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Pitt-Johnstown Staff Members Receive Excellence Awards

Pitt-Johnstown Staff Members Receive Excellence Awards

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     Two members of the UPJ staff have been recognized for their exemplary service to UPJ and the community.  UPJ Registrar Marilyn Alberter and Director of Financial Aid Jeanine Lawn are this year’s recipients of the President’s Staff Awards for Excellence in Service.

     Mrs. Alberter, who joined UPJ in 1987, was the recipient of the President’s Staff Award for Excellence in Service to UPJ.  A driving force behind the successful implementation of PeopleSoft on campus, Mrs. Alberter consistently explores better ways to serve students, faculty, and staff.  She is a member of the UPJ Staff Activities and Concerns Association and serves on the Enrollment Management and First-Year Experience Task Force, and the UPJ Facilities, Infrastructure, and Technology Task Force. 

     “Mrs. Alberter’s commitment to service and to the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown family is commendable.  Her ‘can-do’ attitude has transformed the Registrar’s Office into one that is student-centered and always cheerful,” stated UPJ President Dr. Jem Spectar.

     Mrs. Lawn, who began her career at UPJ in 2000, was the recipient of the President’s Staff Award for Excellence in Service to the Community.

     Mrs. Lawn was recognized for her involvement in numerous service projects including Habitat for Humanity, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Arthritis Foundation, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, and the ALS Association.

     In presenting the award, Dr. Spectar stated, “Through her volunteerism, Mrs. Lawn has shown the high value placed on community service as she serves as an inspiration to those around her.”

     Both recipients were recognized at the annual staff luncheon where they were presented with engraved mantle clocks.

     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 Sernell, Jeff on 12/18/2007 3:45:00 PM