Pitt-Johnstown Honors Achievements at 2019 Academic Convocation Event

 

Pitt-Johnstown’s annual Academic Honors Convocation ceremony was Friday, April 5, 2019, at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center on the Pitt-Johnstown campus.

Academic Honors Convocation recognizes the exemplary academic achievement of our students, and provides an opportunity for the students' families, donors, and members of the campus community to celebrate their success.

Nancy Coleman Mickle and President Jem Spectar A luncheon was held prior to the event at the Living Learning Center. 

More than 50 students were acknowledged at the luncheon, which included only donor-funded awards.

Guest speaker was Nancy Coleman Mickle, the widow of Marlin Mickle, PhD, a professor emeritus of electrical and computer engineering.

The Honors Convocation Ceremony followed at the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center.

The following were honored.

Business & Enterprise Division 

College Scholar in Accounting
1st Summit Bank Accounting Award

This award is presented for academic excellence and high promise of professional success in accounting and auditing.

Sarah Conte
Ms. Conte is the daughter of Pat and Mary Jean Conte of Pittsburgh and a graduate of Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School. She is an accounting major.

College Scholar in Finance

Adam Kiess
Mr. Kiess is the son of Ernest and Laura Kiess of Jersey Shore and a graduate of Jersey Shore High School. He is a finance graduate

College Scholar in Information Systems

Tulsi Shrivastava
Ms. Shrivastava is the daughter of Anil and Alka Shrivastava of Johnstown and a graduate of Richland High School. She is a business information systems and mathematics major with a minor in marketing.

College Scholar in Management

Delaney Roman
Ms. Roman, of Dillsburg, is a graduate of Northern High School. She is a management graduate.

College Scholar in Marketing

Kay Morris
Ms. Morris is the daughter of Todd and Beth Morris of  Mechanicsburg and a graduate of Cumberland Valley High School. She is a marketing major.

 

Academic Achievement Award in Business
This award is presented for academic excellence and extraordinary dedication in the completion of one’s undergraduate studies in Business.

Xianhua Diao
Mr. Diao is the son of Zhanyuan Diao and Lan Ding of Dongying and a graduate of St Mary’s Ryken High School. He is a marketing, accounting, information systems and finance major.

Alexa Mattivi
Ms. Mattivi is the daughter of Cynthia Mattivi of State College  and a graduate of State College Area High School. She is a management major.

CTC Award in Honor of Congressman John P. Murtha
This award is given annually to the graduating senior student in management who exhibits outstanding leadership qualities in civic responsibilities and great potential for professional success in the public or private sectors.

Kia Clayton
Ms. Clayton is the daughter of Curtis Clayton and Delana Dospoy of Blairsville and a graduate of Blairsville High School. She is a marketing major.

G. Fesler Edwards Award
This award is presented to students who have completed their junior year in the business program with excellent records and high potential for success in the business field

Megan Law
Ms. Law is the daughter of Stacey Law of Somerset and a graduate of Somerset Area High School. She is an information systems and financial accounting major.

Phoenix Stratemeier
Mr. Stratemeier is the son of Robert Grandizio of McKeesport and Darla Stratemeier of Addison and a graduate of Turkeyfoot Valley High School. He is an information systems and management major.

Emglo Accounting Award
This award is presented for academic excellence and high promise of professional success in managerial accounting.

Tiffany Forney
Ms. Forney is the daughter of Terry and Tina Forney of Jennerstown and a graduate of North Star High School. She is a financial accounting graduate.

Martina Lashley
Ms. Lashley is the daughter of Mark and Christina Lashley of Bedford and a graduate of Bedford High School. She is a healthcare management and financial accounting graduate.

George E. Letcher, Jr. Accounting Award
This award is presented by the Pitt-Johnstown Accounting Alumni Advisory Board and recognizes achievement in accounting service to the Pitt- Johnstown community and leadership within the accounting community.

Jaymie Harclerode
Ms. Harclerode is the daughter of David and Tina Harclerode of Windber and a graduate of Bishop McCort Catholic High School. She is an accounting and information systems major.

