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Great meeting Pitt Students and Alumni on Zoom

Although I joined the chat session too late, the feel I got from the Zoom session was exactly that of the Pitt Europe happy hours: open, curious, friendly and informative.

Pitt Zoom Session
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Pitt Alumni

Thanks to Jason for setting this up! Apologies for neglecting my appointment but I’ll be there next time! Glad to hear that the feelings were that we should do this more regularly, especially in these crazy distorted times of COVID-19. #pittglobal

(Zoom) Chat with Pitt students

As part of the ongoing activities by the Pitt Alumni Organization to bring together its global network as one global community, and lessen the emphasis on US and non-US as it has been doing in the past, there is an informal Zoom session planned between current students at Pitt and the alumni network of former Pitt students throughout Europe.

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Register for the Zoom online, to be held on October 14th, 2PM (Eastern time) and 8PM (Central European time.

You can read more about this also on LinkedIn and our Facebook group. #pittglobal #h2p

Pitt (inter)National Mentoring Month

January is National Mentoring Month, and to celebrate, Pitt Commons is looking for a few good mentors!

As usual, Pitt (and the Alumni Association) seem to be ignoring anything beyond their national borders, but that’s okay. It’s normal and expected. 😉 We’re here – the Pitt alumni – and we know they don’t mean no harm… 🙂

Pitt Cathedral Commons

Anyway… Perhaps you were looking for an opportunity to give something back to current Pitt students and are open for a few mentoring sessions with them. Given your unique experience creates a whole new mentoring-level that national Pitt alums are not aware off and I think could make international alumni even better mentors than native alum who’ve never experienced living aboard for a longer period of time. (This is all in good fun and no pun intended; no offense guys!)

If you’ve always wanted to share your knowledge and make an impact in a student’s life, the opportunity is here all month long on Pitt Commons. We’ll be matching students and alumni in Flash Mentoring pairs for a quick chat.

Pitt Commons

If you are ready to become part of a potentially transformative experience for a Pitt student, please follow these simple steps:

  1. Sign up for Pitt Commons
  2. Make sure your Pitt Commons profile is updated/accurate.
  3. Join the “Mentoring Month – January 2020” group.
  4. Think about what you’d like to discuss/share with your assigned mentee.
  5. Keep an eye out for your confirmation email, which will serve as an introduction to your mentee.
  6. Speak with your mentee via Pitt Commons messaging or video chat for 15-20 minutes.
  7. Feel good about your positive effect on the Pitt community!

Questions? Reach out to commons@pitt.edu

Netherlands chapter of Pitt Europe

The get-together of Pitt alumni in the Netherlands last Sunday was a success! The mixer in the trendy Streetfood Club in the center of Utrecht was the location of an assembly of alumni from around the Netherlands with people coming in from Eindhoven, Oss, Amsterdam, Bussum, Almere and more.

A WhatsApp group was started with everyone opting in to be included so it’s easy to get in touch with fellow alum in your town or area. If you’re in the Netherlands as well and would like get in touch with Pitt alum here, use the contact form on the site to send us a message that includes your (local?) phone number and we’ll facilitate that.

One alum, Judith, had left Pittsburgh less than 3 weeks ago so she was our source for the most current UPMC/Pitt details. Of course, UCIS international affairs director Jason Kane had even more current plans and projects for us – most notably the plan to make Bigelow boulevard into a one-way street with bicycle and pedestrian pathways – but the brand new Global Hub in the Student Union with touch screens showing videos from Pitt alum around the world was also met with great enthusiasm. More on that later…

Pitt Europe Mixer Next Week

In a week there will be 11 confirmed Pitt alumni gathering in the Streetfood Club in Utrecht center for a get-together with some drinks and bites.

Come join us and catch up with Pittsburgh “affairs”, share your Pitt experience, get to know fellow Pitt Panthers in the country and enjoy the fabulous food and ambiance of the award-winning Streetfood Club.

The Streetfood Club interior

Please RSVP using the comments and sign up for our mailing list, right here on the site. That way you’ll be alerted of future events and other news about the University of Pittsburgh in a European context.

We plan on holding these events once per quarter, i.e. every 3 months.