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December 4, 2015

In this issue:

Come and De-Stress with Provost Beeson and Dean Bonner!

  • Holiday Cookie Decorating

  • Live entertainment from Pitches & Tones

  • Free Long-Sleeved Pitt T-shirts for the first 100 students!

  • Lattes, music and more!

Michele Welker Named Coordinator of Pitt’s Office of Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Education (SHARE)

The Division of Student Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce that Michele Welker has joined the staff in the University Counseling Center as the new coordinator of the Office of Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Education (SHARE).  She started in her new position on November 16.
Welker will be a key member of the University’s Sexual Assault Task Force, which formed in May of 2014 and includes campus leaders from the Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Intercollegiate Athletics, faculty and staff from academic schools, various student groups, and regional campus representatives. Welker will work closely with Pitt’s Title IX coordinator, Katie Pope, in leading the University’s efforts to prevent and respond to sexual misconduct.

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Pedestrian Safety Tips

Don't Be a Deer in the Headlights 

  • Be predictable; follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.
  • Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available.
  • If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible.
  • Keep alert at all times; don’t be distracted by electronic devices that take your eyes (and ears) off the road.
  • Cross streets at crosswalks or intersections whenever possible; this is where drivers expect pedestrians.
  • Look for cars in all directions - including those turning left or right.  If a crosswalk or intersection is not available, locate a well-lighted area where you have the best view of traffic; wait for a gap in traffic that allows you enough time to cross safely, and continue to watch for traffic as you cross.
  • Never assume a driver sees you; make eye contact with drivers as they approach you to make sure you are seen.
  • Be visible at all times; wear bright clothing during the day, and wear reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.
  • Watch for cars entering or exiting driveways, or backing up in parking lots.
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs when walking; they impair your abilities and judgment too.
The University of Pittsburgh Police provide you with tips on how to handle yourself if you are in an active shooter situation.

RSA Dances Their Way to D.C. 

By Joelle Smith
On a Saturday in late February about 100 students were performing everything from the wobble to the YMCA in the William Pitt Union, but that night the Kurtzman Room was silent. Instead of a booming bass or electric guitar, each student wore a set of headphones and at any given time could be listening to club music, pop hits or throwback chart-toppers. Balloons bearing inspirational quotes filled the air and glow sticks illuminated the dancers.

For the second time since 2013, the Resident Student Association (RSA) hosted an award winning event — the Silent Disco: Turning the Volume Up on Mental Health.

RSA board members Elizabeth Bina, Natalie Dall and Micah Vinovskis attended a conference on November 13 - 15 to accept the Central Atlantic Affiliate’s National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH) conference. After competing against two other universities, the team was awarded program of the year.  

Bina, Dall, and Vinovskis began brainstorming for the event last December. Once they decided to focus the event on mental health awareness, they reached out to Pitt Active Minds and Pitt Talk About It to educate attendees on stress relief techniques.

Melissa Warthen, Assistant Director for the Office of Residence Life, was impressed with the turnout at RSA’s first silent disco. “Folks have decided this is a great way to get people together and dance.” Warthen said. “I’m really glad RSA decided to get involved in the mental health movement. We know that with 6,500 people living in the residence halls stress can be high. We are glad this event gave students a way to decompress.”

The team was thrilled to accept the award at the conference at George Washington University in Washington D.C.“We divied up a lot of the work well within our executive board,” Dall said. “So everybody had a hand in planning this event. Our meetings were very focused. We always had an intention. It brought our organization to the next level.”
The team plans to submit their bid for the NACURH award on December 1. 
December 4
10 p.m. | WPU Kurtzman Room
December 5
10 a.m. | WPU

Steelers vs. Colts
December 6
8:30 p.m. | Nordy's Place

Test Stress Workshop
December 7
3-4:30 p.m. | University Counseling Center
Cowboys vs. Redskins
December 7
8:30 p.m. | Nordy's Place
December 9
2-4 p.m. | Commuter Student Lounge (Lower Level, WPU)

December 10
9:00 p.m. | WPU Assembly Room
December 10
10 p.m. | WPU Ballroom

Celebrate the Pittsburgh-way

Check out the city's holiday festivities:

The PPG Place Wintergarden
PPG Place
December 20 – January 7
Don’t miss this magnificent display of delicious dwellings created by area individuals, organizations, senior citizens, students and chefs. Local artist Don Jones enhances the exhibit with a unique display of trains from his private collection.

Massmutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink
PPG Place
November 20 – February 28
Enjoy an exhilarating holiday tradition as you glide around the breathtaking 65’ Christmas tree on a rink larger than the one at Rockefeller Center! Skating lessons available.

Fifth Avenue Place Holly Trolley
Fifth Avenue Place
Every Saturday beginning November 21 - December 19 
Discover all the sights and sounds of the holiday season in downtown Pittsburgh aboard the FREE Fifth Avenue Place Holly Trolley. Hosted by Santa’s little helpers, trolleys circle downtown each weekend picking up at stops approximately every 15 minutes.

Winter Light Garden &
Flower Show

Phipps Conservatory
November 27 – December 24
For this year’s Winter Flower Show, the lyrics of this delightful song will be brought to life as they are represented through artful arrangements of LED lights, decorated fir trees, whimsical props, and, of course, plenty of seasonal favorites such as colorful poinsettias, aromatic paperwhites and showy amaryllis.
Holiday Lunchtime Concerts
Fifth Avenue Place
November 27 -  December 23 
Live musical performances from some of Pittsburgh’s favorite artists bring the sounds of the season to life during the always entertaining Lunchtime Concert Series. 

Santa Visits!
Phipps Conservatory
Every Saturday & Sunday November 28 – December 20 
Join us for a festive photo-op with the man in the big red suit! It’s a perfect way to get into the spirit of the season and share a special memory with your holiday mailing list. Santa Visits are free with Phipps admission.

Candlelight Evenings
Phipps Conservatory
November 27 – January 10
Enjoy a relaxing meal at Café Phipps, visit our outdoor Winter Light Garden, and meander through our festive gift shop displays to complete your holiday shopping. Plus, enjoy live musical performances to add even more enchantment to these special evenings.

Nationality Room Tours
Cathedral of Learning
December 6
The Nationality Rooms will be open and free to tour.  Student guides will be dressed in ethnic outfits and will describe the Rooms and the holiday traditions shown therein.

Panther Pantry Prowl  

Members of RSA sort donations after a two week food drive. All food items went to the Pitt Pantry in Bellefield Presbyterian Church. 

Student Government Board partnered with the Office of Community and Governmental Relations to host two Off-Campus Student Rental Workshops. These workshops will focus on the moving process from searching for an apartment, moving procedures, and more. The sessions are on December 7 at 6 p.m. in the Kurtzman Room of WPU and December 8 at 6 p.m. in the O’Hara Dining Room. Dinner and t-shirts will be provided.

Turn on the Victory Lights! Check out this time-lapse video from Pitt Student Affairs' Instagram and Hail to Pitt!
The University of Pittsburgh
Division of Student Affairs 
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Pittsburgh, PA 15260 | 412-624-8548
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