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Cathy and John Pelusi Family Life Skills Program Sponsor Summer Series for Pitt Incoming Freshmen




June 27, 2012

Pitt student-athletes have a long tradition of success in the classroom, in athletic competition, and in the community.

The class of 2016 appears to be no different.

One hundred seventy-two freshman student-athletes arrived on campus this week.  The transition from high school to college can sometimes be challenging, especially for students who have just graduated. They must adjust to the rigors of college life in an abbreviated period of time. The Cathy and John H. Pelusi Family Life Skills Summer Series Program, led by assistant athletic director, Penny Semaia and staff, aims to ease the adjustment period by hosting four workshops this summer.

The first workshop featured Elaine Pasqua, a nationally renowned speaker and advocate for responsible choices.  She addressed the newcomers on personal health, wellness, behaviors and decision making.  Since 1995, she has combined her life experience, passion, and enthusiasm to transform the lives of hundreds of thousands of students and, most recently, professional athletes. 

Students listened attentively as Pasqua spoke about her eye-opening experiences and demonstrated thought-provoking activities.  Her passion is to prevent people from making decisions that ultimately lead to regrets and to empower students to consider their legacy as they protect themselves by setting life goals. The program was also open to all student-athletes on campus for the summer.

This was the first event in a wide array of programs sponsored by the Cathy and John H. Pelusi Family Life Skills Program. The program provides Pitt student-athletes with the opportunity to learn and pursue areas of social relevance, community involvement, while promoting a positive image, and strive to enhance the overall experience at the University of Pittsburgh.