Twelve alumni were honored with 2008 Distinguished Alumni Awards at an early-April gala sponsored by the IUP Alumni Association.
Charlene Mickens Dukes ’80 is the eighth president of Prince George’s Community College, which annually enrolls about forty thousand students in programs at its main campus in Largo, Md., and at four degree centers. With master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, she has received many career and community recognitions, including the 2006 Women of Achievement Award from the Southern Maryland Business and Professional Women’s Club. She serves on the boards of several state and local organizations and on the National Academy Board of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. Ever committed to individual advancement, she makes it a point to spend time with students. Select for full biography.
The voice of CBS News reporter and producer Stephanie Lambidakis ’81 is heard regularly by millions throughout the U.S. and beyond. Currently assigned to the Justice Department beat, she has also been an on-air reporter and producer for television’s CBS Evening News and was part of an Emmy Award-winning team that covered the 1996 Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta. From 1981 to 1985, she worked for CNN in its infancy, followed by a short stint with ABC News (Good Morning America) before settling in at CBS. Since 1996, she has covered Justice, reporting on, among others, Zacarias Moussaoui, Lewis “Scooter” Libby, and former Enron CFO Andrew Fastow. Select for full biography.
Daniel Larkin ’82 heads the FBI’s Cyber Initiative and Resource Fusion Unit, headquartered in Pittsburgh. He set up the first federal Cyber Fusion Unit, bringing government and law enforcement to the table with experts from industry and academia. As FBI unit chief of the Internet Crime Complaint Center, he developed and completed national cyber crime initiatives that resulted in more than five hundred arrests and the seizure of millions of dollars. The coauthor of the FBI’s national cyber crime strategy, he and his work have been covered by Business Week, USA Today, the New York Times, CNN, and the Voice of America. Select for full biography.
Recently retired, Richard Macedonia ’66 spent all but two years of his career with Sodexho, Inc., Gaithersburg, Md.; from 2003 to 2007, he served as president and CEO, with responsibility for the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Under his leadership of Sodexho North America, the food and facilities management services company grew to $7.3 billion in annual revenue and 125,000 employees. He also belonged to the Sodexho Alliance Executive Team and was COO of Sodexho Alliance, headquartered in France, which had annual revenues exceeding $15.5 billion. The recipient of an honorary doctorate from IUP in 2006, he will be the subject of a profile in the Summer issue of IUP Magazine. Select for full biography.
Edna Tickle McCutcheon ’74 is CEO of Torrance State Hospital, a psychiatric facility providing inpatient treatment for patients from a ten-county area of Western Pennsylvania. Throughout her career, she has sought to build close community relationships that dispel the stigma of serious mental illness and give hope to individuals for a return to their communities. The recipient of a master’s degree in Social Work from West Virginia University, she has employed her leadership and advocacy skills as president of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Board of Directors of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and as a role model for IUP students who undertake practicum assignments at Torrance. Select for full biography.
Since 2001, Stephen Pasierb ’84, M’86 has been president and CEO of the Partnership for a Drug-Free America in New York City. He started with the partnership in 1993 as deputy director of communications, moving on to build and direct the State/City Alliance Program that establishes city and state addiction prevention social marketing programs. As president and CEO, he sets the framework, strategy, and decision making of the research-based, mission-focused organization with combined annual education programs and projects totaling $400 million. He reports to the partnership’s chairman and works closely with its twenty-three-member board. His previous posts included the Maryland Governor’s Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission. Select for full biography.
The recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Award for Service, David Reddecliff ’82 is completing his second term as president of the IUP Alumni Association Board of Directors. Currently chief of staff to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives minority whip, he has risen to assume progressively more responsible positions in state government for virtually all the years since he graduated from IUP as a political science major. In addition to several posts with the alumni association over a ten-year period, he regularly contributes his time to a wide range of community activities, including youth baseball and soccer and the Boy Scouts. Select for full biography.
Alberto Rey ’82 is a Distinguished Professor in the State University of New York at Fredonia’s Department of Visual Arts and New Media. The recipient of an M.F.A. degree from the University at Buffalo, he previously taught at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, the New England School of Art and Design, and the Art Institute of Boston. Born in Cuba soon after the Revolution, he moved with his family to Mexico and Florida, finally settling in Barnesboro, Pa. The former executive director of the Chautauqua (N.Y.) Center for the Visual Arts, he has won several academic and creative awards and is an expert fly fisherman. Select for full biography.
Thomas Rumbaugh ’81 is an advisor in the International Monetary Fund’s Asia and Pacific Department. The recipient of master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Maryland, he served as a staff economist during the Reagan administration on the White House’s Council of Economic Advisors and also taught at the University of Maryland. Associated with the IMF since the late eighties, he has worked as part of a team providing economic policy advice and assistance to a variety of countries in Africa and Asia and headed the IMF Office in Jakarta, Indonesia, for a year. He has published research articles on international trade and finance and developing country studies. Select for full biography.
Jerry Salandro ’76 is an entrepreneur, inventor, and innovator of video technology software who more than twenty years ago founded IRIS Technologies. Today, the privately held Greensburg company is creator and producer of the Video Commander, the world’s first icon-based electronic routing system. Salandro headed the largest training effort (five thousand employees) in Pennsylvania history when he was education and training supervisor for Volkswagen Manufacturing Corporation of America. The holder of nearly sixty patent claims on video devices, he also speaks to students, coaches, and businesses across the country on creating environments in which “people will love coming to work.”Select for full biography.
The recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Award for Service, Ruth Shirey ’65 earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Tennessee. She returned to IUP in 1970 and went on to teach in the Department of Geography and Regional Planning for more than three decades. In addition to stints as department chair, interim associate dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and coordinator of the Pennsylvania Geographic Alliance, she secured the executive directorship of the National Council for Geographic Education in 1988. For nearly fifteen years, IUP was the NCGE national headquarters. Widely published, she has also received many professional honors and recognitions. Select for full biography.
Jeffrey Shockey ’80 is corporate safety director for Alcoa, Inc., the company with which he has spent his entire working life, fulfilling assignments in Pennsylvania, Texas, and Tennessee. In his current role at Pittsburgh headquarters, he develops strategies to improve the company’s global safety performance and its drive to zero injuries and to prevent fatalities worldwide for both employees and contractors. (Alcoa has 122,000 employees in forty-four countries.) Throughout his career, he has worked closely on behalf of Alcoa with the IUP Safety Sciences Department, facilitating internships and co-op opportunities, recruiting graduates, and assisting in the awarding of grants and scholarships through the Alcoa Foundation. Select for full biography.