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    Hats off!

    With messages on their mortarboards, students at California University of Pennsylvania celebrate their graduation.

    As Seen in the Review Archives

    Winter 2015

    Two-Part Harmony

    Cal U's music program and the Heinz History Center work together to honor Pittsburgh's jazz legends. View an excerpt from their video, "Steel City Grooves," about jazz composer Billy Strayhorn.

    Robots Rock Convocation Center

    The Greater Pittsburgh Regional FIRST® Robotics Competition rocked the Convocation Center in March, followed by the Southwestern Pennsylvania BotsIQ Finals in April.To see the robots in action, watch the 30-minute television shows featuring FIRST® Robotics and BotsIQ that aired on KDKA-TV.

    2014 FIRST® Robotics Competition Greater Pittsburgh Regional

    2014 Southwestern Pennsylvania BotsIQ Finals

    Spring 2014

    Civil War Band

    Hear the re-enactment group Acoustic Shadows of the Blue & Gray performing at a Cal U Civil War Roundtable.

    Digital Storytelling

    View video clips from the University Honors Program's digital storytelling project.

    -California Area Historical Society:
         Andrew Sontag, Roman Toth, and Jacquelyn Peddiford

    -Donora Historical Society-Smog Museum:
         Rachael Fawley and Corrinne Dowlin

    -Dormont Historical Society:
         Tyler Harclerode, Brandon Mohney, and Aaron Morgan

    -Brownsville Area Revitalization Corporation:
         Emily Ritchie, Laura Owens, and Ali Steiner 

    -McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center:
         Clair Harris, Julianna Aguirre, and Shannon Chilcote 

    Winter 2013

    Expanding Boundaries

    Click on the image below to see morephotos of the geology field experience in the American West. 

    Student walks along mountain range.

    Summer 2013

    'Bots Battles

    Cal U hosts hundreds of prospective students at a STEM-based robotics compeition inside the Cal U Convocation Center. View the video below to see excerpts from the 2013 Southwestern Pennsylvania BotsIQ Finals. 


    Interim President Jones reminds graduates that Cal U alumni 'have changed lives." View Cal U's 176th Commencement below. 

    Spring 2013

    Education by exploration

    Student travelers Lauren Snyder and Lauren Turosik shared photos and posted updates throughout their Semester at Sea experience. Click on the photo below to read their dispatches and view photos. 

    Lauren Turosik poses for a picture in Rio.

    Black, Brown and College Bound

    Eight cal U students, all members of the Cal U Men United mentoring group, attended the Black, Bound and College Bound Summit, held in Tampa, Fla. View the video below for highlights.

    Band of teachers battles bullying

    Musicians Ray Cygrymus, David DiFilippo, Stephen McGough and John Lovett make up the band No Tune Left Behind. The educator-musicians formed the band to help spread anti-bullying messages. View the No Tune Left Behind music video below. 

    Winter 2013

    Players score 'Monday Night' gig

    View the video below to see and hear Dr. Yugo Ikach and the Washington Symphony Orchestra perform the theme of 'Monday Night Football.'

    Fall 2012

    Keeping the beat

    View the video below to see and hear the Cal U Marching Band.

    Conventional wisdom

    Click the photo below to read the reports posted by four students who attended the conventions, and see a slideshow of their close encounters with political luminaries. 

    Fox news runners on set.

    Clash of the robots

    View the video below to see highlights from last year's BotsIQ contest at Cal U.


    Rainforest research

    Click on the image below to see images from this year's Madagascar Field School. 

    Madagascar field school slideshow.

    Spring 2012

    After Classes

    Cal U offers more than 150 student clubs and organizations. See what they're all about! View the video below for a glimpse of the Spring 2012 Organization Fair. 

    Crash and Learn

    View the video below to see the '2012 BotsIQ Top 5 Hits' from the seventh annual Southwestern Pennsylvania Preliminary BotsIQ Competition at Cal U.

    Winter 2012

    Online students meet face to face

    Global online students meet for the first time.

    Global Online students meet for the first time in Old Main before Winter Commencement.

    In the picture: 

    • (Front row left to right) James Equels, Richetta Randolph, Diane Vasil, Krista Winslow, Michaelene Forrester, Sonya Hvizda, Barbara McQuaid and Dan Christopher.
    • (Back row left to right) David Gallup, Jr., Chad Lee, Dan Cordell, Jeffrey Horgan, Neale Davis, Doreen Steiner, President Dr. Angelo Armenti, Jr., Rosemary Radaci, Chris Coppage, Rex Owens, Darren DeCarlo and David Strickland.

    'The Smart Sport'

    View the video below to see some "greatest hits" from a BotsIQ competition.

    Freestyle Feature

    Cal U swimmer Melissa Gates, the reigning Division II 50-yard freestyle champion, credits her horse, Badger, for helping her to balance the demands of academics and swim training. Read the story at 

    Sorority Standouts

    Six orginal members of the Delta Zeta sorority at Cal U sat down with Kay Dorrance '08, '10, also a sister, for interviews as part of "Cal U Women of Accomplishment: An Oral History Project." Watch their interviews below. 

