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Pitt Europe on Pitt Commons

If you are a Pitt alum living in Europe, you have this site, a Twitter account and Facebook group to try and stay in touch with alumni everywhere in Europe. There is also a WhatsApp group with people living in the Netherlands at the moment.

We are a loosely organized group of former Pitt students with graduation dates ranging from the 60s to the last decade. We hold various positions in national and multinational businesses, local European governments, nonprofits and research institutions. There is literally no end as to where you can suddenly find a Pitt alum when you least expect it.

You can choose to get in touch with us by either following or subscribing to any of the channels mentioned above. Or, alternatively, you can join the Pitt Europe group on Pitt’s new cross-educational and cross-border platform: Pitt Commons.

The latter not only reconnects you with fellow Pitt alum living and working in Europe, but also lets you easily get back in touch with some of your favorite friends and mates from the days back in college when we could all still meet and greet in real life! πŸ™‚

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Facebook Group for Volunteer Leaders

The Pitt Alumni Association has created a group on Facebook where all volunteers and group leaders can connect, meet, share ideas and get support from each other.

If interested to join, use the link below. The University is at least very active on this and trying to gain momentum, which, considering Corona, is hard already.

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Pitt Alumni Association Volunteer Leaders on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/groups/198051271634397/

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Pitt Commons

The university is trying out a new alumni networking platform, already used by other US universities. It’s supposed to bring us closer and let us help each other as well as Pitt Students in a way that easier than before.

I’m currently beta-testing the platform and gonna try a crash or hack it. πŸ™‚ If you’re a computer geek like me or if you are totally unused to forums and community software like this, please help me out in testing the software! I’m interested in both geeks and n00bs alike! Because the platform is supposed to work for both equally well!

https://commons.pitt.edu/

The New Pitt Commons alumni community

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Pitt Europe Alumni Mixer in the Netherlands

We are happy to announce that to celebrate the end of the Summer and welcome the Fall, Pitt Europe will hosting a get together, happy hour or “mixer” on September 1st in the Netherlands (Utrecht) for all Pitt alumni living or visiting the country at that time.

Please keep an eye out on social media for a #pitt #alumni #meeting in the #netherlands! #h2p #cmu

We know of approximately 45 alumni in the Netherlands, but records are by their nature stale. Eleven of you are in Amsterdam, but we assume you know that city better than we do by now. Five are between Amsterdam and Utrecht and three in Utrecht. So it would be a great opportunity to venture off the beaten path and get to know Utrecht better!

  • Sunday, September 1st 2019
  • 15:00 – 18:00 (3-6 PM) , possibly dinner after at your own expense
  • The Streetfood Club, Utrecht city center
  • Easily reachable by public transit (please don’t come to Utrecht by car!)

The Streetfood Club

Help us spread the word by sharing the news and like our Facebook page or sign up to the mailing list to stay in the inner circle!

The event will take place in Utrecht, it central to almost everything in the Netherlands and very lovely that time of year as well as less touristy than Amsterdam. It’s where the cool kids are. πŸ˜‰

If you have a spouse, partner or kids with you here in the Netherlands, please bring them along. No need to show up alone as a Pitt alum, the more the merrier.

History has shown that CMU alumni are also very present in the Netherlands. If you are in contact with one and you’re friends, no need to keep them away as there is no politically incorrect label in the Netherlands. We’re both from PIttsburgh and it’s always good to share that background with others.

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University of Pittsburgh’s European Studies Center Webinar

The University of Pittsburgh’s European Studies Center is offering an online webinar/videochat:

Virtual Briefing: The Transatlantic Relationship After the Election

Thursday, November 12 | 12:00pm 

Join us for a roundtable discussion of the state of the transatlantic relationship in the wake of the U.S. Presidential Elections. Featuring:

  • Dr. James Goldgeier, American University (NATO and security),  
  • Mr. Ignacio Garcia-Bercero, DG Trade (former TTIP chief negotiator),
  • Dr. Mai’a Cross, Northeastern University (Europe and the Politics of Crisis).