Thomas Reed
Mr. Reed is the son of Thomas and Michelle Reed of Johnstown and a graduate of Richland High School. He is an accounting major.

Howard M. Picking Jr. Award
This award is presented to a student who maintains the highest academic achievement in business and displays the qualities necessary to succeed in the world of business.

Paige Meduho
Ms. Meduho is the daughter of Eric and Christine Meduho of Pittsburgh and a graduate of South Park High School. She is an information systems major.

Emilee Naugle
Ms. Naugle is the daughter of Bruce Naugle of Davidsville and Jacqueline Hay of Rockwood and a graduate of Conemaugh Township Area High School. She is a finance major.

James V. and Concetta M. Saly Award
This award is presented for academic excellence and high promise of professional success in public accounting.

Lynsie Deibert
Ms. Deibert, of Summerhill is a graduate of Forest Hills High School.  She is an accounting major.

Sally A. Sargent Award
This award is presented to a senior in business/management or marketing in recognition of academic excellence and high entrepreneurial promise in the professional business environment.

Milton Brendle
Mr. Brendle is the son of Michael and Harriet Brendle of Somerset and a graduate of Somerset High School. He is a management major.

 

Social Sciences Division

College Scholar in Environmental Studies

Halee Sesock
Ms. Sesock is the daughter of Susan Sesock of Armagh and a graduate of United Senior High School. She is an environmental studies and geography major.

College Scholar in Geography

Matthew Innes
Mr. Innes is the son of Gregory and Kris Innes of Pittsburgh and a graduate of Plum Senior High School. He is a geography graduate.

College Scholar in History

Mitchell A. Leach
Mr. Leach is the son of Howard and Terri Leach of Sidman and a graduate of Forest Hills High School. He is a history graduate.

College Scholar in Justice Administration and Criminology

Lexi Lindrose
Ms. Lindrose is the daughter of Timothy and Jodi Lindrose of Johnstown and a graduate of Greater Johnstown High School. She is a justice administration and criminology graduate.

College Scholar in Political Science

Hunter Kovaloski
Mr. Kovaloski is the son of James and Dawn Kovaloski of Henderson, Kentucky and is the spouse of Andrea Kovaloski of Johnstown and a graduate of Glendale Jr-Sr High School. He is a political science and sociology major.

College Scholar in Sociology

Jacob Scrimager
Mr. Scrimager is the son of Gregory and Judith Scrimager of Jenners and a graduate of North Star High School. He is a sociology major.

Samuel S. Hicks Memorial Award
This award is given to a student majoring in the Justice Administration and Criminology (program) who is a Pennsylvania resident, who is interested in a career in law enforcement, and who demonstrates high academic achievement and a commitment to public service.

Adam Karalfa
Mr. Karalfa is the son of Robert and Barbara Karalfa of Johnstown and a graduate of Bishop McCort High School. He is a justice administration and criminology major.

Dr. Robert J. Hunter Award
This award is presented to an outstanding senior student who exhibits the innovative, enthusiastic, and inquiring spirit traditionally associated with scholarship in the social sciences, who demonstrates significant potential for graduate study, and who is inclined toward a career in public service.

Yamila Audisio
Ms. Audisio is the spouse of Eric Orlovsky of Johnstown and is a history major.

Dr. Albert P. Vannucci International Studies Award
This award is presented for superior achievement in the area of international studies.

Paige Torchio
Ms. Torchio is the daughter of Carl and Susan Torchio of  Harleysville and a graduate of Souderton Area High School. She is a geography major.

 

Education Division

College Scholar in Early Childhood

Taylor Trenger
Ms. Trenger is the daughter of Frank J. Trenger of Altoona and Jamie Zimmerman of Duncansville and a graduate of Altoona Area High School. She is an early childhood education major.

College Scholar in Early Childhood with Special Education Melissa M. Roberts Way Early Childhood Education Award
This award is given to a student enrolled in the early childhood education program, who has financial need, outstanding academic ability and student citizenship, display excellence and experience with STEM objectives, a passion for teaching and a minimum GPA of 3.5. 

