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It is an exciting time for all of us here at Pitt-Johnstown. As always, our highly engaged students and talented faculty and staff, as well as our alumni, are making a difference. Moreover, one cannot help but be amazed at the passion and the pride with which members of our community engage their profession, as well as academic pursuits, and serve in their community. Take Lisa Marie Slippy (Class of 2012) as an example. I caught up with her at our Pitt-Johnstown Day at PNC Park last July, where more than 200 incoming students and alumni mingled and enjoyed dinner and a great evening of Pirates baseball. Lisa has been out of college for fewer than three years, yet she has already completed a significant stint as a teacher in Ghana and is now teaching in the Czech Republic. The outstanding preparation she received as an education major happened both in and out of the classroom. You can read more about her trip to Tanzania while she was a student on page 24. Lisa’s global vision and passion for making a difference in the RealWorld is inspiring. Oh how I wish you could have joined us last summer with our Concrete Canoe Team at the Quemahoning Reservoir! It was a


festive, colorful, and very competitive day. Our engineering students were joined by dozens of reputable universities from as far away as Puerto Rico and even China, as they hosted the National Concrete Canoe Competition. In a field of top engineering programs, our students and faculty performed very well. Marveling at the fruit of hundreds (if not thousands) of hours of labor, as well as the remarkable skill and raw determination of our team, one could not help but recognize that we have a world-class engineering technology program that is destined for even more greatness in the years to come. In a massive, combined project, the University will be investing more than $20 million in the construction of the John P. Murtha Center for Public Policy, a remodel and re-purposing of the second floor of Krebs Hall, and a complete renovation of the Engineering and Science Building. These undertakings will change the face of campus, both physically and academically. This project, which you can read about in detail on page 8, should be completed by the fall term of 2016. However, the approximately $2 million upgrade to our Biology and Pre-Medical Science Department is scheduled for completion this spring. Additionally, our leading-edge Learning Commons is entering the active design phase. Those of you who call the Greater Johnstown area home know that we have a serious problem with blighted homes. Over the past year, it has become increasingly clear just how serious this problem is…and how disastrous the consequences could be for the people, businesses, (and University) that call Johnstown home. A recent survey, published by The Tribune-Democrat, identified blight as the top concern of area residents. With around 1,500 homes that are abandoned and slated for demolition today and an insufficient municipal budget to address the imposing problem, it became clear that if action is not taken, it will soon be too late to

stem the scourge of blight and the societal problems blight engenders: crime, falling property values, poor health, and job loss. So, after many conversations with dozens of community leaders, Pitt-Johnstown is spearheading an effort to eliminate the problem of blight over the next decade. It certainly won’t be easy, but with determination and broad-based commitment from our community’s public and private sectors, this is a challenge that we can overcome. Last year, The Tribune-Democrat published a story about our initiative, along with the names of more than 40 community leaders who have committed to help end blight in Johnstown. The University recently achieved a long-standing aspiration, a goal that was articulated over two decades ago: an independent academic division dedicated to business. We celebrated the launch of the Division of Business and Enterprise on January 14, 2015 with a full house in the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center. Hundreds of community leaders, faculty members, and students gathered to celebrate this important milestone. Please read the full story on page 10. In conclusion, it cannot be overstated that the great stories told in these pages would have never come to pass without your endeavors, as well as the contributions of alumni, faculty, staff, corporations, and other friends of the University who continue to support us with time, talent, and treasure. What’s next? Well, our journey continues. Even as you read this, over 20,500 alumni and thousands of students, faculty, and staff are writing new chapters in the PittJohnstown story. Stay tuned, and stay warm (at least for those of us in Winter Wonderland!) Mountain Cat Proud!

Jem Spectar, President


Dr. Jem Spectar President Jesse Pisors Executive Director of Development & Alumni Relations

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Natalie S. Bombatch Coordinator of Marketing & Communication Kayla Garshnick Alumni Relations Coordinator Kirstie Pividori Donor Relations Coordinator Francine A. Cooper Administrative Assistant Institutional Advancement 272 Blackington Hall Johnstown, PA 15904 814-269-2080 pitt-johnstown.pitt.edu




Pitt-Johnstown celebrated the ground-breaking for the John P. Murtha Center for Public Service on September 26, 2014.


On January 14, 2015, the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown announced the launch of its new Division of Business and Enterprise.


Pitt-Johnstown hosted the 27th annual American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) National Concrete Canoe Competition from June 19-21, 2014.


Partnering with community organizations, Pitt-Johnstown is working toward strengthening our community with a focus on the Moxham area of Johnstown.

30  | A GENEROUS ALUMNUS We are Mountain Cat Proud to bring you this magazine. Pitt-Johnstown Magazine is published for alumni and friends of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Questions and comments regarding the publication should be directed to the Office of Institutional Advancement. The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.

Alumnus Richard Bross ‘73 endowed the Bross Family Scholarship in Business with gifts totaling close to $300,000, providing initial endowment funding.

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newsbriefs The community joined together on September 27, 2013 to celebrate the grand opening of the greatly anticipated Nursing and Health Sciences Building. The $12 million, 26,000-square-foot facility includes 11 laboratories for chemistry and biology, one nursing simulation laboratory, six faculty offices, and two seminar/classrooms.

On October 7, 2013, Pitt-Johnstown welcomed to campus 227 high school students from 10 schools throughout the region for STEM Professions Day. The event was designed to further advance the knowledge of STEM areas (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and to promote interest in STEMrelated careers. Pictured above is a group of students from Central Cambria High School.

A Veterans Day tribute was held at the Heroes Memorial on November 11, 2013, which included the laying of a wreath to honor the


memory of the service men and women who were killed in Afghanistan and Iraq. Representatives from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an agency of the Department of Defense, presented President Spectar with the Seven Seals Award. The Seven Seals Award is presented at both the state and national levels to honor significant individual or organizational achievement, initiative, or support that promotes the ESGR mission: to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States.

The University ushered in the holiday season at its seventh annual Light Up Night on December 4, 2013. The signature Goodwill Arches, made up of 10 arches and more than 4,000 blue and gold lights, were illuminated in University Square. Members of the Pitt-Johnstown concert choir sang holiday songs while mascot PJ the Mountain Cat led the traditional stroll under the arches.

The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown chapter of the Student Nurses’ Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP), a non-profit organization that promotes and encourages a collaborative relationship with nursing and related health

organizations, presented donations for $1,500 and $500 to the Free Medical Clinic of Johnstown and Arbutus Park Manor, respectively, on February 6, 2014, in the Nursing and Health Sciences Building. The donated money was raised by dedicated student nurses through several fundraising activities.

In March 2014, four-year-old Brandon Miller of Johnstown was made the newest member of the Mountain Cat baseball team through a partnership with Team IMPACT. Team IMPACT is an organization that pairs children with lifethreatening and chronic illnesses with college athletic teams. Their purpose in doing so is to enhance the lives of the children facing these issues. Through Team IMPACT, these children benefit from camaraderie, support, respect, laughter, and love that come from being a valued member of a team. The Pitt-Johnstown athletes will gain invaluable perspective on the precious nature of life, and are humbled and inspired by the determination, strength and courage of a child fighting through such adversity.

More than 150 undergraduate students presented in the form of posters or talks at the 2014 Symposium for Promotion of Academic and Creative Enquiry (SPACE) held in April 2014. SPACE is a campus-wide venue for students to present their independent scholarly and creative projects, including senior projects, undergraduate research, poetry and short fiction, internship reports, class projects, and professional portfolios.

funded by the Alice Waters Thomas Fund of The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies.

On April 26, 2014, Pitt-Johnstown marked its 42nd Commencement ceremony, which honored 564 graduates. More than 400 seniors processed in the ceremony. Award-winning movie star and educator, Jeffrey Tambor, an iconic actor known by many for his roles in Arrested Development and The Hangover, brought the class of 2014 to their feet after presenting a rousing speech, honoring and celebrating the accomplishments of the graduating class. Tambor encouraged students to unleash their creative energy and use their imaginations as they navigate the opportunities in the RealWorld.

This year 12 students and eight faculty members participated in SPUR-Biodiversity, a summer program providing students with intensive undergraduate research experiences under the mentorship of Pitt-Johnstown faculty. Students work for eight weeks on projects in the campus nature areas. The program is

In June 2014, The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Advisory Board presented its 17th Service to Community Award to Sherri Rae, director of Pitt-Johnstown’s Office of Student Life and the RealWorld Action Program. The award was established to recognize students, faculty, and staff who have actively contributed to the quality of life in our region. “Sherri goes far beyond expectations to help support at-risk youth in our area. She exhibits a pride and professionalism in everything that involves Pitt-Johnstown and the community. She sets a positive example in her professionalism, community involvement, and campus pride,” said Pitt-Johnstown Advisory Board Chairperson Dr. Barbara Parkins ‘80.

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a Pirates game and picnic dinner. The day was designed to offer a unique and memorable experience prior to their arrival on campus as first-year college students. The new students were given the opportunity to engage with administrators, current students, and alumni in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.

Pitt-Johnstown’s annual Welcome Week festivities kicked off on August 21, 2014 as the school welcomed its second-largest incoming class in a decade.

Welcome Week also brought opportunities for students to learn more about the Johnstown community by engaging in a variety of service projects. As part of the day of service, more than 300 students were transported to the Woodland Playground in the Moxham neighborhood to help transform the facility. In July 2014, the incoming class of 2018 was invited to Pitt-Johnstown Day at PNC Park for

Two sophomore students, Lynette Connacher (left) and Suzanne Normile (right), were named the recipients of the 2014 Vira I. Heinz Scholarship for Women in Global Leadership. Both students studied abroad this summer — Connacher, a biology major, traveled to Stellenbosch, South Africa, and Normile, an environmental studies major, journeyed to Cape Town, South Africa. The Heinz Endowments support efforts to make Southwestern Pennsylvania a premier place to live and work, a center for learning and educational excellence, and a home to diversity and inclusion.


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Following the service projects, Pitt-Johnstown held its first-ever off-campus community celebration to officially introduce students to the Johnstown community. City of Johnstown Mayor Frank Janakovic and Cambria County Commissioner Thomas Chernisky were among the government leaders on hand at PNG Park to welcome the students and talk about the importance of being an active member of the community. A voter registration campaign was held at the event, providing many new students with the opportunity to ensure that they were able to vote in the upcoming November elections. One of the highlights of the event was an interactive performance by Johnstown’s Kulani West African dance troupe, led by PittJohnstown alumna Rachel Allen ‘02.

Alexandria Marshall (center) was crowned the 2014 Homecoming Queen. President Jem Spectar crowned Marshall at a ceremony held September 27 at University Square. Marshall, a senior respiratory care and healthcare major, was sponsored by the Pitt-Johnstown Cheerleaders. Members of the Queen’s court are: first runner-up Kaitlyn Torquato, a senior business – marketing major, sponsored by the Experiential Learning Community; second runner-up Carly Bolton, a biology major, sponsored by Alpha Sigma Alpha; third runner-up Kalea Pollick, a senior early childhood education major, sponsored by the Education Club; and fourth runner-up Grace Shields, a senior applied mathematics major, sponsored by Kappa Zeta.

Michael Vuckovich (far left), principal at Greater Johnstown High School (GJHS), PittJohnstown President Jem Spectar (center), and Michael Dadey (far right), assistant principal at GJHS, met in August 2014 with school administrators from China. Chinese principals and school administrators visited the United States, specifically Greater Johnstown High School, to learn more about the area, the school system, and how Pitt-Johnstown can join the team to grow international enrollment on campus. International enrollment at Pitt-Johnstown and Greater Johnstown School District has grown during the past few years, and it’s anticipated to increase.

On October 6, 2014, new University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Patrick Gallagher paid his first visit to the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Gallagher is the 18th Chancellor of Pitt, succeeding Mark Nordenberg, who led the University for 19 years. During his visit to Pitt-Johnstown, Gallagher met with students, faculty, staff, and community leaders in individual sessions; he expressed his excitement for being in his new position and also made very clear that he values the regional campuses. In his comments to students, Gallagher said, “I’m trying to spend my time getting to know this amazing institution, including these great regional campuses that we have, getting to meet you, getting to meet our remarkable faculty, and all the key stakeholders that depend on Pitt...”


Each year, Pitt-Johnstown students meet up with students from all Pitt campuses for Pitt Day in Harrisburg, the largest lobby day of the University. The opportunity gives students, faculty, administration, and alumni the opportunity to discuss their PittJohnstown experience as well as important issues relating to the University with the members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Meetings with legislators occur in small groups (usually 3 to 5 people) throughout the day and there are also a variety of displays as well as a reception in the Capitol Rotunda. Several Pitt-Johnstown students (pictured above) toured the office of Pitt-Johnstown alumnus State Senator John Wozniak ‘78.

At the second annual Fall into Research: A Day of Scholarship, held on October 8, 2014, more than 50 faculty members and undergraduate students presented their summer work. Innovative student and faculty research and scholarly and creative projects were presented, including several resulting from the Pitt-Johnstown and Windber Research Institute partnership, which focuses on internships/ educational opportunities, faculty/scientist exchange, and scientific symposia. Also presented was biodiversity-themed research conducted in the natural areas of the PittJohnstown campus, which was funded by the Summer Program for Undergraduate Research: Biodiversity Program.


