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Panther mascot at Pitt Stadium, circa 1950

Spotlight on Alumni

Arts and Sciences

Robert Brown ’39 is co-author of Where the Birds Are (National Wildlife Federation). The book describes the best bird-watching sites in the United States and Canada. A former senior vice president of Ketchum, MacLeod and Grove, Brown also served as director of public relations for New York University and Fordham University. George Albee ’49, ’47, professor emeritus at the University of Vermont and courtesy professor at the Florida Mental Health Institute, received a presidential citation from the American Psychological Association. In addition to the award, Albee received a special flag from his son, Luke, who is chief of staff for Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy. The flag had flown over the nation’s capitol at Leahy’s request. Paul Lawrence Farber ’65, an Oregon State University distinguished professor of history of science, is working on a history of ideas on race mixing.

William Dunham ’69 received the 2001 Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Don Shaw ’70 writes from Delray Beach, Florida, to say he recently cruised the eastern Caribbean with his entire family to celebrate his mother’s 80th birthday. Samuel Alioto ’71 is president and CEO of MediNiche Inc., a St. Louis-based pharmaceutical company he helped found that develops specialized health and beauty care products. Don Nixon ’76 is Pennsylvania director of Youth for Christ, an outreach program to teenagers. Nixon, who was the Pitt Panther in 1975-76, founded the Metro-Pittsburgh chapter of YFC in 1985. Marc Harshman ’78 co-authored a picture book for children, Red Are the Apples, with his wife, Cheryl Ryan, Information Sciences ’77. Harshman, a former grade school teacher, is now a full-time writer whose book The Storm won a Parent’s Choice Award and was named a “notable book for children” by the Smithsonian. Jacqueline Hechtkopf ’79 writes that her third children’s book, Clap and Count: Action Rhymes for the Jewish Year, has been published under her pseudonym, Jacqueline Jules. Terri Levine ’78, author of Work Yourself Happy, has developed the Professional Coach’s Training Program. Her website is www.comprehensive-coachingu. Tony Magistrale ’81, ’76, professor of English and director of undergraduate advising at the University of Vermont, recently published The Student Companion to Edgar Allan Poe, his third book on the author. Patricia Ray ’81 writes that after serving as a lawyer for Texas Instruments in Asia for five years and working in the satellite/Internet business, she has been chosen to work on a United Nations team to implement intellectual property laws and antitrust laws in Kosovo. Jeannine Westlock ’81 e-mails that she earned a master’s degree in public administration from Cleveland State University. She is currently working in operations administration at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. David Bednar ’84 recently published his first novel, Landlocked Sailors. Tim Ranier ’92 was producer for the video documentary 21st Century Pittsburgh: A Journey in Progress. David Rosenberg ’93 is a captain and company commander in the US Marine Corps stationed with the 3rd Force Service Support Group in Okinawa. The recipient of the US Marine Corps 2001 Federal Asian Pacific American Council Meritorious Service Award, Rosenberg was recognized for his significant contribution to the advancement of Asian-Pacific Americans in the armed forces. John Barnes ’95 e-mails that he has moved to the Denver area to write fiction. His book The Return, the second he has co-authored with former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, was recently released, and his solo effort, The Merchants of Souls, will be published in November. Kelly Matyas Magyarics ’95, a network administrator for a bank in New York City, is province director of chapters for the Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity. Matt Vendemio ’00, Pitt-Johnstown, is a Peace Corps micro-enterprise volunteer in Bolivia, teaching business education. He e-mails that he also has a secondary project, performing magic shows for schools in Sucre, where he is living.

Business

Charles Emery Jr. ’82, Engineering ’68, received the John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year Award from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. Emery, senior vice president and chief information officer of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, was honored for his extraordinary leadership in information technology innovation.

Dental Medicine

Leon Bylenok ’48, who retired from dental practice in 1986, now shares his views on healthcare on his website, Nutritional Health and Alternative Medicine, at www.geocities.com/raddoll/Nutritional.htm.

Education

Lewis Grell ’63, ’57, has retired after 13 years as executive director of the Association for the Advancement of International Education, and a 48-year career that included teaching and administrative positions here and abroad. Helen McLain Jackson ’64, ’58, is province director of alumnae for Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity, serving Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Saundra Tracy ’71 is president of Alma College in Alma, Michigan. Ronald Volpe ’80 is president at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. Louis Kavar ’91, an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, is area chair for community counseling at the University of Phoenix, Southern Arizona campus in Tucson. His fifth book, The Good Road: The Journey Along a Spiritual Path, was published by iUniverse.com.

