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The SLS Review For alumni/ae and friends of Elizabeth Seton, South Hills Seton-La Salle Catholic and Seton-La Salle Catholic High Schools Catholic High School 1000 McNeilly Road VOLUME 1, NO 12 SPRING 2009 Pittsburgh, PA 15226 www.slshs.org Internet boosts alumni organizing efforts I IN THIS ISSUE n November, when Darren Savikas ‘92 and Megan Carney Gilson ‘93 organ- A letter ized a Happy Hour for alumni at from the The Capital Grille in downtown Principal Pittsburgh, they used Facebook and e-vite to spread the word. Page 2 The Facebook group, dubbed Seton-La Salle HS Alumni, was started by Carlos Zeisel ‘91 last fall and now has close to 300 Rebel Classic members. When Ralph Stalter ‘68 to Chip at Email helped SLS contact recent alumni for a winter reunion. (l to r) Rachel and his classmates were organiz- Recession ing their class reunion, Ralph Klisavage, Sean Morgan, Mary Olsen, Matt Rodgers, Scott McClelland, Michelle Perry, John Goray, Mark Mazur, Keith Donnelly, Jessica Minsterman, Brendan created a blog for the South Hills McCreary, Doug Sullivan, Amanda Kerr, Peter Leehan and Meghan Tranovich Page 3 Catholic Class of 1968. The blog delves into topics such as the change from of events and news. When the Boys’ Soccer “Knights” to “Rebels” for the high school teams. Team won the State Championships last fall, an The South Hills Catholic Class of 1976 meets email was broadcast to the 1500 or so alumni Class Notes on the last Friday of every month at Redbeard’s who have provided email addresses to the school. Saloon in Mt. Washington (owned by Leonard Notifications of raffles, reservation deadlines, Page 8 Semplice ‘76). Mickey Livingston ‘76 sends alumni news, and even an online auction were email reminders possible because of the Internet. to build partici- Communicating electronically is pation. The second-nature to today’s SLS Women of student. The monthly newsletter, Hall of Fame Seton, a group Rebelations, is posted online; Inductions of Elizabeth student grades, syllabi and assign- 2009 Seton High ments are accessed through the School alumni, SLS online portal. Even the sports Page 12 accomplished and practice schedules are posted most of their on the Web. These changes planning for a occurred gradually over the past scholarship photo by Mickey White ‘68 few years and save the school reception last Frank Tomczyk, Mike Sylvester and Dan Pierce browse the time and money. spring via 1968 Yearbook. Much of the planning for the Class of Many SLS alumni are getting 1968’s reunion took place via email. email, too. savvy at online communication, Alumni of all ages increasingly rely on elec- too. They contact SLS via email, donate online, tronic communication to stay in touch, plan and check the Website regularly. reunions and reconnect with friends from days Seton-La Salle received phone calls about sto- gone by. The Web and email tools are helping ries published in the last issue of the newsletter SLS reach people more affordably to notify them continued on page 3 Calendar of Events From the principal March I 12 St Patrick’s Alumni Happy Hour f we have learned one thing in the current financial (pg 15) crisis, it is a greater realization of how the countries 14 Rebel Marching Band marches in the of the world depend on one another. In preparing St. Patrick’s Day Parade students for the world of the 21st Century, we are aware 27 Spring Musical “Into the Woods” 28 Spring Musical “Into the Woods” that change may be the only constant in their world and chose the objectives for our upcoming Middle States evaluation accordingly. April We are planning ways to improve the students’ critical thinking skills and their 3 Spring Musical “Into the Woods” understanding and appreciation of diversity, while finding additional ways to 4 Spring Musical “Into the Woods” work with students who need more help to develop the gifts that God has 10 Good Friday given them for the world. 13 Easter Sunday 16 SLS Spring Concert As Catholics we are aware of the interrelatedness of the world since we 17 Comedy Night @ SLS (pg 6) acknowledge that God has a plan of salvation, which is unfolding in our lives featuring Matt Wohlfarth in unexpected ways. We know that God created and loves all people and has & Sean Blackham given us each gifts to help one another. The doctrine of the Mystical Body of 19 Women of Seton - Christ—the Church Triumphant, Church Militant, and Church Suffering—takes Scholarship Reception (pg 15) our dependence on one another to a level that is out of this world! 22 Campus Beautification Day 25 Lettermen’s Tailgate (5:30 pm) Daily I have reason to be grateful for the many people who help Seton-La Salle achieve its mission. This issue of the SLS Review is filled with the many May achievements and contributions of our alumni and our students. We have 15 SLS Rebel Golf Classic at Chestnut those who are keeping connected on the personal level through reunions and Ridge Golf Resort & Spa events; those who plan and attend school-sponsored events, such as the 21 SLS Junior/Senior Prom Rebel GolF Classic and the Green & Gold Gala; those who find small ways to 22 SLS Student Cedar Point Trip 29 2009 Commencement give, those who give to the Annual Fund for Tuition Assistance, and those who sponsor our scholarships. On the students’ side we have those who To check current sports schedules, log on excel in sports, in activities, and in the classroom. All contribute to the to www.slshs.org/studentlife/index and tradition begun at South Hills Catholic and Elizabeth Seton High Schools and click athletics to link to the WEEKLY carried on at Seton-La Salle for nearly thirty years. With the help of our PRACTICE & GAME SCHEDULE. students, parents, alumni, and friends, we continue to offer the benefits of Catholic education to the families in the South Hills. I again ask your help in The SLS Review is published in the spring whatever ways you are able to share your talents, time, and treasure. Above and fall by the all I ask your prayers. Office of Development Seton-La Salle High School 1000 McNeilly Road Pittsburgh, PA 15226-2593 In Fide et Caritate, www.slshs.org Principal Sister Patricia Laffey, SC Sister Patricia Laffey, SC Editor/Development Director Marilyn Walsh Contributors Join us for the Rebel Lettermen’s Tailgate! Margaret Myron-Sigg Come to Seton-La Salle’s new Rebel Athletic Field and become part of the Rebel Amy Ganser ‘90 Lettermen’s Club. Celebrate your high school accomplishments and find out Photography about this new opportunity to get involved at SLS. Tom Donahoe ‘65, honorary SLS students chair of the Rebel Lettermen’s Club along with coaches, friends and others. Seton-La Salle Catholic High School is a private non-profit 501(c)3 corporation, Saturday, April 25 at the Rebel Athletic Field operating under the direction of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. 5:30 pm (dinner at 7:00 pm) Check the Web for details and to make reservations. 