Thanks everyone who participated and made this fundraising drive such a success. We raised over $50K!!
** October 18th - November 15th **
Over the next 30 days, PGSS alumni from the 1980's, 1990's, 2000's, and the Class of 2013 are competing against each other to raise money to support our Annual Fund to keep PGSS alive for future deserving students.
Giving to the Annual Fund infuses PGSS Campaign, Inc. with the resources that empower us to support college-level instruction, room & board, classroom materials & equipment, and guest speakers.
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what the PGSS 2013 students were up to this past summer and what they had to say about their experiences.
David Reiley, president of the Board for the PGSS Campaign and the Alumni Association, received the award for Exemplary Service to PGSS
from the Director of PGSS, Dr. Barry Luokkala, at the closing ceremonies of PGSS 2013.
As you'll see by the picture, he was extremely moved by the surprise recognition. However, exemplary is an understatement for his efforts. The number of hours of work and devotion he has given to bringing back PGSS is matched only by the donations he has made to its return ($10,000 each year plus his matches from Google). We thank David for his leadership and continual belief in our ultimate success.
59 students were challenged for 5 weeks at Carnegie Mellon in ways they've never been before and formed friendships that will last a lifetime. Thank you to all who helped to make this possible. Work has already started for 2014 and beyond. We welcome volunteers and donations.
Exciting news....we are pleased to announce that the EQT Corporation
in Pittsburgh has awarded PGSS Campaign a $50,000 grant! This grant positions the EQT Corporation as the lead corporate sponsor of this year's program. Representatives from the corporation plan to attend opening/closing ceremonies as well as spend some time on campus watching the students in action.
On May 4th, 2013, about 15 alumni gathered for a Seattle PGSS reunion. Alumni joined from across the Puget Sound region and as far away as Boston and Philadelphia who were in town for conferences. The event was hosted by Garett Nell (PGSS '98) and Beverly Jogan (PGSS '97) in the open gathering space at Amazon's Van Vorst building in South Lake Union. Festivities including meeting new friends, catching up with others -- going as far back as PGSS '88! -- watching class movies, a video conference update from Maureen Ryan, and food and drink. We ended with some conversation on how to stay more involved in the future including committing to getting together more regularly from now on. If you're interested in hosting an alumni event in the Puget Sound area, please ping Maureen Ryan (email@example.com ) or Garett Nell ( firstname.lastname@example.org ).
Thank you to all who came!"
Maureen Ryan (Executive Director), Janet Hurwitz (Secretary) and Alfred Schnabel (Treasurer), met with Director of PGSS Professor Barry Luokkala and his new assistant Melissa Lessure. David Reiley (President), and Beverly Jogan and Corinne Powell (Board members) joined the meeting by conference call.
Sincere thanks go out to volunteers Martin Habich (PGSS 2003), Michelle Burroughs (PGSS 2006), Zach Pozun (PGSS 2002) and Karen Van Dusen (PGSS 1982--the first year) who spent considerable time at CMU helping Director Barry Luokkala with the categorizing and initial screening of the 515 applications that were received for PGSS 2013. Some even returned for the final screening. They were essential to the process, and Barry says he couldn't have done it without them. Our volunteers make a difference.
In late 2011, 593 of the 2378 PGSS alumni responded to a survey about their PGSS experience. The survey collected information on their level of education, occupation, whether they were in a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) field, and how much PGSS impacted their interest in science and desire to study/work in STEM fields. The results of that survey have been compiled and were presented at an Engineering Education conference in August 2012. The paper that accompanied that presentation is available here.
The authors of the paper, Ben Campbell and Robert Nickl, would like to thank everyone who participated in the survey, and especially Janet Hurwitz for her extensive help in locating missing alumni.