University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

Annual Event Honors Staff Members

Annual Event Honors Staff Members for Outstanding Community, Campus Service

Two members of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown staff were honored for outstanding service by Pitt-Johnstown President Dr. Jem Spectar during the annual staff recognition luncheon held Dec. 18, 2019, at the Living-Learning Center on campus.

Jackie Ivock received the President’s Staff Award for Excellence in Service to the Community, and Karen Clites received the President’s Staff Award for Excellence in Service to Pitt-Johnstown. They were among the 15 honored during Pitt-Johnstown’s annual event.

“At Pitt-Johnstown, we are truly blessed to have so many loyal and dedicated staff members,” said President Spectar. “There is a deep commitment to service, and I am proud and honored to continue the President’s Staff Awards for Excellence in Service: a rich legacy created years ago to celebrate the tremendous accomplishments of our valuable staff who continually exhibit an enthusiastic spirt of dedication in their work and in exceptional community volunteerism.”

Ms. Ivock, Facilities Management, volunteers for campus events from student move-in to commencement and anything in between.  She exudes a strong work ethic and professionalism, and sets a high standard for customer service, working above and beyond to get the job done.  In the Johnstown community, her community service includes Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of the Grater Alleghenies, Windber Health Care Foundation Auxiliary, American Cancer Society Daffodil Days, and the Audubon Society Cooperative Sanctuary Program.   One co-worker shared that “her example of Mountain Cat Pride is the epitome of commitment, hard work, integrity and determination to improve the quality of life for everyone on campus and in the Johnstown community.”

Ms. Clites, Division of Education, was selected for her tireless work ethic, willingness to go above and beyond to get the job done.  Her commitment to student success is evident, serving as an adviser, mom, friend and advocate. She is efficient, competent and very well organized, and provides personal attention, always with a helping hand and friendly smile.   One colleague noted that she is “a consummate professional and has faithfully served the UPJ campus for over 30 years.”  Another shared that “employees like her give our campus a great name.  She is truly a good employee.” 

Also honored for years of service were:

40 years: Sharon Wilson
30 years: Bob Rukavina
20 years:  Dwight Keim
5 years: Dave Finney, Walt Kalista, Tabitha Leary, Lindsey Matson, Ed Ostrowski, Mandy Theys, David Wirfel