The third annual Alumni on Campus Days will welcome a record 23 alumni back to the Hill, where they will spend Thursday and Friday, April 6 and 7, sharing their life and career experiences with Mercyhurst College students.
Launched in the spring of 2004 by the college’s alumni office, headed by Pat Liebel '53, the premise was to utilize successful graduates in the field to inspire students of like interests in the classroom.
"We are particularly gratified by the wonderful response from our alumni," Liebel said. "In addition, we have more and more faculty and students eager to welcome these special guests back into our classrooms."
Liebel said of the 23 alumni, nine are returning and the remaining 14 are newcomers to the program.
The list of guest alumni is as follows: Tom Dore' '81, sales manager, OSI Oncology, Cranberry Township, Pa.; Rob MacKinlay '99, senior manager, Cohen and Co., Mentor, Ohio; Steve Seymour '85, director of human resources, Country Fair, Inc., Erie; Michael Malpiedi '81, vice president of sales, Nextmedia Radio, Erie; R. J. Zonna '87, vice president, United Way of Erie County; William Dopierala '72, senior deputy attorney general for Pennsylvania, Erie; Brian Dougherty, Ed.D '83, superintendent of schools, Corry School District, Corry; Kathleen Holland '84, teacher, Green Elementary School, Erie; Linda Lyons '81, teacher, Titusville School District, Titusville; Joyce Savocchio '65, former mayor, Erie; Matthew Robaszkiewicz '88, director, Office of Youth, Young Adult and Campus Ministry, Diocese of Austin, Texas; and Linda Colvin Rhodes, Ph.D. '70, author, former state secretary of aging and director of the Hirtzel Institute at Mercyhurst North East.
Also slated to attend is Gary Calabrese, P.T. '79, director of sports medicine, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio; Mary Ellen Dahlkemper '73, chief administrative officer, Stairways Behavioral Health, Erie; Al Messina '71, executive director, Boys and Girls Club of Erie; Scott Koskoski '00, associate athletic director for marketing, Niagara University, Buffalo, N.Y.; Marian Saxon Rhodes, Ph.D. '86, assistant director, Clinical Operations/Regulatory, Lineberry Research Associates, Chapel Hill, N.C.; Daniel Langan '92, president, Langan Public Affairs, Harrisburg; Rick Skonieczka '88, detective, juvenile division, Millcreek Township Police Department; Robert Dubik '78, superintendent of schools, Cazenovia School District, Cazenovia, N.Y.; Maureen Schulz '04, assistant restaurant manager, Marriott Griffin Gate Resort, Lexington, Ky.; Michael Dukovich '93, special agent, Drug Enforcement Administration, Washington, D.C.; and John Daley '75, director, Edmund L. Thomas Adolescent Center, Erie.