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he University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown’s website – pittjohnstown.pitt.edu – was re-launched in August 2014, marking the first major redesign in a decade. The website is the result of a vision, careful planning, and persistent execution. At the time of the project’s launch in 2013, President Jem Spectar relayed several goals determined by a campus-wide task force. He said, “The overhaul of the website will give it a professional and contemporary design that will be more visually appealing, easier for users to navigate, and easier for campus to update. New functionality will include social media integration, event calendars, and e-commerce. In addition, the finished website will be compatible across desktop and mobile platforms.” The website, which now demonstrates those goals, delivers page after page of confirmation that Pitt-Johnstown’s distinctive combination of people, programs, and place results in exceptional performance. It is a place where Pitt-Johnstown’s story is presented in visual and factual terms, serving its approximately 3,000 students, its many future students, more than 20,500 alumni, as well as its faculty, staff, and community. “Pitt-Johnstown can be proud of this website,” said Web Manager Mike Morlacci. “A team of knowledgeable campus specialists used their diverse talents to tackle all aspects of the site. The result of their efforts is a great website that serves many University interests.” Hodgson Consulting of Maryland

was contracted to build the site’s structure, and worked with Pitt-Johnstown’s Information Te ch n ol o g y s t af f and the University o f P i t t s b u r g h’s Computing Services and Systems Development team to ensure proper functionality. The website fulfills the needs of all readers by offeri ng a prom i ne nt and inviting “Apply Today” link in the top right corner for prospective students, as well as a customized experience for those future students, c ur rent students, faculty and staff, parents, and alumni and friends in the community. Pittjohnstown. pitt.edu is the complete deployment of digital media. It melds the written message with video and social media. The site is tied to the University’s ever-expanding social media formats, which remain sources for the latest news about Pitt-Johnstown. “Our work is not done; a website is an

evolving medium that requires constant attention, updating, and refreshing,” said President Spectar. “We intend to improve upon our website to ensure it remains informative, innovative, and fresh.” ▬

WEBSITE Facts & Stats • Visitors since launch: 351,000 • Page views since launch: 1.25 million • Average monthly visitors: 24,000 • Three most visited pages: Homepage, Academics, Apply Free • Peak Days: Aug. 4, 2014 (day after launch) Aug. 25, 2014 (first day of fall term) Jan. 6, 2015 (first day of spring term)


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eneath pristine deep blue skies on September 26, 2014, President Jem Spectar welcomed a crowd comprising a rare assemblage of city officials, community leaders, legislators, University of Pittsburgh dignitaries, faculty, students, and staff for the kick-off event of Homecoming 2014. Special guest Mrs. Joyce Murtha was on hand with son John to celebrate the ground-breaking for the John P. Murtha Center for Public Service, soon to be erected on the campus of Pitt-Johnstown. The day’s ceremonies provided a capstone for a five-year effort by the John P. Murtha Foundation, established following the untimely death of the region’s tireless advocate and long-time Congressman. Foundation board member Ed Sheehan acknowledged the $10M committed to the project by Governor Rendell (and preserved by Governor Corbett), which was matched by the University to fund not only the construction of the Center, but also the complete renovation of the Engineering


John P. Murtha’s Legacy and Science Building, which will be renamed to honor Congressman Murtha. The Murtha Foundation additionally provided $250,000 to enhance the Center. President Spectar expressed his hope that the Murtha Center would transmit the Congressman’s personal motto, “One

“We are put on this earth to make a difference.” man can make a difference,” to the students who will draw inspiration from the Center’s work and activities. “Today, we celebrate the legacy of a great community citizen,” he said. Others in attendance included former Murtha staffers [Rep.]

Mark Critz, who was elected to serve the remainder of the Congressman’s term, and Pitt-Johnstown graduate Matt Mazonkey ‘05, who now serves as congressional advisor to the British Embassy. State Senator John Wozniak ‘78, also an alumnus, spoke, as well as Dr. Kelly Austin, Chancellor of Penn State Schuylkill, who once worked in Finance and Administration as well as Student Affairs at Pitt-Johnstown. Johnstown Mayor Frank Janakovic and Cambria County Commissioner Thomas Chernisky were on hand, as well as PittJohnstown Advisory Board Chair Dr. Barbara Parkins. Design for the renovation of the Engineering and Science Building is now underway. According to Vice President for Finance and Administration Amy Buxbaum, nearly every square inch of the future John P. Murtha Engineering and Science Building will be transformed. “The renovation will add an additional chemistry lab as well as provide new renovated labs for organic chemistry, bio-chemistry, and faculty research. There also will be an

Lives on Our Campus additional engineering lab in the redesign. The building will add student collaboration spaces (for both engineering and chemistry students) and additional classrooms. The renovation also includes all offices, labs, and the lecture hall.” Construction on the Murtha Center is anticipated to begin in the spring of 2015, and will be a facility comprising a large multipurpose room, exhibit space, administrative offices, and a veterans’ lounge. Congressman Murtha’s greatgrandmother, Mary Bell, had a saying that was very important to him— “We are put on this earth to make a difference.” The exhibits will reflect his example—his military service, his 36-year legislative career, and his achievements in promoting economic development, which made a big difference in a town that once had 28% unemployment. The design for the Murtha Center is still underway. “This has been a learning experience,” remarked Mrs. Murtha. “I always thought that the displays and the focus of a museum were built to fit into

the building. But this building is being designed around what we decide to make the focus of the Center.” The mission for the John P. Murtha Center for Public Service is to provide a venue on the Pitt-Johnstown campus for symposia, debate, workshops, and serious examination of issues of our time. “Our students and visitors can come to the Center to be better informed about these issues and be inspired to make a difference,” said Buxbaum. Joyce Murtha and the John P. Murtha Foundation had worked for nearly five years raising funds and deciding the best way to honor the late Congressman’s legacy. Mrs. Murtha closed, “It is emotional, no question about that. What I wanted was to encourage young people to become involved, whether in the military, in politics, or in community service, and to emphasize that it isn’t always an easy task, but it is always worthwhile.” ▬

Pictured above, left to right: Matthew Mazonkey ‘05, congressional advisor, British Embassy; Kelly Austin, PhD, chancellor, Penn State Schuylkill; Colonel John Hugya; Shelby Smith, president, Student Government Association; John M. Murtha; Representative Bryan Barbin, 7 1 st L e g i s l a t i v e D i s t r i c t ; D a v i d D e J o n g , PhD, vice provost for academic planning and resources management, University of Pittsburgh; Jem Spectar, PhD, president, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown; Joyce Murtha; Ed Sheehan, vice chair, John P. Murtha Foundation; the Honorable John W o z n i a k ‘ 7 8 , P e n n s y l v a n i a 3 5 th S e n a t e District; Mark Critz, political consultant and former US Congressman; Thomas Chernisky, Cambria County Commissioner; Barbara Parkins, EdD ‘80, chairperson, PittJohnstown Advisory Board


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n January 14, 2015, The developed by the faculty in response to a University of Pittsburgh at need identified by students, alumni, and Johnstown announced the employers, will provide a more innovative launch of its new Division and contemporary curriculum to include of Business and Enterprise, more specialized and critically needed a transformational initiative that was many courses. Additionally, the division will years in the making and that will elevate focus on entrepreneurship and a “Makerthe quality, profile, and impact of a very strong business program. Since its inception more than four decades ago, the business program has been a part of the Division of Social Sciences. Over the years, the program grew tremendously with enrollments typically exceeding five hundred students. At the same time, the program’s potential was curtailed by an outmoded organizational structure, effectively making it less visible to prospective students and their parents. Moreover, at a time when competitor programs were innovating and transforming their programs to respond to market needs for new degrees in Division of Business and Enterprise Interim various fields, the program con- C h a i r p e r s o n R a y m o n d W r a b l e y a c c e p t s a plaque from President Jem Spectar tinued to offer a single degree in business with various concentrations. It became increasingly clear that Manufacturer Innovation Initiative” in the organizational structure, as well as the partnership with various entities in the absence of degrees requested by prospec- business community across the region. tive students, was hampering the growth Other benefits include the development of the program. of a more robust learning community for Efforts to address these problems business students, expansion of internaccelerated with the development of the ships, as well as experiential learning campus strategic plan, “The Next Level: opportunities in the community, including Distinctive Excellence.” The new division, the campus’ Moxham Revival Initiatives.


It is also anticipated that in addition to updating core courses and competencies, the program will include a “culminating experience” or a unique capstone connected to the RealWorld of business. In addition, the new Division of Business and Enterprise will support the University’s strategic goals including enrollment growth, community impact, and greater distinction by expanding recruitment pools, developing academic prog rams in hig h demand, and supporting experiential learning opportunities. In the coming year, the new division is expected to develop several new degree programs in areas including accounting, marketing, management, finance, human resources, and information systems. Moreover, the new division will offer specific programs in the area of entrepreneurship and other related certificates. This will increase the number of degree programs offered at Pitt-Johnstown from 48 to 54. Furthermore, the Division of Business and Enterprise, committed to nurturing a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, gives student entrepreneurs opportunities to work in an inspiring Idea Lab and receive training and assistance in developing business plans. They have opportunities to compete in campus and regional “Shark Tank”-style competitions and idea pitches to win prize money

and investment funds for their new products or ventures. Campus personnel as well as many local business leaders have lauded the new school of business. Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar stated, “The creation of this new division is a transformational initiative that will strengthen our largest academic program and boost enrollment, as well as increase our visibility and profile. In addition, it is anticipated that the new Division of Business and Enterprise will continue to strengthen relationships with businesses and the leaders of enterprise in the region.” Meanwhile, Pitt-Johnstown Social Sciences Division Chair Dr. Raymond Wrabley who, along with business faculty, played a key role in shepherding the birth of the new division, emphasized the connection between the new school and the University’s growing focus on entrepreneurship and innovation: “Pitt-Johnstown and our university and community partners are strongly committed to building an entrepreneurial ecosystem on our campus and in our region. We want to create an entrepreneurial community where innovative activity, success stories, and lessons learned can have a greater impact on new business start-ups.” Dr. Wrabley will lead the division until a permanent

chairperson is identified through a national search. The community has responded very favorably to the launch of the new school of business. President of Johnstown Area Regional Industries Linda Thomson said, “Revitalization and entrepreneurship go hand in hand. Pitt-Johnstown continues to enhance its role in the economic wellbeing of the greater Johnstown community

the next generations of achievers. The new Division of Business and Enterprise should be recognized as a clear point of progress in our region and should be applauded and supported by the entire community.” With the new Division of Business and Enterprise, the University now has seven academic divisions, two having been created during the past five years. It is the first new division to be created since the Nursing and Health Sciences Division, established in 2010, which boosted enrollment in the nursing area to more than 275 Nursing and Health Sciences with the new Division of Business and students, contributing to the University’s Enterprise, which focuses more University relatively strong and stable enrollments, resources on innovation and self-employ- including most recently the second largest ment opportunities, key ingredients freshman class in its history. It is anticifor revitalization.” Likewise, Mike Kane, pated that the new business school will president of Community Foundation for provide a similar boost to enrollment and the Alleghenies, noted, “This is tremen- institutional profile in the comdous news. Pitt-Johnstown’s commitment ing years. ▬ r to engaging its students and resources repreneu t n E & to grow entrepreneurship in r o Auth our community makes the enowned R y l l a n Natio Johnstown area more vital, more forward-looking, and better able to attract and keep

“Pitt-Johnstown continues to enhance its role in the economic well-being of the greater Johnstown community with the new Division of Business and Enterprise.”

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To help celebrate the launch of the Division of Business and Enterprise, nationally renowned author and entrepreneur Andrew Yang delivered an inspiring lecture to several hundred students, faculty, and community leaders about how an innovative and creative business school that supports entrepreneurship can transform a region. Yang is a graduate of Brown University and Columbia Law School and the author of Smart People Should Build Things: How to Restore our Culture of Achievement, Build a Path for Entrepreneurs, and Create New Jobs in America. He is also Founder and CEO of Venture for America, a non-profit organization that places college graduates in two-year “fellowships” with start-up companies around the country. upj.pitt.edu/magazine 

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ntrepreneurship studies at PittJohnstown may be housed in the Business Department, both physically and academically, but its appeal crosses most disciplines and its usefulness defies categorization. The entrepreneurial spirit lives in people of all walks of life. They are the problem solvers, the “idea people” with light bulb brains whose notions may be just crazy or simply brilliant. Ideas of any stripe are the currency of entrepreneurship, and chief idea wrangler at Pitt-Johnstown is George “Skip” Glenn, assistant professor of marketing. Glenn holds forth in the recently completed facility in 132 Biddle Hall, the aptly named “Idea Lab.” His Tuesday night Entrepreneurship Lab is a kind of living Venn diagram, as he describes it. “This space is where academics and the outside business community overlap,” he explained. “The course is open to PittJohnstown students in any major, as well as members of the Johnstown community who are interested in our process.” The Idea Lab features floor-to-ceiling whiteboards and cork boards, as well as tables topped with writeable white board. A recent visitor found a chaotic mix of what looked like mathematic formulas, bulleted lists, stick figures, and wildly arcing circles and arrows. Over the past summer, Glenn developed his curriculum based on the text, “Disciplined Entrepreneurship,” by Bill Aulet, which identifies 24 steps to successful innovation.



Thanks to a grant from the Benjamin Bosler Fund and the Robert Waters Charitable Trust of the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, Glenn was able to outfit the Idea Lab with electronic tablets, large format printers, and a 3-D printer for creating models of potential products. The Idea Lab and entrepreneurship program were built to create a pipeline of talent skilled in launching innovative products, services and enterprises that will contribute to the economic development of the region, according to Glenn. “Our current group is taking an idea for a new app for Johnstown’s young population through the 24 steps. This is part of a project funded through the Community Foundation and the Heinz Foundation to engage teens in the active social world here—dances, films, festivals, live music,” he said. Pitt-Johnstown has partnered with Alternative Community Resource Program (ACRP) and the City of Johnstown in the project, called “Allegheny Underground.” Another partnership has already borne fruit. “Pitchfest@Showcase” was conceived as an opportunity for local entrepreneurs to present their best ideas to potential investors, people who would champion their young startups. With sponsorship by Johnstown Area Regional Industries (JARI), the Greater Johnstown Cambria County Chamber of Commerce, Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, and the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, “Pitchfest” was

held as part of the annual Showcase for Commerce at the Cambria County War Memorial in June. Six finalists (out of about 20 entrants) pitched their business ideas to a group of business leaders and investors, a la the popular TV show, “Shark Tank.” PittJohnstown’s Social Sciences chair Dr. Ray Wrabley was the emcee, and alumnus Matt Hankinson, whose craft beer business, White Horse Brewery, in Berlin, PA, is a successful startup, provided four distinctive brews to slake attendees’ thirst. Of the six presentations, four were given by Pitt-Johnstown students and recent graduates. Thomas Young ‘14 and Joshua Brown ‘14, electrical engineering technology alumni, won second place for “Juice Box,” a customized vending machine for designing and dispensing e-cigarette flavors. Zachary Katzenstein, a senior business major, took third place for “One Shot,” Mike Hruska ‘00, CEO of Problem Solutions, working with students in the Idea Lab

an innovative archery and shooting skill center offering the Johnstown area moving targets and training for all ages. Troy Schall, a senior business major, along with Nathaniel Conway, a business administration major at the University of Pittsburgh, presented “Animated Garden,” an automated way of raising herbs, vegetables, or flowers within users’ homes. Alia AbuObaid ‘14, a business alumna, pitched “GrapeBrain,” a program that helps users to build their inner wine expert by using the program’s recommendations, training, and feedback. K a t z e n s t e i n a n d Ab u - O b a i d completed the first Pitt-Johnstown Entrepreneurship course, which included presentations to local business leaders in preparation for PitchFest. The winner of the first “Pitchfest?” Johnathan Miller, and his company,

Dimples, which sells a software tool to minimize expens ive pr i nte r i n k . Congratulations to Jonathan and all the contestants, and to the event sponsors! According to Glenn, “Pitchfest was a great place to test the ideas of T h o m a s Y o u n g ‘ 1 4 a n d Joshua Brown ‘14, electrical students that gradu- e n g i n e e r i n g t e c h n o l o g y ated from our first a l u m n i , p r e s e n t i n g t h e i r i d e a , “Juice Box,” at Pitchfest Entrepreneurship Course and those from the wider community. The event has “Pitchfest@Showcase” promises to already generated new mentors and cham- become a signature highlight of future pions for our programs at Pitt-Johnstown, exhibitions. ▬ as well as promoted a new culture of innovation in our area.”

