AAPI Heritage Month

AAPI Heritage Month

May is a month to commemorate and celebrate all Americans of Asian/Pacific Island heritage. In 1978, Congress passed the first celebration, but this only recognized May 4th – May 11th as “Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week.” It wasn’t until 1992 that Congress made it a law to annually observe May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. But why did Congress choose the month of May for this

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Melanie Holscher – Ovarian Cancer Warrior

Melanie Holscher – Ovarian Cancer Warrior

Three of the most frightening words anyone can hear have to be: You have cancer. Melanie Holscher, a Sales and Leadership Coach with Southwestern Consulting, heard just that. And on top of that, the doctors’ reactions made it apparent that her cancer was likely advanced. They stressed the importance of her making an appointment with an oncologist immediately. And it was. An MRI on New

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Celebrating Women’s History Month

Celebrating Women's History Month

Since the 1980s, presidents have made proclamations to declare March “Women’s History Month.”[1] It’s a month to celebrate the contributions women have contributed American history. While there are more women who have contributed to history than can be covered in this article, we’re going to explore some of the local and national figures who have helped to shape American and women’s history. Alma Speed Fox

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Maxine Bruhns: Bringing the World to Pittsburgh

Maxine Bruhns: Bringing the World to Pittsburgh

For someone who referred to herself as a “West Virginia hillbilly,” the late Maxine Bruhns certainly became a citizen of the world. Born and raised in West Virginia, Eleanor Maxine Moose went on to live abroad in numerous countries, before bringing her appreciation for world cultures to Pittsburgh. Maxine’s time abroad prepared her for the rest of her life. She served as director of the

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Jacqy Huyser: Pittsburgher by Choice

Jacqy Huyser: Pittsburgher by Choice

There are a lot of different people who call Pittsburgh home. Some are true natives, and some made the choice to move to here. We are always interested to hear from those who chose to make our city home. These newcomers can provide a window into the psyche of Pittsburgh that is like no other. We had the pleasure of talking to Jacqy Huyser, a

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The Toughest Pittsburgher – Billy Conn

The Toughest Pittsburgher – Billy Conn

There have been many tough guys in sports in Pittsburgh. The snarling, gap-toothed Steeler linebacker Jack Lambert comes to mind, or maybe Penguin Andy Brown, one of the last NHL goaltenders to mind the net without wearing a mask. Or maybe boxer Paul Spadafora, the former IBF lightweight champion of the world. No matter how fierce, none of them can match Billy Conn, The Pittsburgh

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Sue’s Whimsical Pittsburgh

Sue's Whimsical Pittsburgh

Most of the time when you see a product for sale, you only think about if you want it or not and don’t give much consideration as to how the product came into existence. Sometimes, like in the story I’m about to tell you, the most interesting and meaningful part is how a design was created. A Pittsburgh Artist Sue Douglas was a Pittsburgh artist.

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Benedum and Trees: Oil Tycoons

Benedum and Trees: Oil Tycoons

If you’ve spent time of the campus of the University of Pittsburgh, the names Trees and Benedum are quite familiar. Joseph C. Trees Hall is located in the University’s upper campus. The hall serves as a multipurpose recreational facility for students, faculty, and staff. A few streets down, sits Michael L. Benedum Hall of Engineering. This landmark academic building is home to the Swanson School

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Randy Pausch and the Last Lecture

Randy Pausch and the Last Lecture

What would you say if you were tasked with giving a final speech? Carnegie Mellon University professor, Randy Pausch, had the opportunity to give one final lecture before his death. Randy Pausch was a professor little-known outside of his field of Computer Science and Human-Computer Interaction. But he was beloved by his students and colleagues. On September 18, 2007, Pausch gave a speech to an

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Mario Lemieux – A True Pittsburgher

Mario Lemieux - A True Pittsburgher

Few are the Pittsburgh sports figures who inspire awe even decades after their playing days are over. In fact, there are only three who come to mind—Roberto Clemente, Honus Wagner, and Mario Lemieux. I told my children about Roberto Clemente’s career and legacy. I listened to my grandfather as he talked about Wagner in reverential tones. He would recount how when he worked as a

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