Networking luncheon, block party and more at alumni and family weekend

Carolyn Newhouse
Carolyn Boser Newhouse

Pitt-Bradford will continue its 50thAnniversary celebration during Alumni and Family Weekend Oct. 4-6. 

The weekend will feature a networking luncheon, a block party, and the annual Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association awards brunch and Athletic Hall of Fameinduction.

 During all three days of the celebration, an exhibit in the KOA art gallery will celebrate the campus's history as the site of Bradford's original airport. The exhibit will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day and offers historical photos and memorabilia as well as a video featuring interviews with local historians, pilots and members of the Pitt-Bradford staff who grew up near the original Harri Emery airport. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Friday's activities begin with an Executive Speaker Series and Networking Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. in the Mukaiyama University Room featuring Carolyn Boser Newhouse '86, deputy secretary for innovation and investment for the state of Pennsylvania.

Newhouse has more than 20 years of demonstrated business expertise in the private sector. She is the founder or co-founder of multiple companies, including SuperUser Technologies Inc., an information technology company that provides wired and wireless communications; Newhouse Enterprise LLC, a retail business entity; Newhouse Family Limited Partnership, a partnership for commercial real estate; and SuperUser Solutions Inc., a successful engineering company that specializes in supply chain automation.

Newhouse earned her undergraduate degree in computer science from Pitt-Bradford and is a graduate of the entrepreneurship leadership and advanced entrepreneur leadership programs at the University of Buffalo (N.Y.).

The luncheon is free to Pitt-Bradford students, faculty and staff, and $10 for the public. For tickets, or call 814-362-5091.

On Saturday, Pitt-Bradford's largest block party will take place from noon to 3 p.m. in the Robert B. Bromeley Quadrangle. Family activities include entertainment, inflatable games, food, and photos with the panther statue.

From 11a.m. to 3 p.m., Friends of Hanley Library will have a sale of gently used books in the lobby of the library.

At the Kessel Athletic Complex, men's soccer will take on Mount Aloysius at 1 p.m., and women's soccer will also play Mount Aloysius at 3 p.m.

A 50th anniversary chapel service will begin at 5 p.m. in the Harriett B. Wick Chapel.

Alumni, parents and guests can join the Welcome Back reception at 6 p.m. that day in the Mukaiyama University Room with tastings by Straub Brewery.

The annual PBAA Awards Brunch and Athletic Hall of Fame moves to Sunday this year and will be held at 11 a.m. in the University Room.

Dr. Mark Kelley, assistant professor of sports medicine will be honored by PBAA with the Teaching Excellence Award. Kelly has been teaching at Pitt-Bradford for nine years, directing the sports medicine program and serving as director of freshman seminar for several years.

The Bradford native and Pitt-Bradford graduate is active in the community. He is the head coach of the girls' cross-country team and the assistant coach of the boys' track team at Bradford Area High School, referees and works as a physical activity instructor with KidShape,an obesity prevention and wellness program for children.

Joe Colosimo, a 1994 graduate, will accept the distinguished volunteer award. He was nominated by Dr. Stephen Robar, associate dean of academic affairs and professor of political science.

 Colosimo will be honored both for his 15 years of volunteering to help Pitt-Bradford students at career events, but also for his leadership in Pennsylvania Kinzua Pathways, through which he created internship opportunities for students in the environmental studies program.

The Athletic Hall of Fame will induct Pitt-Bradford's first two coaches.

Art Schake was hired by the university to lead the physical education department. He arrived in August of 1963, shortly before classes started, and introduced intramurals to the student body. Ultimately, he would serve as the school's first athletic director and head coach, leading the university's first intercollegiate team - men's basketball. He will be honored posthumously.

Keith Smith was hired in 1964 as a physical education instructor and coached the first-ever men's soccer team at Pitt-Bradford.

Smith was promoted to athletic director and head basketball coach in 1968 with the departure of Schake. The basketball team won a then-school record six games.

He, along with his wife, Janet, will be on hand to receive the award.

The brunch is open to the public. Tickets are $15 for adults; $6 for children 6 to 12. Children five and under are free. For reservations, call 814-362-5091 or visit

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