Titusville, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Titusville received an outstanding program series award from the National Association of Campus Activities for the health-related programs it held during the 2017-18 academic year.

Pitt-Titusville received the Mid-Atlantic Region Outstanding Program Series Award at its annual conference for the special programs it held in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh’s Year of Healthy U.

“We are honored to receive this recognition for our campus programs,” said Stephanie Fiely, director of student life. “These programs raised awareness on campus and aided in student and community engagement.”

The award is given annually to a member institution in the region for an educational program that demonstrates creativity, innovation and appeal to a diverse body of students.

Nominations for the awards were judged based upon the programs’ effectiveness in the areas of using available resources, meeting its goals, and marketing and evaluating the programs.

The University of Pittsburgh designated the 2017-18 academic year as the Year of Healthy U to promote a greater understanding of the importance of wellness in all aspects of life, including emotional, intellectual, spiritual, social and financial.

Pitt-Titusville faculty, staff and students planned and implemented the programs as well as wrote grants to received additional funding to support them.

Pitt-Titusville presented nine programs throughout the academic year, including the Fitness U event in March when stationary bikes were connected to various terrains and games so cyclists could compete with each other. Later that month, the Student Government Association sponsored a St. Patrick’s Day 5K run/walk.

Another program, Hate Has No Home Here, involved the surrounding community as well as the campus community. The program kicked off in January and promoted inclusive communities by encouraging neighbors to declare their home, school, business and place of worship safe places where everyone would be welcome and valued. Members of the Pitt-Titusville community signed a banner, which hung in the Student Union Lobby for the remainder of the spring semester, to remind everyone to respect others. A few “Hate Has No Home Here” signs are still on campus.

Other Pitt-Titusville programs raised awareness of domestic violence, diversity, and race and ethnicity.