2 The SLS Review Internet boosts alumni involvement continued from page 1 before it was mailed. That’s because, about $10 per year per person the day it is sent to press, it was also to send out newsletters. On posted on the SLS Website. The fall the school’s tight budget, it is issue of the SLS Review was accessed important for the SLS Review by about a dozen people weeks before to reach the intended person. the piece arrived in homes. There are many ways that If you want better communication alumni can keep in touch with from your alma mater, provide SLS with each other and with their alma your email address. It saves time and mater, from attending events money and offers another form of and planning reunions to join- Kate Meacham Scotti ‘96, Maura Gatto Cermak ‘96, Darren communication—just in case we lose ing an online group. In every Savikas ‘92, Amy Ganser ‘90, Toni Luvara, Marilyn Walsh ‘76, Maria Eastland Panucci and Rocco Panucci ‘81 and David touch. When alumni move and do not instance, those who have Langbein ‘76 used E-vite to RSVP to the Networking Happy Hour. notify the school, the post office usual- made the effort not only find ly provides an address update at a cost that it is fun, but also that their involve- firstname.lastname@example.org. And, for the of about 75 cents each. The cost ment leads to some valuable and unex- record: We don’t spam. We rarely seems minimal until you consider that pected connections. send out more than one email per about 3 percent of our 11,000 mailing If you don’t want to miss the latest month and would never give your list move every year. In addition to news and would like to be included in address to anyone without your permis- address changes, the school pays SLS emails, email Amy Ganser at sion. New scholarships attract students and families T his fall, Seton-La Salle will award four new Ray and Gail lived in Brookline scholarships. The Anthony and King and sent their three boys to O’Toole Honorary Scholarship is a gift South Hills Catholic. Gail also from the O’Toole family in memory of their worked as a secretary in the grandfather, Anthony, and in honor of their office from 1967 to 1974. She father, King’s 78th birthday. The award is a valued her time at SHC as well as $1000 scholarship for a junior at SLS who the Catholic education her sons demonstrates academic achievement, service received. The merit-based scholar- and financial need. Anthony O’Toole, the long- ship is a financial award ($2600 time maintenance engineer at Elizabeth Seton over four years) for a student resid- was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006. ing in the Brookline community. King worked with him for a time. King’s wife Anthony O’Toole, whose children have created a The St. Francis Academy Barbara Desch O’Toole ‘54 noted, “How scholarship in his honor, at work at Elizabeth Alumnae Association Legacy Seton High School in 1966. Scholarship is a $1000 award proud my father-in-law was to have his son work with him! He always enjoyed signing their projects with a provided through the generosity of the SFA Alumnae sign “Done by the King and I.”” Association members. The scholarship will be awarded to The Ray & an incoming freshman woman who is sponsored by an SFA Scholarships awarded this year include: • Edward Martin Ryan, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Gail Kennedy alumna. The recipient must demonstrate academic achieve- • Elizabeth Seton Legacy Scholarship Memorial ment, service to church and community, financial need and • Bishop Donald W. Wuerl Scholarship Scholarship for admiration for the examples of St. Francis of Assisi. • Anna Marie Catanzaro Scholarship Academic The Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill have also estab- • William Stout Scholarship for St. Bernard Students • The J.L. Merrick Academic Scholarship Achievement lished a scholarship, a $1000 award for an incoming fresh- • The Gus Gillespie Scholarship was created in man at Seton-La Salle. The scholarship considers service, • Crossroads Foundation Scholarship memory of Ray academics and need and is in honor of Saint Elizabeth Ann • Bishop Wuerl Junior Achievement Scholarship and Gail Kennedy Seton. For applications and information about these and all • Richard R. Grandey Scholarship • Patrick Mackey Fund for St. Bernard Students by their son, Tom scholarships available to SLS students, visit our website • Frank DeBor Scholarship for BRC Students Kennedy ‘66 (www.slshs.org) and click on ‘Admissions’ or call Nancy • Pgh Foundation Fund for St. Sylvester Students and his family. Rizza at 412-561-3583 x 129. Spring 2009 3 Rebel Golf Classic ‘09 chips away at recession new spa, and there are early registra- tion discounts. Already, several of our alumni who are well-known in their field as financial professionals, have assured the committee they’ll be there. Act fast and you could golf with Brian Dieckmann ‘95, Darren Savikas ‘92, Tom Tomczyk ‘66, Brien Wall ‘66, or one of our other ‘celebrity’ alumni who work as finan- cial professionals. See the list posted on the SLS website. Our guest speaker for the evening will be local comedian and sports columnist Gene Collier. Tom’s Run at Chestnut Ridge, one of the most beautiful courses in the area, will again be the The 19th Annual Rebel Golf Classic site of the Rebel Classic. The event now includes spa treatments and overnight golf packages. takes place on Friday, May 15, 2009 at I nstead of waiting around for the one third of SLS families could not Chestnut Ridge Golf Resort & Spa. recession to end, Seton-La Salle is send their children to Seton-La Salle Again, Rocco Panucci ‘81, as taking a club to it! A golf club that without the aid provided through the general manager of the resort, promis- is. This spring, Seton-La Salle High generous gifts of alumni and friends. es a day of great golf, relaxation and School will hold the “recession-busting So this year, the Rebel Golf Classic food. Like every other Rebel Classic in edition” of the Rebel Golf Classic. committee plans to tackle the reces- past years, it will be a fun day to net- From last year to this, a lot has sion head-on with stress-relieving work, reconnect and reminisce. changed in our world. But one thing mini-massages on the putting green, We hope you’ll join us. To receive an hasn’t: Seton-La Salle needs your opportunities for a second day of golf invitation, contact Amy Ganser at 412- support. With tuition at $7045, about or spa services at Chestnut Ridge’s 561-3583 x 136 or email@example.com. Some creative ways to give I n tough times, Seton-La Salle needs to look for creative • Shop at Target and use your Red Card ~ First, apply ways to keep donations coming in. It is even more and get a Target Red Card VISA, then go online and desig- important now to have funds available to help families nate Seton-La Salle as your beneficiary (School ID#15101). that experience job loss or other economic problems. Here Then shop and pay with your Target Card and SLS receives are some great ways you can give to SLS …without hurting a donation for 1 percent of your purchases. Since enrolling YOUR bottom line. five years ago, SLS has received $1850 in funds from • Use Goodsearch ~ Don’t Google to search the internet, Target. “Goodsearch.” Goodsearch is an online search engine pow- • Recycle with us. SLS has ABITIBI bins in the parking ered by Yahoo and gives SLS a penny for each search lot. We take newspapers, magazines, office paper and through their site. You can even add a Goodsearch toolbar more. Visit www.paperretriever.com for details, then load to your homepage. Since joining Goodsearch as an eligible up your car and drop your recycling in our bins and help us charity last year, the school has raised close to $300. It’s earn money. While you’re here, take a look at the new certainly possible to build on this with YOUR help! (Select field, walk Rebel Way, or stop in our office for a visit! Seton La Salle High School as your charity). • Donate your unused gift cards ~ Go to www.giftcard- • Giant Eagle Advantage