Spotlight on Pitt in the Sunshine State

Issue Date: 
March 17, 2014
Several recent receptions and events in the Sunshine State featured presentations by Chancellor Nordenberg about the latest progress at the University. These included a gathering held in Palm Beach and the annual University of Pittsburgh Winter Academy, held in Naples, which, together, attracted nearly 1,000 guests. Here’s a glimpse of the action.

More than 250 Pitt alumni and friends gathered in Palm Beach for a Feb. 19 reception presented by the Office of Alumni Relations for the Schools of the Health Sciences and the Pitt Alumni Association, and hosted by Pitt trustee Herbert S. Shear and his wife, Barbara. Both Pitt Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg and Arthur Levine, Pitt’s senior vice chancellor for the health sciences and the John and Gertrude Petersen Dean of Medicine, addressed the group.


From left, Dean Levine and his wife, Linda Melada, and Barbara and Herbert Shear.


From left, Patricia and Charles Bluestone with Chancellor Nordenberg.


Chancellor Nordenberg offers remarks at the host committee reception.

On Feb. 21, Pitt’s Alumni Association—along with the deans of the School of Education, Swanson School of Engineering, and the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business—hosted a breakfast reception for alumni and friends in Naples. Chancellor Nordenberg joined alumni and other guests for remarks from Katz Dean John T. Delaney, Swanson Dean Gerald D. Holder, and Education Dean Alan M. Lesgold. Jeff Gleim, associate vice chancellor of alumni relations, emceed the affair.

Later that morning, about 500 guests, including alumni from various schools across Pitt, University friends, former or current UPMC patients, and Florida residents interested in the health sciences, attended Pitt’s 9th Annual Winter Academy in Naples. Hosted since its inception by School of Medicine Dean Levine, this year’s Winter Academy was titled “Above the Neck.” In addition to remarks from Dean Levine and Chancellor Nordenberg, the event included presentations by speakers from the School of Medicine’s Departments of Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, and Neurology, who spoke about topics ranging from advances in vision and hearing technology to headache science and speech pathology.