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Residence Hall Will Bear Couple’s Names ith the approval of the University’s Council of Trustees, Cal U has renamed Residence Hall C to honor Ivan ’41 and Adelaide Ivill ’38 Guesman, lifelong educators who have been generous supporters of both the University and their Greene County community. “This recognition is appropriate for many reasons,” said interim University President Geraldine M. Jones, “but none is more important than this: Throughout their long and productive lives, Ivan and Adelaide have epitomized our University’s core values of integrity, civility and responsibility.” The Guesmans traveled from their home in Jefferson Borough for a ceremonial dedication of the building on Oct. 14. “It’s a wonderful feeling to help young people, because they have so much to look forward to,” Adelaide Guesman said. “I’m happy that we both are able to help future generations.” Said Ivan Guesman of the newly named hall: “We promise to do it honor by doing the right thing at all times.” Ivan Guesman was an elementary-school teacher and a school district superintendent before joining the faculty at California State College, where he taught in the Department of Education from 1968-1981. Adelaide Guesman enjoyed a rewarding career as a high school teacher, retiring after 35 years in the classroom. “As lifelong educators, generous philanthropists and caring community members, they set a wonderful example for our students, and they are outstanding role models for us all,” the President Jones told those in attendance. In 2008 the Guesmans received honorary doctorates from Cal U, the first couple in the University’s history to be so honored. After accepting their degrees, they charmed the graduates and their families by pulling out a pitch-pipe and singing a song together. A line from that song, “Everywhere you go, sunshine follows you,” is included on a plaque in the residence hall. The couple sang the song once more at the residence hall dedication, to the delight of those in attendance. The Guesmans funded one of the guest rooms in the



he director of Homeland Defense and Security Issues for the Center for Strategic Leadership at the U.S. Army War College will be the keynote speaker during the seventh annual Conference on Homeland and International Security at California University of Pennsylvania. This year’s conference, Defense Support of Civil Authorities in Disaster Management, is scheduled from 9 a.m.1 p.m. Nov. 5 in the Performance Center, inside the Natali Student Center. Keynote speaker Bert Tussing, a professor at the U.S. Army War College and a decorated military Bert Tussing, of veteran, will discuss the Center for military support plans Strategic Leadership at to assist missions the U.S. Army normally carried out War College, by civil authorities, will be the keynote including response to speaker at the natural disasters, Nov. 5 security criminal activity and conference. special events. “Our military’s expertise, leadership, enormous logistical and resource capabilities, and their commitment to serve America, qualifies it as a critical part of our domestic disaster response mission,” explained conference organizer Dr. Michael Hummel, director of the Linda and Harry Serene Leadership Institute. “The most professional and capable military fighting machine in the world also has a humanitarian support role in disaster management operations, in support of domestic civil authorities.” Other presenters will address legal and leadership roles in the defense support of civil authorities. Capt. Eric Augustine, Brigade Judge Advocate for the 56 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, will discuss “Legal Aspects of Defense Support of Civil Authorities.” And Dr. Richard Hughbank, managing editor of the Homeland Defense and Civil Support Journal, published by the U.S. Army War College, will address “Leadership in Response to Disaster.” The conference is open to professionals in the security and disaster management fields, as well as the general public. Cost is $20; fee includes refreshments and a certificate of completion. For more information or to register for the conference, visit


Cal U has renamed Residence Hall C to honor Ivan ’41 and Adelaide Ivill ’38 Guesman, lifelong educators who have been generous supporters of both the University and their Greene County community.

Kara Alumni House; it was dedicated in honor of their parents. They also have created scholarships and contributed to fundraising events in support of Cal U and its students. They received the Alumni Association’s Alumni Couple of the Year Award in 2007, and in 2011 they accepted the Job Johnson Award from the Foundation for California University. This year, at the President’s Gala, they received the Lillian M. Bassi Core Values Award. “From this day forward, your names will be a permanent part of our campus landscape,” the President told the couple. “Our students will know your story — and for those who live in Guesman Hall, you will be a presence in their campus home. “Thanks to you, there will always be sunshine in California.”

