University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

Homecoming & Family Weekend 2021

Homecoming & Family Weekend Schedule  

Sunday, October 3

Signature Day of Service 

October 3 kicks off Civic Action Week at Pitt and Homecoming Week at Pitt-Johnstown!  We are going to head back to downtown Johnstown as a community and help where needed.  The projects are being determined as we "speak" but we need a count of how many students can help!     We are looking at a 1pm start on Sunday, the 3rd and would only be a couple of hours. 

What a way to celebrate our Pitt-Johnstown community by helping the city that we call home! 

Monday, October 4

RSO Window Painting and Homecoming Court Voting! 

The Registered Student Organization( RSO) and Residence Hall window painting competition is a tradition at Pitt-Johnstown. The clubs/halls interpret the Homecoming Theme to fit their
mission/goals and share what the theme represents to them.  The windows are painted Monday through Thursday in the Student Union.  You must register your club for the project so we know
how many entries we have!  The Alumni Board of Pitt-Johnstown then serves as judges on Friday and the winners are announced at coronation.  $100 in catering credit is given as the prize.

Register your club to participate in the window painting contest here! 

Learn more about our Homecoming Court Candidates and Cast your Vote here!  Voting ends at 12pm on Friday, October 8. 

Tuesday, October 5 

Commuter Appreciation Day,  Wall Painting and Court Voting! 

Commuter Appreciation Day

11am-2pm in the Commuter Lounge, Student Union 

We will be offering a shout-out to our commuter students this day!  If you do not have a pillow on campus, please join us in the Commuter Lounge, second floor of the Student Union, for a meet, greet, and treat!  Show up in something Pitt-Johnstown and be entered into a prize for 5 free meals in PJs! 

Wall Painting

We will be leaving our mark on Homecoming 2021 by painting a mural on the wall near the lower townhouses!  This project was the idea of several alumni last year - and we want to paint it so they can see their idea come to life for their return!  Students will be placing a hand in various paint and putting your hand on the mural.  We will sign them with your graduation years, etc.  We hope that you will help!  Interested in this project? Please contact Abbey Schauf, Coordinator of Campus Activities and Engagement at 

Homecoming Court Voting.

Please use the above link or the link emailed to your Pitt email address. Only enrolled students are eligible to vote. 

Wednesday, October 6 

Hail to Pitt-Johnstown Day sponsored by the Pitt-Johnstown Program Board. 

We absolutely love our Mountain Cat Community.  Wear your Pitt-Johnstown or Pitt gear on campus and get "caught in the act" by Chartwells and Student Affairs!  Show your spirit and you may be given a coupon for a free item in food service JUST for showing how much you love the place.  

1:00 -4:00 pm or while supplies last, outside the Pitt Stop in the Student Union  - POSTPONED DUE TO SHIPPING ISSUE - PLEASE WATCH YOUR PITT EMAIL FOR ANNOUNCEMENT AT A LATER DATE

These Luma Lanterns are blue and gold and branded with Pitt-Johnstown!  They are a make-it yourself craft that you can use in your residence hall and/or home or office.  These are for Pitt-Johnstown students only, they have all of the materials for a hanging Pitt-Johnstown lamp.  Quantities are limited and only one per student. 

8:00 pm UPJ Paint NIght - time to paint a special view from campus!  Join us for a Pitt-Johnstown specific paint night.  Meet us in the Cambria Room, Student Union, to paint your Pitt-Johnstown themed fall painting 

9:00 pm  String Art - we bring the materials and you get to do string art with a UPJ theme.  While supplies last! 

Pitt Pumpkin Painting - let's see those pumpkins folks!  We will provide them while you paint with your best tribute to Pitt-Johnstown.  Supplies are limited.

And don't forget to vote for Court if you have not done that already! 

Thursday, October 7 


11 am -2pm or while supplies last - Join us in the Student Union for this great SWAPPORTUNITY!  