PA DCED GRANT BRINGS “INC. U.” TO PITT-JOHNSTOWN The PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) awarded $500,000 in grant funding to Pitt-Johnstown as part of the “Discovered in PA—Developed in PA” (D2PA) initiative to fund innovative ideas and promote entrepreneurship, technology transfer, business outreach, and increased capacity. The grant supports an 18-month cooperative project called “Inc. U.” involving Pitt-Johnstown, Penn State, and Bucknell University. The program is designed to connect and coordinate the three institutions’ existing entrepreneurial studies activities, develop new programs to fill gaps where they exist, and share resources to build an “ecosystem” for innovation in rural PA. Pitt-Johnstown Professor of Political S cience

and Social Sciences Division Chair Raymond Wrabley said, “We are thrilled and grateful that the DCED supports our collaborative entrepreneurship project. Pitt-Johnstown and our partners at Penn State and Bucknell are strongly committed to building an entrepreneurial ecosystem on our campuses and in our region. Inc. U will create an entrepreneurial community where activity, success stories, and lessons learned can have a greater impact on new business start-ups.” In addition to funding personnel costs, materials, and travel among the three universities, the D2PA grant provides investment capital to be awarded to student entrepreneurship teams who succeed in a competition based on television’s “Shark Tank.” The “sharks” are respected business leaders and successful entrepreneurs who will judge the teams on presentations of their startup ideas. Leading up to the competition, each university’s teams will receive business mentorship, legal and marketing advice, and presenter coaching to help them prepare.

Pitt-Johnstown assistant professor George “Skip” Glenn is responsible for developing the entrepreneurship curriculum, and will oversee the Inc. U. activities. He teaches a seminar in the new facility known as the “Idea Lab,” a converted classroom that features floor to ceiling white boards, tables topped with white board, and a range of technological aids including a 3-D printer, acquired with a grant from the Community Foundation of the Alleghenies. Although the project will conclude in June, 2016, all three participating universities are committed to developing sustainability plans for the various programs put in place by Inc. U. “This opportunity to introduce the principles of entrepreneurship to our students—not only business students, but from across the spectrum of academic majors— is highly illustrative of our mission to educate for the RealWorld,” said Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar. “It is also an opportunity to contribute to the local economy’s future vitality.” ▬


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Education Division Responds to Need for Special Education Certifications


multi-year process to build a Special Education curriculum in the Pitt-Johnstown Education Division has yielded programs in Early Childhood and Middle Level Special Education certification, both for PittJohnstown education majors and for post-baccalaureate educators looking for dual certification. Interim Division Chair Mark Previte pointed to a change in the way the PA Department of Education describes the structure of the typical K-12 district. “We used to think in terms of elementary and secondary,” he explained. “The PDE now uses a tri-level approach to certification—early childhood or pre-K through fourth grade, middle level, which is grades four through eight, and secondary, grades seven through twelve. There is overlap, as you can see.” Previte is currently working with Special Education faculty Bethany McConnell to develop curriculum for the secondary special education certification. She’s a Cambria County native who followed up her undergraduate degree from St. Francis University with a master’s degree in Special Education Inclusive Studies at Johns Hopkins, and earned her PhD at Penn State. She also taught at Gaithersburg High School in

Montgomery County, Maryland prior to joining the Pitt-Johnstown faculty in 2011. “At the secondary level, we focus on the different approaches to teaching for students across the autism spectrum, students with social and emotional disorders, and alternative curriculum for students with intellectual disability, those with significant needs,” said McConnell. She added that the special education field is always changing and evolving, starting with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 1972, through the more recent No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. “NCLB asked what can we do differently to get our [special education] students closer to their same-age peers, how can we better teach reading and math, and how about early intervention?” A big driver of the trend toward dual certification in education and special education is the inclusion of students with special needs in the general student classrooms, what is commonly called “inclusion.” McConnell believes the challenge for teachers is to balance the pressures of needing to differentiate instruction for students with special needs, and to the needs of the whole class. “This is where creativity comes in,” she said. “Teachers must fill the gap between what they have learned, and how they

Above: Early childhood educators in a co-taught inclusive classroom (as simulated in the college classroom) check for understanding. All students have the opportunity throughout the semester to collaborate with peers to develop and implement a differentiated lesson in their content areas.


implement instruction to meet the needs of all students.” In any event, dual certification is quickly becoming required of teachers in many school districts. “Some of our graduates are reporting that without dual certification, they cannot be considered for many available teaching posts,” said McConnell. ▬

What new skills will students develop with a post-baccalaureate degree in special education at Pitt-Johnstown? • Reading and developing IEPs • Evidence-based teaching and learning strategies for students with high incidence disabilities • Behavior management techniques for challenging behaviors • Collaborative skills for working with collegues and parents in a team environment • Courses designed for specific areas of need as identified by current teachers in the field • Diversification in career options for new positions in desired school district

facultynews Julie Ankrum, PhD, associate professor in education, published along with Nail, A. (2014). “Preparing U.S. pre-service teachers for literacy instruction through student teaching in New Zealand.” In Leung, C., Richards. J., & Lassonde, C. (Eds.), International collaborations in literacy research and practice. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. Michael Cox, PhD, associate professor of writing, published a volume of his short stories, Against the Hidden River, in 2013, and has presented readings from this work and from his novel-in-progress in Erie; Scranton; Savannah; Baltimore; Fairmont, W.Va; Pitt-Greensburg; and Pitt-Johnstown. Cox’s flash fiction “John Sloan’s Coffee Line” appeared in a recent issue of Weave. His review of Ann-Marie Einhaus’s The Short Story and the First World War appeared in the February 2014 issue of Choice. He was a featured reader at Fairmont State on February 5, 2014 and at Pitt-Greensburg on April 10, 2014. He presented an excerpt from his novel-in-progress in Baltimore at the annual meeting of the College English Association on March 29, 2014. Ako Inuzuka, PhD, associate professor of communication, is engaged in a research project on the construction of current Japanese identity from the memories of Japanese militarism. She has published her work in the Journal of International Communication, Communication Quarterly, and the Journal of Multicultural Discourses. Inuzuka’s essay, coauthored with Thomas Fuchs, “Memories of Japanese Militarism: The Yasukuni Shrine as a Commemorative Site,” has been published in the Journal of International Communication. Stephen Kilpatrick, PhD, associate professor of biology and biology department chair, published GENES XI in January 2013: This is the graduate-level text. Krebs, J. E., E. S. Goldstein, and S. T. Kilpatrick. Lewin’s Genes XI. (Jones & Bartlett, 2014). Ross Kleinstuber, PhD, assistant professor of justice administration and criminology,

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Pitt-Johnstown is proud of its highly talented faculty of dedicated teachers and productive scholars, who facilitate the success of highly motivated and ambitious students in an up-close-and-personal learning environment.

published the following in 2014: • “Mitigation Versus Individualism: Examining Judges’ Capital Sentencing Decisions.” Studies in Law, Politics, and Society 63: 187-224. • “Death by Design in Delaware: How the Law Disengages Jurors, Impedes Receptivity to Mitigation, and Encourages Death Sentences.” Criminal Law Bulletin 50 (2): 384-408.

April 2014, she presented the papers “‘We Work for God’: other Teresa and Mercy though the Philosophical Lens of Seneca” and “A Heideggerian Approach to Caring for Others: Three Weeks at the Missionaries of Charity House in Ponce Puerto Rico”; was a panel participant for “Hannah Arendt and Lively Dissent: An Exploration through the Lens of Ronald C. Arnett’s Communication Ethics in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt’s Rhetoric of Warning and Hope.”

Derek Leben, PhD, assistant professor of philosophy, is publishing his scholarship in two of the most prestigious journals in his field: Philosophical Psychology and Mind and Language. His work crosses disciplinary boundaries from philosophy and ethics to psychology and neuroscience to language and linguistics. He also hosts a podcast with a colleague from Carnegie Mellon University, Axons and Axioms.

Mark Previte, EdD, associate professor of social studies and interim chair of the Education Division, recently published a book chapter entitled “Second class citizens in the social studies curriculum: The role of anthropology and sociology in an issues-centered education framework.” This chapter appears in the book Educating about Social Issues in the 20th and 21st Centuries.

Kristen Lynn Majocha, PhD, associate professor of communication, has published “Center for Responsive Politics (OpenSecrets.org)” in the Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics Ed. Kerric Harvey, SAGE Publications, Inc., Thousand Oaks, CA (2014) as well as two book reviews for CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries. At the 105th Eastern

Rebecca Webb, PhD, assistant professor in biology, has multiple research projects ranging from developmental biology to cell biology and to genetics. The research of Webb and a team of four undergraduate students led them to a presentation of findings from a project working with Chironomus riparius larvae to determine the effect of contaminated waterways on gene expression, development, and reproduction.

Communication Conference, Providence, MA,

Chris Coughenour, PhD, energy and earth resources assistant professor, was a member of the team of geologists and paleontologists that discovered the megadinosaur Titanosaurian sauropod known as “Dreadnoughtus” in 2005. Dreadnoughtus is the most complete giant titanosaur yet discovered. Coughenour termed the venture a success. “We recovered nearly half of the organism. That may not sound like much at first thought, but it is exceedingly rare to find that much of a single titanosaur. Many have been described from only several bones, so this specimen will likely lead to further insights into titanosaur anatomy and physiology. The account of this discovery was reported in the September 2014 Science Reports article on Nature.com (www.nature.com/srep/2014/140904/srep06196/full/srep06196.html) and is ranked 35th among papers of 2014 (www.altmetric.com/top100/2014).


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eams from around the country and as far away as Shanghai, C h i n a g at h e re d at Pitt Johnstown for the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) annual National Concrete Canoe Competition (NCCC). Marking the 27th year for the event, “America’s Cup of Civil Engineering,” as it’s commonly known, was held from June 19-21, 2014 on campus and at the Quemahoning Reservoir. According to Zachary Murray, team captain of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown concrete canoe team, “The National Concrete Canoe Competition is more than just an engineering competition; it is a gathering of unique minds who have overcome the difficulties of producing this product.” Twenty-three teams of engineering students participated this year, including Pitt-Johnstown, which has advanced to the national competition for the past seven out of eight years. Brian Houston, Pitt-Johnstown associate professor of civil engineering technology and ASCE chapter adviser, said on behalf of the University, “We were honored to welcome these teams and the surrounding community to our home for a week of friendly competition. For us, hosting an event of this size was truly a community-wide event and would not

have been possible without the support of a great many of our civic leaders; business owners; and University faculty, staff, and students.” Murray added, “Pitt-Johnstown was fortunate to host the 2014 National Concrete Canoe Competition. Our team was thrilled to be able to host such an event and welcome teams from all around the world. We saw teams from Puerto Rico, Canada, and for the first time in NCCC history, China!” The Pitt-Johnstown team is made up of nearly 40 students with majors including civil engineering technology, mechanical engineering technology, electrical engineering technology, computer engineering technology, biochemistry, and history. Murray said, “We are happy to include nonengineering majors; however, the NCCC rules state that in order to compete, one must be enrolled in an engineering program.” The students began planning and researching in the summer of 2013, during which the hull design was analyzed and created using 3D modeling and the concrete mixture was tested and analyzed. Each year a new design and a new mixture are used. Murray said, “Whether it is a minor modification or a complete transformation, the only way to improve is by changing the mix design to be lighter, stronger, and more workable.” The concrete used is not the average patio-building mixture of sand and gravel, but rather is made from hollow glass beads. “It looks like sand and is lighter than water,” said Houston. Construction began in late January 2014, which included the pouring and curing of the concrete, removing the form, and staining. After approximately 3,000 hours of work, the team had a finished canoe called “Essayons,” taken from the motto of the US Army Corps of Engineers meaning, “Let us try,” in French.

Though all members of the team contributed, ten students paddled the 18-foot-long, 3-foot-wide, 220-pound canoe in competition. Participating schools, in addition to Pitt-Johnstown, included California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (2nd place overall); California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; City College of New York, CUNY; Clemson University; Cornell University; Drexel University; Fairmont State University; Louisiana Tech University; Michigan Technological University; New Mexico State University; Texas A & M University; Tongji University; Université Laval (3 rd place overall); University of Akron; University of Florida; University of Kansas; University of Nevada, Reno (1st place overall); University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez; University of Washington; University of Wis consin – Madison (5 th place overall); University of Wisconsin – Platteville; and Ut a h St ate University (4 th place overall). Teams were evaluated bas ed on the engineering design and construction principles; a technical presentation that details the design, testing, and construction of the craft; and the race portion of the competition. The NCCC provides students with a practical real-world application of the engineering principles learned in the classroom. The program also helps students to develop important team and project management skills, which they will need for their careers in the RealWorld. Pitt-Johnstown is the only school in the University of Pittsburgh system to offer Bachelor of Science degrees in engineering technology. Graduates from the program are aggressively recruited by many engineering firms, resulting in a 90% placement rate of engineering technology students. ▬

“The National Concrete Canoe Competition is more than just an engineering competition; it is a gathering of unique minds...”

Left: Pitt-Johnstown’s 2014 concrete canoe team with their canoe, Essayons. Top: Tongii University’s team performing a “swamp test,” flooding the canoe in a tank to be sure it won’t sink. Middle: Teams competing at the Quemahoning Reservoir. Bottom: University of Puerto Rico’s display.