Hannah Miller
Ms. Miller is the daughter of Donald Miller and Wendy Miller of Osterburg and a graduate of Chestnut Ridge Senior High School. She is an early childhood education with special education major.

College Scholar in Middle Level Education

Bradley Walker
Ms. Walker is the daughter of Bradley and Tammy Walker of Friedens and a graduate of Somerset Area School District. She is a middle level education major

College Scholar in Secondary Education Biology

Ashley Dick
Ms. Dick is the daughter of David and Laurie Dick of Latrobe and a graduate of Greater Latrobe High School. She is a secondary education major.

College Scholar in Secondary Education-Chemistry
Dr. Sheldon I. and Beth Rapoport Clare Award

This award is presented annually to an exceptional graduating senior who intends to teach high school chemistry.

Megan Kostan
Ms. Kostan is the daughter of Brian and Thersa Kostan of South Fork and a graduate of Forest Hills High School. She is a secondary education and biology major.

College Scholar in Secondary Education-English

Olivia Faiad
Ms. Faiad, of Windber, is a graduate of Forest Hills High School. She is a secondary education- English major.

College Scholar in Secondary Education-Mathematics

Victoria Moreland
Ms. Moreland is the daughter of David and Kristina Moreland of New Philadelphia, Ohio and a graduate of New Philadelphia High School.  She is a secondary education major.

College Scholar in Secondary Education-Social Studies

Thomas Naughton
Mr. Naughton of Pittsburgh is a secondary education graduate.

Upper Level Early Childhood Education Student of the Year
This award is given to a student majoring in secondary education who demonstrates academic excellence, leadership, involvement in extra- curricular activities, and service to both the college and the community.

Zoey Gailey
Ms. Gailey is the daughter of Steven and Shannon Gailey of Northern Cambria and a graduate of Northern Cambria High School. She is an early childhood education and special education major.

Upper Level Middle Education Student of the Year
This award is given to a student majoring in upper level middle education who demonstrates academic excellence, leadership, involvement in extra-curricular activities, and service to both the college and the community.

Carly Turgeon
Ms. Turgeon is the daughter of Derek and Lori Turgeon of Hooversville and a graduate of Johnstown Christian School. She is a middle level education with special education major.

Upper Level Secondary Education Student of the Year
This award is given to a student majoring in elementary education who demonstrates academic excellence, leadership, involvement in extra- curricular activities, and service to both the college and the community.

Ryan Yaste
Mr. Yaste is the son of Kevin and Brenda Yaste of Johnstown and a graduate of Richland High School. He is a secondary math education and applied math major.

 

Engineering & Computer Science Division

College Scholar in Chemical Engineering

Zackery Senock
Mr. Senock is the son of John and Tammie Senock of Conway  and a graduate of Freedom Area High School. He is a chemical engineering major.

College Scholar in Civil Engineering

Christian Yoder
Mr. Yoder is the son of Reubon and Cherie Yoder of Jerome and a graduate of Conemaugh Township High School. He is a civil engineering major.

College Scholar in Computer Engineering

Robert Cline
Mr. Cline is the son of Robert and Carrie Cline of Martinsburg and a graduate of Central High School. He is a computer engineering major.

College Scholar in Computer Science

Bradley Trevorrow
Mr. Trevorrow is the son of Bill and Michele Trevorrow and is a graduate of Westmont Hilltop High School. He is a computer science graduate.

College Scholar in Electrical Engineering

Nathan Grafton
Mr. Grafton is the son of Todd and Amy Grafton of Kittanning  and a graduate of Kittanning High School. He is an electrical engineering major.

College Scholar in Mechanical Engineering

Damon Betlyon
Mr. Betlyon is the son of Michael and Heather Betlyon of Lewistown and a graduate of Mifflin County High School. He is a mechanical engineering major. 

C. Bruce Baker Memorial Award
This award is presented for outstanding accomplishment as a student in mechanical engineering technology and for showing good probability for success in the field of engineering

Adam Ridilla
Mr. Ridilla is the son of David and Karen Ridilla of Latrobe and a graduate of Greater Latrobe Senior High. He is a mechanical engineering major.

