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A PLACE OF OPPORTUNITY Cal U opens doors to a promising future




The California University of Pennsylvania Magazine CAL U REVIEW Vol. 40 - No. 4 The Cal U Review is published quarterly by the Office of Marketing and University Relations and is distributed free. Third class postage paid at California.

CHANCELLOR Dr. John C. Cavanaugh


For me, California has always been a place of opportunity. The college opened doors for me as a student, providing a solid foundation for a career in education. During my 38 years as an employee, Cal U fostered my professional development. And as a proud alumna, I’ve enjoyed many University-sponsored cultural and social events on campus. Similar opportunities, and many more, are available both to Cal U students and to my fellow graduates. First and foremost, our students have access to a broad array of high-quality academic programs. They attend classes in “smart” classrooms equipped with the latest technology, and their professors are excellent teachers, as well as experts in their fields. In many academic areas, Cal U students can participate in research, even at the undergraduate level. Many have a chance to attend statewide or national conferences, and some even present their work. Our students can supplement their studies with co-ops and internships — valuable opportunities to build a resume, even in a challenging economic climate. And a successful internship can be the gateway to a career: The National Association of Colleges and Employers reports that last year, nearly 6 out of 10 internships led to a job. Cal U also offers leadership activities, community service and mentoring opportunities for both students and alumni. Graduates who check in with Career Services or the Alumni Relations Office will find many ways to “pay it forward” and stay engaged with the University. I hope that all members of our Cal U family will find time to visit our campus soon. Learn with us at a conference or a lecture; enjoy an athletic event, a concert or an alumni get-together. There’s always something happening on campus. Come see for yourself what opportunities Cal U has to offer. With warm regards,

BOARD OF GOVERNORS Guido M. Pichini, chairman Marie Conley, vice chair Aaron Walton, vice chair Rep. Matthew E. Baker Jennifer Branstetter (designee for Gov. Corbett) Gov. Tom Corbett Rep. Michael K. Hanna Ronald G. Henry Kenneth M. Jarin

Bonnie L. Keener, student member Jonathan B. Mack Joseph F. McGinn C.R. “Chuck” Pennoni Sen. Jeffrey E. Piccola Harold C. Shields Robert S. Taylor Ronald J. Tomalis, secretary of education Sen. John T. Yudichak

CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA Geraldine M. Jones, acting president Dr. Bruce Barnhart, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs Dr. Charles B. Mance, vice president for University Technology Services Robert Thorn, vice president for Administration and Finance Craig Butzine, vice president for Marketing and University Relations Sharon Navoney, interim vice president for University Development and Alumni Relations Dr. Nancy Pinardi, interim vice president for Student Affairs COUNCIL OF TRUSTEES Robert J. Irey, chair Lawrence Maggi ’79, vice chair Michael G.Groser, student member Peter J. Daley II ’72, ’75 James T. Davis ’73 Annette Ganassi Michele M. Mandell ’69

Robert Miner, Jr. ’78 Michael Napolitano ’68 Jerry Spangler ’74 Aaron Walton ’68 The Hon. John C. Cavanaugh, chancellor, ex-officio

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS Lorraine Vitchoff ’74, president Barbara (Williams) Fetsko ’75, ’83, vice president Lynne (Moltz) Stout ’94, secretary Brian Fernandes ’99, ’00, treasurer Tim Gorske ’62, immediate past president Autumn Koerbel ’02 Colleen (Murphy) Arnowitz ’75, ’97 Anthony Lazzaro ’55 Loralie (Koerbel) Bruce ’05 Donald Lee ’69 Rosemary (Rich) Bucchianeri ’69 Don Martin ’89 Trinette (Schmidt) Cunningham ’93 Michael Napolitano ’68 Mindi D’Auria-Fisher ’07 George Novak ’55 Kimberly (Mahaffey) Fahey ’97, ’99 Melanie (Stringhill) Patterson ’82, ’88 Christina (Kost) Fosbrink ’01, ’03 Fred Retsch ’62, ’66 Josh Fosbrink ’01, ’03 Dolly Rozzi ’64 Paul Gentile ’62 Harry Serene ’65 Abigail Grant ’07 Abigail Grant Sheg ’07 Jesse Hereda ’04 James Stofan ’71 Alan James ’62 Tim Susick ’76, ’78 Len Keller ’61 Judy (Durko) Zilkowski ’77, ’83 Marc Keller ’94 EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS Geraldine M. (Johns) Jones ’72, ’80, acting president David Amati ’70, president for Foundation for California University of Pennsylvania Robert J. Irey, chair for the Council of Trustees Sharon Navoney, interim vice president for University Development & Alumni Relations Michael Slavin ’74, APSCUF president Cathy Connelly ’95, ’96, manager of the Alumni Fund STUDENT MEMBERS Michael Crosen Amy Dunn

Jonothan Dashiell Elizabeth Lynerd

STUDENT ASSOCIATION, INC. BOARD OF DIRECTORS Shane Ierardi Jenna Terchanik, president Autumn Harris David Mutich, vice-president Dr. Donald Thompson Brendan Demmy, treasurer Sam Jessee ’90 Alexandra Brooks, secretary Hope Cox, ’00, ’01 Stephen Zemba Marc Roncone ’03 Kevin McEvoy EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS Dr. Nancy Pinardi ’95, ’96, ’98 Leigh Ann Lincoln

Geraldine M. Jones Acting President California University of Pennsylvania

Acting President Geraldine M. Jones communicates regularly with the campus community via e-mail and online. To see all of President Jones’ weekly messages, visit; click on “About Us” and choose “Meet the President.” To stay up-to-date with the latest happenings at Cal U, alumni may send their e-mail address to

FOUNDATION FOR CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA BOARD OF DIRECTORS Dr. David L. Amati ’70,’72, president Steven P. Stout ’85, vice president William J. Urbanik ’01, secretary Paul Kania ’87, treasurer Linda H. Serene ’64, immediate past president Armand E. Balsano ’74 Robert Lippencott ’66 William R. Booker ’74 Lawrence Maggi ’79 Courtney E. Cochran ’12 Michael A. Perry ’63 William R. Flinn ’68 Walter J. Sigut ’64 Richard C. Grace ’63 Dr. Saundra L. Stout ’72 Annette M. Kaleita ’55 EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS Geraldine M. Jones ’72, ’80, acting president Sharon Navoney, interim vice president for University Development and Alumni Relations Dr. Lorraine G. Vitchoff ’74 EDITOR Christine Kindl


WRITERS Wendy Mackall Jeff Bender

Bruce Wald ’85

PHOTOGRAPHERS S. C. Spangler Abby Kraftowicz

Greg Sofranko


On the COver: Freshman Jennifer Horak, a psychology major, wheels through the fountain in the Convocation Center courtyard during Playfair, an activity that encourages incoming students to interact as the Cal U for Life New Student Orientation gets under way. For more Move-In Day and orientation photos, see page 20.

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Keeping the beat


Friendship and a family atmosphere attract musicians to the Cal U Marching Band.

right around the corner


Summer interns add to their resumes without leaving western Pennsylvania.

Conventional wisdom


One Of the


At the Republican and Democratic national conventions, students get a firsthand look at the political process.

‘Best’ The Princeton Review has included Cal U among the 222 colleges and universities profiled in the Best in the Northeast section of its “2013 Best Colleges: Region By Region” listing at Student satisfaction plays a role, but colleges designated as “best” are chosen primarily for their excellent academic programs. Cal U also earned top marks for environmental awareness. This is the eighth consecutive year that Cal U has been recognized by The Princeton Review. Just 25 percent of the country’s 2,500 four-year institutions were named best in their region this year.

‘Positive, wonderful memories’


Dr. Lenora Angelone brings her 40-year career at Cal U to a close.

finish what you started


No matter where you began your studies, the transfer office makes it easy to complete a degree at Cal U.

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‘familY’ BOnds unite memBers Of Cal u marChing Band

Director of bands Dr. Marty Sharer


t’s a late August football game day at California University — show time for the Cal U Marching Band. The field commanders set the beat. Snare drummers tap out a catchy rhythm. Tuba players swing their instruments in unison. Trumpeters, clarinetists, trombonists and more step off with pizzazz. With cymbals crashing, the 150member band enters Adamson Stadium. The crowd murmurs, stands, applauds and shimmies to the music as band members cover the stadium track. The musicians belt out notes bursting with Vulcan pride during the pregame activities, a prelude to their “Forged By Fire” halftime show. And as Dr. Marty Sharer makes his debut as director of bands at Cal U after four years at the University — succeeding Max Gonano, who retired after a 30-year career — a sense of community among band members, fans, alumni and students at Cal U continues to be forged, as well.

Bass drummer Ashley Malone

“They obviously do it because they love it,” says Sharer of the musicians, field commanders, majorettes and colorguard who arrive at Cal U for a weeklong band camp before the fall semester begins. like family Of the 150 members, Sharer estimates 40 are commercial music technology majors. The others are preparing for careers in computer science, education, meteorology and other fields. Practices during the fall semester are held three times a week, and each weekend finds the marching band performing — at home football games, high school festivals or the Collegiate Marching Band Festival in Allentown, Pa. The band also has performed at Pittsburgh Steelers football games in two of the past three years. “Each year at band camp we do an opening activity,” Sharer says. “We ask them what they are expecting out of being in the band program, and nine times out of 10, the first response you get is the friendship and family atmosphere.” For Sara Ventura, a sophomore sport management major and field commander for the Cal U band, that’s especially true.

“My older brother, Stephen, and I are both field commanders this year,” says Ventura, who aspires to go to law school and become a sports agent. Best friend Eileen Flamini is the third commander on the field. “This year is a lot different from last year, in the sense that I have more responsibility being a field commander,” Ventura says. “But it is an absolutely wonderful and fulfilling experience.” Band members pitch in to help one another in interesting ways, Sharer says. “A lot of our peer instructors end up being education majors. And we have fun with other things, too. Our meteorology majors always have a weather report for me at the beginning of practice. And our media majors will help us edit footage of our performances, and we’ll put that on our YouTube channel.” making contact The marching band helps to recruit new Cal U students, Sharer says. “Some students find us, because they enjoyed marching band in high school and want to continue that in college. We run a Facebook and Twitter page, and a YouTube account, and we try to be very active on social media, so a lot of people find us and let me know they’re interested. “When students apply to Cal U, they can check ‘music’ or ‘band’ as an interest, and the admissions team provides me with a list of everybody who checked that box. I put together a recruitment team of current students, and we contact every single person on that list.” Ventura was on the recruitment team this summer, and recent graduate

Nathan Wright ’12 was a recruiter when he was a student. “A lot of potential band members ask how joining the band can be beneficial for them,” Ventura says. “I simply tell them that it is one of the best things you can get involved with on campus.” Adds Wright: “The best way to be able to have time management skills is to keep yourself busy. What else can you do on a Saturday that would be as constructive?” Cal u for life Recent graduates can’t seem to stay away from their “band family.” One alumna who remains very involved with the marching band is Donna Wassilchalk ’99, ’05. A second-grade teacher in the Frazier School District, Wassilchalk is on staff as a consultant for the featured twirlers during band camp. She’s also a fixture as a volunteer at practices and games all season long. “Band gave me so much with performance and confidence and expression that now it’s my time to give back to the program,” she says. Wassilchalk also is committed to helping Cal U students with career preparation, offering her classroom to teachers-in-training. She, like many current and former members of the band, is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi national honorary band fraternity, yet another bond. “Our members are involved in the community, and when new members are inducted, alumni come back for those ceremonies and stay involved with what the chapter is doing,” Sharer says.

Colorguard member Kathryn Leberfinger carries a flag during a halftime routine.

Every graduate also gets an invitation to come back to play in the alumni band, which performs at the annual Homecoming parade and football game in October. About 40 to 50 alumni make the trip back to campus each year to march in the parade, play with the band during a pregame show, and watch current band members perform at halftime of the football game. “I 110 percent am planning to do the alumni band every year,” Wright says, “not just to see the people I graduated with, but to see how the current band has evolved.” One change is already in place: After every rehearsal or performance this season, the band members link arms and sing the Cal U alma mater. “The band has bought into this very quickly,” Sharer says. “And I have a hunch that before this thing is over, it won’t just be the band interlocking arms and singing the alma mater. It will be the band, football players, cheerleaders and all the fans.” ■ By Wendy Mackall, assistant communications director at Cal U

One, two, ready, play! To see and hear the Cal U Marching Band, visit news; choose ‘Cal U Review’ and click on ‘As Seen in the Review.’




“Before my internship with Shekinah Ranch, I did not know if education was the right career for me. But this internship provided me with experience and confidence. Cal U’s education program has given me the tools and skills I need to be a successful teacher.

Shawn Patil Senior | Elementary Education


ore than 650 Cal U students immersed themselves in internships, clinical experiences, student teaching and fieldwork this summer. Some traveled across the globe — to a school in Chile, a mission in Jamaica, a nonprofit foundation in Haiti or a business-training firm in Sweden.


But you don’t have to go far to test-drive a career. This summer, hundreds of Cal U students learned resume-building job skills right here in western Pennsylvania.

“After 700 hours at my internship I was running the production during games, as well as creating dozens of videos and graphics. Once my internship was completed I was offered a full-time job with the Wild Things in their 2013 season as the director of their video production department.

Gloria Stone Senior | Communication Studies Radio /TV and Public Relations




Not only do I work as a river “guide, but I applied for a

My title at Kennywood was ‘food and beverage operations manager.’ This title came with a lot of responsibility. … It taught me a lot about the real world, and how management always needs to be on hand and ready for anything. It was an experience I’ll never forget!

marketing internship at Wilderness Voyageurs that allowed me to work in several different areas of marketing. It's great that Cal U recommends that students obtain internships. They're excellent learning and working experiences.

Sarah Oeler

Thomas Hamilton

Senior | Business Administration

Senior | Business Administration



I learned leadership, “communication skills, time management and responsibility while interning at a local newspaper. The best thing I gained was assurance: I realized that journalism is what I was born to do, and I look forward to continuing with the paper as a correspondent.

Marlee Shaulis Junior | English (Journalism)

I learned that I can apply my “anthropology degree in the museum industry. This is of great interest to me, because I have always been a history buff. The experience opened a lot of doors that I didn’t know existed.

