Hamer Hall Rededication
California, PA (February 9, 2000)...Over the years, the fine tradition that is California University athletics, has had many memorable and exciting days. Taking its place in this rich history is Saturday, January 29.
From a ten-hour stretch from noon to 10 p.m. Cal U was a happy and happening place. Honoring basketball alumni and watching these past Vulcan greats perform their craft, rededicating Cal U's renovated and impressive Hamer Hall, recognizing recent Vulcan championship teams, and sweeping a divisional arch-rival were all part of Cal U's Super Saturday.
Through the efforts of Cal U's men's basketball and alumni relations, Cal U conducted the first annual Cal U Basketball Alumni Day. Nearly 50 Vulcan basketball alumni returned to Cal U. There was a luncheon at noon followed by a tour of Hamer Hall and the Red & Black Alumni game. Following the game, the basketball alumni attended a reception at the Sixth Man Club room and met the current players.
The returning basketball alumni included Bernie Bernadowski, James Bricker, John Chuhran, Stewart Davis, Augie DiPasquale, Wayne Doyle, Jeremy Golden, Raymond Greene, Erman Hartman, Dick Hartung, Patrick J. Hobart, Roger Hotz, Jack Howard, Alan James, Robert Jones, Matt Kerns, James Kiger, Brent Kincaid, LaVon Kincaid, James Kirkland, Dennis Kuremsky, Paul Lancaster, Sebastian LoNigro, Dick Majernik, Joe Mancinelli, Edward McDonald, Tom McDonald, Stan Milchovich, Reon Nesmith, Don 'Duke' O'Hara, Larry Papini, Dave Progar, Kenneth Rager, Dan Ross, Lynn Schwendeman, Chad Scott, Derrick Scott, Thomas Shrump, Jim Stepoli, Cleveland Steward, Jr., Adrian Townsend, Casper Voithofer, Eric Watson, Myles Witchey, Dana Zajicek, James Zell, and George Zemo.
The black team, coached by Bricker and O'Hara, outlasted the Red squad in a memorable inaugural game by a 111-87 score. Brent Kincaid and Derrick Scott led the black team with 21 and 19 points respectively while Zajicek, Chad Scott and Golden each netted 15 points.
Schwendeman guided the gallant red squad. DiPasquale (16), Watson (14), Nesmith (12), and Jones (10) all scored in double figures while Mancinelli contributed with nine points. Assistant coaches Andrew Moore and Mike Yeater served as on-court officials while Cal U sports information director Dave Smith handled the public address announcing duties. At the post-game reception, Derrick Scott was announced as the Most Valuable Player by Vulcan head coach Bill Brown. The First Annual Basketball Alumnus award was given to Cal U Hall of Famer and avid Vulcan supporter Dick Majernik.
The basketball alumni were recognized at a ceremony prior to the start of the men's game against Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Cal U's 1998 NCAA national champion and 1999 PSAC and NCAA Regional championship women's softball teams were honored at a ceremony during halftime of the men's game. Cal U's 1998-99 PSAC championship men's basketball team was honored at halftime of the women's game. Most importantly, a great time was had by all.
Earlier this season, we were fortunate to win our 800th game and everyone in this room has played an important role with this program's success," said Brown as he addressed the basketball alumni. "California University means a great deal to you and you mean a great deal to us. I am very happy that my players have met you because you have set a standard here and it is my responsibility to see that we uphold and continue that tradition."
Brown and Cal U Alumni Relations Executive Director Christopher P. Meehan credited graduate assistant coach Shaka Smart for his tireless efforts helping with this event. Cal U President Dr. Angelo Armenti Jr. is glad that basketball alumni day is going to become an annual event.
"We re thrilled that so many of you have joined us today and we hope to have an even bigger turnout next year," Armenti said. "You are always welcome here." Many basketball alumni were grateful for participating.
"I've been here since last Wednesday and have loved every minute of it," said James Zell, a Cal U Hall of Famer who played from 1935 through 1939 and traveled back to Cal U from West Palm Beach, FL. "To come back and see so many wonderful people has just been great. There are so many stories and memories that I will never forget."
Added Adrian Townsend, a two-time all-conference point guard who played from 1987 through 1990, "This was a first class event; the food, game and ceremonies were all first class. I will definitely be back next year and will bring more of my old teammates with me." Between the alumni game and the doubleheader against IUP, Hamer Hall was rededicated at the Alumni Room, located in room 136.
Constructed in 1965, Hamer Hall's renovation was completed this past fall and it is now the second largest facility on campus, housing the departments of health science and sport studies (HSSS) and athletics.
Cost for the entire project was $7.1 million, with the university providing $3.8 million. The Alumni Room, made possible by a generous donation of $100,000 by the Alumni Association, is used for various alumni activities and events such as board meetings and receptions.
Following opening remarks by President Armenti, Dale Hamer ´60, former Cal U alumni director and president of the National Football League Referees Association, spoke on behalf of the Hamer family. Alumni Association President Mark Vallozzi ´73 also spoke before the ceremonial ribbon cutting and unveiling of the Alumni Plaque. Concluding the busy, exciting and fun Super Saturday was the Vulcan basketball teams' sweep of Indiana.
The Vulcan women knocked off fourth-ranked IUP 64-49 as Holly Householder scored 18 points and dished out four assists. The Vulcan men (17-4), defending PSAC champions, won their eighth straight game by downing the Indians, 60-47. Cort Hamilton led the way with 16 points, three assists and four clutch three-point baskets. Vulcan Mania lives on!