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When it comes to basketball, Pitt is most definitely it! The men’s team has put together some great runs during the past three seasons, and hopefully, this year’s team will keep the good times bouncing along. As the program becomes more steeped in tradition, it's a good time to test our alumni’s basketball knowledge. Who can name this Pitt star of yesteryear and provide us with some tales of his team’s season? Best recollections win a CD of your Pitt Magazine staff singing Bruce Springsteen’s “Glory Days.”

Arts and Sciences

Joseph T. Calmes ’62 and his wife, Deedie, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in August 2003. They reside in Sutter Creek, Calif. Nancy D. Cartwright ’65, professor of philosophy at the University of California, San Diego and the London School of Economics and Political Science, is an elected member of the American Philosophical Society, the nation’s oldest learned society. Ron Shapiro ’67 and his wife, Susan, published The Curtain Rises—Oral Histories of the Fall of Communism in Eastern Europe (McFarland & Co.). Written through the eyes of friends they made while working in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe for 20 years, the book describes Communist rule and the transition to democracy. The Shapiros are working with Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies to produce a documentary to supplement the book. Gary Cook ’69 is associate director for global service and witness for the Presbyterian Church. Cook leads international programs for hunger relief, disaster assistance, health, and self-development at the Louisville-based denomination. Donald R. Shaw ’70, a California attorney, teaches English in Quito, Ecuador. David M. Benn ’72 received a 25-year service award at Junior Achievement’s 2004 National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Benn is JA’s senior director of district operations, overseeing programs in seven Pennsylvania counties. During the 2003-04 school year, nearly 20,000 students participated in JA programs under his leadership. Cynthia M. Maleski ’73 is national trustee and member of the board of directors of the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, a life insurance company. She is a fellow of the Pennsylvania and Allegheny County Bar Associations and has operated a law practice in Natrona Heights, Pa., for more than 25 years. Thomas D. Sigerstad ’77 received a doctorate in business administration from the University of Oklahoma. He teaches strategic management and business ethics at Frostburg State University in Maryland. Steven Sybert ’77, a news desk copy editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, earned his third-degree black belt in tae kwon do. Sybert was Pitt News sports editor in 1976-77. Mitch E. Spero ’79 is on the board of advisors for the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences at Nova Southeastern University. Spero is a psychologist and director of Child & Family Psychologists of Plantation, Fla., and Weston, Fla.
Judith Vollmer ’80G, ’73, has published Reactor (University of Wisconsin Press), a book of poems. She is professor of English and director of the writing program at Pitt’s Greensburg campus. Jeff Couch ’82 joined the Belleville (Illinois) News-Democrat as executive editor in June. He has more than 23 years of experience as an editor and reporter. Jim Caterino ’86 has written the novel Gunner Star (iUniverse). He is the creator of several motion picture screenplays. He and his wife, Laura ’86, live in Florida. Karen Kozar Taylor ’90 and her husband, James (UPG ’91), announce the birth of their daughter Mackenzie. Karen is a director with the consulting firm Hudson Highland Group. Jim is vice president of F.N.B. Investment Advisors and adjunct professor in Seton Hill University’s MBA program in Greensburg, Pa.
Paula A. Radon ’91 and Brian Regan were recently married in Annapolis, Md. Christopher C. Kersey ’94 was awarded the Certified Professional Public Buyer designation by the Universal Public Purchasing Certification Council. He is a member of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing and a buyer in the Office of Procurement Services in the Philadelphia School District. Dan Eldridge ’98 has launched Young Pioneers, a quarterly journal that explores independent travel culture. Issues will explore various worlds of working travelers through immersion journalism. Eldridge has worked as an English teacher in Istanbul, a kitchen helper in Dublin, a bike messenger in San Francisco, a barista in Seattle, and a bookseller in New York City. John D. Bissell ’00 received a doctorate in optometry from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. Kerstin Delaney ’00 is controller for the Patricia Seybold Group, a consulting, strategic research, and executive coaching firm in Boston. She and her husband, Patrick, are the parents of a son. Genevieve L. Everett ’00 received a medical degree from Jefferson Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, where she will complete a residency in internal medicine. Amy Heasley ’00 is teaching English as a foreign language in the Ukraine through December 2006 with the Peace Corps. Brandon Repko ’00G received a medical degree from Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia. He will complete a transitional year at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, followed by a residency in radiology at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Christin Hess Marten ’03 and Alex L. Marten ’03 recently married and reside in Raleigh, N.C. Jill Marie Albrecht ’04 is the recipient of the Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award. She was internal vice president and historian for the Blue and Gold Society and president of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society. Albrecht began law school at Pitt this past fall. David Cornelius ’68G, ’67, received the Trustees’ Award from Eastern Washington University for teaching excellence and significant contributions to scholarship and research. He is associate dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at that university. Shannon J. Gregg ’97, director of the human resources and security company Gregg Services, is one of “Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest,” an award given to Pittsburgh’s most eligible men and women, honored for their professional and charitable activities. Scott D. Goldstein ’73, is director of colon and rectal surgery in the Department of Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia. He is also assistant professor of surgery at Jefferson Medical College. Heather Vitelli ’00, received an osteopathic medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in June. Former Pitt track and field star Garland Brown ’84 takes a breather with Pitt Magazine during a lull at the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