Shari Bechtel Senior | Anthropology and Justice Studies (Forensic Science)


Conventional wisdom nine students get a firsthand look at the national political process hey didn’t get much sleep. They were on their feet so long that one stopped to buy more comfortable shoes. They met politicians, media figures and celebrities — and had an experience they’ll never forget. As part of The Washington Center Seminar Program, nine Cal U students served as volunteer interns at the Republican and Democratic national conventions. Lucie Fremeau, Mario Coppola and Emily Martik joined the GOP Aug. 27-30 in Tampa, Fla. Breanna Blose, Camilla Cionni, Courtney Cochran, Bruce Grover, Bradley Minoski and Fillip Nelson worked with the Democrats Sept. 3-6 in Charlotte, N.C. An Academic Seminar Series set the stage with talks by office-holders and veteran politicos. Then the students, along with about 240 other Washington Center interns, received their fieldwork assignments. That’s when the learning really began. “I learned that people behind the scenes literally don’t sleep at all,” says Cionni, who worked with the Pennsylvania delegation at the convention. “On TV, it all looks really smooth,” says Grover, who was assigned to a security detail. “But behind the scenes, it’s hectic.”


Back from their internships at the Democratic National Convention are students (front row, from left) Breanna Blose and Bruce Grover; (back row) Bradley Minoski, Courtney Cochran, Camilla Cionni and Fillip Nelson.


POlitiCal diaries To read the reports posted by four students who attended the conventions, and see a slideshow of their close encounters with political luminaries, visit; choose ‘Cal U Review’ and click on ‘As Seen in the Review’. Lucie Fremeau at the GOP national convention in Tampa.

Nelson helped control access to the convention hall. “A lot of politicians like to talk about themselves, but it takes a collaborative effort to make an event like this a success.” Four of the students sent back reports for the University’s website, and on-thespot photos kept the campus community engaged. When they returned, the students described internship highlights at a Constitution Day presentation. “The first lady’s speech was wonderful on TV, but it was a whole different experience to hear her speaking live,” Grover says. “It touched me a lot.” Martik was struck by the address delivered by former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. “If she does decide to run for president someday, it’s cool to think that I got to hear her in person.” Fremeau, who worked for a Fox News affiliate, was handed a camera and dispatched to the convention hall. Her online report captures a memorable moment: “Suddenly, all of the hot-shot photographers from the Associated Press started bustling. … I struggled with the lens cap on the fancy camera in my hands, but I was able to snap a few photos of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan as they passed within 15 feet of me. Success!” Cellphone photos documented other brushes with fame. There was Coppola, assigned to the Christian Broadcasting Network, posing with his arm around Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, chair

of the Democratic National Committee. And Martik, who worked with Fox & Friends, standing with former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. “I was working near CNN,” says Cochran, “and I got to watch (convention speaker) Julian Castro, the mayor of San Antonio, get his makeup done. It took longer for them to do his make-up than it takes me to do my own!” Generous gifts from alumni donors made the internships more affordable. “I am absolutely thrilled for all nine students,” says Dr. Melanie Blumberg, a professor in the Department of History and Political Science and campus director of the American Democracy Project. “They truly had a once-in-a-life-time experience!” ■ By Christine Kindl, communications director at Cal U

Interns (from left) Mario Coppola, Lucie Fremeau and Emily Martik attended the Republican National Convention.

Geology students get together for a group photo at Devil's Lake State Park, Wis.

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west Field sTudy Takes geOlOgy sTudeNTs TO The wesTerN uNiTed sTaTes

lassroom learning is great, but nothing compares to studying Earth’s natural rock formations firsthand. At least, that’s how California University students feel about studying geology. “When you’re in the field, it’s no longer a textbook drawing,” says senior Bryan Nicholson, a geology major. “(The formation) is tangible, and you realize you are seeing it, standing on it, and you know why it is there and how it can be altered in the future.” Last spring, 14 geology students and Dr. Kyle Fredrick, an associate professor in the Department of Earth Sciences, climbed onto buses and headed west to study geological features in South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho and Utah. “We were given a chance to apply what we learned in the classroom to real-life scenarios,” Nicholson says. “After doing so, we can walk away with an even greater respect for the science.” After studying glacial formations at Devil’s Lake State Park in Baraboo, Wis., the group traveled to South Dakota for a cultural experience at Mount Rushmore and a rock formation lesson at Badlands National Park. Many of the students raved about their time in South Dakota. “Hiking the Black Hills was a special experience,” recalls senior Nick Patton, another geology major. “The view was amazing.” The group learned about lava flows and volcanic craters in Idaho before stopping at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Plans originally called for camping in the park, but a 6-inch snowfall and many road closures forced the group to find lodging indoors.


Students Marty Zangus and Bryan Nicholson, climb Harney Peak in Custer State Park, S.D.

“We ran into some snow and had to stay in a hotel, but it offered us a better perspective on the geological features in that area,” Fredrick said. “Each day we entered the park from a different direction, and students were able to view the dramatic land changes from one side of the park to the other.” After a brief stop at Grand Tetons National Park in Wyoming, the group arrived at its final destination, Dinosaur National Monument in Utah. Students took part in a mapping exercise that required them to identify geological features and interpret those features on a map. “Before this trip, I had no idea how to map,” says Clarissa Enslin, a junior geology major. “I learned how to take the strike and dip of rocks, and I broadened my knowledge of geomorphology and tectonics.” Over the years, Cal U’s geology field study has become an annual event that rotates through various locations in the United States. Past field studies took students to New England and the Southwest. Fredrick says he hopes to expand the program to include a trip to the California coast. “The fieldwork study allows our students to understand the different scales and skills required to work in the field,” he explains. “We also have students at various levels, and that allows for peer mentoring to occur naturally. “For the younger students, this is a real ‘trial by fire’ for a career in geology.” ■ By Jeff Bender, PR and Web writer at Cal U

Studying rock formations in South Dakota is geology student Nick Patton. FALL 2012 CAL U REVIEW 9 ■

her place of opportunity dr. lenOra angelOne stePs dOwn after 40 Years at Cal u

our decades ago, Lenora Angelone viewed California State College as a place of opportunity. Her high school diploma and business school credits had opened the door to a good job as a clerk-typist at the college. “Now here I am, 40 years later, with my Ph.D.,” she says. “I look back and wonder, how did it happen?” Angelone retired in August after earning four degrees — three of them at Cal U — and rising through the University ranks to become vice president for Student Affairs. Along the way she held a variety of positions in what once was known as Student Development and Services, the division that guides students as they live and learn outside the classroom. Looking back to the start of her career, Angelone credits Elmo Natali ’53, then the vice president for



student affairs, and Dr. Nancy Tait, the dean of women, with giving her the confidence to move forward. “They saw in me things I never saw in myself,” she recalls. “They were great supporters, mentors and cheerleaders for me.” At their urging, Angelone began taking evening classes after work. In 1989 she earned an associate degree in administration and management from Cal U. “That associate degree helped me believe I could do it,” she says. In 1992 she completed a bachelor’s degree, and in 1997 she added a master’s degree in community and agency counseling. Building a career At the same time, Angelone was climbing the University’s career ladder. In the 1970s few women had careers in student services, “but my mentors told me I had the heart of a student affairs professional,” she says. A stint as interim director of housing helped to raise her sights. She went on to serve as associate dean for student services and then dean for residence life. Angelone had grown up in Penncraft, Pa., a small community in rural Luzerne Township. “As my career developed I started to travel, to see what was outside of Fayette County. People tell me that’s why I could always relate to students from this area. Because of what the University had done for me, I could see Cal U as a place of opportunity for them, too.”

Angelone’s leadership style put students “My friends tell me that I opened doors,” at ease, says Dr. Timothy Susick ’76, ’78, she says modestly. associate vice president for Student Affairs. Nancy Skobel ’87, an associate dean and There is such pride “She always made time for the students. director of the End Violence Center, counts in working at I believe it was a trait that came from her herself among a number of women who upbringing, as well as a reflection of working followed the path Angelone had blazed. this institution now. with Emeritus Vice President Natali, who often “We all began our careers here at Cal U like It’s this diamond said that the student is the most important she did, with clerical positions. Lenora inspired down here in the person on campus.” and mentored us to continue our education In 1999 Angelone moved to the Office of and pursue our passions. She believed in our (Mon) Valley. Social Equity, where she served for a decade abilities before we believed. as special assistant to the president for equal “More importantly, her legacy has employment and educational opportunity encouraged us to make a difference and DR. LENORA ANGELONE (EEEO) and the University’s ombudsperson. become activists by never forgetting to see “I listened to people’s concerns, and I tried the potential in the females we serve.” to handle difficult situations fairly and with Dr. Nancy Pinardi ’95, ’96, ’98, now the objectivity,” she recalls. “Often, people came interim vice president for Student Affairs, into my office feeling powerless. I tried to attests to Angelone’s lasting influence. listen and find a way to give them their “Lenora has been a grassroots activist on power back.” Cal U’s campus for over 30 years,” Pinardi says. In Social Equity, Angelone ensured “Through her service and teaching initiatives, compliance with affirmative action standards she has positively impacted the climate for and promoted gender equity in hiring, our students, faculty and staff. enrollment, athletics and student life. “She has been a tireless advocate for the importance and She trained more than 100 faculty and staff members, inclusion of the history and significance of women at every and thousands of students, “to know what discrimination possible opportunity. Although she’s retired, her legacy and sexual harassment looked like, so that if something will remain as an inspiration.” happened, they would know it wasn’t right, and that In 2009 Angelone returned to Student Affairs, this there was someone to help.” time as the division’s vice president. By the time she In 2007 Angelone earned a Ph.D. in counselor education retired, she had become the senior member of Cabinet, and supervision — skills she put to daily use. As Cal U’s the University’s leadership team. ombudsperson, she was charged with crisis management, “One new part of that job, for me, was serving as chief conflict resolution, mediation, counseling and advocacy, executive officer for athletics. Suddenly I was hiring coaches “and I loved every minute of it,” she says. and dealing with teams. We won the Dixon Trophy, and we opened the Phillipsburg soccer facility — I’m very Role model proud of that. Colleagues say Angelone championed best practices in “And of course there’s the SAI Farm, a wonderful areas such as multicultural affairs, alcohol awareness and meeting place. Adding that property increased the size of drug prevention. And she became a role model for many our campus by 50 percent, and it’s already making a real women on campus. difference for our students.” In retirement, Angelone has enjoyed traveling and spending time with her family at home. But a piece of her heart remains with Cal U. “What’s the most notable change I’ve seen over the years? Some might say it’s the physical plant — and our campus truly has been transformed. But for me, it’s the people,” she says. “There is such pride in working at this institution now. It’s this diamond down here in the (Mon) Valley. People are proud to take ownership in their work — and students tell me that our faculty and staff make them feel special. “I have very few regrets in my life,” she adds. “I have nothing but positive, wonderful memories.” ■

By Christine Kindl, communications director at Cal U

‘Suddenly I was ... dealing with teams.’



diversity and leadership Interim associate provost Dr. Caryl Sheffield (left) and host Soledad O’Brien, of CNN’s ‘Starting Point,’ stop for a photo with Dr. Lisa McBride, a winner of the National Diversity Council’s 2012 Pennsylvania Multicultural Leadership Award. McBride, Cal U’s ombudsperson and special assistant to the president for Equal Employment and Educational Opportunity, accepted the award at the third annual Pittsburgh Diversity and Leadership Conference, where O’Brien gave the keynote address. The award recognizes individuals of color who seek to uphold and promote the principles of diversity and leadership. McBride is a founding member of Cal U Men United, a mentoring group for students, and chair of the President’s Commission for the Status of Women at Cal U.

Conference celebrates excellence in teaching

Prior learning counts for credit

Dr. Richard L. Allington, a professor of education at the University of Tennessee and an internationally recognized literacy researcher, discussed “raising the bar in teaching” at the Berger Fellowship Conference, Celebrating Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Designed for classroom teachers, reading specialists, pre-service teachers and other educators, the conference focused on achieving excellence in education. In addition to the Dr. Diane Nettles keynote talk, educators from southwestern Pennsylvania presented more than a dozen workshop sessions on topics ranging from enrichment and peer tutoring to teaching 21st-century learners using iPads, archival photographs or graphic novels. The conference was organized by Dr. Diane Nettles, who holds the Jeff and Beverly Berger Faculty Fellowship in Education at Cal U. It was presented with fellowship support. To promote their participation in this substantive learning experience, undergraduate students at Cal U were admitted free of charge.

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) has formed an innovative collaboration with Learning and the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) so that prospective students can receive credit for college-level learning gained through their work, military or other prior learning experiences. Through this collaboration, prospective students will be able to create portfolios that demonstrate prior learning outcomes. The portfolios must provide evidence of learning outcomes that are comparable to those of students who learned the material in a traditional academic setting. PASSHE universities, including Cal U, long have recognized prior college-level learning as demonstrated through assessments such as the College Board’s College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Advanced Placement (AP) courses and exams. This new collaboration will broaden the opportunities for prospective students to have their prior learning assessed through a standardized process.


Campus remains ‘military friendly’ For the fourth year in a row, Victory Media and G.I. Jobs magazine have named California University one of the nation’s top Military Friendly Schools®. The magazine says it honors “the 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students.” Cal U’s Veterans Affairs Office reports that about 125 military veterans attend classes on campus, and some 200 additional service members are enrolled through Global Online. The office also offers support for about 65 military spouses or other dependents enrolled at Cal U.

grant supports water monitoring

Conservation project enhances habitat

law enforcers state their case

A $25,000 grant from the Dominion Foundation will enable Cal U geology students to continue environmental monitoring of Pike Run, a small waterway near Dr. Kyle Fredrick campus. Under the guidance of Dr. Kyle Fredrick, students will conduct realtime monitoring of stream flow and water quality, extend an existing Geographic Information Systems database, implement a plan for regular monitoring in the 29-square-mile Pike Run watershed, and experiment with small-scale remediation methods to improve water quality. The project also will reconfigure the Pike Run Watershed Association as a permanent, active membership organization within the Cal U Geology Club.

The Foundation for California University of Pennsylvania has been awarded a grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation to restore and enhance fish and wildlife habitat on agricultural lands in Pennsylvania. The $600,000 grant will support a two-year project that is expected to fence 25 miles of stream, restore 500 acres of upland and 200 acres of successional habitat, and 500 acres of wetlands. The conservation work will be executed by the Partners for Fish and Wildlife program at Cal U, which is recognized as a state and national leader in developing techniques to restore habitat for wildlife. Partners for Fish and Wildlife is a cooperative effort among many agencies throughout the state. The program aims to restore habitat for wildlife on agricultural and other lands by constructing streambank fencing, stream crossings, wetlands, grasslands and border-edge cuts.