With the help of the Pitt-Johnstown Cheerleaders, Campus Activities and Engagement  would like you to bring a non-Pitt, non-Pitt Johnstown tshirt to "swap" for a Mountain Cat Proud Homecoming t-shirt sponsored by our friends at Somerset Trust!   We will then donate the non Pitt-items to get them off your bodies and off campus!  Please be patient as sizes are limited, but get here while you can!   Thank you Somerset Trust! Wear these shirts or any Pitt-Johnstown apparel on campus during Homecoming Weekend and you never know what prizes may "pop" up from Chartwells! 

8pm Cambria Room - NERDOLOGY Trivia Show 

Think you know a lot about a lot? Are you the one who always seems to have the answers to your friends’ questions about pop-culture, video games, and comic books? Do you rarely need to google stuff? Then Nerdology is the perfect show for you! This program is an interactive pop-culture trivia show. A mix of awesome games and trivia interspersed with fun audience participation. Come play! Win prizes! Test your knowledge!  There is over $300 in prizes for those who want to test their skill!   Full event details at our events calendar!  

8pm Program Board and Somerest Trust Bank present:  Richland Cinema UPJ Buyout of James Bond's No Time To Die 

Program Board has arranged for a 158 seat theatre JUST for Pitt-Johnstown students. The tickets are free courtesy of our friends at Somerset Trust.   Learn more about the film AND sign up for your seat at this link on the events calendar!   You must be pre-registered. No tickets are available at the door. 

Don't forget to vote for Court! 

Alumni Golf Classic 

Join us! Support Pitt-Johnstown and its Alumni Association by participating in the Alumni Golf Classic, October 7, 2021, at the Windber Country Club.

The Pitt-Johnstown Alumni Association promotes the welfare and interest of Pitt-Johnstown and its more than 22,000 alumni. Help us support these endeavors by participating in and sponsoring the Pitt-Johnstown Alumni Golf Classic.

All are welcome. Even if you do not golf, please join us for dinner, a program, and networking starting with the 4 p.m. social hour!

All information on the Alumni Golf Classic can be found at


Friday, October 8



12:00 pm   Homecoming King and Queen ballot closes.

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm  Check in to the Family Weekend activities in Blackington Hall.  Receive your wristband to access the events. 

5:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Mountain Cat Homecoming and Family Weekend Meal, Campus Mall 

Our Friday evening meal will be served at the Campus Mall centered around the Mountain Cat. This traditional program allows for students (with or without a meal plan), alumni, and families to enjoy the evening with a great meal and entertainment provided by Live Band Karaoke. The courtesy of a registration by Ocotber 1 is greatly appreciated to ensure food counts.  Rain site is the PJ's cafeteria in the Student Union. 

6:00 p.m -9:00 pm  LIVE BAND KARAOKE, Campus Mall 

Say goodbye to your boring karaoke machine, and fulfill your FDrock and roll fantasies! Become the lead singer in a real LIVE rock band. The guys in the band are YOUR backup band, and even sing backup vocals to make YOU the star! Singing is only half the fun! Watching others performing their unique renditions of rock’s greatest songs also contribute to the hilarity. Some singers really belt out the tunes, while others make up for a lack of singing ability with rowdy stage presence. Either way, the irony and humor work on many levels as the band rocks out the songs true to the original recording. Band members can also contribute as back up vocalists and help out with forgotten lyrics.  Please contact Heather Hall at if you want to be one of the first ones on stage! 

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm MOUNTAIN CAT MIXER, Campus Mall (Krebs tent)

The Alumni Board invites alumni, parents/families, and students of legal age to join them outside of Krebs Hall for a cocktail!  The event is $5 and will feature snacks and beverages. For more information, please contact Joni Hoffman at 

7:00 pm  Women's Volleyball takes on California University of Pennsylvania in the Sports Center!  Face coverings are required in campus buildings. 

7:30 pm Pitt-Johnstown Ice Cat Hockey versus Kent State University at the War Memorial/First Summit Arena. An entry fee applies. 

