This week marks the return of students for another academic year at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. The move-in process will officially begin on Thursday as all first-year students, numbering nearly 800, arrive on campus. Periods of congestion should be expected on the roadways adjacent to campus between 7 a.m. and noon on Thursday. In total, 940 students, including transfer students, will begin their college careers at Pitt-Johnstown this fall.
Once on campus, first-year students will begin a four-day orientation program designed to help acclimate them to their new campus community and prepare them for success at Pitt-Johnstown. Orientation focuses on the themes of socialization, engagement, balance, personal responsibility, and persistence to provide students with a successful transition to college.
Orientation will kick off with a freshman convocation ceremony in the Sports Center, where President Jem Spectar will officially welcome students and their families to Pitt-Johnstown. Students and parents will also hear from Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Janet Grady, Student Government Association President Clifford Maloney, Pitt-Johnstown Alumni Association President Jeffrey Philibin '88, and this year's recipient of the President's Award for Teaching Excellence Dr. Elena Constantin.
Following convocation, parents will have an opportunity to participate in a session entitled "Don't Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money: The Essential Parenting Guide to the College Years," presented Helen E. Johnson, the nation's leading consultant to colleges and universities in the area of parent relations. The founder of Cornell University’s first Parents’ Program, Johnson has worked for more than 30 years in higher education, being featured on ABC’s 20/20 and ABC World News Tonight. She has been cited in numerous publications including The New York Times, the Washington Post, Newsweek, Oprah Magazine, and the Boston Globe.
Workshops and activities planned for students throughout the four-day program will address issues including conflict management, academic integrity, health and wellness, financial management, career planning, and inclusivity.
Upper class students who are residing on campus will move in on Sunday, August 28 beginning at 8 a.m. Classes for the fall term begin Monday, August 29.
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 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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