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Novak honored

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Amy Lombard

Posted on April 2, 2010

Cal U will honor longtime faculty member George Novak '55 with its 2010

Lifetime Achievement Award during the fourth annual Cal Pride Weekend



The weekend will feature events designed to connect alumni with current and

prospective students.


On Friday, a group of accomplished alumni will discuss their careers with

classes related to their particular disciplines.


Among the nearly 20 guest speakers returning to campus are David Amati '70,

'72; Bill Booker '74; Nancy '66 and Tom '64 Crumrine; Bob Lippencott '66;

Jim Lokay '02; and Carol Mitchell '72, '75.

Deans' receptions will be held from 3 to 5 p.m., and awards will be given to

distinguished alumni from Cal U's four colleges.

Award winners are:

·    College of Education and Human Services ­ Dr. Cleveland Steward Jr.,

'73, superintendent of Gateway School District in Monroeville.

·    School of Graduate Studies and Research ­ Dr. Saundra Stout '72,

adjunct professor at Washington and Jefferson College.

·    College of Liberal Arts ­ Kris Battaglini '72, school psychologist with

the Delaware Autistic Program.

·    Eberly College of Science and Technology ­ Dr. James Serene '71,

assistant professor at Penn State Orthopedics/Sport Medicine.

President Angelo Armenti, Jr. will host a dinner for invited guests and

present the Lifetime Achievement Award to Novak, who will speak at 7 p.m. in

the Performance Center of the Natali Student Center.


The talk is free and open to the public; a reception will follow his



One of the most popular and recognizable individuals on campus, Novak began

teaching in 1959 at what then was known as California State College.


After teaching physics for several years, he moved to the mathematics

department and was instrumental in developing the curriculum for the

mathematics and computer science program. He continues to teach in the

Department of Math, Computer Science and Information Systems.


In addition to his work at Cal U, Novak has been a guest lecturer and a

teacher of math and computer science to numerous western Pennsylvania high

school teachers and students through organizations such as the National

Science Foundation and programs funded by the National Defense Education



A former member of the Alumni Association's board of directors, Novak serves

on the Faculty Scholarship Committee, is a captain in the State Employee

Combined Appeal giving campaign and was the University's first faculty

athletic representative. He is a past chair of the Cal U Athletic Council

and current president of the Cal-Ed Federal Credit Union.


He and his wife, Eileen, reside in his hometown of California. They are the

parents of three grown children George, Christopher and Jean and have

five grandsons.


Novak is the fourth recipient of the University's Lifetime Achievement

Award. Other are:

·    2009: U.S. Rep. Frank R. Mascara '72.

·    2008: Thomas Crumrine, former Nationwide Insurance executive.

·    2007: Lt. Gen. Paul Van Riper.


On Saturday, Cal Pride will feature an alumni panel discussion from 9:15 to

10 a.m. in the Steele Hall Mainstage Theatre. President Armenti will serve

as moderator. Several panelists include 2009 graduates Marguerite Smith,

Shane Fox, and Julianne Russell.


From 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., the 'Cal U For Life ­ Meet Our Alumni' event

will be held in the Kara Alumni House¹s Booker Great Room.