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These members of Pitt’s spontaneous Unicycle Club were often seen at halftime during Pitt football games. They also wheeled down Fifth Avenue during the Greek Week parade and could even navigate the steps of the Cathedral of Learning. The year was 1972.

What were some other one-of-a-kind happenings taking place on campus in the early ’70s? Please let us know. Your recollection could end up in the Feedback department of our next issue, and it will also qualify you to win a couple of worn unicycle seats.

Beautiful Battlefield

Stan Szymanski slips a gift into instructor Jeff Mangone’s mailbox in the Pitt Music Building at Fifth and Bellefield avenues.

The mailbox is in a hallway lined with bulletin boards that are cluttered with colorful flyers advertising upcoming concerts and musical instruments for sale. The scenery is much different from the sterile hallways of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, where Szymanski (CAS ’82) has spent many days with his 7-year-old daughter, Hannah.

The gift he slid into his former music teacher’s mailbox is a CD that Szymanski recorded. It’s called Beautiful Battlefield, a collection of Christian songs that he wrote for Hannah.

At 2 years old, the toddler stopped forming words. She began stumbling to the ground, unable to walk. Then, the seizures started. After several trips to specialists, Hannah was diagnosed with Williams syndrome and Batten disease, two rare neurological disorders. The prognosis wasn’t good.

Yet, Hannah’s condition is improving because of a special therapy that Szymanski developed through personal research and some help from doctors. He also attributes her progress to his family’s faith.

The songs echo how he and his family have sought life in the midst of illness, light in the darkest hours.

The sense of fighting an enemy, of doing battle, comes through in Szymanski’s CD, says Pitt’s Mangone, who is the principal bass player at the Benedum Center and a bass guitarist well known among Pittsburgh musicians. “Even when he was my student,” says Mangone, “music was incredibly important to him, and he was very serious about it.”

Szymanski created Beautiful Battlefield from two everlasting loves: music and Hannah, what he calls a beautiful bond. He performs the music and sells the CD to help pay for her therapies. It’s available online:
—Cara Hayden (A&S ’04)

Bowled Crowd Favorite

Stewart Lindsay’s sophomore year at Pitt, 1997-98, was a good one—he met his future wife in a calculus class. His summer break that year wasn’t bad, either. He spent it diving out of Black Hawk helicopters, 1,000 feet in the sky, as part of the Army ROTC’s Basic Airborne School training program. Three years later, after earning a bachelor of science degree in Materials Science and Engineering, Lindsay remained on campus recruiting cadets before shipping off to Ft. Huachuca, Ariz., and then to Ft. Bragg, N.C., for further training.

In February 2003, Lindsay was deployed to Iraq. Instead of going on parachute missions, he stayed near ground, supervising a 16-man, antitank infantry platoon, which drove into Iraq in Humvees, one of the first conventional forces to arrive in Fallujah. His platoon moved on to Baghdad, where it spent the next eight months dealing with insurgents, supporting the infrastructure of Iraqi schools and hospitals, and handing out food and water.

Lindsay (ENGR ’01) is now a captain and a platoon leader in the Army’s 1st Battalion 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment. And, in recognition of his services, he was honored at Pitt’s biggest football game of 2004, the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. He walked into Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz., in full uniform—military uniform, that is. His wife, Valerie Walker (SHRS ’02G, CAS ’00), was at his side. As part of the pregame festivities, he heard his name ringing throughout the stadium while he strode across the field and a crowd of more than 73,000 cheered.
—Sarah Wexler (A&S ’04)

