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Alumni Events

Founders’ Day
Friday, January 24, 2014
11:00am
PCOM Campus, Evans Hall
4170 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
 
Reunion Weekend
Friday, May 30 - Saturday, May 31, 2014
Philadelphia, PA
 
Reunion Luncheon for Classes of 1964, 1959, 1954, 1949 & 1944
Friday, May 30, 2014
12:00pm
Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue
4200 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
 
Hospitality Suite 
Friday, May 30, 2014 
4:30– 6:30pm
Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue
4200 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
 
Campus Open House & Alumni/Family Luncheon
Saturday, May 31, 2014
12:00pm - 2:00pm
PCOM Campus
4170 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
 
Reunion Grand Reception for Classes of 1944, 1949, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994 and 1999
Saturday, May 31, 2014
6:00pm - 9:30pm
Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue
4200 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 
 
 

For more information on these events, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations and Development at 800-739-3939 or alumni@pcom.edu.

 

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Featured Articles

2014 O.J. Snyder Memorial Medal Recipient: PCOM President Matthew Schure, PhD

Reunion

President and CEO Matthew Schure, PhD, is the 2014 O.J. Snyder recipient. Dr. Schure will be honored at Founders’ Day, on Friday, January 24, 2014 in the Rose K. Ginsburg Amphitheater.  The O.J. Snyder Memorial Medal, presented in memory of the co-founder of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, is the College’s highest award to recognize leadership and service to the osteopathic profession and to the College. Dr. Schure has exhibited leadership and dedication to PCOM, serving as president for 13 years and helping to establish the Georgia campus, in 2005. 

 

 

 
21st Annual Golf Classic

On September 16, 2013, PCOM held its 21st Annual Golf Classic, Title Sponsored by Independence Blue Cross, at Whitemarsh Valley Country Club in Lafayette Hill, PA. Early rain turned to sunny skies as 23 foursomes played through this wonderful course. In the four person scramble, 1st place went to Mark Saltzburg, Michael Saltzburg, DO ’77, John Murphy and David Butler (pictured right). In 2nd place came the foursome from PNC Financial Group; Dan Borelli, Andy Glass, JT Hutchinson and John Klonowski. Finally, in 3rd place came the group of Scott Maroney, Paul Cowen, John Mahoney and Peter Ucciferro, sponsored by the Karen and Herbert Lotman Foundation.

This year the Golf Classic raised over $113,000 for our healthcare centers. These funds will provide critical health services to underserved and at-risk populations in North and West Philadelphia, Roxborough, Wynnefield Heights and Laporte, PA in rural Sullivan County. Many families who visit the centers are underinsured for the care they need and with few healthcare options, they depend on the Centers for essential medical and mental health needs.  Everyone who participated in this outing made a difference in the lives of these families.

Thank you to everyone who attended: volunteers, sponsors and in-kind donors who made this all possible. A special thank you to the Classic’s co-chairs James Bonner, DO ’86 and Carol A. Fox-Alumni Liaison, Title Sponsor Independence Blue Cross, and Platinum Sponsors Arthur Jackson Company, Blank Rome LLP and the Karen and Herbert Lotman Foundation.

 

8th Annual Penn State Tailgate

PCOM’s 8th Annual Penn State Tailgate was held Saturday, September 21st. The Pennsylvania State University Nittany Lions played against the Kent State Golden Flashes at Beaver Stadium. PCOM alumni, staff, family, students and prospective students gathered outside the stadium to catch up on activities at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Despite the rain-soaking downpours, it was a fun day of conversations over good food, assorted beverages and a little football. The PSU Nittany Lions defeated the Kent State Golden Flashes, 34-0.
 
The PCOM Office of Alumni Relations & Development thanks Steve Kanouse & Jeffrey Prichard, DO; Darlene Ann Dunay, DO ’83, President Elect of the Alumni Association of PCOM; Ed and Deb Mistal, DO ’83 and Judy and Domenick Ronco, DO ’78 for their contributions toward the success of the day.
 
Next year’s event is tentatively set for Sept. 20, 2014; Penn State vs. UMass.
Contact the Office of Alumni Relations & Development to be added to the email list at alumni@pcom.edu.
 