Engineering

David Buchek ’58 writes that he received the 2001 Distinguished Service Award from the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers, Professional Engineers in Government, at the group’s annual convention. After more than 30 years with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Buchek is now with Urban Engineers, in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. John Hendrick ’60 retired as chairman of Okuma America Corporation. A 35-year veteran of the machine tool industry, Hendrick continues to serve Okuma as an executive advisor and board member. Alexander Nauda ’77, ’69, ’67, received the Outstanding Engineer of the Year 2000 award from the Florida West Coast Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Nauda manages research and advanced technology at Raytheon C3I Systems in St Petersburg. Jeff Dean ’84 e-mails that his book, LPI Linux Certification in a Nutshell, which prepares Linux system administrators for LPIC-1 certification, was published by O’Reilly and Associates. Thomas Dubaniewicz ’00, ’88, writes that he was named Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2001 Federal Engineer of the Year by the National Society of Professional Engineers and the US Public Health Service. He is with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Pittsburgh Research Laboratory.

General Studies

Michael (Mac) Cauley ’73 is interim US Attorney for the middle district of Florida. With his dog Zipper, Cauley is active with the Southeast Guide Dog School, and has put together a unique program at Coleman Correctional Facility that pairs puppies with female inmates who teach the young dogs basic obedience skills to prepare them for working with the blind. Frank Oliver ’86 received the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s Grenzebach Research Writing Award for his doctoral dissertation, The History of Fund Raising Campaigns in US Higher Education, which he wrote while attending Columbia University in 1999. Oliver is a senior vice president at Goettler Associates, specializing as a consultant in higher education, health care, and cultural organizations. Charles Jackson ’89 head baseketball coach and associate athletic director at Monroe College in Bronx, New York, was the 2001 commencement speaker at John Jay High School in Brooklyn. William Croyle ’94 e-mails that he is a senior project control specialist with Daimler Chrysler Rail Systems. Marianne Graham ’99, who was featured in a Pitt Magazine March 2000 article on the Ice Panthers women’s hockey team, recently tried out for a spot on the Vancouver Griffins, a women’s professional hockey team in Canada. She e-mails, “My chances of making the team are slim, but it is a fantastic opportunity and the invitation itself shows what great players Pitt can produce!”

Information Sciences

Timothy Gaus ’91, Arts and Sciences ’83, is the corporate librarian for the H.J. Heinz Company in Pittsburgh. Robert Jordan ’93 founded and is president and CEO of Digital Magnet, which creates interactive content delivery solutions for retail, education, and corporate environments in Washington, DC.

Law

Greg Griffin ’83 e-mails that he is vice chairman of the Capital City Club Board of Governors located in Montgomery, Alabama, for the year 2001 and chairman of the board for the year 2002, the first African American to hold these positions in the club’s 23-year history. Melissa Wilburn ’88, Public and International Affairs ’88, a principal in the Columbus, Ohio, law firm Brooks & Wilburn, is president-elect of the Women Lawyers of Franklin County. Eric Kirsch ’89 writes: “After several years as a prosecutor for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office, I’m now a partner at Cooper & Dunham in New York, specializing in intellectual property litigation.” Joseph Linehan ’90, a partner at the Pittsburgh law firm Meyer, Unkovic & Scott, is president of the board of directors of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Allegheny/Beaver/Westmoreland chapter. Judi Potoka Petrush ’93, Arts and Sciences ’90, and her husband John Petrush Jr. ’93 write to announce the birth of daughter, Cecilia. Judi Petrush is an assistant district attorney for Westmoreland County, while her husband is a general practitioner, focusing on municipal law and criminal defense.

Medicine

Tom Welty ’69, and his wife Edie ’68, e-mail from their new home in Nampa, Idaho, with their latest news: “Tom will continue working as an epidemiologic consultant for Indian health projects and Edie will work part time at Terry Reilly Clinic in Nampa, where our daughter, Julie is a family physician. Both of us will continue to provide volunteer support to the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Board, working primarily on TB control and AIDS prevention.”

Nursing

Sandra J. Trainor ’71 founder and president of Community Parish Nursing, a nonprofit, nondenominational health ministry organization in Reading, Massachusetts, was awarded a Faith in Action grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Lisa Jo Stump ’86 writes to tell of the latest addition to her family, Cody, new brother to her son Christopher and daughter Courtney: “I can only hope and pray that maybe one of them will be interested in going to Pitt!” Stump adds that she was recently recertified as a wound, ostomy, and continence nurse.

