Tuesday, August 30, 2016

POC: Pretty Outstanding Club

That's right folks, it's the POC meeting minutes, and we're here with your host, Nick Penatzer {aka the secretary, [aka whitewater chair, (aka some other nicknames I don't really care for...POC Ninja)]}      

Errhmmm, anyway, if you are reading this, it means you (YES YOU!!!) have been graciously accepted into the greatest organization known to man, or at least the University of Pittsburgh. So here's a big welcome from all of us to you mountain men, water women, cave creatures, and those somewhere in the middle. So sit back, relax, and enjoy all this email has to offer (WARNING: the surgeon general indicates that use of this email can lead to ignoring homework, spending money on outdoorsy things, and eventually living out of a van)

First things first. Do you like rafting? Do you like climbing? How about hiking? Well guess what? Our first weekend trip of the year has all of that and more. So if you're hyped to get on the outdoors club bandwagon, sign up for this trip and pick an activity! The trip is from Friday Sept. 9 to Sunday Sept. 11 and the link for signups is right HERE!!!!!!! Signups

...actually its here haha...

For the climbing inclined, it is not required but is highly recommended to get a belay lesson (even if you think you know what you're doing) from the Pitt rock wall located in Trees Hall. Most of the officers are on staff there and would love to see you're smiling faces prior to a trip! Open Mon-Thur 4-10 pm, Fri 1-7 pm, and Sat. 12-6 I'm pretty sure

Second things second. If you don't like getting wet, high, or hiking, check out the Pitt Outdoors Club Underground. It's a fun caving trip with our partner organization Venture Outdoors and they are a great choice if you don't want to commit your whole weekend to a trip. That goes out Saturday Sept. 10 and the link is right here (this is actually it this time I swear) 

Need gear for either of these trips? Email our gear master/mistress (he hasn't officially chosen his preferred title yet) Christian at cjs197@pitt.edu

Please remember that to go on a trip you must: 
a) Fill out a waiver
b) Pay dues
c) Bring your own food
d) Be cool
e) Have a beard
f) Fulfill a service requirement once this semester
***NOTE*** -- Don't actually need a beard

Our El Presidente Matt "Cheers" Carroll will be hosting office hours from 12-12:50 on Thursday in O'Hara for anyone with waivers and dues or questions about the club. His email is mmc102@pitt.edu 

One last thing before the sendoff. If you are 21 guess what!? That means that you have special POC privileges. Yep you guessed it, you can sign up to drive the Pitt Vans for our trips!!! Oh, not what you expected...well, if you do want to drive the vans, it guarantees you a trip spot so do with that information what you want. If this does interest you, please find an officer and we will give you further instructions. 

Well that about wraps it up folks just like a tasty burrito of outdoorsy goodness. In keeping with secretary tradition, this email is being sent entirely too late but old habits die hard haha. 

Good night everybody!
-Nick Penatzer, *drops mic*


Hi all!


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I apologize for spamming this group, but we still have about 20 slots open, so I am sharing everywhere! I have attached an FAQ document that details the daily expectations of the program—but please ask me any additional questions that are not on there!


Are you interested in mentoring preschool children? Are you looking for a Federal Work Study or volunteer position? Are you available for one of the following timeslots:

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·         Monday/Wednesday 2:00pm-5:30pm

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·         Tuesday/Thursday 2:00-5:30pm


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Interviews are held this week (Wednesday, August 31st and Thursday, September 1st) and maybe the next!


Still not sure? Come to an information session on Friday, September 2nd at 4:00pm in room 527 WPU.


Not available for the full timeslot? Check out our one-time events on volunteer.pitt.edu starting in October!



I look forward to seeing your application or questions!


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Kathleen Blackburn | Site Manager

Jumpstart Pittsburgh | Alumna ‘10-‘13 | CONNECTION inspires me.

927 William Pitt Union

Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Office: 412.648.1250 | Fax: 412.648.1492




Monday, August 29, 2016

Meeting time

Meeting is at 9pm on 8/30/16, sorry for the confusion.

Meeting info+ How to remove yourself from this email list

Hello everyone,

First, if you are interested in removing yourself from the email list please go to https://list.pitt.edu/mailman/listinfo/poc and about 2/3 of the way down the page enter your address in the unsubscribe field.

Second, we have a meeting tomorrow night on the William Pitt Union patio (the one the faces the cathedral).  It should be a pretty casual get together, but we will be accepting waivers and dues. We will also spend some time introducing the officers and talking about trips.  

Ideally you can print out a waiver (http://www.pittoutdoors.com/waiver.pdf)  and bring it. (protip: print at 50%, put two on one page of paper, and give one to a friend. Cheers to the planet) 

We will have copies of the waiver if you can't find a printer prior to the meeting. 

We will also be collecting dues: 15 for the year or 10 for the semester.



Sunday, August 28, 2016

Kayaking Trip

Hey everyone, 

Welcome back! 

There is a venture outdoors kayaking event tomorrow from 6-8pm (Monday the 29th).

We will be leaving from the William Pitt Union around 5:30pm and taking buses to the north shore.  I know this is super last minute but if your interested sign up ASAP and I will send confirmation e-mails out tomorrow morning.