Card ~ Register your card donor.com and designate SLS as the recipient of proceeds online or in the store and designate Seton-La Salle as the from your unwanted gift cards. We receive 75 percent of recipient of your “Apples for Students” rewards. (SLS is the value of your unused and unwanted gift cards. An easy #0960) way to clean out the wallet and help SLS. 4 The SLS Review Gala breaks records GREEN & GOLD GALA SPONSORS T he Green & Gold Gillespie family, the Hotz family and the Gala, Seton-La Perellas are just a few. Salle Catholic The Green & Gold Gala’s success is also High School’s largest due to increasing numbers of alumni who annual fundraiser, was donate and get involved. Tickets to The Gus ‘64 & Susie held at the Hilton Big East are available thanks to the Gillespie Garden Inn at Carney family; Stephen Flaherty ‘78 2008 Green & Gold Southpointe on has consistently donated tickets to his Gala Chairs Janice and November 8, 2008. Broadway productions. Alumni like Mary Gary Perella The Gala, which Black ‘76, Linda Boss ‘66, Tony includes live and DeFilippo ‘69, Heartland Homes silent auctions and Charles and dinner, was Pellegrini ‘77, chaired this year Rocco Panucci by SLS parents ‘81 and Fred Gary and Janice Hartman ‘81 Perella. The have been evening benefits involved and given GOLD SPONSOR Seton-La Salle’s generously technology and throughout the classroom needs Nick Hoban, Gary Rodgers, Nancy Rizza, Mary Grace years. In recent and raised more Rodgers, Geori Prahl, Joe and Sparky DelSardo and JoLyn years, other new Hoban enjoy the evening than $150,000. alumni donors In large part, the Gala’s success was include GREEN SPONSOR due to generous underwriting support from Phil our sponsors (see list). Proceeds will be Costantini used to purchase internet service (T-1), ‘93, Ken and upgrade computer labs, Smartboards Wahlster and classroom tools such as microscopes ‘88 and and digital music equipment. Janice Perella pointed out, “This event was creat- Anita Carmen Paliotta Carmen Paliotta Buzzy ed 14 years ago when a group of parents Prentiss Contracting, Inc. Contracting, Inc. offered their help to secure funding for the Gifts tables offer unique and ‘89. REBEL SPONSORS school’s technology needs. I was pleased affordable items just in time for the A listing of to find that many of these people have holidays. all donors McKenna & Associates remained involved and continue to build is on our website. If you can, please sup- CORPORATE SPONSORS the event each year.” port the businesses and thank the gener- Those who are still involved include Dickie McCamey & Chilcote ous folks who helped make this the best Dan and Peggy Carney, Herman and Gala yet. Graphics 22 Signs, Inc Kay Dieckmann, Joe ‘66 and Toni If you would like to donate an item or Toni McGonigle Interiors Luvara, Debbie and Steve Vargo, and otherwise get involved in planning the 15th Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill Alan and JoEllen Yeasted. As years annual Green & Gold Gala, please call Amy Welte Roofing have gone by, other families have joined Ganser at 412-561-3583 x 136 or email us and remain involved in the effort—the firstname.lastname@example.org. Space limitations make it impossible to thank everyone Mark your calendar now and please join us for the who helped make the Gala a success. However, please 19th Annual Green & Gold Gala on know that your involvement Saturday, November 7, 2009 at the Hilton Garden Inn at Southpointe and participation are truly Joseph & Suzanne (O’Toole) Aiello ‘82, chairs appreciated. Spring 2009 5 Reunion News uES Class of 1959- Plans are coming together for the 50th Reunion. Check the SLS website www.slshs.org/development/Alumni.html for updates. u ES Class of 1960 - Plans have begun for the 50th Reunion. To get involved, contact Mary T. DeBlasio Carey at 412-922-3498. u SHC Class of 1960: A 50th reunion planning committee is being organized. Help Carmen Lebder locate lost alum- ni and celebrate this important milestone. Call Amy at 412-561-3583 x 136 for information. The ESHS Class of 1948 held its 60th Reunion on November 8, 2009 at Calabria’s Restaurant. In attendance were (seated) Mary Anna Engel u ES Class of 1964: will hold a 45th Year Reunion Whalen, Mary Gert McVeigh Adamiak, Vera Sharkey Lippert, Marguerite Luncheon at the Green Tree Radisson on Saturday, Meyers Pilcher, Anna Marie Mueller Bernhardt, (standing) Sr. Anne Flynn, September 19, 2009. For information, contact Mary Feuer Catherine Gimigliano Brace, Constance Calabria Mazza, Kay Rancel Tischler, Patricia Dorian Heilman, Evangeline Gonzalez Tesla, Sr. Stewart at email@example.com. Antoinette Bosco, Rosemary Delahanty Crist, Mary Lou Griffin Bollman. u ES Class of 1969: Planning for the 40 Year Reunion has begun. To join the committee or update your address information, contact Amy Ganser at 412-561-3583x136 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Attention: u SLS Class of 1983: Plans are forming for a 25 Year Reunion. Graduates of classes u SLS Class of 1984: A committee has formed to begin plans for the 25 Year ending in “4” a”9” Reunion. To join the committee, please contact Amy Ganser at 412-561-3583x136 I or email@example.com. f your class is not on this list, it’s not too late. If you would u SLS Class of 1989: A like to form a committee to plan reunion committee is now in your reunion, contact SLS and we’ll the planning stages for a 20 help you get started. If you gradu- Year Reunion. Check ated in a ‘5’ or ‘0’ year, get a head www.slshs.org/development/ start and start planning your Alumni.html for updates. reunion now. Contact Amy Ganser u The SLS Class of 1993: and 412-561-3583x136 or will hold its 15 Year Reunion firstname.lastname@example.org. u SLS Class of 1994: Some alumni are trying to form a committee to plan for their 15 Year Reunion. If you are interested in helping to find classmates and plan Bill Geyer, Troy and Michelle (Perry) McDonald, and AJ Nedzesky the event, contact Amy Ganser at 412-561-3583x136 or at the SLS 1988 Class Reunion held at Molly Brannigan’s. email@example.com. Comedy Night@SLS FRIDAY Nationally known comedian and SLS Alumni APRIL 17, 2009 RING 7-10 PM FEATU $20 in advance Matt Wohlfarth ‘81 $25 at the door. and (Sorry, must be 21 or over) Shaun Blackham Matt Wohlfarth ‘81 and Shaun Blackham, return to the SLS auditorium for the third annual Comedy Night @ SLS. Call 412-561-3583 x136 to make reservations. The event is open to the public (21 and over), and includes refreshments and cocktails. 