Success Stories


Literacy Advocate & Teacher Receives Distinguished Alumni Scholarship Award in June 2014

Kathryn Loughran Cala (SHU ’79) came to Seton Hill in the footsteps of her mother, Seton Hill alumna Patricia Robinson Loughran ’55, and two of her three children, Kevin Cala ’13 and Megan Cala ’14, make up the three-generation Seton Hill family. After Kate graduated from Seton Hill with a degree in English and certifications in early childhood and elementary education, she continued her academic career by attending graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh. She has taught in a variety of schools in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Texas and has also been active in the literacy movement, creating and/or teaching in Family Literacy Programs at the Dayton Public Schools in Ohio; Debra House in Pittsburgh; and the Forbes Career and Technology Center in Monroeville, Pa. Currently, Kate serves as executive director of East Suburban Citizen Advocacy, a nonprofit in Murrysville, Pa. that supports individuals with developmental disabilities. Kate has also devoted much of her time to volunteer activities as well, including serving on the board and as president of the United Services for Effective Parenting; as a Seton Hill Alumni Association board member, and with the Clelian Heights School for Exceptional Children. She is also an active member of Mother of Sorrows parish in Murrysville, Pa.

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Mark J. Campayno Receives Excellence in Teaching Award from Seton Hill in June 2013

Mark J. Campayno began his music career with the guitar in 1982, teaching himself theory and technique. In 1999, after a 13-year stint as a goldsmith, Mark decided to pursue a degree in Music Education. After graduating from Seton Hill University in 2003, Mark accepted a position in Sterling, Va. with Loudoun County Public Schools as director of the guitar department at River Bend Middle School. In 2005, Mark was recognized by then Virginia Governor, Mark Warner, for teaching excellence. In 2010, Mark moved up to the high school level, directing the guitar program at Broad Run High School in Ashburn, Virginia. Mark has more than doubled enrollment in the guitar program at Broad Run. Mark also owns and operates his own performance school, StudioRock of Northern Virginia located in Sterling, Va. Click here for more information on the Excellence in Teaching Award.