Alumni Making Headlines: April 2012

University of Scranton alumni are often in the headlines. Here is a list of links to news stories highlighting their recent accomplishments.

John A. Walsh ’66, executive vice president and executive editor of ESPN, received the President's Award during the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Lackawanna County’s annual dinner March 17. To read more, click here.

Frank Coyne ’70, chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Verisk Analytics, an American financial services firm, was recently featured in the International Business Times online. To read more, click here.

William Ketcham ’74, Wrentham Town administrator, was recently praised for his job performance and his contract was extended two years. To click here, read more.

Susan Swain ’76 has been named co-CEO of C-SPAN, replacing Brian Lamb who recently stepped down. Swain – along with Rob Kennedy – will become co-CEOs of the channel beginning April 1. The pair had been co-presidents of the channels since 2006, and both had been with the company since the 1980s. To read more, click here.

As part of the Education for Justice series “Finding Justice After 9/11” on March 22, retired Army Colonel Mark Volk ’77, G'80 talked about his experience at the Pentagon when a hijacked plane crashed into the Pentagon under his third-floor office on Sept. 11, 2001. To read more, click here.

Current Air Force Staff Judge Advocate Brigadier General Christopher Burne '80 conducted a Leader’s Professional Development forum for military science level IV cadets on March 8. To read more, click here.

Bernice Tisi Tully ’80 has joined the Allied's Integrated Health System in the newly created position of executive director of operations, Home Health Division. She will be responsible for the development of home health care throughout the Allied system. To read more, click here.

Peter Danchak ’84, who serves as president of PNC Bank Northeast Region, responsible for 11 counties, including the Lehigh Valley, Pocono, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton, Bloomsburg and Danville areas, was featured in The Abington Journal. To read more, click here.

Tim O'Brien ’84, a reporter with the Times Union in Albany, N.Y., covering transportation, retail and the town of Colonie, was recently profiled. To read more, click here.

Joseph Adams ’85, G’96 has been named chairman of the board of directors for Human Resources Center, Inc., a multi-service, multi-county non-profit organization serving individuals with intellectual disabilities, as well as emotional and physical challenges. To read more, click here.

Eric Jacobs ’87 of Forks Township was recently named Delaware Valley’s athletic director, effective July 1.  To read more, click here.

Deborah Moran Peterson G’88, president-elect of Kiwanis Club of Scranton, was featured in The Times-Tribune’s “Talk of the Times” section, discussing the upcoming Kiwanis Club of Scranton Community Dinner and Roast April 12. To read more, click here.

Lisa A. Shearman ’89, an estates, tax and business planning attorney, has joined Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin PC. She will serve in the firm’s estates and trust department. To read more, click here.

Kathleen Sprows Cummings ’93, G’93, associate professor of American Studies, has been appointed director of the University of Notre Dame’s Charles and Margaret Hall Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism. To read more, click here.

Megan Morgan ’95, director of tour communications for Titleist, served as the main speaker at the Society of Irish Women’s 14th annual St. Patrick's Day Dinner on March 17 in Scranton. To read more, click here.

Joseph C. Baldoni ’99, a certified appraiser in New Jersey and New York, has been awarded the MAI designation by the Appraisal Institute. The Appraisal Institute, organized in 1932, is recognized as the nations’ largest professional appraisal organization. To read more, click here.

Matthew Bernard '99, G'03 was recently named principal at Scranton Preparatory School. He will take office on July 1. He previously served as director of alumni, director of service programs, school counselor, social studies teacher and student council moderator at the school. To read more, click here.

John L. Walker ’00 was installed as president of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Lackawanna County at the conclusion of the society's 107th annual dinner. Walker, along with his brother, Bob, is co-CEO of R.J. Walker Co., a Scranton-based heating, cooling and plumbing supply company started by their late father in 1954. To read more, click here

Jason Walsh ’05 of Pittston received an Academic Achievement Award at The University of Scranton for science. Walsh is pursuing a master’s degree in software engineering. To read more, click here.

Jamine Mbae G’11 of Dunmore has been promoted to mortgage loan underwriter at First National Community Bank and will be responsible for analyzing residential loan documents for accuracy, completeness and compliance with appropriate company and secondary market investor standards. To read more, click here.

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