Class Notes

Arts & Sciences

Neal D. Colton ’65 was included in the 2005-06 edition of The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White). He is cochair of the bankruptcy, insolvency, and restructuring department practices in the Philadelphia office of Cozen O’Connor. Lawrence J. Kaplan ’65 is Halford R. Clark Professor of Natural Science at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. He directs the Center for Workshops in the Chemical Sciences. Edwin L. Jones Jr. ’74G, a forensic scientist with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Laboratory of Forensic Sciences in California, wrote the chapter “Identification of Semen and Other Body Fluids” included in the 2005 edition of Forensic Science Handbook, Volume II (Prentice-Hall Career & Technology), edited by Richard Saferstein. He also authored the “Forensic Microscopy” entry in the 2003 McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science and Technology (McGraw-Hill). Wesley B. Scott ’79G, an adjunct professor of Greek and Latin at the University of Pittsburgh, was recently honored with the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force’s Kerry Stoner Award for his commitment to the organization. Mary Pardo ’84G, ’71 is coeditor with Michael Cole of Inventions of the Studio, Renaissance to Romanticism (The University of North Carolina Press). She lives in Chapel Hill, N.C. Leo Impavido ’89, a U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, will be moving with his wife and two sons to Fort Drum, N.Y., to command the 10th Soldier Support Battalion of the 10th Mountain Division. Mary Ellen Callahan ’90, secretary of the University of Pittsburgh Alumni Association board, was named a partner in the Washington, D.C., law firm Hogan & Hartson. Michael A. Neuman ’90 is vice president/group account director at New York City-based Strategic Sports Group. He is also an adjunct professor at New York University, teaching courses in corporate sponsorship and sports marketing. Bob Batchelor ’91 and Thomas Heinrich recently coauthored Kotex, Kleenex, Huggies: Kimberly-Clark and the Consumer Revolution in American Business (The Ohio State University Press). A business writer and historian, Batchelor lives in Novato, Calif. Carol Peduzzi ’91 is national accounts manager with Klein Tools in Chicago, a leading manufacturer of professional hand tools. Marie Cini ’94G, ’90G has been promoted to assistant vice president for academic programs and initiatives at City University in Bellevue, Wash. She was previously associate dean and interim dean of the university’s School of Business and Management. Kathleen A. Welsch ’94G is associate professor of English and Writing Center director at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She recently edited the e-flyer “Those Winter Sundays: Female Academics and Their Working-Class Parents.” Also contributing to the flyer were three of her Pitt graduate classmates: Nancy E. Atkinson ’97G, EDUC ’87G; Gwendolen A. Gorzelsky ’98G, ’92G; and Jean A. Grace ’90G, ’86G. Lara Walker ’98G is the Winifred Seely Myers Love Junior Distinguished Faculty Fellow in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics in The College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University. Laura Bucks Knipe ’99 has been named assistant director of the annual fund at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College. She recently served as campaign consultant for the Piccola for State Senate Campaign and in the political offices of U.S. Senator Arlen Specter and State Representative John R. Pippy. Dennis A. Szpara ’03, a Navy ensign, recently completed the Basic Surface Warfare Officers Course at the Surface Warfare Officers School Command in Newport, R.I. Kimberly Ann Strotman ’04 was married to Jason Thend Magnetti on October 2, 2004. Strotman is employed by Wal-Mart. She and her husband live in Lewis Run, Pa.

College of Business Administration

Angelo R. Botticelli ’02, a U.S. Air Force second lieutenant, recently received his Wings of Gold and was designated a navigator after completing the 23-week Navigator Training Course with Training Squadron 86 in Pensacola, Fla.

Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

Mary Menair ’74, CAS ’67 has retired from Catholic Charities Maine, where she was director of home and family services. Menair was also a cofounder and original editor of Pittsburgh Magazine and worked at Pitt’s Institute for Training and Organization Development and at Pennsylvania State University before moving to Maine in 1981. Scott Smith ’88 was elected president of the Iowa Society of Solid Waste Operations, the Iowa chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America. He has worked as a department head for Boone County, Iowa, since 1998. Richard Saccone ’02, a retired U.S. Air Force captain, has accepted an assignment as an intelligence support consultant and will spend the next year in Iraq. Saccone is a resident of Elizabeth, Pa.

Graduate School of Public Health

Ketul J. Patel ’97, KATZ ’93 has been named senior vice president, strategy and market development, at St. James Hospital and Health Centers, which operates hospitals in Chicago’s Southland region.

Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business

Thomas H. Murray ’87, vice president of marketing and product management at Haley Systems in Sewickley, Pa., has been named to the board of trustees of La Roche College, near Pittsburgh. Brian Geffert ’96 was admitted to the partnership of Deloitte in August 2004. He lives in San Francisco. Carol Downey Fuller ’98 has been appointed national vice chair of historic preservation by The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Fuller has a Western Pennsylvania consulting business, providing project management and design, disaster recovery planning, and dispute resolution services.

School of Dental Medicine

Robert S. Laurenzano ’72, CAS ’68 announces the opening of Advances in Dental Care in North Potomac, Md. Laurenzano has 32 years of experience in the field. John K. Lee ’04, a U.S. Navy lieutenant, recently completed the Officer Indoctrination Course at the Naval Dental Center in Great Lakes, Ill.

School of Education

Shirley Garretson Martin ’56 has written a novel, One More Tomorrow (New Concepts Publishing). She lives in Miami Shores, Fla. Peg Pankowski ’71G, dean of information technology and telecommunications at Community College of Southern Nevada, has been chosen to participate in the National Institute for Leadership Development LEADERS program, an international offering for administrators and faculty in higher education. Catherine Powell ’73G, ’72 was a visiting senior lecturer in the Institute of Cultural Studies and the Centre for Gender and Social Policy Studies at Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Nigeria. She teaches dance, history of jazz, and gerontology at the University of Maryland. Mike Duffy ’75G is senior vice president of marketing for VNU Advisory Services, a division of the VNU Marketing Information Group. He is based in Schaumburg, Ill. Leigh Anne Eckley Coss ’93G, ’89 is vice president of operations, sales, and marketing with the outpatient division of HealthSouth. She lives in Las Vegas.

