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@ Your Service Scrapbook - October 2009

   Faculty, staff, and students from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown were out in the community in full-force from October 18 through the 24th as part of of the college’s “Pitt-Johnstown @ Your Service” week. The project included nearly 30 service projects and events for the community. 

   The week-long service initiative was the second “Pitt-Johnstown @ Your Service” week, which debuted in March.  During that week, the campus community performed more than 150 volunteer hours while sponsoring 20 service projects and community events.

   Please click here to view the list of Pitt-Johnstown community members who volunteered their time, energy, and expertise to make this event a success.

Goodwill Visit: Conemaugh Hospital

Volunteers escorted P.J., the Pitt-Johnstown Mountain Cat mascot, on a goodwill visit to patients at Memorial Medical Center's pediatric unit and palliative care unit, as well as the Good Samaritan Nursing Care Center.  There were lots of friendly smiles to greet the Mountain Cat as it made its rounds.

P.J. visits with Jess DeFazio, Jr. in the pediatric unit.  Jess was all smiles after receiving his stuffed miniature mountain cat.  We wish him a speedy recovery.  P.J. takes a moment to pose inside the atrium of Memorial Medical Center. 
P-J and fellow volunteers Jacquie Bayer (left) and Maggie Yount (right) take a moment to pose for a photo at the palliative care unit nurse's station.  Patients in the unit were treated to a Mountain Cat handshake and blue and gold carnations.  

Habitat for Humanity

Members of the Pitt-Johnstown Chapter of Habitat for Humanity had a beautiful day to construct their Cardboard City on Monday.

Students carefully position "support beams" for the roof.

P.J. helps the students "raise the roof" on their home.

Students write statistics from Habitat on the Cardboard City.

Habitat members stand in front of the finished Cardboard City. 

International Success Story Visit to Windber Elementary School

Pitt-Johnstown international students from Russia, Rwanda, South Korea, China, and Taiwan shared their international success stories with Windber Elementary third grade students.

Pitt-Johnstown international students (left to right): Polina Valitova, Russia; Consolee Uwizeyimana, Rwanda; Paul Kim, South Korea; Richie Yu, China; Anya Yang, Tawian. 

Anya Yang talks about life in Taiwan.

Windber elementary students ask questions about international cultures and customs.

Richie Yu discusses life in China.

Salvation Army Soup Kitchen

Members of the Pitt-Johnstown "@ Your Service" team put their culinary skills to the test as they prepared and served the evening meal at the Salvation Army.  Volunteers found their experience so rewarding, that many of them plan to volunteer at the soup kitchen on a regular basis.

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 Senior pre-med major Garrett Britton serves our "signature" Mountain Cat Tuna Noodle Casserole.     Dr. Spectar lends a hand to the dessert team, whipping up a special batch of brownies
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Recipe for Mountain Cat Tuna Noodle Casserole:

Mix 4 large cans of tuna with 18 cans of cream of mushroom soup.  Add 2 dozen chopped carrots and 7 bags of cooked noodles.  Stir in a little Mountain Cat Pride and serve.  (Serves 65)

The Pitt-Johnstown dinner team: Joyce Radovanic, Marilyn Alberter, Garrett Britton, Helen Golubic, Betsy Goenner, Karla Garman, Bob Knipple and Pam Sabol.  

Workplace Readiness Series: Building a Winning Resume

Pitt-Johnstown career counselors discussed proper formatting, content, word choice, and how to target resumes to a specific employer or industry.

Janet Danchanko is being advised by Angela Boyd on “How to Build A Winning Resume.”

Angela Boyd and Vicki Biter give Richard Holsinger tips on his resume.



Goodwill Visit: Laurelwood Nursing Care Center
The residents of Laurelwood welcomed the "@ Your Service" crew with smiles and handshakes during the Goodwill Visit. 

Erin Rebling, Garrett Britton, Kim Miller, Linda Coyle (and Judi McGuirk, not pictured) donned their "@ Your Service" t-shirts as they distributed flowers and good cheer to the residents. 

Goodwill Visit: Arbutus Park Retirement Center

During their visit, members of the "@ Your Service" crew heard stories from the residents of Arbutus Park Retirement Center about their children and relatives who attended Pitt-Johnstown.

left to right:  Mark Dougherty; Nancy Dickert, Arbutus Park Retirement Center; Karen Barrick; Kim Miller, and Kathy Patterson. (not pictured Theresa Horner and Kim Shook)

Goodwill visit: Atrium Manor

Members of the Pitt-Johnstown Blue and Gold Society held a “Bingo Nite” for residents of Atrium Manor.

Sean McCully, Dana Shirley, Bridgette Dawson, Heather Pearcy, Laura Orchowski, Nicholas DiClaudio, Annalise Policicchio, Danielle Rodgers, Stacie Popowski, Megan Guiher, Alvine Melone, Tien Lau, Amanda Beliveau, Ben Policicchio, Bryce Troyan, and Mike Slezak.


Story Time: East Side Elementary

Chris Stumpf and the Mountain Cat mascot shared "The Mountain Cat Who Mattered" story with elementary school children at East Side Elementary. 

Goodwill Visit: Senior Life

Members of the Pitt-Johnstown "@ Your Service” crew spent a morning with Senior Life members sharing life stories, answering questions about Pitt-Johnstown, and assisting them in the scheduled daily activities which included baking cinnamon rolls, singing, playing soccer, and seniorcize.

(left to right): Kara Larry, Pitt-Johnstown student; Judy Freedman; Kerry Jones, member assistant, Senior Life; Sonja Serball, member assistant; Stephanie Korber; Mark Dougherty; Laura Perry-Thompson; Terrie Hetzlein, and Brian Crosby, Pitt-Johnstown student.


International Success Stories

Pitt-Johnstown international students visited third and fifth grade students at Ferndale Elementary and eighth grade students at Westmont Middle School sharing their success stories and discussing their native countries and the ways that life differs in the United States.

(left to right): Daniel Okwaisie, Ghana; Liu Lubby, China; Gatumi Aliyu, Nigeria; Li Mavis, China; Li Zhe, China, and Chen Wensi, China.


Goodwill Visit: Learning Lamp/Boys and Girls Club

P.J. sits among the children at the Learning Lamp/Boys and Girls Club Afterschool Program as they listen to the story “The Mountain Cat Who Mattered.”  Members of the Pitt-Johnstown “@ Your Service” crew also conducted educational games and helped the children with homework questions.  

Goodwill Visit: Defense Veterans Brain Injury Center

Residents of the Defense Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) were treated to a picnic dinner compliments of Pitt-Johnstown during "@ Your Service" Week.  We would like to extend our deepest appreciation to everyone at the DVBIC for allowing us the privilege of visiting their facility and sharing a meal with the residents.  It was an experience that was both rewarding and enlightening.




 Chris Jordan and Patrick Redman enjoy a fun moment with PJ the Mountain Cat


 Gary Schall gives a thumbs-up to the volunteers who served the meal.







 James Carlton enjoys some desser with PJ.


 @ Your Service volunteers take a moment to pose with the staff of DVBIC.