President's Message From Pitt Tab 2006
The preceding twelve-month period has been a year of milestones for Pitt-Bradford. We launched the first comprehensive marketing campaign in the history of the institution. We successfully completed a $13 million capital campaign, the highest campaign total ever achieved by a regional college in the University of Pittsburgh System. We introduced eight stand-alone education majors for prospective elementary and secondary teachers, while adding additional baccalaureate majors in accounting, health and physical education, and hospitality management. The creation of new majors during the last year was the largest number added to our inventory of academic programs since the 1980s. One important consequence of achieving these milestones is that Pitt-Bradford will welcome the largest freshman class in the history of the institution in fall 2006.
In addition to being a year of milestones, the preceding year has been one of self-discovery the Pitt-Bradford community. We looked internally to discover our best attributes and determined that the people who make up our campus community are our greatest assets—the dedicated faculty, committed staff, and enterprising students. That dedication and that commitment are embodied in a single word, “Beyond.” You will begin to see the word, “Beyond,” appearing in many of our publications and advertisements. The word reflects our collective intent to offer our constituents—prospective and current students, alumni, donors, community members—the opportunity to go beyond: beyond the classroom; beyond the degree; beyond the boundaries of our campus; and beyond their expectations.
This supplement will focus the spotlight on several new initiatives that strive to take our students “beyond” the normal college experience. A new hospitality management program will prepare students to work in deluxe hotels, restaurants, or other leisure industries throughout the world. A new crime scene house will serve as a forensics lab and enable our students to apply the knowledge they gain in our strong criminal justice program to solving real and simulated crime cases. A group of students work with a professor in an archaeological project to uncover artifacts from a former town. Another group of students work with a local refinery—the oldest in the continental United States—to help the company celebrate its 125th anniversary.
These extraordinary initiatives, and others like them that are too numerous to mention, reflect the attributes that distinguish Pitt-Bradford from other universities. We are academically driven, offering outstanding programs and services in a safe and friendly environment. We are individually focused, warmly accessible, and future-oriented. We offer a world-renowned degree that commands respect around the globe.
I do wish to acknowledge that we have advanced to this point in our development because of our friends, supporters, and alumni in this geographic region. On behalf of the entire Pitt-Bradford campus community, I extend a heartfelt thanks to each and every one who has helped us along the way. I especially thank everyone who contributed to our successful Complete the Campus campaign.