University of Pittsburgh
August 15, 1999


Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 16 -- The University of Pittsburgh incoming freshman class can donate blood, tour Pittsburgh, play kickball, and learn how to stay safe while discovering all that the University offers during four days of orientation beginning Thursday, Aug. 26 and ending Sunday, Aug. 29.

Chancellor Mark Nordenberg, Provost James Maher, and faculty and staff in academic regalia will officially welcome students during the Freshman Convocation Saturday, Aug. 28, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. This event is followed by the Chancellor's Picnic on the Cathedral of Learning lower lawn for students and their families.

Orientation will culminate Sunday, Aug. 29, with Lantern Night and the Night of the Panther. Freshman women will meet in the Cathedral of Learning Commons Room at 7:30 p.m., while freshman men gather in the William Pitt Union at 7:45 p.m. The women will process to Heinz Chapel for the Lantern Night ceremony at 8 p.m. and the men to the Commons Room for the Night of the Panther ceremony at 8:15 p.m. The ceremonies will be followed by a joint reception in the Commons Room.

Other orientation events include a multi-media dance party, a Pitt theater production, volleyball tournament, pep rally, live bands, informative presentations on safety and responsible partying, and a mock date rape trial. A complete schedule is attached.

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