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Walker’s Short Film is Long on Inspiration  >

Photo of Jamie  Walker In 60 seconds, you can scramble an egg, check your e-mail, or sew a button on your cuff. You can also change the world. That is what Jamie Walker (A&S ’06) is hoping to do with his one-minute film, “Live a Revolution,” which was one of nine winners in the 2007 Film Your Issue (FYI) competition.

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Tanya Keenan: Exploring the World of Possibilities >

Photo of Tanya Keenan “I don’t go into new situations with a lot of preconceived ideas or expectations,” admits Tanya Keenan. “That way I can stay open to all of the possibilities.”

Keenan’s ability to see life’s gray areas and her refusal to be pigeon-holed by an “either/or” perspective have prompted this gifted scholar to pursue many diverse and extraordinary opportunities, from working side by side with some of the University of Pittsburgh’s most exciting researchers to learn more about brain function, to traveling around the world to study in Tibet through the Pitt in China program. Even her double major in political science and neuroscience builds a bridge between two totally different disciplines.

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Lise Vesterlund: Redefining a “Woman’s Place” >

Photo of Lise Vesterlund

Women are missing from boardrooms and executive positions worldwide. School of Arts and Sciences Mellon Associate Professor of Economics Lise Vesterlund is working to discover why—and what we might be able to do about it.

Wide Angle

Growing Number of Undergraduates Opt for Multiple Majors

Over the past decade, the number of School of Arts and Sciences undergraduate students who have opted to double, triple, and even quadruple major, has increased notably. At least in part, this is attributable to the University’s ability to attract increasing numbers of outstanding high school students. Since 1998, average SAT scores for incoming Arts and Sciences freshman have increased from a combined total of 1126 to a combined total of 1237.

Chart showing degrees granted at the School of Arts & Sciences

For more information about undergraduate study in Arts and Sciences, visit the School of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Web site.


$3 Million Gift Establishes Deanship in Arts and Sciences

This fall, the University of Pittsburgh announced receipt of a $3 million gift from Bettye and Ralph Bailey to establish the Bettye J. and Ralph E. Bailey Deanship in the School of Arts and Sciences.

This gift has established an endowment that will be used by the dean as a discretionary fund to support the development and enhancement of programs throughout the School of Arts and Sciences and the College of General Studies. N. John Cooper, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences since 1998, and dean of the College of General Studies since 2006, will be the inaugural holder of the Bailey Deanship.

For more information on making a gift to the University of Pittsburgh, visit the Pitt Giving Web site.

African American Alumni Council Honors Three Arts and Sciences Graduates

The University of Pittsburgh African American Alumni Council (AAAC) honored five distinguished graduates during the University's Homecoming 2007 celebration, three of whom received graduate or undergraduate degrees from the School of Arts and Sciences.

Composer, author, singer, and actress Ysaye M. Barnwell (A&S '75); developer and entrepreneur Margaret D. Garner (A&S '86); and international government affairs manager for Chevron, Ludwick Hayden Jr. (A&S '66, EDUC '68G), were recognized during the AAAC’s Sankofa Weekend.

The AAAC's mission is to support African American alumni, students, faculty, staff, and administrators and to strengthen their connection to the University through its many programs and activities. For more information, visit the Pitt Alumni Association Web site, or call 412-624-8229 or 1-800-258-7488. Learn more about all of this year’s AAAC honorees.

Theatre Arts Celebrates 25 Years with a Weekend of Events

During the weekend of February 29, 2008, the Department of Theatre Arts will mark their 25th anniversary with a series of fun and informative activities capped off by the Pittsburgh premiere of Arthur Millerís The American Clock.

Theatre arts alumni are invited to attend what is sure to be an ovation-worthy celebration that will include tours of the theater facilities in the Stephen Foster Memorial and the Cathedral of Learning; a multimedia presentation by Lynne Conner of her groundbreaking book Pittsburgh in Stages; a reception held at the Courtyard Marriott in Shadyside; and, Pitt Repertory Theatreís production of Millerís The American Clock, a vaudevillian tour of the heartbreak and solidarity created by the Great Depression.

For more information about the Department of Theatre Arts, including all current productions, visit the departmentís Web site, or call 412-624-PLAY (7529). For more information on the alumni reunion, contact Sloan MacRae, marketing coordinator, at 412-624-0933 or

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