Mark J. Campayno & Marguerite Fiori Slavonia Receive Excellence in Teaching Awards 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.
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.
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Amber Trump (SHU '05), a music education major while at Seton Hill, performed the national anthem at PNC Park prior to the Pirates v. Giants game on June 13, 2013.
Professor and Presenter Receives Distinguished Alumni Leadership Award in June 2013
Mary Ann Corbo Connors (SHU ’54) has influenced and educated countless students in her six-decade career in mathematics education in private, public, parochial and military institutions at the elementary, secondary, college and university levels. After studying music education at Seton Hill, Mary Ann was among the first group of laywomen to earn a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame in 1967. She went on to receive a doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1995 and was among the first group of civilian women mathematics professors at West Point in 1997. Mary Ann, who is currently a professor of mathematics at Westfield State University, has written numerous papers, contributed to a variety of national publications and has presented at many conferences and seminars from the local to international level. She has been married to her mentor and best friend, Dr. Edward Connors, for 43 years. The Connors have two grown children, James and Kathleen.
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