Pitt-Johnstown Welcomes Chancellor, Hosts SPACE, STEM, and Robotics Events


posted April 12, 2017

Pitt-Johnstown offered a wide range of events marking collegiate academic achievement, welcoming high school students interested in STEM, and lauding a regional robotics team on April 12, 2017.

The annual undergraduate research conference Symposium for the Promotion of Academic and Creative Enquiry (SPACE) was attended by Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher and Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor Patricia Beeson. 

Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar welcomed University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Gallagher and Provost Beeson to attend the SPACE event in the Living Learning Center.

A faculty showcase preceded Chancellor Gallagher opening the undergraduate research program.

More than 150 presented at this year’s event. SPACE is an annual opportunity for undergraduate students to present their independent scholarly and creative projects, including senior projects, undergraduate research, poetry and short fiction, internship reports, class projects, and professional portfolios.

STEMA High School STEM Conference hosted more than 200 students from 12 school districts. The conference complements the University’s goal to promote K-12 student preparation for and interest in majoring in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields in college and prepares students to thrive and compete in the 21st century world. The day-long conference provided an opportunity for high school students to interact with Pitt-Johnstown faculty and students. Eight interactive workshops conducted by faculty and students includied Bits, Bots and Bioshock and the Rise of Robots in our Everyday Lives.

The University presented a check to a regional high school robotics team that is bound for national competition, which also gave a demonstration.On the main stage of the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, President Spectar presented a $1,000 check to coach Michele Lamkin, coach of the Laurel Highlands Education and Robotics FTC Team 8645 – the Robotic Doges.

The nine-person robotics team includes members from school districts in Somerset and Cambria counties. Six of the team members present were:

  • Brady Doyle, James Lamkin - Conemaugh Township School District;
  • Caleb McDowell, Bert Yan - Johnstown Christian School; 
  • Matt Romesberg - North Star School District;
  • Dyllan Ream - Rockwood School District, but is home-schooled. 

The team has won two state championships in its three years of existence. The Robotic Doges won a super-regional championship, which qualified them for the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) World Championship in St. Louis, MO, later this month. The team has been fundraising to pay for travel expenses.

robotics team check

The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is marking its 90th anniversary well as the 50th year of the campus in its Richland Township location. Pitt-Johnstown was founded in 1927 and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. 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 by Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization.” The distinctive combination of Pitt-Johnstown’s people, programs, and place results in exceptional performance in preparing students for career and professional success. Pitt-Johnstown is the regional leader, educating for success in the Real World.