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Students raising hands at the Cathedral Ball

Pittwire’s pictures of the year

Check out some of our favorite photos from the University of Pittsburgh in 2021.

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Our City/Our Campus
Students wearing Pitt attire and Santa hats with Pitt logo

Christmas Day at Pitt returns

After a year’s absence, the Pitt community will come together to bring back the holiday service tradition.

  • Community Impact
  • Our City/Our Campus
  • Athletics
Students with face masks carefully building gingerbread Cathedral of Learning

’Tis the season for a gingerbread Cathedral of Learning

Two Pitt teams took on this sky-high baking challenge. See the sculptures — and some familiar faces — on campus this week.

  • Our City/Our Campus
  • Students
  • Cathedral of Learning
Molly Trott holding Daniel George on Pitt volleyball court

A team effort gets a child a new kidney for Christmas

Molly Trott gave her Pitt Athletics coworker Mary Beth George and her family an exceptional early Christmas present.

  • Health and Wellness
  • Our City/Our Campus
  • Athletics
An arch of purple and green Holiday lights in the shape of flowers

9 things to do in Pittsburgh if you’re sticking around for the holidays

Bonus: They’re all accessible from campus by bus.

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Our City/Our Campus
a bronze statue of a panther with its left front paw raised and mouth wide

Big changes to the Pitt Seed Project

The makeover will focus on our people, programs and purpose — and will provide more support to bring projects to fruition. Applications are due in January.

  • University News
  • Our City/Our Campus
Luis Clemente holding Roberto & Vera Clemente Drive street sign

Clemente Drive renamed to honor baseball legend's late wife, too

The street near Posvar Hall now honors the historic contributions of both Roberto and Vera Clemente.

  • University News
  • Our City/Our Campus
Beth McGrew smiling and wearing white turtleneck and black jacket

Beth McGrew promoted to vice chancellor for planning, design and real estate

McGrew has forged new relationships with the City of Pittsburgh that will benefit the Pitt community for decades to come.

  • University News
  • Our City/Our Campus
Sage plants close up

Student-led Relearn Our Land initiative encourages advocacy and equity

A sustainability course inspired three students to create a garden and educational campaign that will honor Aborigine American, Indigenous and Native cultural groups.

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Our City/Our Campus
  • Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
Pitt bicyclists riding around Oakland

Pitt is BikePGH’s Organization of the Year

From bike caves to free rides, the Pittsburgh campus is building a bike-friendly culture, no matter the weather.

  • University News
  • Our City/Our Campus
Health professional showing ultrasound to pregnant woman

Pitt Black Faculty Development Initiative receives grant to tackle health disparities

The $250,000 from the Richard King Mellon Foundation will both support Black faculty at Pitt and address Black maternal and infant health in Western Pennsylvania and beyond.

  • Health and Wellness
  • Innovation and Research
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Our City/Our Campus
Two women with masks sitting at table at vaccine clinic

A vaccine clinic in Homewood helped more than 400 people get their flu and COVID-19 vaccines this week

Sponsored by a half dozen local organizations, including Pitt, the clinic boosted access to the life-saving shots.

  • Health and Wellness
  • Community Impact
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Our City/Our Campus
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Pharmacy
Students walking on campus next to fall trees.

What Pittsburgh students need to know before Thanksgiving break

Here’s how to get home, what to do if you’re staying on campus and important COVID-19 info.

  • Health and Wellness
  • University News
  • Our City/Our Campus
Man in mask filling up syringes in lab

Pitt to lead the region’s transformation into a life sciences powerhouse

The University of Pittsburgh, with a historic nine-figure grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation, looks to bring manufacturing back to the city — and catalyze game-changing economic growth.

  • University News
  • Innovation and Research
  • Our City/Our Campus
Cathedral of Learning viewed from between for two pillars

Take your first step toward a smoke-free life during the Nov. 18 Great American Smokeout

Participate in the American Cancer Society event and get support from Pitt at no cost.

  • Health and Wellness
  • Our City/Our Campus
  • Students
  • Faculty
  • Staff
a rendering of a sleek building with many windows and greenery surrounding it

Pitt’s new recreation and wellness center will champion students’ mental and physical wellness

"The newest, coolest and healthiest place on campus" is coming soon.

  • Health and Wellness
  • Our City/Our Campus
  • Students
Farm produce under purple light

Get fresh greens all year round at many Pitt dining locations

The University has partnered with local agricultural company Fifth Season to grow lettuce, spinach and other greens using 97% less land and 95% less water than traditional farming methods.

  • Health and Wellness
  • Technology & Science
  • Our City/Our Campus
Two police officers talking to students on campus

Pitt Police respond to campus safety concerns

Students are urged to continue staying alert and reporting suspicious activity to police.

  • University News
  • Our City/Our Campus
  • Pittsburgh Campus
American flag on Pitt campus

11 Pitt veterans who made a major impact

Learn about how these military greats, from the author of the GI Bill of Rights to a former Army Surgeon General, shaped the world — and how Pitt shaped them.

  • Community Impact
  • Our City/Our Campus
  • Alumni
  • Pitt-Johnstown
  • Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
  • School of Health and Rehabilitation Science
  • School of Law
  • School of Medicine
  • David C. Frederick Honors College

Present a talk, poster or workshop at the upcoming Community Engaged Scholarship Forum

Proposals are due Dec. 22. You can also nominate a person or group to win an award for their work in the community.

  • Community Impact
  • Our City/Our Campus
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Students