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January 26, 2015

In this issue:

January Dean's Hour

Internship Week | January 27 - 29
Wednesday, January 27
Searching and Applying 
10 - 11 a.m. | 224 WPU 

LinkedIn Lunch: Profiles 
Noon - 1 p.m. | 224 WPU

Social Sciences, Government, Non-Profit Internship Info Sessions
4 - 6 p.m. | WPU Lower Lounge

Thursday, January 28
Interviews and Research 
10 - 11 a.m. | 224 WPU  

LinkedIn Lunch: Making Connections and Finding Internships
Noon - 1 p.m. | 224 WPU

Business Internship Info Sessions
4 - 6 p.m. | WPU Dining Room B

Friday, January 29
Internship ResuMANIA 
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. | 200 WPU

From Pennsylvania State to
Pennsylvania Avenue:
Interning at the White House

Andrew Dolan spent last summer a few hundred feet away from the White House.

“It’s definitely a little intimidating on the first day to go through the security checkpoint. You get into the Eisenhower building, next to the White House, and there’s these ornate columns and marble everything,” Dolan said. “But as soon as you’re there you can feel the energy and the spirit of public service.” 

The junior politics philosophy and economics major applied for the White House Internship Program his sophomore year.  After interning the previous summer for a local think-tank in his hometown, his boss recommended he give the competitive program a shot. 

Dolan was offered a position on the National Economic Council on the Director's Staff where he combined his education in politics, policy, and economics. Dolan collaborated with the small staff to work on international trade agreements.

Despite the a rapid and (at times) demanding workflow, the Vice Chairman on Student Government Board’s Governmental Relations Committee and Business Manager of a student a cappella group, said Pitt prepared him for the challenges he faced on the job.

“Navigating a large institution, where there’s lots of options and lots of people you can talk to, is a useful skill to build,” Dolan said. “I think the University does a great job of exposing you to that.”

Dolan hopes to eventually return to the National Economic Council, but in the meantime he plans to build experience consulting in the private sector post-graduation.

Although, for Dolan, leaving Pitt will not be easy.

“It’s a world class education that you get here at Pitt,” Dolan said. “And if you make the most of it you can perform at the same level or higher than people who have gone to school at any level anywhere in the world."

Secure Your Spot at the
Panther Leadership Summit

Don’t hesitate to register for the Panther Leadership Summit. Find out why there’s been a wait list for this annual leadership seminar every year.

The Summit will be held on Saturday, February 6, in the William Pitt Union from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The seminar offers an array of educational programs, which provide students with opportunities to network, interact with, and learn from professionals. Speakers will demonstrate their experience and expertise in student leadership development in the three dimensions of the Summit: personal, organizational, and civic/global leadership.

Faculty, Staff, and Students Gather to Honor MLK's Legacy  

Faculty, staff, and students gathered for the Division of Student Affairs 6th Annual Social Justice Symposium on Thursday, January 21 to spark dialogue about current issues affecting the student experience at Pitt as part of the University’s MLK Week celebration. Students were invited to share their experiences about issues affecting various underrepresented populations, including people with disabilities, military veterans, those who have been victims of sexual assault, the LGBTQIA+ community, people from various religions with an emphasis on Muslims, and race issues on campus.

Eight students began the Symposium by sharing their intimate stories with the group.  The students included Michael O’Brien, Antony Gnalian, Jason Martin, Trevor Hardwick, William Hinard, Eleanora Kaloyeropoulou, Esosa Ohonba, Shamari Johnson, Isaiah Michael Spencer-Williams, Jahari Mercer, and Brandon Morrison.

Antony Gnalian contributed to the discussion about religion, by speaking on behalf of the Muslim community about stereotyping. “I, for one, am not Muslim. I’m a brown skinned male,” Gnalian said. “But I think what happens is sometimes people like me can be misrepresented as being a terrorist or being someone who is out to harm someone else – when in reality I’m just like anyone else.” When Eleanora Kaloyeropoulou approached the podium to speak about sexual assault – she was candid and brave. “This presentation was important to me because sexual assault is something so often not talked about,” Kaloyeropoulou said. “It needs to be talked about.”

The conversation continued during the afternoon as the members of the University community joined one of the breakout sessions based on six discussion topics: disability, veterans, sexual assault, the LGBTQIA+ community, religion, and race. Attendees brainstormed ideas to further enhance the cultural environment in the Pitt community.

During a luncheon following the sessions, each group shared three takeaways from their hour-long dialogue. These suggestions ranged from specific ways to enhance communication among students to establishing a math class for veterans who are returning to the classroom. Students from the earlier presentation and additional students from a newly formed diversity committee, Jack Heidecker, Marcus Robinson, Gabby Wynn, Huda Algasas, Aaron Smart, Stefan Lambert, and Isreal Willliams, then sat in on a student panel. Those in attendance posed questions based on the suggestions and solutions expressed that day.

Sherdina Harper, coordinator of cross-cultural programming, was pleased with the open and beneficial dialogue produced by the program. “The Symposium provided faculty and staff with valuable insight that will help all of us better serve our students,” said Harper. “It’s great to see students share their ideas with administrators and express themselves in a healthy and productive manner.” 

The Symposium marked one of the many events during the week in celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., including the National Day of Service, a Candlelight Vigil, a presentation by Opal Tometi, a co-founder of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement, an Interfaith Service, and the annual Equipoise Luncheon, where interim associate dean of students and director of student life, Linda Williams-Moore recovered the “Creating a Just Community Award” for her many years of service to students and commitment to social justice issues.

Student Organization Spotlight:
Project Sunshine
Project Sunshine is a nonprofit organization that provides free educational, recreational, and social programs to children who are facing medical challenges.  The organization leaves an impact at numerous locations in the Pittsburgh area including the Children's Hospital, Children's Institute, Ronald McDonald House, and Family Home.  Two hundred members participate in six programs a month ranging from baking and cooking for families to game and craft nights to throwing parties for the children.  One of Project Sunshine's favorite programs is Fun Fridays at Children's Hospital. The organization throws the children a party to celebrate the completion of another week of radiation.  If you'd like to add some sunshine into the lives of others join Project Sunshine!
Upcoming Events
Artful Wednesdays
January 27 | Noon - 1 p.m. | Nordy's Place
OCC Credit: Appreciation of the Arts
This Wednesday, escape the cold and warm up with The Brass Roots Quintet. It's free with your Pitt ID and lunch is included!

Etiquette Dinner
January 27 | 6 - 9 p.m. | WPU Ballroom
OCC Credit: Career Preparation
Wednesday night, treat yourself to an affordable three course meal and receive expert etiquette advice while having the opportunity to network with students, staff, and leaders in a relaxed environment.

Insomnia Workshop
January 29 | 3:30 - 5 p.m. | University Counseling Center
If you're having trouble sleeping, the third week of this three-session workshop will provide ideas for what can help get you back on track and give you a chance to practice and fine tune your sleep routine.

Spring Career Fair

The Spring Career Fair will be in full swing from February 17 - 19. Register today and visit the Career Development and Placement Assistance Center's website to see which employers will be attending. Representatives from over 200 corporations, nonprofits, and government agencies are hiring and want to meet you!

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