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Homecoming & Family Weekend


Join us for this year's Homecoming and Family Weekend celebration...where the theme is Las Vegas!  We've planned a number of activities for all ages, so mark your calendars and join us September 27 and 28!  And, remember...what happens at Homecoming and Family Weekend, STAYS at Homecoming and Family Weekend!

Wednesday, September 25

PITT-nic in the Park (11:30 am. to 1:30 p.m.)
Central Park, Downtown Johnstown
It's our  annual PITT-nic in the Park!  Meet us in Johnstown's Central Park for a free community picnic that will include hot dogs, popcorn, dessert, and beverages.  Have your picture taken with the Pitt-Johnstown Mountain Cat, too!  The celebration is part of Homecoming 2013 and is a signature component of "Pitt-Johnstown @ Your Service."  Be there at 11:30 and enjoy a special performance of "The Second Shepherd's Play" by the Pitt-Johnstown Student Theatre Troupe!

Friday, September 27

President’s Emeritus Club Luncheon (12:30 p.m.)
Location to be announced
This event is limited to Pitt-Johnstown retired faculty and staff

Calling all Pitt-Johnstown retirees!  Join President Spectar for the annual Emeritus Club luncheon and get an update on what’s happening on campus!  After lunch, you’re invited to the official grand opening of the new Nursing and Health Sciences Building!

"The Second Shepherd's Play" (2 p.m.)
Owen Library Lawn
Enjoy this entertaining and often boisterous short play performed by the Pitt-Johnstown Student Theatre Troupe under the direction of John Teacher.

Ribbon Cutting - Nursing and Health Sciences Building (3 p.m.)
Yes, it's true!  The long-awaited Nursing and Health Sciences Building is ready to open!  Join us for the celebration as we unveil the campus' newest building! 

Sorority Bid Day Ceremony (4 p.m.)
Cambria Room (Student Union) 

Family Picnic (5-7 p.m.)
University Square (rain location: Student Union Dining Hall)
This event is limited to Pitt-Johnstown Faculty, staff, students, and their families (students must use their meal cards)
It's the return of the annual welcome back picnic at University Square!  Please note that the evening meal will not be served in the Student Union Dining Hall (unless this venue is used for the rain location).

Alumni & Family "Welcome Back!" Reception (6:30 - 8 p.m.)
Campus Mall (under the tent; proper ID required)
$15 per person/$10 for Alumni Association members (student meal cards cannot be used)

Kick back, relax, and reconnect with your former classmates while enjoying pizza, wings, and beer under the tent!  It’s a perfect way to start the weekend! 

Live Performance - Casey Weston (7-8:30 p.m.)
Owen Library Lawn
Casey Weston is a singer-songwriter, who has opened for Top 40 and Country acts on the national concert circuit, was one of the eight finalists in the inaugural season of the television sensation The Voice.  In addition to touring the country in the post-season Voice Finalists Tour, she has appeared on her own at venues throughout the United States including the Hard Rock Café in Nashville, Schuba’s in Chicago, NBC at Universal Studios in Los Angeles, and the Women Today Expo in Ventura, Calif. 

Fireworks (8:30 p.m.)
Campus Mall (rain date: Saturday, September 28)
Each year, hundreds of people pack the campus mall for the spectacular Zambelli Fireworks show.  So, we’ve brought them back for another amazing display staged to music!

Outdoor Movie Night (9-11 p.m.)
Owen Library Lawn (rain location: Blackington Hall)
It's a free showing of The Hangover, where what happens in Vegas doesn't necessary stay in Vegas!

Saturday, September 28

  • Be sure to stop by the Alumni Tent on the mall between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • The Bookstore will be open Saturday!  Representatives of Josten's will be available if you want to purchase a class ring!

Homecoming Parade (11 a.m.)
The parade will travel from the Richland Cinemas (the former Richland Mall location for those of you who remember the glory days!) to Blackington Hall.  The reviewing stand will be in front of the Whalley Chapel.

Queen Coronation (12:30 p.m.)
University Square (rain: Cambria Room, Student Union)

Pitt vs. Virginia Game Watch (12:30 p.m.)
Student Union Food Court & Mountain Cat Club 

Pitt-Johnstown's Own Mad Scientist: Dave Willey (1-2 p.m.)
Campus Mall (under the tent) (rain: Saylor Auditorium, E&S)
Back by popular demand, it's Dave's "How Does a Thing Like That Work?" show that dazzles and amazes all ages!

Ice Cream Extravaganza (1-3 p.m.)
Mountain Cat Club - Student Union
The Pitt-Johnstown Education Division and its alumni invite you to take a refreshing break from the heat (we're crossing our fingers!) at what we hope will be the first of many future ice cream extravaganzas!  Current Education Division students will be on hand to do some creative face painting while you and your children make your own creation at the make your own sundae bar!

The Pitt-Johnstown Zoo (2 p.m.)
Cambria Room
Get up-close and personal with wild animals at the Pitt-Johnstown Zoo where you will encounter 14 different animals, which could include: African Emperor Scorpion, Marin Toad, African Spur-Thigh Tortoise, American Alligator, Nile Crocodile, European Legless Lizard, Python, European Eagle Owl, Kinkajou, Fennec Fox, Binturong (bearcat), Spot-Nose Guenon (monkey), and an African Spotted Leopard or Hyena.

"The Second Shepherd's Play" (2:30 p.m.)
Campus Mall
Enjoy this entertaining and often boisterous short play performed by the Pitt-Johnstown Student Theatre Troupe under the direction of John Teacher. 

Zeta Sigma Tau Reunion Dinner (5:30-7:30 p.m.)
Sponsored by Zeta Sigma Tau and the Pitt-Johnstown Alumni Association
University Room - Living-Learning Center
$29 per person/$24 for Alumni Association members
Calling all Zeta Sigma Tau's reunion time!  Reconnect with your sisters at a casual dinner and then join everyone for the concert at the Log Cabin!

Casino Night (7-11 p.m.)
Cambria Room - Student Union
Check back for details. 

Concert at the Log Cabin featuring Dead Irish Blues (8 p.m.)
Sponsored by Eagle Ridge Industries
Log Cabin (Proper ID required)
$10 per person ($5 for Alumni Association Members and Pitt-Johnstown students)

Dead Irish Blues performs an eclectic mix of music derived from and inspired by traditional music passed on by people who have passed on. DIB features champion fiddler Marty Faiers and guitarist/singer Pitt-Johnstown’s own Greg Faiers.  The band emphasizes the roots of American music derived from Irish and African American traditions and plays in venues from the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida westward to Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, and Colorado.  

All events and times are subject to change.

Last Reviewed: August 1, 2012