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In 1955, there was no talk on the Cathedral of Learning lawn about global warming.

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Arts and Sciences

Judith Callomon ’58, acting head of The Ellis School, was named a “Woman of Spirit” by Carlow College in Pittsburgh. Callomon, who came out of retirement to head the Ellis School while it looks for a permanent replacement, spent more than 40 years teaching the region’s youth, primarily women. Samuel Stahl ’61 reports that he recently retired as senior rabbi of Temple Beth-El in San Antonio, Texas, after 26 years of service. He notes that during that time, he was the first non-Christian to receive the Fitzpatrick Award from the Texas Conference of Churches for outstanding achievements in strengthening interfaith relations. Michael Sfanos ’63 writes that he retired from Lockheed Martin after more than 35 years of service. The former US Army captain says he is looking forward to pursuing his hobbies of golf, photography, piano playing, and gourmet cooking. Marjorie Brody ’67, president of Brody Communications Ltd. in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, co-authored a comprehensive guide on appropriate business behavior entitled Help! Was That a Career Limiting Move? (Career Skills Press). An award-winning businesswoman and speaker who has been consulted as an expert by CNBC, Fox TV, The Wall Street Journal, and other news publications, Brody is author of 14 other business communication books, as well as audio- and videotapes. David Beck ’72 is vice president of the Center for Innovative Food Technology in Toledo, Ohio. David Hill ’73 received Temple University’s Great Teacher Award for 2002 in honor of his outstanding career. A Temple mathematics professor, Hill also received $15,000 and a commemorative sculpture as part of the award. Joseph Covelli ’77 returned to his alma mater, Thomas Jefferson High School, to help with the 2002 Mock Trial Competition, an event that allows students throughout the state to experience the US judicial system firsthand. Covelli, a local attorney, helped coach the West Jefferson Hills School District team, which went on to the finals in its region. Teresa Petrick ’79 is chief executive officer of UPMC Passavant, located just north of Pittsburgh. Patrick Hurley ’79 is a sales professional responsible for identifying and developing new commercial business opportunities for Marsh of Syracuse, New York, a leading insurance brokerage and risk advisement company. Carole Ann Waterhouse ’84, a former instructor at Pitt, published her first novel, Without Wings (American House Book Publishers), drawn from her experiences teaching writing to inmates at the State Correctional Institution at Pittsburgh. Waterhouse is currently a professor of English at California University of Pennsylvania. Marc Hetherington ’90 received the 2002 Sydney B. Karofsky Prize for Junior Faculty at Bowdoin College. Hetherington is assistant professor of government at the college, where his research centers on the sources and effects of declining trust in government among ordinary citizens. Karl Laskas ’90 joined the Washington, DC, office of the law firm Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal as an international trade associate. He is married to Gretchen Moran Laskas ’92, whose first novel, The Midwife’s Tale, will be published by The Dial Press in January. The couple resides in northern Virginia with their son, Brennan. April Fallon ’91 writes that she is a tenured associate professor of American literature and creative writing at Kentucky State University in Frankfort. A published poet, she also serves as the faculty advisor to the literary magazine Kentucky River and is coordinator of the university’s composition program. Louis Fineberg ’91 wrote and photographed 3 Rivers on 2 Wheels (Mon Quixote Press), a compilation of 10 self-guided bicycle tours through Pittsburgh’s diverse neighborhoods. The book is the first publication of Mon Quixote Press, a collaboration between Fineberg and graphic designer Mike Murray, created to encourage the resurgence of urban spaces. Fineberg, who resides in Pittsburgh, also leads bike tours for Backroads, an adventure travel company based in Berkeley, California. Matthew Martin ’91 is managing editor of sports for the Times-News in his hometown of Erie, Pennsylvania. Boice-Terrel Allen ’92 self-published his second novel, Janet Hurst (Rattlecat Press), about a 40-something woman contemplating her life. Allen won a 2002 grant from the Multicultural Arts Initiative through the Pittsburgh Foundation and is currently at work on a collection of short stories. Marta Effinger ’92 e-mails that her entry on playwright Georgia Douglas Johnson was published in Volume 249 of the Dictionary of Literary Biography, a reference work found in many libraries. Derek Willis ’92 writes that he is a senior reporter for Congressional Quarterly in Washington, DC. He adds that college friend Rick Sicilio ’92 served as best man at his recent wedding to Leslye Wooley. Anthony Berich ’93 added to his responsibilities as director of sports information at Philadelphia University by assuming the position of assistant director of athletics for media relations. Sean Robertson ’95 received his commission as a naval officer after completing Officer Candidate School at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida. Kristin Heuchert Olanday ’97 reports from Newtown, Pennsylvania, that she and her husband are awaiting the arrival of their twin boys. Beth Fisher ’97 received a medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University’s Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. She will complete her residency in internal medicine at Brown University. Ryan Trembler ’97, northern New England division manager of Vector Marketing Corporation, reached $10 million in sales, making him eligible for induction into the Vector/Cutco Corporate Hall of Fame. Benjamin Snyder ’97 and Iris Morrow ’99 write that they were recently married in Philadelphia. They met at Pitt in 1995. Ory Okolloh ’00 is attending Harvard Law School.

