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Pitt Students: Enter the Randall Family Big Idea Competition!

Pitt Students: Enter the Randall Family Big Idea Competition!

University of Pittsburgh students have a fantastic opportunity to engage in innovation and entrepreneurship — and win up to a $25,000 grand prize with a total of $100,000 in cash prizes being awarded! The Randall Family Big Idea Competition is an “experience-based learning opportunity” offered to all University of Pittsburgh undergraduate and graduate students across all schools and departments. It fosters interdisciplinary synergy as applicants must be comprised of teams of at least two members and these members must be from at least two different schools/departments.

Calling All Veterans in Southwestern PA: Seeking Your Voice to Improve Services

Calling All Veterans in Southwestern PA: Seeking Your Voice to Improve Services

A needs assessment report on local veterans commissioned by the Heinz Endowments, and conducted by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), found that southwestern Pennsylvania is home to approximately 235,000 veterans. About a fifth of these veterans are from post-9/11 conflicts with more than 5,000 moving to our state each year. Gulf War-era veterans (those whose service started in 1990) are expected to become the largest segment of the veteran population in our area.

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Elsie Hillman Through Service

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Elsie Hillman Through Service

The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University, in partnership with the United Way of Allegheny County, is celebrating the life and legacy of Elsie Hillman this spring. Upon her passing, Mayor Bill Peduto remarked about her, “Elsie was a pioneer who spent a lifetime changing things for the better. She was also gracious and down-to-earth, and did all she could to make Pittsburgh a better place for all. Thousands in our city and far beyond were touched forever by her goodness.”

Pittsburgh Schools Take the “Be There” Attendance Challenge

Pittsburgh Schools Take the “Be There” Attendance Challenge

Did you know that students who miss roughly two days a month of school starting in kindergarten average lower reading and math levels as late as the 5th grade? Moreover, according to United Way in an article in The Northside Chronicle, student attendance is significantly lower in the month of February. This is why the United Way of Southwestern PA has launched their “Be There” campaign initiative which is focused on increasing student attendance during the month of February–and, hopefully, beyond.

Learn About Employment and Training Opportunities at West Penn Hospital

Learn About Employment and Training Opportunities at West Penn Hospital

The Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center, in collaboration with the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, will be hosting an event this Friday for those interested in careers in healthcare, or just working in a hospital setting. The West Penn Hospital Careers and Employment event will feature top recruiting staff from the hospital who will give a presentation on all aspects of the hospital’s hiring process. Hospital staff will go over all their open positions — many of which could be ideal opportunities for part-time students. The CEO of West Penn Hospital will be on hand to welcome everyone to the event.

Snow Event Update: Pittsburgh Rises to Level 3 Storm, Refuse Collection Suspended…

Snow Event Update: Pittsburgh Rises to Level 3 Storm, Refuse Collection Suspended…

PITTSBURGH, PA (January 23, 2016) The Pittsburgh Department of Public Works has raised this weekend’s snow event to a Level 3 storm, meaning with more than 6 inches of snow crews are focusing on primary and secondary routes, and will clear all streets within 48 hours of the end of the snowfall.

Public Works Crews Prepare For Weekend Winter Weather Forecast

Public Works Crews Prepare For Weekend Winter Weather Forecast

PITTSBURGH, PA (January 22, 2016) – The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works has issued a Level 2 Snow Alert Alert effective 5:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, 2016.

“Writing Away the Stigma” Free Writing Workshop

“Writing Away the Stigma” Free Writing Workshop

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 5 adults in America experience a mental illness. That’s 43.8 million adults in a given year. Yet the stigma of mental illness somehow remains, leading many to live with their condition in shame and silence. The “Writing Away the Stigma” program was started in 2013 to address this problem by giving people who suffer with mental illness the opportunity to write about how mental illness has affected their lives.

Join the Union Project at their 14th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

Join the Union Project at their 14th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

As part of their mission to have a neighborhood space where people can come together to connect and create, the Union Project holds an annual celebration for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This will be the 14th year for this event which honors his legacy and helps to continue his work by bridging gaps between communities and promoting nonviolence. It will take place on Monday, January 18, 2016 from 3:00 to 7:00 pm, with doors opening at 2:30.

Your Input Wanted in the Search for Next Pittsburgh Superintendent of Schools

Your Input Wanted in the Search for Next Pittsburgh Superintendent of Schools

With the departure of current Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Linda Lane set for June, the search is on for the next superintendent. The board of Pittsburgh Public Schools is using the month of January to gather community input on what constituents want to see in the next Superintendent. They have a variety of ways that you can voice your opinions, including holding public forums. The forums are for everyone — community members, students, parents, teachers, administrators, elected officials, business partners, foundations, etc.