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1787
  • University Founding …
    General Assembly of Pennsylvania incorporated Pittsburgh Academy "for the education of youth in useful arts, sciences, and literature."An idea of the beginning phase of the University of Pittburgh--How far we have come!

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1801
  • Joseph H. Larwill no…
    This is a notebook belonging to Pittsburgh Academy alumnus, Joseph H. Larwill; it is the only manuscript in the University Archives from The Pittsburgh Academy period. A digital reproduction of the notebook is available online.
    http://digital.library.pitt.edu/cgi-bin/f/findaid/findaid-idx?c=ascead;cc=ascead;q1=larwill;rgn=main;view=text;didno=US-PPiU-ua91a3
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1819
  • School Renamed Weste…
    The name of the school changed to the Western University of Pennsylvania (university charter)
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1835
  • Alumni Support Dr. G…
    The alumni association pledged its support to the trustees and the new president, Dr. Gilbert Morgan.
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1838
  • Only extant 1838 dip…
    Michael Harshaw worked in a stone quarry to enable him to study at the University.

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1866
  • Organizational meeti…
    First organizational meeting of an alumni association was held for the Western University of Pennsylvania. Officers: George I. Whitney, '64; William J. Sawyer, '65; John Gordon, '66; John R. Wightman, '65; Rev. John H. McCandless, '64. Semi-annual or annual meetings were held until 1889.
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  • Alumni Association o…
    Alumni Association of Western University of Pennsylvania founded on June 27.
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  • Alumni Association P…
    A listing of Pitt Alumni Association presidents from 1866 to the present can be found at www.alumni.pitt.edu.
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1869
  • WUP Alumni Associati…
    First page of a handwritten constitution for the Western University of Pennsylvania Alumni Association
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  • WUP Constitution…
    The handwritten constitution of the Western University of Pennsylvania Alumni AssociationWestern University Alumni Association Constitution

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1881
  • Alumni meeting annou…
    Alumni Meeting announced in commencement program
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1882
  • Gaudeamus student fe…
    It is reported that early in the University’s history an event called Gaudeamus was held at the end of each school year. It was planned by students with an alumnus master of the feast. Alumni and students were invited to attend.
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  • University's First H…
    The University's first home was a small brick building that housed the President's home (Robert Bruce) and adjoining it was the "Hall" which held two rooms – one above the other.
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  • Paper sent to Alumni…
    The paper's first edition each year was sent to all alumni, trustees, benefactors, and former students whose address was known. Subscription was $1.
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  • An alumnus offers a …
    An alumnus began a contest for the best song relating the history or future of the University. The prize was $20.
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  • Plea for Funds…
    "Come, yet alumni and alumnae; Come, ye many friends, unnumbered; From the kingdom of the College, From the land of the Hereafter; Give us of your much spondulicks, Of your very plenteous money; Help us make our paper might, A big ,chief among the papers; Thus to live and never die."
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  • Rally call to create…
    Mentions a meeting of the Alumni Society on Wednesday at 3 pm. [Vol. 1, No. 6, pg. 122] No acting officers of the Alumni Society. Rally call to create "active participation" in the Alumni Society.
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1883
  • Graduates of the Duq…
    Graduates of the Duquesne College were admitted as Western University of Pennsylvania Alumni.
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  • Meeting is held to r…
    Alumni Association meeting was held to re-organize the association.
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1884
  • Reorganization of as…
    Announced that the re-organization of the Alumni association had failed due to "bickering" and dissension among the alumni – some of whom favored the old administration and others that favored the new.
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  • WUP Alumni Associati…
    WUP Alumni Association Constitution published in the paper.
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  • It is reported that …
    It was reported that the Alumni Association was recovering and trying to revive.
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1887
  • Alumni associatioin …
    Alumni Association held its annual banquet at the Seventh Avenue Hotel.
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  • 1887 Constitution…
    First page of a new hand-written constitution of the Western University of Pennsylvania Alumni Association dated June 23, 1887

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  • University's first f…
    Elva Martin Thornberg received a doctor of medicine degree from the University.
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1891
  • An ad in the Courant…
    An ad in the newspaper calling on alumni to advertise their businesses in the paper.
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  • Lectures are offered…
    "During the next college year we are to have the privilege of hearing lectures, upon various scientific and sociological subjects, by men who are recognized, the country over, as authorities. We are not able, as yet, to publish a list of the speakers and subjects, but we understand that arrangements are being made and plans are being furthered for the success of the plan. These lectures will be grand things for bringing together the alumni and friends of the University, and the students are heartily in favor of the project……"
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  • Reinvigoration of al…
    "It has been a source of regret to a large number of graduates of the University that no association of the Alumni is in existence. Frequent meetings of individual classes have been held, but, as far as is known, no general meeting of the Alumni has ever been convened. Such a long separation, as is well known has a tendency to dull that interest which a graduate has for his Alma Mater, and, in the case of the University, there has been no exception to the rule. There is a sort of respect which they feel toward the institution in which they received so much good, but there is an absence of that enthusiastic patriotism which is so characteristic of a member of an alumni association. They want an Alumni association, for they feel that, although they are graduates of the University, they are of no further interest to it, and they believe such an association will bind them closer to each other and promote each other’s interests the more. In conversation with several prominent attorneys, graduates of the University, the fact was revealed that they have desired such an organization for a long time and thought it a pity that a college with so many illustrious graduates could not be strengthened by an Alumni association, but they did not think it proper for them to take the initiative step. They felt that such as organization would be of untold benefit to the University by bringing graduates into closer relationship with it and the work being done there, and they thought every graduate would derive a great amount of good from a closer fellowship with each other, which such a society would promote among their number. The University and its interests would naturally be discussed at their annual meetings, and everything would be done to increase its fame and broaden its field of labor. They saw no reason why this association should not be successful, with so many brilliant legal lights, so many eloquent orators and prominent members of the medical fraternity, and so many successful business men, who would be delighted to be considered in connection with a society of their Alma Mater. They prophesied a brilliant future for such an organization. Let us hope that the proper person will take steps to form a permanent association, so that at next commencement there may be a grand re-union of old graduates, - initiating what ought to be a series of annual meetings. The Courant offers its assistance to the organizer of such a body, and invites the co-operation of every graduate of the Western University."
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1892
  • Alumni Fail to Raise…
    Dr. Holland asked the General Alumni Council to raise $40,000 for faculty endowments but the General Alumni Association could not raise it.
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  • Plans for a reunion …
    "The Alumni Association seems to be an assurred fact. Mr. F.W. McKee, Secretary, issued a call for meeting in the Y.M.C.A. parlors for March 25, for the purpose of admitting the classes of '89, '90 and '91 and for arranging an Alumni re-union and banquet to be held in June.
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  • Alumni asked to cont…
    A circular was sent to alumni asking them to contribute to the Athletic Association.
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  • J.F. Griggs, Jr., ta…
    "The class of '92 has taken the initial step in the proper direction. They have elected J.F. Griggs, Jr., for a period of five years to send to the Courant or any other paper in existence in the University all information pertaining to their class and its individual members. Other classes should follow their example and let the world know what the Alumni of the University are doing."
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  • Hopes for an annual …
    "It is hoped that the Alumni banquet will be a permanent thing. There is no better way to draw the graduates together and keep alive their interest in their Alma Mater.
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  • Glee Club entertains…
    "The Alumni were more than pleased with the singing of the Glee Club at the Alumni banquet."
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  • Early constitution a…
    Earliest Constitution and By-laws. Formed the GAA in 1897. New constitution and by-laws in 1908 when the name of the university changed.
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  • Earliest constitutio…
    The earliest Constitution and By-laws approved on June 29.
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1893
  • First African Americ…
    First African American alumnus, William Hunter Dammond, graduates from the University.
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1894
  • Alumni Committee on …
    "The Alumni committee on Athletics has begun to take an active interest and we may expect to hear from them very soon."
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  • Freshman yell that h…
    “A large juicy doughnut awaits the thrice blessed possessor of that colossal intellect from which emanated that peerless monument to the beauties of the English language, the yell of the Fresh[men], Hoo-rah dog! Hoo-rah dog! The Sophomore class is on the hog!”
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  • Western University C…
    Members of the Alumni are requested to send any items of interest concerning themselves or their class-mates or any change of address, to the ‘Alumni Editor,’ Western University of Pennsylvania, Allegheny, PA. After some months of non-existence, the Western University Courant makes its appearance in the college world in a new dress, with a new management, with every prospect of success, if push and pluck on the part of the undergraduates can win. To make the paper a complete success, in a financial way, it needs the support of every Alumnus of the institution. There is not a member of the Alumni Association who cannot easily afford the small price of a year’s subscription. Now, don’t say ‘That’s right,’ but sit down and write a little note, inclosing a dollar. To make the magazine a complete success, from a collegiate point of view, it is necessary to have a well conducted Alumni column. The editor of the department is ready to do all in his power to make it so, but he needs the co-operation of every member of the Alumni. A complete monthly bulletin of their doings is a valuable medium for keeping up an interest in the alma mater. The earnest request of the Alumni editor is that every member will send in every item of interest they know in regard to themselves and their class-mates.
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  • Membership drive and…
    "The second Alumni Year-Book is being prepared for publication, and will contain much of interest to friends of the University, as well as to the Alumni. A committee has been appointed to secure associate members. As many of the best men of Pittsburgh and Allegheny are eligible to associate membership, we expect to see shortly, the influence of the Association greatly increased. At a recent meeting of the Executive Committee of the Alumni Association, a committee was appointed to notify all who have attended the University over one year of their eligibility to associate membership in the Alumni Association. The committee consists of A.W. Duff, Prof. R.T. Stewart and W.A. Johnston. It is quite probable that the date of holding the Alumni banquet will be changed from Commencement week to sometime during the winter, as it is believed a larger attendance can thus be secured. The business meeting of the Association will then be held during Commencement week, probably on class day and in the University buildings. We are glad to note that the Alumni Association is showing an increased interest in its alma mater. We refer to the effort being made by that Association to increase the resources of the Collegiate Department, by raising the amount necessary to place an additional professor on its faculty. We quote from the resolution enthusiastically adopted at the last business meeting, as follows: (4) 'To give our donation a name, and to place its emphasis where intended, by the resolution of 1893, it can best be entitled, 'The Alumni Chair of the Greek Language, and Literature,' though our full intent is, and the practical result will be, to benefit the whole Collegiate Department in all its work, by just so much as we add to its total revenue, and relieve its now overburdened faculty."
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  • Alumni column appear…
    Alumni column appears for the first time.
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1895
  • Pitt Goes Coed…
    University of Pittsburgh becomes a co-educational institution
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  • Alumni Banquet plann…
    "The banquet committee of the Alumni Association, which consists of Charles W. Scovel, '83, D.H. Wallace, '91, and H.S. Calvert, '93, has decided to hold the annual banquet about Feb. 21. In changing the date of the banquet to midwinter, it is the intention to hold the annual meeting at the University buildings during commencement week. It is hoped this way to gain a larger attendance at both meetings."
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  • Membership criteria …
    "At a recent meeting of the Executive Committee of the Alumni Association a number of associate member were elected under Section 3, Article 2 of the Constitution, which reads: ‘The Associate Membership shall consist of all persons who, having been during not less than one year regularly enrolled students of the said University, shall present applications for membership, who may thereupon be elected Associate Members by a majority of all the members of the Executive Committee.’ The list of those elected is as follows: …."
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  • Association to assis…
    "The alumni association has decided to take vigorous hold in the work of assisting the athletic association. Two years ago the athletic association sent a communication to the alumni asking that a committee be appointed to assist in the management of athletic affairs. This was to be an advisory board and was to have certain powers. The appointees of the alumni association did nothing the first year, but this season a working board has been named. The members are: J.D. Scott, '91, chairman, Dr. Walther Riddle, '92, J. Easton McKirdy, '93, H.S. Calvert, '94, and E.E. Mayer, '95. It is the intention of this advisory board to effect a thorough re-organization of the athletic work at the University, and in this it seeks the assistance, both financial and personal, of all students. As a first move, a football team is to be placed in the field. This year, the work entailed upon the committee will be unusually heavy, because of the deplorable state into which athletics in every branch have dropped, however, the financial as well as the active ends will be maintained and the idea is from this to build up a system of handling all athletic teams, so as to accomplish the best results at the least cost. The committee has held several meetings and decided upon plans, while chairman Scott and Mayer '95 are hard at work with the foot ball candidates. They have engaged Stuart of last year’s State College eleven to coach. President Scovel of the alumni association is starting his year of work in a promising manner. The association has several important projects on hand, principal among which is the establishing of an alumni chair of languages or literature at the University. Nothing but the preliminary steps have been taken in this matter, but the reports indicate that the money necessary to place an endownment of$25,000 on this chair will be forthcoming. In addition to this, the alumni association will have plenty of work ahead in arranging to co-operate with the university authorities for the celebration of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the establishment of W.U.P., which occurs in the spring of '97. A prominent alumnus has suggested that the annual banquet of the association be converted into a mammoth rally of University men, and include the students at present in the different branches of the institution. This plan has been discussed as feasible and may be undertaken. President Scovel's appointments upon the various alumni boards will be announced soon."
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  • Plan to endow an Alu…
    "The annual banquet and reunion of the Alumni of the Collegiate and Engineering departments, was held on the evening of the 22nd, at Kuhn’s Café. The festivities were preceded by a short business meeting, at which the most important matter considered was the proposed plan for raising the necessary funds for the endowment of the Alumni Chair of Greek, on what is known as the Building and Loan plan. The plan is a popular one and seems to offer the best means of securing the necessary fund. By it, each alumnus is asked to take one or more shares, or half shares, or Loan Association stock, which will mature in say five years, at the expiration of which time the permanent endowment fund will be accrued. In the meantime, the Loan Association allows a withdrawal per month of the professor’s salary. The plan was adopted, and the Committee on Alumni Chair of Greek was instructed to take steps to put it into operation."
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  • Second Alumni Yearbo…
    Suggests that the Alumni Association of the Western University had begun two years previously in 1893.
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  • Constitution and By-…
    Constitution and By-Laws of the Association included, adopted June 24, 1892.
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1896
  • Endowment of Alumni …
    "The movement to endow the Greek chair by the Alumni, is coming along nicely. A prominent alumnus has reported that very substantial progress has been made; so the Alumni may hope to see their expectations in regard to this matter realized in the near future."
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1897
  • Alumni support Chanc…
    Alumni support Chancellor Holland in his efforts to purchase property for new buildings near Schenley Park.
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  • General Alumni Assoc…
    The General Alumni Association (GAA) formed in February.
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1898
  • First women graduate…
    The first two women to earn undergraduate degrees from Pitt: Margaret Lydia and Stella Mathilda Stein in 1898. They shared the first spot in their class.
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1899
  • Alumni Banquet Held …
    2nd General Alumni Banquet held at the Hotel Schenley
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  • Vice-Admiral George …
    Vice-Admiral, George Dewey, LL.D. '98 promoted to Admiral and was appointed to the Phillipine Commission by President McKinley. Salary of $13,000.
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  • 2nd Annual Alumni Ba…
    Second Annual Alumni Banquet held at the Hotel Schenley. Charles W. Scovel, A.M. ’83, President of the GAA, acted as toastmaster. The Metropolitan Orchestra played during the nine courses.
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  • Dental alumni annual…
    At the annual dental banquet Dr. Charles F. Friesell explained the organization of the alumni. The GAA included the alumni of the whole university while each department maintained its own alumni association. Dental alumni numbered 23.
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  • Second Annual Alumni…
    Second Annual General Alumni Banquet held at the Hotel Schenley
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1900
  • Association Vice Pre…
    Mr. James Layng, a vice-president of the Alumni Association, is named to the University's Board of Trustees.
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  • Work begins on the O…
    Work began on the new Observatory.
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  • Dr. Holland resigns…
    Resignation letter of Dr. Holland.
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1902
  • Chancellor Recognize…
    Alumnae Organization officially recognized by the Chancellor.
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  • WUP Glee Club…
    Photo taken of the WUP Glee Club in 1902