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community I M PA C T   | 


C O M M U N I T Y I M PA C T 2


he University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown announced in September 2014 that they are partnering with a number of community associations and other entities to work toward strengthening our community with a focus on the Moxham area of Johnstown. PittJohnstown is excited to join the many groups, such as the Moxham Renaissance and the Russell House, who have been working very diligently to make significant strides in improving the safety and wellbeing of people in the area. This collaboration arose out of the University’s recently completed strategic plan which put as a principal goal and focus that Pitt-Johnstown will make progress toward sustaining and enhancing programs that have a positive community impact. Pitt-Johnstown has already





undertaken several steps toward its goal to improve community impact. During freshmen orientation, President Jem Spectar and members of the Student Affairs staff also rolled up their sleeves and helped students mow grass, remove weeds, stain the playground’s signature wooden structures, and spread mulch at the Village Street (Woodland) Playground.

The Russell House and Park Avenue Playground were also service destinations in Moxham, which is the neighborhood where Pitt-Johnstown established roots prior to moving to its current Richland Township campus. “We are very proud of the 450 students who have dedicated more than 1,300 community service hours to transform and

revitalize the Village St re e t ( Wo o d l a n d ) P l a y g r o u n d ,” s a i d Shawn Brooks, PittJohnstown vice president for student affairs and athletics. “They were delighted with the opportunity to become involved w i t h t h e Mo x h a m community, and they are looking forward to additional opportunities to continue performing community service in that section of the City.” In addition to the fall cleanup, the University hosted Light Up Night in Moxham where more than 200 community members enjoyed holiday music, refreshments, and a display of more than 21,000 lights and a lit Norway spruce. To continue this collaboration in the coming months and years, several initiatives have been formed, including working with afterschool programs to help young people succeed in school, student mentoring, and ongoing efforts to reduce crime and improve safety. The University looks forward to working with agencies like Goodwill Industries of the Conemaugh Valley and New Day for volunteer efforts and to obtain internships for our students. Tom Oldham, a long-time home owner and resident of Moxham, had this to say about the University’s plans: “I am excited to hear about Pitt-Johnstown’s commitment to the neighborhood. There are many organizations but only one ‘Moxham Community;’ I think it’s fantastic that Pitt-Johnstown is getting involved.” As part of its commitment to the Johnstown community, the University has embraced a leadership role in working to reduce blight throughout the city. Pitt-Johnstown will fund the removal of one blighted home each year for the


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next seven years, beginning in Moxham. In addition, Pitt-Johnstown is actively seeking significant support from local corporations, foundations, and other partners, with the ultimate goal of completely eradicating blight in Johnstown within a

of the community. We are part of the Johnstown community and have an obligation to undertake actions that improve the quality of life for all our people. When we are able to do so, we must contribute to efforts that build a livable, healthy, sustainable, and economically vibrant community. Furthermore, our strategic plan commits us to pursuing initiatives that address significant community issues and result in significant community impact. That is why we are calling on others to join us to tackle the central issue of blight.” “The City is looking forward to working with Pitt-Johnstown throughout the Moxham neighborhood. Numerous entities working together to achieve a common goal provides a positive end product,” said

“The progress of our campus is directly connected to the strength and well-being of the community.”

decade. More than 40 community leaders have endorsed the University’s ambitious plan to tackle blight definitively, removing all blighted homes by 2024. “Removal of blight will reduce crime, increase property values, bring back businesses and 1 - During freshmen orientation, more than 300 students jobs, and improve populawere transported to the Woodland Playground in the Moxham neighborhood to help transform the facility. tion health,” said President 2 - A family poses with PJ the Mountain Cat in front Spectar. of the Norway spruce at Light Up Night in Moxham. 3 He continued, “ The - President Jem Spectar rolled up his sleeves to help level a table that the University refurbished. 4 - Damian progress of our campus is Lascoli ‘16, environmental studies major and Dr. William directly connected to the Kory, chair of Pitt-Johnstown’s geography department, strength and well-being worked together to clean the area surrounding Woodland Playground during Homecoming Week. 5 - During Light Up Night in Moxham, hundreds of community members g a t h e r e d t o s e e t h e g o l d a n d bupj.pitt.edu/magazine  l u e l i g h t d i s p l|  a y .


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Melissa Komar, land management coordinator for the City of Johnstown. Linda Thompson, president of the Johnstown Area Regional Industries (JARI), commented, “Pitt-Johnstown is leading RealWorld collaboration with key groups in the Moxham neighborhood. JARI is pleased to offer support for this initiative and will work with the City, the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority, and

others to assist in the removal of blight and the attraction of new investment in conjunction with this effort.” Although many projects have been taking place, there is much work to be done. “Our approach is to take the long view. We are commencing a seven-year commitment that will require efforts in establishing partnerships, involving our students, faculty, and staff with the

community, and seeking donor support,” said President Spectar. “We want to work with the neighborhood-based organizations that are already doing great work in Moxham to bring new life to the place where our institution established its roots on Cypress Avenue. We owe a debt of gratitude to the people of that area, and we have an obligation to pay it forward.” ▬



h e Un i v e r s it y of Pittsburgh at Johnstown has been named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which annually recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary community ser vice programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships. This is the fourth time PittJohnstown, the only regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh to be honored in 2014, has been named to the Honor Roll; the first year was 2009 and again in 2010 and 2012. Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar commented, “This honor further validates our successful efforts at engaging and transforming our communities, educating the citizen servant-leaders of tomorrow. We are proud of our students’ deep commitment to service as illustrated more recently in the hundreds of students who have been involved in our Moxham Renewal Initiative.” Last year, Pitt-Johnstown students performed more than 14,000 hours of community service, positively impacting the lives of more than 3,500 individuals. The value of volunteer time by students, faculty, and staff totals $3.6 million. Many service opportunities and community partnerships are offered at Pitt-Johnstown, including the following:


RealWorld Action Program (RAP) – Through this centerpiece of co-curricular learning and student development initiatives, which includes civic and community engagement, students develop customized action plans with specific goals on how to become agents of positive change in our communities. Students implement their action plans by serving, participating, developing leadership skills, and collaborating with others to improve their communities. This group’s efforts benefitted more than 50 community organizations including K-12 education, healthcare, food pantries, veterans organizations, and service groups. Additionally, national organizations including the American Cancer Society, t he Ame r i c an He ar t Ass o c i at i on ,

American Red Cross, and the YMCA/YWCA are also supported by RAP participants. Pi tt - Jo h n s to w n @ Yo u r Service – This signature service program included the following core components: 1) studentathletes providing volunteer service or raising money for charitable organizations, including the Alternative Community Resource Program (ACRP) and Make-AWish Foundation; 2) organized service opportunities offered as part of new student orientation for incoming first-year students; 3) “PITT-nic in the Park;” 4) annual Campus Light Up Night; and 5) an extensive campus-wide recycling program, which included the processing of 137 tons of postconsumer waste and 21 tons of scrap metal. Habitat for Humanity – PittJohnstown students are helping to address the issue of poverty in the United States. Annually, members construct a “cardboard city” on our campus mall as part of Habitat’s Shack-a-Thon, which promotes awareness of homelessness and substandard housing. Additionally, during spring break PittJohnstown Habitat members travel to locations throughout the southern United States to help construct homes. To learn more about how PittJoh nstow n is g iv i ng b a ck to t he community, visit pitt-johnstown.pitt.edu/ CommunityRelations. ▬

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not only reduced the amount of food waste by discouraging students from taking more food than they could eat (and ultimately throwing it away), but it also has reduced dish washing requirements, which translates into energy savings, decreased use of dish detergent, and conservation of thousands of gallons of water each year.

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We Recycle

nvironmental conservation has been a long-standing commitment at Pitt-Johnstown. Shortly after the campus relocated to its current location in 1967, an article in Look magazine touted the heating and ventilation systems as state-of-the-art and energy efficient. Called the Total Electric Heat Conservation System, the system essentially recycled the heat created by lighting, students, faculty, staff, and equipment in classrooms to heat the 10 campus buildings. Today, Pitt-Johnstown continues its efforts to reduce its environmental footprint. A broad-based committee of students, faculty, and staff are working to promote and expand the campus’ sustainable practices. The committee is recommending standardized practices for collecting recyclables in both residential and academic buildings. Better labels and information about how to recycle will lead to more recycling and less contamination of recyclables with other waste. The committee is looking forward to future projects that will focus on composting as well as opportunities to reduce consumption or reuse more materials for campus.


preparing to move out of their residence halls for the summer. This annual effort provides Goodwill with furniture, small appliances, and other gently used items that can be resold in its retail stores.

Reducing Waste

Ten hydration stations have been installed on campus, providing the opportunity to refill water bottles with filtered water, thereby reducing the number of water bottles that are discarded. To date, the use of these stations has reduced plastic waste by more than 108,000 bottles. Two new stations will be added to campus annually.

Efficient Energy

Through a campus-wide lighting project, Pitt-Johnstown has reduced its carbon emission by nearly one-million pounds. The project, which includes converting street lighting to LED bulbs, upgrading lighting fixtures in many buildings, and installing occupancy sensors in classrooms (automatic sensors that turn lights on upon entry and off once the room is vacant), which reduce kilowatt usage by more than 80,000 annually. These reductions in energy consumption are the equivalent of planting 1,300 trees and removing 80 cars from the road. Energy consumption has also been reduced through strategic efforts including replacing inefficient windows and insulating several facilities. Additionally, heating and cooling systems have been automated in several buildings to operate at full capacity only when buildings are occupied.

With the support and cooperation of the entire campus community, an average of 160 tons of post-consumer waste are recycled annually. These items include office paper, cardboard, newspapers and magazines, aluminum cans, plastic, and scrap metal. Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown works with Goodwill Industries of the Conemaugh Valley to set up collection Sustainable Dining sites across campus during the final week Dining Services removed trays from of spring term classes, when students are all campus dining facilities. This initiative

Pitt-Johnstown’s implementation of a replacement program for students computing lab computers reduces energy consumption by utilizing more energyefficient technology. Labs on campus now feature equipment that uses less power and generates less heat than older equipment. A similar replacement cycle has been implemented for faculty and staff desktop computers, as well.

Sustainable Design and Construction

The new 26,000-square-foot Nursing and Health Sciences Building, which opened in 2013, is expected to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. Additionally, the soon-to-begin John P. Murtha Center for Public Service project, which will include the complete renovation of the 65,000-square-foot Engineering and Science Building and construction of a new facility to house a large multipurpose room, exhibit space, administrative offices, and a veterans’ lounge, will be a LEED-certified project. LEED certification recognizes organizations for the design, operation, and construction of environmentally compatible buildings. It is recognized around the world as the premier mark of achievement in green building.

Sustainable Purchasing

Pitt-Johnstown has implemented an inventory control process for custodial supplies that has reduced waste and decreased costs. The automated system standardizes orders for approximately 4,000 items, which eliminates product waste through loss, misplacement, and product expiration. The plan has been so successful that is being expanded to other areas. ▬


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BASEBALL Head Coach Todd Williams’ baseball team finished third in the PSAC Western Division to earn a spot in the conference tournament...Team advanced to the PSAC Tournament Semifinals…Senior catcher Kyle Morrow named First-Team All-PSAC-West and junior outfielder Brett Marabito named Second-Team AllPSAC-West…Morrow named First-Team Rawlings/America Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-Atlantic Region. MEN’S BASKETBALL The Mountain Cats, under Head Coach Bob Rukavina, posted a 13-13 overall record and a 6-10 mark in the PSAC Western Division...Ian Vescovi named Second-Team All-PSAC...Academically, Vescovi and Bill Luther were First-Team Academic All-District selections...Vescovi was also was a Third-Team Academic All-American… Adam Shaheen was a three-time PSAC Freshman of the Week choice...Coach Rukavina earned his 400th career victory, and Luther became PittJohnstown’s 25th 1,000-point scorer in a 91-74 victory at Mansfield University on December 21.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL First-year Head Coach Mike Drahos’ Lady Cats were 10-17 overall and 7-9 in the PSAC West...Team earned spot in PSAC Tournament...Leah Hansen named First-Team Academic All-District...


Kayla DeCriscio ranked 37th nationally in 3-point field goal percentage at 40.0%... Team ranked 13th in 3-point field goals per game at 7.8. MEN’S & WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY Head Coach Shane Valko’s men’s and women’s cross country teams both had successful seasons...The Lady Cats placed second at the Pitt-Greensburg Invitational and 17 th at the PSAC Championships, while the men had two athletes compete in the PSAC Championships in their first year as a varsity sport. MEN’S GOLF Patrick Greer’s Mountain Cats got a 16thplace finish from Mike Macionsky to help Pitt-Johnstown place eighth at last fall’s PSAC Championships...The team is also competing this spring in several tournaments. MEN’S SOCCER Head Coach Eric Kinsey’s Mountain Cats finished the season with a 2-16 overall record and a 2-7 mark in the PSAC... Colin Michalski’s five goals led the team... Goalkeeper Tim Ofman finished 28th nationally in total (84) and 33rd in saves per game (5.25)...Team finished 21st in NCAA Division II in saves per game at 5.94. WOMEN’S SOCCER First-year Head Coach Rachel Smith’s Lady Cats were 1-16 overall and 0-16 in the PSAC…Jackie Becerra and Kim Bonnett each scored a pair of goals to lead the team...Nationally, goalkeeper Timi Shiock ranked 62nd in saves per game (5.55)...The team ranked 11th in the country in total saves per game at 8.18. MEN’S & WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD Carl Keifer and Ernie Williams’ men’s and women’s track and field teams had successful seasons...Erica Enarusai (Triple

Jump) and Rebecca Schorr (800 Meter Run) both qualified for the PSAC Indoor Championships. WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL First-year Head Coach Joanna Haupt’s Lady Cats became Pitt-Johnstown’s first team to win a PSAC Tournament championship...School’s first volleyball team to earn berth in NCAA Regional Tournament...26-11 overall record and 15-7 in the PSAC...Marissa Erminio named PSAC Tournament MVP, PSAC East Rookie of the Year, First-Team All-PSAC, First-Team Daktronic AllRegion...Beth Kendera named First-Team All-PSAC and First-Team Daktronics All-Region...Allison Mondorff named First-Team All-PSAC...Kelsey Shanabrook named Second-Team All-PSAC. WRESTLING Head Coach Pat Pecora’s wrestlers were 13-2 overall all and placed second in the PSAC with a 5-2 mark...Team placed sixth overall and second among the eight Division II teams at PSAC Tournament... Dave Fogle (125 lbs.), Gary Lantz (165 lbs.), and Travis McKillop (184 lbs.) earned spots on All-PSAC Team...Travis McKillop 2013 PSAC Champion at 184 lbs...the team placed second at Super I Regional Tournament with six National Qualifiers (Champions-Dave Fogle (125 lbs.), Travis McKillop (184 lbs.), and Zac Bennett (197 lbs.)...Third-Place-Sam Hanau (141 lbs.), Cole Landowski (149 lbs.), and Josh Duplin (285 lbs.)...Team placed ninth at National Tournament with four All-Americans (National Runnerup-McKillop (184 lbs.)… Third-Place Fogle (125 lbs.)...Seventh-Place-Bennett (197 lbs.) and Duplin (285 lbs.)...Dave Cawley (141 lbs.) and McKillop FirstTeam NWCA All-Academic Wrestling Team choices... John Blankenship named Second-Team All-Academic Team. ▬ Information from the 2013-2014 Academic Year

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Hall of

Fame Left to Right: President Jem Spectar, Eric Dinyar, Lenore Shimkus-Schell, Ken Keiper, Barry Gresh, and Athletic Director Pat Pecora

Pitt-Johnstown launched the first Athletics Hall of Fame in September 2007 to honor prestigious groups of athletes, coaches, and university supporters and their champion spirits. Since then, 36 individuals and four teams have been inducted. These individuals merit distinction for their accomplishments and leadership in athletic endeavors for Pitt-Johnstown. Last year’s class, which was inducted on April 12, 2014 included: Eric Dinyar ‘97 (Baseball), Barry Gresh ‘80 (Wrestling), Ken Keiper 1971-97 (Baseball Coach), Emanuel “Book” Richardson ‘98 (Men’s Basketball), and Lenore Shimkus-Schell ‘84 (Women’s Basketball). Pitt-Johnstown also recognized the 1996-97 men’s basketball team for earning the program’s first NCAA Division II Regional berth.


