The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown will officially usher in the holiday season at its sixth annual Light Up Night on Wednesday, November 28. The community is invited to attend the event, which will be held at 5 p.m. at University Square where the signature Goodwill Arches will be illuminated. Members of the Pitt-Johnstown concert choir will lead the audience in traditional holiday songs while PJ the Mountain Cat, the school’s mascot, leads the traditional stroll under the arches.
The Goodwill Arches made their campus debut in 2007 with 10 arches, containing more than 4,000 blue and gold lights, lining the sidewalk from Blackington Hall to the Mountain Cat Statue. In 2010, the Arches were moved to their permanent home at University Square, where 25 Goodwill Arches illuminate the sidewalks leading to the gazebo. The Goodwill Arches symbolize the Pitt-Johnstown community’s hope and generosity of spirit.
In keeping with the spirit of goodwill, the Staff Association Council will be collecting non-perishable food items and monetary donations for the Walnut Grove Emergency Food Bank. Additionally, Backroads literary magazine will be collecting clothing for the YWCA. Collection bins will be available at the event.
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 in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization." Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the past three years.