Pharmacy

James Capuzzi ’95 writes that he has opened an independent pharmacy, MEDMART, in Connellsville, Pennsylvania: “This is the first independent pharmacy to open in the area in more than 15 years. I want to send a positive message to recent graduates and students that it is possible to compete with the big chains and follow your dream of owning your own store.”

Public Health

Elizabeth Johns Clark ’75, Social Work ’74, ’72, is executive director of the National Association of Social Workers. Clark served previously as the executive director of the New York State chapter of NASW and was named Social Worker of the Year by both New York and Pennsylvania chapters. Bob Lucas ’86, Pharmacy ’80, is vice president of operations for the 363-bed King’s Daughters Medical Center, in Ashland, Kentucky.

Public and International Affairs

Luke Kluchko ’89, Information Science ’86, received the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal from the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency for his efforts toward eliminating the nuclear testing infrastructure in Kazakhstan. As an international project manager for the agency’s Cooperative Threat Reduction Division, Kluchko helped eliminate 181 nuclear test tunnels and 13 nuclear testing boreholes. He is a division chief for cooperative threat reduction within the US Embassy-Moscow’s Defense Threat Reduction Office.

In Memoriam

George Timothy Anderson, Engineering ’74, ’66, died February 2001 in Herndon, Virginia. He was 57. A gifted musician and life member of the American Radio Relay League, Anderson was a senior engineer for Litton-TASC in Chantilly, Virginia. Lee J. Goldblum, Medicine ’80, Arts and Sciences ’76, died March 2000, at the age of 45 from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. A gynecologist and obstetrician, Goldblum was acting president of obstetrics at UPMC Shadyside, where he had been on staff for 15 years. Catherine Templeton McClure, Arts and Sciences ’52, ’48, died January 2001, at the age of 91. McClure, who taught at Pitt as an assistant professor of nursing, was the first professional nurse to earn the PhD at Pitt. She trained in the Army Cadet Nurse Corps during WWII and served as national president for Sigma Theta Tau, an honor society for nursing. Wesley M. Rohrer, Jr., Engineering ’47, a Pitt professor emeritus, died March 2000, at the age of 78. Rohrer taught mechanical engineering at Pitt for 40 years and served as president of the University Senate twice. Rohrer also was a consultant investigating industrial accidents, including the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger in 1986. Also somewhat of an inventor, he published many papers on energy conservation, and obtained several patents, including one for a leak detection system for nuclear reactors. Janet Hegedus Schuster, Education ’74, died at the age of 46 in January 1999 after a long illness. After teaching elementary school in the Pittsburgh public school system for several years, she took time off to raise a family, then went on to found St. Joan of Arc Preschool in Library, Pennsylvania, where she taught for nine years. She is survived by her husband, Joseph (Pharmacy ’75), two daughters and one son. Lawrence S. Schwartz, Engineering ’82, died May 2001, at the age of 41. Schwartz was a biochemical engineer for Gensia Sicor Pharmaceuticals in California and a member of the American Chemical Society and American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Ann L. Klingelhofer Tighe, Nursing ’45, died September 2000. A native of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Tighe, 79, obtained her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Maryland and subsequently taught nursing at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Berea College, and Baltimore Junior College. She also served in the Army Nurse Corps during the Korean War. Thomas Lee Wilson, Education ’68, died December 2000, in Ormond Beach, Florida. The 78-year-old Wilson was an assistant professor at Pitt in the 1960s. A veteran of WWII, Wilson received the Air Force Commendation Medal for his service in the Korean War. After retiring from the US Air Force in 1967 as a colonel, he moved to Florida and worked with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as an instructor, assistant professor, and dean. Joseph Zezzo, Arts and Sciences ’43, an ordained minister, died in Hartford, Connecticut, in May 2001. Zezzo served as pastor of a number of churches. In 1962, he became the director of Hartford’s Christian Activities Council, a regional missionary agency for 35 Congregational churches. The Joseph Zezzo House, an affordable housing facility in Hartford for low-income people with HIV, was dedicated in his honor in March 2001.

Gary Plundo, Arts and Sciences ’75, medical director of Westmoreland Primary Health Center and the Westmore-land Community Health Network, is president of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association.

Joe Johnson, Business ’71, is corporate development and transformation officer at Mercedes-Benz USA’s Montvale, New Jersey, headquarters.

Emad Wajeeh, Education ’82, ’78, a specialist in survey research, statistical analysis and institutional effectiveness, is director of institutional research for the University of New Orleans.

Iburia Scott-Johnson, Education ’77, recently retired as director of addiction services at St. Francis Medical Center in Pittsburgh. She had been with St. Francis since 1976, where she served in a number of positions, including education advocate, addictions counselor, and clinical coordinator of the Maternal Infant Recovery Consortium.

