The 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.
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
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
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.