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Mountain Cat Pride Continues Celebrating 80 with Homecoming Weekend Tradition

Mountain Cat Pride Continues Celebrating 80 with Homecoming Weekend Tradition

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     Homecoming 2007 Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29, —the ideal opportunity for the community to join UPJ alumni, students, families and friends, faculty and staff on the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown campus. 

     Friday, September 28 features the Inauguration of the fifth President of the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Jem Spectar, and the beginning of Homecoming Weekend on the UPJ campus.

     • Presidential Inauguration Ceremony, 2:30 p.m., Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center.  More details in a news release to be issued soon.

     • Homecoming carnival, 4 p.m., on the campus mall.

     • Homecoming barbecue, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., featuring Caribbean Vibes Drum Band.

     • Women’s Volleyball team, 7 p.m. versus Davis and Elkins College at the UPJ Sports Center.

     • Fireworks display, 9:15 p.m.

     • Johnny Cardinale, 8 p.m., performs his comedy and music act in the UPJ Student Union Cambria Room.  Originally from Cleveland, Johnny Cardinale was armed with his guitar and an ability to imitate an endless array of singers when he moved to Hollywood to start his career as a stand-up comedian.  He quickly made his home at the world famous Comedy Store which lead to a nationwide tour with Pauly Shore.  Performing at clubs in Los Angeles, he has often been compared to Adam Sandler and Jimmy Fallon and puts the crowds in stitches.

     Saturday, September 29 Homecoming events include:

     • A Soul Food Fest at noon in the UPJ Student Union Cambria Room.  Sponsored by the Black Action Society.

     • UPJ Women’s Soccer at 1 p.m. team hosts Carlow University at the Soccer Field.

     • An engineering technology reception, 1 to 5 p.m. in the Engineering and Science building.

     • The Homecoming Parade at 2 p.m.  The parade will form at the Living/Learning Center and proceed up Kunk’s Drive to Highfield Avenue to Blackington Hall.

     • An alumni reception, 5 to 7 p.m. in Blackington Hall.

     • The Homecoming Queen Coronation, 7:45 p.m.  in the UPJ Sports Center.  The Homecoming Queen will be crowned and winners of the student float and window painting contests will be announced.  Gladys Go (’92), president of the Pitt Johnstown Alumni Association, also will announce the winner of the Association’s “Spirit of Homecoming” Award.

     • Gym Class Heroes, 8 p.m., UPJ Sports Center ---The hip hop band from Geneva, N.Y.  Gym Class Heroes has won popular and critical acclaim for kicking out genre-busting jams that seamlessly meld rap, rock, R&B, and anything else that happens to strike the musically voracious outfit’s fancy.  The concert, being sponsored by the UPJ Student Programming Board, is open to the public.  The general public may purchase tickets in advance for $15 at the UPJ Student Union Information Desk, The Music Haven, Scalp Ave., Johnstown, or George’s Song Shop, Market St., Johnstown.

     From the early beginnings at Johnstown High School and at the “Asphalt campus” in Moxham, the local community has given generously of its time, talents and resources.  “Celebrating 80” is a moment to rejoice with friends in the community, to show appreciation for the decades of support and goodwill and encourage the community to join the university to redouble efforts and build on the legacy of excellence.

     In our 80th year, UPJ continues to sustain momentum and define its way as a vital, integral and distinctive part of the University of Pittsburgh.  As we embark on another beginning, we are Mountain Cat Proud of the past, the present and future of our cherished institution.

     Established in 1927, UPJ has emerged as a flourishing campus of the University of Pittsburgh, a world-class institution.  UPJ’s record of excellence is reflected in part by the accomplishments of students, staff and faculty; the record of achievements of over 17,000 alumni; the satisfaction of area employers; and the commendations of many external organizations.  Ranked in the top tier of its category, UPJ’s retention and graduation rates exceed the national averages of similar institutions.  Proud of its legacy as a preeminent community citizen, the University ranks as a top employer and is a key partner in shaping the region’s economic future.

     For additional information on Homecoming Weekend 2007, visit

     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 9/19/2007 10:55:00 AM