By MARTY LEVINE
Pitt Day in Harrisburg is back on March 29, with room for a limited number of attendees.
Pitt Day in Harrisburg has been the traditional day for staff, faculty, students and alumni to travel to the state capitol and advocate for Pitt to receive legislators’ support — both through the annual state appropriation, which gives funds that allow for lower in-state tuition, and in other ways.
This year’s event will be limited to 50 to 100 people, spread across three buses for a little social distancing, but will still include meetings with legislators who have a Pitt connection — perhaps a Pitt degree — or represent Pittsburgh or the regional campuses. Register here.
This is the first in-person Pitt Day in Harrisburg since 2019, said Paul Supowitz, vice chancellor for government relations.
“Pitt Day in Harrisburg is that one day when we get to fly the colors in the capitol building and let the legislators know that Pitt is a vital institution and what it does for impacting everyday lives in our communities,” Supowitz said — from small business help to opioid prevention and mental health programs throughout the commonwealth.
“It does feel like a really important year,” he said, “given the challenges we’ve had over the last couple of years. It’s vitally important that we deliver the message that Pitt is seeing record applications. The regional campuses have their own impact in their communities.
“We hope members of the Pitt community will pay close attention and support Pitt and their fellow students as much as they can” by joining this year’s trek up the turnpike.
Marty Levine is a staff writer for the University Times. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-758-4859.
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