Recipients of the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards were honored in April at a gala sponsored by the IUP Alumni Association. Find a full story about each recipient on the
IUP Alumni Association website.
Recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award for Service, David Antolik ’88 is senior executive vice president and chief lending officer at S&T Bank, where he leads more than 60 commercial lenders and relationship managers responsible for a $4.2-billion commercial loan portfolio. His nine-year service on the board of the Foundation for IUP, including four years as Finance Committee chair, came at a critical time as the university transformed its campus with the Residential Revival. A board member of the IUP Research Institute and IUP Lively Arts, he has also played guitar with the Six in performances as far away as Italy.
Based in Oregon, ceramic artist Chris Antemann ’97 was selected by Germany’s Meissen Porcelain to create a unique collection of fine porcelain sculpture that was exhibited in a solo show last fall at Pittsburgh’s Frick Museum. A native of Johnstown, she is recognized as one of the world’s most renowned porcelain artists, has had nearly a score of solo exhibits globally, and has been honored with numerous prestigious awards and residencies. She serves on the boards of both the LH Project in Oregon’s Wallowa Mountains—an intimate, private setting where artists nourish their creative process—and Montana’s Archie Bray Foundation.
Majority leader of the Pennsylvania General Assembly the last two years, Dave Reed ’00 is in his seventh term as representative of the 62nd Legislative District. He grew up in Homer City and was in the inaugural graduating class of the Robert E. Cook Honors College. For nine years, he was a member of the IUP Alumni Association Board of Directors, and he served as board secretary for a year. He has received both IUP’s Young Alumni Achievement Award and Friend of Higher Education Award. Reed also headed the House Majority Policy Committee’s Empowering Opportunities initiative, which explored barriers to self-sufficiency for low-income Pennsylvanians.
An attorney and partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Holland & Knight, Andrew Stephenson ’72 practices domestically and internationally in the areas of construction, government contracts, labor law, and corporate compliance. He has also been an adjunct professor at American University Washington College of Law. A longtime member of the Foundation for IUP Board of Directors, he was a leader in developing the Residential Revival and continues to play a key role in foundation projects. As a speaker at the dedication of Andrew Stephenson Hall in 2010 put it, “Many contributed to the Residential Revival, but none more than Andrew.”
Although Clifford Watson ’74 came to IUP from Marion Center to study music, he switched to health and then left completely for Connecticut and a Pratt & Whitney Aircraft job as an experimental test operator. A new academic major in safety management lured him back to IUP, and an internship became an eight-year stint at Alcoa after graduation. His subsequent work at Martin Marietta, Lockheed Martin, and finally NASA has contributed widely to the U.S. space program. His latest project is NASA’s next giant rocket, the Space Launch System. Although he lives in Knoxville, he is an active Challenger Program proponent in Indiana County.
Growing up in the Cambria County coal town of Twin Rocks, Terry Yosie ’74 saw firsthand pollution’s human and environmental effects. Eschewing the law career he had planned and choosing instead graduate work at Carnegie Mellon, at 29 he was supervising hundreds of Environmental Protection Agency scientists, engineers, and economists. Since then, he has held directorial and executive positions in government, the private sector, and the nongovernmental sector. For the last decade, he has been president and CEO of the World Environment Center, where he works with countries, companies, and academic institutions in global efforts to achieve sustainable development.