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Navy Veteran and Pitt-Johnstown Faculty Member Featured Speaker at Working Women Event

Navy Veteran and Pitt-Johnstown Faculty Member Featured Speaker at Working Women Event

Article Body    Dr. Kristen Majocha, U.S. Navy veteran and assistant professor of communication at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, will share her story about growing up in a military family and how that experience affected and directed her life in, “Obstacles or Road Signs” at this year’s Salute for Working Women Luncheon being held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, at the Pitt-Johnstown Living-Learning Center.

     Participants will hear the self-proclaimed “Navy brat,” Dr. Majocha talk about how she juggled competing obligations both in her military and civilian lives while taking advantage of otherwise unknown opportunities.  She will reveal some of the tactics she learned in order to thrive under tremendous pressure during times of unexpected turmoil and drama.

     Dr. Majocha enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1989, later finishing her BA in communication at Slippery Rock University.  She earned her MA in philosophy of communication and her PhD in rhetoric from Duquesne University.  She taught at Duquesne University and also served as executive director for the Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project, the development director for St. Anthony School programs, and the community relations specialist at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital.  She has worked in radio broadcasting in Butler, New Castle, and Pittsburgh.  In 2005, Dr. Majocha received the Duquesne University Graduate Award for Excellence in Teaching.  She currently is writing a chapter for a book about prophetic rhetoric, has assisted with research on white women during the civil rights movement, and is a member of a research team studying the gift-giving practices of the Blackfoot Nation during their powwows.

     The seminar luncheon is presented by the Pitt-Johnstown Office of Community Education and Outreach.  The cost is $24 per person or $207 for a table of nine.  The registration deadline is Friday, March 30.  Additional information on the luncheon may be obtained by calling the Outreach Office at 814-269-2099 or visiting their website at

     Celebrating its 85th anniversary this year, 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,” by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization" for 2011.  Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

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Posted by Shook, Kimberly on 4/4/2012 12:00:00 PM