STUDENT LIFE AND COMPLIANCE OFFICE|
University of Pittsburgh
Petersen Events Center
3719 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
(412) 648-8115 FAX
Donna is responsible for overseeing Pitt's entire Compliance, NCAA rules education process, and the Cathy and John Pelusi Family Life Skills Program. The Cathy and John Pelusi Family Life Skills Program is a comprehensive academic and athletic development program for all student-athletes at the University of Pittsburgh, utilizing educational, athletic and community resources and preparing them for their lives and careers after college. In addition, Donna, a former Pitt student-athlete and coach, works with the Department's Performance Teams, which consists of Sports Medicine Physicians, Certified Athletic Trainers, and Strength and Conditioning Staff within the Athletic Department, and other specialists related to student-athletes' welfare outside the Athletic Department, such as Nutritionists, Psychologists, and other medical specialists as appropriate.
Dan implements and monitors the Department's NCAA rules education program to ensure that Pitt's 19 varsity sports teams and 452 student-athletes are in compliance with the NCAA's mandated regulations. He is the Department's primary contact for rules questions and interpretations. From an academic and athletic eligibility standpoint, Dan acts as the liaison with various campus entities (e.g., admissions, registrar, ASSSA), along with the NCAA Clearinghouse, to verify the current status of each student-athlete that seeks to represent and participate on one of Pitt's intercollegiate athletic teams. He also assists with game day operational responsibilities during Panther home football contests.
Donna coordinates all activities related to University financial aid and outside grants for student-athletes and acts as a liaison between the Athletics Department and the University in this area. As the Assistant Director of Student Life, Donna provides various student services and she is also responsible for coordinating the George I. Carson Fellowship award and the Panther Game Plan Degree Completion Program. Her administrative duties within the Department also extend to approving and coordinating the uses of the NCAA Student-Athlete Opportunity Fund and NCAA Special Assistance Fund, which directly benefit Pitt athletes in a variety of ways.
Zac, a former Pitt student-manager, assists with the day-to-day responsibilities of the compliance office. His main areas of concentration focus on promotional and pre-enrollment information pertaining to a student-athletes' amateur status. From the monitoring of employment opportunities to promotional activities and institutional camps and clinics, plus rules education and interpretations, Zac shares in the responsibility of ensuring that the University's athletics program is adhering to the NCAA's compliance guidelines. He also assists with the administration of the NCAA Student-Athlete Opportunity Fund and NCAA Special Assistance Fund for Pitt student-athletes.
Penny, a former Pitt student-athlete, is responsible for assisting the student-athletes and alumni with career planning and as the facilitator of the Cathy and John Pelusi Family Life Skills Program. His duties include evaluating internships, job searching strategies, administering workshops and programs, developing job search resources and establishing contacts with employers and faculty members. As an objective and benefit to the Cathy and John Pelusi Family Life Skills Program, Penny seeks to increase personal development, community service and leadership opportunities to Pitt's student-athletes.
Assistant Athletic Director, Student Life
Dora is the first point of contact in the Student Life and Compliance Office. In addition to her daily secretarial duties for the Department, she assists and directs student-athletes to the proper staff member regarding various topics. Dora processes all National Letters of Intent and Special Aid Awards, along with scheduling exit interviews and preparing monthly student-athlete calendars. She also collects off campus housing contracts and leases, as well as distributes all refund and reimbursement checks.