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Pitt-Johnstown Alumni Association to Honor Congressman Murtha

Pitt-Johnstown Alumni Association to Honor Congressman Murtha

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     The Pitt-Johnstown Alumni Association is honoring Congressman John P. Murtha, the recipient of the Pitt-Johnstown Alumni Association 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award, at a luncheon being held in his honor.  The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, October 31, at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Living/Learning Center Heritage Hall.

     The Distinguished Alumni Award, established by the Pitt-Johnstown Alumni Association, is the highest honor that the school bestows upon its alumni.  It will annually recognize alumni for individual achievements, leadership in their professions, service to their community, and loyalty to their alma mater.  The award was created to celebrate the excellence and achievements of the more than 17,000 Pitt-Johnstown alumni. 

     Congressman John P. Murtha graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1962, after completing the first two years of his studies at Pitt-Johnstown.  

     In addition to a distinguished 37-year military career, Congressman Murtha has served the people of the 12th Congressional District since 1974.  During his time in the House, Congressman Murtha has helped to create more than 5,000 family-sustaining jobs in Western Pennsylvania.  Currently, Mr. Murtha is the Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense.

     The Congressman’s honors include the Bronze Star with Combat “V,” two Purple Hearts, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, the John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage Award, the National Breast Cancer Coalition Leadership Award, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry’s Government Leader of the Year, the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, and the Pennsylvania Meritorious Service Medal.

     As a loyal alumnus, Congressman Murtha established the John P. and Joyce Murtha Center for Continuing Education and Professional Development at Pitt-Johnstown, which creates opportunities for students in our region to pursue graduate-level degrees.

     In order to be eligible for the Distinguished Alumni Award, candidates must have earned a bachelor's or associate's degree from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.  Candidates can also have earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh after completing two years of study at Pitt-Johnstown during a period when four-year degrees were not available at the Johnstown campus.  Nominations for the award can be submitted by any member of the University of Pittsburgh community, including alumni, faculty, staff, students and Advisory Board members. 

     To register for the luncheon, contact the Pitt-Johnstown Institutional Advancement Office at 814-269-2080.  For additional information, visit

     Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown 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 environment, Pitt-Johnstown offers a high quality educational experience that is purposefully designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.

Posted by Shook, Kimberly on 10/7/2008 11:15:00 AM