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Mountain Cat Pride of Pitt Johnstown is Celebrating 80 with faculty, staff, students, alumni and community

Mountain Cat Pride of Pitt Johnstown is Celebrating 80 with faculty, staff, students, alumni and community

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     The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown will celebrate the 80th anniversary year with pride and tradition, featuring a special week-long series of events—“Celebrating 80” Sunday, September 23 through Sunday, September 30.  Months of planning by more than 80 individuals have focused on many exciting events for campus and community, including the Inauguration of the fifth President of the University, a fitting moment to pay tribute to the past 80 years, even as we look forward to a new beginning. 

     From early beginnings at Johnstown High School and then to “Asphalt Campus” in Moxham, the local community has generously demonstrated support to the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown with time, talents and resources.  “Celebrating 80” is the special occasion that has been created to rejoice with faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends in the community, to show appreciation for the eight decades of goodwill.

 Sunday, September 23rd is the official “Celebrating 80” Kickoff—
• Island Party with Resonance Percussion showcasing the coolest refreshments and tastiest food with an island flare beginning at 1:30 p.m!  Meet the intense energy of Resonance Percussion on its first journey to Johnstown with the show beginning at 3 p.m. and set to entertain the audience with heart-skipping African dances and contemporary Caribbean percussion created by a superb bassist and percussionists that feature the power of steel drums.  Optional dress of Panama shirts and Bermuda shorts will add to the fun!  Sure to be a sell-out, tickets are available now by contacting the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center at 800-846-2787 or 269-7200.  Special welcome by President Jem Spectar, PhD will add to the excitement of the week-long events to kick-off the 80th anniversary of the university. 

     Visitors will experience the enthusiasm on campus, as the tradition in the
Blue and Gold will bring to life the themes for “Celebrating 80” as the university displays its Mountain Cat Pride with employees in blue and gold apparel, decorations throughout campus and buildings, and a unique traveling memory lane exhibit featuring nostalgic memorabilia.  Events this week include:

Monday, September 24th—official founding day of UPJ:
• The newly created President’s Emeritus Club, University Room, Living/Learning Center, will honor retired faculty and staff with a luncheon at
noon—to recognize the excellent faculty whose teaching, scholarship and service have enriched the curriculum while enhancing the faculty-student undergraduate research program; and to honor the retired staff who have been student-centered and whose contributions of many years of service and volunteer activities have continued to distinguish the university as a top employer and great place to work.
  • The 80th Anniversary Celebration, 2 to 3:45 p.m., a special campus-wide event featuring the unveiling of the Memory Lane exhibit---80 years of memories…in the Cambria Room, Student Union with balloons, cake and more to recognize the official founding of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, on this date in 1927.

Tuesday, September 25th:
•International Business Luncheon, noon, recognizing the region’s businesses who contribute to the expanding Johnstown business base and global economy, University Room, Living/Learning Center.
• Worlds of UPJ Diversity Fair, 4 to 6 p.m., in its sixth successful year, will feature food as well as displays from around the world, first-year residence halls (Oak, Maple, Laurel, Hickory, and Hemlock).
• “Asphalt Campus” Reception, 6 p.m., will recognize the alumni who attended the university from 1946-1967 when the campus was located on Cypress Avenue in the Moxham section of the city, Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center.

Wednesday, September 26th:
• The Greater Johnstown community is invited to the UPJ Community Picnic Celebration in Central Park, Downtown Johnstown, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30p.m.— providing refreshments and entertainment!  Join faculty, staff, students and alumni to celebrate 80 years in which the university has flourished into a vital knowledge center and foremost contributor to the area’s educational, social, cultural and economic environment.  Entertainment will be provided by the talented UPJ Concert Choir, Band and Theatre Department.
• Century Club, 6:15p.m., the annual dinner recognizing donors and friends of the college, Heritage Hall, Living Learning Center.
• Tim Wise, 7 p.m., Diversity Working Group Speaker, among the nation’s leading and prominent new voices and recipient of the 2001 British University Award for best feature essays, Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center.   
• Women’s volleyball team, 7 p.m. versus West Liberty State College, Sports Center.

Thursday, September 27th:
• International Faculty/Fulbright Dialogue Luncheon, noon, honoring excellent faculty teaching scholarship and service, Scholars Room, Student Union.
• Theatre Department presents the musical, The Appletree:  The Diary of Adam & Eve, stage outside of Boscov’s, Galleria Mall 2, 3 and 4 p.m.
• Men’s soccer team, 4 p.m., versus Westminster College.
• Management Forum, 5 p.m., for management students and alumni, Cambria Room, Student Union.

Friday, September 28th :
Features the Inauguration of the fifth President of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and the beginning of the traditional Homecoming Weekend.
 Complete Inauguration and Homecoming Weekend event details will be distributed in soon-to-issue news releases.
• Women’s Volleyball team, 7 p.m., versus Davis and Elkins College, Sports Center. 
• Women’s Soccer team, 1 p.m., versus Carlow University, Soccer Field.
• Engineering Technology luncheon and reception, 1 to 5 p.m., Engineering and Science Building.
•Alumni reception, 5 to 7 p.m., Blackington Hall.

•Blue and Gold week events conclude Sunday, September 30 with the
the Athletics Hall of Fame, 6:15p.m. Heritage Hall, Living/Learning Center—Five athletes will be inducted as the inaugural class of the first UPJ Athletics Hall of Fame.  The 2007 Hall of Famers are Lisa Britt (’80), women’s basketball; Sean Isgan (’82), wrestling; Carl Sax (’58), men’s basketball; Edward Sherlock (’61), men’s basketball and athletic director, and James Wilkes (’54), men’s basketball. 

     For additional information on UPJ’s Celebrating 80 events, visit  Leaders of the Celebrating 80 and Inauguration Committees are: Jon Darling, PhD, professor, and chair, Celebrating 80 and Inauguration Planning Committee; Joyce Radovanic, co-chair, Celebrating 80 and Inauguration Planning Committee; Amy Miller, assistant professor of mechanical engineering technology and chair, “Celebrating 80 Subcommittee”; Karen Scanlon, PhD, chair, education division, and chair, Inauguration Planning Subcommittee, and Kelly Austin, associate vice president,  student affairs, and chair, Homecoming Weekend.

     During the last week of September, the picturesque Richland campus will be bustling with activity as UPJ celebrates its 80th anniversary and the Inauguration of its fifth president, Dr. Jem Spectar.   The largest regional campus of the internationally renowned University of Pittsburgh, UPJ has come into its own as a vital knowledge center and a foremost contributor to the area’s intellectual, social and cultural environment.  Proud of its legacy as a preeminent community citizen, the University ranks as a top local employer and is a key partner in shaping the region’s economic future. 

Posted by Shook, Kimberly on 9/12/2007 4:50:00 PM