~ Karly Storms A&S, '16
Dinner with 12 Panthers was an excellent way to meet new people and network with alumni on a personal level you would not have the chance to do in any other setting; it was the most influential SAA experience I had all year. ~ Jonelle Krise, A&S '17
It was wonderful to hear stories and career advice from a woman who had many different jobs in the pharmacy field; I also enjoyed meeting other students who were going through the same things I was in school. ~ Megan Dunlop, A&S '17
My Dinner with 12 has a been a fun experience the past two years. It is definitely something I would do again and look forward to it next spring. Getting the chance to network with previous and current Pitt students is priceless and will benefit you in the long run. ~ Mattie Worley, SHRS '18