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Distinguished Alumni Awards

Ten alumni were honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award at a gala in April 2014, sponsored by the IUP Alumni Association. Find full stories about each recipient on the IUP Distinguished Alumni Awards website.

Sandra Koeppl Barsotti

Recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award for Service, Sandra Koeppl Barsotti ’87 has been active with the IUP Alumni Association for the last decade. She joined the board of directors more than eight years ago and currently serves as president. Barsotti, of Pittsburgh, has been a marketing and communications professional for more than 20 years. She joined e-commerce services company Digital River as director of marketing in 2011 and now serves as director of demand generation. Barsotti previously ran her own consulting firm, Sandy Koeppl Communications. She is also on the board of directors for the Foundation for IUP.

Barbara Haas Bridges

After the sale of the oil and gas software company she cofounded 14 years earlier, Barbara Haas Bridges ’74 set out to find her passion. She ended up founding Women+Film, a Denver program that showcases films by, for, and about women. A philanthropist as well as an activist, Bridges has supported efforts to improve conditions for women and girls around the world. The first winner of the PeaceJam Hero Award, Bridges has been named among the Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Women of Distinction, “21 Leaders of the 21st Century” by Women’s eNews, and Colorado’s Top Thinkers in Arts and Culture by the Denver Post.

Edwin Brown

L. Edwin Brown M’77, of St. Augustine, Florida, retired as executive vice president of the American Culinary Federation and secretary general of the World Association of Chefs Societies. A former professor at the Community College of Allegheny County, Brown was involved in the creation of the American Culinary Federation’s apprenticeship training program for cooks and pastry cooks and the certification program for chefs and pastry chefs. He received the Gold Medal of the International Gastronomy Festival, the Presidential Medal from the Danish Chefs Association, and many other international honors. Brown recently donated memorabilia and his personal library to the IUP Academy of Culinary Arts.

Peter Calaboyias

An internationally acclaimed sculptor and painter, Peter Calaboyias M’69 has taught art at the Pittsburgh Public Schools, Carnegie Mellon University, the Community College of Allegheny County, and Grove City College, where he is currently an artist in residence. Calaboyias’s works can be viewed worldwide; the best known may be Tribute, a sculpture he created for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta that was damaged in the Centennial Olympic Park bombing. He also created two sculptures for the IUP campus: Atticascape, installed in front of Sally B. Johnson Hall in 1986, and the Shaver Spring Fountain, created for the Student Union in 1966.

Phillip Carrai

Phillip Carrai ’83, of Vienna, Virginia, has been president of the Technology and Training Solutions Division of Kratos Defense and Security Solutions since 2009, previously serving as the division’s executive vice president. He started his career as a systems analyst for Alcoa and held various positions in software products, private equity, and mobile media businesses while obtaining an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University in 1989. Carrai has been a member of the IUP Alumni Association Board of Directors since 2008 and currently serves as vice president. He was inducted into the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology Hall of Distinction in 2012.

Ian Gallanar

As founding artistic director of the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Ian Gallanar ’87 has grown the company from an annual budget of $5,000 in 2002 to $1.2 million in 2014. Last season, the company served more than 12,000 residents of Baltimore with what Gallanar describes as “Shakespeare for everyone,” as well as educational programming. Gallanar has directed more than 120 professional productions and has written a number of theater-for-youth scripts that have been published and produced across the country. He previously served as artistic director of the Repertory Theater of America, Minnesota Shakespeare in the Park, which he founded, and the National Theatre for Children.

Thomas O’Dell

Professor and interim chair of the Department of Physiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Thomas O’Dell ’83 studies the biological basis of learning and memory and conducts research with important implications for Alzheimer’s disease, intellectual impairment, and autism. O’Dell received a PhD in neuroscience from the University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and completed postgraduate work at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Columbia University. He has been a Klingenstein Fellow, Pew Scholar, and recipient of the National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Andrew Peters

A colonel in the US Army, Andrew Peters ’88 is the executive officer to the deputy commanding general in the Army Materiel Command in Huntsville, Alabama. During his 25 years of service, Peters was deployed to war zones three times and has received numerous awards, including Bronze Stars for Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit Military Award. Peters received a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the National War College in Washington, DC, and was an honors graduate of the Chemical Officer Basic Training Course at Fort McClellan, Alabama.

Jonathan Sinclair

After joining Chicago-based Harpo Productions in 1996 as a member of the promotions department for The Oprah Winfrey Show, Jonathan Sinclair ’90 is now executive vice president and executive producer for Harpo Studios. In this role, he has produced Oprah’s Lifeclass, winner of an Emmy Award in 2013; In the Bedroom with Dr. Berman; Iyanla, Fix My Life; and the Emmy-nominated Oprah’s Master Class, which led to a “finding your passion” session he has presented at Illinois high schools. Sinclair has received two NAACP Image Awards and six Telly Awards for his work at Harpo and an IRIS award for a children’s show in Dayton, Ohio.

Theodore Young

Theodore Young ’89 has been with PricewaterhouseCoopers for 25 years and, in March, was appointed deputy tax leader of PwC Tax, overseeing all US regions and markets. While in Pittsburgh early in his career, Young was active in the PwC IUP recruiting program. In 1997, he began working with PwC tax leadership in Detroit and, 10 years after graduating from IUP, was admitted to the firm’s partnership in Detroit. Young became the tax market leader in Detroit and later in Greater Chicago, a top US market. Before his current position, Young was the PwC Midwest Region tax leader, overseeing 14 key markets from Chicago to Pittsburgh.

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