October 2013

Friday, October 4, 2013
iSchool First Friday Social Hour
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
3rd floor iSchool Collaboration Center (everyone)
This is an opportunity for all faculty, staff, and students in the iSchool to talk about ideas, get to know each other, etc. while enjoying light hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Thanks to the generous support of the iSchool Doctoral Guild and SISGO for making this event possible.  

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Get involved in Pitt Representation of Information Science Majors (PRISM)
4:30 p.m.  – 5:30 p.m.
3rd floor iSchool Collaboration Center (for BSIS students only)
PRISM represents IS undergraduates. It is an active organization that offers information pertaining to the major by sponsoring workshops, speakers, and presentations. Undergrads are given a chance to develop leadership abilities to show initiative to potential employers.  If you are interested in becoming an officer and/or planning events through PRISM, come to this meeting!

Friday, October 11, 2013
Best Job Search Practices for iSchool Undergrads and Master’s Students
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
3rd floor iSchool Collaboration Center (for BSIS, MLIS, MST, and MSIS students) 
Trisha Hyatt, Employment Development Specialist in the Office of Career Development and Placement Assistance at Pitt, will provide an overview of job search essentials of which undergraduate and Master’s students should be aware while looking for a job after graduation. 

Thursday, October 17, 2013
Building a CV and Academic Portfolio
11 a.m. - Noon
3rd floor iSchool Collaboration Center (for doctoral students)
Kelly Shaffer, Assistant Director, Marketing & Communications, in the School of Nursing at Pitt, will lead a workshop on crafting a curriculum vita and academic portfolio for the academic job search. Examples of CVs, academic portfolios, and Teaching/Research Statements will be reviewed. 

Friday, October 18, 2013
MLIS Career Issues Brown Bag Discussion
Noon - 1:30 p.m.
828 Information Sciences Building (for MLIS students)
Come join Sheila Corrall (LIS Program Chair), Debbie Day (LIS Programs Administrator), and Wes Lipschultz (Manager of Student Services) for an informal discussion of career issues and questions facing MLIS students.  This session will be held on a monthly basis to find out what questions/challenges MLIS students face and will be used to guide future outside of the classroom career development programs for MLIS students.    

Sunday, October 20, 2013
Fall Foliage Hiking Tour of Frick Park
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Frick Park, Blue Slide Playground Entrance (everyone)
Come with us on this 3 mile moderate walk that will highlight some of the most interesting and beautiful portions of a 400+ acre park nestled in the middle of the city (http://www.pittsburghparks.org/userdocs/frickmap.pdf).  We will meet at 1:30 p.m. at the Blue Slide Playground entrance (take the 61C or D, get off at the corner of Murray and Forward, walk to Beechwood and Nicholson). We will walk the Riverview Trail, the Riverview Extension, the Falls Ravine Trail, and the Tranquil Trail to exit at the Gatehouse at Reynolds Street.  From this exit you can walk to Penn Avenue and take the 71C back to campus. Along your walk to the bus stop consider taking a detour to the Frick Museum and Frick Car Museum, both of which are free.      

Thursday, October 24, 2013
Internships and Your Visa: Things All International Students (and those who advise them) Should Know
11:00 a.m. – noon
3rd floor iSchool Collaboration Center (for graduate & undergraduate international students, faculty, & staff)
A representative from the Office of International Services (OIS) will provide an overview designed for international students attending Pitt in F-1 or J-1 status of legal 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 at the University of Pittsburgh.

Friday, October 25, 2013
Employer Networking Lunch
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
3rd floor iSchool Collaboration Center (for BSIS students)
Several employers (such as Fedex, IBM, and Dell) are sending representatives to our School to meet our undergrads over lunch to network, answer questions about the skills and experience they are looking for, talk about the culture where they work, and to get a sense of you!  Please join us, but RSVP is required.

Friday, October 25, 2013
Thinking About Graduate School?
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
3rd floor iSchool Collaboration Center (for BSIS students)
An undergraduate degree in Information Science can lead directly into many career paths, but it also offers great preparation for graduate work. Faculty and staff from the iSchool will be present to talk with you about Master’s level opportunities within the School to help you contrast this with the decision to move directly into a career.