President's Distinguished Medal

 

The President’s Distinguished Medal is awarded annually at the discretion of the President of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. The medal acknowledges extraordinary service over a period of time that helps advance Pitt-Greensburg on its journey to become an acknowledged selective liberal arts college that is defining a liberal arts education for the 21st century. This medal has been awarded to members of the advisory board, the community, and the faculty for their unique contributions to the transformations in programs and facilities that have helped form the catalyst for that journey and assure that the progress will be enduring.

2016 Carl A. Rossman, Jr.
2015 Richard McMahon
2014 Larry J. Whatule
2013 Ruth Kuschmierz
2012 Lillian Beeson
2011 Diane Marsh
2010 Melissa Marks
2010 Vickilyn Barnot
2009 Thad Zaleskiewicz
2008 David G. Assard
2007 Ronald A. Magnuson
2007 Linda McKenna Boxx
2006 Robert H. Davis
2005 John J. Driscoll
2004 Carl F. Poke
2004 William A. Roach
2003 David S. Dahlmann
2002 Jack H. Millstein, Jr.
2001 Kenneth P. Rutter
2000 Robert B. Van Atta
2000 Norman W. Scanlon
1999  John A Robertshaw, Jr.

Carl A. Rossman, Jr.

(Mr. Rossman passed away on April 24, 2016, prior to receiving the President's Medal. He was honored at Spring 2016 Commencement, and members of his family accepted the award on his behalf.)

At Pitt-Greensburg, you set ambitious goals for the school, for yourself, and for all who worked with you. You had an uncompromising dedication to quality and made a lifelong commitment of service to the community that was only out-paced by your commitment to your family.

You brought integrity and leadership to your role as vice president of Administrative Services. You provided careful management of our campus resources along with efficiency and effectiveness. Your were prescient in your planning to keep our campus community secure.

You loved your job, and you loved being a part of the community. From Rotary to AMVETS, where you'd served as district commander for Post No. 94, to being on the board of the YMCA, you and your wife Joyce both lived that idea of service.

Sharon P. Smith
President

April 30, 2016

Richard McMahon

You have played an integral part in the lives of students, faculty, and staff by providing nourishment for our bodies, minds, and souls. You enhances our campus and our lives because of how much you care about each person with whom you interacts as well as because of the high-level of skill and creativity that you possess.

You embody the values of high quality, exceptional service, striving for excellence, and care for students. Just as the ancient Greeks had the nine Muses to personify knowledge and the arts, we have the 10th muse, that of culinary arts, in you. No detail or task is too small to be worthy of your attention. You work tirelessly to ensure 100 percent satisfaction. You blend design ideas with functionality. You get up every day with the goal to serve and please others. No matter the request, your answer is always ‘yes.’

Sharon P. Smith
President

April 25, 2015

Lillian Beeson

You have helped create a school where extraordinary teaching is the norm. A 1996 recipient of the Pitt-Greensburg Teaching Award and a 1997 recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award of the Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh, you set a very high standard for faculty to emulate, both now and in the future. During a career of over 35 years, you have nurtured students and young faculty and in so doing fostered an atmosphere where each individual is appreciated and challenged to set and reach high goals.

You are an academic leader in the finest sense. You helped create the Communication major. Hundreds of Pitt-Greensburg graduates credit you with a lasting role in their personal and professional growth: you taught them the skills they needed–for communicative skills are vital in every career–and instilled in each a strong work ethic. You fostered confidence in these students and in their abilities. The best leaders are those who instill confidence in others. Your influence at Pitt-Greensburg will extend for generations, as young faculty members who have been privileged to be mentored by you cite a similarly enduring impact on their lives. Your forthcoming textbook on theory and practice in persuasion will extend your influence far beyond this campus.

As founding director of Pitt-Greensburg’s Humanities Academic Village, a learning community that fosters academic, community, and cultural achievement, you helped create one of the defining and enduring elements of this campus. In 2000, you received the Pitt-Greensburg Service Award in appreciation for your role.

Your combined impact in teaching, research, and service has helped create a campus that has the confidence to aspire to be counted among the finest liberal arts colleges in the region. 

