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Arts and Sciences

Elizabeth Asche Douglas ’56G had a solo exhibition of paintings, drawings, sculptures, and prints titled “Visual Variations” in the Mary Hulton Phillips Gallery of the Cultural Center of Butler County Community College in February 2004. Douglas’ new and recent mixed-media assemblage sculptures were also displayed in a solo exhibition at the University Center Art Gallery of Carnegie Mellon University, and she appeared as a special guest soloist with the Kenny Blake Jazz Quartet in a jazz club jam held at the closing event of Carnegie Mellon’s Black History Month celebration. Paul Stoller ’69 recently published Stranger in the Village of the Sick: A Memoir of Cancer, Sorcery and Healing (Beacon Press). He lives in West Chester, Pa. Keith E. Schaefer ’71, executive partner of Constellation Partners in San Francisco, was named president of the University of Pittsburgh Alumni Association. William E. Rosenthal ’75 was named associate general counsel for United Technologies Corp. in Hartford, Conn. Kevin Santulis ’76 was promoted to vice president of TRICARE Operations for WPS Insurance Corp. in Madison, Wis. Frank Spreng ’76G, ’72G, professor of economics at McKendree College in Lebanon, Ill., was initiated into the college’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi in April 2004. Joseph A. Martinelli ’77 has written Little Italy (GMA Publishing), tales of life in the Italian neighborhood where he was raised in Cincinnati during the Great Depression. He lives in Monroeville, Pa.
Kishore G. Kulkarni ’82G, ’78G, a professor in the Department of Economics at Metropolitan State College of Denver, is the founding coeditor (with collaborator Bansi Sawhney) of a new journal entitled Indian Journal of Economics and Business. Kulkarni recently received Metropolitan State College’s Distinguished Service Award for lifetime achievement. Jim Caterino ’86 has released a new book, Gunner Star (iUniverse, Inc.). He and his wife, Laura ’86, live in Florida. Joelle Clibbons Schultz ’94 and husband Todd Schultz announce the birth of their son, Tyler Louis, on March 3, 2004. The family lives in Mt. Lebanon, Pa. Stephen N. Buchman ’95 and Valerie Buchman announce the birth of their son, Sidney Jay, on January 21, 2004. Stephen has been named programming coordinator of WGN Radio in Chicago and has received his master’s degree in organizational behavior from Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill. James E. Sanders ’95G recently published Contentious Republicans: Popular Politics, Race, and Class in Nineteenth-Century Colombia (Duke University Press). Sanders is assistant professor of history at Utah State University. Claire Edward Armstrong ’99G and Sam Maxwell Armstrong announce their marriage, which took place on May 1, 2004. The couple lives in Oak Park, Ill.

College of General Studies

Daniel C. Ferrere Sr. ’89 has been promoted to plant controller of the Ripon, Wis., plant for Ralcorp Holdings. He and his wife, Jeanne NURS ’99, will be moving with their family to the Oshkosh, Wis., area this summer. Sandra J. Anderson DEN ’84 received her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2003. She is currently practicing at Mountain Vista Veterinary Services in Eureka, Mont.

Gotta Dance

Josie Metal-Corbin (EDUC '70) eyes the twisting, twirling, twitching bodies that flex, kick, and bend to the rhythms that are blasting out of the stereo speakers. She eyes the position of each finger and toe. She eyes the expression of each student. She eyes the head of the janitor who is peeking through the studio doorway.

For the past two decades, the janitor has been peeking into the dance classes of Metal-Corbin, who is a professor in the School of HPER at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She smiles at him, and senses from his frequent peeps that when he's off janitorial duty, he's dancing in his own home. He watches the dancers for a while and then pushes his mop bucket farther down the hallway.

When Metal-Corbin decided to film a documentary about ordinary people dancing in ordinary places, she asked to videotape the janitor expressing himself with hip twisting and intricate footwork as he salsa-danced in the kitchen with his wife.

The video, which she titled “Kitchen Dancing and Other Recipes,” also includes CEOs dancing in their vehicles and in grocery stores. The project, which she collaborated on with the computer science and communications departments at the university, is only one example of the ways in which Metal-Corbin has opened different academic disciplines and the community to dance.

