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November 8, 2010

Pitt-Johnstown campus saluting vets this week

— The Pitt-Johnstown campus community will honor military veterans and active duty military personnel with a weeklong salute this week as part of its MountainCat Veterans Program.

MVP, introduced in 2009, assists veterans in making a transition from the military to college.

Various events are planned through Friday.

American flags have been hung at both campus entrances and will line the walkway leading from Blackington Hall to the Pitt-Johnstown Mountain Cat and campus flagpole.

Custom banners thanking veterans for their service will be hung in the lobbies of Biddle Hall, Blackington Hall, Engineering and Science Building, Krebs Hall, Student Union and at the entrance to the Living/Learning Center.

Special posters have been designed in honor of veterans and are hung in administrative and classroom buildings across the campus.

Pitt-Johnstown staff and MVP members will serve a dinner to residents of the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center from 4 to 5:30 p.m. today. The center is on the grounds of the Hiram G. Andrews Center in Upper Yoder Township.

Special Defense and Brain Injury Center lapel pins are available on campus for a $2 donation.

All proceeds from the sale of the pins will be donated to the brain injury center.

On Thursday, which is Veterans Day, Pitt-Johnstown volunteers will assemble care packages from 1 to 3 p.m. in Blackington Hall.

The packages will be sent to troops in the Middle East.

Collection boxes have been placed in offices around the campus for items in demand such as hot sauce, beef jerky, baby wipes, books and magazines, DVDs, calling cards and the like.

The public is invited to make donations through Wednesday.

More information is available by calling 269-2080.

Pitt-Johnstown enrolls an average of 40 veterans per semester, noted Robert W. Knipple, chief communications officer.


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