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Two members of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown staff, Francine Cooper and Andrew Csikos, have been recognized for outstanding service by campus President Dr. Jem Spectar. They received their awards at Pitt-Johnstown's annual staff recognition luncheon held on December 19.
Mrs. Cooper, administrative assistant in the Institutional Advancement and Alumni and Community Relations offices, received the President's Staff Award for Excellence in Service to the Community. A member of the Pitt-Johnstown staff for five years, Mrs. Cooper was recognized for her involvement in numerous community projects including the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society's Light the Night event, the American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days, and the American Heart Association's Pink Ribbon Ball. As an active volunteer in "Pitt-Johnstown @ Your Service," Mrs. Cooper has participated in a breast cancer awareness/screening event in partnership with the Conemaugh Health System, visited nursing homes, and served as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army.
Mr. Csikos, director of physical plant operations, received the President's Staff Award for Excellence in Service to Pitt-Johnstown. A 40-year employee at Pitt-Johnstown, Mr. Csikos was recognized for his commitment to maximizing operating efficiency and reducing energy consumption across the campus. Through an initiative that he launched, which included the installation of energy-efficient lighting and the replacement of traditional light switches with automatic lighting controls, he has reduced the carbon footprint of the campus by more than 890,000 pounds, which is the equivalent of planting 1,319 trees and removing 74 cars from our highways. In the process, he reduced the campus' annual utility costs by more than $45,000.
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.