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November, 2015

  • ‘FINISH LINE’ A FAST TRACK TO YOUR COLLEGE DEGREE

    November 19, 2015

    Students who left school before completing a college degree can get back on track with The Finish Line. Cal U's new degree completion program evaluates your credits and maps out an efficient, affordable plan for earning your diploma.

  • STUDENTS HOLD HOLIDAY POTTERY SALE DEC. 1-3

    November 17, 2015

    The annual pre-holiday sale of student-made pottery will be held Dec. 1-3 in the Ceramics Studio, near Vulcan Hall. Handcrafted mugs, bowls, vases and more are available for sale to the public, as well as the campus community.

  • A MESSAGE FROM INTERIM PRESIDENT JONES

    November 10, 2015

    Today the University honored 50 faculty and 12 staff members who engaged in grant-writing during the 2014-2015 academic year, including two grant-writers who joined the list of Million Dollar Achievers. I commend everyone who engages in this important work.

  • 5-MINUTE SURVEY ASKS ABOUT LIBRARY SERVICES

    November 05, 2015

    Are you satisfied with Cal U’s library? Take the 5-minute Library Quality Survey before Nov. 20 for a chance to win a Kindle Fire HD or one of 5 $50 Amazon Gift Cards. Students, faculty and staff are eligible to win. Click 'more' for a link to the survey.


October, 2015

  • PROFESSOR TO APPEAR IN ‘HISTORY’ TV SERIES

    October 29, 2015

    Dr. John Cencich, of the Department of Criminal Justice, appears in ‘Hunting Hitler,’ an eight-part TV series slated to premiere Nov. 10 on HISTORY. The former U.N. war crimes investigator leads a team of experts taking a closer look at evidence pertaining to Adolf Hitler’s death.

  • FACULTY, STAFF BUILD SKILLS AT 'TECH TUESDAY'

    October 26, 2015

    Find out how the Teaching and Learning Center can help faculty and staff take full advantage of high-tech teaching tools and 'smart' classroom equipment. The TLC holds open house events from 8 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays in Keystone Hall, Room 411.

  • STATE SYSTEM BOARD OF GOVERNORS MEETS TODAY

    October 08, 2015

    Click 'more' to watch a live webcast of the quarterly meeting of the Board of Governors for Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. Live meeting coverage begins at 9 a.m. today.


September, 2015

  • SUBMIT AWARD NOMINATIONS BY OCT. 21

    September 30, 2015

    Students, faculty, staff and alumni may nominate a tenured faculty member to receive the 2016 Presidential Distinguished Merit Award for excellence in teaching, research or service. E-mail your nomination by Oct. 21.

  • HONOR A VETERAN; ORDER A BANNER NOW

    September 29, 2015

    Oct 7 is the deadline to order a banner honoring a friend or family member for his/her military service. The banners are displayed on campus throughout November. Click ‘more’ to place your order today.

  • THE JOURNAL: SEARCH COMMITTEE APPROVED

    September 28, 2015

    A new edition of the Cal U Journal is available online. The latest headlines include: Trustees approve Presidential Search Committee; THIS interns at work in Harrisburg; Campus celebrates Natali’s renewal. Click 'more' to read the Journal online.

  • 'SUPERHEROES' CELEBRATE HOMECOMING OCT. 19-24

    September 25, 2015

    Get set for a full week of Homecoming activities! Register your group for the 2015 Homecoming parade and plan to attend Hockey Night, the Superhero Underground Cafe, Our Showcase of Stars performance and more. Click 'more' for details.

  • NATALI REDEDICATION SET FOR SEPT. 16

    September 08, 2015

    The campus community is invited to attend a rededication ceremony for the Natali Student Center 2:30 p.m. Sept. 16 in the new Heritage Lounge rotunda. A brief program, tours and refreshments celebrate the revitalized student center.

  • PANEL EXPLORES MONEY AND POLITICS

    September 03, 2015

    Is democracy for sale? Explore the intersection of money and politics when Cal U marks Constitution Day with a panel discussion at 11 a.m. Sept. 17 in Eberly Hall, Room 110. The free program is open to the public.

  • RUN OR WALK 2.2 MILES TO RAISE AWARENESS

    September 02, 2015

    Members of the campus community are invited to join a 2.2-mile run/walk to raise awareness about suicide, which claims the lives of 22 military veterans each day. Runners/walkers begin at 11:22 a.m. Sept. 22 in front of Manderino Library.


