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Eight Alumni to be Honored at Homecoming Sept. 27

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Posted: Friday Sep 20, 2013

Sept. 20, 2013

Saint Vincent College will honor eight alumni with the presentation of Alumni of Distinction Awards or Recent Alumnus/Alumna Achievement Awards at a reception and dinner on Friday, Sept. 27 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 Paul F. Düffer, Ph.D., C’68, of Creighton; Gerald J. Guz, C’63, of Frisco, Texas; Natalie F. (Legin) Metz, C’88, of Pittsburgh (15216); Rev. Justin L. Nolan, O.S.B., P’47, C’52, S’55, of Saint Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe; Colleen C. Ruefle, C’88, of Allison Park; and J. Gerald Slavonia, C’63, of Diablo, Calif.

Daniel W. Kunz, Esq., C’99 of Wexford; and Andrea (Ferraco) Redinger, C’01, of Greensburg (15601) will receive Recent Alumnus/Alumna Achievement Awards.

All of the awards are made by the Saint Vincent Alumni Association in recognition of meritorious service and commitment to Saint Vincent.

Paul F. Düffer, Ph.D.

Paul F. Düffer graduated from Saint Vincent College in 1968 with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry. At SVC he was involved in the SVC Fire Department, physical fitness club and monogram club. Also, he is a consistent attendee of the alumni lunch and annual Easter Ball. Düffer earned his master of science degree and Ph.D. in physical chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh. In his community he serves as an emergency management coordinator for East Deer Township in Allegheny County, chairman of East Deer Township Zoning Hearing Board, treasurer of East Deer Volunteer Hose Company and member of East Deer Township Planning Commission. He retired from PPG Industries, Inc. after 30 years at Glass Research Center in Harmar Township. He and his wife, Jane, are members of Holy Martyrs Parish in Tarentum. They were regular attendees at the annual president’s student-alumni legacy brunch while their daughter, Kathleen J. Rombach, C’01, was a Saint Vincent student.

Gerald J. Guz

Gerald J. Guz graduated from Saint Vincent College in 1963 with a bachelor of science degree in business management. At SVC he was a three-year member of the varsity football team. After graduation from Saint Vincent College, he began his career in steel, oil and gas with ALCO Products in Chicago and Houston, then moved to Milwaukee with A.O. Smith Corporation as director of marketing. His career continued to progress with Machinery Business in Michigan and Rucker-Shafer and National Supply in Houston before he returned to Pennsylvania with UGI Corporation in Valley Forge as their director of operations in the oil field services group. Guz then concurrently served as president of Wellhead Products in Tulsa and as chairman of Cryotex in Houston. After pulling together a group of investors, he and this group purchased seven companies which then formed UTI Energy Corporation which he served as senior vice president while at the same time serving as the president of Universal Well Services for ten years. His business expertise is addressing issues in troubled corporations such as market penetration, personnel and organization. The gracious host of the annual alumni and friends Mass and brunch in Bonita Springs, Fla., he is a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Frisco, Texas. He and his wife, Bonnie, have four grown children, Brian, Kevin, Darren and Meghan. Since his retirement in 1997, he and Bonnie travel to be with their children and grandchildren as much as possible.

Daniel W. Kunz, Esq.

Daniel W. Kunz graduated from Saint Vincent College in 1999 with a bachelor of science degree in business management and a minor in industrial relations. He earned both a J.D. and a master of business administration degree from Duquesne University. At Saint Vincent he was active as a member of the varsity lacrosse team, served as a student prefect, was a member of Rotaract and was honored with the John A. Granish Award. Active in his community, he is a member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Wexford and serves as a volunteer for their Harvest Home Dinner. He serves as vice president of the Foundation of HOPE, as a board member of Vincentian Regency, as a board member of the Rivers Club Young Executive Committee and chairs the Rivers Club community relations committee. He is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. He is a certified contract advisor with the National Football League Players’ Association and a veterans advocate for the Duquesne University School of Law Veterans Court Clinic. He and his wife, Elizabeth A. Kovach, C’99, have two children, Thomas, 6, and Stella, 4.

Natalie F. (Legin) Metz

Natalie F. (Legin) Metz graduated from Saint Vincent College with highest honors in 1988 with a bachelor of science degree in finance with minors in accounting and mathematics. She also received a master of business administration from the University of Pittsburgh in 1994.  As a student at Saint Vincent, she was a residence hall prefect, co-chairperson of the freshman orientation committee, Student Government Association senator, treasurer and sophomore class president. She was a member of the activities committee, campus ministry, business forum, yearbook staff (editor), judicial review board, financial affairs board and the Review college newspaper staff. She was honored with the Delta Mu Delta honorary member award, Who’s Who among Students in American Colleges and Universities, Wall Street Journal student achievement award, academic and leadership scholarships, service to the community award, student alumni service award and was named to Outstanding Young Women of America. She has continued to be active with the Saint Vincent Alumni Association as a member of alumni council, student alumni relations committee, annual giving program class agent, alumni phonathon participant and student leader, and a regular attendee at alumni student networking events, Heritage Society events and the annual Easter Ball. She and her husband, R. Mark Metz, C’89, have a son, Justin, 6. She worked for 23 years at Federated Investors in Pittsburgh in various positions, most recently as vice president/senior investment analyst where she was primarily responsible for credit and analytical work of asset backed commercial paper and asset backed securities for the prime money market assets. A former member of CFA Society Pittsburgh and a past member of CFA Institute, she is now retired and at home caring for their son.