6 The SLS Review Student Currents The Forensics Team took a top spot in Almanac as Premier Pigskin Performers. academic excellence and a commit- the Speech Sweepstakes where the ment to pursue a college education. The relatively new Rebel Swim 10 best student scores from each Team has grown into a team to Three SLS students won cash awards school are compared. With only six watch in just three short years. Ten in the “Public Art in Public Places” students competing, SLS came in team members qualified for the WPIAL multi-media contest to celebrate third. Contributing to this win at Pine finals and several will Pittsburgh’s 250th Richland were: Petey Bruni, Mike appear in more than anniversary. Sponsored Columbus, Lauren Hess, Ellie one event. by Senator Jim Ferlo and Riedel, Ed Rosenbusch and Molly Matthews International, Tornblom. Girls’ Basketball is seniors (l to r) Karalyn having a great sea- Lauren Hess was selected for an Hillebrecht, Rosemary son, having won their apprenticeship this semester at Point Nee and Madelyn section with a 10-0 Park University in Broadcast Bucci, were among 12 record. Currently in Journalism. local high school students recognized the WPIAL playoffs, the Rebels have for their submissions. The Rebel Cheerleading Squad defeated Avonworth and Riverside and traveled to Indianapolis, IN to com- are in the Semi-Finals at press time. JoAnn Conwell, Frank Hall, and pete at the Super Jamfest Nationals John Manear were recently recog- Senior Grace Killian was honored for and finished fourth in the country, nized as three of the Best 50 High her volunteer service with a state-level only .05 points from third place. School Teachers by St. Vincent Certificate of Excellence from the College in Latrobe, PA. The Lady Rebels Prudential Spirit of Volleyball Team Community Awards. Senior Christopher Mankos is a won its fifth straight Grace also received the National Merit Commended student. section title. Horatio Alger Association’s Franklin Join us for the SLS Spring Musical The Rebel Football Team was the 2008 Scholars Award which “Into the Woods” assists students who Friday & Saturday Conference champion have demonstrated March 27 & 28 and April 3 & 4 and Matt Fedor and integrity, perseverance Mike McConville Call 412-561-3583 for tickets in overcoming adversity, were selected by The 2008 Lady Rebels volleyball and show times strength of character, A perfect season S eton-La Salle Rebel Soccer Team completed a perfect season, winning the WPIAL A Championship and the PIAA Class A Boys Soccer Championship. (25-0) It was an unforgettable season marked by amazing accomplishments and broken records. The PIAA Championship game embodied all that made the 2008 Rebel Boys’ Soccer season “perfect.” With only five seconds left in the match against Camp Hill, Mike Liebert took a pass from Alex Fischetti and drilled home the only goal of the game. photo by Robert DelGreco ‘72 It was a total team effort with a storybook Rebel soccer team celebrates their perfect season with the final win in Hershey, PA. ending. In addition to the team effort, individual seniors were honored at the season’s end included David DelGreco as The Almanac’s Player of the year and MVP. Michael Liebert and Alex Fischetti were named to the Elite Eleven All-Star team and Mike Szolinski was selected Rookie of the Year. Also for the second time in three seasons, Coach Aaron Panczyk was named Coach of the Year. Spring 2009 7 Class Notes Class of 1958 Company in 1985, Champion. This award honors individuals Sr. Judith Laffey, SC working with more who have distinguished themselves in sup- celebrated her 50th than 450 small busi- port of the Three Rivers Regatta, and other anniversary as a Sister nesses, teaching river activities, as well as those who boat, of Charity of Seton Hill. secrets he learned from fish, swim, and work on Pittsburgh’s rivers. She is pastoral care three of America’s most minister at Caritas successful marketing Class of 1969 Christi, the mother- companies. He retired in 2002 after triple Johnstown resident Richard Holsinger house of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill bypass surgery and moved to South retired in March 2007 from the United in Greensburg. She has also served as Carolina where he and his fiancée plan to States Department of Labor Black Lung chaplain in the department of pastoral care make a home. Bruce recently started a Program. Richard’s two children, Philip and at Mercy Hospital and was staff nurse in new company that optimizes web sites. His Richard, are graduates of Bishop McCort the acute and chronic hemodialysis unit mother, Lucy Bruce, still works at Seton- High School in Johnstown but now live in and medical ICU at Allegheny General La Salle and is celebrating her 40th the Pittsburgh area. Hospital. anniversary this year. Class of 1970 Class of 1962 Joe Luvara has been Dr. David Carbonara was recently elect- Harry James Price entered his one-of-a- recognized for inclusion ed president-elect of the Teacher Education kind 1970 Mustang Mach One in the Mt. in the 15th edition of Division of the Association for Education, Lebanon Auto Show and placed third . Last The Best Lawyers in Communications, and Technology (AECT). September, he drove the Mustang to Luray, America 2009. Joe is a David is director of Instructional Technology Virginia and saw the Shenandoah and fellow in the Academy in the School of Education at Duquesne Skyline Caverns. He walked through the of Trial Lawyers of University. His book, Technology Literacy in Wall of Mirrors and drove through a cov- Allegheny County and a member of the Learning Environments, from Idea Group, ered wooden bridge built in 1883. Federation of Defense and Corporate continues to do well. David can be reached Counsel. He is a 1986 graduate of the at firstname.lastname@example.org. James Wonn (posthumously) and other Duquesne University School of Law. members of the US Navy Squadron VO-67 C.T. O’Donnell, Ph.D. were awarded the Presidential Unit Citation Class of 1968 is president and chief in Washington, DC for “Extraordinary hero- Betty Sassano gradu- executive officer of ism” during the Vietnam War. The citation ated from Carlow The Rensselaerville is a rarely bestowed recognition requiring College in 1972 and Institute, an independ- that a military unit demonstrate “…a taught French at Mon ent, nonprofit education degree of heroism that which would war- Valley Catholic High center. Called the think rant award of the Navy Cross to an individ- School for two years. tank with muddy boots by The Wall Street ual.” The squadron received a She then returned to Journal, the Rensselaerville Institute works Congressional nomination for this award school, earning a Master of Science in with those who invest to improve human after its mission was declassified. Nursing from Pace University. After several lives and those who spend investments in years as a nurse, she went to Pitt Law social programs and develop, test, and use Class of 1964 School. She practiced law in Chicago and products called Outcome Tools, which help Ursula (Sturms) Papp and her husband eventually became Vice President and investors and implementors shift from a John are living in North Central Assistant General Counsel of a medical focus on activity and process to commit- Massachusetts and have a folk acoustic malpractice insurance company. She is ment and outcomes. group called Folk Pie. She graduated in currently Legal Counsel for Keenan & 1994 from Worcester State College with a Associates, an insurance services agency in Class of 1971 BS in Geography and Biology and currently Torrance CA. She enjoys European travel, A resident of Canonsburg, Mike Walker serves as a nurse at a school for adoles- cooking and the arts. She is also a volun- has been a food service project manager cent boys with serious behavior issues. She teer for the American Cancer Society. with Aramark for the past 28 years. Major has three sons, Jim, Ian, and Ed. projects have included PNC Park and Heinz State Senator Field, New Orleans Convention Center, Class of 1966 Wayne Fontana was Coors Field, Seahawks Stadium, Citizens After spending 15 years as a marketing selected by the Bank Park, and, currently, Citi Field, the executive for McDonalds, Walt Disney Pittsburgh Three Rivers New York Mets new ballpark. He and his World, and General Mills, Patrick Bruce Regatta as the inaugu- wife Kate have three sons. started Patrick Bruce Management ral 2008 Regatta 8 The SLS Review Elizabeth Seton High School South Hills Catholic