Things to Know

A twice monthly e-newsletter featuring updates and announcements for students and faculty from the Office of Student Affairs, the Graduate School of Public Health, and the University. To view in your web browser, visit

From the Dean

School and University Updates

Register to vote today!

Do you have questions about voting or how to register at your campus address? Turbovote help make sure you always know when elections are happening and have the information you need to vote with confidence. Sign up to receive election reminders, get registered to vote, and apply for your absentee ballot!    

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum Blood Drive

Vitalant will host blood drives at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall on September 22 and September 30 (9am-2pm). All CDC and state guidelines will be followed to ensure donor safety, and all blood donations are tested for COVID-19. Make an appointment online (choose Donor Login or New Donor and search on code N096). Email for more information.  

Share your perspective in the #RealCollege Survey

Colleges and universities want to learn about the best ways to help students succeed. You're the expert. Invest 20 minutes to speak out via this national survey and have a chance to win $100. Find out more.  

Big Idea Kickoff - September 15 or 29

The Big Idea Center for Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship is virtually open with a full calendar! Learn more about how to get involved in the various innovation and entrepreneurship activities here at Pitt by attending the virtual Big Idea Kickoff as they unveil a lineup of programs, introduce entrepreneurs in residence and staff members, and share how they can help you excel during your Pitt career and beyond! Register for Zoom info.  ... 

Pitt Global Health Case Competition

Gain professional experience as part of an interdisciplinary team by developing a strategy to address a hypothetical global health crisis through this case competition bringing together undergrad and graduate students from across campus. Register as an individual or as part of a team. Top team to receive bookstore credit and support to participate in the 2021 Emory University International Case Competition.   

Student Affairs is looking for peer recruiters

If you have a passion for public health and would like to help others discover Pitt Public Health, we have a great opportunity for you.   

Career Services

Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) public health info session and applicant handbook

Students interested in applying for the PMF Program are encouraged to attend a public health-focused information session on 9/15 from 2-3pm and check out the PMF Applicant Handbook, a brand new resource designed to provide an overview of the annual application process (under Resources on the PMF website). This highly selective leadership program recruits advanced degree candidates for two-year paid fellowships with the Federal government.  

Grants, Scholarships, and Conference Opportunities

Request for Proposals: Year of Engagement Funding Opportunity

October 1 is the first of three submission deadlines for $500-$8k matching grants from The Year of Engagement to support students, staff, and faculty in building partnerships towards new programs, events, productions, curricula, convenings, experiments, operational improvements, practices, research, or products to confront challenges and co-create solutions at the institutional, local, regional, statewide, national or international level.  ... 

Ben Barres Fellowship accepting applications

The National Organization for Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Professionals (NOGLSTP) is accepting applications for the Ben Barres Fellowship, a merit-based $2,000-$5,000 award for the professional development of trans, intersex and non-binary graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in STEM fields. Applications are due by September 30. Learn more and apply online   

Faculty Focus

Upcoming workshops with an anti-racism focus

The University of Pittsburgh's Center for Teaching and Learning has the three upcoming workshops centered around anti-racism. Find out more information and how to register for these important trainings.  

Nominations due for the Pitt Public Health Alumni Awards

Nominations are open for the 2020 Pitt Public Health Alumni Awards! This year, we are encouraging nominations of individuals who are engaged in COVID-related research and practice, and those engaged in social justice research and practice for all of the award categories. Mark your calendars for the November 18 Virtual Alumni Awards! Learn more and submit an online nomination by October 1 at   

Teaching Tips

Aptly-named Speedgrader function makes grading assignments in Canvas quick and easy

The Speedgrader function in Canvas simplifies grading online by providing a clean interface and requiring fewer clicks to provide feedback and assign grades. Find out how to find and use this time-saving gradebook feature.  

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Upcoming issues

Things to Know comes out every-other Tuesday, including these upcoming dates:

  • 8/25
  • 9/8
  • 9/22
  • 10/6
  • 10/20
  • 11/3
  • 11/17
  • 12/1
  • 12/15