Rev. Justin L. Nolan, O.S.B.

Rev. Justin L. Nolan is a native of St. Marys who attended Sacred Heart Parochial School and graduated from Saint Vincent Prep School in 1947. He graduated from Saint Vincent College in 1952 with a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy and from Saint Vincent Seminary in 1955 with a master of divinity degree. He also holds a licentiate in philosophy and a Ph.D. from the Pontifical Atheneum of Sant Anselmo, Rome. He made simple profession of monastic vows on July 2, 1950, and solemn profession of vows on July 11, 1953. He was ordained a deacon July 25, 1954, in Germany and ordained a priest in Assisi, Italy, by Bishop Placido Nicolini on June 28, 1955. A professor of philosophy, Fr. Justin has been a member of the Saint Vincent College faculty since 1960 and formerly served as chairman of the philosophy department from 1968 to 1983. He previously served the Archabbey in other assignments including master of ceremonies, prefect, guestmaster and director of the Scholasticate. He participated in the Philosophical Institute in Athens, Georgia, in 1987 and participated in the Theology Renewal Program in Rome in 1988.

Andrea (Ferraco) Redinger

Andrea (Ferraco) Redinger graduated from Saint Vincent College with highest honors in 2001 with a bachelor of science degree in biology with an organismal concentration. She earned a master of science degree in education from Duquesne University. While a student, she served as senior class president, member of the varsity volleyball team, treasurer of the Life Sciences Club, vice president of Rotaract Club, member of the Orientation Committee, campus ministry and a student tutor in biology and chemistry. A member of the student faculty administration board, she also was a teaching and lab assistant in the biology department. A member of the dean’s list, she was honored with membership in Alpha Lambda Delta, Alpha Chi and with a student service award. Currently an adjunct professor at Saint Vincent, she teaches in the graduate education program and has served as a biotechnology outreach educator and as a Challenge program educator. She is a high school biology educator at Greensburg Salem School District. A former member of Alumni Council, she is also an active member of St. John the Baptist de la Salle, Delmont, Pennsylvania Science Curriculum Council Founder and current president, BioClub faculty advisor, PDE Biology Keystone Curriculum Committee and serves as a reviewer for American Biology Teacher. Named Outstanding Biology Teacher by the National Association of Biology Teachers in 2011, she has also been recognized with the Pennsylvania Science Teachers Association Teaching Award, Pearson Education Most Valuable Teacher Award, Pearson Education OBTA Teaching Fellow Award and the NABT Outstanding New Biology Teacher Award. She and her husband, David, have three children, Everett, 6, Patty, 4, and Samuel, 4 months.

Colleen C. Ruefle

Colleen C. Ruefle graduated from Saint Vincent College in 1988 with a bachelor of arts degree in history/education. She also earned a master of arts degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she was honored with the 2011 Ron Lunardini Distinguished Alumni Award. While a student at Saint Vincent, she served as orientation co-chairperson, as a residence hall prefect and as a member of the women’s volleyball team and the Student Government Association. She was honored with the President’s Award, with an SGA service award and by being named to Who’s Who among Students in American Colleges and Universities and the Athletic Hall of Fame. A former member of Saint Vincent Alumni Council, she is a member of St. Ursula Parish where she serves as a lector, co-president of the school advisory committee and as athletic director. As vice president for student life and dean of students at La Roche College, she has been honored with the Dedication to Achievement Outstanding Employee Award. She and her husband, Jim Shields, have four children, Julia, 14, Tom, 12, Annie, 12, and Liam, 8.

J. Gerald Slavonia

J. Gerald Slavonia graduated from Saint Vincent College in 1963 with a bachelor of science degree in business management. He was a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) who worked for John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance in their Chicago office as a sales representative and later worked for Union Mutual Life Insurance Company as regional pension manager in Oakland, California. As a student he was active in athletics and participated in football, golf, wrestling and other sports. He was also a member of the Young Democrats and the Business Forum. An active member of the Saint Vincent Alumni Association, he and his wife, Margi, have two sons, Gerald and Joel Francis. He was first asked to serve as a Saint Vincent regional delegate for the state of California in 1989 and has since hosted west coast alumni gatherings with his wife at their home in Diablo, Calif. He is a frequent attendee at alumni homecoming weekends. A past-president and board member of the Diablo Country Club, he is also active in community affairs. In 2000, he began working as an independent marketing consultant for Fremont Bank and he remains active in that role today. He is a member of St. Isidore Church, Danville, Calif.

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Photos:
Paul F. Düffer, Ph.D.
Gerald J. Guz
Daniel W. Kunz, Esq.
Natalie F. (Legin) Metz
Rev. Justin L. Nolan, O.S.B.
Andrea (Ferraco) Redinger
Colleen C. Ruefle
J. Gerald Slavonia
 

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