Friday, January 24, 2014
PCOM Campus, Evans Hall
4170 City Avenue
Friday, May 30 - Saturday, May 31, 2014
Reunion Luncheon for Classes of 1964, 1959, 1954, 1949 & 1944
Friday, May 30, 2014
Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue
4200 City Avenue
Friday, May 30, 2014
Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue
4200 City Avenue
Campus Open House & Alumni/Family Luncheon
Saturday, May 31, 2014
12:00pm - 2:00pm
4170 City Avenue
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
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and Development at 800-739-3939 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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2014 O.J. Snyder Memorial Medal Recipient: PCOM President Matthew Schure, PhD
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
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
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
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
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 t
han 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
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
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.
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