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Showcase on Scholarship Recipients

Join us on social media as we spotlight some of our CGS scholarship recipients from now until the end of year.


For more information about our scholarships, visit our Web site: cgs.pitt.edu/Scholarships


National Nontraditional Student Week Recap

The week of November 2nd, universities and colleges around the country celebrated the 13th annual National Nontraditional Student Week.  Pitt’s theme for the week was “Pittsburgh and the World,” which drew attention to both the diversity of our great city and the possibilities for Pitt students to become even more engaged globally.


The November 4th schedule of events especially encapsulated this year’s theme.  At Noon on that Wednesday, Tiffany Martin of the Pitt Study Abroad Office shared her experiences and expertise to students excited at the possibility of studying abroad in places all around the world, including Senegal and Ecuador.  And in the evening, Melissa Ruggiero, a Pittsburgh native and current Allegheny County attorney, recounted the four years she spent providing legal support to judges in the War Crimes Chamber at the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo.  This wonderful talk was enhanced by the attendance of several Pitt law school students from the Balkans.  And to continue the tradition of past years, CGS Student Government capped the week with a fantastic Friday night celebration featuring music and food from all around the world, including the delicious Cuban dish, Ropa Viejo.


CGS would like to give special thanks to all of those who attended events and to Macy Lucas and the CGS Student Government Representatives for organizing the week.

OVS Hosts 5th Annual Roll Call Event

On Tuesday, November 10, the University of Pittsburgh and the Office of Veterans Services honored the Pennsylvania servicemen and women who have lost their lives since the September 11 attacks. The fallen were honored in a roll call followed by a national moment of silence observed by more than 26 schools in 19 states across the country.

Writing Workshop Series

Adam Robinson, Director of the McCarl Center for Nontraditional Student Success, will be holding writing workshops throughout the fall term. All CGS students are welcome to attend and encouraged to bring questions and examples.


Decoding Your Writing Assignment
Discuss ways to find direction, overcome writer's block, and ultimately get words down on the page.

Wednesday, November 11
5-6 p.m.
The McCarl Center


Get it Together: Strategies for Organizing Your Writing
Learn strategies for getting organized before and after you start writing.

Monday, November 16
5-6 p.m.
The McCarl Center

For all upcoming events, check out our Web site, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

important dates & deadlines

Fall Term 2015


Wednesday, November 25-Sunday, November, 29: Thanksgiving recess (no classes); University offices remain open Wednesday, November 25


Friday, December 11: Last day for undergraduate day classes and the last day for continuing students to register for spring 2016 term without penalty fee


Monday, December 14-Saturday, December 19: Finals week


Friday, December 18: CGS Graduation


Saturday, December 19: Last day of the fall 2015 term; official date for degrees awarded in the fall term


For more fall term dates, view the Office of the University Registrar's official calendar.

CGS December 2015 Graduation

All CGS students who graduated in August 2015 with a Bachelor's degree, and all CGS students who have applied to graduate in December 2015 with a Bachelor's degree are invited to the annual CGS Graduation Reception and Recognition Ceremony.


RSVPs are required and the RSVP deadline is Monday, November 30, 2015.


This year, the event will take place at the O'Hara Student Center in Oakland. All students who qualify should have received an email and a postal letter. Please contact Jillian Rodgers at jar124@pitt.edu with any questions.

News & Events

CGS Staff Interviewed by Pitt Chronicle

Ryan Ahl, Director of Pitt's Office of Veterans Services, and Jennifer Engel, Director of Pitt's Osher Lifelong Learning Institue, were both recently interviewed by the Pitt Chronicle.


Read about how Ryan's Army experience helped prepare him for a career in assisting fellow veterans transition to the Univeristy.


Learn more about the OLLI at Pitt program and Jennifer's big plans for the future.


Photos from the Pitt Chronicle.

University Honors College Lectures

The University of Pittsburgh Honors College in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University and GSPIA present:


"The Curious Disappearance of Civic Information in the Age of the Internet"


Dana Louise Priest
Reporter at the Washington Post and John S. and
James L. Knight Chair in Public Affairs Journalism at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism


Wednesday, November 11
7:30 p.m.
Alumni Hall, Connolly Ballroom



Climate Impacts and Regulation: the Future of Coal Power Plants and the U.S. Power Grid"


Dr. Paulina Jaramillo
Assistant Professor, Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University

Thursday, November 19
4:30 p.m.
Alumni Hall, Connolly Ballroom


CGS Student Government

CGS Inspiration Essay Contest Winner: Teresa Lane


"What is your inspiration?"


"My favorite educational quote is 'The purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.' I want to learn and understand all that I can, give something back to the world, help women and girls to attend college, and honor my ancestors, especially my grandmothers.” - Teresa Lane, Social Sciences major, certificates in Global Studies and Latin American Studies


Congratulations, Teresa!

Featured Opportunities

Media & Professional Communication Students: CIDDE is Hiring an Assistant Media Producer

Pitt’s Center for Instructional Development and Distance Education (CIDDE) is hiring an Assistant Media Producer, and they are looking for students with a background and/or passion in video production to apply. Students must have had relevant coursework, and past experience is preferred.


To view the job posting and apply, click here.


Applicants are highly encouraged to submit media/video samples to CIDDE Media Coordinator, John Guinane, at jog83@pitt.edu.

Happy Veterans Day

On behalf of the College of General Studies, Office of Veterans Services and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, we wish all of our service men and women a happy Veterans Day.

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