Orientation

Times and events are subject to change.

Wednesday, August 24

(Placement Exam Students only)

1 to 4 p.m. 
Limited First-Year Student Move In – First-Year Residence Halls

4 to 9 p.m. 
Placement Exams  Learn more >

Thursday, August 25

7 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.
Golf cart shuttles will be available from parking lots back to residence halls. 

11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. 
Luncheon for Parents, Students, and Staff – Dining Hall & Cambria Room (Student Union)
Connect with other students and families over lunch.

12 to 12:30 p.m.
Parent Shuttles - Student Union Entrances (upper- and lower-levels)
Golf cart shuttles will operate between the Student Union and Sports Center. 

12:30 to 1:30 p.m. (concurrent sessions)

  • Resident Students:
    Introductory Residence Community Meetings – First-Year Residence Halls
    Meet with other resident students before heading to Campus Welcome.

  • Commuter Students:
    Introductory Commuter Meeting – Student Union Food Court
    Meet with other commuter students learn about the programs and services offered for commuters. 

  • Parents:
    Parenting a New College Student – Wellness Center
    Lenny Dave
    Are you sending your first child off to college?  While this is a time of celebration, it can also be pretty stressful.  Join us for an informative and light-hearted look at how to parent a new college student!

1:45 p.m. 
Pat the Cat – Campus Mall (rain location: Sports Center)
As part of your transition to Pitt-Johnstown student, we invite you to take part in this annual tradition of patting the mountain cat statue!

2 to 3:00 p.m. 
Campus Welcome: Your Real World Adventure Starts Here! – Sports Center
President Spectar and other members of the University community will welcome you, celebrate your successful transition to Pitt-Johnstown, and help you to begin your Real World Adventure!  Following the program, “grab and go” snacks and beverages will be available on the Sports Center lawn for parents and family before they begin their journeys home. (Rain location: Wellness Center).

3 to 3:15 p.m.
Parent Farewell - Sports Center Lawn (rain location: Wellness Center)

3:15 to 5 p.m. 
Schedule Adjustments – Blackington Hall Lobby
(This session is for students who need to make changes to their schedules.  Division Chairpersons and Registrar's Office staff will be on-side to assist you.)

4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. 
Financial Literacy –131 Blackington Hall
Michael Stibich, Somerset Trust Company
The transition to college brings many new responsibilities, among them is managing your finances.  Topics will include credit history, identity theft, credit vs. debit, personal finances, and loans (balances, interest, and principal).  

5 to 6:30 p.m. 
Dinner – Dining Hall (Student Union)

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
First-Year Resident Student Building-Wide Meetings – First-Year Residence Halls

7 to 8 p.m.
Commuter Student Community Meeting – Cambria Room (Student Union)

 8:30 to 9 p.m. 
Mountain Cat Pep Rally & Class Photo – Sports Center
Here’s the perfect opportunity to kick back and get to know your fellow members of the Class of 2020! 

9 to 10:30 p.m. 
Dance Party and Ice Cream Social – Sports Center Lawn (rain location: Wellness Center)
Enjoy the late summer evening outdoors with your classmates and some sweet treats and meet the members of Pitt-Johnstown’s hockey team!

Friday, August 26

7:30 to 8:45 a.m.
Breakfast – Residence Hall lobbies
Grab a donut and some coffee to start your day!

9 to 10 a.m. 
Drugs & Alcohol Awareness – Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center
Robyn King

10 to 11:30 a.m. 

A “Real” World of Difference  – Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center
Sherdina Harper, Coordinator of Cross Cultural and Leadership Development, University of Pittsburgh
This session will explore the richness of our similarities and differences.  This session is designed to set the stage for our year-long Fireside Chat reading and discussion programs that focus on various aspects of civility and difference.