Cal U Still Military Friendly or the fifth consecutive year, Victory Media has honored Cal U as a Military Friendly School, recognizing Cal U’s service and commitment to military service members, veterans and their families. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country. “Cal U has a culture that embraces service members and veterans,” said Capt. Robert Prah, director of the Office of Veterans Affairs at Cal U. “Our dedicated Office of Veterans Affairs is one important aspect of our service to these students. Our staff is here, every day, to make their transition to university life easier and

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to steer them toward success. “In addition, we have a First-Year Seminar that specifically addresses the needs of veterans and service members who are new to the University. And our Veterans Club is a source of support, as well as a great social outlet, for many Cal U students.” The Military Friendly Schools® website, www.military, features the list of schools, plus interactive tools and search functions to help military students find the college or university that best meets their needs. Universities and colleges designated as military friendly “exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students

with military experience,” according to the website. Cal U is a GoArmyEd provider of online education for Army personnel and their families. In addition, service members around the world are enrolled in degree programs through Cal U Global Online, where a dedicated military coordinator helps to integrate them into the University’s online learning community. For the past two years, Cal U has welcomed members of the active-duty military, reserve and National Guard as they strive to qualify for the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge. In addition to the recognition from Victory Media, Military Times EDGE ranks Cal U among the top 30 schools in the nation for its commitment to helping military veterans pursue higher education.

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African Internship Clarifies Career Plans enior Corinna Bayuk found a clearer career path halfway around the world, during a summer internship in Ghana. “Before I went on the internship I never really thought of getting into public health and was sort of going through the motions. Now I know exactly what I want to do,” Bayuk told members of the Medical Interest Club. “You don’t necessarily have to go abroad, but you must take advantage of the opportunities there are for undergraduates and expand your horizons. Consider volunteering and find your passion.” Bayuk, the club’s president, is a biology major with a concentration in pre-osteopathic medicine. This summer she interned with Global Brigades, the world’s largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization. A Rutledge Internship Award provided $3,700 to help with expenses for the three-credit experience, and Bayuk thanked Internship Center director Tracie Beck, and club adviser Dr. Ed Zuchelkowski for their guidance. In Ghana, Bayuk worked in the public health arena, conducting nutritional assessments, helping to provide clean water, following up on patient referral programs and creating a nutritional manual for community health workers. “We evaluated the impact of the current programs Global Brigades has going on and were sort of a fresh set of eyes looking at how to improve things,” she said. Bayuk was stationed in Anomabo, a town in central Ghana, where she was one of 12 female students who shared a bedroom and bathroom. The group often had to bathe in bottled water; electrical power, which is rationed by the government, was subject to random shutoffs. At the club meeting, Bayuk shared telling facts from the Human Development Index: the average life expectancy in Ghana is just 64.6 years, compared to 78.7 in the United States, and the average salary is $1,684, compared to the U.S. average of $43,480. Yet Bayuk said she found the Ghanaians she met,


Senior Corinna Bayuk explains her summer internship in Ghana to the Medical Interest Club.

especially the youngsters, to be spirited despite their lack of resources. “We see them as impoverished people, but they don’t. They love life and just have different values. Unfortunately, they don’t see health as a priority, whereas we know the long-term risks. Global Brigades is getting resources to them, but they need to understand how to use them better.” Bayuk said she plans to earn a master’s degree in pubic health and pursue becoming a doctor of

osteopathic medicine. She concluded her presentation with a quote from African-American author and civil rights leader Howard Thurman: “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” The Medical Interest Club meets every other Thursday at 11 a.m. in Frich Hall room 100. For more information, contact Dr. Ed Zuchelkowski at or Corinna Bayuk at

Professor Holds Book Signing Professor Margo Wilson, chair of the English Department, signs her novel, The Main Ingredient, for retired Cal U faculty member Peggy Roche during a reading and book‐signing event last month at the Cal U Bookstore in the Natali Student Center. Her book, published by Ramsfield Press, is available from the publisher at www.ramsfield

GRANTS AWARDED The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (OSPR) reports that: • Dr. David Argent, of the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in partnership with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and the R.K. Mellon Foundation. The grant will fund his research project “Sampling Unassessed Tributaries within the KiskiConemaugh and Youghiogheny River Basins.” The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research serves faculty and staff by providing comprehensive resources related to external funding for sponsored projects. The OSPR provides support in developing proposals for funding from federal, state and local grants, contracts, foundations and related associations.