Experts in the fields of law enforcement, intelligence, terrorism, forensic science and more are participating in a new speaker series sponsored by the Department of Justice, Law and Society. The series is designed to make students aware of specialized careers in justice studies, sociology, anthropology, women’s studies and leadership. Many of the speakers are Cal U alumni, so the series provides students with an opportunity to network and interact with successful graduates. Alumni speakers this semester included Mark Camillo ’76, a specialist in security and emergency preparedness; Darek W. Eberhart ’01, a parole agent for the state Bureau of Probation and Parole; Sgt. Joseph P. D’Andrea ’08, of the Pennsylvania State Police; and Mark Henshaw ’99, owner of Nemacolin Archaeological Services.

Building careers Student Paige Neville (left) speaks with Samantha Burney ’12, an employee of PLS Logistics Service, during the Back-to-School Job Fair held Sept. 6 in the Performance Center. Coordinated by Cal U Career Services, the job fair attracted nearly 40 employers who discussed job possibilities and internship opportunities with students.

hall’s name will honor donor The California University Council of Trustees has voted unanimously to rename a residence hall in honor of a former professor whose $1.95 million bequest will provide G. Ralph Smith II scholarships for students for years to come. Residence Hall A, which houses many Honors Program students, will be rechristened the G. Ralph Smith II Honors Hall. Smith, an assistant professor of English, died in 2010. His bequest to Cal U is the largest in the school’s modern history. The gift has been placed in an endowment, and Cal U anticipates awarding the G. Ralph Smith II General Scholarships beginning in the 2013-2014 academic year.



Dr. Kim Woznack (left) and Dr. Marta McClintock-Comeaux

Dr. Marta McClintock-Comeaux, director of the women’s studies program at Cal U, organized the two-day conference with Dr. Kim Woznack, chair of the Chemistry and Physics Department. “We had many attendees from all across the state,” said McClintockComeaux. “We don’t all think alike, but it’s good to hear from people who look at the world in different ways. A diversity of ideas adds to the richness of education.”

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‘finding a voice,’ women exchange diverse ideas One student called it “the spark that ignites a change.” More than 150 women and men explored aspects of leadership when the PASSHE Women’s Consortium and Cal U’s Audrey-Beth Fitch Women’s Studies Conference presented Women: Finding a Voice and Leading for Change. Keynote speakers were Ellen Bravo, director of the Family Values at Work Consortium and author of Taking on the Big Boys: Why Feminism Is Good for Families, Business and the Nation; Ayana Ledford, of Carnegie Mellon University’s Progress Center, who discussed negotiation and gender awareness; and Annie Holmes, of Penn State University’s Affirmative Action Office, who focused on the campus climate for women.

The director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency gave Glenn M. Cannon the keynote address at Managing the Disaster, the sixth annual Conference on Homeland and International Security at Cal U. PEMA director Glenn M. Cannon discussed state-level emergency management plans and resources at the conference, which was organized by Dr. Michael Hummel and sponsored by the Department of Justice, Law and Society. Other presentations addressed management of cyber attacks, mass casualty events, mass fatalities and maritime disasters. Speakers included Cal U faculty

member Dr. Raymond Hsieh, a cybercrime expert; Rick Perandi, director of security at Reading (Pa.) Hospital and Medical Center; Dr. Karl Williams, medical examiner for Allegheny County; and Kevin Angelilli, a retired police chief who teaches underwater search and recovery techniques.

teachers can earn autism credential The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has granted initial program approval for California University of Pennsylvania to award an endorsement in Autism Spectrum Disorders to certified special education teachers who complete a 12-credit program online. Program endorsements are certifications added to Level I or Level II teaching certificates that acknowledge competence in emerging areas of knowledge where formal PDE certification does not exist. The endorsement program in Autism Spectrum Disorders is intended to provide a multidisciplinary perspective on students with ASD and their families. Cal U’s Department of Early, Middle and Special Education already is teaching the required courses, and the University expects to offer the endorsement to qualified special education teachers beginning this spring.

alumnus receives Jennie Carter award

Kay and Bill Carter (left) join with the Jennie Carter Leadership Award winner Brian Johnson ’94, ‘96 and Acting President Geraldine M. Jones. Bill Carter is a direct descendant of Jennie Carter.


Brian Johnson ’94, ’96 accepted the fourth annual Jennie Carter Leadership Award during a luncheon in the Kara Alumni House. The award honors Elizabeth “Jennie” Adams Carter, Class of 1881, who was Cal U’s first African-American graduate. The University honors Carter each year on or near her birthday, Oct. 9, by recognizing an individual who embodies her indomitable spirit. Johnson is a faculty member in the Department of Developmental Instruction at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, where he is director of the Frederick Douglass Institute for Academic Excellence. He is a founder of the Pennsylvania Association of Liaisons and Officers of Multicultural Affairs, a consortium that promotes best practices in higher education. A doctoral student at IUP, Johnson also is a published author and a youth pastor at Revival Tabernacle in Watsontown, Pa.

rOBOts taKe Over COnsOl energY Center Cal u CO-sPOnsOrs first exPlOrer series PrOgram fOr Children ey players moved on wheels instead of skates, and clanking metal replaced the cheers of hockey fans. But there was plenty of action inside CONSOL Energy Center when the Explorer Series took over the home of the Pittsburgh Penguins. “The Explorer Series is a group of learning programs designed to stimulate interest in multiple subjects including science, technology, art, math and science,” explains Dave Soltesz, president of the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation. Nearly 500 children ages 8-14 were on hand for the first Explorer Series learning program, sponsored by the foundation, FedEx Ground, CONSOL Energy and Cal U. Kids and their families filled a Mike Amrhein lower end-zone seating area for brief presentations on safety practices, robotics competitions and how to get involved in the emerging field. The crowd cheered when the arena’s giant scoreboard showed robots clashing in “Cal U’s Top 10 Greatest Hits,” a highlights reel filmed at last year’s BotsIQ contest on campus.


“We are really proud to be part of the Explorer Series,” says Mike Amrhein, director for the Office of Outreach and Integration for TEAMS (technology, engineering, art, math and science) at Cal U. “This program’s intent is to show the really cool robotics projects students in our area are doing to prepare themselves for careers in TEAMS-related fields.” After their introduction to robotics, children rushed to the main concourse, where more than 20 stations offered interactive experiences. Popular stops featured demonstrations by the FIRST Robotics League and BotsIQ, a robot on wheels that children could drive simply by moving their hands, and a 5-foot-tall robot that shot basketballs through a hoop. High school and university students ran nearly all of the stations; most of them are actively studying robotics or participating in ’bots competitions. And every child who participated took home materials provided by Cal U. Karen Yeh, 14, of Livingston, N.J., represented the FIRST LEGO League at the event. Working with LEGO robotics kits, league members compete to design robots that can complete assigned tasks. Yeh’s older brothers, national champions in the FIRST Robotics League, were in Pittsburgh to give demonstrations, so she decided to show off her own robots. “I’m excited to be here, and I hope I can generate interest for other young girls to pursue robotics.”

Karen Yeh, of Livingston, N.J., shows off the robot she operates as a member of the competitive FIRST LEGO League.

The wide-eyed children playing with robots probably didn’t realize they were getting their first look at a field whose workers are in high demand. “The Pittsburgh region is a global leader in robotics and robotic-like technology,” Amhrein says. “The workforce here is, and will be, in need of young, smart people.” Many parents said they’d never dreamed of such a career. “This exposure to robotics has been fabulous,” says Wendy Dambron, of Hopewell, Pa., who brought her two children to the Explorer Series. “They play with LEGO all the time, but it’s just a toy to them. Now they can see how their enjoyment of LEGO could lead to a career with robots.” ■ By Jeff Bender, PR and Web writer at Cal U

Clash Of the rOBOts To see highlights from last year’s BotsIQ contest at Cal U, visit; choose ‘Cal U Review’ and click on ‘As Seen in the Review.’




his fall we welcomed the Class of 2016 to the Cal U family. During the Cal U for Life New Student Orientation weekend, our newest students learned their way around campus, made new friends, learned Cal U traditions and started their college journey. They also learned that Cal U for Life is not a program but a promise, a lifelong relationship that began on their first day here, and that will continue for the rest of their time on campus and even after they graduate. How does this apply to alumni? We are all part of Cal U for Life, and we can remain engaged in many ways. It’s never too late to re-connect with your alma mater. As Cal U graduates, you can: • Attend an alumni event in your area. We will be sure to let you know when we are holding events nearby, and we would love to see you there. At these gatherings you can see old friends, meet new ones and hear the latest news about the University. • Refer students to Cal U. Our students are the University’s single greatest asset. As the competition for students becomes greater each year, we rely on referrals from alumni to encourage prospective students to choose Cal U. They won’t regret it, and neither will you! • Volunteer your time and talent by mentoring a student, accepting a Cal U intern at your place of business, or serving on an advisory board. • Donate to the University’s annual fund or create an endowed scholarship to help our students afford to attend Cal U. • Attend events on campus. We welcome you not only to Homecoming, but also to plays, concerts, sporting events, lectures and many other campus activities. • Update your contact information so you can receive the latest e-mails about University events. These are just a few of the ways that you can become involved with Cal U. There are countless others, and we look forward to hearing from each of you about how you would like to stay engaged with your alma mater. Please visit the Cal U website,, to stay in touch with the latest news. Or e-mail us at and let us know about the milestones in your life! Here in the Cal U for Life office, we all have great memories from our time on campus, and we look forward to creating additional memories for you. Thank you for everything that you do for us and for our University. It is truly appreciated.

Cathy Holloway Connelly ’95, ’96 Senior Director, Cal U for Life


alumni calendar deCemBer Monroeville Area Alumni Gathering — Dec. 6 Join us at 6 p.m. for a social gathering at DeNunzio’s Restaurant, 2644 Mosside Blvd., Monroeville, Pa. The get-together will include updates on the campus and Cal U’s academic programs, as well as a chance to engage with fellow alumni. For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 724-938-4418 or We hope to see you there!

JanuarY New Year’s Day — Jan. 1 Mark your calendar: It’s just 150 days until the kick-off of Alumni Weekend 2013! The Class of 1963 will celebrate its milestone 50th reunion and present a class gift, alumni awards and more.

feBruarY Basketball Alumni — Feb. 9 Alumni from the men’s and women’s basketball teams are invited to campus for the annual Basketball Alumni Day. Check the Cal U athletics website,, for game times, event details and more. Send us your e-mail address at to stay connected with the most up-to-date happenings at Cal U, including alumni chapter and sporting events, campus lectures, student events and more!

TAKE CALU ALONG FOR THE RIDE take your vulcan pride on the road wherever you go with a Cal u license plate! All Pennsylvania drivers, including students, alumni, faculty, staff and University friends, are welcome to purchase this one-of-a-kind license plate for a donation of $44. You’ll be pleased to know that $20 of that amount is a 100 percent tax-deductible contribution that will help to fund Cal U Alumni Association Scholarships. To purchase your Cal U license plate, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at or 724-938-4418. Then return your application and a check for $44, made payable to “Foundation for California University of Pennsylvania,” to: California University of Pennsylvania Office of Alumni Relations 250 University Ave. California, PA 15419-1394 Please note that you cannot choose a plate number or request specific letters or wording on your Cal U license plate. If you require additional registration cards, send $1.50 for each additional card.

a Call FOr NOmiNaTiONs alumNi assOCiaTiON seeks NOmiNees FOr iTs BOard OF direCTOrs BaCKgrOund Nominations are now being sought from alumni interested in running for election to the Board of Directors of the California University of Pennsylvania Alumni Association. Elections will take place in spring 2013, with nine open seats to be filled. Interested alumni may self-nominate, or others may submit information on their behalf. Individuals interested in being recommended must submit their nomination form to the Nominating Committee for Board Members (NCB) so as to be received no later than March 8, 2013. The NCB will screen the candidates according to guidelines listed below and found in the Alumni Association Bylaws, and will forward the names of recommended candidates to the Alumni Association Board for its approval. Approved candidates will then stand for election by the membership of the Alumni Association. Those individuals elected to board seats as a result of the spring 2013 election cycle will be installed at the Alumni Association Annual Meeting on June 1, 2013.

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QualifiCatiOns fOr CandidaCY In evaluating an individual’s qualifications to stand for election to the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association, the NCB shall emphasize the following: • A significant contribution to public, educational or charitable endeavors; please include philanthropic giving history; • A knowledge of and commitment to the mission and goals of California University of Pennsylvania; • A record of experience and achievement since graduation in his/her chosen field; • Leadership and consensus-building skills; • A willingness to represent all alumni in providing counsel to the University;

The Nominating Committee for Board Members will review the information that is submitted and develop a slate of recommended candidates. This slate will be presented to the Alumni Board of Directors for its approval at its spring 2013 meeting. All California University alumni will be eligible to vote either by e-mail or mail ballot.

• A commitment to serve the University on a wide variety of issues encountered in its planning and operations; • A willingness to commit a significant amount of time and energy necessary for effective service; • A history of active involvement with the University. Please note: Each Alumni Board member is expected to support the University philanthropically by donating at the level of $1,000 per year to Cal U.

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Please attach to this form a brief essay (500 words or less) that addresses the following qualifications: • A significant contribution to public, educational or charitable endeavors; • A knowledge of and commitment to the mission and goals of California University of Pennsylvania; • A record of experience and achievement since graduation in his/her chosen field; • Leadership and consensus-building skills; • A willingness to represent all alumni in providing counsel to the University; • A commitment to serve the University on a wide variety of issues encountered in its planning and operations; • A willingness to commit a significant amount of time and energy necessary for effective service; • A history of active involvement with the University.

nOminatiOn PrOCess Individuals interested in being considered for nomination to the board should complete a nomination form and an essay on qualifications and return them, along with a color photograph, to the Alumni Relations Office by March 8, 2013.

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Upon recommendation by the NCB and approval by the Alumni Association Board of Directors, your personal information (above), your essay and color photograph will be included in the official ballot materials distributed to all alumni prior to the election. FALL 2012 CAL U REVIEW 17 ■

finish what you started transfer office makes it easier to complete a degree errie Greene’s mission is simple: To help students finish what they’ve started. “If you began your degree somewhere else, we can help you finish it at Cal U,” says Greene, director of the Office of Articulation and Transfer Evaluation. Greene’s office can help with unofficial evaluations of credits for students who are exploring their options, and it works to ensure that credits are transferred appropriately for students who choose Cal U. “We can complete an unofficial credit evaluation,” Greene says. “If you have pockets of credits, let’s explore how they would apply to your major. Our job is to make the transfer process as easy as possible, so students are able to achieve their goals.” “Student success is our primary focus,” adds Dr. Bill Edmonds, dean of undergraduate admissions. “We want our students to graduate in a timely fashion and be prepared for opportunities in the job market.” The transfer department also visits local community colleges to assist students with the transfer process, Greene says, and it is interested in partnering with local businesses to Terrie Greene discuss professional development opportunities for their employees. Transfer students, Greene observes, often excel academically because they are extremely motivated and very focused. Jatin Patel and Jamie Morris are two examples. Patel, who is in his first year at Cal U, transferred from the University of Cincinnati after taking time off for personal reasons. He says he chose Cal U for its biology major and nano-technology concentration. “There aren’t too many schools that have a nano program broken down by the three sciences (chemistry, physics and biology),” he says. Morris, a liberal arts and social sciences major with a minor in criminal justice, is also a wife and the mother of two. She started school in Minnesota before dropping out and moving with her husband to Grindstone, Pa.