 

 
Top photo (R to L): Dr. Ronald Hoch, Anne Hoch, Matthew Hoch and friend
 
Bottom left photo (L To R) : Judy Ronco, Melissa Sinkiewicz, DO ’07, and Domenick Ronco DO, ’78 .
 
Bottom right photo (L to R): Robert Aichele, DO ’83, and Carol Fox, Alumni Liaison.
 
 
 
Partnering with Harris Connect to Produce Alumni Publication

Our alumni change emails, jobs and locations often making it hard to keep up with them. We have therefore contracted with Harris Connect to update contact information for our alumni so that they can keep up-to-date. Harris will also help produce a beautiful hardcover publication that will allow you to reconnect with old friends as well as network professionally.

Harris specializes in alumni and membership publications and the data specifications involved with this type of project. You will be contacted by email and/or regular mail or by phone over the next few months to verify and update your contact and career information.  Thank you in advance for your participation.

 

 

Physician Assistant’s Day and Alumni Panel

On Tuesday, October 8th, students from the PCOM Physician Assistant Studies program and the University of the Sciences attended a panel discussion followed by a reception in recognition of National Physician Assistant Week, Oct. 6 -12, 2013. 

The PCOM Physician Assistant Outstanding Graduate Award was presented to Amanda Stoll Murphy, PA-C ’02, by John Cavenagh, PhD, PA-C, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies (pictured right). Amanda was recognized for her outstanding achievements, innovative contributions, service and dedication to the PA profession. 
 
Marilyn DiFeliciantonio, MLS, PA-C, Co-Director of Clinical Studies, hosted the alumni panel discussion with John Fleischman, PA-C ’10; James Fries, PA-C ’09; Kaly Lutz, PA-C ’10; Jacob Mathew, PA-C ’03; Angela Kapalko, PA-C ’07; and, Linda Donath, PA-C ’01.
 
Below are Dr. Cavenagh’s remarks about Amanda Stoll Murphy’s career and accomplishments from the award ceremony:
 
“Amanda Murphy graduated from the Physician Assistant program at PCOM in 2002. For the next several years she worked as a PA in practice of dermatology.  From 2003 to 2008, she also was an adjunct faculty member.  She gave classroom lectures, taught in various skills labs and was a grader of practical examinations.  In 2008 and 2009 she was a full-time assistant professor of physician assistant studies after which she returned to adjunct faculty status.  She has been an educator and role model for scores of PCOM PA students over those years.  Today she divides her time in raising her children, working in dermatology practice and continuing to support her PA alma mater and its students through teaching and service.  In recognition of her many years of service to PCOM, the alumni of the PA program has elected to honor her with the PCOM Physician Assistant Outstanding Alumna Award of 2013.”
 

Pictured Above: Marilyn DiFeliciantonio, MLS, PA; John
Fleischman, PA-C ’10; James Fries, PA-C ’09; Kaly Lutz, PAC
’10; Jacob Mathew, PA-C ’03; Angela Kapalko, PA-C ’07;
Linda Donath, PA-C ’01 and John Cavenagh, PhD, PA-C.

 

 

2013 President’s Recognition

On Tuesday, October 15, 2013, alumni, faculty, staff, friends and family gathered at the Lotman Lobby in Evans Hall to honor Gene Chaiken, LLD (pictured right) at the 2013 President’s Recognition Reception. Dr. Schure also honored the new members of the 1899 Society--donors whose cumulative giving exceeds $50,000. 
 
Matthew Schure, PhD, President and CEO presented Chaiken with the President’s Leadership Award. Mr. Chaiken is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Almo Corporation and a 2010 Dealerscope Magazine “Hall of Fame Inductee.” Acting as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees at PCOM for 23 years, Chaiken is committed to helping his community. 
 
President Schure, the Office of Alumni Relations and Development and those who attended the event congratulated the new members of the 1899 Society: Bernard Bernacki, DO ’81, College Trustee; Mrs. Mary Bernacki; James H. Black, DO ’62, College Trustee; and Donald Tilton, DO ’69, along with Craig Danshaw, DO ’84; and Suzanne Kelley, DO ’77 who were not able to attended the event. 
 
It was also announced that the Office of Alumni Relations and Development surpassed their $1.8 million fiscal year 2013 fundraising goal by raising $2,361,805. A big thank you to everyone who helped in reaching this goal. 
 
