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What’s Possible

Something remarkable happened at the University of Pittsburgh between the academic year that spanned 1969 and 1970. Within roughly a year, enrollment of Black students doubled to more than 600, a Black Studies Program was created, and the number of African American faculty members began to increase. Looking back, that period marked a defining moment […]

Notes from Novak

As the new year rolls along, I’m happy to offer some hopeful news. Despite the challenges posed by the economic recession, the University of Pittsburgh campaign ended 2009 on a positive note, thanks to all of you. We ended our past fiscal year in July 2009, by raising more than $100 million in commitments for […]

Never Forget

A father’s story offers lasting lessons about the Holocaust The auditorium is full of antsy schoolchildren, squirming in their seats. They fidget and shift. Then, a modest, gray-haired man with a quiet voice steps slowly to the microphone. In spectacles and a light sports coat, he has a grandfatherly air. His voice retains a slight […]

Notes from Novak

As the challenges of our time grow more complex and consequential, the University of Pittsburgh is poised to innovate and to lead. Our Building the Future Together fundraising campaign is aimed toward meeting the challenges of the 21st century and to continue Pitt’s progress and momentum. We can see the impact of the capital campaign […]

Campaign Watch

Institutional Advancement is committed to reaching the University’s ambitious $2 billion goal. Pitt’s alumni and friends have contributed generously, making our current campaign status  $1.38 billion!

Enduring Melody

Anne Putnam Mallinson’s house was full of music. She often sang casually as she cooked or accomplished tasks, and there was usually something playing on the stereo when she was nearby. She had a collection of more than 300 albums, many containing show tunes dating from the 1950s. She especially enjoyed the singing of Julie […]

Notes from Novak

The focus of the Building Our Future Together fundraising campaign is to continue Pitt’s progress and momentum in providing superior education and pursuing groundbreaking research. More than ever, the aim of the capital campaign is to help the University attract high-achieving students and faculty to its campus, retain and support outstanding faculty, and provide a […]

Good Fellows

Growing up in rural Ohio, the teenager tackled a daily list of chores. He fed pigs, shoveled cow manure, toted buckets of water—all kinds of tough farm work. But whenever he found a spare moment, he liked to sit under his favorite maple tree. There, by a pond, he read and dreamed, aspiring to become […]

Campaign Watch

Institutional Advancement is committed to reaching the University’s ambitious $2 billion goal. Pitt’s alumni and friends have contributed generously, making our current campaign total $1.3 billion!

Mining for Energy

Wearing a hard hat, safety glasses, and coveralls, a Pitt junior goes to work 400 feet below the Earth’s surface. Jim McCaffrey, a mining engineering major, is spending his summer with CONSOL Energy, a coal and gas company south of Pittsburgh. For the rest of the season and later, on weekends and vacations, McCaffrey mines […]

Notes from Novak

The past several months have been challenging for our entire nation. As we all continue to deal with the uncertainty of our economy, we at Pitt are acutely aware of the impact this is having on our students and their families. We continue our dedication to raise funds to support Pitt students and know that […]

Notes from Novak

The past fiscal year was in many ways a record-setting year for fundraising at Pitt. With more than $126.8 million raised in voluntary support from a record number of 50,881 donors, we continue to break our own records during this landmark $2 billion campaign. But, more importantly, our fundraising efforts are having a highly beneficial […]

Collective Value

The teen, just out of high school, pilots a B-17 aircraft on dangerous missions over Germany during the fiercest months of World War II fighting. “Yes, we were concerned for our safety, but we just did what we had to do,” recalls William Cully about his service in the U.S. Army Air Corps during the […]