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Without cell phones or PDAs, students in 1965 must have had more time to read in public. If you have any ideas about what these three dashing young men found so captivating, please let us know. Best response wins a paperback copy of Bel Kaufman’s Up the Down Staircase.

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Arts and Sciences

Sue Nichols Spencer ’47 cowrote with her husband, Homer, a retired Presbyterian minister, Finding Out (Daniel and Daniel Publishers, Inc.). The book, a collection of 52 short essays “on the history and culture of homosexuality in modern America,” is called “a primer for anyone interested in learning more about same-sex relationships.” Jim O’Brien ’64 published Steelers Forever, his 14th book about Pittsburgh sports. The Pittsburgh native has written about sports for more than 30 years. Bill Slomanson ’67 writes that the fourth edition of his Fundamental Perspectives of International Law (West Publishing), which has been adopted for classroom use at 96 universities, was published. Slomanson adds he also taught international law at the University of Pristina as part of the humanitarian effort to rebuild Kosovo. Joseph Kociubes ’69 is president of the Boston Bar Association. Kociubes, a litigation partner at Bingham McCutchen LLP, also serves as general counsel of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. as a director of Greater Boston Legal Services. Thomas Della Salla ’71 received an Educator of Excellence award from the N.Y. State English Council. He has been with the Schenectady City Schools since 1971 in a variety of positions, and is currently K-12 coordinator of English language arts and library media services. Thomas Dolan ’71, who practices dentistry in Wethersfield, Conn., won the Mastership Award from the Academy of General Dentistry. He is one of 1,651 dentists who have received this award to date. Dave Beck ’72 is vice president of the Center for Innovative Food Technology, a program of EISC, Inc., headquartered in Toledo, Ohio. Peter Hutchinson ’72, ’70 is a full-time economics professor at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa. David Hill ’73, professor of mathematics at Philadelphia’s Temple University, received two distinguished teaching awards in 2002. The Mathematical Association of America’s Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware Section gave Hill its Distinguished College or University Teacher of Mathematics Award. Hill also received Temple University’s Great Teacher Award, the university’s highest recognition of excellence. Kenneth Simon ’75 is national president of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity, North America’s oldest and largest historically Jewish fraternity. Gerald Schorin ’75, ’71, ’69 is director of strategic communications at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. William Robinson ’79, president of Whitworth College in Spokane, Wash., is a new trustee on the Princeton Theological Seminary Board. Dennis Ledden ’80, in his 30th year as a teacher at Butler Area Intermediate High School, is listed in the 2003 edition of Marquis Who’s Who in America. Diane Beynon Landers ’81 is vice president of GAI Consultants Inc., where she is working on client development and administrative projects for the firm’s executive group. Janice Kibler White ’83 is working as a part-time rehab coordinator at a nursing home for Paragon Rehab in North Carolina. She received a double lung transplant necessitated by the genetic disease cystic fibrosis and urges those interested in learning more to visit her Web site at: Dave Bednar ’84 writes that he has published his second novel, Fish or Cut Bait: A Pike’s Marina Novel (Writer’s Showcase). After working in a variety of positions in the computer science field, Bednar began to pursue a career writing “comedic crime stories.” He lives near Erie, Pa., with his wife, Catherine, and is working on future novels. Russell Martin ’86 is a tenured associate professor of history at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa., where he has taught since 1996. Michael Boykins ’86 writes that he received the professional designation, Chartered Life Underwriter, through the American College last May. Paul Hurley ’88, ’87 is professor of philosophy at Pomona College in Claremont, Calif. A faculty member since 1988, Hurley focuses on ethics, as well as political and legal philosophy. Eva Paulino Bueno ’91, fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, is an assistant professor of foreign languages at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. Bob Batchelor ’91 writes that his new book, The 1900s (Greenwood Press), is part of a 16-book series called American Popular Culture Through History. The book examines pop culture and history in the first decade of the 20th century. He resides in San Rafael, Calif. Bob Butz ’92 (Johnstown) published his first book, Season’s Belle (Countrysport Press). He, wife Nancy, and son Gabriel reside in Michigan. Michael Srulevich ’93 received a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Kellie Wells ’94 was one of six women to receive a 2002 Writers’ Award from the Rona Jaffe Foundation. The award recognized Wells, who teaches at Washington University in St. Louis, as a woman of emergent writing talent and came with a $10,000 grant. Wells’ first collection of short stories, Compression Scars (The University of Georgia Press), won the Flannery O’Connor Award. Brian Campbell ’96 received the 2001 Peer Award for Outstanding Federal Government Contractor Support from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Laboratory for Hydrospheric Processes. Campbell is a hydrospheric science specialist for Science Applications International Corporation at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. Virginia Tomlinson ’96 is a tenured associate professor of sociology at Westminster College (New Wilmington, Pa.), where she has taught since 1996. Kyle Calderhead ’96 is assistant professor of mathematics at Illinois College. Michel Fircak ’97 received a Master’s of Science degree in human resource management from La Roche College in Pittsburgh. Hyo Kwon Park ’97, Paul Ufberg ’97, and Harry Patton ’98 graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Tameka Pyles ’02, a Navy Reserve ensign, completed the officer indoctrination course at the Naval Education and Training Center in Newport, R.I.