8:00 pm  Dance Ensemble Performance, Campus Mall 

8:05 pm Pitt-Johnstown Cheerleaders perform 

8:15 pm  Coronation of the Homecoming King and Queen, Campus Mall 

8:30 pm  Homecoming Fireworks! 

*In the event of rain or inclement weather, we will host the activities in the Student Union. Homecoming Fireworks will be rescheduled if the weather does not cooperate. 


Saturday, October 9


7:00 am      Registration for Mountain Cat Homecoming and Family Weekend 5K  Sports Center Lobby 

7:30 am      Mountain Cat Homecoming and Family Weekend 5K   - the courtesy of a registration by October 6 is appreciated.  Registration link at top of the page. 

10:00 am    Check-in for activities in Blackington Lobby - if you have not yet checked in with the program, we invite you to check-in and receive your wristband. Thank you! The Bookstore is open this morning and eager to help you find your latest Pitt-Johnstown apparel.

11:00 am    Pack the Pantry Bring non-perishable food items to the registration area in Blackington and help us pack the student food pantry!  PJ Provides is an SGA-sponsored student food pantry that helps all students at different points in the year. Faculty and staff, along with SGA, pack the pantry, but we can always use your help!  A list of needed items can be found here. 

11:0 am - 2:00pm  BLUE AND GOLD Brunch and Chartwell's Farmers Market, Student Union 

The brunch for our students will be served at PJ's Dining Hall in the Student Union.  Commuter students, students without meal plans, Alumni, and families/guests are welcome!.  This brunch will honor the new inductees of the Blue and Gold Society. Further, it offers a place for student organizations to gather. The courtesy of a registration by Ocotber 1 is greatly appreciated to ensure food counts.

Some of the student organizations that are gathering at the brunch are:   Student Government Association, Phi Sigma Sigma Fraternity (honoring 30 years of sisterhood at Pitt-Johnstown), Kappa Delta Rho Fraternity (honoringnationally recognized  Kappa Delta Rho Advisor , Dr. Allan Walstad), Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity Families

1:00 pm  Delta Chi Fraternity annual Pig Roast, Larkspur 

1:00 pm  Campus Tours- Here for the first time or need to get some updated information about campus since your last time here? Join our friends in Admissions as they take you through our beautiful campus. Meet inside Blackington Lobby 

1:00 pm  Women's Volleyball versus Seton Hill at the Sports Center. Go Mountain Cats!  Face Coverings are required for indoor events. 

2:30 pmPitt-Johnstown Ice Cat Hockey versus Kent State at the War Memorial/First Summit Arena. Entry fee applies.

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm  FREE FAMILY PHOTOS Join us at the Spirit Rock outside the Tuck at the Student Union  where your family (students/friends/loved ones) can gather for free pics!  We will take them and upload them to a site where you can print/use your pics.  We love our Mountain Cat family! 

5:00 pm -7:30 pm  Dinner at PJ's.  Guests are welcome but should anticipate a $14 cost for the meal onsite. All guest swipe information applies. We also invite you to explore the great food items in the Richland/Geistown/Windber and Johnstown areas. 

7:00 pm   THE MAGIC OF MIKE SUPER - Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center 

Mike Super is an American magician who is the winner of the NBC show Phenomenon. He was a top finalist on Season 9 of America's Got Talent. He's also appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Penn & Teller FOOL US TV series. Super currently tours the U.S. and Canada with his illusion show. This is a Pitt-Johnstown-only show.  Please note that those attending for Homecoming or Family Weekend should be registered for the event due to the guest policy surrounding Covid-19. Wristband and face coverings required. 

9:00 pm - 11 pm  BONFIRE, BEATS, AND EATS - Parking Lot, Living Learning Center  ( CANCELLED)

Join us in the LLC lot for a Homecoming Bonfire! We will have music and snacks and will be able to hang out by the fire  Happy Homecoming!