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Pitt-Johnstown completed its first year in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. • Pitt-Johnstown won the Women’s PSAC Volleyball Tournament. At h l e t i c s • Travis McKillop won an individual PSAC Wrestling Tournament. NCAA post-season success: • Women’s Volleyball competed in its first ever NCAA tournament. • 7 wrestlers qualified for the National Tournament. of • 4 wrestlers earned All-American honors: Travis McKillop, Zac Bennett, Dave Fogle, and Josh Duplin. • Travis McKillop: NCAA National Runner-Up. 240 student-athletes participated in intercollegiate sports (140 men and 100 women). The student-athlete mean grade point average was higher than the mean GPA for the overall student body in both semesters. Kimberly Bonnett (Women’s Soccer) and Michael Palkovitz (Baseball) received the Lowell D. Shaffer Student-Athlete Award, presented to a student involved in the college’s intercollegiate athletics program who demonstrates academic excellence. Rachel Johnson (Women’s Basketball) and Tyler Rothbauer (Men’s Soccer) received the Faculty-Senate Scholar-Athlete Award, presented to a graduating senior who participates in the college’s intercollegiate athletics program, is involved in extra-curricular activities, and demonstrates academic achievement. Katherine Dalzell (Women’s Golf) received the Dr. Christopher J. Morgan Mathematical Advancement Award for academic excellence in a mathematics major. Ian Vescovi (Men’s Basketball) received the John D. Wilson Mathematics Research Award for outstanding research in mathematics or statistics. William Luther, III (Men’s Basketball) received the Academic Achievement in Business Award presented for academic excellence and extraordinary dedication in the completion of one’s undergraduate studies in Business. Michael Palkovitz (Baseball) received the George E. Letcher Jr. Accounting Award for achievement in accounting. Ian Vescovi (Men’s Basketball) was recognized as a University Scholar (top 2% of their class at the University). Seventeen student-athletes received Academic Achievement Awards from the DII Athletics Directors Association for completing at least two full years of school with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above.

Hall Fame

Information from the 2013-2014 Academic Year


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passion for world cultures


childhood fascination inspired by tales of faraway lands has given a recent PittJohnstown graduate both the wanderlust and commitment for a career in international education. This past August, Lisa Marie Slippy ’12 was packing her suitcase in preparation for just the latest foreign posting in her varied personal itinerary. Not for the first time, Gordon and Ruth Ann Slippy would see their daughter off to her next adventure


in another country, a new life in a strange culture—this time to the Czech Republic, for a teaching opportunity in Prague. “I have always been interested in meeting people from other countries,” said Slippy. “Relatives who traveled would bring presents from abroad, and I knew I would travel, too.” At age 14, she got her chance when she volunteered to join a mission-related construction project in Mexico. “I was learning how to plaster,” she recalled, “until a hurricane interrupted

our trip and we had to cross back into the States for safety’s sake.” Other opportunities followed during Lisa’s high school years in Pittsburgh: a stint in a Native American community in Kiowa, Oklahoma, as well as a mission trip to Atlanta to work with homeless people. By the time she enrolled at Pitt-Johnstown as an education major, Slippy was an old hand at opening both her head and heart to new people from different cultures, and finding her niche, making her own contribution in whichever situation she found herself. During the summer of 2011, fresh out of Professor Bill Kory’s “Geography of Africa” course, Slippy joined a Youth with a Mission (YWAM) project in Arusha, Tanzania. “It was my first time on a plane, and I was traveling alone,” she explained. “It was a real learning experience, a test of my theory that I could do this.” The first leg of the trip was to Ethiopia, and proved interesting, to say the least. “The Harlem Globetrotters were on the plane, en route to Ethiopia! I also spoke with a guy—an American who was getting married to an Ethiopian girl.” On to Kenya and finally to Kilimanjaro, then overland to her home for the next three months, Arusha. “I taught ‘class five English’ at an elementary school, which is roughly fifth grade, and art,” she said. Art supplies were limited. “We saved scraps of paper—we were thrifty—and shared crayons and paints. Some of my students were very talented.” She was the sole American living with other volunteers in a compound formed by tall thorn bushes. Clearly, she loved every minute of her time in Tanzania. “I was sad to leave,” she admitted. She hopes to return to Arusha someday. In the fall of 2012, Lisa’s freshlyminted teaching degree earned her a post at a Christian American school in Accra, Ghana, where she would teach students who hoped to continue their educations at U.S. universities. She was back in Africa, and found Ghana to be a world apart from Tanzania. “Tanzania’s cuisine is similar to Indian food, with spices and curries,” she explained. “In Ghana, the ingredients are more like Caribbean food, with cassava, plantain, mango, pineapple. Also fish and

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Lisa’s Travel Journal Excerpt August 19th - Leaving on a jet plane

Slippy ‘12 w ith a fellow t eacher and two Tanzani an students

‘jollof ’ rice, a sort of stew. And banku and fufu—these are balls of a sort of bread dough that you dip in stews. Always with your right hand—it is considered rude to eat with your left hand.” Thanks to family and friends who chipped in to buy her plane tickets, Slippy made it home for Christmas that year. She remained in Ghana until summer, 2014, when she applied to teach in a British System school i n Pr a g u e . At t h e Riverside School, she expects to serve alongside faculty from other Commonwealth countries such as Canada or New Zealand. She has already acquired a German roommate, with whom she will share an apartment. As she contemplated her move to the Czech Republic, Lisa tried to summarize the fundamental lessons she has gleaned from her already prodigious travels. “I do an exercise with my students called ‘Travel and You,” she said. “I make a flow chart on travel impacts, in three steps: you go to a new location, you learn, and what you learn changes you, changes your attitudes.” She went on. “People tend to think in absolutes, what things should look like. But in different cultures, you cannot think in terms of good or bad—only different. There are good and bad characteristics in every society, but many things we THINK fit one or the other are actually just preference. It is very important to learn more respect for people of all cultures.” ▬

The move started off on the right foot with a family lunch, no traffic to the airport, and helpful staff. I didn't cry saying goodbye to anyone; this is a first. Feeling under control but hopefully not too stoic. On the Zurich layover, I left the airport by metro...alone! Again chills of independence. Walked along the silvery water, climbed precarious steps for a breathtaking, misty lookout, and then sauntered back to the 'port without a hitch. Whew! Europe here it goes...

August 20th - Making myself at home It's muggy, I have on too many layers, and my bags are drooping my shoulders by the minute. Where is my pick up person? There he is! A paternal, energetic Scot scoops up my luggage and leads me to the great beyond. After a whirlwind tour of Bubeneč, the signing over of my life to the landlord, and filling my belly with cauliflower soup at a local shop, I set to the task of making my boundaries of familiarity as vast as possible.

August 21st - Exploring Prague Waking up in my chilly corridors to a high white ceiling and the silence of midmorning, it is time to explore. I lace up my running shoes, grab the keys, and leap out of the foreign flat. Without a map, a friend, or a car as a crutch, winding through the giant, ornately designed architecture of the city feels like a forbidden treat. Up a hill through an orchard and vineyard of the historic Prague Castle, across the dark chaotic gothic of Charles Bridge, and past coin-seeking statues with the eyes of men is this cobblestoned jewel of Central Europe... Need to take pictures before it all seems normal. Write it all down. Chew over how strangers surprise me, the way a crucifixion statue in the middle of the woods instills awe, or how chants echoing from our local stadium send shivers down my spine. And yet we're all together on this great planet, united by a common thread of our humanity. May we take time to reflect on the patterns of a culture, the makings of a story, the purpose of our choices. Hopefully our tale embroiders a bit of the rich tapestry no one has seen the end of yet.

September 1st - First day of school School started today. Absolutely lovely children - they are so small and eager to hear about geography! Quite an adjustment from the daily convincing of high schoolers that “learning is fun.” They will start with a rip-out map to see how well they grasp the continents and oceans, then move on to climates, population studies, and even a unit on Ghana. Funny how it is so interconnected with the last gig despite being a continent away. I will be teaching a babysitting course, as well as assisting in learning support and cooking. Variety is the spice of life!


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A DistinguishedAlumna Jeanne Wolford McKelvey ‘65 was named the Pitt-Johnstown 2014 Distinguished Alumni recipient.

Jeanne Wolford McKelvey ‘65 earned the highest honor that Pitt-Johnstown bestows upon its more than 20,500 alumni. The award recognizes individual achievements, leadership in professions, service to community, and loyalty to alma mater. Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar commented, “Ms. McKelvey has distinguished herself as a successful entrepreneur, business leader, attorney, and community citizen. Her outstanding advocacy work helped to establish the Windber Research Institute, which is at the cutting edge of scientific research, nationally and internationally. She represents the very finest of Pitt-Johnstown alumni and stands as a shining example of career and professional success in the RealWorld, service to community, and pride in her alma mater.” Ms. McKelvey is owner, director, vice president, and legal counsel for McKelvey Oil Company, Inc., a distributor of gasoline, fuel oil, diesel fuel, kerosene, and lubricants in a six county area of WestCentral Pennsylvania. She is also an owner and director of MountainTop Technologies, Inc., a Johnstown-based technology company specializing in computer and Internet-based learning programs for military, government, and private companies. In the past, she also served as senior vice president and general counsel for the company. Prior to her current positions, Ms. McKelvey was a medical technologist and chief technologist at Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital; a chief technologist at the Johnstown Regional Blood Center; an allied health training program coordinator and assistant director for public affairs at Pitt-Johnstown; director, owner, secretary, and legal counsel for Highland Financial, Ltd.; and an instructor for Business Law at

St. Francis College. Actively engaged in her community, Ms. McKelvey is secretary of the Board of Directors, executive committee member, immediate past chairman of the finance and personnel committee, and initiator of the Joyce Murtha Breast Care C enter for Windb er Medical Center; treasurer of the Board of Directors, incorporator, and trustee for Windber Research Institute; vice chairman, director, and secretary of the Board for 1 st Summit Bank; and member of the Hiram G. Andrews Center Special Planning Task Force, among myriad other present and past positions. As a loyal alumna, Ms. McKelvey is a Pitt-Johnstown Alumni Association (previously known as Alumni Council) member and a member of Golden Panthers. She served as past director for the Pitt-Johnstown Foundation for Campus Ministry, which presented her the Chi Rho Award in 1978. Following an early graduation from Adams Township High School (she skipped her senior year), Ms. McKelvey enrolled at Pitt-Johnstown where she majored in microbiolog y ; she was accepted into Pitt-Oakland’s first class in its School of Medical Technology. She received a master’s degree in biochemistry from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In 1 9 8 4 , t he n - G ove r nor R i chard Thornburg appointed her to the Board of Medical Education and Licensure for the Commonwealth, where she served for ten years. Ms. McKelvey later went on to earn

her juris doctorate degree at the Dickinson School of Law. She is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the Supreme Court of Pe n ns y lv an i a , the Supreme Court of Florida, and the We s t e r n D i s t r i c t of the United States Federal C ourt for the Third Circuit. Ms. McKelvey is a member of the Fulton, Cambria, and Allegheny County Bar Associations. Additionally, she studied at St. Andrews University in Scotland and Cambridge University in England. Ms. McKelvey is a 15-year breast cancer survivor, which reached stage four in 2008. A supporter of breast cancer research and awareness, Ms. McKelvey was honored as the 2013 recipient of Windber Research Institute’s Taunia Oechslin Community Advocate for Breast Cancer Research Award at the fifth annual Pink Tie Affair to celebrate breast cancer awareness month. A native of Johnstown, Ms. McKelvey resides in Salix with her husband William G. McKelvey and twenty-year-old twins, Colt and Chey. During her free time, she enjoys flying, horse training and riding, golf, sewing, music, and skating. She is a private mission-qualified instrument rated pilot and is a commissioned Colonel in the Civil Air Patrol (CAP); she was the first woman ever appointed as National Controller of the CAP. On learning of her selection, Ms. McKelvey stated that she was very honored to be presented the Pitt-Johnstown Distinguished Alumni award. ▬

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Marlin Mickle ‘60, the Nickolas A. DeCecco Professor in Pitt’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has developed breakthrough innovations around radio frequency-based electronics. His innovations range from wireless ambient energy harvesting, burst switches, and tine antennae to devices for deep-brain stimulation and medication blister pack safety packing. Dr. Kathleen E. George ‘63 recently published two books, A Measure of Blood, the seventh in a series of police thrillers set in Pittsburgh, and The Johnstown Girls, a stand-alone novel about the town and the floods.

