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New & Notable, November 2019

Oct 31, 2019 03:31PM ● By North Hills Monthly magazine
La Roche, Vincentian Partner for Students in Residence Program 
La Roche University and Vincentian have partnered to offer western Pennsylvania’s first intergenerational residency for college students and seniors. The Students in Residence program offers a unique opportunity for students to live and volunteer with seniors at Terrace Place at Vincentian, a new independent living community for individuals 55 and older. Participating students receive free room and board, with all major utilities included. In exchange, students agree to spend time with residents for a minimum of six hours per week, providing technology assistance, organizing events, or providing dedicated social time. For more information, visit

Seneca Valley Celebrates A Night in Paris
Seneca Valley students celebrated the City of Lights with this year’s homecoming theme, A Night in Paris. Seniors chose 21 classmates to represent their homecoming court. The ladies of the 2019 Homecoming Court were Abigail Adams, Kate Chieppor, Charlee Dawson, Isabella Febbraro, Kendall Graham, Katherine Kamarec, Angelina Khoury, Norah Seibel, Zoe Stebbins, Breana Valentovish and Madison Yurich. The gentlemen of the court include Mason Bush, Caleb Dawson, Cole Eckenrode, Tyler Flood, Conor Hayes, Nishant Jayachandran, Cory Lindey, Evan Moeller, Ryan Sims and Blake Zahorchak.

New Physician Joins BHS Surgery
William J. Streiff, DO, joined BHS Surgery in September, and is now seeing patients at 129 Oneida Valley Road, Suite 111, Butler, PA 16001. Dr. Streiff completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh, and received his medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his general surgery residency at Geisinger and a fellowship in bariatrics and minimally invasive surgery at Advent Health, Tampa, FL. Dr. Streiff is board-certified in general surgery and specializes in bariatric and robotic surgery. Appointments with 
Dr. Streiff can be scheduled by calling 724-431-4190.

CCAC Psi Beta Chapter Receives Excellence Award
The Community College of Allegheny County’s North Campus chapter of Psi Beta, the Community College National Honor Society in Psychology, has received the 2018–2019 Chapter Excellence Award. This is the second time the chapter has received the honor. The mission of Psi Beta is to encourage professional development and psychological literacy of all students at two-year colleges through promotion and recognition of excellence in scholarship, leadership, research and community service.

Peking Students Visit Fox Chapel
The Fox Chapel Area School District participated in a global immersion partnership with students from a school in China this past September, with fifth-graders from Peking University Elementary School visiting and studying with fifth-grade O’Hara Elementary School students. Special events during the visit included a welcome and closing celebration, an author and a SMALLab visit, a special PTO-sponsored dinner, a museum meet-up, and a bonfire at Camp Guyasuta.

Sister of Divine Providence to be Honored for Military Service
State Rep. Sara Innamorato, D-Lawrenceville, will honor Army veteran Sister Melanie Kambic, CDP, on November 11 for her service. Sisters and friends will gather on Veterans Day for a patriotic social at Providence Heights in Allison Park, where Sr. Melanie, 98, will be presented with a citation from the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives. Sr. Melanie joined the Army Nurse Corps in 1944 and served for three years.

La Roche Launches ELMSN Program
La Roche University has launched Pennsylvania’s first prelicensure master’s program in nursing. The ELMSN program is designed for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing and who wish to enter the nursing profession. Through the program’s accelerated, hybrid format and some flexible online coursework, students can earn their master’s degree in nursing in as few as 20 months. After graduation students will be prepared to take the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and enter the profession as MSN-qualified nurses without specialization. Classes begin May 11. For more information and to apply, visit

RGMS Teacher Susan Moury Headed to India
Ryan Gloyer Middle School (RGMS) English Teacher Susan Moury is headed for a once-in-a-lifetime teaching opportunity in India. She was recently accepted into a Limited Resource Teacher Training (LRTT) Fellowship that will be training teachers in India during the summer of 2020. LRTT creates partnerships for shared learning between teachers from economically advantaged countries and economically disadvantaged communities. Moury’s fellowship will take place in Bangalore, India from July 1-25, 2020. The Seneca Valley Foundation, a nonprofit arm of the District, provided a $2,000 scholarship to support this fellowship, and additional funds to cover other trip costs are being collected through a GoFundMe page.