In 1970, Metal-Corbin defended her choreographic thesis at Pitt with a production at Trees Hall. At the time, it was considered innovative multimedia because students from Mt. Lebanon High School sang, played instruments, read poetry, and, of course, danced.

After 30 years of teaching, Metal-Corbin has been recognized as the 2004 National College/University Dance Educator of the Year.
—Cara J. Hayden (CAS ’04)

Graduate School of
Public and International Affairs

J. Robert Hanlon Jr. ’75, a partner with the Pittsburgh firm of Meyer, Unkovic & Scott, was recently elected to the Pennsylvania Bar Association House of Delegates for Zone 12. Greig Mitchell ’77 has been named vice president of administration and finance at Salisbury University in Maryland. He was most recently vice president of administration and finance at the State University of New York College at Brockport. Barbara Schwarck ’95, a professional organizer, trainer, executive coach, and speaker, heads Pittsburgh-based Clear Intentions, offering professional and personal coaching in areas such as work-life balance, strategic planning, and project management.

Graduate School of Public Health

Ronald L. Kathren ’62 was the recipient of the 2003 Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award from the Health Physics Society. He is professor emeritus at Washington State University in Richland. Allen Brodsky ’66 recently completed a book on the radiological aspects of homeland security that was published in July 2004. Brodsky also received the Graduate School of Public Health’s Distinguished Graduate Award. Marlene Heinrich Lugg ’81, ’66 was awarded the Graduate School of Public Health’s Margaret F. Gloninger Award. Lugg is a senior researcher with Southern California Permanente in Panorama City. David Alan Savitz ’82 received the Graduate School of Public Health’s Distinguished Graduate Award. Jane Ann Cauley Merchant ’83, ’80 received the Graduate School of Public Health’s Distinguished Graduate Award. She is an associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology. Mehran Massoudi ’93, CAS ’87 recently accepted a position as head of surveillance with the SARS Task Force of the National Center for Infectious Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Michael Meit ’94, director of the Center for Rural Health Practice (CRHP), a collaborative research center between the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, has been appointed to the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services. Meit will serve as the committee’s expert on issues related to rural public health.

Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business

J. Roger Glunt ’60 was recognized with the 2004 Robert L. Payton Award for Voluntary Service by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Glunt is president of Pittsburgh-based Glunt Development Co. and Jayar Construction Co. He has also recently received the 2004 Hearthstone Builder Lifetime Public Service Award for more than 30 years as an industry advocate and champion of local and philanthropic causes. He is a past president of the Pitt Alumni Association. Robert W. Horn ’71 has been named executive vice president and chief operating officer of Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pittsburgh. Maria McCool ’80, EDUC ’73 published her first children’s book, Becoming George’s Brother (BookSurge Publishing). A public relations and corporate communications writer for more than 20 years, she and her husband, Tom ’80, live in Pittsburgh. Margaret Gilfillan ’82 has been named director of the master of business administration program at Point Park University in Pittsburgh. Gilfillan is an associate professor of accounting in the university’s School of Business and has also served as the institution’s vice president of finance, administration, and technology. Dan Silmore ’90 has been named vice president of marketing for He is based in the company’s San Francisco headquarters. David Macrobert Duffus ’92, CAS ’89 accepted a position in Parente Randolph’s Pittsburgh office as director of forensic accounting and litigation services. Robert A. Frank ’94, GSPIA ’78, CAS ’77 has been named senior vice president and chief financial officer of Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pittsburgh. He was most recently the institution’s vice president and chief financial officer. Charles Andrew Wilfong Jr. ’99, GSPIA ’99 recently accepted a position as information management manager within Johnson & Johnson’s newly formed IM Biopharmaceutical Center of Excellence in Malvern, Pa.

