Homecoming from Home is less than a month away! Whether you're attending a virtual gathering with your former classmates or teammates, running/walking the virtual 5k, completing an act of service in your own city, there are so many ways to celebrate being a Laker from HOME!

Be sure to tag us and share your photos during Homecoming from Home, Oct. 2-4!
Check out our virtual events coming up - click the links below to register!

New to the Team
Mitchell Marsh '20
Annual Giving Coordinator
Mitchell Marsh joins the University Advancement team as Annual Giving Coordinator. Mitchell recently oversaw record-breaking fundraising efforts as the 2020 Senior Class Gift Chair and was awarded the Frank Barry Leadership Award, a top graduation award!
Matthew Wise
Gift Officer
Matt Wise is no stranger to the Hurst, having most recently worked in Academic Support at the Mercyhurst North East campus, Matt recently joined the University Advancement Team on the Erie campus as a Gift Officer!
Connect with Lakers near and far!

Alumni Chapters are available all over the country and are continuing to gather and form. Take a look at the full list to the right for an Alumni Chapter in your area.

To submit a Class Note, please visit mercyhurst.edu/alumni/class-notes to have your news featured here and in the next Mercyhurst Magazine!

Career News

Erin (Cunningham) Peters '04 started a new role with Nordson Corporation as the global leader of talent processes.

Courtney Olevnik '08, who formerly served as director of annual giving, began a new role as director of international student services at Mercyhurst University. In her new role, Courtney will lead the development and, implementation of strategic plans for successful recruitment, enrollment, and student services for the International Student Office.

Anthony "Tony" Prusak '90 was recently named director of business development for FHTvirtual powered by Cadence. The first and only virtual meeting platform designed and dedicated for global medical associations to support international medical sponsors in the, partnership of their virtual conferences.

Ken "Breeze" Walker '90 has retired with 25 years of service with the Pennsylvania State Police.

Adam Stewart '07 has been named assistant vice president of sales and sales strategy for PSECU, Pennsylvania's largest credit union.


Craig Rybczynski '95 was awarded the Tom Borrelli Award as the National Lacrosse League's Media, Member of the Year.

Lisa Bannister '08 is employed at Lake Erie Correctional Institution in Conneaut Ohio as a career tech instructor received Employee of the Month for June 2020. During the pandemic starting in March 2020 to current, she has been reassigned to Front Entry to help process staff in and out each day. She was nominated by the Institutions Investigator and Education Supervisor for a job well done in a position she was never trained in.
Awards Cont'd.

William Chiodo '73 was honored as the first recipient of the 2020 Legacy Award by the Florida Art Education Association. The award recognizes a life-long leader and arts advocate for unwavering, support, dedication, commitment, and accomplishment that has, significantly shaped visual arts education. Prior to his retirement, he had a successful 40-year career with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, America's fourth-largest school, system.

Alumni Deaths

Dorothy (Szanczik) Reese '52
Helen (Fogarty) O'Connell '53
Georgia (Lackey) Kolcum-Patriar '56
Carol (Kelly) Hession '56
Patricia (Kuharsky) Kreger '57
Barbara (Story) Walk '57
Susan (McCartney) Horowitz '59
Lois Vosmus '59
Ann (Fondy) Pysh '62
Barbara Becker '64
Ruth Page '66
Patrick Mikula '77
James Hurlbut '78
David Maries '79
Tim McFarland '82
Kenneth Thomas '84
David Catalano '90
Analida (Vial) Braeger '02
Katherine Onufer '03


Elizabeth A. Hilbert '58 on the death of her step-son Michael Hilbert

Family and friends of Joseph Baumann, a friend of the University
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