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Congrats, PGSS 2015!

posted Mar 15, 2015, 4:30 PM by Jeremy Hurwitz   [ updated Mar 15, 2015, 5:45 PM ]

PGSS 2015 offer letters went out this week. Congrats to the 60 high school students who got life changing letters. Please donate to help send more students from the hundreds who were not so lucky. Dozens more students would have been accepted if the program was completely funded and running at full capacity.

PGSS Campaign Board Meeting with Team PA

posted Feb 2, 2015, 9:12 PM by Jeremy Hurwitz

The PGSS Campaign Board Officers, Executive Director and Director of PGSS met with Team PA for a discussion of the sustainability of PGSS into the future. We again thank Team PA for their support in making PGSS 2015 a reality.
From left: Alfred Schnabel (Treasurer, PGSS 1994), David Reiley (President, PGSS 1986), Janet Hurwitz (Secretary, PGSS 2003 parent), Myra Toomey (PGSS Campaign Executive Director), Ben Campbell (Vice President, PGSS 1997) and Barry Luokkala (Director, PGSS).

Chicago Reunion

posted Nov 15, 2014, 1:59 PM by Jeremy Hurwitz   [ updated Nov 15, 2014, 2:01 PM ]

"The PGSS Chicago reunion was super fun! We were a smaller crowd than anticipated, but the conversation was lively and stimulating. It was actually super refreshing to be around govie "geeks" again...I realized how much I have missed it! I think that Chicago reunions have a great future ahead of them." 
    -- Nancy Paul (PGSS 2007)

With only a week's advance notice, turn-out for the first-ever Chicago reunion was small but enthusiasm was plentiful. Thanks to Joanna Zarach (PGSS 1993) and Nancy Paul Hupin (PGSS 2007) for making arrangements and for our ever-positive and dedicated president of our board David Reiley for attending and catching alumni up on what PGSS Campaign is doing to sustain PGSS into the future. Next time, we promise more time to plan ahead. Let us know if you are have moved to the Chicago area since the last update.

Philly Reunion

posted Nov 15, 2014, 1:58 PM by Jeremy Hurwitz

Thank you so much to Beverly Jogan (PGSS 1997), Keith Mathers (PGSS 1997) for hosting the Philadelphia reunion in their home Sunday and to Betsy Krichten Lopez (PGSS 1997) for providing the food. See Beverly's post--govies from 1983 to 2006 gathered together for a great afternoon. Recognize anyone?

Thanks to the NYC Reunion Organizers!

posted Oct 28, 2014, 9:04 PM by Jeremy Hurwitz   [ updated Oct 30, 2014, 9:36 PM ]

Thanks to Melanie Rupert (PGSS 1993), Jen Slaw (PGSS 1995), Nick Vidnovic (PGSS 2002) and Haoqian Chen (PGSS 2003) for hosting the first-ever New York City PGSS reunion. Thanks to our board president David Reiley for arriving from California in time to meet with everyone.

New York Reunion -- Oct 23

posted Oct 11, 2014, 8:48 AM by Jeremy Hurwitz

PGSS New York Reunion -- the first!

Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

What: PGSS Alumni, TA's, Faculty and Guests

Location: Paul Hastings, LLP
75 East 55th Street, NYC

Hosts: Melanie Rupert (PGSS 1993), Jen Slaw (PGSS 1995), Nick Vidnovic (PGSS 2002) and Haoqian Chen (PGSS 2003)

Please join fellow PGSS Alumni for discussion, snacks and friendship at the first-ever PGSS New York Reunion. David Reiley (PGSS 1986 and president of PGSS Campaign Board) will be in NY and will give a brief talk about the future of PGSS at 6:30 p.m.

Please RSVP by October 18 by clicking here.

If you have questions, please contact Jen Slaw at or Nick Vidnovic at

See you on October 23!

Thanks, Nate!

posted Aug 30, 2014, 1:00 PM by Jeremy Hurwitz

Thank you to Nate Pallo (PGSS 2005) for hosting a Boston reunion BBQ for about 20 PGSS alums.

Welcome, 2014 Alumni!

posted Aug 24, 2014, 1:00 PM by Jeremy Hurwitz

PGSS Class of 2014

Thank You, TeamPA!

posted Jul 26, 2014, 2:08 PM by Jeremy Hurwitz

Fantastic news for PGSS 2015! Thank you TeamPA for recognizing the importance of PGSS and making it possible for us to run PGSS again next year. Thank you to the Department of Education and to the Governor for securing this funding. 

Congrats to the SACP Winners

posted May 20, 2014, 9:11 PM by Jeremy Hurwitz

Congratulations to Michael Bechich (North Allegheny) Ben Catalano (Greensburg Central Catholic), and Derek Wang (North Allegheny), all PGSS 2013 alums, who won first, second and third place in the SACP College Chemistry scholarships!

Scholarships are based on Annual ASC Secondary School Chemistry Contest scores, high school academic information, SAT scores and essays. Derek won a $20,000 scholarship, while Michael and Ben each won a $12,000 scholarship.

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