Final Staff Association Picnic Of The Summer 2015
The final Staff Association summer picnic was held on Thursday, July 30, 2015. Around 25 staff attended the final picnic of the summer on a sunny but breezy afternoon. Yet again, the cornhole team of Jim Turkovich and Jeff Antal were victorious, making this their third year in a row of winning. They were each given a gift certificate to the Campus Store, and the Campus Store also donated a variety of prizes that were raffled off throughout the picnic to anyone who was wearing Pitt attire. Two pies were also raffled off, thanks to Chartwells. A “P” themed menu included pulled pork, pasta and potato salads, pretzels, and two kinds of “Pitt Punch”, a refreshing blue tropical punch and ice-cold lemonade. In addition to the pies, staff made some delicious deserts to share. It was a great day to wrap up the summer picnics.
Pitt Day at Kennywood 2015
Pitt Kennywood Day, July 19, 2015, was well attended by the Pitt community. Rumor has it, that over 2,000 attended. It was a hot, humid day that was sunny with intermittent clouds that offered a respite from the blazing sun. There was a big lunch at Pavilion #5 from 12pm - 3pm that offered all you could drink & eat hot dogs, hamburgers, pasta salad, baked beans and watermelon for dessert. They had 25+ raffle baskets; for which everyone attending got a ticket to have a chance to win. The last scheduled event of the day was the traditional BINGO game.
Staff Picnic & Cindy Genard Retirement Celebration
Summer is in full swing, although the amount of rain we have been dealing with makes it seems more like early spring! Hopefully we have seen the last of the monsoons, and will have a beautiful day like today for the 2nd Staff Association summer picnic. It will be held on Tuesday, June 30 from 11:30am until 1pm in the alumni pavilion (rain location is the Hempfield room). Join your colleagues for a delicious meal from Chartwells and bring a “patriotic” dessert to share. If you are not in the mood to wow us with your culinary wizardry, a $5.00 donation will also be accepted.
The retirement celebration for Cindy Genard will also be held on Tuesday, June 30 in the Hempfield room from 2pm until 3:30pm. Please stop by and wish Cindy the best, and share in some delicious cake!
The First Staff Association Picnic Of The Summer
The first of three picnics was held on June 3 in the Alumni Pavilion. It was Hawaiian-themed and the pavilion was decorated with tropical centerpieces, while some staff members wore Hawaiian shirts, grass skirts and leis. Chartwells served an enticing menu of Hawaiian chicken, turkey burgers, black bean burgers, and a Hawaiian pasta salad. Many staff members brought a dessert. The weather was on the cool side, but fortunately the rain stayed away. There were about +-22 staff members in attendance.
The date for the next two picnics are scheduled on June 30th and July 30th.
2015 Oakland Staff Association Spring Development Assembly
The Staff Association in Oakland hosted its annual Spring Development Assembly on May 19, 2015. Bob Smith and Denise Woloshun attended from the Greensburg campus. There was a huge staff turn-out for this event and a nice lunch was provided to kick-off the event. Chancellor Gallagher was the Keynote speaker and he made several mentions of the important work that staff do throughout the university. He noted that he hears from both faculty and students alike about all of the good work we all do. He took time at the end of his presentation for a question and answer session. Bob Smith asked him for some of his thoughts on the roles that Pitt's branch campuses play under the umbrella of Pitt as a whole. Chancellor Gallagher stated something to the effect that each branch campus offered a unique educational experience for our students and each branch plays into its own strengths. He said that having branch campuses makes this university unique and is a better university because of them.
Several staff development sessions were held after lunch including presentations on diversity, cultural awareness, developing your career, using Lynda.com and going back to school. Each session was about one hour long and offered a chance for staff to expand their horizons and skills. The presenters on diversity and cultural awareness offered a willingness to bring their presentations to our campus if anyone is interested.
Hanging Basket Flower Fund Raiser
The Staff Association would like to thank Linda Soltis for once again heading-up the annual hanging basket fund raiser. The fund raiser netted the Staff Association $181. It is dedicated staff members like Linda that makes it possible for the the Staff Association to make donations to worthy initiatives on our camupus. Way to go, Linda!
2015 Contribution Made To Endowed Student Resource Fund
After a majority vote at our last general Staff Asscoiation meeting, a $1000 contribution has been made to the Endowed Student Resource Fund. A vote was taken as to how to direct the money and it was decided to contribute the entire $1000 towards the principal. This fund will start to award scholarship(s) in the 2015-2016 fall term. This fund is administered by the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg’s office of Admissions and Financial Aid. Qualifications to receive an award state that it is to be given to a full-time student to help cover educational expenses. The requirements also state that the student must have earned a minimum of 60 credits, 45 of which must be earned at Pitt-Greensburg, and that they must have a 3.0 GPA.
There is currently $13,470 in the principal account, generating $48.47 in interest per month. $3.91 goes back to principal and $44.56 going to interest. There is currently $848.14 in the interest account.
