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Panther Parents Association
Feb.16 Issue

A Message on Campus Safety | Student Organization Spotlight | Black History Month Events | Parent and Family Resources | It's On Us" Chain | Upcoming Leadership and Service Opportunities | CommencementPittAdvantage Grant | Fire Safety | Zika Virus Update | Financial Aid and Scholarships | Save the Dates

Spring Semester 2016

Safety in Oakland 

A Message from Kenyon Bonner, Interim Vice Provost and Dean of Students: Earlier this month, local TV news programs reported on four crime alerts issued by the Pitt police between Jan. 27 and Feb. 6, and our Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Safety and Emergency Management issued the following letter to all members of the University Community, including students. 
The alerts reported on several crimes, including assault and sexual assault that occurred near the Pitt campus. Details on the four incidents in question and the related crime alerts can be found at our Crime Alerts webpage
While these incidents all occurred in Oakland, the cases are all dissimilar and—contrary to implications raised in the news coverage—we do not believe that they are connected. The City of Pittsburgh police and Pitt police are still actively investigating these cases. Pitt police issued the original crime alerts to ensure that our campus community is aware of these offenses and can remain vigilant. 

Encourage your students to register for Pitt police crime alerts on their phones here. The safety and security of all members of the Pitt community remains our highest priority, and we take these incidents very seriously. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Student Affairs office at 412-648-1006.

National Pan-Hellenic Council

Student Organization Spotlight

Learn more about the National Pan-Hellenic Council and join them at their 19th Annual Steel City Step Show on February 27th. Visit their website, follow them on Twitter, and buy tickets for the show!  
Pitt Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (FSAE)
Pitt students who budget for, build, and operate formula race cars may not be Fast and Furious, but they are Fast and Studious! Read more.
Bernice King Visit

Black History Month

To promote campus-wide appreciation of African American culture and contributions, Pitt provides robust Black History Month programming during the month of February. Full list of events.

-- Pictured above: Black Action Society hosted Dr. Bernice King on campus on February 5, 2016 -- 

From Parent and Family Resources:

Beware of Scams

Unfortunately, some of our nation’s universities have recently experienced phone scams to families. Please be cautious if you, students, or extended family members receive a call from people who request immediate funds. Read more.

Your input is VALUED! Please complete this brief survey so that we may better serve Pitt Parents with more webinars, programs, and resources. 

It's On Us

It's On Us

In an effort to completely eradicate sexual misconduct, we have launched the “It’s on Us” campaign. All members of our university community were challenged to be more than just bystanders to the problem, but to be part of the campus solution. Encourage your student to join the movement by taking the pledge. 
The unveiling of the 800 ft. "It's On Us" paper chain will take place on Monday, February 22 (Noon-2 p.m., WPU Kurtzman Room). Encourage your student to drop in for enlightening speakers and refreshments. 

Service & Leadership Opportunities

  • Volunteer over Spring Break — Alternative Break (March 6-12): Students have the option of serving at the Youth Service Opportunities Project in Washington, D.C., on the Cumberland Trail in Tennessee, or take part in a week of local volunteer projects in neighborhoods just outside of Oakland.
  • "Never a Spectator": Pitt students will have the unique opportunity to network with Pittsburgh’s elite during the Elsie Hillman “Never a Spectator” event on Thursday, March 24. Encourage your student to register by February 26 at
  • Pitt Day in Harrisburg: On Tuesday, March 22, students, faculty, staff, parents, and friends will meet with legislator’s in Pennsylvania’s capitol to share research endeavors and their Pitt experience.  If you would like to attend or have questions, please click here! 
Pitt Day in Harrisburg

Commencement — May 1, 2016

In the coming weeks your spring 2016 graduate will receive emails regarding how and when to order graduation regalia and other important details!
  • Please note that the Pittsburgh Marathon is also scheduled for May 1 so if you are in the area you may encounter traffic congestion, especially in the morning. As a result, University Commencement will begin at 2 p.m.
PittAdvantage Grant

Experience the World

"My PittAdvantage Grant experience was the best and most life changing adventure
I have ever had.”

-- Taylor Hill (2015 PittAdvantage Grant Recipient, traveled to Italy)
As a graduate of Pitt’s Outside the Classroom Curriculum (OCC), your student has the potential of receiving a $1,500 grant towards a summer study abroad, unpaid internship, or service learning experience! Applications are due March 1.

Fire Prevention and Fire Safety

One of our highest priorities is to keep students safe. Please help us by sharing this fire and safety information with your student.

Zika Virus Update

Pitt will continue to run Study Abroad programs around the world, while also monitoring updates and recommendations from public health leaders like the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization. For up-to-date information, visit here.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

  • File your FAFSA now! The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid (OAFA) has some great tips to help negotiate the financial aid process! Read more.
  • National Scholarships: General information sessions are held on Mondays and Tuesdays at noon in the Cathedral of Learning, room 1229. More application information here.
  • Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides scholarships for undergraduates with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency required. Deadline is March 1 for Summer 2016 programs and April 1 for Fall 2016 programs.
Student Organizations

Winter Event Recap

  • Panther Leadership Summit: On February 6, Student Affairs' Office of Cross Cultural and Leadership Development hosted its 10th Annual Panther Leadership Summit. This year’s presenters included Pitt Vice Provost for Special Projects, Dr. Nathan Urban, and Albert Wynn, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives. View photos from the event!
  • Career Services and Internships Webinar is available: Parent and Family Resources hosted the Internships, Career Development and Placement Assistance webinar on January 11. We thank the 295 parents and families who participated!  If you would like to know more about how Pitt Student Affairs staff prepares students for careers and employment now and after college, click here!

Save the Dates

The University of Pittsburgh
Division of Student Affairs 
Office of Parent and Family Resources
130 William Pitt Union
Pittsburgh, PA 15260 | 412-624-8548

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