School of Engineering

Donald Musser ’64, a religious studies professor at Stetson University in De Land, Fla., is the first faculty member at the university to hold the newly created Hal S. Marchman Chair of Civic and Social Responsibility. Musser has taught in Stetson’s religious studies department since 1978. Michael G. Bock ’68, a partner with the Pittsburgh office of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis and chair of the firm’s construction law practice, has been elected president of the Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania. Marc H. Rudov ’76 has self-published The Man’s No-Nonsense Guide to Women: How to Succeed in Romance on Planet Earth. An investment banker and business consultant, Rudov lives in Los Gatos, Calif. Robert O. Agbede ’81G, ’79, president, founder, and CEO of Pittsburgh-based ATS-Chester Engineers, has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of La Roche College near Pittsburgh. Joyce Faulkner ’83 is the author of Losing Patience (Red Engine Press). She lives in Bridgeville, Pa. Kevin Bean ’88 is CEO of O’Neal Inc., a Greenville, S.C.-based engineering and construction company. Bean joined O’Neal in 1994 as a process engineer and was later promoted to manager of business development, then vice president of sales and marketing.

School of Information Sciences

Boniface Ndemping Wewe ’91G recently published The Joys of African Sex, Jokes, Courtesies and Idiosyncrasies (Black Classic Press). In 2003, he wrote Witches, Wizards, Ghosts and the Beast of Nyiragongo (Reach Publishers). Wewe is a librarian at Brooklyn Public Library.

School of Law

Jack Olender ’60, CAS ’57, a Washington, D.C., malpractice lawyer, presented the 19th Olender Foundation Awards on December 1, 2004. Among the many tributes was the Advocate for Justice Award presented to John Walsh, host of America’s Most Wanted. Kenneth Lewis ’73, CAS ’69, a partner with the Pittsburgh office of Fox Rothschild, is named in the The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White). Michael D. McDowell ’73, an attorney, arbitrator, and mediator with offices in Pittsburgh, has qualified as an arbitrator for the National Securities Dealers Association Dispute Resolution Roster of Neutrals. James R. Schadel ’78 of the Pittsburgh firm Weinheimer, Schadel & Haber and C. Kurt Mulzet ’81, of the Pittsburgh firm Raphael, Ramsden & Behers jointly presented a roundtable discussion of ethical issues that arise in real property practice at a December 2004 Continuing Legal Education event. Leslie Bender ’79, professor of law and former associate dean in Syracuse University’s College of Law, has been named a College of Law Board of Advisors Professor. She also directs the university’s Street Law externship program and is coauthor with Daan Braveman of Power, Privilege and the Law: A Civil Rights Reader (West Publishing Company). Lori E. McMaster ’86 was recently named associate with the Pittsburgh office of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel. A member of the firm’s litigation department, she is also a member of the Pennsylvania Autism Taskforce and cochair of the Subcommittee on the Needs of Children (Ages 6-12). Michael L. Kleiman ’91 is a founding member of Bleczinski, Kleiman & Klein in King of Prussia, Pa. Madelaine N. Baturin ’93 and Harry M. Baturin ’98, CAS ’95 have been named partners with the Harrisburg, Pa., firm Baturin & Baturin. Sharon F. DiPaolo ’94, an associate in real estate litigation with the Pittsburgh office of Pepper Hamilton, was recently named counsel with the firm. Jennifer Mowday McEnroe ’98, an associate with McCarthy McDonald Schulberg & Joy in Pittsburgh, served as moderator of an October 2004 Allegheny County Bar Association seminar titled “Custody Sound Off.” Carrie E. Matesevac ’99, CAS ’96, executive director of planned giving at Duquesne University, has been selected as a “40 under 40” honoree by Pittsburgh Magazine and the Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project.

School of Medicine

Harvey M. Rosenbaum ’61, staff physician at the Cleveland Clinic, was presented with the Outstanding Clinician Award for 2004.

School of Nursing

Janet Southby ’69 has been named to the Potomac State College of West Virginia University Board of Advisors. A retired U.S. Army colonel, Southby currently serves as adjunct assistant professor of nursing at The Catholic University of America and is deputy director of the Interagency Institute for Federal Health Care Executives at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Nicki Jo Perfetti ’02, a registered nurse, was part of a Global Volunteers team that devoted two weeks in October 2004 to teaching conversational English to adults and youths in the Puglia region of southern Italy. She lives in Pittsburgh.

School of Social Work

Maureen Mahoney ’91G has been appointed director of development and marketing for The Children’s Institute in Pittsburgh. She previously served as director of development, new funds, for The Pittsburgh Foundation.

In Memoriam

Philip Baskin CAS ’43 died in January 2005. Baskin opened a Pittsburgh law firm in 1954. He was a former member of Pittsburgh City Council and was instrumental in leading Pittsburgh through its first and second Renaissance improvement programs.

