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Save the date: Volunteers wanted on February 6 and 7, 2017

Mark your calendars! We are looking for alumni of all degree backgrounds to assist our students with resume and cover letter reviews as well as mock interviews from 4 to 7 p.m. on both Monday, February 6 and Tuesday, February 7. Volunteers can come one or both days, for all sessions or a portion of each session. More details will be shared via e-mail in the coming weeks. Please contact amy.herlich@pitt.edu with questions.

Engage with the School of Information Sciences on social media!

Are you on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn? If so, please like/follow us so we can have an online conversation! We enjoy hearing exciting career updates and learning about your interesting projects within the information science field. You’ll also get up-to-date information about what’s happening at SIS. We look forward to hearing from you!

iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3) launches EngagePitt™ Campaign

The iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3) alumni board has launched an EngagePitt™ crowdfunding campaign. The goal of this campaign is to increase the number of accepted scholars and keep the program free.

I3 is an award-winning diversity initiative that recruits and prepares underrepresented students for graduate study and careers in the information sciences. Its mission is to increase both the number and diversity of students prepared for research, teaching, and professional careers within the IS field. Each year, nearly 30 scholars are selected to matriculate the program. Since its inception in 2011, more than 130 have graduated or are currently participating in the Institute.

Click here to learn more about the campaign and support the next generation of information scientists.

SIS alumnus wins California's 68th State Assembly District

The Honorable Steven S. Choi (PhD LIS ’76), outgoing Mayor of Irvine, recently won the general election for California’s 68th State Assembly district. He was sworn in as Assemblyman in Sacramento, Calif. on Monday, December 5. During his acceptance speech of the 2015 SIS Distinguished Alumni Award, he noted that his “Pitt PhD degree served [him] as a gateway to American politics.”

Please join SIS in congratulating Assemblyman Choi! Click here for election result details.

SIS alumnus joins Department of Information and Computing Sciences at Utrecht University

On November 1, alumnus Sergey Sosnovsky (PhD IS ’11) joined Utrecht University’s Department of Information and Computing Sciences as a tenure-track faculty member in computer science with a focus on educational technology. Previously, Dr. Sosnovsky was the head of the Intelligent e-Learning Technology Lab in the Centre for e-Learning Technology (CeLTech) at the German Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). His research interests lie at the crossroads of technology-enhanced learning, adaptive systems, and new web technologies.

Join us in congratulating Dr. Sosnovsky!

iSchool alum elevated to Dean of the University Library at RMU

Tim Schlak (MLIS ’07, PhD ’10) was recently appointed to the position of Dean of the University Library at Robert Morris University (RMU). Prior to his appointment, Dean Schlak held the position of director of the University Library at RMU as well as director of the DeWitt Library at Northwestern University. At Northwestern, Dean Schlak spearheaded the DeWitt Learning Commons project—a 58,000 square foot, $13.5 million state-of-the-art learning facility. He was the 2015 recipient of the iSchool’s Young Alumni Award for his accomplishments.

Dean Schlak graduated from our MLIS program, which is accredited by the ALA through 2020, and also earned his PhD from the iSchool.

SIS alumni return to celebrate homecoming

On Friday, October 7, SIS held its annual Alumni Reception and Awards Ceremony. More than 75 people were in attendance. This year’s event was a joint effort between the School of Information Sciences and the Department of Computer Science. Faculty, staff, and alumni from other areas of the University as well as members of the Pittsburgh community were also there to support this year’s honorees.

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