University of Pittsburgh
October 4, 1998

PITT'S GRADUATE SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS TO CELEBRATE 40TH ANNIVERSARY, OCT. 9-11

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PITTSBURGH, Oct. 2 -- The Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) at the University of Pittsburgh, with nearly 6,000 alumni working in over 100 countries around the world, will celebrate its 40th anniversary, Oct. 9-11, 1998.

The weekend's events are expected to draw GSPIA graduates from around the country and the world, who will join with former deans, current students and past and present faculty for social and educational activities.

A central theme of the celebration will be a tribute to GSPIA's founding dean, Donald C. Stone, a man whose life was dedicated to public service. Stone's career included developing procedures for the Civil Works Administration and planning and implementing the Works Progress Administration. He helped to draft the United Nations Charter, and his efforts were instrumental in the success of the Marshall Plan in rebuilding Europe after the Second World War.

The weekend's schedule also includes Saturday morning roundtable discussions on critical national and international issues (see accompanying list); a luncheon featuring a talk by Alice Stone Ilchman, daughter of GSPIA's founding dean and former president of Sarah Lawrence College; an open forum with current GSPIA dean Carolyn Ban; a banquet at which Pitt Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg will be the featured speaker; and a Sunday morning networking brunch for GSPIA graduates and current students.

"We are delighted to be celebrating GSPIA's 40th anniversary and welcoming current and former faculty, alumni, students and friends," said Ban. "It's a wonderful opportunity for us to honor and acknowledge our past successes, while at the same time positioning GSPIA for the next century."

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