August, 2015

  • THE JOURNAL: 2015 SEMESTER BEGINS

    August 24, 2015

    A new edition of the Cal U Journal is now online. Headlines include: Cal U among 'best,' says Princeton Review; 'Transformed' Natali opens; Fall 2015 semester begins today. Click 'more' to read the Journal online.

  • CONFERENCE FOCUSES ON REGION'S WATERWAYS

    August 21, 2015

    The Northern Appalachian Network presents 'Just Around the River's Bend,' a one-day conference focusing on water's impact on the region. Registration is open now for the Sept. 25 event at the Cal U Convocation Center.

  • OFFICES OPEN IN NATALI STUDENT CENTER

    August 20, 2015

    Natali Student Center has some new tenants, including the Career and Professional Development Center, the Internship Center, the Women's Center and many others. Click "more" to see where these student-centered services can be found.

  • A MESSAGE FROM INTERIM PRESIDENT JONES

    August 13, 2015

    Cal U is committed to ensuring that no student who receives financial aid from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, or PHEAA, is harmed financially while we wait for a state budget to be passed.


July, 2015

  • A MESSAGE FROM INTERIM PRESIDENT JONES

    July 09, 2015

    I am proud to announce that Cal U has received permission to offer a Doctor of Health Science degree, the first doctorate offered at Cal U and the first D.H.Sc. degree available within Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education.

  • A MESSAGE FROM INTERIM PRESIDENT JONES

    July 09, 2015

    I am proud to announce that Cal U has received permission to offer a Doctor of Health Science degree, the first doctorate offered at Cal U and the first D.H.Sc. degree available within Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education.

  • STATE SYSTEM BOARD OF GOVERNORS MEETS TODAY

    July 08, 2015

    Click 'more' to watch a live webcast of the quarterly meeting of the Board of Governors for Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education beginning at 9 a.m. today.


June, 2015

  • A MESSAGE FROM INTERIM PRESIDENT JONES

    June 30, 2015

    The State System of Higher Education has approved Cal U's request to assume ownership of our main-campus residence halls from SAI. This change has potential benefits for both the University and our students. Click 'more' to learn about the plan.


May, 2015

  • TEACHERS FOCUS ON SCIENCE, NATURE

    May 22, 2015

    Math and science meet language and literacy at the Spring 2015 Early Childhood Science and Nature Mini-Conference May 30 in the Convocation Center. Admission is free. Educators may receive 6 PQAS or Act 48 hours. The public may attend.

  • SYCAMORE BISTRO ANNOUNCES SUMMER HOURS

    May 12, 2015

    Sycamore Bistro, in Herron Hall, is open from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. weekdays during the summer months. The Bistro's menu includes sandwiches, soups and salads, as well as Starbucks hot and iced beverages. Wednesday picnics begin May 27 on the Quad.

  • THE JOURNAL: CONFERENCE SHOWCASES RESEARCH

    May 04, 2015

    A new edition of the Cal U Journal is now online. Headlines include: 'Strike a Spark' conference showcases research; Cable industry leader to address graduates; Three named spring Women of the Year; Scholars told to expect change. Click 'more' to read the Journal online.


April, 2015

  • STUDENT-MADE POTTERY FOR SALE APRIL 27-29

    April 22, 2015

    Members of the Student Pottery Association offer handcrafted mugs, bowls, vases and more April 27-29 in the Ceramics Studio, near Vulcan Hall. The sale is open to the public, as well as the campus community

  • CABLE INDUSTRY LEADER TO ADDRESS GRADUATES

    April 21, 2015

    Alumnus Thomas Rutledge '77, president and CEO of Charter Communications Inc., addresses master's, bachelor's and associate degree candidates May 8 and 9 at Cal U's 180th Commencement.

  • MUSICAL CONCLUDES SPRING THEATRE SEASON

    April 15, 2015

    Cal U's Department of Theatre and Dance closes its 2015 spring season with four performances of the musical 'Urinetown' April 23-25 in Steele Hall Mainstage Theatre.

  • REGISTER NOW TO 'WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES'

    April 07, 2015

    Registration is open for the End Violence Center’s annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, which shows support for victims of sexual violence. Register to join the walk at 11 a.m. April 23. The first 75 men to register will be given high-heeled shoes to wear!


