A new city as popped up on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown…one made from cardboard. The Habitat for Humanity chapter at Pitt-Johnstown, the Kappa Zeta sorority, the Alpha Phi Omega the national co-ed service fraternity, the Karate Club, the Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity, and WUPJ Radio are participating in the first Shack-a-Thon event, creating cardboard structures on the Campus Mall to raise awareness of homelessness and poverty around the world. Based on the Cardboard City builds of recent years, the Shack-a-Thon coincides with Habitat for Humanity's Act, Speak, Build Week, a national advocacy event for homelessness.
Each cardboard "shack," which has been designed to represent the poverty housing from a specific country, is constructed from cardboard, duct tape, wood, and other materials and actively displays facts and figures to create awareness of the substandard housing, homelessness, and poverty that exists in that country. To show support for those in our community and around the world who are living in substandard housing, students will also sleep in their structures overnight. Shacks will be on display on the Campus Mall through Friday morning.
Earlier in the week, students participated in a Popsicle Stick Build, constructing models of Habitat for Humanity homes from around the world. The models reflected the current building style that Habitat for Humanity is using in different countries.
The Habitat for Humanity Chapter at Pitt-Johnstown is one of the most active collegiate chapters in the country, ranking seventh among colleges and universities nationwide for participation in the 2009 Alternative Spring Break Project. During this year's spring break, students from Pitt-Johnstown traveled to locations in North Carolina and Florida to help construct Habitat for Humanity homes.
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.
Pitt-Johnstown…at the forefront of leading baccalaureate colleges…
In the attached photo, Pitt-Johnstown Director of Student Activities and Advisor to the Habitat for Humanity chapter at Pitt-Johnstown Bryan Valentine talks with Ashleigh McClelland, of Cranberry Township, and Ame Emert, of Pittsburgh. Both students represent the Kappa Zeta sorority.