Aug. 27, 2018
Saint Vincent College will honor eight alumni with the presentation of Alumni of Distinction or Recent Alumna/Alumnus Achievement Awards at a reception and dinner on Friday, Oct. 5, during the annual Alumni Homecoming and Fall Family Weekend on campus.
Those who will be honored with Alumni of Distinction Awards at the Fred M. Rogers Center’s main banquet room include Jolene H. Bogner of Columbus, Ohio; Atty. Kevin J. Coakley, Esq., of Morristown, New Jersey; the Rev. Kevin J. Dominik of White Oak; Dr. Peter C. Juliano of Marana, Arizona; Dr. Frank W. Mocek of Dallas, Texas; James B. Pieffer of Mars; and Dr. Michael A. Polechko of Mount Pleasant.
Lloyd M. Cheatom of Pittsburgh (15221) will receive the Recent Alumnus Achievement Award.
All of the awards are made by the Saint Vincent Alumni Association in recognition of meritorious service and commitment to Saint Vincent.
A full weekend of Homecoming activities is planned in conjunction with the Office of Student Affairs’ Fall Family Weekend with school receptions, athletic events, parade (Saturday, Oct. 6, at 11:30 a.m.), corn hole tournament, equestrian demonstration, picnic, Fall Fest carnival (Saturday, Oct. 6, from 3:30 to 6 p.m.), campus trolley tours, alumni social (Saturday, Oct. 6, from 4 to 7 p.m.), entertainment and other events. The complete schedule is available at www.stvincent.edu/homecoming. All registrations will be accepted either online or by calling the Event and Conference Services Reservation Line at 724-805-2177.
Jolene H. Bogner
Jolene H. Bogner earned a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry from Saint Vincent College in 1988 and a master of business administration from Marquette University. She currently serves as the global HR systems and project leader at Mettler Toledo, LLC. Her certifications include Master Black Belt Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing, Senior Professional in Human Resources and Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional. At Saint Vincent, she was involved in campus ministry and was one of the original organizers of Sports Friendship Day. She also volunteered with the Carmelite Sisters on a monthly basis, played tennis at the collegiate level and enjoyed intramural football. She was a recipient of a four-year Saint Vincent College leadership scholarship. She is a member of the Church of the Ascension in Johnstown, Ohio, where she participates as a greeter, lector, server, teacher and council member. Bogner, her husband, David M. Bogner, and her family are committed to fundraising for ovarian cancer research for The James Hospital of Ohio State University Medical Center and Kobacker Hospice Care Center. She enjoys traveling for her work and continuing to play competitive tennis.
Kevin J. Coakley, Esq.
Attorney Kevin J. Coakley earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science in 1968. In 1972, he completed a juris doctorate at Rutgers Law School in New Jersey, where he was editor of the Rutgers Law Review. Currently, he is a senior partner at Connell Foley LLP in Roseland, New Jersey. During his sophomore year at Saint Vincent College, he was a member of the Rules Committee. Throughout his college career he enjoyed competing in intramural sports, especially basketball. Since graduating, he has visited the campus for class reunions and events. He is a member of Christ the King Church in New Vernon, New Jersey. He is a trustee of the New Jersey Alliance for Action, which supports the development of infrastructure projects, and a trustee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance company. Coakley is the son of Michael and Anna Coakley of Bantry Bay and County Mayo, Ireland, respectively. He has many fond memories of his time at Saint Vincent College and many of the members of the monastic community. He has three grown children.
The Rev. Kevin J. Dominik
The Rev. Kevin J. Dominik completed a master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 1988. He serves as a priest for the diocese of Pittsburgh. As a student, he traversed the campus on foot, admiring the beauty and finding quiet, peaceful places to pray. He also enjoyed the variety of jobs he had as a student, including working in the rector’s office. After graduating, he returned to Saint Vincent Seminary as the Dean of Students from 2001 to 2004. In 2014, he became an adjunct member of the seminary faculty. He is an active member of the community and is a member of the White Oak Ministerium. He is proud of his Polish heritage and is fond of polka music and Polish traditions. His hobbies and interests include walking, gardening, the Pittsburgh sports teams and his faith. He is the son of John and Helen Dominik.
