Annual Pitt-Johnstown Event Honors Veterans

Mike Morlacci

posted November 11, 2015

Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar leads in the applause as he was joined at the Heroes Memorial by students, faculty, and staff who served in the US Armed Forces.

The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown held its fifth annual Veterans Day tribute November 11, 2015, on campus at The Heroes Memorial.

Heroes Memorial wreath

Faculty member and Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Paul Newman served as the event’s master of ceremonies; Emmanuela Duku, a U.S. Army Reserves veteran, senior psychology major, and member of the Pitt-Johnstown MountainCat Veterans Program, led attendees in saying the Pledge of Allegiance; and faculty member and U.S. Navy veteran Dr. Kristen Majocha led in the singing of the National Anthem.

Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar then spoke of the appreciation for all veterans, including students, faculty, and staff, saying: “Today we celebrate veterans of the United States of America, we are grateful for your service, and are honored to be in your presence.”

He was joined at the Heroes Memorial by students, faculty, and staff who served in the US Armed Forces.

The tribute closed with the laying of a wreath by Dr. Spectar and Ms. Duku, followed by a moment of silence to honor the memory of the service men and women who were killed in Afghanistan and Iraq.


Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt-Johnstown is the regional leader, educating for the Real World. The distinctive combination of our people, programs, and place results in exceptional performance in preparing students for career and professional success. 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.” Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been presented with The Seven Seals Award by the US Department of Defense’s office of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).