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2011 Homecoming & Family Weekend October 21-23, 2011

S E TON HILL U N IVERS IT Y BOARD OF TRU STE ES Most Rev. Lawrence E. Brandt, JCD, PhD Honorary Chairman

Grace Hartzog, S.C. 71

Maureen Halloran, S.C.

Richard C. Hendricks

Colette Hanlon, S.C. ’63

Michele Moore Ridge ’69 Chairman

H. Phipps Hoffstot, III

Donald M. Henderson, PhD

David Iwinski, Jr.

John L. Holloway

Richard Kacin

Patrice Hughes, S.C. ’62

Donna Marie Leiden, S.C. 66

Lucy Lopez-Roig, PhD ’58

Catherine Meinert, S.C. ’71

Charles McKenna Lynch, III

Velma Monteiro-Tribble

Jeremy Mahla, S.C.

Kelley Murray Skoloda ’86

Mary Jude McColligan, S.C. ’41

Rebecca Cost Snyder

Arthur H. Meehan

Karen Farmer White

Marlene Mondalek, S.C. ’68

Daniel J. Wukich

Donald I. Moritz

Vivien Linkhauer, S.C. ’67 Vice Chairman Gertrude Foley, S.C. ’59 Secretary David G. Assard Mary Ann Aug, PhD ’62 Bibiana Boerio ’75 Barbara Ann Boss, S.C. ’71 JoAnne W. Boyle, PhD James R. Breisinger Laurie Ann Carroll ’81 Lalit Chordia, PhD Mary Ellen Cooney-Higgins ’64 Julia Trimarchi Cuccaro, Esq. Sara Gill Cutting ’62 Lyn Marie Dwyer, S.C. ’60 Brycelyn Eyler, S.C. ’69 Matthew J. Galando ’04 Brigid Marie Grandey, S.C. ’63 Ruth O’Block Grant ’53 Louise Grundish, S.C. Kym Stout Hamilton

Mary Jo Mutschler, S.C. ’69

Trustees Emeriti Jean Augustine, S.C. 63 Bishop Anthony G. Bosco B. Patrick Costello Mary Lou Costello ’55 Louis A. Craco Robert H. Davis Melanie DiPietro, S.C. ’69 Rosemary Donley, S.C. John R. Echement Frederick R. Favo Marcia M. Gumberg

Barbara Nakles Maureen O’Brien, S.C. ’67 Maureen Sheedy O’Brien M. Ellenita O’Connor, S.C. ’58

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University Administration JoAnne W. Boyle, PhD President Mary Ann Gawelek, EdD Provost and Dean of the Faculty Barbara C. Hinkle, MS Vice President for Enrollment Services and Registrar Christine M. Mueseler, MA Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Marc B. Robertshaw Arthur J. Rooney, Jr. Ralph A. Scalise Anita Schulte, S.C. ’57 Clayton A. Sweeney Lawrence Werner Joseph Whiteside

Anita Schulte, S.C. ’57 Secretary Joanna Pietropaoli Stillwagon ’69 Treasurer Matthew Galando ’04 Alumnus Trustee Lisa Pietropaoli Bevington ’86 Linda Delia ’69 Denise Dorsey ’01 Mary Beth Gray Gigler ’70

Paul T. Roman, MPM Vice President for Finance and Administration

Helen Hofe ’84

Lois Sculco, S.C., PhD Vice President for Mission and Student Life

Maureen O’Brien, S.C. ’67

Sheila Juliane ’80 James H. Pirlo ’07 Giovanna Rivera Genard ’94 Deborah Summers Robinson ’85

Paul M. Pohl Sara Louise Reilly, S.C. ’42

Laurene DiGennaro Kristof ’64 Past President

2010-2011 Seton Hill Alumni Association Board of Directors Joy Jenko Merusi ’85 President Annette Modar Holder ’01 President-Elect

Sara Miles Rutledge ’94 Allegra Stasko Slick ’88 Nancy Zilner Weir ’75


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Dave Miller, Eric Schmadel, Bruce Siskawicz, Sean Stipp, Jack Wolf, GradImages, SHU staff & students



A RT I C L E S 2

The Classroom Reimagined


The Art of Hockey

Searching for God - A Q & A with Seton Hill’s New Campus Minister, Sr. Maureen O’Brien, S.C.

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Chemical Bond


You Can Get Anywhere From Here


Learn. Play. Change the World.


There and Back


December 2010 Commencement


Campus News


Sr. Lois Sculco Celebrates 50 Golden Years as a Sister of Charity


SHU by the Numbers


Michele Moore Ridge ’69 Honored with Robert L. Payton Award for Voluntary Service


Griffins Notes


Victorian Parlor Furniture Returns Home to Seton Hill from Extended Vacation in Florida

19 Wukich Center off to a Roaring Start

Alumni News Supplement Design:

Dragon’s Teeth Design


Laurel Valley Graphics

Forward is published by Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA 15601-1599, (724-830-1005),, for the alumni and friends of the University. Postage paid at Greensburg, PA. Seton Hill University, as a matter of tradition and principle, does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, gender, age, disability, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, employment policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other university-administered programs. Seton Hill University adheres to the non-discrimination legislation of both the federal government and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, including, but not necessarily limited to, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VI, Title IX, 1972 Handicap Provision, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

ON THE COVER Seton Hill alumnus Michael Rubino ’07 created the “All-Time Team” mural for the new locker room of the Pittsburgh Penguins and a host of other art for Pittsburgh’s lavish new CONSOL Energy Center. See story, page 6.


Seton Hill is a Catholic university rooted in Judeo-Christian values. In the tradition of Elizabeth Ann Seton, we educate students to think and act critically, creatively, and ethically as productive members of society committed to transforming the world.



Reimagined Seton Hill Becomes a Leader in Mobile Learning



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n the fall of 2010, Seton Hill integrated mobile technology into its curriculum – and campus – in a big way. All full-time students and faculty (and many key administrators) received iPads.* Incoming full-time first year students and faculty also received new MacBook Pro laptops. And everyone campus-wide benefited from a robust new wireless infrastructure that allowed unencumbered use of technology any time, any place – all part of Seton Hill’s new mobile learning program.

Faculty Committed to Highly Engaged Learning Seton Hill developed the Engaging Learners to Improve critical Thinking through Edification (ELITE) Professional Development Program with the assistance of a U.S. Department of Education Title III Strengthening Institutions Program grant. As ELITE participants, Seton Hill faculty and teaching staff receive a full year of training in the best use of modern technology for education and assessment.

Why the Emphasis on Mobile Learning? New discoveries, like learning itself, happen every day, everywhere people gather to discuss ideas, solve problems or share creative expression. At Seton Hill, we want our academic community to have 24/7 access to that world of learning, in addition to the tools they need to engage in it fully. We also want our students to be fully prepared to use mobile technology in their lives and careers after graduation.

How is the New Technology Being Used?

Art Authority for iPad and Inkling Digital Textbook Apps Make Educational Debut at Seton Hill


eton Hill classes in art history, modern art, psychology and marketing took part in pilot projects for new educational iPad apps during the fall 2010 semester.

Art Authority for iPad provides access to over 40,000 paintings and sculptures from more than 1,000 western artists, organized by artist name and artistic period. “The students love it,” said Maureen Vissat, M.A., assistant Maureen Vissat Cathy Giunta professor of art. “They have the opportunity to discover other works by the same artists or connect to resources to uncover more information. The advantage of having 40,000 images in their hands has certainly made art history more intimate and personal.” The Inkling app turns paper-based textbooks into engaging, interactive learning experiences when viewed on the iPad. In addition to traditional textbook content, Inkling also offers the ability to view movies, 3-D objects and guided tours. Inkling also offers interactive quizzes that allow students to gauge their level of understanding, and an intuitive search engine that helps students and professors find the information they need quickly. Seton Hill classes in marketing and psychology joined students, professors and teachers at Abilene Christian University, the University of Alabama and the Virginia Department of Education in piloting this new app. “I can, on the Inkling text, leave notes for the students... they immediately see those notes that I leave. And they can refer back to that,” said Cathy Giunta, Ph.D., associate professor of business. “I am surprised by how much, in a short period of time, the iPad has changed how I teach.” Visit to see videos of Seton Hill students and professors discussing their experiences with Art Authority and Inkling.

Too many ways to count. Seton Hill is formally assessing the rollout of mobile technology on campus, but in the meantime, Forward magazine conducted an informal poll during the first few months of the new program. On the following pages you will find responses from faculty and students to the question: “How did you use technology in new ways this semester?” along with other interesting facts about mobile learning at Seton Hill. To learn more, visit, and to view videos of Seton Hill students and faculty discussing the ways they use their iPads, visit Seton Hill’s newest microsite,

Seton Hill students (from l - r) Joclyn Brown, Alissa Barron, Jamie Blotzer, Jenn Black, Adam Narlock and Deanna Pulice pose with their brand new iPads on August 22, 2010.

Photo: Bruce Siskawicz



“The iPad has all the

world’s learning

in it. And access to that...

at your fingertips...

seems to open up some new door to some new knowledge. It

transforms you.”

- Seton Hill President JoAnne Boyle,

in a five-minute promotional video created for Apple. The video showcases President Boyle, Catherine Giunta, associate professor of business, and students enrolled in Giunta’s marketing class. The video also features the Chicago Public School System, a young home-schooled student from New York and a medical student at Duke University. Dr. Boyle’s comments during the video (of which this quote is an excerpt) elicited a resounding ovation at an Apple national sales meeting. Apple and Radical Media of New York filmed the video at Seton Hill in October 2010.

