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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

Call To Action!

posted Feb 9, 2014, 5:48 PM by Jeremy Hurwitz

Govenor Corbett's budget which will affect PGSS 2015 has come out. We need you to contact your legislators ASAP! If you have not received a mailing, please e-mail janet.hurwitz@pgssalumni.org to get the details.

PGSS New England Reunion in Boston

posted Jan 26, 2014, 5:20 PM by Jeremy Hurwitz   [ updated Feb 9, 2014, 6:00 PM ]

Date: Monday, February 24, 2014
Time: 6:00pm - 8:30pm
     Burns & Levinson, LLP
     125 Summer Street, 8th Floor
     Boston, MA  02110

Cost: FREE!

Host: Zachary Gates (PGSS  1997)
Please join fellow PGSS Alumni for appetizers, drinks, and networking at the PGSS Alumni Spring Reunion in Boston!
Guest Speaker: David Reiley (PGSS 1986); President, Board of Directors
David will give a fundraising update and talk about the future of PGSS and the key role of alumni and friends in that future.
Video montage of PGSS programs from previous years
Please RSVP by February 17th by clicking here: Registration Form
If you have questions, please contact Zachary Gates at zgates@burnslev.com or (617) 345-3535

We look forward to seeing you in Boston!!!

The 2013 PGSS Journal

posted Jan 26, 2014, 5:19 PM by Jeremy Hurwitz

Volume 28 is now available at the Journal Archives.

2014 Applications Due Friday!

posted Jan 26, 2014, 5:18 PM by Jeremy Hurwitz

Just a reminder that PGSS 2014 applications must be postmarked by January 31.

1st Annual Fund Alumni Challenge

posted Nov 26, 2013, 6:28 PM by Janet Hurwitz

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. 

Click on the fundraiser link below and help support PGSS with your donation today!

2014 Application is Live!

posted Oct 22, 2013, 9:12 PM by Jeremy Hurwitz   [ updated Oct 22, 2013, 9:14 PM ]

The 2014 Application is now available at http://www-pgss.mcs.cmu.edu/.

Please also take a look at the promotional flier, for distributing to schools and prospective students.

PGSS 2013: In their own words

posted Oct 17, 2013, 9:59 PM by Jeremy Hurwitz   [ updated Oct 17, 2013, 10:00 PM ]

Check out what the PGSS 2013 students were up to this past summer and what they had to say about their experiences.

David Reiley Receives "Exemplary Service to PGSS" Award

posted Sep 21, 2013, 3:39 PM by Jeremy Hurwitz

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.

Success! -- PGSS 2013

posted Aug 8, 2013, 10:38 PM by Jeremy Hurwitz   [ updated Aug 8, 2013, 10:39 PM ]

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.

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