The People of Pitt-Johnstown

Mountain Cat Tales of Effort, Education, and Exceptional Giving

The people of Pitt-Johnstown augment our unique place and programs, which result in exceptional performance. Their stories are also the stories of a university, its culture, and its emphasis of learning beyond the classroom. It is a commitment to real-world action.

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The following are some of the stories about those who comprise the very special Pitt-Johnstown community.

Mountain Cat Minute

Mountain Cat Minutes Highlight Pitt-Johnstown Achievements

Hear interviews by Forever Media Inc. with the outstanding students, record-setting athletes, legendary coaches, and selfless individuals who make Pitt-Johnstown a special place.

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Vartazarian Internship Set Path to Become Hospital Administrator

Sarah Vartazarian found her love for hospital administration when she took an internship in the summer of 2018.

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Study Abroad Program in Ireland Both Visual and Educational

Marketing major Kaitlyn Tuite tells of her first-hand experiences while taking part in a six-week study abroad program in Ireland.

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Environmental Studies Student Conducts REACHland Drone Survey

Pitt-Johnstown sophomore Hope Leer, an environmental studies student from Somerset, looks to make a difference from any level.

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somervilleStudent Counters Trend By Quitting Social Media

Pitt-Johnstown senior Taylor Somerville began the 2018 fall term with a focus on graduating in December and she did so without social media. She is off the grid and proud of it.

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HoganConservationist Takes Her Message from Alaska to Congress

Senior Kylie Hogan is a: Conservationist; Outdoors enthusiast; Congressional lobbyist; Future educator. and current Pitt-Johnstown student.

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Kayla Carr#PittJohnstownPeople Project Tells Stories Via Social Media

Kayla Carr’s 2017-18 social media internship with Pitt-Johnstown's marketing and communications department made an impact. The concept of featuring The People of Pitt-Johnstown personalized the university's overall story and generated a greater social media following. 
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Max TateDrawing a Fine Line Between Art and Engineering

Max Tate is a man of varied talents who has found a means of enhancing all of them at Pitt-Johnstown. The senior mechanical engineering student from Philadelphia balances an engineering proficiency with an aptitude for art. He explains there is a logical connection, and aspires to continue refining and using these abilities in his professional career.
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YunStudent's Video Project Has International Appeal

Dain Yun, an international student from South Korea, has enjoyed success at Pitt-Johnstown. The senior accounting and finance major also works in the Admissions Office. That provided her an opportunity to produce an international  recruiting video that is as much a promotional project film as it is a mirror of her own experiences.
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Coltt LepleyWriter, Musician, and Sprint Car Driver Ready for the Real World 

Coltt Winter Lepley’s foot is on the gas pedal, both figuratively and literally. The senior from Bedford County will earn his degree in communication with a minor in creative writing, but he is already an award-winning writer, musician, and sprint car driver.

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Student Helps Make Guatemala Village's Dream School a Reality

Savannah Sullivan envisions beyond her immediate surroundings. Her motivation to make a difference led her to Central America, and brought her back there several times. The result is the creation of a girl's school in Guatemala.
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2 Earn Vira I. Heinz Scholarships for Global Leadership  Sesock and Soltis

University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown students Halee Sesock and Kayla Soltis have been named the recipients of the 2018 Vira I. Heinz Scholarship for Women in Global Leadership.
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Student Drone Pilot Takes the High Road

When Eric Lobb, a mechanical engineer/GIS student from Spring City, PA, moved to campus, he made sure to pack all of his essentials. In his case, the necessities included a drone.

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Habitat for Humanity Team Builds Homes During Spring Break

Pitt-Johnstown's team of 23 students and three advisors spent Spring Recess week 2018 as part of a Habitat for Humanity project in Oklahoma City, OK. They worked on five homes and witnessed the dedication of a family’s Habitat-built home.
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Mountain Cat Wrestler Scores Big Win In Shark Tank Competition

Pitt-Johnstown senior D.J. Sims has stepped into many arenas to meet with intimidating foes. Each time, he knew he had to execute all that his coaches had conveyed and to have no fear.
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Spencer KaleSuper Fan – AKA 'Mr. Volleyball' – Revels in Team's Success

In the PSAC-champion Pitt-Johnstown volleyball squad, lifetime sports enthusiast Spencer Kale found the perfect object of his vast affection for athletic competition in general and teams in specific. It turned out the feelings are mutual.
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Tori FulkroadRecord-Breaker in Track, Cross-Country Always on the Run

Pitt-Johnstown’s Tori Fulkroad runs for enjoyment, as a record-setting member of Pitt-Johnstown’s track and cross country teams, and because she has not yet reached her destination. The marketing major seeks a career that will tie into her passion for running.
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Format Provides Real-World Opportunities for Aspiring Sportscasters, Producers

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Pitt-Johnstown's MountainCast offers wide-ranging opportunities for student broadcasters and producers via online sports broadcasts. "My dream job is to broadcast sports for a major market network,” said Josh Briscoe. "MountainCast has helped personalize my journey here,” said Sarah Francowic. 
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More Than Puppy Love: Student Works With Service Dog in Training

HumphreyCierra Smetana, a sophomore business marketing major, is teaching while she is learning. Smetana’s instructional curriculum is of the sit, heal, and stay command variety. She is working with Humphrey, a Labrador Retriever mix, in a service dog training program. 
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Pre-Med Student Makes a Difference as Live Liver Donor

Shauna MShauna McMillan thrives in making a difference as a mother of three, a Conemaugh Health Systems employee, and a pre-med student at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. In July 2017, McMillan made the ultimate difference, becoming a life-saver as a live liver donor.
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