James Swindal, Main Entrance Drive, has been named dean of the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts at Duquesne University. Swindal, a philosophy professor, has served as acting dean of the College since July 2011 while continuing his role as chair of the department of philosophy. A former president of the Philosophers in Jesuit Education, Swindal received the 2009 Beard Ethics Leadership Award at Duquesne. He holds master’s degrees in sacred theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, California and from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington and received his doctorate from Boston College… June Swanson, Old Hickory Road, has joined the law firm Meyer, Unkovic & Scott as a partner in the firm’s real estate and lending practice group. She is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh, a leadership training program sponsored by the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Mt. Lebanon Public Library and the Board of Directors of the South Hills Interfaith Ministries, and is a member of the Green Building Alliance and the Executive Women’s Council… Michael Cassidy, Vee Lynn Drive, received the Certified in Healthcare Compliance designation from the Health Care Compliance Association. Cassidy, chair of Tucker Arensberg’s health care law practice, completed 20 hours of relevant continuing education and passed a national certification exam to receive the designation… Greg Weston, Overlook Drive, is the new president of the board of directors of College Broadcasters, Inc. This national organization represents students involved in radio, television, webcasting and other media to ensure a commitment to education and excellence through active involvement in electronic media. Weston is the general manager of WPTS-FM at the University of Pittsburgh. Weston has worked as program director of commercial radio stations in Pittsburgh and Baton Rouge, and as executive producer of the Pittsburgh Steelers Radio Network.
In 1962, the senior class at Mt. Lebanon High School was caught up in the excitement surrounding the community and school district’s 50th anniversary celebration. Members of the class even wrote and performed a play detailing Mt. Lebanon’s history for the weeklong gala celebration. Now, as the Class of ’62 prepares for its 50th reunion, they find themselves smack dab in the middle of Mt. Lebanon’s history. Not content to merely rent a hotel banquet room and hire a band to cover the Sam Cooke and Drifters hits they listened to en route to a Blue Devils game, they are planning LEBO 50/50, an event they hope will give back to the school district that provided them with such a solid foundation.
“The essence of LEBO 50/50 is to use the occasion of our class’s 50th reunion as an opportunity not only to celebrate a landmark event in our own lives, but make an important contribution to current high school students and to the centennial community of Mt. Lebanon,” says Maria Revesz Humphrey, a LEBO 50/50 coordinator. “Our group of 1962 alums, working collaboratively with high school faculty and students, hopes to create a unique opportunity for shared learning and insight which will deliver enduring value to students, alumni and residents alike.”
The event, scheduled for Friday, September 28, will be both a public forum as well as a seminar for students. The seminar will introduce the 2013 graduating class to several 1962 alumni and other graduates who have distinguished themselves in a wide range of occupations from science, medicine and law to the arts, politics and business.
The community forum will explore the results of two surveys—one from the class of 1962 and one from the class of 2013—that highlight the most intriguing points of congruence and contrast of attitudes and expectations.
“The dual themes of LEBO 50/50 are the past 50 years and the next 50 years, a period that will surely present opportunities and challenges even greater than those we encountered in the five decades since we graduated,” Humphrey says. “Our aim throughout is to promote mutual learning and to foster a more personal appreciation between two generations of Mt. Lebanon ‘seniors.’”
Donald Parsons, an economics professor at George Washington University; Flicka Rahn, an internationally known singer, teacher and composer; and Fred Sargent, the former CEO of Pittsburgh’s Sargent Electric Company, are ‘62 grads serving on the LEBO 50/50 committee.
The team is seeking volunteers to round out its corps of “Life’s Work” seminar leaders. For information, e-mail at email@example.com using “Seminar Series” as the subject line. Check out LEBO 50/50 blog at www.lebo5050.us.