“I used the iPad to have my students draw visual representations of the plots and structures of works of literature. They were so creative with their visuals, often tying the structure of the work of literature to one of its themes and motifs. For example, when we studied August Wilson’s play “Fences,” which has a baseball motif, one of the students showed the class how the structure of the play is similar to the structure of a baseball diamond.” - Laura Sloan Patterson, Ph.D., associate professor of English, director of Undergraduate Writing Programs

“I had a class where I couldn’t get students to respond [to a hypothetical scenario.] I had them all download a free app that makes a variety of sounds. ‘OK,’ I told them, ‘if you agree, make the witch cackling sound. If you disagree, moo. If you think ‘it depends’, make the glass break.’ It was silly and made everyone laugh but it got everyone participating too.” - Jaimie Steel, M.Ed., assistant dean of students and adjunct instructor, liberal arts

“Here in the library, when we are helping students look for items, we no longer need to go to a computer, we can just pull out our iPads and find the information.” David Stanley, M.L.S., director, Reeves Memorial Library

“I have my work studies perform a laboratory exercise and I video them and put it on YouTube. Then my students can pull it up on their iPads during lab and replicate the exercise... if I can’t complete a topic in class then I go back to my office and record myself using [a screencasting tool] and upload it to YouTube ... I also have a back channeling account set up that allows students to send me questions in real time during class, and then I respond out loud for everyone. This is really helpful for students who are shy, as it allows them to ask questions anonymously.” - Jamie Fornsaglio, Ph.D., assistant professor, biology

“I’ve printed out fewer physical papers this past semester than I think I have in the past three years of my study at SHU. Also, I’ve been amazed at how much of a “techie” I’ve become... It’s like a whole new world has opened up to me because I have access to it whenever I want to learn something new.” - Madelyn Gillespie, senior new media journalism major



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“Probably the biggest surprise came from the fact that most of the software we had available to use was freely available online. In EL405 [New Media Projects], we started the class using Scratch, a free game and story creator that had numerous tutorials online. Next we had the interactive fiction unit where we used the free program Inform 7 to create and test out our text-based game. Finally, our last unit focused on HTML and CSS. We used FileZilla, a free FTP client to put our handmade webpages online and I used a source code editor to actually make the pages called Notepad++ which was also free.” - Matthew Takacs, sophomore computer science major

“The 2D and 3D graphing is amazing. When the professor mentions a parabola, you know what that looks like, but harder equations are difficult to visualize. The iPad allows you to graph equations – even to graph two equations and compare, see all sides, maybe this one goes to infinity, this one settles down to zero – so you can understand it right away. Also, my mother in Puerto Rico likes to stay in touch with me ... since the iPad is so small, I take it with me everywhere, and can respond quickly when she emails.”

The SHU App


eton Hill has its very own app, created by Benn Linger, Apple/web developer at Seton Hill. Seton Hill’s app is designed to be used on either an iPhone or an iPad and can be downloaded for free from the App Store. Currently, the Seton Hill app gives users access to a map of Greensburg showing the current location of all Seton Hill shuttles, a graphic showing the environmental impact of all on-campus printing done by the iPad’s user, Seton Hill’s website, Seton Hill’s academic calendar, Seton Hill videos, and the login screen for Seton Hill’s intranet, GriffinGate (a password-protected site containing academic and Seton Hill community information). Content continues to be developed for the SHU app: in the works is a daily menu for Lowe Dining Hall.

- Samira Parrilla, sophomore math major

“The technology at Seton Hill is like a lifeline for me. I am constantly on my computer taking notes and such. Word 2008 comes with a formula generator that is great for notes in my math and science courses. The iPad is useful to me because all of my textbooks are on it.” - Jenn Black, freshman biology major

“One evening, we were exploring what Emerson means when he says the purpose of beauty in nature is that it encourages us to explore our own souls. The class was in little groups, their heads bowed over their iPads. One student got my attention and pointed out the window. I turned off the light, and there was a gasp – I could see everyone’s faces in the glow of their iPad screens, and I saw them all look up and glance out the window. What we saw was a fiery sunset, picture-perfect, just filling every window in two walls of the classroom. We didn’t need any extra light — the screens showed us the text, and the screens were bright enough that we could see each other’s faces, so we finished the discussion in darkness, just watching the sunset progress, debating and scrolling through pages of Emerson.”

*Beginning in fall 2011, all new full-time students and faculty will receive the just released iPad2.

Article by Becca Baker WPF ’02, Seton Hill associate director of marketing

- Dennis Jerz, Ph.D., associate professor of English



he CONSOL Energy Center is the NHL’s newest arena. It’s big - but not too big. It’s shiny. It’s constructed of steel and glass and built into the side of a hill next to a church. From its main concourses, it offers sweeping views of neighborhoods and skyscrapers, bridges and hills. It’s right down the street from a hospital and a university. It’s a green, LEED gold-certified building that was completed on time and under budget. It contains original art, futuristic technology, cheap donuts and possibly the world’s largest goalie mask. On hockey nights, it features the three-time Stanley Cup winning Penguins and 18,087 of their wildly loyal (yet surprisingly friendly) fans. The CONSOL Energy Center isn’t just a new building in Pittsburgh. It is Pittsburgh.

Destiny’s New Home The CONSOL Energy Center opened in August 2010 to much fanfare in the city (led by a pervasive marketing campaign declaring “Destiny Has A New Home”) and around the NHL. A multi-purpose building, it replaces the aging Civic Arena/Mellon Arena as the city’s go-to entertainment venue for large concerts, collegiate sports, circuses, skating shows and the like. But for most Pittsburghers, and for hockey fans everywhere, the CONSOL Energy Center is first and foremost the home of the Pittsburgh Penguins.



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The heart of the CONSOL Energy Center, according to Penguins equipment manager Dana Heinze, is the Penguins locker room. Here, the players and coaches of one of the NHL’s most popular teams build each other up for games, strategize between periods, celebrate their victories, and share the frustrations of the almost-victories and painful (yet blessedly rare) outright losses. Here, the lockers of young stars like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Marc Andre-Fleury and Kris Letang are crowned by a mural depicting some of the players and coaches who did these things before them - men with names like Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr and Bob Johnson - below a domed ceiling that memorializes the Penguins’ former arena. Because in Pittsburgh, no matter how promising the future may look, you don’t forget where you came from.

A Great Day for Hockey As the CONSOL Energy Center began to take shape, the Penguins asked James Frederick, owner of the James Gallery in Pittsburgh’s West End, to serve as its art consultant. The Penguins had an ambitious plan for the new Center, involving art of all sizes in various media – some of it interactive – celebrating the team’s history, its stars, its fans, the Pittsburgh region and the team’s future. The art would be installed throughout the Center, in public spaces as well as in the private boxes, and in the spaces reserved for team, press and administrative use.

Left: Mural of quotes from popular Penguins radio broadcaster Mike Lange. Above: All-Time Team mural (above lockers). Below: Michael’s first project for the Penguins; installed above the player’s stick rack, it is one of the last things they see before hitting the ice.

“The Pens gave very concise, good direction that we could follow,” Frederick says. “They knew what they wanted.”

Mike Lange, intended for the Center’s media level, the motivational sayings “Either You’re In Or You’re In the Way” (for the Pens’ strength and conditioning center) and “Those Who Think They Do Too Much Often Do Too Little (for the warm-up area), a “Welcome to the Medial Level” sign – and the 93 foot long, almost 2 foot high “All-Time Team” mural that circles the Pens’ locker room, at the Center’s very heart.

To accomplish everything that the Penguins envisioned, James chose 20 art professionals, the majority of them established regional artists. Seton Hill alumnus Michael Rubino made the list after a referral Finding your way around from the post-production house in the CONSOL Energy Phenomenon, with which Center is a snap thanks Michael has worked closely to Barbara Kerestes through his position at the Martin ’80 and her Pittsburgh marketing and company, KMA Design, who advertising firm BrabenderCox.

The All-Time Team

It’s fitting that the Penguins chose Michael to design the “All-Time Team” locker room designed the signage for mural. As a southwestern Pa. the Center. Barbara The first project Michael native who chose to stay in completed for the Center, received the Distinguished Pittsburgh to begin his career in August 2010, was a large Alumni Leadership Award in graphic design, he undertypographical treatment of from Seton Hill in 2010. stands the region’s past and has the saying “It’s A Great Day for been active, both politically and Hockey.” This well-known quote artistically, in helping to guide its from “Badger” Bob Johnson, the future. Also, he’s been a Pens fan popular Penguins head coach who all of his life. led the team to their first Stanley Cup victory in the 1990-91 season, has since been installed “I grew up with the Penguins,” he says. “My parents above the players’ stick rack. had season tickets – they’d leave us with the babysitter and go to the games.” The Penguins liked Michael’s work on the “It’s A Great Day for Hockey” project so much that they offered him five more projects: a floor-to-ceiling mural consisting of quotes from iconic Penguins radio broadcaster

While Michael describes designing the mural as “a dream come true,” he admits it was an especially



Playing His Game ichael always knew he wanted a career in art. He came to Seton Hill because of its art program, and he graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design. While at Seton Hill, he was editor-in-chief of the literary-art magazine Eye Contact, a popular cartoonist and contributing writer for The Setonian, a dedicated blogger, and the founder of the Seton Hill College Republicans. Michael was also active in political campaigns, which led to a graphic design internship with BrabenderCox, a political and commercial marketing firm with offices in Pittsburgh. After graduation the company hired him as a part-time designer; he now works full-time for the firm, in both print and web design. “I love it,” he says of his job. He particularly enjoys seeing the impact marketing and advertising campaigns have on political campaigns. “Not every designer gets to see the affect of their work.” Michael calmly juggled multiple priorities and projects as a student; if anything, he’s gotten even better at it as a young professional. In addition to his full-time job and freelance design work he also serves as a staff writer, film critic and podcast commentator for DVDVerdict, is a member of the Cellar Dwellers improv comedy troupe, is one of the creators, writers and performers of the “Dodge Intrepid and the Pages of Time” radio serial podcast, and had his photography featured in “Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania,” published by Carnegie Mellon University Press in 2009. In addition, he recently had his first big success as a playwright. “It was a goal of mine to write a play ever since I took playwriting as part of my creative writing minor at Seton Hill,” Michael says. “A one-act play that I wrote, ‘Drop It,’ was selected for production in the Pittsburgh New Works Festival. This was my first produced play and I was really honored to be a part of this festival. It was in rehearsal at the same time as I was working on the All-Time Team mural, so for two weeks I’d go to work, go to rehearsal, then go home and work on the mural until the middle of the night.”



challenging project. The mural features images of 21 legendary players and coaches that had to be presented in the most engaging and respectful way possible. It had to be designed so that it could be printed easily on a wallpaper-like substance that could be installed (in sections) around the oval locker room with no interruptions in the design. It had to look good on TV, and complement the other art and design features in the room. And a whole lot of people in the Penguins organization had to like it before it came anywhere near the walls of the space that has often been described as “sacred.” Michael’s talent, sacrifice of sleep (see “Playing His Game,” left) and knowledge of the team paid off. After creating one section of the mural and submitting it for approval, the Penguins gave him the green light to complete the entire piece. Using disks of archival photos provided by the Penguins, Michael painstakingly pieced the full mural together. “It ended up that each person got four feet, roughly, [that included] one primary photo, two secondary photos and type treatment of their name,” he says. “I did a lot of independent studies as a senior at Seton Hill, and that helped prepare me. It was important to understand the math, to design something at a certain size and understand how it would look when printed on a much larger scale.” Michael completed the mural in two weeks. “It was a great experience,” he says. “I learned a lot, especially from the company in Washington [County, Pa.] that printed and installed the mural. I’m happy with how it turned out.” Michael has reason to be proud. The Penguins’ new locker room is widely-considered the best in the NHL, and the “All-Time Team” mural is a hit with the team and the fans alike. “We wanted a tribute somewhere in the player’s area and he [Head Coach Dan Bylsma] thought it would be great to have that in the locker room itself,” Heinze told “I think the graphic designers really nailed the design. It has that ‘wow factor.’ That’s pretty special to come in and see that.”