The Last Staff Association Meeting Was April 2, 2015
The last general meeting was held on Thursday, April 2 from 1-2 PM. At that meeting, the membership voted to contribute $1000 to the Endowed Student Resource Fund. It was also mentioned, by Jodi Kraisinger, that the fund is now eligible to make a first-ever $500 award for the 2015 fall term.
Other things discussed were the opportunity to purchase shares in a fresh vegetable co-op this summer & fall. If you'd like to participate, hurry and let Sherra Moors know that you are interested. This is a very limited time opportunity.
The Village Senate’s Staff Appreciation Week
The Village Senate’s Staff Appreciation Week will be celebrated March 16th-20th.
Monday – Look in your mailbox for a free meal certificate and a gift
Wednesday – Homemade muffins will be available for staff at the following locations
Lynch Hall 203 - Academic Affairs
Millstein Library 120 – Financial Aid
Chambers Hall 219 – Student Services
Friday – Prize drawing – 10 lucky staff members will win their very own Pitt Greensburg polo shirt!
Village Senate members Allie Polash and Brooke Lawrence are responsible for planning and executing the event.
Muffin Makers – Dominique Chavis, Nichole Johnson, Brooke Lawrence, Sara McConnell and Nichole Johnson.
The Staff Association would like to thank the Village Senate for it's recognition of all that staff do here at Pitt-Greensburg!
Staff Member Awarded The Chancellor's Award
Brian Root has been awarded the the Chancellor's Award for his excellence in service to the community for 2014.
The award recognizes Brian's dedication and effort to making his community a better place to live and improving the quality of life for others. This special award is only given to those whose work in the community surpass the expectations of the organizations for whom they serve and whose commitment and effort have made a significant impact on the community. Yes...that sounds like our Brian. Way to go Brian!
2015 Summer Picnic Dates Set
Please mark your calendars now for the three picnics scheduled throughout the warmer weather months:
- Wednesday, May 27, 2015
- Tuesday, June 16,2015
- Thursday, July 16, 2015
Happy New Year!
The Staff Association hopes everyone enjoyed the holidays and is looking forward to the new year. We are currently planning this years activities and meeting schedule. We are also planning to do some redesigning of our web page to provide more information and give it a fresh new look. Check back here soon for all of the details. As always, if there is anyone or anything that you think should be presented on this web site, please forward your ideas to Bob Smith or Sherra Moors.
Annual Holiday Staff Recognition Luncheon
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The annual Holiday Staff Recognition Luncheon, hosted by President Smith, was held on Tuesday, December 16 and was, as always, a wonderful affair. Chef Richard McMahon and crew presented a delicious menu that included salad with house-made croutons and rolls, bruschetta chicken, salmon, a vegetable medley, a pasta dish and plates of cookies to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth.
Lisa Hope, Assistant Director for Systems Analysis in the Admissions Office, was awarded the President's Distinguished Service Award.
Several staff service awards were given with Computing Services Bob Smith topping the list at 20 years. The following service awards were presented:
20 Years of Service: Robert W. Smith - GBG Technology, 10 Years of Service: Jeffrey Antal - GBG Technology, Jodi Kraisinger - URIA, Stacy Netzel - Conferencing & Linda Soltis - Plant Maintenance & Operations. 5 Years of Service: Molly Cummings - Admissions, Susan Isola - URIA & Matthew Zidek - Admissions.
Eighteen new staff members joined the university in the past year and were also recognized: Justin Antoszewski - Communications Associate (November), Lindsay Freitag - Head Softball Coach (September), Mike Pacelli - Help Desk Analyst (November), Brandon Hreha - Bookstore Clerk (February), Sheila Kudrick - Coordinator Alumni Affairs (July), Sherra Moors - Event Coordinator (February), Brad Miner - Study Abroad Coordinator (July), Pam Reed - Director, Health Center (August), Alicia DiPaolo - Video Prod/Ed Assistant (September), Hadara Katarski - Asst. Cross Country Coach (July), Dan Keefe - Asst. Men's Soccer Coach (July), Patty LaMantia - P/T Nurse (August), Matt Lecocq - Police Officer (February), Becky Lowrie - Head Cheerleading Coach (September), Dan Lynch - Sergeant - Police Department (September), Joyce Mihalich - Maintenance Services (January), Robert Spain II - Head Men's Soccer Coach (February) and Kristen Stratton - Internship Coordinator (November).
Staff Member Recieves Admissions Department Award
The Pitt-Greensburg Admissions Department makes an annual award to the faculty or staff person who has gone above and beyond in helping the Admissions Department in the past year. This years recipient of the A.R.M. Pitt Award (Admissions, Recruitment & Matriculation) is Troy Ross. Congratulations Troy!
Annual Sarris Candy Fund Raiser
Many thanks to Karen Ricco for once again heading-up the annual Sarris candy fund raiser to benefit the Staff Association. We made a profit of over $200 this year. We sure do appreciate Karens efforts and her support of the Pitt-Greensburg Staff Association!