Joseph McCormick, Arts and Sciences ’69 ’73 ’79, is director of academic affairs on the York campus of Penn State University. McCormick retired recently from Howard University, where he had served on the faculty for 23 years, as well as acting as director of the Master of Arts program in public administration.

Martha Church, Arts and Sciences ’54, came out of retirement to serve as interim president of Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois. She is president emerita of Hood College in Frederick, Maryland.

Business

J. Roger Glunt ’60 was named a 2002 Honorary Alumnus by the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Nursing. The former president of the Pitt Alumni Association is president of Glunt Development Company, Inc. Miles Cohen ’64 writes that he recently retired from Wells Capital Management after 28 years. The Uniontown, Pennsylvania, native adds that he is enjoying “semi-retirement” in Minnetonka, Minnesota, with his small law practice specializing in estate and investment planning.

Education

Norman Young ’66 e-mails that he has retired as a United Methodist minister in the Western Pennsylvania Conference and is living in Pittsburgh with his wife, Janet. Peggy-Ann Boyd ’60, ’72 writes that after 32 years of teaching German, Latin, English, and English as a second language, as well as working in the area of special education, she has retired. She plans to divide her time between homes in Florida and New Jersey and traveling in Europe and Asia. Linda Croushore ’70, ’73, the founder and executive director of the Mon Valley Education Consortium, a public education fund, was honored as a “Woman of Spirit” by Carlow College in Pittsburgh. Rose Ann DiCola ’75 is executive director of the Community College of Allegheny County’s Educational Foundation. Bernard Beidel ’78, director of the Office of Employee Assistance in the US House of Representatives since 1991, writes that his office received the 2001 Quality Award for EAP Excellence from the EAP Digest and the International Employee Assistance Professionals Association. John Kadash ’85 is one of 35 teachers selected by The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics to receive Toyota’s TIME 2002 $10,000 grant award for excellence and innovation in mathematics education. His “Math Sleuth Agency” project was designed for gifted third and fourth graders. Robert Rosen ’87 (CAS ’69) received the 2002 Robert F. Wolf Teacher of the Year Award from the Teacher Excellence Foundation. A teacher in the Mt. Lebanon School District, Rosen won the award over 2,400 nominees from 60 school districts in Pennsylvania. Justin Lawhead ’92 (CAS ’90) is vice chair of regions for the National Association of Campus Activities. In this position, Lawhead, who is associate director of campus life at Kent State University, will be liaison between different regions and the association’s leadership, as well as a member of the board’s executive and finance committees. Mark Campbell ’01 (CAS ’91) is serving a three-year term as chair of the academic services department at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania.

