As a new academic year begins at Pitt-Bradford, it is my pleasure to once again welcome everyone back to campus and share my optimism and enthusiasm for yet another exciting and rewarding year. On August 20, our annual opening convocation was held in the Bromeley Family Theater in Blaisdell Hall. During the convocation, I provided an overview of our accomplishments from last year and discussed the challenges and opportunities facing us in the coming year. For those who were unable to attend the meeting or wish to review the text of my remarks, please visit our Web site at: http://www.upb.pitt.edu/presidentnewsandviews.aspx
However, amid the excitement of the new academic year, we pause and remember David L. Blackmore who passed away on August 13 in Pittsburgh. Dave, who was Associate Professor Emeritus of Business Management and friend and mentor to many in the campus community, taught from 1976 until his retirement in 2004. A biography of Professor Blackmore is available on the Pitt-Bradford Web site.
Rural Line Item and Its Impact on Pitt-Bradford Budget
The Rural Education Outreach Line Item was increased by $100,000 during the recently completed budget process. The new funding will support the continued development of the Energy Institute and efforts to renovate and upgrade the science labs in Fisher Hall. The total amount in the line item now stands at $2,557,500. State Senator and President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Joe Scarnati, and State Representative Marty Causer were strong supporters of Pitt-Bradford’s line item during the budget deliberations in Harrisburg.
Salary Increase Update
Despite a minimal increase in the University’s overall state appropriation (1.5%), the Chancellor announced approval of a 3.5% pay raise, with additional dollar amounts allocated for market/equity adjustments for faculty and staff. The pay increases will be retroactive to July 1 and will be included in your September paychecks.
Fall Enrollment Update
This fall we welcome the largest incoming class in Pitt-Bradford’s history. Currently, the class stands at about 393 freshmen, and we have 125 transfer students. Our FTE is 1,398, as compared to 1279 at this time last year, and 1,188 the year before. Increases in our enrollment are accompanied by a variety of opportunities and challenges, and we will work together to continue to create a positive learning community for students, faculty and staff.
I would like to remind everyone that the University Academic Calendar for Fall 2008 includes a one-day Fall Break for students on Monday, October 13. No classes will be held on this day. To maintain the required minimum number of class meetings, classes normally scheduled for Monday, October 13, will meet on Tuesday, October 14, instead. Tuesday classes will not meet the week of October 13.
While this is a student holiday, university offices and buildings will remain open and staffed for business as usual. Those staff members who choose not to work on this day should use vacation time.
Dedication of Fesenmyer House
Friday, September 5, marked the dedication of Pitt-Bradford’s newest residence hall, the Howard L. Fesenmyer House. Fesenmyer House accommodates 144 students in a three-story building, featuring 21 four-person suites, 10 five-person suites and 5 two-person suites. Bedrooms offer amenities such as private bathrooms, cable hookup, telephone jacks and computer ports.
It was a great pleasure and honor to have this new facility named after one of Pitt-Bradford’s greatest supporters and advocates. Howard Fesenmyer has been a major fundraiser for many years and has led several successful campaigns for the university, including Campaign 2000 ($10 million), Complete the Campus Campaign ($13.1 million), the Reed-Coit Scholarship Challenge ($2 million for scholarships), and the Blaisdell Fine Arts Challenge ($3.4 million to build Blaisdell Hall). His current efforts are focused on the fundraising campaign for the interfaith chapel, to be built solely with private donations.
Despite completion of Fesenmyer House, the projection of record enrollments for this year has created the need for even more housing options. Pitt-Bradford is once again partnering with the Best Western Bradford Inn to accommodate an overflow of approximately 20 students during the fall semester.
Rededication of Swarts Hall – October 3
You are cordially invited to attend the rededication of Swarts Hall at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 3. The rededication will be part of the Alumni and Family Weekend activities and will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, various presentations by academic departments, an open house, tours of the facility, and opportunities to reunite with faculty members with a reception to cap off the evening. One of the many highlights of the newly remodeled facility is the new IT Classroom. I encourage everyone to stop by and check out the wonderful changes that have taken place, and I look forward to seeing many of you at the rededication.
Alumni and Family Weekend Activities
Alumni and Family Weekend will take place October 3-5. The theme for this year’s event is “Cheers Pitt-Bradford: Where We’ll Always Know Your Name…” The weekend activities are always fun-filled and entertaining, so be sure to mark your calendars for this upcoming event. The deadline to register for the various activities scheduled throughout the weekend is Friday, September 26, and registrations can be made by contacting Melissa Stiles, Office of Institutional Advancement, at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (814) 362-5091. Alumni and Family Weekend is a time for our graduates to come back and reconnect with those faculty and staff members who helped them along their academic journey. I warmly invite and encourage all alumni, faculty and staff to attend the festivities. and I hope to see many of you there.
