Awards & More

Issue Date: 
February 4, 2008

Pitt’s School of Arts and Sciences recently awarded George Bandik, director of undergraduate studies in the chemistry department, the 2007-08 Ampco-Pittsburgh Prize for Excellence in Advising. The $4,000 prize recognizes Bandik’s outstanding record of academic advising and the many contributions that he has made to help students maximize their educational experience, particularly through outreach and chemistry tutoring programs.

Among his roles, Bandik serves as faculty advisor to Pitt’s award winning American Chemical Society-Student Affiliates, a nationally recognized undergraduate organization that promotes knowledge and appreciation of

Bandik also received the Bellet Teaching Award in 2001, the Carnegie Science Center Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1998, and the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 1993.

He received his doctoral degree from Pitt in 1992 and currently teaches organic chemistry, honors organic lab, and chemistry for health-related professions. He also teaches the writing course for senior chemistry majors.

Marilyn Alberter and Jeanine Lawn were awarded the President’s Staff Awards for Excellence in Service at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

Alberter, UPJ registrar, received the President’s Staff Award for Excellence in Service to UPJ. A driving force behind the successful implementation of PeopleSoft on campus, Alberter was commended for her consistent efforts to serve students, faculty, and staff.

“Her ‘can-do’ attitude has transformed the Registrar’s Office into one that is student centered and always cheerful,” said UPJ President Jem Spectar.

Lawn, director of financial aid, received the President’s Staff Award for Excellence in Service to the Community. She was recognized for her involvement in numerous service projects, including Habitat for Humanity, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Arthritis Foundation, and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

“Through her volunteerism, Mrs. Lawn has shown the high value placed on community service as she serves as an inspiration to those around her,” Spectar said.