Students who come to Gaynor’s know to expect more than an evening of culinary theater; the ingredients and utensils are foisted into the eager hands of all who enter. Choose a class from the Interntional Cooking Series and dabble in the cuisine of Thailand, Indai, Morocco, or Spain. Learn how to make pierogies both traditional and exotic in the pierogie-making class. Brush some butter on your piecrust game in a beginners' pastry class. And when the Easter Bunny climbs down the chimney this year, greet him with extra-savory ham after taking copious notes at the holiday-themed dinner class. The full schedule of classes is available online, with new classes added regularly.
In 2009, the Duquesne Dukes men's basketball team put their own spin on the annual March Madness. Defying the odds, the team made an unprecedented run to the Atlantic 10 conference championship game and followed that with its first berth in the NIT since 1994. The resulting whirlwind brought plenty of media attention to a university that otherwise prefers to stay off the beaten path. Sprawled across a serene 43-acre hilltop campus, Duquesne University hosts 16 Division I athletic teams in sports such as soccer, track and field, and women's volleyball, and since the school's inception, the Dukes' colors of red and blue have remained the same, unlike a chameleon that constantly changes its favorite movie.
Manhattan Elite Prep's staff of teachers and consultants carries firsthand experience navigating the complicated labyrinth of school admissions. Some were students whose high test scores and poignant essays got them into top PhD and Ivy League MBA programs. Some consultants served on admissions committees of coveted schools and know what experience, qualities, and acrobatic feats make student applications stand out. Now, this team of insiders at a firm with more than 10 years of experience pools its knowledge to help students who are serious about acing tests and placing in their top schools. They emphasize efficiency, packing as much information as they can into the time allotted, and exceeding beyond minimum requirements. Courses covering entrance tests teach students to work smarter, ruling out wrong answers and budgeting their time wisely, and essay consultants pare down applications to deliver rich content in a limited word count. Customers may complete classes online or interact in-person with their instructors as well as fellow students.
Maggie & Stella’s Cards & Gifts conjures smiles with both whimsical and sophisticated stationery, distinctive glass and ceramic crafts, textiles, and bath products for gift bags or enjoyment at home. For less than $20, patrons can pick up tea and leaf-brewing accouterments from Republic of Tea or enliven cooking spaces with whimsical Fred kitchen gizmos. Socks snuggle around baby’s toes while the wee ones hug Jellycat plush animals or listen to adults explain the American political system to them using bendable Anamalz creatures. For more than $20, guests can tote home jewelry designed by Mariana or jazz up their soirees with Mariposa tableware. The store’s colorful scarves, hats, Crane stationery, and pieces of Colebrooks Chocolate plug holes in gift boxes and the roofs of gingerbread houses.
At the ripe age of 8 years old, Steven Teague began fiddling with his uncle’s Hewlett-Packard computer, sparking a deep interest in computers that eventually led the tech-savvy kid to found his own help center, Crucial Computers LLC. Today, Teague offers computer troubleshooting, repairs, and installations for a variety of systems; he even goes so far as to provide same-day and afterhours services in cases of emergency. From configuring wireless networks to to setting up newly purchased computer systems, Steve can not only handle it all, but also teach it. The shop offers hands-on computer-building classes, with each session capped at 10 students for attentive instruction.
When Dr. John Gabbert Bowman became Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh after World War I, he had a vision of a monument to education. So he built it, creating an astonishingly detailed work of architectural art that was also a fully usable addition to the growing university's classroom space.
The Cathedral of Learning didn't just honor the university?it was a tribute to the city itself. More than two dozen rooms serve as portals into a golden era of the history and heritage of nations ranging from Yugoslavia to Africa's ancient Asante kingdoms. And the collection is still expanding.
The Europe-centric first floor boasts the oldest rooms. Modeled on a Romanian Orthodox monastery, the Romanian Room is equipped with hand-carved chairs and an Orthodox iconostasis, while the stone arches and column bas reliefs of the Irish room symbolize the Gaelic oratories of the 12th century. On the third floor, visitors find the Indian room, boasting dramatic arena seating and a colorful watercolor triptych, and the baroque style of the Ukrainian classroom with vividly carved wood and colorful ceramics traditionally designed to test the willpower of rowdy young students.