Fall Discovery Days Conclude Nov. 2 o introduce prospective students to the University, Cal U will hold its final fall Discovery Days event from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 2. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. in Steele Hall, followed by an overview of the daily schedule at 9 a.m. On Discovery Days, high school students who are beginning their college search are invited to visit the campus and learn about Cal U’s academic offerings, housing, student activities, athletic programs and more. Students also may sit in on a college class and take a guided tour of the campus. For more information or to register online, visit, keyword “Discovery Days.” Faculty or staff members who are interested in leading tours should contact the Welcome Center at Ext. 1626 or e-mail Carrie Pavtis at


Procurement Fair Set for Wednesday he 26th annual Procurement Opportunities Fair, sponsored by California University’s Government Agency Coordination Office (GACO), will take place from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Four Points by Sheraton Pittsburgh North, in Mars, Pa. The event is designed for business owners who are interested in selling products or services to federal, state and local government agencies and prime contractors. The fair will provide companies with contracting and subcontracting information. Nearly 80 booths will be staffed by representatives of government agencies, corporations, regional service organizations and area businesses. Some of the participants for this year’s fair include 84 Lumber Co., Bettis Laboratory, Dck Worldwide, Lockheed Martin Aeroparts, Mascaro Construction Co., National Energy Technology Laboratory, Rivers Casino, Simplex Grinnell, the state departments of Corrections and General Services, URS Energy and Construction, the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare Systems, and The Walsh Group. A series of breakout sessions will also be held, covering such topics as understanding the commonwealth’s small business procurement program, responsive and responsible bidding, and social networking for small businesses. Registration fee is $40 per person; a buffet lunch is included. For more information, contact Tracy Julian at 724-938-5881 or


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Cal U Hockey Night Interim University President Geraldine M. Jones drops the puck in a ceremonial faceoff to start the men’s game at Cal U Hockey Night, held Oct. 7 at Rostraver Gardens. The Cal U women’s team beat Slippery Rock and the men’s CHE team topped Penn State‐Altoona in games that kicked off a full week of Homecoming festivities. Between games, hockey fans enjoyed a public skate and a chance to meet Pittsburgh Penguins forward Joe Vitale and the team’s mascot, Iceburgh. During the event Cal U honored U.S. Army Spc. Patrick McIlvain, a former Cal U hockey player and Theta Xi fraternity brother who was severely wound‐ ed in Afghanistan in 2010.

WWE Star: Support Your Friends orld Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) superstar Darren Young said he was initially terrified, but then relieved and proud, when he first told a reporter that he is gay. Young and his WWE tag-team partner, Titus O’Neil, appeared at Steele Hall Mainstage Theatre on Oct. 7. Their Homecoming Week appearance was sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Programming and the Homecoming Committee. The duo, known as the Prime Time Players, discussed professional athletes who have come out, and they stressed the importance of supporting one’s friends, teammates and family members as they grapple with personal issues. Moderating the discussion was Gabby Yearwood, of the Department of Justice, Law and Society, who also passed along questions e-mailed to him during the presentation. Young became the WWE’s first openly gay wrestler when he came out to a reporter for celebrity news website TMZ during an impromptu interview at Los Angeles International Airport. “It was the right thing to do at the right time, and it’s the best decision I ever made,” Young said. “I’m very happy.” On the advice of a friend, Young immediately contacted his employer about his revelation. “The WWE was nothing but supportive,” said Young. “If you’re entertaining and putting smiles on kids’ faces, your sexual orientation shouldn’t matter. It’s OK to just be you.” O’Neil praised the LGBT community for “fighting to be a family.” He urged the audience to stand up for others, be it in a locker room or a classroom. “If you help another person move to their purpose and have a winning lifestyle, you are also sharpening your own skill in whatever that is,” O’Neil said. “There’s always going


Following their presentation in Steele Hall, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) superstars Darren Young (left) and Titus O’Neil (right) enjoy a moment with Cal U faculty member Dr. Harrison Pinckney.

to be negativity, especially with the Internet thugs, but you just block it out like you do on Twitter.” Young said he believes the world is becoming more receptive to athletes or celebrities who come out. He cited NBA player Jason Collins, singer-songwriter Frank Ocean and comedian Ellen DeGeneres as examples of those who have made their orientation public, but he emphasized that the support of family and friends is most important. “Talk to your family and friends, because they will there for you,” he said. “If not, then they weren’t really friends to begin with.”