CEED Celebrates 20th Anniversary
The Wexford-based Christian East African & Equatorial Development Trust (CEED) marked its 20th anniversary of providing clean water and economic opportunity to poverty-stricken African communities with a gala celebration at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in October. Proceeds from the gathering will further CEED's work drilling wells in African communities lacking access to clean water. In its first two decades, CEED drilled 360 wells, providing safe water supplies for 600,000 people. The group plans to drill an additional 80 wells in 2020. 

Business Honor Society at La Roche University Earns STAR Status
The Eta Psi chapter of Delta Mu Delta at La Roche University earned STAR status from the International Honor Society in Business for the fourth time since 2015. STAR chapters meet and exceed standards set by the society for managing these chapters and their activities. Of the 300 chapters eligible each year, only a small percentage qualify for this recognition. Membership in Delta Mu Delta is the highest honor a business student can earn, and upperclassman with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher are invited to join.

Seshan Among Top 300 Middle School Innovators
Fox Chapel Area High School freshman Arvind Seshan was recently named among the Top 300 middle school innovators in the ninth annual Broadcom MASTERS®–the nation’s premier Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) competition for middle school students. The Top 300 students (including 16 from Pennsylvania) were selected from 2,348 applicants from 47 states, DC, and two U.S. territories.  Arvind was chosen based on his first-place project from the Covestro Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair when he was an eighth grader at Dorseyville Middle School.

Danielle DiNatale Receives Benevolent Quill Grant
Danielle DiNatale, a senior at La Roche University, received the Benevolent Quill Grant from Words for Charity, an organization that allows anyone to read or write for a cause by publishing or purchasing a short story. DiNatale wrote Ghost Stories in support of Newborns in Need, a charity organized to help take care of premature, ill or impoverished newborns. She won the highest grant award of $2,000 for raising the most monetary donations through the sale of her short story. To read Ghost Stories, visit

CCAC golfers place third and fourth at WPCC Golf Championship
Community College of Allegheny County golfers Dominic Achille and Blake Martin took third and fourth place, respectively, in the two-round 2019 Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference Golf Championship, October 5-6 at the Links at Spring Church in Apollo. Achille, who attends CCAC South Campus, finished third with a score of 167, and Martin, who attends CCAC West Hills Center, finished fourth with a score of 171 on the par-72 course. Both freshman golfers played well throughout the entire season and were named to the WPCC All-Conference Team.

Marching Foxes Win First Place
The Fox Chapel Area High School Marching Band recently won first place at a Pennsylvania Interscholastic Marching Band Association (PIMBA) competition. The Marching Foxes placed first in Class 2A at the competition which was held Oct. 12, 2019, at Moon Area High School. The Marching Foxes earned a combined score of 78.78, earning high honors for outstanding visual and general effect for this year’s Conquest. The marching band is under the student leadership of drum majors senior Hanna Chen and junior Jack Scott, and band directors Daryl Lesnik and Evan Hertrick.

La Roche Board of Trustees Elects Officers, Welcomes New Members
The La Roche University Board of Trustees has elected two officers and welcomed two new members. Officers include Chair Bradley J. Franc, Esquire, who serves as director of Houston Harbaugh, P.C, and Vice Chair and Alumna Ernestine Harris, a human resources leader and coach. Members include Mary Elizabeth Fisher Albaugh, the founder and chief executive officer of Betsy Fisher Inc., an upscale women’s boutique located in Washington, DC, and Lyle D. Albaugh, founder and president of Higher Admission Inc., an online tool enabling families to compare costs of higher educational institutions to determine affordability. For a complete list of the La Roche University Board of Trustees, visit

Jacques to be Featured Artist for Beaver Valley Artists
Lynn Jacques of Lower Burrell, PA will be the Beaver Valley Artists featured artist on Nov. 14 at the Merrick Art Gallery, 1100 Fifth Avenue, New Brighton, PA. Jacques is known for her pen and watercolor paintings of locations in Pittsburgh. She has been doing art for 35+ years, working in acrylic, watercolor, and collage.