She has one more semester to complete before pursuing a career, perhaps in the areas of parole or veterans affairs. “Terrie (Greene) made it all pretty effortless,” says Morris, recalling her transfer. “I knew to have some information ahead of time, but the whole process probably took about three weeks before I had my schedule and everything in front of me.” Would you like to finish what you started, and earn a degree? To contact the Office of Articulation and Transfer at Cal U, call 724-938-5939 or e-mail Terrie Greene at ■ By Wendy Mackall, assistant communications director at Cal U

Transfer students Jatin Patel (at left) and Jamie Morris (above) are on track toward graduation.

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two programs are designed to streamline the transfer process for students with credits from participating Pennsylvania colleges and universities.

academic Passport This program from the Pennsylvania State System of higher education promotes a seamless transfer for students currently enrolled at a Pennsylvania community college or one of the 14 PaSShe institutions. Students who meet eligibility criteria are guaranteed acceptance at a PaSShe university, and the transfer and acceptance of course credits is ensured. For more information, visit and search for “academic passport.” Pennsylvania Transfer and articulation Center Pa TRaC is a one-stop, online resource for navigating course and credit transfer policies among participating Pennsylvania colleges and universities. a state department of education initiative requires the commonwealth’s 14 community colleges and PaSShe universities to create at least 30 hours of “foundation courses” that can be transferred easily to any participating institution. other schools are allowed to participate voluntarily. For more information, visit








EXPLORING MADAGASCAR Undergraduates conduct rainforest research

California University of Pennsylvania




Dr. John R. Kallis Department Chairs:

Mr. Joseph Schickel Applied Engineering and Technology

Dr. David Argent Biological and Environmental Sciences

Dr. Richard LaRosa Business and Economics

Dr. Kimberly Woznack Chemistry and Physics

Dr. Thomas Wickham Earth Sciences

Dr. Mohamed Benbourenane Math, Computer Science and Information Systems

Dr. Cheryl Hettman Nursing

Dr. Christina Toras Professional Studies

Program Directors:

Lt. Col. Ronald Bonomo Military Science

Dr. Thomas Mueller Peter J. Daley Institute for Analysis of Safety and Security Issues Using Spatial Technologies

Dr. Christina Toras Institute for Law and Public Policy

Ms. Kelly Hunt Entrepreneurial Leadership Center/ Student Incubator

On behalf of the students, faculty, staff and administration, I welcome you to the 2012 fall edition of Focus On, featuring the Eberly College of Science and Technology. It was a tremendous honor for me to be appointed interim dean of the Eberly College this summer, and I would like to take a moment to introduce myself. I earned my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial arts education from Cal U and my doctorate in educational communication technology from the University of Pittsburgh. For more than 27 years I was a faculty member in Cal U’s Department of Applied Engineering and Technology (AET), where I served as department chair for three years. Other accomplishments included conducting teacher outreach training, serving as curriculum consultant and presenting at local, state and international levels. Most recently, I led the development of the Bachelor of Science in Mechatronics Engineering Technology, an exciting new program scheduled to start in fall 2013. A notable position I hold is president-elect for TEEAP, the Technology and Engineering Education Association of Pennsylvania. In 2009 I received a distinguished service citation from Espilon Pi Tau, the International Honor Society for Professionals in Technology, and in 2008 I received the technology faculty award from the Faculty Professional Development Committee at Cal U. As dean, my goal is to continue to embrace and encourage innovative curricula, teaching techniques, student-directed discovery, faculty research and entrepreneurial activities. I also intend to pursue leadership in global outreach development through engagement with industries and regions that will advance our mission in science and technology — a legacy that began in the 1970s. The Eberly College continues to be the largest college on campus, with an enrollment of more than 2,400 for the 2012 fall semester. I forecast continuing enrollment increases as our region emerges as a leader in technological innovations within the U.S. energy sector. Growth also can be credited to our energetic faculty members, who are passionate about mentoring students, engaging them in field and laboratory research, and fostering aspirant investigators through the presentation and publication process. Students in our College are provided exceptional problem-solving opportunities in course assignments, laboratory projects and internships. These are exciting times in the Eberly College, and I would like to thank all who continue to support our efforts to improve the quality of our programs, faculty, facilities and students. I look forward to sharing this journey with you.




On the cover: Student researchers (from left) Colin Stuart, Dylan Boehm, Joseph Cavera, Brandon Seehoffer and Shanice Saunders take in the view from a rock outcropping in Anja Reserve, central Madagascar.

John R. Kallis, Ed.D. Interim Dean Eberly College of Science and Technology


SuMMER INtERNShIPS REACh NEw hEIGhtS eberly college students complete highly competitive workplace experiences

Emanuel Janisch at the Mount Washington Observatory.


enior Emanuel Janisch climbs up to Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire and stares out across the mountains. During his eight-day work shift, he knows the weather will change from clear skies to dense fog, ice and snow — all in the middle of August. For a future meteorologist, the opportunity to read such weather changes is a dream come true. Janisch’s experience is just one example of amazing internships that students in the Eberly College of Science and Technology are landing. “Emanuel’s internship with the Mount Washington Observatory is huge for us as a program,” says Dr. Chad Kauffman, a professor in Cal U’s Department of Earth Sciences. “It is probably one of the most unique and competitive internships in the country, and I hope we are able to develop a lineage for other Cal U students.”

Janisch, a meteorology major with a concentration in parks and recreation management, gave tours to visitors, recorded weather readings and conducted Internet forecasts for what the observatory proclaims is the “world’s worst weather.” “It was a real blend … because I was able to conduct weather readings and research, but it also had the parks and recreation component to it, as well,” he says. “It was such an amazing experience.” At nearly 5,000 feet closer to sea-level, senior Jason Park, an electrical engineering technology major, held a summer internship at Compunetix, a leading developer of voice, video and data collaboration and conferencing applications. Park was part of the Monroeville, Pa., company’s dedicated systems test team, which conducted a variety of information technology systems tests. “I like how diverse my internship was, because it gave me a broad overview of the process of manufacturing and how a test department works,” Park says. “The mix of education and the experience that I gained through the internship has made me feel more confident about being in the workforce.” Confidence is exactly what senior Grant Eaton developed during his internship with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in Springfield, Va. Eaton, a geography major with a concentration in geographic information systems (GIS)

Mount Washington Observatory, N.H.

and emergency management, worked with the government agency to assist the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, to create damage assessments and maps. “I can’t talk a lot about what I was working on due to the confidentiality of the projects, but I really enjoyed working with FEMA and learning about new tools and different techniques that are available for mapping,” Eaton says. “Learning in the classroom is great, but nothing beats real-world experience in your field of study.” Having a student interning at a high-level government agency can help other students realize the possibilities available at Cal U, says Dr. Thomas Mueller, a professor in the Department of Earth Sciences. “It really shows that the knowledge we give our GIS students is the right type. I hope that students realize this and now know that they can get these types of internships in our program.” ■ By Jeff Bender, PR/Web writer at Cal U

Grant Eaton (left) and Jason Park


rainforest research in Madagascar, undergraduates explore biodiversity, conservation and culture


hey are the scientists of the future, interested in diverse topics and eager to hone their research skills. They are Cal U students, and the University is providing them with a firstrate study abroad experience through the Madagascar Field School, a five-week summer experience run by Dr. Summer Arrigo-Nelson and Dr. Mark Tebbitt, both of the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences. “This program fits nicely into a new general education requirement that requires students to complete a ‘special experience’ in their field of study,” Arrigo-Nelson says. “Now, the Madagascar trip is more

Dylan Boehm climbs a baobab tree in Ifaty, Madagascar.

than something fun you can do for the summer. Experience like this is now a requisite part of earning a degree. “This is a great option for biology majors, and it’s something that is going to set them apart from other students,” she adds. “When I’m called to give a reference for someone who has been in the program, they may say, ‘We have a pool of 40 candidates.’ “But I can say, ‘Yes, but you only have one who has worked in Madagascar, and you only have one who has the skills to be able to work in harsh environments, using foreign languages, with people whom they’ve just met — all these extra experiences that set that person apart.’” This summer was the second year for the trip, which is offered every other year. A total of 12 Cal U students spent five weeks at the field school, even conducting original research on the effects of invasive species on the ecology of Madagascar. In 2010, the first year of the field school, eight students from Cal U made the trip. The program can accommodate as many as 24.

photo aLbUM to see images from this year’s Madagascar Field School, visit; choose ‘Cal u Review,’ and click on ‘As Seen in the Review.’


Baseline learning Once they arrive at the Centre ValBio Research Station, the students learn about biodiversity in Madagascar, conservation efforts and the Malagasy culture. In Ranomafana National Park, they learn field biology research methods, including how

to measure and inventory plants, conduct surveys in streams, trap mammals and study lemur behavior. A cross-country trip allows them to see the diversity of a spiny desert, a mango swamp and a coral reef, all within a 12-hour drive. And then the work begins, as they return to the rainforest to help with an ongoing research project that examines the effects of habitat disturbance. They also have the opportunity to explore their own interests by working on individual projects. “Our students have a botany day, and then an animal day, and then a day off from the main research project,” Arrigo-Nelson explains. “When they aren’t working on the group project, they have an opportunity to work with our two Malagasy teaching assistants to develop and foster micro-projects they are interested in.” For senior biology majors Dylan Boehm, Kaitlin Enck and Robert Zajack, and freshman biology major Shelby Zikeli, those projects included documenting non-Western healing methods with traditional healers; learning about veterinary care in a developing country; studying intestinal parasites in rats as part of a new infectious disease project at the research center; and working on a grant proposal for future invasive species research.

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Student researchers (from left) Dylan Boehm, Kaitlin Enck, Robert Zajack and Shelby Zikeli.

Other students worked on projects such as a photo survey of the different ecosystems in Madagascar, and studies of fossil lemur remains and different types of mosses. “We got to see a zoo there,” says Enck, who has international travel experience but had never experienced another culture for as long as five weeks. “And it’s not like a zoo here — more like boxes and chicken wire. That’s something I might like to do someday, make zoos in other countries better.” “This experience is going to help a lot,” says Zajack, who compiled oral reports about healing methods into a book that will be translated into French and Malagasy, and then given back to the healers to preserve their knowledge. “I want to get into research, and we got to do original research with professionals, so we gained that experience and learned different techniques.” “It was cool to see the different avenues you can choose,” Boehm says. “Being an undergrad, you don’t know

this is a great option for biology majors, and it’s something that is going to set them apart from other students.


everything that’s out there (as a career path), but this showed some different ways you can go.” Working With experts All four students expressed their appreciation for the unique research opportunity Cal U provides for undergraduates. “At first I was kind of like, ‘Wow, I don’t know if I can do this,’” says Boehm of working alongside experts in their fields. “They’re just light years ahead of us. But they were really personable

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and helped us along the way, and by the end, we were all up to speed and not intimidated.” “They make it very easy,” adds Zikeli, who earned her first six credits at Cal U before the fall semester even started by participating in the trip. “And just by experiencing a different culture, you learn so many people skills. We learned some Malagasy, and their English got so much better.” “It’s not typical for a freshman to go on this trip,” says Arrigo-Nelson, noting that juniors and seniors are given priority. “But she showed enough interest and maturity, and she made it through the selection process. She is the type of student who could have chosen many other schools, but she chose Cal U. I think having these types of programs is what draws some students to the University. “This is a huge trip,” she adds. “Every year we’ve taken some students on their first plane flight, their first trip out of the country, so it’s a huge step. And it’s not a step I think necessarily all of our students could take on their own. “The reason we do faculty-led study abroad is because they go with their peers and they go with us, and we guide them through the process. We don’t just put them on a plane and say, ‘See you in five weeks.’ “And I think it makes it a lot more comfortable for them. They’ve had us in class, and they know us. But now we’re going to ramp it up a notch.” ■ By Wendy Mackall, assistant communications director at Cal U

Students had a chance to study lemur fossil remains while in Madagascar.


ROTC cadet Michael Gage Crosen (left) trained at Fort Benning, Ga., while cadet Erin Flickinger traveled to Romania for a language proficiency program.

giant steps forward rotc cadets undergo advanced training hen returning to campus in late August, students inevitably face the question, “What did you do this summer?” The 22 students enrolled in the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (Army ROTC) at California University are among the select few who can say they spent their summer teaching foreign service members English, learning to rappel from helicopters and training to lead soldiers into battle. “Some of our cadets participate in a cultural experience overseas, while others go through a leadership camp that can determine their future in the military,” says Master Sgt. John Parmigiani, a senior military instructor at Cal U. “These are significant emotional events for our cadets.” Erin Flickinger, a junior criminal justice major with a concentration in criminology, was selected for a Cultural Understanding Language Proficiency program that sends cadets overseas to share cultural experiences with other military members around the world. She taught English and discussed cultural differences with Romanian naval cadets in Constanta, Romania. “I feel that I have a better appreciation for foreign relations from firsthand interaction with those cadets,” Flickinger says. “Donating goods to an orphanage, introducing Romanian troops to Ultimate Frisbee and talking about common interests made me realize that I love what I am doing.” Junior Michael Gage Crosen, a history major, completed a challenging training program at the U.S. Army Air Assault School in Fort Benning, Ga. Only about 300 cadets are selected for the school. Crosen, the student member of Cal U’s Council of Trustees, was chosen because of his grade-point average, physical fitness test results and other factors. “It was an immediate gut-check. They cut 65 cadets during the first day,” says Crosen, who passed all five phases of the training.



