New Student Orientation

Thursday, August 21, 2014, through Sunday, August 24, 2014

The schedule below is tentative. Download the Guidebook app to your smartphone or tablet to receive up-to-the-minute changes and additions!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
First-Year Student Move In, First-Year Residence Halls
Move in to your residence hall room with the help of our volunteers.

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Local Business Fair,  Blackington Hall Lobby
Gain information from local banks, ambulance service, cable providers, and other businesses to help make Johnstown feel more like home!

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 
Luncheon for Parents, Students, and Staff, Dining Hall and Cambria Room, Student Union Building
Connect with other students and families over lunch.

1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m.
All First-Year Resident Students Assemble for Campus Welcome, First-Year Residence Halls
Meet with other resident students before heading to Campus Welcome.

1:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
All First-Year Commuter Students Assemble for Campus WelcomeBrioche Doree, Student Union Building
Meet up with other commuters students before heading to Campus Welcome. Students participating in the Commuter Room program should assemble with their assigned building.

2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Campus Welcome, 
Sports Center
President Spectar and other members of the University will welcome you and celebrate your successful transition to Pitt- Johnstown.

3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
President’s Reception, 
Wellness Center
Enjoy a reception for you and your family following the Campus Welcome, hosted by the President’s office.

4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Campus Mall (outside of Owen Library)
All students need to attend this fun team building activity. It's the perfect way to make new campus friendships at Pitt-Johnstown.

5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. 
Student Union Dining Hall

7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
First-Year Resident Student Community Meetings, 
First-Year Residence Halls
Meet your Resident Assistant (RA) and receive important information about your residence hall and the University.  If you’re a student involved in the Commuters in Residence program, you are invited to participate in the community meetings for your assigned residence hall.

7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Commuter Student Community Meeting, 
Cambria Room, Student Union Building
If you’re a commuter student who is not involved in the Commuters in Residence program, you should meet in the Cambria Room to receive important information about the University.

8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Mountain Cat Paw Logo Creation and Mountain Cat Maniac Pep Rally, 
Sports Center
Take part in the most unique Class of 2018 photo there is, and learn how to show your Mountain Cat Pride in our athletic teams!

9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. 
Bonfire/Ice Cream Social, 
Sports Center Parking Lot
Enjoy the late summer evening outdoors with your classmates and some sweet treats around a warm fire.

Friday, August 22, 2014

7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
Student Union Dining Hall

9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Academic Integrity, Academic Success Center, and 
University Scholarship Class
Dr. Paul Newman and Ms. Kate Kinsinger
Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center
Dr. Newman will discuss Academic Integrity followed by Ms. Kinsinger’s discussion on how the Academic Success Center (ASC) can work for you and an overview of the University Scholarship class. 

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
The RealWorld Action Program and You,
 Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center
Learn more about the RealWorld Action Program and how you can develop a customized personal and professional action plan to achieve your individual goals and to develop as an agent of positive change in our communities and our world. 

12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. 
Dining Hall, Student Union Building

1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Student Conduct Commitment, Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center

3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Social Justice, 
Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center
Being a part of a community includes a responsibility to respect all members of that community.

5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Back to the Beach Dinner, 
Dining Hall, Student Union Building
Enjoy a beach-themed dinner while getting your pictures taken with your new friends against a backdrop of sunshine and waves!

7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Amazing Mountain Cat Race 

Resident Students meet in your Residence Hall - Commuters meet in the Student Union
Work your way around campus with your classmates to earn points and win fabulous prizes, all while learning more about Pitt-Johnstown!

8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Steven Stone - Hypnotist, 
Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center
Enjoy (and maybe participate in) this entertaining performance..

9 p.m. to 11 p.m. 
Hall Cup Competition, 
University Square, (in front of Student Union Building)
Compete against the other residence halls in a series of mental and physical challenges to earn points in this year-long series..

Saturday, August 23, 2014

7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Student Union Dining Hall
Student meal plans are in effect – remember your student ID!

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Serving the Johnstown Community, 
 Buses load in the Biddle lot (outside Oak Hall)

1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 
Celebration of Community, 
 PNG Park (downtown Johnstown)
Lunch is included in this event. Student meal plans are in effect – remember your student ID!

3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Open Gym – Wellness Center
Soccer Scrimmage – Soccer Field
Take advantage of these opportunities to celebrate physical fitness!

5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Student Union Dining Hall
Student meal plans are in effect – remember your student ID!

7:15 p.m. to 11 p.m. 
Drive-in Movie, 
Buses load in the Biddle lot (outside Oak Hall)
Bring your own blanket, towel, or folding chair to relax and enjoy a current release. Popcorn and beverages provided, bring cash for additional concessions purchases!

11:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Midnight Breakfast, 
Mountain Cat Club, Student Union Building
Breakfast tastes good at any time of the day, right?

Sunday, August 24, 2014

8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Math Placement Testing, 
Blackington Hall 131
If you have not yet done so, you are required to take a Math Placement Exam.

10: a.m. to 11 a.m.  
Chemistry Placement Testing, 
Blackington Hall 131
Biology, Chemistry, Geology and Planetary Sciences, Secondary Education Sciences, Pre-Health or Pre-Pharmacy professions, Engineering Science and Engineering Technology majors must take the Chemistry Placement Exam.

10 a.m. to 11 a.m. 
Foreign Language, 
Blackington Hall 232
If a student has never taken courses in a language, there is no need for a placement test.  They would just start with an elementary 1 course. If you are going to study a foreign language at the college level and have prior coursework in that language then you should take a French or Spanish placement exam. 

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Dining Hall, Student Union Building

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.             
Academic Advising Open House, 
Cambria Room, Student Union Building
Academic Advisors will be available for you if you have questions and schedule changes.  Staff from the Registrar’s Office will be on hand.

12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Shopping Shuttles, 
Depart from Biddle Parking Lot
Shuttles will run loops between campus, Richland Towne Center, and the Galleria Mall

6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Catholic Mass, 
Whalley Chapel
The first Catholic Mass of the Fall 2014 semester in Whalley Chapel.

5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Welcome Back BBQ!
Enjoy a picnic, music, fireworks and much more. 

PLEASE NOTE:  The dining hall will not be open for dinner.