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1903
  • Alumni Endowment Dri…
    Alumni Endowment Fund drive
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  • Alumni contribute to…
    Alumni contributed toward the $525,000 to build the Gymnasium
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  • Alumni offer $2,000 …
    Alumni offered $2,000 to support football team as long as it was matched by the students
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1904
  • Students and alumlni…
    The students and alumni were successful in raising the funds needed to buy equipment for the football team
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1905
  • Alumni Included in A…
    A new constitution for the Athletic Association is adopted which included alumni on the (National Rules?) Committee.
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1906
  • Association United A…
    "A movement of considerable significance during the year has been the new spirit of activity among the alumni resulting in the formation of a new association. Heretofore the departments have had their alumni associations and the general Association has been representative only. By enthusiastic and unanimous consent of all the departments, this plan has been reversed. The General Alumni Association is now the organization of all the graduates of the University regardless of department. Honorable George W. Guthrie, one of our distinguished graduates, was elected President. The other officers represent the various departments. The several departments may still have their separate associations, probably will have, but the one organization representing the whole University will henceforth be the general one, composed as here set forth. Large things are expected of this Association, not alone in gifts toward the creation of the New University, but in enthusiasm toward the creation of a larger and more generous sympathy and and cooperation on the part of the people of the community."
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1907
  • Alumni Athletic Asso…
    Formation of the W.U.P Alumni Athletic Association – "The object of the Association shall be the promotion of athletics at the University." Constitution, Article II.
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  • Information Collecte…
    The Alumni Association began to collect information regarding alumni and former students so that they could publish an alumni register.
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  • General Alumni Assoc…
    GAA reorganized.
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1908
  • School Renamed Unive…
    The name changed again to the University of Pittsburgh (court documents)
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  • School renamed Unive…
    The school renamed as the University of Pittsburgh. New By-laws and Constitution created.
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  • First meeting of new…
    First annual meeting of the “new general Alumni Association”
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  • Class of 1893 create…
    The University hand-clap created by the class of 1893, expressed with hand claps:
    Al-le-ge-nee, ge-nack, ge-nack,
    Al-le-ge-nee, ge-nack, ge-nack,
    Horah! Hoorah! WUP!
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1909
  • Committee of Fifty C…
    Creation of a Committee of Fifty.
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  • Why Panther was chos…
    "George M.P. Baird, '09, has written this information: 'The panther (felis concolor) was adopted as the University of Pittsburgh’s totem at a meeting of student and alumni leaders in the early autumn of 1909. . . The totem was not chosen primarily because of any association with Panther Hollow; but for the following reasons: (1) the panther was the most formidable creature once indigenous to the Pittsburgh region; (2) it had ancient, heraldic standing as a noble animal; (3) the happy accident of alliteration; (4) the close approximation of its hue to the old gold of the University colors (old gold and blue), hence its easy adaptability in decoration; and (5) the fact that no other college or university then employed it as a symbol.'"

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  • Alumnae have own org…
    Alumnae were no longer assessed dues since they had their own organization
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  • Faculty and trustees…
    Faculty and University Trustees made honorary GAA members.
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1910
  • Alumni Council begun…
    Alumni Council begun. 50 members: "The purposes of the Alumni council shall be to create an active center of alumni who will diligently advance the interests of the University of Pittsburgh by strengthening the relations between the alumni and the University, by establishing efficient class and alumni organizations, by disseminating such information as will rouse the interest of the public in the University, by bringing to the attention of students of preparatory schools and those desiring to take up professional and post-graduating work the advantages of the University of Pittsburgh as an educational institution, by fostering and encouraging under graduate's activities, by assisting to provide funds for the maintenance and endowment of the University, and by making recommendations to the Board of Trustees of matters deemed material for its welfare." Article IV, Section 3 of GAA Constitution
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  • First African Americ…
    It is believed that the first African-American woman to earn a bachelor’s degree from Pitt was Jean Hamilton Walls. She graduated in 1910. She also earned a PhD. In 1938.
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  • First African Americ…
    First black woman graduates, Jean Hamilton Walls.
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  • Alumni Council urged…
    Alumni Council, during its first year of existence, was urged to increase GAA membership.
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  • Alumni fund initiate…
    Alumni fund begun as a way “of giving to the University the concentrated support of the Alumni.” The alumni fund was a voluntary annual subscription paid by alumni to be used for University maintenance.
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1911
  • Hail to Pitt first s…
    "Hail to Pitt" was first sung at the Cap and Gown spring production. The words were written by George M. Kirk and the music was written by Lester Milton Taylor.
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  • Our Old Pittsburgh a…
    "Our Old Pittsburgh" written by George M.P. Baird was adopted as the official University song of the GAA:
    "Come, brothers, sing the old song again,Our paean to Alma Mater-
    We who have follow her beacon light
    And marched ‘neath her banner fair-
    Sing of her fame in the days gone by,
    And the glory the years have brought her; Her colors we wear, her honors we share, Then sing till the winds reply.
    Here’s to our University,
    Here’s to her Gold and Blue,
    Here’s to Alumni and Faculty,
    Here’s to her Students true,
    Here’s to her fame in years to come,
    Bright may her laurels be,
    Here’s to old Pittsburgh the glorious,
    Here’s to old U. of P."

    "Our Old Pittsburgh, dear Old Pittsburgh, with love that never tires,
    Thy loyal sons in homage stand about thine altar fires.
    Though in the strife of after-life, far from thy shrine we be
    Our loyal hearts will ever burn with love, dear Pitt, for thee,
    Our loyal hearts will ever burn with love, dear Pitt, for thee."
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  • Employment Bureau es…
    Employment Bureau was "established to assist alumni and students in finding jobs and to assist business men to secure employees of the highest grade."
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  • 1911 School of Educa…
    My, how class size has grown since then.A view of the first graduating class from the School of Education, June 1911.

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1912
  • Women's Society Form…
    Women’s society or club formed by Mrs. Samuel Black McCormick. Began as a way to "promote the friendly intercourse of women in any way connected with or interested in the University and to cooperate in furthering the interests of the University"
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  • Alumni Anniversary B…
    Several alumni spoke at the Alumni Anniversary Banquet
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  • Association Hires Ge…
    Alumni Association hires George M.P. Baird as Secretary.
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  • Alumni Fund ceases…
    Alumni Fund ceased after the Finance Committee became temporarily inactive. Subscriptions were overdue and uncollected.
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  • Life Memberships beg…
    Life memberships were begun for $25
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1913
  • Association offices …
    Association moved into an office in south corridor, first floor of State Hall.
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  • Executive secretary …
    Executive Secretary of the Association attended the Second National Convention of the Association of Alumni Secretaries, held in Chicago.
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  • Secretary of the alu…
    Secretary of the Alumni Association hired. The position would no longer be shared with Athletics.
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  • Executive secretary …
    Feb.- Executive Secretary attended the organizational meeting of the Association of Alumni Secretaries held at Ohio State University.
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1914
  • Nominating Committee…
    Nominating Committee formed
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  • Varsity Letter Club …
    Formation of the Varsity Letter Club within the Alumni Association suggested
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1915
  • Special Meeting of A…
    Special meeting of Alumni Council to revise constitution and by-laws
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  • Alumnae Organization…
    College Alumnae organization formed (brief history of the alumnae association).
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  • Life Secretary fo ea…
    Procedure of Life Secretary for each class begun
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1916
  • Alumni Chair Fund Be…
    Minutes state that a fund to raise $40,000 for an Alumni Green Chair of Language and Literature began in 1893. The fund total as of 1916: $539.09. To be tabled until later.
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  • Association Offers B…
    Minutes state that General Alumni Association will provide funds to assist the band if they are able to re-organize.
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  • From the Address of …
    From address of retiring chairman of the alumni council "In 1907 a few alumni from the various departments of the university met for the purpose of affecting an organization to be known as the General Alumni Association of the university of Pittsburgh. Theretofore departmental organizations existed and while these met together from time to time there was nothing that could in a real sense be called a general body. At this meeting it was the sense of members present that the new organization should have the regulation officers and an executive committee. Before long departmental factions arose because it seemed that the various departments were not sufficiently represented on the executive committee, and so the present council was organized." Factionalism had returned.
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  • Life Dues Raised…
    Life dues raised from $25 to $50, retroactively. The twelve life members were asked to pay the difference.
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1917
  • Campaign to Recruit …
    Campaign to raise 500 new members during April.
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  • Alumni Planned-Givin…
    Minutes of a special meeting held to consider "a plan for endowment of the University through life insurance policies taken by the alumni, the University to be made the beneficiary."
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  • Two bulletins (The U…
    Two bulletins ("The University" and "The War") were published and sent to men in the military and to the members of the Alumni Association.
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  • Class Reunions, lunc…
    Schedule of events mentions "class reunions," plus luncheons and banquets for various alumni groups and the GAA
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1918
  • WWI Effects on Assoc…
    The war took a toll on the General Alumni Association – missed dues, officers and members in the service led to financial trouble. But, membership grew.
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  • Flu Outbreak Puts Ki…
    Influenza outbreak caused a ban on meetings so General Alumni Association did not meet.
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1919
  • Alumni Building Comm…
    Special meeting held to discuss the Alumni Building Committee. Minimum pledge = $50 on 4 quarterly installments.
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  • 1,600 Alumni Served …
    1600 alumni served in the military. 38 on the gold star list.
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  • Alumni raise $300,00…
    Addendum: The most significant movement of the academic year was the campaign by the Alumni Association for $300,000 for Alumni Hall. The campaign was successful in the short period of a few days, and the entire amount subscribed. While this building will not be completed until 1921, and while the complete story belongs to the annual report of next year, yet the movement itself and the laying of the cornerstone belong to the present year, and should have special recognition in this report.

    The significance of this movement does not consist simply in the fact that the alumni initiated and carried to success a campaign for $300,000. The real significance lies in the fact that the alumni are now organized and have come to be a tremendous force in University affairs. They have found themselves. From now on they are to be counted upon to support the administration and the Trustees in every forward movement. Already they are well represented on the Board of Trustees, and this recognition of their useful function in the development of the University will be a constantly enlarging one. While credit for the enthusiasm, the unifying and the wisely directed effort of the alumni belongs to many, too much credit cannot be given to Mr. Karl E. Davis, Secretary of the Alumni Association.
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1920
  • Alumni Raise $670,00…
    The General Alumni Association began a building campaign to raise $600,000. The Campaign slogan was "Build a Bigger, Better Home for Alma Mater." The Chairman was Colonel Joseph H. Thompson; Bert H. Smyers, treasurer; Carlton G. Ketchum, campaign manager; J. Steel Gow, assistant. The campaign was successful and raised $670,000.
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  • Alumni Fund Drive…
    Total to be raised by Alumni Building Committee = $250,000
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  • Plan to Borrow Money…
    Plan to borrow $100,000 from Pittsburgh Trust Company to "provide for the immediate needs in construction of Alumni Hall."
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  • Strike Delays Origna…
    Several construction unions went on strike beginning June 1. Lasted until June 25 and put the construction project behind schedule.
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  • Original Alumni Hall…
    Construction project collected over $300,000 which was the estimated cost of the project but due to many unfortunate happenings the actual cost was $525,000.
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  • Lantern Night Ceremo…
    Lantern Night began (LN script, 1996).
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  • Original Alumni Hall…
    Alumni Hall groundbreaking held on January 26. It is now the Surface Science Research Center. The dedication was held on March 31, 1921. The Alumni raised $670,000, $70,000 over the goal.
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  • Lantern Night Ceremo…
    Lantern Night is a poignant tradition that symbolizes the passing of knowledge from one generation of women to the next at the University of Pittsburgh. The ceremony takes place at Heinz Chapel in August before the start of the fall semester. Each of the participating woman receives a lantern that is lit by one of the Pitt alumnae symbolizing the “light of learning”. When the ceremony is finished, the group proceeds from Heinz Chapel to the Cathedral of Learning with the glowing lanterns. This procession is also symbolic as it represents the path of knowledge that the group will embark on at Pitt.Lantern Night is Pitt's oldest continuing tradition.

    Freshman and transfer women students process into Heinz Memorial Chapel for our oldest tradition, Lantern Night



    Lantern Night at the University of Pittsburgh is a formal event used to induct the freshmen women into the University. Freshman women would gather with candles to hear the wisdom of the elders like the Dean of Women for the University.

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1921
  • Alumni Dues Increase…
    Dues increased to: Grads of last five years - $3; grads of next five years - $4; all other grads - $5.
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  • Medical Alumni Assoc…
    Medical Alumni Association formed.
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  • Original Alumni Hall…
    Alumni Hall, built and equipped at a cost of $592,000 from funds subscribed by alumni, was opened in April, 1921. The building provides recitation room facilities each hour for 2500 students. In addition, it provides offices for many teachers. Alumni Hall came at a critical time in the history of the University. Both as an expression of the good-will and cooperation on the part of the alumni and for its intrinsic worth in the headway of the University, the value of the gift seems beyond estimate.A view of Alumni Hall. This remaining building from the original Acropolis Plan, Alumni Hall opened in 1921. The building could fit 2,200 students within all its classrooms. University alumni raised all funds necessary to complete the building. It would eventually become the home of the Surface Science Research Center, and then be renamed Eberly Hall. The Alumni organization would eventually find a home in the former Masonic Temple on Fifth Avenue. Pictured dated July 1925.

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1922
  • Alumnae Association …
    Alumnae Association gained a staff position among the Alumni Association to campaign for the women alumni. It was a part-time position.
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  • Motion to Replace Du…
    Motion to stop dues and replace with an annual giving plan voted down. 19-15.
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  • Land purchased for b…
    The Trustees of the University, in cooperation with the GAA, purchased, Feb. 5, 1923, a plot of ground known as the Bailey property fronting on Terrace Street, west of the campus. This plot together with adjacent ground already owned by the University forms a natural amphitheater of about sixteen acres. This is the site of the stadium.