Joseph Anania ’56 is serving a five-year term on the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board as a nonfederal member. A retired partner of Price Waterhouse’s Audit and Business Advisory Services, Anania is a certified public accountant who was previously a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Board. Also on the board is Pitt’s Katz Professor James Patton, who has conducted extensive research in state, local, and federal accounting. Shamik Daru ’90 is vice president of corporate accounting at National City Bank in Cleveland, Ohio. Stephen Klemash ’96 is managing partner of Ernst & Young’s Pittsburgh office.

Dental Medicine

Burton Zwibel ’63, an endodontist, received the lifetime achievement award from the Northern Virginia Dental Society for “significant contributions to the oral health of the public and the profession of dentistry.” Carl Kriebel ’98 (CAS ’94) is a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy deployed in the Mediterranean Sea and Arab Gulf with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit.


Donna (Drevenak) Mitroff ’77, ’70 is president of Mediascope, a Studio City, Calif., national nonprofit research and educational organization that promotes social issues through the media. JoAnn Meier ’84 (CAS ’80) is executive director of Pittsburgh Race for the Cure, which sponsors activities to raise funds for, and increase awareness of, breast cancer. Nancy Kukulinsky ’87 (CAS ’71) is administrative and financial director of the general clinical research center at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington. Walter Smith ’90, ’73, ’72 is serving a three-year term on the board of directors of WYEP-FM, a Pittsburgh public radio station. Smith is executive director of Family Resources, which provides support and innovative treatment for victims of child abuse in Western Pennsylvania. Linda Domanski ’96 received tenure from Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa., where she has been an assistant professor of education since 1996.


Lou Slaby '65 a former NFL middle linebacker, was named Outstanding Alumnus of the Year 2000 at his alma mater, Salem (Ohio) High School. The former Pitt Panther founded the civil engineering and environmental consulting firm of Louis R. Slaby Engineering Associates in Morris Plains, N.J., in 1986, and has been a guest lecturer at Columbia University. Slaby is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Technology and Engineering, as well as Community Leaders of America. He is a charter member of the City of Salem (Ohio) Hall of Fame, and vice president, N.Y./N.J. chapter of the NFL Players Association. He received the Distinguished American Award from Passaic Co. (N.J.) Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame, and was named to Columbiana County (Ohio) Top 100 Individuals Who Shaped the 20th Century. John Barsom ’69 (CAS ’63, ’60) received a 2002 Fracture Mechanics Medal from ASTM International for his work on fatigue and fracture mechanics, along with his longtime collaborator Stanley Rolfe. Barsom is president of Barsom Consulting in Pittsburgh.

General Studies

William Pekarek ’72, of Tarentum, Pa., has authored The American Way (Word Association Publishers), a collection of essays on topics ranging from politics and religion to economy and prejudice. Victor Samolovitch ’84 is president of AmeriNet Central, a leading healthcare group-purchasing organization based in Warrendale, Pa. Michelle Perry McDonald ’95 is an accredited La Leche League International Leader in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Information Sciences

Pamela Fox Obed ’67 writes to announce her retirement “with joy and wonder” after 32 years with the Kalamazoo Valley Community College. She was awarded the KVCC Enrichment Award in 2000 for exemplary service to the institution. She resides in Kalamazoo, Mich., with her husband, Martin, and enjoys spending free time at her home on the Lake Michigan shore. Robert Schnare ’68 received the 2002 Preservation Publication Award from the Society of American Archivists for his publication, Bibliography of Preservation Literature, 1983-1996 (Scarecrow Press). Schnare, who is director of the library at the U.S. Naval War College, was honored especially for his extensive annotated bibliography and essay on preservation management.


