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President's Award for Excellence in Service 2004

President's Award for Excellence in Service 2004

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This year two individuals were chosen to receive the President’s Award for Excellence in Service for staff. While it is uncommon to recognize two recipients in the same year, the individuals recognized this year were equally deserving. It would have been a disservice to recognize only one.

A common characteristic of these recipients is their commitment to the entire UPJ community. They do not recognize boundaries and they are energetic in their pursuit of professional goals. Their commitment to success is expressed by their assistance to others. It is not uncommon for Bob or Beth to embrace the goals of others as their own..

I am pleased to announce that Robert W. Knipple and Elizabeth Ann Whitman were awarded the President’s Staff Award for Excellence in Service. This award was established in 1999 to recognize staff for exemplary service to the UPJ community. Nominations and recommendations are received by a committee of peers. Based on their review of available documents the committee then recommends up to three individuals to the President for his consideration.

Robert W. Knipple


Bob is a 1987 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. He joined UPJ in 1985 and currently serves as Director of Outreach and Professional Service. Through his years at UPJ, Bob has continued to advance professionally. During this time he has consistently endeavored to create an environment supportive of all who work at UPJ. He has always encouraged his peers and colleagues to advantage their talents and to assist them in reaching their goals. Bob never refuses to take on additional assignments and has always been willing to assume responsible committee assignments.

In addition to his campus activities Bob is extensively involved in the Greater Johnstown Community. For many years, Bob has committed his time and talents to making his community a better place to live, to work, and to recreate. The quality of his community work has earned him much deserved recognition from many community leaders and service organizations.

Bob is recognized on-campus as the person willing to invest time and effort. His investment in the success of UPJ and especially the success of others is a reflection of his values and commitment. He continues to take advantage of opportunities to initiate new programs that serve a myriad of audiences. His commitment to the success of the Great Americans Lecture, Salute to Working Women, and LEARN are examples of the breadth and depth of his commitment to UPJ and its community.

Elizabeth Ann Whiteman
Beth is a 1985 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. She joined UPJ in 1999 as Associate Director of Housing and Residence Life. She is committed to providing UPJ students with a safe and secure environment. Beth is recognized as an individual that encourages students to ‘spread their wings’ and to explore their talents. She is recognized, across campus, as the champion of students.

Beth never refuses to take on additional assignments and has always been willing to assume responsible committee assignments. Additionally, she does not recognize a standard work schedule. You will find Beth on campus, in resident halls, in the Student Union, or other locations at most any time during a 24 hour period. She has contributed in noticeable ways to the success of the Freshman Year Experience and to the exceptional retention rate that UPJ enjoys.

Beth also works with a number of community service organizations. She directs students in developing programs for local children’s groups. And, she is instrumental in the Student Life ‘Adopt a Family’ program. Through this program, Beth leads the efforts of students in providing assistance to needy families in the Greater Johnstown Community.

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