March, 2015

  • SESSIONS ADDRESS LAW CAREERS

    March 31, 2015

    Considering law school or a career as a lawyer? Gina Cicchetti, associate director of admissions for Duquesne Law School, speaks on April 23.

  • MARCH 31: CELEBRATE OUR NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

    March 28, 2015

    Cal U celebrates the Vulcan women's basketball team, winners of this year's NCAA D-II National Championship. A parade starts at 11 a.m. March 31 in downtown California. Hear from the team and enjoy free refreshments.

  • EXHIBITION EXPLORES 'SPACE'

    March 27, 2015

    Students, faculty, alumni and staff may submit artworks for 'SPACE,' an exhibition exploring spatial dimensions. The art show and sale opens with a reception April 16 and runs through April 23. Submissions are accepted April 10-13.

  • THEATRE PRESENTS 'LOVE @ FIRST PLIGHT'

    March 23, 2015

    A college love triangle is at the heart of 'Love @ First Plight,' onstage April 2-4 in the Gerald and Carolyn Blaney Theatre in Steele Hall. Meet the playwright at 2 p.m. April 3 or after that evening's show.

  • ASSOCIATE PROVOST GIVES 'LAST LECTURE' MARCH 31

    March 23, 2015

    As she prepares to retire, Dr. Caryl Sheffield looks back on her remarkable career as a witness to the ongoing quest for racial, gender and social equity. Hear her amazing story at 3:30 p.m. March 31 in the Convocation Center’s north wing.

  • THE JOURNAL: ROBOTS HEAT UP CAMPUS

    March 23, 2015

    A new edition of the Cal U Journal is available online. The latest headlines include: Despite snow, robots heat up Convocation Center; Students applaud airman at Convocation; Conference speakers address security gaps; Cal U, WCCC sign transfer agreement. Read the Journal online today.

  • CONFERENCE ADDRESSES PROBLEM GAMBLING

    March 18, 2015

    A free conference on April 2 explores prevention and treatment strategies to address problem gambling and turns a spotlight on resources for professionals and those who struggle with gambling-related concerns.

  • 'STRIKE A SPARK' SHOWCASES LEARNING

    March 16, 2015

    The April 14 conference on research, scholarship, creative activity and application highlights the efforts of Cal U's learning/teaching community. Faculty and students are encouraged to participate by presenting their work and attending the event.

  • CAL U, WCCC SIGN REVERSE TRANSFER AGREEMENT

    March 10, 2015

    A new agreement with Westmoreland County Community College allows transfer students to complete their WCCC associate degree while studying toward a bachelor's degree at Cal U.

  • STUDENTS HOST WILD GAME DINNER

    March 10, 2015

    Pass the 'gator! Cal U's student chapter of The Wildlife Society will host its 18th annual Outdoor Bash and Wild Game Dinner at 6 p.m. March 21 at the Richeyville Volunteer Fire Hall in Richeyville, Pa.

  • CONFERENCE EXPLORES (DIS)ABILITIES

    March 02, 2015

    The Audrey-Beth Fitch Women's Studies Conference on March 17 explores the personal, public and political experience of disabilities. Watch a film about a family dealing with autism and hear speakers with various views of the topic. Admission is free.


February, 2015

  • A MESSAGE FROM INTERIM PRESIDENT JONES

    February 27, 2015

    It was wonderful to see so many people at Student Convocation. Not every question can be answered at a single session, so let me remind you about some of the services available to our students.

  • FIRST ROBOTICS AT CAL U IS ON TV!

    February 16, 2015

    Tune in to KDKA-TV at 7:30 p.m. March 28 to see highlights of the FIRST Robotics Greater Pittsburgh regional competition held recently in the Convocation Center. If STEM is your sport, this show's for you!

  • A MESSAGE FROM INTERIM PRESIDENT JONES

    February 13, 2015

    Mark your calendar for April 14, when Cal U holds its first Conference on Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity. Faculty and students are encouraged to participate, and to invite visitors from outside the campus community.

  • THREE ADDED TO ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME

    February 11, 2015

    Three inductees into the 2014-2015 Cal U Athletic Hall of Fame will be inducted officially at a luncheon, set for 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 21 in the south wing of the Cal U Convocation Center.

