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November 12, 1998


Robert G. Hazo, director of Special Seminars at Pitt, was honored by the Syria-Lebanon Nationality Room Committee, the Arab-American Cultural and Education Center and the Arab-American Medical Association at the third annual Arabic Heritage Celebration held Oct. 30.

Hazo graduated first in his class at St. John's College in Annapolis and received a Senior Fellowship to Princeton, a Fulbright Scholarship for study at the Sorbonne and a Rockefeller Fellowship to travel to the Middle East for study of the area's political problems.

Hazo formerly was senior editor for political, legal, social and economic articles in the Encyclopaedia Britannica.


Paul Evan Peters, who helped found the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) and served as its executive director from 1990 until his death in 1996, was honored posthumously with the Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Information Sciences (SIS). Known for his ability to unite people, Peters helped lead CNI to an essential role in the North American dialogue to advance scholarship and intellectual productivity. Individuals excelling in civic leadership, scientific research, patient care, patient advocacy and inspiration, and community service were honored by the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.


Theresa L. Whiteside, co-director of UPCI's Biological Therapeutics Program, director of the UPCI Immunologic Monitoring and Diagnostic Laboratory and professor in the departments of pathology and otolaryngology at the School of Medicine, was the recipient of the UPCI Scientific Leadership Award. Herbert E. Jacob posthumously received the Leo H. Criep Excellence in Patient Care Award. Jacob died of renal cell carcinoma in January 1998. He was an assistant professor of medicine and of otolaryngology at the School of Medicine. Terry Evans, also received the Leo H. Criep Excellence in Patient Care Award. Evans is a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the School of Medicine and is a member of UPCI Hematology-Oncology Associates. Joyce Herschl, director of oncology social work services at UPCI and a field instructor in the School of Social Work, received the UPCI Excellence in Patient Care Award.


Deneene Brockington, marketing manager of the Freedom Theatre in Philadelphia, has been named managing director of Kuntu Repertory Theatre.

In her new position, funded by a grant from the Pittsburgh Foundation Multicultural Arts Initiative, Brockington will work with Kuntu's founder and artistic director, Vernell Lillie. Brockington will assessing the strengths and weaknesses of Kuntu, review budgetary needs, develop plans for the touring company and explore ways to increase revenue. Brockington will work with consultants to create and implement a three-year strategic plan and develop a management team and board of directors.

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