Dr. Peter C. Juliano
Dr. Peter C. Juliano graduated from Saint Vincent College with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry in 1963. He earned a master of science degree in chemistry from West Virginia University in 1965 and a Ph.D. in polymer science from the University of Akron in 1968. Prior to his retirement, he was a research manager for General Electric Corporate Research and Development in Niskayuna, New York. At Saint Vincent, he was involved with campus activities, including orientation committee, Alcuin Scholars, student government, Chemistry Club, varsity tennis and intramurals. Over the summer of his junior year, he was awarded an undergraduate research participation grant at West Virginia University through the National Science Foundation. The work he completed during the summer program led him to pursue his Ph.D. in polymer science. His involvement on campus since graduating includes organizing the 40th reunion of the chemists who graduated in 1963, helping with the organizing committee of his class’ 50th reunion, establishing The William C. Dzombak Chemistry Scholarship Fund in 2002 and supporting the Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion in 2011 with funds to provide a classroom in the new building. He served on several boards including Birthright of Schenectady and the Priory of St. Benedict in Chestertown, New York, and was a research professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He is currently a member of the Knights of Columbus (Chapter 13272) as well as several Tucson area museums. Juliano and his wife, Sara, have three children, seven grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Dr. Frank W. Mocek
Dr. Frank W. Mocek earned a bachelor of science degree in biology from Saint Vincent College in 1983 with highest honor. Afterward, he earned his medical degree from St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. He is currently a self-employed surgeon at Presbyterian Hospital of Plano. One of his fondest memories of his time at Saint Vincent College is attending Sunday evening Mass in the chapel underneath the cafeteria. He is a member of Saint Rita Catholic Church in Dallas, Texas. He is the son of William and Clare Mocek. He and his wife, Mary, have three children, Molly, Frank Jr. and Elizabeth. His current civic involvement includes his membership as an executive board member of the Presbyterian Hospital in Plano, Texas. His professional interests include anterior exposure of the spinal cord in regard to fusion procedures, and his personal hobbies include cycling. He believes that the key to success is hard work and commitment.
James B. Pieffer
James B. Pieffer graduated with a bachelor of science degree in sociology from Saint Vincent College in 1983, and went on to complete a master of science degree in health administration through the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh. At Saint Vincent, he was involved in campus life as a prefect and participated in Campus Ministry. He was also a swim coach for the Special Olympics, a volunteer swim coach at Clelian Heights and a Latrobe hospital volunteer. His current and past involvement with the campus since graduating includes volunteering for the Wimmer Corporation, serving as a member of the Capital Campaign Committee and sponsoring students who attend the college. His current civic involvement includes serving as a cabinet member of the LeadingAge National Affordable Housing Cabinet and a member of the Pennsylvania Long-Term Care Services and Supports Committee, as well as other associations that focus on long-term care, public health and affordable housing for seniors. He is the son of the late Bernard and Marie Pieffer. He and his wife, Maria, have two sons, Timothy and Daniel. He is a member of St. Kilian’s Parish in Cranberry Township. His hobbies include golfing, running, traveling and attending the theater.
Dr. Michael A. Polechko
Dr. Michael A. Polechko earned a bachelor of arts degree in biology from Saint Vincent College in 1968. He earned a master of science degree in biology from California State College in 1974, and a Ph.D. in biology from West Virginia University in 1982. As a student at Saint Vincent, he was a two-year letterman in wrestling, a member of the Letterman’s Club for four years, active in intramural sports and a member of the Stenson Club for biology majors. Having taught for 42 years, Polechko retired in 2010. His teaching career began at Greensburg Central Catholic High School in 1968. He then taught at Saint Vincent College from 1973-1983, teaching general biology, ecology, botany and biostatistics. Next came two years at Indiana University of Pennsylvania from 1983-1985. In 1985 he accepted a position at Southmoreland High School to become the head wrestling coach and a teacher of biology and chemistry, positions he held for 25 years. From 1986-2018 he taught general biology at Westmoreland County Community College evenings and summers. He is a member of St. Pius Roman Catholic Church in Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania, where he is a lector and member of the Holy Name Society and St. Vincent de Paul Society. In addition, he is a member of the Jacobs Creek Watershed Association. Polechko is married to Kathleen Ceroni, Ph.D. They have a son, Andrew M. Polechko. Polechko also has two older sons, Todd M. Polechko and Kevin M. Polechko. His sons have provided him with six grandchildren. The son of Michael and Theresa Polechko, he enjoys fly fishing, golf and gardening.
Lloyd M. Cheatom
Lloyd M. Cheatom graduated from Saint Vincent College in 2013 with a bachelor of science degree in business marketing. He continued his education and earned a master of science degree in instructional leadership from Robert Morris University. Since graduating, he has become a Heinz Endowment Graduate Fellow, a “Men of Excellence” honoree (New Pittsburgh Courier), and received the Alan Lesgold Award for Excellence in Urban Education. He has returned to campus numerous times and served as a keynote speaker for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration and “Saint Vincent Week” with the Act 101/Opportunity Office and Crossroads Foundation for the past three years. Currently, he is the co-founder and director of student affairs for 1Nation Mentoring and with collaboration of the Extra Mile Foundation and Crossroads Foundation, he works at Sister Thea Bowman Catholic Academy as the transition coordinator. In his community, he serves as the head basketball coach for Sister Thea Bowman Catholic Academy and serves as an out-of-school-time facilitator in various neighborhoods in the city of Pittsburgh. He is the son of Lloyd and Judith Cheatom. He and his wife, Tasha, have one child, Llogan, and are expecting their second daughter to arrive in early October.
Photos: Jolene H. Bogner; Kevin J. Coakley, Esq.; Rev. Kevin J. Dominik, O.S.B.; Dr. Peter C. Juliano; Dr. Frank W. Mocek; James B. Pieffer; Dr. Michael A. Polechko; and Lloyd M. Cheatom.
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