Madeleine Gregg, Education ’75 ’93, received the Capstone Society’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research and Service at the University of Alabama.

Engineering

David Deasy ’83 joined America Online as vice president for small business. He resides in San Francisco. Jacqueline Ehnot Earle ’86 is chair of the ASM International Chapter Council, which serves as liaison between the national organization for the materials engineering community and its local chapters. Craig Gardner ’86 is executive vice president of program management at McKissack & McKissack, an architecture, engineering, and program management firm in Washington, DC, that is managing the $200 million renovation of the US Treasury Building. Carlton Urban ’94, a registered professional engineer in Louisiana and Georgia, is city traffic engineer for Alpharetta, Georgia.

General Studies

Anthony Mistretta ’91 (CAS ’90) is an associate in the workers’ compensation department of Rothman Gordon, a Pittsburgh law firm. Dave Lucarelli ’92 is a Georgia regional sales manager for HealthMarket Inc., which offers fully insured benefit plans as an alternative to managed care programs. Thaddeus Culpepper ’97, a former Pitt football player, graduated from the University of California-Davis School of Law in 2001 and recently passed the California State Bar Examination.

Richard Sestili, General Studies ’76, is the author of the mystery novel For Your Penance (Publish America). It’s about a priest who hears the confession of a murderer and must then deal with the consequences. A native of the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, Sestili lives in Marietta, Georgia, where he is vice president of Davidson & Co., an advertising firm.

Shirl Regan, Social Work ’90, General Studies ’96, is executive director of the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, which provides aid for the victims of domestic abuse. A native of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, Regan has been with the 44-bed facility for 16 years.

Cindy Gill (CAS ’74), bored with the Parthenon in Athens, reads Pitt Magazine instead. She must have liked the issue, because she has joined the magazine staff as senior editor. Look for her stories in our next issue.

(Should you have a photo of yourself caught reading Pitt Magazine away from home, please send it to us.)

Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Danielle Chiodo ’00 received an MS in speech language pathology from Edinboro University.

Information Sciences

Jerry Saye ’71 ’78 received the 2002 Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Association for Library and Information Science Education. Saye is a professor in the School of Information and Library Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Law

Pat Sorek ’84 has merged his practice with Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl, where he will chair the litigation department in Pittsburgh. Jack Olender ’60 (CAS ’57), managing partner of the Washington, DC, malpractice firm Jack H. Olender & Associates, received the presidential award from the National Bar Association, in recognition of his leadership and concern for human and civil rights. Chester Corse ’65 (CAS ’62) is president of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. He is a partner in the Pottsville, Pennsylvania, firm Williamson, Friedberg & Jones. Marvin Rudnitsky ’67, is vice president of of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. The Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, resident is also managing partner with the law firm Rudnitsky & Hackman. Vincent Deluzio ’72 (CAS ’68) has joined the Pittsburgh office of Pepper Hamilton as partner. Jeffrey Blum ’73 (CAS ’69), director of multistate tax services in the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia offices of Deloitte & Touche, is chair of the tax section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Lynn Alstadt ’76 (CAS ’73) participated as a panelist in hearings on competition and intellectual property law and policy at the invitation of the Federal Trade Commission. Alstadt, a shareholder with Buchanan Ingersoll, spoke on his experience with patents. He is also an adjunct professor of patent law at Pitt and Duquesne University. Joseph Vater ’76 is treasurer of the board of directors of the Animal Rescue League. He is a partner at Meyer, Unkovic & Scott in Pittsburgh. Gary Roth ’80 is a partner in the New York office of Alston & Bird. Joel Pfeffer ’85 is a member of the board of directors for the Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Pittsburgh. Pfeffer, a partner in the Pittsburgh law firm Meyer, Unkovic & Scott, is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and is a founding attorney of the Legal Committee for Soviet Refugees. Phyllis Procopio ’85 is a member of the Pittsburgh law firm Rothman Gordon, concentrating on workers’ compensation law. Procopio, who is also a registered nurse, serves as vice president of the workers’ compensation section of the Allegheny County Bar Association. Peter Dailey ’87 is vice president of Allegheny Energy, a Maryland-based company. Dailey is also vice president of corporate development in the company’s Monroeville, Pennsylvania, office. David Peress ’88 is chief operating officer of the Ozer Group’s real estate services division. Peress has been general counsel and managing director of the company, which is a retail consulting, business evaluation, and asset disposition firm. William Lestitian ’90 is serving a three-year term on the management committee of the Pittsburgh law firm Rothman Gordon. Tammy Singleton-English ’90 has relocated her estate planning and tax law practice to Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Francis DiGiovanni ’93 is a partner at the law firm Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz in Wilmington, Delaware.

