Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Public Invited to Submit Nominations: PPS Alumni Hall of Fame & CORO People

Hall-of-fame outreach.
The Pittsburgh Public Schools wants nominations for the Alumni Hall of Fame through January 31, 2007.

Nominees must have attended the Pittsburgh Public Schools. Those who nominate successful alumni will be asked to describe briefly how the nominee has distinguished himself or herself, the years of attendance in the Pittsburgh Public Schools, and the individual’s contributions to the community after leaving the District. Nominations will be accepted from School District employees, community members, former students, family members and other alumni.

The winners will be selected by a community-based judging panel and will be recognized at the March, 2007 Legislative Meeting of the Board of Education.
Past winners include:

• Dr. Robbie Ali, Director Center for Healthy Environments and Communities, University of Pittsburgh
• Mr. Louis Astorino, Architect of distinction
• LCpl. Aric J. Barr, U.S. Marine Corps, killed in Fallujah Iraq, April 3, 2004
• Dr. Edward T. Bullister, President of Cambridge Technology Development, Inc.
• Ms. Esther Bush, President and CEO, Pittsburgh Chapter of the Urban League
• Dr. Helen Faison, Retired Acting Superintendent, Pittsburgh Public Schools
• Mr. Thomas Fitzgerald, U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Pennsylvania
• Mr. Sy Holzer, President, PNC Bank
• Mr. William S. Lerach, Partner in Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach LLP
• Mr. Harold Marks, teacher at Knoxville Middle School
• Mr. Richard W. Nicklos, Retired Principal of East Hills International Studies Academy
• Mr. Ralph Papa, CEO, Citizens Bank, Pittsburgh
• Mr. Timothy Smoot, Co- founder of Meridian Management Group, Inc.
• Mr. William Strickland, President and CEO, Manchester Craftsman’s Guild and the Bidwell Center
• Dr. Cyril Wecht, elected Coroner for Allegheny County

For a nomination form, contact the Pittsburgh Public Schools Division of Communications and Marketing at 412-622-3615 or access the District website.

The People Do Matter (PDM) Awards

It's Time to Brag! The region's leading business, education and workforce development organizations are soliciting nominations for the 2007 People Do Matter Awards. Nominations for this regional human resource recognition program will be accepted until January 19, 2007. Download a nomination form at:

The People Do Matter initiative recognizes southwestern Pennsylvania employers whose human resource practices best demonstrate the importance of providing workers a positive return on their contributions of time, attention, ideas, knowledge, passion, energy, and social networks to ensure productivity, efficiency, and business results.

The initiative will recognize employers that have adopted creative strategies in three areas:

* People: Strategies to attract and retain a diverse, high caliber workforce. The focus here is on approaches to recruitment, compensation, recognition, or work-life balance.

* Learning and Development: Strategies to enhance knowledge creation and knowledge transfer. The focus here is on approaches to link learning with business strategy, measure and value the firm's investments in learning, leverage intellectual capital, or implement new approaches to training and learning.

* Work Structures and Processes: Strategies to facilitate change, improve productivity, and create value in the marketplace. The focus here is on approaches to communicate vision and strategy throughout the organization, align processes and systems with business strategy, adapt to technological change, of harness high involvement to drive change.

Descriptions of previous winners and finalists are available at (View the 2006 program book.)

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