    Ground was broken August 8, 1924, and the plans provide that the stadium shall be ready for use in September, 1925. The structure is to be erected of steel and concrete and is to have a seating capacity of 65,000, which may later be increased to 90,000 by the construction of a second tier. The cost is estimated at $1,800,000.
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  • Alumni Fund Plan rai…
    "The Alumni Fund Plan by which the alumni are organized to give annually to the University was approved, April 5, 1923, by the Trustees. In its first year the Fund received $23,426 from 3392 alumni…K.E. Davis, Secretary of the Fund, recently said: 'The alumni realize that the University faces now the greatest need for buildings and funds in its history. We want to help. Year after year we can do more. I am sure that we shall do it.'"
    Alumni Fund Plan raises $23,426 in its first year. [x] Click to close
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  • Funds are raised for…
    The Women's Alumnae Committee and the Women's Association of the University established student loan funds for undergrad women students.
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1923
  • Alumnae Student Loan…
    Alumnae Student Loan Fund initiated to assist female junior or senior students. Loans ranged from $50-300 with interest of 2 percent until graduation and 5 percent afterward.
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1924
  • Alumni Help Build Pi…
    Pitt Stadium was constructed using funds raised from the alumni.
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  • Annual Giving Replac…
    It was the first year that the Alumni Giving plan replaced membership dues. 3300 donors gave approximately $25,000.
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  • Original Alumni Hall…
    Alumni Hall finances causing problems. $300,000 was owed which amounted to $18,000 in interest annually.
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  • Pitt Stadium is dedi…
    The athletic stadium, built at a cost of $2,100,000, was dedicated at the Pittsburgh-Carnegie Institute of Technology football game, October 24, 1925.
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1925
  • General Alumni Assoc…
    Dr. Bowman raised money for the Cathedral of Learning through the General Alumni Association office.
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  • Pitt Stadium Complet…
    Pitt Stadium completed. Encouraged by alumni but paid by bond issue.
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  • Board Helps in Origi…
    Board of Trustees [University] had arranged to endorse a bank note still owed for Alumni Hall as well as handling the interest for the year.
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  • Cathedral of Learnin…
    "All alumni subscribers to the "Cathedral of Learning" to be given full privileges of membership in the GAA for a period of five years commencing May 1, 1925.
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  • Association goal…
    Primary goal of the group is listed as "to stimulate gifts to our colleges and universities through endowment and alumni funds."
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1926
  • Dues Solicited in Ad…
    Plan to allow C of L pledges to count toward GAA membership hurt financially and they had to ask C of L donors to donate $3-5 to provide for operating expenses.
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  • Alumni Council makes…
    Alumni Council began reading lists for alumni, established an employment bureau, arranged for club rooms, a weekly luncheon in downtown Pittsburgh, annual awards to outstanding students and to members of the faculty, an annual day for alumni outside the city, a dinner and an entertainment for alumni of other institutions, and special lectures.
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  • Alumni Insurance End…
    Alumni Insurance Endowment Fund = $10,147; increased by dividends received on insurance policies and by the principal of a life insurance policy of $10,000.
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1927
  • Pitt Engineering Ass…
    Pitt Engineering Association formed
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  • Alumni Education Com…
    Alumni Education Committee of the Alumni Council began to arrange "lectures, demonstrations, visits to great allied institutions” and provided a “series of Alumni Reading Lists that have attracted wide attention among librarians and educators." The list gave a brief introduction, critical evaluation, bibliographical data on about 25 books covering modern painting, international relations, child psychology, astronomy, American political parties, and the new physics.
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1928
  • Review of lectures a…
    Review of preliminary lectures held and reading lists offered during the year.
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1929
  • Dues raised in 1929…
    Annual membership dues were increased to $5. Graduating class would be given one year of membership free.
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  • Alumni Giving Plan R…
    It was decided to resume the Alumni Giving Plan.
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1930
  • Second Annual Homcom…
    2nd annual homecoming of Pitt Alumni
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1931
  • Charter Day Dinner h…
    The third annual Charter Day Dinner and banquet was held on February 28 in the Hotel Schenley. It was held to celebrate the 144th anniversary of the granting of the Charter.
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  • Pharmacy alumni grou…
    Pharmacy Alumni group forms.
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  • Association purpose …
    GAA Purpose Statement: "To bind more closely the ties of fellowship and good will formed in school days; to disseminate information about Pitt and Pitt alumni; to organize and unite the interest of alumni and to direct this interest in ways that will best further the progress of Alma Mater; to become a force for constructive citizenship; to stand united behind the University of Pittsburgh in its work of training for efficient, intelligent leadership."
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  • Alumni Cathedral Cam…
    GAA Facts: “the alumni were asked to set aside the Alumni Giving Plan for a period of five years and bend every effort toward the success of the Cathedral Campaign. This was done, and the alumni pledged $1 million for the new building, the pledges to cover a five-year period. A pledge to the Cathedral of Learning Fund carried with it membership in the General Alumni Association and immunity from further solicitation for five years. Last year at this time anticipating the end of the five-year Cathedral pledge period, membership in the General Alumni Association was made contingent upon the payment of $5 annual dues.”
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  • List of association …
    List of responsibilities of the GAA.
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1933
  • Association Revived …
    “The General Alumni Association, defunct for the first three dreadful depression years, was revived and reorganized.”
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  • Association presiden…
    Beginning this year, the president of the GAA walked seventh in the Commencement Procession.
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  • 50-year alumni recog…
    Fifty year alumni were recognized at the Commencement ceremony.
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  • Minutes of First Exe…
    "Minutes of First Meeting of Executive Committee of Alumni Council, August 22, 1933."
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  • Pittsburgh Record, o…
    Pittsburgh Record the official magazine of the General Alumni Association, bi-monthly with a supplement in alternate months, mailed to entire alumni mailing list. (August 22, 1933)
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  • 1933-40 Alumni Surve…
    Survey results are demonstrated graphicallyA Seven-year Survey

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1934
  • Joint membership cre…
    Joint membership for husband and wife created. Individual: $3; Couple: $4. (August 2, 1934)
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  • Dues drop from $5 to…
    Dues dropped from $5 to $3 including subscription to Pittsburgh Record.
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  • Pittsburgh Record re…
    The Pittsburgh Record stopped sending to all alumni. Article about the reforming of the Alumni Association.
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  • Alumni Review and Pi…
    Alumni Review was first published in October. Alumni Review to be published in October, November, January, February, April, May, and July. The Pittsburgh Record was published in September, December, March and June. Subscriptions to both were included in the membership dues.
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1935
  • Discussion of associ…
    Discussion of alumni association’s purpose and organization.
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  • Alumni reading list …
    "The committee on Alumni Education appointed a subcommittee to select an alumni reading list. Miss Dorothy C. Paulin (Col. ’09) is chairman of the book committee, which recommends to alumni the following volumes. List of books included."
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  • Alumni participate i…
    First annual High School Days program held by the Student Faculty Association who asked the alumni to assist. It was held in conjunction with the Spring Festival and meant to promote the university to local high school students.
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  • Alumni Men's Glee Cl…
    Alumni men’s glee club formed.
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  • Description of alumn…
    Description of football ticket distribution including alumni privileges of alumni.
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  • Alumni Review covers…
    Issue covers the "tenure" controversy.
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  • Trip prize offered f…
    General Alumni Association offered a ten day trip to LA as a prize for soliciting new members during a membership drive. Dr. John H. Wurdack, professor of chemistry in the School of Pharmacy won the trip.
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1936
  • John Woodruff Accept…
    Pitt Alumni Club convinces John Woodruff to attend Pitt instead of Ohio State by offering a scholarship.
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  • 1937-38 Alumni Revie…
    In 1937-38, the Alumni Review tied for first place with the alumni magazines of Yale and Amherst in the American Alumni Council annual competition.
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  • Membership rises 81 …
    Membership rose 81 percent.
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  • Association to spons…
    It was agreed that the Alumni Council would sponsor at least one scholarship per year for $300. (March 16, 1936)
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  • Consolidation of pub…
    Committee on Alumni Publications recommended that the group consolidate publications by dropping the four issues of the Pittsburgh Record and publishing an additional four issues of the Alumni Review. No definitive plans. (May 18, 1936)
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  • Charter for incorpor…
    Charter for incorporation granted by the Common Pleas Court of Allegheny County on July 7, 1936, and recorded on July 10. It was voted on and approved by the GAA. (October 10, 1936)
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1937
  • Sesquicentenial cele…
    Sesquicentennial celebration of the University’s founding held on Feb. 25, to include inspection of the Cathedral of Learning, speakers including the Chancellor, and a dinner. Also called scholar’s Day. (December 21, 1936)
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  • Chart of Rose Bowl g…
    Chart of the Rose Bowl game vs. Washington Huskies.
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  • Photo of Rose Bowl W…
    Photos of the Rose Bowl wager between the Alumni Associations of Pitt and Washington.
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  • Identify These Alumn…
    Looking for IDs in the '30s.We are not holding out much hope for the identification of these alumni.

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1938
  • "Code Bowman&qu…
    The Code for Conduct of Athletics was instituted by Dr. Bowman as a response to improper behavior by alumni toward athletes. Under "Code Bowman," alumni were banned from giving private assistance to student athletes. The Athletic Council of the General Alumni Association was replaced by a faculty-led committee.
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  • Association Evening …
    The President of the Alumni Association of the Evening Division forwarded a check for the balance of funds of the organization when it became defunct. (January 4, 1938)
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  • Sponsored Alumni Nig…
    Sponsored Alumni Night at the Cap and Gown performance on April 5. The Cap and Gown group would take on all expenses related to printing and mailing promotional material but they would also earn all revenues. (January 17, 1938 and March 28, 1938)
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  • McKeesport Alumni Cl…
    Special considerations were given to the McKeesport alumni to form a Pitt Club despite being located within Allegheny County. The Council would appropriate 50 cents of every $3 membership and the group had to maintain at least 125 paid members. (March 28, 1938)
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  • Secretary attends Am…
    Acting Secretary, Don Saunders, attended the American Alumni Council meeting in Columbus, Ohio, March 31 to April 2. (May 16, 1938)
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  • Secretary reports 20…
    Office Secretary reported to the Council that the office mails approximately 200,000 pieces of mail and sells approximately 4,000 football tickets per year. (June 6, 1938)
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  • Membership drive att…
    Membership drive via mail campaign that attracted 4,322 new members. (November 21, 1938)
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  • Incident with freshm…
    Incident with freshmen athletes and promises made for free tuition attracted the ire of the alumni and bad press. (November 21, 1938)
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  • Report of Alumni Cou…
    Alumni Council appointed a committee to investigate the athletic problems of the University. Report issued.
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  • Photos from alumni a…
    Photos from alumni activities.
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1939
  • Dr. Bowman Ignores A…
    A committee chosen by the General Alumni Association reported the association's issues with the "Bowman Code" to Dr. Bowman. He reportedly ignored the report.
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  • Discussion of coninu…
    Discussion of continuing the Spring Reunions of the previous year (May 15, 1939)
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  • Financial problems a…
    Financial difficulties within the Alumni organization and the University created high staff turnover and uncertainty about the continuation of the association. (May 15, 1939)
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  • Association ceases t…
    Giving plan explanation: the first giving plan was started under Chancellor Bowman which attracted a few very large gifts but not much else. It was dropped so that the alumni could enter into the Thaw Hall plan. The giving plan was reinstated in 1923. Many more donors which raised about $30,000/year. But this was discontinued so that they alumni would give to the Cathedral campaign. Alumni Association ceased to exist due to no income. A new giving plan campaign was to begin to offset the loss of University funds. (September 18, 1939)
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  • Alumni dine on salmo…
    "On September 21 the Alumni Association received the following telegram from the Alumni Association of the University of Washington: 'Scratches and wounds inflicted by Pitt Panthers on our Washington Huskies in Rose Bowl still smart. Our Huskies are growling for revenge. Washington King Salmon are running bigger and better. Do you dare another load of your Pitt stogies against one of our prize Salmon on the intersectional football opener, September 30.' We replied with the following: ‘Pitt alumni happy to accept Washington alumni's sporting proposition and will bet another load of Pittsburgh stogies against one of your prized salmon. Your Huskies scratches and wounds from the Rose Bowl game may still smart, but the Panther even though suffering from 'growing pains' and a 'code' in the head can still lick a Husky.' The fish arrived on Monday, October 16, as a result of Pitt’s 27 to 6 victory over Washington. Council met on Wednesday, October 18, in the sun parlor of the Hotel Schenley at 6:00 pm for a salmon dinner." (October 18, 1939)
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  • First issue of Pitt …
    First issue of Pitt released in October.
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  • Association sponsors…
    GAA “sponsored an appearance of the Yurek Shabelevsky Ballet Troupe, followed by a reception and dance”
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  • Woman students celeb…
    Women students celebrated the Stein sisters.
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  • Second annual Charte…
    Second annual Charter Day Ball held at the Hotel Schenley ballroom on February 28.
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  • Association problems…
    Issue relates the position of the Alumni Association during a period of many problems.
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1940
  • Alumni Constituent O…
    General Alumni Association (GAA) has nine constituent associations: Alumnae, Business Administration, College, Dentistry, Education, and Graduate Engineering and Mines, Law, Medicine, and Pharmacy. Dues ofG AA are $3 ($4 for joint husband/wife) and $1 for first year after graduation. GAA offices located on the 36th floor of Cathedral.
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  • Due structure change…
    Dues structure for the Pitt Clubs should be “relaxed” so that every club with 35 members had representation on the Council. Also, dues would be broken up as follows: $1 to Association, $1 to Alumni Review, and $1 to the Club. (March 18, 1940)
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  • Adoption of the Annu…
    Adoption of the Annual Giving Fund plan. [actual plan as presented to the Council] (July1, 1940)
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  • Class agents contact…
    Began using Class Agents as the method of contacting alumni for the annual giving campaign. (November 18, 1940)
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  • Association 1933-34 …
    Chart of GAA budget for 1933-1940.
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  • Alumni Trip to Paris…
    Photo taken during an Alumni trip to Paris, France

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1941
  • Dues waived for seni…
    Seniors would be given $1 dues and seniors entering the service would be given free membership. (May 19, 1941) (Binder: [Minutes of the Various Meetings held by the Alumni Council] [1939- 1946])7a
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  • Association suggests…
    Alumni Association approached University to dedicate a football game to the men in the service as per the War Department. (November 17, 1941)
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  • Alumnae Council hold…
    Alumnae Association started the Children’s Holiday Party
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  • Pregame pep rally…
    Picture of a pre-game pep rally on the cover.
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1942
  • First Children's Chr…
    Children’s Christmas Party held at the Commons Rooms in the Cathedral for the first timeAnnual Christmas Party for University Faculty, Staff and Alumni children in the Commons Room of the Cathedral of Learning at Christmas, 1950-1959.

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  • Meetings held in Oak…
    Decided to hold meetings in Oakland or in the city due to gas rationing. (November 16, 1942)
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  • December issue of Al…
    December issue dedicated to the alumni in the Armed Services
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  • Alumna Katherine Nau…
    Soldiers called her "the Angel of Bataan."Alumnae serve in WWII

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  • One of ours reportin…
    Can you help us ID this brave fellow?We're thinking WWII. Can you tell us who he is?