Article by Becca Baker WPF ‘02, Seton Hill associate director of marketing, photos by Bruce Siskawicz, Seton Hill graphic design certificate alumnus and professional photographer.

Forward magazine would like to thank Brian Magness, director, CONSOL Energy Center Project Development, and James Frederick, owner, James Gallery, for their help with this article and the CONSOL Energy Center photo shoot.

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Chemical Bond

Claudia Callaghan (far left) with classmates in a science lab at Seton Hill.

Claudia Callaghan came to Seton Hill in 1933 to study chemistry. The new Claudia Callaghan Kent ’37 Endowed Scholarship helps to ensure that future scientists can do the same.

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laudia Callaghan became part of Seton Hill history the moment she was born. Named for her mother’s close friend Sr. Claudia Glenn (who was to become Mother Claudia, Mother Superior 12.011 of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill), Claudia Callaghan greeted the world on May 24, 1915 in New Salem, Pa. One of seven sisters and two brothers, Claudia attended Latrobe High School before becoming “the first in her family to go to college,” says Claudia Dixon, Claudia Callaghan’s daughter. Claudia entered Seton Hill in 1933, no doubt under the watchful eye of Sr. Claudia Glenn, who served as dean of residence and professor of English during Claudia’s years at Seton Hill. Claudia was at no loss for familiar faces; Seton Hill classmate Marie Kent had also attended high school with Claudia (and would later become her sister-in-law). Claudia also quickly made new friends, most notably Jeannette Dahlstrom, Ruth Rice Molinero and Geraldine Lewis.

Claudia had an interest in the natural sciences: a fitting pursuit for the daughter of a coal miner. At Seton Hill, she majored in science with a focus on chemistry and a minor in math. She also found time to participate in the Mathematics Club, Phi Sigma Chi and the senior class play. Claudia played field hockey at Seton Hill, and greatly enjoyed the fact that the University has a women’s field hockey team today (she recalled playing most of their games in the 30’s against Slippery Rock University). After she graduated from Seton Hill in 1937, Claudia took a position teaching high school chemistry and math in western Pennsylvania. She also filled in wherever her school, and her students, needed her. “During the Depression,” her daughter Claudia relates, “her school needed a gym teacher more than a math teacher. So she got together with a brother who was athletic and learned what she needed to teach gym as well.” In 1941 Claudia married Raymond Kent, the brother of her



Clockwise from top left: Claudia (second from left) and friends at Seton Hill (Marie Kent, in the white dress in front, would become Claudia’s sister-in-law); (left to right) Jeannette Dahlstrom, Claudia, Ruth Rice Molinero, Geraldine Lewis; Sr. M. Claudia Glenn, S.C., for whom Claudia Callaghan was named; Claudia (far right) with friends in front of Maura Hall.



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Seton Hill classmate Marie. Raymond taught in the Finance Department at the University of Notre Dame for 38 years; Claudia raised their three children, Claudia, Raymond and Robert, and remained heavily involved in educational and spiritual pursuits. She also developed creatively, becoming an award-winning photographer and watercolor artist.

Claudia Callaghan Kent’s place in the history of Seton Hill might have begun with her birth, but it did not end with her passing. The Claudia Callaghan Kent ‘37 Endowed Scholarship will support future generations of Seton Hill students who wish to enroll in a natural and health science degree program, as Claudia did. (And also as all three of her children did: daughter Claudia and her brother Raymond both earned degrees in chemistry, their brother Robert was a physics major.) Created by Claudia’s daughter, Claudia Dixon, and her husband Jack, the Claudia Callaghan Kent Scholarship will provide financial assistance to students with significant financial need who have demonstrated the potential to succeed academically. “It was very unusual for that time,” Claudia’s daughter says of her mother’s academic aspirations. “Women, especially the daughters of coal miners, rarely went to college.” Now, almost 100 years after her birth, the Claudia Callaghan Kent Scholarship will provide young men and women with the opportunity to study in the field that fascinated Claudia, in the school that was a part of her life from the day she was born.

Text by Becca Baker WPF ’02, associate director of marketing, historical photos courtesy of Claudia Dixon.

“When we were kids she was very active in the PTA, the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, and the Circle of Mercy,” her daughter Claudia says. “After we all went to college, she started taking classes in art. She worked in a variety of media. Later, after she stopped making large paintings, my husband always requested water color cards from her, she loved that.” Although Claudia became active in the Notre Dame community - she was a member of the Ladies of Notre Dame and an enthusiastic Notre Dame football fan - she never lost her connection to Seton Hill. She stayed in touch with her good friends Jeannette Dahlstrom and Ruth Rice (and of course her sister-in-law Marie) all of her life; her sister Hilda Callaghan would become Sr. Margaret Louise, S.C. and serve for many years as secretary to Seton Hill’s academic dean, Sr. Muriel Flamman. Sr. Ann Infanger, a professor of biology at Seton Hill at the time, recalls many “happy memories of Claudia, and of her hospitality” at meetings and events associated with the Charismatic Renewal movement in the 1970s. And in 2007, at the age of 92, Claudia was the lone representative of her class to attend Alumni Weekend at Seton Hill. Claudia enjoyed an active life full of family and art (“She had Notre Dame season tickets and used them to entice her children and grandchildren to visit her more often,” her daughter recalls, “and she was still painting at age 94.”) right up until a few weeks before she passed away, in December 2009.

Claudia Callaghan’s daughter, Claudia Dixon, and her husband, Jack, visited with Seton Hill friends on July 21, 2010 in Washington D.C. Claudia followed in her mother’s footsteps, earning a degree in chemistry from St. Mary’s College; Claudia then went on to complete a Ph.D. in chemistry at Johns Hopkins University. She served on Purdue University’s biochemistry faculty from 1975 to 1991, and in the Department of Biological Chemistry at the University of Michigan from 1991 to 2003. A well-published scientist, Claudia is known for her work on the regulation of lipid metabolism. Jack, also a distinguished scientist, currently serves as the vice president and chief scientific officer for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and maintains a research laboratory at the University of California, San Diego, where he is a professor of pharmacology, cellular and molecular medicine, chemistry and biochemistry.



Learn. Play.

Change the World.



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eton Hill students Peter Hilton, Katherine Ziemke and Josh Wilks come from different hometowns. They don’t share a sport or a major. They aren’t even in the same class year. And yet they are exactly alike in three major aspects: they are top students, they are dedicated athletes, and they spend what little free time they have helping others. (Which also makes them alike in a fourth way – they are all remarkably good at managing their time.) How do they do it - and why? The easy answer, which is not without some basis in truth, is that as athletes, they push themselves to be the best at everything they do. In talking to these students, however, it becomes clear that their motivations are a little more complicated, and a lot more interesting.

Because I Can

Creating Family

Junior Peter Hilton plans his time two days in advance, “down to 15 minute periods.” He has to. He’s a computer science major with a mathematics minor. He is an integral part of Seton Hill’s lacrosse team (his coach, Brian Novotny, describes him as a “fantastic athlete” who is “part perfectionist and part bull.”) He’s a Seton Scholar, the treasurer for Seton Hill’s Student Government Association, and an honors student that has made the Dean’s List every semester. He tutors other students in computer science. And he never turns down an opportunity to help someone in need. In fact, he hopes to make it his life’s work.

“She’s tough - but as soon as we get out of the gym she’s all smiles and high fives,” Katherine Ziemke says about her basketball coach, Ferne Labati. “She knows what to say to get you motivated. She calls us a family, and that’s what it is.”

“I recently had an internship with a company that was working on ways to make cancer treatment easier on people,” he says. “I just worked in their tech department, but it was great to be able to help. It’s what I hope to do someday.”

It’s not surprising that Katherine has applied to be a big sister; she seems to make new family members wherever she goes. “My roommate Clare [Berenato] and I volunteered at the Greater Parkview Church last year for Labor of Love. We fell in love with the people there. We go to church there most Sundays that we don’t have practice, and they came to see us when we played Pitt. They call us ‘our girls from Seton Hill.’ “

While Peter is involved with a variety of charitable organizations, one of his favorite projects is an annual trip to help build and repair homes in a poverty-stricken area of West Virginia. Peter became involved with this project through the youth group at a church near his home in Gibsonia, Pa. “It’s grown to 120 people,” he says, with obvious pride. “The first year, 6 years ago, there were only 20 of us.” He does it, he says, “because I can. I am physically able to help, to do things that some of these people just can’t do, because of age, or disability.“ One of the reasons Peter is able to help build houses is because he’s been an athlete his whole life. From kindergarten to 6th grade he played soccer, in middle and high school he played both football and lacrosse. At Seton Hill he’s dedicated himself to lacrosse. “He spends countless hours trying to perfect the small things and constantly improve as an athlete,” says Coach Novotny. “He is a cerebral athlete, he recognizes the game within the good an athlete as Peter is, he is an even better student. Academics does not come as easily to Peter as athletics does, he is successful academically because he works hard.” Peter plans to go to grad school for computer science after earning his degree from Seton Hill. His ultimate career goal? “I want to be able to make something,” he says, “that will help someone.”

Katherine, a biology major who intends to become a pharmacist, is a Dean’s List student who is the vice president of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and treasurer of the Social Work Club. And she believes in the power of families. So much so, in fact, that she has applied to become a big sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Laurel Region. “I love little kids,” Katherine says. “I’m looking forward to having a little sister, getting to know her, be there for her as a friend, take her to basketball games...I had older cousins, and they were always there for me. It’s good to know you have someone to talk to.”