High School Seton-La Salle High School Class of 1972 Class of 1979 Rod Quinn is married to Wendy and has a Robert G. Del Greco, Jr. has been rec- Upon graduation, Doug Brendel earned a four-year-old son, Rory. He lives in Atlanta ognized for inclusion in the 15th edition of degree in advertising commercial art and and works in the mortgage industry. The Best Lawyers in America 2009. He is worked for some of the top Pittsburgh ad an attorney at Dickie McCamey & Chilcote. agencies and design studios. He took a John Stich lives in Lithuania and works as break in 1988 and joined the US Army an international financial consultant. He Class of 1974 1st/30th Infantry. He earned US Para- was in Pittsburgh recently and visited SLS. The National trooper wings in the 1st 507th airborne as Brian Klisavage took that opportunity to Association of Real well as British and German Paratrooper have him speak with this Honors US Estate Investment wings. Stationed in West Germany with the History class about international business Trusts presented its 2nd/11th Cavalry, a border guard unit, he business and the experience of living over- 2008 Industry witnessed the fall of the Wall and German seas. Achievement Award to reunification before returning to the US Martin Cicco, head of and to the advertising business. Class of 1984 the investment firm of MJC Associates. Suzie McConnell Prior to launching his own investment firm, Class of 1980 Serio was inducted Martin was a leader in Merrill Lynch’s The managing share- into the Women’s investment banking operations, where he holder of Rothman Basketball Hall of Fame became vice chairman of global commer- Gordon P.C., Bill in 2008. She mentioned cial real estate. Lestitian has been Seton-La Salle in her appointed to the Board speech, as well as her Class of 1977 of Trustees of Achieva, coach Ben Hartman. In addition, in her dis- Pete Serio coached the Lady Indians at Western Pennsylvania’s play, her high school letter, the interlocking Peters Township High School this year. He largest nonprofit organization serving SL, is prominently featured. No other ath- previously coached Mt. Lebanon women’s adults and children with disabilities. Bill lete had included a high school monogram. basketball teams and Bishop Canevin Lady also serves on the finance committee and Crusaders basketball teams. He and his chairs the audit committee. Class of 1985 wife Suzie McConnell Serio ‘84 have Florida residents Laure (Surdzial) four children, Peter, Jordan, Mandy, and Class of 1981 Hartman and her husband Joe will cele- Madison. Michelle Monahan has been employed brate their 20th anniversary this year, as for 20 years in the Pittsburgh Public well as the arrival of their first grandchild, Class of 1978 Schools and was recently promoted to K- Sean Patrick. Their children, Kristen and Stephen Flaherty was 12 Gifted Program Supervisor and given Stephanie are both attending college. one of several artists the task of rewriting the delivery model for honored at The identified students, as well as supervising Class of 1986 Kennedy Center as it the gifted program district-wide. A resident Michael John Walsh is currently celebrated the third of South Fayette, Michelle has two daugh- employed as a process designer for M+W generation of Broadway ters, Alyssa (18) and Abby (15). Zander US Ops. Inc. and is living in composers. Flaherty’s Scottsdale, Arizona. acclaimed Broadway musical Ragtime, will Class of 1983 run at the Kennedy Center as a brand new Keith Abbott lives in Orlando, Florida, Class of 1987 production. According to art critics, “With and has a 12-year-old son. Danny Piacquadio hosted Steelers fans its cast of vibrant characters, vivid sets and in a far-north-suburban outpost of Phoenix costumes, and Tony Award winning score, Thomas Dimuzio attended California called Cave Creek at Harold’s Corral, a Ragtime is the can’t-miss theater event of University and Berklee College of Music in popular Steelers’ bar. His restaurant seats spring 2009.” Boston. He now maintains a studio and 650 and is regularly sold out for the residence in San Francisco’s Sunset District Steelers’ season broadcasts. For the Tim O’Brien was featured in the recent with his wife Anne. He works at Digidesign Superbowl, he erected tents to accommo- publication of the book The Essentials of as a software tester, owns and operates his date the many more fans who arrived from Corporate Communications and Public own recording/mixing studio, Gench, and is as far as Lake Havasu and Tucson. Relations from Harvard Business School a live concert presence in the San Press. O’Brien’s insights formed the basis Francisco music scene. Tom has toured Class of 1988 for the book’s chapter on “Issues and performed internationally and recorded Michelle Kealy has been working at Management and Crisis Communications.” and collaborated on countless CDs. His Clarion University in various capacities He owns and operates a communications website is www.thomasdimuzio.com practice in Pittsburgh. continued on next page Spring 2009 9 Class Notes since 1999, most recently as Director of and a 1997 graduate of the University of University, Matthew Kiser is employed by Residence Life Services. She is a 1993 Pittsburgh School of Law, Juliet worked for UniSea Inc., which is one of the world’s undergraduate of Gannon University and a two different law firms and as a Judicial leading seafood producers. He works in graduate of Kent State University’s mas- Deputy Clerk for the Superior Court before Dutch Harbor, Alaska, located in the ter’s program in Higher Education starting her own practice. She resides in Aleutian Islands. Administration. Michelle now resides in Cranberry Township with her husband, Clarion and spends her time with John, and their three children. In addition William ‘Woody’ Woods married Kelly DeWayne Harbaugh and his children to her legal career, she keeps busy as a Weitzel on July 5, 2008. He is currently Andrew and Abby. Girl Scout leader and coordinator of the employed by the Peters Township Police local youth chess club. Department. Leslie (Schneider) Krueger resides in Canonsburg with her husband Stephen Class of 1991 Nick Palso earned a Ph.D. in Recreation, and their children Paul (6), Grace (3), and Tony Gigliotti accepted the position of Park, and Tourism Management from Penn a newborn. She teaches voice and piano director of Corporate Learning Systems for State in 2008, with a dissertation on out of her home. UPMC. Alaska road trips. He previously earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration Patti (Woods) Skeba and her husband Amy (O’Toole) Shaughnessy, after six from Villanova University and a BA in Sam have five children, Patrick (13), Alex years as a stay-at-home mom, recently Wildlife Biology from the University of (11), Stephanie (7), Samantha (5), and took a part-time teaching job at St. Alaska Fairbanks. Nick lives in Maryland Michael (20 months). She works as a Edmunds Academy. She and her husband, and works on Capitol Hill for the Federal physical therapist in homecare for UPMC Michael, who runs his own business called Energy Regulatory Commission, where he and outpatient for Fox Chapel PT. The Mouse Call Computer Services, live in approves environmental, recreational, and family resides in Rosedale in Penn Hills Baldwin with daughters Emma (7) and historical protection plans for the non-fed- and belongs to St. Joseph Parish, Verona. Maeve (3). eral hydropower dams in the Northeast. Father Dennis Yurochko was appointed Class of 1992 Class