Staff Association

Fall 2016: Chili Cook-Off

October 20th saw the return of the Staff Association Chili Cook-Off, after being on hiatus since 2014.  The event was well-received, with over 25 staff members attending and nine entries! Many thanks to the competitors: Julie Godzik, Heather Kabala, Sheila Kudrick, Brian Root, Troy Ross, Bob Smith, Al Thiel, Faith George (Chartwells), and Chef John (Chartwells).  

The winner of the People's Choice Award was Chef John and his Buffalo Chicken Chili, and Al Thiel went home with the Chef's Choice Award for his Spicy Turkey and Sausage Chili. Congratulations to both of them!  And as always, we appreciated the support from Chartwells with the water, iced tea, and cookies. 

Pitt-Kennywood Day

Pitt's 25th annual picnic at Kennywood Park had a beautiful sunny day for their festivities. Included were a HUGE basket raffle, all you could eat lunch & drinks, BINGO games with prizes and, of course, all of the rides you could handle. A few of the Pitt-Greensburg staff were present including Bob Smith, Kathy Fennell, Courtney DeCarlucci & Brian Root. The Pitt-Greensburg Staff Association provided a nice Greensburg campus-themed basket that served as the nicest BINGO prize of the lot.

 Here are a few photos of the event:




Spring Hanging Flower Basket Sale

The Staff Association is selling hanging flowers baskets again this year just in time for your Mother’s Day gifts.

The flower baskets come from Johnston the Florist, and the price is $14.00 per basket. They are in 10” pots, and are available in several different varieties.

Please use this order form  to place your order. Orders will be accepted until Wednesday, April 27, at 1 pm. Return your order form and payment to Linda Soltis in the Maintenance Building.

Baskets will be available for pickup on Wednesday, May 4, at 11 am at the Maintenance Building. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Staff Association.

Thank you for your support.

Study Abroad Brown Bag - 3/16/16

Brown bagEver wonder what goes into a study abroad “adventure?”  Join Brad Miner, our Study Abroad Coordinator, for an exciting and informative Brown Bag on Wednesday, March 16 from 12pm-1pm in the Hempfield Room.  Brad, who will just be returning from a spring break trip to Spain with a number of Pitt Greensburg students, will discuss the many opportunities that are available to our students and some of the experiences the students have had.  If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Sherra Moors at by Monday, March 14. 


Next General Staff Association meeting-1/26/16

The weather outside may be frightful, but Staff Association is delightful! Join your colleagues at the next Staff Association meeting on Tuesday, January 26, at 1:30pm in the Hempfield Room.  Some of the items on the agenda are Brown Bag events, Mother’s Day flower sales, Sarver Farm’s CSA, elections, summer picnics, and a chili cook-off!  We hope to see you there! 

And bring your cellphones if you are interested in a rousing game of Pitt Greensburg Kahoot!

Status of the Endowed Student Resource Fund

Linda Soltis, treasurer of the Staff Association, has reported that the Endowed Student Resource Fund has a balance of $13,587 as of January 2016. The fund currently earns almost $49/month in interest. Awards to students from the interest are planned on a term by term basis. Thanks to everyone for help in contributing to this worthy cause.

New Staff Members Introduced At The 2015 Annual Staff Recognition Ceremony

Front Row:  Tom Crowley, Officer Sarah Adams (packing heat), Joani Pletcher, Amanda Zacur, Kelly Bradish, Renee Kiner
Second Row:  Scott Coulson, Joe Bleehash, Daniel Lynch (Promotion), Danielle Noble, Ariel Grant

Staff Association Makes Donation to the United Way

Through the efforts of Linda Soltis in taking the lead for the holiday flower sale, we raised $38.50. We also raised $50 from the pumpkin bake-off back in November. A total of $88.50 was donated to the United Way through these efforts.

Annual Staff Recognition Ceremony

Our annual Staff Recognition Luncheon was held on Monday, December 21, 2015 in the Chambers Hall dining room. The tables were covered in white linen and decorated with festive pine boughs and seasonal decorative tea lights. The menu was specially prepared for us by Chef McMahon and included a fancy chicken breast recipe (for which I cannot remember the name), red potatoes, pirogues and a vegetable medley. Each table had an ample supply of fancy cookies as well.
Dolly Biskup livened-up the festive atmosphere with some entertaining games to play. Most everyone won a prize and the "stealing" of each-others prizes was encouraged!
Dolly also orchestrated an ugly sweater contest for which we had seven entrants. Voting for contestants was in the form of change and the one with the most change in their bucket won. All of the money collected ($100) went towards a charity. Matt Zidek collected the most coins with his wild and crazy leisure suit with Linda Szypulski coming in second place. They both received a goody bag from Dolly for their efforts.

Happy Holidays!

Midnight Madness Sale At Campus Store Is Open To Staff

On December 11th, the Pitt-Greensbugr Campus Store will be holding a Midnight Madness Sale. From 8pm to midnight, the entire store (with a few exceptions) is on sale at a 25% discount. Take advantage of this opportunity to purchase all of the items you have been holding-off buying all year. Many items would make great Christmas gifts for anyone in your family. Also, the staff will be attired in their PJ's for a festive atmosphere. Here's a sneak-peek of what you can expect to see during the sale:

Staff Spare Change Donations At December Meeting Appreciated

Many of you attended the general Staff Association meeting last week and generously donated your spare change to the community service project coordinated by the School-Family-Community class.  A total of $21.73 was collected.  Several more donations were made following our meeting, bringing the total to $29.68.  This money was used to purchase coloring books, crayons, journals, markers, stickers, colored pencils, construction paper and art pads for the project. Thank you for your generous contributions!!


