Success Stories


A Great Day for Hockey

Seton Hill graphic design alumnus Michael Rubino created the "It’s A Great Day for Hockey" typographical design that is installed above the player’s stick rack in the Consol Energy Center, the new home of the Pittsburgh Penguins.  He also designed the All-Time Team mural in the player’s locker room, and various designs for the Center’s media level, strength and conditioning center, and warm-up area. Michael always knew he wanted a career in art. He came to Seton Hill because of its art program, and he graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design. While at Seton Hill, he was editor-in-chief of the literary-art magazine Eye Contact, a popular cartoonist and contributing writer for The Setonian, a dedicated blogger, and the founder of the Seton Hill College Republicans. Michael was also active in political campaigns, which led to a graphic design internship with BrabenderCox, a political and commercial marketing firm with offices in Pittsburgh. After graduation the company hired him as a part-time designer; he now works full-time for the firm, in both print and web design.

Artist of the Year Receives Distinguished Alumni Leadership Award in June 2013

Rosemary Scott Suess (SHU '63) has worked as a college admissions counselor and high school counselor as well as an active volunteer. After graduating from Seton Hill with a major in art, Rosemary worked as an admissions counselor and traveled to high school and college fairs to meet prospective students. She then earned an M.A. in counseling at the University of Wisconsin and began working as a counselor at James Madison Memorial High School. There she met her future husband, Gene. After their children, Cathy and David, were born, Rosemary focused on volunteer work. Over the years in Madison, she has volunteered to provide meals to the hungry, visiting hospice patients, volunteering in the public schools, serving as an officer in the Wisconsin Calligraphers’ Guild and the Madison Watercolor Society, chairing a neighborhood bicentennial celebration and organizing and implementing hospital art exhibits. Today, she heads the Notre Dame Church Environment and Art Committee, which prepares the church for liturgical seasons. She headed a three-year search committee that commissioned a noted Italian sculptor, Livio Conta, to create a statue for the narthex of the church. She also volunteers in the Christian Assistance Ministry of Kerr County. She also serves as president of the Kerrville Art Club, which twice named her Artist of the Year. Click here for more information on the Distinguished Alumni Leadership Award. 


Former FBI Agent Receives Distinguished Alumni Leadership Award in June 2013

Cathy Plesha (SHU '73) built her career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, examining Soviet bloc espionage, health care fraud and kidnappings. After graduating from Seton Hill with a major in art and a concentration in photography, she joined the FBI in Washington D.C. as a photographer for various cases and events, including the Patty Hearst kidnapping and the review of the Kennedy assassination by the U.S. Congress. She ultimately worked as a special agent for the FBI and was assigned to offices in Omaha, Neb. and Boston, Mass., along with temporary assignments throughout the United States and Eastern Europe. She focused primarily on investigating white-collar crime and health care fraud. She served as the lead agent when the U.S. Justice Department settled the largest criminal and civil settlement of more than $700 million for Medicaid fraud. After the events of Sept. 11, 2001, Cathy conducted the first interviews in the historic investigation. She retired from the FBI in 2008, and has been honored for her work on several occasions. Cathy has established the Anthony Plesha Jr. Scholarship at Seton Hill in memory of her brother. Click here for more information on the Distinguished Alumni Leadership Award.

Mental Health Professional Receives Distinguished Alumni Leadership Award in June 2013

Krista Boyer (SHU '03 and '07 MBA) earned both her undergraduate degree in art and her MBA degree from Seton Hill before receiving a Master of Science degree in counseling psychology. She recently received her doctoral degree in psychology from Carlow University. She teaches at both Carlow and Chatham while working in private psychology practice. She created an outreach program and delivers individual, group and family therapy to a wide range of clientele. Krista engages in volunteer and outreach opportunities aimed at reducing mental health stigma and has begun promoting the awareness of ageism. She prepares future counselors to understand the unique needs of a growing geriatric population. Krista is a sought-after professional, who has presented papers at numerous conventions and appears frequently on a regional television show that addresses that topic. Click here for more information on the Distinguished Alumni Leadership Award.