Congratulations to the 2014 Chili Cook-off Champions!
There were 5 entries in the annual Chili Cook-off event this year. Connie Lehman, Brian Root, Bob Smith, Troy Ross and Sherra Moors all cooked-up their best batches of chili to the delight of all those who turned-out to enjoy them. "Satisfied customers" voted for their favorite recipe with change and after all of the votes (coins) were tallied, Troy Ross was awarded the "Chef's Selection" award and Sherra Moors was awarded the "People's Choice" award.
A total of $33.50 was collected for the Blackburn Center, so many thanks to the folks who stopped by, sampled the five entries, and cast their votes. The Staff Association will be adding to that amount to make an even $50 donation to the Blackburn Center through the campus United Way campaign.
Many thanks to Chartwells for supplying the bowls, spoons, beverages, as well as some delicious cornbread & rice. Chartwells is always a big supporter of the Staff Association!
2014 Annual Chili Cook-Off
With the cool fall weather we are enjoying, it is a perfect time for the Annual Staff Association Chili Cook-off, benefiting the Blackburn Center (http://www.blackburncenter.org/). The cook-off will be held on Friday, October 24 from 11:30am-1:30pm in the Hempfield room. All staff are invited to come sample the chili and vote for the “People’s Choice”. Votes can be cast with COINS-Pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters-with each coin counting as one vote and all money collected going to the Blackburn Center. Chartwells will again help select the “Judge’s Choice”.
If you are interested in wowing your colleagues with your culinary skills, please register by emailing Sherra Moors at firstname.lastname@example.org. Chefs must sign up by October 22 and will receive detailed participation details upon registering.
If you have any questions, please reach out to any of your Staff Association Council officers. Hope to see you on the 24th!
Meet The Staff Association Council Officers for 2014-2015:
2014 Blue & Gold Weekend Car Cruise
Despite the 50 degree weather, the Blue and Gold Weekend Car Cruise on Saturday, October 4, 2014 had twenty participants who all braved the rain (and hail in some areas) to spend a few hours on campus. A $5.00 registration fee was collected from each car to benefit the Staff Association. The baskets and prizes donated by Karen Smith (wife of Bob Smith; Computer Center), Bob Massie Toyota, Smail Automotive Group, and Advanced Auto Parts were all well received and $120 was raised from raffling them off. The sale of 50/50 tickets also netted the Staff Association $40.
A big thank you to the staff who volunteered their time:
Matthew Blair, Valerie Kubenko, Sherra Moors, Bob Smith, and Linda Soltis, as well as to Karen Smith. Some of the volunteers along with Susan Isola, who took photos of the days events:
The People's Choice winners of the Antique, Classic, and Hot Rod classes were each given a trophy (donated by Art Nagy, Works of Art) filled with assorted candy. Congratulations to:
Antique - Harry Logan - 1950 Chevy Hardtop Hot Rod - Charlie Schifaro - 1955 Belair
Classic - Charley Myers - 1968 Camaro
Thank you again to the participants, volunteers, and sponsors. We’ve already put in a request that it be 70 degrees and sunny next year!
Watch for details coming soon about the Staff Association Chili Cook-off, scheduled for Friday, October 24 !
September 2014 General Staff Association Meeting
On September 22, the first general meeting of the Fall term was held in the Hempfield room in Chambers Hall. A nice lunch with pizza, a pasta dish, salad and cookies was served, complete with white linen table cloths, by the Chartwells team. They provided drinks as well. Matt Zidek and Sherra Moors were welcomed as the new president and secretary, respectively. For a complete review of the items discussed, please see the meeting minutes that were compiled by Sherra.
2014 - 2015 Staff Association Meetings...Mark Your Calendars!
- Monday, September 22; 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m., Hempfield Room
- Tuesday, November 18; 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m , Hempfield Room
- Wednesday, February 11; 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m., Hempfield Room
- Thursday, April 2; 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m., Hempfield Room
2014 Blue & Gold Weekend Car Cruise
The 3rd annual car cruise, which is supported by the Staff Association, will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2014. The car cruise is open to all types of vehicles from motorcycles to Dr. Smith's yellow Honda S2000 named "Tiger". There will be live music, food, fun, and games in conjunction with student organization tents on the lawn. Be sure to arrive early to catch your breakfast from the always popular pancake-flipping chef...all you can eat if you can catch it!
There will be a basket raffle at this event. Make sure to buy your tickets at the event to have a chance at one of these baskets chock-full of useful household and auto related items!
Also, please volunteer to help this fun event from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. We need several staff volunteers to make this event successful. We will need help directing show cars, selling raffle basket and 50/50 tickets, selling food and drinks, and collecting and tabulating votes for the best show cars. If you feel inclined to help in any way, we can use you. Please contact Sheila Kudrick or Bob Smith to volunteer. Please check-out this link for more information on the entire Blue & Gold Weekend.