of 1999 as the rector of St. Paul Seminary and Jason Vargo has started his own business Recently married to Kristin Pearl Dross, director of the Pre-ordination Formation J. Vargo & Sons Contracting LLC, a home Chris Skibinski is currently working for JP program by Bishop Zubik. Father remodeling and repair business in the Morgan Chase as vice president of Yurochko served for nearly three years at Pittsburgh area. Investments/Financial Advisor in Northwest the pontifical North American college in Indiana, about 20 minutes south of Chicago. Rome as director of apostolic formation Class of 1993 and as a formation adviser while pursuing Irene Rose (Dunlap) Donofrio has A 2003 graduate of the University of Notre doctoral studies in Theology at the been married for more than 10 years to Dame, Benjamin M. Susco obtained his Angelicum. As rector, Father Yurochko will her grade school sweetheart and has one Doctor of Medicine from West Virginia serve as chairman of the Seminary daughter. During the tax season, she University School of Medicine in 2007. He Admissions Board and a member of Bishop works as a tax preparer for H&R Block. is currently in his second year of residency Zubik’s Administrative Board. The rest of the year, she is a domestic at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical engineer, soccer, and volleyball mom. Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Class of 1990 Residents of Brookline for almost 12 years, Class of 1994 Sarah (Woods) Jones married Colin Stacey (Paul) Ziegler and her husband Kevin Mullooly and his wife Anne are Jones on August 2, 2008. She teaches 5th Daniel welcomed Matthew Paul on proud to announce the birth of son, Hagan grade at Carver Intermediate School in November 29, 2007. He joins older brother Arthur, on September 23, 2008. The family Chesapeake, Virginia, and attends gradu- Zachary. Stacey works at Mercy Hospital in resides in Washington, D.C. ate school. the Surgical/Oncology Progressive Care Unit. Class of 1996 Class of 2000 Veteran Butler County Maureen (Gallaher) Tapolci and her Patrick Reilly is running for District 4 attorney Juliet Abel husband, Jason, recently welcomed their Pittsburgh City Council. Classmate Pete is running for first child Riley Jason on July 21, 2008. Wagner is helping him build his campaign. Magisterial District The family lives in Washington, You can contact Patrick at Judge in Cranberry Pennsylvania. email@example.com. Township and Seven Fields Borough. A Class of 1997 A 2004 graduate of St. Joseph’s University 1994 graduate of Penn State University A 2002 graduate of West Virginia with a degree in Biology, Lauren Susco 10 The SLS Review Elizabeth Seton High School South Hills Catholic High School Seton-La Salle High School obtained her doctor of Physical Therapy Adam Hamill works for PNC Bank as a Girls’ Varsity Basketball ‘A’ team. from Thomas Jefferson University in 2007. services analyst in Washington DC. He is She is currently part of the Acute now living in Arlington, Virginia. Rachel Bucci will receive her Bachelor of Rehabilitation Department staff at Moses Health Sciences degree from St. Francis Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro, NC. Nick Bilski graduated from California University in May. She will continue with University in December 2007 with a bache- graduate studies toward her Doctorate of Class of 2001 lor’s degree in sports management. He is Physical Therapy degree beginning with an Oakland Raiders claimed former SLS and currently director of Food and Beverage for internship at UPMC Sportsworks this Toledo quarterback Bruce Gradkowski the Hagerstown Suns Baseball Team in Summer. off waivers from the Browns. Gradkowski Hagerstown Maryland. The Suns are a Class of 2006 spent his first two seasons with Tampa Class A affiliate of the Washington Elizabeth Caprio was named to the Bay. He briefly played for St. Louis last Nationals and is a franchise owned by dean’s list at Messiah College for the year before joining the Browns. Mandalay Baseball. spring 2008 semester. Class of 2002 Jennifer Casne currently teaches English Duquesne University sophomore line- Terry Heubert mar- for the AEON Corp.. in Himeji, Japan. backer Nathan Totino was named first ried Katherine Bugbee team All-Northeast Conference. Nathan led at the Academy of the Class of 2004 the Dukes with 110 tackles and averages Sacred Heart Chapel in Caitlin Goodwin was 12.2 tackles per game, ranking him fifth New Orleans in May named the 2008 recipi- nationally. He is studying accounting. 2008. A Castle ent of the La Roche Shannon native, Terry College Department of Class of 2007 and his wife make their home in Teacher Education A sophomore forward on the Wheeling- Washington, D.C., where he is a federal Award for Academics Jesuit University men’s soccer team, Niki lobbyist for Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney. and Service Excellence. Balzer, was lauded as “Player of the Goodwin earned her bachelor’s degree in Week” in the WVIAC. A member of the Laura Descutner is planning a May 2009 elementary education last spring. SLS 2006 WPIAL and PIAA championship wedding to Alex O’Neill. She is a 2006 team, he was also profiled by WTRF, the graduate of the University of Pittsburgh Jim Sheppard works for Pittsburgh City local radio station in Wheeling. and will graduate in May 2009 from Councilman Jim Motznik ‘81 as his Gannon University with a Doctor of deputy chief of staff. Last August, Jim was Megan O’Keefe was named to the dean’s Physical Therapy Science. a delegate at the 2008 Democratic list in the Fall 2007 and Spring 2008 terms National Convention in Denver, CO. He is at the University of Notre Dame. She was Class of 2003 also vice president of the Western Region also selected to continue her studies for As reigning Miss Smiling Irish Eyes of of the Pennsylvania College Democrats and six weeks in Spain with a group of UND Pittsburgh, Katelyn Wood competed in intends to run for president of the organi- students. the Maidens of the Mournes competition in zation in April 2009. Ireland in conjunction Class of 2008 with a week-long festi- Angelo DiNardi is a fifth-year software Former SLS students turned into Penn val. Katelyn graduated engineering major and chair of the State fans. Michael Baker, Emily magna cum laude in Computer Science House at the Rochester Zaccaro, Eric Weiss and Brendan 2007 from St. Mary’s Institute of Technology. He was recently August got their photo with Franco Harris College with a degree in featured in RIT Newsfor using the Internet while cheering on the Nittany Lions. music-vocal perform- Coke Machine that allows students to ance. She is now studying for her master’s order a cold soda from a department degree in musicology on the ethnomusico- vending machine that has been logical track at Florida State University and ‘hacked’ to respond to remote comput- plans to continue for her doctorate. er commands. A 2007 graduate of Georgetown University Class of 2005 with a degree in Human Science from the Erica Bilski was named to the Dean’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences, List at Chatham University for the Jennifer Susco is now employed with Spring and Fall semesters of 2008. Wealth Management by UBS in Pittsburgh. When not studying, she is head coach for Sacred Heart Elementary School’s Spring 2009 11 Hall of Fame honors those who make a difference S eton-La Salle Catholic High School recently inducted four individuals into the Hall of Fame. Joseph L. Luvara ‘66; Brother Joseph