Mercyhurst Magazine Spring 2022

In Memoriam Mercyhurst mourns Water Polo Coach Curtis Robinette

On Aug. 14, 2021, Mercyhurst lost a beloved member of its community with the passing of Men’s and Women’s Water Polo Coach Curtis Robinette. Robinette, 41, was admired by many and had an overwhelming drive to guide his student-athletes toward success, both in athletics and in life. In the words of Mercyhurst colleague and friend Travis Lindahl, “Curtis spent the last 19 years of his life dedicated to two things: his family and Mercyhurst Water Polo. As the coach of both the men’s and women’s water polo teams, Curtis amassed more than 400 victories, several coach-of-the-year honors, and numerous conference championships. In addition to the trail of athletic successes he left in his wake, Curtis will long be remembered as a beloved mentor to more than 200 players who jumped in the pool for Mercyhurst.” A native of Maumee, Ohio, Robinette graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2002, a four-year varsity player and two-year captain in water polo. He came to Mercyhurst to coach the men’s team in 2002 and took over the women’s team in 2003.

Over the years, he earned several coaching honors, the ConferencneamedhimCoachoftheYear.Thisspringt, f ir st Curtis Robinette Memorial Invitational in honor of t ons, Owen and Finn, and a daughter, Poppy.

most recent in 2021 when the Mid-Atlantic Water Polo he Mercyhurst women’s water polo team will host the heir late coach.

He leaves behind his wife, Molly, two s

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Gordon G. Frissora, Ph.D. ‘76 retired from Youngstown State University on July 31, 2021, after a quarter of a century teaching undergraduate and graduate students who were enrolled in the criminal justice program through the Biotante College of Health and Human Services. His

Jule Gardner Banville ‘95 , a tenured professor of journalism at the University of Montana, reported, hosted, and produced the narrative podcast “An Absurd Result.” Over seven episodes, she told the deeply reported story of Linda Glantz, who was raped in 1987 by a stranger who broke into her house when she was 8. The crime led to a wrongful conviction and an exoneration and highlighted problems in the law when it comes to prosecuting older sexual assaults. Jule reported the story while on an

expertise in the criminal justice department centered on teaching statistics, management theory, computer forensics, and computer crime. As a retired police of fic er from the city of Farrell, he brought real-life experiences to the students he taught. Many of his former students, who were inspired by his accomplishments, went on to attain their own doctorates and acquire positions in academia throughout the country. Many other students, after graduation, went on to become law enforcement of fic ers with cities and states, and assume federal positions with t.hBe.I.F, Homeland Security, and the I.R.S. He makes his home with his wife, KTauterek-Frissor‘7a5, in Fredonia, Pennsylvania. The ’80s

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Terrie Sackett, ACC, SPHR, SHRM-SCP ‘85 started her own HR consulting and coaching company in 2021. Terrie provides coaching in the areas of leadership, emotional intelligence, career, dealing with change, and handling the blurred lines of career, life, and family. She o ff ers discounts on coaching to Mercyhurst students. Terrie lives with her husbanVdi,c, in Pittsburgh.

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