Lauren Dziagwa has been crowned the 2011 Homecoming Queen at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar crowned Ms. Dziagwa at a ceremony held Saturday, September 24 in the gazebo at the campus' University Square. Ms. Dziagwa, a senior civil engineering technology major and daughter of Joseph and Veronica Dziagwa of Seward, Pa., was sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Members of the Queen's court are: first runner-up Natalie Aikens, a senior biology major and daughter of William and Marcy Aikens of Altoona, sponsored by Pitt-Johnstown Cheerleaders; second runner-up Leah Sporio, a senior humanities major and daughter of Robert and Beverly Sporio of Jefferson, Pa, sponsored by Delta Chi and the Black Action Society; third runner-up Kristin Baker, a senior elementary education major and daughter of Brad and Kathy Baker of Tower City, Pa., sponsored by Alpha Sigma Alpha; and fourth runner-up Stacie Popowski, a senior elementary education major and daughter of Mark and Sandra Popowski of Pittsburgh, sponsored by Kappa Zeta.
Pitt-Johnstown's 2011 Homecoming celebration kicked off Friday evening with a fireworks display on the campus mall. The weekend also included the annual Homecoming parade followed by a carnival, a performance by Pitt-Johnstown's own "Mad Scientist" David Willey, and a campus-wide progressive dinner in celebration of the 80th birthday of retired Pitt-Johnstown Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Lowell Shaffer.
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.