H. Reginald Belden Jr. LAW ’66 died in January 2005. Belden practiced civil law in Greensburg, Pa., since 1968. He was president of the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra and the Westmoreland Society and vice chairman of the Westmoreland Trust, the Greensburg Area Cultural Council, and the Greensburg YMCA.

Robert Oliver Byers MED ’44, CAS ’42 died in January 2005 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. A captain and a doctor in the U.S. Army during World War II, Byers spent most of his career practicing medicine in Erie, Pa.

Eugene Cohen CAS ’36, a concentration camp liberator whose interviews with survivors helped convict Nazi war criminals at the Nuremberg Trials, died in February 2005 in Boca Raton, Fla. Cohen was also the founder of Pittsburgh Aluminum Alloys.

John P. Foerster KATZ ’65 died in January 2005 in Swissvale, Pa. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and was a former finance executive for both Allegheny International and U.S. Steel.

Lillian Freehof CAS ’36, author of more than 20 children’s books about Jewish legends and moral development, died in November 2004 in Pittsburgh’s Oakland section. She was the wife of Rabbi Solomon Freehof, a senior rabbi at Rodef Shalom Congregation in Pittsburgh.

Emerson G. Hess LAW ’39, a Pittsburgh area lawyer, died in November 2004. Hess most recently worked with the Pittsburgh firm De Marco & Associates.

Louetta Heindl Kambic SLIS ’80G, CAS ’77 died in September 2004. She was a weaver and fiber artist, president of the Fiber Arts Guild of Pittsburgh, and teacher at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.

Michael A. Ludlow KATZ ’87 died in November 2004 in Pittsburgh. During a 30-year career with PPG Industries, Ludlow rose to become one of the firm’s three senior vice presidents.

Stephen E. Pavlak EDUC ’56G, ’48G died in December 2004 in his California, Pa., home. He was a dean emeritus in California University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education.

Robert J.A. Pratt died in August 2004. A member of the faculty in the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business for 22 years, he edited Pittsburgh Business Review, a newsletter about the region’s economic health. He later taught at Pitt’s Greensburg campus.

Cyril E. Sagan EDUC ’62G, CAS ’50 of Volant, Pa., died in September 2004. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, Sagan was professor emeritus of chemistry at Slippery Rock University.

Anita Sanvito EDUC ’50G, a longtime elementary and high school teacher and school counselor in the Pittsburgh area, died in November 2004.

John A. Schepner CAS ’77 died in December 2004 in Robinson Township, Pa. He was an employee of the Federated Funeral Directors of America and former owner of the Edward A. Schepner Funeral Home. Schepner was a record-holding freestyle swimmer with the Pitt swim team and was team captain in 1977.

Janet B. Schlesinger GSPIA ’71 died in September 2004. Schlesinger was an accomplished classical pianist and choral director who made a second career in the Pittsburgh area’s nonprofit arts and humanities agencies.

William J. Schofield III CAS ’49 died in January 2005. A veteran of World War II and the Korean War, Schofield was a former insurance executive and director of Allegheny County Veterans Services.

Cheryl Amey Shea CAS ’90 died in October 2004 after a four-year battle with breast cancer. Shea was the vice president of human resources for the Boston YMCA.

Ellis Strick, professor emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh, died in January 2005. Strick was a U.S. Navy radio physicist during World War II. He later went to work with Shell Oil and then began a 43-year career in higher education. He is survived by his son, daughter, stepdaughter, and wife, Sadie Elaine Strick (EDUC ’81G, ’77G, SOC WK ’75).

Muttaiya Sundaralingam CAS ’62G and his wife, Indrani, were killed in December 2004, when tsunamis hit the Sri Lankan beach where they were vacationing. He was a leader in the field of X-ray crystallography, a distinction noted when the University honored him with the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award in 1986 and when the Department of Chemistry honored him as one of three distinguished alumni in 2002.

Sally D. Sweeney SOC WK ’77G died in December 2004. Sweeney earned her master’s degree in social work after raising six children. She counseled the elderly and people with drug and alcohol problems and helped start a South Hills branch of Contact Pittsburgh, a 24-hour suicide hot line.

Reverend James R. Tweardy CAS ’72 died in November 2004. Pastor of Third Presbyterian Church in Uniontown, Pa., since 1989, he is survived by two daughters, a son, and his wife, Karen Frank Tweardy (CAS ’72).

Rich Wilson CAS ’77, a former Pitt News photographer, died in December 2004. He owned a commercial photography studio in downtown Pittsburgh.

Myles Zeleznik EDUC ’48G, ’38 died in September 2004. He played point guard on the University’s basketball team during the Depression. He taught and coached at Pittsburgh-area high schools for 40 years.

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