The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is celebrating the success of its more than 17,000 alumni through the creation of the new Distinguished Alumni Award. The award was announced by UPJ President Jem Spectar at the Alumni Association’s annual UPJ Proud Celebration held on February 23 on the UPJ campus.
The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes the accomplishments of UPJ alumni for their: individual achievements, leadership in their professions, service to their community, and loyalty to their alma mater. According to Alumni and Community Relations Director Robert Knipple, “This award is the highest honor that UPJ bestows upon its alumni. It recognizes and celebrates the excellence and achievements of our alumni who are making a difference in our community and around the world.”
Candidates must have earned a bachelor’s or associate’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (or have earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh after completing two years of study at UPJ during a period when four-year degrees were not available at the Johnstown campus). Nominations for the award may be made by any member of the University community, including alumni, faculty, staff, and Advisory Board members. Nomination forms are available on the Alumni and Community Relations web page at www.upj.pitt.edu/upjalum. Nominations will be accepted through Monday, March 31. More information is available by calling 814-269-2080.
Founded in 1927, UPJ is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. A vital knowledge center and a foremost contributor to the area’s educational, social, cultural, and economic development, UPJ offers a first-class educational experience that is purposefully designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.