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Posted on May 28, 2014

The California University of Pennsylvania Alumni Association will recognize some of Cal U’s most distinguished graduates when it presents its 2014 Awards of Distinction at a luncheon at 11 a.m. June 7 in the south wing of the Convocation Center.

California University has approximately 55,000 living alumni. The awards, presented annually since 1967, recognize service to the university and professional accomplishments by members of that group.

The 2014 Cal U Alumni Association Awards of Distinction wards will be presented to these recipients:

  • John R. Gregg Award for Loyalty and Service: Dr, Adelaide Guesman ’38 (Jefferson, Pa.)
  • C.B. Wilson Distinguished Faculty Award: Dr. Donald Thompson (California, Pa.)
  • W.S. Jackman Award of Distinction: Vanessa DeSalvo Getz ’93 (Carnegie, Pa.)
  • Michael Duda Award for Athletic Achievement: Dennis Laskey ’84 ’06 (Dunlevy, Pa.)
  • Pavlak/Shutsy Special Service Award: Dr. Bruce Barnhart ’83 ’89 (Brownsville, Pa.)
  • Professional Excellence Award: Karen Smith ’83 (Bear, DE)
  • Young Alumni Award: Bryan Burnstein ’05 (Las Vegas, NV)
  • Meritorious Award: Renette Oklewicz ’69 (Reston, Va.)

Ticket price for the luncheon is $25; the event is open to the public. For reservations, contact Montean Dean at 724-938-4418 or

Image of alumni pin design.