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May 28, 2015

Chancellor’s faculty & staff appreciation picnic

Thousands gather for the Staff and Faculty Appreciation Picnic held on Bigelow Boulevard, Wednesday, May, 20, 2015, 209654, Aimee Obidzinski

They were dancing in the street — and eating popcorn, snow cones, cotton candy and more at the May 20 chancellor’s faculty and staff appreciation picnic on Bigelow Boulevard between the Cathedral of Learning and the William Pitt Union.


Pitt employees enjoyed food, prizes, dancing and entertainment at the University’s inaugural year-end staff and faculty appreciation picnic.

Despite unseasonably cool temperatures, about 4,000 faculty, staff and administrators mixed and mingled over lunch at the May 20 event on Bigelow Boulevard.

Sharon Malazich of the Office of Special Events said that more than 100 volunteers from across the University had a hand in ensuring the day went smoothly, helping out with everything from setting up and tearing down to handing out cotton candy, popcorn and frozen treats.

Additional photos from the event (including video of men’s basketball coach Jamie Dixon’s line-dancing moves) are posted at #PittPicnic.

—Kimberly K. Barlow