School of Dental Medicine

Arthur J. Nowak ’61 received the Distinguished Alumnus Award—Dental Medicine from the School of Dental Medicine. Prior to his retirement in June 2000, Nowak was a professor in the departments of pediatric dentistry and pediatrics at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and College of Medicine in Iowa City, Iowa. Dennis N. Ranalli ’82G, CAS ’68, senior associate dean and professor of pediatric dentistry in Pitt’s School of Dental Medicine, received the Distinguished Alumnus Award—Advanced Education Program in the School of Dental Medicine.

Historical Change

Born and raised in the Pittsburgh area, Leanne Kennedy (EDUC ’91, SOC WK ’89) had strong ties to the area, not to mention a mortgage and a job running education programs at the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. Then, she was offered an education coordinator’s job at the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History. It was a lateral career move; she had been at the Carnegie for 10 years. But every time she tried to talk herself out of taking the job, she couldn’t. So Kennedy moved to Storrs, Conn., four years ago. “That initial decision to trust myself and go there just led to other things,” she says. “It’s like inertia. It takes a lot of energy to knock something out of orbit, but once you do, then you have a real chance to change the orbit.”

Suddenly, her new path included Collin Harty, an exhibit planner at the museum. She and Harty married. Together, they have sailed the Great Barrier Reef and are building a 41-foot fiberglass sailboat by hand in a nearby warehouse. “You never could have convinced me that I’d even be on a boat,” she says. “Now, I’m in there using tools and sanders.”

The orbit of her career has changed, too. Kennedy Harty was recently named the museum’s director, definitely more than a lateral move in comparison to her work at the Carnegie. She continues to develop children’s courses and helped establish the Connecticut Archeology Center. She calls the position her dream job, and she is so happy, for a couple of reasons, that she couldn’t talk herself out of moving to New England.

“People have often asked if I moved here to be with Collin, and I say without a doubt, ‘Yes!’ I just didn’t know it at the time.”
—Amy Souza

School of Education

Elfreda Massie ’71 has been named vice president of strategic alliances of Harcourt Achieve, part of Harcourt Education, a global education provider. Massie was Harcourt Achieve’s vice president for professional development from 2000 to 2003. She was most recently superintendent of schools for the District of Columbia Public Schools. She lives in Austin, Texas. Tamara Gillis ’97G received the Foundation Lifetime Friend Award from the International Association of Business Communicators. Gillis is associate professor of communications and chair of the Department of Communications at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania.

School of Engineering

Raymond F. Mignogna ’80G has completed the requirements for registration as a patent agent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He and his wife, Joan, reside in Valley Cottage, N.Y. Rachel Marie Funyak-Nolan ’03 received a 2004 National Science Fellowship Award. She is currently a doctoral student at Johns Hopkins University. She and husband, Tim Nolan ’00, reside in Baltimore. Tim is employed by the University of Maryland as a laboratory director of bioengineering research.

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Kevin Green ’77, an optometrist in Richmond, Va., has been elected president of the Virginia Academy of Optometry.

School of Law

Vincent J. Bartolotta Jr. ’70, CAS ’67 is a past president of Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, a local chapter of the American Trial Lawyers Association and Alex Scheingross ’77, CAS ’73 was elected to that same chapter’s board of directors. C. Kurt Mulzet ’81, a shareholder with Raphael Ramsden & Behers in Pittsburgh, served as moderator of an Allegheny County Bar Association seminar in March 2004 titled “Ethical Issues in Domestic Relations Matters.” Samuel J. Cordes ’88, a partner at Ogg, Cordes, Murphy & Ignelzi in Pittsburgh, was named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for 2004; only the top 5 percent of Pennsylvania lawyers receive this distinction. Jeffrey W. Spear ’89, formerly of Buchanan Ingersoll, has joined the Duane Morris Pittsburgh office as a partner, focusing his practice on general business counseling. Tim Stranko ’91 has been appointed to a three-year term as one of four public members of the West Virginia Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council. He is general counsel of the Morgantown Utility Board in Morgantown, W.Va. He also serves as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and as an adjunct professor of business law at West Virginia University’s College of Business and Economics. Charles Szymanski ’94, CAS ’91, vice chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section, was in Warsaw, Poland, in February 2004, where he met with justices of the Polish Supreme Court, representatives from Catholic University of Lublin, and other officials, to organize a symposium on Polish and American labor law. He is a labor attorney with Markowitz & Richman in Philadelphia.

