Zersha Munir

Where can you find 25,915 job listings for the Pittsburgh region — all in one place? ImaginePittsburgh.com, that’s where! Each night our powerful job aggregator scrapes more than 900 corporate websites and job search engines for listings across the 10-county Pittsburgh region. So it’s no longer necessary to go to Monster, then Career Builder, then US Jobs and on and on. We bring it all to you in one convenient place.

Here are few of the jobs you’ll find on the site right now:

Unit Manager at BNY Mellon

Director of Workforce Management at Highmark

Instrumentation Technician at EQT

Global Logistics Manager at RTI International Metals

Veterinary Technician at the University of Pittsburgh

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Zersha Munir

Each year, Carnegie Science Center honors a select number of deserving organizations and individuals in our region – researchers, entrepreneurs, educators, and innovators. Their stories showcase our region’s excellence and inspire tomorrow’s science and technology leaders. Please consider nominating those around you to be recognized in categories such as Start-Up Entrepreneur, Corporate Innovation, Information Technology, Science Communicator, and Science Educator.

Nominate at www.carnegiesciencecenter.org/Awards before Oct. 31.

NEXTpittsburgh

Powered by Margaret Krauss for NEXTpittsburgh.

Steve Sokol and Melanie Harrington moved to Pittsburgh at about the same time; they both relocated for work: both taking the helm at nonprofits, the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh and Vibrant Pittsburgh, respectively; and they both lived downtown. They got to be friends. And as new friends often do, they talked about their situation—new city, new jobs, far-flung friends and families. So they hatched a social plan: a way to meet people without having to wear a nametag or utter those five dirty words.

You know the ones. “So…what do you do?”

The process of settling in to a new city can be confusing and lonely, but with a few friends, it’s less of a chore. Sokol and Harrington aimed to get brand new Pittsburghers and old hands together over food and drink to fast-track creating personal networks.

“It was a way of helping newcomers meet other people beyond people they were meeting through their jobs,” says Sokol.

Thus was born the Dine Around, of which the third installment returning Saturday, Oct. 25. Guests may sign up here.

The first dine around was held in Sokol’s apartment in the fall of 2010. The concept was a hit, but its existence was sustained, in part, by a surprising realization: many of those first Dine Around participants found Pittsburgh to be friendly, but not particularly welcoming.

Now, if you’ve been keeping track of the city’s seemingly inexhaustible list of accolades, it may be news to you that Pittsburgh isn’t welcoming: we’re livable, we’re beautiful, we’re happy. Don’t we throw our arms open to one and all?

Demeshia Seals, Executive Vice President, COO of the Massaro Construction Group and a former Dine Around attendee, says the disconnect between friendly and welcoming is due in part to the rooted nature of Pittsburghers.

“In other cities that I’ve lived, Baltimore or D.C., there are very large transient populations, no one’s really from there,” she says. “Here, everybody is from here. So it’s hard to appreciate that people who aren’t from here don’t have an extended network of people they can take for granted.”

Sokol agrees. Many Pittsburghers have a personal network built over a lifetime that makes them feel happy and fulfilled, so they don’t necessarily need to make new friends.

“It’s not a negative,” he says. “It’s just that that new person has a hard time eking out a little bit of space in a Pittsburgher’s life.”

To help newcomers find a foothold is important on an individual level, but is also crucial to the city’s well being. Pittsburgh’s demographics are shifting. While we used to be the second oldest places in the United States, in 10 to 15 years we’re on track to be one of the youngest. We’re going to need to build our workforce and Sokol says Dine Arounds could be one piece of attracting and retaining that talent.

“There are other great places to live or stay, so maybe we need to do something a little bit extra as a city to say ‘Come here and stay,’” he says. “Here is a community-led initiative that is trying to make Pittsburgh present itself in the best possible way, and it could really change the way you view the city that’s now home.”

So the concept of the Dine Around was expanded, with the help of others including the publisher of NEXTpittsburgh, Tracy Certo, who helped to organize the new iteration. This version would be based on the home dinners done during One Young World, when all the attendees to the international conference were welcomed into homes of Pittsburghers for dinner.

Last year’s two citywide Dine Around events (also known as welcome dinners in some circles) welcomed more than 200 people to 20 separate dinners. Hosts, who pay their own costs, can structure dinner in any way they like, keeping in mind that the idea is to foster good conversation and an atmosphere that sets people of all different backgrounds at ease.

If that sounds daunting, Vibrant Pittsburgh’s Welcome Center and Outreach Assistant says not to worry.

“It’s just people coming together and sharing food,” says Emily Ferri. “It’s a dinner party where you might not know anyone.” In a post-event survey, 100% of the hosts said they would do it again and 100% of the guests said they would attend another.

Brianna and Nathan Ivey took the plunge into a blind dinner party during the first citywide event in April 2013, a month after they’d moved to Pittsburgh from Orlando, Florida. Brianna says their Dine Around experience made them excited to be in the city.

“People can’t tell you enough good about Pittsburgh. It was so fun to feel immediately a part of it.”

Nathan agreed.

“You could see the pride the hosts took in their city and that kicked it off for us. We wanted to make sure we became invested, too.”

This year, all guests are invited to convene after dinner for a dessert reception sponsored by the Dignity and Respect Campaign of Greater Pittsburgh.

Guests can sign up here.

Lou Corsaro

Dr. George R. and Kathleen White portrait

The late George and Kathleen White’s long-time commitment to the growth of Point Park University has been a source of academic and physical campus improvement for more than 20 years.

