N O T E B O O K
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION WELCOMES NEW PRESIDENT
Glunt provides a considerable legacy for his successor. As former president of the National Association of Home Builders, Glunt helped to open some strong political doors for the University, and, under his leadership, the association established a grass-roots legislative network that played an important role in last year's state budget discussions.
New Alumni Association president Andrew J. Kuzneski, Jr., came to Pitt in 1958 on a football scholarship. He is quick to point out how much he owes to the University: "That scholarship was the catalyst for whatever success I've attained in the business arena. And my football experience has been a wonderful bond with other Pitt people."
After graduation, Kuzneski, now an insurance executive in Indiana, Pennsylvania, became active in the Golden Panthers organization and later the Alumni Association, working his way through the chairs to the presidency.
As to goals, he says, "I want the third year of the membership dues program to be even more successful than the first two. This program is such a great two-way street. It shows us that alumni are interested in being part of Pitt, and it gives us an opportunity to make them proud and to spread the word that we are a world-class university."
Other goals include working on plans for an Alumni Center and an increased emphasis on the legislative initiative begun by Glunt. "We have many alumni who are elected officials in the state, and it's more important than ever that we have a good working relationship with the legislators. We want to expand the legislative network concept and get more people involved," Kuzneski says. "Also, the association is in the process of developing its next five-year plan, so I think we will have lots to keep us busy."
Kuzneski praised the work of former alumni association presidents: "If I can measure up to their marks, I'll be pleased--they've set some real precedents for me, and I'm looking forward to the job."
Don't forget to check out the University of Pittsburgh Alumni Association's home page on the World Wide Web. Like many other school's alumni organizations, Pitt is taking advantage of this electronic method of connecting with its graduates.
The association's home page features travel and membership information, a clickable map to pinpoint the location of alumni clubs, and a "What's New" section to keep alumni updated on association events.
To visit the Alumni Association home page, click on the alumni icon at the following address: http://www. pitt.edu/
Pitter: "What did Rose do when you asked her for date?"
Patter: "Why, she gave me the Chapel steps."
Pitter : "The Chapel Steps?"
Patter: "Yes, the stony stare." --1923 Owl
BIG EAST, WEST SIDE,
ALL AROUND THE TOWN. . .
It was a strange season. Ralph Willard's young roundballers took top-rated Massachusetts into overtime, but lost to unrated Rutgers. The weirdness continued into the Big East tournament where Pitt almost knocked off Syracuse, an eventual Final Four team. Despite Pitt's early exit, spirits seemed high among the Panther faithful in the Big Apple. Here's a capsule report of the 1,000+ Pitt fans--many Alumni Association members--who made the roundball pilgrimage:
David and Cindy Swanson have come to the Big East for the last five years: "This year we're here for the Pitt games, not just one game." Okay, so they were wrong.... In an act of sheer providence (the concept, not the college), Pitt trustee Joan Smith ran into an old friend, Mark Bailey, at Carmine's restaurant. Bailey and Smith hadn't seen each other since Pitt days. Smith and her husband, Joe, have been attending the Big East Tournament since its inception in 1982.... Danni Allman (with husband Bob) wore large Pitt earrings and a Pitt sweater. When asked if she had come here for the Pitt game, she laughed and said, "No, I always dress like this"--good answer to a really stupid question .... Lou and Florence Biondi of Monroeville, Pennsylvania: "Cabs in New York are a great deal, and no one realizes it," Lou said after a $5.40 ride from the Hilton to Madison Square Garden. "A similar ride in Las Vegas would cost you $12.".... Conversation overheard at Pitt's hospitality suite in the Hilton: "You think basketball is big in Western Pennsylvania? Try living in Kentucky. There was a front-page story in the local paper when the University of Kentucky changed the style of their uniforms.".... Golden Panthers prezDenny Doyle and wife Joanne have been coming to the Big East for the last six years. "Two years ago was the March blizzard," Joanne remembers. "We got home okay, but people were camping out at the airport, waiting days for their flight.".... Pitt trustee Tom Bigley got a big surprise when he registered at the hotel. "Mr. Bigley, the bags you left downstairs have been sent to your room." "Really?" Bigley replied, "I don't have any identification tags on my luggage." "Well, then," said the concierge without missing a beat, "your bags have not been sent to your room."
From this date forward,
Positively No Smoking will
be within these
precincts, Except by Members
of the Faculty, Traveling
Salesmen, Proud Papas, and
The Boss. Coeds Politicians
, Freshmen and others will
please take the heed of this notice
and keep that smoke outside
. --1915 Owl
President, Andrew J. Kuzneski, Jr.
President-Elect, Cynthia Roth
Vice President, Samuel S. Zacharias
Vice President, Michael Bryson
Secretary, Eva T. Blum
Treasurer, Brian Generalovich
Immediate Past President,
PITT ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
On April 20, 1896, four dentists, a physician, and a pharmacist founded the Pittsburgh Dental College, a for-profit corporation with stock issued. The college opened in the fall of 1896 with 119 students. Admission requirements included one year of high school and a $5 matriculation fee.
One hundred years later, Pitt's School of Dental Medicine (the original college became affiliated with Pitt in 1909) is one of the finest in the country. With over 6,000 alums, the school, headed by Dean Jon B. Suzuki, has played a major role in the field's advancements in research, teaching, and treatment.
Centennial celebrations began in the fall of 1995 with a three-day program that included an academic procession, continuing education lectures, an alumni dinner, Pitt football, and a golf outing. Festivities also included tours of the Edward J. Forrest Continuing Education Center, funded entirely by alumni donations, which houses an auditorium with state-of-the-art teleconferencing, a conference room, and six fully equipped operatories and support labs. Dennis Ranalli, executive director of alumni affairs for the dental school and general chairperson of the centennial committee, said, "I was most impressed by the level of participation and enthusiasm shown by faculty, staff, students, and alumni coming together to share a common focus--our school and our love for it. We concentrated on our positives, looked at our past, and considered what it is we need to do as a profession and as a school to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century."
Ranalli says 1996 dental school events will all have a common centennial theme. "We have reunions of graduate programs planned throughout the year, and we'll take our traveling centennial display with us to American Dental Association meetings and other conferences. Our annual faculty retreat in June will also have a section focusing on the centennial." A "then and now" exhibit of dental practice is currently on display, as well, in the first floor lobby of Salk Hall.
Closing ceremonies will be held in September and will include newly entering students. "We'll actually have the senior class leaving as alums who participated in the centennial," Ranalli says, "and the freshman class entering at the close of the centennial and still getting some of the flavor of being part of it."
From 1916 to 1922,
membership in the General
Alumni Association increased
from 300 to 4,200. Most
members were in-state, living
in and around Western
Pennsylvania, with 580
residing outside the state, and
22 in foregin countries.