Dr. Kamal Gella and Dr. Jyothi Gella Award
This award is presented to an outstanding, international‒engineering student.

Muneer Al Busaidi
Mr. Al Busaidi is the son of Zahir and Nasra Al Barwani and a  graduate of Moss bin Nasser High School. He is a mechanical engineering major.

Wilson Construction Co. Award
This award is presented for outstanding accomplishment as a student in civil engineering technology and for showing good probability for success in the field of engineering

Brendan Delbianco
Mr. Delbianco is the son of Bruno and Lynette DelBianco of Monongahela and a graduate of The Mon Valley Independent School.  He is a civil engineering major.

WJAC Television Award (EE)
This award is presented for demonstrating outstanding abilities in subjects related to the television communication industry and indicating a desire to pursue a career in that field

Alexander Pravlochak
Mr. Pravlochak is the son of Michael and Gina Pravlochak of McKees Rocks and a graduate of Montour High School. He is an electrical engineering major.

Humanities Division

College Scholar in Communication

Raigan Ashmon
Ms. Ashmon is the daughter of Reginald Ashmon of Upper Marlboro, Maryland and Caren Ashmon of Pennsburg and a graduate of  Exeter Township Senior High School. She is a communications major.

College Scholar in English Literature

Malin Verostick
Ms. Verostick is the daughter of Robert and Lori Verostick of Windber and a graduate of Windber Area High School. She is an English literature major.

College Scholar in English Writing

Maria Larotonda
Ms. Larotonda is married to Anthony Larotonda of Johnstown and is the daughter of Michelle Nesdore and Eric Geringer. She is an English literature and creative writing major.

College Scholar in Multimedia and Digital Culture

Patrick Stahl
Mr. Stahl is the son of Matthew and Cynthia Stahl of Stoystown and a graduate of North Star High School. He is a writing, broad humanities, and multimedia and digital culture major.

College Scholar in Theatre Arts

Erin Whyte
Ms. White is the daughter of Steve and Jennifer Whyte of  Johnstown and a graduate of Westmont Hilltop High School. She is a theatre arts major.

Black/Dickson/Stevens Award in Journalism
This award is presented to a graduating journalism student who has displayed consistently, both in the classroom and in the practical application of the craft, the highest potential for a career in journalism.

Bradley Rosemas
Mr. Rosemas is the son of Nicholas Rosemas of Clymer and Lori Harrison of Portage and a graduate of Portage Area High School. He is a journalism major

Colleen M Brown Memorial Prize in Poetry
This award is presented to a student who demonstrates outstanding abilities in the field of poetry.

Hannah Brown
Ms. Brown is the daughter of Jason and Heidi Brown of Bedford and a graduate of Bedford High School. She is a biology major.

Virginia Koumoungis Golubic Poetry Award
This award is presented to an outstanding poet for a selection of poems. In honor of her inspirational mother, this award was established by professor Helen Golubic who taught in the Public Relations and Journalism Department for more than 30 years.
Louise Letizia Miele Award
This award is presented to a female student whose poetry and creative prose demonstrate an outstanding ability and the probability of success in the field of writing

Samantha Yamrose
Ms. Yamrose is the daughter of Douglas and Kimberly Yamrose of South Fork and a graduate of Forest Hills High School. She is a creative writing and French major.

Carroll Grimes Award for Writing in Humanities
This award is presented to the undergraduate writer of the best scholarly or critical essay written for a Humanities class. The award is named for Dr. Carroll Grimes, Humanities Division Chair from 1971-2002, whose love of teaching and love of learning are contagious and legendary.

Brianna Facciani
Ms. Facciani is the daughter of Greg and Donna Facciani of Summerhill and a graduate of Forest Hills High School. She is an English literature major.

Humanities Creative Prose Award
This award is presented for excellence in the genres of short story, personal essay, or memoir for full-time students.
Kamal Verma Scholarship
This award recognizes excellence by the student who produces the best essay on any aspect of South Asia (to include its various languages, literatures, histories, and cultures) in a UPJ class this academic year. 

