The Plan for Pitt: Strengthen Communities

Two goats on leashes stand at the top of a hill overlooking Pitt campus with the Cathedral of Learning in the background

Goats Vs. Slopes

A treacherous landscaping job on Pitt's upper campus proved to be no obstacle for a herd of goats. The team of caprine workers conquered a nearly vertical hillside, stripping it of weeds, brush and vines — all in the service of safely and sustainably beautifying campus before students returned for fall term.
Pitt alumnus Jeremy M. Raymer in a PIttsburgh Pirates shirt standing in front of a mural he painted of Pirates baseball player Roberto Clemente

Combining Art and Engineering Skills, Pitt Alumnus Creates Career as a Muralist

A mural of the late baseball legend Roberto Clemente greets drivers on Interstate 279 thanks to Jeremy M. Raymer, a Pitt engineering alumnus whose studio art courses at the University led to a new career as an artist. Clemente died in a 1972 plane crash while assisting with the delivery of emergency supplies following an earthquake in NIcaragua. He would have been 85 this Sunday, Aug. 18.
Dodd smiling in a white Giant Eagle branded apron

Dietitian Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Through partnerships with grocery stores and government entities, Judy Dodd, an assistant professor of nutrition and dietetics, has been educating students and consumers on healthier eating habits for decades. The Retail Dietitians Business Alliance recently honored her work.

STEM Camp Sparks Pittsburgh Kids’ Curiosity

Students from Pittsburgh’s Hill District put their coding skills to the test to recreate the 1978 game Space Invaders, using a computer program provided by Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering and the School of Computing and Information. The coding exercise was part of a three-day STEM mini-camp hosted by Pitt’s Hill District Community Engagement Center.

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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Pitt Dedicates the Philippine Nationality Room

The new Philippine Nationality Room, designed after consultation with scholars and architects from Manila, represents the influence of cultures that make up the nation, an archipelago of more than 7,000 islands. The Pittsburgh community celebrated the room's dedication with Philippine food, music, dance and culture on June 9.