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Pitt-Johnstown Men's Basketball Opens Season at Pitt-Johnstown-Cummings Trophies and Engraving Classic

Pitt-Johnstown Men's Basketball Opens Season at Pitt-Johnstown-Cummings Trophies and Engraving Classic

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     Pitt-Johnstown Men’s Basketball team opens its 2007-2008 season this weekend when it hosts the Pitt-Johnstown-Cummings Trophies and Engraving Classic, Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17, at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Sports Center.   Making a debut at this weekend’s tournament will be the “Mountain Cat Maniacs.”  Over 300 student members strong, the Mountain Cat Maniacs hope to bring excitement to the Sports Center events.

     The tournament tips off Friday at 5:30 p.m. with West Liberty State versus Clarion University.

     Pitt-Johnstown hosts Eastern University at 7:30 p.m.

     Saturday’s tournament tips off at 5:30 p.m. with Eastern University versus West Liberty State College.

     Pitt-Johnstown hosts Clarion University at 7:30 p.m.

     Pitt-Johnstown begins its 2007-08 season after completing a 21-9 campaign last year under Head Coach Bob Rukavina (19th year).  This season also marks the first year the Pitt-Johnstown basketball teams will compete to play a West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) championship.

     Student Affairs Associate Vice President Kelly Austin and Assistant Athletic Director Nikki Babik, created the Mountain Cat Maniacs to build campus spirit.

     “The Mountain Cat Maniacs is a student organization geared towards the promotion of school spirit and supporting our athletic teams.  This is the inaugural year of the program with over 300 students already signed up.  It is our goal that all students will eventually become a part of the revolution and join the Mountain Cat Maniacs,” said Mr. Austin.

     In addition to the Mountain Cat Maniacs, the new UPJ Pep Band led by Mike Bodolosky, along with the UPJ Dance Ensemble and UPJ Cheerleaders are scheduled to be at this weekend’s tipoff tournament.

     UPJ is a vital knowledge center defining excellence and a foremost contributor to the area’s educational, social, cultural and economic environment through:  excellent faculty teaching, scholarship, and service, as well as enriching faculty-student mentorships and collaborations in scholarship, research, and creative activity; operating as a top employer and key partner in shaping the economic future with an annual impact exceeding $60 million; engaging the community through exceptional volunteerism by faculty, staff, and students; expanding the workforce capacity by linking theory to practice through experiences such as internships and service learning projects; exceeding the  national averages of student graduation and retention rates of similar institutions; a tradition of athletic excellence, with nationally recognized and award-winning programs; 17,000 alumni making a difference throughout the community and world; and by growing partnerships with businesses in areas such as healthcare, education, commerce, technology, and the arts.

Posted by Shook, Kimberly on 11/13/2007 9:40:00 AM