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Panther Parents Association
Dec.15 Issue
Winter Break, Weather, and Parking | Internship and Career Webinar | Apartment Living and Safety | Family Food Favorites | Grants and Scholarships | PittPay | Spring Semester Student Involvement | Military Bowl Tickets | Important Dates

Winter Break Expectations

Fall semester is at the close and most students will be heading home. Clear expectations and some compromise will go a long way to ensure a smooth and enjoyable break! Read more from Sandy Talbott, Parent and Family Liasion.
Pitt Weather Updates
The William Pitt Union Panther knows to bundle up for winter weather! 
Please encourage your students to do the same. Pitt rarely closes because of cold temperatures or inclement weather. Thanks to UPTV students for the knit swag! 

Winter Recess Move-out Reminder

  • To purchase bus tickets, click here.
  • All residence halls will close at noon on December, 20. Apartment-style residences will remain open.
  • It is encouraged that students leave for winter break within 24 hours of their last final exam.
  • The residence halls will be closed from December 20-January 3 and will reopen at 2 p.m. on January 4.
  • Students do NOT have to move all of their personal belongings home

Parking and Transportation Update

Beginning Thursday, December 17 and ending on Sunday, December 21 the following lots will be available for moving out: Schenley Quad Meters, U lot for Upper Campus, Litchfield Towers Garage, BQ meters and SN meters.

Internship and Career Assistance Webinar

Monday, January 11 @ 7-7:45 p.m. Eastern Time. Recent survey results indicate that readers want more information about internships, career guidance, and employment opportunities for students. We are happy to announce that Parent and Family Resources will partner with panelists from Pitt’s Career Development and Placement Assistance office to provide this information. A live Q&A session will follow a brief presentation. Advanced registration is required. This webinar will be recorded and available for future viewing.
Thank you to those who participated in November’s Study Abroad webinar. Additional webinar questions and answers, as well as all previously-recorded webinars are here.

Apartment Living: Student Perspective

Gabby DiFiore, Junior Neuroscience major, provides an insider look on living off campus — from safety, bus shuttles, shopping, and more! 

 S.A.F.E. (Self-Defense Awareness and Familiarization Exchange Program)

Encourage your student to sign up for this 2-hour educational crime awareness, crime victim prevention program that encompasses strategies, techniques, options, and prevention information. More information here.

Family Food Favorites and Feedback

Lee Family

Pitt Foody Family Favorite Results!

Click here for the results of our Oakland/Pittsburgh restaurant poll. Many thanks to those who shared their appetites!

Your input is VALUED! Please completing this brief survey so that we may better serve Pitt Parents. 

Grants and Scholarships

PittAdvantage Grant: Here is one more reason for students to engage in Pitt’s Outside the Classroom Curriculum (OCC) — potential of receiving a $1,500 grant towards a summer study abroad, unpaid internship, or service learning experience! Applications will be available in early January with a deadline of March 1.

Are you Expecting Scholarships from Outside Organizations?: Many students receive scholarships from organizations outside the University. Please follow these directions to ensure that they are credited to your student’s account. 

The Benefits of Being an Authorized Payer in PittPAY

Students can authorize parents, guardians, spouses, and others access to their student account and the ability to make online payments in PittPAY, the University’s billing and payment system. Read more on the advantages of PittPAY (Questions? Contact us at

Spring Semester Service and Leadership

  • MLK Day of Service: On Monday, January 18, students are invited to engage in community service both on and off-campus to benefit local nonprofit agencies. Sign ups are open!
  • Panther Leadership Summit: Saturday, February 6, 2016, is Pitt's annual leadership conference, featuring a morning program of engaging, accomplished alumni speakers followed by afternoon breakout sessions. Your student can register here. 
  • Alternative Break: The Office of PittServes' sponsors opportunities to get-a-way and give back through service over Spring Break (March 6-12). Discuss Alternative Break with your student — travel to Tennessee, Washington, D.C., or stay local in Pittsburgh to make a difference in these communities!
Student Organizations

School/Life Balance

In response to requests for student organization and event information, Student Organization Resource Center student worker, Erin Cullen, writes about ways even the busiest student can get involved!

Free Military Bowl Tickets for Pitt Students

Join the Panthers on the prowl to Annapolis — ride to the game for $25!
Family and Friends tickets available.

Save the Dates

  • Academic Calendar
  • Residence Halls Close: December 20 (Buses Home for the Holidays
  • Most University Offices Closed: December 24 – January 3
  • Residence Halls Reopen: January 4
  • Spring Semester begins: January 6
  • Internship and Career Development Webinar: January 11
  • Spring Break: March 6-13
  • University Commencement: May 1 (please check with schools for individual recognition ceremony dates. When making your plans, note that the Pittsburgh Marathon will take place on the same day throughout the city including Oakland and downtown)
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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