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The University of Pittsburgh, commonly referred to as Pitt, is an urban state-related research university located in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with four regional campuses throughout Western Pennsylvania. Founded in 1787, Pitt is one of the oldest continuously chartered institutions of higher education in the United States.

Pitt is ranked as one of the top public research universities in the nation by the Center for Measuring University Performance (top cluster of 7) and U.S. News & World Report (top 20), has been named as a "best value" by various publications, and has appeared in multiple rankings of the world's top universities. Pitt has also been recognized for its positive campus atmosphere, with The Princeton Review ranking Pitt as having the 8th happiest student body and the 11th best quality of life in the nation in 2010.

Pitt is among the world's most active research institutions with over $700 million in annual research expenditures. Pitt and its medical school are also closely affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), a leading international academic medical center that has been consistently ranked in U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" of the approximately 15 to 20 best hospitals in America over the last decade.

Pitt is popularly recognized for its centerpiece building, the Cathedral of Learning at 535 feet (163 m), the tallest educational building in the Western Hemisphere; for its central role in developing the first polio vaccine; and for fielding nationally competitive NCAA Division I athletic programs.

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William Pitt Union
The William Pitt Union is the student union building of the University of Pittsburgh main campus and is a Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation Historic Landmark. Constructed in 1898 in the Beaux-Arts style and rich with marble, chandeliers and Louis XV architecture, the former Schenley Hotel catered to local and visiting well-to-do that included Hollywood stars such as Lillian Russell, Henry Fonda, Katharine Hepburn, and Spencer Tracy, as well as U.S. Presidents Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and Dwight D. Eisenhower. The Schenley was acquired by the University of Pittsburgh in 1956 to serve as a student activities center, and in 1980, underwent an 18-month renovation that restored the hotel's original character, including its ballrooms and lobby. Containing a variety of lounges, ballrooms, a recreation room, and a food court in its lower levels, it houses the majority of student services and organizations in its upper floors, and also serves as the home to the International Academy of Jazz Hall of Fame.

Denise Frawley was a two-time Honorable Mention All-American, 1987 Big East Conference Player of the Year, and 1988 Big East Tournament MVP for Pitt
Pittsburgh Panthers volleyball is the NCAA Division I intercollegiate women's volleyball program of the University of Pittsburgh, often referred to as "Pitt". The Pitt volleyball team competes in the Big East Conference and plays their home games in Fitzgerald Field House. Since the founding of the volleyball program in 1974, the Panthers have had 33 winning seasons, one of the nation's top all-time winning percentages, appearances in 14 national championship tournaments, and the most Big East tournament championships, eleven, in the conference.


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Reginald Fessenden
Reginald Aubrey Fessenden (October 6, 1866 – July 22, 1932) was a Canadian inventor who performed pioneering experiments in radio, including early—possibly the first— transmissions of voice and music. In his later career he received hundreds of patents for devices in fields such as high-powered transmitting, sonar, and television. Sometimes referred to as the "The Father of Radio Broadcasting", he was recruited to the Western University of Pennsylvania, renamed the University of Pittsburgh in 1908, for the newly created position of chair of the Electrical Engineering department by George Westinghouse, founder of Westinghouse Electric Company. Fessenden began experimenting with wireless communication in 1898, and had a wireless communication system functioning between Pittsburgh and Allegheny City, now Pittsburgh's North Side, in 1899. He is believed to have achieved the first wireless voice transmission in December 1900.


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