1980s Lynn M. Davis ‘81, CEO of the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, was named the 2013 CEO of the Year by the Center for Nonprofit Management. Under Davis’ leadership, DCAC served more families, educated more professionals, and raised more funds than in any other time in DCAC history. W. Thomas Phizacklea ‘81 was selected as McDaniel College’s new Vice President for Administration and Finance on June 23, 2014. Eileen Sharbaugh ‘85, married to David Sharbaugh ‘86, cofounded a non-profit in Pittsburgh called Jeremiah’s Place, the area’s first crisis nursery that provides temporary non-custodial care of young children when the family is in crisis or in need of additional services or stability. They have served 98 children since opening on April 21, 2014.

We want to hear about your new job, new spouse, new child, a great experience, or anything your fellow alumni would love to hear! Submit your information to Alumni Relations: upjalum@pitt.edu, 888-875-2586, or 272 Blackington Hall, 450 Schoolhouse Road, Johnstown, PA 15904.

and Automation Engineer in Pittsburgh, designing robots and automation in the medical field. Carri A. Greczek ‘96 and Steven G. Platt ‘96 were married in November 2014. Daniel R. King ‘97, CPA, is Manager of SEC Reporting at BNY Mellon, Pittsburgh, PA. Barron Whited ‘97, a graduate in biology and communication, recently was filmed in two CBS TV segments (KDKA-TV Topic: How Kids Can Explore Future Careers & WTAJ-TV Topic: Tips for High School Graduates) to help students and parents of elementary, secondary, and post-secondary children.

‘07 celebrated their 5th wedding anniversary this summer. They reside in Pittsburgh and have two boys, Drew, 3, and Neil, 9 months. Nikki teaches part-time online with Think Through Math, providing live help to students all over the US, from grade 3 through Geometry. Andy works in the Learning & Development department of UPMC as an Instructional Designer, creating and managing online trainings.

Philip E. Rohanna ‘98 and Dr. Christine M. Lesosky ‘04 were married on September 21, 2013.

Elijah R. Garshnick ‘07 and Pitt-Johnstown’s Alumni Relations Coordinator Kayla Fyock were married on September 6, 2014 in Homer City, Pa. Eli accepted a position this year with Westinghouse in Blairsville, Pa. as a Supply Specialist.

Jaclyn M. Caddy ‘99 and Jarrod Tanner were married on June 22, 2013 at Pitt-Johnstown.

Kevin D. Hillegas ‘07 and Danielle Brunot were married on October 12, 2013 in Friedens, Pa.

A Pittsburgh suburb marked the 5th anniversary of the slaying of FBI agent Samuel Hicks ‘99 by unveiling a memorial monument to him near the township’s hall in November 2013.

Thomas A. Leslie ‘08 is engaged to be married to Nicole Brownlee on April 25, 2015.


Kurtis J. Pierce ‘09 and Jenalyn M. Young ‘11 are engaged to be married in the summer of 2015.

Jason S. Kurtz ‘00 and Mandy L. Nemeth ‘01 were married on June 29, 2013 in Johnstown.

Beth A. Sandak ‘08 became a first-time homeowner and purchased property in Richland Township of Johnstown.

Paula M. Carlson ‘01 finished the NYC Marathon on November 3, 2013 in just 4:57:00. Diana M. Dongell ‘03 and Donald Siddoway were married on June 22, 2013 in York, Pa.

2010s Adam M. Charles ‘10 and Elisa Cekada were married on November 16, 2013. Kayla A. Hyatt ‘10 and John Baum Hostetler II were married October 18, 2013 in Columbia, S.C.

1990s Robert W. Jaynes ‘95 has over ten different patent applications currently being processed by the USPTO, ranging from robot guidance systems to hand held tools for the Medical Industry. He is working as a Senior Robotics

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Kayla J. Menear ‘10 and Andrew Carroll were married on August 17, 2013 in Somerset. Andy Marsula ‘06 and Nikki (Rojtas) Marsula






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alumni N E W S   |  Frank J. DiLoreto ‘12 and Emily E. Spinos were married July 27, 2013 in Indian Lake, Pa.

serving as a community development volunteer in Mozambique for The Peace Corps, working with a local health center, two community based organizations, and a girls’ empowerment group.

Allison M. Durica ‘12 is engaged to be married to Kevin Miller Jr. in the summer of 2015.

Alex J. Pozun ‘11 and Melissa Ludwig were married on July 19, 2014 at St. Francis University. Bader M. Abulaban ‘11 lives in Indian Lake, Pa. and has visited 23 countries. Most recently, Bader went to Amman, Jordan to visit his grandfather. From there Bader and his father traveled to Petra and then to Aqaba where they went scuba diving in the Red Sea.

Chris S. Dempsey ‘11 took his professional MMA career to a new level by accepting a UFC fight on just 19 days’ notice. He fought in Dublin, Ireland on July 19, 2014 against the UFC vet Latifi at UFC Fight Night 46. Dance F. Drier ‘11 graduated from Widener University School of Law and took the PA Bar Exam. Jared N. McDonald ‘11, of Bedford, is engaged to Nicole Lightner with a tentative wedding date of April 4, 2015.

ALUMNI Heather M. Alt ‘97 Keith Boring ‘75 George E. Bracken ‘48 Ronald G. Bresnicky ‘49 Peter W. Chiodo ‘65


Angela R. Hancharik ‘12 and Chad Paronish were married on June 28, 2014. Myers W. Miller ‘12 is engaged to be married to Brittany Hall on September 5, 2015.

Joseph A. Anderson ‘12 married Trisha D. Nikonow ‘11 on August 31, 2013. The two PittJohnstown business grads and their 2-year -old daughter, Taylor Brynn, welcomed the newest addition, Kennedy Jo, into their family on June 27, 2014. Joseph, who completed his MBA from Trident University International, Magna Cum Laude, on June 29, 2014, will be starting a new career with AXA Financial Advisors. Meghan L. Beam ‘12 is engaged to be married to Jack Rupert. The two hope to set a date for their wedding in fall of 2015. In August, 2014, Meghan took on the position of Marketing Manager and Executive Assistant for L.S. Sadler in Indiana, Pa.

In Memoriam

Cynthia L. Gardella ‘67 John R. Haywood ‘59 James Kist ‘97 Douglas Krofina ‘70 Anne Mantini ‘74

Paul Pasternak ‘48 Julie Pavlovich ‘77 John E. Sheehan ‘48 Timothy Wess ‘89 Sharon K. Yake ‘62

Ashlyn Ahearn ‘13 recently accepted a position as a first-grade school teacher at Hickory Creek Elementary School in Jacksonville, Fl. Kathleen M. Bango ‘13 and Mike Stossel were married on September 28, 2013 on the PittJohnstown campus. Katie L. Bozic ‘13 is going to climb the 53-story Three Logan Square Skyscraper in Philadelphia on March 21, 2015. The event is a fundraiser by the American Lung Association called the Fight for Air Climb. Her involvement is to honor her mom, Sharon, who has been battling a rare lung disease since 2005. Dylan T. Johnson ‘13, a finance major, has been dedicating his time toward the launch of a quantitative systematic hedge fund known


George Beach Dr. Gerald L. Brown ‘58 George Jurich Dr. Stanley Long

Dr. Richard O. Mead Dorothy Mesaros Helen Partsch Dr. John R. Quinn

as “Sardonyx Capital,” a trading system that utilizes quantitative functions to produce high probability low-lag signaling for entry of positions and a dynamic risk-management method to exit positions. Dylan planned to launch this hedge fund in January. Donald B. Partner ‘13 enlisted in the United States Navy and obtained a position as an Information Systems Technician. He planned to move to the Great Lakes in February to start his new job and to pursue a master’s degree. Juliette M. Slonka ‘13, a program assistant in the Undergraduate Admissions Office at University of Central Florida, is pursuing her MA in Educational Leadership at the University of Central Florida.

Matthew K. Ziance ‘13 is currently a Social Media Marketing Coordinator at NBC Sports located in Stamford, CT. He works on many social accounts, including NBC Sports, designs graphics, partakes in live Tweet events, and can be found behind-the-scenes at photo-shoots, TV shows, and games. Matt worked at the Winter Classic in DC, Super Bowl Week in Glendale, AZ, and on the horizon is the Rio Olympic Games.

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Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Cliff Maloney, Jr. ‘14 traveled to California following graduation to serve as political director of Igor Birman for Congress. After the race, he accepted the position of northeast regional director for the non-profit group Young Americans for Liberty in Arlington, Va. Recently, he accepted the role of Sam Harris, a business tycoon, in a professional production of “The Keys.”

Chelsea L. Fallier ‘14 received the job of Regional Coordinator at the Epilepsy Foundation Western/Central PA.

Evan D. Sawyer ‘14 is engaged to be married to Lindsey Antolik on Aug. 8, 2015. Evan is an engineer at Westmoreland Mechanic Testing and Research, Youngstown.

Doritha C. Gibson ‘14 accepted a position in August 2014 as a Registered Nurse at the

alumni association board OFFICERS: 2013-2015

President Gladys K. Go ‘92

Vice President William R. Crowe ‘78

Secretary Nancy Rottler ‘90

Treasurer Jeffrey S. Philibin ‘88

Executive Director of Development & Alumni Relations Jesse Pisors


Susan Blazosky ‘91

Renée Kerr ‘93

Jeffrey Kubay ‘92

Rebecca M. Lear ‘77

Douglas Ledney ‘87

Paul Leonard, Jr. ‘77

Cliff Maloney, Jr. ‘14

Ernie Mantini ‘79

Lacey Slavich Ott ‘07

Jason Pierce ‘13

Jenna Ricci ‘09

Jonathan Rutledge ‘00

Matt Sernell ‘06

Mark Stephens ‘14

Katherine E. Rutledge ‘08

Beth Sandak ‘08

Student Senate President Shelby Smith ‘15


Jeanne Delich Susko ‘85

Ben Vinzani ‘74

Blue and Gold Society President Kelly Blackhurst ‘15 upj.pitt.edu/magazine 

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his summer, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown alumnus Richard Bross ‘73 endowed the Bross Family Scholarship in Business. The endowment will reward students who are Business majors, who have demonstrated academic excellence, who possess strength in communication and interpersonal skills, and who have demonstrated ethical leadership. Mr. and Mrs. Bross gave gifts totaling close to $300,000, providing initial endowment funding for the scholarship. They also have a testamentary intention to donate an additional $250,000 to the scholarship in the future. “We are deeply appreciative to Rick and


Susie Bross for this generous endowment can help secure the University’s mission for gift. Not only will it make a significant dif- future students. Rick has set a high standard for other alumni to follow, and we are profoundly grateful,” said Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar. Mr. Bross graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown magna cum laude with a BA in economics and was a divisional scholar in economics. Despite gaining a wonderful education overall, Mr. Bross felt that he graduated lacking strong communication skills, specifically in critical reading and writing and in public speaking. He worked hard during the beginning of ference for many Pitt-Johnstown students his career with Hormel Foods to develop for years to come, but I expect that it will those skills through taking classes, trainprompt other alumni to consider how they ing, personal study, practice, and even

“For some time we have wanted to help Pitt-Johnstown develop talented, future leaders. This will be our number one beneficiary. We are delighted our wish is now reality.”

working with his wife, Susie. In addition, Hormel Foods, a company with strong values and ethics, instilled in him a deep commitment to people – employees, customers, shareholders – who deserve the best leaders they can trust to build their companies the right way, over time with all stakeholders’ best interests in mind. To this end, Mr. Bross is a fervent supporter of business graduates possessing strong skills over a wide spectrum of learning. “Our goal for the Bross Family Scholarship is to develop strong leaders with the communication skills and unwavering integrity needed to assure our bright future. We need such leaders both in the private and public sectors,” said Mr. Bross. To support that goal, the Bross Family Scholarship in Business will provide tuition and support to one student per year who has a major in Business. To be eligible for the Bross Family Scholarship in business, a student must be a business major entering his/her junior or senior year with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Preference will be given to candidates who have completed at least 9 credits in economics. Finally, the student must demonstrate proficiency in communications, human relations, and ethical leadership through coursework, academic awards and honors, and extracurricular activities.

In regard to their donation to PittJohnstown, Mr. Bross closed, “Susie and I worked hard, but we were also very lucky. We believe it is important to give back to our communities, both in time and financially. We have done so for much of our lives. We decided to narrow our financial giving to only a few areas so the amount dedicated to each would be meaningful. For some time we have wanted to help Pitt-Johnstown develop talented, future leaders. This will be our number one beneficiary. We are delighted our wish is now reality. We encourage others, especially alumni, to consider investing in the University’s future.” Ap r i l D a v i s , a senior PittJ o h n s t o w n business-accounting major, was the first recipient of the Bross Family Scholarship in Business. A f t e r b e i ng awarded the

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scholarship, Davis said, “I am very excited about this scholarship. I would like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Bross for their generosity, and for the criteria of the scholarship. It’s not just based on academics, on which I do work very hard, but most important to me was the aspect of ethical leadership. I think it’s really important that we lead with honesty and integrity. If people cannot trust our work, our work is worthless.” ▬


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The Year in Giving JULY 1, 2013 - JUNE 30, 2014

Thank you for giving to the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. DONORS OF $10,000 AND UP Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Bross ‘73 Community Foundation for the Alleghenies Conemaugh Health System G. William Klemstine Foundation Ronald Hoover ‘56 and Jean Hoover ‘56 Hormel Foods Corporation Scott Electric Foundation, Inc. June E. Swank ‘49 The Hite Company Vira I. Heinz Endowment DONORS OF $5,000 - $9,999 AmeriServ Financial CTC Foundation EQT Foundation Martin A. Fritz, Esq. ‘86 Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield Lane R. Miller, PhD ‘79 and Louise K. Miller The T. Rowe Price Program for Charitable Giving DONORS OF $1,000 - $4,999 1st Summit Bank Air Products and Chemicals Mr. and Mrs. John Berk Berwind Corporation Albert Christ and Vicki Christ Rosemary A. Cirelli, MD ‘80 Concurrent Technologies Corporation Vincent L. Coppola ‘01 Edith Davis Eve Foundation Excelloy Industries, Inc. Eileen M. Gardenhire ‘87 Robert K. Gramling ‘78 H. F. Lenz Company Rose Mary Hagadus ‘57 Sean C. Isgan, PE, PLS ‘82 Vincent J. and Marjorie B. Jacob ‘77 Johnson Controls Foundation Johnstown Environmental Management Corporation (JEMCOR) JWF, Inc. Diane E. Keafer ‘79 Yvonne M. Keafer ‘79 Donald F. Koontz ‘66 Peter Korch ‘84 and Elizabeth Morgan Marilyn J. Kreitzburg Douglas L. Krofina ‘70 Laurel Auto Group Paul E. Lego ‘54 Matthew J. Maldet ‘87 Middough, Inc. Minnie Patton Stayman Foundation William J. Mullaney ‘82 Northrop Grumman Foundation Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers Richard J. Ragan ‘78 Samuel Hicks Memorial Fund Mr. and Mrs. Carl R. Sax ‘58 Carole A. Schilling ‘63 Slovenian Savings and Loan Association Snodgrass Certified Public Accountants Sodexo Operations, LLC Somerset Trust Company Anthony T. Sossong ‘53 Dr. Clark W. Strausser Dr. and Mrs. Alan H. Teich Dr. Kamal Verma W. Jeffery Carey Associates Thomas J. Wehner ‘72 Douglas R. Weimer, Esq. ‘75 Wilmington U.S. Charitable Gift Trust


