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March 3, 2017
Janet Freburger Joins Department of Physical Therapy
Janet Freburger has joined the Department of Physical Therapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. As a professor, she will conduct health services research and provide training experiences and mentorship for pre-doctoral and doctoral students. Freburger has expertise in musculoskeletal care and functional status measurement, and has been first or senior author on more than 75 peer-reviewed publications.
January 23, 2017
Richard Harsen Named Chief of Police at Pitt-Bradford
Richard Harsen has been named as chief of police at Pitt-Bradford. He succeeds Dan Songer, who retired Jan. 6 after 20 years as Pitt-Bradford’s police chief. Harsen will supervise eight full-time and eight part-time commissioned police officers and two communications room personnel.
Harsen served 32 years with the Bradford city police, many of those as a juvenile officer and school resource officer. He became a part-time officer with UPB campus police in 2005, joining the campus police force as a full-time officer in 2015. In addition to his work as a juvenile officer and a middle school resource officer, Harsen coached youth softball, baseball, football and basketball for 18 years. While with the city police, he helped to start the city’s drug abuse resistance education program.
Harsen plans to work closely with the campus’s resident assistants, who are often the first point of contact for students who need help. He also has been trained in interviewing techniques for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.
January 23, 2017
Guangyong Li Named VP for IEEE NTC
Guangyong Li, faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Swanson School of Engineering, has been named 2017-18 vice president for conferences for the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) nanotechnology council (NTC), effective Jan. 1.
Li will establish and chair the council’s meetings committee, and will direct the council’s conference activities, including overseeing, coordinating and monitoring its annual conference. He has been a member of the IEEE NTC since 2002.
January 19, 2017
2016 Pitt-Greensburg President’s Distinguished Service Awards for Staff Named
The President’s Distinguished Service Award for Staff is the most prestigious honor that Pitt-Greensburg presents to regular staff members of any classification in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the campus.
Kubenko, who works with the faculty in the Natural Sciences Division, was held up as a role model for teamwork. Using details from the nomination submitted, UPG President Sharon Smith described Kubenko as “kind, compassionate and generous”; “incredibly considerate and impressively anticipating the needs of everyone she works with” and “an empathetic and optimistic problem solver.”
Smith also commended Kubenko for her ability to work with a variety of personalities both in her division and beyond, exhibiting a gracious, diplomatic and patient manner.
Kubenko started her career at Pitt-Greensburg in 2006 as an administrative secretary to faculty in the Humanities and the Behavioral Sciences divisions.
Smith described Netzel as “a vivid illustration of ‘Pitt to the Power of One’: an individual with an entrepreneurial spirit who actively seeks out change rather than waiting to adapt to it in order to advance the whole organization.” Smith noted that Netzel, who holds an MBA from the Katz Graduate School of Business, has an eye for detail at all levels, a deep respect and professionalism in dealing with all constituents and an agility in handling all issues with calm and efficiency that keeps clients coming back year after year.
January 19, 2017
Pitt-Johnstown staff lauded for outstanding service
Two members of the Pitt-Johnstown staff have been recognized for outstanding service.
Dolores Berkey received the President’s Staff Award for excellence in service to Pitt-Johnstown.
Berkey, the executive director of budget management and purchasing, works closely with all departments to ensure efficiency in University operations, and takes the lead to improve budgeting processes on campus.
Mike Bodolosky received the President’s Staff Award for excellence in service to the community.
Bodolosky is executive director of the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, which is celebrating its 25th year. He was a driving force behind the creation of The Arts Coalition of the Alleghenies, which brings awareness and appreciation of the arts in the community.
January 19, 2017
Kellie Kane Promoted to Director of Admissions Position
Kellie Kane, director of operations and strategic planning in the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid (OAFA), has been promoted to director of admissions.
Her promotion is a more formal announcement of the areas she currently oversees: operations, data, projections, the admissions committee and the scholarship committee.
In her new capacity, Kane will sign all of Pitt’s admissions letters.
Marc Harding, chief enrollment officer, stated: “This promotion reflects the changing and important role she plays in the admission and enrollment of undergraduates. We will now have both a director of admissions and a director of financial aid (Randy McCready), which is the norm for an enrollment services office of Pitt’s size and complexity.”
Kane earned both her bachelor’s and MBA degrees from Pitt.
She began working full-time in OAFA in 1999. Since 2012, she has been helping OAFA become a leader in college and university enrollment management services by developing cutting-edge student-centered processes and practices. She is Pitt’s representative to the Association of Chief Admissions Officers at Public Universities, which is largely comprised of admissions directors.
January 19, 2017
Lauren Russell Wins 2017 Creative Writing Award from the National Endowment for the Arts
Lauren Russell, assistant director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for African American Poetry and Poetics, has been awarded a 2017 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Through the fellowship — which carries a monetary award of $25,000 — Russell plans to further develop a book-length work, tentatively titled Descent. The book is a hybrid work of poems, lyrical essays, images, and documents based on her family history.
January 19, 2017
Jeremy Weber to Serve on National Academy of Sciences Committee on National Statistics
Assistant professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs Jeremy Weber has been selected to serve on a panel of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on National Statistics.
The purpose of the ad hoc panel is to review, assess, and make recommendations for the National Agricultural Statistics Service and the Economic Research Service, USDA, on effective methods for collecting data and reporting information.
Weber studies the intersection of economics and energy.
January 13, 2017
William Wagner Named Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors
According to the NAI, the honor is “the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.”
In addition to serving as director of Pitt’s McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Wagner is a professor of surgery, bioengineering, and chemical engineering. He also serves as chairman of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society-Americas, deputy director of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials, and chief scientific officer of the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine. Wagner is the third Pitt faculty member to be named an NAI Fellow.
January 9, 2017
Geovette Washington Named Senior Vice Chancellor and Chief Legal Officer
The University of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees unanimously elected Geovette E. Washington as Pitt’s senior vice chancellor and chief legal officer. In this capacity, Washington will also serve as an officer of the University.