posted August 24, 2017
Pitt-Johnstown’s Class of 2021 arrived on campus Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, for a four-day orientation before the start of classes on August 28.
The incoming freshmen class embarked on several “@ Your Service” projects Saturday, August 26, as part of Pitt-Johnstown’s commitment to: Get Ready; Get Involved; Make a Difference; Change Your World.
The efforts included:
The Haynes and Menoher avenues efforts included site preparation for a 90th anniversary memorial placed in the Peace Garden at the John P. Murtha Cancer Center, the 1927 site of the original Johnstown College.
Note: Full details regarding the 90th anniversary kickoff and a lineup of celebration events will be announced soon.
The mural project will entail preparation work on the side of a Route 56 ramp near Somerset Street – also near the site of the original school – and will become an ongoing painting project that honors the 90 years of Pitt-Johnstown history, pays tribute to our veterans, and encourages the community to participate in expressions of changing their world. Master artist Stacie Krupa, MFA, a Johnstown native, will be lead the creative mural initiative.
In addition to the community service efforts, the Pitt-Johnstown orientation weekend included the “Pat the Cat” tradition in which new students pat the tail of the Mountain Cat statue on the Campus Mall, a pep rally and class photo at the Sports Center, educational seminars, games and activities, a welcome back BBQ, and fireworks.
The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is marking its 90th anniversary 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.