Seven Alumni Honored for Distinguished Career Achievements and Service

Posted on 4/8/2015 11:22:12 AM

Crystal Statue Awarded to Distinguished Alumni Award RecipientsThe IUP Alumni Association will honor seven alumni for their career achievements and service. 

Ed Bouchette ’73, Doug Kupas 86, Barry Gasdek 64, Denise Hopkins-Chadwick 87, Sue McMurdy 78, Cecile Kelley Perich 74, and David Tyler 72 will be honored at a signature gala in Sutton Hall’s Blue Room on Saturday, April 18, 2015. As part of their visit to IUP, they will visit classrooms and share their experiences with students on Friday, April 17, and, that evening, they will be inducted into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. 

Brief biographical information on each appears below. Full biographical information will be published after the awards ceremony.

“The Distinguished Alumni Awards program is a true reflection of what IUP stands for. Our alumni leave IUP and make great strides in their respective industries or have a grand impact on society, and honoring them at an event not only reflects well on our university, it also gives us the chance to tell them how proud we are of them,” Mary Jo Lyttle, director of Alumni Relations, said. “Of course, IUP can’t survive without the volunteer support and generosity of our alumni, and so being able to honor those who have helped us also is an honor and joy to us.”  

Over the past 33 years the IUP Alumni Association has honored 351 alumni with the Distinguished Alumni Awards. Members of the university community are invited to nominate alumni for the award and can find nomination materials on the Office of Alumni Relations website

2015 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Ed Bouchette 73 is a Pittsburgh Post Gazette sports journalist who recently was awarded the Dick McCann Award by the Pro Football Hall of Fame in recognition of his coverage of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

A physician, Doug Kupas 86 serves as the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s EMS medical director, as well as associate chief academic officer for simulation and medical education at Geisinger Health Systems, and assistant dean of Medical Student Affairs and associate professor of emergency medicine at Temple University School of Medicine. 

Retired as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, Barry Gasdek 64 earned the Distinguished Service Cross as well as two Purple Hearts, the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, and five Bronze Stars for his service in Vietnam. He was the first alumnus to be inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame, and he has established numerous endowed scholarship funds at IUP.

Denise Hopkins-Chadwick 87 is a colonel in the U.S. Army and is the dean of the Academy of Health Sciences at Fort Sam Houston in Texas. She holds a PhD in nursing as well as a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.

A member of the Foundation for IUP Board of Directors, Sue McMurdy 78 also is a member of the IUP College of Natural Science and Mathematics Advisory Board. As executive advisor for Endeavor Management, a strategic advisory firm, she speaks and advises organizations on information technology governance.

Cecile Kelley Perich 74 is senior vice president of global human relations for McCormick and Co., the Fortune 1000 company best known for manufacturing flavorings and packaging spices. She also serves on the board of the National Arthritis Foundation.

David Tyler 72 is known worldwide for his research in mathematical statistics, with more than 70 publications in international academic journals. A member of the faculty at Rutgers University, he earned his master’s degree at the University of Massachusetts and his PhD at Princeton University.

In the photo: Each recipient receives a crystal statue.