Mahon, FSC, first principal at Seton-La Salle; Virginia Spadafore Sanders ‘66; and Patricia Strazza, former teacher were honored at the Seton- La Salle Founder’s Day Celebration on January 10, 2009 at South Hills Country Club. The four were selected by an alumni advisory committee of grad- uates from Seton-La Salle, Elizabeth Seton and South Hills Catholic High Schools. The committee chose 2009 Hall of Fame inductees and their presenters (l to r) Brother Joseph Mahon, Sister Donna Lydon, Joseph these individuals from dozens of Luvara, Robert DelGreco, Marianne Hudzik, John Manear and Patricia Strazza (Virginia Sanders could not applications received over the past attend due to weather conditions). two years. Joseph Luvara, recently recog- alumni for his service to the Brothers Center Immunology Program, the nized by ‘The Best Lawyers in of the Christian Schools and Seton-La Heart and Lung Research Institute America’ is a fellow in the Academy of Salle High School. Currently, Brother and the Center for Brain and Spinal Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County. He Joe serves as a teacher and counselor Cord Repair. She teaches graduate received his JD from Duquesne at San Miguel School in Camden, NJ. and medical students and has been University School of Law in 1986, cum He also served as director of the honored many times for her work. laude, and is a shareholder of Dickie, Christian Brothers Retreat House and She has been awarded 10 research McCamey & Chilcote, P.C. According was the Assistant Provincial of the grants in the past 13 years and two to the nomination submitted by Congregation. Yet, perhaps his most Career Development Awards from the Robert DelGreco ‘72, “As I look at difficult endeavor—and biggest American Cancer Society and the [past Hall of Fame recipients] I can achievement in the eyes of his nomi- Schweppe foundation of Chicago. As a say with unflinching certitude that nators—was the successful merger of member of a number of professional none have contributed to Seton-La former South Hills Catholic and societies including the American Salle in terms of time, money, effort Elizabeth Seton High Schools. Association of Immunologists, she is and leadership more than Joe Luvara.” According to a nomination by Sister committed to multidisciplinary Joe served as a faculty member, Ildefonse Goss, “No one could have research. assistant football coach, and involved been better suited to the task. Ginny also finds time for service parent. He was instrumental in the Brother Joseph had the wisdom to to the community and to SLS. creation of the Advisory Board and respect what had been before and the According to her nomination by fellow served on it and on the Auditorium patience and tact to move toward the classmate Marianne Hudzik ‘66, and Library Renovation committees, uniting of two traditions into a fine “The SLS community, and the larger the Merrick Field Committee and other educational institution under the two medical community have been fund-raising event committees. From patron saints.” touched by her years of student, the time he was a student to his pres- Virginia Spadafore Sanders is career and community accomplish- ent role as parent and chair of the a professor in the Department of ments.” Board of Directors, his passion and Molecular Virology, Immunology & Patricia Strazza began teaching leadership have touched every facet of Medical Genetics at Ohio State at South Hills Catholic High School in the school and the Catholic community. University. She is also a member of 1973 as a full-time religion teacher. Brother Joseph Mahon, FSC the Institute for Behavioral Medicine In addition to her duties, she raised was nominated by both faculty and Research, the Comprehensive Cancer two children and married South Hills 12 The SLS Review Catholic teacher, Bill Strazza. Pat PAST SLS HALL OF FAME became religion chair in 1990 and RECIPIENTS kept that role until her retirement in 1991 2003. During her 30 year career, she John T. Cicco* touched the lives of many students, Thomas A. Bird ‘60 Anna Marie Catanzaro ‘53 faculty and families within the D. Michael Fisher ‘62 school. Stephen C. Flaherty ‘78 According to her nomination by Donald A. Gmitter ‘63 Edward M. Ryan ‘64 former employee and parent, Herbert H. South ‘65 Mariann Devine, “Pat had great William Strazza** interaction with her students. She James J. Sweeney ‘80 always tried to relate to them by 1992 having interesting discussions. To be James L. Murdy* Cheryl M. Kanfoush AKA Maria Alsatti able to teach morality to teenagers in Randy ‘68 and Chris Castriota join Dr. Ronald Bowes and Brother David J. Dattilo, D.D.S. ‘69 Joseph Juliano, FSC enjoy the evening in honor of the inductees. these days is a great accomplishment. Thomas K. Donahoe ‘65 Pat lives and exemplifies the spirit of Fame developed out of an effort to help Brother Alexis Kirk, F.S.C.** Sister Marion Puerzer, S.C., M.D. ‘59 Christianity that Seton-La Salle professes to retain the identity of both South Hills embrace. She is your perfect candidate for 1994 Catholic and Elizabeth Seton High Schools, Bernard J. Powers* the Hall of Fame.” which merged in 1979 to form Seton-La Colonel Carol Ganser, USAFNC ‘55 Pat “retired” in 2003, but continues to Salle. An Alumni Advisory Board, formed in Sister Mary Agnes Schildkamp, S.C. work as a substitute teacher and supports Frederick W. Thieman ‘69 1990, established the guidelines and con- Ensign James C. Wonn ‘62 the school in many ways. She and her hus- ventions for the awards which honor distin- 1996 band, Bill (also a Hall of Fame member) guished alumni, faculty, former faculty and Brother David S. Baginski, F.S.C. ‘64 continue to give generously and participate friends of Seton-La Salle and its predecessor James L. Palmer** in just about every fund-raising and friend- schools. Jane E. Jehovics Klose-Tucker ‘62 Suzanne T. McConnell-Serio ‘84 raising event The first awards were presented the school 1998 in 1991. Recipients are selected Gerard (Jerry) Conboy** holds. from nominations solicited from Stephen F. Litz ‘67 In addition alumni/ae, faculty and friends. Dianne Page McKenna ‘61 to her work Hall of Fame recipients must Nicholas A. Merrick ‘81 Ted A. White** as teacher, have demonstrated excellence in 2000 she is a mem- their academic pursuits, career James L. Palmer* ber of the St. achievements and in their church Lucy Bruce** Margaret of and community service. Service to Kenneth Buka** Scotland Robert G. DelGreco, Jr. ‘72 the high school and diocese are Sr. Marlene Mondalek, S.C. ‘59 Parish and also taken into consideration. 