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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.

Seattle Reunion

posted May 20, 2014, 9:07 PM by Jeremy Hurwitz

Saturday, April 19th, a group of about ten PGSS alums from 1986 through 2008 met up at the Frye Museum in Seattle. Many hadn't met and got to know each other - even those who just met found they had friends or acquaintances in common. Discussion topics ranged from economics research, symmetry in mathematics, and social computing to painting the fence, mattress jousting, and how long it took to fall asleep on the car ride home with our parents from PGSS. We hope to organize another reunion soon and continue to build attendance. Thanks to Rehana Rodriguez for organizing and to Heather Garbes for the photo!

Letter from the PA Sec. of Ed.

posted Mar 21, 2014, 6:39 PM by Jeremy Hurwitz   [ updated Mar 21, 2014, 6:40 PM ]

[Click here for the official version.]

March 14, 2014

Dear PGSS Alumni and Parents:

It is with great pleasure that I write to express my sincere appreciation for all that you have done to restore
the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences (PGSS) program at Carnegie Mellon University.

Since 1982, students from across Pennsylvania have benefited from the opportunities that PGSS has
afforded them, such as studying advanced science topics with university faculty, working collaboratively
with their peers across the Commonwealth, conducting original research, and presenting their work in a
scientific symposium.

I am grateful to PGSS Campaign Inc. for its leadership in partnering with Governor Corbett and restoring
PGSS in 2013 by raising half of PGSS’ operating budget in order to continue its mission into the future.
I recognize that the PGSS program provides students with a life-changing educational enrichment
experience, creates new opportunities for their future, and promises to strengthen science education in
Pennsylvania through the leadership alumni exhibit when they return to their high school.

For these reasons, I encourage you to support the PGSS Campaign during upcoming fundraising efforts.
Your dedication to the PGSS program is a true testament to the personal impact the program has had on
your life.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education is proud to partner with PGSS Campaign Inc. to continue the
mission of PGSS and maintain the program for Pennsylvania students in 2014 and beyond.

I am grateful for your commitment to help us ensure that the opportunities you enjoyed will continue to
be offered to many more deserving, talented Pennsylvania students.


Carolyn C. Dumaresq, Ed.D.
Acting Secretary of Education

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