Seated from left: Barry D. Gasdek ’64, Cecile K. Perich ’75, Susan A McMurdy ’78, and Denise L. Hopkins-Chadwick ’87. Standing from left: Mike Driscoll, IUP President; Edward J. Bouchette ’73, Douglas F.Kupas ’86, David E. Tyler ’72, and Phil Carrai ’83, IUP Alumni Association President
Seven recipients were honored in April with Distinguished Alumni Awards at a gala sponsored by the IUP Alumni Association. Find a full story about each recipient at the Distinguished Alumni Award website.
Sue McMurdy ’78
Recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award for Service, Sue McMurdy ’78 has played a significant volunteer role at IUP. As a board member of the Foundation for IUP and in advisory capacities with the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology and the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, she has taken a special interest in advancing opportunities for women. After nearly three decades in banking, McMurdy retired in 2012 as executive vice president and chief information officer at First Commonwealth Financial Corporation and is now an executive advisor for the strategic advisory firm Endeavor Management.
Ed Bouchette ’73
Last year, Ed Bouchette ’73 was selected by the Professional Football Writers of America to receive the National Football League Hall of Fame’s Dick McCann Award—equivalent in pro football journalism to the Pulitzer Prize or Heisman Trophy. For a decade after his IUP graduation, Bouchette made the rounds of Pennsylvania newsrooms, finally settling in at the sports desk of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He has covered 30 Super Bowls, and his work has appeared in Sports Illustrated and Pro Football Weekly and in the two books he has written. He is also a longtime member of the NFL Hall of Fame Selection Committee.
Barry Gasdek ’64
A retired lieutenant colonel in the US Army, Barry Gasdek ’64 has received many awards in his lifetime, including the Distinguished Service Cross while commanding an infantry company in Vietnam. During the course of his military career, he was also awarded two Purple Hearts, the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, and five Bronze Stars. Although he lives in Wyoming, Gasdek maintains close ties to IUP, where he has endowed several scholarships. In 2012, he was inducted into the IUP Athletic Hall of Fame and a year later was the first inductee into the university’s ROTC Hall of Fame for Excellence.
Denise Hopkins-Chadwick ’87
In the years since receiving her bachelor’s degree from IUP and her commission in the Army Nurse Corps, Denise Hopkins-Chadwick ’87 has earned two master’s degrees and a PhD, garnered numerous professional awards, and risen to the rank of colonel. Along the way, she has served all over the United States and in Germany and has been deployed to Iraq. Today, she is dean of the Academy of Health Sciences, Army Medical Department Center and School, at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. As a researcher and presenter, she has focused on issues women face in the military, including what they experience when deployed.
Doug Kupas ’86
Despite holding three high-profile positions at once, Doug Kupas ’86 still has managed to serve for two decades as medical director of Danville’s local ambulance service and to be a den leader with the Boy Scouts. His job titles include associate chief academic officer for Simulation and Medical Education in the Geisinger Health System and assistant dean for Medical Student Affairs and associate professor of emergency medicine at the Temple University School of Medicine at Geisinger. As commonwealth EMS medical director in the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services of Pennsylvania’s Department of Health, he has helped develop landmark statewide treatment protocols.
Cecile Kelley Perich ’74
As senior vice president, Global Human Resources, Cecile Kelley Perich ’74 helped McCormick and Company achieve designation by Fortune magazine as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For.” In addition to her ongoing position with the world’s foremost spice and flavor corporation, she also provides leadership to charitable organizations associated with debilitating diseases, serving as national board chair of the Arthritis Foundation and as a national board member of the Alzheimer’s Association. Her success as a role model for young women has been recognized with awards from the YMCA of Greater Baltimore and the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland.
David Tyler ’72
For more than 30 years, David Tyler ’72 has been a faculty member in the Department of Statistics at Rutgers University; for more than a third of that time, he has carried the title Distinguished Professor. The recipient of a PhD from Princeton and two masters’ degrees, he has achieved a global reputation in the field of statistics, serving as a visiting professor on several continents and as an invited speaker to more than 45 international conferences. He has also served as the associate editor and guest editor of a number of academic journals and has been the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships.
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