David Hornyak, Law, ’00, is an associate at the Pittsburgh office of Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, concentrating in commercial litigation and technology law.

Stephen Fichter, Engineering ’96, is assistant director, planning and engineering, in the facility management department at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

His Story

Boice-Terrel Allen (Arts and Sciences ’92) is not afraid to take on new roles. Frustrated after two years trying to get his first novel published, Allen started up Rattlecat Press and published The Daughters of a Mother himself.

"Once you start changing yourself,” Allen says, “you have a different perspective, even if things around you haven’t changed.”

So far Allen’s novel, available in bookstores across throughout the East and online at www.rattlecat.com, has sold some 700 copies. Daughters tells the story of Talulah and Cora, twin sisters who come of age in the shadow of a mother who never wanted them. Though the novel originates in events from his own mother’s life, Allen had to stretch his writing muscle far beyond the limits of personal experience to understand the lives of his 16-year-old characters.

Now, the 31-year-old writer is at work on a new novel, Janet Hurst. This time, the main character is a woman in her 40s meditating on her life. “There are things that are universal, regardless of race, age or gender,” Allen says. “You want to be respected, whether you’re 16 or 45.” —Jennifer Lee

The Name of the Game

This fall, when Art Bernardi (Education ’60) watches the Butler Golden Tornadoes take the field, he’ll have the supreme pleasure of cheering in a football stadium that bears his name.

A fitting tribute—having the facility at Butler High School, about 45 miles north of Pittsburgh, renamed in his honor—for a man who led the team to 179 wins and a league championship during his 25-year tenure as head coach. Bernardi, after all, helped more than a few players test their mettle on the field. “Anybody who has ever played or coached football has to admire a young man who puts himself on the line,” says Bernardi. “You can really see what he is made of out there, his stick-to-it-iveness.”

Bernardi’s own determination has kept him rooted in Butler. After hanging up his coaching hat for a stint as the school’s athletic director, Bernardi retired. Yet he remains active on the boards of several organizations, often working with former students who have themselves become leaders. That’s what Bernardi, who also taught social studies and worked as a guidance counselor, always loved—watching his students evolve and discover themselves.

“To see young people develop from whatever they think they are into what, in reality, they become, that was always exciting to me,” Bernardi says.—JL

The Law of the Sky

Renee Martin-Nagle (Law ’84) knew little about the aerospace industry when she was first offered a job at Aerospatiale, a French helicopter manufacturer. The breadth of issues she would have to understand—contracts, taxes, employment—seemed at once daunting and exciting. Yet, more interested in intellectual stimulation than comfort, Martin-Nagle took the job.

In 1990 she moved to Airbus North America, where she was recently promoted to vice president and general counsel. At Airbus, one of the world’s leading commercial aircraft manufacturers, Martin-Nagle practices private and public international law, working with both business transactions and treaties.

“You have to look at the big picture and realize you’re not just talking about companies, but about economies,” Martin-Nagle says. “Trade policy directs, in many ways, foreign public policy.” This, Martin-Nagle says, gives her work a particular sense of importance, a connection to larger currents.

Yet what this pioneering woman remembers most about her time in Pittsburgh is a surprising harmony between faculty and students—that and then-law professor Mark A. Nordenberg’s Civil Procedure class. “He was one of the most charismatic and creative teachers,” Martin-Nagle says. “Everybody loved him.” —JL

Thrilling Book

Chris Kuzneski (Education ’93, Arts and Sciences ’91) has a history of publishing books in interesting ways. The Monster Cookbook, his fourth-grade effort, was bound and placed in the school library by the librarian.

Now 32, the former English teacher and son of past Pitt Alumni Association president Andrew Kuzneski, Jr. (Business ’62), has published his first novel, The Plantation, through iUniverse.com. It’s a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble which, along with Writer’s Digest, sponsors a program to “get young, unpublished authors out there.”

“Digital technology is such that they don’t have to do huge press runs, so they can afford to help more writers,” explains Kuzneski, whose graphically violent thriller is featured on his website www.chriskuzneski.com (designed by Randy Raskin, Arts and Sciences ’89).

Kuzneski says he’s now writing “all day and all night.” His second novel, Sign of the Cross, is near completion. “I learned quite a bit about the power of words, about the effect that they have on people, in classes at Pitt,” Kuzneski notes, citing instructors Chris Rawson and Bill Moushey as particular inspirations. “Especially if you word things in just the right way.”
—Debra Martin Koma



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