The Pitt-Greensburg Staff Association is sponsoring a holiday poinsettia and fresh greens sale in partnership with the campus United Way campaign.  We hope faculty, staff, and students will help us raise money for this worthy cause. 

The poinsettias come in various sizes ranging from 6” pots to 12” pots; fresh wreaths and garland are also available.  See the attached flyer/order form for prices.  Poinsettias make a great gift for family and friends.  Impress that special mom, dad, or grandparent with a beautiful poinsettia when you arrive home for the holiday break.

If you would like to place an order, please complete the attached order form and return to me with payment by Monday, December 7.  Pickup will be in the Bobcat area at Chambers Hall on Monday, December 14 (time to be determined).

The Staff Association would like to thank Linda Soltis for her iniative and efforts for heading-up this important fund raiser.

Next Staff Association Meeting Date Is Set

Since our friends in Dining are expecting a great turnout for the annual turkey (dinner) lunch on Thursday, November 19, the Staff Association meeting originally scheduled for that day has been moved to Thursday, December 3 at 1:30pm in the Hempfield room.  This change will open up the Hempfield Room on the 19th for lunch guests, and we would encourage staff to step away from the brown bags and Tupperware and enjoy the delicious food Chartwells will be serving.

Pumpkin Bake-Off and Lunch

On November 5th, the Staff Association hosted a pumpkin bake-off and a $5 soup & sandwich lunch in the spirit of the season. Chartwells provided fresh ham, turkey, prosciutto ham along with swiss, provolone and american cheeses and fresh buns for sandwiches. Condiments includes fresh-cut tomatoes, lettuce and of-course, pickles. The soup was of the hearty ham & potato variety. They also provided a selection of chips along with coffee, hot tea, iced tea and ice water to wash it all down with.

Michelle Shuey, Sherra Moors and Valerie Kubenko made mouth-watering pumpkin-based desserts to top it all off. The desserts were voted on by means of 50 cent tickets and the dessert with the highest count of votes was Valerie, with Michele and Sherra each just edged-out by a nose (that's pretty darn close in horse-racing terminology).

Proceeds from the event will be donated to a Westmoreland County organization (TBA) through the campus United Way program.

Exciting Things Are Happening With The Staff Association...

There are plenty of exciting things happening in the next few weeks and Staff Association wants to encourage all staff to participate as they are able. If you have any questions about the events listed below, do not hesitate to reach out to any of the Staff Association Officers. We hope to see you at one of these activities!

  • Brown Bag Session – HR presents “All About Benefits that AREN’T Medical”

Date: Thursday, October 29, 2015 Where: Chambers Hall, Hempfield Room Time: 12pm-1pm
                                                   *Bring your lunch; coffee and lemonade/water will be provided.

Curious about the non-medical benefits offered by the University?  This is your opportunity to learn more about the health and wellness options, tuition remission, Fitness for Life, Mental Health resources, Pitt Perks, and more that are available to staff.

  • Pumpkin Bake-Off and Lunch

Date: Thursday, November 5, 2015
Where: Chambers Hall, Hempfield Room
Time: Lunch and Judging will be from 12pm-1:30pm
Cost: Chartwells will be offering a soup and sandwich lunch for $5.00

The Staff Association is embracing the Pumpkin-spiciness of the season and is hosting a Pumpkin Bake-off.   Sweet, savory, it doesn’t matter!  As long as PUMPKIN is one of the ingredients!  So all you chefs and bakers, pull out your recipes and register to be part of the FIRST Annual Pitt-Greensburg Pumpkin Bake-Off!  Email Linda Soltis ( if you are ready to wow everyone with your skills.  Participants will be able to access the Hempfield room beginning at 8:30am on Nov. 5, with the lunch and judging (sampling of the yummies!) to begin at noon. Voting for your favorite pumpkin dish will be $.50 per vote or a baker’s dozen (13) votes for $5.00.  All proceeds from the voting will be donated to a Westmoreland County organization (TBA) through the campus United Way program.

  • Dodgeball Tournament - All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Association!

Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015
Where: Chambers Hall Gymnasium
 Time: 7pm – 9pm Cost: $20 donation per team or $2 per person (Up to 10 players per team)

Two of the Freshman Seminar classes are sponsoring the tournament and are encouraging any
members of the campus community (including Staff and Faculty) to form a team. 
If you are interested, contact Jessica Lohr at or (724) 562-8796.

Your Staff Association Officers for the 2015-2016 Academic Year

Matt Zidek-President (2014-2016)
Bob Smith-Vice President (2015-2017)
Sherra Moors-Secretary (2014-2016)
Linda Soltis-Treasurer (2015-2017)

The executive council will be meeting in the next few weeks to discuss our plans for the upcoming year, including Blue and Gold weekend involvement (fingers crossed for nice car cruise weather!), the chili cook-off, and ideas for other staff activities. Should you have any suggestions or recommendations, please do not hesitate to let any of the officers know.