Pitt Stops

The Pitt Alumni Association is proud to present Pitt✦Stops, a series of monthly events for local alumni held in distinctive locations throughout Western Pennsylvania.

In addition to excellent opportunities to network with Pitt faculty, staff, and fellow alums, Pitt✦Stops will feature informative presentations on a broad range of timely and popular topics.

The same Pitt experts who bring academic excellence and innovative research to our classrooms and campus are now making Pitt✦Stops throughout our community. Seating is limited in some venues, so register today.

The event scheduled for Thursday, November 1 has been canceled. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and look forward to greeting you at our next Pitt✦ Stops event.

Pitt✦Stops… at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art - Greensburg
Artists Who Teach
Gallery Show and Discussion with the Artists

Alumni and friends are invited to come to the Westmorland Museum of American Art in Greensburg to see an impressive exhibit featuring the work of 58 regional artists who share one thing in common—they all teach at local colleges and universities. Among the artists whose work will be displayed are ten Pitt faculty members and some of their students. Pitt faculty artists will also be on hand to discuss their work and why continuing to create art is an important part of effectively teaching the craft.

Pitt✦Stops is partnering with Pitt’s Department of Studio Arts as it celebrates its 50th anniversary to showcase contemporary painting, sculpture, photography, video, stained glass, and mixed media installations by the local artists who are also teaching the next generation of artists.

Past Events

Pitt✦Stops… at the Cathedral of Learning Oakland  

Thursday, June 21 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Secrets of the Cathedral
Nationality Classrooms Tour and Lunch with Director E. Maxine Bruhns 

Maxine Bruhns, who has been the director of Pitt’s renowned Nationality Classrooms for more than 50 years, has been called “one of the most interesting human beings you will ever meet.” She is only the second director to oversee these remarkable University treasures, and she has coordinated the design, funding, and dedication of 21 new nationality classrooms since becoming director in 1965.  Alumni are invited to join her for a tour of the classrooms as she shares her unrivaled knowledge of the secrets of the Cathedral of Learning and its famed classrooms.

Pitt✦Stops… at the Pitt Manufacturing Assistance Center - Homewood

Thursday, January 18 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

How to Start or Grow a Business: Evaluating the Possibilities                                      

Coming up with a great idea or inventing the next big thing is the first of many steps to becoming an entrepreneur or expanding a business. Come hear the business start-up and innovation experts from Pitt’s Innovation Institute (II) deliver an informative presentation to help you evaluate your idea, identify its market potential, and determine how to move forward with confidence and a workable plan. 

Three of Pitt’s current innovation teams will pitch their new business ideas at the event—giving audience members a chance to see first-hand one of the important early steps in evaluating the potential of a new business or innovation.

Pitt’s Innovation Institute helps Pitt researchers and students evaluate their innovations and business ideas and supports the development of Pitt spinouts. The Innovation Institute also helps regional startups and businesses grow and expand.

Pitt✦Stops… at the Regional Learning Alliance - Cranberry 

Thursday, February 22 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

How to Start or Grow a Business: Realizing the Potential                                      

Congratulations, you have a promising small business or new business idea – what’s next? Come learn the important. steps to take when launching or growing a business. Uncover the many programs and services that Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence (IEE) at Pitt offers to help entrepreneurs realize the potential of their innovative ideas. Their discussion will outline the process and guide you in achieving the dream of owning your own business!

A panel of up-and-coming entrepreneurs will talk about their new businesses and share helpful information they’ve learned from their experiences.

The Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence, part of the Innovations Institute at the University of Pittsburgh, has served businesses throughout Western Pennsylvania for more than 20 years.  The IEE educates and serves entrepreneurs through personalized support at every step of the business cycle. 

Pitt✦Stops… at the Sweetwater Center for the Arts - Sewickley 

Saturday, March 24 | 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Preserving Your Memories
Personal Archiving: Protecting and Preserving Your Photos and Documents

Do you want to know more about how to safeguard favorite photos and meaningful documents?  Miranda Nixon, a Preservation Coordinator with the University Library System (ULS) will explain some of the simple and practical methods you can employ to organize, store, and preserve treasured photos and important family papers, letters, and documents.

Librarians from the Sewickley Valley Historical Society will showcase their collection, discuss genealogy methods and resources, and answer questions.

Pitt✦Stops… at the Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall - Carnegie

Thursday, April 19 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Conflict & Compromise
The Correspondence between Pittsburgh Steel Titans Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick

If you are one of the many Pittsburghers who are fascinated by the legendary industrialists who shaped our city, come hear a fascinating presentation by David Grinnell, the University Library System (ULS) Reference and Access Archivist. He will talk about the Frick Collection which contains the correspondence between Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick, including letters and telegrams pertaining to the famous Homestead Strike. 

Historians familiar with the Civil War collection at the Carnegie Free Library will also be on hand to talk about the town and library’s namesake, Andrew Carnegie, who paid $850 to discharge his responsibilities as a draftee, but served in the War Department reorganizing telegraph service for the Union army. 

Pitt✦Stops… at the Westmoreland County Museum of American Art - Greensburg 

Thursday, May 17 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Year of Healthy U
Combining Body, Mind, and Soul to Achieve a "Healthy U"

The Pitt✦Stops Greensburg event for May 17 was cancelled, but we hope to reschedule this fall.

The current academic year has been designated the Year of Healthy U at Pitt, and the entire Pitt community—students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends—are being asked to advance their understanding of health in all its forms and renew their commitment to fostering a healthy community. Enjoy a TED Talks-style presentation, in which Pitt faculty members discuss how the fields of science, medicine, art, and humanities all contribute to our understanding of health.

Pitt✦Stops… in Homewood  

Wednesday, September 26 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Winning Off the Field
Pitt Coaches and Athletes Discuss Personal Success Strategies with Local Community Leaders

Alumni and friends are invited to attend an exciting Pitt✦Stops featuring Pitt Men’s Basketball Head Coach Jeff Capel and alumni Andin Fosam (A&S ’18), Ron Idoko (GSPIA ’07, A&S ‘05), and Shayla Scott (EDUC ’11, CGS ’10), who will join Pitt’s Homewood Community Engagement Center Director Daren Ellerbee and Homewood Community Sports Coach Ayodeji Young in a lively panel discussion on the positive role athletics can play in urban communities. “Winning Off the Field” will explore how skills learned through sports can drive personal, scholastic, and professional success and how to instill those values in urban youth.

As part of the University’s growing commitment to our community, Pitt alumni are encouraged to hear from some outstanding youth mentors.

Pitt✦Stops… at the Frick Fine Arts Cloister & Theater - Oakland 

Sunday, October 21 | 1 – 3 p.m.

Asian Film and Family
Film Screenings and Discussion 

Plan to attend a captivating screening of three short films that poignantly and candidly depict modern Asian family life. The lens through which each of us sees “family” is unique to our own personal experiences and is strongly influenced by the cultures in which we live. This cross-cultural presentation will enlighten participants on the differences and similarities we share when it comes to the human concept of family. The subject matter of the films may not be appropriate for children.

After the screening, Meghan Hynson from the Department of Music will do a hands-on demonstration and talk on the Indonesian angklung, a small, portable bamboo rattle that is pitched to the Western scale and played by shaking.