College of General Studies

Derrick G. Monahan ’04 completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. Larry Sullivan (CGS ’87, SOC WK ’94), traveling on business in Israel, pauses to read some profound literature while resting against a statue in a Jaffa park, with Tel Aviv in the background.

Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

Raymond E. Urgo ’77, of Los Angeles-based Urgo & Associates, is an associate fellow of the Society for Technical Communication, an honor achieved by fewer than 1 percent of the members. Gary Margolis ’97, arts education specialist at Broward County Commission’s Cultural Division, received awards from two independent organizations, the Broward Art Education Association and Arts for a Complete Education/Florida Alliance for Arts Education.

Graduate School of Public Health

William R. Holman ’76 and his management team at Baton Rouge General Medical Center, La., were named the nation’s top leadership team in healthcare, large hospital category, by HealthLeaders. Holman is president and CEO of the center. William Raynovich Jr. ’84, CAS ’76, was elected to the board of directors of the National Association of EMS educators and recently accepted a position as assistant professor of EMS and director of EMS education at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb.

Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business

Bernard Zahren ’67, of Zahren Financial Co., received the Ellsworth S. Grant Founder’s Award from the Community Health Charities of Connecticut for leadership in establishing the Combined Health Appeal. He was elected as treasurer for 2004-05. Steve Burke ’92, CGS ’88, is COO of Comcast Corp. and will continue to serve as president of Comcast Cable. Mary Moore Munsell ’01 and Daniel Munsell are the parents of Paul Lane. The family lives in Derry, N.H. Joseph P. Diggins, KGSB ’03, is a partner in the Assurance & Advisory Business Services practice at Ernst & Young in Pittsburgh. He provides business risk services for the firm’s retail, distribution, and manufacturing industry clients.

School of Education

James N. Donaldson ’66G is senior vice president and regional manager for Hudson United Bank, Westport office, overseeing wealth management services for Connecticut and New York. He is the vice president of the Estate Planning Council of New York City. Catherine Powell ’73G, ’72, is a visiting senior lecturer in the Institute of Cultural Studies at the University of Maryland. She teaches dance, history of jazz, and gerontology. Diane Wormsley ’79G, ’73G, and Kathleen Huebner ’80G, ’71G, faculty members in the Department of Graduate Studies in Vision Impairment at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, were honored at the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired International Conference in Orlando. Wormsley, an associate professor, received the Curriculum Development Award and an award for outstanding contribution to literature for her latest book, Braille Literacy: A Functional Approach (AFB Press). Huebner, associate dean and professor, received the Mary K. Bauman Award for her educational contributions to visually impaired and blind children. Anne Woodsworth ’87G is a learning systems advisor for the Brooklyn Public Library. She coordinates BPL’s Learning in Libraries project, which expands after-school and summer programming for New York City youth. Patricia Carr ’89G, CGS ’80, president of Oakmont Consulting Group, offers insights on how managers can successfully lead culture change in an article in the August 2004 issue of T+D Magazine. Carr is an adjunct faculty member in Pitt’s College of Business Administration. Linda Frank ’90G, NURS ’83G, received the 2004 Distinguished Alumni Award. She is assistant professor in the Graduate School of Public Health, Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology; principal investigator/project director of PA/Mid-Atlantic AIDS Education and Training Center; and director of the Communicable Disease & Behavioral Health Master of Public Health track at GSPH. Justin Lawhead ’92G, CAS ’90, associate dean, Office of Student Leadership and Involvement at the University of Memphis, is chair of the board of directors of the National Association for Campus Activities. Howard L. West III ’93G earned the Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary.