Moderated by Steven Sokol (American Council on Germany). 

Hosted by the European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh, the Center for Transatlantic Studies at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the Transatlantic Policy Center at American University.

This event is part of the #JMintheUS event series, an initiative of Jean Monnet Centers in the U.S. 

#pittglobal #h2p

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The Cure for your Pitt Blues

With the COVID-19 virus limiting our travels around the globe, some of us are likely to miss Pittsburgh more than others. I’ve been away from Pitt for decades and only went back again 2016 for Pitt International Day. I remember landing at the airport and being amazed at what had changed! PGH airport used to be bustling with people and activity but recent developments had made it a bit gloomy and lonely. However, seeing all the familiar Pittsburgh sights, sounds and smells as well as the common merchandising everywhere, quickly pulled my focus away from that sad feeling and into a “Pitt jubilee” screaming “YAAAAY!” in mind.

It was out of this world to be back there after a last visit sometimes in the late 90s. 20 years give or take. That’s a lot of time. But it all came rushing back quickly. You’ll be amazed at what you can remember when the sounds and smells of those days comes back to you! πŸ™‚

The cab ride to downtown was awesome. I remember sitting in the Airport shuttle on the day I first arrived to Pittsburgh in the Summer of ’87, on our way to the Residence Inn in Greentree or something. It would be our new home for 6 weeks until we had found a place to live (in Mt. Lebanon). Everything was different then, but now it brought back all the places along the way while the landscape was rolling by. Hills, trees, industry, hotels, the Parkway, coming down the hill into the white tiled (!) Pitt tunnels and the BOOM of coming out the other end with the vista of downtown Pittsburgh! PPG, the banks, Point State Park and all the new development along the riverside.

Sample of Dave’s Photos of Pittsburgh

I can’t describe the feeling but it is the same as seeing your parents again after being away for 5 years. Or your loved one after a long period of working abroad or in quarantine. Studying abroad and landing back in your home country… That feeling! Just a rush of emotions all uncontrolled and triggering each other constantly over and over.

I was amazed at what had disappeared and been replaced downtown (dahn-tahn) but at first, the general feeling is that not that much has changed. Oakland is still oakland. The Cathedral is still there. Hillman library. Phipps. The 72/74 buses going back and forth. Student Union. The Towers! All these landmarks from the days when I was a student at Pitt and really starting to live me life for the first time. It’s an important period for anyone.

For all the people who are not able to visit Pittsburgh now, especially during the Corona crisis, but also thereafter, I would like to point you to an outstanding website of a well-known Pittsburgh photographer Dave DiCello.

He makes incredibly gorgeous pictures of Pittsburgh everyday and shares these online. He has a website and Etsy shop where you can browse his portfolio and perhaps relive your entire 4 years at Pitt just by looking at his photos. It’s truly amazing, can be very emotional and immensely satisfying to get as close as you can these days with all of us #stayhome #staysafe.

Please support this great photographer in these hard times when all his usual work is suspended over Corona.

Pitt StayAtHomecoming

The Pitt shop has a cool home kit to celebrate this year’s homecoming in the safety and privacy of your own house!

Stay At Homecoming kit has several necessary items to get online with the Pitt Panthers and blend with the screen at home.

Pitt homecoming gear #pitthc2020

I’ve recorded an unboxing of the kit for your viewing pleasure. Sorry about the very low volume. I had to choose between good video or good sound and chose visuals instead of audio. My apologies.

My favorite parts are the two aluminum thermal cups. But the apron is very original: Pitt home BBQ master. πŸ₯°πŸŽ‰πŸ˜Ž

Pitt Home BBQ Master #h2p #pitthc2020

Did you know there are Pitt Homecoming backgrounds you can use during your next Zoom session?