Medicine

Ross Musgrave ’43 received the first Donald Fraley Award for Medical Student Mentoring at the School of Medicine annual curriculum colloquium. Musgrave, who has been the University’s Medical Alumni Association executive director since his retirement from active surgery 12 years ago, served Pitt’s School of Medicine in a variety of positions during his nearly 60-year career and was honored for his accomplishments both as an educator and as a mentor for medical students. The award is named for Donald Fraley ’68, the late Pitt professor of medicine.

Nursing

Rose Constantino ’71 ’79 was named a 2002 Distinguished Alumnus by Pitt’s School of Nursing. A tenured Pitt associate professor and researcher in nursing, Constantino volunteers with Neighborhood Legal Services in Pittsburgh, assisting abused women. Brenda Long ’98 received an MS in nursing from Edinboro University.

Pharmacy

Linda Toth ’80 (CAS ’76), professor of pharmacology and director of laboratory animal medicine at Southern Illinois University, received the Nathan R. Brewer Scientific Achievement Award from the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS). Juliann Zinsner ’91 gave birth to her second daughter, Weslee Elaina.

Public and International Affairs

Timothy Stevens ’74 (CAS ’67) is a member of the board of directors of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Western Pennsylvania. Stevens, who is director of volunteer resource services at Mayview State Hospital, is also president of the NAACP’s Pittsburgh branch and is involved in numerous organizations. Greig Mitchell ’77 is vice president for administration and finance at SUNY College at Brockport. Ralph Treat ’79 has purchased a major league roller hockey franchise and located it in Pittsburgh. The Steel City Snipers will play its first game at the Family Sports Center in Butler, Pennsylvania, in January 2003. Steven Shussett ’87 (CAS ’85) received the Doctor of Ministry Degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. Kerry Haynie ’88, associate professor of political science at Rutgers University, serves as interim director of Walt Whitman Center for the Culture and Politics of Democracy.

Public Health

Mara Yerow ’75 is director of the Massachusetts Medical Security Program, which provides health insurance for the unemployed.

Social Work

Barbara Ann Dicks ’84 (Public Health ’73) has edited the book HIV/AIDS and Children in the English Speaking Caribbean (Haworth Press). She is assistant professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of Connecticut.

In Memoriam

Edward Haluska DEN ’43 died June 12, 2002, at the age of 85. A dentist in Patton, Pennsylvania, for more than 40 years, Haluska also served from 1980 to 1994 in the state House of Representatives, representing the 73rd district.

Virginia Luckhardt EDU ’36, CAS ’45, SIS ’49 died May 24, 2002. Formerly the head librarian of California University of Pennsylvania, Luckhardt had served as a trustee of Pitt, as well as a member of the Alumni Council Board.

Marjorie (Marnie) Zulauf Frantz CAS ’49 died March 26, 2001. Frantz worked for years as a librarian with Abington Memorial Hospital School of Nursing outside of Philadelphia.

