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A Look Back at 2018-19

During the 2018-19 school year at Pitt, students, staff, and faculty epitomized pride and resilience while maintaining the institution’s reputation for academic excellence. Throughout the year, Panthers stood in solidarity with the Pittsburgh community, achieved academic milestones, stood out as NCAA competitors, and much more. Here is a review of some Panthers’ favorite memories from this school year.
 
Clubs at Pitt continued to bring students lasting friendships and memories. Carolyn Helenski, a junior, excitedly recalled venturing to New River Gorge with the Outdoors Club. “I met some people that became my best friends, and going back in the spring with that same group solidified that I met my people,” said Carolyn. “We hiked and swam during the day. At night, we went to a local restaurant and saw a live band, then went back to the campsite where we had a fire, sang, and danced in the darkness, and fell asleep under the stars.” Whether you’re interested in nature, politics, sports, or service, there is a student organization for everyone. Be sure to check out the fall activities fair to meet with club representatives and learn more about all the clubs Pitt has to offer.
 
Applying to University programs can be stressful, but the benefits are worth the hard work. Sophomore Zane Elgogari’s favorite moment from this school year was when he got accepted into Pitt’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. “To be able to say that I was going to be a part of one of the nation’s finest programs in healthcare was really exciting,” exclaimed Zane. Programs like the Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and Pharmacy at Pitt are competitive, but The University provides valuable resources to help you achieve your academic goals.
 
Organizations like Resident Student Association and Pitt Program Council hosted a variety of free events to entertain students. Fall semester’s Late Night Breakfast – Over the Rainbow was assistant director of Residential Programming, DaVaughn Vincent-Bryant’s, favorite memory. “Watching one of our RAs, Devin Dikec, during karaoke sing Bohemian Rhapsody with what seemed to be his entire floor along with a very supportive audience was magical. To see these student sing the words with intent, camaraderie, and friendship, I was inspired by the love emanating from the incoming class.” Attend events like this fully enhance your Pitt experience and are great places to make new friends with similar interests.
 
Being a part of Fraternity and Sorority Life brought sophomore Stephanie Klotz many unforgettable moments. “Getting to know the wonderful girls who were inducted in the newest pledge class of Delta Zeta was my favorite memory from this year,” expressed the future president of Delta Zeta. Not only does joining Fraternity and Sorority Life at Pitt bring students lasting memories, but also lasting connections.
 
Academic discussions held frequently invite outside experts to share their studies and experiences with students, staff, and faculty. Dr. Sandhya Rao, an astronomy professor at Pitt, very much enjoyed attending the panel discussion that celebrated fifty years of the Apollo 11 mission. “Two astronauts, Kathleen Sullivan and Jay Apt, historian Douglas Brinkley, and Smithsonian curator Jennifer Levasseur discussed their perspective on the impact the lunar landing had on humanity,” recalled Dr. Rao. You can expand upon what you learn or teach in the classroom by attending discussions like this.
 
The City of Pittsburgh always offered a variety of events that allowed you to get off campus and explore different cultural, food, artistic, and athletic sites. Running in the Great Pittsburgh 6K race was junior Alex Anthony Williams’ favorite memory from this school year. “This was a great way to see the city, meet people in the community, and enjoy a good run,” said Alex. Take advantage of city living by exploring Pittsburgh next year or this summer.
 
These are just a small fraction of favorite memories this school year brought to Pitt. What are some of your favorite memories? The Division of Student Affairs thanks all Panthers for another great year!
 
By: Jennifer Wallace