Two members of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown staff, Sherri Rae and Pat Pecora, 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.
Sherri Rae, director of Student Life and the RealWorld Action Program, received the President’s Staff Award for Excellence in Service to the Community. A member of the Pitt-Johnstown staff for 12 years, Ms. Rae is someone who is genuinely concerned about the welfare of others. Not only a true cheerleader for Pitt-Johnstown, she is a champion of the community with an unwavering dedication to its success. Her participation in organizations such as Special Olympics, Goodwill Good Guides Mentoring Program, Outstanding Young Woman Scholarship Program, and the Cinderella Project, to name a few, has impacted this community in a positive and far-reaching way.
Pat Pecora, director of Athletics, received the President’s Staff Award for Excellence in Service to Pitt-Johnstown. A member of the Pitt-Johnstown staff for 37 years, Coach Pecora is the embodiment of the spirit of the Mountain Cat. He is a true ambassador for the University, and leads the way when it comes to promoting pride and community on campus. His leadership and ever-positive attitude about “all things Pitt-Johnstown,” not to mention his unparalleled success as a coach, makes Mr. Pecora deserving of this award.
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,” by AC Online as one of the “Highest ROI Colleges in Pennsylvania,” and by Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization.” Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been presented with The Seven Seals Award by the US Department of Defense’s office of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).