ATOM Medical USA Donates Lifesaving Gift to the Children’s Home & Lemieux Family Center
The Children’s Home & Lemieux Family Center, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit, just received a lifesaving gift: over $120,000 in state-of-the-art technology for medically fragile infants. ATOM Medical USA, a leader in neonatal care products based in Wexford, PA, donated five incubators and an infant warmer from their top line of infant warming products that will be used in the Pediatric Specialty Hospital at The Children’s Home to care for fragile babies. The Children’s Home operates a 30-bed Pediatric Specialty Hospital for medically fragile infants and children.

Allegent Opens Credit Union in Cranberry Township 
The grand opening of the new Allegent Community Federal Credit Union took place on Oct. 16 at 1646 Haine School Road. The ribbon-cutting officially opened the new credit union branch, 
its first in Butler County. To learn more, call 412-642-2875 or visit

Rangos Cinema Lands Industry Honor
A stunning documentary, a dazzling planetarium show, a solar system exhibition, eye-opening astronomy activities, and a stellar slate of special events all orbiting around one pivotal moment in history helped Carnegie Science Center’s Rangos Giant Cinema land a major industry honor at the 2019 Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) Achievement Awards. The museum and theater received an award for Best Educational Program for its programming around the MacGillivray Freeman documentary Apollo 11: First Steps Edition and its #SummerofSpace series of educational offerings, exhibits, shows, and special events inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. 

Triboro Ecodistrict Partnership Awarded Micro-grant
As communities large and small look to create sustainable, healthy environments for their residents, an award from a new round of state micro-grants will support neighborhood gardens in the triboro area of Millvale, Etna and Sharpsburg. The $8,600 state Urban Agriculture Grant was awarded to the Triboro Ecodistrict Partnership and will be used to purchase supplies and seedling to support the partnership’s community gardens. The grant was part of a new grant program made possible by the new PA Farm Bill which was signed into law this July by Gov. Tom Wolf.

Seneca Valley Opens Smoothie Shop
On Oct. 15, the Seneca Valley School District Special Education Department opened Seneca Square, a smoothie and beverage shop in the intermediate high school. Run by exceptional students in the district, this endeavor is the third such student-driven retail shop at Seneca Valley. A kiosk selling Seneca Valley merchandise was opened earlier this year and Raider Roast, a coffee shop, was opened in 2017. The shop will sell strawberry-banana, mango-pineapple, green watermelon, and blue raspberry smoothies. Other cold and hot beverages, along with breakfast breads and muffins are also available. 

Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Receives State Grant
A major renovation project Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped has been selected to receive a major state grant. The $750,000 grant will help fund a $2.7 million renovation project to the library’s interior and exterior, to provide more comfortable and easily navigable accommodations and spaces for patrons with visual or physical challenges. The library includes two studios to create book recordings that are then made available to more than 15,000 local, regional or international patrons. Updating the library’s interior and exterior will increase opportunities for people with physical challenges to become more connected with the library and the community and allow the library to continue to grow to serve more individuals.

La Roche Names Lippiello as VP for Finance and Administration/CFO
Following a nationwide search, La Roche University has hired Stephen M. Lippiello as the institution’s new Vice President for Finance and Administration/CFO. Prior to joining La Roche, he was the vice president of administrative services for Westmoreland County Community College. He is also the former CFO/vice president of administrative services for West Virginia Northern Community College. Lippiello earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Duquesne University and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business. 

Shaler Area Students Accepted into PMEA Ensembles
Seven Shaler Area High School students were accepted into Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) honors ensembles. Junior Jonathan Zang, a cellist, was accepted into the PMEA Honors Orchestra. Junior Luke Franks, who plays the trumpet, was accepted into the PMEA Honors Band. Five students were accepted into the PMEA Honors Chorus, including seniors Alex Almonte, Caroline Clontz, Jenn Hinerman and Kelsey Marshall, and junior Sonny DeMasi.

Fox Chapel Students Place in Steel City Forensic Tournament
The Public Forum Debate team of sophomores Griffin Kerstetter and Ian Mackey-Piccolo won fifth place at the Sterner Steel City Invitational Forensic Tournament held in October. Approximately 70 students from nine high schools from Pennsylvania competed at the event.