John Fogerty Comes to Convocation Center Nov. 5 rammy Award-winner John Fogerty — a recent chart-topper with his new album, “Wrote a Song for Everyone” — will appear in concert at the Convocation Center on Nov. 5, beginning at 8 p.m. Fogerty’s album entered the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart at No. 3, selling 51,319 copies in its first week. It is the highest-debuting album of Fogerty’s career. The album is a collection of 14 songs. Twelve classics from his days with Creedence Clearwater Revival and as a soloist were recorded in collaboration with stars such as Foo Fighters, Kid Rock and Miranda Lambert. He also recorded two new songs, including the single “Mystic Highway.”


Grammy Award‐winner John Fogerty will appear in concert at the Convocation Center on Nov. 5.

Fogerty is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Creedence Clearwater Revival and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005. Rolling Stone magazine gave the album a five-star rating, its highest, calling it “a testament to the continuing truth and power in Fogerty’s greatest hits.” Tickets for the Fogerty concert are on sale now at the Convocation Center Box Office, at, by phone at 800-745-3000 and at participating Giant Eagle stores. Prices are $100, $69 and $49. A special $39 ticket for the Cal U community only will be available through the day of the show at the Convocation Center Box Office.

Campus BRIEFS Graduate School Open House Set for Oct. 30 The School of Graduate Studies and Research will conduct an open house from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Kara Alumni House. Participants at this free event can learn about Cal U’s flexible graduate programs by interacting with faculty and staff. Counselors will be on hand to discuss career options and cost-saving opportunities such as graduate assistantships, scholarships and federal student aid. Cal U students can earn master’s degrees in more than 35 fields of study, including nursing, education, legal studies, athletic training and business administration. Traditional face-toface and 100 percent online programs are available. Cal U’s School of Graduate Studies and Research also offers certification and licensure programs for professional educators and counselors, as well as certificate programs and letters of completion in a variety of fields. All open house events are free, but registration is requested. Free parking is available for those who register in advance. For more information about academic programs at Cal U, visit To register, visit the Events calendar at, choose “Open House” and click the “register” icon at the upper right. Prospective students also may contact Nikki Popielarcheck at 724938-5490 or e-mail

Annual Charity Appeal Under Way Through Nov. 1, members of the campus community can show they care by participating in the annual SECA/United Way campaign. This year’s theme, “Walk in Their Shoes,” encourages employees to consider those who are less fortunate and make a donation to change a life for the better. SECA, the State Employees Combined Appeal, supports a number of local, regional, national and international charities. Contributions help families and individuals in need of shelter, medical care, food, job training and other services. This year’s goal for Cal U’s campaign is $21,244. Overall, the 14 PASSHE universities hope to raise nearly $344,000. Donations can be made directly or through a payroll deduction that goes into effect in January. The United Way of Mon Valley is a parent organization of the SECA/Cal U drive. For more information about SECA, call Douglas Hoover at Ext. 4096 or email; or phone Dana Turcic at Ext. 1633 or e-mail

