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North Hills Monthly

New & Notable, September 2017

Sep 01, 2017 08:35AM ● By North Hills Monthly magazine
Holt Carries on Lions Club Tradition
Hunter Holt, 20, carried on the family tradition of service with the Lions Club by being inducted in June to the Cranberry Chapter. He was presented with his grandfather’s pin at the ceremony and says that he is excited to serve the community.

Lizewski Named New Assistant Principal
Seneca Valley has hired Megan Lizewski to serve as assistant principal at Haine Middle School in Cranberry and at Evans City Middle School in Evans City. Lizewski came to Seneca Valley in 2009 as an English teacher and took the position of acting assistant principal in 2016.

Oberdick Selected by Super Lawyers
David G. Oberdick of Meyer, Unkovic & Scott has been selected by Super Lawyers to its 2017 list of top attorneys in Pennsylvania. Oberdick practices in the areas of intellectual property, corporate and business law, and business litigation groups. Super Lawyers evaluates outstanding lawyers across the nation and features fewer than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state each year.

La Roche and BC3 Form IT Partnership
Starting this fall, an agreement between La Roche College and Butler County Community College (BC3) will allow students to transfer up to 75 credits and complete a bachelor’s degree in information technology. BC3 students will complete an associate degree in computer information systems, along with one additional semester of coursework, then transfer to La Roche to complete their final three semesters. Classes will be offered at BC3’s main campus. 

Williams Joins Shady Side Academy
Judi Williams recently joined Shady Side Academy as its director of equity, inclusion and community relations. In this newly created, full-time position, Williams will work closely with the heads of school and administration to develop and implement systematic, mission-driven frameworks that advance diversity and inclusion efforts across the Academy’s four campuses.

Seneca Valley Partners with Myers Law Group 
Seneca Valley School District has partnered with Jeff Myers to rename the soccer/lacrosse field on the Seneca Valley secondary campus the Myers Law Group Stadium. All proceeds from the 10-year, $50,000 agreement and other Raiders’ athletics partnerships are invested directly back into the athletics program. 

Pirates’ Players Visit Animal Friends
On Tuesday, Aug. 22, players from the Pittsburgh Pirates visited Animal Friends in the North Hills to visit with staff, volunteers and the four-legged residents. The team participated in private animal experiences, including a BunRun (resident rabbit recess), dog playgroup and cat and kitten snuggle session. See more photos online at

La Roche Named College of Distinction
For the sixth year in a row, La Roche College has been named a College of Distinction. Colleges of Distinction is a website and corresponding e-guidebook dedicated to honoring schools nationwide for their excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. Schools must demonstrate results across four distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community and successful outcomes.

Singer Named IT Director for Genesis Medical Associates
Regis A. Singer is the new IT director for Genesis Medical Associates, Inc., the largest independent primary care physicians' group serving the northern areas of Pittsburgh. He will be involved in the development of IT policies and procedures for the group’s 11 offices.

North Hills Athletics Offers All-Sports Pass
For the first time in district history, North Hills’ fans can purchase a new, all-sports pass to attend all home regular season athletic events at a discounted rate while utilizing digital tickets sent directly to their mobile devices. The cost is $75 for adults/$23 for students, and it can be purchase by calling 1-844-502-4267 or online at

Schmiedecke Named AAUW Outstanding Woman of 2017
The North Hills branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) awarded Peggy Schmiedecke, La Roche College’s associate director of admissions, the 2016-17 Outstanding Woman Award. She was selected due to her role as curriculum co-chair and marketing chair of Tech Savvy, an event that introduces students to STEM fields.

La Roche Adds Clinical Nurse Leader Concentration to MSN Program
As part of La Roche’s MSN program, the clinical nurse leader concentration provides the skills that students need to manage and coordinate comprehensive client care. Students will fulfill 42 credits online, along with 400 mandated hours of practicum in a healthcare setting. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to sit for the CNL Certification Exam.