  • CAL U HOSTS BACCHUS PEER EDUCATORS

    February 10, 2015

    More than 100 peer educators from a three-state region are expected to attend the BACCHUS regional conference Feb. 28 in the Convocation Center. The organization works to prevent drug and alcohol abuse on campuses nationwide.


January, 2015

  • FREE EVENTS CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH

    January 30, 2015

    Discuss hot-button issues with nationally recognized experts. Learn from a groundbreaking spoken word artist. Explore the history of black fraternities and sororities, and much more. Check out Cal U's free Black History Month programs.

  • ON TV: FACULTY DISCUSS 'TECHNOLOGY TODAY'

    January 27, 2015

    Did you miss 'Technology Today' on KDKA-TV? Watch as Dr. Kate Mitchem, Dr. Swarn Gill and Dr. Stephen Whitehead describe how students and the community benefit from Cal U programs that use the latest high-tech tools.

  • WORKSHOP EXAMINES ETHICAL DILEMMAS

    January 26, 2015

    The Department of Social Work and the Master of Social Work program host the second annual Ethics Panel Jan. 30. A licensed social worker and four faculty members explore ethical decision making during this free, interactive program.

  • STUDENTS PREPARE FOR ANNUAL STORMFEST

    January 21, 2015

    After a year of planning, nearly 100 Cal U students will present the eighth annual StormFest Feb. 6-7 in collaboration with the Carnegie Science Center. The two-day event at the science center in Pittsburgh offers hands-on activities for kids and adults.

  • HOURLY PARKING NOW AVAILABLE IN LOT 11

    January 21, 2015

    Motorists who need a temporary parking space convenient to the Convocation Center, Morgan Hall or Gallagher Hall may use a new meter or mobile app to pay by the hour for parking in Lot 11, behind Gallagher.

  • 22 PUSHUPS RAISE SUICIDE AWARENESS

    January 21, 2015

    Reports show that 22 military veterans die by suicide each day. To raise awareness, veterans and ROTC cadets will meet on the Quad at 11:22 a.m. weekdays, from Jan. 22-Feb. 20, to do 22 pushups each. You can join them; click 'more' for details.

  • THE JOURNAL: PRESIDENTS ADDRESS GRADUATES

    January 20, 2015

    A new edition of the Cal U Journal is available online. The latest headlines include: Two presidents address graduates; Two named women of the Year; Mentorship has global reach. Read the Journal online today.

  • AUDITIONS FOR SPRING THEATRE PRODUCTIONS

    January 20, 2015

    Auditions and interviews for spring shows produced by the Department of Theatre and Dance are set for 5:30 p.m. Jan. 22. Actors, singers and dancers are needed; technicians and stage managers too! Click 'more' for details.

  • STUDENTS READY ROBOTS FOR SPRING COMPETITION

    January 16, 2015

    More than 1,200 students on 54 teams have begin building robots for the Greater Pittsburgh Regional FIRST Robotics Competition, one of several STEM-focused contests coming to the Cal U Convocation Center this spring.

  • THEY’RE BACK! MEASURES BEGIN TO DISPERSE CROWS

    January 14, 2015

    Flocks of crows have begun congregating on campus, and once again Cal U is taking steps to discourage them from roosting on buildings and in the Quad. Beginning Jan. 15, a natural grape-extract mist may be used to disperse the flocks.

  • WARM UP! REGISTER FOR SUMMER COLLEGE

    January 08, 2015

    Registration for Summer College opens Jan. 20. Summer College offers more than 200 undergraduate and graduate courses for Cal U and visiting students. Daytime, evening and online courses are available. Click 'more' to access the full schedule.

  • HELSEL CLOSED JAN. 12 FOR POLICE TRAINING

    January 07, 2015

    Helsel Hall will be closed Monday, Jan. 12, for police training exercises. No access by faculty, staff or students will be permitted. Two Cal U police officers will be involved in the training.


December, 2014

  • HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM CAL U

    December 19, 2014

    Interim University President Geraldine Jones and her husband, Jeff, send warm holiday wishes to the students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of Cal U. Click 'more' to view an online holiday greeting card.