“I have known Kat since August of 2010,” says Suzanne Rogers, Ph.D, associate professor of biology, who has had Katherine as a student in four biology classes. “She is outgoing and works well with her fellow students. She is an enthusiastic class participant, earns good grades and has an excellent attitude.” While Katherine is a big believer in time management (“I always have a list,” she says. “I plan out my days: this is when I have class, this is when I do homework, this is when I can sleep...”), she doesn’t separate learning from service, or service from sport. She enjoys the basketball clinics her team puts on for local girls, and she was surprised by how much she learned about the environment while volunteering to provide information on recycling and composting at the local Mother Nature Fair. “It’s nice to get off campus, meet new people, see how they live, learn new things,” she says. “Plus there’s nothing like that feeling you get when you can do a good thing for someone else.”



Skills That Help Josh Wilks became the first Seton Hill track and field representative to participate in the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships in New Mexico in March, 2010. He’s been named an Academic All-American twice, and also earned the NCAA’s Elite 88 Award at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track Championships in North Carolina in May 2010. (The Elite 88 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s 88 championships.) In addition to winning awards and traveling around the country to participate in championships, Josh is majoring in mathematics-actuary science and is also earning his certification to teach at the secondary level while at Seton Hill. He’s been on the Dean’s List every semester, and currently boasts a GPA of 3.87. While he admits that “trying to balance school and athletics is a difficult thing to do,” he feels that he is “a good example of a student-athlete, with the emphasis on student...I love participating in all sports...the physical and emotional discipline that I have gained through practice, training and competition I can apply to all aspects of my life. I have also learned strong leadership abilities and the importance of teamwork.” Josh became involved in community service through the Boy Scouts of America; he became an Eagle Scout while in junior high school. At Seton Hill, he has participated in a variety of volunteer projects, from walking dogs for the Humane Society to cleaning racquetball courts and machines at the Greensburg YMCA. But the most rewarding activity he’s participated in, he says, was Timmy’s Race for Children’s - a race/walkathon to benefit Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. The event is named for Timmy Creamer (son of Head Track and Field Coach Tim Creamer), who recently survived an extended, life-threatening illness. The proceeds are used to purchase stuffed Eeyores (the donkey character from the Winnie-the-Pooh books, Timmy’s favorite stuffed animal) that Timmy donates to other children undergoing cancer treatments at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. “This was a very personal experience for me because in my four years at Seton Hill, I have really gotten to know Coach Creamer’s family,” Josh says. “When we would have team functions, or just at practice, the entire team would play with his kids and just have fun...the fact that I could volunteer where money was being raised to help other kids, like Timmy, and that it was related to my sport, was personally gratifying to me. Using my running knowledge and experience to raise money for a good cause was fulfilling.” For his part, Coach Creamer feels that Seton Hill has “been really privileged to have Josh as part of our program.” He recalls attending the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track Championships with Josh. “At the awards banquet,” Coach Creamer says, “when they came to the Elite 88 Award, I turned to him, sort of laughing, and said ‘wouldn’t it be something if you won that award?’ And then they called his name.”



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Seton Hill Students and Service In the 2009-2010 academic year:*

• 1075 students engaged in academic service-learning • 1162 students engaged in community service • Students engaged in a total of 44487 hours of service • Student-athletes engaged in 984 hours of team-sponsored service

* Information collected by Seton Hill’s Student Services Office for The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll Program.

Student-Athletes and Scholarship In 2009-2010 Seton Hill had 44 new members inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma, the national college athlete honor society. To be eligible for membership in Chi Alpha Sigma, student-athletes must be juniors or seniors, have a minimum GPA of 3.4 and have lettered at least one year. Currently, 69 Seton Hill student-athletes belong to Chi Alpha Sigma. Seton Hill has 91 student-athletes that will receive the Division II Athletic Directors Academic Achievement Award. To be eligible, students must be upperclassmen and have a 3.5 cumulative grade point average. In 2009 the women’s basketball team finished #6 in Division II (out of 287 schools) for team grade point average with a 3.567. In 2009-2010 the wrestling team was nationally ranked #12 in Division II for team grade point average.

Article by Becca Baker WPF ’02, Seton Hill associate director of marketing, photos by Eric Schmadel.

December 2010 Commencement “Y

ou’ve done it,” President Boyle assured the 165 students gathered to participate in Seton Hill’s December 13, 2010 commencement ceremonies. “You’re here. And we’re all so very proud of you.”

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Carole Zippi Brennan, Ed.D., ‘69, a psychotherapist and educator who often teaches the Faith, Religion and Society course at Seton Hill, served as commencement speaker. In her commencement address, “Just the Way You Are,” Carole recalled a student who asked her “why doesn’t God perform miracles now like in ancient times?”

“I thought about it,” she said, “then realized that so many of us are still waiting for God to perform the miracle, not realizing that God has already done so. The miracle is you.”

To read Dr. Brennan’s commencement address in its entirety, please visit



Sr. Lois Sculco

Celebrates 50 Golden Years as a Sister of Charity More Than 300 Friends and Family Celebrate With Her at Event Held at Seton Hill


ister Lois Sculco came to Seton Hill in 1956 straight from “Ken High,” the public high school in her hometown of New Kensington, Pa. She had no familiarity with the Sisters of Charity, in fact, she recalls feeling “not terribly happy” about a freshman assignment to write a research paper on why Elizabeth Seton should be canonized. In an attempt to make the task less cumbersome, she decided to “take a creative approach and write a play” – and ended up winning the prize for best paper. “A silver plaque of Elizabeth in a leather cover,” she recalls. “How I wish I had kept it.” While she remembers being impressed by the story of Elizabeth Seton, she felt “much more inspired by the sisters who taught me, who lived in my residence halls and who befriended me and my family.” So inspired that she joined the sisters right after graduation from Seton Hill. On October 9, 2010, Sister Lois Sculco celebrated 50 years as a Sister of Charity with more than 300 of her friends, family members, colleagues and students at a Golden Jubilee mass and reception held at the university. “I wanted to celebrate here at Seton Hill in this Chapel because Seton Hill is so much a part of my years as a Sister of Charity,” she said. “In a sense, I never left Seton Hill, although I did teach high school in Pittsburgh, and my students at Holy Innocents who are here today indeed readied me for my return to Seton Hill.”



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“My heart melts at the thought of how dear we are to each other and the tie which binds us.” - Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton -

Sister Lois returned to Seton Hill in 1968, and in her long tenure she has served in a variety of roles - often simultaneously. Currently she serves as vice president for mission and student life, associate professor of English and administrator of the National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education. (Sr. Lois asked friends that wanted to celebrate her Golden Jubilee with a gift to make a donation to the Center; the Center received a substantial total donation in response.) Sr. Lois has earned several advanced degrees, including a Ph.D. from the Fielding Institute, and been honored time and again for her work with students, and with the Center for Holocaust Education. “I have also had many wonderful opportunities to travel,” she said, “Especially my trips to Israel were life-changing.”

“It was Sister who reminded me this is a liturgy of thanksgiving; she returns to give thanks to God for her parents, family, friends, the Sisters, this university. And we give thanks with her and for her... She has followed the inspiration of Elizabeth Ann Seton, whom I love to call Betty Ann. One of my favorite quotes from Betty: ‘Let us have faith, for I believe we are starting down roads that may become rugged trails, and after that broken country, and after that mere wilderness. Then we will have to trust God and carve a road on which to travel.’ And we all know that the Sisters of Charity and Seton Hill, time and time again, have carved new roads for us to travel. For that too we give thanks.”

to Korea; and to Italy. On the evening of her Jubilee, it was the trip to Italy that was forefront in Sister Lois’ mind. She had visited the country “about 12 years ago...on a woman’s spirituality study tour which included a visit to Livorno, where Elizabeth Seton went with her husband, who died there. We visited William’s grave and then also saw the Filicchi home where Elizabeth stayed.” It was here, in the home of the Filicchis, that Elizabeth Seton, an Episcopalian, found inspiration and comfort in the Roman Catholic Church. Two years later she was officially received into the Church.

“I think this family, and her stay in Italy, were life-changing experiences for her,” said Sister Lois. Sister Lois’ work has taken her around the - Monsignor John Regoli “I wanted to celebrate the world: to Poland with students and faculty blessings of these 50 years colleagues to visit the ghettoes of Krakow here at Seton Hill, in this and Warsaw as well as concentration and Chapel, because Seton Hill is so much a part of my years as a extermination camps; to Israel many times, to visit Yad Sister of Charity. And I invite all of you now to join me in an Vashem, or travel through the lands of the Bible with friends Italian Festival in Cecilian Hall, not just to celebrate my and colleagues, both Jewish and Christian; heritage, but also to remember the influence this country and family had on Elizabeth Seton. It is with a quote from her that I thank you all: “My heart melts at the thought of how dear we are to each other and the tie which binds us.”

Article by Becca Baker WPF ’02, Seton Hill associate director of marketing, photos by Bruce Siskawicz, Seton Hill graphic design certificate alumnus and professional photographer.

PHOTO, l - r: Lorraine Sculco, Jeanine Stokes, Dominic Stokes, Dru Stokes, Tom Sculco, Elisabeth Ervin, Sr. Lois Sculco, Lisa Lotito, Frank Lotito.



M i c h e l e M o o r e R i d g e ’6 9 H o n o r e d w i t h R o b e r t L . Pa y t o n A wa r d f o r Vo l u n t a r y S e r v i c e


eton Hill University Board of Trustees Chair Michele Moore Ridge has received the Robert L. Payton Award for Voluntary Service from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The Robert L. Payton Award is presented to an individual who demonstrates leadership in advancement programs, furtherance of the philanthropic tradition, and public articulation of needs, goals, and issues in education. The award was presented as part of the CASE District II Annual Conference in Baltimore, Md. on February 7, 2011. “I am very humbled to receive the award,” said Mrs. Ridge. “I accept it because it honors Robert Payton, and I accept it on behalf of the most dedicated and wonderful group of volunteers, the Board of Trustees at Seton Hill University. I also accept the award on behalf of an incredible president, JoAnne Boyle, and her cabinet.” The career of Michele Moore Ridge is distinguished by dedicated service to children, her community, her family and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Throughout her tenure as the First Lady of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Mrs. Ridge’s top priority was the prevention of violence against youth. She chaired the Governor’s Community Partnership for Safe Children, an initiative that seeks to curb violence by and against our youth by reducing child abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, academic failure and illiteracy. A former chair of the Vision of Hope Advisory Council, Mrs. Ridge worked with the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape together with the National Sexual Violence Resource Center to ensure a brighter and safer future for children. Since the founding of Vision of Hope, the program has launched a national child abuse prevention campaign. Mrs. Ridge continues to serve as Honorary Chair of the Vision of Hope Gala and Silent Auction.



