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Homecoming Weekend

Homecoming Weekend

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     The entire Johnstown community is invited to participate in the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown’s 2009 Homecoming celebration, scheduled for Friday, September 25 and Saturday, September 26.
Special events include:

Thursday, September 24:
• The Greater Johnstown community is invited to the Pitt-nic in the Park (Central Park), Downtown, Johnstown, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Free hot dogs, refreshments, entertainment, and prizes.

Friday, September 25:
• The Pitt-Johnstown Accounting Alumni Advisory Board is hosting its annual job fair in the Student Union from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Additional information is available at:
• Alumni and guests are invited to a President’s Reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Grand Lobby, Blackington Hall.  Tickets are $15 per person/$10 for Alumni Association members.  Reservations are required and may be made by contacting the Alumni Office at 814-269-2080.
• A spectacular fireworks show choreographed to music will be held at 8 p.m. at the Campus Mall

Saturday, September 26:  Homecoming Day. 
Homecoming Parade at 11 a.m.  This year’s parade has been expanded and will feature high school bands from Forest Hills, Greater Johnstown, and Richland; floats, and Homecoming queen candidates.  The parade will form at the Richland Cinemas and proceed down Theatre Drive to Blackington Hall.  Blessid Union of Souls will serve as Grand Marshalls. 

• Presentation of the 5 Queen finalists will be held at 12:30 p.m., Campus Mall. 

Mountain Cat Wing Fest at 12:30 p.m., Campus Mall.  A variety of wings and  nacho bar.  Cost is $10 per person.  Reservations are required and may be made by contacting the Alumni Office.

• Pitt-Johnstown’s Own Mad Scientist: Dave Willey will present “How Does a Thing Like That Work?” at 1 p.m., Under the Big Top on the Campus Mall. 

20+ Things to do in 4 Hours from 1 to 5 p.m., Campus Mall.  Family fun activities include a Classic Car “Cruise-In;” Live Music; Classic Clowns; Children’s Crafts; Children’s Entertainment; Family Fun at “The Zone;” Face Painting; Open Swim at the Aquatic Center; Campus Tours; Latin Dancing; Pictures with the Mountain Cat; Story Telling; Outdoor Yoga; Walking Tour of Campus; Karate Demonstration by the Pitt-Johnstown Karate Club; Karaoke at the Mountain Cat Club, and West African Dancing. 

• A Soul Food Fest at 4 p.m. in the Student Union Cambria Room.  Sponsored by the Black Action Society.

• A Chapel Service will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the J. Irving Whalley Memorial Chapel.  A special remembrance will be held for deceased alumni.  Sponsored by the Protestant Campus Ministry.

Queen Coronation and ConcertFamily-friendly Emerson Drive and Blessid Union of Souls will rock the Sports Center at 7:30 p.m.  With the release of their fourth studio album, Believe, Emerson Drive has secured its place as the premiere band in contemporary country music.  The album, produced by Josh Leo and Teddy Gentry (of the legendary country band Alabama), showcases all of the attributes that have fueled the group’s long, steady rise through the country ranks.  Blessid Uinon of Souls is a vintage pop/rock band with an edge.   This pop/rock band from the 90s has had eight Top 40 hits, one of them reaching #1 in the U.S., Southeast Asia and England while becoming the fourth most-played song in 199.  The group has performed in Europe and the 50 states with The Goo Goo Dolls, Bon Jovi, Sean Kingston, Third Eye Blind, Sister Hazel, Huey Lewis and the News, Shania Twain, Veritical Horizon and Mike and the Mechanics.

     For additional information on Homecoming Weekend 2009, visit

     Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh.  The University offers a high-quality educational experience in a supportive living-learning environment designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.  Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by U.S.News & World Report as a “Best Baccalaureate College”(2010),  by the Princeton Review as a “Best Northeastern College” (2010),  and by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School.”

Posted by Knipple, Robert on 9/17/2009 9:05:00 AM