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 Annual Fundraisers Through the Years

DIAMOND JUBILEE BALL 2013 -  November 16, 2013    

Congratulations to all Past Presidents and current President Jan Engelberg.  Many thanks to Co-Chairs Kamie Shoonhoven and Lana Guttman. 


Comments from Music School Scholarship Winners:

Dear Duquesne University Women's Advisory Board,

Congratulations on the Board's 60th year Diamond Jubilee Anniversary! I am honored to accept the scholarship this year. As an interational student, being acknowledged overseas has a great impact on me. It gives me more confidence in developing my career. Currently I am applying for graduate schools in New York and California. In the meantime, I will participate in various piano competitions. Again, I am very grateful for the scholarship. I have a passion for music, and I will never let go of my big dream.

Yuting, 2013 Scholarship Winner

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 I really can't say more about the positive impact that this award had on me both personally and professionally. At the time, I was a married college student barely making ends meet with a joint income of about $1000/month. My parents were unable to support me financially at all and my husband and I were working multiple jobs while taking a full load of classes just to pay rent. I relied entirely on scholarships and grants to fund my college education and this scholarship provided me with the ability to complete college, period. As a singer, I was dumbfounded to have received the award amongst a group of incredibly talented vocalists and instrumentalists. (I think I cried so much they couldn't use my picture because of my horribly smeared mascara!) Not only did this provide me with a sense of accomplishment and motivation to continue the pursuit of my musical dreams, but also provided the entire vocal department a much deserved place of recognition for musical excellence.

I have kept up my singing, however have found myself engaging my organizational and leadership skills more towards an arts administration career. I currently work at The Music Center; Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County designing and managing partnerships between schools, districts and networks of schools across LA County including short and long term teaching artist residencies, teacher professional development, parent engagement and teen career development programs. I also serve as President of Museum Educators of Southern California, overseeing a board of 17 Museum Education Directors providing networking and professional development opportunities to informal educators and museum professionals throughout the Southern California. Below is a link to my LinkedIn page so that you can have a more comprehensive idea of my path from college to career.


Thank you so much for reminding me of this wonderful and exciting time in my life. I think I'll go home tonight and sing the aria that won me the award, the "Bell Song" from Lakme, to my 1 ½ year old daughter and 3 year old son. I'm not sure if I can still hit the high "e" but I'll try. (Hopefully they'll enjoy hearing the vocal acrobatics as much as I enjoy doing it.)

Thanks again,

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Thanks to the generosity of the Women's Advisory Board grand prize scholarships (awarded 1980 and 1983), my 30 year career of piano solo, concerto, and chamber music performances throughout the US, Canada, South America, and Europe was launched. The scholarships helped provide opportunities for me to connect and share the gamut of musical expression and thought found in the great works of musical literature with audiences and colleagues from around the world. I am currently in my 28th year as a piano professor at Chatham University and continue to concertize.

Best Wishes to you and DUWAB for continued success,

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The award I received from the Women's Advisory Board was critical in my development as an artist/scholar. Studying at Duquesne with master musicians such as John Wilson and Joseph Wilcox Jenkins enabled me to develop the artistic skills I utilize daily as a performer and as Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies at Middle Tennessee State University. I continue to be thankful to all concerned for the opportunities this award made possible. Thank you!

Don Aliquo/Bio
An active performer, recording artist and jazz educator Don Aliquo has performed in concerts and recordings with leading jazz artists including Rufus Reid, Gary Burton, Greg Osby, Harold Danko, Andy Laverne and many others. He has released five solo CD projects and recorded collaboratively and as a sideman in many others. Since 1999, Don has held a faculty position at Middle Tennessee State University near Nashville, where he is currently Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies. An active jazz educator, Aliquo has presented clinics and master classes at festivals and universities throughout the United States.

Don Aliquo
Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies
Middle Tennessee State University

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I received the letter from DUWAB. I very much appreciated being awarded the DUWAB scholarship. It enabled me to complete my undergraduate study with minimum debt, which, in turn, enabled me to continue to pursue further career development. After I completed my undergrad in music performance, I continued and completed a PharmD at Duquesne. I am a clinical pharmacist at Mount Carmel Health in Columbus currently. I really enjoy my career, the opportunities to care for patients. It was made possible partly by the scholarship. Thank you very much.

