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Bay Area Alumni Successfully Escape the Room

posted Dec 13, 2017, 8:57 PM by Jeremy Hurwitz   [ updated Dec 13, 2017, 8:58 PM ]

This past Sunday, 16 area alumni met in San Jose to test their ingenuity against Omescape's puzzles. Working in two teams, each group needed to solve a sequence of puzzles before  the 60 minute timer expired. Facing rooms with success rates of 27% and 28%, both groups succeeded -- with matching times of 52 minutes.

Fun Fact: Deanna Rubin (PGSS '96; TA '97, '98) is the current record holder for "Dark Altar", with a ridiculous time of 33 minutes!

Successful Fundraiser

posted Nov 28, 2017, 4:02 PM by Janet Hurwitz   [ updated Nov 28, 2017, 4:03 PM ]

With special thanks to our wonderful volunteer class agents, we successfully raised over $125,000 (goal of $100,000) during our two-week fundraiser in November. This amount is strictly from alumni; parents and friends donations are counted separately. It is amazing that our alumni recognize the importance of PGSS for future students and give so generously with nothing personal to gain. Over 22% of our alumni have given.

PGSS Joint MIT-Harvard 2013-2016 Reunion 11-10-17

posted Nov 14, 2017, 12:29 PM by Janet Hurwitz

Govies from Harvard and MIT met for a reunion this past Friday, November 10. We caught up with each other over yummy Vietnamese food, traded stories about our PGSS professors (Professor Kosbie was a universal favorite!), about the TAs (apparently, only the 2016 TAs squirted students with water guns when they dozed off in class), and about pulling an all-nighter to paint the fence on the last day of the program. No matter what we’re studying now or how long ago we went to PGSS, we all agreed on one thing — the friends we made there were the best part! We’re all looking forward to many more reunions in the future, which will include other colleges in the Boston area as well.

PGSS NYC Reunion

posted Nov 9, 2017, 7:57 AM by Janet Hurwitz

This week's NYC PGSS reunion featured lots of puzzles (and some pizza), as we worked our way through an MIT Mystery Hunt. Thank you to David Reiley for arranging the puzzling! It was a lot of fun and a good fit for the group. We look forward to more gatherings in the nearer future. If you live in the NYC area, please complete the survey to see the best times and places for future gatherings.

PGSS Philadelphia Reunion

posted Oct 29, 2017, 5:14 PM by Janet Hurwitz

A group of alumni from 1988 to 2017 enjoyed lunch and discussion together at the PGSS Philly reunion. Thanks to Nupur Shridhar (PGSS 2006) for organizing the event and to Beverly Jogan and Keith Mathers (both PGSS 1997) for treating our recent govies.

PGSS/Johns Hopkins Undergrads meet (PGSS 2013-2016)

posted Oct 3, 2017, 7:31 AM by Janet Hurwitz

Julia Costacurta organized a meet-up for the PGSS govies who are now att
ending Johns Hopkins University.

PGSS Michigan Reunion--the first

posted Sep 24, 2017, 12:40 PM by Janet Hurwitz   [ updated Sep 24, 2017, 1:56 PM by Jeremy Hurwitz ]

Our thanks to Laura Anzaldi Mike (PGSS 2003) who hosted a small but enthusiastic group of PGSS alumni and spouses at her home in Michigan yesterday. It turned out that her husband and Beth (PGSS 2004) had gone to high school together and that she had been a TA for Gopal (PGSS 2007). They had a nice time catching up and visiting.

PGSS Washington DC Reunion

posted Sep 13, 2017, 9:35 AM by Janet Hurwitz   [ updated Sep 24, 2017, 1:56 PM by Jeremy Hurwitz ]

The DC area held a reunion over fondue last night (including a special guest from the Chicago area who was in DC for a conference!). We had representation from a wide range of classes and even a TA/Govie reunion! We all enjoyed catching up about PGSS-related memories including fence-painting, sleep deprivation, and illicit water-fights. Many of the attendees discussed how PGSS led them on their career or academic path, which covered a wide range - from designing the Mars rover to advocating for K-8 chemistry education to patent law. Submitted by host Simon Krauss (PGSS 2006) Thanks for volunteering, Simon!

PGSS 2017 Closing Ceremonies

posted Aug 6, 2017, 1:43 PM by Janet Hurwitz   [ updated Sep 25, 2017, 5:30 AM ]

Closing ceremonies were held August 4, 2017, where PGSS 2017 students received their completion certificates embossed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Speakers included Ellen Rossi, EQT; David Volkman, Department of Educati
on; David Reiley, PGSS Campaign and student speakers Nina Cao and Christian Spitler.

Visit from the Department of Education

posted Aug 6, 2017, 1:42 PM by Janet Hurwitz   [ updated Sep 24, 2017, 1:57 PM by Jeremy Hurwitz ]

Dr. David Volkman, Deputy Secretary of Education, visited PGSS for the PGSS 2017 morning symposium and closing ceremonies.

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