“I learned how to tie equipment and harnesses out of rope, and how to rappel from a 100-foot tower and a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter. “I realized that it only takes one minor detail to ruin an entire operation — and I have been able to translate that (realization) into both the ROTC program and my life as a Cal U student.” ROTC cadet Brittany Hall Senior Brittany Hall, a business spent five weeks in leadership administration major with a training at Fort Lewis, Wash. concentration in human resources management, had a much different experience than some younger cadets. Like all ROTC cadets heading into their senior year, Hall underwent rigorous officer training at the Leader Development and Assessment Course, a five-week summer program at Fort Lewis, Wash. At the end of the course, cadets were tested on their technical and tactical proficiency and then ranked on their performance. This ranking is used to determine a cadet’s future placement in the military. “There is a lot of pressure and training involved while preparing for the leadership course,” Hall says. “It is hard to push through training, but you realize the hard work and dedication will pay off. That attitude has rubbed off in other areas of my life. “I know that as long as I keep studying for school or keep doing the best job I can at work, it will pay off in the end.” ■ By Jeff Bender, PR/Web writer at Cal U

Among our accomplishments … achieveMents by MeMbers of the eberLy coLLege of science anD technoLogy

DR. GLENN HIDER, of the Applied Engineering and Technology Department, participated in the Siemens Mechatronic Systems Instructor Certification Program this summer at Cal U. The certification allows Hider to offer Level 1 training in mechatronics, a field that combines mechanical and electrical engineering technology with computer science. JOSEPH SCHICKEL, chair of the Applied Engineering and Technology Department, received the Laureate Citation for five years of outstanding membership in Epsilon Pi Tau, the International Honor Society for Professionals in Technology. DR. DAVID ARGENT, chair of the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, was awarded $30,000 from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to continue assessments of paddlefish abundance in the Ohio and Allegheny Rivers. The commission also awarded him $5,000 to examine unassessed waterways in Pennsylvania. DR. GARY DELORENZO, of the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Information Systems, was elected to serve as an officer of the International Association for Computer Information Systems. Founded in 1960, IACIS is a nonprofit association dedicated to the improvement of information systems and the education of information systems and computer professionals. DR. MOHAMED BENBOURENANE AND DR. MELISSA SOVEK were awarded a $12,000 grant through the PASSHE Faculty Professional Development Council Collaborative. Their project, CAL ++: A Mathematics Course Redesign, will re-evaluate how mathematics courses are taught. DR. CHERYL HETTMAN, chair of the Department of Nursing, completed her term as president of the National Association of Catholic Nurses. She will remain on the board of directors for two more years as immediate past president.

DR. SARAH MEISS, of the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, traveled with seven Cal U students to the National Biology Honor Society meeting and convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Cal U students Erin Fitzpatrick, Jordan Bedillion Lawrence, Stephanie Shumar and Reaghan Morrow presented their research at the convention. MICHAEL AMRHEIN, director of the Office of Integration and TEAMS (Technology, Engineering, Art, Math and Science), was a co-host for the robotics-themed Explorer Series at CONSOL Energy Center. The learning experience for school-age children was conducted in partnership with the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation, FedEx Ground and CONSOL Energy. DR. KYLE FREDRICK, of the Department of Earth Sciences, was awarded $25,000 from the Dominion Foundation’s Higher Education Partnership Program. The grant will enable geology students to continue environmental monitoring of Pike Run, a small waterway near campus. DR. LINA PINA, DEBRA SHELAPINSKY and DR. CHERYL HETTMAN, all of the Department of Nursing, facilitated the fourth annual Distance Learning Community course with the Mustard Seed Communities mission in Kingston, Jamaica. After the course was completed, Hettman and Dr. Caryl Sheffield, interim associate provost and a member of the Department of Early, Middle and Special Education, traveled to the Mustard Seed Communities with three Cal U students to help care for abandoned and disabled children, counsel teenage girls who were victims of rape or incest, and help teach in schools. The student chapter of the WILDLIFE SOCIETY hosted the society’s 2012 Northeast Conclave. The event included 13 workshops, five competitions, and other events. Five advisers and 130 students from 13 colleges and universities attended the conclave. Adviser to Cal U’s student chapter is DR. CAROL BOCETTI.


Mechatronics program set for 2013 launch Labor DepartMent preDicts strong DeManD for workers in this eMerging fieLD


tudents already are lining up to earn a Bachelor of Science in Mechatronics Engineering Technology at Cal U. The first of its kind in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, the four-year program will begin in fall 2013. Mechatronics blends mechanical and electrical engineering technology with computer science. A mechatronics engineering technologist works with mechanical devices that incorporate mechanical, electrical, computer and software components, such as robots, automated guided systems, computer-integrated manufacturing or other “smart” devices. “Mechatronics is an evolutionary design development that requires horizontal integration between various engineering disciplines, as well as vertical integration between design and manufacturing,” explains Dr. John Kallis, interim dean of the Eberly College of Science and Technology. With its multidisciplinary skill set, mechatronics is a high-priority occupation,

according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. The department’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing projects 300 to 600 job openings per year through 2020. The mechatronics degree will complement and expand upon the associate degree program in robotics engineering technology already offered at Cal U. “One student might enter the mechatronics program and earn a bachelor’s degree before seeking employment. Another might complete the robotics program, accept an entry-level job, then return to finish the four-year degree — perhaps with the support of an employer,” Kallis says. “In either case, the new program will help to meet workforce needs by graduating high-tech, multi-skilled engineering technologists.” Cal U’s mechatronics program will strive for accreditation from the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission

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of ABET, an international body that has accredited more than 3,100 programs worldwide, including Cal U’s electrical and computer engineering technology, computer information systems, and computer science programs. “Partnerships with existing academic programs will be a strong point of the new mechatronics degree,” Kallis says. As it prepares to launch the new program, Cal U also is working with industry partners to identify best practices and train future mechatronics instructors. The University has established partnerships with two international firms: Siemens AG, a multinational powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering; and FESTO, a leading supplier of pneumatic and electrical automation technology. ■ For more information about California University of Pennsylvania and its new mechatronics engineering technology program, phone the Office of Admissions at 888-412-0479 or e-mail



A Christmas Carol, the Musical Adapted by Alan Menken and Lynn Ahrens DECEMBER 6, 7 AND 8 AT 8 P.M. DECEMBER 8 AND 9 AT 2 P.M. STEELE HALL MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Usher in the holiday season with this musical version of a Charles Dickens classic — a tradition at Cal U! Watch as the cast of University and community performers breathes life into the characters of Tiny Tim, Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmases past, present and future. The whole family is sure to enjoy this heartwarming, toe-tapping musical extravaganza!

The Fantasticks Book and lyrics by Tom Jones, music by Harvey Schmidt MARCH 7, 8 AND 9 AT 8 P.M. MARCH 9 AT 2 P.M. BLANEY THEATRE IN STEELE HALL

See for yourself why this delightful musical had a record-setting 42-year run! The show, which opened off-Broadway in 1960, explores the relationship between parents and children with beautiful — and timeless — theatrical simplicity. Memorable songs include ‘Soon It’s Gonna Rain’ and ‘Try To Remember.’ This production marks The Fantasticks’ debut with the Cal U Department of Theatre and Dance.


Witness poetry in motion at this annual evening of dance. Performances in a variety of dance genres showcase the choreographic talents of our dance faculty and students.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream By William Shakespeare APRIL 25, 26 AND 27 AT 8 P.M. APRIL 27 AT 2 P.M. STEELE HALL MAINSTAGE THEATRE

This wonderfully whimsical play is grounded in the jealously of young lovers and the mischievous magic of forest fairies. The Department of Theatre And Dance brings the curtain down on its 2012-2013 season with what Puck reminds us is ‘… no more yielding but a dream.’ This delightful Shakespearean romp will enchant audiences of all ages when it casts its theatrical spell. Ticket price is $12 for patrons of all ages. Students with valid CalCards are admitted free; your $5 deposit will be returned when you attend the show. For reservations or information, phone the Steele Hall Box Office: at 724-938-5943. Box office hours are 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Monday-Friday when the University is in session. All productions are open to the public. Visitor parking is available in the Vulcan Garage, off Third Street near the campus entrance.


A fresh start

The ‘Cal U for Life’ New Student Convocation concludes with a candlelight ceremony near the Vulcan statue on the Quad.

Cal u welCOmes sTudeNTs TO a New aCademiC year t’s fair to say that freshman Brittany Smalls, of Howell, N.J., was not expecting the University president to meet her in the parking lot when she arrived at Cal U. But there was Acting President Geraldine Jones, in a neon-green Move-In Day T-shirt, greeting students and their parents outside the residence halls. “I’m so excited,” Smalls said as she and her mom, Bridgette, piled her belongings at the curb. “I’ve been waiting for this day.” The Cal U for Life spirit was evident all across campus on Move-In Day 2012. In keeping with Cal U tradition, some 250 peer mentors, fraternity and sorority members, and student-athletes volunteered to help newcomers carry their belonging into the residence halls. “Out of all the colleges and universities in the country, these students chose Cal U,” says Jones. “We want them to feel glad they made that choice. We want them to feel that this is the friendliest and most helpful campus anywhere.” Dad Will Myers didn’t mind the drive from York, Pa. “The campus is so beautiful that it’s hard not to get excited about moving in your child,” he said after unpacking the car. 20 CAL U REVIEW FALL 2012 ■

“I’m just really stoked,” added freshman Sam Myers. “I can’t wait to start my courses and meet new people!” After a picnic-style lunch in the Convocation Center, parents said good-bye and students began a three-day Cal U for Life New Student Orientation, their introduction to the University. Sessions conducted by student leaders focused on academic and personal success, with information on topics from wellness and time management to opportunities for community service. New students were made aware of University services, as well as the Student Code of Conduct and other regulations that could affect their future. “Our role is to provide some guidelines to help you think about how your actions affect others,” explained Jim Pflugh, associate dean for student conduct. “We want you to do well.” A full slate of activities gave students a chance to make new friends and become familiar with the campus. The weekend closed with the annual New Student Convocation and a candlelight ceremony emphasizing Cal U’s core values, followed by a free concert in the Convocation Center courtyard.

“When I meet students like you, I know that Cal U will continue to prosper and move forward for many years to come,” Jones told the new arrivals. “Now you are part of the Cal U story.” ■ By Christine Kindl, communications director at Cal U

Katie Lionti (left) and Desiree Hain were just two of about 250 volunteers who pitched in on Move-In Day.

Above: Freshman Adisa HargettRobinson throws her hands in the air after becoming a finalist in the rock-paper-scissors match held during Playfair, an ice-breaker for incoming students. Left: The Emeriti Fountain proves irresistible to this trio of students.

Above: Freshman Ebony Smith grabs a Hula Hoop and gets set for a free concert by the band Donora in the Convocation Center courtyard. Below: Students carry their belongings into the residence halls on Move-In Day.

Acting President Geraldine M. Jones (center) helps freshman Brittany Smalls move her belongings into a residence hall. Looking on is Smalls’ mother, Bridgette.

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technically speaking, it’s all about jobs ach Huth ’04 specializes in meeting the region’s businessstaffing needs. His company, Huth Technologies LLC, based in Pittsburgh, Pa., places engineers, project managers and operations specialists into positions with manufacturing, construction and information technology companies. He sees a bright employment future in the Pittsburgh area. “One sector, in particular, is the energy industry,” Huth says. “With developments happening in shale gas exploration, nuclear power, wind energy and solar energy, there is a high demand for talented individuals in both technical and non-technical fields. “Future college grads can look forward to having careers directly in the energy field, such as drilling and power generation, as well as those that support the industry, like construction and hospitality.”


Huth graduated from Cal U with a major in graphic communication technology and a minor in marketing. He worked in the screen-printing lab with professor Joseph Schickel ’84 and was an officer for the Cal U rugby club. He has established the Huth Technologies Scholarship for Men’s Rugby Athletics at Cal U. It provides financial assistance for studentathletes who are pursuing technology or business degrees. “When I went to Cal U, I had earned a few academic scholarships and thought it would be nice to have a scholarship through a club sport, as well.” Cal U graduates are often a good fit for the openings Huth Technologies seeks to fill for the region’s businesses. “We always reach out to Career Services when a client requests an entry-level candidate with the education Cal U would provide, such as electrical engineering,

graphic communication, software development, sales or marketing,” Huth says. ■ By Wendy Mackall, assistant communications director at Cal U

Zach Huth ‘04

Journalist builds community connections eing a “jack-of-all-trades” doesn’t bother Alix Kunkle ’11, a news editor for the Leesville Daily Leader newspaper in Leesville, La. “While a good chunk of my job consists of writing, editing and doing the pagination for the paper, it also involves serving as a link between the paper and the community,” he says. “This involves doing some community service, but it also means you’re the person people come to if they have a problem.” In addition to the multiple roles Kunkle plays in the newsroom, he also is a dedicated member of the Rotary Club and a regular on the Gridiron Gumbo Show, a radio talk show for football fans that airs on local station KVVP. “My favorite part of the job is not knowing what you’re going to run into from day to day,” he says. “There have been times where I’ll be covering a press conference with the governor in the morning, and then that evening I’m on the sidelines covering a football game.” Kunkle believes Cal U was an ideal training ground for his fast-paced career. As an undergraduate, he was heavily involved with the Cal Times student newspaper and CUTV, the University’s student-run television station.



“There are not too many places where you can step in as a freshman and get directly involved by writing for the newspaper or being an integral part of the television crew,” he says. “It was through the Cal Times that I got my first real opportunity as a stringer for the Erie Times-News and the (Uniontown) Herald-Standard, and those opportunities helped me land a job right after graduation.” ■ By Jeff Bender, PR and Web writer at Cal U

Alix Kunkle ‘11


familY histOrY insPires gifts alumnus endows scholarship, adds century-old textbooks to archive r. Keith Neill’s roots at Cal U run deep. His connection to the University began more than a century ago, when his grandmother Mary Washabaugh graduated from South Western Pennsylvania Normal School in 1902. A great-uncle and a great-aunt had graduated a few years before that. Neill himself is an alumnus, with dual bachelor’s degrees in special and elementary education earned in 1965, and a master’s degree in special education in 1969. Now, thanks to a desire to pay forward some financial help he received as a student, the family legacy will continue in the form of a newly endowed scholarship he created for aspiring educators at Cal U. Neill retired in 1999 after a 34-year career with the Westmoreland Intermediate Unit. He was a special education teacher in the Hempfield and Mount Pleasant Area school districts. “I’ve always sent money, not a lot, to Cal U,” he says. “But I felt like I should do something more for somebody. People helped me out along the way.” Neill’s doctorate is from West Virginia University, but Cal U remains important to him for its excellence in teacher education. “I remember when I was in high school, we had a career program where you selected three things you might like to do after graduation.,” he recalls. “One of mine was education, and the retired superintendent said, ‘If you want to be a teacher, go to a state school, because that’s their specialty.’” Neill, who grew up on a family farm in Eighty-Four, Pa., and now lives near Youngwood, Pa., reflects on the importance of a college degree today. “When I went to California, there were guys in my class who were also working in the steel mills. If they quit to take a teaching job after graduation,


Dr. Keith Neill has ties to Cal U that span generations.

they’d take a big cut in pay. But it wasn’t too long after that when it changed, and it’s a whole different world now. “Education is key.” From the archives Neill and Daniel Zyglowicz, who works in the Archives and Special Collections Department at Cal U’s Louis L. Manderino Library, also have exchanged some valuable information recently. Zyglowicz provided Neill with copies of documents that include pieces of his family’s history, including the date that his grandmother was married. “I have 3,000 names of relatives,” Neill says of his informal role as family historian. “But I did not have the date she got married, and now I do!” Neill, in turn, has given the University his grandmother’s education textbooks, which will become part of the library’s archives. “I have two Limoges plates, one with a picture of Old Main, that were

my grandmother’s, and if I could find them among the boxes,” Neill says with a smile, “I’d donate them, too.” Such gifts are certainly welcome, Zyglowicz says. “The textbooks are in great condition for being between 97 and 122 years old. It’s obvious someone took very good care of them. They will be cataloged and added to our rare-book collection, where they will be used for research on the history of teaching, as well as for displays on Cal U history. “I hope others follow Dr. Neill’s generous example and donate Cal U memorabilia to the archives for preservation.” For more information about establishing an endowed scholarship, donating items to Cal U, or other philanthropic options, contact the Office of University Development and Cal U for Life at 724-938-5775 or ■ By Wendy Mackall, assistant communications director at Cal U


Five jOiN Cal u aThleTiC

hall OF Fame 18th Class inCludes emeritus President and standOut PlaYers homecoming 2012 festivities hit a home run when acting President geraldine m. jones inducted five new members into the Cal u athletic hall of Fame. These members of the 18th hall of Fame increase the total number of honorees to 160. all were recognized at the annual hall of Fame Banquet, held on Oct. 12.