Golfer Named to National All-America Team
Fox Chapel Area High School senior golfer Scott Bitar was named to the 2019 American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Scholastic Junior All-America Team. Only 24 of the nation’s brightest minds and best junior golfers are named to the team. Applicants must be high school juniors or seniors with a top finish in an AJGA Open or Invitational event, and after qualifying, selections are based on standardized test scores, GPA, school leadership, and community service. Scott is the only golfer from Pennsylvania to be named to the AJGA Scholastic Junior All-America Team.
High School Students Place Third in Regional Math Competition
Four Fox Chapel Area High School freshmen recently placed in the regional CalcuSolve competition. The team of Elijah Conklin, Ananth Kashyap, Jonathan Li, and Ethan Tan won third place in the team competition for grades nine and ten.  Additionally, Jonathan placed third in the individual category of the competition. CalcuSolve is a competition that tests students’ problem-solving skills related to mathematics. 

Fawcett Fields Stream and Trail Restoration Project Receives Grant
A $350,000 grant was approved by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) for the Fawcett Fields Stream and Trail restoration project in Shaler Township. Over time, storm damage and stream erosion have caused the stream between McElheny Road and Wetzel Road to widen, allowing for ongoing erosion and excess sediment to enter the stream. The project will include installation of in-stream structures to redirect the stream away from the banks, and place other structures in streambanks to repair areas of significant erosion. The project also includes widening the trails on the Eagle Canyon Nature Trail and adding bridges capable of supporting maintenance equipment for the trail and fields. Upon completion, the trail will function as an extension of the regional trail network, allowing walkers and bikers the ability to connect to trails running through Etna, Millvale and provide access to the Three Rivers Heritage Trail.

Tri Rivers Celebrates 25 Years in Butler
For 25 years, Tri Rivers Musculoskeletal Centers has called Butler home, and it has been celebrating its anniversary throughout 2019. Tri Rivers’ physicians have given educational talks at Butler Memorial Hospital; hosted an ice cream social for Butler patients and community friends; and enjoyed a Summer Celebration Tour, visiting senior centers throughout Butler County and playing trivia or bingo with residents and guests.

Duquesne University Receives Grant for August Wilson House
Duquesne University has received and will administer a federal Save America’s Treasures grant of $499,628 on behalf of the August Wilson House (AWH). The grant will support restoration efforts for the Pittsburgh playwright’s Hill District childhood home, restoring it as a multidisciplinary arts and education center. The competitive award required AWH to raise matching funds, and it met and exceeded the challenge through the efforts of a private group of national arts and entertainment stars coordinated by Denzel Washington. The AWH restoration project is now in final design stage, with construction to begin by the end of 2019. Organizers intend a grand opening on or before Wilson’s birthday, April 27, 2021.

Applications Now Open for Love Your Block
The City of Pittsburgh is excited to announce applications are now open for Love Your Block, a mini-grant program to revitalize the city block by block. Nonprofit organizations across Pittsburgh are invited to propose projects for up to $1,500 in funds and the support of key city departments. Funding supports volunteer-fueled neighborhood improvement projects for Spring and Summer 2020 that combat blight and build community resilience. Projects may include but are not limited community garden maintenance, neighborhood clean-ups, or tree and flower planting. Find more information at

Fox Chapel Area Students and Graduates Named AP Scholars 
A total of 165 current Fox Chapel Area High School students and 2019 graduates have been named Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars by the College Board for demonstrating college-level achievement on the AP examinations taken in May 2019.  The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on the number of courses and exams.  At Fox Chapel Area High School:

•2019 graduates Vaishavi Agrawal, Daniel Andrud, Abigail Baldauf, Arnav Gupta, Marissa Hardiman, Theresa Heidenreich, Rachel Himmel, Jayanth Kashyap, Elizabeth Kaslewicz, Zachary Lakkis, Tristan McClelland, Mitchell Miles, Ryan Setzenfand, Annika Urban, Ziya Xu, and Chloe Yofan and 2019-2020 seniors J. Oliver Choo, Rajeev Godse, Noah Hertzman, Sina Shaikh, and Aaron Wu qualified for the National AP Scholar award by earning an average score of 4 or higher on all AP exams taken, and scores of four or higher on eight or more AP exams.

