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Study Abroad in Groningen

Did you know that Pitt works together with the University of Groningen (RuG) for their ‘study abroad’. program? No, me neither! And I have been a liaison for Pitt in the Netherlands since my graduation in 1990. So that’s a lot of wasted years that I could have helped, but glad to discover this now!

Students are offered a full year abroad in Groningen starting in the Spring Term.

I’ve sent an Email to their contact and offered to work together, so the Pitt alums in the Netherlands can potentially help out these PItt students with life in the Netherlands.

(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.

Photo by Helena Lopes on Pexels.com

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

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
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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/

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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