KATIE BARKER-COLLINS ’06 An outside hitter for the women’s volleyball team from 2002-2005, Katie Barker-Collins was a threetime American Volleyball Coaches Association all-region and allconference selection. She twice received Academic All-District honors, as well. Barker-Collins finished her career as the program’s all-time career leader in kills (1,895) and digs (1,821), now the second-highest totals in school history. She was the first Vulcan to register 500 or more digs in a season and the only Cal U player to accomplish that feat in three consecutive years. Her 149 career service aces and 464 games played rank third and fifth, respectively. In 2005 she led the Vulcans (33-3) to the volleyball program’s first state crown in 13 years. It was the third PSAC championship for the team, which now has won seven PSAC titles. Today, BarkerCollins is an elementary school special education teacher and a volleyball coach.


She resides in Eldersburg, Md., with her husband, Jeremy, and her young son, Ryder. LORI BURKHOLDER Lori Burkholder was a fouryear starting centerfielder for the softball team from 1990-1993. She was a three-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Region and All-Conference selection and a second-team All-American in 1993. In 1991 Burkholder produced a school record 27 stolen bases. In that year the Vulcan softball team became the first women’s team at Cal U to earn a PSAC championship. The women finished at 47-11, a team record at the time. Burkholder remains the program’s career leader in triples (22) and stolen bases (73). Her .385 career batting average ranks sixth in program history. She batted .401 and .447, respectively, over her final two seasons.

Cal U’s cumulative record during Burkholder’s career was 148-40-1, with a 36-4 PSAC-West mark. A member of the Pittsburgh Passion since the professional women’s football team began in 2002, Burkholder lives in Bobtown, Pa., and works as a medical assistant at the Lions Medical Center in Dry Tavern. THOMAS ‘SHOT’ JACKSON ’77, ’80 A multi-sport standout for the Vulcans from 1973-1977, Thomas “Shot” Jackson excelled at football, wrestling, and track and field. In football, he played mostly at nose tackle and defensive end. In 1976 he made 139 tackles and was the team’s Most Valuable Player. Although he never wrestled in high school, Jackson became a four-year starter at 177 pounds. He compiled a 52-15 career record, with seven of those losses coming during his freshman season. A fourtime NAIA Championship Tournament qualifier, he placed second at the

1977 PSAC championships, his best finish in that tournament. In track and field, Jackson was a four-year letter-winner in the pole vault. After graduation he went on to enjoy a distinguished career with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, where he retired as a deputy superintendent in 2007. Jackson now lives in Washington, Pa., with his wife, Lorraine, and two grown daughters, Brianna ’10 and Kaitlyn. PRESIDENT EMERITUS GEORGE H. ROADMAN ’41 The late Dr. George H. Roadman was Cal U’s fourth president, serving from 1968-1977. He taught and worked at his alma mater for 31 years. An avid sports enthusiast, Roadman helped the Vulcan athletic programs enjoy considerable success during challenging social and economic times. The men’s basketball team won the program’s first of eight PSAC titles in 1970, and the men’s tennis team won consecutive conference crowns in 1971-1972. And with Roadman’s leadership, women’s sports came under the direction of the Athletic Department for the first time. In recognition of Roadman’s contributions, the College Farm sports and recreation complex on the south campus was named the George H. Roadman Park in 1986. A decorated field artillery captain in the European Theater of Operations during World War II, Roadman died in 2006. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Betty ’67, three grown children, seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

DERRICK SCOTT ’97 A forward for the men’s basketball team from 1993-1997, Derrick Scott finished with 1,661 career points and 808 career rebounds, while shooting over 60 percent from the floor. He still ranks sixth in career scoring and fourth in career rebounding at Cal U. During his first three seasons, the Vulcans compiled a 75-18 cumulative record and a 31-5 PSAC-West mark. Scott was a three-time allconference selection. He helped the Vulcans reach four PSAC Final Four contests and three NCAA tournament appearances, win two PSAC Championships, and make the 1996 NCAA national semifinals.

In 1996, Scott made his first 12 shots in the PSAC championship game win and finished with 25 points and seven rebounds. That year the Final Four squad finished 27-6 overall. Today Scott works for Direct Professional Support Staff, based in Elizabeth, Pa. He lives in Monroeville, Pa., with his wife, Pramaine, and daughters Taylor and Kaitlyn. ■ By Bruce Wald ’85, information writer at Cal U

hall of fame honorees Acting President Geraldine M. Jones (standing, center) joins the Vulcan sports standouts who were honored at the 2012 Cal U Athletic Hall of Fame banquet, held Oct. 12 in the Performance Center. The 2012 Hall of Fame inductees are (seated, from left) Lori Burkholder; Betty Roadman ’67, who represented the late President Emeritus Dr. George H. Roadman ’41; and Katie Barker-Collins ’06; and (standing, from left) Derrick Scott ’97 and Thomas ‘Shot’ Jackson ’77, ’80.



ON The sideliNes exPerieNCed COaChes are key TO vulCaN suCCess y providing leadership and instruction, coaches play a crucial role in shaping any collegiate athletic program. Cal U’s 14 NCAA Division II varsity head coaches are a diverse group, ranging from up-and-coming leaders to proven veterans who have guided Vulcan teams for decades. “We are fortunate to have coaches with a vast amount of experience,” says Dr. Karen Hjerpe, Cal U’s interim athletic director. “Even if they’ve only been here a couple of years, they’ve come from other places where they’ve gained knowledge and skills from previous coaches they’ve worked under. They’re able to bring that experience here and incorporate it into our programs.” The 2012 athletics season opened with a new look on the sidelines at Adamson Stadium. Mike Kellar took over as head coach for the Vulcan football team, stepping up after veteran head coach John Luckhardt, citing health concerns, announced his retirement after 10 years at Cal U.


Rick Bertagnolli


Defensive coordinator Mike Conway (left) congratulates Mike Kellar after his first win as Vulcan head coach.

Kellar brings a wealth of experience to the job. He served as Cal U’s offensive coordinator from 2004-2008, and then spent two years as head coach at Concord (W.Va.) University, where he turned around a lackluster program. Last year Kellar returned to Cal U for his sixth season as offensive coordinator and his first as associate head coach for offense. “Coach Kellar is committed to both academic and athletic excellence,” says Acting President Geraldine M. Jones. “I fully support and enjoy the rich football tradition we have at Cal U, and it’s exciting to watch Coach Kellar, his staff and our student-athletes continuing our quest for national prominence.” At his side is another experienced leader, Mike Conway, now in his 11th season as the team’s defensive coordinator and associate head coach. Since Conway joined the Cal U coaching staff, the Vulcans defense has ranked among the top 30 nationally seven times. Kellar says he intends to continue the Vulcans’ winning tradition. “I plan to build on the success that

Coach Luckhardt had here. Our goal is to win a championship — that has not changed.” For Hjerpe, it’s Kellar’s leadership that stands out. “His energy, enthusiasm, and knowledge of the game are contagious,” she says. “We know that he will continue Cal U’s academic and athletic success.” ‘Big shoes to fill’ Cal U’s other first-year head coach is Gene Smith, who guides the women’s soccer team. As an assistant coach for the past two years, he helped the Vulcans win the program’s first PSAC title and advance to the NCAA national quarterfinals last fall. “There is no doubt that (former coach Al Alvine’s) success with this program has left big shoes to fill,” Smith says, “but I certainly believe that with the players we have returning, coupled with the strength of the 2012 recruiting class, I can help the team advance toward continued success.” Head coaches Peter Letourneau and Jess Strom are both in their second year at the helm, and they already are building momentum.

After guiding the women’s volleyball team to the PSAC championship in his first season, Letourneau was named the 2011 PSAC-West Coach of the Year. Strom, who has been with the Cal U women’s basketball program since 2006, led the team to its 12th consecutive post-season appearance in her initial season as head coach. Seasoned veterans Combine the stats for Cal U’s longest-serving head coaches — Dennis Laskey (men’s soccer), Rick Bertagnolli (softball), Mike Conte (baseball) and Bill Brown (men’s basketball) — and you have nearly 80 years of experience and 1,685 winning games. The longest tenured is Laskey, now in his 27th year with the program he guided from club status to an NCAA varsity sport. His career victories place him among the top 20 active head coaches in Division II: He crossed the 250-win mark early this season. Bertagnolli will begin his 20th season at Cal U having coached the Vulcans to 17 NCAA tournament appearances and won national titles in 1997 and 1998. Conte and Brown are both in their 17th seasons. Under Conte’s guidance, the baseball team has reached the PSAC playoffs 11 times and won two Mike Conte conference crowns. Brown has coached men’s basketball to a dozen post-season trips, six NCAA tourneys with a national quarterfinal appearance, and two conference titles. Cal U offers its student-athletes a decade of coaching experience in women’s tennis and swimming, too. Tenth-year head coach Pablo Montana has guided the women’s tennis team to five NCAA Division II quarterfinal appearances. And coach Ed Denny, who 10 years ago helped to launch women’s swimming as a varsity sport at Cal U, has seen his team finish among the nation’s top 20 in each of the past four years.

Dennis Laskey

Bill Brown

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Roger Kingdom is in his ninth year as head coach for both men’s and women’s track and field. Coach Dan Caulfield is in his seventh year with the cross country teams. Women’s golf coach MerriLyn Gibbs also is in her seventh season. In 2011 she led the Vulcans to their third consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division II National Championships, where the team finished sixth, its highest rank ever. Right behind her is coach Peter Coughlin, now in his sixth year with the men’s golf program. He has led the team to four straight NCAA East Regional appearances, where the Vulcans have finished 10th for the past three years. Academics first No matter their sport, Cal U coaches understand that college athletes are students first. So the Athletics Department is proud that Cal U led the Division II last year in the number of student-athletes honored as Capital One Academic AllAmericans. A school-record 13 scholars achieved that honor, representing 12 of Cal U’s 16 varsity sports. Within its 16-member conference, Cal U ranked fourth last year with 175 PSAC Scholar-Athlete Award winners. And the conference honored the Vulcan baseball, swimming and volleyball teams with its new team grade-point average award. Achieving success both on the playing field and in the classroom takes a team effort, Hjerpe says.

Roger Kingdom

Administrators, faculty and the Athletic Department’s academic services area all play key roles, but the commitment of head coaches is essential. “What our coaches do on the field is 10 percent of what we do overall,” she says. “From recruiting to working with alumni, fundraising and preparing for games, they put in countless hours. They are so dedicated to the studentathletes and to our institution. “They are the prime reason for the success that we’ve had.” ■ By Bruce Wald ’85, information writer at Cal U

MerriLyn Gibbs

Jess Strom (right)
















s this magazine goes to press the U.S. Congress has not acted to extend tax breaks set to expire on Dec. 31, 2012. Even as you read this, action may not have been taken to revise the tax code — and as you know, decisions made in Washington can affect taxpayers at every level. Some of the issues to be addressed in these deliberations will have an impact on individuals’ income taxes, estate taxes or both. While Congress controls several of the moving parts, we can use the time to get a handle on the parts we do understand. Two tools can help you get started:

1. A CHECKLIST There are lots of them out there. (We suggest one below.) Record your progress as you gather the information you need to have the clearest overview of key factors in your life. All of these details are potential factors in your planning, so be sure to include: • Family — Write down the names, addresses and birthdates of immediate family members, such as parents, siblings, spouses/partners (past and present), children (biological and adopted) and any other potential heirs. • Finances — Include what you own and owe, plus employer benefits, life insurance and retirement plans, including 401(k) plans, pensions and IRAs of every kind. List the beneficiaries you have named for any insurance or retirement accounts. • Planning Essentials — The plan you have now: Your will or revocable living trust, durable power of attorney, healthcare power of attorney (also called a medical directive) and any other planning documents.


2. A QUESTIONNAIRE Write out these questions, and then add your answers: • How do you want your plans to be handled? • After your lifetime, who will receive your estate or portions of your estate? • If your young children are sole survivors, who should be their guardian? And who will manage the money to support them until they can do it themselves? • Will taxes endanger your plan? Will there need to be a plan to minimize taxes? • Are your heirs outside the circle of spouse and offspring? If so, who are they? • Are there charitable organizations you might consider supporting, such as Cal U? The process of making a checklist and completing your questionnaire will help you identify any needed revisions to your Estate Planning Essentials — your will (maybe with a revocable living trust), your durable power of attorney, and your healthcare power of attorney or medical directive. All the things you control will be clearly defined, and your attorney will be able to tailor your intentions to the scenario provided for in the new tax laws, whatever they may be. The checklist mentioned above can be found in an e-brochure available at; choose the link labeled ‘Legacy & Planned Giving.’ This area of the University website is a resource rich with financial and planning information, including other e-brochures and a helpful glossary of terms. If your plans include intentions to benefit Cal U at some far distant time, please know that both the Foundation and the University want to honor your intentions — and we need to understand the details now. To learn how your gift can have the greatest impact for the benefit of Cal students and programs, contact Gordon Core, director of planned giving, at 724-938-5985, or reach him by e-mail to ■

Q: Where are Cal U graduates finding jobs?

