September 2013

Thursday, September 5, 2013
Data Analytics Day (everyone)
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
The iSchool Student Collaboration Center (3rd floor) 
During a lively panel discussion, representatives from Oracle, MSA, U.S. Steel, FedEx, and IBM will share their perspectives on Data Analytics and the importance of this field in their work.  Plus, students will have the chance to meet individually with each company. This a great chance to make sense of information as a broad challenge that is applicable to all disciplines represented within the iSchool.  Students from all programs are encouraged to attend! Submit RSVP and questions to

Thursday, September 12
Alumni Networking Panel (everyone)
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
The iSchool Student Collaboration Center (3rd floor)
Graduates of the iSchool’s degree programs share their advice and experiences with professional networking and other career related challenges.  Food will be provided.

Friday, September 13, 2013
School-wide Social Hour (everyone)
4 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
IS Building Patio
This is an opportunity for all faculty, staff, and students to talk about ideas, get to know each other, etc. while enjoying light hors d’oeuvres and beverages.  

Friday, September 13, 2013
Student Organizations initial meeting (everyone)
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The iSchool Student Collaboration Center (3rd floor) 
The iSchool has more than nine active student organizations who work throughout the year to benefit our students.  These groups have organized ski trips, bowling nights, a tour of the Allegheny Observatory, lecture events, and much more.  Come learn about the groups, their missions, and get involved! 

Sunday, September 15, 2013
Summer Hiking Tour of Frick Park (everyone)
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Blue Slide entrance to Frick Park
End your weekend with some enjoyable exercise: come with us on this 3-mile vigorous walk that will highlight some of the most interesting and beautiful portions of a 400+ acre park nestled in the middle of the city (  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 Avenues, 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.      

Monday, September 16, 2013
Meet Microsoft Engineers
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Meet the Company Presentation: Hear what Microsoft is up to this year and what a day in the life is like straight from full time engineers! They'll be sharing their experiences, the technologies they work on every day, as well as tips on how to land yourself a job here. You are invited to the 3rd floor Collaboration Space in the IS Building on Monday night to speak with Microsoft employees and hear first-hand about the innovative technologies they work on every day. Don't forget your resume!  Free food and prizes!

Thursday, September 19, 2013
Employer Information Session: Plus Consulting (everyone)
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
The iSchool Student Collaboration Center (3rd floor). 
Plus Consulting is a Pittsburgh-based, national IT consulting firm that specializes in the implementation of strategic Customer Relationship Management (CRM), SharePoint (Portals and Collaboration), Business Intelligence (BI), Infrastructure, and Security solutions. Consistently ranked as one of the top firms to work for both in the Pittsburgh area and by national publications, internships at Plus are dynamic and give you the opportunity to work with a wide range of solutions. The company wants to help students do more than develop software skills – they want to enhance your professional skill set. Some Plus clients include Giant Eagle, Alcoa, Michael Baker Corp, Thermo Fisher and many other international companies and non-profit organizations. Plus representatives will explain the practice areas in detail and highlight what it means to be a consultant.

Friday, September 27, 2013
Tours of the Carnegie Museum of Art and Carnegie Museum of Natural History (everyone, RSVP required)
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Museum entrance where South Bellefield Avenue meets Forbes Avenue
Take a combined 90-minute guided tour, courtesy of the iSchool and its student organizations, of two of Pittsburgh’s best museums.  The Carnegie Museum of Art is arguably the first museum of contemporary art in the United States, collecting the “Old Masters of tomorrow” since the inception of the Carnegie International in 1896. Today, the museum is one of the most dynamic major art institutions in America.  Carnegie Museum of Natural History is among the top natural history museums in the country. It maintains, preserves, and interprets an extraordinary collection of 22 million objects and scientific specimens used to broaden understanding of evolution, conservation, and biodiversity. Information on how to RSVP will be sent to students via e-mail during the week of September 9th.