Homecoming

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Homecoming at Shady Side Academy is an honored tradition when the entire SSA community is welcomed back to Pittsburgh and to campus.

On Friday, Oct. 6 and Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 we'll celebrate the classes of 2s and 7s, with the Class of 1967 celebrating its milestone 50th reunion and the Class of 1992 celebrating its 25th reunion! All alumni are invited back.

Whether you plan on reconnecting with former classmates, faculty or coaches, we have plenty of opportunities. Hit the links at the Alumni Golf Outing, have coffee and conversation with the President, bring your children/grandchildren to the Kids Carnival or enjoy the Blue & Gold Community Tailgate. Our weekend event schedule has something for everyone.

We look forward to welcoming you back!

View the Homecoming 2016 recap, video and photos!

Alumni Events

Alumni Golf Outing

Friday, October 6, 2017 at 8 a.m.
Fox Chapel Golf Club

Get a foursome together and hit the links. $200 per person. Call to arrange foursomes. One alum per foursome required. Breakfast at 8 a.m. First tee time is 9 a.m.

Senior School Class Experiences

Friday, October 6, 2017 starting at 8 a.m.

Join our talented students and faculty members for interactive and engaging class seminars in a variety of subject areas:

  • Philosophy with Kyle Smith
  • Glass Fusing with Scott Aiken '79 (limited seating)
  • Sounds of the Strings Trio with Dr. Dan Brill
  • Jazz Ensemble with Stan Nevola
  • Inorganic Chemistry with Richard Gable
  • Literature and Writing with Jeff Miller
  • United States History with Pam Boehm

Please call 412-447-2252 for seminar times and to reserve your spot.

Class of 1967 Meet & Greet for Pen Pal Participants

Friday, October 6, 2017 at 2 p.m.

Meet and greet at the Junior School for those in the Class of 1967 who participated in the pen pal program. Shuttle provided from the Senior School and will board at at 1:30 p.m. at the Rowe Hall flagpole.

Memorial Service

Friday, October 6, 2017 at 6 p.m.

Join us in remembering SSA alumni who have passed away in the last year.

Alumni and Faculty Mixer

Friday, October 6, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
McCune Dining Hall

Meet and greet classmates, teachers and coaches at the adult reception, featuring cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres and showcasing wood-working artist Doug Morrison '82. The Robert E. Walker Award and the Paul R. Pigman ’52 Prize will be presented. Dessert to follow. $25 per person.

*This event is complimentary for the Classes of 1942 to 1967.

Alumni Art Show

Saturday, October 7, 2017 starting at 9 a.m.

Featuring the work of the alumni artist, Doug Morrison '82.

Al Stewart Memorial Shady Stride

Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.

Walk or run the SSA 5K cross country course.

President's Coffee and Conversation

Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 11 a.m.-noon

Converse with Academy President Tom Cangiano and members of the Board of Visitors, Board of Trustees and Alumni Council on the J. Michael Grzymkowski '90 Terrace. Light refreshments will be served. Children welcome.

Campus Walking Tours

Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.

Campus tours will be guided by student admissions ambassadors.

Family Skate

Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.

SSA families are invited to a family skate at the Roy McKnight Hockey Center. All children must wear helmets (bike helmets are ok), and all skaters must bring their own skates.

Kids Carnival

Saturday, October 7, 2017 from Noon-3 p.m.

Petting zoo, inflatable activities, balloon artist and face painting

Blue & Gold Community Tailgate

Saturday, October 7, 2017 from Noon-3 p.m.

$10 for adults, $5 for children. Payable at the tent.

*This event is complimentary for the Classes of 1942 to 1967.

Class of 1967 50th Reunion Tailgate

Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 3 p.m.

The Class of 1967 is invited to a tailgate during the football game in the F. Walter Jones, Jr. Press Box.

Captains' Ceremony

Saturday, October 7, 2017 at halftime of football game

Introduction of athletic team captains from reunion classes.

Family Events

Alumni Art Show

Saturday, October 7, 2017 starting at 9 a.m.

Featuring the work of the alumni artist, Doug Morrison '82

Al Stewart Memorial Shady Stride

Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.

Walk or run the SSA 5K cross country course.

President's Coffee and Conversation

Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 11 a.m.-noon

Converse with Academy President Tom Cangiano and members of the Board of Visitors, Board of Trustees and Alumni Council on the J. Michael Grzymkowski '90 Terrace. Light refreshments will be served. Children welcome.

Family Skate

Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.

SSA families are invited to a family skate at the Roy McKnight Hockey Center. All children must wear helmets (bike helmets are ok), and all skaters must bring their own skates.

Kids Carnival

Saturday, October 7, 2017 from Noon-3 p.m.

Petting zoo, inflatable activities, balloon artist and face painting.

