Extracurricular Activities

Italian Club

The Italian Club is a student-run organization of the University of Pittsburgh. The purpose of the club is to promote awareness and appreciation of the Italian culture.

Mainly, its members are of Italian descent or are studying the Italian language (or both), but on the whole, the club contains persons of all backgrounds and ages who are united by their common respect and love for Italian culture.

Officers 2013-14

Contact: pittitalian@gmail.com

Website: www.pitt.edu/~italclub/

How to Join:

It's easy! Just add your e-mail address to the sign up sheet and come to the events. Everyone's welcome; we love new faces!

Gamma Kappa Alpha

In 1995 a Chapter of Gamma Kappa Alpha National Italian Honor Society was established at the University of Pittsburgh. Gamma Kappa Alpha is a society formed to acknowledge superior scholastic performance in the field of Italian language, literature and culture, and is open to membership at institutions of higher learning in the United States and Canada.

At present GKA numbers more than 50 affiliates; among these are: Brown University, Harvard University, Indiana University, Loyola University of Chicago, Middlebury College, Ohio State University, Princeton University, Queens College, Temple University, the University of Virginia and Yale University.

The society encourages college students to acquire a greater interest in, and a deeper understanding of Italian culture, art and history. The organization also recognizes outstanding undergraduate scholarship in the field of Italian by awarding annually the GKA award.


Any senior or junior who has taken at least five Italian courses beyond the elementary-level language courses, has attained at least a B average in Italian, and is in the upper 35 per cent of his/her class, may be elected to membership.

Every spring term the Chapter Academic Advisor, Professor Francesca Savoia, identifies all Pitt students who qualify for membership in GKA. Once eligibility has been verified, Professor Savoia sends a request for GKA membership certificates to the society’s secretary. An induction ceremony is held at the end of the spring semester.

If you are interested in joining the society, please contact Professor Francesca Savoia at 412-624-6265.