Hands-On Decision

Grappling with a tedious, theoretical assignment, Art Hoffmann saw his roommate working on a project that seemed much more fun and intriguing—the design of a dam.

At that time, during his junior year at Pitt, Hoffmann was well on his way to earning his degree in electrical engineering and following the safe and comfortable course charted by his father, who owned an electrical engineering firm. The opportunity to be involved in projects he could see and touch, however, led Hoffmann to switch his major to civil engineering. Hoffmann (ENGR ’83) recounts how his wife has teasingly needled him over the years: “You realize if you had stuck with electrical engineering, you could probably be a vice president of your dad’s company instead of a grunt standing behind drill rigs in the middle of winter.”

Hoffmann is no longer a “grunt.” Moving on from the drill rigs, he has built a career of helping to design large structures people take for granted, such as bridges, tunnels, dams, and buildings, including the Petersen Events Center. He is one of the vice presidents of Gannett Fleming, a consulting engineering and construction management firm, one of nine governors on the Geo Institute Board of Governors, and a recent recipient of the 2004 ASCE Civil Engineer of the Year award for the Western Pennsylvania region.

Hoffmann still has untapped goals. His dream job is to take advantage of the Swiss citizenship his grandmother secured for him and open up a branch engineering office in his father’s homeland.
—Rachelle Ogun (CAS ’96)

School of Medicine

Paul S. Caplan ’36, CAS ’36, clinical assistant professor of medicine emeritus in the Division of Rheumatology at Pitt’s School of Medicine, was named a master of the American College of Rheumatology during the organization’s annual scientific meeting in October 2003. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, Gertrude Forman Caplan EDUC ’41. Alvin Markovitz ’58, CAS ’54 was recently honored with the Venice Family Clinic’s 2004 Humanitarian Award for 30 years of service as a physician volunteer, physician recruiter, fundraiser, and longtime board member of the southern California clinic. Markovitz lives in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

School of Pharmacy

Juliann Cheuvront Zinsner ’91 announces the birth of her daughter, Hadleigh Samantha, on December 19, 2003. Hadleigh joins sisters Jaycie and Weslee, and the family lives in Melbourne Beach, Fla.

School of Social Work

Kenneth S. Ramsey ’84G is president and CEO of Gateway Rehabilitation Center in Aliquippa, Pa.

In Memoriam

Charles D. Arthur CAS ’39 died in March 2004. He was a professor of Asian and African history at Pennsylvania State University, Delaware County, until his retirement in 1981.

E. Edward Bachmann CAS ’58 died in August 2003. A navy veteran of the Korean War, he had a career as a public relations director/writer with Blue Cross, U.S. Steel, and RCA.

Cathy Louise Cooper Bonner EDUC ’90 died in February 2004 of breast cancer at the age of 36. She had been employed as an administrator and educator of Richmond City Public Schools and Chesterfield County Public Schools in Virginia.

Mary Louise Brown NURS ’50G, ’48 died in February 2004. She was an international authority on occupational health nursing. Her book Occupational Health Nursing: Principles and Practices is a well-known text.

Louis A. Cattley EDUC ’55, CAS ’49 died in March 2004. He taught physics and general science at Perry High School in Pittsburgh from 1951 until becoming Pittsburgh Public Schools’ assistant director of curriculum in 1960. He retired in 1980.

Patricia Snodgrass Como EDUC ’96G, who taught at Brookline Elementary School in Pittsburgh, died in January 2004 after a three-year battle with cancer.

Mary Elizabeth David, a University of Pittsburgh English professor and medieval scholar, died in November 2003. She published and translated children’s literature under her maiden name, Mary Elizabeth Meek.

Frank J. Flit CAS ’73 died in March 2004. He had been director and chairman of UPMC McKeesport’s physical medicine and rehabilitation department since 1988.

