Some library rules: Do not feed or annoy the book worms.
N O T E B O O K
No swearing aloud. No flirting with the co-eds while the
librarian is in the room. No book shall be kept out over night
without a chaperon.--from the 1914 Owl
Some library rules: Do not feed or annoy the book worms.
The Alumni Association has teamed up with the University Center for International Studies (UCIS) in a two-year International Development Program (IDP), which will assess educationally valuable and revenue-generating activities in international education, research, and service. Under the direction of Burkart Holzner, UCIS director, the IDP is funded by the provost's office and focuses on opportunities in several specific areas: recruitment of students from abroad; social and economic development projects; fund-raising abroad; training programs; and international alumni programs.
You know the rules: five correct answers for summa cum laude; three for cum laude; and one means you're heading back to campus for a refresher course. Here goes:
1. The Blue and Gold Society is (a) the official name of the Panther cheerleaders; (b) a studio arts painting club; (c) the Alumni Association's undergraduate student organization; (d) the University pension fund.
2. The words "child of light and bride of truth" are from what musical composition? (a) Mendelssohn's Wedding March; (b) the Alma Mater; (c) The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi; (d) Foster's Beautiful Dreamer.
3. Dr. John "Jock" Sutherland was (a) a professor of geography; (b) the jockey who won the 1937 Derby; (c) head football coach; (d) head of the medical center.
4. What three main streets traverse the Oakland campus?
5. Name three benefits of the new Alumni Association Membership Dues Program.
1.c) the Alumni Association's undergraduate student organization; 2.b) the Alma Mater; 3.c) head football coach; 4.) Forbes, Fifth, and Bigelow; 5.) Job Bank USA, AlumNet, PNC Bank mortgage discount program (plus lots more!)
Jonathan Wolff, associate director of the Asian Studies Program, points with pride to Pitt's Korean alumni, who number almost 600. "It's an impressive group, including several university presidents, two former prime ministers, and a large number of university faculty," he says. "There's great enthusiasm for the idea of bringing Pitt scholars to Korea for research and for utilizing the extensive alumni network in support of that research."
Elaine Meisner, director of alumni outreach, says, "Our goal is to involve alumni living abroad in student recruitment and development/scholarship activities." The association so far has established clubs in Mexico and Thailand, has area representatives in South Africa and Argentina, and has made contacts in Egypt, Indonesia, and Beijing.
Last year, the IDP made great strides in its relationship with Asian alumni through receptions held in Korea, Thailand, the Philippines, Beijing, Osaka, and Hong Kong, the last two receptions being aboard the SS Universe during its fall Shipboard Education voyage. It's hoped that events like these will help Pitt connect top international students to the alumni network.
In addition to alumni initiatives, IDP will also explore ways for the University to begin to tap into nontraditional sources of funding, such as the multilateral development banks. Burke has just returned from Manila where she helped negotiate a $500,000 project through the Asian Development Bank with the Chinese National Academy for Education Administration and Pitt's Institute for International Studies in Education. The project is scheduled to begin in May.
The IDP is also looking at "distance learning" (where students in a foreign country will be able to assemble in a classroom at their own university and watch a televised class from Pitt) and at coordinating and centralizing various international leadership training programs within the University.
Judging by the early successes of the IDP iniative, Glema Burke is enthusiastic about the future. "I look for some exciting things to happen in the next two years."
The Pitt Alumni Association offers these upcoming Travel and Learn tours. Take your pick from the following (or call 1-800-258-PITT for more information):
A L U M N I T R I V I A
Writers of the 1946 Owl noted:
President, J. Roger Glunt
Vice President, Brian Generalovich
Vice President, Susan Albrecht
Secretary, Cynthia Roth
Treasurer, Samuel S. Zacharias
Immediate Past President,
In 1949, she arrived in Neuchâtel and went to live for three months with the Voelgeli family who ran a boardinghouse. "The family spoke only French, so we learned the language quickly," she says. "The university took us on many tours--to Bern, to the mountains. In fact, at the end of my stay, I was allowed to take my final exam early, at an outdoor cafe, so I could go on a hiking trip through the Alps."
On her recent trip, West and her husband, John (Business '50), were able to find that very café and sit again at the same place Vernie took her test so many years before. "We also went to see the Voelgeli's house," West says. "When we tried to find it, however, we realized there was a four-lane highway right in front of it. Had the highway been one lane wider, the house wouldn't have been there."
One of the things West says she especially liked about the alumni trip was the seminar aspect of the tour. "We had a one-hour talk each day on some subject about Switzerland. One day it was the banking industry, one day a visit to a clock museum, and one day a tour through a Swiss winery. We also took a trip up the mountain on the same funicular I rode 46
years ago! It was wonderful!"--Sally Neiser