2011 PGSS Alumni Reunion

July 15-17, 2011 in Pittsburgh, PA
Focus years: 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, and 2006 -- but all are welcome!

You are cordially invited to attend the celebration of PGSS and the Alumni Association's efforts to restart the program.

We have planned activities throughout the weekend. Accommodations are reserved at the Holiday Inn – University Center in Oakland. We will meet for various activities at CMU. Many local attractions are available to entertain families, a sampling of which are listed below. (unfortunately, the Pirates will be in Houston).

Click here to register. The deadline for registration is June 30, 2011.

Lodging: We have a special group rate reserved  at the Holiday Inn. To reserve a room, contact the Holiday Inn University Center directly at www.holidayinn.com/pit-univctr and use the 3-letter group code GSR. The rates/availability and room type will populate. Parking is available at the hotel for $20 per day.

The Holiday Inn – University Center has a free shuttle service for destinations within three miles of the hotel. SuperShuttle (pitsales@supershuttle.net412-322-8507) provides transportation to/from the airport.

Friday, July 15   
 6:30 - 9:30pmRegistrationHoliday InnCheck-in at the registration table in the hotel lobby
 6:30 - 9:30pmDinnerHoliday InnDinner for at the Holiday Inn Bridges Restaurant
After Hours Bridges Bar, Holiday Inn Patio, various off-site options

Saturday, July 16
8:30 - 9:45amBreakfast / Welcome TalkPorter Hall A18-A"A Brief History of PGSS" by Ben Campbell (Class of 1997; TA 2000-3; Faculty 2005-8) and Barry Luokkala (PGSS Director)
9:45 - 11:45amFocus Groups Porter Hall A18-A,B,CFocus groups for alumni on restoring PGSS
12:00 - 1:00pmLunchFlagstaff HillPicnic at Flagstaff Hill (Rain Location: Porter Hall A18A)
5:30 - 6:30pmScience TalkGullifty's Restaurant"Wearable Computing" by Prof. Thad Starner (Class of 1986)
6:00 - 8:30pmDinnerGullifty's Restaurant1922 Murray Avenue, (Squirrel Hill) Pittsburgh, PA 15217
After Hours
 Bridges Bar, Holiday Inn Patio, various off-site options

Sunday, July 17
9:30 - 9:amBreakfastPorter Hall A18-AContinental breakfast buffet 
9:30 - 11:30amFocus GroupsPorter Hall A18-AFocus groups for alumni on restoring PGSS.

A PDF version of the schedule is available here.

Local Area Attractions:

Within walking distance
The Phipps Conservatory: http://phipps.conservatory.org
The Carnegie Museum of Natural History: http://www.carnegiemnh.org
The Nationality Rooms at the University of Pittsburgh: http://www.pitt.edu/~natrooms/pages/about_nr
The University of Pittsburgh bookstore on Fifth Avenue (free): http://www.pitt.edu/~bookctr
The Miller Gallery at CMU (free): http://millergallery.cfa.cmu.edu

By vehicle:
The National Aviary in Pittsburgh: http://www.aviary.org
The Carnegie Science Center: http://www.carnegiesciencecenter.org
The Warhol Museum: http://www.warhol.org
The August Wilson Center for African American Culture: http://www.augustwilsoncenter.org/about/faqs.php
The Heinz History Center: http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org
The Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium: http://www.pittsburghzoo.com
"Just Ducky" Amphibious tour of Pittsburgh: http://www.justduckytours.com

Shopping and eating:
Local shopping and restaurants can be found at http://www.onlyinoakland.org/shop.php and http://www.onlyinoakland.org/dine2.php.

Jeremy Hurwitz,
Jul 11, 2011, 10:46 PM