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University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, also known as Pitt-Bradford or UPB, is a comprehensive undergraduate college of the University of Pittsburgh that exists as a regional campus located in Bradford, Pennsylvania.



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Before the establishment of Pitt-Bradford, there were no institutions of higher education in the northwestern/northcentral region of Pennsylvania. This led Raymond N. Zoerkler, a Bradford geologist with the Hanley and Bird Company, to see the need for an educational resource and came up with the idea in 1962 for a regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Supported by Robert Cole, Bradford Hospital's chief administrator, and others, Zoerkler wrote a letter to Edward Litchfield, who was then chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh. Zoerkler proposed that Pitt establish a campus to serve this area of Pennsylvania. On October 16, 1962, Chancellor Litchfield announced that there indeed was a need for accessible quality education in the region and a new Pitt campus was born. Litchfield appointed a committee of community leaders to serve as the advisory board for the new Pitt campus in Bradford. He named Dr. Donald E. Swarts, dean of Pitt-Johnstown, as the first president. J.B. Fisher, president of Kendall Refining, was named the first chairman of the Advisory Board. Swarts immediately began to work with the local Advisory Board to open the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Hamsher House was the first building at Pitt-Bradford which opened in 1963 During the summer of 1963, Swarts and the board organized a faculty and bought Hamsher House, a building owned by Bradford Hospital. They renovated the building into classrooms, laboratories, a library and student lounges. On September 3, 1963, less than a year after Chancellor Litchfield's announcement, Pitt-Bradford welcomed its first class of students. This class had a mix of young men and women from all over Pennsylvania, as well as from New Jersey, New York and other states. The newly established campus was a two-year college that offered the beginning of a Pitt undergraduate education. It offered starter and transfer programs to 143 full-time and 145 part-time students. The new college was launched with the financial support of the region. Individuals and organizations in Bradford and surrounding regions contributed $758,000 that year. That enabled the college to start strong and become firmly rooted in Bradford. By 1964, the student body had grown to 380 full-time and 100 part-time students. Dr. Swarts believed that the Pitt-Bradford experience would be enriched by having both commuter and resident students, so the college purchased the 125-room Emery Hotel located in downtown Bradford for student housing. On April 18, 1967, J.B. Fisher announced that Witco-Kendall Corporation would donate approximately 78 acres (320,000 m2) of land on the site of the former Harri Emery Airport in order to build a campus. At the same time, the City of Bradford and Bradford Township jointly announced they would make a 33-acre (130,000 m2) parcel of adjacent land, known as the Onofrio tract, available to Pitt-Bradford to develop a recreation area. This attractive setting, just outside of the city, became the site for today's modern campus. University of Pittsburgh officials made a commitment to its new campus by bringing in new faculty, establishing a library collection, and starting new academic programs.[7] The 70s & 80s Dedication of Swarts Hall in 1973 In the early 1970s, Pitt-Bradford set its sights on building a new campus and moving its academic focus from two-year to four-year programming. The college used $1.5 million in regional private monies it was able to raise to "seed" nearly $14 million worth of capital projects. They built two academic buildings: Swarts Hall and Fisher Hall. Other capital improvements included a residence hall complex, a sports center, outdoor recreational and athletic fields, and a student union. Hanley Library was the last building to complete the campus at this time. The library opened in March 1988. While the new physical plant was emerging, Pitt-Bradford, under the leadership of then-college president Dr. Richard E. McDowell, fulfilled another important goal: to offer four-year degrees. The first degree program came in 1975 with an associate of science degree in petroleum technology. Four years later in 1979, Pitt-Bradford began conferring four-year degrees after the University of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees and the Pennsylvania Department of Education granted Pitt-Bradford baccalaureate degree-granting status. Due in large part to a Title III grant, Pitt-Bradford added a significant number of bachelor-level programs beginning in 1985: biology, computer science, geology, history/political science, chemistry, economics, psychology, mathematics and communication.[7] The 90s A sand volleyball court next to the student laundry facility which was built during a major campus upgrade in the 1990s Significant campus upgrades were made in 1990s to both new buildings and academic programming. These included two new student residence halls, a laundry and security building, and extensive renovations to Fisher Hall. In 1994, the college revised its general education program. Pitt-Bradford joined only a small number of other similar institutions in providing an education with a liberal arts foundation to students in a public setting. Because of its location in northwestern Pennsylvania, the university also has a parallel mission to serve the needs of the region. Consequently, Pitt-Bradford also began offering professional programs such as business management, sports medicine, and nursing. However, the general education curriculum remained the required foundation for all programs. During the middle of 1995, Pitt-Bradford announced its plans for the future. Plan 2000, coupled with the Facilities Master Plan, acted as the college�s guide into the next century. The plans, devised with an architectural firm from Pittsburgh, used a �residential� approach for future campus growth. This style allows the campus to keep the natural valley setting while focusing on functional accessibility for students to all aspects of living and learning on campus. Campus expansion and growth got a boost in 1995 when the college announced the success of Campaign 2000. More than $10 million was raised during the campaign, exceeding its goal by more than 25 percent. A major factor in surpassing the goal was the Blaisdell family of Bradford, owners of Zippo Manufacturing Company. Their dollar-for-dollar matching gift program for Blaisdell Hall, the college�s fine arts and communication arts building project, accounted for nearly $3.5 million

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Pitt-Bradford is a vibrant and exciting place to live, learn, and grow. Ensuring the academic success of our students is our single most important priority. To that end, we offer a comprehensive array of academic programs and services. These undergraduate and graduate academic programs foster skills and habits of mind that lead to rewarding careers, lifelong learning, and fulfilling lives. The high quality of our academic programs is reflected in the success of our alumni, who are known for their leadership, professional accomplishments, and eagerness to contribute to the common good. Degrees earned at Pitt-Bradford are conferred by the University of Pittsburgh, one of the premier universities in the world. Visitors to Pitt-Bradford notice immediately our beautifully landscaped campus. The university is centered around the natural environment. The Allegheny National Forest and the integrated system of hiking trails and streams provide the perfect backdrop. Accentuating the beauty of our



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