A New Space for Reflection on Campus

Around 100 people, many of them Pitt alumni, gathered in a new space on campus the afternoon of Friday, Oct. 5. Amid the hydrangeas and the boxwood, guests saw the formal dedication of the new European-style garden and its three-tier fountain, adjacent to Heinz Memorial Chapel.

The garden is a place for quiet reflection but also a way for people to help preserve the iconic chapel, a gift to Pitt from the H. J. Heinz family in 1938.

Individuals or families can purchase benches or sandstone pavers to be engraved with their names with the money going to an endowed building fund.

  • Heinz Memorial Chapel hosts about 1,000 events annually, including religious and memorial services, weddings, classes, lectures and concerts. Its new garden and fountain were formally dedicated during Homecoming 2018. (Aimee Obidzinski/University of Pittsburgh)
  • Six-month-old Brady Weber gets a closer look at the new fountain while in the arms of his grandmother Joyce Weber, a patient advocate at Pitt’s Student Health Services' Wellness Center. She and other family members purchased a paver bearing the names of she and her husband Dennis, and Brady’s parents, Ryan and Kristin Weber. (Aimee Obidzinski/University of Pittsburgh)
  • Cutting the ribbon at the new Heinz Chapel garden are, left to right: Kris Davitt, vice chancellor for development and alumni relations; Julie Seavy, director of regional major gifts; Dina Klavon, owner of Klavon Design Assoc., Inc.; Patricia Gibbons, director of Heinz Chapel; J. Roger Glunt, emeritus trustee of the Pitt Board of Trustees; and Will Mitchell, director of Facility Services at Pitt. (Aimee Obidzinski/University of Pittsburgh)