Breanna Berkebile
Ms. Berkebile is the daughter of Gene and Bonnie Berkebile of St. Michael and a graduate of the Cambria County Christian School. She is a creative writing, English literature and journalism major.

Journalism Award
This award is presented for having achieved the highest standards of talent and performance in collegiate journalism and having demonstrated the promise of developing skills necessary for a successful career in professional journalism.

Callie Burgan
Ms. Burgan is the daughter Mark and Kellie Burgan and the late Cary Burgan of Johnstown and a graduate of Bishop McCort Catholic High School. She is a journalism and business management major.

Walter W. Krebs Award
This award is presented for excellence in the areas of reportage; feature magazine, or editorial writing; and literary journalism.


WJAC Television Award (Journalism)
This award is presented for demonstrating outstanding abilities in subjects relating to the television communications industry and indicating a desire to pursue a career in the field

Matthew Churella
Mr. Churella is the son of George and Rhonda Churella of Patton and a graduate of Cambria Heights High School. He is a journalism major.

Hazel Lansberry Award in French Language
This award is presented to the French language student who best exemplifies the high qualities of language proficiency.

Samantha Albert
Ms. Albert is the daughter of Eric and Andrea Albert of Coatesville and a graduate of Coatesville Area Senior High School. She is a biology major with a French minor.

Rose Ann Liska Award in Foreign Languages
This award is presented to an exceptional foreign languages student.

Yamila Audisio

John Fiske McHugh Memorial Award
This award is presented for excellence in an advanced reporting class and for making significant contributions to the Advocate newspaper.

Alyssa Coleman
Ms. Coleman is the daughter of David and Susan Coleman of Johnstown and a graduate of Bishop McCort Catholic High School.  She is a journalism major.

The Thomas H. Russell Memorial Award in Journalism
This award is presented to a student who has displayed consistently, both in the classroom and in the practical application of the craft, the highest potential for a successful career in professional journalism and who demonstrates civility and a sense of humor in their work and interaction with others (traits for which Mr. Russell was known and respected).

Lucy Li
Ms. Li is the daughter of Li Yanfeng and Huang Bihong of Shanghai, China and a graduate of Shanghai Jincai High School International Division. She is a journalism major.

 

Natural Sciences Division

College Scholar in Biochemistry

Rachel Dikum
Ms. Dikum is the daughter of Ed Dikum of New Paris and Barbara Dikum of Altoona and a graduate of Chestnut Ridge High School. She is a biochemistry and biology major.

College Scholar in Biology

Sheree Elgin
Ms. Elgin is the daughter of Gregory and Michelle Elgin of Indiana and is a graduate of Penns Manor High School. She is a biology major.

College Scholar in Energy & Earth Resources

Jake Marsh
Mr. Marsh is the son of James and Denise Marsh of Johnstown and a graduate of Richland High School. He is an energy and earth resources major.

College Scholar in Mathematics
Dr. Christopher J. Morgan Mathematical Advancement Award

This award is presented to a senior who has a GPA of 3.25 or higher, is a mathematics major or minor, or a mathematics education major, and who is making a presentation at a mathematics conference. 

Xueying Li
Ms. Li is the daughter of Zhimin Li and Xiujun Couo of Shandong Province, China and a graduate of No. 1 High School of Jinghai, Tianjin China. She is a mathematics and economics major.

College Scholar in Psychology

Kayla Soltis
Ms. Soltis is the daughter of John and Mary Soltis of Valencia and a graduate of Mars Area High School. She is a psychology major.

Dr. Meyer Bloom Award
This award is presented for having achieved a superior academic record in the pre-medical program and having shown promise of becoming a successful physician.

Kaitlyn Lippincott
Ms. Lippincott is the daughter of Mitchel and Nora Lippincott  of Bedford and a graduate of Bedford High School. She is a  biology major.

Dr. Kamal Gella and Dr. Jyothi Gella Award
This award is presented to an outstanding, international, natural sciences student.

Zeynep Tumkor
Ms. Tumkor and her husband, Dr. Serdar Tumkor, of Johnstown have three children. She is a graduate of Eyup High School, Istanbul Turkey and is a psychology major.