• Atlas America • Bank of New York Mellon • Bayer Corp. • Central Intelligence Agency • CONSOL Energy • Coors Brewing • Deloitte • Ernst & Young • FedEx • FBI • H.J. Heinz Co. • Highmark • KDKA • ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ • Lockheed Martin • Mylan Pharmaceuticals

• New York Mets • New York Yankees • Ocean State Chiropractic and Sports Rehabilitation • Northrop Grumman • Pennsylvania Game Commission • Pennsylvania State Police • Peacock Keller • Pepsi • PNC Bank • Siemens • Smith Micro • Thermo Fisher Scientific • University of Pittsburgh • UPMC • U.S. Department of Defense

• U.S. Department of Homeland Security • U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration • U.S. Steel • Verizon • Washington County Planning Commission • West Penn Allegheny Health System • Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic • Westinghouse • Whirl Magazine • WPXI • YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh * Selected hires as reported to Cal U Career Services, 2003-2011.

A: All of the above (and more) California University of Pennsylvania Building Character. Building Careers. A proud member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.



CAL U M I L E S T O N E S 40s


Edna Bell Fauvie ’43 lives in North

Huntington Township, Pa.

50s Donald E. Hepler ’50 has just completed his 28th major publication, the ninth edition of Drafting & Design for Architecture and Construction (Cengage, 2013). Don co-wrote the first edition of this book while teaching at Cal U. He was also the rifle team coach and the faculty adviser to Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Don is a former recipient of the Cal U Distinguished Alumni Award and a member of Epsilon Pi Tau honor society. He lives with his wife, Donna, in Somers, Conn. Dick Sabo ’56, who is retired from his position as assistant to the chief executive officer of Lincolin Electric Co. of Cleveland, Ohio, recently played in the Vulcan golf team fundraiser at Cherry Creek Golf Club, near Youngwood, Pa.

James Stofan

’71 is the new vice president for alumni relations at Tulane University. He has worked in alumni relations for California State University, the University of California and Vanderbilt University, where he most recently served as associate vice chancellor of alumni relations. Raymond J. Milchovich ’71 has been elected to the board of directors of Nucor Corp. He previously served on Nucor’s board from 2002-2007. In November 2011 he retired from Foster Wheeler AG, a global engineering and construction company serving primarily energy and infrastructure markets in 25 countries. At Foster Wheeler he served as chairman, chief executive officer and president. Carol Spaw Guthrie ’74 lives

in Chandler, Ariz. She was an elementary education major at Cal U.

60s Ed Campbell ’62 is acting

president of G.E. Campbell and Associates. Joseph Katko ’64 and his wife, Betsy ’64, live in Richmond, Va.

At Cal U, Joseph played on the baseball team from 1960-1964 and was class president as a junior and senior. Nancy Coleman ’67 is a retired

substitute teacher. She lives in Hollsopple, Somerset County, Pa.

William Kinavey ’72, ’74 has

retired as superintendent of the Steel Valley School District. The district serves the communities of Munhall, Homestead and West Homestead. Bernard Kubitza ’70, ’75, a

recently retired president and principal of Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School in Altoona, Pa., was featured recently in an article in the Altoona Mirror. Bernard lives in California, Pa.

Katharine O’Hara Scatena ’62

has retired after 33 years of teaching. She has lived in Fort Wayne, Ind., since 1963. Her husband, Tony, attended Cal U for a brief period of time; he passed away in 1983. John Martin ’68 is the director of Global Education Services for Veeam Software, with locations in Columbus, Ohio, and St. Petersburg, Russia. When not out of the country, John lives in Alexandria, Ohio, coaches a marathon training pace group, and was expected to participate in the New York City Marathon in November.


Patience Clark Basehore ’79

lives in Middletown, Pa., with her husband, Terry ’78. Patience is a writer. Dan Mariotti ’73 has retired from

teaching after a 35-year career. He hopes to spend his time playing golf, traveling and relaxing with his wife, Mary, his children and grandchildren. John “Buzz” Albert ’74 is the

managing partner for Clear Run Industries, Oil & Gas LLC in Greene County, Pa. At Cal U, he was the place-kicker for the Vulcan

football team from 1970-1972. As a senior, he made 22 of 23 extra points, missing only his final attempt. Today, he lives at Buzzard Island, Pa., with his wife of 16 years, Pamela, and two German shepherd dogs.

80s Don Owens ’82 has been named a shareholder at Schneider Downs, one of the 60 largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms in the United States. He joined the company in 2007 as director of the firm’s Internal Audit and Risk Advisory Services Practice in Ohio. He is involved with a number of professional and community organizations, including The Central Ohio Chapter of The Institute of Internal Auditors, both the American and Pennsylvania Institutes of Certified Public Accountants; the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants; the Risk Management Association; the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners; the Bank Administration Institute; and the Ryan Williams Owens Foundation. Terri McClements ’85, a partner

in PwC’s U.S. advisory practice, has assumed the role of U.S. human capital leader. PwC is the brand under which the member firms of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Ltd. operate and provide professional services. She and her husband, Mike, live in Virginia with their two children. Robert Moffat ’85 is a professor

at the Purdue University College of Technology. He recently became the director of the Vincennes campus. He and his wife, Heather, live in Vincennes, Ind. Vince Belczyk ’86,’88 has been

hired as the business manager for the Peters Township School District. He will support areas such as fiscal management, payroll, maintenance management, food service, transportation, fiscal correspondence and state and federal reporting requirements.

Nina Zetty ’88,

’89 is the new superintendent of Gateway School District, which serves Monroeville and Pitcairn, Pa. Previously, she was superintendent of the Peters Township School District in Washington County, Pa.

90s Heidi Johnson Stanley ’91 lives in

Brownsville, Pa. Dr. Zeb Jansante ’82, ’91,

principal of Bethel Park (Pa.) High School, has received the 2012 Joseph Mamana Meritorious Service Award from the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals. The award recognizes association members who have performed meritorious service to the association and made significant contributions to the professional advancement of principals. He lives in Bethel Park with his wife, Sandra, and three sons, twins Carmen and Luke, and Grant. Glenn Lewis ’92, who majored in

communication studies at Cal U, lives in Troy, N.Y. Paul Kittle ’91, ’92 is dean of

students at High Point (N.C.) University, where he oversees student leadership, the Student Government Association, advising, judicial affairs, Greek life, peer mentors and multicultural programming. Michael Kelley Jr. ’93 is a computer technician for the Canon-McMillan School District in Washington County, Pa. The district serves Canonsburg Borough and Cecil and North Strabane townships. Michael Walker ’93 owns Walker

Chiropractic. He lives in Spring Grove, Pa. At Cal U, he was a member of the Acacia fraternity. Beth Davey ’94 has videotaped

the histories of approximately 50 veterans for the Frederick County (Md.) Veterans History Project, part of a larger project being conducted by the Library of Congress. Originally from Pitts-

burgh, Pa., Beth lives in Frederick with her husband, Kenny, and two children, Dylan and Maggie.

She lives in the Mount Washington neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa. Barbara Neilson ’01 lives in Port

William Walker ’95 is serving in the U.S. Army. He and his wife, Danielle, live in Leavenworth, Kan. At Cal U, he participated in track and field. Jodi Kagarise Chamberlain ’95

Allegany, Pa. Kris Bradley ’03 lives in Millersville,

Pa., with his wife, Loretta. At Cal U, he was a member of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, Student Government, Student Senate and the Interfraternity Council. He also worked at CUTV.

is director of human resources at PharmaCare. She and her husband, Jeff, live in Bedford, Pa. At Cal U, Jodi was a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority.

Reston, Va.

Heather Wheeler ’95 is an

Ashley Ferree ’04 is a teacher

Leelong Tan ’01, ’03 lives in

unemployment appeals referee for the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. She lives in Columbia, Pa. At Cal U, Heather was a member of the Student Government Association, Sigma Kappa sorority and CUTV.

in the Cumberland Valley School District. She lives in Harrisburg, Pa. At Cal U, she was a member of Phi Sigma Pi, the Pennsylvania Student Education Association, Kappa Delta Pi and the Council for Exceptional Children.

Mark Iampietro ’98 is the new principal at Fred L. Aiken Elementary School in the Keystone Oaks School District. The district serves Dormont, Green Tree and Castle Shannon.

Shane Ziats ’04 is run game coordinator and offensive line coach for the Mansfield University of Pennsylvania football team.

00s Gregory A. Taranto ’00 was

named 2012 Middle School Principal of the Year by the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals. He is principal of the Canonsburg Middle School, in the CanonMcMillan School District, Washington County, Pa. He also teaches at Cal U in the administrative program for principals. Ginelle Michael ’00 is the purchasing agent for Greene County, Pa. Her husband, Charles Michael ’02, is the principal at Bullskin Elementary and Connellsville Township Elementary schools. Their son was born Feb. 6, 2012; the date was listed incorrectly in the spring 2012 Review. The family lives in Uniontown, Pa. Jacqueline Cavalier ’96, ’00, associate professor of history at Community College of Allegheny County, received the CCAC Vanguard Diversity Award in recognition of her efforts to expand student knowledge of labor relations, race relations and women’s history inside and outside the college.

New Trustees Named Gov. Tom Corbett has appointed two alumni to the serve on the Council of Trustees at Cal U. Each was appointed to a six-year term and joined the Council for its fall meeting. Michele Mandell ’69 is a retail consultant with Gerson Lehrman Group after retiring in 2009 as executive vice president, retail, from women’s clothing retailer Talbots Inc. She received the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from Cal U, a Professional Excellence Award from the Alumni Association and the 2006 Distinguished Alumna Award. She lives with her husband, Frank, in Mount Lebanon, Pa., and Longboat Key, Fla. Robert G. Miner Jr. ’78, a Monessen, Pa., native, is a highway contractor with operations throughout the East Coast. Bob graduated from Cal U with a degree in economics and business, and he also is a certified public accountant. Bob is president of the Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania and is a director member of the Executive Committee of the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors in Harrisburg, Pa. He lives in Hempfield Township, Pa., with his wife of 28 years, Debbie, and their 16-year-old daughter, Kaylee.

Alan Alcalde ’07 is a sales

Valerie Gregor ’08 lives in

an administrator at Pennsylvania Counseling Services. She and her husband, Derrick, live in Douglassville, Pa.

representative for Liberty Mutual Insurance. He lives in Pittsburgh, Pa. At Cal U, he was on the men’s soccer team and the Student Athletic Advisory Committee.

Dublin, Ohio. At Cal U, she was involved in the Student Counseling Association.

Earlglenn Bowser ’04 is an officer

Janet Szarejko Miller ’07 is a

Alyce Luckenbill Tursack ’04 is

in the U.S. Army. He lives in Colonial Heights, Va. At Cal U, he was in the ROTC and Veterans Club.

Melissa Duckstein ’05 has

completed her Master of Business Administration at The George Washington University and celebrated her first wedding anniversary July 11, 2012. She and her husband, John Suit, live in Rockville, Md. Her parents are Sue Gall Duckstein ’74 and Matthew Duckstein ’73. Carol Ackerman ’05 is a registered nurse at UPMC McKeesport. She lives in North Huntingdon Township, Pa. Andrea Alukonis ’05 lives in

Raleigh, N.C.

teacher. She and her husband, Daniel, live in Aliquippa, Pa. Kayla Smith ’07 is the new assistant women’s basketball coach at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Kayla, who played basketball for the Vulcans and also played professionally for the Le Havre Al Aplemont Basket Club in France, is one of seven players in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference with career totals in excess of 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. Patrick Ward ’07 is a sports performance expert for Nike. He and his wife, Ivonee-Marel Berkowitz Ward ’07, a selfemployed health coach, live in Hillsboro, Ore. Christopher Very ’01, ’07 is the new principal at Jefferson Elementary School in the West Jefferson Hills School District. The district serves the communities of Jefferson Hills, West Elizabeth and Pleasant Hills, Pa.

Ashley Wisniewski Bailey ’08 lives in Cresson, Pa., with her husband, Francis. Casey Graham ’08 has been hired as an assistant athletic trainer for the State University of New York at Fredonia’s Athletics and Recreation Department. Beth Mahan Doody ’08 and

her husband, Casey, live in Killeen, Texas. Joshua Davidson ’08 is an engineer for Ingersoll-Rand. He and his wife, Nicole, live in Hamilton, Ohio. Joshua Scully ’08 recently presented a lecture on Appalachian history at the Meyersdale (Pa.) Public Library. Joshua is a teacher in the Uniontown (Pa.) Area School District and is the gameday announcer for the Miracle League of Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands. Angela Nichols ’09 is a teacher.

She lives in Frankston, Texas.


CAL U M I L E S T O N E S ADMINISTRATORS FILL NEW ROLES At Cal U’s first combined Faculty-Staff Convocation, Acting President Geraldine M. Jones announced that a number of administrators and faculty members will hold new positions in the 2012-2013 academic year. Among them are: Dr. Bruce Barnhart ’83, ’89, ’01, acting provost and vice president

for Academic Affairs. He had served as associate provost/associate vice president for Academic Affairs since 2008. Dr. Nancy Pinardi ’95, ’96, ’98, interim vice president for Student

Affairs. She replaces Dr. Lenora Angelone, who retired. Prior to this appointment she was associate vice president for Student Affairs and the University’s liaison to the Student Association Inc. Dr. Stanley Komacek ’80, associate provost and dean of the

School of Graduate Studies and Research. He takes over for Dr. John Cencich, who returned to teaching in the Department of Justice, Law and Society. Dr. Daniel Engstrom, associate provost/associate vice president

for Student Retention and Success. He previously was the associate dean in the College of Education and Human Services. Dr. Caryl Sheffield ’73, interim associate provost/acting associate

vice president for Academic Affairs. Dr. Stephen Whitehead ’96, ’04, interim associate provost/acting

associate vice president for Academic Affairs. Dr. John Kallis ’75, ’80, interim dean of the Eberly College of

Science and Technology. He succeeds Dr. Leonard Colelli, who now is the provost at Potomac (W.Va.) State College.

conditioning coach and exercise science instructor at Central College in Pella, Iowa.

seasons as assistant coach at Muhlenberg College. Danielle Easton ’11 has been

Nick Helbling ’10 is a technology

education teacher at North County High School in Glen Burnie, Md. Gary Martell ’10 is the new

principal of Northeast Bradford (Pa.) High School. He formerly was an assistant principal in the Towanda School District.

hired as an assistant softball coach at Shepherd University in West Virginia. She was a four-year starter as a third baseman/catcher at Cal U. She was a two-time All-PSAC-West first-team honoree. Corry Ryan ’11 pitched this season in the Greater Pittsburgh Semi-Pro Federation League.

