Homecoming 2008

Issue Date: 
November 3, 2008


1. Pitt played Rutgers in the Oct. 25 Homecoming game and lost 54-34.


2. Pitt alumni gather in the Cathedral of Learning’s Commons Room for a first-ever Welcome Back reception on Oct. 24.


3. Pitt’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) celebrated its 50th anniversary during Homecoming. Pictured are GSPIA Dean John T.S. Keeler (middle), Donald Stone Jr., and Nancy Stone Dickinson. Stone and Dickinson are the children of GSPIA founding dean Donald Stone.


4. Pitt’s African American Alumni Council gave Sankofa Awards to five Pitt faculty and administrators during an annual awards ceremony on Oct. 26. Honored were (seated, from left) Toi Derricotte, professor of English; Betsy Porter, director of the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid; (standing, from left) Kathy W. Humphrey, vice provost and dean of students; Laurence A. Glasco, a professor of history; and (not pictured) Sandra Murray, professor of cell biology and physiology. Shirley A. Biggs, a professor emerita in the School of Education, accepted the award on Murray’s behalf.

2008 Awardees of Distinction


The Pitt Varsity Letter Club honored six former letter winners as 2008 Awardees of Distinction during the club’s 48th annual Award Dinner on Oct. 24 in Alumni Hall. The awards honor varsity letter winners who have distinguished themselves in their professions and communities. Pictured are (from left) Rande Stottlemyer (EDUC ’78), wrestling; Nick Generalovich, (PHARM, Class of ’68), basketball; Donald Nania (EDUC ‘78, EDUC ‘86G), baseball; Rebecaa Zuccarelli Verbus (SHRS ’74, GSPH ’80), gymnastics; Henry Ford (CBA ’55), football; and James Covert (A&S ’91), football.

Homecoming Royalty


Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg (far right) and F. James McCarl (CGS ’73), president of Pitt’s Alumni Association, congratulate Pitt’s 2008 Homecoming Queen Sandra Abla and King Akere Atte. The pair was crowned during the half time of Pitt’s Oct. 25 football game against Rutgers.