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Alumni Spirit

Message from Jeff Gleim


One of the great pleasures of this job is working with our volunteer leadership. You’ll read in these pages about three admirable examples. M. Allison Williams is working hard to reconnect alumni through the African American Alumni Council. Jane Allred shares her marketing savvy with us as a member of the Board of Directors. Herb Dodell has ignited interest in Southern California alumni and raised scholarship funds through his Sony premiere events in Hollywood.  They are indeed three great exemplars of alumni spirit.

Alumni spirit was certainly in evidence when the men’s Panther football team played in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31. Hundreds of fans joined the alumni association for the trip to El Paso and enjoyed events held especially for them. One volunteer, Rick Gradisek (A&S ’77, DEN ’81), who was part of the 1975 Panthers Sun Bowl team, spearheaded an effort on the part of the 1975 team, Coach Johnnie Majors, and some of the 1989 team to donate more than $2,700 to provide game tickets for local kids and for soldiers serving at Ft. Bliss in El Paso. Capt. Charles Schwab, who coincidentally spent a term at Pitt before finishing his studies at West Point, happily distributed tickets to the men and women under his command. The El Paso trip was certainly memorable.

During the year, alumni events are held throughout the world. Visit and follow the link to the Calendar of Events to find one near you.

On a final note, I’m especially pleased to let you know that, as of Jan. 2, 2009, I will officially carry on as your permanent executive director. I’m looking forward to making a great organization even greater—with your help.

Hail to Pitt!

Jeff Gleim

Executive Director, Pitt Alumni Association

Associate Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations