Mercyhurst Magazine Fall 2017

Photo: Curtis Waidley ‘19

Gerard Mills Edwin Negron Mary Jo Cancilla Pittock Jeanne Sabol Melanie Titzel, Ph.D. Robert Tobin Gerard Waidley Arthur Weindorf Charlotte Williams Witosky Eileen Zinchiak CLASS OF 1981 Participation 17% Total Giving $2,335 Leadership Giving Society Darby Patton Scalise Kimberly Amon Thomas Chybrzynski C. Michael Conroy Mary Lou Canan Conroy James Daley Patricia Stolar Demharter Barbara Carlin Disanti Christine McCloskey Eacho Paula Miller Eller Andrew Findlay Betsy Herzog Frank Linda First Frisina Katherine Funari Geisaka Lisa Dufy Gundel Mary Beth Barrett Habel Carol Farrelly Hopper John Leisering Michael Malpiedi Alice Buzzy Maxim Kathleen Wilson Monroe Karen Bowlby Nasca Maureen Connelly Negron Mary Roche Neubert Elaine Loftus Oliver Pierre Priestley Sandra Kronenwetter Quiggle Diane Parsons Scott Anne-Marie Dixon Shields Catherine Vilardo Strobl Diane Witherup Ernest Zmyslinski CLASS OF 1982 Participation 15% Total Giving $8,011 Leadership Giving Society Mark Salvia James Borowicz Denise Mall Chybrzynski Rebecca Fairchild Costello Gary Dagan Peter Damico Elizabeth Hajduk Dobes Barbara Johnson Laurie Kinnear-Diaz David Kist Kathleen Eckenrode Kist

Kathleen Megnin Millay, R.N. G. Frederick Null

Sharyn Hurst Nutter Q. Gregory Orlando + Victoria Reider, Esq. John Robertson James Scarpitti Mary Bundy Urash Darlene Keith Weber

CLASS OF 1979 Participation 13% Total Giving $3,441.69 Leadership Giving Society Jane Ryan Vacca Richard Bachmaier Mary Leone Baniszewski Joann Desantis Barnes Gregory Bires Scott Brechbuehl David Cherico Ronald Coleman Timothy Cooney Philip Dubsky Shelagh Murphy Dubsky John Gregory Raymond Gruss, Esq. Cynthia Haines Cynthia Casali Hawthorne Colleen Heher Kerr Rosella Bender Kwitowski

PATRICIA S. YAHN ENDOWS JURIED STUDENT SHOW Walk through the halls of Mercyhurst University and you’d be hard pressed not to see the subtle infuences of alumna Patricia Sontheimer Yahn ‘50. A student of the late Sister Angelica Cummings, after whom Cummings Art Gallery is named, Yahn’s youthful passion for watercolors found its early cultivation at Mercyhurst. During the ensuing years, Yahn, who is now 88, contributed to many art shows and supported numerous exhibits on the Hill. Her painting of a quiet beach landscape with an almost spiritual pull, which adorns President Michael Victor’s ofce, is one of several she donated to the university. Her legacy will continue through her gift to endow the Patricia S. Yahn Juried Student Art Show , to be held each year in Cummings Gallery. The frst show was held in February and March; the 2018 edition is set for Feb. 19-March 16. As a young girl, Yahn wanted to attend Mercyhurst to study art, but her father was averse, saying that girls did not need to go to college. She took it upon herself to seek out Mother Borgia Egan and request “special student” status so that she could take art classes; Sister Angelica became her mentor and, ultimately, Yahn earned her degree. After her Mercyhurst studies, she went to work as a window display artist at Trask’s department store in downtown Erie. Years before mannequins became the norm, she created life-size drawings of models wearing merchandise on sale at the store. Later she would focus on interior design, operating her own business, Interiors of Erie. She was also well known for creating scenery for the Junior League’s popular follies held annually at then-Tech Memorial High School. All the while, she never lost touch with Mercyhurst and was a longtime member of the Carpe Diem Society, including a stint as its chair. She also participated in and attended many of the university’s art exhibits with her late husband, Walter.

Susan Wike Laurie Diane Masterson Barbara Matlak Lynn McMasters Andrew Miller Anthony Pol Richard Porris

Robert Respecki Kevin Rozich, Esq. Christine McGraw Shofestall Phyllis Piefer Tomayko + Holly Chiappazzi Villella Charles Wolfram Judith Kenny Zewe

CLASS OF 1980 Participation 11% Total Giving $1,780 Howard Anderson Jr. Judith Gluvna Bitters

Kelly Conaway James Disanti Corrine Halperin Egan Robin Fahey Regina O’Connor Ferguson Richard Fischer Stephen Frisina Susan Fuss Walter Green Linda Ravenstahl Gruss Anna Hurley Mark Kwitowski Susan McFarland McGill


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