Alumni

Pitt Commemorates Law School Alumnus Who Authored First Draft of the GI Bill

Harry Colmery (LAW 1916) wrote the first draft of the GI Bill by hand, using up seven pens’ worth of ink. To celebrate the bill’s 75th anniversary, the dean of Pitt Law and the new director of the Office of Veterans Services visited Colmery’s niece to talk about his legacy — and give the family a gift.
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CNN ‘Hero’ Raises the Bar on Social Entrepreneurship

In less than five years, Samir Lakhani (A&S ’15) has kept hundreds of tons of soap out of landfills and created jobs for disadvantaged women, all while saving lives. Now, this young social entrepreneur wants to do even more: Help 2.5 million people by the end of 2020.
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Pitt Alumnae Share the Gift of Life

Tracy Floyd (NURS ’91) and Carla Jackson (CGS ’91) weren’t close friends when they attended Pitt, but a life-changing illness brought them together in 2015. April is National Donate Life Month, and these two alumnae celebrate it in a special way.
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Nonprofit Founded by Pitt Alumna Helps Working Moms in Honduras

Many women working in Copán Ruinas can't afford childcare, forcing them to leave their children alone or in overcrowded, underfunded orphanages. The team at Casita Copán, a nonprofit founded by Emily Monroe, has created a better option.
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U.S. Ambassador to Moldova Credits Pitt Education for Broad Worldview

Dereck Hogan (A&S ’95) was recently appointed U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Moldova and he says a political philosophy class at Pitt sent him on his path. Interested in foreign service? Other Pitt alumni who have served offer advice.
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Researchers Use Data, Innovative County Partnerships to Tackle Opioid Overdoses

As the nation grapples with the deadly opioid crisis, Pitt’s Pennsylvania Opioid Overdose Reduction Technical Assistance Center, housed in the School of Pharmacy, is taking a fresh approach to saving lives.
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Alumnus Follows the Music

George "Geo" Bivins has worked with some of the biggest names in music, including Usher, Alicia Keys and the Notorious B.I.G. Now, he’s opening music industry doors for Pitt students.
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Archives Illuminate Life, Creative Process of Alumna, Author and Former Trustee

Best-selling author and Pitt alumna Bebe Moore Campbell (EDUC ’71) explored racial justice, childhood and friendships in her work. Recently, Pitt acquired her archives.
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Alumna Lands on New York Times Best Seller List With Help of Faculty Mentor

Rachael Lippincott (A&S ’17) wrote the young adult book “Five Feet Apart" with the support of Siobhan Vivian of Pitt's English department. A film version hits theaters in March.
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Alumna Wins Schwarzman Scholarship

Sangya Gyawali (A&S ’16), who studied anthropology and economics, is headed to Tsinghua University for a prestigious program that aims to help future leaders better understand China and its role in global affairs.