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Homecoming 2011

Homecoming 2011

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     The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown has announced its lineup of events for Homecoming and Family Weekend 2011.  This year’s event has been created as a celebration not only for the students, faculty, staff, and the school’s more than 19,000 alumni, but also for the entire community. 

Among the activities being planned are:

Tuesday, September 20:
• Retired members of the Pitt-Johnstown faculty and staff will join President Spectar for the fifth annual President’s Emeritus Club Luncheon

Wednesday, September 21:
• The fifth annual PITT-nic in the Park will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Central Park, downtown Johnstown.  The event will feature free hot dogs, prizes, and entertainment by 96 KEY.  PJ the mascot will be on hand to distribute balloons to children.

Friday, September 23:
• The Pitt-Johnstown Alumni Accounting Advisory Board will hold its eighth annual job fair from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Student Union Cambria Room.

• The third annual Pitt-Johnstown Alumni Golf Classic will take place at North Fork County Club starting at noon.  Advance registration is required.

• A carnival will be held in the Biddle Hall parking lot featuring a Ferris wheel, giant slide, carousel, a Sizzler, a Hurricane, and a Hi-Flyer, as well food booths from 1 to 10 p.m.

• Alumni are invited to kick back, relax, and reconnect with former classmates at an Alumni Welcome Back Reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m. under the tent on the campus mall.  Advance registrations are required for this event.

• Zambelli Fireworks, one of the nation’s oldest and largest fireworks companies and known as the “First Family of Fireworks,” will launch a spectacular display choreographed to music beginning at 8:30 p.m. on the campus mall. 

Saturday, September 24:
Mountain Cat 5k FunRun and Walk will begin at 9 a.m. from the Wellness Center and zigzag around Richland Township and the campus ending at University Square.  Advance registration is required.

• The 2011 Homecoming Parade, based on the Homecoming theme, “Broadway,” will feature floats and banners, the Forest Hills High School marching band, and Homecoming queen candidates.  The parade will begin at 11 a.m. at Richland Cinemas, before moving onto Theatre Drive then to Schoolhouse Road.  The parade will enter campus via Picking Drive and proceed onto Kunks Drive past the reviewing stand.

• Immediately following the parade the coronation of the 2011 Homecoming Queen will be held at University Square.

• The Pitt-Johnstown carnival will continue Saturday from 1 to 10 p.m. in the Biddle Hall parking lot.

Pitt-Johnstown’s Own Mad Scientist Dave Willey is back by popular demand with his “How Does a Thing Like That Work?” show at 1 p.m. under the tent on the Campus Mall.

• The Pitt-Johnstown Zoo will be held at 2 p.m. in the Student Union Cambria Room.  Visitors will have the opportunity to get up-close and personal with 14 different animals including the African Emperor Scorpion, Marin Toad, African Spur-Thigh Tortoise, American Alligator, Nile Crocodile, European Legless Lizard, Python, European Eagle Owl, Kinkajou, Fennec Fox, Binturong (bearcar), Spot-Nose Guenon (monkey), and an African Spotted Leopard or Hyena.

• Alumni, faculty, staff and students are invited to a Progressive Dinner and Birthday Party for retired Dean of Students Dr. Lowell D. Shaffer from 6 to 9:30 p.m.  The four-course dinner provides the perfect opportunity to explore the campus, and reconnect with favorite professors while celebrating Dr. Shaffer’s 80th birthday.  Advance registration is required.

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     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.

Pitt-Johnstown…at the forefront of leading baccalaureate colleges…

Posted by Shook, Kimberly on 9/14/2011 10:05:00 AM