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2012 PCOM Annual Report
Find the latest clinical information! Stay connected to the College! PCOM Alumni now
have access to the PCOM Library Alumni Portal with links to:
- DynaMed, an evidence-based clinical resource
- the Digital Commons @ PCOM, a collection of college yearbooks, histories, and student
- open access books, journals, databases, drug info and mobile apps
Email email@example.com for the DynaMed login or call the Office of Alumni Relations & Development at (215)
Please note: DynaMed is licensed exclusively for PCOM Alumni. Please do not share
West Allegheny Physicians' Fund Association
This scholarship was established by the West Allegheny Physicians' Association Fund
of the Pittsburgh Foundation. The recipients are PCOM students from the southwestern
Pennsylvania counties of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Fayette,
Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Somerset, Washington, or Westmoreland. This year's recipients
are Richard Barnhart (DO '14), James Bruce (DO '16), Kathryn Byers (DO '15), Bethany
Claar (DO '14), Steven Goodnow (DO '16), Joshua Greenleaf (DO '15), Brionna Kifer
(DO '14) and Kaitlin McGrogan (DO '15).
Photo (L to R): Kaitlin McGrogan (DO '15), Matthew Schure, PhD, President & CEO, James
Bruce (DO '16), Brionna Kifer (DO '14), Joshua Greenleaf (DO '15) and Steven Goodnow
North Central Susquehanna Valley Reception
On Tuesday, August 6, 2013, the PCOM Office of Alumni Relations & Development hosted
a reception at the Pine Barn Inn on the Geisinger medical campus in Danville, PA for
alumni, students and Geisinger administration and staff. Matthew Schure, PhD, President
& CEO, and Kenneth J. Veit, DO '76, MBA, Provost, Senior Vice President for Academic
Affairs & Dean, shared news and future plans for the College with the attendees.
In addition, Paul W. McGloin, Chairman of the College Board of Trustees, was present
From left to right: John B. Bulger, DO '95, MBA, member of the College Board of Trustees,
Domenick N. Ronco, DO '78 and his wife, Judy, Elizabeth Klucka, DO '12 and her husband Glenn
Klucka, DO '13.
ODL Alumni and Community Social and Networking Event
On Friday, June 14, 2013 the Organizational Development and Leadership Program held
their Annual Alumni and Community Social and Networking Event at the Manayunk Brewery.
The event was attended by an excited group of alums, current adult learners, faculty
and guests. It was a spirited event full of hugs, storytelling and laughter that
kindled a warm spirit of reconnection throughout the entire evening. And of course,
there was plenty of food and drink as the crowd enjoyed music by EpicSoul.
ODL Alumni Board Representative Shanda Lucas welcomed the new group of adult learners
who just completed their final project journey into the alumni community at PCOM and
were very much engaged with the mood of celebration. Shanda expressed her hopes as
a new member of the Alumni Board and encouraged the ODL alums to get even more involved
and share their many gifts to support Alumni Affairs and the PCOM community.
Dr. Jeff Branch, ODL Program Director, also announced the upcoming and exciting new
educational offering. The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in ODL (CAGS-ODL)
will be available to candidates who have a Master’s degree in any discipline and want
to enhance their skills as leaders and deliver individual and organization results.
For more information about CAGS-ODL please contact Dr. Jeff Branch at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-871-6947.
Alumni Association of PCOM
Did you know that your alumni benefits include access to our Alumni Insurance Program,
which offers great rates to you and your family members? For free quotes and information
on the variety of products available, visit:
Special rates are also available for auto, home, and renters insurance. To learn more,
Robert Cuzzolino, Ed. D - Vice President for Graduate Programs & Planning
Robert Cuzzolino, Ed. D has been Vice President for Graduate Programs and Planning
since 2002, but he has always planned on a career in education. The son of a high
school history teacher, Dr. Cuzzolino first pursued experimental and counseling psychology
with the intent of working in clinical practice before moving to education. The appeal
of being able to create widespread and long lasting positive change led him to start
working at PCOM in areas of student affairs and academic planning shortly after earning
his M. Ed. in Counseling in Higher Education from Kutztown University.