•The following graduates/students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction award by earning an average score of 3.5 or higher on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams:  2019 graduates Vaishavi Agrawal, Mattias Ahlers, Daniel Andrud, Margaret Aupke, Abigail Baldauf, Isabella Boleng, Benjamin Cagan, Diana Crookston, Rodrigo Esteves, Kevin Falconett, Luis Fernandez Trevino, Noah Fritsch, Gabriel Fynsk, Flora Gladwin, Jonah Green, Arnav Gupta, Eric Gurklis, Colin Hackwelder, Marissa Hardiman, Sanjana Harish, Megan Hayes, Theresa Heidenreich, Hannah Higgins, Rachel Himmel, Jayanth Kashyap, Elizabeth Kaslewicz, Meredith Kenney, Sarah Khanzada, Trevor Klatt, Zachary Lakkis, Sadie Lorence, Tristan McClelland, Catherine McDonough, Alexandra Meinert, Alyssa Melani, Mitchell Miles, Eric Moore, Jared Nord, Jessica Paper, Olivia Pistella, Nathaniel Roe, Ryan Setzenfand, Grace Stassola, Annika Urban, Gina Wang, Landon Williams, Ziya Xu, Erasmia Yager, and Chloe Yofan and 2019-2020 seniors Jackson Boychuk, Hanna Chen, J. Oliver Choo, Claire Fenton, Rajeev Godse, Hannah Gordon, Evan Gu, Noah Hertzman, Gavin Hitchens, Henry Jacques, Adrien Lagasse, Megan Matthis, Molly Mozurak, Min Nishikawa, Zeynep Ozkaya, Anzu Sekikawa, Sina Shaikh, Jake Sperry, Olivia Tang, Felix Veser, William Wang, and Aaron Wu.

•The following graduates/students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor award by earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams:  2019 graduates Avery Bursick, Hannah Flanders, Anna Folkerts, Margaret Fox, Alaina Kotchey, Zachary Lichtenstein, Connor McAtee, Sabrina McQuarrie, Demi Rymer, Kathryn Schwartzman, Reed Seybolt, and Zachary Yonas and 2019-2020 seniors Abigail Alexander, Paige Asbury, Alyssa Carnevali, Hazel Cline, Gwendolyn Davison, Hannah Drum, Blair Echnat, Rachel Ferris, Alayne Gaghan, Elizabeth Gay, William Generett, Bryn Gerlach, Elizabeth Giuffre, John Klamut, Anna Meyer, Christiana Paljug, Jacob Rendall, Preston Rowe, Aaron Santilli, Benjamin Schwartz, David Shin, Charles Smith, Shane Sunak, Helene Tracey, and Ameya Velankar.

•The following  graduates/students qualified for the AP Scholar award by receiving scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams:  2019 graduates Sofia Porter Bacon, Emily Ben, Madison Borkovich, Kate Carnevale, Lauren Copeland, Wesley Fravel, Nicole Garcia-Tunon, Matthew Good, Ruth Hartmann, Cara Himmel, Jonathan Hopkins, Eui Il Jung, Ryan Kerr, Michael Kilmer, Hannah Kim, Maria Luciana, Adina Munin, Madeline Richards, Julie Scheffler, Sarena Seeger, Jonathan Simon, Michael Trageser, Reiss Veltri, and Kenyon Weis; 2019-2020 seniors Ethan Alfery, Macey Balk, Amelia Bothe, Marilyn Brach, Mia Catone, Jacob Correnti, Gwendolyn Cullen, Claire Cummings, Samantha Dockey, Oskar Earnharth, Tobias Fennell, Harrison Hamm, Jeffrey Hertzberg, Patrick Kiszka, Ian Lowe, Cameron Mackey-Piccolo, Michael Mendelson, Shando Naini, Pabla Navjot, Thaleia Papapetropoulou, Leda Perdriel-Arons, James Peterson, Karl Pil, Emily Pollock, Michael Prato, Linda Quinlan, Mario Rotunno, Haylee Stringer, Robert Tabor, Thomas Traub, and Thomas Tsai; and 2019-2020 juniors Vinisha Sant and Vivian Shao.
Advanced Placement exams are graded on a 5-point scale, with 5 being the highest.  Most of the nation’s four-year colleges and universities award credit and/or advanced placement for qualifying exam scores.  Every year, AP examinations are offered in a wide variety of subject areas, each consisting of multiple choice and free-response (essay or problem-solving) questions.