In celebration of Veterans Day, the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown campus community will honor its military veterans during the week of November 8 through the 12 as part of its MountainCat Veterans Program (MVP). The MVP, introduced in 2009, assists veterans in making a successful transition from a soldier to a college student. The week will include several tributes to former and current members of the United States Armed Forces.
Among the tribute events planned for the week are:
- 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 flag pole.
- 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.
- Pitt-Johnstown staff and MVP members will serve a dinner to the residents of the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) Tuesday, November 9 from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
- Patriotic-themed DVBIC pins will be available throughout the week at select locations on the campus for a $2 donation. All proceeds from the sale of the pins will benefit the DVBIC.
- Pitt-Johnstown volunteers will be assembling care packages on Veterans Day from 1 to 3 p.m. in Blackington Hall. The packages will be sent to troops serving in the Middle East. Collection boxes will be placed in specific offices around the campus for items in demand by those soldiers abroad such as hot sauce, beef jerky, baby wipes, books/magazines, DVDs, Gold Bond powder, and calling cards. Along with the campus community, the public is invited to make donations through Wednesday, November 10. For more information contact the Institutional Advancement office at 814- 269-2080.
- 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.)
- Members of the campus community are encouraged to wear red, white, and blue on Thursday, November 11 as a tribute to military veterans everywhere.
- A campus-wide moment of silence will be observed at 11 a.m., Thursday, 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 Pitt-Johnstown's efforts to support veterans, the school has been recognized by GI Jobs as a "Military Friendly School" and by Military Times EDGE as a "Best for Vets" college.
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," by the Princeton Review as a "Best Northeastern College," and by G.I. Jobs as a "Military Friendly School." Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.