    Fall 2011

    Leaders For Life

    Cal U was named the world’s first FranklinCovey Leadership University during the 2011 ‘Leader In Me’ Global Education Summit at Cal U. Watch a video of the event that highlights keynote speakers and participant responses.  

    Marching With Pride

    Louis Mazzoli ’63, retired superintendent for the Ohio State School for the Blind, founded a marching band to give visually impaired students a sense of achievement.

    Kids Talk Democracy II

    Students from Ben Franklin Elementary School shared their thoughts on freedom, democracy and the American Dream at a Constitution Day event Sept. 20 in Old Main Chapel. View the video presentation below of a similar student panel organized last year by the American Democracy Project.

    Breaking Ground

    President Angelo Armenti, Jr. took part in a groundbreaking ceremony for a Hampton Inn and Suites hotel at California Technology Park, just 2 miles from campus. Watch the video below for highlights of the groundbreaking ceremony.

    Summer 2011

    Meet the Martiks

    Cover story: Cal U Families

    The Martik family knows Cal U very well - parents Greg and Deanna are graduates along with their oldest daughter, Anna. They have five more children, three of which are Cal U students. Watch the video below to see what the Martik family has to say about Cal U and the scholarships that have helped their children attend the University.

    Gala Glamour

    A record-setting crowd of 340 University friends, alumni, faculty, staff and students had a grand time “Puttin’ On the Ritz” at the 2011 President’s Gala. Click on the image below to view a slideshow of the event.

    Photo of President Angelo Armenti, Jr. and First Lady Barbara Armenti dancing.

    Faculty Thanks

    Click on the links below to see the 2011 President's Gala faculty award winners accept their awards.


    Cal U congratulates the Class of 2011! See the spring 2011 Commencement ceremonies in their entirety.

    Seniors Leave Their Mark

    Before they graduated, members of the Class of 2011 left their mark on Cal U by painting a campus fire hydrant with a distinctive design, using school colors of red and black. The idea behind Leave Your Mark is “to create a tangible and sustainable tradition” for members of the graduating class, said Ryan Jerico, coordinator of student and young alumni programs in the Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Fund. Click on the image below to view a slideshow of fire hydrants from the Leave Your Mark campaign. 

    Photo of a fire hydrant.

    Spring 2011

    Three Students, 10 Projects, One World

    Three Cal U students — Adam Laird, Lisa Pfaff and Kaitlin Enck — are trying to make a difference in the world, one humanitarian project at a time. The trio plans to complete 10 separate goodwill projects in 10 locations around the globe over the next several years. Watch a recap of the group’s first completed project in the video below, or read about it in the Cal U Review alumni magazine.

    If you want to know more about 10 Projects, or if you have some suggestions to share as Adam Laird, Lisa Pfaff and Kaitlin Enck work to establish their organization and raise funds for the future, please e-mail You also can find more information on their website, or their Facebook page by searching for “10 Projects.”

    Dulcimer Player Hammers Out Intricate Tunes

    Cal U sophomore Adam Sutch has placed in the top five at the National Hammer Dulcimer Championships, held at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kan., each of the past three years. He also won the Mid-East Regional Hammered Dulcimer Competition in 2007. Watch Sutch play the hammered dulcimer in the video below, or read his story in the Cal U Review alumni magazine.

    The hammered dulcimer is an ancient instrument played around the world. In the United States, the dulcimer often is associated with the Appalachian region. The musician uses small mallet hammers to strike tuned strings that are stretched across a sounding board.
    View more videos of Sutch playing the hammered dulcimer:

    Pre-service Teachers Work With Children In India

    Jackie Davis and Racheal Fletcher, both senior education majors studying early, middle and special education at Cal U, spent seven weeks teaching children at the BSSK orphanage in Pune, India. Read more about their journey through thier blog at

    Jackie Davis and Racheal Fletcher feeding Indian children Mac and Cheese

    Winter 2011

    One works in publishing and has met dozens of best-selling authors. Another manages the action at Radio City Music Hall. A third keeps readers in suspense with his novels and short stories. Meet alumni Sheryl Stebbins '76, Joseph A. Onorato '76 and C.J. Henderson '73. They all have successful careers in New York City — and they credit Cal U for encouraging them to dream big.

    Sheryl Stebbins '76

    Editorial Director for Kaplan

    A crazy plot twist put Cal U alumna Sheryl Stebbins on the road to a career in book publishing and marketing. During her career, she has met numerous best-selling authors, including her favorite, Tom Brokaw. Watch the rest of Stebbins' story in the video below, or read about it in the Cal U Review alumni magazine.

    Joseph A. Onorato '76

    Stage Manager at Radio City Music Hall

    Joseph A. Onorato works behind the scenes at one of the biggest stages in the world — Radio City Music Hall. One of the stage managers who coordinates the Christmas Spectacular, he got his start directing at Cal U. Watch his story in the video below, or read about it in the Cal U Review alumni magazine.

    C.J. Henderson '73

    Full-Time Writer

    C.J. Henderson is the author of dozens of mystery and horror novels. He wrote his most successful series while working for a legal publisher in New York. He shares the secret of his success and some of his current projects in the video below and in the Cal U Review alumni magazine.