Blue & Gold Community Tailgate

Saturday, October 7, 2017 from Noon-3 p.m.

$10 for adults, $5 for children. Payable at the tent.

*This event is complimentary for the Classes of 1942 to 1967.

Athletic Contests

SSA varsity athletic teams will compete on Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7, to celebrate Homecoming 2017!

    • Friday, October 6 at 2:30 p.m. Girls Soccer vs. Greensburg Central
    • Friday, October 6 at 7 p.m. Field Hockey vs. Western Reserve Academy
    • Saturday, October 7 at 1:30 p.m. Boys Soccer vs. Steel Valley
    • Saturday, October 7 at 3 p.m. Football vs. Valley

    Our Middle School teams will also compete on Saturday, October 7:

    • Coed soccer vs. Deer Lakes at 9:30 a.m.
    • Field Hockey vs. Mt. Lebanon at 11:30 a.m.

    Reunions

    Reunion classes this year include those ending in 2s and 7s, with the Class of 1967 celebrating its 50th reunion and the Class of 1992 celebrating its 25th reunion. We're making plans and scheduling events, which will be posted below. If you are planning a reunion or need more information, contact Lisa Page at lpage@shadysideacademy.org.

    Class of 2012

    Class of 2012 - 5th Reunion

    Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 8:30 p.m.
    Reunion celebration to be held at Steel Cactus. Food, reserved rooftop space, and cash bar.

    Contact Britton Wean '02 in the Alumni Office at 412-968-3032 or bwean@shadysideacademy.org for more information.

    Class of 2007

    Class of 2007 - 10th Reunion

    Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 7 p.m.
    Reunion celebration to be held at Shady Grove on the second floor. Cash bar.

    Contact Britton Wean '02 in the Alumni Office at 412-968-3032 bwean@shadysideacademy.org for more information.

    Class of 2002

    Class of 2002 - 15th Reunion

    Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 7 p.m.
    Reunion celebration to be held at Social in Bakery Square. Cash bar.

    Contact Britton Wean '02 in the Alumni Office at 412-968-3032 bwean@shadysideacademy.org for more information.

    Class of 1997

    Class of 1997 - 20th Reunion

    Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 7 p.m.
    Reunion celebration to be held at The Urban Tap in Shadyside. Cash bar.

    Contact Britton Wean '02 in the Alumni Office at 412-968-3032 bwean@shadysideacademy.org for more information.

    Class of 1992

    Class of 1992 - 25th Reunion

    Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 7 p.m.
    Reunion celebration to be held at Cornerstone Restaurant in Aspinwall. Cash bar.

    Contact Britton Wean '02 in the Alumni Office at 412-968-3032 or bwean@shadysideacademy.org for more information.

    Class of 1987

    Class of 1987 - 30th Reunion

    Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 7 p.m.
    Reunion celebration to be held at the 1882 Pub at the Pittsburgh Field Club. Casual attire

    Contact Britton Wean '02 in the Alumni Office at 412-968-3032 or bwean@shadysideacademy.org for more information.

    Class of 1982

    Class of 1982 - 35th Reunion

    Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 7 p.m.
    Reunion celebration to be held at Walnut Grill in Fox Chapel. Cash bar.

    Contact Britton Wean '02 in the Alumni Office at 412-968-3032 or bwean@shadysideacademy.org for more information.

    Class of 1977

    Class of 1977 - 40th Reunion

    Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
    Fox Chapel Golf Club Shooting Lodge

    Join your classmates for cocktails and a buffet to celebrate your 40th Reunion. Casual attire encouraged.

    Contact Britton Wean '02 in the Alumni Office at 412-968-3032 or bwean@shadysideacademy.org for more information.

    Class of 1972

    Class of 1972 - 45th Reunion

    Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 7 p.m.

    Hartwood Restaurant (Red Room)
    3400 Harts Run Road
    Glenshaw, PA 15116

    Contact Lisa Page in the Alumni Office at 412-447-2252 or lpage@shadysideacademy.org for more information.

    Class of 1967

    Class of 1967 - 50th Reunion

    Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 7 p.m.

    Hartwood Restaurant (Cafe Room)

    3400 Harts Run Road
    Glenshaw, PA 15116

    Contact Lisa Page in the Alumni Office at 412-447-2252 or lpage@shadysideacademy.org for more information.

    Class of 1962

    Class of 1962 - 55th Reunion

    Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

    The Duquesne Club

    325 Sixth Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15222

    Contact Lisa Page in the Alumni Office at 412-447-2252 or lpage@shadysideacademy.org for more information.

    Class of 1957

    Class of 1957 - 60th Reunion

    Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

    Oakmont Country Club

    1233 Hulton Road
    Oakmont, PA 15139

    Contact Lisa Page in the Alumni Office at 412-447-2252 or lpage@shadysideacademy.org for more information.

