Students Honored at Annual Academic Luncheon and Convocation Events

Pitt-Johnstown

posted April 23, 2018


The annual Academic Honors Convocation ceremony was Friday, April 13, 2018, at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center on the Pitt-Johnstown campus.

Picking Award Recipients

 Edwin Kesslak III

 Tulsi Shrivastava

Howard Picking III, introduced
by President Jem Spectar

Academic Honors Convocation recognizes the exemplary academic achievement of our students, and provides an opportunity for the students' families, donors, and members of the campus community to celebrate their success.

A luncheon was held at the John P. Murtha Center for Public Policy and International Competitiveness. More than 50 students were acknowledged at the luncheon, which included only donor-funded awards.

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The Honors Convocation Ceremony followed at the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center.

Academic Award Donor Howard Picking III spoke. Two students, Tulsi Shrivastava and Edwin Kesslak III, received the 2018 Howard M. Picking Jr. Award at the Academic Award Luncheon.

The  Howard M. Picking Award was established by the Johnstown Savings Bank in 1973 to honor one of the original members of the Pitt-Johnstown Advisory Board and to recognize top seniors in the field of Business. 

Ms. Shrivastava is a double major in Actuarial Mathematics and Information Systems. She has been inducted into Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society (for which she serves as treasurer) and Sigma Beta Delta, the International Honor Society for Business students. 

She completed a marketing internship with CamTran and serves as a peer tutor for math and public speaking.  She is a member of the International Peer Mentoring Program, Culture Shock Club, and the South Asian Culture Club. 

Mr. Kesslak is a marketing and finance major who worked as a research assistant in the marketing department working on the Cambria Regional Chamber’s economic climate study

Recently, he travelled to Ecuador during Spring Break on a with a marketing group led by professor Skip Glenn.


The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown was founded in 1927 and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and by Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization.” The distinctive combination of Pitt-Johnstown’s people, programs, and place results in exceptional performance in preparing students for career and professional success. Pitt-Johnstown is the regional leader, educating for success in the Real World.