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Pitt-Johnstown Student Organization Receives Award for Service

Pitt-Johnstown Student Organization Receives Award for Service

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The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Advisory Board presented its ninth Service-to-Community Award to the UPJ Delta Sigma Chi Fraternity, at the board’s spring meeting Wednesday, March 14.

This 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.

Delta Sigma Chi has performed a number of notable services to the Greater Johnstown Community.  When The Learning Lamp, a non-profit provider of high quality tutoring and enrichment programs for children, moved to their new main center, the members of Delta Sigma Chi worked evenings and weekends helping with dry walling, spackling, sanding, painting, cleaning, scrubbing floors, constructing cubicles, and moving office furniture and fixtures.

During the Spring 2005 Term, members of the fraternity held food drives collecting items for the St. Vincent DePaul Society.  They also collected money for St. Vincent DePaul and helped to remodel the center by working Saturdays tearing out the old carpeting of the entire first floor and then ordering and purchasing the new carpet.  The group continues to hold money collection centers for St. Vincent DePaul.  

Delta Sigma Chi joins the Campus Ministry, the first recipient of the award in 1995-1996, which was recognized for its work with Florida hurricane victims; Dr. John McGrath, an assistant professor of business management, who was honored in 1997-1998 for his ongoing community involvement and local leadership; the Staff Activities and Concerns Association, which was cited in 1999 for its annual participation in several community service projects, including The Salvation Army’s Project Bundle-Up and Mom’s house; Dr. Florence R. Warfel, associate professor emeritus of mathematics, for her involvement with the Cambria City Mission, the Cambria County Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, and for her ongoing commitment to organizations such as New Day, Inc., the Foundation for Campus Ministry at UPJ, the American Association of University Women, the Iota Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, International Society of Women Educators, and Soroptomists International; Jeff McCampbell, for his involvement as a tutor to both elementary and high school students; UPJ Sociology Professor Dr. Jon Darling who was cited for his involvement with volunteerism, Ron Vickroy, associate professor of management, for his involvement with community projects including his role in key community initiatives as tourism promotion, economic development, developing and executing the Chamber’s Annual Business Climate Survey, and organizer and instructor of the John B. Gunter Community Initiative, and Kerri E. Weir, for her involvement with the successful registration drive of UPJ students resulting in more than 900 registrations for the 2004 Presidential election.

Founded in 1927, the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is a four-year, degree-granting college of the University of Pittsburgh.  The university offers more than 40 majors and is known for its engineering technology, education, humanities, and natural and social sciences degree programs.  UPJ has been ranked “Third in the North” among public comprehensive colleges and universities, northern region, by U.S. News and World Report, America’s Best Colleges, 2006.
Posted by Sernell, Jeff on 4/4/2006 5:00:00 AM