  • 'TECHNOLOGY TODAY' AIRS DEC. 27 ON KDKA-TV

    December 16, 2014

    Dr. Katherine Mitchem, Dr. Swarn Gill and Dr. Stephen Whitehead discuss technology and innovation when 'Technology Today' airs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, on KDKA-TV. Don’t miss it!

  • A MESSAGE FROM INTERIM PRESIDENT JONES

    December 11, 2014

    Our University's alumni ranks grew by more than 1,200 this week as we marked California’s 179th Commencement. I urge every member of our campus community to join me in wishing our graduates well.

  • THE JOURNAL: LEADERS BUILD BRIDGES

    December 09, 2014

    A new edition of the Cal U Journal is available online. The latest headlines include: International leaders build bridges; Associate Provost named 'Women of Excellence;' Emeritus president speaks at Commencement. Read the Journal online today.

  • A MESSAGE FROM INTERIM PRESIDENT JONES

    December 03, 2014

    The University has contracted with The Compliance Group (TCG), of Lenexa, Kan., to conduct the external review of Cal U's intercollegiate football program. The University's goal is to have a football program that reflects Cal U’s core values.

  • CELEBRATE LIGHT-UP NIGHT IN CALIFORNIA

    December 03, 2014

    The campus community is invited to join our California Borough neighbors for a Light-Up Night celebration at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 5 on the Mechanic Street basketball courts. Students are encouraged to attend the free community event.

  • CAL U WELCOMES HOLIDAY SEASON WITH 'MIRACLE'

    December 03, 2014

    For the second consecutive year, Cal U's Department of Theatre and Dance welcomes the holiday season with 'Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical.' Performances are set for 8 p.m. Dec. 4-6 in Steele Hall Mainstage Theatre, with matinees at 2 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7.

  • SHEFFIELD NAMED A 'WOMAN OF EXCELLENCE'

    December 03, 2014

    Dr. Caryl Sheffield, associate provost and associate vice president for Academic Affairs, has been selected as one of the New Pittsburgh Courier's 2014 Women of Excellence. She is the third Cal U administrator to receive the honor.


November, 2014

  • HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN READY FOR YOUR REVIEW

    November 24, 2014

    The Cal U Hazard Mitigation Plan is ready for your comments. Visit Eberly Hall, Room 115, at 11 a.m. Dec. 9 for a final review of strategies proposed to reduce the University’s risk of natural and manmade hazards. Click ‘more’ for details.

  • PRESIDENTIAL AWARD NOMINATIONS CLOSE DEC. 5

    November 24, 2014

    Students, faculty, staff and alumni may nominate a tenured faculty member to receive the 2015 Presidential Distinguished Merit Award for excellence in teaching, research or service. Submit your nomination by Dec. 5.

  • INTERNATIONAL EVENT AIMS AT 'BUILDING BRIDGES'

    November 17, 2014

    Leaders from 14 international universities will meet in the Convocation Center to engage in dialogue about higher education’s role in building bridges between cultures. The Nov. 20 forum is open to students, faculty and staff.

  • THE JOURNAL: METEOROLGY TOPS IN U.S.

    November 17, 2014

    A new edition of the Cal U Journal is available online. The latest headlines include: Meteorology Chapter Tops in United States; Gutman grants Aid student research; Speaker expands understanding of Iroquois. Read the Journal online today.

  • PERFORMANCES FILLED WITH HOLIDAY SPIRIT

    November 11, 2014

    The winter holidays are just around the corner! A full slate of pre-holiday performances feature Cal U's talented singers, musicians, actors and dancers. Click 'more' to see what the departments of Music and Theatre and Dance have lined up.

  • UPDATE: A MESSAGE FROM INTERIM PRESIDENT JONES

    November 03, 2014

    As the Vulcan football season resumes with a zero tolerance policy for violations of team conduct rules, Cal U is actively seeking an independent third party to lead an external review of the program. Click 'more' for details.


October, 2014

  • STATE SYSTEM BOARD OF GOVERNORS MEET TODAY

    October 08, 2014

    Click 'more' to watch a live webcast of the quarterly meeting of the Board of Governors for Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education beginning at 10 a.m. today. Additional sessions are scheduled for July 8-9 in Harrisburg.

  • STATE SYSTEM BOARD OF GOVERNORS MEET TODAY

    October 08, 2014

    Watch the meeting of the State System's Board of Governors live from the headquarters of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Watch the webcast, beginning at 9 a.m. today.