For more information regarding Alumni and Family Weekend, please visit our Web site at the following location: http://www.upb.pitt.edu/cheers.aspx
Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association Board and Pitt-Bradford Advisory Board Giving
It was another stellar year of gift-giving from both the PBAA Board and Advisory Board. For the 11th consecutive year, the PBAA Board achieved a 100% rate of giving. The Advisory Board maintained its 100% rate of giving for the 3rd consecutive year. I must commend each member for the exceptional dedication and support provided to Pitt-Bradford; they continue to commit their time and efforts to helping Pitt-Bradford meet and exceed its objectives. Special thanks to Craig Hartburg, Chair of the Advisory Board, and Tim Fannin, Chair of the Alumni Board, for their excellent leadership in creating and maintaining such cohesive and productive boards, which greatly benefit the university.
Faculty and Staff Giving to Annual Fundraising Campaign
It also gives me great pleasure to report that 51% of full-time faculty and staff supported Pitt-Bradford’s internal campaign, “Satisfying the Hunger for Knowledge.” One hundred faculty and staff members combined to contribute $26,887, with an average gift of $269. Your support and commitment to this university is an integral part of its continued success, and I thank each of you for your generous gifts and pledges. Congratulations go out to Jennifer Trapp (Conference Services), who was chosen as the winner of the internal campaign grand prize drawing for a free 2008-2009 parking pass. Last, but not least, I would like to thank the staff of the Institutional Advancement Office for organizing yet another successful internal campaign. To Leslie, Lindsay, Michelle, Melissa, Joelle and Karen – my appreciation for a job well done!
Welcome to New Faculty and Staff Hires/Reassignments
I’d like to take this opportunity to extend a warm welcome to the following new faculty members at Pitt-Bradford:
• Kristin A. Asinger, Visiting Instructor of Sports Medicine, M.Ed. in Athletic Training, University of Virginia; BS in Physical Education and Athletic Training, Canisius College. Ms. Asinger was a Physical Education instructor and/or athletic trainer at various schools and colleges in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Florida and New York, as well as Educator for Medical Resources, Inc.
• Vaughn L. Bicehouse, Instructor of Education, M.Ed. and BS in Special Education, Slippery Rock University; BA in Secondary Education, Grove City College. Currently pursuing his D.Ed. at Duquesne University, Mr. Bicehouse brings teaching experience at the college level, and at school systems in Pennsylvania and Florida, primarily in the area of learning support.
• Wayne Brinda, Assistant Professor of Education, Ed.D in Educational Leadership, Duquesne University; MA in Theatre, Penn State University; BA in Theatre Arts, Point Park University. Dr. Brinda was an Assistant Professor in Literacy and Language Arts at Duquesne for the last three years and is the Founder/Administrator of Theatre-in-Education at the Prime Stage Theatre in Pittsburgh.
• Kimberly M. Hanold, Systems/Reference Librarian, MLIS, BS, University of Pittsburgh. Since joining Pitt-Bradford as the Administrative Assistant to the Director of Hanley Library nine years ago, Ms. Hanold completed her bachelor’s degree here, then went on to earn her library degree from Pitt’s School of Library and Information Science.
• Ernest D. Kallenbach, Jr., Assistant Professor of Accounting, MBA, St. Bonaventure University; BS in Accounting, Dyke College. Mr. Kallenbach served as Controller at St. Bonaventure University from 2001-2008, and was Assistant Controller from 1996-2001. Prior to that, he ran his own auditing and tax practice.
• Mark F. Kelley, Instructor of Sports Medicine, MS, Slippery Rock University; BS, University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Kelley was a visiting faculty member at Pitt-Bradford last year.
• William Marderness, Assistant Professor of English, PhD and MA in English, Stony Brook University; MA in Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary; MA and BA in English, California State University. Dr. Marderness had been a lecturer at Stony Brook since 1994 and was English as a Second Language instructor at the FLS Language Center in Pasadena, CA.
• Laura D. Megill, Instructor of Entrepreneurship, MBA, The Wharton School; MA, University of Maryland; BA, Princeton University. Ms. Megill was also a visiting faculty member at Pitt-Bradford last year.
• Om V. Singh, Assistant Professor of Biology, PhD in Microbial Biotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology; MS in Zoology, Chaudhary Charan Singh University; BS in Biological Science, Merrut University. Prior to joining Pitt-Bradford, Dr. Singh was an Adjunct Professor of Biology at Villa Julie College (Baltimore, MD) from 2007–2008 and a Post-doctoral Fellow at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine from 2003-2008.
• Melissa J. Turner, Visiting Instructor of Nursing, MSN, BSN, University of Pittsburgh. Ms. Turner is a Registered Nurse at Warren General Hospital.
• Philippe Van Berten, Assistant Professor of Business Management, PhD in Management Science & Information Systems, l’Institut National des Télécommunications; MA in Management and Strategic Marketing, BA in Industrial Marketing, Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers Dr. Van Berten taught classes in international marketing at l’Institut National des Télécommunications for three years. He brings with him significant experience in the beverage, banking, insurance and industrial trade industries in both the U.S. and France.
• Ye Ken Wang, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, PhD in Management Information Systems, MBA in Management Information Systems (Finance), Washington State University; Bachelor of Engineering in Telecommunication Engineering, Shanghai University. In addition to his teaching experience in Web technologies and information systems at Washington State, Dr. Wang worked eight years in the telecommunications industry in Shanghai.
