Issue Date: 
November 16, 2015

Honoring Creativity and Dedication

E. Maxine Bruhns celebrated her 50th anniversary as director of Pitt’s Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs during an Oct. 30 reception in the Cathedral of Learning’s Commons Room. Sponsored by the University Center for International Studies, more than 200 colleagues and supporters attended the event honoring the flamboyant and energetic Bruhns. The 30 Nationality and Heritage Rooms, representing the culture of ethnic groups that settled Allegheny County, are located in the Cathedral of Learning and are used as classrooms. Bruhns, who assumed her post in June 1965, has overseen the development of 11 rooms. Above, Bruhns accepts a bouquet alongside Alessia Raman, daughter of Veronica Dristas, assistant director of outreach for Pitt’s Global Studies Center.


Eating for a Cause

Pitt’s Computing Services and Systems Development (CSSD) held its annual United Way Pancake Breakfast on Nov. 6. The culinary tradition raised more than $500 for United Way programs. CSSD has an average participation rate of more than 90 percent in Pitt’s annual United Way campaign. This year’s effort, “We Are Stronger Together,” continues University-wide through Jan. 8.