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Q&A: Penny Semaia helps student-athletes attain success

Penny Semaia transitioned from a Pitt student-athlete to a Pitt employee and now helps students where he once was. (Photo by Wenhao Wu | Assistant Visual Editor)

By Grant Burgman | Staff Writer

September 14, 2017

Standing at 6 feet 5 inches, Penny Semaia can seem like a pretty intimidating figure. But once Semaia starts talking, any intimidation falls away. He makes you feel welcome from the moment you shake his hand and exudes friendliness. It’s an infectious positivity many in the Pitt community have beco...

Employment Guide: Pitt student-athletes receive valuable life skills

The Pitt Family Life Skills Program aims to prepare student athletes for success while in college and for life after college.
Photo by Thomas Altany | Courtesy of the Cathy and John Pelusi Family Life Skills Program.

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

September 15, 2016

Colin Sisk has been a lifelong Pitt fan, even attending the last game at Pitt Stadium –– a 37-27 Pitt triumph against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Nov. 13, 1999. So six years ago, when Sisk was just a first-year undergrad trying to get involved, he joined the football staff as an equipment m...

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