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Association names Distinguished Alumni

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University Alumni Association has named five Distinguished Alumni for 2010. They are Ann Wuenschel, '76, '06, a physical therapist; Dennis Rieglnegg, '72, president of Saint Joseph's College; Richard Hudson, an educator with the University of Georgia; Robert Murray, '71, a sports scientist; and Patrick Cappatt, '73, an accountant.

The award honors alumni who graduated at least 20 years ago and leveraged their education into personal and professional achievement.

"Recipients must distinguish themselves by reaching the highest level of accomplishment and possess the highest standards of integrity and character to enhance the prestige of Slippery Rock University," said Michael Saraka, director of alumni relations.

Wuenschel works as a physical therapist at East Suburban Sports Medicine Center in Penn Hills. She provides physical therapy, occupational therapy and athletic training services.

She received her bachelor's degree in health and physical education and doctor of physical therapy degree from SRU as well as a bachelor's degree in physical therapy from the University of Pittsburgh in 1990. She is a board certified clinical specialist in sports physical therapy and a certified strength and conditioning specialist.

Riegelnegg has served as president of Saint Joseph's College, since 2009. Before joining Saint Joseph, he served 13 years as vice president for student development and community development at Saint Francis University. While there, he led enrollment management and has extensive experience as a reviewer for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an accreditation agency. He has served as a reviewer at: Bloomfield College, Roberts Wesleyan College, Universidad del Turabo, American University of Puerto Rico, Hostos Community College, Saint Peter's University, and American University of Beirut, which was the first-ever review for the university. He also worked in the division of student affairs at California University of Pennsylvania before taking the vice president position at St. Francis University.

Riegelnegg received his bachelor's degrees in political science and secondary education from SRU and a doctorate in administration and policy studies in higher education from the University of Pittsburgh.

Hudson oversees the communication area for the department of agricultural leadership, education and communication at the University of Georgia, as well as serving as adviser to the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow student organization. He coordinated the donation and planting of more $1 million shade oak trees on campus and has served in several leadership positions at Georgia, including professor of English literature. He also coordinated the University of Georgia's involvement in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Hudson serves on the Oconee County Board of Education and as president of the Athens Symphony. He is also in the SRU Sports Hall of Fame. He received his bachelor's degree in English literature from SRU, a master's degree in English literature from South Dakota University and doctorate in education from the University of Georgia.

Murray is the owner of Sports Science Insights, which helps companies make informed decisions about issues involving sports science. Clients include food and beverage companies, manufactures of athletic equipment and diet supplement companies.

Murray's career as a sports scientist has bridged the academic and corporate worlds. He was on the faculty at Oswego State University and Boise State University before departing academia for a position in the corporate world with The Gatorade Co. He left Gatorade in 2008 to start Sports Science Insights. As a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, Murray remains active in the sports science and nutrition communities, authoring articles, giving lectures, and serving as a reviewer for a variety of scientific journals. He also continues to swim competitively, a sport he participated in at Slippery Rock University, where he was co-captain and most valuable swimmer on the 1970-1971 team.

He received his bachelor's and master's degree in physical education from SRU and a doctorate from The Ohio State University.

Cappatt has worked as the account relationship director at KPMG LLP, a Pittsburgh firm that provides tax and audit services, since 2006. He has professional global account experience that spans 30 years, with more than 15 years with Big Four accounting and consulting firms. His list of clients includes Bayer, Highmark, Rockwell, UPMC, Mellon Bank and Westinghouse.

Before his current position, Cappatt was strategic relationship senior manager at Deloitte & Touche in Pittsburgh; director of business development at Arthur Anderson, Pittsburgh and general manager at Med Inc. Corp. in Pittsburgh.

He has a bachelor's and master's degree in education from SRU. He is a member of the Slippery Rock University Alumni Association board of directors and has served as a member of the Slippery Rock University School of Business advisory board. He has also worked in a voluntary capacity with the March of Dimes, United Way, Three Rivers Adoption Council and other non-profits.