School of Engineering

Daniel Bolger ’60 is the founder of the Bolger Group, a consulting and management firm that has received awards for excellence in operations and material handling. The Bolger Group is located in Millersport, Ohio.
Marc Rudov ’76 has published a new book, The Man’s No-Nonsense Guide to Women: How to Succeed in Romance on Planet Earth (MHR Enterprises). Sheppard J. Salon ’77G, professor in the electrical, computer, and systems engineering department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., is the recipient of the 2004 IEEE Nikola Tesla Award. His work has resulted in improved predictions of electric machine behavior. George C. Pangburn ’78G, CAS ’71, director of the Division of Nuclear Materials Safety in the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s King of Prussia, Pa., office, received the Presidential Meritorious Executive Rank Award. William J. Flaherty Jr. ’81 has been named systems engineer specialist in the Information Technology Center at Timken Corp., a leading global manufacturer of bearings and steel, in Canton, Ohio. Randy T. Sultzer ’86 has been appointed to a renewable one-year term as a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Public Policy Standing Committee. He has been an associate fellow of the organization since 2001. Amy Bell ’92G, ’85, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, participated in the National Academy of Engineering’s 10th Annual Symposium on Frontiers of Engineering in Irvine, Calif., in September. Bell has developed a strong research program in signal processing and is director of the university’s Digital Signal Processing and Communications Laboratory. James M. Geisler ’04 became the third generation of engineers (on both sides of his family) to graduate from Pitt. James studied computer engineering; his father, Martin J. Geisler Jr. ’84G, ’79, and mother, Barbara ’80, both earned degrees in chemical engineering; and James’ paternal grandfather, Martin J. Geisler ’67G, ’56, and maternal grandfather, Stephen A. Mrenna ’51, graduated with degrees in electrical engineering. Mark N. Ottemiller ’80, president of NuTec Design Associates in York, Pa., received the International Distinguished Leadership Award from the Community Leadership Association and Leadership York’s Outstanding Alumnus Award. Caroline M. Guzniczak, ’86, was appointed to the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors by Governor Michael Easley. Her term continues through December 2008.
Alka A. Patel, ’96, an intellectual property lawyer with Pepper Hamilton, is one of Pittsburgh’s top 50 “fast trackers” under age 45. Recognized for her volunteerism, she serves on numerous nonprofit boards. While at Universal Studios in Florida, the Zinis are accompanied by the official magazine of the family.Aldo Zini (ENGR ’75), Lisa Zini (BUS ’04), Laura Zini (Class of 2013), Kathryn Zini (NURS ’77), and Mark Zini (UPG ’08). On vacation in Catalina, Calif., Keith Heindl ’04 checks out some interesting scenery in Pitt Magazine.

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Michael Balandiat ’88 renewed his Certified Hand Therapist license in May 2004. He is a certified expert in hand rehabilitation, occupational therapist, and outpatient supervisor for UPMC St. Margaret in Pittsburgh, where he has worked for more than 15 years.

School of Information Sciences

Alexis Francos ’80G is in her fourth year of teaching English at the Lancaster branch of Harrisburg Area Community College and was selected to represent the branch in the school’s adjunct faculty organization. Tyrone H. Cannon ’81G served as the 2003-04 president of the Association of College and Research Libraries, the largest division of the American Library Association. He was appointed to the Library Board of California in October 2003. Victoria Beth Spino Russell ’92G and Anthony Russell announce their marriage on October 12, 2003, in Glen Burnie, Md. They currently reside in Hagerstown, Md.
Katherine A. Furlong ’97G and her husband, D. Scott Lyttle, announce the birth of their son, David Andrew, on February 4, 2004, in Bethlehem, Pa. Ann Shincovich ’03G is a fine arts librarian in Syracuse University Library in New York. She recently received the 2003 Gerd Muehsam Award at the Art Libraries Society of North America annual conference for her graduate paper on copyright issues arising from digital resources.

