Posted: Thursday Sep 6, 2012
September 6, 2012
Nine former athletes will be inducted into the Saint Vincent College Athletic Hall of Fame at a banquet at the Fred M. Rogers Center on September 8.
Those to be honored included Robert D. Belan, C’62, of Venice, Florida, varsity basketball; Amy DeLisa, C’97, of Marriottsville, Maryland, volleyball; Beth A. Dixon, C’87, of Clayton, North Carolina, basketball; Kevin Gatons, C’82, (posthumous award), cross country; Ralph Litzinger, C’53, of Columbus, Ohio, football; Robert Michalow, C’91, of Bentleyville, soccer; Paul T. Sucevic, C’57, of Markleysburg; Mary E. (LaLonde) Wagner, C’87, of Pittsburgh, basketball; and Michael J. Ziemianski, C’79, of Bethel Park, ice hockey.
Robert D. Belan
Bob earned an undergraduate degree in management at Saint Vincent and also attended the Penn State Executive Management program in 1975. During his time at Saint Vincent he was a co-captain of the varsity basketball team, a member of the business forum, vice-president of the Monogram Club and involved with intramural football and softball. He was the leading scorer and rebounder his senior year and he also secured 24 rebounds in a game against Westminster College. Bob also played on the intramural champion softball and football teams and was the intramural heavyweight wrestling champion.
Amy earned a bachelor of arts in mathematics/engineering with highest honor. She has a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering with distinction from The Pennsylvania State University. While at Saint Vincent, Amy was a two time NAIA Volleyball All-American, a Scholastic All-American, a Bill Bradley Scholastic All-American, an IBM Scholarship recipient, Chemical Rubber Company Chemistry Award Winner, on The National Dean’s List and a recipient of the Bearcat Athletic Club Award.
Beth A. Dixon
Beth graduated from Saint Vincent in 1987 with a bachelor of arts degree in business management. While at Saint Vincent, she was a standout in women’s basketball and was awarded the Granish Award.
Kevin Gatons was a 1982 Saint Vincent College graduate. His best marathon was at the 1995 Grandma’s Marathon with a 2:24 performance. His best Pittsburgh Marathon finish was in 1996, crossing the line in 14th place with a time of 2:26:25. He was a beloved coach at both Norwin High School and Greensburg Salem High School. On the eve of the 2006 PIAA State Cross Country Championships, Kevin died of a congenital heart defect while touring the course. Kevin is survived by his wife Cheryl, and their three children, Sydney, Quintin and Lillian.
Ralph graduated from Saint Vincent in 1953 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He was the co-captain of the football team, a member of intramural basketball, in the Holy Name Society and a recipient of the Al DeLuca MVP Award.
Rob graduated from Saint Vincent in 1991 with a bachelor of science degree in biology with minors in chemistry and education. He received his master of science degree from Duquesne University and a doctor of philosophy in forest resource science, from West Virginia University. While at Saint Vincent he was a member of the Education Club, Outdoors Club, SPSEA, varsity soccer, club hockey and volleyball club. Robert received the Granish Award, the Senior Award and was on the Dean’s list. He is now an assistant professor of education and environmental science at Saint Vincent College.
Paul T. Sucevic
Paul began college in 1955 and earned his bachelor of science degree in mathematics in 1957. His education continued at the Carnegie Institute of Technology where he earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering in 1958. While at Saint Vincent, Paul played intramural softball, but his talents in basketball quickly became noticed and he played from 1955 to 1957. The team won the George Mikan Award for most improved team in the nation when they turned their win/loss record around from 3-16 to 16-3. Paul was an integral part of that team. He went on playing semi-pro basketball for the Duquesne Serbs for several years before concentrating on his civil engineering career, which ultimately led to the partnership of Sucevic, Piccolomini & Kuchar Engineering, Inc. of Uniontown, Pennsylvania.
Mary E. (LaLonde) Wagner
Mary graduated from Saint Vincent in 1987 with a bachelor of arts degree in liberal arts. She received her masters degree in journalism/communications in 1998. While at Saint Vincent, she was an orientation committee member and a member of both the women’s softball and basketball teams. Mary is a member of the 1,000 Point Club, a Small College All American and also was honored with the William Rafferty Award.
Michael J. Ziemianski
Michael graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy in 1979. He earned an A.S. in business management from CCAC in 1987, a C.A.S. in labor studies from WVNCC in 1984, and an M.A. in industrial relations from Saint Francis in 1984. While in college, Mike was the recipient of the Rafferty Award and the Andy Vahaly Spirit Award. He was the assistant captain for the ice hockey team, played on the soccer team and was active in football, basketball, softball and intramural bowling. He was also the basketball team manager for four years, and the co-director of the ice hockey club.
Membership in the Hall of Fame is granted to those who played athletics or served in an athletic role at the College, alumni who graduated more than 15 years ago, and to those who have demonstrated loyalty to the College and have distinguished themselves in their service to their careers, their families and their communities.
A limited number of tickets are available. For further information, contact Mary Ann Dunlap, 724-805-2568.
The program will include a welcome by Edward McCormick, president of the Saint Vincent Alumni Council, who will also serve as master of ceremonies; remarks by Br. Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., president of Saint Vincent College; invocation by Rev. Myron M. Kirsch, O.S.B., Saint Vincent athletic director; and presentation of awards by Oland “Dodo” Canterna, former athletic director and coach.
The Athletic Hall of Fame Committee includes Mr. Canterna, chair, Carl D. Burlas, Ronald D. Firment, Mrs. Sue Hozak, Mr. McCormick and Julieann Selep. The event was coordinated by Michael Gerdich, director of alumni relations, and Joan Aungier Davis, director of advancement events and communications.
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