Honoring Our Alumni

Gary Amelio Receives 225th Anniversary Medallion

Gary Amelio A&S ’78, LAW ’81 is the most recent Pitt-Greensburg alumnus to be recognized with the University of Pittsburgh’s 225th Anniversary Medallion. He joins Teresa “Terri” (Glenn) Petrick ’79, Dr. Diane Marsh, emeritus professor psychology, and William Carl, friend to the campus, in receiving this distinguished honor from the University of Pittsburgh. Amelio received his Medallion, awarded to distinguished alumni and trustees, at a special dinner held in October.

Medallions have a long history in academia and are used as a means of commemorating special times and honoring special people. The University of Pittsburgh presented its first Anniversary Medallion with the Bicentennial in 1987. As part of this most recent celebratory year, Chancellor Mark Nordenberg commissioned the creation of a 225th Anniversary Medallion. It builds on the tradition started during Pitt’s bicentennial year and adds to the list of those who have received Anniversary Medallions.

In her presentation of the Medallion, Dr. Sharon P. Smith thanked Amelio, saying, “Gary, thank you for your leadership, for being a role model to our students and for your devotion to Pitt. Most of all, thank you for helping the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg build better lives through all you do. It is my pleasure and privilege to present you with the 225th Anniversary Medallion in recognition of your role in helping the University build better lives through your life’s work.”

Amelio, CEO of the Santa Barbara County Employees Retirement System, was named a Medallion recipient in recognition of his contributions to the employee benefits industry. He has more than 26 years of experience in the employee benefits, investment, executive compensation, and fiduciary areas. As an attorney, he served as legal counsel on ERISA, tax, and fiduciary matters prior to moving into a senior business management role. In addition to his extensive experience with Taft Hartley and public sector plans, Mr. Amelio has worked with corporate qualified retirement, nonqualified deferred compensation, executive bonus, and welfare plans.

As president of Retirement Services for ULLICO, Inc., a company that serves the benefit needs of unionized workers, Amelio expanded the Retirements Services investment product offering menu. Serving as chief executive officer of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, administered the Thrift Savings Plan, the largest defined contribution plan in the world, comprised of $220 billion in assets and serving 3.7 million participants.

A native of Jeannette, PA, and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and its law school, Amelio was also named a Pitt-Greensburg Alumnus of Distinction (2005) and a Legacy Laureate (2007). He also was the recipient of several national awards recognizing his expertise and management skills in the employee benefits industry. The awards include Plan Sponsor of the Year (2003); Innovation in Benefits Award (2004); Federal 100 Top Executive (2006) and a nomination for Plan Sponsor of the Year (2004).

He has spoken before numerous professional, union, business, trade organization, customer and education groups on a variety of employee benefit topics. Most recently, Amelio presented on topics which include current industry trends and fiduciary duties; vendor fees; and the value of asset allocation. He has been interviewed for various print, radio and national television reports.

Robert Davis Named a 2013 Legacy Laureate

The University of Pittsburgh recently named Westmoreland County native and founder of the Davis Supermarket chain Robert H. Davis one of its 2013 Legacy Laureates.

Davis received his award during a special dinner held Thursday, September 26, during the University of Pittsburgh’s Homecoming activities.

Then on October 15, Davis was recognized for this achievement by the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg when he met with students and attended a congratulatory dinner on campus. Davis served as a member of the Pitt-Greensburg Advisory Board, including a chairman from 1983 to 1985, and is now an Emeritus member.

“Bob Davis’ life experience goes above and beyond the definition of exceptional success as set forth by the University of Pittsburgh,” said Sharon P. Smith, president of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. “An outstanding representative of the ‘greatest generation,’ Bob has lived the Pitt Promise honoring the pledge to ‘contribute to the development of a caring community where compassion for others and freedom of thought and expression are valued.’  Pitt-Greensburg is grateful for the service Bob has provided to this campus and our region. He is truly deserving of the honor of being named a Legacy Laureate and we are proud to present him as a role model for our students.”

The University of Pittsburgh’s Legacy Laureate program recognizes alumni for their personal and career achievements. Legacy Laureates are individuals who have achieved exceptional success in pursuit of their life goals and who continue to inspire by their example. The goal is to recognize these individuals as living examples to Pitt students of the potential for excellence that exists within the University of Pittsburgh community, which is based on the belief, as stated by Chancellor Mark Nordenberg, that there will be no better role models for students than alumni who have been successful in their chosen fields.

Davis’s connection to the University of Pittsburgh began in 1939, after he graduated from Jeannette High School with numerous track awards. Pitt awarded him an athletic scholarship, and Davis worked a student job sweeping the steps of the Cathedral of Learning. During his college career, Davis lettered in cross country and track, serving as captain of the team as a senior. Before graduating in 1943 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business, he had earned Pitt’s coveted Gold Shoe Award and met his wife of 68 years, Phyllis (Levine) Davis.