School of Law

Robert Raphael ’50, CAS ’48, and Mary Sue Ramsden ’79, CAS ’76, of Raphael Ramsden & Behers, have been chosen by their peers to be Pennsylvania Super Lawyers for 2004. Also chosen were Mary J. Drewitz ’82, a family law attorney at the Washington, Pa., firm Goldfarb, Posner, Beck, DeHaven & Drewitz, and David S. Posner ’72 and Robert D. Beck ’67 from the same firm. Jack Olender ’60, CAS ’57, a malpractice lawyer, recently received the Washington, D.C., Trial Lawyers Association’s Champion of Justice Award. Dennis Kissane ’73, CAS ’70, assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, received the Mary C. Lawton Lifetime Service Award from the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., in July 2004. Former Attorney General John Ashcroft presented the award. Joseph A. Vater Jr. ’76 of the Employment Law & Employee Benefits Group at Meyer, Unkovic & Scott in Pittsburgh was recently re-elected to his fourth term as treasurer of the board of directors of the Animal Rescue League.
Steven A. Remsberg ’77 was appointed general counsel of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority in May 2004. He lives in Arlington, Mass., with his wife, Diane (KGSB ’76). Laura A. Candris ’78, chair of the Employment Law & Employee Benefits Group at Meyer, Unkovic & Scott, recently became president of the board of directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh. The nonprofit agency provides mentoring opportunities for children of primarily single-parent households. Thomas K. Hyatt ’82, principal in the Washington, D.C., office of Ober Kaler, is the 2004 recipient of the American Health Lawyers Association’s David J. Greenburg Service Award, a lifetime achievement award. Barry Howard Bloch ’85 is assistant attorney general in the North Carolina Department of Justice in Raleigh, N.C., and judge advocate and commanding officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve in Raleigh. H. Scott Cunningham ’90 recently retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserve after 23 years of active and reserve duty. He received the Legion of Merit Award for his contributions to the Air Force. Linda Tashbook ’96, SIS ’87G, has been named a Fulbright Senior Specialist, eligible for grants to teach and consult at colleges and univer-sities throughout the world. Tashbook is the foreign international comparative law librarian at the Barco Law Library in Pitt’s School of Law. Neil Tanner ’97, a senior associate with Pepper Hamilton, was a member of the organizing committee for a recent meeting of the International Association of Young Lawyers in Philadelphia. Daniel J. Anders ’98, an associate with Pepper Hamilton, recently received a pro bono award from the Pennsylvania Bar Association for his work on cases affecting the gay and lesbian community. Anders was named to the “Forty Under 40” list of leading professionals by the Philadelphia Business Journal and received the Outstanding Community Service Award from the Pennsylvania Gay and Lesbian Alliance. Michael D. McDowell ’73, a Pittsburgh attorney, was appointed to the American Arbitration Association National Roster of Neutrals. He is a member of the labor, employment, commercial, and energy arbitration panels, helping resolve disputes involving union and management, non-union employment, and the energy industries.

School of Medicine

Alexander Minno ’47, CAS ’43, received the Honorary Alumni Award for his advocacy on behalf of the School of Nursing. He serves on the school’s volunteer advisory committee. Howard K. Rabinowitz ’71 has written Caring for the Country: Family Doctors in Small Rural Towns (Springer-Verlag). Rabinowitz is professor of family medicine and director of the Physician Shortage Area Program at Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, in Philadelphia. J. Mark Braughler ’77 is vice president of therapeutics at RheoGene Inc. He will head its clinical applications office and laboratory in Pittsburgh, where he will direct preclinical and clinical development programs and oversee academic and institutional research collaborations.

School of Nursing

Judith Erlen ’66 received the Distinguished Alumni Award. She is professor in the School of Nursing’s Department of Health Promotion and Development and is doctoral program coordinator and associate director of the school’s Center for Research in Chronic Disorders.
Mary Kerr ’81G, professor in the School of Nursing and associate director of the Clinical Core Brain Trauma Research Center at UPMC, received the Distinguished Alumni Award for her contributions to neuroscience.

School of Social Work

James W. Grinter III ’88G, CGS ’83, is a clinical social worker in behavioral health with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at the community-based outpatient clinic in Glen Falls, N.Y. Dana E. Jarvis ’01G, GSPIA ’01, was recently elected vice president of the board of directors at Winter’s Haven Inc., a nonprofit organization that serves the low-income elderly. He is vice president of Pitt’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs Alumni Society and human resources director for Snavely Forest Products in Pittsburgh.

Tobacco Road

It was fall 1958 when a bill arrived demanding $540—three semesters of tuition. There was no money in the bank; it was obvious that compensated drudgery was the only way to stay on the fast track to medical school. So, for two years, Jerry Panas distributed cigarettes as the campus Phillip Morris representative, managed The Pitt News advertisements, and was a fundraiser for the East Liberty YMCA.