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1943
  • Miss Morrissey to be…
    Miss Morrissey announced at the Council meeting that she would begin to compile a history of the Association in June. (May 17, 1943)
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  • History of Associati…
    Miss Morrissey reported that "there is a great deal of material on hand for a history of the Alumni Association, but that for the present she felt that emphasis should be placed on a factual account." (September 20, 1943)
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  • Committee of War Ser…
    There was a Committee of War Service during the Second World War. (September 20, 1943)
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  • Association cuts bac…
    General Alumni Association cut back on activities as a result of the war.
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  • Alumni send newslett…
    "The program of writing newsletters to our Fighting Panthers started over a year ago. Several of us found that we were corresponding with a good many former students and that our letters to them were much alike. The idea of a common letter to all our correspondents, with personal notes for individuals, was a natural conclusion." The newsletters were greatly appreciated.
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  • Thrid Annual Progres…
    Third annual Progressive Bridge Dinner held on January 28, 1944.
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  • 6th Annual Dinner of…
    6th Annual reunion dinner of the Fifty Year Club.
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1944
  • Consideration of hel…
    Began to consider helping GI alumni find jobs upon war’s end. (January 17, 1944)
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  • Scholarship program …
    Ended the scholarship program for undergraduates. (May 15, 1944)
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  • Photos of Alumni Lun…
    Photos of an Alumni Luncheon
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  • Brief History of Alu…
    "Brief History of the Alumnae Association" written by Dr. Bernice L. Storey, Grad. '36.
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  • Fifty Year Club Banq…
    1894 grads state a reunionFifty Year Club Banquet Reunion in 1944

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  • Third Annual Childre…
    Alumni and their children are invitedThird Annual Children's Christmas Party flyer

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1945
  • Nursing Constituent …
    School of Nursing organizes as the eleventh constituent group of the General Alumni Association.
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  • Strategic planning d…
    A strategic plan type document was developed to list the objectives of the Association for the following years. (September 17, 1945) It was meant to rejuvenate the council and instill a sense of cooperation with the University. (May 19, 1946)
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  • Clyde Barton named s…
    A new Secretary of the Association was hired, Clyde Barton. He was a purchasing agent for the University. He was to serve as Secretary of the Alumni Association and as an interviewer of potential students for the Registrar. Ruth Dierker, the previous Secretary was named as the editor and treasurer of the Alumni Review. (November 19, 1945)
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  • Alumni association r…
    The Alumni Association reorganized as a department of the University and with a University budget.
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  • Story of first two f…
    Story of the Stein women’s experiences at Pitt.
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  • Fourth Annual Dinner…
    Annual Alumni EventFourth Annual Dinner Bridge Party

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  • Reunion Ad…
    Clues from the ad were used to date it. Are we right?From Stalin's allusion to the atom and the GGI locomotive bringing alumni to Oakland, we're dating this ad to 1945.

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1946
  • Bellefield Trust (Pr…
    A group of alumni formed the Bellefield Trust, which provided: scholarships for student athletes, low-interest loans for athletes, and improvement grants for athletic facilities. It was renamed the Panther Foundation in 1968.
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  • Emma Locke Annual Gi…
    Announcement of the annual gift to a graduating honor student sponsored by alumnus Charles Locke in honor of his mother, Emma. $100. (May 29, 1946)
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  • Alumni magazine to b…
    The next issue of the magazine will be the last. It is to be replaced by a twelve-page tabloid or picture newspaper to be sent every sixty days or so to all alumni and students. (May 29, 1946) 32,000 copies of the Alumni News Review were mailed out. (September 23, 1946)
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  • Association to send …
    GAA passes motion to send invoices for dues to be paid to the Association to all alumni. (June 10, 1946)
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  • Association reformed…
    Alumni Association reformed. The Alumni News Review was part of the come-back process.
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  • News of imminent rel…
    The first published book of the names of alumni, students, and faculty who served in World War II was advertised as being released soon.
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  • First issue of Alumn…
    First issue of the Alumni News Review. All 30,000 alumni were to receive it, not just members. It was to be published every 60 days, September 15 – June 15.
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  • Alumni to interview …
    59 alumni selected to interview potential students who live outside the Pittsburgh area.
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  • Clyde Barton becomes…
    Clyde Barton becomes the Secretary of the GAA.
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  • Cheer Session…
    And they whipped up the crowd.A whole lot of cheering going on

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1947
  • First Commencement S…
    First Commencement Smorgasbord
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  • Dues program ended i…
    Agreement between the Alumni Association and the University’s Board of Trustees whereby the GAA relinquished dues and autonomy for an annual campaign and University budget.
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  • Association Dues Sto…
    The GAA voted to relinquish the separate incorporation and dues structure. An Annual Campaign (Giving Fund) was started.
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  • Association pledges …
    Alumni Association pledges full support of the Pitt Veterans Association with its Memorial Fund to "provide scholarships, textbooks, and living quarters, to needy dependents of deceased veterans." [Vol. 1, no. 4, pg. 2]
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  • Alumni office is on …
    Alumni Office on the 36th floor of the Cathedral.
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  • Annual association p…
    The sixth annual progressive dinner sponsored by the General Alumni Association was planned.
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  • Alumni encouraged to…
    Alumni encourage to offer information about housing for students.
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  • Alumni Giving Fund l…
    Alumni Giving Fund established and launched on October 1, 1947.
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  • Old Alumni Hall Remo…
    Old Alumni Hall remodeled over the summer.
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1948
  • Alumni Unhappy with …
    Continued issues with the “athletic situation” where alumni were not happy with the success of the University’s teams. Two committees were formed: one of faculty members and one of alumni. Each committee offered different solutions to the issue. The Board of Trustees disbanded both committees and formed another of trustees, alumni, students, and faculty. Athletics Director James Hagan resigned and Thomas J. Hamilton of the Naval Academy was hired.
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  • First Campaign raise…
    It was reported that the First Giving Fund campaign raised
    $37,886.41
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  • Alumni and Varsity L…
    A committee featuring alumni, Varsity Letter Club members, and students was formed to investigate the performance of the football team.
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  • Recordings of Pitt s…
    Records of Pitt songs were available for purchase. "Hail to Pitt," "The Pitt Victory Song," and "The Panther Song" were performed by the Republic Glee Club. "The Alma Mater" was performed by the Republic Male Chorus. The albums are available to the alumni at the Student Desk on the ground floor of the Cathedral and in the Alumni Office for $3.
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  • Pitt Class ring reco…
    A Pitt class ring was recovered from a Japanese prisoner of war by a soldier. The soldier was trying to find the owner of the ring to return it.
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  • Spring Homecoming in…
    Smorgasbord starts as part of the Spring Homecoming.
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  • Photo of Smorgasbord…
    The ever-popular Spring Reunion and SmorgasbordA Smorgasbord for $1.50. Those were the days.

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1949
  • Alumni provide supor…
    Alumni Association provides financial support of the University’s Building Program. Subscriptions could be paid over a period of 30 months. $300 was the preferred donation unit. Eight new buildings to be built.
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  • Spring Alumni Festiv…
    Spring Alumni Festival held. A week of fun with a parade, carnival, tea dance, and “Tap Day”.
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  • Associatioin puts ki…
    "There is absolutely no foundation to the rumor that the Alumni Association is establishing a scholarship in order to send a person abroad to study the subject of Smorgasbords, nor is there any intention of importing a person to advise us regarding the annual feast at reunion time."
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  • Alumni Giving Fund d…
    "The purpose of the Alumni Giving Fund, instituted July 1, 1947, is 'to promote the progress of the University of Pittsburgh by securing annual contributions from the University’s alumni for the development and support of better and broader educational services by the University to its students, alumni, and the community in general. The plan of the Alumni Giving Fund allows for the selection of projects in keeping with the needs of the University. All provisions of the Alumni Giving Fund are incorporated in the Building Fund Campaign and there will be no deviation from the spirit of the Giving Fund.'"
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  • Proposed plan for Bu…
    Proposed plot plan for the Building Fund buildings.
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  • Pitt Players offer a…
    Pitt Players offered alumni season tickets at student prices to introduce their performances to the alumni.
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  • Alumni phase of Buil…
    "The alumni phase of the University’s Building Fund Campaign was launched on March 25 with dinner meetings by schools for the workers and a rally for all alumni in the Commons Room."
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1950
  • School of Social Wor…
    School of Social Work begins hosting an annual Faculty-Alumni Conference
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  • Alumni Giving Fund h…
    The Alumni Giving Plan provided funds for the Law School to purchase a Micro-card Reader and supplies. The readers aided legal research by reducing space storage issues.
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  • Booster Plan inaugur…
    The Booster Plan inaugurated to raise support for the Alumni Giving Fund. The Booster Plan calls for alumni volunteers to contact ten other alumni during the year to raise money for the Fund.
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  • Pitt Stadium is refi…
    Pitt Stadium was refinanced to pay off debt.
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  • Alumni contributions…
    Building Fund Campaign update: Alumni contributions: $7,773,558. Total needed: $12,700,000.
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  • Lantern Night…
    Lantern Night in the 1950's

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1951
  • Coupon to return wit…
    Coupon to return with donation for Alumni Giving Fund.
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  • Two panthers purchas…
    Alpha Phi Omega, honorary service fraternity, purchased two panthers from the Albuquerque zoo and donated them to Pitt. They were to be housed at the Highland Park Zoo and used as mascots at Pitt events.
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  • Medical alumni holds…
    The Medical School Alumni Association held the first Medical Scientific Day before the Homecoming football game on November 9.
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  • Smorgasbord is repla…
    Smorgasbord was replaced by a Pow Wow to celebrate Pittsburgh Academy’s beginnings when Native Americans were commonly seen in the region.
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  • Alumni hire train fo…
    Alumni hire a train to travel to Michigan State football game.
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1952
  • Dr. Philip Cummunigs…
    Dr. Philip Cummings, Frick Education Commission Lecturer, opened the lecture series program for the Education-Graduate Alumni Association.
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  • Alumni Giving Fund a…
    Alumni Giving Fund almost doubled its collections for the year.
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  • Century Club, alumni…
    Inauguration of the Century Club, a group of alumni that has given more than $100 during the year. There were 285 charter members.
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  • Century Club formed…
    Century Club formed.
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  • New York alumni meet…
    Meeting of alumni held in New York. Film of the Pitt-Miami football game was to be shown.
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  • Remembrance Fund est…
    Remembrance Fund established to allow alumni to "convey expressions of sympathy, greetings, etc." Proceeds were to be used to improve the library and fund grants.
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  • Chancellor's Cup con…
    Paul W. Kearnery, president of the Alumni Association started the Chancellor’s Cup contest to be held among the constituent associations.
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  • Check representing G…
    Check representing Giving Fund for year 1951-52.
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  • Alumni invited to us…
    Alumni invited to use the University Law Library.
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  • Ever popular Smorgas…
    Smorgasbord returns.
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  • Century Club Descrip…
    The Century Club was organized on February 14 with 285 charter members. Century Club members have donated at least $100 per year. Century Club memberships make up 50% of the total income from the annual Alumni Giving Fund.
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    May 1952 cover of Skyscraper Engineer
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1953
  • Alumni Chorus perfor…
    Alumni Chorus performs with the Heinz Chapel Choir during a special reunion program held at the Heinz Memorial Chapel on June 7.
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  • Alumni Smorgabord he…
    Annual Alumni Smorgasbord held inside the Cathedral. Over 3,000 deviled eggs, 8,000 cookies, 5,000 Swedish meatballs, 175 pounds of shrimp, and 100 other foods served.
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  • Alumni Office send 1…
    Alumni Office sends over 115,000 pieces of mail in December
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  • Alumni honor Dr. Joc…
    Dr. Jock Sutherland honored at halftime during the Oct. 10 Homecoming game when he was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame
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  • John Mumma Memory…
    Football Saturday afternoon. No night games then. After four hours at the old dental clinic on Thackarey and O’Hara Saturday mornings, we would all walk up the hill to Pitt Stadium and sit together and cheer on the Panthers
    John Mumma (DENT '53)
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  • Nick Sirianni Memory…
    I miss the Engineering Week activities from 1953 to 1956 which included the arrival of "Saint Patrick" by helicopter on the Cathedral of Learning lawn and the Engineer’s Week Ball at West View Park Danceland.
    Nick Sirianni (ENGR '56)
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1954
  • 31 alumni named to W…
    Thirty-one alumni named to Who’s Who
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  • Alumni association m…
    Alumni Association moved from the 30th floor of the Cathedral of Learning into new offices in the Alumni House. The Alumni House was located on the upper side of the tract of land purchased from A.W Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust which also contains the George Hubbard Clapp Hall. The Alumni House was the home of Charles Margiotti, attorney.
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  • Alumni offices more …
    Alumni offices relocate to 4302 Bigelow Boulevard (Between Tennyson and Ruskin Avenues) from the 36th floor of the Cathedral on October 20. The new location has more room, offices, a record room, and an addressing and mailing department.
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  • Pitt momentos…
    Pitt mementos ad
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  • Remembrance Fund ad…
    Ad for the Remembrance Fund with names of those being remembered.
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  • Contest to replace S…
    Student Congress of Pitt sponsored a contest to find new words for "Hail to Pitt" and to remove "Smokey Town." Prize was either a Pitt blazer or a Pitt chair.
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  • Association offices …
    GAA headquarters moved from the 36th floor of the Cathedral of Learning to the house at 4302 Bigelow Boulevard.
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  • Mimi Weiss Simon Mem…
    Besides the learning, the socializing, the general excitement of being in college, there was Forbes Field across the street from the Cathedral. On Thursdays, women could get into the Pirates baseball games free. We took advantage of that whenever possible.
    Mimi Weiss Simon (A&S '54)
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1955
  • Litchfield Solicits …
    Dr. Litchfield announced that the University would be changing admissions standards, raising faculty salaries, and making other changes. He estimated that an additional $10 million would be needed per year including an additional $500,000 from alumni and other gifts.
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  • Alumni News Review C…
    Alumni News Review underwent a change in format, content, and appearance.
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  • Association looking …
    Alumni Association looking for a new location for their offices. The offices on Bigelow were being destroyed to build a new men’s dormitory and a student union.
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  • Addressograph plates…
    Old addressograph plates that were used to do mailing labels.
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  • Alumni Raise Money f…
    Alumni of the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, and Pharmacy raise money for the new building for the Schools of Health Sciences. $2.5 million was needed to finish the campaign.
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  • Association adds sta…
    Alumni Association added the staff position, assistant to Alumni Secretary which was to "aid the alumni secretary in direction of the growing activities of the General Alumni Association."
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  • Alumni travel by tra…
    Alumni train went to Penn State football game.
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1956
  • Alumni Placement Ser…
    Alumni Placement Service expanded staff and services.
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  • Biggest All-Sports B…
    The Athletic Department and the General Alumni Association hosted the biggest All-Sports Banquet ever on April 30.
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  • Alumni Council photo…
    Picture of 1955-56 Alumni Council.
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  • 1956 Sugar Bowl…
    We might have lost but the 1956 Sugar Bowl was a game changer.
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1957
  • Chancellor Litchfiel…
    Chancellor Litchfield visited alumni in Cleveland, Chicago, Denver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC.
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  • Association presents…
    GAA presented a plaque to the University marking the location of the original school building at Cherry Way. The presentation was done on October 29.
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  • Map depicting locati…
    Map depicting locations of Pitt alumni by state.
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  • Alumni Express train…
    Two "Alumni Express" trains scheduled for the 1958-59 football season. The trains were to travel to the Michigan state game and the Syracuse game.
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  • Annual Alumni Fund c…
    Announced that the contributors to the Annual Alumni Fund will no longer be listed in the Alumni News Review but would be listed in the University’s annual Blue Book.
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  • Alumni have Pitt Par…
    GAA encouraged alumni to have a “Pitt Party” by inviting friends and neighbors to watch the telecast of Chancellor Litchfield highlighting three assistant chancellors.
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  • Alumni Council photo…
    Photo of Alumni Council.
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  • Interfraternity and …
    An interfraternity and sorority alumni dinner was held for the first time for members of Pitt "Greek" organizations during the spring reunion.
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  • Photo of Smorgasbord…
    Photo of Smorgasbord.
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  • Association gives Li…
    GAA gave Chancellor and Mrs. Litchfield two Pitt chairs as welcome gifts.
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  • Lucille B. Crozier i…
    Lucille B. Crozier (EDUC '34, A&S '46G) is the first female president of the Pitt Alumni Association.
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  • Jack Harmon Memory…
    Mostly, the fun I had chasing a cute Tri-delt, Josie, who I finally was able to catch, and who quickly became the mother of our five children. We’ve been married 53 years.
    John M. (Jack) Harmon Jr. (A&S ’57)
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  • Lantern Night Ceremo…
    Zora Kukic Camp (A&S 54, 55G) played Pa Pitt (the personification of Pittsburgh) at the Lantern Night ceremony and welcomed the class of 1957 to the University.