2014 Staff Association Pitt Kennywood Day
The 23rd annual Pitt day at Kennywood Park started with a greeting by the Pitt Staff Association and ended at 10 p.m. with a huge fireworks display. The day was very nice with 80 degree weather, no rain and intermittent clouds that offered a respite from the hot July sun. A buffet picnic lunch with hot dogs, hamburgers, baked beans, salad, and watermelon was available from noon 'till 3:00 p.m. There was face painting for the kids and t-shirts for the adults signing-up for football tickets. There was a Chinese-auction for baskets that offered everything from Pitt memorabilia to lottery, football and basketball tickets. A bingo session was held at 3 p.m. in Pavilion 1 as well.
The Pitt police force was present at the pavilions along with several canine companions. Pitt-Greensburg staff attendees included Kathy Fennell & family, Bob Smith & family and Matt & Cali Blair. Staff alumni, Linda King & family, attended also. Many a smiling Staff faces could be seen about the park...!
Staff Association July 17th Picnic
The weather was sunny with a cool breeze for the July picnic. The theme of the picnic was Hawaiian. We had tiki torches, leis and other island attire for the attendees to wear while listening to a variety of festive music and sipping blue-Hawaiian punch...it was really blue!
Richard McMahon and the Chartwells team prepared a wonderful pineapple-chicken dish for the main course. There were sides of rice and fruit and a cucumber salad. Sarah brought a tasty barbecue pineapple/chicken dish. Other staff members brought deserts and Richard McMahon threw-in a tub of vanilla ice cream to complete the feast.
Staff Association vice president Gayle Pamerleau borrowed the prize wheel from Al Thiel and secretary Valerie Kubenko ran the giveaway contest. The numbered prize wheel was spun by each contestant and they won the number of tickets that the flapper landed on. The more tickets that you won, the more chances you had to win a prize. Tickets were then placed in a bag and drawn to award the prizes. Valerie collected and then awarded several nice gifts to staff members with a winning ticket. All in all, it was a great day for a picnic and a good time was had by all.
Staff Association June Picnic
We had hot weather and a nice turn-out for our June picnic/corn hole tournament. Richard McMahon, Connie Lehman, and Andrew Ford from Chartwells prepared hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, potato salad, baked beans, and pasta salad and set-up the Alumni Pavilion. Several staff members brought a desert. Linda Szypulski was in charge of providing the tunes.
We held our annual corn hole tournament in conjunction with the picnic and once again the team of Jeff Antal and Jim Turkovich reigned as champions. Kathy Fennell, Book Store Manager, provided gift basket prizes to the first place winners and Pitt-Greensburg picture frames to the second place team of Bob Smith and Brad Graham.
Staff Attend Annual MAP-Works Conference
In June, Sheila Confer, Brian Root, and Bob Smith attended the annual Map-Works conference in Indianapolis, IN. They joined with representatives of about about 170 other schools across the US to discuss issues surrounding student success in college & life. Sheila and Brian presented "The Benefits of Training Student Leaders as Direct-Connect Users" that shared their trials and tribulations of making MAP-Works work the best for our campus.
The setting for the campus was in the old Union Railroad station which served as a major military transportation center in both WW I and WW II. The venue was absolutely amazing, with some of the hotel guests staying in actual train sleeper-cars from the 50's & 60's.
The following gives the sense of grandeur of the main ballroom which was once a busy concourse in Union Station.
We now have about 5 years of data that we have collected in our MAP-Works database. If there is any data or statistics that you would be interested in knowing for your department, please contact one of the MAP-Works team members. We will be happy to provide any information we have.
May 28th Staff Association Picnic
Over 20 staff met in the Alumni Pavilion for the first picnic of the year. The clouds parted and thankfully it was rain free long enough to get the picnic in. Pulled-pork BBQ, pasta salad and potato-tots were served as well as many home-made desserts. The deserts were strawberry-themed and were fantastic! Staff played a Pitt-Greensburg trivia game while eating and listening to tunes.
We also announced some changes to the "You Make The Difference" program. We will no-longer count the number of YMTD cards one recieves. The new program will be electronic-based and will just be a way to thank someone for their excellence or for going out of their way to help you. There will no longer be any "prize" associated in the new program either. Changes to the YMTD program were based on a survey of staff and approved by Dr. Smith. We also announced a contest to rename the program. Feel free to submit a new name for the program to Karen Ricco.
2014 Staff Association Soup & Salad Lunches
Chartwells will sponsor four Soup & Salad Lunches for staff again this year. Chartwells will set-up the Hempfield Room exclusively for staff and provide a fantastic array of salad, soup, desserts & drinks...all served on white linen tablecloths. The cost is only $4. The Staff Association Soup & Salad Lunches will be held on the following dates this summer: June 13th & 27th and July 11th & 25th. The time for the lunches is 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Mark your calendars!
All proceeds collected will go towards the Staff Association general fund thanks to Chartwells. Be sure to thank the Chartwells staff who prepare this event for us. It is an event that the Staff Association really appreciates and we need to express our appreciation for the efforts and food Chartwells is donating to our organization.
