The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Advisory Board presented its 13th annual Service-to-Community Award to Pitt-Johnstown 2010 graduate Abby Lee Gearhart, daughter of Terry and Kim Gearhart of Elton, Pa., at its spring meeting. Ms. Gearhart also received a $250 cash prize from the Advisory Board.
This award was established to recognize students, faculty and staff who have actively contributed to the quality of life in our region.
The Public Affairs Committee of the Advisory Board members evaluated nominees based on established criteria, including volunteerism and service that has significant impact or enduring effect.
“This year’s recipient of the Advisory Board Service to Community Award epitomizes the model of engagement that we seek to recognize with this award,” said E. Jeanne Gleason, chairperson, Pitt-Johnstown Advisory Board.
Ms. Gearhart was recognized for her involvement with the Pitt-Johnstown women’s volleyball team and as President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. In her role as President, Ms. Gearhart single-handedly took a service concept and transformed it into a partnership with the Alternative Community Resource Program, providing an opportunity for Pitt-Johnstown student-athletes to complete much-needed projects while working alongside and mentoring troubled youth. She also used many home sporting events as an opportunity to provide outreach for causes including breast cancer awareness, pancreatic cancer awareness, the American Cancer Society, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Ms. Gearhart was actively involved in the Mountain Cat Maniacs, Education Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Health and Wellness Committee. As a member of Pitt-Johnstown student chapter of Habitat for Humanity, she spent spring breaks helping to construct homes in the southern United States.
She was recognized, two years in a row, as one of the RealWorld Action Program’s top-five outstanding students. She was a Presidential Scholar, member of Pi Lambda Theta, and received the Faculty Senate Student-Athlete Award, the Stanton Chapman Crawford Memorial Award, and the Charles Kunkle Jr. Leadership Award at this year’s Academic Honors Convocation.
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.” Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
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