DONORS OF $500 - $999 Armstrong World Industries BCL Manufacturing, Inc. Dr. Ronald J. Brzana ‘86 Caring Family Dentistry, PLLC Gilbert E. Caroff, Esq. ‘52 Freeman James Fullerton ‘76 and Jean Fullerton ‘76 General Electric Foundation William C. Go, Jr., MD Ralph S. Graff ‘43 Dr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Hlivko Gerald S. Johnston, MD ‘51 Dr. Catharine B. Kloss Robert W. Knipple ‘87 Jeffrey K. Laird ‘87 Jeffrey Lavine and Dr. Mary Lavine Reta M. Peck-Long Frank Mardis and Edith Mardis Gary Minchau, DMD ‘68 and Susan Minchau ‘68 Dolores Morgan Roma Verma-Murthy ‘83 Barbara L. Parkins ‘80 Joyce A. Radovanic ‘05 Riggs Family Foundation Philip J. Sebes ‘69 Joseph M. Sernell ‘06 Dr. and Mrs. Edward S. Shapiro ‘73 Col. Philip C. Skuta ‘87 Mr. and Mrs. J. Thomas Sobieski The Rehab Centre, Inc. Tri County Claims Association Tri-State Development Enterprises, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Richard R. Verma Wendy’s Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Wilson Dr. and Mrs. Donald Wygal Sr. DONORS OF $101 - $499 Anne M. Baker ‘83 Susan Marie Aurandt-Barker Kathy Russell Beam ‘82 Mr. and Mrs. James F. Beener Jessica Bellas, PE ‘93 Leah Benner ‘55 John W. Bernet ‘48 Susan M. Blazosky ‘91 Zachary S. Bodolosky Robert I. Boose II, Esq. ‘80 Malcolm H. Bremer, MD ‘63 Dr. Harry L. Bremer ‘66 Charles P. Burnett, Jr. Chevron Texaco Corporation Lucinda S. Custer ‘82 David J. Murphy Real Estate Amy Helt-DeCamp ‘95 Delta Sigma Chi Alumni Association James C. Dewar and Patricia Dewar Eagles Ridge Roy Erb ‘55 and Ann Erb Thomas C. Frank ‘68 David H. Fyock ‘62 Kenneth T. Gacka Lyndal M. Garbarino Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Gleason Marian E. Gojmerac Daniel A. Gotwald ‘80 Deborah A. Gregg Drs. William M. and Nancy C. Grove ‘67 Grace L. Grumbling Dr. Clyde and Kay Harriger ‘49 Bruce and Ednita Haselrig Dr. Terry L. Herter ‘74

Bob and Julie Horowitz Dr. Joseph Ieni ‘69 and Carol Ieni ‘69 Jacoby Pawlowski Trexler Architects David and Mary Jeckavitch Johnstown Material Handling Incorporated Mr. and Mrs. William C. Kenny Rita M. King ‘74 Henry B. Klinar ‘76 Kongsberg Defense Corporation Kevin R. Kunkle ‘95 Mr. and Mrs. Elmer C. Laslo Laurel Motors Holding Company Dr. Karen T. Lee Leventry, Haschak & Rodkey, LLC - Attorneys   at Law Thomas R. Lobb Luther P. Miller, Inc. Ronald Maceyko Ernest J. Mantini, DMD ‘79 and Linda Mantini ‘88 Dr. and Mrs. Camille J. Maravalli Matthew S. Mazonkey ‘05 Gerald R. Mock and Dorothy Mock Mr. and Mrs. David E. Moran Paul A. Moravek ‘83 Alex A. Nibert, Jr. ‘88 Douglas K. Oakley ‘72 Carl R. Pataky ‘62 Rosemary Pawloski and Edwin T. Pawlowski Mr. and Mrs. Howard M. Picking III John T. Pion, Esq. ‘82 Michael Paul Poder Paul Pontius Joseph M. Popchak ‘76 Michael J. Popchak ‘76 Re/Max Team Realtors William and Mary Ann Riggs Mr Daniel W. Rullo Ronald P. Rusinak ‘69 Jonathan A. Rutledge ‘00 Estelle Quinn-Sell ‘49 Rachel Marie Sernell ‘08 Theresa M. Shustrick ‘73 Dr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Sigmund Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. Frank H. Smigla ‘83 David B. Smith Robert G. Stenberg Joseph Strigle ‘80 and Kay Strigle Drs. Clifford and Carolyn Thompson Kathryn Toth ‘70 and John Toth Damon J. Vaccaro ‘98 Mr. and Mrs. George P. Valko Kenneth E. Walsh ‘66 Karen A. Warner-Hitchner ‘77 Timothy and Colleen Warner Lawrence R. Werner Marie A. Wilson ‘78 Joseph J. Wilson Dixie Wilson Matthew R. Zatko, Esq. Herman and Beverly Zilch DONORS OF UP TO $100 Paul T. Abram ‘62 Dr. Tony J. Albertelli ‘97 Patrick J. Albright Lyle N. Alexander ‘79 Allied Artists of Johnstown Pennsylvania John W. Altman Anna L. Antemann Aon Foundation Aramark

AT&T United Way/Employee Giving Campaign Ralph Attivo and Barbara Attivo AXA Foundation Adele Azar ‘58 Dr. and Mrs. Magdi Azer Aline W. Waite-Bantly ‘44 Natalie K. Conrad-Barnyak ‘94 Bryan R. Battaglia ‘98 Robert W. Baudoux Sr. ‘49 James B. Baughman ‘87 Patricia Beilchick Alan J. Bellomo ‘93 Beneficial Services, LLC Harry Benford III ‘56 Daniel Berkebile Hazel J. Berkey Linda J. Berti ‘78 Patrick and Angie Berzonski Mr. and Mrs. James Bickford William A. Bingler, Jr. Robert M. Blaschak ‘87 Cindy L. Blough Mark R. Bodenschatz ‘87 Herbert W. Boerstler ‘51 Brad E. Boerstler ‘92 Andrea and Vance Bolan Emil and Jan Bolha Natalie S. Bombatch Andrew B. Boratko ‘72 Dr. and Mrs. Joel E. Borkow Gail Boucher Philip W. Bowder ‘99 Scott A. Bowman ‘87 Mr. and Mrs. Craig Boyer Mr. and Mrs. Dale Bracken Charles R. Bradford, Jr. ‘80 Ernest R. Brennsteiner, Jr. ‘79 Dr. and Mrs. William R. Brice John F. Bunnell Mr. and Mrs. Michael Burk Matthew J. Busato Amy Buxbaum Leila E. Calderwood Nick and Betty Campitelli Charles J. Cannin Nancy H. Carlson ‘66 Dr. Joseph H. Carney Jeffrey N. Carr Jerry G. Cartwright, Esq. ‘75 Richard Cassone Mr. and Mrs. John R. Chanda Barbara B. Chase Dr. Gregory Chiartas ‘80 and Denise Chiartas Mr. and Mrs. Dennis D. Clark ‘88 Ronald Lee Cober ‘69 David W. Coghe, MD ‘62 Dennis R. Colbert ‘72 Anthony G. College ‘03 Kristy Connors Dr. Philip Ray Cook ‘49 Donald W. Cowie, CPA ‘77 Lori A. Cox ‘96 Jon S. Critchfield ‘05 William R. Crowe ‘78 Gregory C. Crowley ‘79 Teri A. Cruse ‘93 Christine N. Cuddy Ronald J. Cummins ‘92 Dr. Cecil Cuppett and Patty Cuppett Byron Custer ‘63 and Lana Custer ‘65 Byron C. Custer ‘71 Eli Cvijanovich ‘74

Edward J. Cwik ‘92 Ryan E. Daly ‘00 Mr. and Mrs. Alfred D’Arcangelo Michael J. Dattilo ‘78 Dr. James K. Davis ‘55 Jesse R. Davis ‘13 Judith L. DeAngelo ‘93 Deloitte Foundation Philip A. DeMarco ‘74 Mr. and Mrs. William Deremer Dr. Patricia S. Derrick Mr. and Mrs. David Devan Daniel D. Devan Ron Devine Jeffrey Deyarmin and Diane Deyarmin Charles O. Dimond Funeral Home, Inc. Shawn C. Dorian ‘89 Georgene M. Dubovecky ‘71 Donald B. Dudley Darlene Dudukovich Col. and Mrs. H. V. Dutchyshyn Dr. Jacob Easley Richard D. Ehrlich ‘73 Stephen R. Elias ‘80 Mr. and Mrs. Tom Ellenberger Kathleen M. Emert ‘85 Joshua M. Eppley ‘12 Erie Insurance Catherine Esaias ‘51 Ms. and Mr. Patricia A. Esserman George and Anne Fattman Dolores M. Fatula Jeanne R. Feathers ‘87 Barbara J. Feathers ‘99 Joanne Felix Joshua Fetcko ‘09 and Lacey Fetcko ‘08 Clare Ann Fey Marjorie M. Figura ‘78 Mrs. and Mr. Tamara Fine Lisel Francfort ‘76 and Dr. Alfred Francfort David L. Freas ‘04 Dr. Fred E. Freeberg ‘57 Lisa M. Freidhoff ‘07 John E. Frick ‘82 Richard and Barbara Froehlich Bob and Joan Fuhrmann June Jeanette Furman-Janakovic ‘94 Frederick S. Furst ‘80 Gayle L. Fyock ‘79 Justine A. Galentine ‘98 Dr. Christopher A. Gallus ‘00 and Tracy D.   Frombach ‘99 Dorothy and W. Blaine Garland William M. Gavlak Michelle L. Gelles ‘99 Maj. Gary L. Gemas ‘78 Gerald L. Fisher, DMD William Giannone ‘73 and Stephanie Giannone Mr. and Mrs. Barry R. Gilchrist ‘71 William L. Glosser, Esq. Paul Glosser ‘49 and Rita Glosser ‘76 Chris A. Glova John Goettlicher and Barbara Goettlicher Lucille and John Goodwin Arthur and Marlene Gotjen Leonard R. Grus ‘83 John and Barbara Gulick Dr. and Mrs. Brian Gunnlaugson Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Guydo Jr. ‘82 Marcia A. Guzzi Michael R. and Linda S. Gwinn Dr. James F. Gyure ‘70 and Madeline Gyure ‘70 H.A.S. Enterprises James D. Hallahan Larry D. Hallenbeck Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey D. Haman ‘92 Candyce D. Haman ‘78 Roger and Sally Hammond Betty J. Hand Charles J. Hanley ‘81 Mark B. Harshberger ‘91 Lisa A. Hart ‘84 Joy A. Hartman Richard Alan Hay ‘84 Gregory A. Hay ‘83 Joseph P. Heffley ‘06 Nancy Lloyd-Heggi ‘70 Elizabeth Ann Heggi ‘99 Dennis J. Heller Jessica L. Hershberger ‘02 Kirsten Hickey Highland Financial Limited

Connie B. Hobbs ‘88 Hometown Bar and Grill Dr. Jeffrey P. Hooper ‘73 Nancy L. Hoover ‘78 Andrew S. Hovanec ‘56 Lynn A. Hrabosky ‘81 Gregor Hrescak ‘65 Marjorie R. Hughes ‘43 Dan L. Hummel ‘74 Joan T. Hunt ‘77 Derek J. Hunter ‘93 Susan E. Hurrell ‘78 Catherine R. Iapalucci ‘50 IBM Corporation Mark Ingram ‘81 and Lisa Ingram ‘83 Loisann Jacovitz ‘66 William James and Nancy James Robert James ‘79 and Michele James ‘79 Stephen T. Jarabak ‘75 Maestro Istvan Jaray and Renee M. Shaw Bonnie Bittman Johnson ‘60 Evonne M. Johnson ‘87 JP Morgan Chase Foundation Alvin E. Just ‘72 Annette J. Kamzik John P. Karr ‘62 Adam Katrancha ‘96 Janet E. Keefer ‘91 Leanne Kendera Virginia G. Kevenk ‘84 Sharon L. Kieta ‘91 Paul Kiever ‘69 and Darlene Kiever Susan E. Kiniry Thomas M. Kleban Mr. and Mrs. Michael G. Kokus Edward A. Kolson Judy L. Konchan ‘96 Andrew Kondas ‘75 Richard Korber ‘84 and Stephanie Korber ‘75 Barbara L. Korber ‘95 Phyllis J. Koshewitz James M. Koshute ‘85 Jennifer J. Kotch ‘04 Francis G. Kovach Stephanie J. Kowalczyk ‘71 Kathleen K. Kowalczyk ‘74 Dr. Donna L. Kowalczyk ‘83 Mr. and Mrs. Michael R. Kozak Joe and Lorna L. Kubay Jeffrey Kubay ‘92 Charles E. Kupchella Jennifer A. Kush ‘99 Frank R. Kusher ‘68 Virginia M. La Gue ‘51 Robert J. Lacovic Deborah R. Ladym Gloria Lambert Philip D. Langerholc Sr. ‘64 Gary Lantz Sr. Angela M. Law ‘92 Douglas A. Ledney ‘87 Walter and Linda Leffler Paul W. Leonard Jr. ‘77 Germain Letizia and Patricia Letizia David J. Litterine ‘78 Charles R. Lloyd ‘63 Elaine M. Lobb ‘79 Dr. Elisabeth Bell-Loncella and James Loncella ‘84 Paul F. Long ‘84 Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lozanoff Blaine R. Lucas ‘78 Alex Lushko and Barbara Lushko Adele J. Madera ‘99 Thomas C. Malesky ‘86 Georgia L. Martin ‘92 Dr. George J. Maruschock ‘64 Alice F. Mason Maryann Matolyak ‘73 Dr. Robert W. Matson Mr. and Mrs. Bryon J. Mazzocco Flynn McCall ‘92 and Charmaine McCall ‘94 Scott A. McClain ‘93 Marie E. McCombie Theresa McCreary ‘88 Thomas E. McCullough ‘72 Lance D. McGough ‘99 Robert J. McKelvey ‘87 James G. Menges ‘84 Merck Partnership for Giving Marie Inez. Mesoros ‘01 Metropolitan Life Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. Metz

