Carnegie Library Summer Reading Extravaganza

June 8th This weekend PARSEC will have a table at the Carnegie Library Summer Reading Extravaganza.

Our location will be on the Schenley Drive Ext, table 4.
Come on out and show your support for literacy and Parsec!
Date: June 8, 2014
Time: 12 – 5 pm
Place: CLP – Main (Oakland)

Parsec will be raffling off three different baskets:
1. A basket of children’s books and a brand new slip n slide
2. A basket of YA reader books that will also include a gift card to Rickert & Beagle books
3. A basket that includes two weekend passes to Confluence and copies of the Triangulation anthology books.

Raffle is free to enter. One entry per person please.

Pittsburgh Day of Giving May 6, 2014

Parsec, Inc. is proud to be part of the Pittsburgh Foundation’s Day of Giving on Tuesday, May 6. This is a great chance to support Parsec! On Tuesday, May 6, just make your donations at, and the Pittsburgh Foundation will partially match it!

For this year’s Day of Giving, the match pool for Allegheny County is expected to be approximately $750,000, and for Westmoreland approximately $50,000, both similar to recent annual events. The match pool in Westmoreland County was provided thanks to generous support by donors Sean Cassidy and Gina Sciarrino, Old Joe Charities, Inc and Hamil Manufacturing as well as other contributors in the local community.

CMU ProSEED/Crosswalk grant for YA Lecture Series

Great News! The CMU ProSEED/Crosswalk grant program has awarded $1,500 to Parsec’s Workshop Committee for the Young Adult Science Fiction Lecture Series. This is part of the award letter:

Thank you for submitting your proposal, “Young Adult Science Fiction Lecture Series,” to the ProSEED/Crosswalk grant program. The Crosswalk grant program received dozens
of applications for a wide range of projects with broad cross-community impact inside and outside of CMU.

Your proposal was well-received by the review committee. As a result, we are pleased to offer you $1,500 of ProSEED/Crosswalk Funds for your initiative, allocated at $500 for this summer, this fall, and next spring. We appreciate that this necessitates continued reliance on outside sources of funding, consistent with your excellent record of securing
that support to date. We are grateful for your leadership of this program, and for the service you are providing to the campus and larger community.

Parsec member becomes a CMU dean

The new dean of Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science is a PARSEC member! From an official CMU memo by the president of the University:

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Andrew Moore, vice president of engineering at Google, will be the next dean of Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science, effective August 2014.

CMU’s full press release on the appointment of Dr. Andrew Moore as dean is available at: CMU Homepage.

Alpha receives grant from Heinz Endowments

Friends of Alpha, we have some very good news.

Alpha has received a $10,000 grant from the Heinz Endowments, a Pittsburgh-based philanthropic organization. The Heinz Endowments supports efforts to make Southwestern Pennsylvania a premier place to live and work, a center for learning and educational excellence, and a region that embraces diversity and inclusion. They see our region as a proving ground for programs and initiatives they hope will solve national challenges in their five areas of concentration: Arts & Culture; Children, Youth & Families; Community & Economic Development; Education; and Environment.

The grant money will be awarded in installments over the next three years, funding scholarships for admitted students for whom workshop tuition presents a financial hardship.

Alpha is in its thirteenth year of bringing together creative youth, and this grant couldn’t come at a better time. The workshop is ready to grow. We want to reach out to young writers from all walks of life, offering them the opportunity to perfect their craft, jump-starting their careers in the fields of science fiction, fantasy and horror. We appreciate the generous support of the Heinz Endowments, and we’re excited to see where this grant takes us.