Homecoming 2018


Senior School campus

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

On Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29, 2018 we celebrated the classes of 3s and 8s. The Class of 1968 celebrated its milestone 50th reunion and the Class of 1993 celebrated its 25th reunion!

Alumni reconnected with former classmates, faculty and coaches, visited the newly constructed McIlroy Center for Science and Innovation, and enjoyed the Kids Carnival and the Blue & Gold Community Tailgate. Our weekend event schedule had something for everyone!

View the Homecoming 2018 recap, video and photos!

Alumni Events

Welcome Tent

Friday, September 28, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bayard House

Make the Homecoming Welcome Tent your first stop when you arrive on campus! Nametags, maps and a weekend schedule of events will be available. A staff member will be present to answer any questions you may have.

Senior School Community Assembly & Class Visits

Friday, September 28, 2018 at 10 a.m.

Join us for the Senior School community assembly in the Hillman Center for Performing Arts and classroom visits throughout the day, as well as the Student Art Show.

Class of 1968 Meet & Greet for Pen Pal Participants

Friday, September 28, 2018 at 2 p.m.

Meet and greet at the Junior School for those in the Class of 1968 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, September 28, 2018 at 6 p.m.
Memorial Hall

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

Alumni and Faculty Mixer

Friday, September 28, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
McIlroy Center for Science and Innovation

Meet and greet classmates, teachers and coaches at the adult reception held in the newly constructed McIlroy Center for Science and Innovation. Event features cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and food stations. The Robert E. Walker Award and the Paul R. Pigman ’52 Prize will be presented. $25 per person*

*This event is complimentary for the Classes of 1943 to 1968.

Welcome Tent

Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tent outside of Curry Gymnasium

Make the Homecoming Welcome Tent your first stop when you arrive on campus! Nametags, maps and a weekend schedule of events will be available. A staff member will be present to answer any questions you may have.

Al Stewart Memorial Shady Stride

CANCELED
Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.
Roy McKnight Hockey Center

Walk or run the SSA 5K cross country course.

Campus Walking Tours

Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 11:30 a.m.
McIlroy Center for Science and Innovation

Campus tours will be guided by student admissions ambassadors.

Kids Carnival

Saturday, September 29, 2018 from Noon-3 p.m.
Curry Tennis Courts

Enjoy a petting zoo, inflatable activities, balloon artist, face painting and more!

Blue & Gold Community Tailgate

Saturday, September 29, 2018 from Noon-3 p.m.
Tent outside of Mellon Gym

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

*This event is complimentary for the Classes of 1943 to 1968.

Student Art Show

Saturday, September 29, 2018 - All Day
Various locations throughout the Senior School campus

Peruse artwork by SSA students.

Family Skate

Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.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.

Class of 1968 50th Reunion Tailgate

Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
F. Walter Jones, Jr. Press Box

The Class of 1968 is invited to a tailgate during the football game.

Captains' Ceremony

Saturday, September 29, 2018 at halftime of football game

Introduction of athletic team captains from reunion classes.

Family Events

Student Art Show

Saturday, September 29, 2018 - All Day
Various locations throughout the Senior School campus

Peruse artwork by SSA students.

Al Stewart Memorial Shady Stride

CANCELED
Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.
Roy McKnight Hockey Center

Walk or run the SSA 5K cross country course.

Campus Walking Tours

Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 11:30 a.m.
McIlroy Center for Science and Innovation

Campus tours will be guided by student admissions ambassadors.

Family Skate

Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.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, September 29, 2018 from Noon-3 p.m.
Curry Tennis Courts

Enjoy a petting zoo, inflatable activities, balloon artist, face painting and more!

Blue & Gold Community Tailgate

Saturday, September 29, 2018 from Noon-3 p.m.

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

*This event is complimentary for the Classes of 1943 to 1968.

Athletic Contests

SSA varsity athletic teams will compete on Saturday, Sept. 29, to celebrate Homecoming 2018!

    • Saturday, Sept. 29 at 9:30 a.m. Girls Field Hockey vs. Western Reserve Academy
    • Saturday, Sept. 29 at 11 a.m. Boys Soccer vs. Seton LaSalle
    • Saturday, Sept. 29 at 11 a.m. Girls Soccer vs. Freeport
    • Saturday, Sept. 29 at 2:30 p.m. Boys Football vs. Apollo-Ridge MS/HS

    Our Middle School teams will also compete on Saturday, Sept. 28:

    • Boys Soccer vs. Seton LaSalle at 11 a.m.

    Reunions

    Reunion classes this year include those ending in 3s and 8s, with the Class of 1968 celebrating its 50th reunion and the Class of 1993 celebrating its 25th reunion. We're making plans and scheduling events, which will be posted below. If you are planning to attend a reunion or need more information, contact Lisa Page at lpage@shadysideacademy.org or Jamie Scott '98 jscott@shadysideacademy.org

    Class of 2013

    Class of 2013 - 5th Reunion

    Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 8:30 p.m.

    Bakersfield (Lower Level)
    940 Penn Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15222

    $10 • Cash bar.

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

    Class of 2008

    Class of 2008 - 10th Reunion

    Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 8 p.m.

    Social at Bakery Square
    6425 Penn Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15206

    $15 • Cash bar.

    Contact Megan Chasin in the Alumni Office at
    412-968-3015 or mchasin@shadysideacademy.org for more information.

    Class of 2003

    Class of 2003 - 15th Reunion

    Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 8 p.m.

    Mad Mex
    220 S. Highland Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15206

    $15 • Cash bar.

    Contact Britton Wean '02 in the Alumni Office at
    412-968-3030 or bwean@shadysideacademy.org for more information.

    Class of 1998

    Class of 1998 - 20th Reunion

    Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 8 p.m.

