November 2012

Thursday, November 1, 2012 @ 4:30 pm
UPMC information session and mock interviews
Room 1A04 IS Building (undergraduates only)
UPMC is making a house-call to the IS Building!  Recruitment personnel from UPMC will host an information session about IS-related careers at UPMC.  They will then stage mock interviews for students who have requested this in advance of their visit. 

Friday, November 2, 2012 @ 11:00 am
Internships and your visa: things all international students (and their advisers)  should know
Room 501 IS Building (graduate and undergraduate international students, faculty, and staff)
Melissa Reinert from the Office of International Services (OIS) will conduct a session is designed for international students attending Pitt in F-1 or J-1 status who may be interested in an employment options. Attend the session to learn about immigration requirements so you can apply for work authorization to participate in an internship opportunity, either on- or off-campus. Lunch will be provided.

Saturday, November 3, 2012 @ 9:30 am

Developing a Portfolio
Room 403 IS Building (MLIS only)
Emily Fear and Anne Schwan, alumnae of the MLIS program, will share how they prepared themselves for the LIS profession and how they have documented and represented themselves professionally through portfolios and other means.  There will be an opportunity for you to talk about what you have developed so far, seek their input, and ask questions.   

Saturday, November 3, 2012 @ 11:15 am
Professional Development Lunch
Room 403 IS Building (MLIS only)                                                                                                             James McCarthy and Trisha Hyatt from the Career Development and Placement Assistance Office (CDPA) at Pitt will provide an overview of the services provided by CDPA, an introduction to Career Counseling, and an introduction to building your online professional presence.  Lunch will be provided. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
Field Experience Information Session
Room 404 IS Building (MLIS only)
JoAnn Kavalukas and Debbie Day, administrators for the iSchool’s MLIS program, will provide an overview of field experiences, examples of past successful field experiences, and an outline of the process for applying for field experiences. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 @ 5:30-7:30 pm

The Melting Pot-Luck
Room 501 IS Building (everyone)
The iSchool’s Commonwealth Scholars cordially invite you to a celebration of tradition and culture.  Bring your favorite dish representative of your culture or family traditions.  The event is free but your dish is your ticket!  We look forward to seeing you there. Please contact Kat Joshua at or Lauren Neal at with questions or concerns.

Friday, November 16, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
Rosta Farzan, iSchool Assistant Professor, will help you to learn more about social media – from concepts (such as Web 2.0), to technologies and how they are expressed in social media services, to examples of how social media has impacted society. Lunch will be provided.

Thursday, November 29, 2012 @ 5:00 pm

iSchool Game night,
8th floor, IS Building (everyone)
Enjoy free food and socialize with other students in the School.  We will have Wii and Xbox 360 Kinect games (Guitar Hero, Dance Dance Revolution, Yoostar, and more) as well as board games (Jenga, Monopoly, Poker, Rummikub, Set, Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Yoostar and more). 

Friday, November 30, 2012 @ 3:30 pm
Doctoral students present their research
Room 501 IS Building (everyone)
In preparation for conference sessions, admission to candidacy, dissertation defenses, etc., doctoral students need opportunities to present their research. All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend this session in order to give doctoral students just such an opportunity. A few doctoral students will volunteer to present at this session. Your attendance will allow you to explore the research being conducted in our School -- while helping these doctoral student volunteers to hone their presentation skills!

Friday, November 30, 2012 @ 5:00 pm
Faculty/Doctoral/Masters Student Social Hour
8th floor, IS Building
All faculty, staff, and graduate students are invited to enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and cocktails in the 8th floor lab.  This is a great opportunity to get to know each other – looking for a tennis partner? A faculty research mentor? A study partner?  Come and discover research and social connections. Thanks to the generous support of the iSchool Doctoral Guild and SISGO for making this event possible.