The Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association (PGAA) will present its Young Alumni Leadership Award to Carrie Bush ’14 at the Alumni Celebration Dinner on Saturday, October 20, at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg as part of Blue & Gold Weekend: Homecoming 2018.
The PGAA Young Alumni Leadership Award, initiated in 2015, recognizes established and future leaders among Pitt-Greensburg’s young alumni who are age 35 and younger. The winners of this award have distinguished themselves as a leader among their peers and in their profession, community, and/or at the University.
A resident of Greensburg, Bush is employed by W.N. Tuscano Agency where she is a personal lines underwriter and licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in property and casualty, accident and health, and surplus lines. She recently earned her associate of sales from the United States Liability Insurance (USLI) University. Prior to becoming a personal lines underwriter, Bush served as a personal lines assistant for three years. Her other professional development has focused on autism, ADHD, women in leadership, and leadership. Prior to entering the field of insurance, Bush worked as a young toddler assistant teacher with Today’s Learning Childcare (Greensburg, PA).
Bush graduated from Pitt-Greensburg with a BS in psychology and a minor in history. She also completed Pitt-Greensburg’s certificate in children’s literature. While a student, Bush was active as a Peer Leader, Commuter Mentor, research assistant, Judicial Board member, and as secretary of Psi Chi, the psychology honor society. She also was a student worker, an Early College Experience tutor, and a Quest career camp counselor. She collaborated on and co-published “Experiences with God and Religious Coping,” a piece she co-presented at the Laurel Highlands Undergraduate Psychology Conference (Greensburg, PA) and at the Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention (San Francisco, CA).
Bush’s commitment to community service is evident through her participation, as a student, in Big Brothers Big Sisters Lunch Buddies and After-School Tutoring program. That commitment continues as an alumna through her service as a member of the PGAA board of directors, serving on the Events committee, and actively participating in PGAA-sponsored activities like Homecoming, the annual Pitt Send Off (for incoming students), Pitt-Greensburg at PNC park, and the annual Holiday Wine Tasting. Plus, she serves as a judge for the PGAA resume contest that helps students to prepare for their careers after graduation. Bush also serves on her employer’s Charity Committee.
“Carrie was active as a student at Pitt-Greensburg, engaging in countless volunteer opportunities and leadership roles,” said JP Hilzendeger ’12, vice president of the PGAA board of directors. “She has since made the natural transition to continue in service to our beloved alma mater as a member of the Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association board, and we are so grateful for her continued contributions!”
Other Pitt-Greensburg alumni who have received the Young Alumni Leadership award are Katelyn E. Sadler ’11 (2016) and Chad Eric Smith ’08 (2017).
Registrations are still being accepted for Pitt-Greensburg’s Alumni Celebration Dinner on October 20 in the Hempfield Room (University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, 150 Finoli Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601). The event opens with cocktails at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Registration for the dinner is $30 per person or $60 per couple. Guests may register online at http://bit.ly/PGAAAlumCelebration.
Founded in 1963, the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg is a publicly assisted, four-year, liberal arts college in southwestern Pennsylvania. Pitt-Greensburg offers 29 baccalaureate degree programs, including new majors in Nursing, Healthcare Management, Public Policy, and Education, as well as 24 minors and four certificate programs. With nearly 1,500 students, more than 10,000 alumni, and faculty and staff numbering 260, Pitt-Greensburg provides a vibrant, diverse community that is a dynamic model of a 21st century liberal arts education. As part of the University of Pittsburgh system, Pitt-Greensburg offers the resources of a world-renowned university combined with the individualized and immersive experiences of a small liberal arts college. Creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit permeate the campus and extend into its many collaborative projects with the Westmoreland County community. Nestled in Pennsylvania’s beautiful Laurel Highlands, the campus is a five-minute drive from uptown Greensburg’s coffee shops, restaurants, art museums, theatres and boutiques and less than an hour’s drive from Pittsburgh.