    Class of 1952

    Class of 1952 - 65th Reunion

    Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

    Oakmont Country Club

    1233 Hulton Road
    Oakmont, PA 15139

    Contact Lisa Page in the Alumni Office at 412-447-2252 or lpage@shadysideacademy.org for more information.

    Class of 1947

    Class of 1947 - 70th Reunion

    Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

    Oakmont Country Club

    1233 Hulton Road
    Oakmont, PA 15139

    Contact Lisa Page in the Alumni Office at 412-447-2252 or lpage@shadysideacademy.org for more information.

    Class of 1942

    Class of 1942 - 75th Reunion

    Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

    Oakmont Country Club

    1233 Hulton Road
    Oakmont, PA 15139

    Contact Lisa Page in the Alumni Office at 412-447-2252 or lpage@shadysideacademy.org for more information.

    Alumni Awards

    Paul R. Pigman '52 Prize

    A prize, established by the family and friends of Paul R. Pigman '52, is given in his memory to a young alumnus/a (graduated within the last 10 years) whose activities in his/her daily life or profession exemplify strong character and good citizenship. A plaque is awarded to honor that young alumnus/a who, by words and service, calls to mind and demonstrates to all of us the importance of contributing to the world around him/her and doing what is right.

    YearRecipient
    2017Mara Leff '07
    Video
    2016Rachel Tobin '11
    Video
    2015John S. Dingess ‘05
    Video
    2014Becky Tisherman '09
    Video
    2013Maj. Benjamin Follansbee '99
    Video
    2012Angela DiGioia, '02
    2011Leah Briston, '06
    2010Rachel C. Wilson, '00
    2009Sloane V. Berrent, '97
    2008Andrew B. Bowman, '98
    2007Charity C. Glass, '01
    2006Dawn L. Teele, '01
    2005David M. Chottiner, '98
    2004Jason A. Lando, '95
    2003Candace M. Otto, '98
    2002Joyce R. Macek, '94
    2001David R. (Bobby) Weill IV, '95
    1999Christopher G. Ward, '96
    1998Arthur S. Gilkes, '93
    1997J. Mi Lee, '90
    1996Marcel Bilbao, '86

    Robert E. Walker Award

    Robert E. Walker Award is given annually to an alumnus/a whose sustained commitment to Shady Side Academy is consistent with the vision of Mr. Robert E. Walker. Mr. Walker was a revered leader of the Academy’s Alumni Office during the 1960s and early 1970s. He was so respected for his work cultivating relationships between SSA and its alumni that in 1969 the Alumni Council created this alumnus of the year award in his name.

    YearRecipient
    2017J. Keefe Ellis '74
    Video
    2016John Kamin '91
    Video
    2015Louis B. Plung ‘80
    Video
    2014Mike Hannon '74
    Video
    2013Barbara Pippin Thai '83
    Video
    2012Kara Conomikes, '87
    2011Sandra Sauereisen, '84
    2010Jeffrey B. Todd, '85
    2009Fred H. Parkin, '59
    2009John M. Duff Jr., '59
    2008Stephen F. Halpern, '74
    2007Karen (Berman) Ross, '83
    2006George L. Stewart II, '81
    2005Tracy (Prizant) Levy, '84
    2004W. Thomas McGough Jr., '71
    2003George M. Egan, '78
    2002J. Stephen Lee, '77
    2001Michael P. Casey, '70
    2000Stephen H. McKnight, '70
    1999A. Barry Leonard, '54
    1998Robert C. McCarthy Jr., '71
    1997S. Murray Rust Jr., '30
    1996William C. Bickel, '35
    1996James W. Hamilton Jr., '35
    1995Richard Follansbee, '38
    1994Andrew W. Mathieson, '46
    1993Tron McConnell, '71
    1992Karl F. Krieger, '49
    1991John R. Kramer, '57
    1990Paul G. Benedum Jr., '50
    1989John E. Brownell Jr., '50
    1988Henry Posner Jr., '37
    1987G. Nicholas Beckwith III, '63
    1986William P. Getty, '63
    1985William Alvah Stewart III, '53
    1984Paul R. Jenkins, '50
    1983Thomas Todd, '60
    1982John H. Demmler, '50
    1981William E. Bates, '60
    1980Cleveland D. Rea, '31
    1979John P. Davis Jr. , '42
    1978Stanley L. Hahn, '35
    1977Robert A. McLaughlin, '34
    1976Edwin F. Scheetz Jr., '50
    1975John C. Feguson Jr., '50
    1974Edward E. Reick, '46
    1973Stewart H. Steffey, '37
    1972Edgar G. Tchirkow, '27
    1971John B. McClay II, '50
    1970Biddle A. Whigham, '43
    1969Edward A. Irwin, '50
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