Pitt Kennywood Day
Come join members of the Staff Association for Pitt Day at Kennywood on Sunday, July 20th, 2014. Further details and discounted tickets for purchase online will be available soon. Stay tuned!
2014 Staff Association Picnics
The first of three picnics planned by the Staff Association will be held on May 28 from 12pm to 1:30pm in the Alumni Pavilion. We are serving pulled-pork BBQ as the main course. Bring a strawberry dish to share or contribute $5. We will also be playing a UPG trivia game with chances to win prizes. Come one, come all. Hope to see you there!
Newspaper Recycling Program Update
Abibow Recycling Company has discontinued their program of paying us for the paper we collect due to an oversupply of used paper on the market. They will continue to collect the paper we collect, so the recycling part of the program will continue. They said if demand for paper increases they will resume payments to us for it.
This initiative is another one of Linda Solstice's contributions to the Staff Association. It was the primary source of income to the Staff Association for many years. It enabled us to fully-fund the Endowed Student Resource Fund and continue making additional contributions.
We will need to find new sources of revenue to continue our philanthropic ways. If you have any ideas for way we can generate income, please let us know.
Flower Basket Fund Raiser
The 2014 annual flower basket fund raiser was headed-up by Linda Solstice again this year. Thanks to Linda's efforts, the Staff Association raised $230 for it's general fund. Way to go Linda!!!
Staff Association Officer Elections
The positions of president and secretary are open for the 2014-2016 term. Please consider running for one of these two important positions. If you feel that you can make a difference to the staff community here at Pitt-Greensburg, we'd like to hear from you. Candidates for these positions can be nominated by any member of the organization, so be sure to express your interest to a current officer or staff member who will carry your nomination forward. Remember, this organization is in-place to support staff in a number of ways as well as organize staff in support of other important endeavors on the Pitt-Greensburg campus. Be one of those that helps to guide the interests and direction that the Staff Association plays in your future here at Pitt-Greensburg.
Staff Association Meeting
On Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 1:30 p.m., the Staff Association will have a general meeting in the Hempfield Room. Lunch will be served. Please join us for some good food and conversation about issues that are relevant to you.
Pitt Day In Harrisburg 2014
On March 18th, 2014, Pitt-Greensburg made its annual trek to Harrisburg to meet with State Legislators. Dr. Smith along with several Pitt-Greensburg staff, faculty and students joined with the other Pitt campuses at the State Capitol in a rally to call for increasing higher education funding in the commonwealth. The group had the opportunity to meet with State Senators and Representatives, take tours of the highly ornate State Capitol building, enjoy a lunch together with all campuses, and join in a reception with Pitt Chancellor, Mark A. Nordenburg, as the keynote speaker.
During the afternoon Senate session, motion was made and seconded to declare March 18th officially as "Pitt Day in Harrisburg". Several Senators asked for permission to take control of the floor to recognize individual students and groups from their Legislative Districts for their special achievements. Several Senators also took the floor to express their gratitude to Pitt Chancellor Mark A. Nordenburg for the special relationship he fostered with the Senate over the past two decades. Nordenburg's success was credited as being a "friend" to the Senate in both good times and bad. Nordenburg in turn credited the staff, faculty and high-achieving students at Pitt as a major contributors to his success.
As you can see from the pictures below, the event was a big hit with all who participated and we look forward to March 18th in Harrisburg in the years to come.
Staff Member Leads Habitat for Humanity Group in 2014
On Saturday, March 8, 2014, Brian Root along with faculty member Jennifer Jones, led a group students to Marion County, South Carolina. The Pitt-Greensburg chapter of the Habitat for Humanity was comprised of twenty-three students who made the 580 mile trek to work on a home for a Habitat partner family. You can follow a detailed account of their journey on their blog at http://www.greensburg.pitt.edu/habitat-humanity-blog or via their Twitter account http://www.twitter.com/upghfh.
Chancellor's Award for Staff Excellence
Sheila Confer has been chosen to receive the Chancellor's Award for Staff Excellence in Service to the University amongst an elite group of nominees. Sheila is the MAP-Works Coordinator and Assistant Director of the Academic Villages here at Pitt-Greensburg. Dr. Smith says of Sheila "Ms. Confer continually demonstrates the energy, creativity, and dedication of five people. She fires the imagination of all who have the privelege of knowing and working with her and builds like-minded individuals to achieve important goals." Congratulations, Sheila!
General Staff Association Meeting
There will be a general meeting of the Staff Association on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. in the Hempfield Room. Lunch will be provided. A topic of discussion will be the "You Make The Difference" program. Many staff have mentioned ideas for changes to the program. Please join us to discuss and develop a formal suggestion to present to Dr. Smith. Below is a link to a page with guidelines for the program. Please read through and bring your ideas! http://www.greensburg.pitt.edu/faculty-staff - Then go to the bottom of the page, below Recognition click the link, staff recognition program. This link will take you to the guidelines for “You Make the Difference” Recognition Program. We hope to see you all there!