That commitment to ensuring Point Park University’s growth and prosperity in the future is manifested in a $15 million bequest announced on Oct. 8, 2014, the single largest gift in the University’s 54-year history. The White bequest will be dispersed among several initiatives at the University including the Pittsburgh Playhouse construction fund and enhancements to the University’s School of Business, including continued funding of the George Rowland White Endowed Professor of Accounting and Finance.

“The White bequest is a transformational gift for our University and we are humbled by their legacy of generosity and support,” said Paul Hennigan, president of Point Park University. “The Whites’ passion for the arts and their understanding of the importance of a well-rounded liberal arts education set in a vibrant Downtown are embodied in this generous gift to our University.”

According to Hennigan, the Whites’ bequest will allow the University to expand programs and campus enhancements that are significant and meaningful, “not just to our students and academic community, but to the Pittsburgh region as well.”

For example, he pointed to the Urban Accounting Initiative, established in 2011 by the Whites to encourage minority youth to pursue studies and careers in accounting and financing. “The Whites had the vision to match the growing need for accountants and financial professionals with the importance of finding stable careers for a demographic that is historically challenged to do so,” he said.  Now in its 3rd year, the Urban Accounting Initiative, directed by Edward Scott, M.B.A., C.P.A., the George Rowland White Endowed Professor of Accounting and Finance, hosts an Accounting Career Awareness Program each summer, in conjunction with the National Association of Black Accountants, where minority high school students attend classes on careers in accounting and business, personal development and college preparation as well as meet and learn from mentors in the fields.

In an economic climate where many schools of Point Park’s size and endowment are often challenged to fund the expansion of academic programs, enhancements to the physical campus, and attract and retain a vibrant study body, the bequest comes at a pivotal moment for the University.  “The transformation our campus has experienced through the Academic Village initiative has been significant and the Whites’ generous gift allows us to further that process and plant the seeds for future efforts,” said Hennigan.

Before his death in 2012, George White served on Point Park University’s Board of Trustees since 1995 and was also, for a time, an adjunct professor.  George and his wife Kathleen, who passed away in 2013,  became Downtown residents when George was recruited to lead what is now the University of Pittsburgh Applied Research Facility in Harmar Township. According to Hennigan, the Whites’ support of a healthy Downtown, its rich cultural offerings, business and corporate interests as well as opportunities for exploring and learning, were a perfect complement to the community of Point Park University.

In a 2011 interview with The Point, Point Park University’s alumni magazine, George White discussed the $1 million bequest he and Kathleen made to the University to establish the George Rowland White Endowed Professor of Accounting and Finance. “My hope is that others will be inspired to make bequests and similar types of planned gifts. We would like to set a precedent.”

Meredith Fahey

WQ 1A career in IT isn’t just for software engineers anymore. In fact, an analysis of regional jobs data by ImaginePittsburgh.com and the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance indicates IT opportunities pervade every industry propelling our region’s economy. Preparing for many of those jobs can be done in two years or less with an associate’s degree or certificate training. (Read the report here. )

ImaginePittsburgh.com gathers open jobs and makes them available on demand in a searchable database. As of Oct. 8, there were 27,161 jobs open. The PRA is working with its sister endeavor ImaginePittsburgh.com (both under the umbrella of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development) to mine the data for insights about regional opportunities.

ImaginePittsburgh.com Project Manager Meredith Fahey and PRA Market Research & Analysis VP Jim Futrell spoke on KDKA Radio’s Mike Pintek show Wednesday about the findings under the hood of the region’s most comprehensive job search aggregator. (Click on Hour 3 in this link to to listen now.)  Then Jim — along with UPMC Chief Innovation Officer Rasu Shrestha — weighing in on regional hiring trends on the Oct. 12 edition of WPXI-TV’s  Our Region’s Business.YOu can watch that video here:

Phil Cynar
autumn, fall, farmers' market, Market Square, Thursday, Pittsburgh
Offerings at recent Market Square farmers market.

In the market for good food and good music? Then you need not look farther than the Market Square Farmers Market. This Thursday, Oct. 9 and again on Oct. 16, amid an array of all-things-autumn (pumpkins and fall fruits, flowers and vegetables), there will be free lunchtime performances by the Pittsburgh Opera’s Resident Artists.

Between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., the Opera’s Resident Artists will sing in solos, duets and ensembles, performing some of the best-loved and well-known opera classics al fresco.

These include “La donna e mobile” from Verdi’s Rigoletto; “Au fond du temple saint” from Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers; “La ci darem la mano” from Mozart’s Don Giovanni; and “O mio babbino caro” from Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi … plus more.

An encore of sorts – back by popular demand after a premier at 2013’s Fall Farmers Market – the artists’ performances received a spectacular response, according to Jeremy Waldrup, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. “We are pleased to again support this downtown arts organization by providing a unique and visible venue to showcase their tremendous talents, which offer something truly special for the weekly visitors to our Farmers Market,” he said.

In addition to the performances, Pittsburgh Opera will offer free tote bags to the first 100 people who visit its booth and sign up to join its mailing list. With this will come an opportunity to win one of three sets of tickets to Verdi’s Otello – last staged in Pittsburgh in 1990 – which returns to the stage at the Benedum Center, Nov. 8, 11, 14 and 16.

Stop by and end your Thursday lunch hours – for the next two autumn weeks – on a high note.

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