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February 28, 2023

Happy Birthday, Pitt!

We look good for 236, don’t we? Today is the University of Pittsburgh’s 236th birthday, and we are ready to celebrate! 

In honor of 236 years of Pitt, take a look at some of our favorite then and now photos:

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  • Student Government Elections

  • Black History Month

  • WSJ College Ranking Survey

  • 2023 Commencement Speaker Applications

  • ODK Senior of the Year Applications

  • Celebrate Responsibly

  • SCEC Recruitment

  • UCC Workshops

  • Ask Pitt Alumni

  • Spill the Tea

  • Be A Good Neighbor Day

  • Get More From Your Inbox

  • Upcoming Events

  • Wellness Resources

Graduate and Professional Student Government Elections

Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG) is calling for candidates for its 2023 Election! The call for candidates window is open until March 3. All graduate and professional students who are accepted to begin or who are enrolled during the Fall 2023 semester are eligible to apply.

Available positions include:
  • President
  • Vice President of Committees
  • Vice President of Communications
  • Vice President of Finance
  • Vice President of Programming
This opportunity is open to all University of Pittsburgh graduate and professional students regardless of prior experience in student government or graduate student organizations. Officer positions are eligible to receive a stipend, contingent upon University policy.

For more information or questions, please contact GPSG at or check out their website.

Black History Month

Black History Month is celebrated annually during the month of February to acknowledge and celebrate the important contributions of people of African descent to our nation's life and culture. Each year, the Association for the Study of African American Life & History recommends a theme for Black History Month that can be adopted across the nation. The theme for 2023 is "Black Resistance." The University’s Black History Month committee, which represents community members from a wide variety of backgrounds and disciplines, has adopted as this year’s theme, "Black Resistance: Agency and Power of the Lived Experience."
From Archive to Creation: Real-Life Connections
Tuesday, February 28
5:30 - 7 p.m.
More info here.

The Six B’s that Influenced August Wilson
Wednesday, March 1
6 - 8 p.m.
More info here.

August Wilson Archive Grand Opening
Friday, March 3
6 - 8 p.m.
More info here.
An Evening with Quenlin Blackwell
Tuesday, February 28
8:30 - 9:30 p.m.
More info here.

Encounters in the August Wilson Archive
Thursday, March 2
10 - 12 a.m.
More info here.

To learn more about Black History Month at Pitt, to view a calendar of events, or to submit your own event, click here.

WSJ College Ranking Survey

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), along with its research partners College Pulse (CP) and Statista, have launched a new U.S. undergraduate college ranking: "The Wall Street Journal / College Pulse Ranking".

We would like to encourage you to take part and have your voice represented in the WSJ/ CP Ranking survey, to ensure that our university's performance is represented accurately. This new ranking will focus on firsthand experience of students and alumni. Your participation will help provide guidance to prospective students and families across the nation, while, at the same time, the schools doing an outstanding job in higher education will be recognized.

The survey takes only 10 minutes to complete, and you can access it until mid-May 2023.

Please open the direct survey link here to help future students.

2023 Commencement Speaker Applications

Represent the Class of 2023! We'll will celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2023 at the annual Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, April 30. As part of the program, a Pitt undergraduate student will have the privilege of representing the student body by delivering a parting message to the Class of 2023. Applications will be received through Wednesday, March 22, at 5 p.m. To learn more about speaker requirements and to apply, click here.

ODK Senior of the Year Applications

Since the 1920’s, the University of Pittsburgh chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), the national leadership honor society, has recognized one recently graduated or graduating senior who exemplifies leadership of exceptional quality. This year's award recipient will be announced at a special event to honor senior students on Friday, April 28. Additionally, the award recipient will have their name engraved on a stone in the ODK Leadership Walk between the Cathedral of Learning and Heinz Memorial Chapel.

Applications are open now through Monday, March 13! To learn more, or to apply, click here.

Celebrate Responsibly

Lucky us, we’re Pitt Panthers! St. Patricks day is happening in three weeks, so it's the perfect time to start planning to be responsible! Stay warm, with groups of people you trust, and act according to the Student Code of Conduct. ☘️

Student Civic Engagement Council Recruitment

Applications are now open for the 2023-24 Student Civic Engagement Council (SCEC)! SCEC's mission is to provide Pitt students with opportunities to engage their talents with local communities and neighborhoods to support and promote civic engagement, community service, and social justice!

Want to learn more? Sign up for one of the virtual information sessions happening soon! Sign up here
  • March 1, 7 p.m.
  • March 2, 7 p.m.

Click here for full information on how to apply!

UCC Workshops

The Spring 2023 Wellness Workshops are in full swing! Whether you're wanting to balance your academic performance skills or join a support space, the University Counseling Center has it all! Check out the full list of workshops here.

Ask Pitt Alumni

Ask Pitt Alumni is a dynamic tool that helps students get advice and answers from Pitt alumni!

Simply fill out the online form with your question, and a Pitt alum will respond with answers.

Take advantage of this quick and easy way to grow your network!

Be A Good Neighbor Day

Be A Good Neighbor Day is April 1! Join PittServes as they engage in projects meant to celebrate community engagement, social awareness, and dialogue. Using the Pathways for Public Service and Civic Engagement, these opportunities will fall into one or more of the six areas:
  • Community Engaged Learning and Research
  • Community Organizing and Activism
  • Direct Service
  • Philanthropy
  • Policy and Governance
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Corporate Social Responsibility
Click here to learn more about Be A Good Neighbor Day!

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Upcoming Events

An Evening With Quenlin Blackwell 

Assembly Room, WPU
Tuesday, February 28
8:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Join Pitt Program Council and Black Action Society for An Evening with Quenlin Blackwell! The event will last one hour and will include a 45-minute Q&A after. Click here for ticketing information.

How to Succeed in School and Life 

Langley 217
Wednesday, March 1
3 - 4 p.m.

In this training, you will learn how to identify barriers and begin the intentional process of fostering more adaptive mindsets that allow you to succeed. Learn insights from social psychology that can help give you a competitive edge. Click here to register.

Spill the Tea 

Ballroom B, University Club
Thursday, March 2
4 - 6 p.m.

Featuring teatime and various desserts as you mingle, network and learn about careers, empowerment, and the drive necessary for success. Click here to register.

August Wilson Archive Grand Opening

First Floor, Hillman Library
Friday, March 3
6 - 8 p.m.

Join the University Library System for the grand opening of the August Wilson Archive! More info here.

Wellness Resources

Thrive @ Pitt offers useful tips and resources to help you improve and maintain your well-being while at Pitt so you can build a foundation to help you thrive and become your best self!

Therapy Assistance Online (TAO) is a confidential and interactive library of modules that will help you learn life skills and manage your transition to Pitt.

Togetherall is a free and anonymous peer-to-peer online community specifically for mental health and well-being concerns. Togetherall is available 24/7 and is monitored by trained clinicians. 

Learn more about resources available through the University Counseling Center.

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