James Steele Gow Jr. CAS ’52 died June 6, 2002, at the age of 83. Gow spent much of his career at Pitt. He joined the faculty in 1957 and went on to become director of the coordinated education center, then director of the Learning Research and Development Center. After a short stint at Bucknell University, Gow returned to Pitt as assistant provost for instructional experimentation and later became dean of the College of General Studies, a post he held until 1983.

Wayne Hill EDU ’38, ’46, ’56 died March 28, 2002, at age 84. After serving with the US Navy, Hill worked in a number of different positions, most notably as a teacher and as superintendent of Allegany County Public Schools in Maryland from 1966 to 1982.

Bernard Moskovitz DEN ’60 died at the age of 72 on October 5, 2001. He served in the US Army during the Korean War before practicing dentistry in Charleroi, Pennsylvania, until retiring in 1981, when he moved to Wellington, Florida.

Julie Melman Miller EDU ’59 died at the age of 83 on May 15, 2002. A professional violinist with the McKeesport Symphony, Miller also taught at Skyline Elementary School.

Jeffrey Perchick MD ’75 died March 1, 2002, at the age of 55. A native of Bronx, New York, Perchick served in a variety of positions before settling in Poughkeepsie, New York, where he was an oncologist and hematologist.

John W. Veil Jr. ENGR ’42 died at the age of 81 on January 20, 2002. He was employed for 26 years by Carpenter Technology Corp.

Book ’em

John Barnes pleads not guilty. “I have never committed literature in my life,” he says. “I write books for people to kill time on airplanes with.”

There must be a crowd of passengers lounging in their chairs with his books. Barnes, who in 1995 received his PhD in theatre arts from Pitt, had his 22nd novel published in August. The Sky So Big and Black is a science fiction story about a Mars settler training for ecoprospection. Her job is to find underground rivers and gas pockets, in hopes of making Mars more Earthlike.

When Barnes imagines his audience, he pictures them trapped in a job involving travel but little drama—they’re looking for an escape on a red-eye flight to the East Coast. Regarding one of Barnes’ earlier books, Candle, a fan wrote, “John Barnes has managed to make reading about abstract, high-minded concepts fun.”

As a youngster, Barnes read science fiction incessantly. After years as an assistant professor at Western State College of Colorado, he realized teaching was a “hobby,” while writing paid the bills faster.

These days, you might see the full-time writer wandering around Denver with a notebook. “Pick up the newspaper and there are 23 science fiction ideas before you turn to page three,” Barnes says. As for writing “serious” literature, “Sometimes I commit it late at night with the shades pulled down.”

—Misty Frey

Medical Breakthrough

It wasn’t quite a midlife crisis, maybe a quarter-life crisis. At 32 years of age, Harrison Levine (CAS ’86) realized he wasn’t happy working in food service. This was just the last in a string of jobs—writer, teacher, musician, chef. He had a degree in creative writing from Pitt, and he dabbled in writing, tried being an artist, but he wasn’t happy. He wanted to help people.

Thumbing through his grandfather’s memoirs, Levine discovered something new about his grandfather—his first career wasn’t medicine. If Levine’s grandfather could reinvent himself, so could his grandson.

Levine began his medical journey at Pitt, doing post-baccalaureate work. Then, he picked a pioneering MD program that partnered Columbia University and Israel’s Ben Gurion University to train doctors for the practice of international health and medicine.

His time was divided between New York City and Israel, with internships everywhere from UPMC Shadyside to Scotland to Ethiopia—where he saw people walking on their hands, scars of polio. “There is so much pathology everywhere you look,” he says. “It’s disturbing because it shouldn’t happen.”

Earlier this year, Levine was among the 26 graduates of that charter class. He is back in Pittsburgh now, pursuing a MPH at Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health.

—Meghan Holohan

Presidential Campaign

The youngster wanted to play pretend.

“Annie, let’s play business,” her cousin Irwin suggested.

She agreed to be secretary while Irwin was president.