Sharon P. Smith
President

April 28, 2012

Diane Marsh

Throughout your 33-year long career, you have shaped the success and progress of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg.

Truly a founder of the school as it now exists and as it can aspire to become, you have made significant contributions to the curriculum and overall reputation of the University while, at the same time, inspiring students, faculty, and staff to reach for the stars. Your influence has been extraordinary.

A Chancellor’s Award winner in both teaching and service, you are recognized as one of the campus’ most prolific and effective researchers. You continue to serve as a role model and mentor to fellow faculty. Esteemed by both your peers and the community, you have been the recipient of 16 awards for achievement, service, or mental health advocacy. Each award is a recognition of your dedication to your profession and a deep concern for others—key qualities of your character and your career.

Author or editor of 12 books, you bring to your research and to your classroom years of experience as a therapist, consultant, and trainer. Described as a “true contemplative in action” whose research is informed by your experience and who applies your research findings to address real problems—evident in your service as chair of the American Psychological Association (APA) Task Force on Serious Mental Illness and Serious Emotional Disturbance and as APA representative on the American Bar Association Task Force on Mental Disability and the Death Penalty. As a recipient of the Catherine Acuff Congressional Fellowship in 2003, you had the opportunity to influence public policy through your work in the office of Senator Jeff Bingaman.

Your heart has always been in the classroom where you have had a lasting influence on countless students. They speak of you with enduring affection and appreciation for the role you have played in inspiring them to raise the bar on their own ambitions and to realize them.

Henry Adams reminds us that a teacher affects eternity, no one can tell where her influence ends. You touch eternity through the generations of students you have influenced.

Sharon P. Smith
President
April 30, 2011

Melissa Marks

Our devotion to sharing the art and science of teaching is evident in the number and variety of projects you have brought to fruition here at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg.

Whether it is in the classroom or as an administrator, you find ways to give Pitt-Greensburg students real-world experience that carries through to their careers.

Your most recent accomplishment is being a co-founder of our new Education program. Working collaboratively with your colleagues, you have assisted in building two programs that have achieved the highest levels of approval for programs of their kind from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Most notable is the “initial approval with special designation” given to the Early Childhood Education program, distinguishing it as a model program with innovative practices.

You began your service to Pitt-Greensburg in the classroom where you continue to pass on your wisdom in courses like “Teaching Exceptional Children in the Regular Classroom” and “Introduction to Educational Psychology.” Drawing upon your ten years experience as a middle school teacher, you prepare students for the challenges they will face as teachers today.

Your work reaches beyond the classroom, though.

During the past eight years, you have taught and supervised Early Field Experiences for elementary and secondary pre-service teachers, served as an advisor, and supervised education majors who volunteer at local schools.

Working with the Westmoreland Intermediate Unit and several local schools, you developed the “Early College Experience,” a pilot program for college-bound high school students with disabilities. You fulfill the most challenging role of a contemplative in action when you take your own research and use it in programs such as this that will change these students’ lives. As co-advisor for our chapter of the Student Pennsylvania State Education Association, you guided the students to recognition as the outstanding student chapter for overall professional development opportunities and the most creative and innovative programming.

You assist with a variety of programs for local schools that not only benefit their students, but provide practical knowledge for our students.

Your work has also been recognized by the Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association, which awarded you the 2009 PGAA Outstanding Educator Award. Working collaboratively with Dr. Diane Marsh, professor of psychology, you co-authored How to Talk with Families About Child and Adolescent Mental Illness (WW. Norton & Company, 2009).

In recognition of your many important contributions to the University and this community and for your recent role in transforming the curricular and career opportunities that will now be available to Pitt-Greensburg students, we award you our highest honor at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg: The President’s Medal for Distinguished Service.

Sharon P. Smith
President
May 1, 2010

Vickilyn Barnot

Your devotion to sharing the art and science of teaching is evident in the number and variety of projects you have brought to fruition here at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg.

Whether it is in the classroom or as an administrator, you find ways to give Pitt-Greensburg students real-world experience that carries through to their careers.