Ida M. Flynn, adjunct assistant professor in the School of Information Sciences, died in April 2004. Flynn began her career at Pitt in 1980 as a lecturer. She was named assistant professor in 1994 and directed the Undergraduate Information Science Program from 1991 to 2000, when she retired.

Robert French FAS ’54, CAS ’50 died in March 2004. He was the commander of the 645th Combat Engineers Battalion during World War II, the only Black battalion from Western Pennsylvania. French spent the bulk of his career working for Seagram Distillers and was also a part-time sociology instructor at Pennsylvania State University, McKeesport; Point Park College; and Western Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

Thomas J. Galvin, dean of the School of Information Sciences from 1974 to 1985, died in February 2004. Following his deanship, Galvin served as executive director of the American Library Association and later as professor of information sciences and policy and director of the interdisciplinary PhD program at the State University of New York at Albany.

Michael Gladis, former chair and professor emeritus in Pitt’s Department of Educational Psychology in the School of Education, died in April 2004. He was a resident of the Regent Square neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

Vincent Haag FAS ’52 died in December 2003. He was an emeritus professor of mathematics at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., where he taught for 38 years in the college’s mathematics department.

Anthony G. Iurlano CAS ’49 died in March 2004. A U.S. Navy pharmacist’s mate during the battles at Iwo Jima and Okinawa, Iurlano founded his own construction firm in 1960. In 1981, he joined the board of directors of Allegheny Valley Bank of Pittsburgh. He was the board’s chair at the time of his death.

George F. Klingelhofer II EDUC ’74 died in March 2004. He was president of PBI Industries in Beaver County, Pa., until it was sold in 1985. He established the BridgeBuilders Foundation in 1951, assisting at-risk children.

James M. Kosanovich CGS ’72 died in January 2004. He was a retired City of Pittsburgh police officer.

James A. Lewis KATZ ’79 died in March 2004. Lewis was affiliated with the Institute of Paper Science and Technology in Atlanta.

Gladys B. McNairy died in April 2004 at the age of 90. A former Pitt trustee, McNairy was appointed to the board of Pittsburgh Public Schools in 1964, and, in 1971, she became the first African American woman to serve as board president.

Norman W. Mulgrave FAS ’66G, EDUC ’58G died in January 2004. He was an associate professor emeritus of psychology in education at Pitt. An advocate for those with developmental disabilities, he founded Citizen Care.

Judith Dae Hungerford Nagy GSPH ’83 died in March 2004. She was executive director of the Orr Compassionate Care Center in Pittsburgh’s East Liberty section, ministering to sick homeless people.

John Pacek Jr. MED ’56, CAS ’48 died in March 2004. He was a family doctor for more than 30 years, served as an emergency room physician, and taught ambulance and EMT training.

Ray Radakovich CAS ’68 died in April 2004. A former Pitt first-team offensive lineman, Radakovich was a Pittsburgh-based trial attorney.

Albert T. Robinson EDUC ’34 died in May 2003 at the age of 90. He had been a passenger and freight engineer with Pennsylvania Railroad, Penn Central Railroad, and Conrail for 36 years.

Dennison I. Rusinow died in January 2004. He was a retired research professor in Pitt’s University Center for International Studies and an emeritus professor in Pitt’s Department of History.

Marshall R. Singer, a retired Pitt professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, died in February 2004. He joined the University’s faculty in 1964 and retired in 1998.

Terry Catherine Tanksley CGS ’86 died in April 2004. She was a systems engineer at IBM in Columbus, Ohio.

Evelyn Han-Li Wei GSPH ’99, CAS ’93 died in January 2004. Wei was senior research principal at Pittsburgh Youth Study, part of UPMC’s life history studies program at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

Linn Weigel MED ’51, CAS ’51 died in April 2004. He had been a general surgeon at UPMC Passavant for 40 years with expertise in emergency medicine.

Ellin Hahn Wymard LAW ’87 died in February 2004. She had been an assistant city solicitor for the last few years and clerked for Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley.

Scene in Peru

Melanie de Souza (MED ’03, CAS ’99) and Anil Mehta (CAS ’96) take time out from their travels in Machu Picchu, Peru, to catch up on some breathtaking news.

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