2014 State of the Campus
The annual State of the Campus discussion was held on Thursday, January 30th in the Campana Chapel. President Smith provided refreshments in the lobby before the start of the discussion. President Smith primarily talked about the results of the Campus Climate Survey. She also gave ample time for questions & answers afterwards. If you were unable to attend, please be sure to read President Smith's letter to the campus titled "Results of Campus Climate Survey" dated 1/30/2014. Also, the PDF document titled "2013 Climate Survey Balanced Scorecard" dated 1/30/2014 shows the statistical results for each question category.
President Smith also solicited for comments and ideas on ways to improve the survey. She said that the survey is not set in stone and she is not opposed to discontinuing or improving it. Please let Mary Ann Kolney know any thoughts you may have on the subject.
Happy New (2014) Year!
The Staff Association hopes everyone had a great holiday season and all are enjoying a happy new year! The next general meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 19th from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Hempfield Room. Pizza & drinks will be served. Also, HR Director Mary Anne Koleny is working with Oakland to get a health initiative started here in the new year – details at the meeting.
Holiday and Staff Recognition Luncheon
Once again, the annual Holiday and Staff Recognition Luncheon, hosted by President Smith, was a wonderful affair. Chef Richard McMahon and crew created an extraordinary dining experience complete with a salad with warm garlic croutons, pineapple ham, encrusted salmon, scalloped potatoes, vegetable medley, a pasta dish and trays of festive cookies piled high. There were several You Make The Difference awards awarded to staff including Jane Hoch, Brian Root, Jodi Kraisinger, Dorothy Zilic and Al Thiel. Brian Root was awarded the President's Distinguished Service Award. Several staff service awards were given with Rick Fogle topping the list at 30 years. A few pictures of the event...
From the Staff Association we wish you a happy holiday season and a joyus new year!
Chancellor Nordenberg Expresses Appreciation for Staff Hard Work
To quote Chancellor Nordenberg's own words that he wrote in the December 16, 2016 University Update: "as one tangible expression of appreciation for all of the hard work that University employees already will have done from the beginning of the calendar year through
this week and also to reflect the realities of efficient institutional operation, I have decided that the University will be officially closed on Monday, December 23, 2013."
Speaking for all staff, the Staff Association at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg wishes to express our appreciation to the Chancellor for this gracious gift of time with our family, friends & loved ones. It is gestures like this that help make the University of Pittsburgh a great place to work!
Staff Association Welcomes New Employees At Chartwells Holiday Luncheon
The Staff Association invited all new employees within the past year to break bread together at the Thursday, November 21 Holiday Luncheon in Wagner Dining Hall. Eight new staff members joined us for the welcome luncheon. Richard McMahon and crew put on a customary extra-special culinary extravaganza once again this year. They served a traditional Thanksgiving feast with turkey and all of the trimmings. There were other foods and desserts available for those so inclined. Welcome to all new staff members!
Campus Climate Survey
Several staff members attended this afternoon’s Campus Climate Survey discussion. We discussed many aspects of the survey; the main one being that we want to keep it going and improve on it if possible. We want to extend an opportunity to everyone to send questions you would like to see asked on this years survey to Mary Anne Koleny. All questions will be considered.
November 11th General Staff Association Meeting
A general Staff Association meeting was held at 10:00 AM in the Hempfield Room on Monday November 11th, 2013. Bagles with cinnamon butter and strawberry cream cheese were enjoyed by those who attended. General business items were discussed along with the idea of meeting to discuss the questions asked on the Campus Climate Survey.
We also discussed the possibility of implementing a Staff Wellness Program. We would like to incorporate as many ideas as possible, and we want this to be an ongoing initiative. If you have any ideas (for example, “Wednesday Walkers”, step/weight loss challenge, healthy eating tips, smoking cessation support, etc.), please send them to either Karen Ricco or Maryanne Koleny at your convenience. We hope to implement something for a December 1 kick-off!
|Staff members Linda Szypulski, Valerie Kubenko and Sheila Confer showed us there Halloween spirit by wearing their favorite costumes on October 31st, 2013. They gave us all a smile, which is the best treat they could have given us.|
Annual Staff Association Chili Cook-Off
The annual Chili Cook-Off took place on Friday, October 18th, 2013, from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM. Three chefs vied for the titles of Judge's Choice and People’s Choice. Please congratulate Judge's Choice Winner Bob Smith and People’s Choice Winner Julie Bower! Voting for the People's Choice title was tabulated by the number of pennies received as votes and Julie Bower got the most number of "votes". We collected $14.23 in pennies and will donate that to Westmoreland Walks. Winners won bragging rights and the opportunity to display a Chili Cook-off trophy for a year. Thanks to all of the chefs, Chartwells for setting up the room and providing drinks, bowls, utensils & napkins, drinks & jalapeño muffins. Thank you as well to all of the participants who stopped by to enjoy the food & to those who donated money to the event.
