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Staff Members Lauded for Service

Staff Members Lauded for Service

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Two members of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown staff, Karen Barrick and Todd Shaffer, 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 in December.

Mrs. Barrick, office manager for Housing and Residence Life, received the President’s Staff Award for Excellence in Service to the Community.  A member of the Pitt-Johnstown staff for seven years, Mrs. Barrick was recognized for her involvement in the Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania, the American Red Cross, and the Windber Middle School and High School color guards.  She volunteered for more than 15 years as a Girl Scout troop leader and has recently transitioned into a volunteer role with the Girl Scouts’ Camp Conshatawba Program Team, where she serves as a service unit manager.  She has also been a long-time volunteer coach for both the middle and high school color guards in the Windber Area School District.  Additionally, Mrs. Barrick is a First Aid and CPR instructor with the American Red Cross.

Mr. Shaffer, associate director of Housing and Residence Life, received the President’s Staff Award for Excellence in Service to Pitt-Johnstown.  An eight-year employee at Pitt-Johnstown, Mr. Shaffer was recognized for his commitment to improving service to students while maximizing operational efficiency of his department through establishing and nurturing positive working relationships with several departments on campus. Through his open door policy, he has established an excellent rapport with students that creates an environment in which communication and respect are valued and enhanced.


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

Posted by Knipple, Robert on 1/3/2013 4:00:00 PM