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A twice monthly e-newsletter featuring updates and announcements for students and faculty from the Office of Student Affairs, the Graduate School of Public Health, and the University.

School and University Updates

Mark your calendars for "400 Years of Inequality: Achieving Redemption, Reconciliation and Equity Today" on 9/23

As this nation marks a full 400 hundred years of inequality since 1619 when the first enslaved Africans arrived in Jamestown, join nationally prominent scholars & community activists in examining: How does the racial and social oppression forced upon enslaved Africans & their descendants translate to the racial inequities we see today? Our quest is to understand not only context, ramifications, causes & outcomes but also the remedies, successful... 

2019 Health Sciences Minority Mixer

Underrepresented minority students interested in networking with staff, faculty and fellow students, promoting the welfare and interest of minority students in the Health Sciences are invited to attend the 2019 Health Sciences Minority Mixer. Food and non-alcoholic beverages included. The deadline to register is October 14 by 12pm at .  

Salsa Date Night!

Come and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the Department of Medicine's Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Salsa Date Night in lively Lawrenceville on Friday, September 27. Expect a night full of food, drinks, music, laughter, fun, and an invigorating salsa lesson from an award-winning instructor! Children are welcomed to join the festivities and there will be a child play area at the studio.  

Self Defense Awareness Familiarization Exchange (SAFE) Class

SAFE is a crime-victim prevention and awareness program sponsored by the National Self-Defense Institute. This program teaches students a variety of self-defense tactics and options if confronted by an attacker. On November 28, the Residence Officer Program will provide an opportunity for Pitt Police and students to work together in a non-confrontational setting. To register, contact Officer Heather Camp at   

Volunteer opportunity: Peer Note Sharing

Are you a student who atends class regulary, takes comprehensive notes and likes to help other students? If so, the Office of Disability Resources and Services is seeking volunteer notetakers! Volunteers will recieve a gift card a the end of the semester. For more information on this opportunity, email   

Pitt’s first annual leadership forum: Six Principles of Successful Leadership

We are pleased to announce Pitt’s first annual leadership forum, to be held on October 2, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. The topic of the forum is the Six Principles of Successful Leadership.   

Pitt's Big Idea Center - a hub for student innovation

Open to all students who are interested in innovation and entrepreneurship, the Big Idea Center offers hands-on experience with industry professionals, programs and competitions with awesome prizes, and valuable skills such as product development, market analysis, and public presentation. Join them on September 19 at 5:30 p.m. for the Big Idea Kickoff and watch for other events at   

Detailed essay, thesis, and dissertation rules

Questions on detailed essay, thesis, and dissertation rules? Check out the Detailed Policies and References section of the Academic Handbook.   

The 11th Annual One Book announced

Shared experiences draw people together. That is why we are continuing the One Book, One Community (OBOC) program for its 11th year. Everyone in the school is invited to join together in reading and discussing our book selection for 2019-20,   What the Eyes Don't See  by Mona Hanna-Attisha. Check out the One Book Web site for more details.  

Crisis Management Case Challenge

Homelessness is a significant public health challenge in the Los Angeles region. If you are interested in developing potential solutions to this growing public health crisis, register for the Crisis Management Case Challenge. Finalists will be invited to present their solutions before a panel of subject matter experts on November 7th in Los Angeles for a chance to win $2,000 ! The deadline to register is September 30.  

Deadline: December 2019 graduation application

Submit your graduation application and prior degree form for December 2019 graduation (term 2201) by September 10 with no fee. Beginning September 11, students applying must pay a $15 late fee (check or money order payable to the University of Pittsburgh). Applications must be submitted to Joanne Pegher in Student Affairs (G009). Be sure to view for more information.  

2019 Rural Human Trafficking Summit

Register today for the 2019 Rural Human Trafficking Summit. The conference will be held on October 29 at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center in State College, PA. Understand the impact of human trafficking, learn to identify the signs of potential human trafficking, gain skills to prevent human trafficking, and hear stories from victims.   

Purchase your Pitt Public Health shirt today!

Pitt Public Health long-sleeve heather blue shirts are available for purchase for $10 in the Office of Student Affairs (G009) Monday-Friday, 8:30-4:30pm. First come, first serve. The deadline to purchase is Friday, October 4, so stop by before it's too late!   

Did you know Pitt Public Health has its own librarian?

The school's library liaison, Helena VonVille, MLS, MPH has scheduled hours on Mon/Wed/Thurs  from 1-5 p.m. and Tues/Fri  from 8:30-11:30 a.m. in her office (Public Health A429). Her services include general research assistance, help finding, articles and/or data, database search help (including PubMed), help with EndNote, systematic review assistance, and other library instruction.   E-mail  for an appointment.  

Composting coming to a University site near you

If composting is the next frontier in Pitt’s sustainability plan, Ernest Robinson is a pioneer in his own University building, with plans to expand composting to new campus facilities in the coming months. As senior manager of custodial services, Robinson has outfitted the Eureka Building, which houses his Facilities Management office, with everything needed to reduce the amount of material Pitt employees and students send to landfills. Eve... 

Sustainable Coffee Options in Pitt Offices

Thinking about how to make your office’s coffee habits more sustainable? We’ve got lots of options available to help! We have on campus compost bins available for used coffee grounds, a 10% discount code to buy compostable K Cups, and methods to recycle Keruig cups! Check out the link to see which sustainable method suits your lifestyle.  

