University of Pittsburgh
June 23, 2002

Pitt Alumni Association Announces 2002 Volunteer of the Year Award Recipients

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June 24, 2002

PITTSBURGH—The University of Pittsburgh Alumni Association honored its 2002 "Volunteers of the Year" at its Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on Saturday, June 22, during the Alumni Leaders Conference in Pitt's Wesley W. Posvar Hall Galleria in Oakland.

Four people received the award, which was created "to recognize and honor individuals who have enriched the life of the University through their volunteer efforts." This year's winners are: Daniel K. Boyd of Pittsburgh, a 1957 Bachelor of Business Administration degree recipient who participates in the Alumni Legislative Network and is a life member of the Pitt Alumni Association; Bernard J. Fedak of Pittsburgh, a 1968 Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree recipient and 1973 Master of Business Administration degree recipient who serves on the Mechanical Engineering Visiting Committee and the School of Engineering Campaign Committee and chairs the Formula SAE Car annual fund-raising event; Ruth A. Forsyth, a 1976 Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree recipient from Presto, Pa., who serves as chair of the Alumnae Council's Spring Event and as the Pitt Alumni Association treasurer; and Christopher J. Shinkman, a 1969 Ph.D. in Education degree recipient from Bethesda, Md., who helps to organize events for the Chesapeake and Potomac Pitt Club in Washington, D.C., and is a regional director for the Pitt Alumni Association.

Two Pitt Alumni Recruitment Team (PART) volunteers also were recognized at the luncheon: Chuck Glover, who earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in economics in 1977, and his wife, Peggy, who earned the Bachelor of Science degree in health related professions in 1979; they live in Twinsburg, Oh. PART volunteers recruit new students to the University by attending college fairs, visiting high schools, conducting freshman send-off "Pitt-nics," and serving as contacts for prospective students and their parents. There are 1,250 PART volunteers in 38 of the 50 states.

Also honored were Alumni Legislative Network (ALN) volunteer James Ayre, from Camp Hill, Pa., who earned the M.A.S. degree in business in 1957 and is a strong advocate for Pitt in Harrisburg, making sure that decision makers are aware of the University's priorities and needs and the needs of higher education in general; and AlumNet volunteer Anita Pytlarz, who earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in communication rhetoric and communication and business in 1997. Pytlarz is credited with jump-starting the New York Pitt Club, and now, as a Washington, D.C.-area resident, she has become an active member of the Chesapeake and Potomac Pitt Club.

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