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1958
  • Continued State Supp…
    Joint meetings were held across the state for alumni of Pitt, Penn, and Temple as a way to publicize their work for the people of Pennsylvania and that the state should continue its financial support of the three "private" schools.
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  • Pitt alumni hear cas…
    1958 Pitt Alumni invited to hear the heads of Pitt, Temple, and Penn discuss the importance of higher education and the need for increased support of it.
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  • Alumni asked to help…
    Alumni Council asked alumni to donate to raise salaries of University faculty.
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  • Investments in the F…
    Ad for "Investments in the Faculty: A Program for Alumni," a program to improve salaries for faculty.
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  • Alumni association r…
    Train to Michigan State game run by Alumni Association.
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  • Diagram of proposed …
    Diagram of proposed changes to Oakland regarding the University and streets.
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  • Alumni offices move …
    Alumni offices moved to 505 Bruce Hall (formerly Building G of Schenley Apartments)
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1959
  • Speakers' Bureau Cre…
    Creation of the Speaker’s Bureau
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  • Association launches…
    Alumni Association forms a Speakers Bureau to "acquaint alumni and other interested groups with the University, its work and its problems."
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  • Harrisburg Club Beco…
    Changed name from Harrisburg Pitt Club to Central PA Pitt Club.
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  • Alumni parents of so…
    "Alumni parents of the Sophomore class joined their children for a special Alumni-Student program" on November 7. The program was sponsored by the Office of Continuing Education, Alumni Relations. The theme was “Understanding our University” and included a panel of faculty and administration members to discuss services offered to students and alumni.
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  • Smorgasbord and Reun…
    One page ad for the Smorgasbord and Reunion. Possible visual for scanning.
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  • Alumni Association S…
    Alumni Association begins a Speaker’s Bureau which was designed to serve alumni by providing faculty and staff to speak at alumni events.
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  • First Continuing Edu…
    First annual Continuing Education Seminar for Alumni held.
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  • Breatrice Pressley M…
    I miss Carnival—the one week of min-roadway musicals on the Cathedral lawn, (especially the Tri Delt and PIKA show with the singing of Old Frothingslosh to the tune of Robin Hood). And I miss the cherry cokes and chocolate breakfast bars in the Tuck Shop.
    Breatrice Pressley (EDUC '59, '62G)
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  • Ron and Marty Homa…
    My wife, Marty, and I miss those cold and snowy days when we would snuggle in front of the roaring fire place in the Commons Room.
    Ron Homa (A&S '59, EDUC '63) and Marty Homa (EDUC '60)
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  • Nikita Khrushchev vi…
    Nikita Khrushchev visits the University in 1959.

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1960
  • Alumni Publication, …
    New alumni publication, PITT, to be distributed beginning April 1.
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  • Alumni Trustees…
    In the document "Amendments of 1960 to charter provisions" there is a description of the the Board of Trustees including the make-up: nine alumni trustees divided by three classes, each holding office for three years, each class beginning each of first three years. Alumni elected by nomination. Submitted by General Alumni Association as of June 17, 1941.
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  • Fred Robie replaces …
    Clyde Barton, long time Secretary for the GAA leaves. Fred Robie took over.
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  • Mike Ditka: Three Sp…
    Mike Ditka was a three-sport athlete at Pitt, playing football, baseball and
    basketball. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1986.

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1961
  • Adoption of New Asso…
    New General Alumni Association By-laws and Constitution adopted
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  • 40th and 50th annive…
    The 40th and 50th Anniversary classes marched in the Commencement ceremony.
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  • Alumni magazine, Pit…
    1961 The alumni magazine, Pitt, won two awards in the publications competition sponsored by the American Alumni Council. It received honorable mentions for reporting on the institution and treatment of featured articles.
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  • First Alumni Forum h…
    First Annual Alumni Forum held.
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  • Pitt magazine receiv…
    "Pitt magazine received two awards in the annual publications competition of the American Alumni Council: Honorable mention citations for creditable achievement in 'featured articles' and ‘reporting on the institution."
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1962
  • Train takes alummni …
    Special train was hired to take alumni and friends to the Army-Pitt game to be held at Yankee Stadium on November 17. (June 28, 1962)
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  • Alumni to contact hi…
    Personal contact program initiated. The program was developed to have alumni serve as representatives of the University to local high school guidance counselors.
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1963
  • Constituent organiza…
    "Presidents of Constituent Associations were encouraged to stimulate a personal contact program in their respective associations. The goal of such a program can be established through effective membership committees to increase participation in Constituent Association annual events." (September 16, 1963)
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  • Pitt Alumni invited …
    Pitt Alumni invited to participate in the National Television show "Alumni Fun." It aired on Pittsburgh Channel 4 on Sunday at 4:30 pm. (January 21, 1963)
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  • Association moves to…
    New offices at 305 Schenley Hall. (January 21, 1963)
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  • Alumni Council previ…
    The Alumni Council was given a preview showing of motion pictures completed in December 1962, including “Play the Pitt Way” and “Pitt, A Tale of Progress.” (January 9, 1963)
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  • Alumni associatioin …
    Alumni Association moved to 305 Schenley Hall, student union.
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  • Annual Giving Fund p…
    Annual Giving Fund was reorganized. Pledges were accepted for the first time. Solicitation changed to be less impersonal. A board of directors was formed.
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  • Alumni Fun quiz show…
    "Alumni Fun" quiz show was won by Pitt alumni. Proceeds of $3,100 given to the Alumni Fund.
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1964
  • Pitt magazine named …
    Pitt magazine named one of the ten best alumni magazines in the country by the American Alumni Council.
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  • Public relations cha…
    "The [Executive] Committee approved the appointment of a General Public Relations Chairman for Council who would stimulate the appointment of a public relations chairman in each association to begin a program of maximum coverage with local community papers." (September 21, 1964)
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  • Annual fund donors g…
    Donors to the Annual Fund are given privileges using the swimming pool, parking lots, and tickets for athletic events. (March 23, 1964)
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  • Organization of alum…
    Programs of the Alumni Activities Division:
    I. General Alumni Association
    A. General Alumni Associations responsibilities:
    1. Organization and operation of Alumni Council and Executive Committee Meetings.
    2. Organization and operation of Alumni Council Standing Committees.
    B. Constituent Alumni Association responsibilities:
    1. Close staff relationship with twelve constituent alumni association’s executive boards.
    2. Organization and operation and detailed operation of annual meetings for each
    association.
    C. General Alumni Programs:
    1. Congratulatory letters program
    2. Letters to next of kin of deceased alumni
    3. Compilation of personal data and consultation with editorial staff of Pitt magazine.
    II. Regional Programs
    A. Organization and operation of Alumni Chapters and their annual programs in 24 cities outside of Allegheny County.
    B. Training and staff work for organization and operation of Schools and Scholarship committees in 35 cities of 15 states.
    C. Organization of Student Committees in all high school areas.
    D. Organization and operation of alumni meetings in connection with away football games.
    III. Special Alumni Programs and Events:
    A. Fall Homecoming
    B. Christmas Party
    C. Training Seminars
    D. Continuing Education Seminars for alumni.
    E. Staff work for the organization of five-year interval class reunions for alumni of schools granting professional degrees and baccalaureate degrees.
    F. Annual Alumni Smorgasbord.
    G. A program for selecting an alumnus to represent the Chancellor at dedications, inaugurations and similar events at other institutions of higher learning, when the Chancellor or other top University officials are unable to attend personally.
    H. Alumni Sponsored International Tours. (March 16, 1964)
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1965
  • Alumni Critcized for…
    During a financial crisis, Dr. Litchfield criticized alumni and the community for not supporting the school financially, the trustees for failing to raise an appropriate endowment, and the press for not selling the plans and ideals of decade before.
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  • Annual Giving Fund C…
    Annual Giving Fund Campaign newsletter started.
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  • Annual giving fund t…
    "Alumni giving fund – taken out of hands of alumni in 1961" (Handwritten notes, October, 1965?)
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  • Pitt Magazine distri…
    "For three out of four quarterly issues, distribution of Pitt magazine was limited to these groups:
    • Alumni for five years after graduation
    • All donors to the Annual Giving Fund
    • Any alumnus or friend who writes a letter to the Alumni Office asking to receive all issues.
    • Only the summer issue was sent to all 60,000 alumni." (November 22, 1965)
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  • Alumni to contact po…
    Alumni to contact potential students in their area directly. (Secondary Schools Committee Report, November 22, 1965)
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  • GSPIA group approved…
    Graduate School of Public and International Affairs approved as the 14th Constituent group. (January 18, 1965)
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  • Pitt runs old jokes …
    The magazine re-ran some of the old jokes and comics from earlier issues.
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  • Constituent groups h…
    Alumni constituent groups began job placement committees to help students home for the summer to find jobs.
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  • Thank you ad for don…
    "Thank you" to donors of the Annual Giving Fund.
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  • Pitt publication bud…
    The University cut back on the budget of Pitt. Only a select few receive all four issues per year, all others receive only one – the fall issue – per year.
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  • Nancy Welfer, Esq.…
    Nancy Welfer served as president of the Pitt Alumni Association in 1965.



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1966
  • Golden Panther Club …
    Plans to implement a Golden Panther Club. (February 9, 1966)
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  • Memorial fund recomm…
    Recommend that a Memorial Fund be established in the name of Stanton C. Crawford as a permanent fund under the Annual Giving program to equip:
    • Common facilities building which also might be named for him, or
    • A section of Hillman Library be named for him (February 15, 1966)
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  • Plan for alumni to c…
    A committee was started to have alumni contact and congratulate high school athletes who have indicated a plan to play football at Pitt. (January 24, 1966)
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  • University seal char…
    It was the first time to give a University Seal charm to participants of Lantern Night. (January 24, 1966)
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  • Century Club gives $…
    Century Club gives $100 annually to giving fund but the Charter Council gives $1,000 per year. (January 24, 1966)
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  • Legislative Committe…
    Formation of the Legislative Committee to "encourage a closer relationship between the alumnus and his legislator, acquaint all alumni with the content of bills that affect the University, and better acquaint legislature with the plans and needs of the University." (November 21, 1966)
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  • Executive secretary …
    Fred Robie, Executive Secretary of the GAA, reported plans for four new programs: Alumni-Parents Committee, Alumni Inter-fraternity and Panhellenic Council, Legislative Committee, and Regional Chapters for Metropolitan Pittsburgh. (September 19, 1966)
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  • University Becomes S…
    The University became "state-related."
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1967
  • Interfraternity Comm…
    Inter-Fraternity Committee formed [?] The purpose was to encourage all fraternities to support the Alumni Association. Fraternity alumni would form a working committee. (January 23, 1967)
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  • Women's Fraternity C…
    Women’s Fraternity Committee formed as an alumnae committee. (January 23, 1967)
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  • Alumni Committees ar…
    Acting Chancellor Kurtzman enforced University policy that campus groups must use campus facilities, not private clubs. Apparently, alumni committees frequently met in private clubs for ease, cost, location, and service. (Letter - January 6, 1967)
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1968
  • Association establis…
    Alumni Association established a memorial fund in honor of Edward Harold and Mary Morrill Litchfield. The money was to be used for a scholarship fund.
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  • Pitt publication win…
    Pitt won four awards at the 1968 Golden Quill Awards for excellence in journalism in Western Pennsylvania.
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  • Norman Rosenlood Mem…
    I miss the effect of walking into the Cathedral of Learning and being enveloped by an atmosphere of serenity and permanence. The architecture, inside and out, suggested a transcending of the passing present and the enduring strength of knowledge.
    Norman Rosenlood (A&S '68G)
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1969
  • J. Clyde Barton, for…
    J. Clyde Barton, former executive secretary of the GAA, retires from the University.
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  • First issue of Alumn…
    The first issue of Alumni Times is published.
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  • Benjamin E. Thomas J…
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1970
  • Draft Plan for Regio…
    Draft of “A Plan for a Regional Program for the Alumni of the University of Pittsburgh in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania” (Pitt Ambassadors)
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  • Golden Panthers Form…
    New group formed – Pitt Golden Panthers – labeled as the umbrella "booster club"
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  • Association sponsors…
    The annual Continuing Education day, sponsored by the GAA, was held on Saturday, March 20.
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  • Pitt Golden Panthers…
    "The Pitt Golden Panthers, an organization of students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the University of Pittsburgh, has been established. The purpose of this new group is to coordinate and implement action by and through the existing organizations of the University of Pittsburgh for the betterment of the athletic program at the University."
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  • Alumnae observe 75th…
    The Alumnae Association held a luncheon to observe the 75th anniversary of the admission of the first women to the University.
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  • Pitt Parents Associa…
    The Pitt Parents’ Association was formed as an organization for parents of Pitt undergraduates under the Development and Alumni Affairs Office.
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1971
  • Dr. Posvar Makes Cha…
    Dr. Posvar held a meeting with supporters including alumni, to determine the reasons for Pitt’s poor athletic appearances. He subsequently made changes including: withdrawing from the Big Four, new coaches, a new athletic director, new uniforms, new locker rooms, and formed the Golden Panthers. The Golden Panthers were to "provide outside financial support" for the athletic programs by soliciting money from alumni and other friends of the university.
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  • The PItt Volunteer N…
    A newsletter for the Annual Giving Fund, The Pitt Volunteer, begun.
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  • Results of alumni su…
    Results of a survey of alumni published.
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  • Alumnae holds first …
    The Alumnae Alumni Association held the first Alumnae Homecoming Reception and dinner.
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  • Pitt Woman replaces …
    "The 'Pitt Woman' replaces the Homecoming Queen “and is chosen with less emphasis upon beauty and more upon poise, personality, and contribution to the University.'"
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  • Alumni to advise stu…
    Alumni are asked by the University Counseling Center to advise students on how to choose a career and the best way to prepare the career.
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  • School of Health Rel…
    Alumni of the School of Health Related Professions formed an alumni association.
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  • Budget cut forces sh…
    Budget cuts forced the publication to cut costs by producing a shorter newspaper. The number of pages went from 16 to 8.
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1972
  • Chancellor Posvar Be…
    Dr. Posvar began a large fundraising campaign and had to include details of why the University needed private funds despite receiving public money. This campaign was run parallel to the Annual Giving Fund of the GAA.
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  • More Regional Clubs …
    More plans to develop a regional program for alumni
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  • Alumni invited to jo…
    Alumni and students were invited to participate in the Homecoming Barrel Roll contest which would benefit a new scholarship called the Blue and Gold scholarship.
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    3,000 alumni were randomly selected to answer a questionnaire regarding alumni activities.
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  • Alumni asked to volu…
    The Counseling Center asked alumni to act as volunteer career counselors for undergraduates.Volunteer and association Past President Bob Lovett talks to students about a life in law at the Pathways to Professions Networking Reception