David Posner ’72, a partner in the Washington, Pa., firm of Goldfarb, Posner, Beck, DeHaven & Drewitz, is serving a five-year term on the Washington County Redevelopment Authority, appointed by the county commissioners. Steven (Tim) Riley ’78 (CAS ’75) is president of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation. Riley is with the Erie law firm Conner Riley & Fryling. Robert Byer ’77 (CAS ’73) is a member of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. A partner at the Pittsburgh office of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, Byer is co-coordinator of the firm’s appellate practice group. Prior to joining the firm, he served as a judge of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania for nearly two years. Lee Sapira ’89 (CAS ’86) writes to announce the opening of Sapira Law Offices in Fleetwood, Pa. Michael Wessell ’91 is general counsel to the board of directors of the American Red Cross, Southwestern Pennsylvania chapter. Wessell, who is a member in of DKW Law Group, is also president-elect of ProArts, a nonprofit arts service organization.


Gary Brickner ’75 is a major in the N.J. Army National Guard.


Mary Beth Lang ’89 is vice president for market segments and education services for AmeriNet Central, based in Warrendale, Pa. Karen Balis Leventhal ’95 and her husband Ed announce the birth of their daughter, Alyssa. She has an older brother, Zachary.

Public and International Affairs

L. Elaine Halchin ’79 is coauthor of The Insider’s Guide to Political Internships (Westview Press). She is an analyst in American national government, specializing in the executive branch at the Congressional Research Service in Washington, D.C. Monica Terek Iurlano ’80 is executive vice president/chief resource officer of the Michael Baker Corporation, responsible for managing human resources for the 4,200-employee energy and engineering firm.

Public Health

Kenneth Weinberg ’70 published his first book, The Hospital Safety Director’s Handbook (Opus Communications). An independent consultant in environmental health and safety and toxicology, Weinberg resides in Stoughton, Mass., with his wife, Natalie.

In Memoriam

Robert Armstrong, Arts and Sciences ’49, died in September 2002, in Oakmont, Pa. The longtime owner of an East Liberty commercial collections agency, United Mercantile, Armstrong was well known for his community volunteer efforts.

George Boucek, Arts and Sciences ’40, Dental Medicine ’40, died in September 2002. Boucek cofounded the national dental insurance plan, Delta Dental, and was the official dentist for the Pittsburgh Steelers for nearly 20 years.

Robert Clifton, a University of Pittsburgh associate professor of philosophy, died in July 2002 at age 38 from colon cancer. He was associate director of Pitt’s Center for Philosophy of Science and held a secondary appointment in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

Herbert Kottler, a former research associate at the University of Pittsburgh, died in July 2002 at his home in Concord, Mass., at the age of 62. He had been associate director of MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory since 1998.

Joseph McCloskey, Arts and Sciences ’48, ’40, ’38, died in August 2002 in Los Angeles. A Swissvale, Pa., native, McCloskey served in the U.S. Army during WWII in Europe in the Information and Education Program and the Armed Forces Institute.

Bernard Moskovitz, Dental Medicine ’60, died in October 2001. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War before practicing dentistry in Charleroi, Pa. He retired in 1981 and moved to Wellington, Fla.

Sherman Pochapin, Medicine ’51, Arts and Sciences ’47, ’41, died in September 2002. The consulting psychiatrist for Pittsburgh Hearing, Speech, and Deaf Services, Pochapin was known for his efforts to bring psychiatric care to the hearing impaired.

Elsie May Logan Reid, Medicine ’46, died in October 2002. She did not begin to practice medicine in earnest until the early 1970s, after raising her six children.

John Sadler, Medicine ’44, Arts and Sciences ’41, died in September 2002 at his home in McCandless Township. The retired obstetrician/gynecologist taught at Pitt from 1951 to 1960.

Harold Stebbins, Arts and Sciences ’39, died in August 2002 at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Known as “Curly” during his days as a halfback with the University of Pittsburgh’s football team, Stebbins was part of the record-setting “Dream Backfield” coached by the legendary Jock Sutherland.

