The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Vision 2013

April 28, 2013

Business capsules (Sherry to Your) 04/28/2013


JOHNSTOWN — University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

Located: 450 Schoolhouse Road, Johnstown.

Leadership: Jem Spectar, president.

Employment: There are 72 union employees and 395 nonunion employees, a decrease of 16 since 2011; however, there are plans to hire 15-20 people.

History: Established in 1927.

General: Pitt-Johnstown offers 46 undergraduate majors and three University of Pittsburgh graduate degrees. Additional programming for the community is available through the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center and the Office of Community Education and Outreach. It serves the educational needs of students throughout Pennsylvania with more than 50 percent of its students coming from Cambria, Bedford, Blair, Somerset and Westmoreland counties.

Ground was broken for Pitt-Johns-town’s 26,000-square-foot nursing and health sciences building. The quality of incoming of students continues to increase, with the average SAT score of the incoming class in 2012 exceeding both the state and national averages.

Pitt-Johnstown was accepted into the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, with conference play beginning in the fall of 2013.

Pitt-Johnstown is developing new programs in response to the needs of students and community in areas including: Justice administration and criminology, and special education. The university completed the final year of a three-year faculty hiring initiative that resulted in the hiring of 50 full-time faculty to ensure that the students received the highest quality education possible. The facilities are upgraded with most recently investing more than $2.5 million in the renovation of Krebs Hall. Wireless Internet service has been expanded into the lodges and townhouses.

Pitt-Johnstown successfully expanded its recruitment efforts internationally, with 90 international students currently registered at the university.

The accomplishments for Pitt-Johnstown were being recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college. It was named, for the fourth consecutive year a “Military Friendly School” by GI Jobs.

Pitt-Johnstown earned a place, for the third consecutive year, on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and named a “Top 100 Organization” by Pennsylvania Business Central.  The university hired 19 full-time faculty (is and launching searches for an additional 15) as part of a historic faculty-hiring initiative.

Pitt-Johnstown partnered with Windber Research Institute to support economic and social development in the region.

Pitt-Johnstown and Johnstown Area Regional Industries (JARI) established the RealWorld Link, a partnership that promotes entrepreneurship among the students.  

It presented the fourth Distinguished Alumni Award to Martin Fritz (1986), and James Fallon (1977) was named a Pitt Legacy Laureate.

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Vision 2013

What is the biggest key to reducing gun violence in Johnstown?

Tackling the area's drug problem.
Controlling folks moving into city housing.
Monitoring folks in treatment centers and halfway houses.
Tougher sentencing by the court system.
More police on the streets.

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