Chancellor Search Forum
Several employees attended the chancellor search forum held at Pitt-Greensburg on September 25th, 2013. The forum was led by Dr. Jack Smith, Pitt-Greensburg alumni, Pitt trustee and member of the chancellor search committee. The forum was held to hear input from the Pitt-Greensburg community on the traits and experience they desire in Pitts next chancellor. Forums of this nature have been held on all five of Pitt's campuses. See the notes taken at the forum here. For a full rundown on the forums at all five campuses, please see the October 10, 2013 edition of the University Times.
Car Cruise at the Blue & Gold Weekend
Several staff members including Bob Smith, Karen Ricco, Cletus McConville, Josh Gmys & Valerie Kubenko volunteered their time to facilitate the 2nd annual Pitt Greensburg Car Cruise on Saturday October 5th, 2013. The weather cooperated providing us a sunny, dry and hot 85 degree day that drew about 70 antiques, classics and hot rod vehicles. We collected a $5 registration fee from each vehicle to benefit the Staff Association. We also had a 50/50 raffle that netted the Staff Association another $90. Our 50/50 raffle offered 2 chances to win; 1/2 of the money collected and a basket full of items donated by Advance Auto Parts and Karen Smith. We also asked everyone vote for their favorite vehicle in each class and then we awarded prizes to the vehicles with the most votes. The winners were:
|Antique Class||Classic Class|
|Hot Rod||Prize Table|
The prizes were buckets full of auto-related items donated by AutoZone and Advance Auto Parts stores. We had great music throughout the event provided by Larry's DJ Service. Thank you to all of our sponsors and volunteers for another sucessful event!
Staff Support Car Cruise on Blue & Gold Weekend
Several staff members including Bob Smith, Karen Ricco, Cletus McConville, Josh Gmys & Valerie Kubenko have volunteered to organize and facilitate the 2nd annual Pitt Greensburg Car Cruise that is one of the many activities during this years Blue & Gold weekend. The car cruise will be held on Saturday October 5th from 11am - 3pm. Several donations and sponsorships have been obtained by these staff members to help raise money for their campus organizations. Last years car cruise was very successful in being it's first year and hopefully made a lasting impression on those who attended. We are hoping for an even bigger turn-out this year and offer lots of fun for all who attend.
Staff Attend MAP-Works Conference
Staff members Bob Smith, Karen Ricco & Sarah Young attended the 2013 Mastering MAP-Works Summer Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. Over 300 participants came from many states to attend; including Alaska. Schools of all kinds participated and they reported their success stories based on the usage of MAP-Works on their campuses. Map-Works continues to expand their application and these schools are making more use of the information they are finding-out about their students.
Bob, Karen & Sarah Stayed in actual Pullman train cars that once hauled passengers from coast to coast. The hotel itself was once a beautiful train station that served passengers throughout the 40's, 50's and 60's. Crown Plaza bought the dilapidated station and made a world-class hotel inside of it.
The 13 Pullman cars were permanently parked on one of the original tracks in the station before construction began. Once the conversion to a Crown Plaza hotel commenced, the cars were refurbished into hotel rooms to give some of its guests the look & feel of what it was like in the era of rail transportation at its peak.
June 28th SOAR Soup & Salad Lunch
Chartwells again sponsored the Soup & Salad Lunch for staff on June 28th in conjunction with the 2nd Admissions SOAR session. Nineteen staff members partook in the lunch prepared for us by Chartwells. The lunch netted the staff association $76 as well. Thank you again Richard and the Chartwells crew!
June 14th SOAR Soup & Salad Lunch
Chartwells sponsored the annual Soup & Salad Lunch for staff again this year. Chartwells catered the Hempfield Room exclusively for staff and provided a fantastic array of salads, soup, desserts & drinks...all served on white linen tablecloths for the bargain cost of $4. The Staff Association netted a cool $95; which is a most-helpful addition to the organizations budget. The next SOAR lunch will be Friday, June 28th.
June 5th Staff Association Picnic
The second summer Staff Association picnic was held on a beautiful, sunny day at the Alumni Pavillion. Food was plentiful and we had much fun in the sun.
Chef Richard McMahon and his crew from Chartwells prepared hamburgers, veggie burgers, hotdogs, potato salad, drinks and picnic supplies while staff brought a variety of side-dishes & desserts.
A Corn Hole tournament took place during the picnic. Eight teams squared-off in a hotly contested double-elimination round contest. The final two teams of Jeff Antal and Jim Turkovich vs. Matt Blair and Brad Graham went head-to-head in the championship round. At one point during one round of the heated contest, there were (6) 3-pointers in a row; both teams eliminating each others points. The final victors were the team of Jeff Antal and Jim Turkovich.
About 30 staff members joined in the festivities and a good time was had by all.
