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Pitt elected a new chair of its Board of Trustees this summer. Alumnus Stephen R. Tritch (ENGR ’71, KGSB ’77), a retired CEO and president of the Westinghouse Electric Co., leads the board that oversees University operations.

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Pitt undergraduate business students have won their third national automotive marketing competition since 2006. In June, students in a marketing course taught by business professor Robert Gilbert won first place in the Nissan Cube Collegiate Challenge for the nation’s best on-campus marketing campaign for the Nissan Cube car.

In recognition of her work to improve opportunities for underrepresented business owners, Pitt’s Audrey Murrell received the Minority Small Business Champion Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration. She’s a professor and director of the David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership in Pitt’s Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business. To learn more about Murrell’s work, read “The M Factor” in the spring 2008 issue of Pitt Magazine.

G-20 Good Word

The city’s David L. Lawrence Convention Center, which hosted the summit, is the only LEED-certified “green” convention center in the world. Pittsburgh and the University also showcased the city’s many other “green” programs and technologies under development.

Many international journalists were impressed with what they saw in   Pittsburgh. Before the summit, Pitt and UPMC hosted media tours of innovative programs and sites. Reports by media organizations like England’s  Guardian and Germany’s Deutsche-Welle touted Pitt and other local institutions as crucial partners in the city’s economic revival.

The summit’s opening reception was hosted by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Oakland, not far from campus. After the G-20, Pitt students could visit the conservatory to view the locally crafted tables built especially for the event. The wooden tables were hewn from oak and London Plane trees salvaged from Pittsburgh’s Riverview Park.