Success Stories


"I'm ready to start getting these second graders' creative juices flowing, to use interactive bulletin boards, to use technology in the best way possible, to sing and dance with my little ones, and to help them in reaching their goals and following their dreams!  I know I've learned exactly how to do this from only the best!"

- Marisa Dunaway (SHU 2013), in an email sent to her education professors after accepting a second grade teaching position at St. John Central Grade School in her hometown of Marietta, Ohio. Marisa graduated from Seton Hill with a degree in elementary education with special education.

Marguerite Fiori Slavonia Receives Excellence in Teaching Award from Seton Hill in June 2013

Marguerite Fiori Slavonia graduated from Seton Hill College in 1964 with a Bachelor of Music degree, 30 years after her mother, Florence Favero Fiori, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree. Margi, a Leechburg, Pa., native worked as a teacher in Chicago before switching tracks to focus on starting a family. After moving to Diablo, Calif., Margi began volunteering in the office of St. Isidore School, the parochial school that her sons attended. This opportunity evolved into a 27-year career with St. Isidore, six as a volunteer, 14 as the kindergarten teacher and the last seven as an administrator. Margi created the school’s first kindergarten in the fall of 1982, teaching Spanish and launching the renowned Kindergarten Spring Musical. The musical was unique because it represented the culmination of a year’s worth of learning: Students took field trips to theatrical productions, helped write the script for the program and developed language arts skills of brainstorming, planning and editing. In 1995, Margi was chosen as one of only 12 teachers in the country to be honored with the National Catholic Education Association’s Distinguished Teacher Award. When the construction to double the size of St. Isidore School was complete, Margi retired from teaching and accepted the position of vice principal. Even with the move to administration, Margi continued to teach music in her beloved kindergarten. Click here for more information on the Excellence in Teaching Award.

National Association of Pastoral Musicians Chapter Director Receives Distinguished Alumni Leadership Award in June 2013

Charlene Trichtinger Dorrian (SHU ’58) has been a homemaker, educator, editor and accomplished musician. After her graduation from Seton Hill with a degree in elementary education, she married and provided loving devotion to her husband and four children. During the years her children were in school, Charlene worked as a substitute teacher and edited the high school parent newsletter. When her children started college, Charlene began a 23-year career at her church parish as editor of the Saint John the Baptist weekly bulletin. Although she has retired, she continues to write the front-page reflection on the weekly scriptures at the request of her pastor. Charlene’s special talent is in liturgical music. She is an accomplished musician and singer and served as leader of her church music group. She now works with musical liturgists throughout the metro region as director of the Washington D.C. chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM), where she has served as writer, editor and contributor for the chapter newsletter. Charlene received the Archdiocesan Order of Merit on December 15, 2002. Click here for more information on the Distinguished Alumni Leadership Award.