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Homecoming 2004

Mix a bit of nostalgia, some youthful enthusiasm, good friends and a desire for learning, and then set that on the Carnegie Mellon campus.

The result is Homecoming 2004.

Things have changed quite a bit on the Pittsburgh campus, and the best time to experience them is at Homecoming, Oct. 15-17, 2004.

Whether taking campus tours, attending the Tartans football game, or visiting with classmates at reunion dinners or department and college receptions, this will be an exciting weekend.

A highlight will be the annual Alumni Awards Ceremony on Friday, Oct. 15, which honors graduates for their professional achievements and service to the university.

Distinguished Achievement Award winners are selected for distinguished service and accomplishments in any field of human endeavor. This year’s winners are:
Sylvester Damianos (A’56), president of Damianos and Anthony Architects who has led three national architecture organizations, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the American Architectural Foundation and the AIA College of Fellows; and W.J. O’Donnell (E’57), president and CEO of O’Donnell Consulting Engineers Inc., who has been active in the development of national consensus standards for the design, fabrication and inspection of equipment and components.

The Distinguished Service Award will be presented to:
Erroll B. Davis (E’65), chairman, president and CEO of Alliant Energy and immediate past chairman of the Carnegie Mellon Board of Trustees. The honor is presented to a previous Service Award recipient who has given prolonged, outstanding service or substance to Carnegie Mellon or any of its alumni organizations.

Merit Awards will be presented for exceptional professional accomplishments. This year’s Merit winners are:
Keith A. Lockhart (A’83), conductor of the Boston Pops since 1995; Francois Clemmons (A’69), founder/director of the Harlem Spiritual Ensemble and also known as Officer Clemmons from “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood”; Anthony M. DiGioia Jr., M.D. (E’56, E’57, E’60), chairman of the Board of Directors of GAI Consultants Inc., a top national engineering and environmental firm; and Barbara Samardzich (E’85), executive director of small front- and rear-wheel drive vehicles for Ford Motor Company and winner of the 2004 Women in Engineering Achievement Award from Design News.

Marilyn (Ackerman) Posner (HSS’68), immediate past president of the Andrew Carnegie Society, will receive this year’s Service Award, which is presented for meritorious service to Carnegie Mellon or any of its alumni organizations. She is an award-winning journalist and public relations consultant, and a past president of the Education Writers Association based in Washington, D.C.

Manu Kumar (E’95, CS’97, IA ’99), a Ph.D. student in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University and founder of iMeet, Inc., a national firm specializing in technology for Web-based meetings and conferences, will receive the Young Alumni Award. This recognition is bestowed upon a graduate who has attained exceptional accomplishment or for distinguished service during the first decade after receiving a bachelor’s degree.

Student Service Award winners are Nancy E. Adler (S’05), Laurie Chan (B’05), Allison Lin (IA’05), Mistina Muscatel (IA’05), Laura Sperduto (E’05), Sinduja Srinivasan (S’05) and Taras Zyla (B’05).

Also on the weekend schedule is the Class of 1954 Medallion Ceremony, followed by the Golden and Platinum Anniversary Luncheon honoring those in the classes of 1954, ’49, ’44, ’39, ’34, ’29.

The Margaret Morrison Carnegie College Alumnae Tea and the CIT Homecoming Reception will be held for those classmates Friday afternoon.

In addition to faculty seminars, specific reunion classes will offer seminars open to everyone attending Homecoming, including the Class of ’79 Green Building discussion and tour.

To check the Homecoming schedule for events and to register, visit

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