Good citizenship on the part of members of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown campus community has earned the campus a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the second consecutive year. The Honor Roll, administered through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), is the highest federal recognition that a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
Pitt-Johnstown President Dr. Jem Spectar commented, "Being recognized for the second year in a row affirms our deep commitment to fostering civic engagement and is further proof that our students, faculty, and staff are, indeed, making a difference in the real world. We are grateful that the work done by members of our community has achieved such significant recognition."
During the 2009-2010 academic year, the period for which the school is being recognized, Pitt-Johnstown students, faculty, and staff performed more than 12,300 hours of service, positively impacting the lives of 5,000 individuals. Among the major service projects on the campus were:
Pitt-Johnstown @ Your Service
Faculty, staff, and students at Pitt-Johnstown annually support community organizations by offering their time, talents, and expertise as part of "Pitt-Johnstown @ Your Service." One of the components of "@ Your Service" is a seven-day project known as "@ Your Service Week," during which volunteers choose from a variety of volunteer opportunities designed to address areas of vital importance to both Pitt-Johnstown and the community including health promotion, veteran outreach, and education. Last year's "@ Your Service Week" project included a partnership with Windber Research Institute that resulted in the formation of a 500-person human pink ribbon to promote breast cancer awareness. Pitt-Johnstown student-athletes are an integral part of "@ Your Service," having performed more than 1,650 hours of service last year. The majority of their efforts focus on serving as mentors for at-risk children through the Alternative Community Resource Program.
The Pitt-Johnstown RealWorld Action Program
The RealWorld Action Program, the centerpiece of co-curricular and student development initiatives at Pitt-Johnstown, offers students the opportunity to develop customized personal and professional development plans to develop as agents of positive change in our communities and our world. Overall, 560 Pitt-Johnstown students, 18.5% of the student body, were actively engaged in service-oriented work as part of the RealWorld Action Program. Projects, which positively impacted the lives of more than 3,500 individuals, included serving meals, providing staffing assistance at community events, tutoring K-12 students, participating community cleanup programs, and promoting conservation.
Pitt-Johnstown Habitat for Humanity Alternative Spring Break
The Habitat for Humanity Chapter at Pitt-Johnstown is one of the most active in the nation, ranking seventh in the nation for participation in the annual Habitat for Humanity Alternative Spring Break. Last year, 111 faculty, staff, and students traveled to locations in Florida and Georgia where they performed more than 4,400 hours of service in the construction of four homes. Overall, members of the chapter completed 6,000 hours of service for the year.
The Corporation for National and Community Service, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, admitted a total of 641 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. The Corporation oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the Department of Education, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact, and the American Council on Education.
Patrick A. Corvington, chief executive officer of CNCS, commented, "As members of the class of 2011 cross the stage to pick up their diplomas, more and more will be going into the world with a commitment to public service and the knowledge that they can make a difference in their communities and their own lives through service to others, thanks to the leadership of these institutions. Congratulations to these schools and their students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities. We salute all the Honor Roll awardees for embracing their civic mission and providing opportunities for their students to tackle tough national challenges through service.”
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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