Your most recent accomplishment is being a co-founder of our new Education program. Working collaboratively with your colleagues, you have assisted in building two programs that have achieved the highest levels of approval for programs of their kind from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Most notable is the “initial approval with special designation” given to the Early Childhood Education program, distinguishing it as a model program with innovative practices.

Building upon successful student volunteer education programs already in place and a strong network of education professionals in the region, you and your colleagues seek to provide Pitt-Greensburg education majors with field experiences that enhance their classroom learning.

For twenty-one years, you have shared your interest in science and health issues with students through courses you developed and taught in health and physical education. Students taking your teacher education classes witness your passion for creating powerful and creative learning experiences. Through your example, students understand Henry Adams’ observation that “a teacher touches eternity, no one can tell where his influence stops.”

Teaching the Early Field Experience course for primary and secondary grades and supervising the pre-service teachers has enabled you to develop successful education programs.

Through after-school programs, such as Read for LIFElong Learning and First Base Tutoring, you have given our elementary pre-service teachers valuable experiential knowledge working with children. Secondary pre-service teachers gained similar experience through tutoring programs you initiated with two local school districts.

As co-advisor for our chapter of the Student Pennsylvania State Education Association, you guided students to recognition as the outstanding student chapter for overall professional development opportunities and the most creative and innovative programming.

Consistent throughout your accomplishments is collaboration that benefits students, local schools, and the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg.

Your work also has been recognized by others. Big Brothers/Big Sisters presented you with their Outstanding Leadership Award and Greensburg Salem School District awarded you its Community Service award. Here, you were recognized multiple times as “Advisor of the Year.” In 1998, you received the President’s Award for Excellence, given for significant contributions to the campus demonstrated by a record of exemplary achievement.

In recognition of your many important contributions to the University and this community and for your recent role in transforming the curricular and career opportunities that will now be available to Pitt-Greensburg students, we award you our highest honor at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg: The President’s Medal for Distinguished Service.

Sharon P. Smith
President
May 1, 2010

Thad Zaleskiewicz

You have dedicated yourself to student learning for more than 50 years, continuously striving to discover, to excel and to lead; and the students at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg have been the beneficiaries of your commitment to educational excellence.

For 45 years, you have educated students at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, starting as an instructor of physics in 1964, and ultimately serving as an assistant professor, division chair, associate professor, professor and finally professor emeritus.

Because of your commitment to education, you have continuously sought new methods to perfect your craft. You developed a team-taught integrated science course at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg which endeavored to make science meaningful to the non-science major. You have served as physics consultant to the Math & Science Partnership of Southwest Pennsylvania. And you have served as a reviewer for the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study, a nonprofit corporation that endeavors to improve all students’ understanding of science and technology by developing exemplary curricular materials, supporting their widespread and effective use, providing professional development, and conducting research and evaluation studies. Recently, you joined the Governor’s PA STEM Initiative, a program to promote science, technology, engineering, and math instruction and learning.

Your constant quest to share knowledge has led you to involvement with organizations such as the Contemporary Physics Education Project (CPEP), an organization of physics teachers, educators and researchers dedicated to bringing the excitement of contemporary physics to the introductory classroom. You have served for the past 11 years as the elected President of CPEP and headed a team of a dozen physicists from national laboratories in the development of the CPEP teaching charts now on display in thousands of classrooms worldwide.

Your leadership in science education also includes roles such as lead investigator in a grant-funded program sponsored by the Grable Foundation to improve classroom instruction and program coordinator of the Summer Science and Math Experience for high school students funded by the McFeely-Rogers Foundation. In collaboration with other Pitt-Greensburg faculty, you have designed a science education program that promises to be a model of PK-12 teacher preparation and to inspire today’s youth to pursue careers in science.

Your work has been recognized by the University, which honored you with the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, and by your contemporaries, who elected you a fellow in the American Physical Society.

In recognition of your many important contributions to the University and this community, we award you our highest honor at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg: The President’s Medal for Distinguished Service.

 

Sharon P. Smith
President
April 25, 2009

David G. Assard

You have given valuable service to the University of Pittsburgh Advisory Board. As chairman of the Academic Affairs committee, you have helped to develop many important initiatives, such as a mentoring program that allows our students to work with community and business leaders to prepare for careers in various fields.

