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70th Anniversary Alumni Reunion and Building Rededication Celebration

and BUILDING rededication 

MARCH 16–17, 2018

Celebrate the history and future of public health education, practice, and research at Pitt Public Health during a grand celebration marking 70 years since the founding of the school. 

At the same time we'll host our second-ever all-classes alumni reunion and a building rededication ceremony recognizing the completion of our six-year, $80 million “Building for a Healthier World” renovation and expansion project. With this investment in our facilities, the school is uniquely equipped to fulfill our three-component mission of research, education, and service to benefit human health.

Join fellow alumni—outstanding practitioners, researcher scientists, policy-makers, educators, and thought-leaders from around the world—in proudly celebrating 70 years of public health leadership!

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Activities will include a nationally prominent keynote speaker, plus...

  • Building rededication
  • Tours of the new and renovated facilities
  • Presentations by students, faculty, and alumni experts
  • Social opportunities to reconnect with all classes, friends, faculty, staff, and current students
  • Alumni awards and recognition dinner honoring alumni award recipients, 25th- and 50th-reunion celebrants, and alumni Delta Omega inductees

Minimize Friday, March 16 Schedule

7:30–10 a.m. Alumni-Student Networking Breakfast
Public Health Commons
Pre-registration required. For more information contact Joan Anson at

10:30–Noon Research and Practice Showcase
Public Health Auditorium (G23)
Faculty and students kickoff the anniversary celebration with an update on current efforts making headlines around the world.

1:30–3:30 p.m. 70th Anniversary Keynote and Rededication
Public Health Auditorium (G23) and Public Health Commons 

1:30–2:45 p.m. Keynote Lecture and Building Rededication 

2:45–3:30 p.m. Reception and touring

5:30–9 p.m.  Alumni Awards and Recognition Dinner
The University Club, 123 University Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Annual celebration of alumni achievement and recognition of alumni celebrating 25th and 50th reunions. Pre-registration required for $25 seated dinner.

Distinguished Alumni Award for Practice
Ruth Modzelewski (HUGEN ’96)

Distinguished Alumni Award for Research
Jill Norris (EPI ’88, ’90)

Distinguished Alumni Award for Teaching and Dissemination 
Frederick Murphy (BCHS ’77)

Margaret F. Gloninger Service Award
Bernadine Peter (EPI ’88)

Early Career Excellence Awards
Christina Farmartino (IDM ’13) Michael Talkowski (HUGEN ’08)

Delta Omega Inductees
Todd Bear (BCHS ’07, ’13), Jeanine Buchanich (EPI ’98, ’07), Didier Chalhoub (MMPH ’12, EPI ’15) Elizabeth Felter (BCHS ’09)

Minimize Saturday, March 17 Schedule

8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:30-10:30 a.m. Session 1: The Salk Legacy 
Public Health Auditorium (G23)

Hear personal accounts from Peter Salk, son of Jonas Salk, on polio vaccine development, other research, and the 21st century work to move his vision forward.

Session 2: Local Impact Panel
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

A faculty and alumni panel will highlight our impact on local communities, touching on areas of LGBT health, health disparities, and community health.

10:30–11 a.m. Break

11 a.m.–Noon Session 3: The Opioid Crisis
Public Health Auditorium (G23)

This session features experts from across the public health disciplines discussing the opioid epidemic research, modeling, challenges, and responses. Moderated by Dean Donald S. Burke.

Session 4: Global Impact Panel
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

Focusing on the broad spectrum of global health, faculty and alumni focus on areas including research, epidemic response, and community interventions.

Noon–2 p.m. Buffet Lunch
Public Health Commons

Discuss the topics of the morning, enjoy lunch, and participate in a service activity with a local Pitt Public Health partner.

Career Services “Office Hours”  Public Health Commons
Meet the staff of the school’s Career Services Office to learn about alumni services available and opportunities to mentor current students.

Public Health Building Tours
Tours begin in the Public Health Commons at 12:30, 1:00, and 1:30 p.m.
See the recently completed Public Health renovations and the Research Pavilion.

2–4 p.m. Open Houses and Workshops
Pitt Public Health, various locations

A variety of skill-building activities and open houses will be offered.

BaFa’ BaFa’: A Cross-Cultural Simulation
Pitt Public Health room TBD

Explore cultural differences, practice interacting within them, and discuss ways they affect yourself and others. Pre-registration is requested.

4 p.m.–Evening Class Reunions and Pittsburgh Activities
Enjoy your time back in Pittsburgh with family and friends! If you are interested in meeting up with classmates, contact Jennifer Sciullo at

Activities and locations are subject to change.

70th Anniversary mark

Preview Program

Check the mail or download an invitation and preview program (PDF). 

Celebrate 70 invitation and preview program

Preferred Hotels


3454 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

$139/night Queen or Single
$159/night Suite
Parking:  $20 per vehicle per night

Reserve Hilton online

Reserve by 2/16/2018 

100 Lytton Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

$149/night King or Two Queens Standard
Parking:  $18 per vehicle per night

Reserve Wyndham online

Reserve by 2/22/2018 
Mara Cerro 412-682-6251 
Chelsey Baumgardner
412-682-6200 ext 6131 
Ronda Cosby 412 682-6241  

Alumni Event Questions?

Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

— preamble to the constitution of the World Health Organization, 1948

What's your  definition of health?

Tell us what defines what you do every day! We’ll share your words and pictures on social media and during the 70th anniversary celebration and alumni reunion. Send your personal definition of health, or what public health means to you:
  • E-MAIL a picture with a one-line caption, or your short definition (ten words or less) to, or
  • TWEET and tag with #Celebrate70 and @PittPubHealth.
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