2002 serves as a Nominations are open to all Dr. Alan & Mrs. Yeasted* Eucharistic graduates of at least 10 years, all Thomas A. Dattilo ‘66 Minister. present or former faculty and Richard J. Lacey ‘64 Sr. M. Ellenita O’Connor, S.C. ‘45** The distinguished friends of the school. Harry Pitchok ‘62** Seton-La Salle Guests, Mary K McDonald and Sister Joyce 2004 Catholic High Serratore are both Board members and Father Joseph Lonergan* School Hall of ESHS alumni. Margaret ‘Peg’ Bennett ‘45 Alan ‘Gus’ Gillespie ‘64 Edwin P. Shiner** John ‘Jack’ Mascaro ‘62 Nominations for 2011 being accepted Frank W. Zych** W 2006 e all know someone who is deserving of recognition for career and lifetime Mrs. Kay Dieckmann* achievements as well as service to the community. Take a moment and nominate Sister Kay Palas, SC** them for the next induction ceremony for the SLS Hall of Fame. Nominate a Mr. Anthony O’Toole** Mr. William McGregor ‘67 former classmate, teacher or yourself! The nomination form is online at Kathy McConnell-Miller ‘85 www. slshs.org/development. Then click on the Hall of Fame Awards tab. *Denotes John T. Cicco Award Or, you can call SLS at 412-561-3583 x 136 and a nomination form will be sent to you. **Denotes faculty Spring 2009 13 Report urges preservation of faith-based schools E arly this year, a report by the America.” National Center for Education Fortunately, in the State of 2008-09 and 2009-10 (NCE) called for a sustained col- Pennsylvania, there is a unique way EITC CONTRIBUTORS laborative effort by edu- that businesses can sup- cators, elected officials, or generations, port private educa-tion. Allegheny Millwork philanthropists, neigh- The Educational borhood leaders, and Catholic schools Improvement Tax Credit Brookside Lumber many others, to support have played an invalu- (EITC) program, enacted Fieldcrest Steel Corp America’s faith-based able role in America’s in 2001, has become the urban schools. According cities. They are part of national model for busi- Gatto Associates to the report, “Their our nation’s proud ness educational tax Heartland Homes preservation will greatly credit programs. story of religious free- HP Starr Lumber benefit countless disad- It is easy to see why. vantaged students, dom and tolerance, EITC provides a tax Maher Duessel, CPA numerous underserved community develop- credit of up to 90 per- Premier Safety communities, and as a ment, immigration and cent for companies that Rex Glass & Mirror result, our Nation at donate to non-profit large.” assimilations, academic scholarship and educa- Specialty Bar Products In the report, it was achievement, upward tional improvement noted that “A strong mobility and more organizations. Shanahan Transportation education institution can Since its inception, Simply Primitives stabilize a community. It can attract EITC has provided more than $1 mil- new families and jobs. It can provide lion in aid to our students. SLS has Clara Spatafore DDS safety and hope in areas where both found that having this scholarship Waste Management are in short supply.” (For the full money available to families with report, go to www.ed.gov/ demonstrated need can really make admins/comm/choice/faithbased/ the difference for enrollment, Please join the Women of Seton report.pdf.) keeping our school community vibrant. for the The NCE report also noted that This year for the first time, there is “between the 1999-2000 and 2005-06 still money available for businesses Elizabeth Ann Seton school years, the K-12 faith-based edu- who want to participate in EITC. The Scholarship Reception cation sector lost nearly State has increased the Sunday, April 19, 2009 1,200 schools and nearly amount of the tax credit 2 -4 o’clock at 425,000 students. and widened the scope The Seton Center “This is a cause for of businesses eligible to 1900 Pioneer Avenue national concern for a participate. number of important It is easy to apply to The Elizabeth Ann Seton Legacy reasons. First, for gener- Scholarship will be awarded participate. The one- ations, Catholic schools page application can be Members of the ESHS classes of have played an invalu- found online at 1945 - 1949 will be recognized. able role in America’s www.newpa.com and The 200th Anniversary of the Founding cities. They are part of locate Educational of the Sisters of Charity in America will our nation’s proud story About half of SLS students qualify for Improvement Tax be celebrated. financial aid and EITC has become a of religious freedom and primary tool in providing aid. Credit. Refreshments, door prizes tolerance, community If you have questions and basket raffle. development, immigration and assimi- or would like a packet of information lation, academic achievement, upward about EITC, please call Marilyn Walsh $10 per person mobility, and more. To lose these at 412-561-3583 x 119. Call 412-561-3583 x 119 schools is to lose a positive, central for reservations character in the narrative of urban RSVP by April 10, 2009 14 The SLS Review In our prayers Please remember in your prayers these recently deceased members of the Seton-La Salle community: William ‘Mike’ Bridgeman ‘69 Roberta Eperthener ‘66 Janet (Peters) Fry ‘71 Gregory Lenz ‘76 ALUMNI NETWORKING EVENT Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Field renovation continues early at the Phase I of the renovation of Seton-La generate income. “If any alumni are Salle Catholic High School’s athletic interested in placing signage on the 2nd Annual SLS field has been completed with funding fences surrounding the stadium, St. Patrick’s Day for the project nearing 100 percent. they’ll find it is a great way to attract The field is already in use as much or business. Plus it shows support of our Alumni Happy Hour even more than initial projections esti- alma mater.” v mated. In addition to the school Phase II of the project, which Thursday, March 12, 2009 usage, the Mt. Lebanon Recreation consists of a field house, toilets and The Claddagh Department, the Pittsburgh River concession stand, is in planning Hounds, area middle schools and oth- stages and will move ahead as soon SouthSide Works ers are interested in use or have as feasible. 407 Cinema Drive already contracted for use of the field. If you are interested in helping v Seton-La Salle Catholic High with this project in any way, contact beginning at 5 pm School Athletic Director Brian Geyer Nancy Rizza at 412-561-3583 x 129, Drink Specials ~ Appetizers ‘00 stated, “It now seems incredible firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website that our sports activities were func- and click on field project under “About Call Amy Ganser at 412-561-3583 tioning at such a high level without SLS.” ext 136 the field. It is a blessing. It brings to RSVP. people together at the school. It is much safer than the old facility and Support the the convenience and savings have been immediately realized.” SLS Review Geyer also noted that there are If you enjoy reading this publica- advertising opportunities which will tion, show us that you do. Please consider a gift in support of this publication. The SLS Review costs Volunteers Needed approximately $7,500 to print and mail two times per year. A dona- D o you find you need some excitement or variety in your life? Do you have tion of just $10 helps us to contin- time and talents you’d like to share? Looking to meet some new people or ue this valuable service for our reconnect with old friends? Seton-La Salle can use your help. From organ- alumni. izing archives to helping locate lost alumni; from public relations efforts and event You can use the envelope planning to computer input, if you would like to help SLS and be a part of the included with this publication to school’s future, we would greatly appreciate your help. Call 412-561-3583 x 119. make your contribution. Spring 2009 15 Class Notes New job? Just moved? Earned a degree? Welcomed a new family mem- ber? Or just want to reconnect with friends? Please send your latest news or some of your SLS memories for our newsletter. Mail this completed form to Seton-La Salle Catholic High School, 1000 McNeilly Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15226-2593. Include photos, too! You can also visit the web site at www.slshs.org, click on the Development Office tab and complete the Class Notes form. Or-e-mail wal- email@example.com. (Include electronic images up to 1.5M with e-mail.) 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