In the business community, you also have demonstrated your skills as a leader and innovator with a 40-year career with companies such as Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, Penske Power Systems, Textron Lycoming, and Cessna Aircraft. In 2002, you retired as president and chief executive officer of Elliott Company, in Jeannette. Now you are lending your considerable experience to a business in Illinois that supplies electronic fuel injectors to various industrial markets in response to new environmental requirements, and you recently joined the board of directors of Clean Energy Systems in California, which is pursuing ways to generate zero-emissions electric power.

You served for 13 years on active and reserve duty with the U.S. Navy, including service as a naval aviator during and following the Korean War.

In service to your community, you serve on the boards of the Pittsburgh Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Seton Hill University, Westmoreland County Community College, and the Westmoreland Cultural Trust. At the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, you are president of the Westmoreland Society.

For your commitment to the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, for your leadership in business and industry, and for your dedication to community service, the students, faculty, and staff of Pitt-Greensburg extend our admiration and gratitude.

In recognition of your many important contributions to this University and this community, we award you our highest honor at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg: The President’s Medal for Distinguished Service.

 

Sharon P. Smith
President
April 26, 2008

Robert A. Magnuson

Since 1994, you have served as a member of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg Advisory Board, including your current role as chairman. Under your leadership, the board has expanded its efforts to build and strengthen relationships between the campus and community.

Because of your concern for the vitality of the region, you were instrumental in the creation of the Smart Growth Partnership of Westmoreland County, housed at Pitt-Greensburg. In 2006, you were awarded the Outstanding Service and Dedication Award from Smart Growth for your many contributions to the organization.

Besides UPG, you have been actively involved with many other groups. You have served on the boards of the Pittsburgh Regional Industrial Development Corporation, the Pennsylvania Economy League, the Energy Association of Pennsylvania, the Greensburg Development Corporation, the Electric Edison Institute, the Marketing Executive Conference, the State College Chamber of Commerce, and the Ohio Electric Utilities Institute.

You are also to be commended for your work with the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies, the Pittsburgh Regional Champions, Team Pittsburgh Ambassador Program, and the Norwin and State College Rotary clubs. Also, you are an ordained elder with the Presbyterian Church.

The faculty, staff, and students at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg salute you for your long commitment to this campus and for your years of outstanding community service.

In recognition of your many important contributions, I award you our highest honor at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg: The President’s Medal for Distinguished Service.

 

Frank A. Cassell
President
April 28, 2007

Linda McKenna Boxx

As chairwoman of the Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation, you have been an important partner in the growth of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg.

The foundation has made gifts to Pitt-Greensburg for the initial construction of McKenna Hall, updated science laboratories in Smith Hall, and the ResCom project, which placed computers in every residence hall room. In 2006, your foundation contributed $2 million, which will allow for the expansion of McKenna Hall.

You also have served with the leadership group the Smart Growth Partnership of Westmoreland County, which is housed at Pitt-Greensburg, and were one of the founding partners of that organization.

As president of the Allegheny Trail Alliance, a coalition of groups that is responsible for the construction of a 150-mile rail-to-trail system between Cumberland, Maryland, and Pittsburgh, you are a leader in preserving the beauty of our region.

You also have served as chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation, secretary of the Latrobe Foundation, and a member of the PA Pedalcycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, the Regional Trail Corporation, the Greater Latrobe School District Art Trust, the Economic Growth Connection of Westmoreland, the French and Indian War 250, Inc., the Regional Industrial Development Corporation of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Excela Health, and the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau.

Your distinguished service to UPG and to this region makes you a model for all UPG students who seek to make public service an intrinsic part of their lives.

It is my pleasure to present to you the highest honor at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg: The President’s Medal for Distinguished Service.

 

Frank A. Cassell
President
April 28, 2007

Robert H. Davis

For more than 50 years, you have been a respected business and community leader. As the owner of the former Davis Supermarkets, you offered jobs to more than 5,000 young people during their high school years. At your stores, they learned the importance of having work experience for job advancement, the value of education, and the importance of conducting themselves honorably in their lives.