Bo Cheng

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The Women's Advisory Board Scholarship gave me a chance to grow as a musician and performer. Winning the award gave me confidence in my performing abilities, and helped me to recognize my own strengths and weaknesses in my piano playing. College life in Music School can be very competitive and sometimes very discouraging. It's nice when a student gets a "boost" and recognition by their peers. My Senior Year at Duquesne University began with winning the Women's Advisory Board Scholarship, and it certainly helped to guide me in preparation for what was to be my Senior Recital.

I am currently residing in New York City where I perform regularly at the famed Carlyle Hotel. Performances at the Hollywood Bowl and world tours with Liza Minnelli. Some recording credits include an international release on the Max Jazz label entitled "A New Kiss" that features Branford Marsalis. Also, the J.S. Bach Sonatas for Piano and Flute with world renowned flutist Hubert Laws. I have performed in Carnegie Hall with violinist Regina Carter.

David Budway

Art Deco Power Ball 2012

WAB members, their families,  and friends amily were met by the Sigma Nus brothers at the  Art Deco Power Ball on November 17, 2012 .  The ballroom was transformed into the art deco era.  There were hats for the guests, boas, fake cigarettes and  holders, ice sculpture, replicas of the Chrysler Building and candy from our youth. 

The Advisory Board honored two individuals this year as Distinguished  Women:   Carol A. Behers a 1980 Magna Cum Laude graduate of Duquesne University.  Behers is a principal in the law firm of Raphael, Ramsden & Behers, P.C.   Lynn Purse is an Associate Professor of Music Technology at Duquesne University's Mary Pappert School of Music, where she teaches a variety of music technology courses and electronic composition. Ms. Purse is an active composer, performer and recording artist, and specializes in electronic keyboards, wind controller, and voice.




Power Ball 2011

Power Ball 2011 was held on November 19, 2011.  The Ballroom never looked better!  As guests entered the room, it was an 'aha' moment for all.  Guests were delighted at the elegance of the table decorations by created and donated by Kamie Shoonhoven.        



This year's Women of Distinction:  Marie Milie Jones, Esq., Chairmain of the Duquesne University Board and founding partner of JonesPassodelis, PLLC; Claudia Pinza, Director of EPCASO and voice faculty at the Mary Pappert School of Music, and Dr. Cynthia McCarthy, Health Care Ethicist and Adjunct Faculty Member at the University of Pittsburgh and LaRoche College.    A special performance by the 2011 Women's Advisory Board Music Scholarship Competition Winner, Flutist Leigh Poulton, was enjoyed by all. 

Power Ball Chairs Janet O'Connor and Mickey Gatto worked endlessly to ensure a financially successful Ball that raised $54,000.  Funds benefited the Women's Advisory Board's Endowed Scholarship, the Music School, Law School and Rangos School of Health Sciences. 

Power Ball 2010

On Saturday November 6, 2010, Duquesne University's Women's Advisory Board honored its 2010 Women of Distinction. Over 200 guests, including President Charles J. Dougherty, attended. Honored recipients were PNC's Beth Friday Bovay, physician and author Patricia Gussin, and Professor of Music Education Christine Jordanoff, who impressed the guests with her singing.

Power Ball Chair Mary McIntyre presided over the event which raised $55,000 to fund scholarships for students at the University, both in the Music School and in the other departments on a rotating basis.

The 2010 Mary Pappert Music School Scholarship winner, Devin DiMauro, entertained guests with his solo award winning performance. Music was also provided by Mike Tomaro & the University Jazz Ensemble. Lots of fundraising fun surrounded the silent auction, including a Lottery Tree and Mystery Boxes.


2010 fundraiser group Pictured: President of the Women's Advisory Board, Mickey Gatto,  with guests Patricia Gussin,  Devin DiMauro, Beth Friday Bovay, Christine Jordanoff and Power Ball Chair, Mary McIntyre. (Photo by Kamie Schoonhoven)

Power Ball 2009

In 2009, the Second Annual Duquesne University Women of Distinction awards were presented to:  Marilyn Brooks, Diane Hupp, and Gretchen G. Smarto.  In 2008, the First Annual Duquesne University Women of Distinction awards were presented to Suzie McConnell-Serio, Marianne Cornetti and the Honorable Joy Flowers Conti.

Gretchen Smarto, Diane Hupp and Marilyn Brooks (Rebecca Droke/Post-Gazette)Marilyn Brooks (WTAE's retired medical reporter) was honored during the 2009 Power Ball benefiting the Mary Pappert School of Music and the School of Nursing.

Pictured: Gretchen Smarto, Diane Hupp and Marilyn Brooks (Rebecca Droke/Post-Gazette)