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May 12, 2010

California University will honor alumni, recognize faculty and raise funds for student scholarships during the 2010 Alumni Weekend and President's Gala, set for June 4-5.  President Angelo Armenti, Jr. and First Lady Barbara Armenti will host the annual President's Gala, "The Golden Age of Hollywood," in the Grand Ballroom of the Omni William Penn Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh.  Proceeds from the fundraiser benefit student scholarships.

The Gala reception begins at 6 p.m. on June 5, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. A silent auction, casino games and dancing also are on the agenda.
During the festivities, President Armenti will honor Dr. Jay D. Helsel '59, '63, winner of the Lillian Bassi Core Values Award.
Other honors to be presented at the gala:

  • President's Faculty Award for Teaching: Dr. David Boehm, of the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences.
  • President's Faculty Award for Research: Dr. Andrae Marak, of the History and Political Science Department and the Cal U Honors Program.
  • President's Faculty Award for Service: Dr. Mohamed Yamba, also of the History and Political Science Department.
  • President's Emeriti Faculty Awards: Retired professor Dr. Anthony Saludis and Professor Joanne Raleigh.

Honorary chairs are Dr. David '70, '72 and Kathleen Amati.

Alumni Weekend festivities

The President's Gala is the highlight of Alumni weekend festivities that begin June 4 with a 5 p.m. reception at the Kara Alumni House.  The annual Pioneer Dinner follows at 6 p.m. Special recognition will be given to the classes of 1960 and 1985, but all alumni may attend; ticket price is $15.  On June 5, the annual meeting of the Alumni Association will open at 9 a.m. in Room 206 of the Natali Student Center.  At 11 a.m. guests will convene for the annual Alumni Association Awards of Distinction Luncheon in the Performance Center of the student center. Cost is $15.  Alumni award recipients are:

  • Dr. Paul Gentile '62 - John R. Gregg Award for Loyalty and Service.
  • Dr. Mary Seman '82 - C.B. Distinguished Faculty Award.
  • Dr. John Cencich - W.S. Jackman Award of Distinction.
  • Coach Darcie Vincent - Michael Duda Award for Athletic Achievement.
  • Joan Helsel, - Pavlak/Shutsy Special Service Award.
  • Joe Grushecky '71 - Professional Excellence Award.
  • Thea Kalcevic '06 - Young Alumni Award.
  • Dr. Charles Gorman '57- Meritorious Award.