Campus Events Honored Veterans Week


posted November 10, 2017

Pitt-Johnstown’s Veterans Week 2017 included the annual Veterans Day tribute, a screening of the critically acclaimed documentary Almost Sunrise, and the annual Great Americans Day.

The University, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, hosted these campus events to honor and commemorate our military veterans.

Missing ManThe University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown held its seventh annual Veterans Day tribute on November 10 at the Heroes Memorial near the Whalley Chapel. Faculty member and U.S. Navy veteran Dr. Kristen Majocha led in the singing of the National Anthem and student/veteran Maria Larotonda led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar was joined at the Heroes Memorial by students, faculty, and staff who served in the U.S. Armed Forces for a wreath-placing ceremony, followed by a moment of silence.

Student veterans were later honored at a luncheon, which included staff and faculty veterans and a special place setting at a Missing Man Table. Also known as the Fallen Comrade Table, the place setting is done in memory of fallen, missing, or imprisoned military service-members.

Col. Gilda Jackson, USMC (Ret.), the president and general manager of Lockheed Martin AeroParts, Inc., in Johnstown, spoke at the event. student veterans

A screening of the award-winning documentary Almost Sunrise, a documentary about two friends and veterans who embark on an epic journey to find post-deployment healing, was held November 9, in the John P. Murtha Center for Public Policy and National Competitiveness.

On November 7, Cynthia Izuno Macri, MD CAPT MC USN (Ret.) was keynote speaker at the 21st Annual Great Americans Day Forum in Heritage Hall at the Living-Learning Center.

The forum discussed the life of Sen. Daniel Inouye, the internment of Japanese-Americans, and the role and heroism of the Nisei Soldiers during WWII. Learn more about Great Americans Day>

The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is marking its 90th anniversary as well as the 50th year of the campus in its Richland Township location. Pitt-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.