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PGSS Houston Meet-up

posted Mar 10, 2020, 6:34 PM by Janet Hurwitz

Thanks toTanya Bryja (PGSS 1992) for arranging a PGSS meetup in Houston at the last minute for a small but enthusastic group when David Reiley was in town to give an update.

PGSS LA-SoCal Meet-up

posted Feb 24, 2020, 5:34 AM by Janet Hurwitz

We haa fun time at the Los Angeles Meet-Up.  Those in attendance included (in picture order from left to right): Zhan Shi (PGSS 2001), Ankur Mehta (PGSS 1998), David Reiley (PGSS 1986), Al Cangahuala (PGSS 1982), David Boncarosky (PGSS 1995), and Carola Donnerhak (David's Boncarosky's wife).

We discussed the PGSS status and plans in between games; the games in the picture were probably a third of the choices available at Game Haus. 

Thanks to Al Cangahuala (PSS 1982) for hosting, and David Reiley (PGSS 1986) for coming in from NorCal to give an update on PGSS.

PGSS reps meet with Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera

posted Jan 31, 2020, 8:06 AM by Janet Hurwitz   [ updated Feb 14, 2020, 7:49 AM ]

Michelle Szpara (PGSS 1986, TA 1992, 1993) and Janet Hurwitz (POG 2003, Board Secretary) met with Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera and Judd Pittman this week about continued in-kind support for PGSS as well as other possible streams of support. Secretary Rivera was very impressed with PGSS when he visited PGSS 2015 and continues to believe PGSS has a profound effect on STEM education in PA through the PGSS program as well as the continued dedication of our alumni.

PGSS 2018 Philly get-together

posted Nov 3, 2019, 4:47 PM by Janet Hurwitz

On Friday November 1, some members of the PGSS Class of 2018 currently at Penn, Princeton, and Drexel met up at Penn's campus to catch up with each other and discuss their recent college transitions. 

Nine PGSS Alumnae Attend PA First Lady's Women in STEM event

posted Oct 19, 2019, 3:10 PM by Janet Hurwitz

On Thursday, October 17, 9 PGSS alumnae, representing three decades from the 80's to the 00's, attended the First Lady's Women in STEM event at the Governor's Mansion in Harrisburg. The PGSS Women in STEM who attended are doctors, professors and engineers. They had a chance to share why PGSS is so important to our Commonwealth. Michelle Szpara (PGSS 1986) brought her shirt (see picture)! Other attendees from left to right are: Marie McGrath (PGSS 1992), Kathleen Ryan (PGSS 1998), Rena Cunard DeArment (PGSS 1987), Michelle Szpara (PGSS 1986), Amanda Johnsen (PGSS1995), Denise Kerchner (PGSS 2001), Kristen Di Norscia Jellison (PGSS 1992), Megan Goschler) Aaron (PGSS 1996), and Ami Parikh Jhaveri (PGSS 1999). 

PGSS Shares Program with IU 12 Gifted Educators

posted Sep 26, 2019, 7:03 PM by Janet Hurwitz   [ updated Sep 26, 2019, 7:04 PM ]

When PGSS teachers of the gifted gathered together at IU 12 (both in person and by teleconferencing), Beverly Jogan (PGSS 1997, TA 2002-3) and Hoa Dao (PGSS 2005 parent) were on hand to share excitement about PGSS and encourage them to have their students apply. Outreach to the IU's is important to us. Thanks to Beverly and Hoa for taking time out of your days to volunteer with PGSS Campaign! If you'd like to volunteer for speaking engagements, please let us know.

PGSS Boston Meetup

posted Sep 26, 2019, 6:53 PM by Janet Hurwitz   [ updated Sep 26, 2019, 6:56 PM ]

Although turn-out was lighter than the RSVP's, there was good discussion at the PGSS Boston Meetup. We appreciate David Halstead's
hospitality at his law firm.

PGSS Bay Area Meetup 8-19

posted Aug 28, 2019, 7:00 AM by Janet Hurwitz

San Francisco Bay Area Govies met up on Sunday, August 25th for a snack-based potluck in Mountain View, a Silicon Valley town between San Francisco and San Jose. We had representation by alumni from 1984 all the way through 2015. Our most recent addition to the alumni family just finished his undergrad degree and began working a couple of months ago at an up-and-coming Mountain View startup called Google. Thanks to Rob Liebscher (PGSS 1994) for hosting.

A Very Successful PGSS 2019 Ended on August 3

posted Aug 6, 2019, 1:33 PM by Janet Hurwitz   [ updated Aug 6, 2019, 1:34 PM ]

There were 56 new PGSS alumni who might have preferred to stay at PGSS for a little longer. Many have already said it was a life-changing experience as so many other PGSS alumni have said before. Closing ceremonies were moving and informative.

Professor Al Caretto (First PGSS Program Director)

posted Jul 1, 2019, 5:08 PM by Janet Hurwitz   [ updated Jul 1, 2019, 5:12 PM ]

We are sorry to report that Professor Caretto passed away. We are all indebted to him for making PGSS a reality so many years ago. https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/postgazette/obituary.aspx?n=albert-a-caretto&pid=193280032&utm_source=MarketingCloud&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ObitShare&utm_content=ViewObituary
This picture is of Al with David Reiley at our PGSS reunion in our come-back year 2013.

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