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  • Pitt Band Alumni Cou…
    The Pitt Band Alumni Council is founded.
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1973
  • Hockey Rink consider…
    The Athletic Committee requested that a feasibility study be conducted on the construction of a hockey rink in a new field house or in the existing field house.
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  • Funds raised through…
    The GAA organized “a series of contract bridge tournaments for the Annual Giving Fund. First prize was a $100 savings bond second prize, a $50 savings bond; third prize, a $25 savings bond.” Tournaments were held by individuals with a minimum of two tables and a $5 entry fee.
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    Fund grows apace 1973-83Giving growth

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1974
  • Black alumni hold fi…
    Black Alums hold first Convocation with Mal Goode, nationally-known journalist and correspondent and a 1931 graduate leading over 3,000 black alumni to encourage them to return to campus.
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  • Extended the School …
    Extended the School Alumni Association through Class Councils. New organization increased the number of alumni representing the schools from 176 to 2,611.
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  • First convocation fo…
    First convocation for black alumni held.
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  • Association establis…
    The Alumni council voted unanimously to establish class councils for each graduating class of the University’s sixteen schools. The councils would be comprised of three elected representatives for each school class, were intended to represent the class at each school alumni association meeting, help in the class reunion planning, serve as volunteers in various alumni activities, and facilitate communication among class members, the GAA, and the University administration.
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  • Mary Jo Kelly Orzech…
    I miss midnight bull sessions sitting on the floor in the hallway at MCNR (Lothrop Hall) in pajamas and slippers after a long day followed by a long evening studying (or not).
    Mary Jo Kelly Orzechowski—aka number 2; there were two Mary Jo Kellys in our class (NURS '74)
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  • Ken Bauer Memory…
    No place like Pitt…took my southern wife to see Pitt…Cathedral of Learning…all good things…still love Oakland
    Ken Bauer (EDUC '74G)
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  • Robert Rosborough is…
    Robert Rosborough
    Secretary, 1974–87
    A&S ’57, EDUC ’67G

    Serving as secretary of the Pitt Alumni Association was a natural progression in Bob Rosborough’s service to the University. Hired in the 1960s as an assistant football coach, he went on to work as the assistant athletic director for student affairs before a former Pitt classmate invited him to serve as the secretary of what was then known as the General Alumni Association. Rosborough spent the next two decades and more as an important voice in events that would shape the legacy of the association’s relationship with Pitt.

    During the mid-1980s, then-Chancellor Wesley Posvar asked the alumni executive committee to abandon The Method for Electing Alumni Trustees to the Board of Trustees of the University of Pittsburgh, an agreement that dated back about 50 years. The committee met so it could form a response to the request, unanimously rejecting it and holding fast to its agreement with the University.

    “It was an energizing thing among the alumni association,” recalls Rosborough. Though the practice did change in subsequent years, the issue galvanized the association’s membership.

    Rosborough was also instrumental, together with Drs. Alexander Minno and Yvonne Weber, in establishing the Alumni Walk on the Bigelow side of the Cathedral of Learning at Pitt’s Bicentennial in 1987 and the General Alumni Association’s tablet of tribute to the University and all its alumni a tribute to prominent alumni similar to the one honoring athletes between the Cathedral of Learning and Heinz Chapel.

    Dedicated May 3, 1987, the alumni association’s tablet reads:

    ALMA MATER
    Cradle of Our Destiny
    Crucible of Our Deeds
    Cathedral of Our Dreams

    A quarter of a century later, Rosborough can still recite these lines by heart. What follows is a line he wrote himself:

    In commemoration of countless contributions of leadership, service, and support by grateful alumni over the past 200 years—and in years to come—towards the pursuit of wisdom, knowledge, and excellence at the University of Pittsburgh.

    In addition to his work with the Alumni Association, he also worked in Institutional Advancement, accepting a development position in 1987 before ending his long service to Pitt.

    “There’s one changeless thing about relationships,” Rosborough says, “and that’s change.”
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  • Alumni Giving Fund…
    Progress ReportThe Alumni Giving Fund Progress Report for 1974 and 1975

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1976
  • Johnny Majors Hired …
    Athletics Director, Casimir Myslinski, credits the support of the alumni for Pitt's ability to attract football coach, Johnny Majors.
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  • Chart of nine-year c…
    Chart depicting a nini-year comparison of donations for the Annual Giving Fund.
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  • Owl celebrates bicen…
    The Owl celebrates its Bicentennial year.
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  • Alumni offered disco…
    Alumni offered a 25 percent discount on informal, non-credit courses in the School of General Studies.
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    Pitt was awarded a Recognition Program Citation from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for the October 1975 issue.
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  • Bonnie Brown Jacobso…
    I miss the best hot dogs and French fries in the world at the Original Hot Dog Shop. If they had not had those small pitchers of beer also, I don’t know how I would have gotten through grad school.
    Also, I miss the BEST pizza I have ever had from a small pizza shop at the the south end of Semple St. I don’t remember the name, but they had great then crusts and added some cheddar cheese to the mozzarella on top.
    How about partying on Tuesday nights at “The Luna.”
    Bonnie Brown Jacobson (GSPH '76)
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1977
  • Pitt Ambassador Prog…
    Pitt Ambassadors fully established.
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  • Taiwan and Korea Pit…
    International Pitt Clubs investigated and tentatively formed – Taiwan and Korea
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  • Dr. Michael Zernich …
    Dr. Michael Zernich serves as association president in 1977.
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  • JS Piechowicz Memory…
    As opposed to CAS students who had time to play ultimate Frisbee, I didn’t have time (usually) for non-study activities. Main thing I miss is Pitt Stadium—Football will never be the same. And the parties after the wins.
    JS Piechowicz (ENGR '77, year of champions)
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  • Barry Weisband Memor…
    1) Professor Ted Windt!!
    2) Student Government Board Meetings
    3) "Inches" at the student union (we at the association don’t know what this means)
    Barry Weisband (A&S '77)
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1978
  • First Member of Dist…
    The first Member of Distinction award was given. To qualify a member must have donated $10,000 or more.
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  • Beatrice M. Hogg Mem…
    What I miss most about my days at Pitt is roaming the shelves at Hillman Library. I used to spend afternoons just going through them, picking up books that interested me and spending a few hours with them. I especially like the old books filled with Pennsylvania statistics and county records. I can still smell those old books.
    Beatrice M. Hogg (SOC WK '78)
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1979
  • Robert Bruce Society…
    Robert Bruce Society founded to recognize donors of $300-499 to the Annual Giving Fund. The Society is named after the first chancellor the Western University of Pennsylvania. A trip for two to Scotland was given to the winner of a drawing.
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  • Robert Bruce Society…
    Robert Bruce Society formed as a new University Giving Club. The winner of an introductory prize trip to Scotland in honor of the University’s first chancellor, Robert Bruce, was Eleanor McCormick (EDU ’32) The club recognized donors of $300-$499. ** picture of Mrs. McCormick included.
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  • Table showing Annual…
    Table showing giving by school for the Annual Giving Fund.
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  • Dr. Carmine Durzo se…
    Dr. Carmine Durzo is association president in 1979.
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  • Carolyn Means Casava…
    I miss learning. I have always loved learning and even though I continue to learn through my job, I miss the intense learning and discovery that takes place in college.
    Carolyn Means Casavan (ENGR '79)
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1980
  • Owl's name changed t…
    The Owl’s name was changed to Panther Prints in October.
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  • Joan Smith is associ…
    Joan Smith serves as association president in 1980.
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  • Kathryn Grande Memor…
    I was a student in physical therapy at the School of Health Related Professions and graduated in 1980. My roommate and I lived on South Bouquet Street and always dreaded the hike up Cardiac Hill to the building that housed SHRP. The building had the honor of having the Panther mascot painted on the side!! Another memory is peering through binoculars from SHRP at the Pittsburgh Steelers practicing on Pitt’s football field when the Pirates were still playing. Those were the days when Terry Bradshaw still had hair!!!
    Kathryn Grande (SHRS ’80)
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  • Martha Augustin Krei…
    Usually around finals, when the weather got nice, the cafeteria would move outside and serve meals in front of the student union. It was such a nice change and so pretty eating across from the Cathedral.
    Martha Augustin Kreimer (NURS ’80, SOC WK ’82)


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1981
  • Many season ticket h…
    Many season ticket holders lost their seats when it became necessary to donate to the Annual Giving Plan. Many non-alumni were willing to give to get the seats.
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  • Resources fot the 80…
    Resources for the Eighties campaign begins.
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1982
  • University honors do…
    The University began to honor alumni and friends who bequeathed donations to the University.
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  • Robert M. Verklin, D…
    Robert M. Verklin, DMD, served as president of the Pitt Alumni Association in 1982.



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1983
  • An update on the Sch…
    An update on the School Alumni Associations’ Subcommittee which was started in 1981 “to provide a useful structure for communicating the interests and concerns of the school alumni associations to meet any common or special needs of these organizations in ways which may not ordinarily be possible within the format of the regular Alumni Council meetings.”
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  • General Alumni Assoc…
    GAA agreed to co-host the World Championship of Figure Skating with the Pittsburgh Figure Skating Club. The bid was lost to Cincinnati which had better rink facilities.
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  • Article describes re…
    An article describes the scientific research that the alumni’s Annual Giving Fund supported.
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  • Life insurance beque…
    The Office of Development and Alumni Affairs was recruiting gifts of life insurance from alumni. "Life insurance is an extremely versatile low-cost means of providing the University with a substantial gift. It permits the average donor to arrange a large gift by means of a modest annual outlay." The donors name would be engraved on a bronze plaque.
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  • First Fall Festival …
    The first annual fall festival held at the Greensburg campus. It was sponsored by the Westmoreland Pitt Club in cooperation with the East and South Hills Pitt Clubs.
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  • Alumni reminded that…
    Alumni reminded that the NCAA limits recruitment activities.
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  • Alumni Survey on Ins…
    Notice requesting opinions on whether the Alumni Association should offer insurance.
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  • NCAA restricts alumn…
    The NCAA restricts the involvement of alumni in athletic recruitment.
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  • First alumni art exh…
    First Alumni art exhibition of the Studio Arts Department held in the UP Gallery.
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1984
  • Paul A. Chew named D…
    The University of Pittsburgh’s distinguished graduate medallion was presented to Paul A. Chew, PhD., CAS '50, GAS '52. An alumni committee recommends the award to recognize a graduate whose significant contributions have reflected positively on the University.
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  • Dr. Macy I. Levine s…
    Dr. Macy I. Levine serves as president of the Pitt Alumni Association in 1984.



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1985
  • Association forms gr…
    The GAA formed two groups to plan bicentennial events. The first group was a planning committee of 12 that recommended projects and events for the celebration. The second group was a coordinating committee that had representatives from each of the 23 school alumni groups, regional clubs, and other constituents.
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1986
  • Association presiden…
    President of GAA, Grace S. Harris, Esq., spent two hours with a university-hired consultant discussing the role the Association would take in university affairs over the next 200 years.
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  • Pitt celebrates its …
    Bicentennial celebration began the week of October 19-25, 1986, Homecoming. This first round of events included the Convocation, the release of Robert Albert’s book about the University, and symposiums. The celebration continued the week of February 22-28, 1987 during Founder’s Day events which included another Convocation, the "Women at Pitt" exhibit, and more symposia. The final celebrations were held during the week of May 3, 1987 leading up to Commencement included symposia, open houses, and the 50th anniversary of the Heinz Chapel and Stephen Foster Memorial.
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  • Alumni are asked for…
    Robert C. Hickey, director of the Bicentennial Commission asked alumni for suggestions on how to celebrate the 200th anniversary.
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  • Pitt timeline is pub…
    A time line is presented of the University’s history.
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  • Pitt Magazine's sche…
    Includes an event schedule for the Bicentennial in September and October 1986.
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  • Dr. Charles Shirley …
    Dr. Charles Shirley Jr. serves as association president 1986–7.
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  • Pamela Sokol Memory…
    I miss walks thu Schenley Park with my best friend, Suzie. After our walks, we’d pig out @ Cornucopia restaurant on Oakland Ave.
    Pamela Sokol (A&S '86)
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1987
  • Alumni stage "V…
    Alumni production of "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf." It was the first alumni production in history and held to celebrate the University’s bicentennial.
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  • Pitt v. Duquesne bas…
    Pitt v. Duquesne basketball game teleconferenced via satellite to alumni all over the country. Dallas, DC, Johnstown, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, north east Ohio, and Seattle.
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  • Alumnae Council awar…
    Alumnae Association awarded its first scholarship from the Bicentennial Scholarship Fund. It was to be presented to a junior woman who demonstrated excellence and leadership.
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  • Alumni asked to help…
    Alumni were asked to participate in the fundraising for the African Heritage Room in the Cathedral of Learning. $50,000 was needed.
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  • Pam Seifert Memory…
    The things I miss the most from my days at Pitt are French fries from the O and laying in the sun, trying to study for Spring finals on Flagstaff Hill.
    Pam Seifert (PHARM '87)
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1988
  • Name changed to Univ…
    Changed name to University of Pittsburgh Alumni Association
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  • Association creates …
    Developed the Pitt Alumni Network to create a national presence.
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  • Affinity credit card…
    Considered participating in an “affinity credit card” arrangement.
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  • Association Changes …
    General Alumni Association became the University of Pittsburgh Alumni Association (UPAA).
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  • New by-laws approved…
    New By-laws were approved again. The organization changed its name to University of Pittsburgh Alumni Association on April 6.
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  • University of Pittsb…
    University of Pittsburgh license plate introduced.
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  • Pitt alumni survey r…
    Pitt Alumni Association conducted a survey entitled "Pitt wants to know what you think." 38,000 alumni responded. Results of the survey are provided.
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  • Alumni called upon t…
    Alumni called upon to lead a fundraising effort for all 17 schools.
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  • Drs. William and Mil…
    The Drs. Trice led the Pitt Alumni Association in 1988.



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1989
  • Pitt Volunteer of th…
    Pitt Volunteer of the Year award begun.
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  • Bronze Medal for &qu…
    Honored with the Bronze Medal award for being a “most-improved” alumni program by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Higher Education (CASE)
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  • Presidential Medalli…
    The Presidential Medallion (or Award) for Distinguished Service begun to honor those who “bring acclaim to the University of Pittsburgh through a lifetime of service.” (Folder – Awards and Medals – Distinguished Alumni)
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  • First Volunteer of t…
    The first Volunteer of the Year awarded on May 24.
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  • Marcha Hartle Munsch…
    Martha Hartle Munsch served as president of the Pitt Alumni Association in 1989.