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
Real World Action Program and YOU! – Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center
Bob Knipple, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs
Learn about the many benefits of participating in Pitt-Johnstown’s nationally recognized program designed to help prepare you for success in the real world…and learn why you should begin your career preparation NOW!
Real World Action Program Pillar II: Career Preparation

12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Lunch – Dining Hall (Student Union)

1:45 to 2:45 p.m.
Title IX: What Every Student Needs to Know – Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center
Amy Buxbaum, Title IX Officer & Vice President for Finance and Administration
This session, which is designed to create and promote a safe and respectful campus experience, will examine the issues of sexual assault and sexual harassment and review your rights and obligations under Title IX

2:45 to 3:15 p.m.
International Services – Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center
Dr. Kristen Majocha, Director of International Services & Associate Professor of Communication
Find out about the many benefits provided by studying abroad. In addition to immersing yourself in a new culture you will develop a better understanding of how you can make a difference in the world.
Real World Action Program Pillar 5: Make a Difference in the World

3:15 to 3:30 p.m.
Stretch Break

3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Academic Integrity – Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center
Dr. Paul Newman, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs

4:30 to 5 p.m. 
Academic Dates to Remember – Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center
Chris Stumpf, Registrar 

5:30 to 6:45 p.m. 
Dinner – Dining Hall (Student Union)

6:45 p.m. 
Depart for Greenhouse Park – Blackington Hall

7 to 10:00 p.m. 
Greenhouse Park (Western-themed activities; location and events are subject to change)

  • 6:45-8 p.m.– DJ
  • 7-10 p.m. – games (volleyball, corn hole, football tossing, glow golf, casino games, photo booth), painting, and campfires
  • 7:15-8:15 p.m. – The Oxymorons (improv group)
  • 8:30 p.m. – Mega Rock-Paper-Scissors Hall Competition
  • 9-10 – DJ

Saturday, August 27

8 a.m. to 9 a.m. 
Grab and Go Breakfast – Residence Halls

9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. 
Travel to Service Sites – Buses load at Blackington Hall

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
Serving the Johnstown Community
Please wear closed-toe shoes.  In the event of rain, please bring a dry set of clothes and a towel. 
Real World Action Program Pillar IV: Community Engagement

12:30 to 3 p.m. 
Celebration of Community – Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center (downtown Johnstown)
We’re celebrating your transition into the Johnstown community with a special picnic lunch where you will meet local legislators, have the opportunity to vote, and enjoy some live entertainment.
Real World Action Program Pillar I: Civic Engagement and Citizenship

3 p.m. to 5 p.m. 
Free time

5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 
Dinner – Dining Hall (Student Union)

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 
First-Year Track Meet, Scavenger Hunt, and Hall Cup Competition – Athletic fields

9 to 10:30 p.m. 
Hypnotist – Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center
Roderick Russell

10:30 to 11:30 p.m. 
Bonfire, DJ, and snacks – Athletic Fields parking lot

Sunday, August 28

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
Brunch – Dining Hall (Student Union)

12 to 4 p.m. 
Shopping Shuttles – Depart from Blackington Hall
Shuttles will run loops between campus, Richland Towne Center, and the Galleria Mall

1 to 2 p.m.
Academic Success Sessions:

  • First Year Success Program – 134 Blackington Hall
    Academic Success Center Staff
    This session is for students who are enrolled in the FYSP.
  • Provisionally Admitted Student Success – 138 Blackington Hall
    Dr. Paul Newman, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs
    This session is for students who are enrolled in PASS.

6 to 8 p.m. 
Welcome Back BBQ! – Campus Mall (rain location: Student Union Dining Hall)
PLEASE NOTE:  The dining hall will not be open for dinner.

7 to 9 p.m. 
Activities Fair – Blackington, Biddle, and Krebs Halls (rain location: Cambria Room, Student Union)
Explore the more than 100 ways to explore your interests, share your talents, and get involved on campus!
Real World Action Program Pillar III: Collegiate Involvement

9 p.m. 
Fireworks – Campus Mall

This schedule is subject to change.