For days she took notes. Finally eight-year-old Ann Moliver Ruben (EDU ’61, MeD, ’66, PhD ’69) wanted her turn as president. Irwin grabbed her by the neck and punched her in the stomach, announcing that girls could never be presidents.

That stuck with Ruben. In the early ’90s, she conducted a study that revealed more girls than boys wanted to be president of the United States. But it seemed like there were few women who could serve as that type of role model.

Then, Ruben’s husband showed her a Dennis the Menace comic strip where Margaret asked to be in Dennis’ club. “Margaret, you can do whatever you want,” responded Dennis, “but there are no girls allowed in my club.”

Ruben had her role model, writing a book about Margaret and her goals. She also created a T-shirt, proclaiming Margaret would some day be president. Among Ruben’s buyers was the local Wal-Mart in Miramar, Florida. But the retailer pulled the shirts, which created a mini-frenzy in the local media when it was reported that Wal-Mart believed the message went against family values. The store eventually resumed the sales, though Ruben says the company never placed another order.

Now Ruben has a Margaret doll, which she sends to select women, like Enron whistle-blower Sherron Watkins. The 77-year-old alumna hopes that she someday sees a woman become president.

—Meghan Holohan

Alumni Notebook

The Big Cheese

When Eva Tansky Blum gathers with her friends for holidays, she always brings a casserole. While her friends spend days fussing over gourmet dishes, Blum heads to a Giant Eagle supermarket (sometimes shopping at one far from her neighborhood, so no one spots her), picks up some frozen broccoli, crackers, and Velveeta cheese. She crumbles the crackers, defrosts the broccoli, and melts the cheese, a process that takes, oh, maybe 20 minutes. Inevitably, the guests devour her casserole.

Blum—senior vice president and director of community development at Pittsburgh-based PNC Financial Services Group and head of the PNC Foundation—makes such a simple casserole because her friends and family gobble it up. Between bites they make fun of the dish, but that’s okay. Blum hasn’t forgotten the times years ago when she couldn’t cook and made these kinds of meals. She hasn’t forgotten how to laugh at herself or to make people happy, either.

That’s typical for her, says Laurie Moser a friend of Blum’s. The two women went to Pitt around the same time—Blum is a 1970 political science BA recipient and 1973 law school grad, while Moser received a BA in anthropology in 1969.

Just as the simple casserole connects her to the past, serving as the president of the University’s Alumni Association this year is Blum’s way of strengthening her bond with her alma mater. She follows Sam Zacharias, officially taking the position last summer.

A Pittsburgh native, Blum enrolled at Pitt soon after it became state-related. She was interested in the political system, how democracies work, and how someone can work within the existing system. That’s a lesson she learned well during law school. When she entered, on a full scholarship, she was one of about 15 women out of 200 students.

Her dedication and work ethic don’t just help her succeed; they win her friends and admirers. Moser says people love working with Blum because she inspires those around her to do better. Blum’s not just nurturing those at PNC and Pitt. She is very involved in the Pittsburgh community, supporting the Race for the Cure and the Ellis School, among other worthy causes. She also chairs For Women by Women, a PNC project that helps women and children who are in need.

Blum started at PNC in 1978, and she was included in 1999 among “Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business” selected by Pennsylvania’s Department of Community & Economic Development and the business journals of Pennsylvania. She knows what it takes for a woman to be successful, which she gladly shares with other women, including her daughter at home. The divorced mom has always made time for her daughter, regularly arriving home at a reasonable hour for a family dinner. Having a close relationship with her 18-year-old has always been one of Blum’s priorities, she explains as her voice falters. Her daughter left for the University of Vermont this fall. (She didn’t choose Pitt because, like her mother, she wants to explore the world on her own.)

In her role as Alumni Association president, Blum is particularly excited about increasing membership, student outreach, and lifelong learning. She wants to use the association’s Web site to unite the University’s more than 200,000 alumni. She also wants to make the Alumni Association more visible to Pitt students, so she plans to attend University events, connecting with students.

