From a stage looking over the Fifth Annual Staff and Faculty Appreciation Picnic, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher took a moment to express his gratitude to everyone who had played emergency or response roles during times of crisis over the past year, alluding to the Tree of Life shooting but also referring to numerous less-public events that occur in the life of a large, educational institution.
“Sometimes events call on us to take an extra step,” said Gallagher. “Our community stepped up in a big way.”
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If Gallagher had put in a weather request for the afternoon, he couldn’t have asked for better than the day’s clear, bright sunshine. “We finally got it right!” he said, joking that over the previous five years there had been combinations of cloudy and warm, cloudy and cool and warm and rainy.
Featuring food and games, the May 1 event drew thousands of University faculty and staff who posed for group and department photos, enjoyed hamburgers, hot dogs and popcorn and hurled beanbags and rings across tables for prizes. Prizes including gift baskets, footballs signed by the head coaches of Pitt football, basketballs signed by both the men’s and women’s teams and tickets to home-game suites were raffled off to lucky winners.