Don’t forget to ASK THE UTIMES your questions about campus

Can’t figure out how some unusual feature of campus got here? Wondering why things work the way they do at Pitt? See something unusual and think: When was the last time that happened? When was the first time? And how come it keeps happening? Just ask the UTimes. We’ll try to an swer those questions you keep meaning to ask about campus curiosities and historical happenings at Pitt. Send your queries to  

Pitt Dining’s Veg Collective offers vegan master list

Eating vegan can sometimes be a challenge, particularly when you’re eating away from home. The Pitt Veg Collective, organized by Pitt Dining by Sodexo, has created a  vegan master list  to spotlight vegan options at all the dining facilities on campus. While the list is geared toward students, it also highlights vegan options in facilities open to faculty and staff, such as the Cathedral Café and Schenley Café and the Pete Food Court. ... 

Teaching Center looking for volunteers to pilot digital accessibility program

The University Center for Teaching and Learning and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion are looking for Pitt instructors to pilot Ally in Blackboard this fall. Ally provides guidance on how to correct accessibility issues with digital course content — making learning materials work better with assistive technologies for students with disabilities as well as on mobile phones and tablets. Ally, which is embedded directly into Blackboard, id... 

New Scholarship for Underserved Students: Healthcare Scholarship

The Brown Medical and Educational (MAE) Foundation is offering a non-renewable $1000 scholarship to underserved students who are interested in pursuing a healthcare career. Applications for the 2020-21 academic year will be available next year starting February 1, 2020.  

Career Services

Pitt Fall Career Fair

Meet with representatives from local, regional, and national nonprofits, corporations, and government agencies. The fair will take place from 11am-3pm in the William Pitt Union over multiple days (Sept 17th for Liberal Arts, Sciences, & Business and Sept 19th for Computing & Information). View a list of employers and filter by those recruiting for graduate students on Handshake, or download the Career Fair Plus app. Registration NOT required.  ... 

Upcoming Workshops

It’s never too early to start preparing for your job or internship search! Attend our Resume and Cover Letter Basics workshop on Tues, September 10th (12-1pm, 1149 Public Health) and LinkedIn Workshop on Wed, September 18th (12-1pm, A521 Public Health). RSVP on Pitt Bridges.  

Mentoring Matters: How to Cultivate Productive Mentoring Relationships

Develop vital strategies to cultivate and manage mentoring relationships that will contribute to your professional success and personal satisfaction throughout your career. Sponsored by the Center for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Career Development (DPCD). Sept 11, 3-5pm, S100 Starzl Biomedical Science Tower  

Grants, Scholarships, and Funding Opportunities

Pitt’s first annual leadership forum: Six Principles of Successful Leadership

We are pleased to announce Pitt’s first annual leadership forum, to be held on October 2, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. The topic of the forum is the Six Principles of Successful Leadership.   

Bernard D. Goldstein Award in Public Health Practice: Apply by Nov 18

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Bernard D. Goldstein Award in Public Health Practice. Students working or studying in an area related to public health practice with a faculty member who has an association with the Center for Public Health Practice are eligible to apply. Deadline is November 18, 2019.  

Faculty Focus

Register for the Annual Faculty Retreat

The 2019-20 Faculty Senate Executive Committee invites you to the school-wide faculty reteat on Monday, October 21 from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the University Club. An agenda will be available in the near future. Please plan to attend and participate in this year's retreat. RSVP via the brief form by Monday, October 7. We look forward to seeing you there! - Ryan Minster, FSEC president, Mary Hawk, FSEC president-elect, and Catherine Haggerty, FSEC p... 

Register for the Teaching Inclusively workshop

The Teaching Center is offering a workshop that provides an introduction to the principles of inclusivity and how to foster an inclusive classroom on September 26 from 1-2:30 PM. Check out this issue's Teaching Tip for a quick introduction to this important topic and register before space runs out!  

Open House for Pitt Communities, faculty and staff campus affinity groups

Register to attend an open house at  11 a.m. on 9/24 in the WPU showcasing the Pitt Communities. Linked by a common purpose, ideology, or interest in ensuring an inclusive and empowering environment, these staff & faculty affinity groups include: CAG (Chinese Affinity Group), Equipoise (African/Black Affinity Group), HLPA (Hispanic and Latino Professional Association, PQP (Pitt Queer Professionals), Women's Affinity Group, and Veterans Affinity ... 

Instructors: Help pilot a mid-term course evaluation program

The Center for Teaching and Learning with OMET is offering a pilot program for fall term courses to engage in a mid-term evaluation. Find out how to participate before the August 30th deadline!  

Do you need help with a research project?

Attend the Longitudinal Research Project - Mentor Matching Mixer on September 23 at 5 p.m. to meet students looking for potential longitudinal research mentors. Last year's event featured 160 medical students seeking mentors. In addition to receiving assistance with research projects and increasing the visibility of your department, faculty mentors receive 25 ECUs per year, per student mentored.   

Teaching Tips

Pitt’s first annual leadership forum: Six Principles of Successful Leadership

We are pleased to announce Pitt’s first annual leadership forum, to be held on October 2, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. The topic of the forum is the Six Principles of Successful Leadership.   

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