2005 Alumni Award Recipients
Alumni Award For Outstanding Professional Achievement
award is presented to an alumnus who has distinguished himself through
exceptional professional achievement. We are pleased to present the 2005
award to Patrick J. O’Connor, Esq. ’64.
Patrick J. O’Connor, Esq. ’64
Patrick comes from a large Irish family whose roots go deep in the
After graduating magna cum laude with a B.A. in history and government,
Patrick excelled at
He is actively involved in many professional, civic and educational organizations. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Bar Association, a member of the Supreme Court of PA’s Committee on Rules of Evidence, and a Mediator for the US District Court, Eastern District of PA. Pat is also the Chairmen of the Board of the Mellon Private Asset Management Mutual Funds.
Numerous community activities include International Board of the
American Ireland Fund, Philadelphia Police Foundation Board,
Philadelphia Children’s First Fund Board, member and former
Chairperson of the Board of Consultors for Villanova University School
of Law and Trustee of Temple University, former chairman of the Board of
Trustees of College Misericordia and a former member of the Board of
Directors of King’s College.
In recognition of your exemplary professional success, your contributions to the legal profession, and in gratitude of your continued service to higher education in general and King’s College in particular, we present to you with esteem and appreciation, the Alumni Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement on this fourth day of June in the year of our Lord two thousand five, and from the founding of the College, the fifty-ninth.
The King's College Alumni Award for Service to Society
This award is conferred upon an alumnus/alumna who has distinguished himself/herself through selfless and caring personal commitment to benefit others. This year’s honoree is Erin Burke Cirelli, Esq.
Erin served as Law Clerk to the Hon. Michael
Petrolle, J.S.C. Superior Court of
In 1998 began the Adopt a Child holiday program at
the firm. Originally her idea was for the employees to purchase
Christmas gifts for needy foster children rather than the traditional
office gift exchange. That year presents were bought for 15 children.
Erin said she thought they had done a great job until she realized how
many children are in the foster care system in
Erin is married to Dino, and they were blessed with their first child, John, just 5 months ago.
The Robert J. Ell Alumni Award For Outstanding Service to Alma Mater
Named for Robert J. Ell ’50, the first Director of Alumni relations, who served in that position until his retirement in 1991, this award is conferred upon an alumnus/alumna for extraordinary service, dedication and commitment to King’s College. One of this year’s recipients is not only a good friend to King’s College, but he is a good friend to Bob Ell as well.
Elmer Kozick, better known as “Tippy”, served 3
years in the US Navy, including time in the Pacific Theatre during
WWII. He attended
For 55 years Tippy remained an active member of
the Alumni Association. With classmate John Engle, Tippy initiated the
annual Basketball and Football Classic games securing local businesses
as sponsors. He chaired the Alumni Golf Tournament at Wyoming Valley
Country Club for many years, served as chairman of the Wilkes-Barre
Alumni Association, and was a member of the Monogram Club. He is a
long time member of the Women’s Basketball and the Men’s Red and
Gold Clubs. He chaired his class’s 50th Reunion and
Co-chaired this 55th
Lucy Wujcik Baloga ’75 graduated cum laude
with a B.A. in Psychology and teacher certification. She received an
M.ED. in Counselor Education from
Lucy completed her 27th year as a
School Counselor, serving first at
In the community Lucy was awarded the 1985 American Business Women’s Association Wyoming Valley Chapter Community Woman of the Year. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Child Development Council, former board member of the Association for Retarded Citizens and Co-Founder of the Wyoming Area Special Olympics. Lucy served as the Pennsylvania Head Track and Field Coach of the National Special Olympic Games in 1973. She currently wears the black and white uniform of an official of the Wyoming Valley PIAA Track and Field, serving as their secretary since 1995. An active member of Holy Redeemer parish, Lucy volunteered 13 years as a CCD teacher and is a weekly lector.
Soon after graduation she answered the call of
one of her classmates to volunteer at the Annual Alumni Phonathon.
Every year since, she has volunteered, serving as either section or
class chair. In 1994 she became the Chairperson, raising $365, 693,
a record at that time. Lucy is an advocate for a King’s College
education, continually reminding her fellow counselors that the
jewel of higher learning in
For the years of service and advocacy for King’s College, we present to you the Robert J. Ell Alumni Award for Outstanding Service to Alma Mater on this fourth day of June in the year of our Lord two thousand five and from the founding of the College, the fifty-ninth.
The Leo Award
The Leo Award is named for the King’s
College mascot. It is awarded to a graduate of the last 15 years
and suggests the energy, pride and sense of purpose, which the
recipient personifies. This year’s recipient, J.J. Murphy,
captures all three of these elements in his personal, professional
and military life.
graduated in 1993 with a B.A. in Political Science, received a
Master’s degree in Public Administration from
graduation J.J. worked as a legal assistant for the Department of
civilian life J.J. served 18 months as the Deputy City
Administrator for the City of
dressed for military or civil service, J.J. continually strives to
do his best for the citizens of his community. Military Honors
include the Air Force Achievement Medal in 1998, the 2001
Volunteer of the Year Award, the Air Force Commendation Medal in
2000, 2003, and 2004. In 2001 he founded the GOALS Foundation and
serves as President. GOALS is dedicated to assisting children
afford youth sports programs. Currently he is head coach for the
Pittston Area High School Varsity Ice Hockey team. He has
volunteered over 3,000 hours including coaching, tutoring,
refereeing, training hockey officials, and coordinating visits to
multiple Veterans Administration hospitals. JJ is a member of
AmVets, Italian American Veterans, Friendly Sons of St. Patrick,
Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Knights of Columbus.
and Colleen Mulroy Murphy ‘94 have 4 daughters, Katie, Erin,
Emma and Ryan.
With esteem and affection, with best wishes for future success, we
present to you the Leo Award on this fourth day of June in the
year of our Lord two thousand five and from the founding of the
College, the fifty-ninth.
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