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Mrs. Ridge was appointed chairperson of the Seton Hill University Board of Trustees in 2003, the first alumna to assume this leadership role. Mrs. Ridge has also served as campaign co-chair for Seton Hill’s endowment and capital fund-raising campaigns. During her tenure, the University has achieved commitments totaling more than $90 million. Under Mrs. Ridge’s leadership, Seton Hill collaborated with city, county and school representatives along with legislators and the arts community to renew the City of Greensburg while addressing the University’s facility needs. She then co-chaired the $21 million campaign to build the new Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center in downtown Greensburg, Pa. Mrs. Ridge also led efforts to bring an additional location of the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) to the Seton Hill University campus. LECOM at Seton Hill opened in July 2009 and will help forestall Pennsylvania’s healthcare crisis by increasing the percentage of medical school graduates who stay in the area to serve the needs of rural communities. Mrs. Ridge was named a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania and was featured in Lifetime Television’s “Remarkable Women” program. She has received numerous awards and honors. Mrs. Ridge and her husband, former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, have two children, Lesley and Tommy. “Michele Ridge has a passionate commitment to education and recognizes its value in changing lives for the better,” says President Boyle. “She is accomplished in many areas but her ability to instill in others a love of learning is truly inspiring.” “Serving as chairman of the Board of Trustees for Seton Hill University,” says Mrs. Ridge, “is a labor of love.”

Wukich Center Off to a Roaring Start


he Wukich Center for Entrepreneurial Opportunities (Wukich CEO) officially opened its doors during the fall 2010 semester, and it is already showing a return on the investment of its founder, local businessman and Seton Hill trustee Daniel J. Wukich.

With the support of the Wukich Center, business professors Lyzona Marshall and Doina Vlad attended the School of Entrepreneurship at Oklahoma State University’s The Experiential Classroom XI workshop in September 2010. The Experiential Classroom workshops attract educators from around the world looking for the best methods of teaching entrepreneurship. The Center has joined the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers, the premier leadership organization for established and emerging university-based entrepreneurship centers. Through the Consortium, entrepreneurship centers around the world can share information and develop collaborative programs and initiatives. Statistical software has been purchased through the Center that will support valuable research on entrepreneurship.

Wukich CEO and Students Tim Banks

The Center chose its first Wukich Scholar, Laura Hambruch, in August. Laura, a student in Seton Hill’s MBA Program, receives a full-tuition scholarship to Seton Hill and an annual stipend for her work as a research assistant in the Center. Plans are under way to create a micro-loan fund to assist student start-up ventures. Seton Hill now has an official chapter of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization, sponsored by the Wukich Center. This national student organization offers students information and support for enterprise creation. The Center will also underwrite the costs for two students to attend the organization’s annual national conference. For more information on the Wukich Center for Entrepreneurial Opportunities, visit, or email


he Wukich Center sponsored an Elevator Pitch Competition for students in spring 2011. During the competition, students competed to see who could deliver the best 90-second pitch and wow the judges with why their idea is “the next big thing.” Student Amy Rau earned first prize ($1000) for “What About Spot,” a business to take care of pets for the elderly or hospitalized; Team CashSync took second prize ($750) for “Watt Monitor,” a device that can be attached to a household appliance to monitor electrical usage and aid in managing costs and reducing a home’s carbon footprint; and student Karyn Drombosky received the third prize ($250) for her “UV Light Sanitizer Keychain” that can sanitize hands as well as objects to prevent the spread of germs. Pictured Above, l - r: Douglas Nelson, Amy Rau, Ann Marie Crosby, Heather Bly, Charles Bisel, Karyn Drombosky; Back row: Martin Sherman

Tim Banks

Wukich CEO and Faculty

Wukich CEO Welcomes New Director Douglas Nelson


eton Hill’s new MBA Program Director, Dr. Douglas Nelson, was named the director of the Wukich Center in January 2011. Dr. Nelson earned his Doctor of Science degree in information systems and communications from Robert Morris University, an MBA from Butler University and his bachelor’s degree in business from Kent State University. He previously served as a business instructor at Seton Hill and held senior leadership positions with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Whittman-Hart, and SunGard Higher Education. Dr. Nelson has started new business operations from scratch, revitalized underperforming operations, and helped optimize the performance of small, mid-size and Fortune 500 institutions. “The Wukich Center is the focal point for harnessing the entrepreneurial spirit on campus and helping transform that energy from conceptual idea to successful business enterprise,” says Dr. Nelson. “The business landscape is laden with successful entrepreneurs whose minds were expanded and sharpened through their Seton Hill experience. The Wukich Center will build on this entrepreneurial legacy by providing research, curriculum, and new venture support for the next generation of high impact entrepreneurs.”



Searching for God A Q & A with Seton Hill’s New Campus Minister, Sr. Maureen O’Brien, S.C.

Let’s start with an easy one. What aspect of your new position has been the most fun? The students. As long as I can I want to be ministering to young people. They are so generous, so energetic, so willing to help others. What has been the most challenging aspect of your new position? The pace! In high school you get a lull every once in awhile. Not here. So you’re saying we’ve been hard on you? Everyone was so welcoming to me. It’s overwhelming. Everyone here is so affirming, it’s such a hospitable environment. How did you feel when you found out that you’d been chosen as Seton Hill’s new campus minister?

About Sr. Maureen

Born in Pittsburgh, Sr. Maureen entered the congregation of the Sisters of Charity on September 8, 1962. She earned her bachelor’s degree in music education from Seton Hill in 1967 and went on to earn a master’s in religious studies from Aquinas Institute in Michigan and a certificate in spiritual theology from the Toronto School of Theology (Regis College) in Toronto, Ontario. Sr. Maureen taught music and religion to junior and senior high school students in the Pittsburgh and Greensburg dioceses from 1967 until 1978, when she was named the director of Doran Hall Retreat and Renewal Center in Greensburg. From 1988 to 2010, she served as the director of campus ministry at Greensburg Central Catholic High School. Sr. Maureen has also served as the co-director of vocations for the Sisters of Charity, and on the boards of Mom’s House, Greensburg and Seton Hill University. She has also been involved in prison ministry at the State Correctional Facility, Greensburg. Sr. Maureen joined Seton Hill as director of campus ministry in July 2010. Photo: Bruce Siskawicz



When I applied I made it clear to the committee that I didn’t want to be hired because I was a Sister of Charity, I only wanted to be chosen if they felt I was the best person for the job. I was ecstatic when I got the news. I love Seton Hill – I wanted to come to Seton Hill before I wanted to become a Sister of Charity. It’s my home. At this point in my life, and in my career, I want to give my energy and my passion to my home.

What goals do you have for Campus Ministry? One long-range plan is a strong peer ministry – students who would be responsible for planning activities, for reaching out to other students. Fr. Stephen and Marilyn and I can plan a retreat that we think would be great .... but the students might say ‘I’m not into that.’ If the students plan it, take ownership, then it’s a retreat for all students. Also, students can help us to communicate to other students that we are here for any student of any faith. We are here to help them develop their spiritual life. The peer ministry needs to be diverse, Catholics, nonCatholics, people of color, artists, athletes ... at this age, people are searching. Not necessarily for a belief system. They are searching for God. You attended Seton Hill as a student in the 60s, and you have also served on the Seton Hill board. What is your experience of the all changes Seton Hill has gone through over the past few years? Along with the growth, and the addition of technology, Seton Hill has remained very person-centered. We care about each other.

About Campus Ministry Seton Hill’s Campus Ministry coordinates all Masses throughout the year, in addition to providing pastoral ministry services and arranging retreats and service outreach opportunities (from annual events like Labor of Love, Take the Day On and Operation Christmas Basket to volunteer projects designed to help those in need in the local, regional or international community.) Serving in the Campus Ministry with Sr. Maureen is Father Stephen Honeygosky, O.S.B., Ph.D., chaplain, associate director of campus ministry, associate professor, English, and Marilyn Fox Lewis, campus minister.

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Terrance DePasquale, dean of graduate and external programs, assists university president JoAnne Boyle and Zhang Shichang, Chairman of Shandong University of Political Science and Law, at the ceremonial signing that formalizes Seton Hill’s partnership with Shandong University.

You Can Get Anywhere From Here Seton Hill Signs New Degree Completion Program Agreement with Shandong University of Political Science and Law, China and Academic Exchange Program with University of Cordoba, Spain


ext year, Chinese business students at Shandong University of Political Science and Law in Beijing will begin studying for their Bachelor of Arts degree in business - from Seton Hill. A new cooperative degree program between the Shandong University of Political Science and Law and Seton Hill will provide Shandong University students with the opportunity to complete two years of their undergraduate degree in China, and their remaining two years at Seton Hill. “We look forward to welcoming students who will come from Shandong Province, the birthplace of Confucius,” said President Boyle. While Seton Hill has faculty and student exchange and study abroad program agreements with other international institutions (including a long-standing agreement with Beijing Union University, also in China), this is the first collaboration that leads to an academic degree.

“Many Chinese students want to study in an English-speaking country ... employment possibilities in China increase exponentially with a degree from the U.S.,” says Terrance DePasquale, Ed.D., dean of graduate and external programs at Seton Hill, and one of the primary facilitators of the agreement, along with Provost and Dean of the Faculty Mary Ann Gawelek, Ed.D., and President Boyle.

Seton Hill has also just finalized a new faculty and student exchange program with the University of Cordoba in Spain. Currently studying in Spain are Seton Hill students Lauren Graham, a senior Spanish and international business major, and Maria Mastromatteo, a junior international studies and Spanish major. Visiting Seton Hill from Spain are Daniel Sanz Trenado and Clara Garcia-Ferrer Galvez, MBA students who are taking business and communication courses at Seton Hill (and serving as “conversational partners” in Seton Hill’s Spanish Program). The University of Cordoba also hosts two Seton Hill May Term study abroad courses, City Study Experience: Cordoba, Spain and Adventures in Food and Nutrition.

Associate Professor Xianmei Zhang of China University of Petroleum Spends Year at SHU as Research Scholar Xianmei “May” Zhang, an associate professor of accounting at the China University of Petroleum in Beijing, China, is spending the 2010-2011 academic year at Seton Hill as a visiting research scholar. While at Seton Hill, Xianmei is conducting research into the American energy industry, including the current popularity of Marcellus Shale as a source of natural gas. Xianmei is also studying U.S. methods for teaching accounting.

