The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Advisory Board presented its 15th Service to Community Award to Pitt-Johnstown student Matt Ziance, a junior business major and son of Kevin and Kimberly Ziance of Johnstown, at its spring meeting. Mr. Ziance also received a $250 cash prize from the Advisory Board.
The award was established to recognize students, faculty and staff who have actively contributed to the quality of life in our region.
The Public Affairs Committee of the Advisory Board members evaluated nominees based on established criteria, including volunteerism and service that has significant impact or enduring effect.
“Through his strong commitment to helping others, Matt epitomizes the spirit of service that this award celebrates. He clearly has what it takes to make a positive difference in the real world,” said Dr. Barbara Parkins ‘80, Pitt-Johnstown Advisory Board chair.
Mr. Ziance was recognized for his service as an intern with the Conemaugh Health Foundation (CHF). He began his internship as a freshman student working on a variety of campaigns including the Critical Care/Intensive Care Unit of the hospital, which helped him learn the process of cultivating donors and the importance of health care fundraising. As the student chair of the newly formed CHF Student Philanthropic Program, Mr. Ziance worked with high school seniors helping to organize and bring to fruition numerous successful student projects, and organized the yearly CEO luncheon. Through student philanthropy Mr. Ziance raised money for life-saving programs such as the Teenage Trauma Prevention Program and initiated the basketball fundraiser, a Heart Health for Women, in memory of a teacher and coach who recently passed away from heart disease. In addition to his student fundraising projects, he assisted the Foundation with an Integrative Medicine Advisory Council project, represented the Foundation at various community events such as the annual Pet Therapy Day and Johnstown Area Heritage Association Youth Festival. He is a resident assistant at Pitt-Johnstown and has also been working as an assistant general manager for the Johnstown Generals.
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.
Pitt-Johnstown…at the forefront of leading baccalaureate colleges…
Pictured Above: President Spectar, Matt Ziance, and Advisory Board Chairperson Dr. Barbara Parkins.