You have shown your commitment to education by serving on the Advisory Board at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, supporting the National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education at Seton Hill University, and helping to establish the Head Start program in Greensburg.

After attending the University of Pittsburgh from 1939-1943, you spent three years serving your country with the U.S. Navy Amphibious Force in Europe and participated in the first 16 days of D-Day at Utah Beach.

The Greensburg area has benefited greatly from your years of service as president of the Central Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the Westmoreland County Industrial Development Authority. You also 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.

You have given your given to many organizations, such as Congregation Emanu-El Israel of Greensburg, the Westmoreland County Mental Health Association, the Westmoreland Literacy Council, the Westmoreland Association of Retarded Citizens, the Westmoreland County Food Bank, the Greensburg Community Lions Club, Head Start, the Westmoreland County Girl Scout Council, the Salvation Army, the NAACP, and Israel Bonds.

Various groups have recognized your spirit of community service. The Central Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce honored you with the Outstanding Service Award for exemplifying “the very meaning of community service and concern.” And the Pitt Varsity Letter Club honored you for two consecutive years for excellence in your profession and in the community.

In recognition of your many important contributions to the University and the community, it is my privilege to present to you our highest honor at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg: The President’s Medal for Distinguished Service.

 

Frank A. Cassell
President
April 29, 2006

John J. Driscoll

For more than 20 years you have served as a loyal member of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg Advisory Board. You also have served as a member of the Board’s University Relations and Institutional Advancement Committee.

As a judge in the Court of Common Pleas of Westmoreland County since 1995, as Westmoreland County district attorney from 1982 to 1994, and as a lawyer from 1970 to 1982, you have shown your dedication to the highest standards of the legal profession. You also served your country as an officer in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.

Your dedication to upholding the law is demonstrated by your role as chairman of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Criminal Procedural Rules Committee and as past president of the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association.

You have enriched the community with years of outstanding service. You have been a member of the board of trustees of Excela Health (formerly Westmoreland Health Systems) since 1994. You have been a member of the Greensburg Rotary since 1972, and you also serve as a Eucharistic minister. Other examples of your outstanding commitment to the community are your past roles as a member of the Our Lady of Grace Parish Council, a member of the America Cancer Society, a member of the Westmoreland Manor All-faith Chapel Development Committee, and a solicitor for the Go Greensburg Community Development Corporation.

Perhaps most importantly, your work as a jurist has provided you with a unique perspective on the problems of youth in our society. Your work as chairman of the annual Judge John J. Driscoll Scholar-Athlete Award banquet, which honors outstanding students from all of Westmoreland County’s high schools, has helped focus attention on successful young people.

For your long commitment to the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and for your years of community leadership, the students, faculty, and staff of UPG extend our thanks and our gratitude.

In recognition of your many important contributions to this University and this community, I award you our highest honor at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg:

The President’s Medal for Distinguished Service.

 

Frank A. Cassell
President
April 30, 2005

Carl F. Poke

For the past 40 years you have served the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg in many capacities, including Assistant to the President for Academic Affairs, Director of Admissions and Student Aid, and Professor of Political Science. You were here when UPG came into existence on North Maple Avenue. You became the first Dean of Academic Affairs, a position you held until 1991. During those years you were largely responsible for employing the faculty and shaping the curriculum.

With vision, leadership, and energy you have helped this campus to become a distinguished baccalaureate institution and the only publicly assisted four-year liberal arts and sciences college in southwestern Pennsylvania. During your years as an administrator and professor, the campus has become an ever more important educational resource in this region and far beyond with our award winning faculty, this beautiful campus, and 20 fully accredited baccalaureate degree programs.

As Professor of Political Science your teaching skills in comparative government and politics, American national government, and modern political theory have been appreciated by generations of students. Through your teaching and research, and the knowledge gained with trips to all parts of this globe, you have enriched the lives of UPG students and led them to a greater understanding of world affairs. You continue to exemplify the highest ideals of the teaching profession and service to your University and community.