His work paid off, and he earned acceptance to Pitt’s medical school. But something had changed; learning the fundamentals of fundraising had sparked a passion. He decided to forego becoming a doctor and, instead, accepted fulltime employment at the YMCA, where he began supervising fundraising. He was soon in charge of 400 association branches.

Jumpstarted by his YMCA success, he founded, in 1968, a campaign services and financial resource development firm, Jerold Panas, Linzy and Partners, which has since served more than 1,600 clients. Writing skills he honed at The Pitt News have helped him pen nine books, including Mega Gifts (Pluribus Press), a best seller in fundraising, and Asking (2002, Emerson & Church), an easy-to-understand “59-minute” read for volunteers and board members.

Paying Pitt tuition would be no problem for Panas today. Although he manages $600 million campaigns, he doesn’t overlook organizations seeking smaller drives—like local YMCA branches, or the Moccasin Bend Girl Scouts in Chattanooga, Tenn. He believes his days on the corner of Forbes and Bigelow, humbly dispensing smokes, proved indispensable to his career. There, he says, he learned how to shake hands with bigwigs and working folk alike.
—Megan Dunchak

In Memoriam

Robert S. Bowman FAS ’50G, ’45G, died in May 2004. He was a Mellon Institute chemist who was involved in its merger with Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1967 and later became vice president of research and director of the research institute.

Paul Albert Chew FAS ’52G, CAS ’50, founding director of Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Pa., died in June 2004. He taught at numerous colleges and universities in the region, including Pitt’s Johnstown and Greensburg campuses.

John G. “Jack” Clark EDUC ’78G died in June 2004. He retired as superintendent of the Elizabeth Forward School District in Pennsylvania.

James “Daniel” Cox DEN ’58, CAS ’58, died in June 2004. He headed a private practice for 40 years, was assistant professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark for 20 years, and was a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy.

Pasquale Di Pasquale Jr. FAS ’65 died in July 2004. He was a Fulbright Scholar from 1955 to 1957 at the University of Oxford, a marine during the Korean War, and a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre. Pope John Paul II awarded Pasquale with knighthood, the highest honor for Roman Catholic laypersons, in 2001.

Patricia Dobler FAS ’81G, poet and associate professor of English at Carlow University, died in July 2004. She recently completed her third collection of poetry.

William Donald “Don” Finn ENGR ’51 died in January 2004. He was a former scientist, engineer, and business executive in the scientific research and instrumentation industry, specializing in medical therapeutics and diagnosis.

Thomas F. Mancuso GSPH ’53, a Pitt professor emeritus who became a national public figure for refusing to lie for the Atomic Energy Commission about cancer deaths caused by radiation exposure, died in July 2004 at age 92.

Allan V. Morgan CAS ’29 died in July 2004 at age 98. He was a physician at the former Pittsburgh Hospital for 45 years, an attending physician at Mayview State Hospital, and commanding officer of a station hospital in Okinawa, Japan, during World War II.

Sally Williams Neiser CAS ’58 died in May 2004. She was a former alumni editor of Pitt Magazine.

Charles W. Parry ENGR ’48, former chair and CEO of Alcoa, died in July 2004. After attending Pitt for two years, he joined the army’s 836th Engineer Aviation Battalion during WW II, and, upon his discharge, he returned to Pitt to earn his electrical engineering degree.

Herbert Lee Smith FAS ’65G, ’57, CAS ’53, died in October 2002. He had worked at Mellon Institute and was a former professor of chemistry at Slippery Rock University.

Vaughan Stagg, assistant professor in Pitt’s Department of Psychiatry, died in June 2004. Stagg was clinical director of the Matilda H. Theiss Child Development Center, which is part of UPMC and affiliated with Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

Keith A. Stoeber CAS ’69 died in May 2004. He was a pilot in the U.S. Air Force and part of the NATO Joint Chiefs of Staff in Maastricht, Netherlands. After 21 years of service, he retired from the air force.

David “Sam” Sunderman EDUC ’52 died in August 2004. He taught mathematics in the Upper St. Clair School District near Pittsburgh and was a performer at several local theaters.

Howard M. Swartz ENGR ’42, a founder and former chair and president of Pittsburgh Allied Fabricators, died in April 2004.

Edith R. Van Halanger NURS ’76G died in July 2004. She was a former nurse at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh and former assistant administrator of nursing at UPMC Montefiore Hospital.

Herbert A. White Jr. KGSB ’49, a steel industry entrepreneur who held 17 patents, died in July 2004. White also received national recognition from the Boy Scouts of America.

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