Windows 8 Information Sessions Begin
As a part of the Campus Technology Upgrade Project, which will include upgrading staff PC's to the new Windows 8 operating system, the office of Technology Services is offering information sessions to show you some of the basics and the exciting features of Windows 8. Sessions will be offered throughout the summer, so choose one that is convenient to your schedule.
May 14th Staff Association Picnic
Over 22 staff members gathered in the Hempfield Room due to cool weather for the first picnic of the summer. We celebrated National Chocolate Chip Day by having willing participants bring-in chocolate chip cookies made from their favorite recipes. Chartwells sponsored the event by providing us with baked beans, cole slaw, buns, drinks, picnic supplies and most importantly, their help. The main course was pulled-pork sandwiches. We played several rounds of BINGO with president Karen Ricco calling the numbers. Prizes were given to the lucky individual game winners. A good time was had by all.
Annual Spring Flower Sale
Many thanks to Linda Soltis, Spring Flower Sale chairman, who once again assumed the responsibility for the Staff Association's annual spring flower sale. Linda did all of the ordering and distribution of the beautiful hanging baskets this year. Her efforts netted the Staff Association a profit of $148.50. For an organization with no regular income, this is a valuable contribution to our financial coffers. Thanks again from all members of the Staff Association Linda!
Staff Association Picnic Dates Set
Mark your calendars!
Wednesday, June 5th - Summer Picnic & Corn Hole competition. We will provide hamburgers, hotdogs, drinks & potato salad. You bring a side dish of summer picnic food, desert or $5. Sign-up you and your corn-hole partner in advance with Valerie Kubenko @ 836-9868.
Thursday July 11th - Hawaiian Luau Picnic. We will provide the main dish (yet to be determined), drinks and pineapple upside down cake. Get a prize for dressing in your Hawaiian best and bring a fun dish to share! We will award a prize to the best-dressed Hawaiian-themed outfit. You can always come last-minute; hungry & dressed as you are if you'd rather and make a $5 contribution to the event.
Endowed Student Resource Fund Update
The Staff Association has made its final contribution of $642.27 to fully-fund the endowment to $10,000. We will discuss how to proceed in awarding funds from this endowment. Thanks for all of your assistance in reaching our goal.
Windows 8 Is Coming To A PC Near You
The Pitt-Greensburg Technology Team will be upgrading staff PC's to the latest and greatest Microsoft operating system in the near future. Your department will be contacted well in advance of the upgrade.
There will be training and information sessions on Windows 8 in advance of the upgrade as well, so watch for the announcement of these sessions in the near future.
Staff Recognized in the University Times
Four staff members were recognized in the "PEOPLE OF THE TIMES" article in the The April 4, 2013 edition of the University Times. Lori Moore was noted as receiving the President's Distinguished Service Award for Staff. The award recognizes staff members who have demonstrated a consistent pattern of extraordinary dedication to the University above and beyond the candidates job responsibilities.
Three staff members were noted for receiving the "You Make The Difference" award; Linda Szypulski, Valerie Kubenko and Susan Isola. The program recognizes UPG staff members for special efforts and achievements as noted by their peers. Winners are chosen by the number "You Make The Difference" cards submitted by staff members who witnessed or benefitted from the extra efforts provided by these special staff members.
All awards were presented at the UPG's annual staff recognition luncheon. Congratulations s to all!
2013 Pitt SAC Technology Convention
Bob Smith along with several members of the Pitt-Greensburg Technology Team attended the 2nd annual technology convention entitled "Effectively Using Technology in Your Job 2.0". The convention was sponsored by the Pitt main campus Staff Association Council in partnership with Computing Services and System Development (CSSD). Featured guest speakers were Ronald W. Frisch, Associate Vice Chancellor of Human Resources and Jinx Walton, Chief Information Officer. The keynote address was delivered by Jinx Walton during a brown bag lunch session in which drinks & dessert were provided.
Six technology workshops were offered in the afternoon that introduced new software applications that staff can use to enhance their efficiency and collaboration in their workplace. If you are interested in ways you can access these new applications, or are just interested in what's available, feel free to contact any member of the Pitt-Greensburg Technology Team.
2013 Pitt Day in Harrisburg
Bob Smith and Josh Gmys from our from our Staff Association went to Harrisburg along with Dr. Smith and 17 students. Josh organized the event and the group had an enjoyable trip. While there, we met with our state representatives Mike Reese, Tim Krieger and George Dunbar as well as Senator Kim Ward. All expressed a positive attitude towards Pitt-Greensburg and the value it provides to its Pennsylvania students. They all said that the education budget was not on the “chopping block” this year; however there would not be an increase in that budget.
There were several photo-op sessions throughout the day. This photo took place at the reception towards the end of the day. Pitt Oakland campus students joined with our Pitt-Greensburg students to take a group photo on the main staircase in the capitol. If you have not seen our state capitol in person, it is well worth a visit sometime. It was voted the most ornate of all state capitols and it is obvious why after seeing it in person. Pitt Day in Harrisburg is an annual event and is a great way to voice your opinion in-person and learn about the history of the state we all live in.