For your long commitment as a faculty member and administrator to this institution, the students, faculty, staff and alumni of UPG extend their thanks and gratitude.

In recognition of your many distinguished contributions to UPG, I award you our highest honor:

 

The President’s Medal for Distinguished Service.

 

Frank A. Cassell
President
April 24, 2004

William A. Roach

In your roles as a member of the UPG Advisory Board and as a nationally acclaimed architect, you have been important to the institution’s physical and programmatic development. You have been a part of UPG during its entire 40 year history. Indeed, you were the architect that prepared plans to renovate the Vogle Building on North Maple Avenue where UPG held its first classes in 1963. Later, you created a campus development plan and oversaw several renovations of Lynch Hall.

Through your considerable professional skills and commitment to comprehensive project management, our young campus grew to include a student activities building, Powers Hall, the Faculty Office Building, the Robertshaw Residence Hall, and the Ferguson Theater. Many of the current 25 campus buildings either were designed by you, or reflect your vision of an attractive and uniform architectural style.

Your foresight has provided much of the beautiful setting we see around us. With careful planning, you have preserved much of the natural beauty of this setting and turned this former private estate into a vibrant educational resource for the community. Those who work and study here are the beneficiaries of your legacy.

You have not only given of yourself to this campus, but to your community through long service to support and guide the progress of many of our important institutions such as Rotary International, the Youngstown Water Authority, the Unity Township Joint School Board, the Westmoreland and Latrobe Chambers of Commerce, the Westmoreland Hospital Foundation, the Loyalhanna Watershed Association, the Life Service Systems of Westmoreland County, and The Westmoreland Trust.

For your long commitment to the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and for your civic leadership in promoting the progress of this region, the students, faculty, staff and alumni of UPG extend their thanks and gratitude.

In recognition of your many distinguished contributions to this University and this community, I award you our highest honor at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg: The President’s Medal for Distinguished Service.

 

Frank A. Cassell
President
April 24, 2004

David S. Dahlmann

For more than ten years you have served as a loyal member of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg Advisory Board, as Chairman of the Budget and Physical Plant Committee and member of the Executive Committee since 1999, and Director and Treasurer of the UPG Foundation.

With vision, leadership, and energy you have helped this campus to become the largest four-year baccalaureate institution in Westmoreland County and the fastest growing publicly assisted four-year liberal arts and sciences college in western Pennsylvania. During your years on the UPG Advisory Board, the campus has become an ever more important educational resource in this region and far beyond with our award winning faculty, 25 academic buildings and 20 fully accredited baccalaureate degree programs.

As President and Chief Executive Officer of Southwest Bank, Vice Chairman and Board Member of First Commonwealth Financial Corporation, and Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, you have enriched the community and promoted the economic development of our region. Because you care deeply for our area, you have applied your considerable executive talents to support and guide the progress of many of our important institutions such as the Westmoreland Symphony, Westmoreland Health System, Caregivers of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Economic Growth Connection, Westmoreland Trust, Westmoreland Museum of American Art, and the Westmoreland County Community College Foundation. All of us who have worked with you have appreciated your experience and wisdom, your kind and caring manner, and your warm and gentle humor. You continue to exemplify the highest ideals of service to your community.

For your long commitment to the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and for your civic leadership in promoting the progress of this region, the students, faculty and staff of UPG extend our thanks and our gratitude.

In recognition of your many important contributions to this University and this community, I award you our highest honor at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg:

The President’s Medal for Distinguished Service.

 

Frank A. Cassell
President
April 26, 2003

Jack H. Millstein, Jr.

For nearly 20 years you have served as a loyal member of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg Advisory Board, and as Chair since June 1997.

During your term as Chair, UPG has grown physically, added new academic programs, and reached its highest level of enrollments. With your direct leadership UPG launched a successful fundraising campaign. That campaign has transformed the campus in many ways including the ResCom project that brought computers to all residence halls and the construction of the new campus entrance. Earlier, the generosity of you and your family made possible the construction of the Millstein Library named in honor of your mother, Fanny. You and your spouse, Andee, have helped make the Millstein Library a campus and community intellectual center through your continuing sponsorship of the Cultural Series that regularly brings leading thinkers and artists to this campus.