John Veil, Engineering ’42, died in January 2002 in Reading, Pa. Veil served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. During his 26 years with Carpenter Technology, he helped develop vacuum and metallurgy patents.

Harriet Gilmore Yoh, Information Sciences ’34, died in July 2002 in Greenwood, S.C., where she had lived since 1977.

William Young, Engineering ’56, ’43, died in May 2002. A research scientist and engineer for Westinghouse for more than 40 years, Young worked on the Manhattan Project, helping to develop an ultracentrifuge for the atomic bomb.

John Fees, Engineering ’79, is president and chief operating officer of BWX Technologies, headquartered in Lynchburg, Va.

Gayle Tissue, Business ’78, is associate director for development and community affairs for the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI). Her nearly 20-year stint at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh culminated with her position as executive vice president and chief development officer.

James Malone, Medicine ’95, is assistant professor of otolaryngology at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield. Malone specializes in head and neck cancer, as well as microvascular reconstruction.

Diane Wolf, Engineering ’77, is vice president of operations overseeing 26 Kraft Foods plants in the eastern United States and Canada. Wolf, who has worked for Kraft Foods Engineering and Operations for 22 years, now resides in Old Tappan, N. J.

Jane Dodds, Public Health ’74, administrator of the Elmwood Pediatric Group in Rochester, N.Y., earned the designation of Fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives.

Mark Coyne (CAS ’78) soaks in some rays and some culture, too, as he reads Pitt Magazine by downtown fountains in the City of Brotherly Love.

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Social Grace

It’s another graduation season. Grady Roberts Jr. stands with faculty colleagues on stage, ready to congratulate new graduates with a hug, not simply a handshake. “You will never again be the same person,” he says about the experience of higher education. “Your worldview, your capabilities, your self-esteem—all will expand.”

For Roberts (EDU ’74, GSPH ’71, SOC WK ’65), higher education is a lot like life—a journey toward a higher self. In June, he’ll retire as an associate dean for admissions and student affairs in Pitt’s School of Social Work. For the past 35 years, he has recruited and taught thousands of students. The school has doubled its student population during Roberts’ tenure, and one-third of the more than 5,000 students have been people of color.

“To see individuals blossom,” he says, “that’s a joy. And if they’re not there yet, they’re on the road.” Roberts has walked that road. He and his three sisters all earned graduate degrees. Roberts earned three graduate degrees here: an MSW, an MS in public hygiene, and a PhD in higher education administration. “Among the four of us,” he says, “we have contributed more than 130 years to education in America from two parents who did not have the opportunity to go to high school. Their value was higher education, and they made sacrifices to ensure we had all the opportunities.”

Roberts expanded his parents’ legacy during his years on the faculty here and as a social work officer in the U.S. Army where he attained the rank of full colonel. He says he tries to help others see the opportunities. “Then,” he says, “the expectation is that they achieve, and they go out, and they reach out to someone else. That’s the whole spirit.”
Cindy Gill

Natural Resource

Growing up in Monroeville, Mark G. Papa assumed he would attend Pitt. A good student in math and science—and a practical lad—he was drawn toward engineering. But what specialty? He chose the petroleum engineering department, because the enrollment was small, “probably 30 or 40 kids,” he remembers.

The road less traveled made all the difference to Papa (ENG ’68). He’s now chairman and CEO of Houston-based EOG Resources, Inc., an oil and gas drilling and pipeline company, with revenues of $1.7 billion in 2001. Forbes named Papa one of America’s most powerful executives.

He didn’t feel powerful at his first job. He was completing his freshman year when his mentor encouraged him to meet some corporate recruiters. One of those recruiters gave Papa a reprieve from a summer of flipping burgers by offering him work in a New Mexico oil patch.

“Here’s a college kid, wet behind the ears, 18 or 19 years old, in an exotic location, surrounded by grizzled roustabouts,” Papa recalls. Engineering suddenly went from theory to “very much a hands-on experience,” he says.

Today, Papa is a member of the board of visitors for the School of Engineering, and in 1999 he was named one of its distinguished alumni. When he spoke to students here recently, he related his experiences to their classwork. “I know you’re thinking all this stuff is abstract,” he told them, but in an oil field, “it’s easy to take all of the theoretical stuff and apply it to practical, pragmatic issues.”
—Jason Togyer

Popular Science

The tea kettle whistles as mist rolls off its chipped metal sides. He pretends to pour the evaporated liquid nitrogen on the children in the front row. Some students move, others duck their heads, hunching their shoulders—nothing comes out. “What happened to the liquid”? he asks the students at Pittsburgh’s Robert L. Vann Elementary School. “Evaporation,” one pupil answers and receives a marshmallow in reward.