Dr. Uldis Kaktins Memorial Field Methods Award (Geology)
This award is given to students who are enrolled in the field methods course, pursuing a major or minor in geology, and exhibit exceptional interest in the field of geology.

Kyle Sarver
Mr. Sarver is the son of Shannon and Tanya Sarver of Schellsburg and a graduate of Chestnut Ridge High School. He is an energy and earth resources major.

Robert E. McClure Award
This award is presented for having demonstrated outstanding achievement as a chemistry student and for having shown probability for success in the field of chemistry.

Wendy Jiang
Ms. Jiang is the daughter of Xiong and Xiu Jiang of Akron, Ohio and a graduate of McKeesport High School. She is a chemistry major.

Morgan-Korch Scholar AwardThis award
This award is presented to a student who shows the greatest promise in the field of biology.

Kaitlyn Eckley
Ms. Eckley is the daughter of Trevor and Tara Eckley of Allensville and a graduate of Mifflin County High School. She is a biology major with a minor in chemistry.

Louis M. Ulery Award
This award is presented for having demonstrated outstanding ability in the fields of mathematical and computing sciences

Nicolas Sofaly
Mr. Sofaly is the son of Jared and Angela Sofaly of Vandergrift and a graduate of Kiski Area High School. He is a mathematics major.

John D. Wilson Mathematics Research Award
This award is presented for having demonstrated outstanding sophomore, junior or senior student in the areas of mathematical or statistical research, either theoretical or applied, which is performed either as a course requirement or as an independent study project.

Tulsi Shrivastava

Ashley Shriver
Ms. Shriver is the daughter of William Shriver of Johnstown and Christine Donahue and Gerard Donahue of Henderson, Nevada  and a graduate of Westmont Hilltop High School. She is a mathematics major.

 

Nursing & Health Sciences Division.

College Scholar in Allied Health
Brandon Bodes

Mr. Bodes is the son of Jeffrey Bodes of Springs and a graduate of Salisbury Elk-Lick High School. He is a respiratory care and health care management major.

College Scholar in Nursing

Haley Abriatis
Ms. Abriatis is the daughter of Jon Abriatis of Emporium and Melinda Abriatis of Hampton, Virginia, and a graduate of Cameron County High School. She is a nursing major.

Movene Ponas Nursing Award
This award is presented to the top two students in the Nursing Program at Pitt-Johnstown.

Amanda Miller
Ms. Miller is the daughter of Brian and Paula Duncan of  Johnstown and a graduate of Richland Senior High School. She is a nursing major.

Megan Deter
Ms. Deter is the daughter of Ron and Vickie Deter of Johnstown and a graduate of Richland High School. She is a nursing major.

UPJ Nursing Alumni Student Award
This award is presented to an enrolled student in the Nursing Program at Pitt-Johnstown.

Emilie Stocker
Ms. Stocker is the daughter of Tom and Valerie Stocker of Kirkwood and a graduate of Solanco High School. She is a nursing major.

 

INSTITUTIONAL AWARDS

Campus Association Rosella Blackington Award and Mrs. Henry Idzkowsky Golden Candle Medal
This award and medal is presented to a female student for outstanding academic achievement and leadership.

Kaitlyn Stiffler
Ms. Stiffler is the daughter of Jim and Jen Stiffler of Johnstown a graduate of Conemaugh Valley High School. She is a secondary education-mathematics major.

Campus Association of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Ruby Biddle Award
This award is presented to a Pitt-Johnstown student who has demonstrated exceptional dedication to the completion of his/her undergraduate degree program.

Amanda Miller

Stanton Chapman Crawford Memorial Award
This award is presented to a student who contributes to the betterment of the college, representing it well in student life and typifying the kind of student the college aims to produce.

Kasandra Matthews
Ms. Matthews is the daughter of John and Diana Matthews and a graduate of Chambersburg Area Senior High School. She is a psychology major.

Charles Kunkle Jr. Leadership Award
This award is presented to a senior member of the student body who best exemplifies leadership at Pitt-Johnstown.