“I am really excited about this agreement because it has increased the interest of our students in traveling abroad,” says Judith Garcia-Quismondo, Ph.D., Seton Hill assistant professor of Spanish and facilitator of the new exchange program, who is a native of Cordoba. “It’s also important for students from other cultures to learn about America,” says Dr. DePasquale. “Not just the sensational stories they may see on the news. They need to see that we are not a monolithic society.”



There Back and


t least once a week, Marguerite (Margi) Fiori Slavonia ‘64 and her husband, J. Gerald (Jerry) Slavonia visit the train room of their home in Diablo, California. From there, they can take a quick trip back home to southwestern Pennsylvania to visit their childhood homes (in Leechburg and Stockdale, respectively) as well as Margi’s father’s drugstore, her grandfather’s furniture store, and downtown Pittsburgh. And of course, no visit home is complete without a quick jaunt to Saint Vincent College and Seton Hill University. “Jerry and I have been married 47 years,” Margi says. “And it started at Seton Hill and Saint Vincent. It was the beginning of our history together.”

Leaving the Station Margi Fiori grew up in Leechburg, Pa., the daughter of Seton Hill alumna Florence Favero Fiori (class of 1934), and Frank J. Fiori, a “strict Italian, born in Italy, who worked hard for two things: our safety, and to get us educated.” Margi’s mother never lost her connection to her college, and introduced her children to her alma mater right away. “From the time we were babies we would go to Seton Hill...driving up that hill, riding the elevators, seeing her room in 5th was a ball. Mother loved Seton Hill so much. I always wanted to go.” Margi came to Seton Hill with the intention of becoming a teacher, but without an academic major in mind. Rosalie Catalino (now Nebiolo) ’61, a senior from Margi’s hometown, knew that Margi had a musical background and suggested that she audition for the music program.



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“That was when Mary Ann Scialdo was there...a year ahead of me...a prodigy...fabulous. And they were all like that, they had all come from real music backgrounds...I had not. I had to go in and play what I knew... all I can think is that they must have been cringing...long story short – of course they accepted me, there were only six or eight of us!” Margi fondly recalls the support she received from her music professors.

“In those days,” she says, “you were a mother. So I was a mother, for 15 years.” Margi raised her boys, Jerry and Joel, in the family’s new home in Diablo, California, where the family had moved after Jerry senior accepted a position in the area. During this time, Margi also volunteered in the office of the parochial school that the boys attended, St. Isidore. In 1981, as the school prepared to open its kindergarten, Margi asked the principal how many children the kindergarten would serve.

“Sr. Miriam David would come to 4th Canevin almost every day and tutor me. Sr. Ann Agnes put up with my piano playing...Ms. Garrity was my savior because she decided I had a nice voice...I remember them saying to me ‘Marguerite, you are going to be the best teacher.’ They knew I was not a musical prodigy, but I wanted to be the best teacher I could be.” Away from home for the first time (“Coming from a little town, Leechburg, and a strict father...that was my first freedom.”), Margi developed friendships during her time on the Hill that would endure through graduation, the passing of time and the challenges of geography. Margi also participated in a wide variety of events and activities while at Seton Hill, from performing in concerts and musicals to running for class president in her senior year (she won.) It was a Seton Hill social event, in fact, that sparked the most enduring relationship of Margi’s life. “This was, I think, sophomore year... I was up for one of the homecoming things, and a photo was sent over to Saint Vincent... Jerry was being reprimanded in the President’s Office... (she laughs) y’know, as usual...the pictures were there, lined up. Jerry pointed to mine and said ‘see that girl? I’m going to marry her.’ “ He did. Margi graduated on June 7, 1964. Twenty days later, on June 27, she and Jerry were married. “It was the beginning,” Margi says, “of our adult life.”

Next Stop: Family and Career Margi and Jerry moved immediately to Chicago, where Jerry had started a career in the insurance industry. Margi worked as a teacher for three years before switching tracks to focus on raising a family.

“He said: I’m going to do 18 in the morning and 18 in the afternoon,“ Margi recalls. “I said ‘oh my golly, in Chicago I taught 34 in the morning and sometimes 36 in the afternoon.’ He said: you’ve got the job.” “I said ‘one year,” she remembers. “After one year I was hooked. I was at that school for 27 years, six as a volunteer, and then 14 as the kindergarten teacher, and the last seven years as an administrator.” Her dedication to St. Isidore, and to her students, received national attention in 1995 when Margi was chosen as one of only 12 teachers across the country to be honored with the National Catholic Education Association’s Distinguished Teacher Award. “I think what made my kindergarten different from all the others was Spanish - we were the first to teach it,” she says. “Secondly, I had this huge musical every spring. It was renowned.” Every year at Christmas, and after every spring musical, Margi wrote to her old professors. “I always told them ‘you have no idea how much I use my music.’ “



Arriving at: Seton Hill (Again) Margi and Jerry both feel that they’ve never really left their past behind. “Your childhood home is always your home,” she says. And “home,” to both of them, includes their alma maters. Margi and Jerry still have family in western Pennsylvania, and the family connection to Seton Hill and Saint Vincent is also strong, on both sides. Jerry’s father, Joseph, and brother, Robert, both graduated from Saint Vincent. Robert married Seton Hill alumna Mary Ralston (now Slavonia), who attended Seton Hill with Margi and graduated in 1965. Margi’s father courted her mother while she was a student at Seton Hill, and they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary there, at an event coordinated by Margi and Jerry. Another reason Margi and Jerry feel that they’ve never really left home is that they can visit it any time they want - all they have to do is visit the train room.

that duplicate existing Pa. railways, through hills that feature Pennsylvania shale and bluestone. The tracks wind through the towns that Margi and Jerry knew best, and past replicas of Margi and Jerry’s childhood homes and family businesses in addition to other southwestern Pa. landmarks. Margi created and installed all of the foliage, taking care to ensure that it matches what grows along the tracks, seasonally, in western Pennsylvania. On some sections of the track the leaves are the golden and red of autumn, while on others spring flowers bloom or snow covers tiny, bare branches. The walls of the room are covered with enlarged photos of the region, including, of course, photos of Saint Vincent College and Seton Hill University.

Good Morning. This is God. I will be handling all your problems today. I will not be needing your help. Put any new problems on my desk. Have a nice day.

In 2001, one of Margi’s students gave her a card containing this message. It continues to serve as her philosophy on living each day.

Jerry’s father gave his sons a Lionel train set in 1947, and Jerry has been an avid collector ever since. The train room in the Slavonia home is unique in two ways: it is set up to replicate western Pennsylvania, and a tiny camera mounted on a train allows visitors to view the display from the perspective of a passenger. Jerry’s trains run on tracks

Maybe someday, riders on the train will get the opportunity to view a replica of Seton Hill’s new Performing Arts Center in Greensburg, which Margi describes as “almost overwhelmingly remarkably fabulous...there was such a vision to do that, to do it in Greensburg, and help that town ... it’s unbelievable, that from those six girls that graduated with me we’ve come to this.”

Margi and Jerry have supported their schools throughout the years, both financially and through alumni events and initiatives. Most recently, they created a future legacy donation using a life insurance policy to endow a music scholarship at Seton Hill in honor of Margi’s mother, who also has a seat dedicated to her in the Performing Arts Center. “It just has always been so unbelievably sentimental,” Margi says, of their feelings for their respective schools. “And then add the fact that my mother is a graduate, and his father ... and they were there at the same time ... we just never left it. It’s in our hearts forever.”

Article by Becca Baker WPF ’02, Seton Hill associate director of marketing, from an interview conducted by Molly Robb Shimko MBA ’01, associate vice president for institutional advancement, and Lisa Carino ’88, director of the annual fund. Photos by Lisa Carino.



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C ampus News Notre Dame Anthropology Professor Speaks on the Evolution of the Family at Seton Hill James Bellis, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology at the University of Notre Dame, presented a lecture titled “What’s Happening to our Family? An Evolutionary Perspective” on October 21 at Seton Hill. Bellis has served as chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame and established the archaeological field school. Additionally, Bellis directed the African Studies Program. Sponsored by the Greensburg/ Uniontown Notre Dame Alumni Club and Seton Hill University, Bellis’ lecture was a presentation of the Notre Dame Alumni Association’s Hesburgh Lecture Series.

Students Enjoy Opportunity to Network with Alumni, Entrepreneurs and Community Leaders at “This Way Up and On to Success” Event Seton Hill hosted “This Way Up and On to Success,” a networking event for students, alumni and community leaders February 16. The event provided students, especially seniors, with an opportunity to interact with more than 30 alumni, entrepreneurs and community leaders who hold professional positions in fields that include art, business, education, entrepreneurial studies, finance and healthcare. Part of Seton Hill’s celebration of National Entrepreneurship Week, this event was sponsored by the Westmoreland Keystone Innovation Zone and Seton Hill’s Wukich Center for Entrepreneurial Opportunities.

Seton Hill and Blackburn Center Work Together to Change Attitudes and Beliefs About Domestic and Sexual Violence Seton Hill has made an institutional commitment to undertake activities and projects to engage university students in the social transformation goals of Blackburn Center Against Domestic & Sexual Violence in Westmoreland County. This is a long-term commitment: the two organizations are developing primary prevention strategies that will change attitudes and beliefs about domestic and sexual violence, and will test these over time (a span of 5 to 10 years at least). In the 2010-2011 academic year, 38 students representing a variety of courses and 6 faculty and staff members have been involved in collaborative projects with the Blackburn Center, together devoting more than 1,000 hours to the initiative (and assisting an estimated 2800 individuals.) The activities will expand in the 2011-2012 academic year. The effectiveness of these activities will be measured with a survey that is administered to incoming freshmen, who will complete the same survey at the end of their senior year. The survey measures the impact of campus/course activities by assessing students’ understanding of the root causes of gender violence, their attitudes and beliefs about these issues, and their commitment to supporting strategies to end gender violence. Leading this initiative at Seton Hill is Provost and Dean of the Faculty Mary Ann Gawelek, Ed.D., who also serves as a board member for Blackburn Center.

Featured participants included: Chad Amond, Kara Berardinelli, Lisa Pietropaoli Bevington, Ryann Bradley, Kristen Butela, Amy Capozzi, Pamela Guay Cochenour, Rosemary Corsetti, Autumn DeLellis, Barbara Desmond, Judy Silvis DiNardo, Margaret DiVirgilio, Deb Driggers, Steve Gifford, Alexis Graves, James Hill, Kathleen Madigan, Deborah Dzombak McMahon, Craig and Lisa Morella, Tanya Moximchalk, Erin Pearson, Necee Regis, Michael Rubino, Jani Tonks Rybacki, Carol Mulholland Scanga, Brenda Shaffer, Virginia Tuscano, John and Nancy Weir, Deborah Whiteside.