 

Picture above (L to R): James H. Black, DO ’62; Donald
Tilton, DO ’69; Mrs. Mary Bernacki; Bernard Bernacki,
DO ’81; and President Schure, PhD.

 

 

Jay Rosan, DO 71, Philadelphia Futures Scholarship

Austin Tidwell (DO ’14) is the recipient of the Jay R. Rosan, DO ’71, Philadelphia Futures Scholarship. The scholarship was established with a gift to the PCOM Mission capital campaign by Dr. Rosan to benefit inner city disadvantaged students attending medical school. Philadelphia Futures seeks sponsors for Philadelphia high school students, encouraging them to obtain college degrees through mentoring and financial support. 

 
 

 

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 left (L to R): Kaitlin McGrogan, (DO ’15); MatthewSchure, PhD, President
& CEO, James Bruce, (DO ’16); Brionna Kifer, (DO ’14); Joshua Greenleaf, (DO ’15);
and Steven Goodnow, (DO ’16).
 

 

Reunion Weekend 2014

2014 Reunion Weekend is getting closer! Join us on Friday, May 30- Saturday, May 31 for a great weekend of catching up with classmates! The Reunion Luncheon for Classes of 1964, 1959, 1954, 1949 & 1944 is on Friday, May 30 at 12:00pm. This year’s Hospitality Suite is on Friday, May 30 4:30– 6:30pm.  The Campus Open House & Alumni/Family BBQ is on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 12:00pm - 2:00pm. The Reunion Grand Reception for Classes of 1944, 1949, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994 and 1999 is on Saturday, May 31 at 6:00pm - 9:30pm. 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Clinical Learning and Assessment Lab in Rowland Hall Receives $1 Million Grant

PCOM built a new clinical learning and assessment center (CLAC) in Rowland Hall. The CLAC was moved to a new floor which houses more than a dozen high-fidelity robotic simulators, virtual simulators and task trainers. Improving upon this program will broaden learning opportunities for PCOM students, the college’s hospital affiliates and local first responders. The new additions will include several seminar rooms, surgical simulation rooms, clinical examination rooms and a reception area.

Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program awarded a $1 million economic growth initiative grant for the project. The Alumni Association of PCOM made a $100,000 gift and the lobby area will acknowledge their gift toward the Center.  In addition, the Class of 1977 Reunion Project, the Danshaw Family, the Henwood Family, the Class of 1967 Reunion Project, Michael Saltzburg, DO ’77,  Dr. and Mrs. Joseph and Loretta Clements have all pledged their support of the project.

 

 

ACOI Hospitality Suite

 

The Office of Alumni Relations & Development hosted an alumni hospitality suite at the annual meeting of the American College of Osteopathic Internists held in Orlando,
FL.  On Thursday, October 18, 2013 alumni and their families enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and beverages as they  
reconnected and discussed their days at PCOM.  Alisa Toney, MS, Alumni Relations and Development Officer, greeted the crowd and gave updates about the Philadelphia GA-PCOM campus.

 

 

 
Pictured above  left: Judith A. Lightfoot, DO ’92and Richard Pascucci, DO ’75, Associate
Dean of Graduate Medical Education.

Pictured above right: Michael Kalata, DO ’98 and Michael Amalfitano, DO ’85.

 

 

Unveiling of the PCOM Living-Learning Center

The PCOM Living-Learning Center was unveiled on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.This 10-bed living area and classroom is equipped with state-of-the-art learning tools in the former Sewickley Valley School of Nursing building in Western Pennsylvania.  PCOM signed an agreement with Heritage Valley Health System to create this space for students who want to complete their third and fourth-year core rotations in the region encompassing Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Westmoreland counties, which includes the sites of Heritage Valley, UPMC and West Penn.  The technology integrated into this “smart classroom” will allow for on-site instruction as well as long distance lectures. PCOM students who come from western Pennsylvania and want to return to their home areas to serve their community during their clerkships and residencies will now have a dedicated space to do so. In addition, Heritage Valley President and CEO Norman Mitry believes that students that participate may remain in the area and establish local medical practices after graduation. Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medicine Association District 8 made a $30,000 pledge to name the smart classroom.

