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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. 🙂 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. 😉

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.

Photo by Helena Lopes on Pexels.com

Virtual Tours of Pitt Nationality Rooms

The corona crisis has had terrible effect on human society at large. But it has also sparked fantastic creativity in people who refuse to be taken down by a simple virus!

One such great developments that otherwise may have never happened is a virtual tour of (some of) the famous Pitt Nationality Rooms!

Pitt Nationality Rooms Playlist

For booking real-life tours of the Pitt Nationality Rooms, please visit their website for reservations and current COVID-19 precautions.

So far, tours have been recorded of the following rooms:

Many thanks to UCIS Pitt for these recordings on YouTube!

The Nationality Rooms are located on the first and third floors of the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning. The rooms were designed to represent the culture of various ethnic groups that settled in Allegheny County and are supported by these cultural groups and governments. Tours are conducted year round. The public is invited to experience their ethnic identity and ancestral roots. The rooms are also in use as University classrooms.

https://www.nationalityrooms.pitt.edu/about

The “O” closes its doors in Pittsburgh

It seems one of the icons and landmarks of Pittsburgh and especially the Pitt Campus has shut its doors.

The Original Hot Dog Shop in Oakland was empty on Saturday afternoon and word spread quickly around social media, including a message from Pitt Football coach Pat Narduzzi.

https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2020/04/18/the-o-shuts-down/
French fries on a tray from the Pittsburgh "O" in Oakland, the Original Hot Dog Shop
Tray of French fries from the “O”, photo by Christian Peper

It’s crazy to even think of it, I’m so glad I was able to briefly visit this legendary place on my list visit to Pittsburgh in 2016.

The Corona crisis and the lockdown probably hurt the shop badly and the owner had donated 35,000 lbs of potatoes to the good cause “Light of Life” earlier.

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