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Wednesday, September 30, 2009


student dishing up Sno-Kones during last year’s Vendor Fair as part of Alumni and Family Weekend at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.


BRADFORD, Pa. – A panther block party and vendor fair will be the centerpiece of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Alumni and Family Weekend activities, which begin Friday, Oct. 2.

The weekend includes many events that are open to the public, including a career networking luncheon, “S’more Fun” bonfire and tailgate party for the Pitt-Louisville football game, and a block party and vendor fair.

The weekend gets under way with a career networking luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday in the Mukaiyama University Room in the Frame-Westerberg Commons, where a panel of professionals who are Pitt-Bradford alumni will share insights and advice on successful careers.

Panel members are Katie Maley ’06, an environmental specialist for Williams Environmental; Tamra Minnier ’81, vice president and chief quality officer for UPMC; and Christophas Walker, Ph.D., ’90, director of The Frederick Douglass Institute and Center for Exploratory Studies at Slippery Rock University. The panel will be moderated by Danielle Munksgard ’08, assistant manager at Northwest Savings Bank.

Reservations are requested. There is a cost for non-college students.

Family members can plan on spending a fun evening with their students Friday at an outdoor showing of the Pitt-Louisville football game, complete with a halftime bonfire and s’mores. The event begins at 8 p.m. in Commons area. In the case of inclement weather, the game will be shown inside the Commons.

Alumni can catch up and watch the Pitt game at the newly restored Option House downtown.

Co-sponsored by the Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association and the Option House, the evening will feature drink specials and prizes.

On Saturday, events begin with the PBAA Awards Brunch and Athletic Hall of Fame induction at 10:30 a.m. in the University Room. This year the PBAA will honor Dr. Helene Lawson with its Teaching Excellence Award and Ward Garner ’89 with its Distinguished Volunteer Award.

In addition, Shaun Redman ’99 will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame for basketball. Calista Walker ’05 will be inducted for softball. The public is welcome to attend. To make a reservation, contact the alumni relations office.

The Friends of the Hanley Library annual used book sale begins at 11 a.m. and will run until 3 p.m. in the lobby of Hanley Library.

A block party and vendor fair will run from noon to 4 p.m. in the Campus Drive loop in front of the Campus Police station featuring dozens of local and student vendors. In the case of rain, the fair will be held in the McDowell Fieldhouse in the Sport and Fitness Center.

“The student groups are doing a carnival theme with a psychic and handwriting analyst,” said Stacey Ackley, special events coordinator.

Student groups will also offer family-friendly activities such as face-painting and temporary tattoos, bake sale, football throw, children’s games and tie-dyeing. Science In Motion will be on hand with science labs, the YMCA with its inflatable slider and Droopy Basset Rescue with popular basset hounds. Community vendors will offer food, home décor, cosmetics, jewelry, wine sampling and more.

“It’s a lot of fun for the family to come, especially because it’s free,” Ackley said. “The fair is also a nice way for the community to interact with the campus.”

Also on Saturday afternoon will be a women’s soccer game against Pitt-Greensburg at 1 p.m. at the Kessel Athletic Complex, a family swim from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Duke Aquatic Center in the Sport and Fitness Center, an alumni baseball game at 2 p.m. at the athletic complex and men’s soccer game against Pitt-Greensburg at 3 p.m. at the complex.

Economics professors Drs. Shailendra Gajanan and Gautam Mukerjee will present a special-interest class on the economy from 1 to 2:15 p.m. in 162 Swarts Hall.

Lindsay Hilton Retchless, director of alumni relations, said, “They’re beloved professors and the opportunity to have them teamed up is a special occasion.”

From 2 to 3:45 p.m., Flickerwood Wine Cellars will hold a wine appreciation class in 111 Fisher Hall. There is a fee, and pre-registration is requested.

“We had this event last year for the first time, and it was very popular,” Retchless said.

Family, alumni and community members looking to enjoy a night out without the little ones can take advantage of Kids’ Night Out in the Sport and Fitness Center sponsored by the Education Club. Children can enjoy a fun night of swimming, pizza and games from 4 to 8 p.m. Cost is $10 per child. For more information or to make reservations, contact club president Jessica Visseau at or Dr. Wayne Brinda, assistant professor of education, at 362-7532.

To register for events, call the office of alumni relations at 814-362-5091 or send an e-mail to Lindsay Hilton Retchless, director of alumni relations, at

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