University of Pittsburgh
March 5, 2003

Pitt Is Hitting the Road With Knowledge Showcase Exhibits March 11 in NYC

Contact:  412-624-4147

March 6, 2003

PITTSBURGH—Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg and an illustrious crew of hosts will welcome alumni and friends with a "Passport to Pitt" to the University of Pittsburgh on the Road at 6 p.m. March 11 at JPMorgan Chase, 270 Park Ave., 49th floor, New York.

Sponsored by the Pitt Alumni Association, Pitt on the Road will feature a 7 p.m. presentation by the chancellor and Knowledge Showcase exhibits displaying the University's most innovative developments, including displays about Sports Medicine, Global Studies, the Writing Program, and the Pitt Alumni Association.

Alumni and friends of Pitt living in the area will be issued a special "Passport to Pitt" for the evening event.

A description of the Knowledge Showcase exhibits to be on display follows.

• Sports Medicine: The Neuromuscular Research Laboratory—part of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and the School of Medicine—conducts innovative research on sports and orthopaedic injury prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation through such programs as the Golf Injury Prevention Research Project and the Female Athlete ACL Injury Prevention Project.

• Global Studies: The Global Studies program, part of the University Center for International Studies (UCIS) and cosponsored by the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), promotes "global competence," defined as the ability to work effectively in different international settings under conditions of global change. In addition, Pitt's Robert Henderson Language Media Center provides an arena for Pitt friends and alumni from around the world to engage in live interactive video chats on international affairs.

• Writing Program: The Writing Program at Pitt is one of the largest, oldest, and most highly rated programs in the country. Work by Pitt's distinguished faculty and alumni is regularly featured on The New York Times "Bestseller" and "Notable Book" lists. Information about Pitt's Contemporary Writers Series and the Young Writers Institute, an initiative designed to share the joy of writing with the next generation, also will be presented.

• Pitt Alumni Association: The Pitt Alumni Association will provide information on opportunities for becoming active alumni. Along with detailing the benefits provided to dues-paying members of the association, the group will describe how to help recruit the best students to Pitt and to help students and other alumni in their career searches.

The New York host committee includes Tom Booth, John G. Conomikes, John P. Curran, Susan Schindel Ellsweig, Frances Hesselbein, Frederick Wells Hill, Lynn Fisher Hill, Ron Hornak, Anne Lougheed Jarema, Caitlin Rose McLaughlin, Michael D. Rees, Nancy Nan-Szu Sun, John D. Withrow, and Andrew Wuertele.

Additional Pitt on the Road trips are scheduled for Philadelphia, on April 9, and Washington, D.C., on April 10. For more information, call 1-800-258-PITT (7488), or send an e-mail to