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April 2, 2009

UPJ plans service week

Pitt-Johnstown is embarking on the most extensive community service initiative in the campus’s history. Through April 4, Pitt-Johnstown faculty, staff and students will participate in more than a dozen service projects throughout the greater Johnstown area.

The projects include assisting area nonprofits in spring clean-up; hospital and soup kitchen visits; a blanket and canned food drive; a picnic and baseball doubleheader; a faculty-staff charity basketball game; a diabetes walk; a panel discussion about the rewards of international service, and various Habitat for Humanity projects.

The concept for “@ Your Service Week” was developed based on feedback from members of the local community, as well as from Pitt-Johnstown faculty, staff and students. Service to the community is a major component of the campus’s recently developed strategic plan, “A New Dimension of Excellence for Real-World Readiness.” “Pitt-Johnstown @ Your Service” promotes opportunities for members of Pitt-Johnstown to volunteer in the city, and also promotes collaborative endeavors between members of the local community and UPJ.

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