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Pitt-Johnstown Salutes Our Military Veterans

Veterans Day

During the week of November 8 through the 12, the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown campus community will honor military veterans and active duty military personnel as part of the MountainCat Veterans Program (MVP). 

Faculty, staff, students, alumni, and Advisory Board members are encouraged to participate in the following activities:

  • Pitt-Johnstown volunteers will be assembling care packages from 1 to 3 p.m. on Veterans Day in Blackington Hall. The packages will be sent to troops serving in the Middle East.  Members of the campus community are asked to donate items that are in demand by our soldiers serving abroad.  These items include:
    • hot sauce,
    • hand lotion,
    • socks,
    • gum,
    • hard candy,
    • cotton swabs,
    • disinfecting wipes
    • beef jerky,
    • baby wipes,
    • books/magazines,
    • DVDs,
    • Gold Bond powder, and
    • calling cards.

Items can be dropped off at any of the following locations on campus (items will be collected through the end of the day, Wednesday, November 10):

    • Biddle Hall – Registrar's Office, room 132
    • Blackington Hall – Institutional Advancement, room 272
    • Engineering and Science Building – Engineering Technology Division, room 225
    • Krebs Hall – Social Sciences Division, room 104
    • Living/Learning Center– front desk
    • Owen Library – room 110
    • Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center - room 209
    • Sports Center – Athletics Office
    • Student Union – Student Affairs Office, room G04
  • Members of the campus community are encouraged to wear red, white, and blue on Thursday, November 11 as a tribute to military veterans everywhere. 


  • DVBIC pinSpecial Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) lapel pins will be available.  A $2 donation per pin is appreciated, with all proceeds going directly to the DVBIC.  Anyone interested in a pin should visit the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, 248 Blackington Hall, Monday through Thursday during regular office hours.  Pins will also be available in the Student Union Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Additionally, the following tributes will be held throughout the week:

  • American flags will be hung at both campus entrances and will line the walkway leading from Blackington Hall to the Pitt-Johnstown Mountain Cat and campus mall.
  • Custom banners, thanking military veterans for their service, will be hung in the lobbies of Biddle Hall, Blackington Hall, Engineering and Science Building, Krebs Hall, and the Student Union. A banner will also be hung at the entrance of the Living/Learning Center.
  • Special posters have been designed in honor of our veterans, and will be hung in administrative and classroom buildings across campus.
  • The Pitt-Johnstown Spirit Rock, located outside of the Student Union, will also be decorated in honor of our veterans (see photo at the right).
  • Pitt-Johnstown MVP members will serve a dinner to the residents of the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) on Tuesday, November 9.
  • President Spectar will host a dinner for all members of the Pitt-Johnstown MountainCat Veterans Program on Veterans Day. (This event is by invitation only.)
  • A campus-wide moment of silence will be observed at 11 a.m., on November 11 to honor fallen veterans.

The United States currently has 25 million living veterans.  Of all the states, Pennsylvania has the highest number of Reserve members deployed in military operations. Pitt-Johnstown currently enrolls an average of 40 veterans per semester. Through efforts to support veterans, Pitt-Johnstown has been recognized by GI Jobs as a “Military Friendly School” and by Military Times EDGE as a “Best for Vets” college.   Pitt-Johnstown is also a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon program.