This is a typical workday for Darryl Lee Baynes, who does about 200 interactive science programs a year for elementary to high school students across the country. He started these programs in 1992 to show students that science is both accessible and present in everyday life. After completing his BA in chemistry and math at Pitt in 1994, he won the Thomas Jefferson Award for taking Boy Scouts on tours of the FAA tower at the Greater Pittsburgh International Airport as part of a Minority Aviation Education Association program.

Baynes, who is also a licensed pilot, plans to open an interactive science center in the former Clay Middle School in Wheeling, W.Va. He wants to show students that science isn’t magic.

“Outreach is our bread and butter,” he says. “I’m preparing students for the future by showing them that science is something they encounter in everyday life.”
—Mark Dragotta


You could start a story about Orlando Antigua by detailing his career as a Harlem Globetrotter. After all, he was the first player of Latin descent to play for basketball’s most enduring and beloved traveling showmen.

But the former Pitt Panthers basketball star has a better story to tell. It’s a story that follows him everywhere. It’s the story about a bullet.

“I still have it,” he says with a smile.

“It” is a 25-caliber bullet that hit him just above his left eye when he was a sophomore in high school. Six-and-a-half years later, he had it pulled out of his left ear, while fully awake. “I just bit the bullet,” he says, apologizing only slightly for the pun.

He can laugh about it now. At age 29, he looks back on a rewarding college experience and a professional basketball career that took him all over the world. At the same time, he looks forward to new challenges as he enters the business world back in Pittsburgh, the place he has returned to, the place that feels like home.

He has returned also to Pitt, or “the family,” as he calls it. He has accepted a position on the University of Pittsburgh Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Getting to Pitt in the first place was the hard part. Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in the Bronx by a mother who spoke little English, his path to Pitt wasn’t easy. It was certainly complicated by the bullet he took in the face for being in the wrong place at the wrong time back when he was 15. Two men were fighting, someone threw an egg, a shot was fired, and a boy who was only a curious bystander paid the price.

“I was lucky,” says Antigua. “It never penetrated the skull.” Instead, all he really received from the incident was a black eye and two weeks of missed basketball practice.

It was hardly enough to derail him from his goal of earning a Division I basketball scholarship. And after Pitt offered it to him, Antigua made the most of it. Four years as a starter for coaches Paul Evans and Ralph Willard, two postseason tournaments, and, most importantly, a CGS degree in 1995 in social sciences.

The latter came with a price. The Globetrotters asked him to try out the week he was taking his finals, so Antigua turned them down. “It was my opportunity to finally graduate.”

Fortunately for him, the Globetrotters wanted him so much they allowed him to reschedule. Antigua impressed them. “I can do as much with a basketball as a monkey can with a coconut.”

In all, Antigua spent more than six years with the Globetrotters and traveled to dozens and dozens of different countries. Everywhere he went, he understood the great responsibility he carried as a sports ambassador. “Kids were looking up to me like I looked up to the Globetrotters when I was younger.”

And when the Globetrotters were enshrined as a team in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame last year, Antigua had a lifetime honor to go with his lifetime of memories.

And he learned something else from the experience: “There are Pitt fans and Pitt alumni all over the world.”

When he retired from the Globetrotters last year, his decision to move back to Pittsburgh was an easy one. “I just thought about all the wonderful people I got to know at Pitt and it was an easy decision.” Included among them is Pat Cavanaugh (CAS ’90, MBA ’93), who owns a promotional marketing agency where Antigua now works. There’s also Joey David (CAS ’86, SHRP ’88), who coaches the Mt. Lebanon High School basketball team. He has Antigua serving as his assistant coach.

Antigua would love to go into college coaching someday, but in the meantime, he’s happy with his new role: “I’m an ambassador for the University now.”
—Bill Modoono

Tour de Pitt

As he neared his graduation last spring, Daryl Stephen Evans (CAS ’02), strolled into Pitt’s first-ever Graduation Central bazaar, held in Alumni Hall. Nearly 2,500 students attended the two-day event, which has become the prototype for this year’s happening.