    Ace Hotel
    120 S Whitfield Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15206


    $25 • Cash bar.

    Contact Britton Wean '02 in the Alumni Office at 412-968-3030 or bwean@shadysideacademy.org for more information.

    Class of 1993

    Class of 1993 - 25th Reunion

    Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 7 p.m.

    The Urban Tap
    216 S. Highland Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15206

    $25 • Food stations, live music and cash bar.

    Contact Jamie Scott '98 in the Alumni Office at 412-968-3032 or jscott@shadysideacademy.org for more information.

    Class of 1988

    Class of 1988 - 30th Reunion

    Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 7 p.m.

    Wallace's Whiskey Room and Kitchen
    Hotel Indigo
    123 North Highland Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15206

    $35 • Cash bar.

    Rooms available for $139 per night in Shady Side Academy block. Book directly with the hotel by September 7 at 412-665-0555.

    Contact Jamie Scott '98 in the Alumni Office at 412-968-3032 or jscott@shadysideacademy.org for more information.

    Class of 1983

    Class of 1983 - 35th Reunion

    Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

    Fox Chapel Racquet Club
    355 Hunt Road
    Pittsburgh, PA 15238

    $30 • Dinner and cash bar.

    Contact Jamie Scott '98 in the Alumni Office at 412-968-3032 or jscott@shadysideacademy.org for more information.

    Class of 1978

    Class of 1978 - 40th Reunion

    Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

    Cornerstone Restaurant
    301 Freeport Road
    Pittsburgh, PA 15215

    $30 • Cash bar.

    Contact Jamie Scott '98 in the Alumni Office at 412-968-3032 or jscott@shadysideacademy.org for more information.

    Class of 1973

    Class of 1973 - 45th Reunion

    Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

    Fox Chapel Golf Club
    426 Fox Chapel Road
    Pittsburgh, PA 15238

    $50 • Cash bar.

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

    Class of 1968

    Class of 1968 - 50th Reunion

    Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

    The Duquesne Club
    325 Sixth Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15222

    $60 • Cash bar.

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

    Class of 1963

    Class of 1963 - 55th Reunion

    Friday, September 28, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

    The Fox Chapel Golf Club (Private Dining Room)
    426 Fox Chapel Road
    Pittsburgh, PA 15238

    $50 • Cash bar.

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

    Class of 1958

    Class of 1958- 60th Reunion

    Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

    Fox Chapel Golf Club
    426 Fox Chapel Road
    Pittsburgh, PA 15238

    $50 • Cash bar.

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

    Class of 1953

    Class of 1953 - 65th Reunion

    Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

    Fox Chapel Golf Club
    426 Fox Chapel Road
    Pittsburgh, PA 15238

    $50 • Cash bar.

    Contact Megan Chasin in the Alumni Office at 412-968-3015 or mchasin@shadysideacademy.org for more information.

    Class of 1948

    Class of 1948 - 70th Reunion

    Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

    Fox Chapel Golf Club
    426 Fox Chapel Road
    Pittsburgh, PA 15238

    $50 • Cash bar.

    Contact Megan Chasin in the Alumni Office at 412-968-3015 or mchasin@shadysideacademy.org for more information.

    Class of 1943

    Class of 1943 - 75th Reunion

    Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

    Fox Chapel Golf Club
    426 Fox Chapel Road
    Pittsburgh, PA 15238

    $50 • Cash bar.

    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
    2018Alison W. Mears ’09
    Video
    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.

    Year Recipient
    2018

    Jeffrey A. McDaniel ‘88
    Robert S. Mullin ’9
    Video

    2017 J. Keefe Ellis '74
    Video
    2016 John Kamin '91
    Video
    2015 Louis B. Plung ‘80
    Video
    2014 Mike Hannon '74
    Video
    2013 Barbara Pippin Thai '83
    Video
    2012 Kara Conomikes, '87
    2011 Sandra Sauereisen, '84
    2010 Jeffrey B. Todd, '85
    2009 Fred H. Parkin, '59

    John M. Duff Jr., '59

    2008 Stephen F. Halpern, '74
    2007 Karen (Berman) Ross, '83
    2006 George L. Stewart II, '81
    2005 Tracy (Prizant) Levy, '84
    2004 W. Thomas McGough Jr., '71
    2003 George M. Egan, '78
    2002 J. Stephen Lee, '77
    2001 Michael P. Casey, '70
    2000 Stephen H. McKnight, '70
    1999 A. Barry Leonard, '54
    1998 Robert C. McCarthy Jr., '71
    1997 S. Murray Rust Jr., '30
    1996 William C. Bickel, '35

    James W. Hamilton Jr., '35

    1995 Richard Follansbee, '38
    1994 Andrew W. Mathieson, '46
    1993 Tron McConnell, '71
    1992 Karl F. Krieger, '49
    1991 John R. Kramer, '57
    1990 Paul G. Benedum Jr., '50
    1989 John E. Brownell Jr., '50
    1988 Henry Posner Jr., '37
    1987 G. Nicholas Beckwith III, '63
    1986 William P. Getty, '63
    1985 William Alvah Stewart III, '53
    1984 Paul R. Jenkins, '50
    1983 Thomas Todd, '60
    1982 John H. Demmler, '50
    1981 William E. Bates, '60
    1980 Cleveland D. Rea, '31
    1979 John P. Davis Jr. , '42
    1978 Stanley L. Hahn, '35
    1977 Robert A. McLaughlin, '34
    1976 Edwin F. Scheetz Jr., '50
    1975 John C. Feguson Jr., '50
    1974 Edward E. Reick, '46
    1973 Stewart H. Steffey, '37
    1972 Edgar G. Tchirkow, '27
    1971 John B. McClay II, '50
    1970 Biddle A. Whigham, '43
    1969 Edward A. Irwin, '50