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Seton Hill University Drives Economic Growth in Region

Chemistry Club Receives Outstanding Chapter and Green Chemistry Awards from the American Chemical Society

AICUP survey underscores economic impact of Pennsylvania’s private college and universities. Statewide, it’s $16.1 billion.

Seton Hill’s Chemistry Club, an American Chemical Society Student Affiliate Chapter, has received the Outstanding Chapter and Green Chemistry Awards for the 2009 - 2010 academic year from the American Chemical Society. Members of the club were honored at the ACS national meeting in March, 2011. The 09-10 year also marked the fifteenth (and final) year that Sr. Susan Yochum,Ph.D., professor of chemistry and chairperson of the Division of Natural & Health Sciences, served as advisor for the club. Assistant Professor of Chemistry Demetra Czegan, Ph.D., is the new advisor for the club.

Seton Hill University, where enrollment has grown 60 percent over the last decade, has played a significant role in adding over $90 million to the region’s economy through the construction and renovation of new and existing facilities. Since 2005, Seton Hill has invested more than $60 million in new construction, renovations and new technology initiatives. Within the last five years, Seton Hill’s growth, in particular, has had a direct impact on the revitalization of the City of Greensburg through the construction of the new Performing Arts Center in downtown Greensburg, creation of the Visual Arts Center in downtown Greensburg, the addition of the Seton Hill University Center for Orthodontics at Bishop Connare Center in Unity Township, and the addition of a location of the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) on the University’s campus (LECOM at Seton Hill). An economic impact study conducted by LECOM shows that medical school students add approximately $37,500 per student to the local economy annually. The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP), the only statewide organization that serves exclusively the interests of private higher education within the Commonwealth, exists to complement and support the work of campus leaders. Every five years, AICUP conducts a study of the community and economic impact of its member institutions. The aim of the Economic Impact Study is to measure and highlight the many economic, educational and community benefits of Pennsylvania’s independent colleges and universities. The results of this survey are also intended to inform legislators, and the general public, about the economic and social benefits to a specific community resulting from the presence of an independent college or university.



Writing Popular Fiction Professors and Alumni Publish Writing Guide Michael A. Arnzen, Ph.D., professor of English and chairperson of the Division of Humanities, and Heidi Ruby Miller ‘07, free-lance writer and creative writing instructor at Seton Hill, have gathered the voices of today’s top genre writers affiliated with Seton Hill University’s acclaimed MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction alongside their published students in “Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction.” “Many Genres, One Craft,” containing instructional articles by more than 60 published authors from all genres (including science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, mystery, thriller, children’s, young adult and everything in between) will be available spring 2011 through Headline Books, Inc.

A Griffin is Part Lion, After All The brand new Seton Hill University Lions Club celebrated its founding with a charter luncheon on January 30, 2011. Senior Jovonne Robinson (daughter of Deborah Robinson ‘85) will serve as the first president of the campus club. James Paharik, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology and coordinator of human services, is the club’s faculty advisor.

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Nationally Recognized Social Sciences Professor and Seton Hill Alumna Celebrates Golden Jubilee Contributions by Sister Victoria Marie Gribschaw, S.C. Evident at Local, State, and National Levels


ister Victoria Marie Gribschaw, S.C., Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the Division of Social Sciences at Seton Hill University, celebrated her Golden Jubilee with the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill on January 2, 2011. In her 50 years as a Sister of Charity, Sister Victoria Marie touched many lives. Since 1974, she has been influencing students at Seton Hill University. Sister Victoria Marie teaches courses in family and consumer sciences, including the introductory and capstone seminars in the major; housing; physical, social and economic environment; consumer in our society and family financial and resource management courses. She serves as the advisor for the Family and Consumer Sciences Club as well as the Kappa Alpha Gamma chapter of the Kappa Omicron Nu honor society. In 2000, Sister Victoria Marie was recognized with the Professor of the Year Award. Sister Victoria Marie believes that her teaching and research is inspired by a quote from Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, “I would wish to fit you for that world in which you are destined to live…” In addition to her work with Seton Hill University, Sister Victoria Marie is active at state and national levels in her field. She is a member of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, serving as secretary of the Board of

Directors for the organization from 2005-2007, and the Pennsylvania Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, where she served as president from 2003-2004 and 2006-2007 and currently serves as the vice president for internal relations. In 2008, for her work with the Pennsylvania Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Sister Victoria Marie received the Outstanding Professional Award. From 2005-2008, Sister Victoria Marie served on the National Advisory Committee to develop criteria for the revised Praxis II: Family and Consumer Sciences Tests. This exam is designed for prospective teachers of family and consumer sciences in middle through senior high schools and assesses subject knowledge as well as methodology applicable to teaching family and consumer science. Reflecting upon her life as a Sister of Charity, Sister Victoria Marie noted, “I have been surprised by the twists and turns in God’s plan for me. I have experienced loss, grief, sadness and joy, with many new experiences of life and beauty, higher levels of expectations and feelings of gratitude and love.” Sister Victoria Marie earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry from Seton Hill University and her Master of Science degree in family resources/home economics education from West Virginia University. She continued her education career and obtained her Doctor of Philosophy degree in consumer and family economics from Ohio State University.

Christine Mueseler Elected to Board of Pennsylvania Humanities Council Seton Hill University Vice President for Institutional Advancement Christine Mueseler was recently elected to the state board of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, a nonprofit organization representing Pennsylvania in the Federal-State Partnership of the National Endowment for the Humanities. “I am eager to serve on this board because I am very much

committed to the mission of PHC,” said Mueseler. “PHC ‘inspires individuals to enjoy and share a life of learning, enriched by human experience across time and around the world. Through programs and partnerships, PHC fosters the sharing of stories and ideas - to increase understanding and a large vision of human life, community and possibility.’ “



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In Memoriam Sister Mary Francis Irvin, S.C.


orn Lucy Irvin, Sr. Mary Francis Irvin wanted to be a Sister of Charity from the time she was a little girl. She entered the congregation of the Sisters of Charity in 1933 at the age of 18. Soon after, she discovered in herself an interest in, and aptitude for, art. Sr. Ann Infanger, S.C., professor emerita of biology, remembers Sr. Mary Francis’ life as having three phases: art, development and prayer. The third phase, she said, “overlapped and enlivened the other two.” Sr. Mary Francis earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and design from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield, Michigan. Many of her paintings adorn the hallways and rooms at Doran Hall, Ennis Hall and Caritas Christi. She designed the 110 stained-glass panels in the windows of Caritas Christi’s chapel and the Coat of Arms, emblem and ring of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill. Sr. Mary Francis also founded Seton Hill’s art department, along with her dear friend and colleague, Sr. Mary Estelle Hensler. “How she and Sister Estelle built up that art department ... I’ll never get over it,” said Kevin Enright Hannigan Fuller, art major, class of 1957, and longtime friend of Sr. Mary Francis. “Fearless Sisters of Charity they were.” “Sister Mary Francis was passionate and organized in everything she did,” Kevin added. “She admitted that she had a nature that tended to be excessive and Sister Estelle had to pull down the string on her helium balloon now and then.”

Sr. Mary Francis taught art at the university from 1945 until 1977. “Her classes were very structured, very organized and very quiet,” Kevin said. “I loved the serenity, the emphasis on beauty, even the critiques after each session. We would all tack our assignments to the wall and the surgery would begin. She would survey the work quietly for a while with her index finger to her lips and then the incisions would commence. She found something to compliment in each effort. Then came that word: BUT. She taught us humility very, very quickly.” According to Kevin, the prayer students would say before each class set the tone: “Direct, we beseech Thee, O Lord, all our inspirations and carry them on by Thy gracious assistance, so that every prayer and work of ours always begin from Thee and by Thee be happily ended through Christ, our Lord. Amen.” “Her ability to focus was amazing, her intelligence was formidable and her memory was astounding. Her outward demeanor was formal and prim, but she was childlike in her unrestrained joy in creation,” said Kevin. “I am grateful that Sister Mary Francis came to us through such a beautiful transparent soul.” In reflecting on her life as a Sister of Charity and artist, Sr. Mary Francis once stated, “An artist is not a special person. Every person is a special kind of artist and I believe that our entire congregation consists of sisters who are special kinds of artists.” When asked what advice she would give students in today’s art program, Sr. Mary Francis commented in 2004, “Have an inspiration to paint some work of art and work very hard to achieve that inspiration. I think artwork—it isn’t just done—I think prayer often accompanies a good painting. Painting is really a part of a person.” Sister Mary Francis, age 96, died at Caritas Christi on January 8, 2011.

Prayers for Japan Members of the Seton Hill University community extend thoughts and prayers to our alumni, parents, students, friends and many others in Japan as events continue to unfold in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami that took place earlier this year. Seton Hill has 35 alumni currently living in Japan. Class of 1958 alumna, Towako Sakurai Takayama of Tokyo, has written to President JoAnne Boyle several times in recent months. Here is an excerpt from one of her letters: “I know we, all Japanese people, are now supported by prayers of the world’s people. May I ask to keep us in the intention strongly? We are in the warmest thoughts from you. We will recover, I trust.” She adds, “JoAnne, as a Seton Hill graduate, I have especially prayed to Mother Seton to send us ‘a miracle’ as well as individual, national, cosmopolitan level assistance.”



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Seton Hill’s Campus Ministry Office coordinated a collection through the Catholic Relief Service for all who are suffering in Japan. The University’s Alumni Office continues to reach out to alumni and friends in Japan by email. If you have information you would like to share with the office, please be in touch with Louise Lydon, director of national alumni relations, by email, or by phone, (724) 838-4244 or Mary Ross Cox, director of regional alumni relations, by email, or by phone, (724) 830-1027.

Mission ImPROMible Events Benefit Liberia Mission Mission ImPROMible, a designer dress sale benefit project created by Seton Hill sophomores Kelli Alfieri and Lauren Sciacca as a service project for the Communication Club, has raised close to $5,000 for the Liberia Mission of Mission Honduras International. Kelli and Lauren, who are both communication majors with minors in business, coordinated the donation of new dresses from local bridal and prom shops, and then sold them at a fraction of their retail cost at two Mission ImPROMible events held at Seton Hill in the fall of 2010 and spring of 2011.

