Pitt-Johnstown Welcomes Class of 2021


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:

  • John P. Murtha Cancer Center, 337 Somerset Street, Johnstown – tree-planting and site prep for Pitt-Johnstown’s 90th anniversary memorial dedication at the site of the first campus (details about that event will be announced soon)
  • Haynes and Menoher  – 90th anniversary wall mural project
  • Village Street Playground in Moxham – sand and stain playground equipment, remove weeds, and anniversary decorating.
  • Central Park – cleanup, paw painting, and anniversary decorating
  • Jim Myer Trail, Bridge Street – trail cleanup
  • Park Avenue – cleanup and decorating
  • West End – cleanup
  • PNG Park Trail – trail cleanup and improvement
  • Hornerstown – clean-up and weed removal

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.