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American Mosaic Series

The American Mosaic Series is designed to foster greater interconnections and communication between Pitt-Johnstown and the community by celebrating and highlighting those experiences and events that have built and sustained our democracy. Signature programs include successful alumni, business and community leaders, legislators, and young people with success stories, all of which give each and every student, faculty, staff, and a chance to connect with both familiar pieces of their own lives and experiences that expand their current knowledge of the world around them. Other facets of the series examine a specific cultural issue, provoking thoughtful examination and discussion. Past examples of this include Holocaust survivor and speaker Marion Blumenthal Lazan and the annual Sepia Fashion Show (a Pitt-Johnstown tradition for 25 years).  The American Mosaic Series brings together community organizations, community members and student groups including the Pitt-Johnstown Alliance, Black Action Society, the History Club, and the Student Council on World Affairs.  Additionally, it serves to unite various campus entities such as International Services, Equity and Inclusion, Intercultural Affairs, and Disability Services in ongoing efforts to foster greater intercultural understanding and promote inclusive excellence, pluralism, and goodwill.
Upcoming Events - Spring 2009 Semester

Celebrating Our History
During the entire month of February, members of the Black Action Society, many of whom come from homes outside the United States, will showcase their own personal histories and cultures through educational displays outside of the Student Union Cafeteria.  For more information, please contact the Office of Student Life at 814-269-7065.

The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt Display - February 9 through February 12
This Nationally recognized symbol of the toll that the AIDS epidemic has taken will be on display in the Cambria Room of the Student Union, beginning with an opening reception on Monday, February 9 at 4:30pm. Members of the Pitt-Johnstown community are welcome to spend some time in quiet reflection during the open display hours (Monday 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Tuesday 11a.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday 11a.m.-7p.m., and Thursday 11a.m.-5p.m.) or join us for our two evening programs. On Tuesday, local health professional Wenka Bonini from Memorial Medical Center will discuss how to protect yourself against HIV (co-sponsored by Health Service and Wellness Outreach). Wednesday night will offer an open memorial service/poetry reading, showcasing the emotional and spiritual side of this epidemic.  Both events start at 7pm.  (Click here for aditional information)

SLaVe - February 26
Now in its 11th touring season SLaVe is our critically acclaimed one-man performance which has traveled across the US.  The interactive play features two brothers, from two different worlds, on a local talk show trying to rebuild their relationship in light of their mother's recent death.  The audience participates in this play by playing the studio audience of the talk show.  For more information, please contact the Office of Student Life at 814-269-7065.

Black Action Society Talent Show – March 3
All Pitt-Johnstown students are welcome to showcase their hidden (or not-so-hidden) talents in this showcase competition. Members of the Black Action Society are looking to bring a wide-range of entertainment to the event. Prizes will be awarded, including a chance for the winner to be a featured act in Black Action Society Fashion Show later in the year.

Iron Chef Contest – March 24
What better way to feature the vast mosaic that makes up our students, faculty, and staff than through the many ways we feed our bodies and souls through cooking. Taking something as basic as a chicken breast and bananas, our competitors use their own cooking skills and cultural backgrounds to create a multitude of delicious recipes.  Prizes are awarded for quality, creativity, and, of course, flavor!  For more information, please contact the Office of Student Life at 814-269-7065.

Great Americans Day Citizenship Forum - April 7
Join us for an in-depth look at the life and accomplishments on pioneering military office Benjamin O. Davis Jr.  Perhaps best known as one of the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, Benjamin O. Davis Jr.’s military career spanned five decades and three wars.  Davis was the first African-American general in the United State Air Force.  He was the second child born to Elnora and Benjamin O. Davis Sr., a US Army Brigadier General, and was the first African-American to graduate from West Point in the 20th century.  Since 1998, the annual Great Americans Day Citizenship Forum has celebrated the lives of a wide range of citizens, from Presidents and First Ladies to authors and professional athletes. Pieces of their lives provide models of civic virtue—the sacrifice of self-interest for the public good—that the founders intended to be the glue of our Republic.  Funding for this event is provided by  the Howard M. and Adelle C. Picking Great Americans Day Forum fund.  (For additional information, click here)

Black Action Society Fashion Show – April 9
This show will feature students modeling fashions by young up-and-coming designers, as well as local favorites. The clothing featured in the show will be selected by the students and will have a broad appeal to all tastes and styles.   For more information, please contact the Office of Student Life at 814-269-7065.