As with her community activities, PNC supports the important role at Pitt that Blum has undertaken and has given her scheduling flexibility to allow her to ably fulfill her duties as president. Fortunately, she won’t need too much time to make her holiday casseroles.

—Meghan Holohan

Vanity Fare

In 1988, Barry Bonds was a Pittsburgh Pirate, George Michael sang about “Faith,” and Rain Man topped the motion picture box office. Oh, and the University introduced its Commonwealth of Pennsylvania license plate. Since then so much has changed, except that “Pitt Bicentennial” logo plate. Now, that too has entered the next century. The sleek new license plate design displays the Pitt seal, along with the words “University of Pittsburgh” printed across the bottom. The cost of the plate remains the same: $20, payable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Those interested in giving their transportation a new look should call (412) 624-2969.

Charge it

Most Pitt alumni don’t think about contributing to student scholarships, alumni events, and other University programs while they’re waiting in store checkout lines or paying for dinner at their favorite restaurants. But if they use their MasterCard, sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh, that’s exactly what they’re doing. Each and every time the card is used, the University receives a royalty. Information about obtaining a blue-and-gold credit card is available by calling (800) 258-PITT.

Koral’s Korner

Snapshots

The three-day Alumni Leaders Conference held last summer kept everyone on the move with a host of activities, including an alumni board meeting, a progressive dinner, continuing education classes, a volunteer recognition luncheon, and the Distinguished Alumni Recognition Dinner, where black tie was optional.

At the board meeting…
Frank Bolden, EDU ’34, graciously acknowledged the applause of the board members, who named this year’s Alumni Association full scholarship after him. In the crowd was Mary Ellen Callahan, CAS ’80, who traveled from Washington, DC, for the conference.

Couples seen at the progressive dinner...
Joyce
and Andy Kuzneski, BBA ’62. Bob and Diane Murphy, CAS ’74, KGSB ’75. Joseph (ENG ’51) and Mildred (EDU ’52) Campbell, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the dinner. They met at Pitt and were married in Heinz Chapel.

At the luncheon...
Jeff Kondis,
ENG ’77, KGSB ’82, gave Ruth Forsyth, CAS ’76, a Volunteer of the Year award. Career Services Director Marvin Roth recognized Anita Pytlarz, CAS ’97, for her contributions to the AlumNet program. Maryjean Lovett, MEd ’72, chatted with Hilda Fu, SLIS ’76, and her husband, distinguished alumni honoree Freddie Fu, MD ’77, and Associate Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations Leland D. Patouillet, EDU ’00, at the Distinguished Alumni Dinner. Outgoing Alumni Association President Sam Zacharias, CAS ’64, enjoyed a moment in the University chair he was given at the dinner, imagining he may now have some time to sit down. Tim Pecsenye, CAS ’84, LAW ’87, came in from Philadelphia for the event and was seen giving suggestions to new association President Eva Tansky Blum, CAS ’70, LAW ‘73. No event would be complete without Bebe (CAS ’50, MD ’55) and Gwen (EDU ’83) Miller.

News from the Web site...
Elizabeth Kennedy,
FAS ’90, KGSB ’90, has become curator of the Terra Museum of American Art, that surprising museum on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Robert Salerno, CAS ’91, KGSB ’01, a.k.a. Robert Schilling, has been in Boston studying music since he left Pittsburgh. He even sent a copy of his first CD, which has roots in rock. Some people know what they want from the git-go—people like Adam Neary, CAS ’98, who studied political science and is now working for the New Jersey General Assembly Majority Office in Trenton, in constituent relations. Anthony Savelli, PHARM ’80, GSPIA ’91, writes that he is the drug/commodity management advisor for the Afghanistan Health Service Enhancement Project being implemented by Management Sciences for Health. He is based in Kabul.


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