This event also hosted two presentations for guests: Admissions Information for Prospective Student by The Office of Admissions, and PCOM Expansion Overview by Kenneth J. Veit, DO ’76, MBA, Provost, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean. Over 80 alumni, current and prospective students, hospital and college administrators and premed advisers toured the new facility and enjoyed the reception.

Pictured above right: Mrs. Mary Bernacki, Bernard Bernacki, DO ’81, Alissa Cohen, DO ’08, Jennifer Colpo, DO ’04, Nicholas Bower, DO ’05, John Ward, DO ’89, Anne Ward, DO ’91, Frank DiCenzo, DO ’81, Michelle Battistella, Gene Battistella, DO ’92, Maryann Gordon, and Sanford Gordon, DO ’60.

2013 OMED Alumni Reception 

The Office of Alumni Relations & Development hosted an exhibit booth at the 2013 Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas, September 30 - October 2, 2013. Staff from the Philadelphia and Georgia campuses greeted alumni, students and friends who stopped by the booth to  catch up. Over 200 alumni and friends attended the reception held on October 2 at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. Guests enjoyed taking photos with celebrity statues like Brad Pitt, Elvis, Beyoncé and Frank Sinatra to name a few. A photo booth and karaoke were also on site to entertain the crowd. 

 

Pictured above left (L to R) : Kurt Ehrenfeuchter, DO ’83 and Walter Ehrenfeuchter, DO ’79, Professor and Director of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine GA-PCOM Campus.

Pictured above right (L to R): Mrs, Lillian Hassman, Roberta Ball, DO ’80; Robert Ball, DO ’65; and Joseph Hassman, DO ’65. 

 

How your gift impacts PCOM

To continue offering the most powerful learning experience possible, PCOM depends on alumni, employees and friends to support The Fund for PCOM. 

The Fund for PCOM pays for what tuition doesn't cover. Tuition covers less than 75% of the actual cost of educating our students.

The Fund for PCOM pays the bills.  These contributions help attract excellent faculty, fund academic programs and even keep the lights on.

The Fund for PCOM protects the endowment. By using the Fund for PCOM to pay for recurring monthly and annual expenses, the endowment continues to grow, making PCOM more secure for the future.

 The Fund for PCOM affects every aspect of the campuses. Without state or federal appropriations, private support provides the resources to carry out a range of projects that play an important role in advancing the College’s mission.

To make your gift to The Fund for PCOM visit http://www.pcom.edu/ or click the "donate button" below! 

 

 

PCOM Legacies

Do you have a family member who attended PCOM? Whether a parent, grandparent, sibling, cousin, uncle or other relative, the Office of Alumni Relations wants to know.

Generations of families have passed on the PCOM tradition to their family members, and we want to help celebrate this special relationship.

Kindly respond to alumni@pcom.edu

 

 

Planned Giving

Naming PCOM as the beneficiary of a 401(k), 403(b), IRA, Keogh, profit-sharing pension plan or other retirement vehicle will deliver significant tax savings to you and eventually to your heirs. When you name PCOM as the beneficiary, the asset will pass from your estate free of all income and estate taxes while helping to ensure the College’s future.  The designation is fully revocable, too, so it can be amended if your needs change.

While you cannot claim a charitable deduction for IRA gifts, your gift amount will reduce your taxable estate, and you will not be required to pay federal income tax on any amounts you distribute to us.

Let’s talk about the best plan for you! To find out more about including PCOM in your estate plans, please contact us.

Scott P. Righter, Special Gifts Officer

215-871-6120 │scottr@pcom.edu

PCOM.PLANNEDGIVING.ORG

 

Job Opportunities 

Physician job opportunity at the VA Medical Center in Petersburg/Franklin, Virginia and Martinsburg, West Virginia. An opportunity to be involved in 2 new rural clinics providing a team–approach to health care. Latest technologies, computers, and tele-health plus face-to-face appointments. 5-days a week, no nights, call or holidays. Starts in 2014. BC/BE and IM/FP certification required.

Contact:

JM Battin, DO, FACP  (PCOM ’89)   Chief of Primary Care & Emergency Department Services. JAMES.BATTIN@VA.GOV

510 Butler Ave   Martinsburg, WV  25405

304-268-2602  or  304-263-0811  x3366 or 3243                 

 

 

 

Last Updated: 12/12/14