Ashley Younger Underhill ’10

is a magnet coordinator for Broward County Public Schools. She lives in Davie, Fla., with her husband, Tommy. Brandon Watson ’10 is a

social worker for Family Resources of Pennsylvania. He lives in Brownsville, Pa.

Justin Binion ’11 is a sports

account executive for Comcast Spectacor. He lives in Philadelphia, Pa. At Cal U, he was a peer mentor and member of the Sport Management Club. Shawn Huerbin ’11 is a teacher for Anne Arundel County Public Schools. He lives in Odenton, Md.

Jennifer Keto Kopacko ’10

lives in North Huntingdon Township, Pa. She majored in elementary education at Cal U.

Michael Resh ’11 lives in Mantua,

Ohio. Matthew Roos ’11 lives in

UPMC. He lives in Emsworth, Pa. At Cal U, he was on the racquetball team.

Pittsburgh, Pa. A business administration major, he was executive vice president of the Student Marketing Association at Cal U.

Dr. Yugo Ikach, chair of the Department of Music.

Brandon Edwards ’10 is a

Kayleigh Braim ’10, ’11 is

Dr. Richard LaRosa, chair of the Department of Business

substitute teacher for Kelly Services. He and his wife, Erica Prather, live in Corry, Pa. At Cal U, Brandon was in the Archery Club and a member of the Technology Education Association of California.

an account executive for the Atlantic Coast Conference Football Championship. She lives in Macungie, Pa. At Cal U, she was a member of the softball team, Sport Management Club, Sigma Alpha Pi and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Dr. James Burton, interim associate dean in the College of

Education and Human Services. Joseph Schickel ’84, chair of the Department of Applied Engineering and Technology.

and Economics. Taneshya Williams ’09 is a home

visitor for Family Foundation Early Head Start. She and her husband, Rome Wood, live in Pittsburgh, Pa. Kevin Wagner ’09 is an

emergency manager for the city of Philadelphia, Pa. At Cal U, he was active with CUTV, WCAL and the Meteorology Club. Abby Wishard ’09 is a teacher

for the Greencastle-Antrim School District, in Greencastle, Franklin County, Pa. She and her husband, Ross, live in Chambersburg, Pa. Brooke Carson ’09, of Philadel-

phia Pa., recently organized a 5K run/walk in Perryopolis, Pa., in memory of her cousin, Bryon Martini Jr., who died in 2004 from a rare blood disease. Proceeds will go to create the Bryon Martini Scholarship, to benefit students at Frazier High School. Brooke is a fifth-grade teacher in West Philadelphia.


Betty Lynne Hawkins ’05, ’09 is teaching special education at Ringgold Elementary School North for K-3 learning support students. She lives in West Newton, Pa., with her husband, Jay, and daughters, Kelly and Sarah. Josh Cramer ’05, ’09, who majored in technology education at Cal U, has been hired by Project Lead the Way, a leading provider of science, technology, engineering and math curricula to middle and high schools, as director of school engagement for the East region. Josh will support middle and high schools in Pennsylvania and Virginia as they implement STEM curriculum.

Thomas Kuhn ’10 works for

Lenni Nedly-Anderson ’10 is

the assistant principal of Ringgold Middle School, in the Ringgold School District in Washington County, Pa. Lenni previously was a science teacher and completed her online master’s degree at Cal U. Katie Eckman ’11 works for

Northeast Ohio Medical University. Stephen Heisler ’11 is a medical

student. He lives in Hollywood, Fla. At Cal U, he was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. Valerie Zuschlag Bozzo ’11


and her husband, Dustin, live in Saucier, Miss. Valerie majored in sport management at Cal U.

Ryder Weischedel ’10 is the

new assistant director of strength and conditioning at the University of Tulsa. Most recently, he was the assistant strength and

Cindy Wilson ’11 has been hired

as the head women’s lacrosse coach at the University of Scranton (Pa.). She spent the past three

Rebecca Skirpan ’12 recently

competed in an international opera competition in Vienna, Austria. Amy Oldenburg ’12 has joined the Mayo Clinic Health SystemRed Cedar in Menomonie, Wis. She is certified under the Wisconsin state licensure and National Athletic Trainers’ Board of Certification. Fallon Rehmert ’12 is an assistant basketball coach at Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah, Ga. Sarah Roberts Glisan ’12 and her husband, Michael ’11, live in

Brownsville, Pa. Sarah majored in elementary education at Cal U.

Victoria Hartman ’12 is a caseworker at Washington County (Pa.) Children and Youth Services. Margaret Fike ’12 is a teacher in the North Clarion School District. At Cal U, she completed two internships in Chile and was president of the Foreign Language Club. Marie Therese Ford ’12 is an

adjunct professor of Spanish at Westmoreland County Community College, near Youngwood, Pa. She earned her Master of Arts Teaching degree and helped to launch the online Spanish certificate programs at Cal U. Benjamin Greer ’12 has begun

his first year as women’s softball coach, intramural coordinator and adjunct instructor at McCook (Neb.) Community College. For the past two years, he served as admissions counselor at Ashford University in Denver, Colo. Michelle Bowers ’12 is an

assistant athletic trainer at the University of Maine. She works primarily with the field hockey and men’s basketball teams. Nathan Milsom ’12 is the new

athletic director at Carlynton High School. Previously, he served as the assistant athletic director for the district, which serves the communities of Carnegie, Crafton and Rosslyn Farms, Pa.



Ryan Chambers ’09, ’11 and

Madelyn Weaver ’12 and Zeke Werner ’11 were married June 16,

Stella Figurski are engaged. Ryan has degrees in sport management and physical therapy assistant. They planned to marry in November 2012. Desiree Gaunt ’08 and Frank Borusiewicz, both from Philadelphia, Pa., are engaged. Desiree is the coordinator of physical education and aquatics at the Melmark School in Berwyn, Pa., and a personal trainer. Frank is a general manager at a health club. Together, they are opening an Anytime Fitness Gym in Exton, Pa. Their wedding is being planned for December 2013. Zachary Ward ’07 and Jessica McQuaide are engaged. Zachary works for Bimbo Bakeries in McAdoo, Pa. Jessica is a dental hygienist in Hazelton, Pa. They are planning a December 2012 wedding. Karly Bitsura ’12, of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Mitchell Meszaros ’10,

of White Plains, Md., are planning a June 2013 wedding. Karly works for the National Park Service. Mitchell is an athletic trainer with Rehabilitation Center of Southern Maryland. They were engaged during a cruise off the coast of Greece.

Miriah O’Connor ’12

was a summer 2012 intern at the Thomas & Katherine Detre Library and Archives at the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. As part of her internship, Miriah transcribed the diary of Theresa O’Brien, an Army officer’s wife from New Castle, Pa., who witnessed the Battle of Antietam during the Civil War. Miriah also wrote an article about Theresa O’Brien that appeared in the summer 2012 edition of Western Pennsylvania History, a quarterly magazine published by the History Center.

2012, at Somerset Alliance Church. Madelyn graduated with a degree in accounting, and Zeke with a degree in marketing. They visited Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, for their honeymoon and are living in Berlin, Pa. Lindsay Fittro ’04 and Dr. Jeremy

Crow were married July 7, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Resort in Aruba. Lindsay is a librarian at Trinity East and Trinity North elementary schools, part of the Trinity Area School District in Washington, Pa. Jeremy is the owner and practicing dentist at Crow Dental Associates in Weirton, W.Va. Carmina Vincenza Vitullo ’74

and Joseph McGarry were married Sept. 24, 2011, at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Canonsburg, Pa. Carmina works for Greenbriar Treatment Center as case manager at Lighthouse for Men. Joseph retired after working for 36 years as a social studies teacher in the Canon-McMillan School District. He serves on Canonsburg Borough Council. Carmina and Joseph live in Canonsburg, Pa. Beth Ann Boskovich ’10 and

Matthew Desko were married May 18, 2012, on Caswell Beach, Oak Island, N.C. Beth Ann is a substitute teacher. Matthew works as an I&E (instrument and electrical) specialist at Chevron. Matthew Wallner ’06 and Erica

John Shearer ’09, of Connellsville, Pa., and Carla Vandzura ’09, of

Plum, Pa., are engaged. John is a corrections officer at SCI Somerset. Carla is a nanny. They are planning a wedding for summer 2013. Jason Shotter ’98 and Suzi Thomchick are engaged. Jason

is a project manager at UPMC in Pittsburgh, Pa. Suzi is a project manager at Bunting Graphics Inc. in Verona, Pa. They are planning a May 2013 wedding at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh.

Hibbitts were married July 14, 2012, at Sacred Heart Church in Neffs, Pa. Matthew is an electrical engineer with First Energy. Erica is a pharmacist. They live in Bridgeport, Pa. Joshua Zunic ’08 and Courtney Footskulak ’10 were married

Aug. 25, 2012, and are living in Wexford, Pa. Kaly Farabee ’12 and Kenneth

Gluth were married May 25, 2012, at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, W.Va. Kaly is an assistant director at Huntington Learning Center in Gulfport, Miss. Kenneth is a U.S. Navy Seabee (third-class equipment operator) stationed in Gulfport, where the couple now live.

Benjamin Beck ’01 and Ashley Jenkins ’04, ’06 were married April

28, 2012, at LeMont, in Pittsburgh, Pa. Benjamin is vice president of operations for Hadek Protective Systems in Pittsburgh. Ashley works for WJS Psychological Associates in Uniontown, Pa., as a trainer and behavior consultant. Richard Tranquill ’10 and Alyson

Pagano were married July 19, 2012, at the Hilton Garden Inn, in Kitty Hawk, N.C. Richard is a seventhgrade social studies teacher in the Chartiers-Houston School District and the varsity boys’ basketball coach at Burgettstown High School. Alyson is a social studies/science consultant for McGraw-Hill Education. They are living in Washington, Pa. Nicole Decker ’12 and Brian Breen,

both of Williamsport, Pa., were married June 30, 2012, at First United Methodist Church in Jersey Shore, Pa. Brian has served in the military since January 2011. He is stationed at Fort Sill, Okla. Nicole and Brian are living in Lawton, Okla. Lucy Moninger ’03, ’08 and Eric Gaydos ’02, ’11

were married June 23, 2012, and live in Canonsburg, Pa., with Eric's son, Cameron, 5. Lucy teaches fourth grade at Cecil Elementary in the Canon-McMillan School District, and Eric teaches fifth grade at Hutchinson Elementary in the Laurel Highlands School District. Both Lucy and Eric have administrative certifications. They visited Cancun, Mexico, for their honeymoon. Julia Hyjurick ’12 and Cailean

Sweeney, both of Pittsburgh, Pa., were married June 9, 2012, at Duck Hollow Golf Club in Uniontown, Pa. Julia is a therapist at Community Alternatives Inc. Cailean works for Moody and Associates. Emily DiFore ’11 and John Mitchell

were married May 19, 2012, at Hickory United Presbyterian Church. Emily works as a speech-language pathologist at a pediatric therapy center, and John is a Hazmat supervisor at SPSI. They visited Jamaica for their honeymoon. They are living in Hickory, Pa.



Steven Meredith ’94, Heidi Cassell Bushko ’90,

and her husband, Justin, welcomed their first child, Hope Makena, on April 25, 2012. Heidi owns her own insurance agency, Bushko Insurance Group.

’97 and his wife, Keri, announce the birth of their second daughter, Kali Grace, born March 30, 2012. They live in Charlotte, N.C. Steven is a subject matter expert for Wells Fargo. Felicia Yuhasz Rieck ’03

Brian Nevi

’98, ’06 and Natalie Hornfeck Nevi ’10, of

Murrysville, Pa., announce the birth of twins, Alexander Thomas and Evelyn Grace Nevi, on July 25, 2012, in Monroeville, Pa. Brian is a biology teacher, and Natalie is a biology and chemistry teacher, both at Norwin High School. Brian ’94 and Stacey Brooks Ventura ’93 are the parents of

four children. Brynn, the newest addition, was born Feb. 3, 2011, joining sister Brooke and brothers Shane and Seth. The Venturas are stationed at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, in Kaneohe Bay, and live in Pearl City, Hawaii.


and her husband, Marty, announce the birth of their first child, Colin Dominic Rieck, on J une 27, 2012. Felicia works for Bayer, and Marty is a teacher in the South Park School District, in South Park, Pa. Mike Engelhardt

’06 and his wife, Meghan, welcomed a baby boy, Rowan, on June 29, 2012.

Albert Andrews* Betty Irene Baker,* retired Cal U staff Thomas Edward Beattie Jr. ’51 Joanne Brock ’70 Elaine Muchant Croft ’67 Helen Davis,* retired secretary in the Math Department Raymond H. Edelman Jr. ’92 Mary Fischer ’55 Margaret FitzGerald ’43 Joseph F. Gowern ’58 Inez Lorraine Tinley Hannah ’60 Martha Ann Mitchell Hannah ’79 Marlene Sepesy Herron ’62, ’77 Catherine Boyd Hugh ’45 Regis Huschak ’67 Arthur Winfield Knight, retired English Department faculty Cynthia ‘Cindy’ Marie Kobaly* Michael J. Konechny ’73 Elizabeth G. “Betty” Vickers Koch ’46 Lynette Capuano Kouche ’64 Daniel D. Kubitsky ’58 Alfred T. “Al” L’Altrelli ’71, ’76 E. Scott Law ’75

Patrick G. Mackin ’75 Judith Evans Meyer, Ph.D. ’65 Everett A. Niemela ’50 Joe Sarra ’60, member of the Cal U Athletic Hall of Fame Karen Sue Shergy ’70 Stanley S. Sincevich ’53 Christy Sprowls Sommers ’86 Rema Claire Tiberi ’66, ’69 Doreen Toth ’97, ’03 Charles Gasper Vaccaro ’62 Dolores Lorain Sedlak Veres ’78 Donald Wagner ’67 Marcia Jeanne Janosko Wilson ’70 Dr. James Wood, retired faculty member, Department of History and Political Science Dolores L. Wright ’71 Frank E. Yankovitch ’72 Jean Marie Marish Zahara ’73, ’78

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An order of wings Cal U students Dana Dudra (left) and Samantha Zelenka examine and catalog butterfly specimens during their internship at The Wilds, a wildlife conservation and research center in Cumberland, Ohio. Internships and other real-world learning opportunities help to prepare Cal U students for graduate school or employment.

Cal U Fall 2012 Review and Focus Magazine  

Quarterly magazine of California University of Pennsylvania

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