Mt. Lebanon High School is proud to announce the recipients of the 2018 Great Alumni Award: Dale Cable Class of 1975; David Conover Class of 1975; Noelle Calabro Conover Class of 1978; Dr. John S. Haller, Jr. Class of 1958; Mrs. Shirley Hanson Class of 1954.
The Great Alumni Award is a project of the Mt. Lebanon High School Student Council. Administrators, faculty, students, and alumni serve on the selection committee. This is the 14th year of the award program. The recipients of the Great Alumni Award are selected based on exceptional work in at least one of the following areas: improvement in the lives of others, involvement in community service or achievement in a professional field.
The high school will hold a luncheon on Friday, October 5 to honor the awardees and they will be recognized at the home football game that night.
2018 Great Alumni Award Recipients
Dale Aaron Cable Class of 1975
Mr. Cable is a founding member of the Mt. Lebanon Basketball Association and he has coached sixteen different youth travel basketball teams over the past 24 years. His commitment to creating and fostering Mt. Lebanon youth sports is evidenced in his volunteer work as a board member for the Mt. Lebanon Blue Devil Club, the Mt. Lebanon Youth Sports Alliance, the Mr. Lebanon Parks Advisory Board, and the Mt. Lebanon Sports Advisory Board, and Mt. Lebanon High School's Hall of Champions. As an attorney, Mr. Cable has established a practice in the area of workers compensation law and is a recipient of the Allegheny County Bar Association's Distinguished Service Award.
Mr. Cable was nominated for this award by Mr. Lawrence M. Lebowitz, a current Mt. Lebanon School District Board of School Director and a 2015 Great Alumni award recipient.
David Conover Class of 1975
Mr. Conover is the Chief Technologist for Additive Manufacturing at Ansys, a mechanical computer-aided engineering software development company. He serves as a board member at the University of Pittsburgh School of Computing and Information Sciences and on the board of the Swanson School of Engineering at Syracuse University. is the technical team leader and mentor for topology optimization and process simulation for 3D printing. After experiencing the loss of their son, Matt, to lymphoma, Mr. Conover, and his wife Noelle, have created a program to empower the next generation of engineers, mathematicians, and artists through hands on, experiential learning. This program, Matt's Maker Space, has been donated to the Mt. Lebanon School District and is in place at all of the School District's elementary schools. The program is also in operation at Mt. Lebanon's Public Library, St. Paul's Episcopal Church's nursery school, and UPMC Children's Hospital Pittsburgh. The Conovers plan to expand Matt's maker Space to other sites in the future.
Mr. Conover was nominated for this award by Mr. Dale Ostergaard , a former Mt. Lebanon School District Board of Schools Director and a 1974 MLHS alumni.
Noelle Calabro Conover Class of 1978
Mrs. Conover is the Project Coordinator for the SurvivorConnect program in the Hematology/Oncology Division of UPMC Children's Hospital Pittsburgh. She advocates for resources and educates cancer survivors and their families. Along with working alongside Mr. Conover in the continual development of Matt's Maker Space, Mrs. Conover serves on the Executive Board of Our Clubhouse, the Robert Morris University Nursing Advisory Board, and on committees for the Pittsburgh Foundation, the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, and the UPMC Children's Hospital Pittsburgh Cancer and Blood Disorders Auxiliary.
Mrs. Conover was nominated for this award by Mr. Dale Ostergaard , a former Mt. Lebanon School District Board of Schools Director and a 1974 MLHS alumni.
Dr. John S. Haller, Jr. Class of 1958
Dr. Haller is the Professor Emeritus of History and Medical Humanities and the Emeritus Vice President of Academic Affairs at Southern Illinois University. During his long tenure as a college professor, Dr. Haller is the author of twenty-five books of which some of the topics include American alternative healing methods, the history of New Thought and 19th Century Relief Systems, battlefield medicine and nine true crime fiction novels. Dr. Haller has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and worked to preserve sites of historic significance in Cairo, Illinois. In 2003, he wrote and published The Mt. Lebanon Hallers, a 300 page book of the history of his paternal lineage.
Dr. Haller was nominated for this award by Mr. Daniel Haller, his cousin and a MLHS 1955 alumni.
Shirley Hanson Class of 1954
Shirley Hanson is a conservator of historic buildings and sites in eastern Pennsylvania, particularly the Chestnut Hill and Springfield Township communities in Montgomery County. She directed the efforts in establishing Chestnut Hill as the nation's first accredited urban land trust, established that community's Task Force on Youth School Coalition against alcohol and drugs, and co founded the Springfield Township Historical Society.
Mrs. Hanson was nominated by Mrs. Carolou Fidder Marquet, a Class of 1954 alumni.