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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
  • 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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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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  • 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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1883
  • Graduates of the Duq…
    Graduates of the Duquesne College were admitted as Western University of Pennsylvania Alumni.
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1887
  • Alumni associatioin …
    Alumni Association held its annual banquet at the Seventh Avenue Hotel.
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  • University's first f…
    Elva Martin Thornberg received a doctor of medicine degree from the University.
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1892
  • 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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  • 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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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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  • 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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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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  • 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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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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1902
  • Chancellor Recognize…
    Alumnae Organization officially recognized by the Chancellor.
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1903
  • 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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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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1908
  • 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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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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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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1913
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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1917
  • 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
  • Flu Outbreak Puts Ki…
    Influenza outbreak caused a ban on meetings so General Alumni Association did not meet.
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1919
  • 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
  • Lantern Night Ceremo…
    Lantern Night began (LN script, 1996).
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1921
  • Medical Alumni Assoc…
    Medical Alumni Association formed.
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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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  • 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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1926
  • 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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1927
  • Pitt Engineering Ass…
    Pitt Engineering Association formed
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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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  • 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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1933
  • Minutes of First Exe…
    "Minutes of First Meeting of Executive Committee of Alumni Council, August 22, 1933."
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  • 1933-40 Alumni Surve…
    Survey results are demonstrated graphicallyA Seven-year Survey

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1935
  • 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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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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  • 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
  • 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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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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  • 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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  • 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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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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    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
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Clyde Barton becomes…
    Clyde Barton becomes the Secretary of the GAA.
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1947
  • First Commencement S…
    First Commencement Smorgasbord
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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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  • 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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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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  • 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
  • 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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  • Pitt Players offer a…
    Pitt Players offered alumni season tickets at student prices to introduce their performances to the alumni.
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1951
  • 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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  • 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
  • Ever popular Smorgas…
    Smorgasbord returns.
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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 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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  • 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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  • 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
  • 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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1957
  • 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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  • 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
  • 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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1959
  • Speakers' Bureau Cre…
    Creation of the Speaker’s Bureau
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  • Harrisburg Club Beco…
    Changed name from Harrisburg Pitt Club to Central PA Pitt Club.
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  • Smorgasbord and Reun…
    One page ad for the Smorgasbord and Reunion. Possible visual for scanning.
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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 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
  • First Alumni Forum h…
    First Annual Alumni Forum held.
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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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1963
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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1964
  • 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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1965
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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1968
  • 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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  • 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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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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  • 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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1972
  • More Regional Clubs …
    More plans to develop a regional program for alumni
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  • Alumni survey conduc…
    3,000 alumni were randomly selected to answer a questionnaire regarding alumni activities.
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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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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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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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  • 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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    International Pitt Clubs investigated and tentatively formed – Taiwan and Korea
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    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
  • 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
  • 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.
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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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1982
  • Robert M. Verklin, D…
    Robert M. Verklin, DMD, served as president of the Pitt Alumni Association in 1982.



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1983
  • 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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    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 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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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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  • 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
  • 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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  • 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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    General Alumni Association became the University of Pittsburgh Alumni Association (UPAA).
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Blue and Gold Societ…
    Instituted Blue and Gold Society
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  • Pitt Clubs establish…
    Established Pitt Clubs in the UK and Japan
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  • Association hosts Ch…
    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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  • 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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  • First Distinguished …
    Distinguished Alumni Fellows Award first given
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    The first annual Distinguished Alumni Fellows Awards were awarded at the 1993 Honors Convocation.
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1994
  • 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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  • 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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  • J. Roger Glunt…
    J. Roger Glunt served as president of the Pitt Alumni Association 1994-95.



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1995
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Association cosponso…
    The Alumni Association co-sponsors Best of Both Worlds – Pitt Expo to spotlight academics and athletics
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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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  • Association joins wi…
    Alumni Association joined with KQV to promote the organization
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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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  • 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
  • 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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  • 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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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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  • 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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2001
  • African American Alu…
    African-American Alumni Council received a grant from Verizon Foundation to promote a networking event.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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
  • 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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2004
  • Keith E. Schaefer…
    Keith E. Schaefer served as president of the Pitt Alumni Association 2004-05.



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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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  • 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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    Jack Smith, M.D.

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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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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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  • 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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2013
  • 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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2014
  • Jeff Kondis Becomes …
    Jeff Kondis becomes the new President of the Pitt Alumni Association.

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