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Pittsburgh Connections

The Pittsburgh Connections program is coordinated through the Office of Student Activities and is generously funded by the RK Mellon Foundation, the Dozzi family, and the Division of Student Affairs. The program strives to engage students in outdoor recreation, environmental stewardship, and cultural awareness throughout Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania. The core goals of these activities are to help students develop and maintain a physically active lifestyle, build leadership skills, and increase their appreciation for the Western Pennsylvania region.

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Each weekend through the academic year –excluding breaks and majors events –Pittsburgh Connections sponsors an Outdoor Adventure to one of the many outdoor recreation facilities in our area and sells tickets at a heavily subsidized price.  Past trips have included whitewater rafting, kayaking, biking, hiking, paintball, horseback riding, and skiing to name a few.  The schedule of events can be found on The Bridge  and tickets are sold at the CUC Info Desk one week prior to the scheduled trip. 

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Once per month, Pittsburgh Connections adds a unique twist to the regular outdoor recreation program by adding a service element.  Adventures with Impact serve as our opportunity to give back to the environment so that we can protect our natural resources and continue to enjoy outdoor recreational activities.  Past trips have included Paddle Without Pollution, tree planting, and winterizing community garden beds.

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While Arts Pass is commonly known for its free entrances to some of the local museums, Pittsburgh Connections also tries to promote the arts and cultural opportunities in the area through event advertising and negotiated discounts.  Upcoming events are posted on The Bridge.

Orientation Kickoff Events

To kick off the year, Pittsburgh Connections offers several free trips for incoming first-year students during Orientation.  More information on these trips can be found here.

Pittsburgh Connections Fair

Meet our community partners specializing in outdoor recreation, environmental stewardship, and arts/culture when they come to campus to showcase their service.  Find out more here.