As Chair of the Advisory Board you have worked to expand the size, influence, and level of commitment of that organization. Today the Board has 41 members including many corporate presidents and community leaders. Because of the standing committee system you implemented, all Board members have specific assignments and the impact of the Board has grown dramatically. It is testimony to your leadership skills that every Board member has made a contribution to the UPG fundraising campaign.

Less public, but no less important, has been your role as advisor and counselor to the President of UPG. During these past few years the campus has faced many challenges as well as opportunities. Your wit, wisdom, and experience have often helped the President find the best way to seek progress and avoid problems.

For your long commitment to the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and for your exemplary civic and business leadership in promoting the progress of this region, the students, faculty and staff of UPG extend our thanks and our gratitude.

In recognition of your many important contributions to this University and this community, I award you our highest honor at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg: The President’s Medal for Distinguished Service.

 

Frank A. Cassell
President
April 27, 2002

Kenneth P. Rutter

For a quarter of a century, you served as Pastor of the First Methodist Church of Greensburg. For the past 16 years you have led the congregation of Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Church in Ligonier. But in another sense, you have made the entire area your congregation. Your moral and ethical vision has transcended religious and political differences to encompass a diverse population. Your wit, wisdom, and passion have enriched our lives and reminded us of our mutual obligations to each other as a community.

As an active officer of Rotary, the Salvation Army, the United Way, the Boy Scouts, the Westmoreland County Juvenile Commission, the Association for Retarded Citizens, and the Red Cross to name but a few, you have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the welfare of the community. Through your monthly sessions as Chairman of the Central Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce Business, Labor, Government and Education Committee, you helped knit together the leadership of this region to focus attention on important developments and trends.

For your life-long commitment to the spiritual needs of Westmoreland County and for your civic leadership in promoting the progress of this region, the students, faculty and staff of UPG extend our thanks and our gratitude.

In recognition of your many important contributions to this community, I award you our highest honor at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg: The President’s Medal for Distinguished Service.

 

Frank A. Cassell
President
April 28, 2001

Robert B. Van Atta

Your deep personal commitment and unfailing support for the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg has significantly contributed to its development as a major four year campus providing quality baccalaureate degree programs to the people of this region.

Your concern for the welfare of the people of western Pennsylvania has led you to extend your volunteer spirit through leadership to many regional institutions providing cultural, educational, health care, recreational, and economic development services.

For your dedication to the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and for your broad commitment to faithfully recording the history and leading the progress of this region, the students, faculty and staff of UPG extend our thanks and our gratitude.

In recognition of your many important contributions to this institution and community, I award you our highest honor at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg: The President’s Medal for Distinguished Service.

 

Frank A. Cassell
President
April 29, 2000

Norman W. Scanlon

Your outstanding academic and administrative leadership since the early days of the campus has led the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg to its current role as a significant educational resource in Westmoreland County, the Commonwealth, and the nation.

Your concern for the highest standards for our students and faculty and your innovative design of the academic village concept have produced a renaissance of learning in the humanities, behavioral sciences and natural sciences on our campus.

For your dedication to the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and your many contributions over the last thirty-two years as Professor, Interim President, and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the students, faculty and staff of UPG extend our thanks and our gratitude.

In recognition of your many important contributions, past and future, to this institution and community, I award you our highest honor at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg: The President’s Medal for Distinguished Service.

 

Frank A. Cassell
President
April 29, 2000

John A. Robertshaw, Jr.

Your deep personal commitment and unfailing support for the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg has significantly contributed to its development as a major four-year campus providing quality degree programs to the people of this region.

Your concern for the welfare of the people of western Pennsylvania has led you to extend your philanthropy to many regional institutions providing cultural, educational, health care, and economic development services.

For your dedication to the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and your broad commitment to the general welfare of this region, the students, faculty, and staff of UPG extend our thanks and our gratitude.

In recognition of your many important contributions to this institution and community, I award you our highest honor at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg: The President’s Medal for Distinguished Service.

Frank A. Cassell
President
April 25, 1998