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Strong Scorer Led Women to Soccer Success Editor’s Note: Cal U held its 19th annual Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet Oct. 11 at the Performance Center in the Natali Student Center. The Journal is profiling each of the 2013 Hall of Fame inductees. im Kottmeier-Whitlock ’96, ’98 exudes excitement when she talks about being part of Cal U’s 2013 Hall of Fame class. A star forward for the women’s soccer team from 1992-1995, she is the third women’s soccer player to be inducted into the hall, joining teammates Sherry Valera -Veneziale ’96 and Audrey Dawson-Anderson. “This is such a great honor that it’s hard for me to try and comment without getting emotional,” Kottmeier-Whitlock said. “It’s such a privilege to be part of this. … It means so much.” As a freshman, Kottmeier-Whitlock scored 14 goals with seven assists for 35 points. Her goal and point totals that season still rank eighth in single-season school history, and she helped the 1992 team compile a 12-5-1 overall record, which gave the program its first winning season. Her nine assists in 1993 still rank sixth in the school record book. In 1994 Kottmeier-Whitlock registered 14 assists, a single-season total matched by only one other player in school history. The Vulcans again won 12 games, and the 1992 and 1994 teams’ win totals remained the school standard for 15 years. Kottmeier-Whitlock earned allconference honors for a second straight season in 1995. She finished her playing career with 30 goals, 35 assists and 95 points. She remains Cal U’s career leader in


Cal U Hall of Fame 2013 inductee Kim Kottmeier‐Whitlock ‘96, ‘98 believes that recently retired Vulcan soccer coach Dennis Laskey has helped her become a success in the business world as well as on the soccer field.

assists and ranks fourth in career points. From a conference standpoint, her singleseason and career assist totals rank fourth and fifth, respectively. Kottmeier-Whitlock earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1996. While working toward a master’s degree in business administration, which she completed in 1998, she served as an

assistant coach under recently retired coach Dennis Laskey, who guided the women’s program for 10 years. “Dennis Laskey will always be one of my most favorite people. He holds a special place in my heart,” KottmeierWhitlock said. “He’s a class act, and he taught me so much about life in general. He has shaped who I have become in business and as a person.”

Laskey said that if not for an injury during her sophomore year, KottmeierWhitlock would have been the program’s all-time leading scorer. “She was going to get there regardless of who coached her,” he said. “She was very self-motivated and took a lot of pride in her athletic and academic performances. Kim never took a short cut in anything she did.” Since graduating from Cal U, Kottmeier-Whitlock has enjoyed considerable success in the business world. After working as a corporate account manager for DHL Global Forwarding, she has spent the past six years as a global account manager for BSI Management Systems. Laskey said Kottmeier-Whitlock’s strong traits as a player carried over to her coaching and, ultimately, to her professional career. “She wanted to give back what she knew, and she really motivated and inspired a lot of the players,” Laskey said. “She has an incredible sense of humor. She’s is the type of hard working, personable and ambitious person employers are looking for.” Kottmeier-Whitlock and her husband, Mike ’95, live in Haymarket, Va. They have two sons: Alex, 6, and Crosby, 3. She looks back on her Cal U days with considerable pride and happiness, noting that she and former teammate Dawson-Anderson were maids of honor for each other’s weddings. “Those were some of the best times of my life,” Kottmeier-Whitlock said. “I met my husband at Cal, and my teammates are still my best friends to this day. There’s a certain bond you share with the people you play with and are coached by.”

First­year Actors Ready to ‘Roar’ he fall’s second presentation by the Department of Theatre and Dance showcases the talents of Cal U’s newest crop of aspiring actors and technicians. First-year students will appear onstage and work behind the scenes to present The Mouse That Roared, a satirical Cold War comedy based on the 1955 novel by Leonard Wibberley and adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel. The madcap plot takes off when Gloriana XII, ruler of the Duchy of Grand Fenwick, concocts a plan to address the duchy’s economic woes: declare war on the most powerful


nation in the world. Longbows and arrows, Qbombs and mad professors combine with a love story to create a delightfully funny tale that guarantees a jolly good time for the audience. Curtain time is 8 p.m. Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, with shows at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Nov. 2. All performances are in the Blaney Theatre in Steele Hall. Cost is $12 for adults, seniors and children. Students with valid CalCards are admitted free; they must leave a $5 deposit that will be returned if they attend the performance. For ticket information, or to order tickets (with a credit card) by phone, call the Steele Hall Box Office at 724-938-5943.

Cal U’s Department of Theatre and Dance will present ‘The Mouse That Roared’ in the Blaney Theatre Oct. 31 through Nov. 2.

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