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1990
  • First National Alumn…
    Held the first National Alumni Leadership Conference.Alumni leaders take part in a spirited game of Pitt alumni Jeopardy at the 1998 Alumni Leaders Conference

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  • Alumni Luncheon Lect…
    Alumni Luncheon Lecture Series started
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  • Affinty Credit Card …
    Visa card available for Pitt alumni. A portion of the proceeds were used to establish a scholarship fund and support alumni programs.
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  • Pitt Club numbers gr…
    In 1987, there were three Pitt Clubs but by publication there were 35 more.
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  • Association Benchmar…
    Between 1990 and 1995, association staff grew from four full-time and one part-time staff members to nine full-time and two part-time staff members. During the same period, the number of constituent groups rose from 35 to 70, the amount of self-generated income rose from $40,000 to $601,900, and the amount of money in endowments rose from $0 to $100,000.
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1991
  • Donald Carroll is aw…
    Alumni Association presented Donald Carroll, a graduate of the School of Education, the Distinction for Lifetime Achievement Award. He was the Secretary of Education for Pennsylvania. [not sure if this was the first time awarded or not.]
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  • Lee Patouillet is na…
    Leland Patouillet named Executive Director of Alumni Relations. He replaced Kathy Uitvlugt.
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  • 70th Annual Lantern …
    The 70th Annual Lantern Night celebrated on August 28.
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  • Pitt affinity credit…
    Pitt Visa Card offered to alumni
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  • Matching Scholarship…
    The University of Pittsburgh Matching Scholarship program was piloted between the Offices of Alumni Relations and Admissions and Financial Aid. The sponsoring Pitt Club provided the first year of tuition and the Offices of Alumni Relations and Admissions and Financial Aid would pay the remaining three years. A limit of $1,000/year was set.
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  • Campaign for the Thi…
    Campaign for the Third Century was successfully concluded 14 months early.
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  • Lunchtime lecture se…
    A lunchtime lecture series was started by the Alumni Association for alumni to attend.
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  • Lee Patouillet named…
    Lee Patouillet named Alumni Relations Executive Director
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    Cecile M. Springer served as president of the Pitt Alumni Association in 1991.



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  • Lee Patouillet, Exec…
    Leland Patouillet
    Executive Director, 1991–2008
    Ph.D. ’00

    In describing Lee Patouillet’s tenure as executive director of the Pitt Alumni Association, the numbers tell the story. When he first started, the association was generating about $45,000 annually. When he left 17 years later, that number had mushroomed to about $128 million.

    Under the direction of then-president Cecile Springer, Patouillet’s tenure began with a year spent on strategic planning, an effort headed by Roger Glunt and championed by Brian Generalovich, who asked everyone on the planning committee to “check your egos at the door.” Al Novack was instrumental in envisioning the partnership between Pitt and the association.

    “One is hard-pressed to find a better cadre of dedicated and selfless volunteers than at the University of Pittsburgh,” Patouillet says. “I think part of it is the western Pennsylvania work ethic. There is a tremendous sense of humility.”

    As part of the planning process, the association’s leadership sat down with Chancellor Mark Nordenberg and asked what he expected of the alumni group and how it could best support his agenda. Back then, the three priorities were student recruitment, outreach and fundraising, and legislative support. The first five-year plan was followed by another five-year plan, then one that was three years long, then a rolling three-year plan.

    Patouillet commends Nordenberg for embracing the association as a strategic partner, and alumni for stepping up as advocates for the University: “Once you embrace that concept, that drove our thinking,” he says.

    A greater effort was made by the association to communicate with its membership through a variety of media as well as personal appearances by association leaders who took to the road. Likewise, the Pitt Alumni Recruitment Team increased Pitt’s presence at college fairs, while Pitt Pathfinders offered campus tours to prospective students. As a result of these and other efforts, freshman applications grew exponentially.

    Patouillet was among the six people who planned and directed Pitt’s $500 million campaign, which later expanded to $1 billion. The association’s endowment went from virtually zero to more than $9 million.

    When Patouillet left, he stayed connected to his former colleagues at Pitt.

    “My sense is they haven’t skipped a beat, and they’ve done some great enhancements,” he says.
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1992
  • African American Alu…
    African-American Alumni Council recognized.
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  • James S. Broadhurst …
    The Pitt Ambassadors name James S. Broadhurst, chairman and CEO of Eat 'n Park Restaurants, Inc. the first Honorary Ambassador. The honor is meant to recognize a local business person "who exemplifies Pitt’s goals in business, education, and community service." Broadhurst was an alumnus of the University.[not sure if this is university wide or Alumni based]
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  • African American Alu…
    Pitt African-American Alumni Council began in 1991. They hosted the second annual Homecoming Breakfast Dance in 1992.
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  • Association scholars…
    Created a scholarship program
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  • Blue and Gold Societ…
    Instituted Blue and Gold Society
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  • AlumNet Career Netwo…
    Established AlumNet
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  • Pitt Advocates, legi…
    Developed Pitt Advocate and Pitt Advocates, a legislative network of alumni supporting Pitt through advocacy
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  • Pitt Clubs establish…
    Established Pitt Clubs in the UK and Japan
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    Hosted the Installation Dinner for Chancellor O’Connor.
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  • Blue and Gold Societ…
    Blue and Gold Society established.
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  • PItt Alumni Recruitm…
    Pitt Alumni Recruitment Team (PART) formed as a joint venture with the Office of Alumni Relations and the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid.
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  • Robert G. Lovett, Es…
    Robert G. Lovett served as president of the Pitt Alumni Association 1992-93.



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  • Alumni Leadership Co…
    The Alumni Leadership Council is founded.
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  • Mike Ditka Honored…
    Mike Ditka honored by Chancellor Dennis O'Connor among others.Mike Ditka Honored

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1993
  • Pitt Ambassadors fou…
    Ambassadors formed in 1986.
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  • Maryann F. Fralic an…
    Alumni Association announced the Distinguished Alumni Fellows award program. The first recipients were Maryann F. Fralic and K. Leroy Irvis.
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  • Alumni admissions re…
    Established alumni admissions recruitment program
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  • Alumni Endowed Schol…
    Established the Alumni Endowed Scholarship Fund
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  • First Distinguished …
    Distinguished Alumni Fellows Award first given
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  • Pitt Alumni Recruitm…
    The pilot program between the Alumni Association and the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid becomes a full program.
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  • Distinguished Alumni…
    The first annual Distinguished Alumni Fellows Awards were awarded at the 1993 Honors Convocation.
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  • First affinity credi…
    The VISA card affinity program awarded its first graduate scholarship, $5,000. Two freshmen scholarships of $2,500 were also awarded.
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1994
  • Membership dues prog…
    Initiated membership dues program
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    Dues program initiated
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  • Alumni Connections n…
    The association Board of Directors provides at a newsletter be sent to dues-paying members.
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  • AlumNet, an alumni n…
    AlumNet formed as a response to requests from alumni. Started in January 1993.
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  • More than 58,000 alu…
    In 1994, more than 58,000 alumni lived in Allegheny County.
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  • Alumni Weekend held …
    Alumni Week-end held at Bradford campus.
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  • Association dues pro…
    The dues program starts in June, 1994.
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  • Alumni gain borrowin…
    Library borrowing privileges were offered to the alumni for a $25 donation to the University Library System.
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  • Alfred Reed Hamilton…
    "Back in 1912, at the 125th anniversary celebration of the University, Alfred Reed Hamilton (1894), president of the General Alumni Association, addressed members. Describing what he felt the relationship of alumni to their university should be, Hamilton said: '[The Alumni Association’s] function is to bind this institution to the community by thousands of living, compelling ties; to help build its buildings; to win it friends; to supervise its competitive athletics, to keep them clean, and to teach the participants to strive with courage, to win with modesty and lose with good humor and good grace; and finally, to open the avenues of self-help to students who need help.
    Now, for all this work we need, more than anything else, recruits. The present body is small but reasonably active; therefore, we should not rest until we have lassoed the last available man. The fellow who has touched the magic walls of this old institution will find the old memories tugging at his heart strings if we but stir them. Set these chords vibrating and the truth comes home to him, hot in his conviction, that this university belongs to him and he to it.'"
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  • Board of Directors…
    The Pitt Alumni Association Board of Directors meets regularlyPitt Alumni Association Board of Directors meeting circa 2006

    Blue and Gold Society students take an active interest in the work of the Board of Directors

    Alumni Board of Directors' meeting circa 2008.

    Board of Directors Retreat in Johnstown in 1997

    1997 Board of Directors Retreat on the Johnstown campus

    1997 Board of Directors Retreat on the Johnstown campus

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  • J. Roger Glunt…
    J. Roger Glunt served as president of the Pitt Alumni Association 1994-95.



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1995
  • Night of the Panther…
    Night of the Panther Ceremony begun for Freshmen men to balance with the Lantern Night Ceremony held for Freshmen women.
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  • Night of the Panther…
    Night of the Panther event begun to welcome freshmen men to the University.

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  • Evening with the Coa…
    Established "An Evening with the Coaches" event
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  • Greek Alumni Award e…
    Greek Alumni Award of Distinguish established
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  • Pitt Alumni Center p…
    Proposal for University of Pittsburgh Alumni Center prepared by Beth Johnson
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  • Alumni Legislative N…
    Alumni Legislative Network (ALN) established to advocate the University of Pittsburgh and higher education in Pennsylvania to legislators.
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  • Association works fo…
    The Alumni Association lobbied for Pitt vanity license plates
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  • Alumni Dues Program …
    Alumni Membership Dues Program initiated, again
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  • Association reconnec…
    The Alumni Association began to reconnect with international alumni and alumni living overseas. Formed clubs and held receptions.
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  • First foray online…
    The Alumni Association online via Mosaic and a class project for an English class.
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  • First alumni members…
    The first Members’ Reception was held for 70 members before the Pitt-Syracuse basketball game. (Pitt lost by two points).
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  • Former president, Ce…
    Former Alumni Association President, Cecile Springer, set up the Cecile M. Springer Endowed Scholarship Fund.Cecile Springer with Springer Scholar Deanna Moorehead

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  • Alumni Association B…
    From 1995 to 2000, the number of association staff rose from nine full time to two part time members. In the same peiod, the number of constituent organizations rose from 70 to 98, the self-generated income from $601,900 to $1,389,319, the number of endowments from two or three to 13, and the amount of money in endowment from $100,000 to $2,400,000.
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1996
  • Alumni Survey Conduc…
    Survey/Study done of the UPAA.
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  • Executive Committee …
    Added a seat on the Executive Committee for a rep from the Greek Alumni community
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  • Directory of interna…
    The Alumni Association developed a directory of international alumni (Binder)
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  • Association joins UC…
    The Alumni Association joined the University Center for International Studies in a two-year International Development Program, "which will assess educationally valuable and revenue-generating activities in international education, research, and service."
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  • Kevin Katarynick Mem…
    What I miss most about being on campus? Besides Uncle Sam’s Subs…sitting on the bench outside Brackenridge Hall my Sr. year. All my friends and Pi Kap brothers knew they could always find me there! It became known as Norm's Porch.
    Kevin Katarynick (CGS '96)
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1997
  • Association arranges…
    The Alumni Association arranged a trip for alumni to the Liberty Bowl to watch the PanthersPitt fans traveled with the Pitt Alumni Association to the Liberty Bowl in Nashville, Tenn.

    Pitt played at the Liberty Bowl in 1997 in chilly conditions.



    Stalwart Nebraskan fans show their Pitt Pride at the Liberty Bowl in 1997

    The Pitt Marching Band in Nashville at the Liberty Bowl.

    Alumni turn out to cheer the Panthers at the Liberty Bowl in 1997

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  • Chancellor Nordenber…
    Chancellor’s Tour. Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg held receptions in Harrisburg, New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Chicago, Erie, South Florida
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  • Alumni Hall construc…
    Alumni Hall construction plans and proposals
    • Blueprints
    • fabric samples
    • Proposal for Masonic Temple Adaptive Reuse by L.D. Astorino & Associates, Ltd., June 4, 1997
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  • Association cosponso…
    The Alumni Association co-sponsors Best of Both Worlds – Pitt Expo to spotlight academics and athletics
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  • International Advanc…
    International Advancement Committee piloted. Mission: to effectively build upon and develop new relationships of the University of Pittsburgh in the international arena.
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  • Tony Dorsett Honored…
    (left to right) Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg is seen here with former Pitt Panther Tony Dorsett, alumni association President Andy Kuznewski, and association Executive Director Lee Patouillet.(left to right) Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg is seen here with former Pitt Panther Tony Dorsett, alumni association President Andy Kuznewski, and association Executive Director Lee Patouillet.

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  • Andrew J. Kuznewski…
    Andy K. served as president of the Pitt Alumni Association in 1997 and 1998.

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1998
  • Alum David Rossi don…
    Pitt Alumnus, David Rossi, donated an opportunity for Pitt to place scientific experiments aboard the space shuttle on a mission scheduled for May 2000.
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  • Alumni Association g…
    Alumni Association gave the University an additional $1 million endowment for the student scholarship fund. The funds were raised by the royalties from the affinity credit card program.
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  • Masonic Temple renov…
    Construction on Masonic Temple beginsAlumni association Volunteer Brian Generalovich and Executive Director Lee Patouillet survey the renovation of the Masonic Temple; soon to be Alumni Hall.

    Alumni Hall renovation

    Alumni Hall renovation

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  • Association joins wi…
    Alumni Association joined with KQV to promote the organization
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  • Summit Dinner held f…
    Summit Dinner held for constituency groups to stress that partnerships between the groups is important
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  • Pregame tents instit…
    The tradition of holding Tent Parties at home football games begins.Volunteer Bebe Miller and wife, Gwen. add to pregame merriment.

    A Pitt fan sports the Panther

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  • Banner Porgram insti…
    The Banner Program, a recognition program for constituent groups that meet criteria – ALN, communication, membership, fundraising, partnerships, programs, scholarships, and PART (Pitt Alumni Recruitment Team) begun.Members of the North Central Pennsylvania Pitt Club celebrate their banner award

    The Banner Program is established to give Pitt Clubs and Councils a framework to help them help the association achieve its mission.

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  • Strategic plan wins …
    The UPAA’s strategic plan won a Seal of Excellence Award from the Council of Alumni Association Executives.
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  • 1998 Alumni Leaders …
    Alumni leaders from around the country gather at Alumni Hall in May of 1998 to learn from one another how best to carry out the mission of the Pitt Alumni AssociationVolunteer Fran Gargotta guesses Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg's middle name during the 1998 Alumni Leaders Conference Jeopardy Game

    Volunteers Susan Albrecht and Cindi Roth celebrate victory at the 1998 Alumni Leaders Conference Jeopardy game.

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  • Cynthia L. Roth…
    Cynthia L. Roth served as president of the Pitt Alumni Association 1998-99.



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1999
  • First Cathedral of L…
    First Cathedral of Learning Society event held
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  • University on the Ro…
    University on the Road held in 1999-2000 in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Boston.
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  • Alumni Survey…
    L. Patouillet does a survey, "Attitudes Toward University Life and Giving," of Alumni Association members for PhD.
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  • Pitt Alumni Online C…
    The Pitt Alumni Online Community was begun to connect and reconnect alumni, disseminate university news, and provide job and career networking.
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  • 25 Ways Pitt Has Cha…
    25 Ways Pitt has Changed the World.
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  • Pitt Stadium is Raze…
    Pitt Stadium is razed. The Panthers then play at Heinz Field.Last photo of Board of Directors at Pitt Stadium in 1999

    "Thrilled to capacity" Pitt Stadium is packed for the last game played there against Notre Dame.

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  • Masonic Hall Renovat…
    Masonic Hall is renovated t house University divisions including the Alumni Center and the Office of Alumni Relations.Masonic Hall renovation: Alumni Center kitchen.