Teach. Learn. Prevent. The Ethel LeFrak Holocaust Education Conference Proceedings, “Teach, Learn, Prevent: Holocaust Education in the 21st Century,” edited by Carol Rittner, R.S.M., have been published and are available for purchase through the National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education. [Books can be purchased for $19.95 plus $5.00 shipping and handling, a total of $24.95. Make checks payable to “NCCHE” and send to Wilda Kaylor, NCCHE, Seton Hill University, 1 Seton Hill Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601-1599.] Jennifer L. Goss, a graduate student in Seton Hill University’s online Genocide and Holocaust Studies Certificate Program and a social studies teacher at Fleetwood Area High School, Fleetwood, Pennsylvania, is the second recipient of the Ethel LeFrak Outstanding Student Scholar of the Holocaust Award. Jennifer wrote her awardwinning paper, “Children and the Holocaust: Universal Aspects,” for Dr. Michael Phayer’s Children and the Holocaust course.

Perfectly Marvelous During its second season in Seton Hill’s Performing Arts Center, the Seton Hill Theatre and Dance Program presented “Independence,” “The Way of the World,” “Blood Relations” and “Cabaret,” along with a fall dance concert. Seton Hill’s Music Program offered a full schedule of concerts, ensembles and recitals, including performances by students, the Faculty Jazz Quintet, PMEA District I Honors Choir, the Sacred Music Program, the Westmoreland Symphonic Winds, the Seton Hill Jazz Band and the Community Music Program.

Seton Hill and LECOM at Seton Hill Volunteer Together in Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Every year, Seton Hill students, faculty and staff gather together to perform community service in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. as part of the University’s “Take the Day On” event. This year, members of the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine at Seton Hill academic community joined with Seton Hill to volunteer at six service sites in Westmoreland County.

With Sincere Apologies In the 2009-2010 Annual Report of Donors we accidentally omitted the name of Marsha Yatsko Taylor ’73 from the list of Seton Hill alumni and friends who participate in The Heritage Society. Thank you, Marsha, for all you do for Seton Hill.




Dinosaur femurs, safe molars and high schoolers


high school students participated in Seton Hill’s dual enrollment and College in High School programs in 2009 - 2010.


years in a row Seton Hill has been voted the best college in the area by readers of the Tribune-Review. (Seton Hill also regularly receives top marks in national rankings: in 2010 the University was recognized as one of America’s best colleges by Forbes business magazine, a best northeastern college by the Princeton Review, and one of the best colleges in the north region by U.S. News & World Report.)

20.5% of Seton Hill’s undergraduate population is seeking teacher certification.

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students to receive ROTC scholarships are Trask Alexander, a sophomore criminal justice major from the Virgin Islands, and Lindsey Potter, a junior arts administration major from Bakersville, N.C.

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at Seton Hill medical students received their first stethoscopes in a special ceremony held November 3, 2010.

28 groups participated in Seton Hill’s 2010 Homecoming Parade.

416 teeth belonging to members of Seton Hill’s

basketball team are protected by mouth guards provided by Seton Hill’s Center for Orthodontics.*


Christmas gifts were donated by members of the SHU community to local children through the Westmoreland County Children’s Bureau. (Other Christmas service projects included 7 boxes of toys donated to orphans in Haiti and $950 raised for the Westmoreland County Food Bank, the Blackburn Center and the Red Cross Measles Initiative through the annual Operation Christmas Basket fundraiser.)

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in Tyrannosaurus Rex created by students Stephen Wittuck and Katherine Ingram for the production of “Pterodactyls” directed by student Matthew Mlynarski.

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Notes Field Hockey Joins PSAC

Men’s Basketball Griffins Compete in Goodwill Games in Puerto Rico The men’s basketball Griffins traveled to Bayamon, Puerto Rico, to meet three Puerto Rican Division II schools in the inaugural Goodwill Games December 13-16, 2010 at the University of Puerto Rico-Bayamon. The Griffins went 2 - 1 in the Goodwill Games. Seton Hill University has a longstanding relationship with colleges and universities in Puerto Rico; more than 100 Seton Hill alumni call Puerto Rico home.

Burkes First Women’s Basketball Griffin Named to CoSIDA Team Senior forward Jordan Burkes has been named to the CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) Academic All-District 2 Third Team. Burkes becomes the first Seton Hill women’s basketball player to earn a CoSIDA Academic All District Award. Jordan leads the team in scoring while carrying a 3.62 GPA in Math – Elementary and Special Education.

Miller Named WVIAC Rookie of the Year Matt Miller, a freshman guard on the men’s basketball team, has been named WVIAC Rookie of the Year. Miller is the first Seton Hill athlete to earn a specialty award from the WVIAC.

Seton Hill’s Field Hockey Program will compete in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference as an associate member beginning with the fall 2011 season. As the WVIAC does not sponsor the sport, Seton Hill’s field hockey program has competed as an independent since the program’s inception in 2003. In 2010, the team ended the most successful season in the program’s history (11-8), resulting in a ranking of 6th in the South Region by the NCAA Division II Field Hockey Committee.

Men’s & Women’s Cross Country Teams Both Named AllAcademic Teams The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) named both SHU cross country teams 2010 All-Academic Cross Country Teams. To qualify, a team must have a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or better and have finished at least five runners at their respective NCAA regional championship.

Information for Griffins Notes is provided by Sports Information Director Jason Greene and Executive Director for Athletic Programs Christopher Snyder. For more information on Griffins Athletics visit



Victorian Parlor Furniture Returns Home to Seton Hill from Extended Vacation in Florida “Dad always gave credit to Saint Mary’s and the Sisters of Charity for preparing him for Mercersburg and Princeton,” says his son, Arthur Pivorotto, Jr. “He had a strong academic foundation and appreciated the emphasis on Latin. He also admired the strong Catholic identity of the school.”



n the late 60s or early 70s, the decision was made to replace the antique victorian-era furniture in the Administration Building’s Parlors with more modern, “comfortable and practical” furnishings. Some of the original furniture was returned to the Parlors when the University completed its historic renovation of the Administration Building in 2001, but a few pieces - including a sofa, mirror, table, oversized chair, and tea set consisting of a table and two chairs – are set to return in the near future. These particular furnishings had been given a wonderful home with the College’s (then) board chair, Arthur Pivirotto, who, along with family members, have cared for the distinctive pieces all of these years.

From Saint Mary’s School to the Board of Trustees In 1898, Arthur’s brother Gus became a student of Saint Mary’s School for Boys at Seton Hill, while Arthur’s sisters, Christine and Graziana, attended Seton Hill’s Saint Joseph Academy. In 1916, Arthur followed in his older siblings’ footsteps and began studies at Saint Mary’s School for Boys. After graduating from Saint Mary’s, Arthur attended Allegheny High School, Mercersburg Academy and Princeton University, ultimately earning an engineering degree from Lafayette College in 1931. (Seton Hill awarded him an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at the College’s Golden Anniversary Celebration.) Arthur enjoyed a successful career with Continental Commercial Corporation in Pittsburgh, having advanced to the position of CEO and president at the time of his retirement in 1967. In 1969, Arthur (a member of the Seton Hill advisory board since 1960) became the first chairman of the Seton Hill College Board of Trustees.



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It is with Arthur Pivirotto, Jr. and his wife Ann (pictured), in Jupiter, Fla., that the furniture gifted to Arthur Pivirotto now resides. In November 2010, the Pivirottos got in touch with Christine Mueseler, vice president for institutional advancement at Seton Hill, to tell her that they’d like to donate the pieces back to Seton Hill. “We have cherished having it in our home,” said Ann, “but we want to return it to its true home, Seton Hill.”

Photos by Kary Coleman Hazen ’98.

A Continuing Legacy The Pivirotto legacy at Seton Hill did not end with Arthur. His granddaughter, Ruth Ann Pivirotto McMahon, graduated from Seton Hill in 1977. Also, in 1964, Arthur established a scholarship fund in memory of his wife, Ruth E. Pivirotto. As of June 30, 2010, this annual scholarship has been awarded to 25 individuals, setting them on a path to academic achievement and lifelong success.

ALLOWS TAX FREE CHARITABLE GIVING RETROACTIVE EXTENSION APPLIES TO IRA DISTRIBUTIONS MADE IN 2011 TAX YEAR Making a lasting mark through your support of Seton Hill University is a wonderful thing. Having the chance to see the immediate impact of your legacy is even better. If you are 701/2 or older, a provision of the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 allows you to make cash gifts totaling up to $100,000 a year from your traditional or Roth IRA to a qualified charitable institution like Seton Hill without incurring income tax on the withdrawal. This is good news for alumni and friends who want to make a charitable gift during their lifetime from their retirement assets, but have been discouraged from doing so because of the income tax penalty. The provision is retroactive and applies to distributions made in the 2011 tax year. Donors must act by December 31 to take advantage of this opportunity for this tax year.

MAKING A GIFT THROUGH THE IRA CHARITABLE ROLLOVER If you are considering a gift, please consult your attorney or financial advisor to confirm your eligibility and learn how to initiate the transfer. • Instruct your financial advisor or plan administrator to make a “qualified charitable distribution” or “charitable IRA rollover” and to transfer a specific amount directly to Seton Hill University. • The distribution may be made by check or direct cash wire with your name included on the check or wiring documents. Compliance with the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act requires that the check or distribution proceeds come to Seton Hill directly.


• Gifts made to Seton Hill through the Charitable IRA Rollover can be designated for a specific purpose, used to create an endowed scholarship, or build an existing scholarship. • Gifts made to Seton Hill through the Charitable IRA Rollover may be used to fulfill pledge agreements.

WHY NOW? Whatever your investment objectives, the IRA Charitable Rollover Extension can help you realize your Seton Hill legacy and make a more significant impact than you ever thought was possible. But the deadline for participation this tax year is approaching fast. Donors must act before December 31, 2011 to take advantage of this opportunity for the current calendar year.


Mary, age 74, received a generous scholarship to attend Seton Hill and she would like to help current Seton Hill students in the same way. Mary is a member of The Heritage Society and has included a provision in her will to leave $50,000 to the University to establish an endowed scholarship fund in her name.The IRA Charitable Rollover Extension allows Mary to roll over $50,000 from her IRA in 2011—and establish the scholarship and see it at work—during her lifetime.

Please contact Molly Robb Shimko, Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement, at 724-830-4620. As always, your financial planner is the best source of information related to your personal circumstances. Thank you for your consideration of this opportunity.






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