July 24, 2017
Saint Vincent College will honor nine alumni with the presentation of Alumni of Distinction or Recent Alumna/Alumnus Achievement Awards at a reception and dinner on Friday, Sept. 29, during the annual Alumni Homecoming and Fall Family Weekend on campus.
Those who will be honored with Alumni of Distinction Awards at the Fred M. Rogers Center’s main banquet room include David A. Bitonti, D.M.D. of Gaithersburg, Maryland; Cmdr. Bryan E. Christensen, of Atlanta, Georgia; Alfred P. Moore of Minneapolis, Minnesota; J. William Murtha of Pittsburgh; Robert F. Pusateri of Beaver Falls; James M. Scott of Arnold, Maryland; and John T. Weir of Greensburg.
Anthony R. Barbato of Greensburg and Aliesha Walz of Jeannette will receive the Recent Alumna/Alumnus Achievement Awards.
All of the awards are made by the Saint Vincent Alumni Association in recognition of meritorious service and commitment to Saint Vincent.
A full weekend of Homecoming activities is planned in conjunction with the Office of Student Affairs Fall Family Weekend with school receptions, athletic events, parade (Saturday, Sept. 30, at 11:30 a.m.), corn hole tournament, equestrian demonstration, picnic, fall fest carnival (Saturday, Sept. 30, from 3:30 to 6 p.m.), campus trolley tours, alumni social (Saturday, Sept. 30, from 4 to 7 p.m.), entertainment and other events. The complete schedule is available at www.stvincent.edu/homecoming. All registrations will be accepted either online or by calling the Event and Conference Services Reservation Line at 724-805-2177.
David A. Bitonti, D.M.D.
Dr. David A. Bitonti earned a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry from Saint Vincent College in 1981 and a D.M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. He received an exodontia certificate from the U.S. Navy and an oral and maxillofacial surgery residency certificate from the University of Texas Health Science Center. At Saint Vincent, he was active as a letterman of the varsity tennis team, chairman of the concert committee, residence hall prefect and the orientation committee. He has continued to be active as a member of the Alumni Association by participating in the Annual Fund and by referring high school students to the college. He has served as a USO volunteer, Red Cross Volunteer and church lector. He has received numerous awards and honors including the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award and the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Political Activist Award. He and his wife, Lisa, have two children, David and Alexandria. He is a member of Our Lady of the Visitation Parish in Washington, D.C. In his free time, he enjoys his family and friends, yard work, sports, fishing, animal-assisted activities, home projects, animal-assisted therapy and horseback riding.
CDR Bryan E. Christensen, Ph.D., MEPC
Dr. Bryan E. Christensen is a 2001 graduate of Saint Vincent College where he earned a bachelor of science degreeb in biology with highest honors. He earned a doctorate of philosophy degree in environmental health engineering from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2009 and also a master’s degree in environmental pollution control from the Pennsylvania State University in 2003. In 2010, Christensen joined the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as an officer in the Epidemic Intelligence Service and commissioned as an Environmental Health Officer in U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS). Currently, he is an epidemiologist and industrial hygienist for CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases in Atlanta, Georgia. Christensen is also an Infection Control Officer and Epidemiologist for USPHS Rapid Deployment Force 5. During his time with CDC, he has been involved in a variety of investigations including Ebola response, Zika response, indoor air pollution assessments in Kenya, chlorine gas release in Arkansas, cruise ship norovirus outbreak investigation in the Caribbean, anthrax investigation in the United Kingdom, Japanese Tsunami response, New Jersey Lassa fever investigation, non-tuberculosis outbreak investigations and waterborne outbreak investigations in healthcare settings. He has deployed to Nigeria, Kenya, Switzerland, United Kingdom and more than 20 domestic locations. During the Ebola response, he dedicated 265 working days developing healthcare worker safety guidance and training and providing on-site domestic and international technical assistance. Christensen has received numerous USPHS awards including Commendation Medal, Achievement Medal, Global Crisis Response Award, Foreign Duty Award, Hazardous Duty Award and multiple Unit Citations. In his free time, he enjoys CrossFit, traveling, barbequing, watching Pittsburgh sports, listening to heavy metal and spending time with his wife, Dr. Michelle Jones Christensen.
Alfred P. Moore
Alfred P. Moore earned a bachelor of arts degree with honor in history from Saint Vincent College in 1967. He continued his education at the University of Pittsburgh where he earned a master of arts degree and a Ph.D. He also attended the Advanced Executive Program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is retired from Fiserv Health in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he served as president. A member of the Saint Vincent Alumni Association and active in the Annual Fund, he has represented the college at the inaugurations of college presidents. He is currently a board member and director of the American Players Theatre, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, VocalEssence, American Composers Forum and the League of American Orchestras. He is a member of St. Mark’s Espiscopal Cathedral in Minneapolis. He and his wife, Ann, have three grown children. His hobbies include travel, classical music, photography, reading history, cooking and theatre.
J. William Murtha
J. William Murtha earned a bachelor of arts degree in liberal arts in 1977. A client partner/relationship manager for Fiserv of Lincoln, Nebraska, he also holds an instructional II teaching certificate in secondary education. He pursued additional studies at the Financial Institute of Education and NCR Sales School. He has been active with Saint Vincent as a member of the Class Reunion Committee, Alumni Council (president and numerous committees) and the Phonathon. He is currently serving as a board member for the Myasthenia Gravis Association of Western Pennsylvania, a member of the Brighton Heights Citizens Federation and as judge for MACS Young Entrepreneurs. He is a member of Saint Cyril of Alexandria Parish where he is a Eucharistic minister, chair of the golf outing, past member of the parish council, past finance council member and former parish and school athletic director, athletic association officer and head of fundraising. He and his wife, Alice, have three children. His hobbies include golf, sports, Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, the Laird Street Loonies, the History Channel and his family.
