Married Bradford professors, Mary and Francis Mulcahy, win teaching award

Mary MulcahyTwo longtime professors will be honored later this month at the annual Alumni Awards Dinner during Alumni and Family Weekend at Pitt­–Bradford.

Francis MulcahyMary Mulcahy, director and associate professor of biology, and Francis Mulcahy, director and associate professor of chemistry, will receive the Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association Teaching Excellence Award.

Also recognized will be alumni Frank and Mary Rizzo, who both attended Pitt–Bradford from 1964-66. They will receive the Denny Lowery Distinguished Volunteer Award.

Francis Mulcahy was nominated by nearly a dozen former students throughout the last decade, including those who went on to earn a doctoral and pharmacy degree.

“If you struggle with a concept, he works with you to help you learn. If you get a topic easily, he makes you feel like a star. His ability to boost a student’s ego is crucial for success in chemistry and biology,” wrote Dorothy Belle (Craig) Poli (’93), a professor of biology at Roanoke College.

Likewise, Mary Mulcahy was also nominated by a dozen enthusiastic alumni.

 “Dr. Mulcahy was by far my favorite professor. She is hardworking, dedicated to her work and students and an incredibly genuine and helpful professor,” wrote Cheyenne Staufenberger (’19).

The Mulcahys live in Bradford and have two children.

This year’s Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Alumni Awards Dinner has been postponed due to irregularities in the approval process.

 “We are deeply sorry that we will not have a Hall of Fame induction this year,” said Catherine Koverola, Pitt-Bradford’s president. “We were recently made aware that confirmation of eligibility and the necessary approval process was not followed. It is important that we follow these standard procedures before inducting any new Hall of Fame members in order to ensure the integrity of the award.”

The Alumni Awards Dinner is at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 28 in the Mukaiyama University Room of the Frame-Westerberg Commons. The cost is $25, $12 for children 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and under. For a reservation, visit or call 814-362-5091.