The bazaar’s primary sponsors—the Pitt Alumni Association and Pitt Book Center—had floating blue and gold balloons to greet Evans and the rest of the soon-to-be alumni when they entered the hall’s ballroom. Once inside, the students weren’t bashful about visiting the bevy of booths, which offered information on a wide array of subjects:

Cap and gown fittings;
Diploma frames;
Career advice;
Test preparation for graduate or professional school;
Class rings;
Health coverage;
And Alumni Association memberships.

“You saw many familiar faces,” recalls Evans. “It was great.” It was even better when he won the grand prize at the bazaar’s raffle—a mountain bike. Evans celebrated by riding his prize through the lobby. Could his impromptu excursion be the start of another Pitt tradition?
Cindy Gill

Online Support

Shelley Friedman (CAS ’02), lives in Tampa, but remains connected to Pitt, beyond her BS in psychology. She uses Stargate Internet service, the Alumni Association’s preferred Internet provider. Friedman especially likes Stargate’s “no strings” policy—no contract required. And she likes the fact that, through Stargate, she is supporting her alma mater, too.

Koral’s Korner

Homecoming Flashbacks

The stalwart fans who stayed for the overtime of the Boston College vs. Pittsburgh game were richly rewarded when Pitt won with seconds to spare. Lots of Panther fans arrived early at Heinz Field to visit the Alumni Tent. Jeffrey Bennet, a sophomore who won the Regis Larkin Scholarship, an Alumni Association scholarship named for alumnus Regis Larkin, (EDU ’41, ’47) was the first to arrive that cold cloudy morning. Hard on his heels were Justin Lawhead (CAS ’90, EDU ’92) and Michael A. Cohen (CAS ’92, KGSB ’93). Herb Dodell (CAS ’61) and wife, Shelli, flew in from Los Angeles for homecoming. Dodell’s son, Greg (CAS ’02), was in from Boston as well. Alumni Association life member Hull Negley (DEN ’67, ’69) and wife, Judy, arrived from central Pennsylvania to cheer the Panthers on. The Negleys were last seen on the 2001 Alumni Travel and Learn Program cruise on the Rhine River. Richard C. Bott (ENGR ’58) of Midland, Texas, was a sight for sore eyes. Katherine Eberly (EDU ’68) and husband, Robert (LAW ’69), came from Hilton Head and braved the chill to join in the merriment. Pete Gust Peters (ENGR ’62), on the other hand, must have found Pittsburgh quite balmy on his visit from Burlington, Mass. Carolyn Harper (CAS ’95, EDU ’96), Mara Ratesic (CAS ’94), Edward Schano (CAS ’98), and Christine Bienkowki Dockey (CAS ’94) were heard reminiscing about their days as members of the Blue and Gold Society, the association’s student ambassador. Meanwhile, Richard Velan (ENGR ’71) and Susan Schindel Ellsweig (EDU ’68) were rounding up alumni for post-game fun with oldies artists Pure Gold. Alumni Association board member Mary Ellen Callahan (CAS ’90) was seen applying “Go Panther” stickers to alumni as they arrived at the tent. Callahan was recently awarded a Presidential Medal of Honor by Rudolf Schuster, President of Slovakia, for helping improve U.S./Slovakian relations through her work with the nonprofit group Friends of Slovakia.

Virtual Visits

Alumni have been sending their news via our Web site, Best wishes to Nicole Bloomburg (CAS ’95), who married Matthus Hartung (CAS ’96) in Wilkes Barre, Pa., last fall. Nancy E. Kukulinsky (CAS ’71, EDU ’87) has become financial director of the General Clinical Research Center at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Congratulations to Rane Arroyo (FAS ’94), who is now a full professor of English and director of creative writing at the University of Toledo. Caroll Johnston Deuben (DEN ’65, SHRP ’75, ’78) writes that she and husband Roger Raymond Deuben (PHARM ’69) of Grosse Pointe, Mich., enjoy the Pitt Connection, the Alumni Association’s monthly e-mail newsletter. “Helps us ‘out of town’ folks keep in touch,” she says. If you don’t get the Pitt Connection, get connected! Just visit and click on the Alumni Online Community button. Once registered for the community (it’s free and open to all Pitt grads), you will get the newsletter and be able to look up your classmates in a searchable alumni directory.

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