• Mr. James Ashbaugh, Instructor of Petroleum Technology
• Ms. Kara Carpenter, Instructor of Freshman Seminar
• Ms. Kelly Compton, Instructor of Freshman Seminar
• Ms. Kerri Dach, Instructor of Teacher Education
• Ms. Elliott Hutten, Instructor of Ceramic Arts
• Ms. Wendy Krenzel, Instructor of Biology
• Ms. Marlene Lang, Instructor of English Composition
• Mr. Dennis Maynard, Instructor of Teacher Education
• Mr. Scotte Morris, Instructor of English Composition
• Ms. Lois S. Nedzinski, Instructor of Teacher Education
• Mr. Brian O’Connell, Instructor of Teacher Education
• Ms. Stephanie Pedas, Instructor of English Composition
• Ms. Kathleen Petruzzi, Instructor of Teacher Education
• Ms. Tamara Reitler, Instructor of Teacher Education
• Mr. Timothy Retchless, Instructor of Teacher Education
• Mr. Rintaro Wada, Instructor of Music
I am also pleased to announce the following staff new hires/reassignments:
• Ms. Stacey L. Ackley, Special Events Coordinator, Conference Services
• Mr. David L. Clark, Maintenance Worker III, Facilities Management
• Mr. Brady E. Colyer, Admissions Counselor, Admissions
• Ms. Patricia F. Demjan, Lead Academic Advisor, TRiO Talent Search Program
• Mr. Craig R. Dillaman, Residence Life Coordinator, Residential Life and Housing
• Mr. Justin A. Dinger, Campus Police Officer, Campus Police and Safety
• Mr. David A. Dixon, Maintenance Worker II, Facilities Management
• Ms. Dina E. Dry, Administrative Secretary, Hanley Library
• Ms. Nickole L. Egger, Research Associate, Center for Rural Health Practice
• Ms. Lindsay C. Foster, Business Consultant, Business Resource Center, Outreach Services
• Mr. Michael E. Hackett, Workforce Training Coordinator, Outreach Services
• Ms. Lisa M. Hervatin, Secretary, Student Health Services and Student Affairs
• Mr. Michael E. Idland, Head Coach for Women’s Soccer, Athletics
• Ms. Leslie E. Kallenborn, Assistant Director for Annual Giving Programs, Institutional Advancement
• Ms. Nataliya A. Miroslavna, Campus Police Officer, Campus Police and Safety
• Ms. Sherri L. Peterson, Administrative Assistant, Office of the President
• Mr. Bernard J. Picklo, Jr., Academic Technology Integrator, Academic Affairs
• Mr. Shawn G. Poling, Maintenance Worker II, Facilities Management
• Mr. Lew Reeger, Residence Life Coordinator for the Best Western Bradford Inn, Residential Life and Housing
• Ms. Susan Schenfield, Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach, Athletics
• Ms. Ashley L. Slade, Administrative Assistant (Temporary), Center for Rural Health Practice
• Ms. Melissa A. Stiles, Administrative Assistant, Institutional Advancement
• Ms. Joelle A. Warner, Manager of Donor Services, Institutional Advancement
• Ms. Kimberly Marcott Weinberg, Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing, Communications and Marketing
• Ms. Mary Frances Anderson, Administrative Assistant (Temporary), Business Affairs
• Mr. Paul C. Anderson, Van Driver (Temporary), Residential Life and Housing
• Ms. Jacqueline M. Bosworth, Club Accounts Assistant (Temporary), Student Activities
• Mr. Jack E. Carns, Van Driver (Temporary), Residential Life and Housing
• Mr. Tracy W. Cromley, Van Driver (Temporary), Residential Life and Housing
• Mr. Robert A. Galbraith, Van Driver (Temporary), Residential Life and Housing
• Ms. Kathy L. Harbaugh, Van Driver (Temporary), Residential Life and Housing
• Mr. Thomas H. Harbaugh, Van Driver (Temporary), Residential Life and Housing
• Mr. James W. Long, Van Driver (Temporary), Residential Life and Housing
• Dr. Joseph Perez, Interim Director of the Energy Institute
• Ms. Lynn Piganelli Mackey, Switchboard Operator/Secretary, Campus Police and Safety
• Mr. Terry M. Sturm, Van Driver (Temporary), Residential Life and Housing
• Mr. Ronald J. Yeager, Van Driver (Temporary), Residential Life and Housing
Staff Assignments / Changes in Title
• Ms. Kimberly R. Boyer, Financial Aid Counselor, Financial Aid
• Ms. Patricia (Patty) M. Colosimo, Assistant Director of Arts Programming
• Ms. Sharen Horvath, Administrative Secretary, Academic Affairs
• Ms. Karen L. Pomroy, Administrative Assistant (part-time), TRiO SSS Program
• Ms. Ann R. Robinson, Director of the Business Resource Center, Outreach Services
Please join me in welcoming all of the new faculty and staff members to the Pitt-Bradford family and embracing them as part of our campus community.