The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Advisory Board presented its 11th Service-to-Community Award to UPJ sophomore Brandon Quinn, of Sutersville, Pa., at its spring meeting. Mr. Quinn also received a $250 cash prize from the Advisory Board.
This award was established to recognize students, faculty and staff who have actively contributed to the quality of life in our region.
The Public Affairs Committee of the Advisory Board members evaluated nominees based on established criteria, including volunteerism and service that has significant impact or enduring effect.
“We are delighted to recognize Brandon for this award because he truly serves as a role model for others through his work with Habitat for Humanity and his hometown fire department. The selection process for this award is never easy, given the outstanding commitment to service demonstrated by the students and employees at UPJ. This year was no exception, as, we had an excellent pool of candidates who are making a very positive difference in our community,” said E. Jeanne Gleason, chairperson, UPJ Advisory Board.
Mr. Quinn was recognized for his involvement with UPJ’s Habitat for Humanity and service projects in his hometown of Suterville, Pa. As president of the UPJ Habitat for Humanity chapter, Mr. Quinn has helped the club membership grow and become more active in the community. During this year’s spring break 20 members of the UPJ chapter traveled to Imokalee, Fla. to participate in the “Collegiate Challenge,” where they helped build houses with the Collier County Habitat for Humanity organization. Last semester he took a group of members to work on a Habitat House in Cambria County, the first job the group has been able to perform outside the Johnstown city limits. A volunteer for the Sutersville Volunteer Fire Department, Mr. Quinn has taken over 200 hours of firefighting classes to become better educated in his work. He also served as chairman of the Sutersville fair.
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.