Alan Metzler ‘82 and Elaine Metzler Mr. and Mrs. Frank P. Michaelis Jeffrey P. Mickle ‘77 Thomas Mihalic ‘67 and Stephanie Mihalic ‘70 Zachary L. Milke ‘13 Dean and Terrie Miller Craig Minnick ‘86 and Rebecca Minnick Gerald E. Mock ‘48 Doak and Lois Montag Dr. Craig and Merikay Moore Dave and Jane Mordan Ruth Ann Morello, RN ‘81 Thomas R. Morgan Jack E. Mosholder George A. Mostoller ‘61 Joyce E. Murphy ‘71 Mickey Musulin Nancy L. Nash ‘76 Margaret L. Nastase John Nelson ‘79 and Sharon Nelson ‘79 Jon S. Nestor ‘90 New York Life Insurance Company Nick E. Novak ‘81 Bernard O’Connor ‘50 and Betty O’Connor Edward and Marie Olshefski James Ostinowsky Out of His Mind Dance Katherine L. Palazzolo ‘92 Anne Paratore David Pavlik ‘70 and Maureen Pavlik, RN ‘98 Marian L. Pell Laura Perry-Thompson ‘71 Todd L. Peterson ‘68 Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey S. Philibin ‘88 Jack Piatak ‘58 Ron Piljay ‘70 and Susan Piljay Mr. & Mrs. Jesse D. Pisors Michael W. Plazek ‘10 Patricia A. Plummer ‘03 Frank D. Plummer Bernie and Linda Podlucky Maryellen Pollino Reverend and Mrs. Julius C. Porcher, Jr. ‘78 Raymond L. Porsch ‘76 PPG Industries Foundation Brian J. Prebola ‘89 Dr. Mark Previte Richard E. Price, MD Lenora Pullekines Brian Pundzak ‘85 and Tracey Pundzak ‘90 Stephen Purich and Carol Purich Caren L. Quicquaro ‘83 Daniel V. Radack John C. Rafferty, Jr. ‘75 Martin J. Ragan, CPA ‘57 Steven R. Rakoczy Thomas J. Reckner ‘79 M. Colleen Reffner ‘67 Patricia Reinbold ‘82 and Dr. Ronald G. Reinbold James L. Reiser ‘66 Mr. and Mrs. Colin B. Respet Mr. Richard G. Rhodes, Jr. ‘94 Dr. James Richey Santo Ricotta and Elaine Ricotta Terry Rihl Michael G. Ringler ‘87 Rizzo’s of Windber RNDT, Inc. Veronica A. Roberts ‘05 Maureen Romano Thomas Roskwitalski and Bonita Roskwitalski Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey W. Ross Nancy A. Rottler ‘90 Gregory Rys, PhD ‘81 and Jenifer Rys ‘82 Gerald M. Safko ‘73 Alexander Nassar Salem ‘49 Beth A. Sandak ‘08 Ronald Sandor and Janet Sandor Jerry Sandusky ‘70 Dennis J. and Janet L. Sawyer Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey A. Schantz ‘70 Mr. and Mrs. Walter Schneck Lois E Schoenberger Mr. and Mrs. Gregory L. Schrock ‘94 Carole L. Schrum James A. Selapack ‘05 Kenneth Selzer Mary Rose Shaffer ‘88 Elise M. Shaffer ‘81 Mr. and Mrs. Alan V. Shanabrook Robert E. Shark ‘79 Ray L. Sheets ‘78 and Dawna Sheets

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Christine L. Shroyer ‘90 Lt. Col. Steve Shuster ‘54 John Sidler ‘82 and Susan Sidler ‘85 Jim Siehl Jeffrey F. Silka ‘89 John R. Skoner DMD, MDS Robert J. Smolnik ‘73 Cheryl D. Snyder ‘81 Elaine B. Sojak ‘73 Nancy E. Sopich Mary A. Spenger Catherine J. Spory ‘73 St. Benedict Church Dr. Steven and Beatrix Stern David H. Stine ‘76 James H. Stratton, Jr. Charles H. Straub ‘78 John Stright ‘73 and Mary Stright Vincent Strugala ‘99 and Christine Strugala ‘00 Elizabeth C. Stumpf Frank D. Stumpo, CPA ‘80 Harvey Supowitz and Katherine Supowitz David L. Swain ‘87 Reverend Robert G. Swanson Lisa R. Swedowski Maria Szczur Robin L. Taylor ‘82 Kirsten L. Taylor ‘92 Dr. Murray Teris and Florence Teris Millard D. and Jean L. Thomas Dr. Wade L. Thomas ‘77 Donald C. Thomas ‘47 Kimberly A. Thompson ‘77 Timothy T. Will Jo Ann L. Tomb ‘71 Donald M. Tomb ‘63 John D. Toole ‘67 Dr. Richard P. Torp Carolyn Trefts James Trio ‘73 James Uhler and Janet Uhler Paul Urbain Mr. and Mrs. Michael Valko Dr. Malcolm Van Blerkom and Dianna Van  Blerkom Troy L. Van Scoyoc ‘02 Verizon Foundation Shirley Verna Robert F. Vetock ‘75 Ernest C. Vickroy ‘76 Benedict Gabriel Vinzani, Jr. ‘74 Dr. and Mrs. Richard E. Voytko ‘55 Mr. and Mrs. Earl Wadsworth Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence J. Wagner Beverly Walerysiak David H. Walk ‘76 Dr. Charles U. Walker ‘50 George C. Walter ‘59 Dr. Florence A. Warfel ‘60 Daniel L. and Mary L. Wargo Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth S. Warnick Michael J. Waruszewski ‘98 Jack Wassam Dr. and Mrs. Daniel R. Wehner Robert Weibley and Linda Weibley Dr. Joyce Z. Werner ‘79 Robert and Janet Wertz Danica B. Wess Timothy T. Will Claire L. Williams William G. Wilson ‘52 Seth P. Wilson ‘85 Herbert A. Wilson, Jr. ‘75 Jacqueline Wintruba ‘82 Beverly W. Withiam, PE ‘76 Elizabeth Wolf ‘80 Woodside Bar & Grill Catherine L. Yanzetich ‘70 Melissa P. Yarkowski Daniel T. Yunetz ‘83 Mr. and Mrs. Douglas L. Yurasko Mr. and Mrs. Tony Zack Henry J. Zadell ‘57 Mark A. Zdelar ‘84 Jane M. Zimmerman Stephen Z. Zufall ‘65


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he University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is pleased to announce a large, multi-faceted gift from the estate of the late Robert M. Smith that will benefit the University and provide scholarships for local high school graduates who attend Pitt-Johnstown. The $3.75 million gift includes five components, including endowments to fund scholarships to local high school graduates, business faculty salaries, and scholarship support for PittJohnstown business students. A $1 million endowment will provide scholarships for top Somerset graduates to attend Pitt-Johnstown; a $750,000 endowment will provide scholarships for Johnstown graduates to attend PittJohnstown, and a $500,000 endowment will provide scholarships for Westmont graduates to attend Pitt-Johnstown. All three endowment funds will be managed by the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt-Johnstown is partnering with Somerset Area High School, Greater Johnstown High School, and Westmont Hilltop High School to create the “Robert M. Smith Academy,” an innovative, multifaceted program that adds to the value of the scholarships that will be awarded. Some of the components of the Robert M. Smith Academy will include: early selection and transition of a cohort of students, additional financial support, and targeted advising for college success. These extraordinarily generous bequests are being leveraged by each partnership to reward excellence and increase higher


education access for young people from the community. Additional scholarship support will be provided by a substantial gift from the estate of Robert M. Smith. With an initial fund balance of $750,000, this endowment will provide substantial scholarship funding for business majors at Pitt-Johnstown in perpetuity. Another gift from the Robert M. Smith estate will provide funding in support of faculty salaries. This $750,000 endowed gift will provide significant, annual support for Business and Enterprise Division faculty positions. “This gift represents the kind of philanthropy that will make a long-term difference in countless lives in our region,” said President Jem Spectar. “We are profoundly grateful for Robert and Eunice Smith’s generous bequest and are confident that it will have a transformative impact in the lives of area students.” President Spectar also expressed appreciation for the impressive leadership and vision shown by the school district leaders to broaden the impact of this gift. Somerset Area School District Superintendent Krista Mathias said, “Our Board, faculty, and administrative teams are delighted to begin this important partnership with the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. The Smith Scholars Pathway—the brainchild of Dr. Spectar and his colleagues—will allow all Somerset students to gain access to Pitt’s dual-enrolled courses and other valuable, innovative components of this

collaboration.” Greater Johnstown Superintendent Dr. Gerry Zahorchak said, “The Greater Johnstown School District is committed to providing students with opportunities to earn college credit in high school. This partnership is another example of this commitment. We are pleased to offer this new pathway in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. This newly designed pathway will have a tremendous impact on our school, community, and region.” “I am excited about the opportunities the Robert Smith $500,000 gift will bestow upon the students at Westmont Hilltop High School,” said District Superintendent Donald B. Irwin, Jr. “Through our partnership with UPJ, a cohort of students will be able to vie for benefits while in high school for tuition-free dual-enrollment classes,” He continued, “All families and students struggle with the crushing price tag of post-secondary education, and the accompanying debt that often goes with it. As an alumnus of UPJ, I know this scholarship will avail a great educational opportunity to our students. It is now up to the students to apply themselves in and out of the classroom to take advantage of this generous donation and the opportunities it presents.” It is expected that high school graduates from the Class of 2015 will be the first recipients of the Robert M. Smith scholarship funds. ▬



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PITT-JOHNSTOWN IN THE NEWS “UPJ creates new division, expands business program,”The TribuneDemocrat, Jan. 14, 2015. “Into the ‘Shark Tank:’ Pitt-Johnstown Student Entrepreneurs Pitch Their Ideas,” The Tribune-Democrat, Dec. 12, 2014. “Donation Will Aid Westmont Grads Going to UPJ,” The Tribune-Democrat, Dec. 6, 2014.

“Chancellor Touts Branch Campuses,” The Tribune-Democrat, Oct. 7, 2014. “UPJ Connects with Community: Public Service Big Part of Campus Life,” The Tribune-Democrat, Oct. 5, 2014. “Project Leads to Possible Agent for New Breast Cancer Drug,” The Tribune-Democrat, Oct. 1, 2014.

“‘New Help and New Hope:’ UPJ Assists in Light Up of Moxham,” The Tribune-Democrat, Dec. 2, 2014.

“Murtha’s Legacy of Service: PittJohnstown Breaks Ground for New Center,” The Tribune-Democrat, Sept. 27, 2014.

“UPJ’s Haupt Named PSAC-East Volleyball Coach of the Year,” The Tribune-Democrat, Nov. 14, 2014.

“Going Back to its Roots: UPJ Commits to Improve Moxham,” The TribuneDemocrat, Sept. 22, 2014.

“Entrepreneurs in Spotlight at Annual Economic Summit,’” The TribuneDemocrat, Nov. 13, 2014.

“Somerset School Board to Create Endowment Program With UPJ,” Daily American, Sept. 8, 2014.

“UPJ Center Receives Donation,’” The Tribune-Democrat, Nov. 1, 2014.

“Moving-in Day: Pitt-Johnstown Welcomes Freshmen to Campus,” The Tribune-Democrat, Aug. 22, 2014.

“UPJ Leads Campaign to Reduce City Blight,” The Tribune-Democrat, Oct. 26, 2014. “UPJ Lands $500G for Entrepreneur Program,” The Tribune-Democrat, Oct. 16, 2014.

“$750K Legacy Will Help Johnstown Students,” The Tribune-Democrat, Aug. 26, 2014.

“UPJ Earns Best College Recommendation,” The TribuneDemocrat, Aug. 14, 2014. “UPJ Grad Endows Business Scholarship,” The Tribune-Democrat, Aug. 12, 2014. “Concrete Canoes Take on the Que,” The Tribune-Democrat, June 22, 2014. “Entrepreneurs, Ideas Take Center Stage,” The Tribune-Democrat, May 31, 2014. “ 2 4 th S h o w c a s e t o C o m m e n c e : Entrepreneur PitchFest Added to Annual Event,” The Tribune-Democrat, May 28, 2014. “Grant Aid Expanding UPJ Curriculum,” The Tribune-Democrat, May 7, 2014. “Business Leader Earns University Alumni Award,” The TribuneDemocrat, March 6, 2014. “Three from UPJ Among National Inductees,” The Tribune-Democrat, Feb. 23, 2014. “UPJ Offers Assistance to Entrepreneurs,” Daily American, Feb. 4, 2014.

“McGinty Unveils College Plan: Gubernatorial Candidate Speaks at UPJ,” The Tribune-Democrat, Jan. 8, 2014. “UPJ’s Rukavina, Luther record career milestones,” The Tribune-Democrat, Dec. 22, 2013. “UPJ Outlasts Cal to Capture PSAC,” The Tribune-Democrat, Nov. 24, 2013. “Pitt-Johnstown Students’ Shack-aThon Spotlights Effects of Worldwide Poverty,” The Tribune-Democrat, Oct. 6, 2013. “UPJ to Present Panel Discussion on Syria,” The Tribune-Democrat, Oct. 15, 2013. “Retired UPJ Professor Speaks at Global Conference in Sweden,” The Tribune-Democrat, Oct. 13, 2013. “Facility a Boost for UPJ Nursing Program,” The Tribune-Democrat, Sept. 28, 2013. “UPJ Opens New Building” Daily American, Sept. 28, 2013. “Pitt-Johnstown Saluted as Military Friendly School” The TribuneDemocrat, Sept. 11, 2013.

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Pitt-Johnstown Magazine, Winter 2014-2015  

We are Mountain Cat Proud to bring you this magazine. Pitt-Johnstown Magazine is published for alumni and friends of the University of Pitts...

Pitt-Johnstown Magazine, Winter 2014-2015  

We are Mountain Cat Proud to bring you this magazine. Pitt-Johnstown Magazine is published for alumni and friends of the University of Pitts...