STUDENT ACTIVITIES

Pitt-Greensburg Annual Writers' Festival: (2009 Schedule: March 16-21) Annual event that brings locally and nationally acclaimed writers to campus for readings and workshops in creative nonfiction and other genres. Visiting writers and artists in past years have included Jonathan Ames (I Love You More Than You Know; Wake Up, Sir; I Pass Like Night, more), Lee Gutkind (founder and editor of Creative Nonfiction), Dinty Moore (The Accidental Buddhist), Chuck Kinder (The Honeymooners, Last Mountain Dancer, more), B.J. Ward (Gravediggers Birthday, Landing in New Jersey With Soft Hands, Love Poems With No Despair, more), the rock band Marah (If You Didn't Laugh You'd Cry, 20,000 Leagues Under the Streets, more), and others. Organized each year by Prof. Lori Jakiela.

International Honor Society: 
Sigma Tau Delta, Alpha Alpha Delta Chapter: Greensburg and Bradford are the only two campuses in the Pitt system with chapters in this prestigious honors society. Our chapter organizes readings, contests, and workshops throughout the school year. Inducted members can submit their work for possible publication in the International Sigma Tau Delta journals, The Triangle and The Rectangle, or apply to attend the International Conference, to be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota in March 2009. Faculty Advisor: Prof. Elisa Beshero-Bondar.

Student-Run Publications:

The Insider: Pitt-Greensburg's weekly newspaper, now available online. Faculty Advisor: Lori Jakiela 

Pendulum: The campus literary magazine, publishing student's poetry, short fiction, and creative non-fiction. Students involved with Pendulum organize readings and workshops throughout the school year. Faculty Advisor: Prof. Stephen Murabito

Prof. Murabito and five writing workshop tutors in 1992
Above: Prof. Stephen Murabito, English Writing Workshop founder (1990) and director (1990-1996) prepares to take five workshop tutors to the East Central Writing Centers’ Association annual conference at IUP in Spring 1992.  From left to right, John Lehner, Brynn Adams, Prof. Murabito, Thomas Rafalski, Peggy Pedersen, and Christopher Currie.