The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown has announced its line up of events for Homecoming 2010. This year's expanded festival has been created as a celebration not only for the students, faculty, staff, and the school's more than 18,500 alumni, but also for the entire community. As part of the celebration, a free community picnic will be held in downtown Johnstown, where the school first began 83 years ago.
Among the activities planned as part of Homecoming 2010 are:
Tuesday, September 21:
•Retired members of the Pitt-Johnstown faculty and staff will join President Spectar for the fourth annual President's Emeritus Club Luncheon. More than a millennium of service is represented at these annual luncheons, which pay tribute to those who helped to establish and maintain Pitt-Johnstown's legacy.
•Pitt Johnstown will host a ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil University Square, the campus’s newest addition at 3:15 p.m. University Square is located directly across from the Student Union building. The new outdoor park will be a central gathering area for student organizations, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends, and will be a focal point for this year’s Homecoming celebration.
Wednesday, September 22:
•The fourth annual PITT-nic in the park will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Central Park, downtown Johnstown. The event will feature free hot dogs, prizes, and entertainment by 96 KEY. PJ the mascot will be on hand to distribute balloons to children.
Friday, September 24:
•The Pitt-Johnstown Accounting Alumni Advisory Board will hold its seventh annual job fair in the Cambria Room of the Student Union from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
•The second annual Pitt-Johnstown Alumni Golf Classic will take place at North Fork Country Club starting at noon. The registration deadline for this event is Wednesday, September 22.
•A carnival will be held in the Biddle Hall parking lot featuring rides, games, food booths, a balloon artist, and caricatures from 1 to 10 p.m.
•Zambelli Fireworks, one of the nation's oldest and largest fireworks companies and known as the "First Family of Fireworks," will launch a spectacular display beginning at 8 p.m. on the campus mall. Choreographed to music, this year’s show will have a patriotic theme. Prior to the fireworks, spectators are welcome to enjoy a Caribbean-style steel drum duo preshow from 6 to 8 p.m. on the campus mall.
Saturday, September 25:
•The 2010 Homecoming Parade, based on the Homecoming theme “International Post Card Destinations,” will feature floats and banners, the Forest Hills High School marching band, the Greater Johnstown High School marching band, and the 12 Homecoming queen candidates. The parade will begin at 11 a.m. at Richland Cinemas, before moving onto Theatre Drive then to Schoolhouse Road. The parade will enter campus via Picking Drive and proceed onto Kunks Drive past the reviewing stand.
•Immediately following the parade the coronation of the 2010 Homecoming Queen will be held. The coronation will take place at University Square.
•The Pitt-Johnstown carnival will continue Saturday from 1 to 10 p.m. with special activities including: Magician John Robertson, airbrush tattoos, and spin art Frisbees. Also, local band Day Well Spent will perform from 2:30 to 4 p.m. The Pitt-Johnstown Alumni Association will be hosting the MountainCat Wing Fest from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on the campus mall. Wing Fest tickets can be purchased at the alumni tent on the campus mall.
•Alumna Jessica Bellas ‘93 will be holding a reading and book signing of her memoir Maotai, Mooncakes & Monks: Misadventures in Hong Kong and China. The reading will take place at 2 p.m. in the Mountain Cat Club and the signing will take place at 2:30 p.m. in the Pitt-Johnstown Bookstore. The book is available for purchase in the Bookstore.
•A Discovery Dome will be in the Blackington Hall lobby from 1 to 4 p.m. The inflatable dome will feature programs such as images of the galaxies, a 3-D tour of the earth, a rollercoaster ride through canyons, a search for the edge of the solar system, and an in-depth look at NASA’s space probe collecting atoms.
•A beach party-themed progressive dinner will take place from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The four-course dinner will be incorporated into a leisurely tour of the campus. Advanced registration is required.
•The final Homecoming event will be the Papa Do Run Run concert at 8 p.m. in the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center. The show will feature classic rock hits of the ‘60s and ‘70s, including the band's rendition of hits by the Beach Boys. Tickets can be purchased at the door. For more information contact the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center at 1-800-846-ARTS.
For complete information on the events visit www.upj.pitt.edu/homecoming, or contact Institutional Advancement at 814-269-2080.
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.