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June 22, 2006


Rhett F. Kennedy is the new director of residential life and housing at the Bradford campus.

He came to Pitt's Bradford campus from West Virginia Wesleyan College, where he was residence life and judicial coordinator. Along with supervising student staff members, Kennedy was chief judicial coordinator for the college, representing the dean of students on all judicial matters.

Kennedy earned an M.A. in student affairs in higher education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in broadcast communications from Pitt-Bradford, where he was a resident adviser and, for two summers, a summer conference housing assistant.


Physicians from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and its affiliate hospitals make up more than 75 percent of Pittsburgh area physicians named as the nation's best doctors in "The Best Doctors in America: Northeast Region 1996-1997." The book was published this month by WoodWard/White Inc. of Aiken, S.C.

The publication includes doctors in more than 300 areas of medical expertise. According to the publishers, physicians were selected through a survey in which thousands of doctors throughout the northeastern United States were asked to confidentially rate the clinical abilities of their peers based on the question, "If a friend or loved one came to you with a disorder within your area of expertise and for some reason you could not handle the case, to whom would you refer them?" Only doctors earning the consensus support of their peers are included in the book.


Dean Toni Carbo and Professor Emeritus E.J. Josey of Pitt's School of Information Sciences have received awards from the American Library Association (ALA) for their contributions toward library legislative success and improving library services.

Carbo and Josey were included on the ALA's 50th Anniversary Honor Roll at a celebration in Washington, D.C. The ALA Washington office educates and works with legislators and public officials to obtain funding and policies that support libraries and public access to information.


The University of Pittsburgh Alumni Association has re-elected John H. Pelusi Jr. as an alumni trustee.

Pelusi was a member of Pitt's recent chancellor search committee, the 1992 committee to select a new head football coach and numerous trustee committees. He played on Pitt's 1976 national championship football team.

He is the president and chief executive officer of Pelusi, Nackoul, Sansosti, Shoemaker and Associates.


The Alumni Association also has elected three directors-at-large: Susan Ann Kenney Albrecht, a Pitt assistant professor of nursing, Jerome Charles Molitor, a materials manager for Westinghouse Electric Corp. in Glen Burnie, Md. (both re-elected), Pittsburgh City Council member Valerie A. Hairston McDonald, and State Sen. Melissa A. Hart (R-40th Dist.).

Kimberly Young, a faculty member on the Bradford campus, has been selected by the American Psychological Association (APA) to evaluate the psychology programs of educational institutions.

Young, a visiting assistant professor of psychology at Pitt-Bradford, will work through the APA's Office of Accreditation to conduct site visits of doctoral programs, clinical internships and post-doctoral fellowships. Such visits examine facilities, faculty and personnel, and educational opportunities to see if a particular program meets APA guidelines.


The Bradford campus has named Ronald Good as its new head volleyball and softball coach. Good has been assistant volleyball coach at the campus for four years.


Harvey L. White, associate professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, has been elected president of the National Conference of Minority Public Administrators.

White previously has served in a number of other positions with the organization, including membership on the board of directors, general chair of the annual conference, editor of COMPA's Journal of Public Management and Social Policy and, most recently, vice president.

COMPA is a national organization dedicated to enhancing public service. It provides leadership for the elimination of discriminatory practices in the public sector, recruitment of minorities for leadership positions at all government levels, and mechanisms to promote skill refinement and upgrading of minority public officials.


Several Pitt engineering school professors have won awards recently.

In recognition of outstanding achievement and contributions to the advancement of the profession, Ohio State Univer-sity's College of Engineering has honored Gerald Meier, Pitt professor of materials science and engineering, with its Distinguished Alumnus Award for 1996.

Eric Beckman, associate professor of chemical engineering, has received the 1996 Beitle-Veltri Memorial Award for outstanding teaching. Presented by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Beitle, the annual award includes a $2,000 stipend to further the recipient's academic pursuits and is considered to be the School of Engineering's premier award for teaching excellence.

Associate professor of electrical engineering Steve Levitan has received the 1996 Association for Computing Machinery/Special Interest Group on Design Automation (SIGDA) Leadership Award in recognition of contributions as newsletter editor and electronic publishing editor for SIGDA.

The Pittsburgh chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers has honored Michael Kolar, professor and chairperson of the mechanical engineering department, as Engineer of the Year for 1996.

The new chairperson of the Johnstown campus Engineering Technology Division is Jerry W. Samples. Prior to his appointment at the Johnstown campus, Samples was an associate professor and director of the mechanical engineering division and director of the Mechanical Engineering Research Center at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y. n The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has awarded Sanjay Dube, associate professor of psychiatry, with the Nancy C.A. Roeske, M.D., Certificate of Recognition for Excellence in Medical Student Education.

The certificate is awarded annually to APA members and fellows who have made outstanding and sustained contributions to medical student education. Dube was honored for his work as director of medical student education at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

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