Robert F. Pusateri
Robert F. Pusateri graduated from Saint Vincent College with a bachelor of arts degree in accounting in 1972. He earned a master of business administration degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1988. He retired in 2013 from his nearly four decade career at Consol Energy where he was executive vice president – energy sales and Transportation Services with responsibility for marketing, transportation, research and development and land functions. He was on the board of directors of the American Coal Council and served on the board of directors of Catholic Charities. He was also a member of the Pennsylvania Coal Association and the Michigan Coal Club. Pusateri is currently a member of the Saint Vincent College Board of Directors. He and his wife, Lynn, have three grown children, Summer, Addie and Marlo. They are members of SS Peter and Paul Church, Beaver. His hobbies include his eight grandchildren and collecting classic muscle cars.
James M. Scott
James M. Scott, a 1970 graduate of Saint Vincent College where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science, also did graduate study in government public relations at American University where he earned a graduate certificate degree. As a student, he was active in organizing and directing the club football program and was honored with the John J. Maloney Award for academic achievement, leadership and character and a Student Government Award for community service. Early in his career, he was news director and marine news editor for WNAV Radio in Annapolis, Maryland, and interviewed Ronald Reagan, Walter Cronkite, Ted Turner and other well-known personalities. He later served as public affairs specialist for the U.S. Army Northeast Region Recruiting Command in Ft. Meade, Maryland, and Deputy Public Affairs Officer for the Naval Ship Research and Development Center in Annapolis. Director of Congressional and Public Affairs at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Bethesda, Maryland, where his duties were to manage the public affairs operations at one of the Navy’s premier research and development operations, he retired in 2007. A member of the Saint Vincent Alumni Council, he served as chairman of his class 40th and 45th reunions. He is active in the community and served as president of the Pines Community Improvement Association. He was honored with the U.S. Coast Guard Public Service Award in 1975 and 1976, the Baltimore Federal Executive Board Career Service Award for Community Relations and the Anne Arundel County Executive Citation for Boating Safety. He is a member of St. Andrew by the Bay Church, Annapolis, Maryland. He and his wife, Kathi, have two children, Sarah and Jesse. His hobbies include traveling, reading, skiing and daily exercise.
John T. Weir
John T. Weir graduated with a bachelor of arts degree with highest honor in liberal arts with a concentration in psychology in 1972. As a student, he was active in club football and intramural athletics. As an alumnus, he has been a regular participant in the alumni and friends golf outing, summer theatre gala and Bearcat basketball games. He is the founder, board member and consultant to Scholastica Travel Inc., an educational travel company. A member of Our Lady of Grace Church and its parish council, he also serves as a Eucharistic minister to the homebound, as a member and past president of the St. Vincent DePaul Society and its food bank and as a volunteer at St. Anne’s Home. He has also been involved in Greensburg’s Thanksgiving Turkey Trot committee, as a board member and chair of the Westmoreland County chapter of the American Red Cross and its bowling for disaster relief program, as a member of the Leukemia Society’s polo for the cure committee and as a volunteer for Nazareth Farm home repair project in West Virginia. He was recognized by Toastmaster International with its Distinguished Toastmaster Award. He and his wife, Nancy, have three children, Carolyn, John and Natalie. In his free time, he enjoys archery hunting, golf, gardening, fishing, skiing and reading about the history of Washington, D.C., the history of the Catholic church and the Papacy.
Anthony R. Barbato
Anthony R. Barbato earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology of education in 2005, a master of science degree in curriculum and instruction in 2009 and a master of science degree in school administration and supervision in 2012. While at Saint Vincent, he was active in intramurals and was the recipient of the Award for Academic Excellence in School Administration and Supervision. He has also spoken to student teachers about planning careers and has assisted in conducting mock interviews for graduate education majors. A head teacher at James H. Metzgar Elementary School in the Greensburg Salem School District, he served as acting associate principal at Amos K. Hutchinson Elementary School from February to June 2017. He previously served as a kindergarten teacher, kids’ express teacher, summer school instructor, parents are welcome in schools instructor, permanent substitute teacher and kinder camp instructor. He has served as Astronomy Club sponsor, member of the board and grant committee for the Greensburg Salem Education Foundation, vice president of the board and member of the financial committee of the CNS Health and Scholarship Committee and as a member of the elementary student assistance plan. He and his wife, Kelsey, live in Greensburg. He is a member of Saint John Baptist de la Salle Church in Delmont. He is the son of Rose Ann Barbato of Greensburg and the late Robert Barbato. His hobbies include fishing, hiking, camping, reading, traveling and gardening.
Aliesha M. Walz earned a bachelor of arts degree in English with a minor in art history. Director of development and public relations at St. Anne Home, Greensburg, she has been active with Saint Vincent as a member of Alumni Council, theatre gala executive committee and as a member of the capital campaign liaison committee. A member of the Westmoreland County Republican Committee, she is a former member of the Zonta Club. She is married to Andrew Walz, C’06, G’12. They are members of Ascension/Sacred Heart Parishes, Jeannette. Her hobbies include reading, baking and cooking, photography, watching British-period dramas, family, travel and playing strategy games.
Photos: Anthony R. Barbato, Aliesha M. Walz, David A. Bitonti, D.M.D., Lt. Cmdr. Bryan E. Christensen, Alfred P. Moore, J. William Murtha, Robert F. Pusateri, James M. Scott and John T. Weir.
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