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2000
  • Year 2000 Alumni Ass…
    Volunteers of the Year: William Cully, Brian Generalovich, J. Roger Glunt, Trish Rall Henniger, and Felix "Bebe" Miller. Pitt Alumni Recruitment Team (PART) recognized the following volunteers: Michael and Arlene Aronowsky.
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  • Alumni Online Commun…
    Alumni Online Community launched on June 1. The site featured a directory, career center, email, shopping, and personal web pages. It was free to all Pitt alumni creating a place for them to network, advise, and support each other.
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  • Legacy Laureates pro…
    The Legacy Laureates program was begun to "recognize alumni for their personal and career achievements, while at the same time providing them with an opportunity to contribute to the success of today’s students." The first class of 33 represented a wide variety of professions and was scheduled to serve for an annual term.
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  • Discovery Weekend la…
    Discovery Week-end held on October 27-28, 2000, launch of a fundraising campaign, used as a showcase of Pitt’s excellence
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  • New Alumni Center Op…
    The Alumni Association held an Open House for the new Alumni Center on April 8, 2000Alumni Center Open House

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  • Pitt Alumni Online C…
    Pitt Alumni Online Community launched on April 1, 2000.
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  • Alumni Center Dedica…
    Alumni Center Dedication event held on June 9, 2000Association President Cindi Roth toasts the opening of the Alumni Center

    Volunteers Mike Bryson and Sam Zacharias unveil plaque honoring Charter Life Members of the Pitt Alumni Association at the Alumni Center dedication.

    Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg speaks at Alumni Center dedication

    Pitt Dance Band plays at Alumni Center dediation

    Charter Life Members at the Alumni Center Gala in 2000

    Volunteers Mike Bryson and Sam Zacharias present a plaque naming the orginal 100 Charter Life Members of the Pitt Alumni Association.

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  • Online Community Lau…
    Online community with an alumni directory and yellow pages, etc. started.
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  • Samuel S. Zacharias…
    Samuel S. Zacharias served as president of the Pitt Alumni Association 2000-01.



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  • Alumni Association B…
    From 2000 to 2005, the staff went from 14 full-time and two part-time members to 17 full time and three part time. In the same period, constituent organizations rose from 98 to 108, self-generated income went from $1,389,319 to $1,268,900, the number of endowments rose from 13 to 25, and the amount in the endowments rose from $2,400,000 to $4,187,531.
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  • Discovery Weekend…
    This video features highlights of Discovery Weekend



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2001
  • Alumni Web site host…
    Alumni web site hosted the streaming video of Chancellor Nordenberg’s State of the University speech.
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  • African American Alu…
    African-American Alumni Council received a grant from Verizon Foundation to promote a networking event.
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  • Alumni Hall ballroom…
    The ballroom in the Masonic Temple/Alumni Hall named for outgoing University Board Chair J. W. Connolly.
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  • Association holds P…
    The Alumni Association held "Pitt Day in Pittsburgh" with a kick-off luncheon rally in Market Square, August 31, 2001
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  • Taste of Pittsburgh …
    University on the Road: Taste of Pittsburgh held in Philadelphia, Washington DC, Chicago, Boca Raton/Naples, Florida, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego
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  • Association organize…
    Alumni Association organized a trip to the Tangerine Bowl to watch the Panthers.
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  • Pitt Connection mont…
    The Pitt Connection newsletter started in July.
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  • Rub the Panther's No…
    The class of 1999 gave the gift of the Panther Statue that stands in front of the William Pitt Union to the University. Since it's installation in 2001, students have rubbed its nose for good luck before every final and every Pitt Panthers Home Football game.
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  • Banner Luncheon…
    The Metro Pitt Club earns banner status for helping the association fulfill its mission.Proud volunteers work earn banner status for their club.

    2012 Banner Awardee Representatives

    The 2012 Banner Awards Luncheon is well attended

    Association President Jane Allred welcomes alumni to the 2012 Banner Awards Luncheon. Banner awards are given to Pitt Clubs and Councils that help the association achieve its mission

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  • New Jersey Pitt Club…
    The New Jersey Pitt Club sends freshman students off to Pitt.The New Jersey Pitt Club sends freshmen off to Pitt in style.

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  • Shawn Gornick Memory…
    What do I miss?
    I miss racquetball at the Petersen Events Center. I don’t think I have played since I graduated but I was really awesome in college.
    I miss rolling out of bed and making it to work or class in 5 minutes! I lived on campus for 6 years during my BS and MS degrees.
    I miss the Trees pool and doing water aerobics and Louis Fabian and Chris Miller.
    I miss running to Schenley Park which was so close to campus.
    I miss waiting until 11 p.m. to eat dinner and walking to Fuel and Fuddle to get their 50% off deal for food.
    I miss Antoon pizza for around $5.
    I miss not having to pay additional money for a gym membership and printing. I loved being about to go to the computer lab at 3 a.m. or work out at 3 a.m. when lived in the Towers.I liked the all you can eat cafeteria under the Towers.
    Shawn Gornick (SHRS '01, EDUC '06G)
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2002
  • Alumni Volunteers Re…
    Alumni Volunteers of the Year: Daniel K. Boyd, Bernard J. Fedak, Ruth A. Forsyth, and Christopher Shinkman. Pitt Alumni Recruitment Team (PART) recognized volunteers Chuck and Peggy Glover. Alumni Legislative Network volunteer James Ayre was also recognized.
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  • Freddie H.K. Fu, F. …
    Distinguished Alumni Fellows named: Freddie H.K. Fu, F. James McCarl III, and Betty Hord Robinson.
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  • Alumni Attitude Surv…
    Alumni Attitude survey conducted
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  • University on the Ro…
    University on the Road held in Harrisburg, New York City, Washington DC, and Philadelphia
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  • Alumni Surveyed Rega…
    Survey of Alumni to determine their opinions on the capital campaign.
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  • Alumni Attitude Stud…
    Alumni attitude study.
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  • Chicago Pitt Club ho…
    The 15th Annual Marshall Goldberg Reception was held.
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  • Masonic Temple ranam…
    Masonic Hall renamed Alumni Hall on February 14, 2002.
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  • Eva Tansky Blum, Esq…
    Eva Tansky Blum served as president of the Pitt Alumni Association 2003-04.



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  • First Commencement a…
    Graduation on campus became possible due to the building of the "Pete."Many alumni association staff members volunteer each year to make Commencement a smooth event.

    Much planning goes into making each year's Commencement ceremony a success.

    Commencement, a joyful time, can get messy.

    Commencement excitement fills the Petersen events center each year.

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2003
  • Passport to Pitt hel…
    University on the Road: Passport to Pitt held in Harrisburg, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington DC. Purpose: to take a part of the campus to alumni and friends.
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  • Katherine DeAngelis …
    Katherine DeAngelis is Honored as a Distinguished Alumni Fellow.
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  • CW Kreimer Memory…
    Two things I enjoyed and miss:
    1) I really enjoyed having a snack in the dining room on the 17th (I think—maybe 16th) floor of the Cathedral of Learning. You could get a coke and a piece of pie for $1.25 and sit by the window and watch the view of Heinz Chapel and the Museum.
    2) You could walk through the first floor of the student union going from Fifth Avenue to Forbes Avenue. You would always see someone you knew Since that crowded set of corridors was the main flow of pedestrian traffic. To make it even better, there were only two elevators that BOTH went up and down at the same time—never in opposite directions, it seemed. This caused a tremendous traffic jam of people waiting for the elevators and passing through to go to or come from the library. When Pitt remodeled the Student Union in the 80s, it was never the same again. The building was nicer, but that odd quirk. Although a pain in the butt, was now gone.
    CW Kreimer (A&S '03)

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  • Erin (Brachlow) Bald…
    I remember burning the midnight oil at the Pitt News office to get a late-breaking story in the paper for the next day and then celebrating at Fuel & Fuddle afterward.
    Erin (Brachlow) Baldwin (A&S ‘03)
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2004
  • Alumni Leadership Co…
    Alumni Leadership Council was established
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  • Pitt Career Network …
    Pitt Career Network launched to replace AlumnNet
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  • University on the ro…
    University on the Road held in Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, San Francisco, and Los Angeles
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  • Affinity Insurance P…
    Launched the Home and Auto Insurance Program in February.
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  • Passport to Pitt tak…
    Passport to Pitt: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Ft. Lauderdale (Invite could be possible visual to scan – see materials in "moved" boxes.)
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  • Keith E. Schaefer…
    Keith E. Schaefer served as president of the Pitt Alumni Association 2004-05.



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  • Pathway to Professio…
    This networking reception was included during Homecoming week.Pathway to Professions, a networking reception for students and alumni was part of Homecoming.

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  • Medical Alumni Weeke…
    Medical Alumni Class of 1954 50th Reunion
    May 22, 2004
    Duquesne Club

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2005
  • Legacy Hall of Honor…
    Hall of Honor opened in the Alumni Center.
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  • Member Get a Member …
    Member Get a Member Campaign.
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  • Pitt Career Network …
    The Alumni Association launched an online career networking service.
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  • First Graduation Cen…
    This one-stop shop for those planning to participate in Commencement gives grads a place to get regalia, order a class ring or diploma frame, join the association and much much more.
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  • Mark K. Choi Memory…
    What I miss from my PITT years, hanging out at Hemmingway’s, shooting pool at the Union, eating massive sandwiches at Primanti’s, of course studying at Benedum and Hillman!!
    Mark K. Choi (ENGR '05)
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  • Adam Szymkowiak Memo…
    I miss the walk home after finishing a final.
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2006
  • Brian Generalovich, …
    Brian Generalovich served as president of the Pitt Alumni Association 2006-07.



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  • David Pellegrino Mem…
    I miss putting my mp3 player in my pocket, strapping in my ear buds and strolling the sidewalks between 12 and 2 a.m. Around the cathedral as my favorite place. Taking in the sights and sounds of the people around coming and going. Just wandering in a familiar area with no particular destination or time limit. It was a great way to get away from everything while still being on campus.
    David Pellegrino (CBA '06)
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  • Cathedral Ball : 200…
    Here we have Pitt Students enjoying their time together at the 2006 Cathedral Ball.

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2007
  • Legacy Gallery Opens…
    The Legacy Gallery, an electronic kiosk that features prominent alumni, opens in the Lobby of Alumni Hall.
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2008
  • Jim McCarl…
    Jim McCarl served as president of the Pitt Alumni Association 2008-10.



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  • Dinner with 12 Panth…
    Volunteer Dave Lower hosts a dinner with 12 Student Alumni Association members at the Frick Cafe in Point Breeze.Volunteer Dave Lower hosts a Dinner with 12 Panthers, an opportunity for members of the Student Alumni Association to network with alumni at the Frick Museum.

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  • Patouillet Farewell …
    The University bids farewell to Association Executive Director Lee Patouillet



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2009
  • Jeff Gleim becomes a…
    Jeff Gleim is named the executive director of the Pitt Alumni Association and associate vice chancellor for alumni relations.

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  • Michael Heater Memor…
    What I miss most about Pitt is exploring the city as my campus.
    Michael Heater (A&S '09)
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  • AEPhi Sorority 100th…
    Several years ago our AEPhi sorority had its 100th year anniversary (October 24, 2009) and many of us decided to gather at Pitt for a reunion. It was also Homecoming and the anniversary of our Panther mascot. We all had an amazing time visiting our hangouts from the '60's. We remained in touch with updates to our contact list and even added to the already long list when someone else was found. My roommate and neighbor roommates in our sorority suite now make an annual reunion over lunch in Manhattan, New York. Nothing is more enjoyable that retelling the stories of our carefree days at Pitt and sharing the laughter once again.

    (left to right)Carol Schwartzman Sutker, Diane Goodman Silverhardt, Bonnie Reifman Pakman, Nadine Rosenbaum Tolvin

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2010
  • Jack Smith, M.D.…
    Jack Smith M.D. served as president 2010-2011



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  • Homecoming 2010…
    Fireworks and the Cathedral of LearningThe Fireworks and Laser Show is a part of Homecoming tradition as is seen in the photo from 2010

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2011
  • Century of Change…
    The University celebrated 100 years of African American participation in Pitt athletics at Century of Change in the Petersen Events Center.





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  • 2011 Scholarship Lun…
    Scholarship recipients are recognized at the luncheon.Board member Kathy Bryson chats with scholarship recipients.

    The 2011 Andrew Kuzneski Recognition Scholar, Regina Sencak, is seen here at the 2011 Scholarship Luncheon with association President Jack Smith (left)and her father, Jack Sencak (A&S 77, LAW '82). The Kuzneski scholarship is awarded to a legacy student.

    Board of Directors Member Nish Vartabedian (ENGR '67, BUS '69G)offers advice to a scholarship student.

    Scholars rise to be recognized.

    Chicago Pitt Club Scholar Sushma Kola at the luncheon

    Alumni association volunteers (left to right) Angela Geiger (A&S '92, BUS '97G), Gary Brownlee (A&S '74, BUS '78G) and Heather Harmon (BUS '05) attend the Scholarship Luncheon.

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2012
  • Alumni Leadership Co…
    In accordance with the new Strategic Plan, the Alumni Leadership Council is dissolved.
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  • Jane Allred Becomes …
    Jane Allred is installed as Pitt Alumni Association President at the annual meeting of the Board of Directors.



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  • Philadelphia and New…
    Pitt Club members golf for a good cause.The July 2012 Philadelphia/New Jersey Golf Outing raised scholarship funds.

    A typical club foursome

    A great day for golf

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  • Blue and Gold Societ…
    Society Advisor MJ Lovett is founding advisor of the society.The Blue and Gold Society, the association's student ambassadors, are seen here at thir 20th Reunion at Homecoming 2012.

    New and former members gather in the Alumni Center

    (left to right) Association President Jane Allred, Provost Patty Beeson, and past President Keith Schaefer at the reception

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  • 2012 Homecoming King…
    The Pitt Alumni Association coordinates the election of Homecoming King and QueenThe Pitt Panther, Roc, poses with the 2012 Homecoming King and Queen, the Chancellor, the association president and members of the Blue and Gold Society

    2012 Homecoming Court walks onto Heinz Field

    2012 Homecoming King and Queen are announced

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2013
  • Pitt Day in Harrisbu…
    Alumni, students, and friends of the University attend Pitt Day in Harrisburg to advocate for Pitt and for higher education in general with their legislators.Busloads of alumni, students, and staff joined Pitt alumni from other parts of the state at Harrisburg.



    Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg addresses those gathered at 2013 Pitt Day in Harrisburg.

    Staffers Ron Idoko and Jennifer Poller greet alumni at the state capitol.

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  • Young Alumni Council…
    Members of the Young Alumni Council rubbed elbows at this Pittsburgh distillery.2013 Young Alumni Council Event at Wigle Whiskey in Pittsburgh's Strip District

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  • History of Pitt Stud…
    Great video of Pitt students through the years!



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  • Christian Peper Memo…
    2 weeks ago a Pitt alum visited me in The Hague with a friend (also alumnus), because they were going to North Sea Jazz. They contacted my out of the blue and of course I said yes! It was so much fun to talk to them and meet them and relive some memories from Pitt. They graduated 17-18 yrs ago and I'm class of 90, so it's been a while. I had a blast guiding them a bit around the beach of Scheveningen, near Den Haag. We had some drinks and talked about Pitt, beers, shadyshide and North side, the parks, football games.

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  • Welcome Back Recepti…
    2013 Pitt Homecoming Welcome Back Reception



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  • Oakland Zoo Going Wi…
    Fans celebrating at the Pete during a men's basketball game.

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