Distinguished Alumnus

Recognizing the Achievements of Our Alumni

Westmoreland Seeking Distinguished Alumnus & Aspiring Alumnus Leadership Award Nominations

Westmoreland County Community College is accepting nominations through February 26 for its Distinguished Alumnus Award and a new Aspiring Alumnus Leadership Award.

The Distinguished Alumnus Award recognizes and honors Westmoreland alumni who have distinguished themselves through professional accomplishments, significant community-based service, and support or service to the college.  It will be presented at the Westmoreland commencement ceremony Friday, May 7.

Prospective recipients must have earned an associate degree, diploma or certificate from Westmoreland or have completed at least 30 credit hours at Westmoreland. The award is a one-time honor and previous recipients are ineligible. 

Aspiring Alumnus Leadership Award nominees must be a current Westmoreland student with a cumulative GPA greater than 2.5, expect to earn a college credential in May 2021, show success in the classroom and exhibit leadership qualities through active involvement at Westmoreland and/or in their communities.

If you would like to nominate a Westmoreland Alumnus for this prestigious award, please complete the Nomination Form

Candidates are welcome to self nominate. Questions?  Please email the Educational Foundation team at foundation@westmoreland.edu .

Aaron Allen with award recipients and Dr. Tuesday Stanley in 20202020 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient: Aaron Allen

Aaron Allen, keynote speaker and our 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient is pictured above, with Westmoreland's president, Dr. Tuesday Stanley, as they honor recipients of African-American High School Achievement Awards.

As a Pennsylvania State Trooper, - Heritage Affairs Officer, Corporal Aaron Allen also holds other titles as a Firearms Instructor, Field Driving Instructor, Field Training Officer, and Community Service Officer.

A Westmoreland Criminal Justice graduate of 2009, Allen is an adjunct professor at Westmoreland, teaching Criminal Justice courses. He is also a part-time instructor for the Act 120 Criminal Justice Municipal Police Academy at Robert Morris University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Past Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

2019 - Clyde Parry Law Enforcement & Police Science, 1985
2018 – Melinda S. Rossell, DPN, RN Nursing, 2005
2017 – John F. Swank Criminal Justice, 1997
2016 – Terry M. Wiltrout Information Science, 1993
2015 – MaryAnn Cherubini (d) Information Science, 1979
2014 – Jeffrey T. Mayo Law Enforcement / Transfer, 1986
2013 – Chef Regis M. Holden Culinary Arts & Hospitality, 1999
2012 – Alan J. Laick Publishing & Imaging / Commercial Art, 1999/2000
2011 – Dr. Cindy A. Komarinski Food Service Management, 1984
2010 – Karen A. Craig Mechanical Drafting, 1979
2009 – Dr. Charles A. Mance Information Science, 1977
2008 – Dr. Judith E. Sturges General Studies / Transfer, 1992
2007 – Tim Pisula Information Science, 1984
2006 – Sandra L. Kratofil-Kaukonen Nursing, 1983
2005 – Herman Mihalich Real Estate, 1974
2004 – Chef Keith A. Coughenour Culinary Arts & Hospitality, 1987
2003 – Thomas D. Horan Law Enforcement / Transfer, 1981
2002 – Buck T. Helffrich Electronics, 1982
2001 – Kathleen J. Bordini Food Service Management, 1987
2000 – Richard A. Parfitt Law Enforcement / Transfer, 1978
1999 – Robert J. Grossman Liberal Arts, 1978
1998 – Edward J. Brinker Business Management, 1977
1997 – Donald D. Good Liberal Arts, 1978
1996 – James A. “Jack” Cherubini Business Management, 1973
1995 – Joanne Cecchi Business Management, 1974
1994 – George P. Smail General Studies, 1979
1993 – Barbara J. Terry Nursing, 1977
1992 – Patricia A. Walt Business Management, 1977