It has been 34 years since then and Dr. Cuzzolino is still driven in his pursuit of
PCOM’s academic excellence. He credits his consistent enthusiasm to the College’s
ability to adapt and progress, as well as to the students and faculty he has worked
with who taught him so much. Admissions and student affairs were the same office when
he started, and Dr. Cuzzolino gained a wealth of experience from DO admissions interviews
and counseling students, learning directly from PCOM veterans like Carol Fox, Tom
Rowland, Bob England, David Heilig, Sherwood Mercer, and Spencer Bradford.
Dr. Cuzzolino is very proud of the graduate programs that he has helped create. Currently,
he is especially excited about the enrollment of the first senior class of the School
of Pharmacy. He also takes pride in PCOM’s relatively recent move towards a strategic
planning and assessment culture. The use of annual planning, budgeting, management,
and setting goals has improved upon the College’s inherent growth that inspires Dr.
Cuzzolino , and the regular assessment of PCOM’s academics allows for charting the
development of the students and sending forth graduates with an empirically proven
effective medical education.
In his downtime, Dr. Cuzzolino enjoys playing golf, landscaping and applying all of
the planning and patience he employs at PCOM to working on his ’61 Ford Thunderbird.
He has a son who is a policy analyst for the White House and a daughter who teaches
third grade in Arlington, Virginia. His wife spent many years as an editor in the
publishing field and shares Dr. Cuzzolino’s passion for education; she currently works
part-time in PCOM’s writing labs.
Alumni Association Life Memberships Sponsored
Graduating seniors for the DO Class of 2013 pose for a photo with J. Steven Blake,
DO ’89, PCOM Trustee. Dr. Blake and other alumni purchased life memberships in the
Alumni Association of PCOM for these new graduates in an act of generosity recognizing
their hard work. A complete list of sponsors is available here.
Alumni Weekend 2013
Alumni Weekend 2013 recognized the classes of 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978,
1983, 1988 and 1993. The weekend kicked off on Friday, May 31 at the Sheraton Valley
Forge Hotel with the 50 year reunion luncheon celebrating the class of 1963. This
distinguished class was applauded by members of the classes of 1953 and 1958. Hal
Bendit, DO ’84, President of the Alumni Association was on hand to commemorate the
class of 1963 and present the Certificate of Honor, the Alumni Association’s highest
award. This year’s recipients included Joseph Dieterle, DO ’70, Eugene Mochan, PhD,
DO ’77 and Pamela J. Ruoff, MS, Interim Chief Advancement Officer.
Following the luncheon was a Hospitality Suite at the Sheraton Valley Forge Hotel
for alumni to catch up with former classmates. The Office of Alumni Relations and
Development was on hand to welcome back alumni and offer information on attractions,
sightseeing and restaurants in the surrounding area.
On Saturday, June 1, PCOM welcomed alumni, family and friends back to campus for a
BBQ, which involved entertainment for the kids and student led tours of campus. Stops
on the tour included the library, anatomy lab, activity center and clinical learning
center where alumni got to witness first hand demonstrations of various patient simulators
that current students use. Reunion Weekend concluded later that night with a Grand
Reception at the Sheraton Valley Forge. Reunion classes enjoyed a wide variety of
food, music and dancing.
Special thanks to all alumni who participated this year. Reunion Weekend 2014 will
be held May 30-31 at the Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue and is for the following
classes: 1944, 1949, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994 with the
class of 1964 celebrating their 50th reunion.
See photos from the weekend here.
Alumni E-mail Access
Access your PCOM e-mail account.
If you have trouble accessing your account, please call the ITS HelpDesk at (215)
871-6110 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Service for Alumni
Official graduate transcripts can now be requested online. Request yours!