The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Advisory Board presented its 17th Service to Community Award to Sherri Rae, director of Pitt-Johnstown’s Office of Student Life and the RealWorld Action Program.
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.
“Sherri goes far and beyond expectations to help support at-risk youth in our area. She exhibits a pride and professionalism in everything that involves Pitt-Johnstown and the community. She sets a positive example in her professionalism, community involvement, and campus pride,” said Pitt-Johnstown Advisory Board Chairperson Dr. Barbara Parkins ’80.
Rae offers her time and talents to several community organizations, including Special Olympics, Goodwill Good Guides, the YWCA’s Rise and Shine Girls Mentoring Program, Cuddles for Kids Toy Drive, and Children and Youth Services’ Gift Drive. She holds board appointment with the Young Professionals of the Alleghenies and the Cambria-Somerset Outstanding Young Woman Scholarship Program.
In response to winning the award, Rae said, “I did not grow up in Johnstown, but it has certainly become my home, and I just want to do what I can to make sure my adopted home is successful. I spend a lot of my time working with the young people, especially young women, in the community, because I want them to take pride in who they are and where they come from. I want them to feel strong and confident in their dreams for the future.”
Pictured: Pitt-Johnstown President Dr. Jem Spectar, Sherri Rae, and Dr. Barbara Parkins
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.