Lindsey McDivitt
Ms. McDivitt is the daughter of Thomas McDivitt and Jody Beck  and a graduate of Johnsonburg Area High School. She is a biochemistry major.

Pitt-Johnstown Alumni Association Achievement Award
This award is presented annually by the Pitt-Johnstown Alumni Association to an outstanding junior student who exemplifies distinguished academic achievement, demonstrated leadership in and service to the Pitt-Johnstown community, and characteristics of enthusiasm, social consciousness, responsibility outreach and dedication.

Samuel Caplea
Mr. Caplea is the son of Don and Jennifer Caplea of Ebensburg and a graduate of Central Cambria High School. He is a mechanical engineering major.

Phoenix Stratemeier
Mr. Stratemeier is the son of Robert Grandizio of McKeesport and Darla Stratemeier of Addison and a graduate of Turkeyfoot Valley High School. He is an information systems and management major.

Michael Manges
Mr. Manges is a graduate of Shade-Central City High School. He is a political science and geography major.

Joseph J. Rapoport Memorial Award
This award is presented to a student who exhibits outstanding studentcitizenship and active service to the college and community.

Patrick Stahl

Dr. Jem Spectar Award
This award has been established by the Pitt-Johnstown Advisory Boardin recognition of Dr. Jem Spectar being named the fifth president of the University of Pittsburgh Johnstown and is presented to a top student in his/her junior year.

Jaidyn Fronzaglio
Ms. Fronzaglio is the daughter of Frank Fronzaglio Jr. of Donora and Beth Fronzaglio of Charleroi and a graduate of Charleroi High School.  She is a nursing major.

Faculty Senate Scholar Athlete Award
This award is presented to a graduating senior who participates in the college’s Intercollegiate athletics program, is involved in extracurricular activities, and demonstrates academic achievement.

Leigh Appolonia
Ms. Appolonia is the daughter of Dann and Diane Appolonia of West Newton and a graduate of Yough Senior High School. She is a mathematics and computer science major.

Romano Sebastiani
Mr. Sebastiani is the son of JoAnn Sebastiani of Greensburg and a graduate of Greensburg Central Catholic. He is a biology major.

Dr. Lowell D. Shaffer Student Athlete Award
This award is presented to students involved in the college’s intercollegiate athletics program who demonstrate academic excellence.

Samantha Kluz
Ms. Kluz is the daughter of Joe and Donna Kluz of Roscoe and a graduate of California Area High School. She is a biology major.

Marisa Lizins
Ms. Lizins is the daughter of Andrejs and Astrida Lizins of Honey Brook and a graduate of Twin Valley High School. She is a mathematics and justice administration and criminology major.

 

University Scholars
The following students have been named University Scholars for 2017-2018 indicating that their academic achievements rank in the top two percent of their class at the University of Pittsburgh Alexandra Belgiovane, Business & Enterprise
Abigail R. Chobany, Education
Mikayla M. Durkoske, Education
Mikayla K. Hagerty, Education
Marisa E. Lizins, Social Sciences
Isabella B. Macioce, Engineering
Colton E. Sisson, Engineering
Patrick James Stahl, Humanities
Bret W. Tantorno, Engineering
Samantha Michelle Yamrose, Humanities
Ryan A. Yaste, Education
Xueying Li, Business & Enterprise
Samuel J. Caplea, Engineering
Brianna L. Facciani, Humanities
Jordan J. Heinlein, Education
Yamila A. Audisio, Social Studies
Kayla Soltis, Natural Sciences
Garrett Thomas Pesi, Engineering
Kaylin M. Gaudette, Natural Sciences
Mitchell J. Napora, Engineering
Karissa Shomo, Engineering
Jordan D. Bridge, Business & Enterprise
Grant Robert Cruse, Engineering Technology
Savana A. Johns, Engineering Technology
Bohan Qu, Natural Sciences
Bradley D. Trevorrow, Engineering
Jakeb Robert Rising, Education
Isaac B. Vescovi, Education
Henry J. McKenzie, Education
Jacob M. Shaffe, Natural Sciences


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