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NOVA Chemicals vice president for Public Affairs Jeffrey Pina stands in front of a glass wall at the corporation’s new Moon Township headquarters.  The wall contains NOVA-produced Zylar pellets that are used to make medical devices.

The Right Fit

As more and more non-profit organizations compete for the support of corporations, the decision-makers at these corporations have become more sophisticated about finding the right fit with the organizations they choose to support.  An example is NOVA Chemicals Corporation, whose team of community relations managers talked with 25 organizations before choosing to sponsor six, including Carnegie Science Center.

            “We wanted to discuss their objectives and what kind of support they were seeking,” says Jeffrey Pina, vice president for Public Affairs at NOVA Chemicals.  “ It’s not about simply giving money. Our sponsorship approach is to serve—with our time and talent—as part of the team and assist those organizations whose aims complement our own business culture.”

            By supporting the Science Center, Jeffrey says that NOVA Chemicals has found not only the right fit but also the foundation for a strong and lasting partnership.  “We were impressed not just with the academic component of the Science Center’s exhibits and programs, but how they help museum visitors apply that knowledge to everyday life.  We expect that the Science Center will work creatively to educate all age groups about the things that good chemistry makes possible.”

            As a result, NOVA Chemicals has committed $150,000 to the Science Center over the next three years to support the development of a new exhibit called Cosmic Chemistry, scheduled to open this summer.  NOVA scientists and technicians will work with the American Chemistry Council and the American Plastics Council to recruit nationally renowned scientists to advise on the development of Cosmic Chemistry.  The exhibit will demonstrate the many ways in which chemistry enhances our lives.  Meanwhile, NOVA is sponsoring a cart at the Science Center where children can watch science experiments.  “We believe that exposing children and young adults to fun and practical applications of science will lead to more of an interest in the chemistry-related jobs and careers that are right here in Pittsburgh,” explains Jeffrey.

            By supporting the Science Center, NOVA Chemicals is fulfilling its own philanthropic mission of giving back to the communities in which it operates.  NOVA is an international commodity chemical corporation with offices, plants, and research locations in the United States, Canada, and Europe.  The corporation produces billions of pounds of plastic pellets from petrochemicals that are used to make household and industrial products such as food packaging, sports and safety equipment, toys, and medical devices.  In 2000, the corporation reported revenues of $3.9 billion.

            In 1998, NOVA relocated its corporate offices from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, to Moon Township to be closer to customers, investors, and employees. The quality of life, the low cost of living and the support businesses receive from local government were other factors in NOVA’s choice of the Pittsburgh area.  The corporation also has research and manufacturing facilities in Monaca, Pennsylvania.  Altogether, about 800 people are employed at NOVA’s two Pittsburgh area locations. 

            Jeffrey says that NOVA’s support of the Science Center is “off to a great start.”  “We believe in being a corporate neighbor of choice and we understand the importance of positively impacting the communities where we live and work.   For NOVA Chemicals, it’s not about who we are trying to be—it’s about the legacy we’re leaving behind.”


Cornice Society members go behind the scenes

Cornice Society members who attended The Cornice Society Celebration last October heard a presentation by Natural History Museum director Bill DeWalt titled Dinosaurs in Their World: The Future of Carnegie's Dinosaurs and were treated to a special behind-the-scenes tour of the museum’s fossil preparation area with Luo Xhexi, associate curator of Vertebrate Paleontology.  Membership in The Cornice Society is open to those who have made bequests or other planned gifts to Carnegie Museums.  For more, call or e‑mail Sally Davoren, director of Gift Planning, 412.578.2478,


Rise to the Challenge

Members and donors are urged to rise to challenges posed by PNC Financial Corporation and an anonymous donor to support Carnegie Museums.

            Through 2002, PNC Financial Corporation will match your gift at the level of $300 to $1,894, regardless of whether this is your first gift to the museums or you are a current member or donor who increases your giving to this level.       

In addition, over the next two years, an anonymous donor will match your contributions if you join Carnegie Patrons Circle at the level of $1,895 or above.  Carnegie Patrons Circle members support the museums’ annual sustaining fund, which provides critical operating funds needed to sustain the four museums.  Member David Hartley Sherwood, who is among those supporters who have already responded to the anonymous challenge grant, said, “I was thinking about increasing my support.  The challenge grant just gave me the extra push I needed.”


Travel with Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

Carnegie Museums invites members to travel with our own museum specialists, directors, and special guests on exceptional excursions that provide opportunities for discovery rarely found in conventional trips.

For more information about traveling with Carnegie Museums, please call 412.578.2618 or 412.622.5774 or e-mail


Nordic Impressions: Scandinavia and Northern Europe 

May 28-June 10, 2002


Discover the majesty and historical treasures of Scandinavia and Northern Europe with Seddon Bennington, director of Carnegie Science Center, as your host.

            Your 14-day adventure begins in Amsterdam, where guides will lead you through Holland’s Floriade, the world-renowned flower festival held only once every 10 years.  There, you’ll find breathtaking exhibits, from the valley of one million bulbs to displays by international horticulturists.

            You depart from Holland on the intimate Clipper Adventurer for a cruise along the Kiel Canal through the German countryside and on to the Danish island of Bornholm, Gdansk, Stockholm, and Copenhagen.  Your days will be spent ashore exploring these quaint towns and historic cities, and your nights aboard the handsome Clipper Adventurer, with its covered promenade, lounges, library, and private cabins.  The sophisticated readers of Conde Nast Traveler have honored clipper Cruise Line as one of the world’s ten best small-ship cruise lines for the past six years.

            Finally, you’ll cruise along the awesome Nordic coast, where the panoramic views from the ship’s deck will astound you.  As you sail along the fjord, you’ll stop at tiny villages.

            An experienced onboard expedition team of historians and naturalists will enhance your journey.

            “This part of the world is perfect for venturing along little-traveled routes, surrounded by a constant vista of islands, with a wealth of ports-of-call, each with its own rich history and picturesque charm,” says host Seddon Bennington.


Cleveland Museum of Art

April 27, 2002


Spend a day touring Jeweled Arts of India in the Age of the Mughals at the Cleveland Museum, with Carnegie Science Center director Seddon Bennington.  The Mughal emperors of the 17th century are often called history’s greatest patrons of the jeweled arts.  This exhibition includes approximately 325 works in a variety of gemstones.






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