The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Advisory Board presented its 14th annual Service to Community Award to Pitt-Johnstown Assistant Athletic Director Nikki Babik at its spring meeting. Ms. Babik 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.
“She serves as a mentor to all of the Pitt-Johnstown student-athletes and inspires them to serve the community. Nikki gives extensively of her free time to serve alongside the student-athletes on service projects, whether they are in the evening or on the weekends. The person who nominated her commented,’” said Dr. Barbara Parkins, representing the Pitt-Johnstown Advisory Board.
Ms. Babik was recognized for her involvement as advisor to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee; coordinator of the annual Think Pink game which has raised more than $3,000 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Joyce Murtha Breast Care Center; volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity’s Alternative Spring Break; creator of the annual Make-A-Wish Charity Basketball Game between the faculty/staff and students, an event that has raised close to $5,000 for Make-A-Wish and leader of several clothing, food, and toy drives for the benefit of the community. She also established a partnership with the Alternative Community Resource Program that has involved Pitt-Johnstown student-athletes as community volunteers and youth mentors. 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.
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