Five days after graduating from Pitt, Davis reported for duty as a member of the U.S. Navy. A World War II veteran, he survived six months of Germany’s bombing of England and fought on Normandy’s Utah Beach during the June 6, 1944, D-Day invasion.

Davis returned to the United States in 1946. He and Phyllis moved to the Greensburg area, where they raised four children: James Davis, married to Marilyn; Carole Davis; Steven Davis; and Rachel Leah “Terry” Davis. At this time, Davis began working for his father’s corner grocery store, a business he expanded into the successful Davis Supermarket chain. Serving as president of the company for nearly 50 years, he received multiple national awards, including Brand Names Outstanding Food Retailer of the Year (1966).

The Greensburg area benefited greatly from Davis’s years of service as president of the Central Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the Westmoreland County Industrial Development Authority. He served as president and board chairman of the Westmoreland County Society for Crippled Children and Adults and as chairman of the Greensburg-Jeannette-Irwin Committee for Employment of the Handicapped. His commitment to hiring disabled works led to his being named to President Lyndon Johnson’s Committee for the Employment of the Handicapped.

His contributions to the region and its citizens have been manifold, including involvement with the Mental Health Association (now Mental Health America of Westmoreland County), Boy Scouts of America, and the Westmoreland Girl Scout Council. Recognized as one of the initiators of the Greensburg Project Head Start Program, he also served as president of both the Congregation Emanu-El Israel and Warren Roy Laufe B’nai Brith Greensburg Lodge.

The awards, commendations, and honors Davis has received for his service to the community are too numerous to mention in detail, but they include the Fred Funari Award of Distinction, the Israel Bond Man of the Year Award, and the Pitt-Greensburg President’s Medal for Distinguished Service.

2013 Alumnus of Distinction: Brian Moreland '98, DC

The Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association (PGAA) presented Brian Moreland '98, DC, with the PGAA Alumnus of Distinction Award on Saturday, October 5. The award was presented during the alumni reception and dinner planned as part of Blue & Gold Weekend: Homecoming 2013.

“We are thrilled to present Brian with the Alumnus of Distinction award,” said Sean O’Donnell, president of the Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association. “His dedication to his profession, his community, his family, and his alma mater are inspiring. His wide range of accomplishments demonstrate the extraordinary success that is possible with a Pitt-Greensburg education. We are very grateful for his many contributions and are proud to count him among our alumni.”

The Alumnus of Distinction Award acknowledges excellence among Pitt-Greensburg alumni based on the following criteria:

  • Outstanding level of professional achievements (with an emphasis on candidates with national and/or international prominence);
  • Service to the community;
  • Service to the University of Pittsburgh;
  • Special recognition or honors;
  • Other special efforts or success.

Moreland, owner of Back in Motion Chiropractic in Latrobe, resides in Greensburg with his wife, Rachel, and their two children, Elise, 4, and Jack, 3.

A 1998 graduate from Pitt-Greensburg with a BS in psychology, he continued his education at Logan College of Chiropractic, earning a second BS in Life Science in addition to his Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Moreland attained board certification as a Diplomate in Chiropractic Rehabilitation and serves as an associate clinical instructor in the Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique.

Moreland, a past secretary/treasurer of the Pennsylvania Chiropractic Educational and Charitable Foundation, has been involved in multiple state and national chiropractic and rehabilitation organizations. He also participated in research published in prestigious peer-reviewed journals. The most recent publication was instrumental in obtaining a National Institution of Health grant to fund a clinical research study at the University of Pittsburgh. This study compared the results of the Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique to a manual adjusting techniques on lower-back pain patients.

A Life Member and winner of the 2008 Pitt Alumni Association Volunteer Excellence Award, Moreland served three terms as the Pitt-Greensburg delegate to the PAA board of directors where he served on the legislative and membership committees. Moreland still participates in legislative affairs that affect the University through his affiliation with the Pitt Advocates. Through his service to both the PAA and PGAA boards, Moreland was instrumental in strengthening the ties between the two organizations.

Moreland also received the Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association’s 2010 Volunteer Excellence award. The award was created to showcase and reward a member of the PGAA Board of Directors for his or her outstanding service to the board and to the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. Moreland’s service to the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg includes having served on the board of directors of the Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association as treasurer, vice president, president, and immediate past president. Moreland also served in an ex-officio role on the University’s Advisory Board. He helped to form the Pitt-Greensburg Student Alumni Association and organized the inaugural legislative breakfast with local, state, and federal elected official, which is now a bi-annual meeting.